At the turn of the '70s, legendary funkateer Sly Stone launched a short-lived label called Stone Flower, which released just a handful of singles. The records were credited to various artists, but all of them were written and produced by Sly himself. This fall, the label's output is being collected with the compilation I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70. The album is out today (September 30) digitally and on CD via Light in the Attic Records, while the vinyl version will follow on November 4. A press release notes that this material found Sly heading in a different...Read More
We've already heard an archival cut from Jacksoul's forthcoming best-of compilation, and now the details of the collection have been confirmed. Greatest Hits will be out on November 25 through Sony Music Canada. In addition to lots of back catalogue favourites, there will be three previously unheard songs made by singer Haydain Neale prior to his tragic death in 2009. See the 16-song tracklist below. Along with, the recently unveiled "Got to Have It" — a lyric video for which can be seen at the bottom of this page — you'll notice that the comp ends with the...Read More
Next month, Atlanta rapper T.I. will share his long-awaited new album Paperwork. To promote the LP, he's revealed a handful of Canadian tour dates. In keeping with the album's bureaucratic title, we're hoping T.I.'s people have done the proper paperwork to ensure he actually gets into Canada. After all, he's booked a moderately sized chunk of dates that include stops in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario. The currently confirmed dates are available below. Support has not yet been revealed, so we're praying to the rap gods that he brings Young Thug along for the...Read More
Kingston, ON's annual Tone Deaf festival will celebrate its lucky 13 this year, offering yet another weekend of "adventurous sound performance." The festival, which runs from October 23 to 26, will offer four thematically curated showcases. Under the banner of Coldwave, the show on October 23 will see performances from Montreal's Marie Davidson and Toronto's Ice Cream at the venue Modern Fuel. October 24 is an Electroacoustic night, with collaborative performances from Adam Tindale & Colin Labadie, alongside Laura Kavanaugh & Ian Birse. That event takes place at the Isabel...Read More
U2 have already infected iTunes users around the world, and now it seems that they're looking to infiltrate the Grammy Awards too. Continuing their recent streak of sneakiness, the Irish arena giants just released a limited vinyl edition of their album Songs of Innocence; probably not coincidentally, today (September 30) is also the cut-off date for eligibility for the 2015 Grammys. In order to be eligible for the Grammys, an album has to be released commercially before September 30. Since Songs of Innocence was initially released for free, it didn't meet the Grammys'...Read More
Mr. Oizo Takes You to 'The Church' on New LPFrench electronic shapeshifter Mr. Oizo (a.k.a. Quentin Dupieux) has been feeling visual as of late, offering up out-there film fest fare like Rubber, Wrong and Wrong Cops, but he's still found time to crank out another album. The artist's latest full-length sees him re-teaming with Flying Lotus' like-minded, freaky Brainfeeder imprint, who previously reissued his 2005 album Moustache (Half a Scissor). Mr. Oizo's new album is called The Church and features 10 new songs from the producer. The...Read More
Though he's spent less time in the acting world as he focuses on his rap career as Childish Gambino, Donald Glover has had no trouble getting work on the side. He was recently cast as the voice of Spider-Man in a new animated series, and now he'll take on a role in the upcoming sequel to the male stripper flick Magic Mike. It's unclear whether or not Donald Glover will be exposing his childish gambino in the film, but he's joined the cast of Magic Mike XXL. He'll appear alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Strahan and Elizabeth Banks. Here's a description of Magic...Read More
It's about damn time. After years of hinting and a recent trial rollout, streaming giant Spotify has officially launched in Canada. As of today (September 30), the service is available in the Great White North on mobile, tablet and desktop. The app is free, and users can upgrade to Spotify Premium for $10 per month; this offers high-quality audio without adds, plus the ability to download and listen to content offline. "Spotify is launching in Canada with a comprehensive catalogue featuring the best local music from every genre, region and generation," said Spotify's chief content...Read More
Oshawa, ON arts collective Next Summer is embracing the change of season with a brand new festival this year. The inaugural Next Winter Festival will take place from November 6 to 9 at a series of different venues across town. Organizers have announced the lineup for the weekend-long event, and it includes sets from indie pop darlings the Elwins, Toronto roots rockers Beams and New York twee-pop act Free Cake for Every Creature. The festival will also serve as the platform for the final show from teen punks Unfinished Business before they disband. Local musical acts like Watershed...Read More
Perhaps it comes with the territory when you're one of the world's biggest-ever pop stars, but these days everyone has an opinion about the music, life and politics of Beyoncé. The latest person to chime up on Queen Bey is Eurythmics frontwoman Annie Lennox, who questioned the artist's brand of feminism in a recent interview. Speaking with Pride Source [via NME], Lennox accused Beyoncé of using feminism as a means of self-promotion. Her issues stemmed from Beyoncé's recent MTV Video Music Awards performance, where she displayed the word "feminist" in all-caps...Read More
The loss of a band member causes most bands to put the brakes on and figure out how to cope with their missing musical limb. Not so for London, England's the History of Apple Pie. When original bass player Kelly Owens left the group last October, her bandmates quickly scooped up fellow Londoner Joanna Curwood. Rather than hitting the road to break in the new member, the band's drummer James Thomas says they headed into the studio, knocking out their sophomore record, Feel Something, which arrives today (September 30) via Marshall Teller Records. "[She] really motivated us to want...Read More
This week's Music/Video Roundup is locked and loaded, full of brand new album streams, music videos, singles and more. Get yourself up to speed with last week's most talked-about material below. Then, be sure to check out our Music/Video section for more new music and videos every day.
