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November 12 2013
Today Mode Moderne release the brand new single 'She, Untamed', taken from their forthcoming full length album 'Occult Delight', released worldwide via Light Organ Records on January 21st 2014. Head over to Noisey to catch an exclusive stream of the new track, buy it below and pre-order the album on 12" Vinyl, CD and Digital Download. Keep your eyes peeled for a shiny new video to follow next week too. (more…)
October 11 2013
The Fugitives and White Ash Falls are heading out on a co-headlining tour across Canada this October and November to promote both of their upcoming new releases "Everything Will Happen" (Oct 22nd) and "Over The Night" (Nov 5th) respectively. Kicking things off in Peterborough, Ontario on October 22nd, they'll be making their way around Eastern Canada before they come back home to the west, starting November 15th. For more details see below as well as our tour section: https://www.facebook.com/events/1402522269978937/?ref=br_tf    
September 12 2013
The Fugitives are proud to announce the imminent arrival of their new album 'Everything Will Happen' via Light Organ Records on October 22nd. To mark the occasion they've dropped a video for album track 'My My', premiering today over on ARTISTDirect. The band will be heading out on tour across Canada from mid October in support of the record and they'll be joined by label mates White Ash Falls for some of those very special shows stay tuned for a full announcement of those dates very soon. So onto the new record:   THE FUGITIVES flew to Toronto on the last day of 2012 to record their brand new full-length from Light Organ Records, “Everything Will Happen”. They decided to go big and order an airport limo. Unfortunately, being folk musicians, they did it from some budget website a few levels below Groupon. The result was a white panel van (note: not a limo), that showed up an hour late, told them to come out to the pick-up zone and act like they were the driver’s family (?), and ended up costing more than a cab. So much for the high life. But at least they had a story.   This is the quick ethos behind “Everything Will Happen” an album that argues some addictions are worth lobbying for (Wilderness Years) and the future is the only place where people repent (Bigger than Luck). Which isn’t to say life is frivolous. The album tackles ill health (Windows, My My), the end of friendships and relationships (Old Mistakes, Ring), and some lesser disappointments, armed with bright banjos, anthemic singalongs, and uplifting arrangements. The album's darkest contextual piece (Dinner with Clara Haber), about the suicide of the wife of Fritz Haber - a German chemist who discovered a process responsible for feeding half the world but who also fathered chemical warfare - is its most triumphant tonally. In this interpretation, her death is treated as an angry defiance against a dangerous social norm. Because, as the title (ish) track suggests, the world will be what it will be, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it, like it, or be unmoved by it, and we can always go down swinging.   Recorded with Toronto producer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliot BROOD, Amelia Curran), the album is the follow-up to this summer’s EP, Bigger than Luck, which rode the top ten on the national earshot! folk charts for eight straight weeks, and features a back-up cast that includes long-term collaborators along with all-star recruits Jaron Freeman-Fox on fiddle, Brandy Zdan on vocals, and Chris Quinn on banjo. It will be supported by dates across Canada in the fall, and a European tour in the spring of 2014.   ABOUT THE SONGS   LOVE AFFAIRS One of two tracks that features Chris Quinn on banjo, a bluegrass guru who can be found at the Silver Dollar every Wednesday, making everyone’s jaw drop for five dollars. One benefit of recording in Toronto was being able to finish recording at midnight and still being able to catch his two last sets. In Vancouver, unfortunately, we don’t have such liberal drinking laws.   WILDERNESS YEARS It almost seems like the older you get the more shades of grey there can be to romantic relationships- like the days of Romeo and Juliet style, Universe-sized-love that your parents will never understand come to an end and the adult version of romance is a lot less straightforward. But not necessarily less fun.   BIGGER THAN LUCK It's hard to write a feel-good song, but the carpe diem thing gets more important the older and crankier we get. We're always trying to remind ourselves to be grateful for being alive, and the next thing you know we're giving the finger to a red light. So this was an attempt to trick ourselves out of ingratitude. Maybe that's why we wrote it on balailka, which is tuned with 4 D's and makes everything sound like an evil mandolin. Our brains never saw it coming.   RING A response piece, of sorts, to Amelia Curran’s fantastic The Mistress. In this case, from the perspective of a male in an affair with an older, married woman. The violin work is the combination of Jaron Freeman-Fox and Sahra Featherstone.   DINNER WITH CLARA HABER Fritz Haber developed both a process of synthesizing ammonia and poisonous gases. So he’s both responsible for feeding half the world, and is also known as the father of chemical warfare. His wife took her own life after a dinner party, at which they argued about his growing role in the weaponization of Science. This song is set at that party.
August 27 2013
Today Fine Times released their second single, 'Bright Lights', a standout from their self-titled debut album on Light Organ Records. If you're on the East coast, the band plays a free show at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto this very eve to celebrate the release.  (more…)
July 12 2013
Tara Holloway and Ambre McLean hit the road for “Voices Of Fire” Ontario tourdates.
‘Voices of Fire’, a succinct way to describe two wild and beautiful singing voices. Unpredictable and even magical, this is what an evening with Ambre McLean and Tara Holloway means to an audience.
Described as, “..delivery and vocal styles (like) ear candy.  This is the new sound of Canada rising, soulful, thoughtful, and reflective.  ..soul’s music at its best, embodied in the two damn near perfect voices of Tara Holloway and Ambre McLean,” -this is a show not to be missed. To know what is really going on in Canada’s music scene, you MUST witness these 2 artists.
July 12 – NORTHBAY, ON @Raven and Republic July 13 – ORILLIA, ON @The Brownstone Cafe July 14 – LONDON, ON @Fitz Rays July 15 – OAKVILLE, ON @The Moonshine Cafe July 16 – GUELPH, ON @The eBar, “Birds On A Wire” w/Amanda Rheaume July 17 – KINGSTON, ON @The Merchant Taphouse w/Kasey Ferguson July 18 – GUELPH, ON @Jimmy Jazz July 19 – HAMILTON, ON @TBA July 20 – OAKVILLE, ON @Concert in the Square 11am-2pm July 20 – TORONTO, ON @The Vault (One King West) July 21 -NIAGARA FALLS, ON @Savoury and Sweet w/Preetam Sengupta
July 9 2013
Louise Burns got some high-profile help when making her sophomore solo album, The Midnight Mass, which features production from Sune Rose Wagner (of the Raveonettes) and Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain, A.C. Newman). The album drops on today (July 9) via Light Organ Records. The new songs find Burns venturing in a more dreamily synth-heavy direction, with sonic touchstones including the Cure, Berlin-era David Bowie and Dum Dum Girls. The recordings include contributions from a slew of guests including Cat Power's Gregg Foreman on guitar, Ladyhawk's Darcy Hancock on guitar, Dum Dum Girls' Sandy (a.k.a. Sandra Vu) on drums, Brasstronaut's Brennan Saul on drums, Sun Wizard's James Younger on guitar, and Fond of Tigers' Jesse Zubot on violin. The songwriter is currently gearing up to tour later in the summer with Lightning Dust, with whom she will sing backing vocals, in addition to performing her own set. - Alex Hudson (Exclaim.ca) Purchase "The Midnight Mass" HERE
June 28 2013
Vancouver-based indie rockers the Shilohs have released a new video for their catchy song ‘English Roads,’ and Diffuser.fm is hosting the exclusive premiere. Although the clip tells a rather frustrating story of love gone wrong, its alluring scenery, paired with the tune’s invigorating vocals, make for a thoroughly enjoyable (albeit dreamlike) experience. WATCH ENGLISH ROADS HERE “This is based on a dream I had,” the Shilohs’ Johnny Payne says of the video. “I was walking home drunk, very late at night in Vancouver, and I stumbled upon a couple of young dudes playing basketball. I joined in, shared their red wine, played some horse, but I just couldn’t make a basket. I was throwing up bricks all over the place. Eventually it seemed like they wanted me to leave so I set off into the night … Oh, and I was in love with a girl who didn’t love me.” If you like what you see and want to catch the Shilohs on tour this summer, you’re in luck — they have a series of shows lined up to promote their new record. Check out the itinerary below, and be sure to visit their Facebook page for more info. The Shilohs 2013 Tour Dates 7/11 — Bellingham, Wash. | The Green Frog 7/12 – Seattle, Wash. | Conor Byrne Pub 7/13 – Hood River, Ore. | Cebu Lounge 7/14 – Boise, Idaho | The Red Room 7/16 – Vail, Colo. | Shakedown Bar 7/18 – Denver, Colo. | Illegal Pete’s (Underground Music Showcase) 7/20 – Denver, Colo. | 3rd Annual Centennial BBQ w/ Tennis, Nathaniel Rateliff, Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick 7/22 – Santa Fe, N.M. | Evangelo’s Underground 7/23 – Albuquerque, N.M. | Low Sprits 7/26 – Los Angeles, Calif. | Bootleg Theater 7/29 – Long Beach, Wash. | Adrift Hotel 7/30 – Long Beach, Wash. | Adrift Hotel
June 28 2013

