Feist and Mastodon's Joint Plans, the Grammy Noms, and New Records by John K. Samson, Memoryhouse, and Plants and Animals in Our News Roundup

Feist and Mastodon's Joint Plans, the Grammy Noms, and New Records by John K. Samson, Memoryhouse, and Plants and Animals in Our News Roundup
The year may be winding down but that hardly meant any sort of slowdown for our Exclaim! News team. This week we had everything from unlikely collaborations, to big award announcements, to a bevy of anticipated Canadian album announcements. Here are just some of the highlights.

First off, we got confirmation this week that the smooth-voiced Feist and the hard-rocking Mastodon are indeed planning to put out a split release. Feist previously talked of her desire to collaborate with the Georgian sludgesters, but Mastodon's Troy Sanders confirmed this week that the feeling was mutual, with the pair now aiming to cover one of each other's songs for a split release. It made a lot more sense when Leslie was spending her off-hours with groups like King of Convenience, but hey, stranger match-ups have happened.

In a somewhat similar vein, Sloan and Fucked Up announced they have a split seven-inch due out as well. Sloan were even kind enough to share their contribution to the release, the yuletide number "12 Days of Christmas." We're kinda hoping Fucked Up somehow work a curry theme into their track, but maybe that's asking too much.

And it was a big week for Canadian album announcements. In the last few days, we got word of new records by John K. Samson, Memoryhouse, Plants and Animals and Mike O'Neill. On top of that, Nardwuar gave us the scoop on his upcoming Busy Doing Nothing, a homage to Vancouver featuring Franz Ferdinand, Andrew W.K., Kate Nash and more, and so did Eamon McGrath, who told us all about his new Young Canadians album.

Then of course there were the Grammy announcements, which saw the awards attempting to up their cool with "hip" nominees like Kanye West, Radiohead and Bon Iver. However, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon could give two shits about the awards, or so he says.

And finally, we had Black Keys' Dan Auerbach talking to us all about El Camino, Korn basically saying they invented dubstep, and Raekwon discussing his label's recent move to Toronto, Wu-Tang's 20th anniversary plans and, um, his very own biopic, which he tells us is "90 percent done." We'll believe it when we see it Rae.