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The Parkas – “Darling, The Wolves”

Not the British group—the Canadian one. They closed up shop after releasing 2009’s You Should Have Killed Us When You Had The Chance.

Surely there are better things to eat than bark, when you’re lost in the woods. You’ll need a more substantial dose of sustenance for your epic battles against bears. We see the results of a poor forest diet in the sap’s spear-throwing failures.

“Darling, The Wolves” comes from The Parkas’ The Scars To Prove It EP. Pick up their stellar debut on Bandcamp, for free.

-Scott Bryson

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Beau’s Brewing – Spring Mixtape

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Wanna pretend spring is actually here? Head to Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and download their spring mixtape, free of charge (for the next three months).

“Indie music is an important part of our community,” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne in a press release. “Local musicians capture the spirit of a community and for Beau’s, connecting to those musicians connects us to the entire culture of the towns who support us.”

Preview two of the mixtape’s tracks below: Taylor Knox’s “My Backyard” and Folly And The Hunter’s “Vultures.”

-Telescope Staff

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Architecture In Helsinki – “Do The Whirlwind”

It’s Architecture In Helsinki The Video Game! You can’t play it, though—only observe, as a horrific anime fish world with human baby boutiques and hamster pie stores spreads out before you. Watch closely and you’ll spot an inexplicable cameo by the giant dog from The NeverEnding Story.

“Do The Whirlwind” comes from Architecture In Helsinki’s 2005 disc, In Case We Die. They’ve got a new album—NOW + 4EVA—hitting stores in a few weeks; check out a tune from it down below.

-Scott Bryson

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LIVINGSTON – Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs Of Canada, Vol. 1

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The Singularity draws nearer. If we’re to believe what we’re being told (no reason not to, at this time), folklorist Henry Adam Svec (previously responsible for Folk Songs Of Canada Now) and programmer Mirek Plíhal have built a computer program that writes original folk music.

How does it work? Svec plugged “the totality of the history of Canadian folk music” into LIVINGSTON (how did he do that, we should probably ask); it ran that raw data through “algorithmic agents and compression formats,” and outputted transcriptions of original music (which then needed to be interpreted and performed by humans).

The hominids playing Volume 1 (there are more to come) include: Svec, Misha Bower (Bruce Peninsula), Marshall Bureau (Octoberman, The Pinecones), J.J. Ipsen (Hayden, Jim Guthrie), Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players) and others.

You can read more about the project and pick up Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada Vol. 1 for free, *here* (you can also choose to make a donation). Check out a live performance of “Takin’ Off My Glasses Tonight,” down below.

-Scott Bryson

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Code Pie – “North Side City View”

Two sides to this video: first, various views of the north side (one assumes, based on the title) of what may or may not be Perth Amboy, New Jersey (gleaned from the appearance of the Hess Brothers department store).

Second, we’re presented a scene from decades past that suggests our ancestors found amusement by walking through the interior of a rotating cylinder, much like the hamsters of today. How far we’ve come.

“North Side City View” is on Code Pie’s Love Meets Rage. The band is at work on new material—check out “Body” below and get it for free, *here.*

-Scott Bryson

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Silverkeys – “The Lamb In The Garden”

It’s clear that Adam Waito has a Scully fixation, but how to explain the dancing Internet baby?

Silverkeys—Waito and Rebecca Lessard—appears to be a new phase of Adam & The Amethysts, where Waito’s “longstanding preoccupation with the terrestrial—lakes and pine cones—[is] eclipsed by his reverence for the cosmos” (that explains the obsession with The X-Files).

No albums yet, but an EP is on the way. You can pick up three Silverkeys tracks for free, right *here.*

-Scott Bryson

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More Or Les – “Brunch Again”

More Or Les likes to rap about food (as you see above), but his new passion is Doctor Who. Head to his Bandcamp page to pick up his Doctor Who tribute album, Bigger On The Inside: A Time Traveller’s Mixtape, for free. Sample the track “Bigger On The Inside” below.

“My ship travels through space and time / and is bigger on the inside.” Stellar.

-Scott Bryson

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