Weighing in at six-and-a-half minutes, Mounties is proud to reveal its new single “If This Dance Catches On” with the accompanying video premiering today exclusively at Exclaim.ca.

Featuring Hawksley Workman, Ryan Dahle, and Steve Bays—all of whom were doing very well already, thanks—the band first met at the 2009 Juno Awards, evolving from a group hug into a spectacular, improvised two week recording session three years later. In early 2013, the dream project yielded its first hit at Canadian Radio, “Headphones”. With early support locked from The Peak in Vancouver, further radio adds multiplied across the country. “Headphones” reached #9 at Alternative Radio and #12 at Modern Rock (BDS).

“A groovy iPod anthem for those plugged in and blissfully tuned out,” as the Globe and Mail put it, the casually brilliant single came with a funky, homemade video assembled by Bays himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfNB-RtqEyY

He’s at it again with “If This Dance Catches On,” cutting together super-8 film footage shot by Hawksley’s grandfather. The viewer is left to ponder the space between Trudeau’s vintage Canada and the crashing, apocalyptic dance-pop of a new and weirder century.

Mounties have signed with Light Organ Records and Simkin Artist Management out of Vancouver, BC. Described as a “beautiful experiment” the indie label was established in 2010, and Mounties join the roster of The Zolas, The Matinee and Louise Burns amongst others.

Mounties will play select shows this fall – including a stop at Rifflandia, and a full record is expected to follow this fall. The multi-talented band produce, mix and master all their music themselves, based out of a triad of studios in downtown Vancouver filled with the kind of vintage gear. Their headquarters and “War Room” is an old Airstream parked just outside, containing three beach chairs. This might not seem important to you, but it is.

More details, including another feature single will be announced soon.

June 19 2013
Congratulations to Fine Times and The Zolas for their WCMA nominations! Both groups have been nominated for Pop Recording of the Year, along with our parent label 604 Records who is nominated for Independent Record Label of the Year! The 2013 Western Canadian Music Award Winners will be announced at The Gala Awards Show on Sunday, October 6th in Calgary, AB as part of the BreakOut West weekend. For more information on the WCMA's, or to check out the other nominees, click here!
June 18 2013
Finally an other Music Video by The Zolas! If you haven't seen Strange Girl yet on SPIN or Exclaim! you can not only view it here and on YouTube, but you can also buy it on iTunes TODAY!