it’s true terror in the middle of the night

Ball Park Music – Surrender

Baseball season is upon us, and for those seventh-inning stretches there’s nothing more American than Ball Park Music. Except that they’re, well, Australian. And have nothing to do with baseball. If you want American music about baseball, you should actually check out The Baseball Project – but I digress. “Surrender” has been around for awhile but got its official UK release yesterday, so maybe it’ll hit the States in a similar fashion. I figured I’d share it with you now to keep you ahead of the curve (ball). Sorry. I’ll stop now.

it’s the combination that takes emotions

Sharon Van Etten – Taking Chances

Sharon Van Etten and her velvet voice are back with this video for “Taking Chances.” A somewhat other-worldly tarot reading takes a turn, revealing what’s locked away.

i’m the one who did it

Bear Hands – Peacekeeper (NSFW)

Pulpy noir with a punky soundtrack - Bear Hands embraces the low in this shoot ‘em up video.

BONUS VIDEO

Somehow we missed the video for “Agora,” one of our favorite songs from the album. Anxiety and isolation shouldn’t be this catchy & compelling, but alas.

the good in everything

Protomartyr – Come & See

Okay. I don’t know how I feel about this song. It is noisy and has a bizarre rhythm and the singer’s style is, to put it politely, unique. Everything kind of pulls together in the chorus, though, and “Come & See” kept bouncing around my brain for quite some time after hearing it only once. I’ve got my eye on you, Protomartyr. Y’all are just going to take a few shakes to sort out.

i think i tolerated all the haters i can stand

Girl Talk & Freeway f/ Waka Flocka Flame – Tolerated (NSFW)

“Tolerated” – from the upcoming Broken Ankles EP by Girl Talk & Freeway – makes me feel like I could could kick some ass. Unsurprisingly, that is exactly what happens for the duration of the song’s video from Maker Music. The violence is so over the top that it manages to side-step being nauseating, and for me it’s particularly hilarious because Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) is one of the most polite and mild-mannered artists I’ve encountered over the years. Pump this jam and take up the whole sidewalk, but be sure to resist the urge to actually body slam the people you encounter on the way.

hoping that she’ll hit that floor

Little Racer – Dancing

In February M|H featured a download of “Dancing” from Little Racer and they’re back with a video. Smooth and smoky, it’s infatuation in black and white. Sometimes a glance from the girl with the golden hair can feel like a kick to the chest that knocks you right over. Come dancing and see if she looks your way.

if we swim we can make it

Miniature Tigers – Swimming Pool Blues

Snow is still predicted this week in Wisconsin and I’m hoping that by posting this summer-centric video from Miniature Tigers I can ward off winter for good – a rain dance for the modern age. For the first few seconds of the video I thought I was being tricked into watching an audio-only video, but soon realized the men of Miniature Tigers had been pasted into still shots of mid-century pool scenes. We’re treated to more action as the video continues on, but the selective movement of the first two-thirds is oddly eye-catching. Come along, summer, we’re ready to jump in.

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