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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!
June 12 2013
Japanese Girls will be releasing their first Official Music Video 'Vancouver Grizzly' this Friday, June 14th, but you can catch the premiere here: http://www.thisisbooksmusic.com/2013/06/11/video-japanese-girls-vancouver-grizzly/ Buy The Sharkweek EP today by visiting the Light Organ Store
June 11 2013
Japanese Girls are Light Organ's newest signing and today they officially released their formidable debut, The Sharkweek EP. (more…)
June 5 2013
Fake Shark Real Zombie have just been announced as the winners of The Shore's "Best of BC" contest, which has earned them a cool $10, 000.

Check out what the band plans to do with their winnings:

The Shore: Tell us a bit about charities, green initiatives, or social ventures with which you are involved

FSRZ: When I’m back from this tour I’m doing with Marianas Trench right now, we’re going to play a few benefits acoustically, one of which being a few small appearances at Salvation Army get togethers for kids.

The Shore: How will the $10,000 prize help your musical career?

FSRZ: We’re going to be touring. a lot. And that gets expensive! We also have pretty beat down gear, and we’re self-funding a lot of videos for our new record, Liar. I have video treatments written for almost every song!
June 4 2013
Though you'd never know to listen to it, Bigger than Luck, The Fugitives new EP from Light Organ Records, is inspired by astronauts. At least, that's what got songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod going, after they took a weekend off recording with Toronto producer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliot BROOD, Amelia Curran) to go see an exhibit of rare photos from the first two moon landings at New York's Natural History Museum. Awestruck by the photos, the pair were perhaps more amazed that no one else in the museum seemed to care about them - not even the curators, who'd hung them in a far corner, on bare walls, with limited signage. "The two of us started talking about the sixties," says McLeod. "How they'd just invented the colour tv and cassettes. Meanwhile, here are these photos of our planet shot from outer space. It's a total miracle. We felt like Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber, coming across that framed newspaper of the moon landing on a bar wall, running out to tell everyone: "We landed on the moon!"" A precursor to a full-length due this fall, Bigger than Luck is by no means a concept record, but one theme running through the tracks is the habit of treating miracles as though they were banal. Whether it be a night (Bigger than Luck), a relationship (Old Mistakes), a song (Slowly Undone), or a lifetime (The City), the songs hone in on the importance of each of these lived experiences - and the impossibility of actually keeping this realization at the forefront of our minds. Mastered by Greg Calbi (Of Monsters and Men, She & Him), and featuring guest vocals by Brandy Zdan and a host of Toronto's finest musicians - from bluegrass guru Chris Quinn to celtic fiddler Sahra Featherstone - Bigger than Luck marries the driving banjo and top notch harmonies of past Fugitive releases with celebratory gang vocals and sombre piano tones. "It tackles a lot of contradictory emotions," says Glynn. "Excitement, nostalgia, forgiveness, despair. But that's cool. It's not like the world needs another break-up album."