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Cold Specks Announces Tour Dates

Image by Steve Gullick

Cold Specks has announced the dates of her upcoming tour of North America. She’s hitting the road in support of her current release Neuroplasticity, out now on Arts & Crafts.

The shows include a hometown gig in Winnipeg and a date in Toronto with AroarA;

11/5/2014 – TT The Bear’s Place / Cambridge MA

11/7/2014 – Rough Trade NYC / Brooklyn NY

11/8/2014 – Johnny Brenda’s / Philadelphia PA

11/9/2014 – Rock and Roll Hotel / Washington DC

11/11/2014 – Eddie’s Attic / Decatur GA

11/12/2014 – The High Watt / Nashville TN

11/14/2014 – Three Links / Dallas TX

11/15/2014 – The Mohawk / Austin TX

11/17/2014 – The Crescent Ballroom / Phoenix AZ

11/19/2014 – The Echo / Los Angeles CA

11/21/2014 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall / San Francisco CA

11/23/2014 – Doug Fir Lounge / Portland OR

11/24/2014 – Barboza / Seattle WA

11/25/2014 – The Imperial Theatre / Vancouver BC

11/27/2014 – Royal Alberta Museum Theatre / Edmonton AB

11/28/2014 – SAIT’s Gateway / Calgary AB

11/29/2014 – Lyric Theatre / Swift Current SK

11/30/2014 – Park Theatre / Winnipeg MB

12/2/2014 – Cedar Cultural Center / Minneapolis MN

12/3/2014 – Schubas / Chicago IL

12/5/2014 – Lee’s Palace / Toronto ON

12/7/2014 – La Sala Rossa / Montreal QC


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Cold Specks’ ‘Bodies at Bay’

The Josh Reichmann-directed video for Cold Specks‘ ‘Bodies at Bay’ casts Alx Spx as a sorcerous figure with the visual shifting between black and white and color.

It’s taken from her forthcoming album Neuroplasticity, out on August 26 on Arts & Crafts.

She’s offering a preview of the album leading up to its release. Head to Cold Specks Facebook page to find out which source is hosting tracks from the album. Neuroplasticity will be streamed for free on her website for free on August 22.


Cold Specks Announces Toronto Pre-Release Show

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Cold Specks has announced that she will hold a an intimate pre-release show for her new album Neuroplasticity at the Drake Hotel in Toronto on July 31.

To celebrate, she’s shared a free stream of ‘Bodies at Bay’;

The album is out on Arts & Crafts on August 26. Advance tickets for the Drake gig can be purchased here.

Cold Specks Unveils New Video, Announces Tour Dates

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Cold Specks, aka Al Spx, has unveiled the video for ‘Absisto’ from her forthcoming album Neuroplasticity, out on August 26 on Arts & Crafts;

Spx divided the recording of the album between Montreal’s Hotel2Tango and Revolution Recordings in Toronto. Neuroplasticity was produced by Jim Hiller, who also shared mixing duties with Ben Hiller. It’s the follow-up to her Polaris Prize short-listed and Juno Award nominated 2012 album I Predict a Graceful Expulsion.

Spx began work on the album in a cottage outside of Wick, Somerset during winter 2o12.

“I relentlessly toured for the first time. Travelling constantly was an odd adjustment at first. I’d always imagined road-trips to be exciting and generally fun. I found it all to be physically and mentally draining. Between tours I was mostly attempting to re-socialise myself,” she said in a statement.

When she wasn’t on the road and working on the album, she collaborated with an impressive list of artists. She contributed vocals on two songs on Moby’s 2013 effort Innocents, appeared at Joni Mitchell’s 70th birthday alongside Herbie Hancock and others. She also made appearances on the latest albums from Ambrose Akinmusire and Swans. Michael Girl of Swans shows up on the Neuroplasticity track ‘Exit Plan’ and Akinmusire makes an appearance on the final track ‘A Season of Doubt’. His trumpet work can be heard throughout the album.

The album’s title refers to the process by which the human brain learns and absisto is the Latin verb for to leave or depart. The album dwells on this sense of darkness and the unknown. It’s bleaker than her past work, called “doom soul”, but there’s also a sense of hope, like seeds cracking through ice.

Catch Cold Specks on the following dates;

June 21 – Kingston, ON – Skeleton Park Music Festival

June 28 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Jazz Festival

July 18/19 – London, ON – Home County Folk Festival
Aug 29-31 – Dorset, UK – End Of The Road Festival
Sept 18 – Copenhagen, DK- Vega
Sept 20 – Brussels, BE – AB Club
Sept 22 – Amsterdam, NL – MC Theatre

Sept 23 – Paris, FR – Fleche D’or
Sept 28 – Bristol, UK – Colston Hall 2 The Lantern
Sept 29 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store

Oct 01 – Manchester, UK – Band On The Wall

1. A Broken Memory

2. Bodies at Bay

3. Old Knives

4. A Quiet Chill

5. Exit Plan

6. Let Lose The Dogs

7. Absisto

8. Living Signs

9. A Formal Invitation

10. A Season Of Doubt


Looking For a Place T.O. Happen, November 29 & 30

Poor Young Things are playing The Horseshoe on November 29 along with The Fast Romantics, The Shakedown and Autumns Cannon. Cover is $10 and the first band is up at 9:20

Megan Bonnell is holding her album release party at the Drake Hotel on November 30 along with Donovan Woods.

Or, if you feel like braving the elements, Cavalcade of Lights is taking place at Nathan Phillips Square featuring sets from Cold Specks, Diamond Rings and more. Best of all, it’s free. The event kicks off at 7 pm.

Looking For A Place T.O. Happen; Canadian Music Fest Edition

At long last, Canadian Music Fest, or Canadian Music Week as we vets still call it, is upon us.

With over 40 artists from Canada and around the world playing 40 venues around Toronto, it may be tough trying to decide to see. Luckily, h@tb is here with the gigs that are worth checking out.

March 21

Daniella Watters @ Czehoski

The Balconies @ Lee’s Palace

Audio Blood Media’s CMF Showcase (Featuring The Mohawk Lodge, Amos The Transparent & more) @ The Dakota Tavern

Mo Kenney, Mad Ones, PS I Love You, Wildlife & more @ The Great Hall

March 22

The Indies (Featuring Metric, Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Yukon Blonde & More) @ The Kool Haus

Young Rival & Limblifter @ The Horseshoe

Ben Caplan @ The Rivoli

A K U A & Boys Who Say No @ The Silver Dollar

Acres Of Lions @ The Tranzac Club

The Town Heroes & Dearly Beloved @ The Bovine Sex Club

The Cheap Speakers @ Cabin 5

White Ash Falls @ The Cameron House & Supermarket

Pkew Pkew Pkew @ Global Village Backpackers

Parallels @ Hard Luck Bar

The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Revival

Mac DeMarco, Brews Willis & Grounders @ Sneaky Dee’s

We Need Surgery @ The Sister

March 23

Donovan Woods @ The Central

The Buzz Factor Series featuring Suuns, Lioness, Decades, Valleys & Savages @ Lee’s Palace

Papermaps @ Rancho Relaxo

Gabrielle Papillon @ The Rivoli

The Mohawk Lodge @ Shanghai Cowgirl

The Great Wilderness & Revolvers @ The Annex Live

Tin Star Orphans @ The El Mocambo

Shout Out Out Out Out @ The Horseshoe

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Massey Hall

Austra @ The Danforth Music Hall

Fucked Up @ The Great Hall

Diemonds @ The Hideout