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New jj Download, “Let Go,” From jj nº 3

In late December we announced that Secretly Canadian would be releasing the follow-up to jj’s acclaimed, marijuana-leaf-emblazoned breakthrough, jj nº 2. Submitted for the approval of the Internet’s bated ears we bring you, “Let Go” from the forthcoming jj nº 3. Listen to the track HERE.

jj nº 3 will be released on March 9th in North America on Secretly Canadian.

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Listen to MUSIC GO MUSIC On Morning Becomes Eclectic This Friday

This Friday tune into KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic when MUSIC GO MUSIC will appear with host Jason Bentley. Listen for Music Go Music at 11:15 a.m. PCT on KCRW’s live online stream HERE.

WILL JOHNSON Takes Over at Magnet.com

The latter half of MOLINA AND JOHNSON, Will Johnson, has taken MAGNET.com by storm as this week’s guest editor. Read Will’s rants and raves as he adds a new entry each day through Sunday— the first two posts on AA Bondy and the art of Esther Pearl Watson are already up HERE.

Will also took part in a Q&A with MAGNET where he discusses his multiple projects and recording the Molina and Johnson album. Read it HERE.

Autographed Copies of YEASAYER’S ODD BLOOD Available for Pre-Order

Everyone is talking about YEASAYER’S ODD BLOOD and the wait is almost over. The album is due out February 9, but you can pre-order now through Newbury Comics. For a limited time these early orders will come with a CD booklet autographed by the band.

To place your early order for ODD BLOOD, click HERE.

Secretly Canadian Signs JJ, Announces Release Date for jj nº 3

The Swedish band JJ released a summery pop album in 2009 that captivated every music fan who was lucky enough to come across it. Pitchfork.com nudged them out of obscurity by proclaiming the album, jj nº 2, Best New Music, and the album landed on many 2009 best-of lists.

While still shrouded in mystery, jj has joined Secretly Canadian to release their next full-length, jj nº 3, on March 9th in the United States (UK date TBA), in conjunction with Scandinavian label Sincerely Yours.

jj will make their first North American performances with The xx on a spring US tour:

3/22 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
3/23 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
3/24 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
3/25 Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
3/28 Washington, DC – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
3/29 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
3/30 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
3/31 New York, NY – Webster Hall
4/02 Boston, MA – Paradise
4/03 Montreal, QC – Le National
4/04 Toronto, ON – Lees Palace
4/05 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
4/06 Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theater
4/08 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
4/09 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
4/12 Bellingham, WA – The Nightlight Lounge
4/13 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
4/14 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
4/16 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill

THE HORNS OF HAPPINESS Debut Limited Edition St. Ives Release

THE HORNS OF HAPPINESS return to the recorded world with their first release since 2007′s What Spills Like Thread EP. Here we find the band in concept mode, balancing its pounding rhythms and airy melodies to create a soundtrack piece entitled Weathering Alterations.

The band’s normally speedy and structure-damaged tunes begin to stretch out, allowing repetition and space to create new moods. Originally performed as an accompaniment to the J. Shelley Harrison installation piece “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” the recording focuses on the reaction of the psyche to unexpected changes in environment. While this is not the true follow-up to the band’s only full-length album, 2004′s A Sea As A Shore, the record is a moody, rocking, and nonsensical song cycle.

As with all St. Ives releases, this album is only available digitally and as hand-made limited edition vinyl (only 200 copies). Find more info and order Weathering Alterations HERE.

One More Chance To See JENS LEKMAN In Chicago

Tickets for JENS LEKMAN’S three night stand at The Empty Bottle are long gone, but Chicago is in luck as Jens has added one more show due to high demand. On January 3 Jens will perform an all ages show at the Viaduct Theater. These tickets are extremely limited, so act fast. Tickets are available HERE.

YEASAYER Announce US Live Dates

Earlier this month we shared YEASAYER’S tour plans for Europe in 2010, and now we bring you the stateside counterpart for the band’s spring dates in support of the forthcoming ODD BLOOD. With an extensive itinerary that covers coast to coast, fans across the nation should be jumping for joy today with the announcement of Yeasayer’s US tour. See the full list of dates HERE.

04/03/10 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
04/04/10 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04/05/10 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
04/06/10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
04/07/10 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe
04/08/10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
04/09/10 Houston, TX – House of Blues
04/10/10 Austin, TX – The Parish
04/11/10 Austin, TX – The Parish
04/14/10 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
04/15/10 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
04/17/10 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
04/19/10 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
04/20/10 Seattle, WA – Neumos
04/21/10 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
04/23/10 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
04/24/10 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
04/25/10 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
04/26/10 Saint Louis, MO – Gargoyle Club
04/27/10 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
04/28/10 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
04/29/10 Chicago, IL – Metro
04/30/10 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
05/01/10 Toronto, ONT – Lee’s Palace
05/02/10 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
05/03/10 Boston, MA – Paradise
05/04/10 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05/05/10 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero

BLK JKS Debut “Molalatladi” Video

Today we bring you BLK JKS’ first video from After Robots, with “Molalatladi.” The video was filmed in September between a downtown New York Club and Coney Island, with extra South African footage coming from director Jamie-James Medina’s film Sanza Hanza.

Directors – Chell Stephen & Nadia Hallgren
Producer – Lisa Diebner
NYC Director of Photography – Gregg Conde
Soweto Director of Photography – Nadia Hallgren
Editors – Chell Stephen & Sam Winter
Production Company – Polite Company
Executive Producer – Jamie-James Medina

FOREIGN BORN Release New Video, Announce Spring Tour

Travel into the Uncharted Reaches with FOREIGN BORN by way of their new video for “Early Warnings” from their 2009 release Person To Person. Follow the Foreign Born dudes as they travel by plane, by boat, and by foot with their trusty companion Floyd, to explore the flora and fauna of the Uncharted Reaches, including the elusive and rare Lamborghini Ox. It’s a journey that would make Steve Zissou himself proud. Directed by Matthew Lessner, check out the new video for Foreign Born’s “Early Warnings” below.

Starting in February, Foreign Born will be traveling through much more familiar territory as they come to a venue near you on their next U.S. tour. All dates will be with new DFA signees, and former Hockey Nighters, Free Energy. See below for full tour dates. Also, if you’re in the LA area don’t miss Foreign Born in their native environs as they play Spaceland next week on Monday, December 18.

12/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
02/26 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios w/ Free Energy
02/28 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Free Energy
03/03 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry w/ Free Energy
03/04 Madison, WI @ The Frequency w/ Free Energy
03/05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Free Energy
03/06 Bloomington, IN @ Video Saloon w/ Free Energy
03/08 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern w/ Free Energy
03/09 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo w/ Free Energy
03/11 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Free Energy
03/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Free Energy

ANTONY’S Open Letter on Climate Change

ANTONY has written an open letter on the importance of the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, currently underway in Denmark, and is urging others to take a stand. The Advocate picked up his letter and posted it on the front page of their site. Read Antony’s open letter on climate change HERE.

EARLY DAY MINERS Check In From Abroad

Four days, four cities, and four songs. That’s what we got from EARLY DAY MINERS this morning when they sent in video footage from their European tour, which just wrapped up in London earlier this week. Here we bring you concert footage shot by EDM travel companion Jim Manion over the course of four days in Italy and Spain.

“Offshore” at Tanned Tin Festival, Clamores, Madrid, Spain, November 13, 2009.

“How To Fall” at the Apolo Theater, Barcelona, Spain November 14, 2009.

“Spaces” at Officina delle Arti, Reggio Emilia, Italy, November 15, 2009.

“Becloud” at Porcupine Pub, Ariano nel Polesine, Italy, November 16, 2009.

WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY Plays First North American Show in Over a Year

WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY hasn’t played in North America all year long, but they will squeeze in one show before 2009 is over. You can catch the band at Austin’s Spider House on December 19.

Windsor For The Derby spent most of August in Europe, and recorded a European Tour EP as a result. If you weren’t able to catch them live this year, at least you can listen to the EP available for download HERE.

Merry Christmas from SWEARING AT MOTORISTS

‘Tis the season for Christmas music covers, and today we bring you two from SWEARING AT MOTORISTS. The band offers their rendition of Wham!’s “Last Christmas,” along with the holiday standard “Silver Bells.” These two free tracks are available for download below. Happy Holidays!

LAST CHRISTMAS mp3

SILVER BELLS mp3

BLK JKS Play Acoustic Set at SPIN Offices

It’s been a good year for BLK JKS, and now music journalists are calling them one of 2009′s hottest breakout acts. The band’s recent visit and acoustic performance at SPIN’s New York offices wowed their staff, and luckily was captured on video for the rest of us to enjoy too. The set included “Lakeside” and “Standby” from their full-length debut After Robots, and the traditional South African protest song “Mzabalazo.” Watch the performance HERE.

BLK JKS are also nominated for Best New Artist in SPIN.com’s 2009 Reader’s Poll. Cast your vote HERE.

Yeasayer Announce UK Live Dates

Yeasayer have confirmed a healthy string of UK dates to celebrate the release of their longplayer, ODDBLOOD (released Feb. 9). The UK shows include a date at London’s Heaven as part of the NME Awards shows. A full listing of Yeasayer dates can be found HERE. The new UK dates are below.

2/16 Birmingham – Academy 2
2/17 Glasgow – King Tuts
2/19 Dublin – Academy
2/20 Belfast – Speakeasy
2/21 Manchester – Academy 3
2/22 Leeds – The Faversham
2/23 London – Heaven (NME Show)
2/25 Bristol – Thekia
2/26 Brighton – Audio

MOLINA AND JOHNSON Cancel US Tour

An unholy trinity of bummers has put Jason Molina in the unfortunate position of having to cancel the US tour with Will Johnson planned for January and February. It’s with the deepest, sincerest apologies to Will, the band, fans, promoters that this decision was reached. In the band-as-family spirit, this is akin to a family emergency. And while it’s a tough call, there is very necessary healing that need be done. Molina, having only been at home for a month following Magnolia Electric Co.’s European tour, offered these words: “It is funny that the road isn’t what nearly killed me, it was not being on the road.”

Secretly Canadian Holiday CD Sale

We’re pleased to offer a holiday season CD sale on all of our 2009 full length releases. The sale is running now through Thursday, December 31. For a list of participating independent record stores, click HERE.

MOLINA AND JOHNSON Cancel European And UK Tour

We are very sorry to inform you that due to health issues of Jason Molina the MOLINA AND JOHNSON tour in Europe and the UK for November and December has been cancelled. Jason is extremely disappointed but there is no way he can be on the road at the present time.

New DANIELSON 7-inch Out Now

The new “Moment Soakers” 7-inch vinyl single from DANIELSON is now available. The single is backed with a cover of ABBA’s “Eagle” and available for order HERE. The release is also available from your favorite digital retailer.

As a compliment to this fresh release from Sounds Familyre, check out this video for “Moment Soakers,” by the dynamic animating duo Marji Fortin and Joshua Abegglen.

Secretly Canadian Insiders Discuss The Role of the Record Label

Earlier this week Secretly Canadian’s own Chris Swanson and Darius Van Arman weighed in on The Role of the Record Label in a roundtable discussion with NPR’s Carrie Brownstein. Chris and Darius joined representatives from Matador, Merge, Saddle Creek, and Kill Rock Stars to talk about a record label’s role in the changing music industry. Read the conversation HERE.

BLK JKS On NPR’s World Cafe

Today NPR’s World Cafe featured BLK JKS. Listen to the archived BLK JKS session on World Cafe’s website HERE to hear a set list that includes “Cursor,” “Molalatladi,” “Lakeside,” and “Skeleton.”

New Secretly Canadian Releases From YEASAYER, MOLINA AND JOHNSON

Today we bring you two exciting new releases. The first from Secretly Canadian veteran Jason Molina and his collaboration with songsmith Will Johnson, in the debut from MOLINA AND JOHNSON. Hailed as the “phantoms of folk,” Molina and Johnson brings together two of the finest indie-folk songwriters of the last decade to quietly lay to tape 14 crushing, haunting tunes, leaving space enough in each to match their surroundings. Each seem to hold the other’s talents to fire and elevate both performance and creativity. In the friendly sharing of ideas, Molina and Johnson become two poet’s poets in a workshop, aimed to craft a singular, searing elegy.

The second release comes from our label’s latest addition. YEASAYER’S “Ambling Alp” single is available today digitally and on 12″ vinyl. The single features remixes by Memory Tapes and DJ/rupture, with the vinyl packaged in a space age metallic sleeve. “Ambling Alp” was featured on this week’s Zane Lowe show on BBC radio, and the host checked in with the band’s Chris Keating. Chris talks about the creation of “Ambling Alp” and the band’s upcoming album ODD BLOOD, due out on Secretly Canadian in February 2010. Listen for Yeasayer around the 1:10 mark of the Zane Lowe show HERE.

Molina and Johnson and “Ambling Alp” are both available for purchase HERE.

YEASAYER Releases “Ambling Alp” Single

As we announced earlier this week, Secretly Canadian will release YEASAYER’S much-anticipated sophomore album ODD BLOOD in February of 2010. However, you won’t have to wait that long to have a first listen to the band’s new material. “Ambling Alp,” the first single off the record is available for free download today at Yeasayer’s website HERE and will be released digitally and on limited edition 12″ vinyl November 3. The full “Ambling Alp” single features remixes by Memory Tapes and DJ/rupture, with the vinyl packaged in a space age metallic sleeve. “Ambling Alp” is Yeasayer’s first new recording since their acclaimed contribution “Tightrope” on the Dark Was The Night benefit compilation released earlier this year.

THROW ME THE STATUE Checks in From Chessvolt Studios

THROW ME THE STATUE recently took a break from their TOUR with Bishop Allen and Darwin Deez to stop by Chessvolt Studios, where they recorded an exclusive live set for Luxury Wafers. The visit was captured on video- available for your viewing pleasure below- and resulted in four tracks which are now available for download on Luxury Wafers HERE.

Throw Me The Statue – Tag – Luxury Wafers Sessions from Luxury Wafers on Vimeo.

Also, for all of the iPhone-toting Throw Me the Statue fans out there, look for the band’s new app set to launch on Tuesday, November 3. Available through the iPhone app store, download the program to keep up with TMTS where ever you are.

MOLINA AND JOHNSON Announce US Tour, Album Available for Pre-Order

It was an all-too-rare alignment of stars that brought prolific, new American songwriters Jason Molina and Will Johnson together some time ago to record the aptly titled MOLINA AND JOHNSON (Released Nov. 3) under the big Texas sky. Lucky for all of us, it will happen again in early 2010 for a full-on, intimate U.S tour. Following a string of European live dates that begin in November, Molina and Johnson will convene in late January to loop from Texas around the Southeast, East Coast and Midwest, returning to the Lone Star State again. On each of the U.S. dates, the duo will be joined by Chris Brokaw (Come/Codeine).

Molina And Johnson 2010 U.S. Tour Dates:

1/23 Houston, TX – Mango’s
1/24 New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar
1/25 Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree
1/26 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
1/27 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
1/28 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
1/29 Charlottesville, VA – Starr Hill Presents at The Southern
1/30 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
1/31 Cambridge, MA – Middle East
2/01 Albany, NY – The Linda
2/02 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
2/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre
2/04 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
2/05 North Manchester, IN – The Firehouse
2/06 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
2/07 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
2/08 Newport, KY – Southgate House
2/09 St. Louis, MO – Bilikin Club at SLU
2/10 Nashville, TN – Exit In
2/11 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
2/12 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf
2/13 Austin, TX – Lambert’s BBQ

Molina and Johnson will be released by Secretly Canadian next week, on November 3 (Nov. 2 in the UK) on CD/LP/Digital formats. The album is now available for pre-order HERE.

