The Acorn – Restoration


The Acorn

The Acorn is a Canadian indie folk band from Ottawa, Ontario, formed in 2003. Their songs have charted on Canadian campus charts and have been in rotation on CBC Radio 3 and The Verge.

Rolf Klausener is the principal songwriter, as well as vocalist and guitarist.The other members are drummer Jeffrey Malecki, guitarist Jeff Debutte, percussionist Pat Johnson and bassist Steven Lappano. Devaux joined the band in 2006, and redheaded multi-instrumentalist/hype man Shaun Weadick joined in 2007, though they both left in 2008. In early 2010, long-time guitarist Howie Tsui left to focus on his visual art practice.

In Canada, they are now signed to Paper Bag Records, but also have releases from Kelp Records. They are signed to Bella Union in the UK, Europe and the US.

The songs on the album Glory Hope Mountain describe the life of Klausener’s Honduras-born mother, Gloria Esperanza Montoya.Their latest, No Ghost, came out in summer 2010.

They played the Hillside Festival in Guelph in 2008 and 2010, and supported Elbow on their UK tour in March 2009, a year of extensive European touring.

Watch the Acorns video for free at

http://www.smart-music.tv/?p=4560

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Stars – Reunion


StarsStars is an indie pop band from Canada. Originally formed in Toronto by vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman, the band relocated to New York City and then subsequently to Montréal.

All members of the band are also members of the indie band Broken Social Scene, with whom they once shared a record label, Arts & Crafts. Campbell is an actor who has appeared on the television shows Sex and the City and Law & Order. Millan has released two solo albums, Honey from the Tombs in 2006 and Masters of the Burial in 2009.

On their website, the band has noted that their name was chosen with prior knowledge of the short-lived project by Syd Barrett. They have cited a wide variety of musical likes and influences ranging from Berlioz to Outkast, citing among others Barrett, Paddy McAloon, New Order, The Smiths, Brian Wilson, Momus, and Broken Social Scene. They covered The Smiths’ “This Charming Man” on 2001’s Nightsongs and The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” in 2005. Other indie artists have been guest collaborators on many of their tracks, especially for an early period including the release of their first LP.

Anticipating that their album In Our Bedroom After the War would leak at some point between the final mixing and the official release then more than two months away, Stars made the album available in digital form on July 10, 2007. The CD release included a bonus DVD.

On September 1, 2008, the band released the EP Sad Robots exclusively through their online store and on tour. The EP is available as a physical release or an online download.

On October 20, 2008, they opened for the British superstars Coldplay in Ottawa, Ontario as part of the Viva la Vida Tour.

Their single “Celebration Guns” is the title song for the television series ZOS: Zone of Separation and was provided for free as part of a collaboration with Moms Against Climate Change

Stars have covered The Smiths “Asleep” for American Laundromat Records charity CD “Sing Me To Sleep – Indie Lullabies”. The CD was released worldwide on May 18, 2010.

On March 9, 2010, Pitchfork Media reported that the band will be releasing their fifth studio album, The Five Ghosts, on June 22, 2010. In Canada, the album was released via Soft Revolution, the band’s own new label. It has been distributed worldwide via Vagrant Records.

Watch stars’ video at wah-wah.tv:

http://wah-wah.tv/

Beth Ditto – I Wrote The Book


A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is a close friend of Scissor Sisters lead singer Ana Matronic, and considers her favorite song to be “Oh Bondage, Up Yours” by X-Ray Spex. She courted mild controversy in 2006 when, during an interview for NME magazine, she claimed to have eaten squirrels as a child, saying that “people in Arkansas just do – they’d think you were a freak if you ate squid there!”

Ditto is known for her noticeable stage dances and her unique and revealing image. She classes herself as a punk, and thus does not wear deodorant or shave under her armpits, having once remarked that “I think punks usually smell”.  She also formerly contributed an advice column on body image to The Guardian newspaper.

In February 2009, she was featured in London as the cover model for the premiere of Love magazine with prominent public advertising. On July 9, 2009, Beth’s fashion collection for the UK retailer Evans was released for sale, both online, and in selected stores across the UK.
Ditto on the premiere cover of London’s Love Magazine. She has been an outspoken advocate for large women being body-positive and has been regularly photographed as an editorial model

Ditto, who is a lesbian, is well known for her outspoken support of both LGBT and feminist causes.

Her most recent modeling work consisted of opening the Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2011 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on October 2, 2010.

Watch Beth Ditto’s video for free at

http://popwatch.tv/?p=307

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