The Tallest Tree – “Boat”

More than you’d typically expect out of a debut single (and similar to Hooded Fang, no?).

What we know about The Tallest Tree so far: Dawn, from Dundas, Ontario and Armando, from Mexico City. They met, married and set up shop in Dundas. There’s a European band of the same name—unrelated.

-Telescope Staff

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Avi Buffalo – “So What”

Magic beach door, à la Stephen King’s The Drawing of the Three. It’s never wise to walk into one of these things (unless you’re running from lobstrosities), and here we see why, as our protagonist is transported to Corporate America and plunked into an office job he didn’t ask for.

A later beach door journey drops him in the middle of a LARP production—not necessarily a bad trip, unless you’re the only one not wearing a costume.

“So What” comes from Avi Buffalo’s At Best Cuckold (out in September), the long-awaited follow-up to their 2010 debut.

-Scott Bryson

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Iceage – “The Lord’s Favorite”

They’re a country band, now. Not exactly what we’re used to hearing from these Danes, but not a drastic leap, either.

More importantly, “The Lord’s Favorite” introduces us to the new paragon of champagne consumption: guzzling from one bottle while you pour another over your head. Now that’s a celebration.

One would expect a new album is forthcoming, but no announcements yet.

-Scott Bryson

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Built To Spill – “Sidewalk”

Built To Spill announced yesterday they’ll be repressing 1999’s Keep It Like A Secret on vinyl—out August 11 (with bonus track “Forget Remember When”). To celebrate, we’re checking out a live performance of “Sidewalk.”

-Telescope Staff

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Basement Jaxx – “Never Say Never” ft. ETML

The outlook is bleak: 72% of the population has stopped partaking in the art of dancing, and in 15 years, everyone will have stopped dancing all together. This is serious people. A solution is imperative.

Thankfully, scientists have spent thousands of hours and millions of yen to help prevent this unhappy outcome – enter the TW3RK-BOT 1.0.  With such state-of-the-art features as a self-lubricating and machine-washable Jaxx buttocks as well as an impressive thrust speed of up to 124 TPM, this may be the solution to the problem plaguing humanity.

Basment Jaxx new album Junto is scheduled for release on August 25, 2014 via their label Atlantic Jaxx.

Bringing dance back to mankind, one thrust at a time.

-Michelle Farres

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The New Pornographers – “War On The East Coast”

Carl Newman and Dan Bejar are out for a stroll. Not the makings of an exciting vid, until they saunter into a riot.

They continue unperturbed, though Newman has seemed a little agitated from the start. Perhaps he’d be having a better time if he didn’t have to lip synch to Bejar’s vocals. Let Bejar do his own singing; he can practice aloof poses some other time.

“War On The East Coast” is taken from The New Pornographers’ Brill Bruisers, out next month. Head to their Web site for a chance to do some freaky neon drawing on your screen.

-Scott Bryson

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Popcaan – “The System”

Dancehall is synonymous with summer, dancing and Red Stripe, but those in the reggae-know can tell you that often, the message is more than just having a good time.

“The System”’s lyrics speak for themselves, filled with references to gun violence, drugs and living in poverty. That said, they’re also not the easiest to understand, and reading them doesn’t necessarily help (check out the lyric video. See what I mean?).  Fortunately, the visuals succeed in conveying the message.

We start with Popcaan and crew out on a walk through an obvious ghetto. As they make their way through the neighbourhood, they amass residents who are going about their daily lives until everyone affected by the corrupt system is walking with Popcaan in solidarity. That’s goes beyond a party anthem,although there is some booty shaking in the video if you look closely.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a Red Stripe while listening to “ The System”, just make sure that you do listen.

-Michelle Farres

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