We will continue to run down the annual Strombo Hundo on CBC Radio 2 this Sunday evening. On last week's program we started counting down the best of this year's music, including the best Canada had to offer. This week we'll finish up the list.
This week's Hundo conclusion features some Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame inductees, some performers from this year's television show, and a whole bunch of excellent tunes. So this Sunday between 8 and 11PM, tune into the Spirit of Radio.
To warm up, here are some of the best videos from this past week:
Eight and a Half - 'Scissors'
With Broken Social Scene on hiatus, drummer Justin Peroff decided to start up a new band. Eight and a Half is made up of Justin and two former members of Montreal's The Stills: keyboardist Liam O'Neil, and singer-guitarist Dave Hamelin. 'Scissors', with its accompanying heartbreak-soaked video, is the first single. Their self-titled debut on Arts & Crafts hits stores February 7th.
F***ed Up - 'Turn The Season'
Toronto's homegrown punks landed the cover of Spin magazine as the publication's top record of this year, and now they've released their third video from 'David Comes to Life' and it is sure to blow your mind. You'll see what we mean. And don't forget to check out their performance of the song on our show.
Lana Del Rey - 'Born To Die'
Here it is: the first official video from indie darling Lana Del Rey. The clip is for 'Born to Die', a track from the album of the same name, which is set to drop January 30th. It's an atmospheric video, with tigers, cathedrals, fifties-style car make-outs, fires, and some serious hugging.
Please note: this video contains sexualized content.
Mayer Hawthorne - 'Dreaming'
In what is basically the Muppets on acid, the soulful crooner Mayer Hawthorne's latest video from 'How Do You Do?' is a creepy piece of animatronic work. The Michigan-based singer (who may well be the artist who was put forward by the anti-Nickelback contingent as an alternative act to play the halftime show at the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game) described the video as "a supermodel pizza party". Mayer's music made it into part one of the Strombo Hundo last week, but nothing could prepare us for the oddness of 'The Rock-afire Explosion' puppet band. Check it out below.
The Roots - 'Undun' (Full Final Cut)
The Roots' latest, 'Undun', is a concept album about a fictional young man named Redford Stephens. The collective have cut together four of their promotional clips into the beautiful but bleak tale of a hooded assassin, all told in black and white.
Trent Reznor & Karen O - 'Immigrant Song'
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' have already earned a Golden Globe nomination for scoring David Fincher's 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'. The opening title sequence that ended up in theatres features this chaotic cover of the Led Zeppelin standard - but the video below is different from the final version in the movie.
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who dropped by the show last season, dropped by WGN Thursday morning, and took the opportunity to deliver a hilarious weather report. Funny stuff.