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Neil Young, Arca and Dirty Beaches Lead Our New Release Roundup

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Neil Young, Arca and Dirty Beaches Lead Our New Release Roundup

Start the month of November off on the right foot by filling your playlists with new tunes, courtesy of our New Release Roundup or reviews of some of the top releases this week. Give it a read to catch up on what’s new and notable, as well as a few things you might have missed. Then be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section for many more.

Neil Young leads the charge this week with an ambitious new recording project in Storytone. The collection of ten new songs is presented in two different ways: one recorded solo, and the other recorded with a full orchestra and choir. Read our review to find out how Young’s juxtaposition of “vulnerability and grandeur” fared on his new release.

Known for his high-profile production work for the likes of Kanye West and FKA twigs, 24-year-old Venezuelan producer Arca continues to challenge listeners on his debut full-length, Xen. Seemingly uninterested in creating a cohesive record, he opts instead to focus on “each alien, puzzling, substantial sound and its (often) tense relationship to the next.”

In what has been a busy couple of months for Warp Records with new records from Flying Lotus and Aphex Twin, the eponymous release from Clark should not go overlooked. Recorded over a period of four months in a barn outside a secluded English village, feelings of isolation have a sizeable influence on the sonics of the self-titled effort. On top of the “harrowing tones and zeniths of coarse techno,” our reviewer says the record is an incredibly rewarding listen designed to be consumed with no distractions.

Known primarily for his work under the name Toro Y Moi, Chaz Bundick has released a solo record for his side-project Les Sins. Completely abandoning any semblance of chillwave, the debut doesn’t fail in revealing “a freer, all-embracing and, quite frankly, supremely more fun Bundick.”

Though Halifax producer Ryan Hemsworth has been busy touring 2013’s Guilt Trips, he somehow still found time to record and release a sophomore record, Alone for the First Time. On the opposite coast, San Francisco quartet Deerhoof have returned to the “raw materials of their idiosyncratic sound” to create musical moments that our reviewer describes as “impossibly catchy” on La Isla Bonita. Finally, Alex Zhang Hungtai is bringing his work as Dirty Beaches to a close with reportedly final album Stateless.

Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:

Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic
Jazz, Improv & Avant-Garde

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Young Chop Taps Chief Keef, Lil Durk and More for ‘Still’ Album

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Young Chop Taps Chief Keef, Lil Durk and More for

Chicago wunderkind Young Chop is only 20, but he’s already left a massive mark on the rap world thanks to his iconic production work for Chief Keef, King Louie and many others. Later this month, he’ll let loose his debut solo album. Called Still, the 10-song collection is more a compilation than a stand-alone LP. The release sees Chop working alongside frequent collaborators like Chief Keef, Fat Trel, Ty Dolla $ ign, Lil Derk, Lil Herb and others. The album includes recently dropped singles like Chop’s “All I Got” remix (which also sees him take the mic) and the Chief…Read More

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Neil Young Details ‘Storytone’

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Neil Young Details

Rumours suggested that Neil Young’s orchestral album Storytone would be coming out on November 4, and sure enough, that date has now been confirmed, along with some more information about the impending LP. It will arrive on Reprise Records, with a vinyl version following on December 16. Storytone will come with two discs, each containing the same 10 songs. One version was made with a 92-piece orchestra and choir, and the other version was recorded solo. That’s the album cover above and the tracklist below. As expected, it includes the recently unveiled…Read More

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‘Men, Women & Children,’ ‘While We’re Young’ and ‘Ned Rifle’ Lead Our All-TIFF Film Roundup

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The 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival may be coming to a close at the end of this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped reviewing films at this year’s festival. Look below to find reviews of a few of the films we’ve checked out so far, and don’t forget to visit our TIFF 2014 section for even more festival coverage.

First up is Men, Women & Children, the new film from frequently TIFF-selected filmmaker Jason Reitman. The film finds Reitman going back to basics and exploring the ensemble-based dramedies of his early career. But does it reach the same heights as pictures like Thank You for Smoking and Juno? Read on to find out.

