Published Dec 02, 2009Well, it took another month of trials and tribulations, but the Exclaim! year-end issue is finally out and making its way around the country. It's our 200th issue, and in case you haven't picked one up yet or just feel like perusing it again, you can find it online right here, along with all our year-end best-of coverage over here.
Gracing the cover this month is Exclaim!'s No Future album-of-the-year recipients Propagandhi, whose Supporting Caste showed the band more organized than ever before and with a renewed love for playing the music that's made them Canadian punk legends.
In other year-end coverage, Animal Collective came out on top on our Pop Rocks list, Converge came in No. 1 in Aggressive Tendencies, Raekwon topped Beats & Rhymes and Junior Boys took top honours in our Frequencies section. Of course, we also have our best-of picks for Groove, which found Georgia Anne Muldrow taking the No. 1 spot, Wood, Wires & Whiskey, led by Great Lake Swimmers, and Destination Out, where ten contributors each picked one album that they thought stood out as one of the best of 2009.
To celebrate this being our 200th issue, we published the best answers ever in our monthly Questionnaire, which features replies from the likes of Sarah Silverman, Feist, Ghostface Killah, Neko Case, Kermit the Frog, Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop and many others. In another sort of celebration, we examined the progression of Blue Rodeo's career in this month's Timeline.
We also honoured the late Canadian soul progenitor of Jacksoul, Haydain Neale, whose album SOULmate dropped Tuesday (December 1), and took a look at All Tomorrow's Parties, whose recent DVD release celebrates the festival's success and allows those who could never attend the chance to experience it.
Packing in even more content, we got in touch with Annie, Gaza and Wale for insightful interviews, and took a look at the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
For more interviews, check our Conversations section to find chats with Gordie Johnson of Grady, DJ Spooky, Group Doueh, Lightning Bolt, Sacrifice, the Clipse, the Feelies, the Jesus Lizard's Mac McNeilly and Youth Brigade.
In our year-end issue, you'll of course also find all the album, film and game reviews you've come to expect every month from us, plus plenty more. And to get perusing all those best-of lists, simply click here.