Today in Music News: Mon Mar 7

Toronto band Memoryhouse have signed with SubPop.

Verge Album of the Year winners Zeus have a new album in the works, and it should be out by the end of 2011.

“We’ve got more material,” singer and guitarist Carlin Nicholson tells Spinner. “You can expect a lot more material from Zeus in the next two years, a lot more — three singles in between records, we’ve got a full-length coming in October or September, or something like that.”

The Globe and Mail says that a lot more people are about to find out about Polaris winners Karkwa:

The band’s profile takes a jump this week, beginning with a performance at Thursday’s televised Genie Awards from Ottawa. In a salute to Richard J. Lewis’s film adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s Barney’s Version, Karkwa and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet have collaborated on a choreographed Dance Me to the Moon, a song in the film by Leonard Cohen.

The next day, Karkwa performs at the Canadian Music Week festival in Toronto. Then the five members are off to the music taste-makers convention that is South by Southwest in Austin, Tex. And there’s the matter of two Juno nominations, to be settled at the end of the month.

Head to Spin to hear four Beck-penned songs that didn’t make it onto the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack.

CBC Radio 2 and Radio 3 are running a month-long retrospective on Canadian hip-hop, including a concert on March 29 with a stacked line-up.

The Summit will be broadcast live on Radio 3, and you’ll be able to hear it online on Radio 2 as well. If you’re in Toronto and want to get involved first hand, on April 1 it’s the summit of The Summit, a free, day-long celebration at the CBC Broadcasting Centre, featuring dance and music, plus panel discussions about the key reason for the celebration — the evolution and significance of Canadian hip hop.

The Flaming Lips’ upcoming USB release comes inside an edible gummy brain. Yes, really.

Photo by Kaspar Vogelzang, via Creative Commons


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