Run the Jewels start things off this week with footage of a performance from this past summer in Vancouver, all part of Exclaim!'s co-presented live video series Coastal Frequencies. El-P and Killer Mike manoeuvre through their August 12 set at the Biltmore in expert fashion, tag-teaming cuts from their debut record such as "Get It," "Job Well Done" and "A Christmas Fucking Miracle" in front of the raucous audience. As we draw nearer to the release of the duo's upcoming RTJ2, give the footage a look to get yourself prepared.
East Coast singer-songwriter Mo Kenney is furthering her award-winning songwriting chops with her sophomore effort, In My Dreams, due out September 30. With Joel Plaskett in the producer's chair, the working relationship between the two helped bring an edgier, classic rock-inspired touch to Kenney's folk music roots. Hear the entire record for yourself at the link above.
Not one to be kept down by his run-ins with the law, Chief Keef has been steadily releasing songs and videos in anticipation of his upcoming mixtape Bang 3. While there is still no word on a release date for the tape, the Chicago native recently teamed up with Fredo Santana to deliver the ghostly "Beetlejuice." North of the border, Canadian MC Buck 65 is back with a new record, inspired by his recent divorce. Neverlove proves to be far from a depressing collection of breakup tunes, balancing moments of downcast introspection with poppy, upbeat cuts.
Finally, be sure to watch the latest video from Brazilian Money, who will surely you make you jealous with a look at his office space. In his latest set of visuals for "Job Slob," taken from his upcoming self-titled record, Edmonton songwriter Garrett Johnson mixes business with pleasure, making phone calls and taking notes from his backyard hot tub.
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Last week, Urban Outfitters boss Calvin Hollinger claimed that his store was the world's number one vinyl seller. Well, Hollinger is now eating his words, since his declaration has been debunked by Billboard. It seems that Amazon is the world's top vinyl retailer. This comes according to record label execs, and it corroborates Billboard's own study of the U.S. market, which determined that that Amazon sells around 12.3 percent of the country's vinyl. To Urban Outfitters' credit, the store came in second with an 8.1 percent share of the market, which makes it the...Read More
Almost 30 years since Tears for Fears told us to shout and let it all out, the British new wave dramatists are preparing to reissue their iconic 1985 disc Songs from the Big Chair. This beefed-up version of the album will be out on November 4 through Mercury Records. The reissue will be available in various formats, the most elaborate of which is the "Super Deluxe Edition." The six-disc box set includes four CDs and two DVDs. These include a newly remastered version of the album, plus surround sound mixes, nine unreleased tracks, and what an announcement calls "a multitude of...Read More
In August, we learned a little more about elusive Canadian songwriter Lewis when yet another album called Love Ain't No Mystery emerged online. By that point, Light in the Attic had already announced that it wouldn't be pressing any more of his albums, and now another imprint is stepping up to fill the void: Summersteps Records will issue Love Ain't No Mystery on cassette on Halloween (October 31). This pressing boosts the 12-song tracklist of the prior digital release up to 15 tracks. The Pennsylvania label will be pressing these on 100 golden yellow tapes, which are...Read More
As recently reported, Oh Susanna is headed back our way with a new album. Namedropper features songs written specifically for the project by a selection of esteemed Canadian songwriters, and the vocalist also known as Suzie Ungerleider will be promoting the upcoming album with a Canadian fall tour. The trek will take place later this fall. Starting in the second half of October, Oh Susanna will start things off in Ontario and make her way to the West Coast by mid-November. All told, she has nine shows booked. The October 30 show in Ottawa is particularly special. It's dubbed...Read More
Canadian noise mongers KEN Mode were still promoting their 2013 album Entrench as of a couple of months ago, but now they've moved onto the next step: working on a new LP. Recording has yet to begin for the forthcoming collection, but it already has a title: Success. Starting on November 23, it will be recorded with legendary alt-rock hero Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, Shellac) at Empire Recording in Winnipeg. During the sessions, Eugene Robinson of Oxbow and members of Full of Hell will stop by to make guest appearances. The guys are planning things out well in...Read More
Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Phil Spector. Not only is the pioneering "wall of sound" producer in prison after being found guilty of murder in 2009, he's apparently suffering from very ill health and has lost his voice. This is according to Spector's lawyer, Chuck Sevilla, who told UK newspaper the Mirror that the producer hasn't said a word for the better part of a year. This has resulted in him being moved to California Health Care Facility in Stockton, CA, having previously been held in Corcoran prison. Sevilla said, "He was moved within the last year to a...Read More
As if you didn't already have enough advertising in your life, Universal Music Group has signed a deal that will allow advertisers to retroactively superimpose their products into music videos. Working with UK tech start-up Mirriad, the label (whose roster includes artists like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and the Rolling Stones) has developed a method for altering product placement after the videos have already been filmed. The technology will apparently allow for advertisers to target audiences better — for example, a video watched in China will feature a different product than...Read More
Ozzy and the boys are planning one last kick at the can, as Black Sabbath have announced plans to begin writing a new album, which will apparently be their last. From the sound of things, the LP could still be a ways off, since writing sessions are slated to begin until early 2015. Still, hard rock fans can rest assured that plans are afoot. Speaking with Metal Hammer, singer Ozzy Osbourne said, "We're going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I...Read More