Published Feb 05, 2010The holidays are over, but it's time to look forward to a brand new year with exciting new issues of Exclaim! Magazine. Our February issue, the first of 2010, is making its way across Canada, but it can also be found online here.
After Heartland was welcomed into the world with open arms, it should come as no surprise that its creator, Toronto's Owen Pallett can be found gracing this month's cover. Check out what he's got to say about making albums, the state of Canadian music and the meltdown in Prague that almost halted his entire project.
Shedding some well-earned literary light on the history of Toronto's punk scene is the new book Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, which uncovers the history of Toronto's punk movement and features interviews with some prominent punk-pioneers and also some lesser known but hugely influential musicians like Johnny and the G-Rays.
Over in our Points section, you'll find articles on Woodhands, who have declared themselves "sluts," and Basia Bulat, whose Canadian tour got started earlier this week. Also, we have features on Spoon, Hollerado and Lindstrøm, plus more.
The life of Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields are chronicled in our Timeline section and Jully Black fills out our Questionnaire about broken hearts, her old job at Taco Bell and the time she went to Bill Clinton's birthday party.
In What I Play, Dallas and Travis Good of the Sadies take us into their Danforth recording studio, while our Conversations section is loaded with interviews from Buzzov*en, Christabelle, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, Harvey Milk, Lagwagon's Joey Cape, Tortoise's Doug McCombs.
And of course, the February issue of Exclaim! Magazine is chock-full of the latest music, film and videogame reviews, plus plenty more for our faithful readers.