Ring In 2010 With JENS LEKMAN

Besides having a few songs featured in Drew Barrymore’s Whip It , 2009 has been a bit quiet for JENS LEKMAN. He’ll be starting 2010 out right by playing three shows at Chicago’s Empty Bottle starting New Years Eve.

12/31/09 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle (SOLD OUT)
01/01/10 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
01/02/10 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Rule First-Ever Daytrotter Session, Offer Up A Wicked Warren Zevon Cover

It’s sort of unbelievable, but after all Magnolia Electric Co.’s time spent crisscrossing the country, the stars (and moons?) were never quite aligned right to get them into Daytrotter’s Rock Island, Il. studio. Until now.

The band’s first-ever Daytrotter session, recorded during the MECo.’s summer tour, was posted to the Daytrotter site earlier this week and features tunes from their most recent release, Josephine, as well a blazing cover of the Warren Zevon classic “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and a lovely, as-yet-unreleased tune called “Devil Wings.”

Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller had these lovely words to say about Jason Molina and company: “It’s as if we’re hearing songs that were written in Nashville in the 50s and 60s, digging into the saddest aspects of love and life that any man would ever have the privilege of dealing with, though he smothers them not with aw shucks humor or faux defiance – as if some effort was being made to defray the pain and sorrow by spinning the story to seem more like a blessing or a valuable lesson learned by a young, foolish hayseed – but with real, salt in the wounds, dirt in the eye rub.”

Listen to, and download, tracks from the session HERE.

Also, below is a wonderful MECo. interview and performance clip from their recent show in Rome, from our friends at Sound36 magazine.

YEASAYER Sign To Secretly Canadian, To Release Sophomore Album In Feb

We are proud to announce the addition of YEASAYER to the Secretly Canadian roster. The band has signed on to release the follow up to 2007′s All Hour Cymbals early next year. The highly-anticipated sophomore release, ODD BLOOD, is due out February 9, 2010 and Yeasayer will premiere songs from the album at a special show at NYC’s Guggenheim Museum on October 30. The band will also appear at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest on November 7.

Welcome to the family, guys!

ODD BLOOD Tracklist:
01 The Children
02 Ambling Alp
03 Madder Red
04 I Remember
05 ONE
06 Love Me Girl
07 Rome
08 Strange Reunions
09 Mondegreen
10. Grizelda

ANTONY Records Italian Aria, Performs at Abbey Road

ANTONY has been busy lately, recording an aria in Italian and filming performances at the famed Abbey Road Studios. You can hear Antony’s recording of Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra for Lavazza HERE. Videos of Antony and the Johnsons’ performances of “Epilepsy is Dancing” and “Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground” at Abbey Road are included below, and those of you in the UK can watch these on the Live From Abbey Road television program.

DANIELSON 7-inch Coming Soon

A new DANIELSON recording is in the works, and set for release next month in the form of a 7-inch single. The Moment Soakers 7-inch is a joyful exploration of every day existence, looking for ways to hover above the chaos of jostle of daily life. With complimentary themes of flying and floating, a cover of ABBA’s “Eagle” will be the single’s B-side. The release will be available November 12 from Sounds Familyre Records and will be released through digital retailers on November 17.

Also, on October 26 Weathervane Music Organization will release two videos from the “Moment Soakers” studio sessions, and an animated video featuring the song is set for release in early November.

Read more about Moment Soakers HERE.

Jason Molina and Will Johnson Collaborate on New LP, Plot European Tour

Call this the Phantoms of Folk. Call this two lone wolves running together for one dark blissout of a night. Two of the finest indie-folk songwriters of the last decade come together under the Texas sky to quietly lay to tape 14 crushing, haunting tunes, leaving space enough in each to match their surroundings. In this collaboration between Jason Molina and Will Johnson, each seem to hold the other’s talents to fire and elevate both performance and creativity. In the friendly sharing of ideas, Molina and Johnson become two poet’s poets in a workshop, aimed to craft a singular, searing elegy.

Will Johnson describes this alignment of two red stars: “For ten days we wrote, co-wrote, workshopped, complimented, scrutinized, drank, invited friends to come play music, smoked, made lots of notes and drawings, drank a little more and shot the BB gun off the back porch when we just needed some time and space. In the throes of all this, our record was made in the late February sun.”

The album is also abound with contributions from other fine musicians, such as Magnolia Electric Co.’s Michael Kapinus and Texas songwriter Sarah Jaffe, whose plaintive vocals “All Gone, All Gone,” accompanied by the sound of a crying saw, will stir in your gut for days. Other accomplished contributors include Howard Draper, Bryan VanDivier and Scott Danbom.

Hear an mp3 of Molina and Johnson’s “Twenty Cycles to the Ground” HERE.

Molina and Johnson will be available on Secretly Canadian November 3 in the US, and November 2 in the UK. And check out the duo’s European tour planned for late November and December. There will also be a North American tour coming in early 2010.

JENS LEKMAN In New Drew Barrymore Film

This past weekend saw the theatrical release of Whip It, the directorial debut from Drew Barrymore. The roller derby epic features an ensemble cast including Barrymore, Ellen Page (Juno), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), and, the taller of the two Wet Bandits, Daniel Stern (Breaking Away, Home Alone).

No less notably, the film also features three songs from Swedish crooner JENS LEKMAN. Over coffee in L.A., Drew convinced Jens to open his songbook and let her borrow a few tunes for the film: one from each of his three full-length releases on Secretly Canadian.

The Whip It soundtrack is out now, via Rhino Records, and includes Jens’ song “Your Arms Around Me” from his most recent release “Night Falls Over Kortedala.”

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS ‘Cripple and the Starfish’ Metal ‘Positive’ Stamper for Auction on eBay

A piece of ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS recording history can be yours if you bid now. Antony’s former label, Durtro, is auctioning off the metalwork used to manufacture “Cripple and the Starfish,” a track that shared a 7″ single with Current 93′s “Immortal Bird.” The piece up for auction is the 12″ metal stamper, which plays the right way on a record player (as opposed to the positives, which are used to press the vinyl and play backward). This unique piece of Antony memorabilia is primarily for decorative purposes and would be a nice addition to any fan’s collection.

Check out the auction on eBay HERE.

Footage From BLK JKS’ After Robots Release Show

Check out this mini-documentary from BLK JKS’ first show of their Fall 2009 U.S. tour. Afropop Live! was at the After Robots record release show at S.O.B.’s in New York to capture footage of the performance and get a backstage interview with the band. BLK JKS will be on the road for the remainder of 2009, rounding out a US tour before heading oversees. See the full tour line up HERE.

HERE WE GO MAGIC Signs With Secretly Canadian, Working On New Album

It’s been a big year for HERE WE GO MAGIC following the release of their much celebrated self-titled debut (Western Vinyl), and now they have their sights firmly set on 2010 with a new album, a new record label, and an ever expanding sound. Having just signed to Secretly Canadian, the band is targeting Spring of 2010 to release their highly anticipated follow-up to 2009′s breakthrough record.

The band have spent much of the year on the road touring with indie giants including Grizzly Bear and are currently supporting The Walkmen before playing Austin City Limits.

HERE WE GO MAGIC are also hard at work recording the self-produced sophomore album in a house they’ve commandeered in upstate New York, and while the first record was the result of Luke Temple getting creative in his bedroom, this release is a fully fledged team effort.

With an eye towards 2010 the band is looking forward to expanding their audience as their unique sound continues to permeate throughout the indie world.

EARLY DAY MINERS’ The Treatment Out Today

EARLY DAY MINERS’ fifth full-length release, The Treatment, is out today. Hailed as the band’s most accessible and upbeat rock album, The Treatment is available in CD and LP format HERE.

MUSIC GO MUSIC Release 3 Videos From Debut Album

Over the past two weeks, MUSIC GO MUSIC have been releasing a few videos to accompany their debut album, “Expressions,” due out on October 6th in the US. All three videos were recorded live for the TV talent show “Face Time,” which happens to have the best Host/Sidekick duo since Carson & McMahon. So far, we’ve seen clips for the nine minute jammer “Warm in the Shadows,” hook heavy romper “Just Me,” and synth packed chugger “Light of Love.”

You can see all three videos below and keep checking back here for more.

“Warm in the Shadows”

“Just Me”

“Light of Love”

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Preps Exclusive New 7-inch

Hitting shelves of independent record stores around the world tomorrow (9/22) is MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.’s exclusive new Rider.Shadow.Wolf. 7″ that finds the band introducing a surf-rock dynamic into its signature punch. The track is the standout among the plethora of cuts recorded during the same productive session that gave us the band’s most recent longplayer, Josephine. On “Rider.Shadow.Wolf.,” Molina’s tired rider, just having battled the desert, now meets the eternity of the ocean.

Also found on the limited 7″ is a stripped-down, early take of “Josephine.” This particular recording of “Josephine” was laid down just after the song’s inception, during the session that will later be released as a collaborative album from Molina and Will Johnson of Centro-matic. This version features Molina, Johnson and Magnolia jack-of-all-trades Michael Kapinus on keys, and serves as a preview of what’s to come in the arc of Molina’s career. Keep an eye out for more news on the Molina/Johnson collaboration coming very soon.

Meanwhile, a documentary filmed during the making of Magnolia Electric Co.’s Josephine LP called Recording Josephine has appeared on venerable music site Pitchfork Media as a One Week Only feature. The documentary offers some intimate and often hilarious peeks into the band’s time at Steve Albini’s Electical Audio Studios. Of special note is lead guitarist Jason Groth fulfilling a lifelong dream by way of absolutely nailing a saxophone solo in the studio. Watch the video by going HERE before the features ends Friday. Fun fact: The intro to the video features the tune “Rider.Shadow.Wolf.”

THROW ME THE STATUE Hi-Fi Goon Video Premiere

Last night Stereogum debuted THROW ME THE STATUE’S quirky and catchy new video for Hi-Fi Goon. The clip includes elephants, martial arts, safari gear and swimming pools in an epic three minute adventure. The track appears on Creaturesque and the video is directed by Jason Argyropoulos at Tree Filmworks. Watch the video below or check out what Stereogum had to say HERE.

BLK JKS’ After Robots Out Today

BLK JKS’ highly anticipated After Robots is out today and available to order. The album is the band’s first full-length release and has already received rave reviews from PopMatters, Spin, The New York Times, and more. See what all the fuss is about and pick up your copy today. To order, click HERE.

Also, look for BLK JKS on the road this fall, starting with a special After Robots release show in New York tonight.

09/08/09 New York, NY – S.O.B.’s – After Robots Release Show
09/17/09 Fort Wayne, IN – The Brass Rail w/ Wooden Satellites, Thunderhawk
09/18/09 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
09/19/09 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre-Stage Door
09/20/09 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge for World Music Festival Chicago
09/21/09 Chicago, IL – Hideout for World Music Festival Chicago
09/22/09 Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at The Crofoot
09/24/09 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
09/26/09 Bloomington, IN – Lotus Festival
09/29/09 Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage
10/01/09 Tivoli, NY – Smog
10/03/09 Philadelphia, PA – M Room
10/04/09 Cambridge, MA – TT The Bear’s Place
10/06/09 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
10/07/09 St. Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven
10/08/09 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
10/12/09 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/14/09 Phoenix, AZ – Modified
10/15/09 Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland

BLK JKS New Album Streaming at Jambase

The release of BLK JKS After Robots is only a week away, but here’s your chance for an exclusive first listen of one of this year’s most anticipated releases. The album is now streaming at Jambase HERE.

BLK JKS’ Daytrotter Session Now Available For Download

Just as Johannesburg’s BLK JKS were beginning their first US tour in March of this year, they made a stop at Rock Island, IL’s Daytrotter Session studios to lay down tunes from their debut EP and from the forthcoming Secretly Canadian full-length, After Robots. Today, five songs from the session are available on the Daytrotter site HERE. Also, be sure to give a listen to the BLK JKS’ Daytrotter introduction, in which the band members introduce themselves in a spectrum of languages. It serves as a cool primer for the music that follows.

And Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller absolutely nails it when writing about the session: “The four members of Blk Jks, all from South Africa, build and build upon these very translatable and easily shared feelings of tricky, pantomimed and foggy imagination getting carried away with itself and making mountains out of molehills. Mostly sung in English and sometimes in their native tongue, Blk Jks are able to blend these many, many shades and colors into a stampeding jam party that makes you want to do some end of the world dirty dancing on a dark dance floor, in a bad part of town, in a city you’ve never seen, in a country you’ve never been to and just roll the dice to see how the sweatiness and the frequencies of the evening decide that they want to act out later on. It’s a sound that represents a night that could stretch on for a week and a day, taking us by the scruff of the neck and just yanking us into hurricanes, fistfights, passionate love sprawls, blindfolds and a firing squad if we’re unlucky.”

In September, BLK JKS are back in the U.S. for a tour and festival appearances. There is also a record release party for After Robots slated for Sept. 8 at New York’s S.O.B.’s. All live dates can be found HERE.

And a pre-order of After Robots, which includes a free poster and free digital download of Mystery Remix 12″ tracks by Osborne, is now available HERE.

FOREIGN BORN Gets A Close Shave

Just off their summer tour, FOREIGN BORN took a few minutes to catch up with The Trip Wire and freshen up after their latest stint on the road. Miraculously in mid-shave Matt was able to talk a bit about the band’s troubles driving through Texas and how Sal got handcuffed.

FRIDA HYVÖNEN’S Judee Sill cover featured in Stereogum’s ‘Gum Drop

FRIDA HYVÖNEN’s gorgeous take on Judee Sill’s “Jesus Was A Crossmaker” debuted in The ‘Gum Drop this week and is available for download HERE. In the interview Hyvönen also talks about her relationship with Sill’s music, the song she opted to cover, and what it all means to her. The track is part of Crayon Angel: A Tribute to the Music of Judee Sill out 9/22 via American Dust.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS’ “Crazy in Love Video” Now Avalable On Pitchfork

Check out the video for ANTONY’S haunting cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” now streaming on Pitchfork.tv HERE. Like what you hear? Antony’s version of “Crazy in Love” is out now on the Aeon EP and 7-inch, available for purchase HERE.

FOREIGN BORN Featured On FADERTV’s Open Bar

At the tail end of their recent, month-long North American tour, the men of LA’s FOREIGN BORN made a mid-day pit stop into popular Brooklyn watering hole Heathers as part of FADERTV’s most awesome Open Bar series, performing an intimate take on the benga-dappled “Early Warnings,” a cut from the band’s Secretly Canadian debut.

Quoth FADER of its hang sesh with Fo’ Bo’: “They had a few beers, broke out some pretty haggard looking instruments and told us tour bummers, like having their van searched for drugs by West Texas cops. They also, with the exception of singer Matt Popieluch, did not remove their sunglasses once, which is either a cause or effect of the fuzz hassles. We may never know.”

