Entries tagged with: Arts and Crafts

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by Bill Pearis

photo::: Calvin Love @ Seaport Music Festival 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Calvin Love

Edmonton, Alberta's Calvin Love has signed with Arts & Crafts and the label will release his new album later this year. You can get an early taste via new song "Daydream," streamable below.

Calvin Love, who'll be at SXSW again this year, will play NYC's Baby's All Right on February 26 and entry to that show comes with a cassingle of "Daydream," and three other tracks (including a Rodriguez cover). That show is headlined by Montreal's SEOUL and tickets are on sale now. Flyer for the show is below. Calvin also plays Toronto's Field Trip Festival in June.

SEOUL, meanwhile, say that the show will celebrate "some very exciting stuff coming out this month" which is exciting as they've only had two songs available to listen to for the last two years. (They're now signed to Grand Jury in the US.) I've seen them a few times both in NYC and Montreal and their blissed-out pop works really well live. Check out "Stay With Us" below.

Continue reading "Calvin Love signed to Arts & Crafts, working on new LP (listen to a track), playing NYC with SEOUL before SXSW"

Fucked Up

Canada's 'The Globe and Mail' newspaper issued the following statement yesterday:

A number of readers were shocked and appalled to see profanity on the front page of The Globe and Mail on Saturday. The profanity was in the name of one of the bands involved in what was a wonderful feature called Broadsheet Music: a year in the review.

The feature on the front of the Arts section answered the question: What would the year sound like if it were music? To answer that question, The Globe approached Arts & Crafts, an independent record company, and the Canadian Opera Company. There were articles in the Saturday paper explaining how the six original compositions by Canadian artists, including Broken Social Scene and, yes, Fucked Up, were created. It also links to a multimedia presentation, where you can listen to the music that interprets the year 2014.

Photo of the paper in question via Aux.tv. Stream the 'six original compositions' mentioned above, below...

Continue reading "'Globe and Mail' paper writes 'Fucked Up' on front page, issues statement explaining why (after people complained)"

Broken Social Scene at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene will be coming to NYC this week to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (6/6), and they'll be performing with collaborator/sometimes BSS member Feist. They'll be playing the song "Almost Crimes" from You Forgot It In People, which Feist sings on.

After that, Feist will hang around NYC to play Governors Ball, which goes down on Randall's Island 6/7-9) this weekend (she plays on the Friday at 6:45 PM). Single day tickets for Governors Ball are still available.

Meanwhile, Broken Social Scene will be heading back to Toronto (and after Governors Ball, Feist will too) for FIeld Trip Music & Arts Festival, which happens on Saturday (6/8), and is in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Arts & Crafts, the label BSS is signed to and which was co-founded by BSS member Kevin Drew. In addition to being the tenth anniversary of Arts & Crafts, it's also the tenth anniversary of Broken Social Scene's breakthrough record, You Forgot It In People and it's been announced that the band will be performing the album in full at Field Trip. A short note from Kevin Drew about playing the album was posted to Field Trip's site. Tickets for the festival are still available.

Two days later, Toronto will be taken over by the SXSW/CMJ-like festival, NXNE. Tickets for NXNE are still available, and a limited amount of NXNE wristbands will be accepted at Field Trip.

Gold & Youth
Gold & Youth

Vancouver electropop band Gold & Youth, who also play Field Trip, will kick off a North American tour after the festival. That tour brings Gold & Youth to NYC for a show on June 22 at Cameo with Superhumanoids and Gossamer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Gold & Youth released their hook-filled debut album, Beyond Wilderness, this past May. It was produced by Colin Stewart (New Pornographers, Pretty girls Make Graves) and should appeal to fans of fellow Canadians Austra, Diamond Rings and TRUST. You can stream the album in its entirety, album with the video for its single, "Jewel," below.

Continue reading "Broken Social Scene playing Fallon w/ Feist, performing 'You Forgot It In People' at Field Trip; Gold & Youth touring"

Arts and Crafts 10

Toronto record label Arts & Crafts, which was co-founded by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and in honor of that, they're presenting the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival in Toronto on June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common. The festival's lineup is made up entirely of Arts & Crafts-affiliated bands, including Broken Social Scene, Feist, Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, Cold Specks, Timber Timbre, Jason Collett, Zeus, The Darceys, Hayden, Gold & Youth, and Still Life Still. For Broken Social Scene, the show is an exclusive return from the hiatus they began after their 2011 tour. Early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/16) at 10 AM EST via the festival's website, and full price tickets go on sale Friday (1/18) at 10 AM via the festival's site, ticketmaster, and Toronto retailers Rotate This and Soundscapes. VIP ticket options are available too. Kids get in for free. The festival flyer is below.

The festival happens two days before Canadian music marathon NXNE and a limited number of NXNE wristbands will also gain admission to the festival. It's nice that this time around, the BSS show won't actually be during NXNE.

