Published Aug 28, 2013We're only a few days away from the start of the school year, which means it's time to head back to school for thousands of Canadians. But before you begin hitting the books or studying for your next exam, why not read up on all the current events happening in the Canadian music scene by picking up a copy of our September 2013 issue, which is currently hitting venues, bars, restaurants, cafes and streets across the country.
Of course, doing homework and attending lessons is just a small part of the overall school experience. So next time you're kicking back with some friends and looking for something fun to do after class, look no further than Exclaim!'s Hangout Handbook, in which musicians from around the country guide you to all their favourite hometown haunts. We sat down with artists like Vancouver's Dan Mangan, Montreal's No Joy, Calgary's Samantha Savage Smith, Hamilton's Arkells, St. Johns' Hey Rosetta! and many more to find you the best kept secrets in their area code. So whether you're looking for the perfect taco or that hard-to-find record, check out the Hangout Handbook inside our September 2013 issue for hundreds of great ideas.
Scoring a spot on Exclaim!'s cover this month is none other than Polaris Music Prize-nominated electro-pop outfit Braids. In this interview, the newly-minted three-piece discusses their humble beginnings as a Calgary-born folk band, their recent estrangement from longtime keyboardist Katie Lee and how being disenchanted by the digital era lead to their mostly analog and Ableton-produced LP, Flourish//Perish.
In our Timeline feature, we dive into the catacombs of Atlanta's legendary Dungeon Family to dig up dirt on the Goodie Mob, who are reuniting for their first album in nearly a decade (and first to feature founding member Cee Lo since 1999), Age Against the Machine, out as of yesterday (August 27).
Next, we grilled American singer-songwriter Neko Case for this month's Questionnaire, in which she discusses living off of kale, being blown away by John Fogerty and why she still calls Canada home. Then, in our Music School Feature, we chat with underground hip-hop producer Graham Murawsky (aka Factor) about his home recording studio and move towards sample-free music.
We also spoke with Arcade Fire violinist (and practising yogi) Sarah Neufeld about how recording in an abandoned geodesic dome impacted the sound of her atmospheric solo debut, Hero Brother, why furniture-making inspired No Age's minimalist third LP, An Object, and with jazz-trained '80s-apologists DIANA about their debut full-length. Finally, Southern metalcore trailblazers Norma Jean explain why their newest LP, Wrongdoers, will never be described as "radio-ready," and California-based garage rocker Ty Segall tells us why his prolific output is really just a way of keeping him "a happy, sane individual."
To read all of our in-print interviews this month, you'll need to pick up a hard copy of our recent issue, but until then, check out some of our online, web-exclusive interviews with Phil Anselmo, the Civil Wars, Ciara, Mayer Hawthorne, Tech N9ne, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright and many more.
More content will become available online throughout the month (including our exclusive Hangout Handbook), but for full access now, pick up a copy of Exclaim! at your favourite coffee shop, record store, concert venue or wherever love of music abounds.