Hard rocking Toronto trio Danjko Jones have released a promo clip for "Legs" a track from their June 2013 full-length, Rock and Roll is Black and Blue. Directed by outré auteur Bruce LaBruce, who pays tribute to the French fetish artist Pierre Moliner, the clip finds lead man Danko led around in a dog collar, bound in duct tape and held captive by a bevvy of leggy models in fishnets and leather corsets. Oh, and there's the odd shot of a dildo, just in case things weren't interesting enough already.
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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.
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.
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By David Farrell Two Canadians That Shook The World With Music This Past Week Two unfortunates from Canada touched the world this week with music. From Brussels to Buenos Aires, two unknowns, male and female, from different walks of life, with no connections or forethought, reached out to make music and, in separate moments, More →