The Knocks – Classic (feat. Powers) [Original and Powers Sunset Version]

 

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Quite possibly the song of the summer this year, The Knocks’ “Classic” overcame obvious and inevitable irony to become an instant classic. From the disco guitars to the funky dancefloor-ready beat to the fantastic soaring vocals brought to you by Powers, everything about this song is perfection. If you somehow made it through the entire summer without hearing this song at least once, A) What the hell is wrong with you? and B) Make sure you remedy that immediately by checking it out right here, right now:

 

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I’m actually more partial to the original “Official Audio” version of the video. The Stepford Wives/Sims nature of the “Official Video” version kinda creeps me out. Sure, very quickly you begin to realize that the entire “Official Audio” version loops the same few video clips over and over again through its entirety, but I think the image selections combined with the quick editing better match the breezy, free-spirited summertime essence of the song.

 

Of course, as the goosebumps on your arms and the sudden layering of heavy clothes on your body probably made obvious long ago, it’s no longer summer anymore. Just recently The Knocks released a slower, more soulful “Sunset Version” of the song by Powers that’s quite possibly even better than the original version of the song, or at least better for the current weather we’re all facing outside right now. Fittingly this video features lots of footage from classic, or should be classic, movies. You can enjoy the “Sunset Version” below:

 

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Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders – Come On Back This Way (feat. Sharon Van Etten)

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Probably one of my favorite new discoveries recently is this video for Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders’ “Come On Back This Way”. Imagine Nick Cave putting on a public access performance directed by David Lynch and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect here. Jack Ladder’s deep rumbling baritone tells an eerie, surreal story that’s haunting, but in a pleasant and soothing kind of way. The cheap airport lounge keyboard rift only adds to the ambiance, giving the song that feeling of stumbling into the wrong place, but staying for all the right reasons. Come for one of the catchiest choruses you’ll ever hear, and make sure to stick around for that slide guitar.

Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders’ fourth album, Playmates, was just released in Australia and should be available in North America in 2015.

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Napoleon – Step Off

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I’ll be the first to admit that it’s been entirely way too long since I’ve last updated the ol’ blog.

There’s lots of excuses. Not just the usual procrastination/laziness ones, neither. I actually (cross my heart) had a weekend full of blogging all planned out a while back. And then my computer blew a fuse and was in the shop for over two weeks. After that I got called in at work to do a bunch of overtime, which was great for my paycheck but bad for my health, causing me to get sick and not care much about blogging. And then, as we all know, once one thing snowballs into another and you get out of the habit of regularly posting, well, everything goes to shit.

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I’m sorry for that, loyal readers. I’ll try to be better. And what better way to get back into the swing of things than with a fantastic fan mash-up of blog favorite Napoleon with everyone’s favorite scene from Napoleon Dynamite? I’ve seen lots of great mash-ups of various songs with the famous dance sequence from the end of Napoleon Dynamite, but this video is far superior in every way to every other one I’ve seen thus far.

The trick is that most of the other videos I’ve seen seem barely edited. People just sync the video with the sound, press play and let the magic happen on its own. Romain Bezzina has carefully edited the dance sequence with other scenes from the film, matching each shot perfectly to the theme and rhythm of the music to create one seamless music video that uses the footage so well that it feels as if it were made for this video, not the film. This video feels like a mini-movie in its own right. Couple that Napoleon’s magnificent song, “Step Off”, and you’re in for a fantastic ride. After watching this home run of perfection I knew it had to be the video to kick off my posting yet again.

Go here to pick up a free download of “Step Off”. Or better yet, go to Napoleon’s Bandcamp page, download his sixth EP of the year, A Night Voyage, on which “Step Off” was originally featured. And while you’re there download every other EP and album on the site, because as I’ve mentioned numerous times before everything on there is amazing. There’s no way you can regret that decision.

While we’re at it, if you haven’t already Like and Follow everything below. Only 2,100 Likes on Facebook? Come on, guys. We can do better. If we show Simon enough love maybe he’ll release his eagerly awaited 10th EP of the year.

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If that weren’t enough, don’t forget to check out my interview with the man behind Napoleon, Simon Mills, here!

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Kiesza – Hideaway / Giant In My Heart

Hideaway Hideaway1Hideaway5For what seems like months YouTube has been bombarding me with ads for “Hideaway”, insisting that I write this video up, and gosh darn it if those ads didn’t eventually wear me down. Watch out kids, because this song is gonna getcha. It starts off quietly, innocent enough, until that House beat kicks in and those “Ooo….ahhh…ahhh….ooo’s” cause some fuse to be lit in your brain and damn it if your booty isn’t involuntarily shaking itself all around the room.

If watching her dance in this video in one continuous take wasn’t impressive enough, she’s recently recreated the video for her live television appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live. That Jimmy one is especially impressive.

