What are your favorite videos this year?

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My list isn’t ready yet, but if you’re looking to kill some time, head to both Music For Ants and Pop Tarts Suck Toasted to check their top 10 lists. Or better yet, head to our TV site to see what we’ve liked in the last 2 months (when we started that part of the site).

Speaking of videos, you might like to check out the video for Advent In Ives Garden by Sin Fang Bous (solo project of Icelander Sindri Mar Sigfusson of Seabear) (via Pitchfork). Very nice.

Passion Pit’s ‘Sleepyhead’ soundtrack to ‘Canada Loves PSP’ Playstation Ad

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I saw it on the tube the other night, but can’t seem to find the video online anywhere. A white PSP rides a monorail track accross an animated Canada, playing video games and videos past places like Dundas Square and Banff. The song is spliced together well for a 30 sec spot.

Its the song Sleepyhead (download it here from Spinner) by the red hot Passion Pit. Back in June when I first heard the song, I forwarded it to a music supervisor/friend for their general feedback. Their response was “It’s like listening to Yoko Ono have sex with Alvin of the Chipmunks with a kick drum in there for the club kids to dance to.” Pretty close when you think of it.

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Evening Life by The XYZ Affair

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Who : The XYZ Affair from Brooklyn.

What : I have this text file I use to keep track of all the bands I hear and that I’d like to write about. Officially, the XYZ Affair has been on the list the longest. I heard them months ago and something in their music caught my ear. I probably opened a post, began to write, but something else got in the way.

So here we are. Full of four part harmonies, fuzzy guitars and synths, the XYZ Affair are a quartet from Brooklyn who dazzly audiences with their live performances and catchy quirk-pop songs. Currently they’re supporting a 3 song EP (Trials ), probably many more great things to come from this band. Linked to the video a while ago, check it out . (Not OK Go in the video).

Song : Evening Life .

Contest: Rudely Interrupted at Sneaky Dees

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I got a note from Musebox recently about a show they’re putting together on Dec. 9th in Toronto. Rudely Interrupted, a 6 person band from Australia, are touring to North American to perform at the UN in New York for Disability Day on December 3rd. Of the 6 members of the band, 5 members share a range of disabilities from autism, blindness to down syndrome. Musically speaking, they describe themselves as “Joy Division having a Gary Numan Party while eating pitch-perfect cookies“.

The show looks to be a fun night, with local bands Still Life Still and The Rural Alberta Advantage joining the bill. Want to go? Enter the contest.

The Winner will receive:

  • two tickets to the show on December 9th
  • 1 special United Nations edition of Rudely Interrupted‘s ‘Dont Break My Heart‘ EP
  • 1 copy of the Rural Alberta Advantage‘s ‘Hometowns

Simply write you name (and link to your e-mail) in the comments, we’ll draw a lucky winner. Contest ends at noon EST on December 8th.

Neighbourhood by Ruby Coast

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Who : Ruby Coast from Aurora, Ontario.

What : Not to be confused with Canada’s The Coast or the Ruby Suns from the New Zealand, here’s Aurora, Ontario’s Ruby Coast . Sounding like Jangly-indie rock in the vein of Born Ruffians and Tokyo Police Club , they’ve most recently put together a 6-song EP (Produced by Dave Monks of TPC ) that will probably get you moving. Will it sound like something completely new? No. More of like a comfort food, it will hit you nicely with familiarity.

Song : Neighbourhood . Check out the video at IndieMusicFilter.tv here .