by Rex

Top new videos: Klaxons, Cloud Nothings, Wild Beasts, Born Ruffians + Josh Homme getting drunk with Asians

April 9, 2014 in Alternative, Blues, Classic Rock, Electropop, Folk, Funk, Indie Folk, Industrial, Pop, Punk, Synthpop by Rex

Queens Of The Stone Age – “Smooth Sailing” {Alternative Rock/Funk}

Whether it’s in an abandoned house in the desert or at a random karaoke bar, Josh Homme always knows where to find the party. The night starts off with Homme drinking, karaoke-ing and golfing his way through the night with a bunch of Asian businessmen until things take a weird turn… (as they usually do after a night of heavy drinking). I wonder if they listened to “I Think I Lost My Headache” the morning after?

Wild Beasts – “A Simple Beautiful Truth” {Electropop}

Everyone’s been buzzing about this new Wild Beasts video (which actually looks like it was filmed in the same place where that scorned, gingery wildling shot Jon Snow with a few arrows. (yes, I’m obsessed). But moving on to bigger and better things: Dude, those dance moves and glowing pants are totally blowing my mind right now.

Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part Of Me” {Pop/Punk}

Dear, isn’t life in Cloud Nothing’s new music video just swell? I mean really: Flying musical notes, hearts, nail polish and snapchats; all just some of the many things going on at this girl-crazed, pajama party-themed music video. And what do you think girls do at pajama parties? Pull out a ouija board, of course!

Katie Bulley -”Up & In” {Blues/Classic Rock}

Forget about the fancy frills and special effects, because personally I would rather watch a collection of classic rock greats flash across my screen in this new ironically-titled video from the Hamilton songstress. Bobby D, an open chested Robert Plant and oh Yoko are just some of the many famous faces you’ll see coming out of the woodwork – plus a few shots of Bulley doing her own impersonations as well.

Bedouin – “Bright Lights” {Indie Folk}

Given that her Cat Powery sound has been described as music for the “cyber gypsy,” it seems fitting that Bedouin’s new music video dances around a nomadic storyline. The video follows two women as they sleep in motels, wait at a bus stop, dance around in a flowery top…you know, the usual traveller’s stuff.

Born Ruffians – “Oceans Deep” {Pop}

This new video from Born Ruffians has some mean Animal Collective vibes thanks to those glowed-out, scary-as-hell face masks/costumes. It’s actually a surprisingly happy song for a video filled with the creepy-crawlies, so if you’re not a fan of spiders, insects or creepy things with wings then this video may not be for you.

Klaxons – “There Is No Other Time” {Synthpop}

Dear God: Is this what cheesy synthpop heaven looks like? Because I have no idea if there’s any place on this Earth where the clouds are made of delicious, mouth-watering cheese and there’s massive mirrored cubes sitting randomly on every block…yeah we don’t get it either.

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Top new videos: Johnny Cash, Pixies + The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart’s nasty little twitching problem

March 26, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Country, Electro, Pop, Rock, Soul by Rex

Johnny Cash – “She Used To Love Me A Lot” {Country}

Wait, hold up. If Johnny Cash is dead and he’s still releasing new music videos, does that mean he’s “dead-dead” or “Tupac-dead”? Cause there’s a big difference between the two…Anyways, don’t be expecting a present-day Johnny Cash to show up in this video because he’s like, you know…dead.

Kind Of Creatures – “Quiet/Loud” {Pop/Rock}

I don’t know much about Kind Of Creatures because I only just discovered them this past week, but there’s two things I know for sure after watching this video: 1. They have a pretty mean Strokes vibe and 2. They have a pretty mean fanbase too. I can almost smell the old lady perfume from here….

Fly Moon Royalty – “DNA” {Electro/Soul}

If may not have the frills of a high-budget music video (unless you count the frilly facial make-up…) but we couldn’t help but get wowwed by the interpretive dance moves and different people mouthing the song’s lyrics while staring straight into the camera. Is it just me or do you feel like you’re getting eye-fucked throughout this video?