BLK JKS’ After Robots Now Available for Pre-Order

BLK JKS’ highly anticipated full-length debut After Robots is locked and loaded on September 8. But pre-order for the album is available today, and includes a poster and a free digital download of the MYSTERY remix 12” tracks. Pre-order After Robots HERE.

BLK JKS, whose recent concert is described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most explosive and genuinely thrilling shows L.A. has seen in a very long time,” will embark on a national tour in support of After Robots. An exclusive first listen to the song “Banna Ba Modimo” is available at the RollingStone site HERE.

JENS LEKMAN Performs With Boombox Accompaniment In Brazil

JENS LEKMAN never fails to deliver some magic. Case in point: Check out this video shot while Jens was on a recent tour in Brazil (yes, where the Swine Flu incident began), featuring a boombox backing track and lovely stroll through a Brazilian eatery. Watch the video below for “It Was a Strange Time in My Life,” brought to you by the lovely people at Musica De Bolso.

MARMOSET Releases New Album, Tea Tornado, For Joyful Noise Recordings

This week, the trio of gentlemen known as MARMOSET released a new album for our good friends at Joyful Noise Recordings. The album, Tea Tornado, is described by the folks at Joyful Noise as an energetic set of songs that is “too strange to be punk, too free of pretension to be psychedelic or glam.” Read more about Tea Tornado and snatch youself a copy HERE.

ANTONY’S Aeon EP and 7-inch Released Today, In-Depth Profile Running On Pitchfork

Today marks the official release of ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS’ Aeon EP and 7-inch, which features a chilling cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” that has been dropping the jaws of audiences for some time now. The album is available in physical form at your local independent record stores and through mail order HERE.

To coincide with with the release, a well-crafted, in-depth profile by writer Grayson Currin appeared on Pitchfork today. In the piece, Currin offers a fine career retrospective and an interview with Antony that covers everything from the band MGMT to a collaboration with Andrew W. K. Make up some hot tea, and read the piece HERE.

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. To Be SIRIUS-XM Artist In Residence For August

Throughout the month of August, MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. will serve as “The Roots in Residence” on Sirius/XM radio’s “The Loft,” for whom the band just delivered a stunning in-studio set. Each Sunday at 6 p.m., the band’s appearance on “Your Roots Are Showing” will run i full. Tune in and enjoy!

Kind words from the folks at Sirius: “On the day of (new album Josephine’s) release, Magnolia Electric Co. came into The Loft and recorded their session. We won’t lie, lives were changed, spectators danced and at least one person cried a little (and admitted it). Be prepared for Your Roots Are Showing to transform into a honky-tonk in a ghost town as Magnolia Electric Co. serves as The Roots In Residence. We might as well order drinks and keep the tab open because once Magnolia Electric Co starts to play, you won’t be able to go anywhere.”

THROW ME THE STATUE’S Creaturesque Released Tomorrow, Album Now Available On the Cheap Online

Creaturesque, the sophomore effort from Seattle indie-pop masters THROW ME THE STATUE, will be made available in physical form worldwide come tomorrow. And right now, the album is available in digital on the uber-cheap via our friends at Amazon. Go get you some by clicking right HERE.

Later in August, the band will head out on a North American tour with Nurses and The Brunettes. All of those dates can be found HERE.

Get Creaturesque via mail order HERE.

EARLY DAY MINERS Explore the Powers of Reinvention On New Album, The Treatment

Reinvention is usually something that Midwesterners only do by leaving the Midwest: moving to New York City, joining the Peace Corps, or otherwise escaping their current locale. Small town life tends to define you outside of yourself, leaving reinvention to only be possible when a state of anonymity can be reached. Sometimes whether easy or not, reinvention must occur for life to endure. The Early Day Miners new album, The Treatment, speaks to the powers of reinvention in more than one way.

After years of building gorgeous and sprawling guitar rock epics, EDM has trimmed their sound into shorter, tighter songs with a decidedly pop edge to them. They have also slimmed their lineup down from as many as eight members, to the lean four-piece outfit of Dan Burton (guitar, vocals, keys), John Dawson (guitar), Marty Sprowles (drums) and Johnny “Yuma” Richardson (bass). Even in the album’s lyrics, the yearning allure of reinvention is ever present. We now offer the first dose of The Treatment “So Slowly”, a song that speaks of the need to move forward, while not wanting to give up on the past. It is a difficult position that we can all relate too, but also a position that often leads to some of the most fruitful moments of discovery. Read more about The Treatment HERE.

Early Day Miners The Treatment will be available on Secretly Canadian September 22 in the US, and September 21 in the UK. And check out Early Day Miners on tour in SeptemberEarly Day Miners Explore the Powers of Reinvention On New Album, The Treatment. See those live dates HERE.

RICHARD SWIFT’S SXSW Daytrotter Session Now Available For Download

When RICHARD SWIFT was not spending his 2009 SXSW stint absolutely blowing socks of crowds with his live version of “Lady Luck,” he also found some time to record a session with the venerable Daytrotter. Here, we find Richard beautifully knocking out four jams from his latest longplayer, Atlantic Ocean, and Mr. Daytrotter, Sean Moeller, finally nailing what we’ve always wanted to say about Richard: “Everyone I know who knows about Richard Swift – either knows him personally or solely through his music – find themselves getting exasperated quickly in their blushing and energetic approval of the man’s songwriting, of his sensibilities, of his knack, of his timelessness and of his genius. They all use that word – that G-word, we all do, when we get going about Dicky Swift…He writes songs that are forceful, innocent, damaged and resplendent without being tricked out and ‘worked on.’”

Check out the all the tunes HERE.

MUSIC GO MUSIC Announce Full-Length Debut, Expressions

LA’s mysterious, cosmic disco group know as MUSIC GO MUSIC have readied a debut full-length, Expressions, due Oct. 6, in both vinyl and compact disc formats. Expressions collects Music Go Music’s previous, highly acclaimed 12″ releases all for the fantastical merriment of your mind and body. Read about how members Torg, Gala Bell and Kamar Maza created the pop revelation that is Expressions (complete with footnotes!) HERE.

Here is what music’s illuminati has said about the songs of Music Go Music:

“When people talk about the rebirth of disco, this is how it should be, manic zombifications reanimated from the Abba songbook, wired with Philip K Dick paranoia and Donna Summer euphoria.” — NME

“They begin with a bright-eyed Scandinavian sashay and end with a ten-minute Mediterranean disco romp featuring programmed drums, making detours along the way into rainy day ballads and guitar infernos. The cumulative effect plays like the greatest hits of dance saviors that never existed…and indeed, they probably should only be performed from inside an aquadome at the bottom of the Caspian Sea, or at least during a summer-long residency in Ibiza.” — Fader

“There is a late seventies, post-’I Feel Love’ disco feel to ‘Warm in the Shadows,’ and, whether or not it was their ambition to find that sound, it’s nonetheless a mightily refreshing dose of looseness and euphoria… One thing is for sure: the ambition for a long-lasting dynasty of overblown, slightly crackpot pop excess is there. ” – Stool Pigeon

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.’S Josephine LP Released Today, Live Session With WOXY Available Online

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.’S latest longplayer Josephine is a mature, personal album, a meditation on real loss and real dislocation. And as of today, it is available in both CD and vinyl formats at your local, independent record store – and of course, for mail order purchase HERE. Of Josephine, Filter magazine had these fine words to say: “Sparse but somehow inherently hopeful tunes about solitude and loss are (Jason Molina’s) forte, and Josephine…is another act in refining that craft…stripped down buts adds new elements like horn sections and sax solos that who Molina can improvise on what he already does so well.”

Magnolia Electric Co. is currently on a coast-to-coast tour with San Diego’s The Donkeys, making a lot pit stops at radio stations along the way. A recent live session for Cincinatti’s WOXY, a fine recording for the stations Lounge Acts feature which can he downloaded at the WOXY site HERE.

And see a full list of Magnolia Electric Co. tour dates HERE.

FOREIGN BORN Appear On LA’s Morning Become Eclectic

The pride of Los Angeles, FOREIGN BORN, recently appeared on the esteemed KCRW’s LA institution Morning Becomes Eclectic. Said KCRW of the band: “I’ve been hearing about Foreign Born on the LA music scene for years now and, truthfully, I never had a chance to catch one of their shows. Watching them this morning, I really wish I had made the effort earlier. They are certainly deserving of all the praise I’ve heard – lively songs with soaring vocals and guitar melodies and rhythms influenced by Kenyan music.” Listen to the show HERE and check a video of the entire session below.

THROW ME THE STATUE Get Some KEXP Love, Plot Tour Dates In Support of Creaturesque

Just a few weeks out from the release of THROW ME THE STATUE’s sophomore effort for Secretly Canadian, Creaturesque, the band has some notable performances aligned with Seattle’s venerable KEXP – as well as a full-on North American tour on the horizon.

The KEXP-related events include an in-studio session on July 30 and an appearance with Blitzen Trapper at a free KEXP concert on July 31. Check out all TMTS tour dates HERE. A true convergence of Seattle’s finest.

A listen lead mp3 from Creaturesque, “Ancestors,” by right HERE.

FOREIGN BORN Drop Wicked Crip Walker Video, Tour North America

Los Angeles has a stigma about it in the independent music world. For many years the vapidness of the mainstream pop stardom mega-machine has cast a shadow over the city, hiding from the national view LA’s vibrant underground scene. This scene shows the deep levels of talent and culture evident in LA, once you look past Hollywood. Foreign Born is perhaps the best incapsulation of the LA scene: lurking just under the radar until the recent release of their new album Person To Person, blending many cultural influences with seamless ease, and producing dynamic off-shoot bands such as Fool’s Gold and Glasser.

We are proud to announce the first video from Person to Person, for the song “Winter Games”. The video, directed by Foreign Born starts with two Crip Walkers trading moves synonymous with the streets and night clubs of LA. Then they incorporate light and smoke to create a color field abstraction. It’s a subtle play between two fields of view that heavily echo the Light and Space movement in modern art, championed by Californian artists like Robert Irwin in the 1960s. Just as Foreign Born’s music assimilates so many different musical styles and genres within their sound, this new video echoes that as well, taking elements from both hip-hop and modern art to make a stylistically unique rock video.

Foreign Born is also currently on national tour. And for those of you in the LA area, don’t miss Foreign Born’s performance on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on July 15, followed by a free show July 16 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Foreign Born Tour Dates HERE.

DAVID VANDERVELDE and Bobby Bare Jr. collaborate in the name of America…and Bread

This sounds like a four-way match made in heaven. On August 11, Secretly Canadian’s DAVID VANDERVELDE and songwriter Bobby Bare Jr. will release American Bread, a seven-song EP of covers from 70s soft rock pioneers America and Bread. The EP will be brought to you via Junket Boy.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Plot Summer Symphony Tour, Unveil New Song In Web Concert Video Clip

A portion of ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS’ recent performance Amsterdam’s La Carre Theatre has recently surface at the Web site Uitzending Gemist HERE. The clip features Antony performing a new song titled “Salt, Silver, Oxygen.”

Having recently wrapped a proper tour of Europe, ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS has embarked on their Summer Symphony Tour, with dates in Europe and UK and two band shows in Madrid on July 7th and Paris on July 9th. Antony’s appearance at the Manchester International Festival on July 3 and 4 will include staging designed in a collaboration with artists Paul Normandale, Chris Levine and Carl Robertshaw. And during his concert during Paris Couture Week, Antony will perform in a costume created in a collaboration with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci.

View all of Antony’s Summer Symphony Tour HERE.

ANTONY Preps Aeon/Crazy in Love 7-inch for Aug. 4 release, First 200 Pre-orders Will Receive Antony-curated Zoetrope: All Story

Antony and the Johnsons will release the “Aeon”/”Crazy in Love” 7″ single on August 4th. “Aeon” is one of the highlights of the critical and commercial smash album “The Crying Light” which debuted at #1 on the European chart. The band gave “Aeon” its television debut earlier this year on The Late Show with David Letterman. And Antony and the Johnsons’ earnest and impassioned cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”, a long time live favorite, is being released officially for the first time.

The first 200 pre-orders the 7” of “Aeon” will receive a copy of the recent issue of Zoetrope: All Story, which features the full art direction of Antony. Zoetrope is Francis Ford Coppola’s quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short-fiction and one-act plays.

The band is currently on a European leg of their world tour. The summer shows see them playing with some of the most esteemed symphonies in Europe in prestigious venues including La Carre in Amsterdam, Manchester Opera House, and the Grand Theatre Romain de Fouviere in Lyon. See a full-list of tour dates HERE.

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Featured On NPR’s Song Of The Day

Our good friends at NPR are currently loving MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.’s latest longplayer Josephine (released July 21), most recently featuring a fine tune from the album as NPR’s Song of the Day. In the post, NPR said of lead electrician Jason Molina’s songwriting prowess: “His repetition of themes and imagery never comes off as lazy; it’s creating a new kind of format for the blues, like haiku or cinquain or something.”

And they had these fine words to say regarding featured track “Whip-poor-will”: “It helps that “Whip-poor-will” is as achingly pretty and strangely catchy as anything Molina has written with Magnolia Electric Co. Propelled by a slide-guitar line that’s somehow both sunny and sad, “Whip-poor-will” finds Molina’s sad-sack narrator feeling small and looking helplessly skyward: “So all of you folks in heaven not too busy ringin’ the bell / Some of us down here ain’t doin’ very well.” Of course, that’s a bit of a poetic understatement right there: Molina and pain make an inseparable pair. Fortunately, beauty is always hanging out nearby.”

To see the entire story and listen to “Whip-poor-will,” visit the NPR Song of the Day page HERE.

THROW ME THE STATUE Announces New LP, Creaturesque

We are uber-stoked to announce Creaturesque (released Aug. 4 in the US, and Aug. 17 in the UK),the new album from Seattle pop-rock outfit THROW ME THE STATUE. Originally the one-man project of multifaceted musician and songwriter Scott Reitherman, TMTS has since expanded to a quartet with drummer Jarred Grimes, and multi-instrumentalists Aaron Goldman and Charlie Smith. The album is produced by TMTS and Phil Ek (The Shins, Built To Spill, Band Of Horses), and while the band retains much of the lo-fi bliss found on their critically acclaimed debut Moonbeams, Phil Ek’s mixing of Creaturesque brings the band’s maximalist pop sensibilities to new heights.

Perhaps more sonically upbeat than its predecessor, Creaturesque’s details are at times painted in both optimistic and sobering tones. Reitherman’s scattershot poetics touch on an array of ideas; it’s oppressive American machisimo and Suburbanite sexuality. It’s soft drugs and convertible cars. It’s the struggle for higher expectations within the mess of modern life, and when wrapped up in the structures of TMTS’ sure-handed tunes it’s an all too delicious combination.

Get the first taste of Creaturesque, mp3 “Ancestors,” by clicking right HERE.

RICHARD SWIFT And Spinner Premiere Video for Atlantic Ocean

The title track from RICHARD SWIFT latest, charming longplayer Atlantic Ocean gets things started off just right, with it’s bouncy ramshackle-kraut vibe and Swift taking some kindhearted (and self-deprecating?) jabs at hipsterdom. Now, Swift and the good folks at Spinner have offered up the video premiere of “Atlantic Ocean.”

