Rich Aucoin's Guest-Crazy New Album, PJ Harvey's Mercury Prize Win and the New Pornographers vs. Conservative Tim Hudak Lead Our News Roundup
Published Sep 10, 2011With another fast and frantic news week in the can, we're back with our weekend roundup of highlights. Here are just some of the stories that graced our news pages the last few days.
First off, rising Halifax pop eccentric Rich Aucoin announced he's completed his much-anticipated new full-length. The album is called We're All Dying to Live and it's an ambitious release, to say the least. Aucoin has roped in over 500 musicians, friends and fans to help out on the album, which we're sure will be making quite the mark on the Canadian music landscape once it's released later this fall.
In other Canadian music news, the New Pornographers were none too pleased with Ontario's Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak, who's began using the band's "Moves" at the end of his speeches. Also, Feist announced quite the impressive Toronto show, where members from Wilco, Grizzly Bear, Constantines, Hidden Cameras and more will be on hand to help fill out the concert. And Kathleen Edwards revealed a new single with Bon Iver in the lead-up to her upcoming LP Voyageur.
On the international front, PJ Harvey won her second Mercury Prize, Odd Future got their own TV show, Kurt Cobain is being honoured with a new Fender guitar, and Lou Reed and Metallica shared more details about their ambitious joint album.
This week also saw bands airing their dirty laundry in public. First, My Chemical Romance kicked their drummer out of the band for allegedly stealing, while New Order reunited minus co-founder Peter Hook. Needless to say, Hooky is more than a little pissed off about the whole thing.