ILOVEMAKONNEN has been riding high these days, signing to Drake's OVO imprint and releasing much-loved single after single. That came to a halt Tuesday night (October 21) — or at least temporarily — when he was assault onstage while performing his signature hit "Tuesday." During a show at NYC venue SOBs last night, Rae Sremmurd brought out the OVO rapper to perform "Tuesday," when ILOVEMAKONNEN was attacked by someone in the crowd. As you can see in the fan-captured video below, an audience member taps the artist to get his attention mid-performance, only to then pull him...Read More
Prolific and powerful in their own right, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and 9th Wonder have announced they've linked up as a new collective called Indie 500. A hashtag of "#Indie500" had surfaced on the Twitter accounts of all three hip-hop figures over the last few months, but the team-up was officially announced today (October 22). All sides confirmed to Okayplayer that they've joined forces together, tying together the talent and rosters of Kweli's Jamla Records, Monch's W.A.R. Media and 9th Wonder's Javotti Media into a much larger force independent from the major label system. ...Read More
Odd Future rapper Domo Genesis has announced that after a three-year gap, he'll be returning to his Under the Influence mixtape series later this fall. Part 2 is expected to land November 5. The release was announced through the Odd Future tumblr today (October 22). A tracklisting has yet to be delivered, but the post notes that Domo Genesis will spin first single "Strictly for Niggaz" at 8 p.m. PDT tomorrow (October 23) on Dash Radio. You can see the cover art for the Sap-produced single above. Since issuing the original Under the Influence freelease in 2011, Domo Genesis...Read More
Medium-spanning label Wist Rec. normally focuses on short-form releases (such as soundtracks to classic novellas), but the Irish-Canadian imprint is now preparing to release its first proper full-length. British-Canadian combo the Blue Funz will release Songs for Ed Ricketts on November 14. For those unfamiliar with the Funz, they include members of Devon Folklore Tapes, Man Meets Bear and the Winks. Over the years, they've released albums under a number of colour-coded pseudonyms (the White Funz, the Red Funz, etc.). Their new album is based on Ed Ricketts, an American marine...Read More
Here's a little fodder to use next time you're having a musical debate with your buddies: software application writer Virgil Griffith has been tracking the musical tastes of prospective college students in the U.S., and he's used this to determine how preferences change based on intelligence. His study is tastefully called Musicthatmakesyoudumb. As Digital Inspiration [via Consequence of Sound] points out, Griffith's study cross-references SAT scores with musical preference as listed on Facebook. His chart maps out the 133 most popular musical acts based on students...Read More
Jonathan Snipes of the Sub Pop-signed clipping. is back up to his creepy ways, with plans to provide new chilling contributions to an in-the-works documentary on haunted houses called Haunters. A Kickstarter campaign behind the project has filmmakers the Brain Factory explaining that Haunters is "a feature documentary about the visionary entertainers who create the most popular & notorious haunted houses in the world." They expect the project to premiere in 2015. Director/producer Jon Schnitzer has spent the last year travelling to facilities like Knott's Scary Farm to...Read More
Kate Bush stunned and thrilled fans earlier this year when she announced her return to the stage after a 35-year absence. By all accounts, her recent string of sold-out "Before the Dawn" performances was a huge success, and now Bush is gracefully thanking everyone for making it out to see her. An open letter penned by the beloved singer-songwriter was published on her website today (October 22), in which she describes undertaking the 22 sold-out performances at London's Hammersmith Apollo as "a surreal journey that kept its level of intensity right from the early stages to the end of the...Read More
Taking a break from his duties in Arcade Fire, Will Butler is once again entering the world of film. Following work on the short film Home Burial, he has composed original music for the new documentary Bronx Obama. The film follows Louis Ortiz, a man who just so happens to look a hell of a lot like U.S. President Barack Obama. The doc is available online right now, and it will premiere on Showtime on October 30. The extent of Butler's contributions isn't exactly clear, but director Ryan Murdock told Global Comment that Butler had given the film "some original...Read More
After previously revealing that the likes of Fucked Up, Teenage Head and the Dirty Nil would be making it out to this year's Burly Calling fest, organizers for the Burlington, ON event have now gone ahead and let loose the full lineup. Acts popping up December 4 to 8 to play a multitude of local venues now include Silverstein, Grade, the Full Blast, Ill Scarlet, Dinner Belles, Dirty Jeans, Sumo Cyco, Jam Central Station, Ian Blackwood, Panama Red, Ashley Sloggett, Terra Lightfoot and more.As previously reported, the first wave of artist reveals also included the Almighty Trigger Happy,...Read More