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – “Simple And Sure” {Pop}

I’m not sure what they’re serving at The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart’s dinner party, but everyone seems to be twitching up a storm. The GIF-inspired video was directed by Bangs, and the track is off their forthcoming album Days Of Abandon which is out on May 13th via Yebo.

Pixies – “Snakes” {Alternative Rock}

A part of me wanted to hate this new Pixies EP trilogy because I’m all about Kim D. like that, but Frank Black keeps on being just so damn awesome. The video for “Snakes” is less of a music video and more like a cops-and-robbers/Breaking Bad-style thriller starring a bunch of papier-mâché’d peeps which overall makes for a highly entertaining viewing experience.

Zebastian Swartz – “Me And My Brother” {Alt-Folk/Rock}

The latest music video from Stockholm’s Zebastian Swartz tells a touching story of a young lad who bumps into some creepy black mascot thingy in his backyard, and then later that night the creepy black mascot thingy comes back to haunt him…literally. It’s all pretty gripping and I’m sure there’s some sort of underlying metaphor behind the storyline, but I was too busy being fascinated by the 8-year-old’s impressive facial hair…


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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 24, 2014 in Alternative, Chamber Pop, Electronic, Experimental, independent bands, Indie, Rock, Tribal Rock by Rex

Kippi’s – “Lady” {Alternative/Tribal Rock}

Oh Kippi’s, I love how you’re singing to me all sexy and Italian-like. Anyways, Kippi’s (which means “cheers” in Finnish) is a trio based out of Italy consisting of a Chinese teacher, a funeral home owner and a gravedigger, so to say we’re intrigued by this group is an understatement. They’ll be releasing their new record via Sick Room Records tomorrow, and for more info you can check out their Facebook page.

TucA – “Canção Ao Ceará” {Experimental Rock/Electronic}

In case you haven’t figured it out already, we like things weird over here at RMD; so maybe that’s why we weren’t creeped out by the grunt-like vocals and the tattooed dude with a staring problem in this music video? TucA is based out of Brazil, and if you dig their work be sure to check out their blog as well as the rest of their tracks on their Soundcloud page.

Sports Bar – “I Want To Waste Away With You” {Garage Pop}

The 90s child/Canadian in me can’t help but dig any Sum 41-sounding group (but this group had me within the first two lines of the song anyways…) They’re based out of Richmond, Virginia, and this track of theirs is off their brand spankin’ new EP of the same title which you can buy as a name-your-price download via Bandcamp.

Harley Alexander – “Memory Mobile” {Psych Pop}

If it wasn’t for my fellow Vancouver Islander Mac DeMarco expanding my psychedelic pop brain cells I might not have given this tune a chance; but seeing that 2014 has certainly been DeMarco’s year thus far maybe it’s time for all of us to give psyched out experimental pop a chance. This track is off Alexander’s February release Universal Love which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

AK – “Circles” {Chamber Pop}

It always seems like something musically magical happens whenever female vocals are intertwined with elaborate piano chords (think: Tori Amos/Chantal Kreviazuk), and although I dug the hell out of a lot of elements in this track (and believe me, there are many) the psychedelic outro is what really sold me on the tune. Her new album How Not To Be Alone is hitting the pavement tomorrow, but if you can’t wait that long you can pre-order it for $5 here.

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Album review: Metronomy – Love Letters {Indie Pop/Electronic}

March 14, 2014 in Album reviews, Alternative, Electronic, Indie, Pop by Rex


REX’S RATING: 7 / 10


“Boy Racers”
“Love Letters”

Joe Mount’s baby AKA Metronomy has always been an act that is hard to pin down. They’re too experimental to be pop and too “indie” to be “mainstream.” But with this fourth album of theirs, Metronomy has decided to confuse the hell out of me even more by treading through psychedelic territory just like Kevin Barnes did pre-Lousy With Sylvianbriar; which is all fine and dandy except that Kevin Barnes pre-Lousy With Sylvianbriar already did that. Maybe Joe-Joe needs to sit himself down and get edumucated on The Sunlandic Twins?

