Weekly Music Tip, May 9 2010: Trans Canada Highway

Happy Mother’s Day!

Apropos of my trip to beautiful British Columbia, I couldn’t resist posting something from Boards of Canada, a band that’s been a major influence on some of us here in the collective.

Here’s the breath-taking music video for “Dayvan Cowboy,” as featured on their 2006 EP, Trans Canada Highway, as well as their 2005 full-length, Campfire Headphase. In the interest of full disclosure, I am completely obsessed with this video:

The crazy thing is that the first half of the video is real footage! It’s taken from Joseph Kittinger legendary 1960 space jump for Project Excelsior. The tumbling, lens-flared shots of the sun over the blue curvature of the earth slay me every goddamn time. Of course, I’m also a sucker for good surfing footage. Beautiful, just beautiful. There are no other words.

If you can track down the full-length article, The New Yorker did a piece back in 2007 on the history of the jump. Kittinger’s feat has not since been topped, though several have tried or are currently trying, including this private effort sponsored by a certain energy drink company.

As much as I’d love to keep rambling about Boards of Canada or Kittinger’s jump, perhaps I should contain my fanboy urges. So for now, I’ll leave you with one more track from Trans Canada Highway:

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