Spinner talked to Swift and director Lance Troxel about the making of the video: “There’s nothing like a good robot war in a car lot. Singer-songwriter Richard Swift will back us on this one and does in the video for ‘The Atlantic Ocean,’ from his album of the same name. “When filming the car lot shots, all the sales guys stood to the side, scratching their heads and one took pictures of us with this gigantic, opened laptop,” director Lance Troxel tells Spinner. “I thought he looked stranger than our good, old-fashioned high-noon robot showdown. They seemed worried that we were making fun of Buicks.” But Swift tells a different story. “Lance is a total liar,” he says. “We didn’t film any of this. We built a time machine and traveled back to September 27, 1987, and we stole a public access channel’s midnight dance reel. Lance, I am getting really sick of your lying.” Easy boys. Watch the exclusive premiere below.”

BLK JKS Ready Mystery Remix 12-Inch For July 7, Plot Summer Tour, Dates with Femi Kuti

Since the March release of their MYSTERY EP, BLK JKS have been on an absolute tear across the globe, including a highly anticipated return appearance at SXSW and an inaugural tour of the UK and Europe. Now, BLK JKS will embark on a U.S. tour stretching from Los Angeles to Brooklyn, including an appearance at Sasquatch Music Festival and two nights opening for Femi Kuti at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza in New York City. On other dates, the band will share the stage with artists as Foreign Born, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Cody Chestnut, which speaks to the genre-ending mission of the BLK JKS sound.

In the midst of all this activity, we’re pleased to announce that we will release a limited edition club remix 12” by house music guru Osborne for the song “Mystery” on July 7. That’s right, party people, BLK JKS care about you too. Very much, in fact.

See a full listing of BLK JKS dates HERE.

FOREIGN BORN Offer Up New MP3 From Person To Person, Plan Summer Tour With The Veils

The next morsel of the savory meal that is Foreign Born’s Person To Person (due out June 23 in the U.S. and June 15 in the UK). Their new single “Early Warnings” picks up where their first single “Vacationing People” left off. It’s a frolicking tune built on African guitar licks, hand claps, and group harmonies. It reminds us of cold beer under a hot summer sun cut with a slight hint of ocean breeze. In other words, a perfect song to usher in the beginning of Summer.

Give “Early Warnings” a listen HERE.

Meanwhile, the band has dates lined up with the likes of BLK JKS, Grizzly Bear and The Veil. See all the dates by simply clicking right HERE.

BODIES OF WATER Perform In Their Backyard For Swedish Television

BODIES OF WATER recently welcomed a Swedish film crew into the backyard of their Los Angeles home. Joined by a handful of pet chickens and dogs for a performance of “If I Were A Bell,” from the band’s 2008 longplayer, A Certain Feeling. Now, Sveriges Television Sweden has been kind enough to See the clip of “If I Were A Bell” on its blog. Watch the video below and visit the PSL site HERE to see a great performance of “Doves Circled The Sky.”

Richard Swift Gets Some BBC Play On Euro Tour, Preps Massive US Summer Tour In Support of The Fray

RICHARD SWIFT recently visited our cousins on the other side of the pond in support his recent longplayer Atlantic Ocean. And it looks like they’re loving the quality time. Last week, Marc Riley spun three Swift tunes (“Ballad of Old What’s His Name,” “Song For Milton Feher,” and “Ballad of You Know Who”) on BBC radio show. Listen to the entire program and see the entire tracklist by heading HERE.

Meanwhile, Swift has an upcoming summer tour of massive amphitheaters supporting The Fray.

A full-listing of Richard Swift tour dates HERE.

SECRETLY CANADIAN’S Babe Ruth Season Begins Thursday

It’s that time of year again when SECRETLY CANADIAN becomes full-on American. Now in our fifth year of sponsorship, Secretly Canadian is excited to announce the start of the season for the SC Babe Ruth Prep League team come this Thursday, when our 13-year-old boys of summer take on Indiana Limestone. All info on the Junior Baseball League of Bloomington may be found by visiting HERE. And see a full listing of all the team’s games on the “shows” page HERE. Our Tuesday and Thursday evenings are set through the end of June.

FOREIGN BORN Perform Blood Oranges For Swedish Television On the Streets Of Los Angeles

The gentlemen FOREIGN BORN spent their most recent 4/20 holiday in the back alleys of their native Los Angeles with a Swedish television crew, performing cuts from their most excellent album PERSON TO PERSON (released June 23). Sveriges Television Sweden has been kind enough to share the performance of “Blood Oranges,” the opening cut from Person To Person, on their blog. It’s unclear whether the sun is just coming coming up or on its way down at it glistens off the palm trees and barbed wire fencing alike. View the video in its entirety to hear the amazing choir of city dogs that join in on the last chorus to close out the song.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS To Perform On The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Next Week

Set your TiVo thusly for what is primed to be the most accent-rich broadcast of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson to date. Next week, on April 29, ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS will perform on the show, appearing alongside guest and famed British actor Kenneth Branagh. Visit The Late Late Show site HERE.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Perform BBC’s Friday Night

Last week, ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS appeared on the BBC One’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, performing “Kiss My Name,” from the band’s recent longplayer The Crying Light. Watch the performance below.

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Preps Exclusive Record Store Day 7-inch, Tours West Coast With The Avett Brothers

Quite often, times of dormancy only seem so to those of us on the outside. The wheels never really stop turning. Such is the case for MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC Co., which has a string of items lined up over the next months, including its first official release since 2007′s Sojourner box set.

First for the band is an exclusive 7″ titled It’s Made Me Cry, which will be available first on April 18 as part of Record Store Day, an international event celebrating independently-owned record stores. Side A of the 7″ features a tuplet of songs recorded over a weekend in October 2008 at Bloomington’s Russian Recording. The songs serve as a lesson in the power of brevity – each a flaming arrow to the heart of some heavy emotions. Side B of It’s Made Me Cry is the moody, instrumental “Protection Spell,” recorded at Russian Recordings almost exactly a year prior to the other songs and featuring late bassist Evan Farrell. The band’s proceeds from the 7″ will benefit The Evan Farrell Memorial Fund.

A list of businesses participating in Record Store Day can be found HERE.

It’s Made Me Cry will also be available digitally worldwide on May 19.

In May, Magnolia Electric Co. will tour the western U.S., sharing a string of West Coast dates with North Carolina’s The Avett Brothers, who are confessed fans of Magnolia Electric Co. Scott Avett was recently quoted in American Songwriter singing the praises of the band: “Shit, man, that Magnolia (Electric) Co. EP a few years ago moved me, and most of the world hasn’t heard it. That’s ridiculous. But I know those things happen.”

May will also bring a Magnolia Electric Co. appearance at Spain’s Primavera Sound Festival.

See a full listing of Magnolia tour dates HERE.

Stay tuned for more news coming from the Magnolia camp.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Featured On NPR’s World Cafe

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS were recently featured on National Public Radio’s World Cafe. With host David Dye, Antony discusses recurring themes in his music and the inspiration he finds in Kazuo Ohno, the Japanese Butoh dancer who appears on the cover of Antony and the Johnsons’ celebrated album, The Crying Light.

Antony and the Johnsons also perform a trio of songs from The Crying Light.

Listen to the full World Cafe appearance HERE.

JENS LEKMAN Plans String Of West Coast Dates

Recent Australian resident JENS LEKMAN has a string of West Coast U.S. dates planned for May, when he will play several smaller, intimate venues. Peep the tour below.

05/26/09 San Diego, CA – The Loft- UCSD
05/27/09 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
05/28/09 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
05/29/09 Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
05/30/09 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Art Center
06/01/09 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
06/02/09 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
06/03/09 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
06/04/09 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
06/05/09 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
06/06/09 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
06/07/09 Vancouver, BC – TBA

FRIDA HYVÖNEN Peforms Dirty Dancing On France’s Tonight Or Never

FRIDA HYVÖNEN recently made an appearance on France’s television program Ce Soir Ou Jamais (translation: Tonight Or Never). Frida performed “Dirty Dancing,” the most excellent opening cut from her 2008 avant-pop gem Silence Is Wild.

To see the entire performance head to the Ce Soir Ou Jamais HERE. Enjoy.

THE WAR ON DRUGS Appears On Liner Notes

THE WAR ON DRUGS recently appeared on ‘Liner Notes’ the interview series from the popular music blog Burn the Bowery. Watch this video for an interview with Adam Granduciel and performance clips.

Don’t forget THE WAR ON DRUGS US tour kicks off 3/29. See more dates HERE.

ANTONY Plans Unique Symphony Shows Across This Summer, Teams With Matthew Herbert For Coachella, Curates Parisian Art Show And Releases Epilepsy Is Dancing EP

Antony and the Johnsons will play a series of unique concerts in collaboration with symphonies across Europe this summer. Presenting a wide array of material including songs from The Crying Light, the concerts will feature large format orchestras (36-52 players) presenting arrangements developed by Antony and Nico Muhly and conducted by Rob Moose. Premiering at the Manchester Festival, Antony has also been commissioned to create a stage environment for The Crying Light inspired by Bauhaus stage lighting design and considering the dreams of crystals inside mountains. Go HERE to see a full listing of Antony’s live performances.

In addition, Antony and the Johnsons will play the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday April 19th. For these two one-off events, Antony has collaborated with avant-garde composer and electronics wiz Matthew Herbert. The duo will present stark electronic re-imaginings of songs from Antony and the Johnsons’ new album The Crying Light.

Antony has also been invited by designer and gallerist Agnes B to curate an art show at Gallery Du Jour in Paris, opening on April 11th. Entitled “Six Eyes” the exhibition will feature work by Peter Hujar, Kiki Smith, Alice O’Mally, William Basinski and James Elaine, Antony and Barbara Cummard.

All this comes on heels of the release of Antony’s Epilepsy Is Dancing single EP to be released April 7 on Secretly Canadian on both CD and 7” vinyl formats and includes live favorite “Where Is My Power?”

BLK JKS Perform On The Daily Habit, Tour UK In April

During a recent tour stop in LA, BLK JKS performed on Fuel TV’s The Daily Habit, on which they ripped through some of the tunes that have the band gaining momentum across the country. On The Daily Habit site, live clips of Mystery EP cut “Summertime” and unreleased song “Skeleton” are available for your listening/viewing pleasure.

Having made a string of triumphant appearances at SXSW last week, BLK JKS will embark on their first UK tour in April, including dates with Errors, HEALTH, and Squarepusher.

April 9 London, Adventures in Beetroot Field @ Fabric
April 14 Colchester, Arts Centre w/ Errors
April 15 London, The Lexington
April 16 London, ICA w/ Errors
April 18 Newcastle, The End
April 19 Glasgow, Captains Rest
April 20 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
April 21 Bristol, Club NME @ The Lanes
April 22 Manchester, The Deaf Institute w/ HEALTH
April 23 Reading, South Street
April 24 London, Ether South Bank Centre w/ Squarepusher
April 25 London, Camden Crawl

Produced by Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines, the South African quartet’s Mystery EP is out now on CD/12″/Digital formats.

SECRETLY CANADIAN Teams With YouTube To Capture SXSW Magic

At SXSW 2009, Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar and Dead Oceans partnered with YouTube to capture the many stunning performances at their Thursday showcase blowout at The Mohawk. To peep all the videos, go to http://www.youtube.com/sxsw and click on the “Musical Performances” option.

For a sweet taste of what you’re in store for go to HERE to see Richard Swift absolutely destroy with a performance of “Lady Luck.”

SECRETLY CANADIAN Plots SXSW Showcase Mind-blower

For the past two years, Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans and Secretly Canadian have kept Thursday night at the Mohawk the best music showcase of the SXSW Festival. So, in keeping with our tradition of quantities of quality, we are proud to announce that we will be doing it again in 2009.

This year we are going to be a tiny bit skimpy on the details. Festival-goers are going to need a little help keeping their minds alert now that all the caffeine and taurine have been taken out of the free Sparks: WHO WILL THE SPECIAL GUEST BE? Did The Curious Digit decide it’s time to stage a comeback? Is it Dead Oceans’ latest signing? Have we booked The Texas Centaur for the party? Only time will tell, and that time is specifically 12:45 on the night of Thursday, March 19th. Don’t bother asking us for hints because SXSW-surprise-torture is our favorite kind of torture!

Once again, we will be running two stages at the Mohawk. Please come early, stay late, grab a refreshing beverage, hug the taxidermied bear who lives in the hallway and enjoy the following musical stylings:

See all our artists’ SXSW appearances by going HERE.

FOREIGN BORN Reveal Person To Person, Release MP3

A holiday escape to the oceanside is meant to keep the tribulations of daily life at bay. Yet every joyous moment of vacation is undercut with a strange melancholy as you do the math on the finite nature of your getaway. So, you take your sweet, sweet time with that cold drink and offer a cheers an extra time or two.

The songs of LA’s Foreign Born’s, Person To Person, are cut through with this same duality: celebration in spite of trouble on the horizon.

While the songs are propelled by benga-flavored beats, fuzzed-out synth bass, clucking tropical cowbells- from soaring horn sections to emotive string arrangements, its frontman Matt Popieluch’s emotive, Aschcroft-y delivery that always keep the songs in check.

One can’t help but imagine this was the mood of Foreign Born’s mid-summer retreat to Sunset Lodge Studios, where bass parts were laid down in the wee hours of morning and the hot tub bubbled late into the night. The result of the session is an album of dense pop that justifies the band’s place among top songsmithing contemporaries like Cass McCombs and James Mercer, as well as greats like (dare I say it?) David Bowie (There, I said it). But the band is able to bypass the “songwriter” label by delivering a much more collective sound — you know, like a BAND. African high-life guitars are countered with New Wave wash; the sound of a band daring to keep its pallet open to most any influence — from U2 to The Feelies. If the Walkmen weren’t afraid to go out in Bermuda shorts and flip-flops, you may have a sound close to this… like it could be Phil Spector’s mid-70′s ‘lost recordings’ inspired by the depth of second-line drum bands from New Orleans.

It’s been said that Foreign Born is an anthem band without “the” fist-pumping anthem, which may be true. And this is OK, because the trade-off is for an album far more cerebral and sustaining. The thing with summer anthems is that they only last a summer, Foreign Born delivers the soundtrack for the backyard BBQ of the ages.

Check out an mp3 of album cut “Vacationing People” HERE.

Foreign Born is Lewis Pesacov, Matt Popieluch, Garrett Ray and Ariel Rechtshaid.

JENS LEKMAN Featured On Merge Records 20th Anniversary Celebration Compilation

As part of Merge Records’ 20th Anniversary celebration, the legendary label is releasing a compilation, SCORE! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers, which features some of today’s best artists coving favorites from the Merge catalogue. Secretly Canadian’s own JENS LEKMAN appears with Tracey Thorn, performing a cover of Magnetic Fields’ “Yeah! Oh Yeah!” The album is up for pre-order on the Merge Records site, and will be available at your local records stores on April 7.

THE WAR ON DRUGS Make A Blazing Live Radio Performance In The Netherlands, Force An Amplifier Into Early Retirement

For the last month, THE WAR ON DRUGS have been on a tear through Europe, murdering crowds with the psych-Americana of 2008′s timeless Wagonwheel Blues. After driving 8 hours to Amsterdam, ripping through a monstrous set at the Paradiso, The War on Drugs did a late night live radio appearance on the Club3voort12 show on VPRO. Three quarters of the way through, the gear couldn’t take it anymore, and an amp fell over in exhaustion.

Listen to the epic radio performance HERE.

