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Danko Jones

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Danko Jones sings and plays guitar for his eponymously named band. Conversely, he also dabbles as a music journalist writing for Close-Up Magazine, Rock Zone Magazine and Burning Guitars.
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I Love You, KISS, But Your Stage Names Suck

Whatever side of the fence you're on when it comes to KISS is of no matter. KISS are an undeniable tour de force, more popular than ever, with their 20th studio album, Monster released this week. But there's always one thing that's bothered me about the band: for a band that strove to be larger than life, they sure as hell chose pretty dull stage names.
10/12/2012 12:23 EDT
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I Feel For You, Billie Joe, But Why'd You Smash Your Guitar?

After Billie Joe Armstrong's now-viral on-stage meltdown, the Green Day camp quickly went into clean-up mode and put out a press release stating Armstrong had entered rehab. To me it really seemed like a genuine meltdown and I can only empathize. However, there was one thing that bothered me about the whole thing: at the end of the meltdown Armstrong and his bandmate, bassist, Mike Dirnt both smashed their guitars...
10/05/2012 12:22 EDT
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There is No iPod Big Enough for the Avid Vinyl Collector

As a record collector, music has always been about quantity over quality, about how much music I can consume before I die. When iPods were new, we as music fans were at the precipice of something big. We were finally being catered to! Of course, just when we were gonna get that 500 GB iPod, Apple pulled the plug on music storage capacity in favour of Angry Birds, FaceTime and texting. So I'd like to gently propose a terabyte iPod. That's right -- a thousand gigabytes of free space meant only to keep 10,000+ records.
09/28/2012 12:02 EDT
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Sorry Jian, There's no Such Thing as "Acoustic Rock"

When Jian Ghomeshi came on the air last week on his show Q to announce that Mumford & Sons were stopping by in a few days to play in-studio, he described them as "Acoustic Rock Sensations." I rolled my eyes and shook my head. To me, the word "Rock" has always meant "heavy." Flippantly pairing the word "Rock" with words like "acoustic" or "folk" or "soft" undermines and strips it of all its deserving weight.
09/21/2012 12:11 EDT
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Shitting on Canada's Walk of Fame

This inaugural blog entry will make certain our name gets stricken from the Canada's Walk of Fame nominations list forever by using this space to publicly shit on it -- metaphorically, of course. What's my beef? Nothing personal, but did you know that Jeff Healey does not have a star on Canada's Walk of Fame? At this point, a 2013 Canadian Walk Of Fame star for Healey might just be a tad embarrassing and too little too late.
09/14/2012 10:41 EDT