"Weird Al' Yankovic's 'Mandatory Fun' Takeover, Sloan's 'Commonwealth' and the Polaris Short List in Our News Roundup
Published Jul 19, 2014After another big week on the music news front, we're back to kindly present our roundup of the week that was. If you're looking to get all nostalgic or simply catch up on something you may have missed, here's just a bit of what went down the last several days.
First off, it was most definitely "Weird Al' Yankovic week here on the internet. Not only did the beloved satirist roll out a pile of music videos, but he spoke to Exclaim! all about Arcade Fire, Robin Thicke and that wee purple Prince fellow, not to mention his new album Mandatory Fun.
Besides Al, though, there was a lot of music news to cover up here in Canada. Not only did Sloan announce their double Commonwealth album, but the Polaris Music Prize rolled out its short list, the Halifax Urban Folk Festival revealed its lineup and A Tribe Called Red have seemingly replaced DJ Shub.
It was also an up and down week for Drake, who had to fork over a bunch of cash due to some lifted lyrics but did a pretty amazing job hosting the ESPYs.
In other news, Tool explained the holdup with their new album (spoiler: it's because of a lawsuit), Slowdive mapped out a big reunion tour, Eddie Vedder came under fire for an anti-war speech (which he later tried to explain), and Conor Oberst's rape accuser admitted she was lying and issued a public apology.