A solid lineup of new album and single streams dominate this week's Music/Video Roundup, in which we alert you to some of the most talked-about material out there. Catch up on things you may have missed below, then be sure to check out our Music/Video section for more new music and videos daily.
Leading off the roundup is a stream of City Wrecker, the latest effort from onetime Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown songwriter Spencer Krug. Under his Moonface solo moniker, the five-track effort of stripped-down piano material was written while Krug was living in Finland. Be sure to give the small collection of elaborate arrangements a listen before its September 16 release.
Revealing plans for a collaboration earlier this year, Shad and Holy fuck have unveiled a Scion Sessions-sponsored 7-inch under the name Holy Shad. The single contains two tracks, "The Legend of Cy Borg Pt. 1" and "Pt. 2," and has been described as a "true collaboration" in which the MC and the band are equal creative partners. Stream both tracks in their entirety before getting your hands on a copy from the upcoming limited vinyl run.
After working on solo material under the moniker Grey Kingdom, former Attack in Black member Spencer Burton is set to release Don't Let the World See Your Love under his own name through Dine Alone Records. A collection of charming Canadiana tunes, the new record sees Burton team up with his Attack in Black bandmate Daniel Romano on production duties.
Montreal producer Jacques Greene, meanwhile, has shared his remix of the Toronto R&B star the Weeknd's "What You Need," keeping the dark, moody vibe while making it a little easier to dance to.
Finally, the Wilderness of Manitoba have returned this month with their fourth studio effort, Between Colours. Recorded in their hometown of Toronto, the record also features guest appearances from Michael Phillip Wojewoda of the Rheostatics on theremin and Alex Lifeson of Rush contributing a guitar solo. Hear the 10-track effort in its entirety by clicking the link above.
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In the past year or two, many of us have become more aware of the music industry's inherent sexism thanks to thought-provoking essays from Grimes and Chvrches vocalist Lauren Mayberry, and now Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves has shared her own thoughts in a new spoken word piece. Graves made the speech this past weekend at Hudson, NY's Basilica Soundscape festival. It was apparently such a huge hit among attendees that The Talkhouse republished the essay in full. In the piece, Graves uses a sighting of Andrew W.K. as the jumping-off point for a discussion about women's role...Read More
After issuing his self-referentially titled sophomore set Partynextdoor Two in the summer, GTA-born OVO artist Partynextdoor has revealed he'll hitting the road in support of the album on a fall tour. The rapper-singer revealed his plans today (September 15) in an Instagram post. He'll first hit Montreal's Le Belmont venue on October 19 but will wind his way through U.S. and Canadian clubs up until the end of November. Other mother country concert dates include stops in Vancouver and his hometown of Toronto. You'll find Partynextdoor's itinerary info down below. In addition to...Read More
Having found his Back Road Paradise this spring, Canadian songwriting vet Jimmy Rankin is climbing into his cool car and heading out on Canada's back roads and highways for a tour in support of the new LP. The bulk of the outing will run for a little more than a month from early October to early November. Somewhat surprisingly, Rankin will skip Canada's most populous provinces entirely; his 25 upcoming shows all take place in the Maritimes, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This includes a one-off date in December. In a statement, Rankin explained the reason for the slightly unusual...Read More
Tech N9ne has sold over a million records independently, amassed more than 20 different projects and turned his label Strange Music into one of hip-hop's biggest success stories. But the Kansas City rapper says he still has a lot more to do. "I feel like my music is for the whole world," he tells Exclaim! Currently out on a full-fledged Canadian tour, Tech N9ne explains, "When I went to Barcelona, nobody knew me. I was walking around for five days, me and [labelmate] Krizz Kaliko, nobody spoke to us. Meaning that we haven't done our job there. When I went to Monaco, for four or five...Read More
U2 and Apple ruffled plenty of feathers with the viral rollout of the free album Songs of Innocence, which prompted many users to complain that the album appeared on their phone without consent and was difficult to remove. The blowback was evidently enough to make Apple scramble for a solution, since it just unveiled a simple tool to remove the album. This tool scrubs Songs of Innocence from a user's account. If you have a change of heart and want to re-download it, you'll be able to do so for free until October 13; after that, you'll have to pay. Go here and click the...Read More
It's hard to believe, but it's been 10 years since pop twins Tegan and Sara first went walking with a ghost on their So Jealous LP. Now, to mark the occasion, the duo have announced plans to deliver an expanded edition of the album. Yesterday (September 14) marked the official anniversary of Tegan and Sara's fourth full-length release, and the Quinn sisters issued a joint statement weighing in on the importance of the LP. "It was without a doubt a huge turning point in our career, and a big part of how we got where we are today," they explained. As such, they're currently...Read More
The legal controversy between Robin Thicke's allegedly plagiaristic "Blurred Lines" single and Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" has become even more complicated, with recently revealed court documents finding the contemporary soul singer backing off on his co-writer status by saying producer Pharrell Williams "wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself." The details of Thicke's sworn testimony, delivered last April, were revealed by the Los Angeles federal court today (September 15) [via the Hollywood Reporter]. The documents disclose Thicke's opinion on how the piece was put...Read More