I had high hopes for Love Letters ever since I laid my eyes on the majestic video for “Love Letters,” but unfortunately the album is all over the place like Kevin Barnes’ fried brain. There’s baroque pop on “Monstrous,” cheesy, childish synth on “Reservoir,” a Ron Burgundy flute on “Boy Racers,” classic pop on “Love Letters”…It’s pretty impressive when you take a step back and look at all the genres covered on the release; but do they all fit together? Nope, definitely not.

On the one hand there is no doubt that Mount succeeds at mastering vintage/classic vibes and sounds, like the Elton John elements of the leading single “Love Letters” and the Bach-style harpsichords on “Monstrous,” but on the other hand it’s hard for me to really glance over the fact that I had several “been there, heard that” moments while listening to the album. “Month Of Sundays” sounds like it should have been on Sgt. Pepper’s (which could be a good thing or a bad thing), and on “Monstrous” the Kevin Barnes-influence comes out in full-force with layers upon layers of falsetto vocals that make you feel like your brain cells are being swirled around for a few minutes. Ironically it was on this track that I truly started to understand the kind of genius we’re listening to here, and with methodically planned-out chords and harmonies that consistently weave in and out of each other for nearly four minutes, it was hard not to be impressed by it all.

But besides the fact that I’m more back-and-forth about the album than Mount is about whatever sound he was trying to grasp at on this album, each song is like a tapestry of different sounds and instruments, so much so that you want to hang up each track like a piece of art on your wall and study it for hours on end. The dude knows how to craft a thorough, well thought-out song that you could listen to a thousand times and still hear something new after each listen. Lyrically the album has a lot to offer as well, with lines like “I’ve seen our stars and there’s nothing aligning / that’s cause I’m Aquarius” managed to pull a warm smirk out of my cold Canadian face.

If the majority of the album sounded more like “Boy Racers” I probably would have been drooling all over myself by the end of the Love Letters listening experience, but I wasn’t. I was left slightly confused by the genre-teasing, glitch-in-the-Matrix moments I was having from listening to too much of Montreal over the years, and the classic elements on “I’m Aquarius” and “Love Letters” seemed to clash with the other more techno, electronic tracks on the record. But don’t blame me for picking apart a nearly perfect album; I am a Virgo, after all.

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Album review: Beck – Morning Phase {Alt-Folk/Pop}

March 7, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Pop by Rex


REX’S RATING: 3.5 / 10


“Turn Away”
“Heart Is A Drum”

Beck is like that cool friend in college who you would only see at party whilst you’re both drunk out your minds, and you end up having these epic conversations about life, music, politics and hobos. But after a decade or so the same old college parties get boring, the same debates get less interesting, and your “cool” friend ended up dropping out of school and living in his/her parent’s basement for the rest of his/her life. That’s pretty much how I feel about Beck now that I’ve listened to Morning Phase.

Beck’s music has always been all over the map genre-wise on purpose, so it seems as though this go-around, much like his 2002 album Sea Change (which is apparently a “companion” record to Morning Phase), he’s decided to release an album that has one chilled out, mellow song after another. Which is all fine and dandy when all of the songs are, you know…interesting. But given that we all know that Beck has the ability to flex his musical muscles to 110%, hearing him give 65% on this album because he’s like, so chill now man, just doesn’t sit well with me at all.

I’m not going to pull a Beck and force you to spend 47 minutes of your life trying to understand a point that can be summed up in two seconds: Morning Phase is booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooring. And not boring as in “oh shit, did I just fall asleep?” kind of boring (although I did have a few snore sessions here and there…) I’m talking full-out “hit me in the face with a stick repeatedly until this album is over” kind of boring.