Still-kickin' country music octogenarian Willie Nelson has released a hell of a lot of music throughout his career, but he's apparently got even more sitting in the vaults. These unheard albums will be unearthed for the series Willie's Stash. First up is December Day: Willie's Stash Vol. 1, a team-up with Sister Bobbie (a.k.a. Willie's real-life sister Bobbie Nelson). It's due out on December 2 through Legacy Recordings. Of course, the two have a long history of playing music together, and Bobbie is part of Willie's band the Family. December Day is said to be...Read More
If you've got an uncontrollable urge to fill out your Devo collection, we have some good news for all you spudboys and girls out there. After having toured their archives-scouring Hardcore earlier in the year, the men that make the music will be giving even more vintage material a revisit via the unveiling of a live LP captured back in 1977. Dubbed Miracle Witness Hour, the live recording lands November 17 through Futurisimo. According to a press release, the concert was held at Cleveland dive bar the Eagle Street Saloon and took place before the band would team up with...Read More
Beloved Toronto music venue the El Mocambo will sadly shutter its doors next month, but a piece of the venue and Toronto's musical history will live on. The trademark neon palm tree sign that hung outside the venue is up for sale on eBay, with bids set to close on October 31. The current high bid is resting at $7,500 — though owning the gaudy Toronto relic would be truly priceless for any local music fan. As previously reported, owner Sam Grosso put the Spadina Avenue club up for sale earlier this year. It conditionally sold and will close after a final blowout show on...Read More
Back in 2011, "Baker Street" songwriter Gerry Rafferty sadly passed away. Now Raphael Ravenscroft, the saxophonist who played that hit's iconic hook, has also died. He was 60. The sax player died on Sunday (October 19) of a suspected heart attack. Ravenscroft had previously suffered a stroke, and Western Morning News reports that he is believed to have died in hospital. Ravenscroft was raised in Dumfries, Scotland, and later lived in Exeter, England. He found success in 1978 with the release of "Baker Street." The legend goes that he was only paid £27 for his contribution to...Read More
Chances are Steve Earle might be a little embarrassed right now. His songwriting son Justin Townes Earle just announced an album, and it's called Absent Fathers. It's due out on January 15 on Vagrant Records. This is a companion to Justin's recently released Single Mothers, which came out last month. The two albums were originally intended to be presented as a double album, but an announcement explains, "As Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities." That being said, we can expect this album...Read More
Set to take over Austin, from March 17 to 22, the always-anticipated South by Southwest is one of the music industry's biggest annual festivals — despite growing safety concerns. Today (October 22), organizers revealed the first round of scheduled performers, and as usual, it's looking impressive. Jessie Ware, Courtney Barnett, Bishop Nehru, Black Milk, Carl Barat and the Jackals, Ben Kweller, Sleep ∞ Over, Thee Oh Sees and the Twilight Sad are just a few of the names that have been confirmed. There's also a good dose of Canadiana heading south of the border for...Read More
It's been over three years since Jenny Berkel released her sophomore LP Here on a Wire, but the Montreal-based folk figure will apparently be road-testing some new material this fall when she heads out on a Canadian tour. Berkel hits the road mid-November, with dates booked in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. All of the shows have Berkel supported by Nova Scotia born singer-songwriter Jennah Barry. You'll find all of the date and venue specifics down below. While Here on a Wire received a vinyl pressing earlier this year through Indoor Shoes, there will be new music on the...Read More
When you call yourself "the spokesman of modern Africa," it is a lot to live up to. For Pierre Kwenders, it's a challenge he's more than willing to accept. With the release of his first full-length project, Le Dernier Empereur Bantou, out now on Bonsound, the Montreal-based artist (born José Louis Modabi) tells Exclaim! that the album pays homage to his Congolese roots while also working in modern electronic vibes for a progressive, postmodern sound. "The biggest wish was to share this with as many people as possible. I just need to share it with the people and bring them into my...Read More
As the temperature continues to drop, so do the new music releases. Cozy up with some new additions to your music library in our New Release Roundup, brimming with reviews of all sorts of album releases from this week. So give it a read to catch up on what's new and notable, as well as a few you might have missed. Then, be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section for more.
