"Do you remember when you first fell in love with Easter," Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio asks actor Steve Buscemi in a new promo video (watch above) for the band's upcoming American Express Unstaged live webcast, which Busemi will direct. Buscemi oddly waxes nostalgic about the holiday -- "I couldn't sleep the night before, thinking about how many eggs I was gonna get," he recalls -- and the whole thing comes across as pretty awkward and totally random, much like the entire Buscemi/Vampire Weekend association, which started when he appeared with the band at this year's Easter parade in New York City.
Last night (April 21), Canada held its annual JUNO Awards, its version of the Grammys, and Mumford and Sons, Grimes, Metric and Leonard Cohen were among the artists to pick up prizes. It was also a big night for Carly Rae Jepsen -- who bagged Album, Pop Album and Song of the Year -- and Justin Bieber, who didn't show up (he was probably dealing with tigers or gas masks or something) but snagged his third straight Fans' Choice award.
No doubt some of you out there were pulling for Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' to top Pitchfork's year-end Top 100 Tracks of 2012 tally, but it just wasn't to be. You may think we're kidding, but the insanely infectious and impossible-to-avoid nugget of summery pop goodness actually did managed to land at No. 29 on the list -- which, considering P-fork's indier-than-thou slant on things, is pretty damn impressive. So, who did snag No. 1?
This has certainly been a breakthrough year for Grimes. On the strength of her fantastic third LP, 'Visions,' the Canadian singer has been making plenty of best-of lists, and she's up for Album of the Year in our 2012 Diffuser.fm Music Awards. Thanks in part to all of her other list mentions, she's now topped another tally: Hype Machine's Most Blogged Artists of 2012.
Canadian dance artist Grimes feels right at home with snakes and swords in her self-directed music video for 'Genesis.' The 24-year-old hangs out with an edgy cast of characters, including a scary chick with three-foot-long pink hair extensions, white platform boots and some sort of metallic bodysuit.