Next, Noah Baumbach employs Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts (as well as the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz) to great effect in the accessible comedy While We’re Young, while ’90s film god Hal Hartley finally wraps up the trilogy that began with 2002’s Henry Fool with the hard-to-appreciate Ned Rifle.

After that, comedian-turned-director Chris Rock falls flat with the clunky and predictable Top Five, and David Robert Mitchell delights with the top-notch horror It Follows.

Last but not least, Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters brings his immaculate stage show to the silver screen in Roger Waters The Wall. But how does the concert experience stack up next to the original 1982 film? Click through to find out.

Check out our TIFF 2014 section for reviews of even more festival features.

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Neil Young Rails Against Non-Organic Cotton

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Neil Young Rails Against Non-Organic Cotton

From electric cars to rainforests, Neil Young has put his weight behind a variety of environmental causes. Now the Canadian music legend is turning his attention to a new green initiative: organic cotton. As Stereogum points out, Young has shared a lengthy letter on his website, saying he’s doing away with selling T-shirts made from non-organic cotton and he’s urging fans also abandon non-organic cotton. He’s also apparently giving away free organic cotton T-shirts that says “PROTECT / EARTH” at his shows. Here’s Neil’s whole take on the cotton debate: Friends, on myRead More

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Jon and Roy, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Young Lead Our Music/Video Roundup

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Jon and Roy, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Young Lead Our Music/Video Roundup

Mondays are hard. After a fun-filled, entirely-too-short weekend, it can seem impossible to roll out of bed and return to work on a Monday morning, especially when our pals in the U.S. are enjoying a day off. Here at Exclaim!, we try to make Mondays a bit more bearable by rounding up all of the best new music and videos from the past week. Give it a read, and don’t worry — it’ll be Friday again before you know it.

Kicking off our roundup is By My Side, the newest beach-ready, ultra-mellow release from Victoria duo Jon and Roy. It’s a laid-back, effortless album, tinged with folk and reggae, and you can stream the full album at the link above.

Jimmy Fallon has a way of bringing together the most unexpected celebrities. On an episode of The Tonight Show, he got funnyman Will Ferrell and his doppelgänger, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, to address their fictional rivalry and compete in a drum-off. Smith brought along the rest of the band, and you’ll find a live performance from the Chili Peppers along with the hilarious Ferrell vs. Smith drum-off.

Inarguable legend Neil Young is about to release A Letter Home, a back-to-basics release from the rock’n’roll veteran in which he pours emotion into every track, and you can stream it in its entirety now. Then, listen to the new album from Spanish Gold, whose new album South of Nowhere is soulful and genre-spanning.

Finally, you can watch the quirky, stereotypically French video for Scenic Route to Alaska‘s new single “Paris.” Full colour performance shots offset black and white cinematic clips — it’s a silly, offbeat pairing to the folk-tinged track.

We streamed Röyksopp & Robyn‘s new mini-LP this week, but the stream has ended now that it’s almost out. Read our review of it ahead of its release tomorrow (May 27).

Looking for more? Head to our Music/Video section for new music and videos every day.

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Young Widows Explain the Destructive Nature of ‘Easy Pain’

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Young Widows Explain the Destructive Nature of

Easy Pain, the fourth album by Louisville, KY heavy atmospheric rockers Young Widows might give a jolt to those expecting something a little more mellow, based on 2011’s In and Out of Youth and Lightness. But, as guitarist/vocalist Evan Patterson explains, the band consciously decided to create an album that’s almost the opposite of their last offering and more in line with their first two albums. However, it’s still a different beast altogether. “The whole idea was to make the most destructive, heavy record we could make, without being, you know, a metal band, or not being…Read More

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Neil Young Releases Jack White-Assisted Covers Album

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Neil Young Releases Jack White-Assisted Covers Album

Record Store Day isn’t until tomorrow (April 19), but Neil Young and Third Man Records have given fans a treat a day early by releasing the previously promised covers album A Letter Home. The album is available to purchase on vinyl over at Third Man’s online store. The tracklist is down below and the album cover is above. Most of the covers are of songs by well known artists, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothers and Bert Jansch; there are two apiece by Gordon Lightfoot and Willie Nelson. As previously confirmed, A Letter Home was recorded in…Read More

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