Record Store Day 2013
Record Store Day is right around the corner and the full list of artists participating in the annual event has been released. Record Store Day has grown into one of the busiest days of the year for music lovers. Along with exclusive releases, limited pressings and other specials, the day is also a celebration of independent music stores and vinyl culture. From a Bob Dylan bootleg series to a box set from Wu Tang's GZA to Soundgarden releasing demos from their last studio album, Record Store Day is shaping up nicely for vinyl lovers and music collectors. Visit the RSD site and your favourite local music store for details about in-store performances, sales and other special events happening on April 20.
Daft Punk's New Album
With short teaser ads running during Saturday Night Live over the past couple of weeks and posters splashed around Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest and Miami for the Winter Music Conference, the French electronic duo is working up a slow build to the release of its highly anticipated new album, Random Access Memories, on May 21. While Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter created the soundtrack to 2010's Tron: Legacy, this is the first proper Daft Punk album since 2005's Human After All.
The genre-defining duo, whom many believe are responsible for helping bridge the gap between mainstream culture and electronic music, recently ranked No. 2 on Mixmag's list of The Greatest Dance Acts of All Time, coming in just behind England's The Prodigy. Random Access Memories is Bangalter and de Homem-Christo's fourth studio album and it's expected the twosome will take their visually stunning and trendsetting live show on the road to support the album.
Stream of the Week: Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses) -- Calico County
Country troubadour Steve Earle has teamed up with his old band, The Dukes, for a new album called The Low Highway that will be available April 16. This is the hard-working singer/songwriter's first album with The Dukes since 1987's Exit 0; it's the followup to 2011's Grammy-nominated I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive. The Low Highway also includes two songs he co-wrote with Lucia Micarelli, his co-star in David Simon's Treme. It also includes That All You Got, a song Earle specifically wrote for the HBO series. All three appear for the first time on The Low Highway.
Video of the Week: Shout Out Out Out Out -- Now That I've Given Up Hope, I Feel Much Better
Since 2004, Edmonton's Shout Out Out Out Out has been dishing out its own brand of cosmic synth music, drawing from a wide range of influences, including house, techno, krautrock and disco. Taken from the band's most recent album, Spanish Moss and Total Loss, Now That I've Given Up Hope, I Feel Much Better is a reflection of the more focused direction the band has been moving in for the last few years.
The group is currently getting ready to release an EP called the NMC Sessions that was recorded during the residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary using a treasure trove of old analogue gear, rare synthesizers and keyboards. The Shout Outs will be in town on March 30 at The Pyramid along with locals Vikings and Hana Lu Lu. Tickets are $8 in advance at Kustom Kulture and Into the Music.
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