Mac Miller last gave up his Faces mixtape as an online freebie, but the Pittsburgh rapper will eventually be issuing a commercial release through new major label home Warner Bros. A press release issued today (October 21) confirms that the rapper has linked up with the major label and brought his Remember Music imprint with him. "Warner is the most independent thinking company I met with," Miller told The FADER. "It is a partnership and now I can focus on building my label Remember through music and let them handle everything I don't like doing. Nothing will change in...Read More
While we're still waiting for the release of D-Sisive's The Great Mr. Nobody, the Toronto rapper just may be treating fans to those new tunes onstage this fall when he hits the road with fellow Canadian MC Mike Boyd. The pair recently revealed plans for their joint tour, which has them travelling around Canada this November. Though the tour dates are still shaping up, so far we know that the trip kicks off out at Sudbury, ON's Peddler's Pub on November 18. From there, D-Sisive and Boyd make their way towards to the West Coast, hitting Calgary's Nite Owl venue by November 29. ...Read More
If you were looking forward to catching British trio London Grammar in concert next month, the band regret to inform you that the North American shows have been postponed. Luckily, the outfit won't leave you hanging for very long, as they've rebooked the concerts in support of If You Wait for the new year. A press release issued today (October 21) notes that the "unavoidable scheduling conflicts" are the reason behind the postponed appearances, though the specifics behind the move have been kept under wraps. The band had been booked to play Montreal's Club Soda on November 18 and...Read More
In addition to being a member of the National, Aaron Dessner has been building up his production resume in recent years. His latest gig behind the boards is with fellow Brooklyn residents the Lone Bellow, whose album Then Came the Morning will drop on January 27. The record was produced by Dessner and mixed by Peter Katis (who is a longtime studio collaborator with the National). Sessions took place at Dessner's own New York facility and at Dreamland Recording Studios just outside of the city. Scroll past the tracklist below to watch a live performance video for opening cut...Read More
Now that fans have had time to play the hell out of Hooded Fang's 2013 album Gravez, the Toronto indie outfit have revealed they have new material on the way. The band are currently working on a new album, and they will premiere some of the songs on tour this fall. As a press release confirms, Hooded Fang are currently in the midst of writing the as-yet-untitled album, which will be their fifth. They are aiming to have it completely recorded and mixed by the end of November. Why do they want it done by late November? Because that's when the group will hit the road in North...Read More
The Knife have called it quits, but before the boundary-pushing Swedish duo ride off into the sunset, they will issue their Shaken-Up Versions mini-album on CD and vinyl. These will come out on December 9 on Mute. This follows the digital release of the EP earlier this year. At that time, the Knife promised that the physical versions would follow later in the year, but we didn't have a firm date until now. As with the prior digital release, the CD and LP versions include eight reworked versions of previously released Knife cuts. This includes new adaptations of songs from all...Read More
The last time Red Hot Chili Peppers released an album, 2011's I'm with You, they had recently undergone some lineup turnover, with longtime guitarist John Frusciante being replaced by newbie Josh Klinghoffer. Now that the new lineup have had a chance to grow comfortable together, they have set their sights on a new album. The band have been writing recently, and Flea told Rolling Stone that they have more than 30 new tunes. They're planning to begin recording within the next couple months, and they will whittle down this batch of new material to the length of album. ...Read More
The point may be moot considering Chief Keef's steady onslaught of online singles and in-the-works mixtapes, but rumours are circulating that the Chicago-bred, L.A.-based Glory Boyz leader may have been dropped from his major label deal with Interscope. AllHipHop reports that a source close to the situation told the publication that the rapper was quietly released from his record contract a couple of weeks ago, apparently following months of friction between the two camps. According to the source, Interscope began to "subtly disassociate" itself from the teen in light of Keef's...Read More
Country superstar Taylor Swift has been embracing her inner pop diva since 2012's Red, but it seems she won't be making a fan out of Brooklyn-based Run the Jewels rapper El-P any time soon. Swift is gearing up to release her new album 1989 on October 27, but her latest single "Welcome to New York" isn't sitting well with El-P. He took to Twitter to let fans know what he thought of Swift's sugary-sweet synth-pop ode to the Big Apple. taylor swifts new song "welcome to New York" makes me want to finally move from New York.— el-p (@therealelp) October 20, 2014 ...Read More
Yo La Tengo are a long-running act, to be sure. In fact, they are about to begin celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band this year, and part of those festivities include a lavish reissue of their much-loved 1993 album Painful. Going under the title Extra Painful, it's due out on December 2 through Matador. This version is split across two discs — either CDs or LPs — with the first containing Painful (in its original form and not remastered) and the second featuring a batch of outtakes. This encompasses demos, live cuts and a few unreleased tracks. ...Read More
Joshua Hyslop introduced audiences to his mellow brand of folk crooning with 2012's debut album Where the Mountain Meets the Valley, and now he's back with a new single and tour. The Vancouver-based songwriter's new tune is called "Living & Dying," and it comes out today (October 21) on iTunes. This hushed, rustic track — which gets more urgent in its second half — can be streamed at the bottom of this page. "'Living & Dying' deals with the issues of humanity's negative impact on the natural world," Hyslop said in a statement. "On a deeper level, it deals with our...Read More
