Today is a good day for court rulings that illuminate our moral standards.

A Louisiana law pushed by Rep. Jeff Thompson effective August 1 will force registered sex offenders to amend their social networking profiles with their legal “statuses.” This builds on the common practice of forcing offenders to disclose their history to neighbours, school districts, employers, massage therapists, postmen, dogs, trees, and pretty much anyone else at risk of being molested, but does not quite meet laws in place in Texas and Illinois prohibiting them from accessing social networking sites altogether.

While this is a reasonable legal move it does raise the question of who needs Facebook so badly they’re willing to let strangers around the world know their “Likes” include, you know, children. If I was a paroled rapist I’d probably just watch TV, is all I’m saying. [Via CNN]


The American Supreme Court has ruled against the Federal Communications Commission in FCC vs. Fox Television Stations and FCC vs. ABC Inc., declaring that fines resulting from incidents of nudity and profanity were levied without reasonable notice or clearly-defined standards.

At specific issue were profanities uttered during live broadcasts, and nudity both unanticipated (Janet Jackson’s tit, remember that?) and approved, if minor (a bare ass during an episode of NYPD Blue in 2003, see above). Also questioned was the necessity of context – violence, profanity and nudity left uncensored during broadcasts of World War II films Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List has been cited as a possible double-standard.

In its ruling the Court cited the problems of notice and ambiguity, leaving the relevancy of broader free speech arguments open. The FCC will now have to amend its policy, in part concerning the connotation of profanity. That means some lucky soul gets to decide if “I just took a big shit” is more offensive than “This food tastes shitty.”


[html]This week in TORO's video round-up, we've got new clips from Sigur Ros, the Beach Boys, Twin Shadow, and more!

Sigur Rós - "Fjögur píanó" (From Valtari, out now)

Twin Shadow - "Five Pieces" (From Confess, out July 10)

Glen Hansard - "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" (From Rhythm and Repose, out now)

Related: TORO interviews Glen Hansard

First Aid Kit - "Blue" (From The Lion's Roar, out now)

Related: TORO interviews First Aid Kit

Saidah Baba Talibah - "Revolution" (Single)

Related: Saidah Baba Talibah live @ TORO

Humans - "Horizon" (From the Trap EP, out now)

Related: TORO interviews Humans

Nouela - "Fight" (From Chants, out now)

Xenia Rubinos - "Hair Receding" (From Magic Trix, out now)

The Beach Boys - "That's Why God Made the Radio" (From That's Why God Made the Radio, out now)


[html]Jim Carrey has apparently dropped out of a proposed Dumb and Dumber (1994) sequel, citing a lack of progress and enthusiasm from Warner Bros. studios. The idea of Carrey and Jeff Daniels returning to lowbrow comedy after years playing homosexual con men and negligent intellectuals was certainly intriguing, so this is unfortunate! Hopefully Warner will take a break from art house movies and challenging satire and cater to the public demand for a Dumb and Dumber sequel, but Hollywood is apparently not interested in projects that require absolutely no effort to sell. 


[html] Sesame Street, the show that taught us all how to count to 4 and deal with the crushing mystery of death, will be getting its own movie. Sure, The Muppets (2011) for people who still crap in their pants sounds like a thin concept for minimum 80 minutes of story, but never forget they did it before. Come to think of it that movie was terrifying; remember when Big Bird was captured by that carnival freak show and painted blue for some reason? That was traumatizing, as surely a few of you would agree.




[html]Animal Collective’s ninth album Centipede Hz is, by their own admission, “a left turn at weird town.” Along that line the cover, revealed above, is a signpost warning you to turn around and drive back to Normalville. It appears to be a pair of hot insect lips swallowing a press photo and some fruity melting Play-Doh. For a band known for ugly-ass album covers it definitely ranks up there. Album drops September 4.


Now that we have word that Roger Clemens was acquitted in his perjury case today, we wonder if maybe Lance Armstrong would have preferred to go to a criminal trial rather than face the USADA. Armstrong has never failed a drug test so it would be a matter of the testimony of others that he'd used performance enhancing drugs.

That was the case with former MLB all-star pitcher Clemens, who was facing "six counts of perjury, making false statements and obstructing Congress when he denied that he had ever taken steroids or human growth hormone" back in 2008. At his recent trial, testimony came down to Clemens's former personal trainer Brian McNamee after former teammate Andy Pettitte reversed his earlier testimony by saying he might have misheard Clemens tell him he'd used HGH lo those many years ago.

The USADA doesn't have criminal powers but they could make a decision that would strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles so for the cycling hero, much is at stake.

Either way, in light of the Clemens acquittal, it doesn't seem like the truth will ever really be known. But testimony and evidence aside, people have probably already formed an opinion one way or another about both Clemens and Armstrong. 

And in the end, the only thing that's been proven is that a lot of time and effort have been wasted in trying to bring these sports heroes to justice. And perhaps that Marion Jones should probably have just kept her mouth shut.