East coast indie rock troupe Hey Rosetta! get this week started with their first record in four years, Second Sight. Continuing to successfully combine string arrangements with quintessential rock music sounds, the record also demonstrates a greater focus on depth and texture of production. Was the new material worth the four-year wait? Read our review to find out.
Jessie Ware's sophomore record Tough Love shows the London vocalist reaching an extraordinary new level of confidence. A star-studded list of collaborative writers such as Miguel, Dev Hynes and Ed Sheeran make their presence known throughout the expertly produced, soulful pop record. However, the list of contributors doesn't overshadow Ware's efforts in the slightest. Her own powerful vocal work nails feelings of heartache in effortless fashion.
Art rock elder statesman Thurston Moore's fourth solo record sounds downright jubilant when compared to 2011's Demolished Thoughts, in large part due to a new backing band. Composed of Nĝught guitarist James Sedwards, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, the eight tracks of The Best Day are full of what our reviewer describes as "complementary guitar lines, dissonant post-punk thrashers and poetic, punk rock ponderings."
Heading into recording her latest studio effort, Compostela, Jenn Grant's goal was to make a psychedelic folk record. While the new disc has only one overtly psych tune, the rest of her sonic experimentation adds colour, creating what our reviewer calls her most cohesive record to date.
Elsewhere, singer-songwriter Oh Susanna has released her most diverse album yet, compiled from songs written by pals such as Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, Royal Wood and Melissa McClelland. Namedropper thus finds the Toronto-based artist shows her ability to adapt to other genres, from the sweet pop of "Wait Until the Sun Comes Up" to the quirky "Mozart for the Cat," making for an enjoyable effort.
Also, the ever-eccentric Primus have unleashed their cover version of the soundtrack to 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Fittingly dubbed Primus & The Chocolate Factory, the zany reinterpretations from the trio hold a high degree of earnestness and playfulness, resulting in a perfect match of inspiration and old school talent.
Finally, there's also the anticipated avant-garde team-up between Scott Walker and Sunn O))), who have delivered their far-out Soused. And to bring it all back home again, we have Elliott Brood's newly released Work and Love, which we dub "another consistently strong outing from one of our best."
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Believe it or not, Norwegian collective Jaga Jazzist first took the stage 20 years ago today, on October 21, 1994. It's been a long and varied career for the genre-bending instrumentalists, which they'll now partially revisit via a new vinyl box set. The group have announced plans to release '94-'14, a new vinyl box set. The release includes a special reissue of the group's breakthrough 2004 album A Livingroom Hush, along with four previously unreleased demos and some additional demo downloads. The box will also include two 12-inches that feature exclusive remixes of...Read More
Chance the Rapper made a massive splash with last year's Acid Rap mixtape, but MC has yet to give us a substantial follow-up. That may soon change, however, as he's announced the he and his band the Social Experiment have a series of new projects in the works. In a new interview with Billboard, Chance said he's been in a Los Angeles studio with the Social Experiment, and their first release will be called Surf. This album will highlight trumpet player Nico Segal (a.k.a. Donnie Trumpet), with Chance also contributing. It will be available online for free before the...Read More