Published Dec 11, 2013We're only a few weeks away from the end of 2013, which means millions of Canadians are preparing for the new year. But before you start writing down your 2014 resolutions, why not look back at the year behind us by picking up a copy of our year-end retrospective December/January issue, which is currently hitting street boxes all across Canada this month.
Of course, there's no way we could cram all of the music world's yearly highlights into a single issue. That's why we've taken to the Internet to provide you with even more Best of 2013 content. This past week, we rolled out our top album choices by genre, including:
Country, Folk & Blues
Pop & Rock
Soul & R&B
Dance & Electronic
Metal & Hardcore
Gracing our December/January cover are 2013 pop sensations HAIM. Evoking the ghosts of '70s soft-rock's past, the hard-working Californian girl group sat down with Exclaim! to discuss their beginnings as a family band, touring on behalf of their debut LP, Days Are Gone, and the struggles of success in the digital era.
If that wasn't enough, we've stuffed our newest issue full of year-end reflections, with thoughts on Kendrick Lamar's best verses, Ariel Rechtshaid's impressive production credits and Pharrell's dancefloor domination, country music's renaissance, electronic music's rebirth and mainstream rap's dip into the underground, among other musical musings.
In this month's Questionnaire, we spoke with DFA1979 co-founder and singer-songwriter Sebastien Grainger about his recent move to L.A., how watching the Dears perform live changed his life and why Cece Peniston's "Finally" will probably be written into his will.
Among our in-depth features are conversations with husband and wife duo Dog Day, who chatted with us about their recent expansion into a four-piece and classic rock-inspired new LP, Fade Out, as well as R&B introvert Dev Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange), who shed light on the recording process behind his career's crowning achievement, Cupid Deluxe.
In our Music School section, we visited the intimate studio of producer Frank Dukes, who gave us a tour of his '70s rec room-style recording space while discussing his transformation from borrowing beatmaker to in-demand engineer for the likes of Charles Bradley, RZA and Badbadnotgood (who happen to share his studio space).
Our web exclusive interviews with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Swamp Dogg, Noah Pred and These New Puritans are already online for your viewing pleasure — with more content on the way — but for immediate music coverage, simply pick up a copy of Exclaim! at your nearest café, bar, restaurant, record store, venue or street box near you.