So what does Danko Jones have to do with that whole k-os/NOW Magazine feud?
Well, nothing, really -- but he's pretty damn scathing and hilarious about it.
Quick re-cap: NOW writer Jason Richards writes semi-favourable review of k-os' Atlantis: Hymns For Disco but k-os in turn slurs Richards on his MySpace page, even going as far as accusing Richards of being "manipulated by his indie-rock nerd bosses." Danko Jones writes a letter to NOW that calls k-os an "arrogant pr---" who's had "too much sunshine massaged up his ass." K-os responds by calling the rocker "Stanko Jones."
It's the Toronto music scene meets Romper Room.
But, admittedly, it's all rather amusing. And Jones is on fire.
"Here's a guy who makes a living on his poetry and all he can come up with is 'Stanko Jones?' -- he's a half-wit," Jones says of the Canadian hip-hop icon. "I've had enough of this guy's bull----. I usually keep this stuff to myself, but his head is becoming a blimp on his shoulders. I mean, Jesus Christ, three stars is not a bad review and I don't see k-os up there with Jay-Z anytime soon. Maybe I'll eat my words and be worshipping at the altar of k-os soon -- but I just don't see that happening."
Adds Jones: "Plus, everyone loves a public feud -- whether it's Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, or me and k-os -- hopefully, if anything good can come out it, maybe I can be the pin to the balloon that is his head."
Now that we got all of that out of the way, what non-k-os news is up with Danko Jones?
They've been touring Europe in support of their third album, Sleep Is The Enemy. Jones is still pounding out his weekly radio show (based in Stockholm, but syndicated around the world). They're celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band this year. And they're still way bigger in Europe than they are here.
But that doesn't bother them so much anymore.
"We don't really care anymore -- it's funny to us now," Jones says. "I remember seeing a story about Canadian bands that have broken internationally and we weren't mentioned. I can't lie -- it struck me that we were being ignored. But you get over that. It's petty. I mean, I like indie rock, but it's not the be-all-end-all of my musical experience -- but they are the poster children for Canadian music. It would be nice to be recognized at home, even if just for your parents to see that you do something legit."
Danko Jones hits the Mod Club Tuesday. And FYI -- k-os is no longer on this Saturday's Care Canada benefit bill at Lee's Palace. But as far as we know, that has nothing to do with Danko Jones.