The Hidden Cameras have finally released "Gay Goth Scene" as a single, a few weeks after posting this poignant promo video that was shot in Berlin last winter by award-winning director Kai Stänicke. The song is powered along by some energetic violin playing, the elegiac vocals of Joel Gibb and the eerie caterwauling of reclusive chanteuse Mary Margaret O'Hara. You'll want to experience it more than once, since the clip's narrative folds back on itself Mobius Strip-like, a metaphor that also fits the song's themes of confusing contours and alternative orientations. The Toronto band deserve kudos for addressing the tragic effects of bullying, ritual humiliation and intolerance in such a direct and emotionally affecting way.
Video of the moment
Powered by RockPeaks
Here's some fine back-deck fingerpicking from Brendan Canning, recorded this summer but just released last week by ExclaimTV. The song is "Never Go to the Races", taken from Canning's new disc You Gots 2 Chill and the languid unadorned texture of this acoustic performance beautifully capture the homespun spirit of his second solo album. Canning is currently on tour with a five-piece band, with stops in Winnipeg and Vancouver later this month, and recently completed the soundtrack for Body Mind Change, part of the David Cronenberg exhibit at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.
Avril Lavigne continued her intense promotional push this week, hitting Conan's stage on Tuesday to perform her robust new power ballad "Let Me Go". Though co-writer Chad Kroeger was absent from the set, a glamourous and mature looking Lavigne demonstrated that she's quite capable of carrying the song without him, and with the first-week sales numbers for her self-titled fifth album topping 42,000, it's clear that the pride of Napanee has a winner on her hands. More on this release from NCM's David Farrell.
A six-piece female choir joined Chromeo's P-Thugg and Dave 1, along with another Canadian duo, Sebastian Grainger and Jesse Keeler (better known as Death From Above 1979) on Jimmy Fallon last Tuesday to lay down saucy dance track "Sexy Socialite". The electro-funk number will be appearing on White Woman, Chromeo's forthcoming album due out next year that also features Solange Knowles and Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend. The collaboration-happy Montrealers also tapped LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney for the record, which we expect will keep toes tapping and tushes twerking, building on the irresistible disco grooves the two perfected on 2010's Business Casual.
"If the music wasn’t running through the blood in my veins, I might just walk away" sings Lindi Ortega on Tin Star, the title track from her outstanding third album, out last week on Last Gang Records. The song is a planitive lament for the struggling artist, a category that Lindi is thankfully fast leaving behind, as the Toronto-born, Nashville-based singer starts to earn the recognition she so richly deserves. This slow burn performance video, shot during July by AUX TV, captures Lindi and her band at their Southern Gothic finest, drenched in echoey, aching atmospherics and smouldering emotion. Not to be missed.
The Daily Buzz
The Flip Side
By David Farrell We’re Scared Of Bob! Bob Lefsetz loves to create a stir when he writes his frequent free-to-subscribe to email Lefsetz Letter. In the early days, in the ‘70s, the staple-bound newsletter, printed in Aero Blue, ran six to eight pages and an annual subscription cost More →