Montreal band The Holds have already succeeded in bringing the blues to this city’s indie rock scene. Now, following the success of their self-titled EP launch at O Patro Vys, they are set to play Turbo Haus in St-Henri this Saturday, March 12th, but not before releasing a second music video.

While their first video for the song Can’t Go Back featured members of the band in a warehouse setting, their latest foray into the world of music video leaves the band on the audio track playing the song Say You’ll Be Mine. Meanwhile director Helene Ha chooses to focus the visuals on ballerina Anna Sementchouk performing in the middle of a deserted street, or maybe two deserted streets.

While the background is unmistakably Montreal throughout, I’m pretty sure that the first part takes place on the northern edge of McGill Campus while the second part was undeniably shot near the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

Regardless of whether I guessed right about the first part or not, the choice to shoot at night, the dark aesthetic and the way Sementchouk’s dancing mixes with The Holds’ music creates a very enticing tableau. Check it out yourself:

And check out The Holds with openers The Empty Yellers this Saturday at Turbo Haus, 5011 Notre Dame Ouest, 9:30pm, only six bucks!

During the first Democratic Debate a few months ago, all the candidates were asked a rather simple question: “Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter?” The moderator called on Bernie Sanders first and the Senator answered simply “Black Lives Matter” before addressing the issue of racial injustice in America.

While Hillary Clinton spoke of racism as well, she dodged the actual question, perhaps afraid to attach herself to a protest movement that mainstream white America wasn’t sure about. Sanders had no problem throwing his support behind Black Lives Matter that night and he still doesn’t.

On Thursday, his campaign released their latest ad, though you wouldn’t know it was a Sanders ad (aside from the logo in the bottom-right of the screen) for the first two minutes and 37 seconds of the 3 minute and 56 second spot. For most of the ad, Erica Garner talks about her daughter, fighting racism, her father Eric Garner who was murdered by police and her work with Black Lives Matter.

This is a very powerful and moving ad and one which flips the script on standard campaign advertising, making it more about the story of the person supporting the candidate than the politician. It is also rather slick and clearly professionally produced. This ad wasn’t made on the cheap.

It has now become clear that the hefty amount of small donations pouring into the Sanders campaign are being put to good use. Even if Bernie doesn’t become president or even win the Democratic nomination (though I really hope he does both), he is helping to spread the Black Lives Matter message in a way that only a well-funded presidential campaign can.

Bernie is putting the issues and the message first. Maybe that’s why Garner says in the video “I think Bernie is a protester.”

Jeremy Corbyn, newly elected leader of the Labour Party in the UK, didn’t waste much time. A few hours after taking the helm of the once progressive force in British politics, Corbyn made his first public appearance, at a rally for Syrian refugees in Parliament Square.

Corbyn set a decidedly different tone than any of his recent predecessors, including Tony Blair, a man he wouldn’t mind see get charged for war crimes. In the speech, Corbyn talked about the reasons behind the refugee crisis in Syria and elsewhere, namely all the wars launched by governments like that of Great Britain, which he admitted he has seen happen in the British parliament.

What will this mean for Syrain refugees right now? Probably not much, David Cameron is still PM. What does this mean for the British Labour Party? A helluva lot. it looks like they have thrown off their Blairite ways and embraced a return to their past as a hope for their future.

Regardless, listen to the speech, it’s a real good one:

In what has to be one of the most fascinating must-watch pieces of television produced in the last little while, John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden in Russia for his HBO show Last Week Tonight and they end up talking dick pics. While that may seem like a waste to speak of something so trivial, it’s actually an attempt to contextualize the NSA spying program in a way that the “average” person who doesn’t know or care about the Snowden story can relate to, showing why they should be afraid of a wide-sweeping surveillance state.

This is actually part of a hilarious/informative (what has become the hallmark of Oliver’s show) segment on the upcoming renewal of the US Patriot Act. If you have the time, you should really watch the whole segment (33 mins), which you can below. But you can also skip ahead to the Snowden interview. it starts at 13:40

We invite you to check out the new video from original Canadian artist Amber out of Toronto. She also happens to be an FTB contributor. The song, Grave Robber, is from her new album Tall Tales, which you can listen to or download via her Bandcamp page.

The video, directed by Devon Stewart, was shot in Hamilton. It features some fun though creepy imagery (with a title like Grave Robber, how could it not), silhouettes, a complicated man and a very danceable tune courtesy of Amber. Enjoy!