Just when you though Miss Lindsay was starting to get it all together...

Reports indicated that the long-troubled actress, currently filming the Lifetime Liz Taylor biopic Liz & Dick, was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious in the penthouse of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Ray, California.Not so fast says TMZ. She wasn't taken to hospital but paramedics were called to the hotel because folks couldn't wake her up. According to TMZ, she was really tired from working two long days back to back.

We're not jumping to conclusions or fearing any rehab stints just yet. Heck, maybe she just forgot to eat. Yesterday it was reported that she was hesitant to ink a contract to appear in Bret Easton Ellis' The Canyons because she's afraid to do full frontal. Movies are much less forgiving than Playboy pics after all.

As the world of Lindsay Lohan turns.

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Tattoo artists, collectors and ink aficionados from around the world are all converging at Toronto's Hilton Hotel this weekend for the Global 14th Annual Northern Ink XPosure Art Show. Take in seminars, get inked and enjoy photo ops and signing sessions with body art A-listers like international pin-up model and judge of tattoo reality show Best Ink, Sabina Kelley, head judge and renowned artist Joe Capobianco, Dan Smith of TLC's L.A Ink, Billy Decola of N.Y Ink and more top tattooists from around the globe.

The show kicks off today from 2 to 11 p.m. at the Toronto Hilton’s Convention Level and runs Saturday, June 16 from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday June 17 from noon to 7 p.m.

Convention tickets and event details are available online at

Above: Photos of International Pin-up model Sabina Kelley, who will be on hand at NIX to take photos and signing her calendars Friday 2-4 p.m., Saturday 2-6 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 p.m. in the Governor General's Suite.


[html]NXNE 2012 soldiers on! Keep up with TORO’s coverage here, and check out our daily video playlists, running down the best to see out of hundreds of acts. Coming up the night of Thursday the 14th ...

Bad Religion - "Wrong Way Kids" (9 p.m. @ Yonge & Dundas)

A Place to Bury Strangers - "Nothing Will Surprise Me" (1 a.m. @ El Mocambo)

Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers - "Southbound" (9 p.m. @ Horseshoe Tavern)

Related: Garage Session with Ben Caplan

Mac DeMarco - "European Vegas" (10 p.m. @ The Garrison)

MAC DEMARCO - EUROPEAN VEGAS from Angus Borsos on Vimeo.

Related: TORO interviews Mac DeMarco

Violens - "All Night Low" (11 p.m. @ Horseshoe)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "Thought Ballune" (12 a.m. @ Horseshoe)

Related: UMO album review

Graydon James & The Young Novelists - "Left Behind" (1 a.m. @ C'est What)

Related: TORO interviews Graydon James

Zulu Winter - "We Should Be Swimming" (12 a.m. @ The Rivoli)

God Made Me Funky - "Cybersects" (11 p.m. @ The Gladstone)


[html]Today, the music of NXNE 2012 begins. We’ll be bringing you interviews and photo galleries all week long (keep up with TORO’s coverage here), but before you create your personal concert schedule check out our daily video playlists, running down the best to see out of hundreds of acts.

Porcelain Raft - "Put Me to Sleep" (12 a.m. @ The Drake Hotel Underground)

Enjoy Your Pumas - "Walk it Off" (9 p.m. @ El Mocambo)

Related: Behind-the-scenes with Enjoy Your Pumas

Cold Warps - “Stupid Tattoos” (11 p.m. @ Parts and Labour)

Related: TORO interviews Cold Warps

Charlotte Cornfield - "All of the Pretty Mistakes" (11 p.m. @ Cameron House)

Related: Garage Session with Charlotte Cornfield

The K-Holes - "Rats" (1 a.m. @ Parts and Labour)

The Dirty Nil - "Fuckin' Up Young" (11 p.m. @ The Detour Bar)

Lowlands - "Old House" (12 a.m. @ The Piston)

Related: TORO interviews Lowlands

Ruth Cassie (11 p.m. @ The Free Times Cafe)

Related: TORO interviews Ruth Cassie


[html]Turntable wizard Kid Koala hasn’t released a solo record since Your Mom's Favourite DJ (2006), having spent time with rock side project The Slew and graphic novel / soundtrack project Space Cadet (and its subsequent, mind-blowing “headphone tour”).

The Kid, born Eric San, will drop his fourth album 12 Bit Blues September 18, billed as “music, ripped and scratched and distressed until all those souls sold down the crossroads rise up and send shivers down your spine.” Having heard new material in concert, I can attest to the accuracy of that statement.

“Basin Street Blues” (From Some of My Best Friends are DJs, 2003):

Related: TORO interviews Kid Koala

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Winnipeg indie rock group Enjoy Your Pumas recently stopped by TORO's Garage to perform their tune "Swayze." Check out some behind-the-scenes pics and stay tuned for the full video session!

