Pavement Reunites, John K. Samson Honours Manitoba Roads and Exclaim! Puts the Polaris Music Prize Jury Under the Microscope in This Week's News Round-Up
Published Sep 19, 2009As we love to do each and every weekend, we have assembled our News Round-Up, Exclaim!'s guide to the top stories that graced our headlines this week. There's a lot up for grabs, so let's get right down to it.
Hands-down, the week's top story is that '90s indie rock heroes Pavement are finally reuniting. Yeah, we were a bit skeptical at first, but the reunion is now totally official and confirmed. Only one date was initially announced - September 21, 2010, at Central Park Summerstage in NYC - but now there are additional dates on September 22, 23 and 24, though all are at Central Park Summerstage. Pavement's official reunion website says that's all for New York, but what about the rest of the world? We love Pavement too!
Of course, we have more than Pavement news. Punk poet and Basketball Diaries author Jim Carroll died, Devo announced their first Toronto appearance in 25 years (and some reissues), and Polo-loving prep rockers Vampire Weekend have a sophomore album heading our way.
Also, Hidden Cameras plan to turn their Origin:Orphan into a "theatrical music production" - even though the record is not even out yet - and the front-woman for Ontario band the Joys was viciously assaulted in Winnipeg. Seriously, it's scary stuff.
On top of this, Exclaim! got the scoop that the Weakerthans' John K. Samson has a new seven-inch project coming at us, which he's doing in tribute to Manitoba's roads and highways, and we took a big, long look at the Polaris Music Prize jury. If you've ever wondered who's working there behind the scenes and calling the shots, check it out.