In addition to the festival, Arts & Crafts will be celebrating the anniversary in other ways, including releasing the double CD/4xLP boxset, Arts & Crafts // 2003-2012, which includes a collection of hits, rarities, and b-sides from the label; and also releasing Arts & Crafts // X, "an entirely original collection of collaborative recordings by artist pairings from the Arts & Crafts roster, including new compositions and fresh, unexpected interpretations."

The label will also be presenting a photography exhibit with photographer Norman Wong, a fashion collaboration with Canadian designer Jeremy Laing, a short fiction contest inspired by Broken Socal Scene's You Forgot It In People, and a pop-up shop which will be open from late May into mid June and serve as a headquarters for AC10 and Field Trip at a TBA location, plus possibly more stuff to come.

The trailer video and flyer for Field Trip are below...

Continue reading "Arts & Crafts celebrates 10 years with Broken Social Scene / Feist-headlined Field Trip fest, compilations, art exhibits & more "


Trust, who features a member of Austra, and who released a couple of 7"s on Sacred Bones last year, have signed with Arts & Crafts for their debut LP, TRST, which is due out on February 28. Both singles that were released last year ("Candy Walls" and "Bulbform") appear on the album. We posted the video for "Candy Walls" HERE a while back and the band just revealed the video for "Bulbform," which you can watch below. The TRST artwork and tracklist is below too.

The band don't have any dates currently scheduled, but according to their website, more info to come on 2012 tour dates and SXSW.

Video and album info below...

Continue reading "Trust releasing LP on Arts & Crafts, reveal new video (watch)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Eight and a Half - "Scissors" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Eight and a Half - "Scissors" (Small Black Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Eight and a Half - "Scissors" (TOKiMONSTA Remix) (MP3)

Eight and a Half
Eight and a Half

With Broken Social Scene now on hiatus, drummer Justin Peroff has formed the new project Eight and a Half. Justin is handling beats while Liam O'Neil and Dave Hamelin of fellow recently disbanded Arts & Crafts group The Stills are on keyboards and guitars/vocals, respectively. But the new group is nothing like the anthemic alt-rock of The Stills, and Justin's busy drumming in BSS has been replaced by minimal beatwork. They're instead opting for a dreamy downtempo feel, which you can hear on the single, "Scissors." The track is available for download above along with remixes by Small Black and TOKiMONSTA. The video and streams of the original and its remixes are below. The track will appear on Eight and a Half's self titled debut LP, which comes out on February 7 April 12th via Arts & Crafts. The album art and tracklist is below.

Eight and a Half are scheduled to play two Arts & Crafts showcases with labelmates Zeus and The Darcys. The showcases happen in NYC on February 23 at Mercury Lounge and February 24 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now and tickets for the Mercury show go on sale Friday (12/23) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/21) at noon. Zeus and The Darcys also play an A&C showcase in Boston on 2/22 but Eight and a Half are not on that bill.

All dates, streams, video, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "members of Broken Social Scene & Stills form Eight and a Half (MP3, video, remixes & dates w/ Arts & Crafts labelmates)"

The observant Dan Mangan sees a bird flying around the photo studio
Dan Mangan

Fans of Arts & Crafts are in for a night of good jams, with (ex-A&C-ers) Stars at Music Hall of Williamsburg (with North Highlands) and an early show with Dan Mangan at Mercury Lounge (with Icewater), both going down in NYC TONIGHT (10/11). If you're just making the decision to try and do both, I hope you have your tickets to Stars already, though tickets for Dan Mangan are still available, Stars is sold out. Mangan welcomed his new LP Oh Fortune, which hit stores on 9/27 and is streaming in full below. All of his tour dates are down there too.

In related news, Zeus recently posted "Are You Gonna' Waste My Time?", the new song (streaming below) from their forthcoming A&C release due in early 2012. Zeus has dates scattered across October and into December, including an East Coast tour that will stop in Brooklyn at Knitting Factory on 11/16 supporting Sam Roberts Band. Tickets are on sale. All dates are below.

Feist's Metals is out now. The chanteuse took a few minutes out of her crypt-performing schedule to post a few songs which are streaming below. Catch Feist in a goth-in-a-different-way venue when she plays Howard Gilman Opera House on 11/2. "Very limited availability remains" for tickets, so call 718-636-4100 for more details.

All tour dates and song streams are below.

Continue reading "Dan Mangan & Stars are touring (not together, but both in NY) -- Zeus coming soon (dates, song streams & stuff)"

Stars at Littlefield in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Stars have announced a short run of US dates this October. The dates kick off in Brooklyn on October 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/29) at noon. All dates, mostly in Florida, are listed below.

Stars have recently released The Bedroom Demos, an album of demos from their In Our Bedroom After the War album. According to Arts & Crafts:

"THE BEDROOM DEMOS" are the heart and soul of STARS' revered 2007 record 'In Our Bedroom After The War'... the real and honest bones of the album, before it was an album.