Take the intro track “Cycle,” for instance; (which was conducted by Beck’s father David Campbell). Usually when an album starts off with a (dun-dun duuun) pointless instrumental track, its purpose is to introduce something. Anything! Anything but an album full of boring songs. What’s the point of the build-up if the record doesn’t go anywhere??

And as a whole the album may be complete shit, but there are a few individual qualities hidden here and there that stand out. There’s beautiful guitar sections, hypnotizing harmonies, but other than that…that’s about it. I mean…I don’t know what you want me to say. I can’t make something out of nothing. I could honestly not tell you one hook or “pop” that’s hidden in any of the songs, besides a little bit of country twang on the appropriately titled “Country Down” the little falsetto on “Morning,” and the trancey folk backbeat on “Heart Is A Drum.” ”Wave” was the only track that really made “sense” because I felt I could get lost in it, which is the kind of theme I think Beck was trying to get at here…

But don’t let this review deter you from checking the album out, because for some strange reason it’s been getting rave reviews left, right and center; so maybe I’m missing something? That or people have their heads stuck so far up Beck’s ass…I mean, there must have been at least one person in the studio who wanted to speak up and say “Damn dude, do you plan on picking it up just a little at some point?” But I can’t blame them studio folks when I know for a fact I wouldn’t have had enough balls to go up to Beck and criticize his music – that’s what hiding behind a music blog is for!!

Nevertheless this album forced me to come to the realization that my favourite musicians will always get older, animals will always die, Miley Cyrus will probably live to be 94, and college friends who partied too hard end up getting fat and losery. Yes, change is bound to happen, but I’m not going to force myself into a “morning person phase” just to accept it.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 3, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Americana, Disco, Electronic, Experimental, Free downloads, Funk, independent bands, Indie by Rex

The Two Koreas – “Can Explain” {Alternative Rock}

The fact that I’m sitting in a pile of my own piss might have already given it away that our numero uno favourite Canadian band has FINALLY released the EP they were hinting at when we interviewed them a couple of years back, and to say we’re excited is an understatement. To buy their LP Winner EP for as little as $4 (or each track for $1) click here.

Sam Sniper – “Something To Say” {Americana/Rock}

This vocalist sounds just like Adam Duritz from Counting Crows (minus the nasty dreadlocks/singing about how he wants to be Bob Dylan and buy himself a grey guitar, of course) and his voice swooned us within seconds of pressing that play button. The band is currently running a Kickstarter to fund the release of their album on vinyl this summer, so if you want to help some brothers out click here.

Ang Low – “Voodoo Woman” {Experimental/Electronic}

This Afrobeat/world music-ish song is as trippy as Ween’s “Voodoo Lady,” and that’s saying a lot. Low is based out of Brooklyn, New York, and this wicked song is off his brand spankin’ new and debut EP (which hits the pavement on March 31st via Luv Luv Luv Records).

Uaxyacac - ”Double Seeker” {Experimental/Electronic}

A tribal, belly-dancing kind of beat, a Liars/Grimes vibe and enough layers and textures to make you feel as if you’ve floated onto another planet for a few minutes…have I given it away that this group is Quebecois yet? This track is off their Double Seeker album which was released in December, and you can buy it for $5 here.

Few Friends – “You I’m Moving To” {Disco/Funk} + Free downloads

Who needs “a few friends” when you can listen to funkalicious tunes like this? This is actually only the second song the band has released to date, so if that impressed you as much as it impressed me you can download the song for free in the player below and give the group some “Like” love on Facebook here.

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Album review: Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness {Alt-Folk}

February 28, 2014 in Album reviews, Alt-Country, Alt-Folk, Alternative, Psych Folk by Rex


REX’S RATING: 9 / 10


“High & Wild”
“Lights Out”

If Emmylou Harris’ and Joan Baez’s future reincarnations procreated and gave birth to a Cat Power who never hooked up with a Scientologist/got into heroin, that would be Angel Olsen in a nutshell. And although I’m a Cat Power nerd through-and-through, Olsen is slowly creeping up to be one of my favourite folky songstresses on my snobby little iPod (and my iPod is VERY particular about what goes on it – it picks the tracks, not me).

