Earlier this summer, Jade Tree owners Darren Walters and Tim Owen announced that following a few years of relative inactivity, the label was about to issue a series of re-releases and new LPs. The first modern-day full-length to be announced by the imprint is an upcoming offering from Philly post-punk trio Dark Blue. A press release confirms the band's Pure Reality arrives October 7, and follows the group's "Just Another Night with the Boys" track, which was delivered through Jade Tree in July. Comprising John Sharkey III (Clockcleaner, Puerto Rico Flowers), Andrew Nelson (Ceremony,...Read More
British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey has received copious praise for her music over the years, including winning the prestigious 2011 Mercury Prize for her last album Let England Shake. Well, now she can add an honorary degree from Goldsmiths, University of London to her list of accolades. The university — which boasts alumni like Blur and John Cale — will be presenting Harvey with her degree on September 10, alongside fellow recipients like architect Dame Zaha Hadid, human rights activist Peter Tatchell, journalist Neal Ascherson and poet George Szirtes, as reported...Read More
In the digital age of music, artists have free reign to craft their own persona and explain their music in their own words. But beware of what you write — those words, and phrases, will often haunt you. Case in point: Canadian "doom soul" artist Cold Specks. "I'm hoping to kill that one throughout this campaign," Al Spx tells Exclaim! Although the descriptor came from a genuine place of trying to create an accurate label ("There are soul elements and dark elements"), Spx is ready to let it go. In its place? "I'll just leave it to you guys." It's been two years since Spx...Read More
Tuesdays at Exclaim! mean a brand new wave of album reviews, hot off the press and ready for you to sink your teeth into. Today's New Release Roundup gathers up a handful our new reviews, so you can consider our two cents on all the most anticipated new albums. Get cracking on this week's reviews below; by the time next Tuesday rolls around, we'll have a fresh batch for your reading pleasure. Dig in!
Wiz Khalifa delivered a brand new collection of hooky bangers this week with his release of Blacc Hollywood. Our reviewer explores Wiz Khalifa's journey from mixtape culture to radio hits; read our review to see it for yourself.
Then check out our review of New Zealand songwriter Kimbra's brand new release The Golden Echo. Does she have the solo chops to transcend her "Somebody That I Used to Know" guest star fame? Check our review to see.
Our reviewer calls JJ's V "uncanny" and "otherworldly," so follow the link to learn more about this dreamy release. Then, let things get a little heavier with Pallbearer's incredible Foundations of Burden. Our writer calls it "a record that lays the listener bare" — read the full review to see all their high praise.
Last up is Deathwish Inc.'s reissue of Coliseum's self-titled debut. Read our review and relive the one-of-a-kind momentum that Coliseum's first record accrues.
Looking for more? You can find all of this weeks new album reviews in our Recently Reviewed section.
After having lasted about as long as a radio listener's supposed "short attention span," Calgary station Amp Radio has already abandoned a controversial format change that chopped pop tracks in half in order to crank out more hits by the hour. Three weeks after the company made the move to the QuickHitz format, which aimed to give listeners "twice as many songs per hour than the conventional station," vice-president of programming Steve Jones has announced that 90.3 Amp is reverting to a more standardized style of radio play. As CBC reports, Jones said the station had been threatened...Read More
Between them, John Reis and Rick Froberg are responsible for some of guitar music's most beloved bands, from Rocket from the Crypt and Hot Snakes through Obits and Night Marchers. Still, arguably their most revered is the early '90s post-hardcore band they played in, Drive Like Jehu. Though they disbanded in 1995, they've just announced a reunion show. The influential band, which is rounded out by Mike Kennedy and Mark Trombino, have launched a new website announcing their impending reunion. Details are incredibly scarce, but the group have revealed that they'll hit the stage at...Read More
Pop punk mainstays Gob are returning this month with a new album called Apt. 13, but does some of their new album art look a bit familiar? The group have responded to accusations that they lifted some of the artwork from another Vancouver band, beekeeper. As you can see from the image above, the back cover of Gob's new album looks almost identical to the cover of beekeeper's 2013 EP Shout at People. The same masked figures from Apt. 13's back cover also appear in different surroundings on the front cover. A couple of commenters on Twitter called the band out...Read More
Killer Mike has already spoken out on the shooting of Ferguson, MO teenager Michael Brown, a case that has drawn accusations of police brutality and inspired the Run the Jewels rapper to issue a brief essay on Instagram last week condemning racist violence. Now, Killer Mike has penned another op-ed about the current conflict in Ferguson, this time for Billboard. This piece touches on some of the same points as Mike's last statement, comparing the recent killings to that of animal slaughter. But this time around, rather than emphasizing racism, he primarily focuses on the...Read More
Waxwork Records' small but potent back catalogue has focused on horror soundtracks of various vintages, but the label is now set to jump into modern times with the announcement of an upcoming release of Jonathan Snipes' score to Starry Eyes. While the flick hit screens back in the spring, the upcoming vinyl edition of Snipes' score has yet to yield an official street date. Despite this, Waxwork is offering a pair of tracks in a new SoundCloud stream to help pump up the release. Down below, you'll find the stirring synth swells, faux-choir sounds and tension-filled ticks of "She Is...Read More
