Depeche Mode – “But Not Tonight”

When Depeche Mode played Toronto last September, Mr. Martin Gore sang “But Not Tonight” as a beautiful ballad. This of course prompts the question; who sang it better? The original is above, Martin’s version is below. The decision is yours.

-Michelle Farres

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Tearjerker – Hiding

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This Hiding EP is a blast from a cryptic past—the soundtrack to a photo album that only exists in a stranger’s mind. It’s easy to envision what Tearjerker are getting at, and it’s familiar and foreign at the same time (see the video for “You Can,” below, for a tangible illustration).

Bon Iver meets Washed Out, made in Toronto. They’ve got a new full-length coming out later in the year; it’s highly anticipated.

-Scott Bryson

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Young Fathers – “I Heard”

We’re a little late on this one, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t spend some time with this year’s Scottish Album of the Year award winners, Young Fathers (a “psychedelic hip hop boy band”), and their Tape Two album.

Up above, is the opener, “I Heard.” Young Fathers also released Dead, earlier this year.

-Telescope Staff

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Robyn – “Do You Really Want Me”

It’s a big day in Toronto today; Swedish pixie Robyn’s playing Echo Beach with some help from Norway’s Röyksopp, and people are excited (at least my friends are. My Facebook News Feed is all about Robyn right now).

Is she down with way back playbacks? How back is she willing to go? As far back as “Do You Really Want Me?”

Here’s hoping.

-Michelle Farres

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The Vaselines – “Sex With An X”

No cause to hold back, once you’ve parted ways with the Almighty.

Always wanted to push a kid off a swing? Go for it. Yearn to smash a busker’s guitar and steal his money? No reason not to. Urinating in public? Barely worth a second thought.

“Sex With An X” is from the 2010 album of the same name, which arrived twenty years after its predecessor. The Vaselines continue to make up for lost time—V For Vaselines hits stores next month.

-Scott Bryson

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Axxa/Abraxas – Axxa/Abraxas

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We don’t know what an Axxa or an Abraxas is, but there’s a tad more clarity to be found once you’re past Ben Asbury’s weirdo moniker (albeit a psychotropic sort of clarity). Consider Axxa/Abraxas a reimagining of Woods’ pastoral rock that was sent hurtling backwards through time with little more than electric guitars and a fistful of psychedelic drugs (no coincidence, then, that Woods member Jarvis Taveniere was called in to produce this self-titled debut).

On occasion, individual instruments on Axxa/Abraxas approach the territory mined during Tigermilk through “Legal Man”-era Belle & Sebastian; check out the mind bending “I Almost Fell,” below, for a sample.

Easy to immerse yourself in this one. As Asbury says in “Beyond the Wind,” “The only place you find the truth’s inside.”

-Scott Bryson

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Islands – “No You Don’t”

So, Michael Cera released an album today. You can listen to True That here.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be; Cera and music go hand-in-hand, either in films like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World or working with artists like Weezer and Islands, not only staring in videos like the quasi-public service announcement “No You Don’t”, but also playing bass with them on tour.

As if we already didn’t think Michael Cera was cool (you already thought that, right?).

-Michelle Farres

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