Published Nov 02, 2016Before our last issue of 2016 — in which we'll examine the year in music that was — we take some time to look forward to the holiday season with our November issue, in which we scour the world of entertainment to come up with ideas for our annual Gift Guide, filled with suggestions for all the pop culture lovers in your life. Of course, that's not all; as usual, we dig deep into the worlds of music and film for our usual interviews with and reviews of your favourite artists. Check out the details below for a glimpse of what you'll find in Exclaim!'s November issue.
Tanya Tagaq graces this month's cover with her visionary album Retribution. Our in-depth feature delves into her quest for intimacy with her audiences, the impact of the Polaris Music Prize and her performance during the 2014 ceremony and how Indigenous musicians are contributing to the rebuilding process for Indigenous peoples in Canada. "Retribution on a cultural scale is going to be having highly educated, super healthy, forward-thinking amazing people that thrive. That's retribution," Tagaq tells us.
Our Korn Timeline takes readers on a journey through the band's 23-year career, from the meeting of Reginald Arvizu, James Shaffer and Brian Welch in high school to their booze, drug and sex-fuelled recording sessions for Follow the Leader and their use of dubstep on 2011's The Path of Totality. Read the full feature in this month's issue to learn why David Silveria took an indefinite hiatus from the band and why they sent a truckload of Korn T-shirts to a school in Michigan.
Whether you're shopping for fans of metal, hip-hop and pop or film and television fanatics, our annual Gift Guide for the Entertainment Obsessed has the latest vinyl, books and apparel for every friend and family member on your gift list this holiday season.
This month's Questionnaire features Late Late Show with James Corden bandleader Reggie Watts, who talks his upcoming Netflix standup special Spatial, the loneliness of Los Angeles, his love of virtual reality and his distaste for popular phrases, especially "bae." Our monthly Music School feature finds songwriter Danny Michel discussing his recording process and overall experience during Generator Arctic, an 18-day voyage aboard the ship Kapitan Khlebnikov with a group of writers, bloggers, filmmakers and photographers.
As always, the issue is packed with plenty more interviews: Duchess Says' Annie-Claude Deschênes reveals why the band built their own recording studio and the art-forward approach to Sciences Nouvelles; Powell discusses his latest record Sport and why he doesn't consider himself a punk; the Dillinger Escape Plan speak about how their decision to end the band influenced some of the choices on their final album, Dissociation; the Radio Dept. explain why Sweden isn't as progressive as people think; and Canadian singer-songwriter John K. Samson talks his volunteer work with the prison book club at Stony Mountain Institution, his involvement in Winnipeg's writing community and the concept of addiction in his second solo album, Winter Wheat.
Once you've read the issue cover to cover, dig into exclaim.ca for web exclusive interviews with Tony Molina, Jimmy Eat World, Norah Jones, Joyce Manor, SonReal, Loscil and Dylan Moran. But to access a treasure-trove of print-exclusive interviews and articles, pick up a copy at one of the many coffee shops, record stores, concert venues or street corners across the country.