DAVID VANDERVELDE Teams With Where The Moon Came From And Rock Proper For Psychedelic Saturday

During the harsh Chicago winter of 2006, DAVID VANDERVELDE teamed with band Where The Moon Came From for an afternoon of spirit walks and heavy psych jams. Lucky for us they caught this magic on tape and music site Rock Proper has it our downloading pleasure.

From the rock proper site: “Winter in Chicago is humbling. Subzero winds and impossible snowfalls lead even the best of us to booze, fish fries, and B movies on VHS. And when Dave started crashing on the couch at the Moon Tower there was plenty of all that. But there was also this: an epic Saturday jam, mics hot in the frigid garage, Dave joining up with the Moon boys for hours of meandering, experimenting, and mind-expanding. A year, 300 overdubs, and hours of editing later, that psychedelic Saturday was chiseled, bent and fired into this Psychedelic Saturday.”

Download “Psychedelic Saturday” in its glorious entirety HERE.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Perform Aeon On The Late Show With David Letterman

Last night, ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS dropped the jaws of David Letterman and his live Late Show audience with a blazing performance of The Crying Light deep cut “Aeon.” It was a triumphant, stunning return to the Ed Sullivan Theater for Antony and the band. Prepare thyself for what may quite possibly be the most soulful thing you will see today and then watch Antony’s Late Night performance below.

THROW ME THE STATUE Releases Purpleface, Offers MP3 Of “Ship”

THROW ME THE STATUE’S newest EP, Purpleface, is now available at retail and digital stores! Previously only available at the band’s tour dates, the four-song EP is now also ready for those of us who live very, very far away from Seattle.

Purpleface features three brand new songs – “Ship,” “Honey Bee,” “That’s How You Win” – and a reworking of the Moonbeams cut, “Written In Heart Signs, Faintly.” The EP’s standout track, “Ship,” is an understated yet inventive gem that offers the listener yet another glimpse of band leader Scott Reitherman’s prowess and range as a songwriter. Check out an mp3 of “Ship” right HERE.

Much more is to come from TMTS in 2009. The band is recording the follow-up to their debut album, Moonbeams, with producer Phil Ek. Please stay tuned. You may also follow TMTS on Twitter until you’re blue – or, uh, purple – in the face by going HERE.

DAMIEN JURADO Tours This Spring

DAMIEN JURADO will tour coast-to-coast throughout April and May supporting his critically-acclaimed Secretly Canadian release, Caught In the Trees. Jurado will be playing solo and will be joined by supporting act Laura Gibson beginning on April 3rd. See the full tour date list HERE.

BLK JKS Announce North American Tour Dates

South Africa’s BLK JKS, recently signed with Secretly Canadian, will embark on a string of U.S. tour dates March 2 in Bloomington, IN, where they recently completed recording their forthcoming full-length. The tour continues to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco before taking the band to a return appearance at SXSW. More dates are forthcoming.

After an action packed 2008 that found the band playing their first U.S. shows, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of The New York Times, Billboard, The Guardian and Dazed and Confused, the band is poised to build on the success with a March 10 re-release of their MYSTERY EP, which has been re-mastered and re-sequenced.

BLK JKS Tour Dates:
03/02/09 Bloomington, IN – Cinemat w/ Tammar
03/03/09 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Company
03/04/09 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
03/06/09 Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum
03/09/09 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Shop
03/13/09 Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall
03/14/09 New York, NY – Santo’s Partyhouse
03/18/09 Austin, TX – SXSW

ANTONY Makes Spinning On Air And Fresh Air Appearances This Week

On the heels of releasing the critically acclaimed The Crying Light, ANTONY will make two public radio appearances next week to discuss his haunting, touching art.

Early next week, the great David Garland will feature an interview and performance from Antony on his left-of-center and out-music WNYC radio program “Spinning on Air.” During his visit with Garland, Antony performed the songs “Another World” and “Epilepsy Is Dancing” from The Crying Light. Once the show airs, it will be available for streaming at the “Spinning on Air” site HERE.

Then, tomorrow, Feb. 3, Antony will appear on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” program for an in-depth interview with host Terry Gross. Listeners may stream the show on the day of its broadcast by visiting the Fresh Air site HERE.

MUSIC GO MUSIC Completes 12″ Series With Warm In The Shadows

Warm in the Shadows rounds out the trio of three-song 12″s that MUSIC GO MUSIC have released over the course of 2008-09. It’s both a fitting end-piece to the trilogy, and a remarkable expansion of the group’s sonic and emotional breadth. There is a casual, but undeniable magic to these songs, and it flows around and out of each note of every melody.

Title song “Warm in the Shadows” is dance music, as envisioned by a group with a greater allegiance to pop archetypes than to the hymns of the dance-floor. It’s a step in a different direction; an invitation to shake, coupled with a gentle evocation of the pain of wrecked love (“what kind of heart would break so easy as my own”). It’s a case history and a cure for both the lovesick and the lovesick-to-be.

The B-side offers up stories of exotic depravity consuming itself in ways both savage and deceptively elegant. The gypsy rhythms of’ “Thousand Crazy Nights” undergird a tale of dog-piled revelers instructed to “feel with your face, let eyes be your hands” whilst “trapped in desire’s agro dance.” “Love, Violent Love” is a psychedelic voyage through a land of raving mobs who “spiral past control” once their love is at last requited.

This collection of songs is further proof of the power of the transformative embrace in which MUSIC GO MUSIC holds what is dear to them, and the singular vision that they impart to it.

Warm In the Shadows is now available as a vinyl 12″ and as a download in fine digital stores.

Please download the MP3 for “Warm In the Shadows” HERE.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Release The Crying Light Today, Premiere Wachowski Brothers-Helmed Video For “Epilepsy is Dancing”

ANTONY asked his friends the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix series) to work with him on a video for his new single “Epilepsy is Dancing”. They in turn invited painters Tino Rodriguez and Virgo Paradiso to create costumes and a mystical environment and choreographer Sean Dorsey and his dancers to bring the dream sequence to life. Antony’s artistic partner Johanna Constantine stars as herself in the role of “Deer Monster”. The video was lit and shot by the up-and-coming directors of photography, Chris Blasingame and Banker White, and produced by Jim Jerome. The production team collectively named themselves AFAS.

Please enjoy the fruits of their San Francisco art party.

Antony and the Johnsons’ highly anticipated, stunning album, “The Crying Light”, is released today via Secretly Canadian and is available in Europe and the UK on Rough Trade.

THE JACOBITES’ Dave Kusworth Releases Album On Sunthunder Records

Dave Kusworth, one-half of THE JACOBITES and long-time NIKKI SUDDEN collaborator, has released a collection of career-spanning rarities, demos and outtakes curated by the artist himself on Sunthunder Records.

From the good folks at Sunthunder: “Some people change, and some others never do. Dave Kusworth is one of the
last ones. Always faithful to his roots along a career of more than 30 years, he still lives by and for rock’n’roll. He began with T.V. Eye in 1977, formed The Hawks in 1979, and became a member of The Dogs D’Amour in 1983. In 1984 he took the partnership of Nikki Sudden in The Jacobites and in 1987 he formed his own band The Bounty Hunters. Sunthunder Records is proud to announce the release of “Tambourine girl”, his last work. A 12 tracks digipack compilating some rarities, demos and outtakes by the Bounty Hunters and his solo career with The Tenderhooks, collected by Dave himself. Don’t miss your chance to get this piece of history!”

The album can be purchased at the Sunthunder Web site, website www.sunthunder.net or at the label’s myspace
www.myspace.com/sunthunderrecords. For more information contact info@sunthunder.net.

New York Listening Party for ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS’ The Crying Light

New York City’s venerable Other Music will play host to a listening party for ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS’ highly anticipated THE CRYING LIGHT on Thursday, January 15. The Crying Light will be played in its entirety at 9 p.m., with Other Music DJs to follow. Other Music is located at 17 Stanton Street (betwn Bowery & Chrystie) on the Lower East Side.

The Crying Light will be released by Secretly Canadian on January 20. More about the album may be found HERE

DAMIEN JURADO’s Video For Caskets Receives Best Cinematography Award

DAMIEN JURADO’s video for “Caskets” was recently honored with Best Cinematography in the 2008 antville.org Music Video Awards. The “Caskets” video was directed by Matt Daniels and Mike Ragen was responsible for the stunning cinematography.

To view the award and other winners, go HERE.
To peep the Wild West-themed video for “Caskets” head HERE.
Check out more of Mike Ragen’s work HERE.

BLK JKS Offers Free Megamix Download On Its Blog

As the world patiently awaits the official Secretly Canadian release of BLK JKS’ Mystery EP, the band – via www.blkjks.com – has graciously offered a free, downloadable megamix CD of some tunes twisted by Carlos Ramos of the Midnight Rockers Express.

From BLK JKS blog: “‘Los is this underground legend dude who ran the sound, lights and DJ’d for just about every night at SOB’s in NYC during the 80′s. He’s played with legends including Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Babatunde Olatunji, Third World, Aswad, Jorge Ben, Alpha Blondy and Hugh Masekela. He went on to spin at moving parties around NYC as the house scene was exploding in the late 80′s.”

Tracklist for BLK JKS Mystery Megamix by Midnight Rockers Express:

BLK JKS VS MAW “Mystery”
(Carlos Ramos Version)
Based on the original production by Kenny Dope and Louie Vega,
Nuyorican Soul “Mind Fluid”, Nervous Records.
Edit and remix by Carlos Ramos for the Midnight Rockers Express.

JESSE ROSE “Stop Look + Listen”
(Henrik Schwarz Version)
Front Room Recordings

BLK JKS VS THE SHELTER “Summertime”
(Carlos Ramos Version)
Based on an original production by Femi Kuti “Traitors Of Africa” (Q’s Treacherous Beats), The Shelter / Restricted Access Records.
Edit and remix by Carlos Ramos for the Midnight Rockers Express.

OSBORNE “Afrika EP”
Spectral Sound / Ghostly International

OSBORNE “Bout Ready To Jak”
(Remix)
Spectral Sound / Ghostly International

BLK JKS VS EBTG “Lakeside”
(Carlos Ramos Version)
Based on the original production by Darren Emerson and Ben Watt,
Everything But The Girl “Before Today”, Virgin Records.
Edit and remix by Carlos Ramos for the Midnight Rockers Express.

Download the megamix on the BLK JKS site HERE.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Announce The Crying Light Presale With Instant Digital Download And Bonus Track

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS will be offering an instant digital download of their forthcoming album “The Crying Light” and a bonus track, “My Lord, My Love”, for fans who pre-order the album from www.antonyandthejohnsons.com starting today. This gives fans a chance to hear the album before the release date as they will be able to download it and the bonus track as soon as they pre-order

“The Crying Light” is the bands’ follow up to the Mercury prize winning “ I Am a Bird Now”. The album will be released in the UK and Europe on January 19 through Rough Trade and on January 20 in America through Secretly Canadian with a world tour following the release. The American leg of the tour goes through the end of February, including stops at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville as well as the historic Vic Theatre in Chicago and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Fans can receive updates on tour, news, and events by joining the mailing list at www.antonyandthejohnsons.com

American Dates

02/02: Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
02/03: Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
02/04: Columbus, OH @ Southern Theatre
02/07: Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival
02/08: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
02/12: Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
02/13: Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
02/14: Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
02/17: Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
02/19: New York, NY @ Town Hall
02/20: New York, NY @ Town Hall
02/22: Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
02/24: San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center
02/27: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
02/28: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

European Dates

03/15: Bergen, Norway @ Griedhallen
03/17: Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene
03/19: Stockholm, Sweden @ Cirkus
03/21: Helsinki, Finland @ House of Culture
03/26: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falkoner
03/28: Ancona, Italy @ Teatore delle Muse
03/29: Rome, Italy @ Auditorium il parco della Musica
03/31: Prato, Italy @ Teatro Politearna Pratese
04/01: Milan, Italy @ Sala Verdi Conservatorio
04/04: Zurich, Switzerland @ Kongresshaus
04/06: Strasbourg, France @ La Laiterie
04/09: Paris, France @ Le Grand Rex
04/13: Brussels, Belgium @ Bozar
04/15: Barcelona, Spain @ Palau de la Musica
04/23: Munich, Germany @ Postpalast
04/24: Berlin, Germany @ Admiralpalast
04/27: Frankfuhrt, Germany @ Alte Oper
04/29: Warsaw, Poland @ National Theatre
05/01: Krems, Austria @ Donaufesival
05/03: Eindhoven, Netherlands @ MC FritsPhilips
05/05: San Sebastian, Spain @ Kursaal Auditorium
05/07: Murcia, Spain @ Auditorio de Murcia
05/11: Madrid, Spain @ Palacio de Congresos
05/14: Lisbon, Portugal @ Coliseum
05/16: Braga, Portugal @ Teatro Circo
05/18: Porto, Portugal @ Coliseum
05/21: Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dome Concert Hall
05/22: Brimingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
05/24: Bristol UK @ Colston Hall
05/27: London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
05/29: Gateshead, UK @ The Sage
05/31: Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar St
06/01: Belfast, UK @ Waterfront
06/04: Edinburgh, UK @ Playhouse

CATFISH HAVEN Voted As One Of Spin’s Most Overlooked Records

CATFISH HAVEN’s newest release, Devastator, has been voted by SPIN as one of the most overlooked albums of 2008. Read why they love the record and listen to “Set In Stone”, HERE.

BODIES OF WATER’s Laundromatinee Session

Over the summer BODIES OF WATER played a show in Indianapolis sponsored by their friends at My Old Kentucky Blog. Dodge and crew from MOKB have started a new site with cool live sessions, and BODIES OF WATER recorded three songs for it. Check the session out at Laundromatinee.com.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Reveal Cover Art, Annouce Release Date & Tour

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS have revealed the cover art for the forthcoming full-length, The Crying Light. Following a natural progression from the Another World EP, the album art features a 1977 portrait of renowned Butoh dancer, Kazuo Ohno, taken by Naoya Ikegami in Tokyo. Ohno is shown reaching towards light, his striking visage and reclined posture echoing elements of cradle and the grave. Life, death, and transcendence are effectively invoked in one image. View the artwork HERE.

Antony says, “My new album “The Crying Light” is dedicated to the great dancer Kazuo Ohno. In performance I watched him cast a circle of light upon the stage, and step into that circle, and reveal the dreams and reveries of his heart. He seemed to dance in the eye of something mysterious and creative; with every gesture he embodied the child and the feminine divine. He’s kind of like my art parent.”

The Crying Light will be released on Secretly Canadian on January 20th followed by a series of US tour dates. The tour, which goes through the end of February, includes stops at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville as well as the historic Vic Theatre in Chicago and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Fans can receive updates on tour, news, and events by joining the mailing list at www.antonyandthejohnsons.com

Dates:
02/02: Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
02/03: Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
02/04: Columbus, OH @ Southern Theatre
02/07: Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival
02/08: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
02/12: Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
02/13: Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
02/14: Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
02/17: Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
02/19: New York, NY @ Town Hall
02/20: New York, NY @ Town Hall
02/22: Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
02/24: San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center
02/27: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
02/28: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

DANIELSON Podcast Featured On My Old Kentucky Blog

My Old Kentucky Blog is currently hosting a DANIELSON podcast. Throughout the entire podcast, Daniel Smith is interviewed by two of his daughters. In between the interview are home tapes and practice sessions reaching far back in the Danielson catalogue. This is definitely a good start for anyone unfamiliar with the band.

