Welcome to a new SpiritLive blog regular feature where we go over some of the music news making the rounds. There’s a lot to cover so let’s get right into it:
- For the tenth year, the Polaris Music Prize was handed out last night at a lavish 3-hour ceremony held at the Carlu in Toronto, hosted by children’s entertainer Fred Penner. A group of 11 music journalists deemed Buffy Saint-Marie’s Power in the Blood to be the best Canadian album released between June 1st, 2014 and May 31st, 2015, chosen out of a field of 10 shortlisted records, which included Jennifer Castle’s Pink City, Braids’ Deep in the Iris, and Alvvays’ self-titled debut. Read the official press release here.
- Domino Records released a career-spanning compilation by legendary Olympia, Washington trio Beat Happening. Released digitally today, with a double-LP vinyl release coming in November, the release seems to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the band’s first album, although they formed several years prior. While the band has not played a show since sometime in the early 1990s, they’ve never officially broken up. Could this reissue be paving the way for a reunion? Normally I’m weary of bands getting back together, but Beat Happening’s music was always so simple, and lead singer Calvin Johnson has retained a youthful energy through his solo career and remains a captivating performer, I could see them getting back together for some shows and still being as fantastic as they were back in the day. More info here.
- Drake released a new mixtape with Future. I think it’s only streaming on Apple Music right now, and I don’t use that service, so I haven’t been able to listen to it yet. If you’re reading this Drake, it’s too late, I’m already upset.
- Toronto freaks Soupcans have announced a new album. Soft Party drops November 17th through excellent local label Telephone Explosion. Soupcans are one of the best bands in the city and I truly can’t wait for this record! You better believe we’ll be spinning it. Pre-order it here.
- Ryan Adams dropped his Taylor Swift 1989 cover record yesterday, but you already knew that.
That’s it for today, now you’re all caught up! We’ll have more news soon I’m sure. You know those musicians, always getting up to something!