Fresh from touring the world with their breakout record 'Set Yourself On Fire', STARS hit their Montreal studio with Jace Lasek from The Besnard Lakes at the controls, and tracked a slew of new songs, live off the floor. Rough, unpolished and unfinished, these versions nevertheless give a secret glance into the world of their stellar songwriting, from a helter skelter 'Take Me To The Riot' to the definitive, single microphone recording of 'Barricade'. If you have loved a STARS song, you deserve to love 'The Bedroom Demos'

You can purchase and stream the MP3 album on Stars' website.

Speaking of Arts & Crafts, Dan Mangan has announced that:

"The new album is called Oh Fortune. It includes eleven songs. I thought of the title after reading about Gertrude Ederle, a female swimmer who swam the English Channel in the 1920s and crushed the previous world record (held, of course, by a man). She was a massive celebrity for but a moment, and they threw a momentous ticker-tape parade on her return to New York. Neat, hey?

The album will be released on September 27th on a fine label called Arts & Crafts and I must admit, I'm anxious to hear what you think of it. We like it, but, admittedly, it's an unbiased opinion. A-hem."

Dan Mangan has a bunch of upcoming shows scheduled, but only one in the United States and that happens at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (7/26).

All tour dates and the NSFW Stars video for "Changes" below...

Continue reading "Dan Mangan is in NYC, Stars announce short tour, both have new Arts & Crafts albums"

DOWNLOAD: Timber Timbre - "Black Water" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - "Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning" (MP3)

Timber Timbre

Timber Timbre's new LP Creep On Creepin' On was released on April 5th via Arts & Crafts Records. The whole thing is now streaming at Spinner. The song "Black Water" can also be downloaded above. It's also streaming below along with the video for the song "Woman."

Now on tour (all dates below), the band will hit NYC on April 13 at Joe's Pub (with nobody else on the bill) and April 14 at Glasslands with Snowblink, Angel Olsen, and Baby Alpaca. In June he/they hook up with Marissa Nadler for a few dates starting in Portland.

Meanwhile, Marissa is prepping an LP of her own, an eponymous album due on June 14th, 2011 via her own imprint Box of Cedar records. Check out a track from that record, "Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning", downloadable above/streaming below with all dates and other stuff...

Continue reading "Timber Timbre released an LP, touring, playing shows w/ Marissa Nadler (who has a new LP soon too) -- MP3s & dates"

Torquil at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Stars (more by Andrew St. Clair)
TOrquil of Stars

Torquil Campbell (of Stars) and Chris Dumont are Memphis, a Canadian band who celebrated the release of a new LP this week, Here Comes A City, via Arts & Crafts. In April Memphis will head out on tour with The Barr Brothers, playing two NYC shows alonmg the way: Rock Shop on 4/13 and Mercury Lounge on 4/14. Tickets are on sale for both (click the links). All tour dates and some songs, below...

Continue reading "Memphis released an LP, touring w/ the Barr Brothers"

DOWNLOAD: Broken Social Scene - "All To All" (DJ Mom Jeans Remix)

The Sea & Cake

The Sea & Cake

The Sea & Cake will support Broken Social Scene on their upcoming trek that will see them at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on 9/18 (tickets). The tour pairing makes perfect sense considering Sam Prekop's (The Sea & Cake) contributions on the recent BSS record, and his new LP Old Punch Card due on 9/7 via Thrill Jockey. A recent press release also states that there is a "rumored to be a split 7" between the two bands in the works". Hmm, rumors in a press release? Look for more details on that 7" soon.

In other BSS news, the band is releasing a series of remixes for their song "All To All". So far contributions from Sebastian Grainger, DJ Mom Jeans, Jojoflores, and Skeet Skeet have emerged, with more due every week. Download one contribution above, and the rest at the remix site. The video for "All To All" (the original) is viewable below.

NYC is looking like Arts & Crafts showcasing ground for the next few days, as TONIGHT (9/1) the previously discussed The Wooden Birds / Dan Mangan tour will hit The Rock Shop (the shows was moved from Union Hall), tagging Mercury Lounge two days later (tickets).

Thursday (9/2) will see recent Mexican A&C signees Chikita Violenta play Mercury Lounge with A Great Big Pile of Leaves (tickets) as part of a larger tour that includes non-NYC dates with A&C-in-Canada labelmates Ra Ra Riot (who play NYCx4 in Sept) and Built To Spill (who play NYC Thursday).

Chikita Violenta is prepping to release their forthcoming LP for A&C, TRE3S, due in early 2011. The album was recorded in Canada with former Broken Social Scene producer Dave Newfeld. An MP3 is being given away at their site.