Here’s the newest episode of the Jules & Lara show. This time, they’re making pasta – from scratch. That’s really commendable, honestly, so kudos J&L. And, to make it even better, they do it the proper ‘Italian’ way. Watch the video to see what we mean.

Also, Jules & Lara have recently launched a Kickstart project, which you can find here. They need the money to get themselves better equipments to make even better videos! Be a part of history, people.

 

Scarification can be quite an intense and painful process (even more than getting a tattoo). Staying in character while filming a music video can be a challenge. Staying in character for a music video while getting artistic scarification work done? You’d have to ask Jeannie Taylor.

Better yet, you can watch the lead singer of Montreal-based Curse in the Woods do just that. In the new music video for the song Rebecca’s Photograph, Taylor does her front person duties all the while getting real scarification work done.

It’s quite intense, but at the same time kind of serene, thanks to the melodic nature of the song. Have a look and give a listen:

Some celebrities reach a certain point in financial and career security that they can actually say what they think and not have to deal with the consequences. Jerry Seinfeld is now one of those people.

Last week, he received the CILO Award, an advertising award. In his acceptance speech, he thanked his agent, the companies he shilled for, and his wife, but then what he said was so honest and remarkable that if anyone else would have said it, their career would either be over or go down the Russell Brand route.

But this is Jerry Seinfeld, a man who can completely dissect the people in the room, call them what they are and still get applause and still be Jerry Seinfeld.

Watch and enjoy:

Cat Sinclair wears many hats: burlesque performer, Buffalo Infringement Festival organizer and visual artist who makes collages that juxtapose hardcore pornography with images of adorable cats to name a few. She recently brought her performance and visual art to Montreal with multiple shows as part of the 2014 Montreal Infringement Festival

I caught up with her after her final performance at Le Petit Cabaret in Old Montreal, just a few steps away from City Hall where we did this interview:

I caught up with three of the four members of Montreal heavy psychedelic rock band Realms of Bliss after playing the Barfly as part of the 2014 Montreal Infringement Festival. This was a jam-packed night that went from the experimentally loud, to folk to punk in the form of the extact, Richard Lahmy and Crazy Knows Crazy.

Here’s what they had to say:

The 2014 Montreal Infringement Festival continues today and wraps up tonight, please visit infringemontreal.org for more

Following the Recital Fractal, the francophone music and spoken word event that kicked off the 2014 Montreal Infringement Festival, I caught up with Louis Royer and Jessica Charland of Cortezia the musical duo who performed at and put together the event which featured over 20 artists. Rapper and Infringement organizer Jay Manafest who had played a set as part of the night’s show was nearby postering for the fest and joined in the conversation.

They talked about the festival, working as artists and collaboration between French and English acts in Montreal now and in the past.

Here it is:

* The 2014 Montreal Infringement Festival runs until Sunday, please visit infringemontreal.org for schedule and info

Yesterday footage of Kossac militia in Sochi beating and actually whipping members of the now-infamous political punk group Pussy Riot while they were performing in protest of the Olympics made its way around the mediasphere and the web. While it’s astonishing that a country already struggling with bad press would allow its police to use such archaic yet brutal means of repression in front of the world media, I find it more astonishing and impressive that the group went right back into the belly of the beast just a short time after some of their members were released from jail after being incarcerated for doing a similar type of performance/protest.

I’m equally impressed with their ability to get the music video they were filming guerilla-style when the whip-yielding cops busted in out so quickly…and presto, here it is, their video for Putin will teach you how to love, shot outside of the Sochi Olympic Games, with an English translation of the lyrics below the video:

50 billion and a gay-driven rainbow,
Rodnina and Kabaeva will pass you those flames
In prison they will teach you how to obey
Salut to all bosses, hail, duce!

Putin will teach you how to love the motherland

Sochi is blocked – Olympic surveillance
Special forces, weapons, crowds of cops
FSB is an argument, the police is an argumentState tv will run your applause.

Putin will teach you how to love the motherland

Spring to Russia comes suddenly
Hello to the messiah as a shot from Avrora
The prosecutor will put you down
Give him some reaction and not those pretty eyes

A cage for the protests, vodka, matrioshka
Prison for May 6, more vodka and caviar
The Constitution is lynched, Vitishko’s in prison
Stability, the prison meal, the fence and the watchtower

For TV Rain they’ve shut down the airwaves
They took gay pride down the washroom
A two-ass toilet – a priority
Sentence to Russia, medium security, 6 years

Putin will teach you how to love the motherland

The motherland
The motherland
The motherland