This weekend is part one of the annual Strombo Hundo on our little radio program over on CBC Radio 2. We will be counting down our hundred favourite songs from this past year.
We'll play some of the latest Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame inductees, nominees for the 54th Grammy Awards, and some of Canada's best exports. It all goes down Sunday night from 8 pm to 11 pm. Tune out the seasonal stress and tune into the Spirit of Radio.
Here are some of the week's best videos:
Arkells "Michigan Left"
The Hamilton boys have released the official video for the title track off their latest album. As the temperature drops, this sunny afternoon montage with simplistic digital lines is a nice reminder of summertime. It's a great jam that just might show up on this year's Hundo countdown.
The Darcys "Don't Bleed Me"
In an apocalyptic world, a mesmerizing spaceship topples the CN Tower. Mike Portoghese directs their new video with some impressive special effects, which perfectly complement the badass soundtrack. The band's self-titled debut album is available for free download at their website via Arts & Crafts.
Deer Tick "Main Street"
The Rhode Island rockers are back with their fourth album 'Providence', and this cluster of free-range fireworks is a fitting commemoration. John McCauley's strained howl commands the band to channel their inner Pete Townshend, and soon enough the instruments are destroyed and the banner is ablaze. Colin Devin Moore's direction manages to contain the chaos of a band who are clearly loving what they do.
Major Lazer "Original Don"
One of our favourite songs this season has enlisted YouTube sensation "temperature3" to frolic in their official video. Two young people performing elaborate dances with swords and knives as an old woman and a small dog watch. It's pure viral video bliss.
National & Bon Iver "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks"
A collaboration between modern-folk gods took place Thursday morning at the Glenn Gould Studio. The National debuted a few fresh cuts on CBC's Q Radio show before Bon Iver's Justin Vernon joined the band for "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks". Vernon was in town for two performances at Massey Hall and Jian Ghomeshi had a chance to speak with him about the Grammy nods, Kathleen Edwards and what it's like working with Kanye West.
The Roots "Tip The Scale/Redford Suite"
Jimmy Fallon's house band performed a couple of tracks off their 'Undun' LP on Tuesday night. With the assistance of the Metropolis Ensemble and Bilal, they gave a lesson in mournful hip hop genius. ?uestlove's duel with pianist D.D. Jackson is crazy.
Tennis "Deep In The Woods"
Two girls dispose of a dead body. Not the plot-line that you'd expect from the indie power-couple Tennis, but the song is a musical adaptation of Shirley Jackson's 1962 novel 'We Have Always Lived in a Castle'. It is the story of two devoted orphan sisters living in isolation. The duo will release their second LP, 'Young and Old', on February 14.
Please note: this video is disturbing. Watch with caution.