Related: Our interview with Enjoy Your Pumas from NXNE 2011

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Fans weathered a rainy monday evening to catch Canadian rockers METRIC deliver a free show at Toronto's Sugar Beach, partnering with 102.1 the edge to kick off NXNE. Fans got an exclusive first listen to new tracks with a setlist consisting mostly of new songs off their latest release Synthetica (link to Jesse's review)

Related: Pics of Emily Haines TORO Woman photoshoot.


Sad news from the comedy world: Canadian funnyman Tommy Chong, half of stoner duo Cheech & Chong, has revealed to CNN that he is currently battling prostrate cancer. Hoping to distance his illness from his marijuana advocacy efforts, he has stressed symptoms arose during a period of sobriety (imposed by legal troubles with his Nice Dreams bong delivery company in 2003), though he was only officially diagnosed this past month.

Cheech & Chong have yet to cancel or postpone their upcoming tour dates, so all hope is that Chong (treating himself with “hemp oil”) will make a full recovery.

Related: TORO interviews Tommy Chong


Luminous indie band Beach House announced yesterday that they are extending their world tour this coming summer, including one stop in Toronto, Canada (Kool Haus, October 13).

The rest of you canucks will have to head to one of the locales below to check out the dark yet sparkling sound that is Beach House.

06-07 Blarritz, France - L'Atabal
06-08-09 Porto, Portugal - Primavera Festival (evening)
07-01 San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
07-03 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey *
07-05 Salt Lake City City, UT - Twilight Concert Series #
07-06 Aspen, CO - Belly Up *
07-07 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater *
07-09 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom *
07-10 Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall *
07-11 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
07-12 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall *
07-13 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07-15 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-17 Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue *
07-18 Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom *
07-19 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
07-20 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *
07-21 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre *
07-23 New York, NY - Central Park SummerStage
08-24 Katowice, Poland – Tauron Nowan Muzyka Fest
08-26 Paris, France – Rock en Seine
08-27 Groningen, Netherlands – Vera
08-28 Duisburg, Germany – Grammatikoff
08-29 Frankfurt, Germany – Das Bett
08-31 Dorset, England – End of the Road Festival
09-13 Richmond, VA - The National
09-14 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theater
09-15 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
09-16 Atlanta, GA - Variety
09-18 New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's
09-19 Houston, TX - House of Blues
09-20 Austin, TX - Emo's East
09-21 Dallas, TX - Palladium
09-24 Tucson, AZ - Rialto
09-25 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
09-28 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
09-29 Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater


Five years after wowing indie pop fans with Night Falls Over Kortedala, Sweden’s Jens Lekman has finally announced a new album. His third, I Know What Love Isn’t, will drop September 4 via Secretly Canadian. A press release offers sonic description: “An economical palette of sounds, I Know What Love Isn't has strings but not a string section, an upright piano not grand, a single saxophone, gracenotes from a flute, a lot of tambourine.” Sounds purdy.


1. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name
2. Erica America
3. Become Someone Else's
4. Some Dandruff On Your Shoulder
5. She Just Don't Want To Be With You Anymore
6. I Want A Pair Of Cowboy Boots
7. The World Moves On
8. The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love
9. I Know What Love Isn't
10. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name

“Erica America”:


[html]Brooklyn psych-folk-rock quartet Grizzly Bear have made a sudden, very welcome announcement: their as-yet-untitled fourth album is all done and will drop September 18 via Warp. The lead track “Sleeping Ute” is streaming now on Youtube, check it out below with tracklist and Canadian dates following.

01. Sleeping Ute
02. Speak in Rounds
03. Adelma
04. Yet Again
05. The Hunt
06. A Simple Answer
07. What's Wrong
08. gun-shy
09. Half Gate
10. Sun in Your Eyes

September 26 - Toronto (Massey Hall)
October 6th / 7th - Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)

Full tour dates here.


Heavy T.O returns to Downsview Park August 11 - 12 in Toronto, for what will be the city's biggest metal weekend of the year.  

Metalheads will be treated to a packed lineup over two days, including heavy-hitter headliners Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, System of a Down and Deftones.  

Our friends Lamb of God will also be returning to Toronto, performing on Saturday. Check out our exclusive interview with Randy and Willie from LOG below, and check out Heavy T.O Online for tickets before they're gone!

Related: Heavy T.O 2011 Day 1 pics
Heavy T.O Day 2 pics


[html] No, Victoria's Secret model Angela Bellotte is not waving at you. Instead, she's using that lovely body of hers to control her new Samsung Smart TV.

Apparently, the new TV uses both motion control and voice control. Though the men in the building across the street from her don't know that.

Funny stuff. But it did leave us wondering: If everyone can change the channel by voice or motion control, who gets the final say as to watch gets watched? Back in the day, he who had the remote was King of the TV.

Watch for cameos...