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Toronto Music News: Crystal Castles combat leak, Broken Social Scene stream new album and announce new EP, AUX TV denied expansion into Quebec, & more...

In this edition I feature: info on why the release date for the Crystal Castles LP was bumped up; details on AUX TV's battle with the CRTC and Musiqueplus in Quebec; a link to stream the new Broken Social Scene record in its entirety; news, interviews and a remix from Caribou; and more.

Plus a collection of videos and MP3 downloads from Shad, Lioness (remixes by Kids on TV, Vitaminsforyou), Arkells, Zeus, Great Lake Swimmers and The Ghost is Dancing.

Crystal Castles bump up album release date
Leaks suck - especially when it happens a month and a half before the planned release date, as is the case for Crystal Castles self-titled sophomore effort. In an effort to combat the spread of the leaked copy, Crystal Castles made the album available to purchase online starting last Friday (April 23) while the physical release will hit shelves on May 24 -- a full two weeks earlier than the planned date of June 8. Head to iTunes to grab the album legally.

Aux.tv versus the CRTC + Musiqueplus
On April 21, AUX TV's application to start a French language version of their channel in Quebec was denied by the CRTC, whose primary concern was potential competition between the proposed channel and Musiqueplus.

AUX TV have offered up their response, asserting that their "programming does not pose any competition to MusiquePlus, and with respect to the CRTC, we believe that the two channels offer very different content to viewers. We are very proud of the things that make AUX different from other channels and appreciate that viewers want a lot of choice - whether that's mainstream music content, or something with more of a niche focus."

Voice your support for AUX TV by spreading word about the issue on Facebook,Twitter, etc.

Shad - "Yaa...I Get It" (Download an mp3 of the track via zshare).

Great Lake Swimmers - "Stealing Tomorrow"

Broken Social Scene present: Forgiveness Rock Record + Lo-Fi for the Dividing Nights
Head over to NPR.org to stream Broken Social Scene's Forgiveness Rock Record in its entirety. BSS announced last week that they would be releasing an EP to accompany Forgiveness entitled Lo-Fi for the Dividing Nights, which Arts & Crafts describes nicely:

"Lo-Fi For The Dividing Nights was written during the recording of Forgiveness Rock Record in Chicago. During downtime band members would head into Soma's second smaller studio to test out new ideas and overdubs while John McEntire worked in the main room. Here they created lovely little soundscapes, one of which ended up being the closing song on Forgiveness Rock Record, 'Me & My Hand', and the rest became the beginnings of Lo-Fi For The Dividing Nights."

The EP will be included free with all FRR pre-orders made through GalleryAC before May 4, as well as any physical pre-orders at HMV and participating indie record stores in Canada. Check out the track listing here.

Caribou news round-up
Caribou dropped his stellar new LP Swim last week, and the web has been buzzing with news, reviews, remixes revolving around Dan Snaith and his latest album. Check out an interview Caribou did with JAM, some info on his new tour-only CD from Exclaim, a remix of "Sun" by Your Pretend Boyfriend at Soundcloud, and news of a forthcoming Caribou remix from Fuck Buttons.

Arkells - "John Lennon" (Woods & Wires Video Series)

Zeus - A Take-Away Show (Woods & Wires Video Series)

- Daniel Sullivan, the dude who drunkenly attacked Noel Gallagher during "(What's The Story) Morning Glory" at VFest 2008, has been sentenced to a year of alcohol-free house arrest after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm. I wonder what Noel will have to say about this.

- The release date for D-Sisive's upcoming LP Vaudeville has been bumped up to June 15th, with further details still to be announced (via @dsisive).

- Chart Attack have posted a Vitaminsforyou remix of the Lioness track "What You Do Will Come Back To You" -- available to stream or download (MP3). Kids on TV deliver an alternate take on the same Lioness track, which you can stream or download via Soundcloud. Lioness' Omens, Oracles & Signs Vol 2 comes out today (April 27) through New Romantic.

- Chart Attack also posted an interview with Nik and Gil of Circle Research in which the duo discuss their latest album Gardiner Express released last week through URBNET.

The Ghost is Dancing - "Stick Together" (Third Floor Session)

The Ghost is Dancing - "Battles On" (Third Floor Session)

Lead photo: 'Crystal Castles Live' by flaviapraline, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.


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