Last but not least, Chilly Gonzales (who will be in NYC soon with Peaches) is busy helping Feist with her new album. Feist and Gonzales both appear on Jamie Lidell's new album. Chilly's new album, Ivory Tower, is out September 14th.

All tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Arts & Crafts superpost: Chikita Violenta (from Mexico), Dan Mangan & Wooden Birds (also here), Sea & the Cake w/ BSS who have remixes (touring), Sam Prekop, Feist & more"

DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - False Alarm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Sugar (Live @ WOXY) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - The Other One (Live @ WOXY) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Believe In Love (Live @ WOXY) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Complete Live @ WOXY session (MP3)

Wooden Birds in Valencia, Spain: Photo: Thomas Wright
Wooden Birds

The Wooden Birds, fronted by Andrew Kenny of American Analog Set, will be hitting the road this August for shows with Arts & Crafts songwriter Dan Mangan. Mangan's signing to the BSS label was announced in May....

"The Vancouver-based songwriter released his acclaimed sophomore LP, Nice, Nice, Very Nice in Canada last year, quickly snapping up national awards including the XM Radio Verge "Artist of the Year", CBC Bucky Awards for "Best Vocals" & "Best Song" and simultaneously triggering a tidal wave of accolades, landing the ridiculously likeable musician on the covers of publications coast to coast. Now, with an eye towards building on that momentum, Mangan has signed a deal with Arts & Crafts in order to bring Nice, Nice, Very Nice to the U.S. on August 10."
Nice, Nice, Very Nice, just came out June 1st on vinyl in Canada.

That US tour includes shows at Union Hall on September 1st (tickets TBA) and Mercury Lounge on September 3rd. Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday at noon.

The MP3's above are songs from Wooden Birds' debut, Magnolia, which came out last year on Barsuk Records. In February the group released the Montague Street EP for free online through Insound.

Before the birth of the Wooden Birds, Andrew worked in his Brooklyn Heights home studio on Montague street to find the songs and the sounds that would define his new project. The four songs available now as Montague Street EP were borrowed from those sessions and share the sound of a band about to happen.
Videos of both and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Wooden Birds (who released a free EP) touring w/ Dan Mangan (who signed to Arts & Crafts) - 2010 dates, videos, MP3s"

DOWNLOAD: Broken Social Scene - World Sick (MP3)


Jason Collett's new record, Rat A Tat Tat, came out Tuesday (3/9) on Arts & Crafts. His tour with his backing band, Zeus (who just put out an album of their own), and other opener Bahamas starts this week in Canada before getting to SXSW next week. One of Collett's shows there will be the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal day party at Galaxy Room on Saturday March 20th. His full schedule for the fest is below.

The three-band tour comes to NYC for a pair of shows in April. They'll play Mercury Lounge on April 23rd (tickets) and Union Hall on April 24th (tickets). Zeus will be at both of those shows (previously Mercury Lounge was listed as "Jason Collett only").

Jason Collett's other band, Broken Social Scene, will also be at SXSW, where they're scheduled for two shows. The first is Thursday, March 18th @ Stubb's with Drive By Truckers and Band of Horses. The second is the official Arts & Crafts showcase @ The Parish on Friday, March 19th:

8pm - Still Life Still
09pm - Timber Timbre
10pm - Zeus
11pm - Jason Collett
12am - Broken Social Scene
Arts & Crafts extended family band Metric play a SXSW show at Stubb's on Friday, March 19th (probably with Muse). Timber Timbre play at least one more SXSW show while in Austin and kick off a tour with The Low Anthem later in March.

The collective is currently plotting its support shows for new record Forgiveness Rock Record, which comes out May 4th on A&C. The first song off that is posted above, right above the picture of the boxset version of the album

As far as NYC shows, BSS will play Webster Hall on May 7th, and they're playing Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on September 17th (the weekend before Pavement take over the space). They have summer festival appearances lined up too (Sasquatch, Pitchfork, their own Toronto fest), which are listed below.

Sally Seltmann will also be at SXSW, though she isn't on the lineup of that Parish show. You might remember her from her old moniker, "New Buffalo". Sally's new album "Heart That's Pounding" is out April 6, 2010 on Arts & Crafts. Cover art and all dates below.

Speaking of Arts & Crafts, A&C alums Stars will be putting out a new album, The Five Ghosts, on their own Soft Revolution Records on June 22nd.

We have never written an album with this much cohesion and unity' says vocalist Amy Millan , 'It is the first time we've had the luxury of being together in a huge room writing songs off the floor. The
Five Ghosts is quintessential STARS.'
They're planning a North American tour for this May and June, where they'll be playing The Five Ghosts in its entirety followed by a set of fan-picked songs. The album tracklist, a video of the band in the studio, and tour dates for all of the above are below...

