Another week, another Mercury music section to read while you turn your useless CD jewel cases into a giant building. But, remember, the second you pull out your copy of Aja, the whole building collapses and everyone dies.

It's been 20 years since De La Soul changed hiphop—plus the fine art of album skits—forever, and the city has still yet to fix those damn potholes in their lawn.

De La Soul - "Me, Myself, and I"

Cass McCombs might not be first on the list of musicians you'd invite to dinner—mine would be David Crosby, he could talk about sleeping on a pillow full of marijuana—but the secretive roving singer just delivered one of the year's best records, Catacombs. Yeah, smoke that, Crosby.

Cass McCombs - "Dreams Come True Girl"

Up tha punx! This article on the Casualties will finally win over the one musical demographic we have yet to capture: the kids who sit on the sidewalk outside Another State of Mind. No, I still can't spare any change for you, or your dog on a rope leash.

The Casualties - "War is Business"

For Elvis Perkins, it's not all doom and gloom. Okay that was a lie. It's mostly doom and gloom. But you'd be sad too if your dad was Norman Bates and your mom died in 9/11.

Elvis Perkins - "While You Were Sleeping"