Beyoncé's Surprise "Visual Album," Flying Lotus's 'Ideas+Drafts+Loops' and Pixies' Bassist Drama Lead Our News Roundup

Beyoncé's Surprise "Visual Album," Flying Lotus's 'Ideas+Drafts+Loops' and Pixies' Bassist Drama Lead Our News Roundup
While the world busies itself with frantic Christmas shopping, mistletoe-dangling parties and various other activities surrounding the holidays, we here at Exclaim! have still been keeping you abreast on all the latest music news. So if you fear something passed you by, here's our weekly news roundup.

First up, it was a good week for those of us who like surprises. Not only did Exclaim! fave Flying Lotus dropped a massive free comp of new material, but Beyoncé came out of nowhere to release a surprise "visual album."

There was a bunch more new-release news as well, with Dan Bejar telling Exclaim! about his new Destroyer album plans, Coeur De Pirate announcing a new covers soundtrack for TV show Trauma, Timber Timbre revealing a new record and super-trio Mounties announcing an album as well.

In other Canadian news, NXNE revealed its initial schedule, while Neil Young booked a short series of Canadian benefit shows.

Rather sadly, we also got word that Child of Lov died at the young age of 26, the Dennis Wilson biopic is back on the shelf and Thunder Bay, ON music venue the Apollo is up for sale.

Finally, there was a lot of drama in the Pixies cam this week. First the band replaced their new bass-playing replacement Kim Shattuck with Paz Lenchantin, only to have Shattuck air some of the band's dirty laundry to the press.

Of course, Exclaim! has also been rolling out all its year-end coverage, so dive into those best-of lists here.