The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – “Simple and Sure”

What begins as an elegant dinner party quickly devolves into Clue-worthy calamity.

The catalyst appears to be the mustachioed man eyeballing the guest across from him, but something more sinister is afoot—how did someone find the time to brick-fill all the exits? Do the guests really want to leave, anyway?

“Simple and Sure” comes from last year’s exceptional Days Of Abandon.

-Scott Bryson

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Shannon and the Clams – “Rip Van Winkle”

Is the brutal wind chill getting you down? You’re not the only one.

Toronto’s been in a deep freeze as of late, and no one is happy about the -30°C temperatures.  Time to channel sunny California with Oakland’s Shannon and the Clams.

Let’s remake Beach Blanket Bingo with these costumes! I’ve always thought the beach party movies were lacking in giant, dancing eyeballs.

-Michelle Farres

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Blur – “Tender”

While we’re on the subject of sappy songs, let’s revisit some old Blur.

“Tender” comes from 13, an album that saw the Brits attempt to reinvent themselves, and in retrospect, it seems to have worked. It may not have been noticeable at the time (recall what the Internet was like in 1999), but 13 landed on most best-of-the-year lists and garnered a Mercury Prize nomination—all while “Song 2” was still being played ad nauseam in bars and on radio stations here.

Blur have a new album on the way—their first since 2003’s Think Tank—and it marks the return of guitarist Graham Coxon, who departed after 13.

-Scott Bryson

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Hayden – “Nowhere We Cannot Go”

Hayden really turned into a softy, in his middle age. Here, we get him lounging in a whirlpool tub, dreaming up syrupy scenes of happy couples frolicking on the beach and smooching underwater.

What happened to “Bad As They Seem” Hayden? “The Closer I Get” Hayden? I suppose we can’t fault the man for being content. Perhaps the shark at the end of the vid was included for those seeking a little turmoil… does the shark eat the beachgoers? Were they so blinded by their infatuation that they didn’t see the No Swimming signs?

“Nowhere We Cannot Go” comes from the similarly syrupy sounding Hey Love, out in March.

-Scott Bryson

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Real McCoy – “Another Night”

Oh ’90s dance music; so formulaic with your catchy vocals and cheesy rappers, yet oh so fun.

What I didn’t realize all those years ago (1995 to be exact) was the amount of manual labour involved in recording the cheesy rap.  Apparently it needs to be recorded in a dingy factory that is powered by workers continuously hand peddling a generator.

I’m pretty sure things were automated in the mid-90s, but sometimes doing it the old fashioned way gets the best results.

-Michelle Farres

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Róisín Murphy – “You Know Me Better”

Did you end up hooking up with a buddy this past Valentine’s Day? According to Ms. Murphy, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

There are definite advantages to dating a friend — they already know the things that you tend to hide from someone you just met. Your friend knows about your love of solo dance parties and that you insist on eating soup in formal wear, yet they like you anyway. That’s something worth pursuing, if you ask me.

The former Moloko singer is releasing her third solo album Hairless Toys in May. You can listen to her new track “Gone Fishing” over at Pitchfork.

-Michelle Farres

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The Monkees – “Daily Nightly”

“Psychedelic, huh?” quips Dolenz at the end. There wasn’t much need for his two cents; “Daily Nightly” was obviously not your typical Monkees tune (though we got a lot more of that variety as the years went by).

This one was penned by Nesmith, who rests coolly in the background while Tork and Jones act like dorks. It comes from their Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. album which, by the way, was one of the first records to feature a Moog synthesizer.

-Scott Bryson

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