Check it out HERE.

Members of WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY, THE WAR ON DRUGS, And BODIES OF WATER Share Some Holiday Joy

This just in! BODIES OF WATER are sharing with us their wonderful rendition of the classic “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” just in time for the Holidays. The song is the closing track to the Hard to Find a Friend holiday comp entitled Peace On Earth Vol. II, which is benefiting the Children of Uganda fund.

Give it a listen HERE.
For more information on the comp, head HERE.

Also in the holiday spirit are The Silver Ages. Here’s the bands back story straight from the reindeers mouth:
“The Silver Ages is a group perhaps unique in the annals of music history: a men’s singing ensemble comprised of members of various rock bands, including WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY, THE WAR ON DRUGS, The Capitol Years, National Eye, Buried Beds, Like Moving Insects, BC Camplight and others. These Philadelphia musicians came together to explore the intersecting worlds of drinking, revelry, and traditional close harmony choral arrangements from the early 20th century. With a repertoire that touches on love, death, booze, weather, virginity (its final moments, anyway) and being lost at sea, the Ages approach their craft with a seriousness that belies their laddish cheer. They aim to court you slow, with the sounds of a vanished era, even though they’re really just a bunch of rock guys.”

The band has offered us their performance of the song “Lo How A Rose Eer Blooming”.
Listen to it HERE.

CATFISH HAVEN On Chic-A-Go-Go

CATFISH HAVEN stopped by the Chic-A-Go-Go studios a little while back to perform one of their songs, “Set In Stone”, from Devastator. If you are into videos of long haired and bearded men singing soul jams while a bunch of kids dance around him, this is definitely for you.

Watch it HERE.

THROW ME THE STATUE Donate A Live Performance For Charity

If you live in the greater Seattle area and would like a private performance by THROW ME THE STATUE, bidding is now open for The Stranger’s Strangercrombie 08. All money raised will go to benefit foster kids through the Treehouse program. There is free beer in the deal, and there are three days left to bid. Please go bid HERE.

BLK JKS Sign To Secretly Canadian, Debut EP To Be Released In March

We are more than pleased to announce that South Africa’s BLK JKS have signed to Secretly Canadian. After an action packed 2008 that found the band playing its first U.S. shows, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of The New York Times, Billboard, The Guardian and Dazed and Confused, the band is poised to build on their initial success with a March 10 release of their MYSTERY EP, which has been re-mastered and re-sequenced. As a preview for fans, MYSTERY will be available for free digital download from eMusic and Other Music Digital December 8 through January 5.

BLK JKS came to the U.S. in the spring of 2008 after a chance meeting with über-producer Diplo while he was on tour in South Africa. Landing on the cover of the Fader, as well as sets at the Fader issue release party and South by Southwest, sparked recording sessions at New York’s famed Electric Lady studios that resulted in the MYSTERY EP. The record was produced by Brandon Curtis of the Secret Machines, who came to BLK JKS as a fan of the band.

BLK JKS consists of childhood friends Linda and Mpumi who grew up on the same block in Johannesburg’s East Rand where they taught themselves guitar. They initially formed the band in 2000, and early BLK JKS shows and recordings garnered attention for their stacks of guitar drone and head-nodding beats. After the band’s current lineup took shape with the addition of bassist Molefi and drummer Tshepang, both of Soweto, they embarked on a schedule of heavy touring throughout South Africa that earned them a loyal national following. The limited edition release of BLK JKS’ now out-of-print 2007 “Lakeside” vinyl-only 10” marked the band’s international debut, selling at select record stores worldwide.

LINK to MYSTERY artwork.

In addition to the free digital preview of MYSTERY, a documentary about the band premieres on December 8 at www.digforfire.tv. You can watch it here now.

THE WAR ON DRUGS Head Out On Short End Of Year Tour

Its been six months since Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs released their critically acclaimed “Wagon Wheel Blues” – an album that the San Francisco Weekly claims as “one of this year’s most exciting debuts.” While the praise has been pretty much universal, the fact remains that criminally few people have heard this band. In the office, we find the year’s most perfect A-Side tragically under-appreciated (we dare you to find anything more sprawling, cohesive and hooky).

Having spent the bulk of their time overseas this season, we couldn’t be more pleased to have the band to come back and play on their home turf. Starting December 9th the band will embark on a short tour to finish out the year, and introduce the States to the incredible force that is their live show.

Uncut’s Editor, Alan Jones, perhaps described it best by writing: “I’m wholly glad they’re here tonight, because what their opening set, a frantic 30 minutes or so, packed from floor to ceiling with moments of startling rapture and abandoned mayhem, is as good as anything I’ve seen all year. You may have read in reviews of their debut album, Wagonwheel Blues, that WOD’s music occupies an interface between the classic American songwriting of Dylan, Springsteen and Tom Petty and the sonic adventures of The Velvet Underground, say, or My Bloody Valentine.

It’s a notion you may briefly have entertained and them dismissed without hearing the album as surely fanciful. The thing is, the description – especially when you hear them live – isn’t at all far- fetched, begins in fact to feel like it actually undersells a lot of the amazing things they get up to and the fearsome noise of which they are capable, breathtakingly exciting aural landscapes wrought from nothing more apparently than a Rickenbacker, a drummer with the dynamic whack of the young Mitch Mitchell, an acoustic guitar and what looks like an array of wired-up kitchen utensils one of the band must have found at the back of someone’s garage.”

Dates:
12/09/08 Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at The Crofoot
12/10/08 Rock Island, IL – Huckleberry’s Pizza Parlor
12/11/08 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
12/12/08 Bloomington, IN – Bear’s Place
12/13/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
12/14/08 Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall
12/15/08 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
12/18/08 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s

FRIDA HYVÖNEN Nominated for the Grammis!

Let’s hear it for Sweden! The highest music prize in the country, the Grammis, will be awarding the best Swedish musicians of 2008 at their gala on January 7th. Secretly Canadian recording artist FRIDA HYVONEN is among the nominees, and the voting process is democratic!

FRIDA HYVONEN and her album Silence is Wild were nominated for Best Album, Best Female Artist, Best Lyrics and Best Composer!

Americans with no knowledge of Swedish can vote with no problem! Just pop this link into your Google translator and go to town! We are in it to win it!

THE WAR ON DRUGS Nominated For The Line Of Best Fit’s Record Of The Year

THE WAR ON DRUGS’ debut album, Wagonwheel Blues, has been nominated by The Line Of Best Fit for their record of the year. Voting is open now, so head HERE to cast your vote.

Polls close on Friday, December 12th.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Announce New Album The Crying Light

Antony and the Johnson’s breakthrough second album I Am a Bird Now won the UK’s Mercury Prize in 2005. The success that followed introduced many to a pioneering soul singer exploring themes that traversed darkness and light, life and death, male and female. Antony’s inimitable voice sparked the interest of artists ranging from Bjork to Hercules and Love Affair, resulting in a series of critically acclaimed collaborations.

The Crying Light is the highly anticipated full-length follow-up to I Am a Bird Now. Here, Antony shifts the thematic focus and explores his relationship with the elemental and natural world, and the intimacy of the Johnsons’ sound is enveloped by subtle symphonic arrangements. The first moments of “Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground” set the stage, conjuring an animist world with enigmatic lyrics, painterly clarinet lines, and a lilting piano that cradles the listener over a menacing quarry of strings. The spiraling waltz of “Epilepsy Is Dancing” and the joyful ricochets of “Kiss My Name” are to follow. The record’s centerpiece, “Another World” traces despair in the face of a vanishing landscape. The hypnotic vocal on “Dust and Water” unfurls like smoke, and the track “Everglade”, co-arranged with Nico Muhly, concludes the album. Here Antony realizes that his “…Limbs (have) stopped Crying for Home…” and falls into a musical reverie that seems inspired in its sense of pastoral abandon by the legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, whose eerie portrait graces the cover of The Crying Light .

Antony and the Johnsons’ music bridges the gap between avant-classical music and the blues, and Antony and his band have sold out performances from Carnegie Hall to the Apollo. The Crying Light may become one of those albums that becomes emblematic of its time, a reflection of the momentous changes that we are facing, within each of our private worlds as well as collectively, and how we are summoning the courage to start moving through them.

The Crying Light will be released January 20th, 2009.

DAVID VANDERVELDE Live On Fader TV

DAVID VANDERVELDE’s performance of “Old Turns” from his newest release Waiting For The Sunrise was captured live at the Mercury Lounge in NYC by Fader TV.

Watch the performance HERE.

Waiting For The Sunrise is out now.

CATFISH HAVEN On At Home Anywhere Podcast

CATFISH HAVEN recently recorded a few songs from their newest release, Devastator, for At Home Anywhere. The guys perform stripped down versions of “Every Day” and “Blue Sun” from Devastator as well as “Crazy For Leaving” from Tell Me.

Listen for yourself HERE.

Devastor is out now.

 
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JENS LEKMAN Plays Benefit Show

JENS LEKMAN will be playing a benefit show this Saturday, November 1st, in Northampton, MA. The show will benefit a young student named Clara Gardner who lost her legs after being hit by a drunk driver. What was planned to be a small private show to lift her spirits has turned into a real performance to be held in the Northampton High School Auditorium.

If you’re in the Northampton area this weekend, don’t miss your chance to help support Clara.
If you’d like to donate, please contact Eric Warren eric.warren@gmail.com

 
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Pre-Order DANIELSON’S Trying Hartz and FRIDA HYVÖNEN’S Silence Is Wild

DANIELSON’S newest release, Trying Hartz, samples the first decade of the Danielson/Danielson Famile/Br. Danielson oeuvre (all the years before the critically acclaimed Ships). It’s a perfect starter volume for listeners who have not had the pleasure of engaging with the evolution of this unusual, surprising, and incredibly moving musical consortium.

On Silence is Wild, FRIDA HYVÖNEN’S second full-length, Hyvonen continues to take an utterly modern approach to classic songwriting forms: blending the confessional with the fictional; mixing wit with a sexuality that shifts from the refined to the raw; all the while using language which dances effortlessly between the timeless and the contemporary, referencing high art and pop culture in a transcendent manner which masterfully puts Hyvönen at the top of a new international class of singer-songwriters.

Both of these albums are due out on 11/04, but you can pre-order them HERE

CATFISH HAVEN Being Played On Alice Cooper’s Radio Show

This Thursday, October 23, Alice Cooper will be spinning some CATFISH HAVEN songs on his radio show “Nights With Alice Cooper”. The show airs from 11p – 12a on the east coast and at various other times in different time zones.
For more information on the show, head HERE.

JENS LEKMAN Performs For The Black Cab Sessions

JENS LEKMAN performed for The Black Cab Sessions a little while back. What song, you ask? Why, none other than the shockingly appropriate “Black Cab” from Oh, You’re So Silent Jens. Check it out below:

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS Release Video For Another World

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS have released the video for the title track of their new EP, Another World, directed by Colin Whitaker.

Enjoy:

Another World EP will be released 10/7/2008.

DANIELSON Releases Free Digital EP

In the giving spirit of this “Season Of Danielson,” we are pleased to announce that DANIELSON is releasing a digital only EP, entitled “Danielson Alive! EP,” for free. Each of the six songs compiling the EP were chosen from a slew of choice live shows and radio broadcast performances.

You can download the “Danielson Alive! EP” from our friends over at eMusic, HERE, and OtherMusic, HERE, as well as from our site, HERE.

THE WAR ON DRUGS Tour With The Hold Steady Postponed

The Hold Steady tour that THE WAR ON DRUGS were due to open on has been postponed until further notice. The War on Drugs’ headline shows at Norwich Arts Centre and The Windmill in London will go ahead as planned. Some new dates have been added as well. Please see updated information below:

10/01/08 London, UK – Borderline w/ Ladyhawk, The Dudes – buy tickets HERE.
10/02/08 London, UK – Pure Groove
10/02/08 London, UK – Bloomsbury Bowling Alley w/ The Dudes
10/03/08 Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Center
10/04/08 Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
10/07/08 London, UK – Windmill – buy tickets HERE.

BODIES OF WATER Video For Doves Circled The Sky

BODIES OF WATER recently filmed an acoustic Take-Away Show version of “Doves Circled The Sky” in a San Franciso antique store, which you can find below.

Also, an MP3 of the song “Water Here” is now available for download HERE.

Catch Bodies of Water on tour in Europe:

10/02/08 London, UK – Concrete And Glass Festival – Hoxton Bar and Grill
10/03/08 Glasgow, UK – Captains Rest
10/04/08 Middlesbrough, UK – Westgarth Social Club
10/05/08 Belfast, UK – Speakeasy
10/06/08 Dublin, Ireland – Wheelans
10/07/08 Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh
10/09/08 Paris, France – Maroquinerie w/ Frightened Rabbit
10/10/08 Koln, Germany – Ewerk w/ Calexico
10/11/08 London, UK – Forum w/ Calexico
10/13/08 Leeds, UK – Brundenell
10/14/08 London, UK – Cargo
10/15/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
10/16/08 Rotterdam, Holland – Rotown
10/17/08 Utrecht, Holland – Ekko
10/19/08 Frankfurt, Germany – Mousonturm w/ Calexico
10/21/08 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
10/23/08 Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik w/ Calexico

CATFISH HAVEN Release Show Discount

Discount tickets are available for the CATFISH HAVEN Devastator album release show on October 11th at the Metro in Chicago.

You can pick these up for $5.00 by using the password “devastator” in the first band field HERE.

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS Release Another World Teaser

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS have released a teaser for the title track to their new EP, Another World.
Enjoy:

Another World will be released 10/7/08.
Pre-order your copy HERE.

MARMOSET’s Record In Red Now On LP

Our friends at Joyful Noise Recordings have released on vinyl for the very first time one of our favorite back catalog titles MARMOSET’s Record In Red.

More information can be found HERE.

Pitchfork had the following to say:
“2001′s 13-song, 33-minute exercise in Anglophilic indie Record in Red, quietly ranks among the best albums released by Secretly Canadian.”

Originally released in 2001 on CD by Secretly Canadian, this epic and eerily-addictive album is revered as a dark pop classic of the Midwest underground. Record in Red is an album that has become a touchstone for damaged pop acolytes wanting to ferret out of one another just how twisted their fellow music lover’s tastes are. It is Marmoset’s finest moment and is now being released on vinyl for the very first time (with free digital download). The music of Record in Red sounds like it comes from a short, golden moment when the Seventies bled into the Eighties and from that place where melody and tone collude to seduce a truth from the darkside of the Midwestern urban experience. It is a hazy and brutal reality that evokes the strangest of nostalgias. The vocals and melodies are delicate, restrained, strange and somehow dissociative.

The final effect is nothing short of a poignantly psychotropic Velvet Underground-esque journey on a seriously heavy dosage of painkillers. Bald, minimally-structured percussion and moody vocals blend by the masterful hand of songwriter Jorma Whittaker (whose songs & vision disproportionately dominate this second full-length by the Indianapolis trio), giving the impression of being underwater – literally or chemically. Witness Marmoset’s slow, syrupy, crackling sound as it builds relentlessly toward a final and impossible intensity that is known simply as Record in Red.

You can purchase the LP HERE.

