Tanya Tagaq's Polaris Win, Thom Yorke's New Album Surprise and Death From Above 1979's Documentary in Our News Roundup
Published Sep 27, 2014As we once again feel the warm embrace of the weekend, we're back with a mini-history lesson in the week that was here in Exclaim! news land. If you feel something important may have passed you by, here's our roundup to help you get back in the know.
First off, it was a big week in Canadian music, as the winner of the Polaris Music Prize was announced: Tanya Tagaq for her album Animism. The beloved throat singer beat out stiff competition from the likes of Drake, Arcade Fire and Mac DeMarco to win the coveted $30,000 prize. Some feathers were ruffled, however, when Tagaq proudly denounced PETA during her acceptance speech, sparking some controversy in the process. However, Tagaq found it strange that became the talking point — not her gala performance highlighting the issue of missing aboriginal women in Canada.
Also in Canadian music news, Death From Above 1979 revealed that their story will be told via a new documentary, while Toronto's Sunrise Records announced it will be shutting down its Yonge Street stores.
In other news, Thom Yorke ended some building mystery by releasing a new solo album. Called Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, the album is already available online via BitTorrent, proving Yorke is hardly a man of no surprises.
Also, Pink Floyd revealed all the details behind their Endless River, Bryan Ferry announced a new guest-filled LP and Freddie Gibbs rolled out a North American tour, complete with Canadian stops.
Finally, AC/DC announced their return with the new album Rock or Bust. However, the announcement was bittersweet, as founder Malcolm Young has officially left the band, and according to reports, the guitarist is now suffering from dementia, forcing him to be in a full-time care facility.