The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Echo of Pleasure

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The appeal of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s latest record—and of much of their last one too—is that every one of its songs sounds like the last song on an album: all the guitars, all the strings, all the keys, all the emotions, all thrown together in a looping, blissful climax.

How they can go all-in like that for nine songs straight (especially live) without exhausting themselves or listeners is anybody’s guess, but the appeal is tangible: it’s hard not to like these songs because they all appear so imbued with sentiment.

The only negative: the sometimes saccharine, always emotive vocals and lyrics may be a turnoff for those not used to them. Check out one of the disc’s less sugary tunes below.

-Scott Bryson

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INVSN – “Immer Zu”

That is one heavily graffitied sidewalk. They’re all pretty lame tags, though. Amateurs. Is white the only paint colour you know how to use?

Surely, we’re not the only ones reminded of a Nine Inch Nails video, here? Eyeball close-ups… a group of boots tromping across a desolate cityscape…

You’re probably wondering what an “immer zu” is. It appears to be a German expression that means “keep it up,” though there’s an interesting thread on Lonely Planet about its possible uses in waltzing.

“Immer Zu” comes from INVSN’s recent The Beautiful Stories album.

-Scott Bryson

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Cub – “My Chinchilla”

Not much you can do about Satan peeping in your window, but why let him come in and use the phone and bathroom? You’re just asking for a permanent houseguest.

A YouTube commenter points out—and we’d never have noticed—that the face on Satan’s sun cut-out at 0:50 spells Cub. Another commenter wonders, “What show was this on!!!!”

“My Chinchilla” comes from Cub’s 1993 debut, Betti-Cola.

-Scott Bryson

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Winona Forever – “Keep Kool”

This may be the second most wholesome music video in existence.

It’s the dog book that really seals the deal here, but there are a few subtle gags to catch as well, like the Adidas sandal on the wall (the other’s in the plant) and the labelling of the groove consultant.

Vancouver’s Winona Forever (there’s also a café and a Minnesota-based band named after that infamous Depp tattoo) released a full-length last year. You can pick up “Keep Kool” for free (or donation) *here.*

-Scott Bryson

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The National – “Carin at the Liquor Store”

Don’t be fooled—there’s no liquor store in this video. We were expecting to see some liquor, maybe some beer, even this girl Carin, but all we get is negatives of some bearded dudes.

Also, that piano melody sounds like the one from “I Don’t Believe In The Sun.”

“Carin at the Liquor Store” is taken from The National’s upcoming Sleep Well Beast album.

-Scott Bryson

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Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

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The more we listen to this Waxahatchee—don’t ask us to pronounce that—album, the more we’re convinced it’s a reincarnation of the record we were hinting at when we posted that “Silver” video last week.

Out in the Storm is more lyrically sophisticated than that seminal debut by The Weekend, but the sentiment is comparable; this is the stuff of all good pop albums—failed relationships, insecurity, and in the end, renewal—and it’s far more world-weary than bedroom-bound.

Katie Crutchfield has surrendered a turbulent ride to us—one that trades blazing, cathartic blows (see “Silver”) with hindsight-wise parries (check out “Recite Remorse” below).

-Scott Bryson

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The Heat Death – “I’m Already There, Sunshine”

Seems Shotgun Jimmie and Jose Contreras formed a band without us noticing and released a video, earlier this year.

Towns don’t get much more deserted than this burg they’re rolling through—one dude on a bike is the only sign of life. They’ll have no difficulty getting those carts back to the grocery store without anyone noticing.

Science tidbit: the band’s name refers to the proposed event that will herald the demise of the universe. Cheery! Google tidbit: There are several other bands named Heat Death (but without the The); *this guy* is the most interesting.

-Scott Bryson

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