Cake – “I Will Survive”

Parking enforcement: the most thankless job of all, though it must be fun to drive around in that little buggy and ruin people’s day—especially after a breakup.

Cake’s version of this ’70s hit can be found on their 1996 album, Fashion Nugget. According to Wikipedia, the song’s original singer, Gloria Gaynor, “does not like this version, due to its use of profanity.” Check out Gaynor’s version below.

-Scott Bryson

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The Age of Electric – “I Don’t Mind”

Word has it Saskatchewan’s The Age of Electric are reuniting for a show on August 29 at Calgary’s Marquee Beer Market & Stage. It’ll be the first time they’ve played together in nearly 20 years.

Here, we revisit their “I Don’t Mind” from 1997’s Make a Pest a Pet—the video that still has us wondering what the cereal incident at the start had to do with anything that followed.

Opening for The Age of Electric: also-reunited hometown heroes Zuckerbaby. Check out their “Andromeda,” below.

-Scott Bryson

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The Weakerthans – “Psalm for the Elks Lodge Last Call”

The Weakerthans are through, according to at least two band members.

The Winnipeg quartet made four albums in their first ten years, but haven’t produced a record since 2007’s perhaps presciently titled Reunion Tour.

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Kathryn Joseph – “The Why What, Baby?”

We’re a couple weeks late on this (happens every year), but as usual, we’re pleased to highlight this year’s winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award: Kathryn Joseph.

Joseph took home the prize for her Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled record, which came out earlier this year. Check out album track “The Why What, Baby?” up above.

This win was no easy feat; Joseph beat out heavy hitters Belle & Sebastian, and previous winners Young Fathers.

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B.A. Johnston – “Skinny Jeans”

The best part about getting old is no longer having to give a shit about what’s cool. Let the kids have their Pogs and Furbies, as long as they stay off my lawn.

It’s unclear if this is an officially sanctioned video; even if it’s not, it seems to mesh with B.A. Johnston’s style. “Skinny Jeans” comes from his Polaris Prize-longlisted Shit Sucks.

-Scott Bryson

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Destroyer – “Girl in a Sling”

A particularly solemn Dan Bejar develops photographs of mostly abandoned houses while daydreaming about girls.

Not exactly out of the ordinary for the Vancouverite, but this tune is certainly a sonic departure from 2011’s sexy Kaputt. Director David Galloway says of the video: “He’s the Pacific Northwest’s Buster Keaton, and I hope one day to share that with the world. One day. For now, though, there’s just this sadness.”

“Girl In A Sling” comes from Poison Season, due out in August.

-Scott Bryson

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The Flaming Lips – “Fight Test”

A fight club in a barn is particularly badass—no one wants to fall into a pile of poop.

These duelers appear to be fighting over a girl—surprise, surprise—and in typical fashion, the more brutish of the two wastes no time in removing his shirt, because we all know that being shirtless makes you a better fighter.

We’re a bit confused about what brought an end this fight. The aggressor may be allergic to manure. Whatever secured this guy’s victory, will it be enough to win the girl?

“Fight Test” comes from The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. Interesting aside: YouTube commenters rightly point out that it bears a remarkable resemblance to Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son” (check that out down below).

-Scott Bryson

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