After appearing on the Numero Group's "wizard rock" compilation Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles earlier this year, '70s era Toronto stoners Triton Warrior†are about to have their lone 7-inch single back on wax for the first time in over 40 years. Vancouver Island record label Supreme Echo will have the band's 1972 single "Satan's Train"/"Sealed in a Grave"†out in a limited pressing of 500 copies for October 31. The B-side had appeared on the Numero comp, while this will be the first official appearance of "Satan's Train" since the original pressing of the 7-inch. In...Read More
These days, legendary singer-songwriter Cat Stevens goes by Yusuf, and he's currently preparing to release his first new album in five years. Tell 'Em I'm Gone will drop on October 27 through Legacy Recordings. The album was produced by Yusuf along with Rick Rubin, while the songwriter co-mixed the songs with Paul Samwell-Smith, formerly of the Yardbirds. Sessions took place in Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels and London. Guests include Bonnie "Prince" Billy and frequent Will Oldham collaborator Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Zwan), harmonica vet Charlie Musselwhite, onetime Fairport...Read More
While even just last week, Rick Ross was serving up remixes to keep the promotion cycle going for his recent Mastermind LP, the Maybach Music Group leader is getting ready to reveal his next move. Over the weekend, he announced a new project called Hood Billionaire is on the way. Though details are slim, the Bawse took to his Twitter account†to reveal the project name via the hashtag, #HOODBILLIONAIRE, while also posting himself posing a ritzy pic†of himself. Later, he'd go on to tweet that Hood Billionaire's first single arrives sometime later today...Read More
Both Stars and Hey Rosetta! have new albums due out next month, and they're planning to promote them together by hitting the road for a joint tour in the coming months. The two acts had already announced that they would be touring together in the U.S. in November. Now, they've expanded their schedule into 2015 with a string of co-headlining Canadian dates in February. This Canadian leg includes 14 shows, which stretch as far east as Quebec and as far west as the Pacific Coast. See the schedule — including both the U.S. and Canadian dates — below. Scroll past that to...Read More
Vancouver indie rock mainstays the New Pornographers have had a big summer with the release of Brill Bruisers and a slew of live dates across North America, but they announced over the weekend that they'll be down a member going forward. Longtime drummer Kurt Dahle has left the band. Dahle formerly played in Age of Electric and Limblifter, but had devoted most of his professional time to playing with the New Pornographers since their debut album Mass Romantic in 2000. Dahle has also played with his New Pornographers colleagues on side-projects like Neko Case's The...Read More
San Francisco black metal troupe Deafheaven are currently on tour supporting last year's acclaimed Sunbather, but some band members are keeping even busier on the side. Dan Tracy and Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven teamed up with Varun Mehra and Christopher Natividad to form Creepers last year, and the band has just unveiled plans for their debut LP. Titled Lush, the record will arrive on October 28 on Deafheaven frontman George Clarke's own imprint All Black Recording Company. A statement from the label describes the seven-song LP as "a swirling mix of shoegaze, grunge,...Read More
Pinball Sessions has spent the past year and a half rolling out an incredibly steady stream of in-studio sessions from a massive range of artists, and now the Ontario-based platform is preparing to kick into overdrive with a new interactive website and a video series with Exclaim! TV. The new site launches today (September 15), and among its new features is the ability for users to create a personal profile and customized playlists while also discovering playlists curated by bands, promoters, festivals and the like. Here's how Pinball themselves explain the change: ...Read More
Tom Skeeter, owner of legendary Los Angeles recording studio Sound City, passed away over the weekend at the age of 82. Skeeter founded the studio with in 1969 alongside Joe Gottfried. Artists like Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and Nirvana would go on to record classic albums there, and it was the subject of Dave Grohl's 2013 film Sound City. A post from the studio's Facebook page confirmed Skeeter's passing and offered the following message: We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful [to] our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him to all of you. Thank...Read More
Most of Spencer Burton's fans know him as Grey Kingdom, and if it weren't for his mother, it probably would have stayed that way. When the London-via-Welland, ON troubadour shared his first two solo albums with his mom, she thought he was merely the cover model. After some confusion, Burton eventually got her to realize those were in fact his songs. "Well," she replied, "who the hell is Greg Kingdom?" Consequently, Don't Let the World See Your Love, set for release tomorrow (September 16) via Dine Alone, is Burton's first release under his own name. While the new disc offers some...Read More
Although the news has yet to be officially confirmed, sources are indicating that New Zealand music scene staple Peter Gutteridge has passed away. Off the Tracks reports that the musician took his own life. While we still can't say what happened with certainly, Twitter has begun buzzing with the sad news. Based in Dunedin, Gutteridge was associated with a few indie pop acts on the iconic Flying Nun roster. He played in one incarnation of the Clean, was a part of that band's spinoff project the Great Unwashed, and co-founded the Chills. The busy Gutteridge has also been linked...Read More
Lots of people have taken exception to U2's virus-like distribution of their new album Songs of Innocence, but few have been quite as outspoken as Odd Future rapper Tyler, the Creator, who expressed his views in a Twitter rant filled with four-letter words. Like many of us, Tyler discovered that U2 and Apple's marketing campaign resulted in Songs of Innocence appearing on his phone without his consent. In response, Tyler turned caps lock on last night (September 12) and shared a string of variations on the phrase "FUCK BONO," at one point comparing U2's album to "A PIMPLE...Read More