Monthly Archives: May 2016

Interview With Basia Bulat – May 30, 2016

By Andrew Horan   Many artists will say that writing an album following a major life event, be it a break-up or the death of a loved one, feels cathartic. Basia Bulat readily admits that she h…

Source: Interview With Basia Bulat – May 30, 2016

Stream or Download Treasure Fingers & Bosco’s ‘MYNE’ Remixes for Free

Treasure Fingers and Bosco have shared a free stream/download of Soft Glas, Tony Quattro and rrotik‘s remixes of their track ‘MYNE’ ahead the EPs May 27 release date on Fool’s Gold.

For a free download of the EP, click on the embedded Soundcloud file.

Stream A-Trak’s ‘Parallel Lines’ (Featuring Phantogram) for Free

A-Trak and Phantogram have offered a free stream of their collaboration ‘Parallel Lines’.

The song combines Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel’s vocals with A-Trak’s production. He’s also shared a free stream of Chris Lorenzo‘s remix of the track as well as his upcoming tour dates;

6/10 – Encore Beach Club – Las Vegas, NV
6/11- Spring Awakening Music Festival – Chicago, IL
6/12 – Mural Festival – Montreal, QC, Canada
6/18 – Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas, NV
6/20 – Premier Nightclub – Atlantic City, NJ
6/24 – Hurricane Festival – Scheessel, Germany
6/25 – Southside Festival – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany
6/30 – Enmore Theatre – Sydney, Australia *
7/01 – Thebarton Theatre – Adelaide, Australia *
7/02 – Metro – Perth, Australia w/ What So Not & Rome Fortune *
7/07 – Prince – Melbourne, Australia *
7/08 – Prince – Melbourne, Australia *
7/09 – Max Watts – Brisbane, Australia *
7/24 – Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium
7/29 – Surrender Nightclub – Las Vegas, NV
8/27 – South West Four – London, United Kingdom
8/27 – Creamfields – Cheshire, United Kingdom
8/28 – Mysteryland – Haarlemmermeer, Germany

* on tour with What So Not & Rome Fortune


Hanni El Khatib debuted his new single ‘Paralyzed’ on Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 show.

He also offered a free stream of the track.

This follows the surprise release of El Khatib’s EP Savage Times in April.

Stream Minor Matter’s ‘Barren Ground’ for Free

Saskatoon orchestral folk quintet Minor Matter have shared a free stream of ‘Barren Ground’ from their forthcoming self-titled debut, out on June 17.

The band started out as Jeffrey Popiel’s experimental solo project before expending to a five-piece featuring featuring multi-instrumentalists. They released their first EP Concept of the Knife in 2013 and have played cultural events around Saskatchewan including g LUGO, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, MoSo Fest, the Ness Creek Festival main stage, and the Saskatchewan Art’s Board Lieutenant Governor General Awards.

“We really try to be sensitive to and aware of what each piece requires musically and we don’t want to force things for the sake of conforming or meeting external expectations,” percussionist Jon Henderson explained in a statement. “Each of us is drawn to certain songs from Jeffrey’s repertoire and we pick those that we feel work best both for our individual and collective personalities. The songs also evolve as we play them and in some cases, we’ve removed vocal parts because they didn’t fit quite right. So, no, we don’t feel any pressure in terms of ensuring there is a vocal element.”

Catch Minor Matter on the following dates;

When: Saturday, May 28th
Where: Saskatoon, SK – Village Guitar & Amp for Ritornello Festival
When: Friday, June 17th
Where: Saskatoon, SK – The Refinery for MoSo Fest
MM - Album Cover
1.  Hypnotisant
2.  Those Stars
3.  Barren Ground
4.  Program 1
5.  Zusammen
6.  Sacred Harmless
7.  Stuck in Serenity
8.  Tight Beach Sandals
9.  Royal Tour
10. What Indeed

Stream Trudy & the Romance’s ‘He Sings’ for Free

Trudy and the Romance had this to say about their new single ‘He Sings’ in an e-mail;

“Remember us… Trudy of ‘Baby I’m Blue’ fame? Well here we are back to attack with another big single to make your toes tingle.

It goes by the name of ‘He Sings’ and it’s a troublesome ting. Crashing drums and carnivalesque guitar lines intwine leaving a hot smoking bomb site where once was a mind. Oh we’ll blow it and we’ll let you know it, this that hot shit. ‘He Sings’ baby.

Happy to say we’ve teamed up with the guys at B3SCI for a double A side single produced by Billy willy Ryder Jones, they’ll be sticking us on web and wax very soon. Sad and mad, we gotta fill you in on a slight alteration to our entire legacy, we are now Trudy and the Romance and you better get used to it.

As for shows under our new moniker we got a few festivals through May (Stag and Dagger, Great Escape, Gold Sounds, Sound City) as well as a couple London shows to look forward to including our first headline London gig in July. Don’t miss out.”

