What’s A Music Tape?

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Music Tapes, “Minister of Longitude” (Merge, 2008)

Elephant 6 veteran Julian Koster put out a record as Music Tapes on Merge in 1999, but nothing more was heard from him or the group. Until now, that is. The nameplate is revived with Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes, from which “Minister of Longitude” is the lead jam. It’s rattle-trap indie folk, full of what can only be described as whimsy (or maybe just Flaming Lips love), and while that can be a big turnoff — bigger even than the metronome that stars in this clip — Koster and his collaborators keep the hum and grind at the center of “Longitude” churning effectively. Best bit though: the dad dancing at the end of this video. — Johnny Loftus

Langhorne Slim Snaps Into “Rebel Side of Heaven”

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Langhorne Slim, “Rebel Side of Heaven” (Kemado, 2008)

The rebel side of heaven is probably way more awesome than a few makeout sessions in a bathroom stall. But if this clip for Langhorne Slim‘s new single fails at depicting the misfit fun side of the afterlife, it at least succeeds at presenting where he and his band sit in the scope of neo-folk acts who also melodically aim for a bit of the mainstream. “Rebel Side of Heaven” rambles like Ryan Adams in a good mood, its horn section burping along and Slim’s acoustic antics and slouchy, Mraz’ian hat exciting the white people on hand for the video shoot. “We love to hop up and down to inviting, completely un-threatening folk-pop!”, the white people were quoted as saying. — Johnny Loftus