Sample-crazy producer Madlib has issued his fair share of instrumental records over the years, and he'll be giving us another collection of next month under the self-explanatory title, The Beats. The album serves as the score to Stones Throw's recent Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton documentary, and it will arrive September 9 on a 10-inch record. Two separate soundtrack covers will be delivered, with the "Death Edition" featuring skull-showcasing artwork and the "Girl Edition" featuring a picture of a VW van. Being a score, the tracklist plays out as a series of "Cues." There are 10...Read More
Perfect Pussy turned heads with this year's debut album, Say Yes to Love, and now the punky group have announced a split 7-inch with similarly noisy UK combo Joanna Gruesome. It will be out this fall via Captured Tracks/Slumberland/Fortuna Pop. The split comes with two songs from each band, plus a 24-page comic by cartoonist Phil McAndrew, who is the brother of Perfect Pussy guitarist Ray McAndrew. A press release notes, "The heroine in McAndrew's comic is a 'split' between Joanna Gruesome front woman Alanna McArdle and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, who battles misogynists,...Read More
This month, the Smalls are reuniting for a couple of festival dates in their home province of Alberta. Not only that, the long-retired metal fusionists have now announced a couple of additional Canadian shows. Following appearances at Calgary's X-Fest (August 30) and Edmonton's Sonic Boom (August 31), the Smalls will perform at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern on October 18 and at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom on November 7. Tickets for both events go on sale this Friday (August 22). This apparently isn't all the band have planned, since a press release notes, "further dates will be...Read More
Can't '90s rock dudes just get along? Apparently not, since Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil took some shots at Billy Corgan and his band Smashing Pumpkins in a recent interview. Technically speaking, Thayil didn't call out Corgan by name, but it's extremely obvious who he was talking about when speaking to the Dallas Observer. He said [via Stereogum], "We have four guys who write songs here. We have four guys contributing material without someone calling bullshit on it. You follow me? There are many bands out there that are led by one guy who does all the writing? He might...Read More
Moving on from last year's 10th anniversary reissue of Elliott Brood's Tin Type EP, the Ontario roots trio have announced a brand new full-length called Work and Love is on the way this fall. The LP is due October 21 via Paper Bag Records, making for the first full-length from the outfit since 2011's Days Into Years. Shaking things up a bit, this is the first album to feature an outside producer, with the lucky guy being C'mon/Change of Heart vet Ian Blurton. The record was tracked at a farmhouse in Bath, ON, over a two-week period, with the rock-styled results...Read More
Since R.E.M.'s dissolution, Peter Buck has made the most of his freedom by releasing a couple of solo albums, and now he's following these with a new 7-inch EP. Opium Drivel will be out on October 21 through Mississippi Records. The vinyl plays at 33 rpm, rather than 45 rpm like most 7-inches. This allows extra music to fit on the record, and there are four songs included here. The A-side features the originals "Portrait of a Sorry Man" and "If This Is Love Give Me My Money Back." The B-side contains two stripped-down demos of the same two songs performed by Buck and...Read More
Earlier this month, the Halifax Pop Explosion revealed a pretty weighty collection of artists attached to this year's fest, but organizers have now upped the ante with a second wave of lineup reveals, including the brooding Cold Specks and hometown hero Ryan Hemsworth. Along with the aforementioned artists, the new additions now coming to Halifax between October 21 and 25 include electronic duo Zeds Dead, throat singer Tanya Tagaq, posi electro popper Rich Aucoin and Good Morning Tonight. This is in addition to previously revealed performers like Danny Brown, Against Me!, Tokyo...Read More
A few years ago, we caught wind that Roger Waters was filming his performances of Pink Floyd's The Wall for a possible DVD. Now, finally, we have confirmation that the concert film is coming. Roger Waters: The Wall will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The flick was filmed between 2010 and 2013. In that time, Waters staged a massive production of The Wall, performing 219 shows and grossing close to half a billion dollars. Not only does the film document those shows, a description notes that it also "[illuminates] the music's themes of...Read More
UK post-punk quartet Savages released their debut album Silence Yourself to critical acclaim last year. They've since followed it up with their Fuckers 12-inch, and now they'll go a step further with a longer release. Though it's technically an album, the band's new release Words to the Blind isn't exactly the proper follow-up to Silence Yourself. Instead, it's a single track that clocks in at 37 minutes. It also doesn't see Savages working alone. Instead, they teamed up with Bo Ningen. Savages previously worked with the Japanese outfit on their...Read More
Toro y Moi main man Chaz Bundick has dabbled in his dancefloor-minded side-project Les Sins for a few years now. This fall, however, he'll delve into the project more with the arrival of his debut full-length under the moniker. Called Michael, the LP offers 11 new tracks from the project. It was recorded by Bundick in his home studio over two years, and is entirely instrumental save from a collaboration with vocalist Nate Salman. "Bother," the first taste of the album, can be streamed below. It's another bouncy dance track built on a cut-up vocal edit. Michael is...Read More
Last week, we reported that Canadian legend Leonard Cohen had completed the follow-up to 2012's Old Ideas, and now full details have emerged about the upcoming LP. Popular Problems will arrive on September 23 (just two days after the singer-songwriter celebrates his 80th birthday), courtesy of Columbia Records. The record was produced by Patrick Leonard, who worked with Cohen on the aforementioned Old Ideas, and was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String. The album features nine new songs, and if you scroll past the full tracklisting below, you can hear the...Read More