The Halifax Pop Explosion released their full lineup this week, rounding things out with almost every good band in Halifax and a whole wack of stuff I hadn’t heard of. People whose opinions I usually trust seem pretty jazzed about the addition of White Wires and Ty Segall, and I’m sure glad talented locals like Cold Warps, Bloodhouse, and Bad Vibrations aren’t being left out. If you’re – like me – trying to firm up travel plans and accommodations, the festival schedule will be out on September 14th.
So, you might have heard American Apparel looks to be circling the drain? Their stock is tanking and the NYSE is threatening to de-list them because they haven’t filed financial documents for the preceding quarter. I took an intersession economics class once, I got a C-. Anyway. Exclaim articulates the question I’ve had in the back of my mind since I first heard about AA’s troubles: what does all this mean for band merch? Dov Charney is gross and probably not a good CEO, but please, please, please let’s not go back to the days when every band only sold huge “unisex” shirts. The horror of underfed 17-year-old me romping around in an XL Gilden shirt with an SNFU logo on it need not be assumed by future generations. Please, Dov, think of the children.
The Weakerthans announced they’re playing four of their albums in their entirety at four shows happening at various venues around Winnipeg in December.