Continue reading "a big Arts & Crafts update - Broken Social Scene, Stars, Jason Collett & more - new albums, MP3s, tour dates"

DOWNLOAD: You Say Party! We Say Die! - Laura Palmer's Prom" (Los Campesinos Remix) (MP3)

Los Campesinos!
Los CampesinosLos Campesinos

Los Campesinos just released their third record, Romance Is Boring, on Arts & Crafts at the end of January. It's their first LP since keyboardist Aleks left the band to go back to school last year. She's been replaced by frontman Gareth's sister Kim on keys and vocals. A video for the record's title track is below.

Speaking of Arts & Crafts, it seems like the Canadian label has been especially busy lately. Upcoming album releases for them include Jason Collett and Zeus, and most excitingly, Broken Social Scene.

Los Campesinos! plays the UK and Europe in February and March before coming stateside in April. They'll be in NYC for an April 22nd show at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale.

The above-linked MP3 is a new remix LC! did for Canadian band You Say Party! We Say Die! (that's a lot of !'s). YSP!WSD! has an upcoming tour as well. Dates (in full below) include SXSW and a March 29th show at Pianos in NYC. Speaking of SXSW!, it was just announced that !!! will actually be there too.

The LC! tracklist for their new record, new video and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Los Campesinos! released an album (video), remixed You Say Party! We Say Die! (MP3) - 2010 tour dates (for both bands)"

Jason Collett

Jason Collett, Zeus and Bahamas have announced a North American revue tour featuring all three artists performing together and alone. The three acts have a long history of collaboration, as intertwined as their musical lineage. Instead of the typical show in which each act plays its own set, Collett, Zeus and Bahamas will all take the stage together, playing songs by all three. The tour comes on the heels of new albums for Collett (Rat A Tat Tat, March 9) and Zeus (Say Us, February 23), and songs from both will be featured throughout the evening. [Arts & Crafts]
Zeus initially formed to play as Collett's backing band in 2008, and the group will be in NYC for two shows before the joint tour starts. On February 26th, they'll open for Franz Nicolay (doing one of his first NY shows since his departure from the Hold Steady was made official) and Tim Fite at Knitting Factory (tickets are on sale). They're also playing with The Sadies and People of the North on February 27th at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to that are available as well.

Bahamas is songwriter Afie Jurvanen, and he has backing-band bonafides too. As documented on Alfie's Myspace, "for the last many years he's been playing other people's music-- PasoMino, Great Lake Swimmers, The Stills, Howie Beck, Amy Millan, Jason Collett, Hayden and zeus. He's spent the last few years playing piano and guitar with Feist." Later in February, he'll be opening some Canadian dates for Wilco, who kick off a tour very soon.

The three-band tour starts in earnest this March, and includes SXSW. They'll play across the US and Canada before ending up in NYC near the end of April. There's a Union Hall show in Brooklyn on April 24th (tickets TBA), and one the night before, Friday, April 23rd, at Mercury Lounge (though that one lists "Jason Collett only" for some odd reason). Tickets for the Manhattan show are on AmEx presale now. General sale starts Friday at noon.

Jason Collett's other band, Broken Social Scene, are touring and releasing a new album this summer.

Full tour dates, Zeus' new stop-motion video for "Through Your Head" (and it's making-of), and a free Jazon Collett track are below...

Continue reading "Jason Collett & his band Zeus both releasing albums, playing together & separately, touring w/ Bahamas (2010 dates)"


You may remember Gonzales from his piano battle with Andrew W.K. at Joe's Pub last September, which Gonzales won. Gozales returns to the same venue this February for a four-week, Thursday night residency where he'll present his Piano Talk show, which includes lots of talking, jokes and guests (Jamie Lidell showed up in September) (don't expect a piano battle between him and Andrew again though).

Thu February 4th - Gonzales: Piano Talk Show (tickets)
Thu February 11th - Gonzales: Piano Talk show (tickets)
Thu February 18th - Gonzales: Piano Talk show (tickets)
Thu February 25th - Gonzales: Piano Talk show (tickets)
You can get acquainted with him through the videos below or from the songs streaming on his Arts & Crafts subsite Gonzpiration. Past credits include working with Feist, Peaches and Jane Birkin (who's coming to town in February too).

Gonzales' fellow Canadians and Arts & Crafts labelmates Still Life Still have an NYC residency of their own. They're at Mercury Lounge for four Wednesdays in January (the first of those was last night). They also play Death By Audio on January 11th, and tour with Wild Beasts in February (which includes Bowery Ballroom and MHOW shows).

All Gonzales tour dates and videos are below...

Continue reading "Gonzales taking residency at Joe's Pub, Still Life Still add a Brooklyn show"

photos by Chris La Putt

Still Life Still @ BV CMJ day party...
Still Life Still

Canadian Arts & Crafts band Still Life Still was in town for CMJ where they played a label showcase with bands including Timber Timbre (who have a Joe's Pub show coming up) on October 22nd and the BV/BP Pianos day party on Saturday, October 24th. The pictures in this post are from the latter. Before that, the band visited NYC's Mercury Lounge in early October.

