Officially founded in 2007 (and launched in 2008), Record Store Day has become arguably the biggest annual event in the musical calendar, with dozens of artists and labels offering up exclusives, rarities, reissues and more at brick-and-mortar shops. The event has become so successful that it has even spawned a secondary event happening each year on Black Friday. ...Read More
Toronto rap phenom Drake always seems to be sitting on a pile of new material, having recently just dropped three freebies. The rapper's been busily working toward his new Views from the 6 LP, which is tentatively expected in the spring, but it looks as if there may be more material before then. While it's all hearsay at this point, a rumour has been circulated that Drizzy is planning the release of a new mixtape in January. In a new interview with NBA TV, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan described his friendship with Drake. Then, he may have jeopardized that...Read More
Big Four thrash-metal titans Megadeth are now, well, slightly less "big" with news that they've parted ways with drummer Shawn Drover. The Montreal performer, who has also spent over two decades as a member of Eidolon, has played with Megadeth since 2004. However, he's now decided to part ways with Dave Mustaine and co. Drover released the following statement regarding his departure from Megadeth: After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the...Read More
In search of some new records to listen to this week? Your search ends here, at our New Release Roundup. Featuring reviews of some of the top releases this week, give it a read to catch up on what's new and notable, as well as a few things you may have missed. Then be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section for more album reviews.
Detroit emcee Eminem is celebrating 15 years in the rap game, and Shady Records is getting the party started with the two-part Shady XV. One half compilation album and one half greatest hits record, some new work from Slim Shady and labelmates Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse is featured alongside some of the label's biggest and best-known singles. Is this Shady Records party worth the invite? Read our review to find out.
Asked about his decision to return to the studio to record a second album in 2014, Rick Ross simply said it was because "That's what bosses do." Only eight months removed from his last effort, Hood Billionaire once again finds Ross posturing as an incredibly rich rap music kingpin, having made his way to the top through dealing drugs.
On his sophomore solo record, Alien Lake, Johnny de Courcy puts his musically adventurous side on display, incorporating influences ranging from classical piano to psychedelic grunge, making for what our reviewer calls "a deeply satisfying listen." Elsewhere, the reissue of Flake Music's When You Land Here, It's Time To Return is a good indicator of how a young James Mercer and company were smart composers even before forming the Shins.
Steffi's second full-length, Power of Anonymity, finds the Dutch-born DJ and producer teetering between both of the extremes that make up her record title. A boost of energy in the late stages of the listen does a lot to save what could have been a "very straightforward, if not full, dance floor-aimed release."
Finally, Full of Hell are the latest band to make a splash in a year that has been full of unlikely metal collaborations, teaming up with noise luminary Merzbow (aka Akita Masami). The result is anything but tame, with Full of Hell & Merzbow showcasing the impressive fusion of Full of Hell's "explosive, breakneck powerviolence" and Masami's "squalls of squelches."
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists below:
We previously thought that Refused's reunion had come to an end back in 2012, but they seemingly opened a new chapter in their story this fall with the news that guitarist Jon Brännström had been fired from the band. Sure enough, the remaining members of the Swedish hardcore group are still working together, and they just announced some shows for 2015. The band's website has been updated with the phrase "Old friends / New war." It also lists a few dates for the spring and summer of 2015. They're all festival dates and most of them are in Europe, but there's also a lone Canadian date:...Read More
As if things couldn't get any worse for disgraced former CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi, the onetime host of Q has now withdrawn his $55 million lawsuit against the CBC. What's more, he has to foot the bill himself. CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson revealed that the two parties' lawyers have come to an agreement. "The suit is being withdrawn with costs in favour of CBC," he announced. "He's getting nothing." Ghomeshi now has to pay $18,000 in legal fees to the CBC. The agreement hasn't been formalized in court, but that's expected to happen soon. Meanwhile, Ghomeshi's...Read More
As previously reported, Seattle thrash mystics Black Breath are just about to hit the studio with Kurt Ballou to record their third full-length and first since 2011's Sentenced to Life. Now, the group has revealed they will roadtest some of the new tunes on a tour of the Pacific Northwest. Revealed over their Facebook page was the info behind next January's "Northwest Perversion Tour." The trip kicks off in guitarist Mark Palm's hometown of Vancouver, with the January 16 appearance at the Astoria marking the first-ever Canadian concert date for Black Breath. As you'll see down...Read More
Old habits die hard. Prince used to be a notorious internet hater, but he seemed to finally warm up to the digital age in the last couple of years by joining Facebook, launching a Twitter account for his band 3RDEYEGIRL and posting material on YouTube. Now, he's gone back to his former ways by deleting his social media accounts. Although Prince hasn't announced the reason for withdrawing from social media, followers who attempt to find his Facebook page are now directed back to the service's main page. And if you go to @3RDEYEGIRL on Twitter, you get a message saying, "Sorry, that page...Read More
This summer, post-dubstep dude James Blake shared a new song called "200 Press" and told BBC Radio 1 that it was titled as such because "only 200 are gonna be pressed up." Now, he's shared the details of that very limited edition. The single will drop on December 8. It will be available digitally, on 12-inch vinyl, or across a double 7-inch. These will come out through Blake's 1-800-Dinosaur imprint. We're not sure exactly how the 200 copies will be divvied up between formats (or even if Blake is sticking to his original idea of making only 200). The single comes with two extra...Read More
