The Barr Brothers, Weezer, Flaming Lips and Caribou Fill Exclaim!'s October Issue
Published Oct 02, 2014As we move further and further into the fall season, it becomes what many people describe as "sweater weather," with the warm article of clothing becoming the focal point of many wardrobes around the country. So there really isn't a better time of year to cozy up with the a new issue of Exclaim!, which is out now all across Canada. Flip through the pages to uncover tons of reading material to warm yourself up, featuring a hearty helping of reviews, interviews and other features on your favourite artists.
Montreal folk quartet the Barr Brothers appear prominently on the cover this month. A group recognized for taking a unique, contemplative approach to Americana, our feature explores their transformation from jam band to songwriting masters and the knowledge and execution of various musical languages they employ on their sophomore effort, Sleeping Operator.
The subject of this month's Timeline is American rock act Weezer, a band that have inspired many imitators, as well as detractors, across their lengthy career. Our Timeline covers the group's ascent to alt-rock stardom, the struggles of frontman Rivers Cuomo, essential releases, past lineup changes and what to expect from their upcoming album.
Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips has long been recognized within the music world as an eccentric personality, and his answers to this month's Questionnaire show the enthusiastic frontman is no different off the stage. Read about Coyne's near-death experience at a fish restaurant, his memorable gig at Toronto's SARSstock in 2002 and his trouble picking what to wear in this month's feature.
This month's Music School feature explores Pre-Rock Studios in Saskatoon. Born out of a jam room renovation by local psych-sludge rockers Shooting Guns, the studio provides a space for the aggressive sounds coming out of the Prairies to be recorded in.
The new issue is packed with tons more interviews with buzzed-about artists; in our one-page feature, Lowell outlines her goal of harnessing the power of pop music for social change, while King Tuff's discusses capturing the rock'n'roll sound he's always wanted to create on new LP Black Moon Spell. Caribou discussed his new anti-maximalist LP, Our Love, while Ex Hex's Mary Timony spoke about her band's dance-oriented rock song. We also spoke with Fluffan of mysterious Swedish psych outfit Goat about writing and recording their sophomore effort for Sub Pop, and Flying Lotus about working with jazz great Herbie Hancock on his latest record, You're Dead!
Make sure to keep an eye on the site for web exclusive interviews with artists like Tech N9ne, Art Bergmann, Steve Albini, Gob and many more.
These and other interviews will hit the site in the weeks to come, but to read it all now, track down a street box or head to your favourite local coffee shop, concert venue or record store to get your hands on Exclaim!'s October issue now.