The Missouri-born but Chicago-based 27-year-old had already released an EP Strange Cacti in 2011 as well as a debut album Half Way Home the following year, but the first time I heard of her was when her new album’s leading single “Hi-Five” was released, and it immediately caught my attention (because obviously). Ever since then her name started popping up here, there and everywhere in the music blogosphere, and it was clear that Burn Your Fire For No Witness was to become one of the most talked about releases of 2014.

But given the vibe of the single, I was expecting the album to have a lot more of a twangy, country feel, so I was surprised to hear Olsen cover an umbrella of different sounds, genres and vibes on her album ranging from vintage folk, tribal rock and even 90s grunge. ”White Fire” has a lot of tracey Leonard Cohen thrown into the mix, “High & Wild” is the only non-Black Angels song I’ve heard come close to sounding remotely similar to the Black Angels, (is Olsen secretly their drummer or something?) and “Forgiven/Forgotten” sounds like something straight out of a grunge record from the 1990s.

Because there’s a lot of variety in the album, almost too much, the ebb and flow of the album isn’t as settling as one would hope it would be. The album starts off with a bang, then dips slightly at “White Fire,” and although it reaches it peak halfway through, it then slowly peters out into a boring folk territory around the last few tracks. So in other words, Burn Your Fire For No Witness has a nasty case of the “Shuffle Syndrome.” If you play this album on shuffle it’s great, but listening to it from start to finish gets redundant.

Now don’t go thinking that I didn’t like the album, because that couldn’t be further from the truth. I just can’t help but hold Olsen to a much higher standard after hearing what she’s capable of, and somehow I get the inkling that with a little more time and/or encouragement this album could have followed through in being absolutely perfect with no flaws whatsoever. It’s as if an “A” student submitted an assignment worth a “B-.”

Nevertheless there are still countless qualities in this album any music nerd will enjoy. It’s very, very vintage and very, very lo-fi, and the tunes are short, but get to the point and don’t beat around the bush. There’s also a ton of sharp melodies heard on songs like “Iota” and “Lights Out” – a track that made me pull a Paul McCartney circa 1964 when he first started plunking out the melody to “Yesterday” on the piano. “Does this song sound familiar to you? I swear I’ve heard this before...”

But what I liked most about the record was how philosophically deep it was, and like any other true-blue folk release, it tells a touching story and has a ton of classic one-liners like “if all the world could see it with one eye / in perfect colour to the perfect sky” and “some days all you need is one good thought strong in your mind” made me sit back and strike a pose like this.

And I’m warning you now: The album may or may not leave you with an extreme case of the sads. Not “sad” as in crying sad, but the kind of sad you feel when you find out Phillip Seymour Hoffman died, or when you realize that Justin Bieber is from the same country as you. So in other words, total and utter despair and no hope for the future. So if you’re prepared to dive deep into the well of heartbroken foreverness, then light some candles, grab a box of Kleenex, put Downton Abbey on pause and prepare to get blown away.

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Top new videos: Kate Nash, Cut Copy, London Grammar + Pussy Riot getting arrested (again)

February 27, 2014 in Alt-Country, Alternative, Electropop, Garage Rock, Pop, Psych Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Punk by Rex

Pussy Riot – “Putin Will Teach You How To Love” {Punk}

Remember when the Russian Cossacks opened up a can of whip-ass on Pussy Riot in Sochi last week? Well turns out the band was filming the event for this music video the whole time. The song is in Russian so naturally I don’t understand a word that they’re saying, but they’re probably singing about [CONTENT REMOVED AS PER PUTIN'S REQUEST]

London Grammar – “Hey Now” {Alternative Pop}

I’m still not entire convinced that London Grammar’s vocalist Hannah Reid isn’t a man, just because I haven’t heard female vocals that deep since Jared Leto formed that group with the shittiest name ever. Either way this new video of theirs is a great watch, and has enough floating orbs to make the Most Haunted team get in, up and all around that shit.

