Today In Music News

Here’s a new feature we’re working on: a daily (or nearly daily) music news roundup, just a way for readers to get a quick overview of what’s going on in the music industry. Let us know what you think!

Pitchfork launched a new blog, Altered Zones, with a focus on emerging musical landscapes. The 14-blog collective of sorts opens up by posting the favourite tracks, cassettes — so indie — and albums of its contributing blogs.

Young Galaxy may have missed the Polaris short list, but they’ve scored some sweet gigs this summer opening  for Arcade Fire, Stars and Cymbals Eat Guitars. Also, Paper Bag Records is releasing their sophomore album, Invisible Republic, in the U.S. later this month.

Cults are so hot right now. To find out why, check out their new video for “Oh My God” — complete with Adult Swim affiliation — and download the track for the same song.

Yesterday, Efterklang announced the dates for their upcoming North American tour. That includes stops in Toronto on September 8 and Montreal on September 7.

Because people just can’t get enough of lists, Amazon has released one of their own, of their 50 favourite albums of the first half of 2010. Personal picks Karen Elson, The National, Wild Nothing and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti are among the inclusions.

Wilco have been in the news lately for their decision to go indie on their next album, as opposed to releasing on Nonesuch as they have in the past. Guitarist Nels Cline: “Now that we have our own record label, there’s going to be funny things to come out.” Interesting!

If you’ve been salivating over the recently-announced Matador Records 21st Anniversary shows in Vegas, you may be able to catch Guided By Voices live at a rumored reunion tour. Pollard said “After this has run its course, that’s the end for Guided By Voices.” Please play Toronto, please play Toronto!

Hamilton’s own Wax Mannequin is heading out on a Canadian tour, and he’s bringing some interesting merch with him this time:  scented candles! Check the link for full details on his tour-dates.

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