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Cadence Weapon Announces New Book 'Ways of Listening'

The Polaris Prize-winning Hamilton-based rapper also known as Rollie Pemberton is writing a collection of personal and critical essays about how we listen to music.

Rollie Pemberton a.k.a. Cadence Weapon

Rollie Pemberton a.k.a. Cadence Weapon

Mat Dunlap

Edmonton-born, Hamilton-based rapper, producer and writer Cadence Weapon (a.k.a Rollie Pemberton) is writing his second book. Ways Of Listening is a book of essays that follows Pemberton’s 2021 memoir Bedroom Rapper.

While the release date for the second book hasn’t been announced, the Polaris Music Prize-winning artist says via X that the collection of essays will explore “the joys of obscurity, the power of nostalgia, race’s role in sound quality, what we’re really searching for when we dig for records and more.”


Pemberton’s second book also delves into the “obsession with the “mysterious artist” archetype” and the “racial disparity in the remastering of music." Ways Of Listening’s publishing rights have been sold to McClelland & Stewart, a branch of Penguin Random House Canada.

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Pemberton's previous book, Bedroom Rapper, is an autobiography, but it also meditates on certain themes: how a music scene forms, the evolution of music journalism and exploitative record label deals. So Ways Of Listening should delve deeper into explorations of music topics in a more explicit way.

Pemberton is known for being vocal when it comes to issues in the music industry. Previously, the artist launched a campaign to help artists keep their merchandise profits. He is also the first Atkinson Artist, collaborating with the Atkinson Foundation to explore making art within the context of the decent work movement.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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