Ciara O’Neill – “Dead, Black” {Alternative Pop/Folk}

Now see here Ciara, I know we only just met, but the next time you release a mind-blowing, out-of-this-world music video that does my head in give me some fair warning beforehand OK? This single is off her debut EP, and if you like her work you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter and check out her YouTube and Soundcloud too.

King Black Acid – “I’m Rolling Under” {Psych Rock}

Besides the fact that this music video is visually hypnotic and has a story line focused around “time travel, trans-humanism and the dream life inside of a song,” it also features a crapton of downright scary sights like dinosaurs, strange tribal dances and a dude that looks like John Denver. Creepy stuff.

Cut Copy – “We Are Explorers” {Electropop}

Alright Cut Copy, you’ve already impressed me with your amazing neon ways, so why must you torture me with even more neon awesomeness? The video stars two Indian In The Cupboard-like 3D printed cutout characters taking a stroll around Los Angeles, and was created by Masa Kawamura, Aramique, and Qanta Shimuzu.

Kate Nash – “Sister” {Garage Rock/Pop}

Just when I was starting to think that Kate Nash changed her ways when she went from singing about Caroline being a “victim” to drinking, dancing, and writing names in the sand with another girl, she goes and has a bitch fight with this friend of hers before proceeding to have one of those “talks” on the beach. Meeeeow!

Charlie and the Foxtrots – “The Man I Am” {Alt-Country/Folk}

Thick-rimmed glasses, a stand-up bass and a banjo, some sexy scruff and a braided rat tail…as if we needed any more reasons to love Charlie and his Foxtrots. But then the band goes and blows my mind even more by turning back time like Cher back to the Wild, Wild West, Deadwood style. Is this what true love feels like?

honeybird & the birdies – “Perejil” {Psych Folk}

Besides having a name like honeybird & the birdies and a sound described as “psych funk,” the band have also released a beautifully-shot video that comes with a gripping-yet-ironically hilarious story line with a dash of politics getting thrown into the mix too – why can’t all our indie submissions be like this?

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

February 25, 2014 in Alternative, Chillwave, Electronic, Free downloads, Hardcore, independent bands, Indie, Pop, Punk, R&B, Rock, Shoegaze, Synthpop by Rex

M.S.A. – “Waste Of Life” {Punk/Hardcore} + Free download

Any Canadian music nerd will tell you that the hardcore music scene in the Prairies is pretty badass, so as soon as we read that this punk group was based out of Edmonton we had to prepare ourselves for a whole lotta whoop ass before we hit the play button (and we highly suggest you do too). And if their badassery didn’t make you piddle in your panties and run and hide into the nearest corner from embarrassment, you can check out the rest of their tracks here.

Neeco Delaf – “Odyssey” {Chillwave/Pop}

We’re not a huge fan of the good ol’ autotune, but Neeco Delaf knows how to pull it off just right (or maybe we’re biased because we’ve already covered one of their tracks here?). Either way any electronic geek will appreciate the chilled-out R&B vibe of this tune. Make sure you check out the rest of their tunes on their Bandcamp page and give them some “Like” love on Facebook.

Soonar – “All Made Of Parts” {Alternative Rock/Shoegaze}

With a riff that could get you hooked in seconds, these “dinosaurs of Dutch indie rock” managed to pull together a vibe that sounds like all of my favourite rock ‘n roll songs put together into one; so for that reason alone they deserve a good shout-out. You can check out the highlarious music video for the track below, but if you like this song you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

Stereodyssey – “Deep Space” {Synthpop} + Free downloads

This music-making machine of a project has released not one, but two new EPs in this month alone (Memory Bank EP and Memory Bank Vol. II Moon Songs EP), so clearly this dude means business. “Deep Space” has been our guilty pleasure this past week, but we recommend you listen to his other tracks on his Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages (where all his tunes are available as free and/or name-your-price downloads).