 

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While we’re at it, why not share Kiesza’s huge House anthem “Giant In My Heart”? The video echoes the song’s theme of seizing the day and being your best possible self by telling the story of a drag queen who’s drowning pretending to blend in with the rest of the world and only really feels empowered when she’s strutting her stuff at the club.

You can find both songs on Kiesza’s Hideaway EP

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Broods – Mother & Father / Bridges / Never Gonna Change

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This stellar track from New Zealand duo Broods is going to knock your socks off. “Mother & Father” has one of those choruses that gets right under your skin with the perfect mixture of defiant, exuberant joy and Morrissey-level melancholy. I could listen to this song over and over for hours.

“Mother & Father” can be found on Broods’ upcoming album, Evergreen.

Want more? Check out these videos for “Bridges” and “Never Gonna Change” from their self-titled EP.

 

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Wunder Wunder – Hail The Madman

Hail The madmanHail The madman3Hail The madman2I actually first heard this song on Wunder Wunder’s excellent Everything Infinite album and something about it just jumped right out at me. I immediately started playing “Hail The Madman” over and over and luckily just a few days after my discovery this video was released. The campy Beach Blanket Bingo vibe and never quite explained Lovecraftian horror show perfectly fits the song’s bouncy tongue-in-cheek psychedelic 60’s pop sound. A+ all around for the song and the video.

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The Superhero Summer Mixtape

Thing Album Cover 1Summer is the perfect time for larger-than-life superhero blockbuster movies and lots and lots of killer new music. And since I haven’t put out a new mixtape since last December I thought I might embrace the superhero aesthetic and go nuts by super-sizing my newest mixtape to super-heroic proportions. The Superhero Summer Mixtape is comprised of 100 (!) amazing songs, which adds up in total to 7 continuous hours of larger-than-life new music. That should keep you guys busy for a while.

Click on these links to download Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Included in each folder is a tracklist and playlist for each part of the mixtape so you can listen to each part separately in bite-sized chunks OR together as one monstrous continuous 100 track mix. Or just throw everything into your iTunes and make your own mixtape by listening to it all completely randomly. There’s no wrong way to listen. It’s entirely up to you!

The inspiration for this mixtape came from the amazing artwork of the Thing that you see above. Very quickly after putting together the Music Matters Mixtape I had amassed an extremely large amount of great new music for my next mixtape, and everything I had accumulated just sounded so good that it seemed nearly impossible to whittle down the list to make something more manageable. The moment that I found that image of The Thing I knew I had my answer on what to do. I’d use at as as my theme for a new super-sized mixtape.

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Alrighty, well this thing is jam-packed up to the gills with new music, so why not give you a little taste of what you can expect? First up, I have two fantastic videos from Metronomy. “Love Letters”, directed by the great Michel Gondry, features the band playing live on a soundstage within a soundstage and the entire video is filmed in one long continuous tracking shot, which allows the band to play in multiple places at once in a typically Michel Gondry dream-like fashion. (The album version of the track, which is included on the mixtape, is two minutes longer than this version and has a much more immediate, intimate feel to it that I think you’ll all enjoy.)

Also included is “I’m Aquarius”. The video, directed by Édouard Salier, is a trippy 2001: A Space Odyssey meets science fiction paperback book cover voyage to a strange new world filled with laser cats and beautiful women. Have fun watching this astrologically based trip (in both senses of the word).

Lily Allen also contributes two tracks to this mixtape. “Our Time” has Lily getting into the backseat of a cab with three other drunk alternate versions of herself who drive around London all night only to end up being the worst kind of fare any cabbie wants to pick up.

“URL Badman” is one of my favorite tracks on the mixtape. The clever lyrics cut to the heart of all aspiring bloggers out there (eh hem) who think their opinions are all-powerful and have no qualms being mean to build themselves up. The electro-spazz beat on the track is a killer fist-pumper (and I especially love the goat/sheep-like bleating sound in the chorus.)

One final video before I leave you to discover the mixtape for yourselves. Selebrities’ “Temporary Touch” is a beautiful slice of New Wave-y power pop. If you like what you hear, you can also hear them on the mixtape doing a delightful cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere”.

And that’s just a drop in the bucket of the 100 songs you’ll discover that make up this super-sized mixtape. Some other notable artists to look out for are Doss, who contributes two tracks and whose self-titled debut EP is near perfect in every way (“Softpretty will pretty much melt your brain); and Ejecta, who actually contributes three tracks to the mixtape because her album Dominae is so damn good I couldn’t pick just one (or two) tracks to feature here.

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A million thanks again for downloading these mixtapes. A lot of love and care goes into making them for you guys. If you like what you hear make sure to Like C’est Non Un Blog’s Facebook page to keep up with all my latest music musings. And please drop me a line to let me know if you like what you hear.

If the Mediafire links (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) are down, try using these Dropbox links (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Tracklisting after the jump:

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