It's approaching a good four years since we've heard new material from our favorite Canadian collective, Broken Social Scene. Word on the web is the band has holed up in Chicago to record the follow-up to 2005's Broken Social Scenewith producer John McEntire. And we couldn't agree more with those newshounds at Pitchfork who tipped us off: About damn time, indeed.
This is not to say that those BSSers have been twiddling their thumbs in the interim. Quite the contrary, in fact. Co-founders Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew have each put forth solo Broken Social Scene Presents... albums, while Leslie Feist made a major breakthrough with 2007's The Reminder, leading her to dance way right into an iPod Nano commercial and teach the kiddies to count to four on Sesame Street. The Canucks even dabbled in a little grass-roots, if you will, political campaigning for their neighbors to the South, encouraging Bonnaroo festival denizens to "put down the bong, and vote for Obama" last summer.