Two DancersStill Life Still will be back in February 2010, as part of a tour with the UK's Wild Beasts. The tour works its way to New York on Friday, February 26th for a show at Bowery Ballroom. I'm spoiled, but I wish they were playing more than one NYC show again this time. Bowery Ballroom tickets go on sale Friday at noon. The tour ends one day later in DC. All dates below.

Though Wild Beasts made their NYC debut in September at Union Pool, Mercury Lounge and Joe's Pub, this trip will be their first US tour. Their second record, Two Dancers, came out in September on Domino Records. See the band now - a full live show from August is streaming online.

More Still Life Still pictures, Wild Beasts videos and all tour dates for both, below...

Continue reading "Wild Beasts announce 2010 tour (dates) w/ Still Life Still (who played BV-CMJ @ Pianos - pics) "

Timber Timbre s/t album cover
Timber Timbre

Timber Timbre, the project of Torontonian Taylor Kirk, released their third album and US debut, a self-titled release on Arts & Crafts in June. The band was on the label's CMJ showcase at Union Pool on October 22nd along with labelmates Still Life Still (who just announced a tour with Wild Beasts), Zeus and others.

They play live as a trio, with Kirk's guitar, kick drum and M. Ward-style vocals boosted by violin and lap steel. Their current tour comes to NYC's Joe's Pub on Friday, November 20th (tickets are on sale). One day later they head upstate for a show in Alfred before making it back into Canada for a gig in Montreal.

Timber Timbre played KRCW in Santa Monica, CA, just before Halloween. A video of that appearance with other videos all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Timber Timbre played KCRW (video), now on tour (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

The Beets @ Death by Audio in August (more by Leia Jospe)
The Beets

As mentioned earlier, Thee Oh Sees are playing a late show at Death by Audio, now thankfully Maze-free (I was scared of the minotaur), with The Fresh & Onlys and The Beets (who also play with Monotonix at Santos tonight). They're listed as "The Ghosties" but in case you're still in doubt, at Mercury Lounge last night John Dwyer said onstage "if you wanna see the Oh Sees in a sweaty, shitty little room, come to Death by Audio tomorrow night" so the cat is officially out of the bag.

So basically you have two chances to see Thee Oh Sees and Fresh & Onlys tonight -- earlier at The Bell House (with Golden Triangle) or super late (Beets are on at 11PM supposedly) at Death by Audio. The adventurous might go to both. They were both great last night at Mercury Lounge: The Fresh & Onlys' low-fi recordings disguise their impressive musicality a bit, they are a seriously good band; and Thee Oh Sees are just one of the best live bands out there right now. Whichever show you go to, get as close to the action as you can. Seeing John Dwyer's demented facial expressions is half the fun.

Turbo Fruits @ Death By Audio (more by Leia Jospe)
Turbo Fruits

Also on that Monotonix bill tonight at Santos -- and at their show tomorrow (10/10) at Market Hotel -- are Nashville's Turbo Fruits whose new album on Fat Possum, Echo Kid, is a lot of fun. With a slight rockabilly influence (they do live in Music City), it's party rock in the best sense of the term, super-catchy and danceable, with a nice swagger to it. Check out "Mama's Mad Cause I Fried My Brain" at the top of this post. If you can't see them this weekend, Turbo Fruits will be back for CMJ in two weeks (two weeks!), playing Union Pool on Saturday October 24, with Lovvers (with whom their touring) and hometown pals JEFF the Brotherhood.

Lovvers are also on the bill of the TBA BrooklynVegan day show at Pianos on October 22nd that Speech Debelle isn't playing.

Timber Timbre
Timber Timbre

Timber Timbre (aka Toronto resident Taylor Kirk) is town for two shows: tonight (10/9) at Union Hall and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Like fellow Torontonians Still Life Still, who were here the last two nights, Timber Timbre is on the Arts & Crafts label who released his third album over the summer. The most obvious comparison, and one that is hard not to make, is Devendra Banhart. (Bon Iver is not entirely inappropriate, either.) I think it's the quivery element in his voice more than the music, which has a spooky Tom Waits-ish vibe to it at times. It's a nice record. He'll be back for CMJ too if you can't make this weekend's shows.

On somewhat related notes, Still Life Still were just added to the other TBA BrooklynVegan day party happening at Pianos during CMJ (10/24), and tickets went on sale today for Devendra Banhart's upcoming show at Town Hall.

Valleys @ Pop Montreal (more by Ryan Muir)

And finally, there's a massive show tonight (10/9) at Shea Stadium (the Williamsburg DIY venue, not the home of the Mets) tonight featuring Blue Jungle, Valleys, Scotland's Waters Wolves, Gary B & the Notions, German Measles, Young Boys, Le Rug, and Effing. A weird line-up, due to two shows being sort of crammed together (some of it was supposed to be at Silent Barn where the TV Ghost show is happening instead), but it's nights like this that you might just discover your new favorite band.

