Step one: Take a cue from HBO's How to Make It in America and get a fantastic theme song from Aloe Blacc

By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated March 26, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

When my friends and I watched the series premiere of HBO’s How to Make It in America this weekend, we rewound as soon as the opening credits were over so we could listen again to the new show’s awesome theme song, ”I Need a Dollar.” It sounded like the type of thing you might discover deep in someone’s collection of old soul records on vinyl — maybe an obscure Bill Withers B-side we weren’t familiar with?

Nope! A quick Google check revealed that we were enjoying a brand new tune from 2010, not 1970. ”I Need a Dollar” is the first single from singer Aloe Blacc‘s album Good Things, coming soon on left-field rap haven Stones Throw Records. His backing band on this track is retro-soul outfit El Michels Affair, whose work I’ve praised in this space.

Stones Throw is generously offering up ”I Need a Dollar” as a free MP3 download, so go and grab it now. (Frankly, those opening credits are the only part of the show that I’d say is worth your time — but hey, maybe it’ll improve in the next few episodes.)