Family Photo – “Eureka” {Alternative Pop}

This song is more like a stir fry of a variety of different sounds ranging from alt-folk, indie, even a dash of electronic and classical elements, which is fitting seeing that the five-piece hails from all corners of the U.S. like Oregon, Ohio and Boston (although they’re now based in Sacramento). This track is off their latest release All We Ever Do which was released via Stereocure.

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Top new videos: Thurston Moore, Twin Shadow, Dum Dum Girls + Bend Sinister surrounded by taxidermy

February 20, 2014 in Alternative, Chillwave, Indie, Pop, Rock, Sunshine Pop by Rex

Kevin Drew – “Good Sex” {Pop/Rock} (NSFW)

Despite the fact that we’ve been listening to Kevin Drew’s music for years, this is actually the first time we’ve seen him in a music video. But instead of trying not to focus on all the shots of couples foreplaying all we could think was “yup, Kevin Drew seems like the kind of guy who would have good sex.” Don’t judge because my attention span goes to the gutter whenever a bearded guy singing about “good sex” is on my screen…

Bleached – “Guy Like You” {Sunshine Pop}

Flower pedals swirling around in the sun, kitty kats kuddling and kissing (sorry, I had a Kardashian moment) and random shots of insane mosh pits and drunks laying down on the sidewalk. Way to not confuse the hell out of me, Bleached.

Tree – “Stuck Down The Wrong Rabbit Whole” ft. Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn {Chillwave/Pop}

Now don’t go thinking that I’m only covering this band because their name is Tree; I’m covering this band because one of the band member’s middle name is Tree, and that’s pretty badass if you ask me. Plus the music video is more like a short film that features a lot of (you guessed it) TREES! And a dude hallucinating an animated rabbit, of course.

The Notwist – “Kong” {Alternative Rock}

I was secretly hoping that because this song is called “Kong” there would be some kind of King Kong reference in the video, and the video certainly delivered. Lucky thing the dude can swim like a graceful ballerina to safety until…well I don’t want to spoil it for you, but let’s just say there may or may not be a water monster involved. OK well I guess I did kind of spoil it for you just then…

Bend Sinister – “Teacher” {Pop/Rock}

This music video stars not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Jesus-looking Canadian fellows, as well as an organ synth and PUPPIES!!! I’m in Canadian heaven!! Plus the band manages to perform effortlessly in a house filled with taxidermied animals like elk, bears, eagles, you name it. If this doesn’t scream “Canada” then I don’t know what does…

Thurston Moore – “Heavenmetal” {Alternative Rock}

If the name Thurston Moore rings a bell it means that A. You’re familiar with Sonic Youth and B. You’re awesome. In the span of only two minutes this new music video covers all sorts of trippy symbolism like women drawing hearts in mirrors, women slicing up each other’s hands, a typewriter on fire and tarot cards….BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN??

SLEEP SLEEP – “Gospel” {Indie Rock}

Forget about relying on mainstream media to make you so fearful you can’t even step a foot outside your house, because this video covers everything from atomic bombs, homes blowing up, people running for safety as bombs go off in their neighbourhood, and even a cute little boy running around in a cowboy hat. Yup, all-around scary stuff.

Twin Shadow – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” ft. Samantha Urbani (The Smiths cover) {Pop}

What’s more awesome than Twin Shadow collaborating with the Friends-y Samantha Urbani to cover a classic Smiths song? You’re right, nothing’s more awesome than that. But this music video comes pretty damn close thanks to the camera being perched on the hood of Twin Shadow’s car.

Dum Dum Girls – “Too True To Be Good” {Alternative Rock}

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Dum Dum Girls’ new album Too True, but at least they’re packing the visual punches for the album’s singles. The video features a ton of gothic, double exposure images of bleeding flowers, not to mention that Dee Dee is sporting some pretty badass shades as well. All around a good watch for any Dum Dum fan.

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