Published Apr 20, 2013First things first: Happy Record Store Day, everyone! While many of you are no doubt out there destroying your bank accounts at the shops and catching some great in-stores, you can get a breather here with our weekly news roundup.
Leading the week were Daft Punk, who filled in many blanks about their wildly anticipated Random Access Memories. First off, we got to feast our eyes on the robotic duo's new outfits, before getting the record's official tracklist and a track-by-track breakdown of the album from the duo themselves. Somewhere in there, Daft Punk also shared their new single, "Get Lucky," building the anticipation all that much more.
But it wasn't all robots this week. Here in Canada, Louise Burns announced her new album and shared its new single, St. Catharines' S.C.E.N.E. music fest revealed its lineup, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan inked a U.S. deal with Suicide Squeeze, and Canuck bands like Rush and the Tragically Hip got their very own stamps from Canada Post.
In other news, there was bunch of controversy surrounding Jai Paul's debut album, which apparently wasn't his debut at all. The Hives also got caught up in some nasty legal trouble and had to pay out $2.8 million to the Cardigans, and in some Exclaim! interviews, Pete Wentz talked to us all about the new Fall Out Boy record, Willie Nelson shed some light on his new album and OMD's Paul Humphreys gave us the scoop on English Electric.
Finally, this week was also a sad one, as we got news of the passing of Deftones' Chi Cheng, Pink Floyd cover artist Storm Thorgerson and Canadian singer Rita MacNeil.
Oh, and if you don't have you're Record Store Day shopping already all mapped out, here's our list of 10 great exclusive releases to hunt for.