Daniel Romano – “The Long Mirror Of Time”

“Unfortunately for them, an Alien came through that door instead of her husband.”

Sleuthing reveals this clip is from the 11th episode of the short-lived British TV series, UFO. Exactly why Romano chose it to accompany his “Long Mirror Of Time” will likely remain a mystery, but it fits nonetheless.

“An injured Alien stumbles into a lonely cottage and is shot down by Liz Newton and her lover Cass Fowler. Liz and Cass are taken to SHADO HQ for questioning… the Alien’s death was no accident!” Let’s hope the Alien’s costume and make-up were an accident—even for 1970, that’s a pretty lame extra-terrestrial.

“The Long Mirror Of Time” comes from Daniel Romano’s Finally Free, out late last year. As a concept, said mirror emerges in several of the album’s songs. No mention of off-world invaders, though.

-Scott Bryson

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Corey Hart – “Sunglasses at Night”

That synthesizer. There’s no mistaking what’s coming next when you hear it.

Congratulations to Corey Hart on his upcoming induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame! If you want to catch the inductee live, he’ll be playing Toronto’s Budweiser Stage on June 14.

“Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades, oh no”.

-Michelle Farres

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Moses Sumney – “Lonely World”

Whoa. I was not prepared for this video. It starts out innocently enough; Moses Sumney walking on an isolated, rocky shore. That is until he encounters a mermaid on the beach. That’s when things turn creepy.

Sumney recently tweeted “from now on gonna sing more in my lower register and less in falsetto, don’t be alarmed it’s just growth.” I’m all about growth, and Sumney sings beautifully regardless of register, but you can’t deny that his incredibly high falsetto is key to the disturbed feeling you’re left with after watching “Lonely World”.

My entire perception of mermaids has gone completely out the window. As it turns out, they are not the friendly Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, but instead something much, much darker.

-Michelle Farres

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FEMME -“Be Shy” feat. NOVA

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been guilty of many a solo dance party in my living room. The next time that happens (i.e. tonight), I will totally be copping some of FEMME’s moves. Who doesn’t appreciate a good hand snap, shimmy, and crotch grab?

Of course, those fancy moves will never leave my home and will only be witnessed by my cat – who’s always a critic – but maybe I will. Ok fine, not the crotch grab.

My point is that I should get out of my shell. As NOVA says, if I’ve got something to say, don’t be shy, don’t delay. I’ve never been one to shy away from voicing my opinion, but perhaps it’s time I start to confidently express myself through dance. 2019 is my year.

“Dance like no one’s watching,” they say. If you’re having trouble with this concept, “Be Shy” is the perfect step-by-step video on how it should be done.

-Michelle Farres

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2018 Albums of the Year: Bodega – Endless Scroll

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The Telescope presents the top albums of 2018. We gathered best-of lists from contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us this year.

Behold the malaise of modernity in 1080p: stroller protests, masturbation and Leonardo DiCaprio (see above) rolled into a tension bomb with a short fuse.

This third Bodega—at least, after well-known Scottish and Canadian incarnations—was birthed in Brooklyn, from the short-lived Bodega Bay, and arrives fully formed for their debut—these aren’t new kids on the block.

Endless Scroll (note the double meaning) is a critique of everyday life that grieves our inability to escape computers and the Internet and lingers on mundane happenings as compensation. Nods to post-punk greats (Wire, etc.) are obvious, but modern showboats like The Two Koreas come to mind as well.

Bodega succeed because they never take themselves too seriously. They’re endlessly cool, and look like they could probably kick your ass, too.

-Scott Bryson

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2018 Albums of the Year: IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance 

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The Telescope presents the top albums of 2018. We gathered best-of lists from contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us this year.

“My blood brother is an immigrant
A beautiful immigrant
My blood brother’s Freddie Mercury
A Nigerian mother of three
He’s made of bones, he’s made of blood
He’s made of flesh, he’s made of love
He’s made of you, he’s made of me
Unity”

What a positive, non-judgmental message filled with love and unity. In fact, IDLES entire second album, Joy as an Act of Resistance is filled with messages of inclusivity and love, in case that isn’t obvious by its title. But if you think this powerful message is delivered using sad folky acoustic guitars, think again.

Singer Joe Talbot has said time and time again that IDLES are not a punk band. Sure, okay, but with the aggressive power behind the music and Talbot singing like someone who would easily headbutt you and then spit on the floor at a pub if you ever got in his way, I can understand the label’s origin.

The aggression doesn’t stop with the band’s music – their live show is just as raw and angry. I was fortunate enough to see IDLES twice in 2018, and their combative stance was just as apparent. That doesn’t mean the audience didn’t feel any love; at my first show, the band led the crowd in a spontaneous, acapella version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (note – this was at an outdoor show in March in Austin) and at my second IDLES experience, the entire audience sang the chorus to Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”. To quote Talbot after my first singalong: “That was a fucking miracle.”

Joy as an Act of Resistance was released August 31, 2018, and if you’re looking to add some aggressive positivity into your life, as well as a surprising cover of  Solomon Burke’s “Cry to Me”, this just may be the album for you.

-Michelle Farres

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Low – “Quorum,” “Dancing and Blood,” and “Fly”

Only thing better than a new Low video is three of them.

Provided your eyes can take it, that is. The Minnesotan trio is no stranger to unsettling clips, and—flickering frames aside—the old guy pole dancing at 4:00 is right up there with their creepiest. The least disturbing thing about these 14 minutes is the scrawled, near-subliminal word “truth” that periodically flashes across the window like scratches on a film strip.

If these tunes are any indication, their upcoming Double Negative album (September) will indeed be as “brazen [and] abrasive” as promo materials are touting.

-Scott Bryson

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