The band is streaming the single for free. They also announced live dates;

May 17 Radio X @ The Social (London) 

May 19 The Great Escape (DIY Stage, 7.15 Horatios)

May 21 Gold Sounds (Leeds)

May 29 Sound City (Liverpool)

July 23 Liverpool International Music Festival (Liverpool)

Stream or Download Basketball Shorts’ ‘Looking’ for Free

Austin “party punks” Basketball Shorts have shared a free stream/download of ‘Shorts’ from their forthcoming album Hot and Ready, out on July 8 via Fleeting Youth Records and Austin Town Hall Records.

The new album finds the band fleshing out their sound with the addition of guitarist Ben Chinisci and drummer Adam Sharp and building on the sound of their previous split EPs.

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Liz Stringer’s ‘Anyone’

Liz Stringer has unveiled the video for ‘Anyone’ from her fifth album All the Bridges, out on July 1 via Roaring Girl Records/Fontana North.

Stringer drew inspiration from missing her friends back home when writing ‘Anyone’.

“I wrote it as a direct message to my mates because I wanted to let them know the gravity of my feelings for them. It just felt like the right time for this song to happen,” Stringer said in a statement.

The vid was created by Melbourne filmmaker Agostino Soldati.

The album was helmed by Adam Selzer (The Decemberists, Jolie Holland, Fleet Foxes, M Ward). Stringer journeyed from Australia to Portland to record the album over the course of eight days in July 2015 at Seltzer’s studio Type Foundry. The album features appearances by Portland mainstays Luke Ydstie on bass and Ben Nugent on drums.

Stringer already has a loyal following in Australia where she was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize for her 2012 release Warm in the Darkness. She also has two Age EG awards under her belt for Best Female Artist and Best Album.

She has toured in Canada and Germany.

Stringer also announced the dates of her Canadian tour;

June 19 – Festival of Small Halls, Grand River, PEI
June 20 – Festival of Small Halls, Rollo Bay, PEI
June 26 – Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society – Sunday Bandstand Series – Lunenburg, NS
July 1-3 – Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso NS, Canada
July 6 – Roaring Girl Records Showcase – Dakota Tavern, Toronto ON
July 7-9 – Graffiti’s at Kensington Markets w/ Ron Hawkins, Toronto, ON
July 15-17 – Rollo Bay Fiddle Fest, PEI
July 20 – WISE Hall, Vancouver, BC
July 21 – Kamloops Music In The Park – Kamloops, BC
Juy 23 – The Elite, Penticton, BC
July 26 – Fernando’s, Kelowna, BC
July 28 – The Legion, Prince George, BC
July 29 – August 1 – ArtsWells, Wells, BC
August 3 – Occidental Quesnel, BC
August 9 – Beacon Hill Park – Tuesday evening folk series
August 11 – Duncan Showroom,  Duncan, BC
unnamed (5)
1. Anyone
2. Feel It Now
3. Protecting Myself
4. Enough
5. Half Filled Cup
6. If You Mean It
7. Casey
8. Keep Keeping On
9. Live On Love
10. The Fever And The Fall

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Club cheval’s ‘Young Rich and Radical’

The Laura Weaver-directed video for Club cheval‘s ‘Young Rich and Radical’ takes a microscope to the chemical dependencies that are a part of modern life.

The track is taken from their latest release Discipline, out now on Bromance / Parlophone / Warner Bros. Records.

“We made it with a lot of heart and tried to showcase everything we love about music. It can be read in many dimensions. Hope is at the center of this disc,” the members of Club cheval said in a statement.

They also announced the dates of their upcoming tour;

6/7 – Rennes, FR @ Rock’n’Solex Festival
6/11 – Neuchatel, CH @ Festi’neuch
6/18 – Barcelona, SP @ Sonar Festival
7/9 –  Lisbon, PT @ Nos Alive festival
7/16 – Biarritz, FR @ Big Festival
7/17 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
North American Tour Dates:

7/21 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground

7/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ House of Yes
7/27 – Washington D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
7/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Coda
7/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lot 613
7/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
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1. Debut
2. Young Rich & Radical
3. From The Basement To The Roof
4. Sam Tiba Interlude
5. Nothing Can Stop Us Now
6. Bells
7. Myd Interlude
8. Legends Intro
9. Legends
10. Canblaster Interlude
11. Other Guy
12. Scream
13. Panteros666 Interlude
14. Discipline
15. Dream On

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Woodpigeon’s ‘Whole Body Shakes’

The video for Woodpigeon‘s ‘Whole Body Shakes’ was filmed in a diverse number of locations including the mountains of Iceland and a warehouse in Vancouver.

The trio of dancers in the Greg Gillespie-directed video are co-founders of Vancouver’s Konichiwaack crew. They demonstrate Waacking; a dance style developed in the 1970’s and 1980’s that was a huge influence on Voguing, the dance style Madonna made famous with her 1990 hit.

Where Voguing is more of a competitive/”battle” dance style, Waacking is about moving together.

‘Whole Body Shakes’ can be found on Woodpigeon’s latest release T R O U B L E, out now on Boompa/WIAIWYA.

Catch Woodpigeon on the following dates;

06/03 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace #
07/23 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge ^
07/24 – Guelph, ON @ Hillside Festival
# Nada Surf
^ Villagers