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Oh Sees – “Drowned Beast”

Weird enough to be a VanGaalen project (it’s not—this was made by Dr. D Foothead, T.Wei, and Otis Chamberlain), and at times very Heavy Metal-esque.

This method of obtaining food has to be more complicated than it needs to be, but we’ll assume the alien mothership has its reasons for the extravagant procedures. Imagine the feast, if it found a planet with a few billion people on it.

“Drowned Beast” comes from the 2017 Oh Sees (a.k.a. Thee Oh Sees, Orinoka Crash Suite, OCS, Orange County Sound, The Ohsees, The Oh Sees) album, Orc.

-Scott Bryson

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Daniel Romano – “I’m Gonna Teach You”

This is definitely not what we imagined, when we imagined a video for the opening track on Daniel Romano’s new album. Of course, we didn’t know Chad VanGaalen would be involved ’til now (the animations are his).

The revenge scheme at the centre of “I’m Gonna Teach You” is intact; it’s just playing out on another planet, and the characters are grotesque aliens that hang out in the cantina from A New Hope.

It must suck to be a member of a species that melts when someone grabs your ear. Romano’s If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ is out now.

-Scott Bryson

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Timber Timbre – “Beat The Drum Slowly”

This video for “Beat The Drum Slowly”—animated by Chad VanGaalen—took home the Prism Prize for best Canadian video of 2014, this past weekend. VanGaalen’s video for his own “Monster” was also in the running.

Very few words could describe what’s happening here, but it’s certainly a stunning montage. Some YouTube commenters mention a Fear and Loathing vibe; we see that, as well as some Natural Born Killers.

“Beat The Drum Slowly” comes from Timber Timbre’s Hot Dreams.

-Scott Bryson

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The New Pornographers – “Dancehall Domine”

The ten finalists for this year’s Prism Prize (best Canadian music video) have been announced. We’ve previously shown you Chad Vangaalen’s “Monster;” here are his co-finalists, The New Pornographers, with “Dancehall Domine.”

Says one of the video’s creators, Scott Cudmore: “Sometimes I like watching the b-roll or behind the scenes or outtakes on DVDs and blu-rays…”Dancehall Domine” is meant to feel like a whole bunch of those clips sort of strung together as if they’re taken from some fucked up Italian or French musical maybe.”

“Dancehall Domine” comes from 2014’s Brill Bruisers.

-Scott Bryson

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2014 Albums of the Year: Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust

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The Telescope presents: our number one album of 2014. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers, and this record came out on top.

This year saw another installment of Calgary-based acid meets milk, from folk rock sensation Chad VanGaalen. It’s his best effort to date—he calls it his “country album”—and it takes the listener from end to end on the musical spectrum.

Chad is more magician than musician, on this album, and he all but demands that one point their ears in several directions at once. If you can just let yourself go, you’ll find yourself deep in the corners of VanGaalen’s own little universe. A number of these tracks play out like it’s just you and him sitting in a log cabin, as he pours out his Wal-Mart philosophies—see “Weighed Sin,” “All Will Combine,” “Cut Off My Hands.” Shrink Dust walks like a horse in the desert, but finally picks up its pace on standout track “Leaning On Bells.”

VanGaalen is a busy man. He has kids, he produced a few albums, he’s working on a sci-fi film with an accompanying book, he has his Black Mold project, and he’s an accomplished animator. His latest project was the video for Shrink Dust’s sixth track, “Monster.” It’s best to let your own mind paint a Chad VanGaalen album, but if you wanna know what it looks like in his mind, check out the video, up above.

-Johnnysomebody

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Marine Dreams – Marine Dreams

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Ian Kehoe could cough and a charming song would fly out. It’s clear he was biding his time in Attack In Black, rather than paying his dues (this likely marks the official end of the Welland, Ontario quartet, considering press releases are referring to Kehoe and his bandmates—all of which play on this album; it was recorded in Daniel Romano’s home studio—as “former” Attack In Black members).

Kehoe’s first record as Marine Dreams is considerable proof that all you need to make a lasting album is a friend to keep time, a booklet of clever lyrics that repeatedly mention the sun—dig it: “The sun can only shine/on half of me at one time”—and one slick guitar progression per song. These are ten tracks you’ll have a hard time wearing out; they voyage from the ’60s to the mid ’90s and back again, freely moving between jangle pop and crunchy, psychedelic swirl while paying homage to The Lovin’ Spoonful, Guided By Voices, Chad VanGaalen and occasionally Attack In Black.

Hone in on the album’s latter third for some weirdo deviations that see Kehoe abandon his day-to-day-life musings in favour of otherworldly trips—“It won’t be long now, Ma, until the astral fires come to light the visions of your giant heart”—that launch into mind-bending overdrive, reverb, and haze.

Thirty minutes well spent. Check out the video for the song “Marine Dreams” down below.

-Scott Bryson

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