Tour dates, videos, blah blah blah after the jump..

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photos by Vincent Cornelli

Still Life Still

"Clutching his Jagermeister and an unlit cigarette, Aaron Romaniuk, drummer for Still Life Still, was an endearing presence at the Arts & Crafts showcase at North by Northeast in June. Twenty-three years old and beaming, the high school dropout had spent a decade playing house parties in Toronto's East York with his four best friends, and now he was being toasted by his new record label as Feist jammed onstage with Broken Social Scene. Kevin Drew, Broken Social Scene's singer, had produced his band's first album, and Romaniuk looked like a kid whose dream had come true.

"We were just jamming and never expected anything," Romaniuk said in anticipation of last month's release of Girls Come Too, a debut record of spacey indie rock that forgoes obvious pop hooks for minor chords and discordant keyboards. "It's blood in, blood out with this band. We believe if you're happy with that, everything else will fall into place." [Vancouver Sun]

Still Life Still, who will also be back for CMJ, played their first of two shows at Mercury Lounge last night (10/7). Kurt Vile was on the same bill, but went on hours later.

The next SLS show is tonight (10/8), and this time with another killer bill - Thee Oh Sees and The Fresh and Onlys (tickets). More pictures from last night, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - Overnite Religion (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - Hunchback (MP3)

Still Life Still

Canada's Still Life Still (pictured above) just released their debut, Girls Come Too, in August on Arts & Crafts. Behind the controls for the record were Broken Social Scene's Martin Davis Kinack and Kevin Drew, so it's no surprise that the band takes some sonic cues from the influential collective. Still Life Still impart their BSS-style dense arrangements with lyrics and energy that seem rooted in '90s-era pop-punk. Check it out on their MySpace.

They're in town for two stacked shows at Mercury Lounge on October 7th and 8th. On Wednesday, October 7th they play with Kurt Vile & the Violators, Birds of Maya and Coconuts. Then on October 8th they join a bill with Thee Oh Sees and The Fresh & Onlys (on tour together and playing the next night at the Bell House) and Girls At Dawn. Tickets for both the Oct. 7th and Oct. 8th shows are still on sale.

Still Life Still are also playing a CMJ show October 22nd at Union Pool. It's an Arts & Crafts showcase and they'll be joined by Timbre Timbre, Hollerago, Zues and others.

Kurt Vile
's Matador debut, Childish Prodigy, finally comes out October 6th and the Mercury Lounge show is just one of the dates he's playing to support it. Two tracks from that record are posted above ("Hunchback" is especially recommended).

While in town, Thee Oh Sees are also opening for Pierced Arrows at Maxwell's on October 10th (the night before, 10/9, Pierced Arrows play Mercury Lounge). Thee Oh Sees have a new record out (or out soon) called Dog Poison on Captured Tracks (information is somewhat scarce). The new LP takes the band in a slightly more acoustic, less straight-ahead-rock direction (at least compared to their early '09 release Help). Its cover is below.

Still Life Still's album art, tracklist and tour dates are also, below...

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LPR review by Showtrotta

Jamie Lidell @ Warp's 20th Anniversary @ Le Poisson Rouge - September 5, 2009

Following a great first day at Electric Zoo, I somehow found the energy to head to Le Poisson Rouge to see Jamie Lidell who was performing in one of the many celebrations for Warp's 20th Anniversary (9/5). While Jamie was alone, without any of his bandmates that typically make up the live Jamie Lidell experience, simply armed with a couple of laptops, a mixing board, and some other items indiscernible from the crowd's side of his table of gear...he put on an excellent show. While the set was stripped down, without all the bells and whistles that come with a live band, the solo set-up allowed Jamie's talent, both musically and as a true entertainer and showman shine through.

He opened with the track "What Is It This Time?" off of Multiply before turning to the table of gear which he was behind for much of the set. While I'm not sure if he was playing specific older tracks with which I am not familiar, or if much of it was improvised/experimental, Jamie poured over the equipment, beatboxing, recording and looping vocal snippets, only to sing over and loop them again, tweaking nearly every sound that emerged from behind that table. While more abstract, experimental pieces can sometimes be a bit too out there for a listener of an artist's more everyday fare, the intensity and passion with which Jamie performed, combined with everything sounding amazing, made the show engaging regardless. He sang a few more songs including "When I Come Back Around" and "Music Will Not Last" the latter of which he dedicated to Warp, which he spoke of fondly multiple times during his set. The set finished with a slowed down, much more electronic-oriented version of "Another Day", the perfect ending to a show that combined elements of Jamie Lidell's style both past and present.