Today (October 21), Toronto trio Elliott Brood release their new album Work and Love. Pushing the album's title into reality, the group have now announced a hefty North American tour. The run of dates kick off early next year, and see the group performing throughout the United States and Canada. These include stops in Ontario, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec. The full itinerary is available below. As you'll see, most of the dates come with the support of the Wilderness of Manitoba, who recently released their fourth album, Between Colours, via Pheromone...Read More
UK electronic pioneers Orbital have announced their breakup… again. The brotherly duo, consisting of Paul and Phil Hartnoll, released a statement via their official website this morning (October 21) explaining their decision to disband. "We've had our ups and downs, and it's not always been easy, but I've loved my time with Orbital," said Paul. "It's been brilliant that we've been able to take our music to so many places… But nothing lasts forever and it's time to stop." Emerging from the UK's acid house scene and reinventing UK dance music throughout the '90s, the band...Read More
Jessie Ware is a happy newlywed with a brand new album called Tough Love, which arrives today (October 21) via PMR/Island. Naturally, this raises a few eyebrows. Why would someone write an album of sad love songs and name it Tough Love when they just married their childhood sweetheart? To Ware, it makes complete sense: she's a storyteller. "Everyone kind of says, 'Now that you're married how will you write another album?' And it's like, 'Well, I just wrote an album while I was engaged and I haven't been unhappy ever, really,'" she tells Exclaim! "Songwriting is storytelling...Read More
As previously reported, New Zealand pop star Lorde is far more than some South Park parody inspiration, as she's working on a soundtrack of her own. She was previously enlisted as the soundtrack curator for The Hunger Games "Mockingjay — Part 1, and her work has now been unveiled. Lorde has cobbled together 14 songs for the new Hunger Games movie. These include music from Chvrches, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Bat for Lashes, Grace Jones and more. The album's opening track "Meltdown" is performed by Stromae and sees Lorde collaborating with Pusha T, Q-Tip and...Read More
We've been periodically hearing about the new releases that will be coming our way for Record Store Day's Black Friday event on November 28, and now we can see the whole list, as organizers have announced their full selection of exclusives for 2014. While there aren't quite as many exclusives as there were for Record Store Day's spring event, Black Friday will still bring a massive selection of new releases to indie shops. While you can the full selection of RSD exclusives here, we've collected several highlights, which you can check out below. Record Store Day's Black...Read More
Our weekly Music/Video Roundup makes its triumphant return today, loaded with the most talked-about album streams, music videos, singles, remixes and more to help you keep up to date with what your favourite artists are up to lately. Take a look at our picks below, and be sure to stop by our Music/Video section for more new music and videos every day.
First up this week is a stream of Second Sight, the latest record from Hey Rosetta! Still full of the group's soaring, anthemic rock cuts, the record also finds the band exploring their bouncy, pop-friendly side. Take a listen to the new record before it arrives tomorrow (October 21) through Sonic Records/Warner Music Canada.
South Park recently gave viewers a laugh by revealing that New Zealand pop star Lorde is actually the show's middle-aged geologist, Randy Marsh, in drag. While the accompanying parody single "Push (Feeling Good on a Wednesday)" sounds like the young vocalist, the song was reportedly sung by Sia. Full of big beats and synthesizers, you can hear the humorous cut by clicking the link above.
Chicago rap figure Young Chop unleashed details for his upcoming debut solo record Still, alongside an AutoTune-slathered track called "Valley," featuring his old pal Chief Keef. Of course, Keef is still steadily releasing his own new material as well, most recently premiering "How It Went" from his upcoming Mansion Musick mixtape.
The latest single from YMCMB's Rich Gang banner sees Young Thug and Lil Wayne join forces. Sharing a similar raspy vocal delivery, the two sound right at home together on "Take Kare," featuring piano-heavy production from London On Da Track.
Finally, the Weeknd's track "Often" has been given the remix treatment, featuring a couple of the biggest names in the rap game. While not sounding incredibly different from the original, the slow and sultry jam sees the Weeknd's vocals interspersed by particularly raunchy verses from Schoolboy Q and Rick Ross.
Still not satisfied? Stop by our Music/Video section for new singles, streams, videos and more.
While clocking in over the two-hour mark, post-rock unit Swans apparently have a handful of leftovers from the sessions that produced their hypnotic and monolithic 2014 LP, To Be Kind. A smattering of alternate takes of the set's "Oxygen" will now be released on a digital EP of the same name on November 24 via Mute. The four-song effort kicks off with a truncated version of the kinetic, brass-blasting dance track, edited down from its original eight-minute run time to a trimmer three minutes by Mute founder Daniel Miller. You can stream said edit down below. Also cropping up on...Read More
Somehow both upsetting and intriguing, an upcoming BBC Three airing of Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive has DJ Zane Lowe recasting the Ryan Gosling thriller with a completely different soundtrack than the synth-driven sounds fans of the film have grown accustomed to. Rather than the blend of Cliff Martinez compositions and the icy modern-day disco tracks from the likes of Chromatics and Desire that filtered into the original score, Radio 1 Rescores: Drive – Curated by Zane Lowe will be loaded with exclusive cuts from a wide variety of different acts. Traversing everything...Read More
Following a string of stand-out releases from the likes of Ekoplekz, Dieter Moebius and Time Attendant, budding Vancouver imprint More Than Human will be bringing its forward-thinking electronic vision to the stage via its "Winter Ritual." Taking place at Vancouver's Fox Cabaret on November 6, the showcase will be headlined by Sinoia Caves (a.k.a. Black Mountain synth whiz Jeremy Schmidt), who just recently released the kick-ass soundtrack album Beyond the Black Rainbow. Other performers include local dreamweaver the Passenger and spaced-out sound explorer Phil Western (Download,...Read More