Broken Social Scene Reveals New LP Details

Somehow five years have passed since Canadian indie supergroup Broken Social Scene graced us with their last record. Now, the band is back and ready to roll. Releasing their newest record on their longtime home of Arts & Crafts Records on May 4th. The yet to be titled album is possibly going to blow your socks right off. As we all know BSS has a revolving door of artists that come in and out of the group, six key members are currently holding down the main fort. Kevin Drew, Andrew Whiteman, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin and Sam Goldberg.

Who else is on board you may ask? Well, get ready for a mouthful of artists. Leslie Feist, Amy Milan, Evan Cranley, Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Jason Collett, Ohad Benchetrit, John Crossingham, Marty Kinack, Julie Penner, Leon Kingstone, and Lisa Lobsinger are all back in action. The list doesn’t end there. There are several outside contributors making their way onto the album including Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop, Tortoise’s Doug McCombs, Pavement’s Spiral Stairs, Death From Above 1979 singer-drummer Sebastien Grainger, the Weakerthans’ Jason Tait amongst others. John McEntire of Tortoise and the Sea and Cake produced the new record in Chicago and Toronto with the band last year. Phew. Tour dates are already starting to gain momentum including with one with Pavement…so check them out below!

Broken Social Scene Tour Dates:

05-01 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
05-03 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
05-07 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05-13 London, England – Brixton Academy *
05-14 Minehead, England – All Tomorrow’s Parties
05-17 London, England – Heaven
05-18 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
05-19 Cologne, Germany – Burgerhaus Stollwerck
05-21 Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
06-19 Toronto, Ontario – Toronto Island *#

* with Pavement
# with Band of Horses

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Julian Plenti ‘Games for Days’ Video

Interpol frontman Paul Banks recently released his first video for his new solo project under the name Julian Plenti. The video for ‘Games for Days’ features Emily Haines (of Metric and Broken Social Scene ) and is rather dark but somehow also charming. The two get to know each other and then trash the place. Classic love story.  Paul Bank has not only has returned to his old label Matador to release his record ‘Skyscraper’ but the album tends to sound a bit similar sounding to the first Interpol record, ‘Turn on the Bright Lights.’ This my friends is a good thing. We can’t wait to see more videos from Julian Plenti.

Watch the video for ‘Games for Days’

Music Video Friday

There is an over abundance of great music videos that have hit the web recently, and we feel it’s our duty to share them with you. Here are our favorite videos of the week. Yes they seem to vary in sound but hell, we would have it no other way. Let’s mix it up on this Friday afternoon.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Heads Will Roll’
The second video off of the new album is particulary brilliant. Would you expect any less frorm them?

Bat For Lashes ‘Pearl’s Dream’

Patrick Wolf  ‘Hard Times’

Peter Bjorn & John ‘It Don’t Move Me’

Metric ‘Sick Muse’

REPRISE: GRIZZLY BEAR ‘TWO WEEKS’
C’mon, we just HAD to!

Broken Social Scene Preps New Album (Finally)

Its hard to believe that was last heard from Broken Social Scene, as a collective, nearly 4 years ago.  With all side projects on the back burner now, the band has returned to the studio together to reignite the fire that started it all. BSS is currently recording at Soma Studios in Chicago with producer John McEntire. This of course is a big change for the band since the previous albums were recorded David Newfeld who is currently working on other projects at the moment. With a new producer in tow, how will the new tracks sound? I guess we’ll have to wait and see for now because this is very recent. The band is still in the midst of writing songs and getting reacquainted with each other.

The first book about BSS has also been released this week titled ‘This Book is Broken.’ I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet but it is a given that it will be interesting.  It includes the biography of BSS as well as interviews.

Watch an oldie but goodie, Broken Social Scene’s video for ‘Major Label Debut (fast version)’

New Feist Video, ‘The Water’

Still living up the success of ‘The Reminder’ Feist is now back with a 15 minute mini movie titled ‘The Water’. The film was written by Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and stars  David Fox, Cillian Murphy, and Miss Leslie of course. Drew had interviewed Cillian Murphy for Under the Radar and apparently the two have been friends ever since. Leslie is also hinting that she would like to do a bit of acting herself (in movies), but who knows if it will actually happen. Oddly enough, its also not Drew’s first directoral effort.

You can download ‘The Water’ HERE