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS Commissioned By Prada For Fashion Week

Prada commissioned ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS to compose a piece of music for their Fashion Week show. The piece is accompanied by a James Lima-directed and animated video.

The collaboration is available at prada.com, where you can download it for free in QuickTime, iPod, or Prada Phone formats. Click on “Fallen Shadows.”
Watch it HERE.

This track will not be released on ANTONY AND THE JOHNSON’S forthcoming ep, Another World, due out on Secretly Canadian on October 7.

Pre-Order ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS’ Another World EP

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS have emerged with a new album, The Crying Light, which will be released January 2009. “Another World” is the first single, and it will be released as part of the five-song Another World EP which is being released on October 7.

SONG LIST:
Another World
Crackagen
Shake That Devil
Sing For Me
Hope Mountain

Available on CD & 12″, “Another World” is now available for pre-order HERE.

THE WAR ON DRUGS Featured On KEXP’s Song Of The Day

THE WAR ON DRUGS song “Taking The Farm” from Wagonwheel Blues is KEXP’s Song Of The Day today.
Head over HERE to subscribe to the podcast and listen for yourself.

BODIES OF WATER Up For Record Of The Week On BBC Radio

The BODIES OF WATER song “Under The Pines” is up for record of the week on BBC Radio 2′s Radcliffe & Maconie. Voting starts today! Cast your votes HERE.

DAMIEN JURADO Performs For The Black Cab Sessions

While over in the UK for The Greenman Festival, DAMIEN JURADO performed “Last Rights” for the fine folks at The Black Cab Sessions. Check it out below:

“Last Rights” appears on Damien’s newest release, Caught In The Trees, out 9/9/08.
Pre-order your copy HERE.

RICHARD SWIFT Performs For Take Away Shows

The Take Away Show team stopped by a birthday gathering for RICHARD SWIFT a while back to record a few songs. Richard performs the title track from Dressed Up For The Letdown followed by “Sadsong St.” & “Lovely Night” from The Novelist. Check out “Lovely Night” below:

Watch all three songs HERE.

MUSIC GO MUSIC Release Second 12″, Reach Out

Like a bolt from Zeus, Music Go Music have struck again with their new 12″ single – their second of the summer – “Reach Out”, which is in all good record stores now. This outing finds them exploring a darker side of pop music; the place where Deep Purple’s brute force meets the Carpenter’s tragic wistfulness, where Blondie’s power-hooks cross melodic swords with Meat Loaf’s drama-rock theatrics. They’ve expanded their palette considerably, yet the sound is unmistakably theirs, and the magic of it points the way to the light at the end of the tunnel.

“Reach Out” is the monologue of a would-be savior, offering to lift us from the pit of despair. It treks from Logan’s Run ambience to proto-metal riffing to disco-gallop to TV detective funk and back again. “Goodbye Everybody” bemoans the void of such a figure, the immaculate ballad of devastation that the Carpenters’ sense of propriety wouldn’t let them record. “Just Me” employs a Wizzard-does-Spector big-beat that gives way to a monstrous ‘co-dependent no more’ chorus for an ERA-era woman left in the dust.

These are compositions that, again, look backward, but are singular artistic statements in and of themselves. The tropes are lovingly exhumed, examined, and re-animated. Their gratuity is a calculated one, their pathos is genuine in spite of itself. The aesthetic foundation they build on is what permits these towers of song to be raised to such dizzying heights. Searing harmonized guitars and virtuosic organ figures underscore the message of Reach Out’s chorus; “There is a fire in me, I burn with empathy – Dear let compassion reign, call out my name and face the flame.” We quickly realize that, like so many glassy-eyed moths, we, too, cannot resist what would burn so bright.

Listen to the title track, HERE.

DAMIEN JURADO’s New Record, Caught In The Trees, Now Available For Pre-Order

DAMIEN JURADO’s newest release, Caught In The Trees, is now available for pre-order on both CD & LP.
Place your order HERE.

Caught In The Trees will be released 9/9/08 in the US and 10/27/08 in the UK.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Announce New EP, Another World

We are excited to announce that on October 7th, ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS will be releasing their new EP entitled Another World. This will be their first release since I Am A Bird Now in 2005.

Gracing the over is a photo by Pierre-Oliver Deschamps, taken in 1984, depicting Japanese dance legend Kazuo Ohno.
Check it out HERE.

Song list and more info can be found HERE.

DAVE KUSWORTH To Release “Tambourine Girl” Via Sunthunder

Long time NIKKI SUDDEN collaborator, Dave Kusworth, will be releasing “Tambourine Girl” this fall via Sunthunder Records. The album is compiled of some rarities, demos, and out-takes from his former band the Bounty Hunters as well as his solo career with The Tenderhooks.

For more information head over to Sunthunder’s site, HERE.

DAVID VANDERVELDE Covers Okkervil River For The Stand Ins Project

DAVID VANDERVELDE lent a hand to his friends in Okkervil River by covering their song “Singer Songwriter” for their video series “The Stand Ins Project.” Check it out below:

Don’t forget that David’s new record “Waiting For The Sunrise” is available now!

THE WAR ON DRUGS Open For The Hold Steady, Announce New Video

We are proud to announce that THE WAR ON DRUGS will be heading overseas to open for The Hold Steady. The band will join The Hold Steady on a string of fall dates in the UK. Dates below:

09/29/08 Oxford, UK – Academy w/ The Hold Steady
09/30/08 Manchester, UK – Academy w/ The Hold Steady
10/01/08 Glasgow, UK – ABC w/ The Hold Steady
10/02/08 Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall w/ The Hold Steady
10/04/08 Bristol, UK – Anson Rooms
10/05/08 Nottingham, UK – Rock City w/ The Hold Steady
10/06/08 Portsmouth, UK – Pyramid Centre w/ The Hold Steady
10/08/08 London, UK – Roundhouse w/ The Hold Steady

Also, The War On Drugs recently released their new video for “A Needle In Your Eye #16.”
Check it out HERE!

Order their debut album, "Wagonwheel Blues," here.

THE WAR ON DRUGS Give Away Handmade Record!

THE WAR ON DRUGS are giving away a handmade record sleeve of their album “Wagonwheel Blues” via RCRDLBL.com!

Enter to win HERE and stay tuned to RCRDLBL.com for an interview with the band this Thursday!

FRIDA HYVÖNEN Announces New Album, “Silence Is Wild”

Having come out of a year of isolation, FRIDA HYVÖNEN paired up once again with Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen in Stockholm’s famous Atlantis studio and made her second full-length Silence Is Wild – due November 4th, 2008 on Secretly Canadian. Whereas Hyvönen’s 2006 debut Until Death Comes was lean and percussive with her distinctive oompah-styled piano and direct lyrics, Silence Is Wild stretches her voice across lush arrangements of piano, strings, choirs, and synths.

Piano-based antecedents and contemporaries such as Carole King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Plush, and Antony and the Johnsons generally feel like appropriate touchstones for discussing the Swedish singer-songwriter’s recorded work. Lyrically, however, Hyvönen is in more open waters, as she forges her own stylistic path as a songwriter. “December”, for instance, is a simple – almost banal – song about abortion that has been utterly stripped of emotion and showcases her distinct talent for political & social ambivalence. On “Pony” she flips the Smog classic “I Break Horses” on its head. Bill Callahan’s confidence bristled on the latter as he sang “I break horses / I don’t tend to them / I break horses / They seem to come to me / Asking to be broken / They seem to run to me.” On Silence Is Wild’s “Pony”, Hyvönen sings:

The stable is where you learn to
be in charge and not take shit
Dressed to the occasion
leather boots and a stiff black whip
I don’t even have to use it!
I just hold it like this;
my pony knows when she sees it
that does she not behave
she will get to taste it

On Silence is Wild, Hyvönen continues to take an utterly modern approach to classic songwriting forms: blending the confessional with the fictional; mixing wit with a sexuality that shifts from the refined to the raw; all the while using language which dances effortlessly between the timeless and the contemporary, referencing high art and pop culture in a transcendent manner which masterfully puts Hyvönen at the top of a new international class of singer-songwriters.

Check out the first mp3, “Enemy Within” from the album here!

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS With Orchestra Debut At Walt Disney Concert Hall, And Antony Performs On Live Lou Reed Record

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS will debut their orchestral accompaniment at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a one-night-only, special performance presented by the LA Philharmonic, on Tuesday, October 14, at 8 p.m. This marks their only West Coast appearance. Antony and the Johnsons’ upcoming ep, Another World, is due out on Secretly Canadian on October 7.

Conducted by James Holmes
Arranged by Antony and Nico Muhly
web: www.ticketmaster.com, www.laphil.com
The presale password is: EVERGLADE

PRE-SALE TICKETS GO ONSALE MONDAY, AUGUST 18 at 10AM PST.

Also released on October 7 will be the soundtrack to “Lou Reed’s Berlin,” on which Antony appears. The soundtrack was recorded live at Reed’s performance of “Berlin” in 2006. For more information, head here.

THE WAR ON DRUGS Live In Amsterdam

We’ve been waiting a long time to use this headline. FabChannel was on hand for THE WAR ON DRUGS performance in Amsterdam at Paradiso on August 8. They brought their cameras and sound equipment and captured the entire set for broadcast.
Check it out HERE

The band is on tour throughout August in the UK and is making a special appearance at the Big Bang! Festival in Beirut.

08/15/08 Crickhowell, South Wales – Green Man Festival
08/16/08 Yeovil, UK – Orange Box
08/17/08 Dublin, Ireland – Crawdaddy
08/18/08 Bristol, UK – Thekla Social
08/20/08 Brixton, UK – Windmill w/ Bowerbirds
08/23/08 Beirut, Lebanon – Big Bang! Festival

RICHARD SWIFT Releases Free Digital EP, Hits the Road With Stereolab and The Walkmen

Secretly Canadian is pleased to announce “Ground Trouble Jaw,” a new digital EP from RICHARD SWIFT, which is being given away for free for a limited time via our friends at EMusic and Other Music. The EP is sure to please fans of classic Swift, as the five tracks run the gamut from 60s girl group pop to Motown soul to Onasis-flavored 50s street gang doo-wop to synth-fueled pop classics (think Prince sitting in on the “Plastic Ono” sessions) – all with Swift’s emerging trademark vocals which bring his songs to life like few other singers do today.

You can find it for FREE from EMusic HERE!

Additionally, Swift will hit the road at the end of the month in support of his good buddies The Walkmen, following it up with a string of dates with Stereolab.

TOUR DATES:
08/21/08 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour w/ The Walkmen
08/22/08 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour w/ The Walkmen
08/27/08 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/ The Walkmen
09/25/08 Costa Mesa, CA – OCPAC: Samueli Theater w/ Jose Gonzalez
10/17/08 Seattle, WA – Showbox w/ Stereolab
10/18/08 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom w/ Stereolab
10/19/08 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom w/ Stereolab
10/21/08 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore w/ Stereolab
10/23/08 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre w/ Stereolab
10/24/08 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern w/ Stereolab

DAMIEN JURADO In-studio On KEXP Tomorrow!

DAMIEN JURADO will be in the KEXP studio tomorrow morning (8/6/08) to perform a few songs! The show kicks off at 8am pacific time, so don’t miss it!

Head over HERE to listen!

Damiens new record, “Caught In The Trees,” will be in stores 9/9/08.

ANTONY Featured On New Bjork Single

ANTONY HEGARTY lends some vocal help to Bjork on her latest single, “The Dull Flame of Desire.”

The single will be released on September 29th, via One Little Indian, in a wide variety of formats.

Learn more about it here!

BODIES OF WATER Announce First European Tour!

BODIES OF WATER will be embarking on their first ever tour of Europe! Along the journey they will be playing a show with Frightened Rabbit as well as a string of dates with Calexico! Dates below:

10/02/08 London, UK – Concrete And Glass
10/03/08 Glasgow, UK – Captains Rest
10/04/08 Middlesbrough, UK – Westgarth Social Club
10/05/08 Belfast, UK – Speakeasy
10/06/08 Dublin, Ireland – Wheelans
10/07/08 Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh
10/09/08 Paris, France – Maroquinerie w/ Frightened Rabbit
10/10/08 Koln, Germany – Ewerk w/ Calexico
10/11/08 London, UK – Forum w/ Calexico
10/13/08 Leeds, UK – Brundenell
10/14/08 London, UK – Cargo
10/15/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
10/16/08 Rotterdam, Holland – Rotown
10/17/08 Utrecht, Holland – Ekko
10/19/08 Frankfurt, Germany – Mousonturm w/ Calexico
10/23/08 Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik w/ Calexico

Don’t forget that “A Certain Feeling” is out now! Order it HERE!

DAVID VANDERVELDE On Fearless Music TV

DAVID VANDERVELDE stopped by the Fearless Music TV studios to perform “Wisdom From A Tree” off of last years “The Moon Station House Band.”

See for yourself here!

David’s new album, Waiting For The Sunrise, will be out 8/05/2008.

DAVID VANDERVELDE and MUSIC GO MUSIC New Releases Available For Preorder Now

DAVID VANDERVELDE’s Waiting For The Sunrise is a product of a new sort of isolation. After relocating from Chicago to Brooklyn, Vandervelde struggled to find his place in the new musical community. This seclusion led to most of the album being composed in his apartment on an acoustic guitar. Although Waiting for the Sunrise is a decidedly more rootsy effort, Vandervelde has lost none of the exotic swagger that colored his debut. But this time around the savage is mixed with the sublime in a way that is reminiscent of the classic, sentimental pop of the 70’s.

Pre-order it HERE.

MUSIC GO MUSIC’s Reach Out 12 inch has the simple syrup of pop extravagance. These arena-sized songs are composed with such savage efficiency that you find yourself humming along before two bars have gone by. They are as assured and crafted as ABBA and ELO’s best songs of ’76, yet Music Go Music sounds fresh. They’ve exploded the formulas from the inside out, sounding like a hundred others and no one else. ‘Light of Love’ is a true celebration of pop music’s potential – laying a thin sheen of magic over the world around it, and making the tedious bits of the human experience a little less so.

Pre-order it HERE.

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Team Up With Insound And Designer Jason Munn

Insound and Jason Munn of The Small Stakes have teamed up with MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. to give us “The Insound 20.” Magnolia, along with 19 other bands, have limited edition designs, courtesy of Mr. Munn, up for sale now.

Check them out here!

SECRETLY CANADIAN Babe Ruth Baseball League places 2nd in Tournament

Secretly Canadian’s Babe Ruth League baseball team (13 year olds) were runners up in the 2008 tournament. They also finished the season at 10 wins and 4 loses which placed them at second in season standings.

Here are the stats

Secretly Canadian @ Sonic 13 : 6
Ron Plecher Realtor/ReMax @ Secretly Canadian 1 : 11
Secretly Canadian @ Crane Credit Union* 5 : 8
Secretly Canadian @ Sonic* 7 : 5
Mother Bears @ Secretly Canadian* 14 : 4
Secretly Canadian @ Crane Credit Union 8 : 4
Crane Credit Union @ Secretly Canadian 3 : 6
Secretly Canadian @ Ron Plecher Realtor/ReMax 12 : 9
Hummers @ Secretly Canadian* 2 : 12
Hummers @ Secretly Canadian 3 : 11
Sonic @ Secretly Canadian* 4 : 6
Secretly Canadian @ Mother Bears 0 : 7
Ron Plecher Realtor/ReMax @ Secretly Canadian 5 : 5
Secretly Canadian @ Hummers* 18 : 9
Secretly Canadian @ Mother Bears 4 : 6

Congratulations guys.

