Your First Listen: Week of December 18th

Five remarkable songs you need to hear

Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here.

Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.

MGMT – “When You Die”

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen new music from trippy duo MGMT, but the wait is most definitely over. The band is readying to release a new album Little Dark Age coming in February, sharing this sample of what’s to come. This one is definitely less mind-bending than “Kids,” but the video is still a trip!

Arcade Fire – “Put Your Money On Me”

Arcade Fire has had an intense year with the release of their new album Everything Now, a confusing marketing campaign and a massive arena tour to boot. This track is one Win Butler says is not just the best track off the album, but one of the best songs they’ve ever written.


Childish Gambino – “Have Some Love”

What a year it was for Childish Gambino! It’s clear he’s much loved: the album Awaken, My Love! went gold in Canada, which is pretty impressive in the age of streaming. Here’s another gem off it!


Moby – “Like a Motherless Child”

Though Moby has been around for decades, it was his 1999 album Play that was really a gamechanger for him, and for the presence of DJs in the alternative rock music world. Moby says he’s going back to those blues and gospel-influenced trip-hop sounds from his earlier days on his new (15th!) studio album, Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt, which comes out March 2.


Grizzly Bear – “Losing All Sense”

You had to wait five years for the latest Grizzly Bear album. Here’s a track worth the wait off the Brooklyn rockers latest, Painted Ruins.