Death Cab For Cutie – “Cath…”

Weddings never go well in Death Cab For Cutie songs.

This church is perfectly designed for a Graduate-like climax, but will our pining bachelor summon up the strength to yell from the balcony? There aren’t many guests at this ceremony—few people to fight, if things go south.

“Cath…” is reportedly based on Wuthering Heights, the titular lady a reference to Catherine Earnshaw and her torment over marrying Edgar when she loves Heathcliff. It was on 2008’s Narrow Stairs.

-Scott Bryson

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Clinic – “Rubber Bullets”

Not a lot of bands experimenting with a claymation look, these days. The joke’s on Clinic, though; claymation was creepy way before they got their hands on it.

“Rubber Bullets” comes from Clinic’s new Wheeltappers and Shunters record, described by the band as “a fun, dancefloor album in these dark and conservative times” (har har). Its title is taken from The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club TV show—the band’s guilty pleasure, or perhaps meta-humour?

Wheeltappers and Shunters is out in May.

-Scott Bryson

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Nina Simone – “Go To Hell”

Happy 86th birthday to the High Priestess of Soul, Miss Nina Simone! A legend who is just as relevant in 2019 as she was in her day.

-Michelle Farres

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Denzel Curry – “Bulls On Parade” (Rage Against The Machine Cover)

It takes confidence to cover Rage Against The Machine. Denzel Curry is a confident man.

Australia’s Triple J gave Curry the chance to cover the iconic “Bulls On Parade” on their show Like A Version and he did not disappoint. Was he able to match Zack de la Rocha’s angry flow? Check. Did he add a freestyle not found in the original? Double check. Is there a mic drop? Check, check, and check (kind of).

And for all the music nerds who like to compare covers to their original versions, Rage is posted below for your compare-and-contrasting needs.

-Michelle Farres

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Sharon Van Etten – “Comeback Kid”

There is no doubt that Sharon Van Etten is channelling Siouxsie Sioux in this video.

“Comeback Kid” is quite the departure for the singer-songwriter. It’s not just the eyeliner that’s reminiscent of Siouxsie, but her entire sound seems to have become fuller and heavier on the synths. I’m sure she’s received some blow-back from die-hard fans, but overall, it’s safe to say that the Van Etten evolution is working and working well.

As one YouTuber eloquently put it: “If you couldn’t see the Dark Wave in Sharon Van Etten all along, maybe you didn’t really get her at all. That frequency was always there.”  Indeed it was.

-Michelle Farres

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DJ Jazzy Jeff – “Rock Wit U” (feat. Erro)

This song was fire when it dropped in 2002 and it’s still fire now.

The premise is simple enough: guy sees girl at the club and wants to talk to her, but who can really talk over that loud music? But he likes her, he knows he does. His solution to this age-old problem? Let’s just groove and chat later. Makes sense.

The video is just as simple: guy wants to impress girl, so he shows off his sexy singing voice. She seems to be digging it, but how is she not impressed by his producer? Some people are just hard to please.

The dude with the video camera can seriously get lost though.

If this track makes you nostalgic for some more DJ Jazzy Jeff, you can catch him at The Velvet Underground on February 9.

-Michelle Farres

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Nitzer Ebb – “Fun To Be Had”

Did you hear? Nitzer Ebb are going on tour!

Brooklyn Vegan (and every other music news outlet – well, the cool ones anyway) reported today that the UK industrial band will be touring North America — their first in about a decade, and you can bet dollars to doughnuts that this Telescoper already got her ticket.

If you’re in Toronto and want to hear such anthems as “Join in the Chant”, “Let Your Body Learn”, “Lightning Man” and oh so many more, they’ll be at The Danforth Music Hall on May 14.  There will be fun to be had by everyone (see what I did there?).

-Michelle Farres

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