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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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CMW 2017: Hockey Dad at The Great Hall

These two inspire a ravenous following—a few devotees were essentially in costume for Hockey Dad’s CMW set: jerseys, knee-high socks. Certainly more effort than we’re used to seeing in this town, for a visiting rock band.

A miniature mosh pit formed in short order and its residents lost their minds over nearly every tune in Dad’s repertoire (a few samples can be found above). They were whipped into such a frenzy that they wantonly wasted beer after beer, shaking, spraying and dumping them on each other’s heads. Fun, sure, but a loss of perfectly drinkable booze.

They have a measurable effect on a room, they’re named after a Simpsons gag and their arrival coincided with the playoffs; we’re on board.

-Scott Bryson

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The Magnetic North – “A Death In The Woods”

Is it just us, or does this look like a promotional video from Globex Corporation? “Come to Cyprus Creek and your children will willingly eat salad!”

But wait… there’s a new guy in town. He drives an unconventional car and wears denim. He works on the engine in his driveway. And… are those sideburns? This is the beginning of the end of their idyllic life.

“A Death In The Woods” comes from The Magnetic North’s Prospect Of Skelmersdale.

-Scott Bryson

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Twin Peaks – “Holding Roses”

An innerspace roller coaster in a cartoon world where everyone’s lips are unusually large. For some reason, it makes us think of a Simpsons couch gag. Maybe everything makes us think of The Simpsons.

This vid was illustrated by Chicago artist Goons (did you catch the Cubs and Blackhawks imagery?), whose goal is apparently “to become a global icon and inspire millions.” Twin Peaks, also from the Windy City, released their Down In Heaven full-length earlier this year.

-Scott Bryson

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Ryley Walker – “Sweet Satisfaction”

Another gem of a record we missed in 2015—Ryley Walker’s sophomore effort, Primrose Green.

We’re privy to a particularly disconcerting vision quest in this video for the album’s “Sweet Satisfaction.” Did Walker wander away from Burning Man, or escape a sinister science experiment?

He eventually wanders from the desert into Las Vegas, but the happenings are no less weird. It’s like Homer Simpson’s insanity pepper trip crossed with Fear and Loathing.

-Scott Bryson

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Beck – “Nicotine & Gravy”

From Beck’s too-brief sexy period.

Not much happening here, aside from graphic translations of the lyrics, but the source material is weird enough that it comes off like a parody of the incomprehensible Japanese cartoons that often get lambasted on American sitcoms.

Intriguing bit: the text that pops up in thought bubbles at the end (“God speaks in sine waves of antique frequency…”) appears to be original to this video (as far as Google knows, anyway).

“Nicotine & Gravy” comes from Beck’s 1999 album, Midnite Vultures.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2015 Preview: First You Get The Sugar – “Foreign Lands”

We can’t ignore a band that’s named after a line from The Simpsons.

Seems like a typical, albeit deserted, night in Montreal, but wait! Is that one of those V For Vendetta vigilantes? It’s a whole gang of them! They’ve brought their revolution to Canada, and our protagonist can’t resist signing up for the cause (they did find her keys, after all).

First You Get The Sugar play their CMW set on Friday, May 8 at the Cameron House (back room), at midnight.

-Scott Bryson

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