by Sean
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Code Pie - "Operator". Maybe "Operator" is about God, maybe it's about ourselves, maybe it's about a flashing switchboard that controls our days. Whatever it is, the song hoists them on its shoulders, parades them through the neighbourhood, high-fiving & jaywalking & pausing for shots of snowmen, sunrises, poodles. Montreal's Code Pie make a racket with percussion, glockenspiel, synths, horns, but although the instrumentation is familiar, the arrangement is mischievous, fresh; it's determined and shambolic, like someone who is very carefully falling down the stairs and into his next move. [listen on bandcamp / album launch on Sunday]

Olenka and the Autumn Lovers - "Go". A fine song, worthy of country radio and vintage jukebox - but Olenka's not from Nashville, not from 1981: she lives in London, ON and makes indie rock with the Autumn Lovers, certain and smouldering. So set aside the image of a bridle, a kerosene lantern, a hill - imagine instead a beat-up Civic, a cell-phone, a highway. Betrayal persists, heartbreak adapts, loss lives. [buy And Now We Sing]



Honestly, holy shit, what a wonderful, wonderful video for "Bizness", from Tune-Yards' upcoming album.

(image by Tolia Demidov - source)

Posted by Sean at March 24, 2011 12:03 PM

Hi Sean.

So about once a month (in Melbourne), I do this special night where I sync up songs with particular YouTube videos that I think fit them. Some are funny, some are pretty, some are ... weirdly emotional, at least to me.

The one I found for "Bizness" is one of my absolute favourites. Wanna see?

(So: mute the sound on that video. Cue up "Bizness", but only start playing it when the video ticks over into 0:14 seconds.)

It's worth your time, I promise.

Posted by Andy at March 24, 2011 5:07 PM

this video is truly incredible. (not yours, Andy, I'll try that soon!) it really feels like it deserved to be made. it feels almost necessary to see this growling passion in person to feel, not the full, but ANOTHER meaning to the song. yes yes yes yes

Posted by Dan at March 26, 2011 9:06 PM

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