Underworld – “I Exhale”

If nothing else, this video proves that Karl Hyde would be the world’s most annoying doorman. In fact, he sort of reminds me of this guy.

That said, this latest track has classic Underworld written all over it. Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future is scheduled for release on March 18.

-Michelle Farres

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Ryley Walker – “Sweet Satisfaction”

Another gem of a record we missed in 2015—Ryley Walker’s sophomore effort, Primrose Green.

We’re privy to a particularly disconcerting vision quest in this video for the album’s “Sweet Satisfaction.” Did Walker wander away from Burning Man, or escape a sinister science experiment?

He eventually wanders from the desert into Las Vegas, but the happenings are no less weird. It’s like Homer Simpson’s insanity pepper trip crossed with Fear and Loathing.

-Scott Bryson

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The Tallest Man on Earth – “Darkness of the Dream”

It’s around this time every winter that we start to catch up on some of the first-rate music from the previous year that we’ve thus far neglected.

The Tallest Man on Earth (a.k.a. Kristian Matsson) released his Dark Bird Is Home LP in May last year. “Darkness of the Dream” is one of its livelier tunes.

We get two sides of Matsson here: the sullen lad who wanders through wastelands with his dog, and the light-on-his-feet interpretive dancer. We would not have guessed that second one was coming.

-Scott Bryson

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Elephant Stone – “Where I’m Going”

Elephant Stone making dance music?

It’s true—there are people dancing right there in the video. And this follows in the footsteps of “The Devil’s Shelter,” which we suggested contains “more than a hint of Chemical Brothers beats.” Looks like they might’ve made an entire album in this vein, which we wouldn’t mind one bit.

Their Ship of Fools LP is due out soon.

-Scott Bryson

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Howie Beck – “Maybe I Belong”

Did Howie leave his guitar on the lawn, the night before, or did he just find a new guitar?

Geez, wonder what he did to get thrown out, all of his worldly possessions (paper and a tablecloth?) tossed to the curb? At least he has a friend to back him up (that’s an impeccably-timed catch, on that second, flying guitar).

“Maybe I Belong” is from Beck’s 1999 album, Hollow. His last release was 2009’s How to Fall Down in Public. These days, “Howie is currently busy producing and mixing albums in Studio H, Toronto.”

-Scott Bryson

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Death From Above 1979 – “Virgins”

Juno nominations were announced today. Telescope favourites like Daniel Romano and Majical Cloudz made the cut. So did Death From Above 1979’s The Physical World. It was nominated for Rock Album of the Year, and “Virgins,” seen here, is in the running for Video of the Year.

From the outset, this does not appear to be a typical Amish party. Eating shrooms? Snorting grandma’s ashes? Humping trees? Headbanging? At least the goats got milked.

-Scott Bryson

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Mother and the Addicts – “Oh Yeah, You Look Quite Nice”

Well, we missed another band split. We probably should have noticed this one by now, considering Mother and the Addicts announced their break-up in 2008 and they haven’t released anything since 2007.

“Oh Yeah, You Look Quite Nice” comes from 2005’s Take The Lovers Home Tonight. They followed that up with Science Fiction Illustrated. Check out their only other video here.

The band announced the break-up on Facebook thusly: “A quiet front has existed for some time now but the group have now disbanded, da da for now. Who knows what tomorrow might bring?” Their label, Chemikal Underground, says band leader Sam Smith is now recording under the name Casual Sex: “good look with that google search.”

-Scott Bryson

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