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Secretly Canadian and Other Indiana Music Businesses Respond to the Indiana RFRA

Secretly Canadian co-signed this statement today:

We are a group of independent record labels and music businesses based in Indiana. We are deeply disappointed with the recent passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the message that it sends to those both in and out of our state. At the very least, this is a poorly written and unnecessary piece of legislation. At the worst, it provides a path to legal discrimination.

We join the chorus of Indiana residents and businesses calling on Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to repeal the IRFRA. Additionally, we appeal to our state government leaders to enact legislation clearly protecting the civil liberties of LGBT individuals to assure that none of our employees or neighbors may be discriminated against due to sexual orientation or gender identity.

Some businesses and individuals have taken action to suspend or reduce participation in Indiana’s economy. While this sort of action is well-intended to place pressure on government leaders to repeal or fix this law, we feel an isolationist approach can sometimes be misguided. As music companies, we cherish the power which music and art can have in promoting social progress. We believe cultural events can be a great opportunity to put a glaring spotlight on injustice. We will continue to proudly call Indiana home, and we call on others in the arts community to address this issue constructively. To musicians with events scheduled in Indiana — please follow through and perform. While canceling shows is one way to protest, a greater statement can be made by coming here and using your art to influence the policy debate that is occurring locally. You can insist that the venue you play publicly states that they will not discriminate under any circumstances. If the venue won’t do that, rebook your show with another venue that will. Your performance can be a rally. We need your support locally.

We welcome other music businesses in Indiana to co-sign this letter with us: http://www.musicforindiana.org/

RECORD STORE DAY // Woman’s Hour Release ‘Dancing in the Dark’ 12″ On Record Store Day Via Best Fit Recordings

Woman’s Hour are happy to announce the official release of their much loved cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ on Record Store Day! For some, this inimitable rendition will have been the first time they were introduced to the band’s minimalist, emotionally charged sound before the release of their critically acclaimed debut Conversations last year. Since then, the track has become a fan favorite and staple on their live set – it seems only right that track is released from the impalpability of the internet, to a tangible 12″ on a day that honors physical music. Listen to lead track “Dancing in the Darkabove or on SoundCloud.

London based label Best Fit Recordings will be releasing 500 copies of the 12″ on April 18, 2015. The 12″ will also feature previously unreleased tracks “Sea of Silence” and “The Shipping Forecast”.

Best Fit Recording’s editorial side The Line of Best Fit gave Conversations 10/10 and named it as their debut album of 2014. You can purchase your copy on Record Store Day from the outlets listed below and many more:

Beatdown Records – Newcastle
Beating Rhythym – Manchester
Coda Music – Edinburgh
Crash Records – Leeds
Dig Vinyl – Liverpool
Ignite Record Store – Birmingham
Lost In Vinyl – Cambrigdge
Monorail Music – Glasgow
Pendulum Records – Nottingham
Record Collector – Sheffield
Picadilly Records – Manchester
Rise – Bristol
Sister Ray – London
Rough Trade East – London
Rough Trade West – London

Woman's Hour

Track Listing
1. Dancing in the Dark
2. Sea of Silence
3. The Shipping Forecast

WATCH // Suuns And Jerusalem In My Heart Share “Gazelles In Flight” Video Via Noisey, New Collaborative Album Out April 14th


Beginning in November 2012, Suuns [Ben Shemie, Liam O'Neill, Max Henry and Joseph Yarmush] and long time friend, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, aka Jerusalem In My Heart, rented a studio in Montreal for seven days to record. The session turned into the amazing collection of tracks on the upcoming album Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart, out April 14th via Secret City in Canada and Secretly Canadian worldwide. Today, we’re sharing the video for the first single off the record, “Gazelles In Flight”, premiering this morning via Noisey and available to watch above or here on YouTube.

You can pre-order the album via SCD, Amazon, iTunes, or your local record store.

Directed by Charles-Andre Coderre, the film is made from 16mm color film archives found in a Montreal garbage container. The original footage has been modified by various handmade film techniques. On the unique video, Suuns says:


“This is our second video shot on film, while Jerusalem in my Heart works exclusively with reel-to-reel analogue film projectors. Visual artist, Charles-Andre Coderre – and visual counterpart to JIMH – manipulated the film and put this video together for this first single. It made sense to keep the video in-house, just like the music, and maintain a link to our respective projects.”


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SUUNS And Jerusalem In My Heart TRACKLIST:


1. 2amoutu I7tirakan
2. Metal
3. Seif
4. In Touch
5. Gazelles In Flight
6. Leyla
7. 3attam Babey

LISTEN // ‘Didn’t It Rain’ 13th Anniversary WXPN Folkadelphia Unsung Special – Songs: Ohia, Hear Interviews + Covers

Today is the 13th year anniversary of Songs: Ohia Didn’t It Rain. We marked this momentous album by releasing a deluxe reissue version last year including previously unheard tracks and home demo’s never released before.

Last night WXPN in Philadelphia aired the first of it’s Folkadelphia Unsung specials. Their first feature focused on Jason Molina and Songs: Ohia, specifically Didn’t It Rain which was recorded in Philadelphia in 2002. Host Fred Knittel acts as narrator in a the journey of time leading up to the album’s recorind and original release, to beyond during the transition to Magnolia Electric Co.. The show includes interviews with important partners in the creation of the album and also a compilation of Songs: Ohia covers by local Philadelphia bands.

More info on the show at the Folkadelphia Unsung website.
Stream the show above or here on Soundcloud.
The covers album is available for free download for 30 days right here.
Please consider making a donation in honor of Jason Molina to MusiCares: www.grammy.org/musicares/donate

COVER VERSIONS [playlist of the originals on Spotify]

AUDIO

VIDEOS

TOUR DATES

08/22/15
Portland, OR - Music Fest NW

05/02/15
Pasadena, CA - South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival (Free)

07/04/15
Cinto Euganeo, IT - Just Like Heaven Festival

08/08/15
London, UK - Vision Festival

04/24/15
Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre  w/ Sufjan Stevens

04/25/15
Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre  w/ Sufjan Stevens

04/27/15
Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple  w/ Sufjan Stevens

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