Published Nov 04, 2015Though the end of the year is quickly approaching, the music world is refusing to slow down. If you're looking to stay on top of it all, the must-read musical happenings and our handy Holiday Gift Guide can be found in the new issue of Exclaim!. It's out now across Canada, but you can read below for a sampling of interviews, reviews and other features you'll find in November's issue.
Gracing this issue's cover is Montreal-based group Young Galaxy. We caught up with core members Stephen Ramsay and Catherine McCandless to talk about the band's musical metamorphosis, adjusting to the musician lifestyle since having children together and the band's continued work with producer Dan Lissvik on their fifth full-length record, Falsework. About writing material with Lissvik, Ramsay says, "He was hard on me. He challenged me and took a lot of our ideas and kind of tore them apart — not in a way that was upsetting to me, but Dan knew he could be more ruthless with me." Get more on Young Galaxy's sonic shift by reading the cover story above.
November's Timeline feature puts the spotlight on influential American indie pop trio Beat Happening. We look back at frontman Calvin Johnson's work with K Records, a band bonding trip to Japan and having band members learn instruments on the fly. Read the full feature in the new issue to discover which Ian MacKaye-fronted punk crew they opened for in 1989 and which '90s icons have recorded in Johnson's Dub Narcotic Studio.
To help you plan your holiday shopping ahead of time, our annual Entertainment Obsessives Gift Guide is full of ideas for your gift list this year. Packed full of pop culture present ideas for a variety of tastes, be sure to take a look at our picks for the music, film and videogame fanatics in your life.
In this month's Questionnaire, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Matt Berninger, now at work with EL VY as well as the National, talks the Grease soundtrack, a memorable Iggy Pop gig and peeing in cups. November's Music School features Emilie Kahn of Emilie & Ogden, who spoke to us about learning to play the harp and recording her debut album, 10,000, in the wintery locale of Valcourt, Quebec.
November's issue is also packed with a ton more interviews with the month's most buzzed-about artists. Katie Monks of rising Toronto outfit Dilly Dally spoke to us about the "unapologetic, very dark and very emotionally draining songs" on their debut LP, while Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz detailed the personal and professional changes that resulted in the warm, welcoming Are You Alone?. In a full-page feature, Grimes discussed the creative leaps she took on her highly anticipated Art Angels, the successor to 2012's widely acclaimed Visions. Cult Leader vocalist Anthony Lucero let us in on the bone-chilling thematic bleakness surrounding the lyrics of the band's Lightless Walk, while Ryan Lee West, the man behind Rival Consoles, detailed the minimal-meets-emotive approach to his latest LP, Howl.
Keep an eye on Exclaim.ca for web exclusive interviews with artists like the Internet, Alex G, Willie Thrasher, Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Eugene Mirman and many more, but to read it all now, you'll have to find a street box or head to your favourite local coffee shop, concert venue or record store to get your hands on Exclaim!'s November issue.