Beef Jerk – “Schooners”

There’s something very Monkees about this video.

Maybe it’s that these Beef Jerk lads are in the mood for wholesome shenanigans. Furiously eating dumplings… playing drums on a high chair… where was mall security? The fun does eventually hit PG-13 levels, as they land in the pub for some pints.

“Schooners” comes from a seven-inch that you can pick up on Bandcamp for a name-your-price donation. Beef Jerk have also released a long-player named Tragic, which is available on fake vomit-coloured vinyl. Yum.

-Scott Bryson

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The Burning Hell – “Fuck The Government, I Love You”

Looks like a fairy tale house party for these two lovebirds, but as inevitably happens, they’re cornered by an amateur poet. Can they escape his needy grasp and find happiness together?

“Fuck The Government, I Love You” comes from The Burning Hell’s seventh full-length, Public Library, out earlier this year.

-Scott Bryson

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Shotgun Jimmie – “Join The Band”

Here, we get a live clip of Jimmie doing his one-man-band routine: three instruments at once (a fourth if you count that stick he picks up at the end), and nary a misstep.

“Join The Band” comes from this year’s Field of Trampolines.

-Scott Bryson

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Preoccupations – “Degraded”

The band formerly known as Viet Cong has softened more than a little. This one’s from their debut album (self-titled) as Preoccupations.

This trip follows in the footsteps of Suuns’ “brainwash” video, though it’s a little less Minecraft, a little more Visualizer. Officially, it depicts “an encounter with the primordial ruins of a post-human landscape, where sentient sculptural artifacts attempt to reassemble themselves.”

Preoccupations comes out in just under a month.

-Scott Bryson

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Doomsquad – Total Time

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This is messed up in all the best ways.

We’ve seen proof the Doomsquad siblings are UFO nuts, and they’re either still on that beat—song titles like “Pyramids on Mars” and “The Very Large Array” would suggest yes—or they’ve moved on to channeling otherworldly spirits at a drum circle. “Fire in the sky, dance though me,” they plead in the opening track. And later in the album: “This is the [look?] the fire gave me, you motherfuckers! Total time!”

Total Time was recorded, as it happens, at a cabin in New Mexico, and its two halves play like a night/day division in the desert: the first half a drug-induced dance around a campfire; the second, the sound of a desolate world waking up—an idyllic, organic comedown.

It’s not clear whether Doomsquad have managed to top their 2014 effort with this one, simply because there’s little about this record that could be termed “clear.” Take “Pyramids on Mars” for a spin, below.

-Scott Bryson

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Odonis Odonis – Post Plague

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Like Year Zero-era Nine Inch Nails and Beyond The Black Rainbow coming together to soundtrack a dystopian near-future action film.

Odonis Odonis mutate into a different band with every outing (they’re on their third), and this is by far their sharpest and most punishing effort. An album full of Daleks yelling “Exterminate!” would have approximately the same cerebral impact.

Aside from a brief respite mid-record when they hit a stride that’s almost Smiths-like, these lads are on a single-minded mission to drill into your psyche and implant the fear of a “pending anthropogenic apocalypse.” They bring up an apt quotation from The Fly in the album’s press notes that we’ll repeat here: “I’m talking about penetration beyond the veil of the flesh! A deep penetrating dive into the plasma pool!”

Take a dive with “That’s How It Goes,” below.

-Scott Bryson

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Arab Strap – “The First Big Weekend of 2016 (Miaoux Miaoux Remix)”

The Strap have reconvened to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and in addition to a handful of shows across the pond, they’ve treated us to this Miaoux Miaoux remix of their debut single, paired with some historical imagery.

If you’re wondering why you keep seeing footage of a woman falling down at a wedding reception, that’s from their “(Afternoon) Soaps” video. Check it out down below. It’s one of many tunes on their also-recently-announced best-of and rarities compilation.

-Scott Bryson

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