Music News Monday: Born Ruffians new album, Canada’s newest supergroup, award announcements and more

This past week was ripe with new record announcements, including Born Ruffians new LP Birthmarks, due out April 16. Stream the first single “With Her Shadow” to get an idea of what to expect when they criss-cross the country in March. Yukon Blonde also dropped a new track called “Six Dead Tigers” and hinted at an upcoming full-length, as they prepare to hit the road in March as well, with Zeus joining them on select dates. And even as Ed Robertson collaborates with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to write the first song to premiere from outer space, he's intent on dropping a new Barenaked Ladies album later this spring. 

Canada's got a new supergroup of sorts, as Hawksley Workman has joined forces with Hot Hot Heat front man Steve Bays and Ryan Dahle of Age of Electric/Limblifter fame. Taking the classically Can-rock moniker of Mounties, this project has apparently been in the works for some time, as they've already dropped a video for the track “Headphones” that's part nationalist propaganda, part skeletal claymation. In any case, this punchy track shows promise of more great material to come.

Ottawa's MonkeyJunk cleaned up at the Maple Blues Awards, taking home best electric act in addition to having Matt Sobb and Steve Marrnier take the respective hardware for best drummer and harmonica player as well. Hamilton's Steve Strongman also went home heavy, winning awards for best recording, best guitarist and best songwriter. There's also a new kid in town for music video awards, as the Prism Prize will award $5,000 to the best Canadian video made during the 2012 calendar year. You can check out some of the contenders here before they wittle it down to the ten finalists on Feb. 14. 

Finally, Fleetwood Mac have expanded their tour dates to include Montréal, to now total eight Canadian shows on their reunion tour, while musical adventurers Dean Ween and Les Claypool have plans to teams up with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker to produce a TV show that will be a “fishing show that you do not have to be into fishing to enjoy.” No fooling.

– Tyler Stewart


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