Parker Bossley makes up one-half of Fur Trade (along with Steve Bays) and acts as a touring member of Mounties, but the Vancouver musician also has his own band called the Gay Nineties. Today (November 25), the group released a 7-inch ahead of the new EP Liberal Guilt, which will be out on January 27 via Fontana North. The newly released single features the songs "Letterman" and "Hold Your Fire." Those who purchase that 7-inch will get an immediate advance digital copy of Liberal Guilt, which features eight songs (including both "Letterman" and "Hold Your Fire"). You'll...Read More
Beat icon William S. Burroughs' recording career included spoken word passages on his own, as well as collaborations with Kurt Cobain, Arthur Russell and Ministry, among others. One of the rarer efforts was 1981's Throbbing Gristle-assisted experimental tape recorder project Nothing Here Now but the Recordings, which has just been set up with a vinyl reissue that puts it back on wax for the first time since the early '80s. A press release from Dais Records explains that the label will deliver a limited-edition, remastered version of the LP in January. The album had first been...Read More
Wu-Tang Clan's new album A Better Tomorrow has been a long time coming, with RZA and Raekwon feuding and eventually reconciling throughout drawn-out sessions. Now, RZA has revealed that this lengthy process has come at a significant financial loss. Speaking with the New York Times, RZA confirmed that he paid for everything on the album out of pocket. He said, "I won't recoup. I'm already over-budget. Maybe I'll net out a half-million-dollar loss." Why spend so much money that he may never get back? Here's what RZA had to say: "I invested in the album. Look, if I never...Read More
California's Hodgy Beats is bringing things back to the early days, having announced that he'll be following up his debut The Dena Tape from 2009 with another chapter. Dubbed, clearly, The Dena Tape 2, the next instalment lands as a freelease on February 2. The Odd Future rapper revealed plans for the follow-up over Twitter , stating the arrival time and delivering a mock Rose Bowl ticket likewise confirming the due date. You can peep the image up above. Details behind the project are pretty slim so far, with info yet to be delivered regarding the tracklist and possible...Read More
Michael Feuerstack released his debut album under his own name just last year, but the prolific Canadian songwriter is already prepping his third album. The Forgettable Truth will be out on February 17 through Forward Music Group. This follows this spring's Singer Songer and 2013's Tambourine Death Bed, but while the former found Feuerstack recruiting other vocalists to deliver his songs, this one brings him back to a more traditional approach. It was recorded at Feuerstack's house and at Montreal's Hotel2Tango. The Forgettable Truth features...Read More
Mike WiLL Made It has been talking up his Ransom mixtape for a few months now, but it's now been confirmed by the producer that his latest set of ear drummers officially lands next month. An Instagram post today (November 25) had the artist announcing that the mixtape officially drops online December 15. The post had him adding the Ransom will feature "ALL NEW MUSIC, NEW ARTIST, NEW SAUCE." With this in mind, it's unclear if semi-recent reveals like "Pussy Overrated," Riff Raff and ILOVEMAKONNEN collaboration "Syrup in My Soda" or "I Got It" are being skipped over in...Read More
Taylor Swift may have scored the fastest-selling album in more than a decade with 1989, but evidently Canadian folk great Joni Mitchell doesn't think too highly of the pop-country crossover star. This much became clear in a new interview in which the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer revealed that she blocked a planned biopic that was set to star Swift as Mitchell. Back in 2012, reports emerged that Swift would be playing the role in an adaptation of Sheila Weller's 2009 book Girls Like Us, which examined the importance of Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon. But now speaking...Read More
This fall, influential British post-punks the Pop Group released a rarities comp and reissue, but they still haven't dropped a proper album since reuniting back in 2010. That will change this winter with the release of Citizen Zombie on February 23 on Freaks R Us. This will be the band's first album in 35 years, since For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? in 1980. The album features frontman Mark Stewart, bassist Dan Catsis, guitarist Gareth Sager and drummer Bruce Smith, all of whom were in the late '70s/early '80s iteration of the outfit. Citizen...Read More
While filmmaker Brett Morgen's long-in-the-works documentary about Kurt Cobain won't make its once-anticipated 2014 due date, the flick will debut next year through HBO. The film is now titled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, and Morgen has brought onboard Cobain's 22-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain in as executive producer. This makes the film the first authorized documentary on the late Nirvana leader, who died in 1994. During the making of the project, Morgen is said to have had "access to Kurt Cobain's archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings,...Read More
This winter, music fans will be kept warm by some Freak Heat Waves. Before you go throwing away your jacket, we should mention that we're talking about the fast-rising group from Victoria, who will release their sophomore album Bonnie's State of Mind on February 3 through Hockey Dad Records. A press release cites influences like krautrock, Television, the Fall and Brian Eno, describing the result as that of a "futuristic post-punk band" travelling through "sleazy discos, underground punk venues and gleaming white art galleries." The album, which follows their 2012 self-titled...Read More
Last night (November 24), a grand jury in Ferguson, MO, ruled to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August, a decision that led to protests across the U.S. and much public outcry. Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike was one of those voices, and he gave the crowd at nearby St. Louis' Ready Room a passionate speech touching on the case, issues of race, the class system and poverty. Mike, who has been vocal about the Brown case since the summer, took some time ahead of the group's performance to discuss the non-indictment verdict,...Read More