I'll give you the news on the musical shame of Canada first (No, not Nickelback, the other one) April Lapigne:
Everyone already knows how fucking punk-rock Avril Lavigne is: from her Hot Topic crinoline skirt to her unthinkably bad-assed bleach-blond hair, the Canadian mall rat is the punkiest thing since Tiffany. So, it should come as no surprise that her photo spread in the June issue of alternative zine Blender is also colon-rippingly rebellious. That's right, Lavine posed topless for the cover. Or did she?
See the steamy photos of Avril Lavigne in Blender
"Actually, I'm not topless on the cover. I was wearing a tube top, and they just kind of put a banner on top of it," Lavinge tells MTV, ignoring the fact that no tube top known to man could possibly have fit perfectly under the banner covering her nipples.
Other photos on the inside of the magazine show Lavigne totally rocking out, smoking a cigar, swigging a bottle of whiskey and screaming while clad in fishnets, a leather skirt and an open jacket that reveals her wicked-punk tummy.
"The Blender shoot was really fun because it was super rock and roll - we had a bottle of [whiskey] and ate cupcakes," Lavigne says. "Everyone was super cool. It was definitely a different kind of photo shoot for me."
Lavigne was also recently ranked No. 15 on Maxim's hot list, falling behind other punk legends Angelina Jolie, Beyonc, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba and Scarlette Johansson. Oi!
I'd like to once again thank Ms. Lapigne for once again providing evidence that her IQ is in the triple negative integers.
MS Lapigne: Though you said you would never show off your boobs, you lied, as seen here:
Do you totally believe she is not topless? I do...
Yeah, that was sarcasm. Lied twice and once again a hypocrite.
Now onto the musical PRIDE of Canada, the lovely ladies and gentlemen of The Arcade Fire:
I LOVE The Arcade Fire. Three of their songs are on my Top 25 Most Played.
They were on the cover of Blender this month with an AWESOME article, and had a big feature in Rolling Stone!
And lead singer's Win Butler's surgery on his sinuses was successful, WOOHOO!
And all over Google News are glowing reviews of their live shows!
Here is one in The Vancouver Sun!
Amy O'Brian, Vancouver SunPublished: Friday, May 25, 2007
For those who find spirituality in the beauty of a dusky sky or by being swallowed in a massive wall of harmonious sound, Thursday night's Arcade Fire show at Burnaby's Deer Lake Park was likely a deeply religious experience.
The venue was as close to an outdoor cathedral as could have been hoped for. The lake was glassy beyond the stage, spring foliage burst from the surrounding woods and a perfect half moon rose directly above the stage as the Montreal indie gods pounded and belted their way through an awe-inspiring 90-minute set.
With nine people on stage, singing and rotating between an astounding array of instruments - including a pipe organ, hurdy gurdy, accordion, stand-up bass, keyboards and, at times, three drum sets - the band demonstrated why their sophomore album, Neon Bible, debuted at the No. 2 spot on Billboard and why they sell out nearly every show they play.
The sound and energy coming from the stage was uncontainable, making it hard to imagine the band playing indoors.
Moments after the last of the warm sun moved off the crowd - which must have numbered close to 10,000 - the first notes of the first song from Neon Bible began pumping through the speakers, sending hoards of people rushing towards the stage. The dark, whirling, theatrical sounds of Black Mirror built as the band warmed up itself and the audience.
Not to confuse the fans who had memorized every note of the new album, the band duplicated the recorded string-tuning session from the album before moving into the faster-paced Keep the Car Running - the second song from Neon Bible.
But before the skeptics could think the band was just going to go through the set list from its latest album, they deviated with No Cars Go, followed by an '80s-inspired tune that had the band's co-founder Regine Chassagne vamping and dancing to some clever choreography of her own design.
Throughout the course of the night, Chassagne - a small, but full-voiced wonder - played the accordion, the hurdy gurdy, the keyboards and the drums. She darted from instrument to instrument, making her the biggest curiosity on stage even when she wasn't at the forefront.
Perhaps the most engrossing moment of the night was one that saw Chassagne sing like no one was watching and no one else was on stage. Grief and anger welled to the surface as she sang In the Backseat off the band's debut album Funeral.
"My family tree is losing all its leaves," she wailed.
Her husband and band co-founder Win Butler shared the lead singing duties for the night while everyone else - from Vancouver-raised violist Marika Anthony-Shaw to Ottawa-raised drummer Jeremy Gara - added to the wall of sound as an energetic back-up chorus.
The various members of Arcade Fire appear to share a deep and genuine love of music, treating fame and sold-out crowds as a mere by-product of their passion. Not to say they're ungrateful - Butler and Chassagne thanked the crowd several times and Butler commented that it was "nice to just be in a field with the sky."
They perform like they take nothing for granted - like it could possibly be the last show they ever play (even though they're headlining the Sasquatch Festival in Washington this weekend).
By the time they reached the end of their set Thursday night, the audience was engaged in a steady bounce, drums were being tossed into the air, and the strings, horns, and guitars melded into a glorious fury of noise.
The band finished with a song meant to keep the party going as Butler sang "Sleeping is giving in/ so lift those heavy eyelids."
They came back for an energetic encore before the suburban 10 p.m. curfew was enforced and they chose to deliver a single drawn-out pipe organ note as the signal to exit the cathedral.
Also, I'm sorry when I made like they were only Canadian. Lead Singer Win Butler is technically American, as is his brother Will. And Win Butler's wife, co-songwriter and co-leader Regine Chessagne is technically Haitian, though she's lived in Quebec since she was a little kid. Which begs the question:
When there is a band with both American and British members, they are called Anglo-American. So what do we call The Arcade Fire? Can-American? Canuk-American? Or just Canadian American? Hmmmmmm........
And in News about me..............
I got a new puppy! My dad insisted on naming it LANCE (ick). I wanted to call him Freddie. But he is SO CUTE! A six-week-old Yellow Lab! And he ADORES ME, which I just love in an animal. I'm his favorite person! AWWWW