Published Jul 04, 2011The summer season has finally hit Canada, and what better way to celebrate than with a brand spanking new issue of Exclaim! Our July issue is packed with everything you've come to expect: top-notch show, album and film reviews, insightful interviews, features and more. Here's a taste of what you will can find on Exclaim.ca.
Our July issue is graced with the image of cover star Justin Vernon (aka the man behind indie folk force of nature Bon Iver). Vernon opened up to us about his critically acclaimed sophomore album, working with Kanye West and his relationship with Toronto-based singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, among other things.
To some, "Weird Al" Yankovic is inexplicably popular, while others just aren't sure if he's more of a genius in the musical or comedic sense. You have to hand it to Weird Al -- he'll find a way to make his work relevant despite a barely expanded aesthetic in that 30-year-plus span of a career. Whether you're an Al fanatic or just curious, check our July issue's epic Timeline, which will take you from his upbringing in California through to his first parody and onto his latest album release.
One half of Bad Meets Evil, Royce da 5'9", talks to Exclaim! in the July Questionnaire about getting his life and career back on track, why he wants everyone to be feeling down at his funeral and his current obsession with Gucci.
We also interviewed Junior Boys, whose Jeremy Greenspan divulges on his preference of Hamilton to Berlin (where the other half of Junior Boys, Matt Didemus, resides), Orson Welles and his own conceptions of great art. And we talked to Handsome Furs, whose Dan Boeckner spoke about the influence of Southeast Asia and Chinese culture on his project's new record, Sound Kapital, as well as dance and the power of positivity.
On the louder side of things, we have an interview with Californian veterans NOFX's Fat Mike, as well as with fast-rising Danes Iceage. You can also read our web exclusive interview with Finnish melodic metalheads Amorphis. Guitarist Tomi Koivusaari tells us all about his band's latest record, The Beginning of Times, and the range of inspiration that has shaped the group's creative process.
This month's Music School section examines popular MySpace alternatives for musicians and fans in Need to Know. In Where I Play, a spotlight is shone on the musical engineers that helm a 35-year-old Canadian institution, Lacquer Channel, solely focused on studio mastering. And in Ask Allison, Allison answers a question concerning sample clearing and copyright.
Lastly, in our videogames feature, Tetsuya Mizuguchi opens up about his latest game, Child of Eden, and why it evidences Mizuguchi's obsession with the work of Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the July issue or read the issue contents online now at Exclaim.ca.