Published Jul 13, 2013This summer has been a bit of a rough one so far in Canada, as Calgary has been cleaning up after its devastating floods and Toronto has been enduring its own soggy weather. Still, that didn't prevent us from having a busy week of music news, so here's our weekly roundup to catch you up on anything you might have missed.
First off, Nirvana have confirmed that they will be reissuing their classic 1993 album In Utero in a deluxe edition this September. We're not yet sure what the release is going to entail, but it's likely to offer plenty of bonus content. And in other grunge news, Pearl Jam laid out their busy 2013 plans by scheduling a tour and announcing a new LP.
In other new album news, Brendan Canning broke away from Broken Social Scene for the DIY solo disc You Gots 2 Chill, of Montreal promised a reinvention of their sound with the lower case LP lousy with sylvianbriar, Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt detailed Doris, and Islands unveiled Ski Mask. Dears leader Murray A. Lightburn went solo for MASS:LIGHT, and, perhaps most excitingly of all, Arcade Fire tweeted that their album is coming out on October 29. And we may hear some new music from Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers, who are planning to collaborate once again. Bizarrely, the French electronic duo also appear to have, uh, condoms in the works, even though Durex has denied any connection to them.
Lauryn Hill, on the other hand, isn't likely to release her long-anticipated new material anytime soon, since she started her prison sentence for tax evasion. Likewise, we're not going to hear Kanye West's collaborative Cruel Winter project since it's been officially cancelled, according to Pusha T; Yeezy's busy week also included announcing a clothing line and lashing out against whoever leaked an unfinished version of his "Black Skinhead" video.
Also on the rap front, it was a big week for Jay-Z, who is prepping a vinyl release of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail through Jack White's Third Man Records. The rapper spent Wednesday (July 10) rapping the song "Picasso Baby" for six straight hours at a New York gallery.
Lastly, Nova Scotia's Mo Kenney scored a major victory when she took home this year's SOCAN Songwriting Prize for her track "Sucker."