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Staff Picks and Good Shit for the Week of November 21

This is what the Noisey editors listened to this week as we tried not to freeze to death.

The same week that saw Queen Bey bestow a pair of brand-new tracks upon our plebeian ear canals also subjected us to a goddamn unreasonable amount of cold weather. Don't worry about us, though: We're huddled up in a corner of the office, desperately sipping on hot cider and feebly tip-tapping away at icicle-encrusted keyboards, slowly freezing our cells into pinpricks to bring YOU, dear reader, the best damn music journalism on the web. We know, you're welcome. Here's what we have been listening to in our efforts to stave off complete and total cell death.

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SMASHING PUMPKINS - "TIBERIUS"

Christ almighty, I am actually incredulous of how many times I listened to this song this week. It sounds like the Smashing Pumpkins circa Melon Collie, but like, if they kicked in a song for a movie soundtrack at that time. Maybe some sort of sci-fi space movie where the main space guy needs to clear his head so he goes for a ride through space in his space car. And since it is 1995, the space man would be played by… Edward Norton. No, Chris O’Donnell. No wait! Tom Cruise. I don’t know, come back to me. Anyway, right, this song is good.

Dan Ozzi, Editor
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HUDSON MOHAWKE FEAT. PUSHA-T, TRAVIS SCOTT, FUTURE, FRENCH MONTANA -"CHIMES RMX"

I just downloaded this song and put it onto a USB key. Then I pulverized the USB key in a blender, and took the remains to the lab. Once there, I turned the remains into a potion, which I then injected myself with. I now have super powers.

Slava Pastuk, Noisey Canada editor

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HER HABITS - "SLIP AWAY"

We're not allowed to the word "shimmering" in relation to the word "synths"—so let's just say that however this Brooklyn-via-Japan-China-Paris-and-Toronto artist has treated those keys is very Friendly Fires meets The Postal Service on an Ibiza sunset comedown. The melody meanwhile, is beautifully breathy and you can download it for free. Result.

Kim Taylor Bennett, Style Editor
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ALEX WILY - "BOOTY CLUB (GOIN DUMB AGAIN)"

Did you guys see this song we premiered? It's dope, and you should check it out and also read the interview that comes along with it because Alex Wiley is a cool guy, and who among us does not want to be in the booty club, going dumb again?

Kyle Kramer, Editor
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COLD WORLD - LIVE AT THIS IS HARDCORE 2014

If the tunes don't get ya, maybe the stagedives, pile-ons, singalongs and mayhem will. Gonna be a crazy night tonight at The Acheron.

Fred Pessaro, Editor-in-Chief
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METH DRINKER - "CONVULSION"

Fuck yes, Meth Drinker. Oil, the latest offering from this fetid New Zealand doom cadre, features two new songs' worth of hideous, hulking sludge riffs pierced through with gnarly feedback and smeared all over with genuine disgust ("Convulsion" is my favorite). Turns out that the aural equivalent to two raw, gaping wounds was exactly what I needed today. Love you, mean it!

Kim Kelly, Guest Editor
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GORILLA ZOE - "HOOD N—GA"

One of the definitive southern rap songs of the 2000s. If this doesn't bump to you then you're an idiot. Drew Millard, Features Editor Drew on Noisey | Drew on Twitter

KANYE WEST - MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY

If you read Noisey with any sort of regularity—or, hell, even if this is your first time venturing on the site—you know that we really like Kanye West. (In particular, I really like Kanye West.) And nearly four years ago to the day, the rapper dropped My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which might be (deservedly) the most acclaimed album of the last decade. When it leaked, I was broke as fuck interning and working a pizzeria and still in my first few months of New York City. But Kanye gave me life. "Dark Fantasy" gave me the boost to get out of bed in the morning. "Power" gave me the excitement to make that 700th pizza for delivery on a Friday night. "Runaway" was great for getting high after shifts and feeling nostalgic for the life I left back home. "Lost in the Word" made me think about what I wanted my future to be. It's rare when you find a record you connect with like I connect with Fantasy. I know the highs, the lows, the ins and outs. It's Kanye's opus—he guides us into the bizarre world in which he lives, a world that's sometimes bright and hopeful, but one that's still, weirdly, emotionally crushing. He needed this record. We needed this record. Yeezus taught us. We listened. If we die in each others' arms we still get laid in the afterlife. Eric Sundermann, Managing Editor
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