We can’t decide which Antoine we like better. Shirtless tattooed? Manicured crazy? Y’know, the Chicago Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs yesterday, so in solidarity to Nate Robinson, we’re going to have to go with Dennis Rodman jersey-clad Antoine. Clearly, the release of this video was timed perfectly with that heartbreaking defeat.
Edmonton’s DIY new-wave darlings Cygnets have put together another video for their raving fans. Exploring body-dysmorphia, obsession and various tongue-in-cheek goth-tropes. Directed and starring front-man Logan Turner, who only wears a t-shirt if it’s a v-neck with a prophetic slogan on it. Love it.
First video from our favourite Toronto-via-Montreal electro-soul artist, Akua! She is now a mermaid. And releasing the One’s Company EP on June 4! This video, directed by her brother Kofi, premiered over at Exclaim.
Johnny Zhivago were a pretty badass synthpop group from Winnipeg (!), known for fighting for the future from the present. They remained sadly pretty obscure and this public access broadcast is the only performance to be found on Youtube. I’d love to imagine an alternative universe in which they became prairie superstars along with Ohama and Bruce Haack and the vast plains spawned hundreds of synth bands. Regardless, more electro prairie heritage moments please! Discovered thanks to Weird Canada.
Brattleboro continues to dominate in the Arena of Weirdest Pop and their latest victor is another entrant from Great Valley. Sparkles, dogs, lightning bolts, comic sans, and every effect they could find. Diligence and dedication! Check out their LP Continental Lunch, available from Feeding Tube.
Exciting news: Toronto’s Diana has signed to Jagjagwuar, and their self-titled debut will come out on August 20! Here’s their first video, for their-already classic “Born Again,” directed by Geoffrey Pugen. Via Gorilla vs. Bear.