Battles, Chk Chk Chk, Flying Lotus and Pivot played the Warp20 show that took place one night earlier at Terminal 5.


Jamie Lidell is from England and resides in Berlin, but this month he might be staying in NYC because there are now two more chances to catch him here before September is over.

We've long followed the collaboration between Jamie and his Canadian friends Feist and Gonzales (and Mocky), but we don't hear much about Gonzales here in the U.S.A. That should change soon. On September 22nd, Arts & Crafts is re-releasing Gonzales's Solo Piano album "as a special deluxe edition- It comes complete with a DVD bonus disc, featuring the documentary 'From Major To Minor' as well as various other entertaining visual complements." One day later, Gonzales kicks off a four day North American tour in LA. From there he goes to NYC for TWO September 25th shows (early and late) at Joe's Pub. Jamie Lidell will be at both of them, and tickets are on sale.

Gonzales may be best known as the producer of Feist's Let It Die and The Reminder. Feist is known lately for playing 'special guest', and her last such appearance just took place at a NYC show on September 10th. So who knows, maybe she'll be there too - the Joe's listing does read that Gonzales will be "Accompanied for each show by unexpected (or expected) guests from the gang".

In related news, Gonzales recently launched a sitcom, filmed in Paris, "Superproducer", and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for longest solo performance - over 27 hours (in June). A picture of him with his award and all dates below...

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Hidden Cameras

[Their July 23rd] show at The Capital Bar marks the third time since December 2007 that eclectic folk-rock ensemble The Hidden Cameras have performed in Canada.

That's partly because the band's frontman, and chief songwriter, Joel Gibb is now living in Berlin.

The group spent most of 2008 touring through Europe and Gibb said he's going to enjoy this trip through the Maritimes.

"I like Fredericton more than Saint John, I must say," he said. "It's a horrible place to play. I like Sackville and Fredericton - Sackville during the school year is better. I think our last show in Fredericton was pretty fun. Lots of good people came out." [dailygleaner]

Gibb may live abroad now, but The Hidden Cameras still call Canada's Arts & Crafts home. That label is set to release the band's fourth album, Origin:Orphan, on September 22nd.

Their schedule currently includes a set of Canadian dates around that disc's release, and a sole US gig (that we know of) on Wednesday, November 4th at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now.

"Walk On" from the new record is available from Arts & Crafts as a free download (e-mail required). The video for the album's first single, "In The NA," is posted with tour dates, album art and tracklist, and Gibb's thoughts on the Canadian "club" scene, below...

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Amy MillanAmy Millan

Amy Millan is set to release her sophomore full-length, Masters Of The Burial, on September 8 through Arts and Crafts International. The follow up to her acclaimed 2006 debut, Honey From The Tombs, was recorded earlier this year with renowned producer/sound technician Martin Davis Kinack (Apostle of Hustle/Sarah Harmer/Broken Social Scene) in rural Ontario.
Following the release of that record, Amy will set out on a tour of Canada and the US. That trip brings her to NYC for a Thursday, November 5th show at the Mercury Lounge and a November 6th show at the Bell House. Tickets go on sale for the Mercury Lounge show Friday, August 7th at noon. Bell House tickets are on sale now.

This summer Amy has been playing in Broken Social Scene including at Rothbury and at the July 11th Toronto show that had her back on stage alongside fellow BSS-alums Feist and Emily Haines. She also performed a free solo show at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on July 25th. The setlist of that show (below) included a cover of Death Cab For Cutie's "I Will Follow You into the Dark" which is a song that also happens to appear on her new album.

Video of that performance, with all tour dates, and the full new album tracklist, below..

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DOWNLOAD: Most Serene Republic - Heavens to Purgatory (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Grand Archives - Silver Among the Gold (MP3)

Most Serene Republic

The Most Serene Republic are going on tour this fall in support of their newest record, ...And The Ever Expanding Universe, which is out now on Arts & Crafts. Check out a track from it, above. Those tour dates, which kick off in September, include NYC shows at (Le) Poisson Rouge on October 8th and Southpaw the next night.

The band will be joined at both shows by Seattle's Grand Archives, who join them for the bulk of the tour. That band's new record, Keep In Mind Frankenstein, is due September 15th on Sub Pop. The label writes, "[the disc] opens with the bittersweet elegy 'Topsy's Revenge,' inspired by the infamous 1903 newsreel footage of Thomas Edison electrocuting a rogue Coney Island elephant" (that's timely). Check out a track from the record above; album art and track list are below.

Tickets are on sale for Le Poisson Rouge and Southpaw.

Most Serene are also on the new Arts & Crafts sampler.

In June, Most Serene Republic previewed tracks from their new album at a set of NYC shows, as well as a stop at Toronto's NXNE. Check out two new album songs and the busy stage at that gig (being on Arts & Crafts requires the band to have at least half a dozen members) with all tour dates, below...

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