Ox – “Prom Queen”

Living on a bus in a field—now there’s a taste of true freedom. Want your livingroom outside? No one’s complaining. And sure, your band can perform all it wants, but where do you plug in the amps?

“Prom Queen” comes from Ox’s 2009 album, Burnout. Our titular lady is here chugging a bottle of wine while she dances like no one’s watching. That’s our kinda prom queen.

-Scott Bryson

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Arcade Fire – “Signs of Life”

We’re always on board with a music video about alien visitation (this one in particular reminds us of a Doomsquad vid from a couple years back).

As we all know, there’s no such thing as a day off when you’re working the X-Files desk. Maybe you’ll fit in one art gallery, but it’s never long before a UFO shows up and you’re forced to trudge back to the office. It makes the job easier, of course, when the aliens drop a USB key for you.

Arcade Fire’s Everything Now is out at the end of the month.

-Scott Bryson

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The Horrors – “Who Can Say”

Faris Badwan is certainly dressed to stand out, but as The Black Tie Guide tells us, this is neither the time nor the place for a white jacket with black pants:

“The white dinner jacket’s origin on cruises and at tropical resorts speaks to its specific role as a less formal alternative to traditional black tie. It is only appropriate at formal occasions in the tropics year round and in America during the summer season, typically at open-air social gatherings such as country club dances and yacht club parties.”

We’ll forgive the wardrobe gaffe, since The Horrors’ 2009 release, Primary Colors, was such a good album.

-Scott Bryson

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Cornelius – “If You’re Here”

Wait, is this a 5 Gum commercial?

Ah, no, just a house that it would be unbearably difficult to live in. The table won’t stop undulating; cups of coffee disappear into thin air; lit cigarettes float by, just out of reach.

Kinda like Cornelius has eluded our grasp for the last 11 years. He’s been doing plenty of soundtrack, collaborative and remix work over the last decade, but he’s about to release his first regular album since 2006’s Sensuous. Mellow Waves comes out later this month.

-Scott Bryson

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Mogwai – “Coolverine”

Well, there goes gravity. It was fun while it lasted. No more sugar in your coffee. No more playing chess. Is that two moons in the sky? That’ll be the culprit. There should only be one.

What does all this have to do with the raging man on the roof who takes up half the video? Nothing, it seems. Maybe he’s angry because he can’t jump now.

“Coolverine” comes from Mogwai’s upcoming (and Dave Fridmann-produced) Every Country’s Sun (the cover looks like a Death Star scene from Rogue One, no?).

-Scott Bryson

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Rainer Maria – “Ears Ring”

Lessons in looking creepy when you’re alone in a coffee shop.

These three would fit in perfectly at the Beetlejuice dinner party. Reading Sartre… ordering fries with coffee… who does these things?

“Ears Ring” comes from Rainer Maria’s 2003 album, Long Knives Drawn. The trio has just reunited and announced their first album in over ten years—a self-titled affair out in August.

-Scott Bryson

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Arcade Fire – “Everything Now”

What is the Everything Now corporation looking for in the desert? Are they buying up land to build a company town (their own Cyprus Creek)? Is this a metaphor for what’s happening in our minds and hearts? Couldn’t they provide a car for the dude with the briefcase?

The new Arcade Fire album—also titled Everything Now—comes out at the end of July.

-Scott Bryson

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