We’re hitting the full genre-spectrum with this week’s headlines. From Country to Pop to, well, Peaches… We’ve got political releases, Billboard toppers, and a posthumous release from one of Canada’s most understated musical talents in this week’s edition of the Music Roundup.
It was announced this week that Calgary guitarist Chris Reimer, who passed away suddenly earlier this year, will have the project he was last working on released posthumously. Reimer was best known for his work in the Calgary band’s Women, and Azeda Booth, as well as playing with The Dodo’s.
He was working on a 9-track cassette project called “The Chad Tape”, based off his work with Chad Van Gaalen. The limited release (200 copies) will be available on cassette.
Adding to a stacked lineup that already included Paul Brandt, Gord Bamford, and Miranda Lambert, the Canadian Country Music Awards have announced the show will also feature performances by Emerson Drive, Doc Walker, and Jason Blaine.
The awards are set to take place in Saskatoon on September 9th.
Canada’s newest pop star, Carly Rae Jepsen, has set the record for the longest run atop the Billboard Hot 100 for 2012. Her uber-catchy single “Call Me, Maybe” has sat at top spot on the Hot 100 for nine straight weeks, passing Gotye’s previous streak of eight.
Jepsen, a native of Mission, British Columbia will release her debut album on September 18.
Punk artist Peaches has announced that she will release a “Free Pussy Riot” video next week in protest of the Russian government’s imprisonment of the trio, Pussy Riot.
The feminist Russian band was arrested for their demonstration inside a church where they delivered an anti-Putin “punk prayer”, and now face up to three years in prison.
Pussy Riot have received messages of support from some of the world’s top artists including Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Peaches has said the video will be released on her Facebook page in advance of the judge’s verdict.
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