Passing of Women's Chris Reimer, Metric's 'Synthetica' and Outkast's New Album Letdown Lead Our News Roundup
Published Feb 25, 2012Following a big week of ups and downs, here's this week's Exclaim! news roundup to help you fill in any possible blanks.
First, the downs. On Tuesday, we were met with the tragic news that Women's Chris Reimer had died. The guitar player for the much-loved Calgary band passed away in his sleep at the age of 26. And while his official cause of death has yet to be revealed, Reimer suffered from a heart condition, as well as other health issues.
In other saddening news -- though not nearly to the same scale -- the reunited At the Drive-In quashed any hopes of a new album, while Andre 3000 said there are zero plans for a new Outkast record, despite years of rumours to the contrary.
In better news, it was a big week for Canadian album announcements. Metric revealed they would be returning with Synthetica. Radio Radio unveiled a new album. K'naan got Bono, Will.i.am and Keith Richards for his next long-player. And Eamon McGrath detailed his Young Canadians, as well as announced a Canadian tour. Oh, and to add just a little bit of icing to that cake, Islands told Exclaim! to get ready for an "extremely dark" follow-up to their new A Sleep & A Forgetting.
Also this week, we had DMX laying into Drake, Charlatans' Tim Burgess taking a joke way too far by getting his own Kellogg's cereal and proto-punk cult heroes Death returning with their first new single since 1976.
Finally, if you're looking for a little more Dan Bejar in your life, you may want to donate to this campaign to help fund the vinyl release of the long-lost Destroyer offshoot Points Gray.