Metric, Battles, And The Best New Songs And Videos You Missed This Week

We don’t mean to startle you, but there are non-VMA artists who released music this week! Can you believe it? Yes, there was new Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus and Drake, and hats off to all of them, but, to be fair, there were other videos and songs debuting this week.

Here’s what you may have missed.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”


The deeply funky, yet serious Multi-Love from indie rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra has managed to stand out in a very strong year for albums in the genre. The latest clip from the record for “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” is a schizophrenic piece that aims to label and diagnose the strange moments in our lives.

“My approach was to present the multiple ideas as if they were a trading card deck,” says director Dimitri Basil, and isn’t that so true? Aren’t we all trading cards between the cruel sticky fingers of a match in the trading card game of life? Also, this is briefly NSFW for a moment, so be forewarned for some quick nudity.

Metric – “Lie, Lie, Lie”

Way back in May, we heard our first preview of what the return of Emily Haines and Metric would be like for their new album, Pagans in Vegas. While “The Shade” was grandiose and sweeping, their new track “Lie, Lie, Lie” is more contained and smaller synthpop.

Heavily resembling a Violator-era Depeche Mode song, Haines moseys all along this slinky stomper. While the whole album probably won’t sound this way, it’s certainly a fun departure.

Mercury Rev – “Are You Ready?”