THE WAR ON DRUGS Perform Live On NPR!

NPR stopped by THE WAR ON DRUGS’ show at Wiggins Park, in Philadelphia, on 7/11 and recorded the whole set!

You can read a little more and hear it now over here!

BODIES OF WATER Daytrotter Sessions Up For Listening!

BODIES OF WATER stopped by for a visit with the good folks over at DayTrotter.com and recorded a few songs from their brand new album, “A Certain Feeling,” out 7/22.

Give it a listen here.

THROW ME THE STATUE’s Daytrotter Sessions Online Now!

THROW ME THE STATUE stopped by the Daytrotter studios recently and recorded “About To Walk,” “Girlfriends Car,” and “Lolita” all from their record “Moonbeams.”

Give it a listen here.

DAMIEN JURADO’s Fuel TV Performances Online!

DAMIEN JURADO was in the Fuel TV studios a few weeks back and the folks over there were nice enough to post them online! Watch them below and catch him on tour this summer!

Tour dates:

08/06/08 Seattle, WA – KEXP in-studio
08/17/08 Crickhowell, South Wales – Green Man Festival
08/18/08 Manchester, UK – Trinity Chapel
08/19/08 London, UK – Bush Hall w/ Bowerbirds
08/30/08 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
09/06/08 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
09/07/08 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
09/09/08 Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland
09/10/08 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
09/12/08 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
09/13/08 Seattle, WA – Triple Door
09/25/08 Chicago, IL – Schubas
09/26/08 St. Louis, MO – Biliken Club
09/27/08 Bloomington, IN – Rhino’s
09/29/08 Cambridge, MA – T.T. The Bear’s Place
09/30/08 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
10/01/08 Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall
10/02/08 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
10/03/08 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Chapel
10/04/08 Columbus, OH – Milo Arts

Vote For THROW ME THE STATUE’s “Lolita” Video On MTVU!

THROW ME THE STATUE’s video for “Lolita” is up for voting on the MTVU show “The Freshman.” You have until this Friday (7/11/08) at 11:59p to vote.

Read more and vote as many times as you’d like HERE!

BODIES OF WATER “A Certain Feeling” Available for Pre-order Now!

At long last, you can pre-order your very own copy of BODIES OF WATER’s new record, “A Certain Feeling,” which will be in stores 07/22/08.

A free poster will be included with all pre-orders as well as a download code for those who order vinyl.

Order now, HERE!

To celebrate the record, Bodies of Water will be holding a CD release show followed by a string of dates in August and September!

07/17/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (CD Release Show)
08/06/08 Madison, WI – Cafe Montmartre
08/07/08 Chicago, IL – Schubas
08/09/08 Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
08/10/08 Montreal, QC – Le Divan Orange
08/12/08 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
08/13/08 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
08/15/08 Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall
08/16/08 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
08/17/08 Wasington D.C., – Black Cat Backstage
08/18/08 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
08/19/08 Indianapolis, IN – Locals Only
08/23/08 Los Angeles, CA – Sunset Junction Street Festival
09/02/08 Vancouver, BC – Media Club w/ Karl Blau
09/03/08 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey w/ Karl Blau
09/05/08 Salem, OR – IKE Box w/ Karl Blau
09/07/08 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of The Hill w/ Throw Me The Statue
09/09/08 San Diego, CA – Casbah w/ Throw Me The Statue
09/10/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ Throw Me The Statue

DAMIEN JURADO On Fuel TV

DAMIEN JURADO will be on Fuel TV performing a few songs this Thursday, 06/26/08. You’ll have four chances to catch his performance so you have no excuse for missing it.

Show times:
Thursday @ 6p (PST)
Thursday @ 9p (PST)
Friday @ 11:30a (PST)
Friday @ 2:30p (PST)

Damien’s new record, Caught In The Trees, will be in stores 09/09/08.

THROW ME THE STATUE’s Huey Lewis Cover Premiers On Stereogum

THROW ME THE STATUE are contributing a song to the Huey Lewis & The News cover compilation, “Are You Still With Me?!” Joining them on the comp is My Brightest Diamond, Apostle Of Hustle, and, label mates, Catfish Haven.

Listen to their version of “If This Is It” HERE

Learn more about “Are You Still With Me?!” HERE

DAMIEN JURADO To Release “Caught In The Trees” on 9/9/08

“Caught In the Trees” marks the dawn of a new era for Damien Jurado. It may not be a huge departure from some of his past albums musically, but lyrically Jurado has taken a giant leap forward and there is no turning back. Best known for his dark yet fragile first person fictional tales, Jurado now unlocks the door and invites us into his own enigmatic world with an energy and intensity that is all-consuming.

Jurado took a full year to make this record, longer than ever before, as he ran away from and eventually found himself in his own songs. He subsequently found refuge in sharing the songs with his closest friends and bandmates, Eric Fisher and Jenna Conrad. Having walked alongside him through this most challenging journey, the songs that came out of it are as much theirs as his. Jurado, Fisher, and Conrad collaborated on the compositions – some much more rocking than Jurado fans are used to, but ever as intense – and pulled in producers Kory Kruckenberg and Casey Foubert to contribute their own unique stylings.

Recording started in the summer months and the sweltering heat, and wrapped in the freezing temps of winter. (It is clear on first listen that two distinct seasons are represented through “Caught In the Trees” – an accidental metaphor perhaps?) There was laughter and there was introspection, and the result is a record that Jurado loyalists will find was worth the wait. And perhaps a reason to listen for those who have yet to give this bedraggled storyteller a chance.

Listen to “Gillian Was A Horse” HERE

IMPOSSIBLE SHAPES Release Video For Infinity’s Lips

Secretly Canadian is proud to announce the release of the second video from The Impossible Shapes new record. Capturing time lapses of a southern Indiana summer, you can almost feel the heat descend, in a fraction of the time.

Watch the video for “Infinity’s Lips” here

or on YouTube

The Impossible Shapes are also headed out on tour starting next Saturday, performing songs from their new release “The Impossible Shapes” (though the name of the album is actually a sigil, a symbol of desire).

Tour dates:

06/28/08 Chicago, IL – South Union Arts
06/29/08 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
06/30/08 Toronto, Ontario – Sneaky Dees
07/02/08 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
07/03/08 Portland, ME – Space Gallery
07/05/08 New York, NY – Cake Shop
07/06/08 Jamaica Plain, MA – The Milky Way Lounge and Lanes
07/07/08 Philadelphia, PA – M Room
07/08/08 Washington, DC – DC9
07/09/08 Chapel Hill, NC – Night Light
07/10/08 Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
07/11/08 Louisville, KY – Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge

JENS LEKMAN “Sipping On The Sweet Nectar” Remixes Now Available

Service Records in Sweden recently released a few JENS LEKMAN remixes entiled “Sipping On the Sweet Nectar, The Epic Remixes by ULTRACITY and Bogdan Irkük a.k.a. BULGARI”

Epic they are, indeed. So epic, in fact, they bear the seal of approval from the S.E.D.A.*

Listen to them HERE

*Swedish Epic Disco Association

THE WAR ON DRUGS Wagonwheel Blues Available Now!

The wait is over, you can purchase your very own copy of Wagonwheel Blues, the debut full length from The War on Drugs, now!
HERE

“Granduciel’s plainspoken voice and his band’s dreamily textured, ambient sound are alluringly compatible, lush and dreamy with a familiar rock ‘n’ roll bite.”
- Steven Rosen, Paste Magazine

Also, THE WAR ON DRUGS is Spin’s Artist of the Day today. HERE

“He sounds incredibly like the amphetamine-addled Bob Dylan of ’66 fronting the Jesus And Mary Chain”
- Nathaniel Cramp, NME

While you’re on the internet, check out the band’s current Myspace.com feature HERE

Tour Dates:
08/08/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
08/09/08 Venlo, Netherlands – Zomerparkfeest
08/10/08 Courcelles, Belgium – La Posterie
08/11/08 London, UK – The Old Blue Last
08/12/08 London, UK – Club Fandango at Dublin Castle
08/13/08 Farnham, UK – The William Cobbett
08/14/08 Saint-Malo, France – La Route Du Rock Festival
08/15/08 Crickhowell, South Wales – Green Man Festival
08/16/08 Yeovil, UK – Orange Box
08/17/08 Dublin, Ireland – Crawdaddy
08/18/08 Bristol, UK – Thekla Social
08/20/08 Brixton, UK – Windmill w/ Bowerbirds

THE WAR ON DRUGS Offer Free MP3 of “Taking The Farm” via Other Music

For this week only, Other Music is offering a free download of “Taking the Farm,” the first single from THE WAR ON DRUGS highly anticipated debut full length Wagonwheel Blues, out 6/17/08. Check it out HERE

DAVID VANDERVELDE to release “Waiting For The Sunrise” August 5th

David Vandervelde dropped out of the sky in early 2007 with the well-received indie classic The Moonstation House Band. That album more than lived up to its title’s potential, providing a healthy slab of cosmic, primal rock boogie. While this debut was the product of Vandervelde being isolated in the studio, being allowed to follow his every musical whim, Waiting For The Sunrise is a product of a new sort of isolation. After relocating from Chicago to Brooklyn, Vandervelde struggled to find his place in the new musical community. This seclusion led to most of the album being composed in his apartment on an acoustic guitar.

Although Waiting for the Sunrise is a decidedly more rootsy effort, Vandervelde has lost none of the exotic swagger that colored his debut. But this time around the savage is mixed with the sublime in a way that is reminiscent of the classic, sentimental pop of the 70′s. The production emboldens the AM radio vibe that prevails throughout the album, sliding effortlessly between hazy rock shuffles and ballads for wood paneled basements. On this sophomore effort Vandervelde has put his best foot forward with a focused set of songs that recall classic themes of journey and infinity. Rarely has a sun-drenched folk-rock album sounded this confident.

For the first time, members of his band contributed to the recording sessions and the finished album features a song co-written by ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett. The finished product is the result of Vandervelde having extended himself both musically and emotionally, looking both deeply inward and outward for inspiration.

Visit David Vandervelde Artist Page on SC Website

MP3 “I Will Be Fine”

Upcoming Shows:
7/18/08 Chicago, IL – KEXP Live From Chicago with Cheryl Waters
7/27/08 Chicago, IL – Schubas
8/31/08 Los Angeles, CA – Fuck Yeah Fest

BODIES OF WATER Announce Tour

BODIES OF WATER will be going on tour in support of their upcoming release, “A Certain Feeling,” in stores 7/22. See you there!

Tour dates:

07/17/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (CD Release Show)
08/07/08 Chicago, IL – Schubas
08/09/08 Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
08/10/08 Montreal, QC – Le Divan Orange
08/12/08 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
08/13/08 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
08/15/08 Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall
08/16/08 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
08/17/08 Wasington D.C., – Black Cat Backstage
08/18/08 Columbus, OH – Cafe Bourbon St. Annex
08/19/08 Indianapolis, IN – Locals Only
08/23/08 Los Angeles, CA – Sunset Junction Street Festival

FOREIGN BORN Sign to Secretly Canadian!

Secretly Canadian is thrilled to announce that Foreign Born, the Los Angeles Times’ “best [band] to use sleigh bells” has joined their roster and will be releasing their Secretly Canadian debut, “Person to Person” in February of 2009. The band made the announcement themselves to Mark Sovel, the program director for L.A.’s influential radio station Indie 103.1 on his “Check 1-2″ radio show this past Sunday. This follows the band’s well-received first long-player, “On The Wing Now.”

“Full of vast, powerful tunes that take an earnest aim at the human condition.” -Pitchfork 8/07

Foreign Born began as a collaboration between singer/guitarist Matt W. Popieluch and lead guitarist Lewis Pesacov while the two were still in college. After finishing their studies they relocated to Los Angeles to record with Lewis’ longtime friend Ariel Rechtshaid, who had begun producing a series of increasingly impressive recordings for other bands like the Blood Arm and We Are Scientists and soon became Foreign Born’s bassist. Drummer Garrett Ray joined the band with sometime collaborator Rechtshaid, rounding out the foursome.

The band has since toured with the aforementioned Scientists, as well as fellow Southern Californians the Cold War Kids and multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, among others, always inviting their touring companions on stage for a rousing rendition of their closing stomp, “Union Hall.”

“As purely So-Cal as Snoop Dogg and Silver Lake.” -NYLON Magazine, 9/07
The band amassed 22 songs in preparation for the release of “Person,” tinkering with each candidate and gradually working toward the 15 they’ll bring with them into the studio with still more cuts to be made. These selections take as much from the members’ musical influences as they do from the band’s eastside-LA environment, incorporating themes of wanderlust, loneliness amidst a teeming city, and concern over the landscape changing around them.

Asked to describe the feeling of finding a like-minded partner in Secretly Canadian, singer Matt W. Popieluch said simply that he finds the new arrangement “seriously bitchin’, on a number of levels.”

You can check out the videos from a sweet sun-kissed acoustic session the band recently recorded for Live Daily here:

http://www.livedaily.com/sessions/9.html

Stay tuned for more on the new album “Person to Person”, upcoming live dates and more!

MORE ON Foreign Born:

Foreign Born on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/foreignborn
Band Website: http://foreignbornmusic.blogspot.com/

DAMIEN JURADO Starts Tour Tonight

DAMIEN JURADO starts his tour w/ Jeremy Enigk tonight. Hope to see you there!

Tour dates:

05/30/08 Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar w/ Jeremy Enigk
05/31/08 Allston, MA – Great Scott w/ Jeremy Enigk
06/01/08 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/ Jeremy Enigk
06/03/08 Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java w/ Jeremy Enigk
06/05/08 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 w/ Jeremy Enigk
06/06/08 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend w/ Jeremy Enigk
06/07/08 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse w/ Jeremy Enigk
06/10/08 Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland w/ Jeremy Enigk
06/11/08 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord w/ Jeremy Enigk
06/12/08 Salem, OR – IKE Box
06/13/08 Portland, OR – Dante’s w/ Jeremy Enigk
08/06/08 Seattle, WA – KEXP in-studio
08/17/08 Crickhowell, South Wales – Green Man Festival
08/18/08 Manchester, UK – Trinity Chapel
08/19/08 London, UK – Bush Hall

THROW ME THE STATUE video for “Lolita” debuts on MTV.com

After some pretty serious anticipation it’s happened and we couldn’t be happier: Throw Me The Statue’s video for the track “Lolita” (from the album Moonbeams) has debuted on MTV.com. That’s right. So all that’s left for you to do is watch it, embrace it, soak in it for a bit – make it happen.

”Lolita” on MTV.com

THE WAR ON DRUGS Wagonwheel Blues available for preorder now!

According to FADER, “The War On Drugs made a totally serious album, shimmering and sprawling- it’s as inspiring as it is exhausting and dense.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves (and that’s why we’re not in the magazine business).

And now, at long last, you can pre-order your very own copy of this much anticipated debut from The War on Drugs “Wagonwheel Blues,” (in stores June 17; which is why we’re in the record business).

For vinyl lovers, if you order the LP, your package comes with a free poster and download code; order now!

HERE.

After a string of raucous US dates in anticipation of the release of “Wagonwheel Blues”, The War on Drugs is getting geared up for August UK/EU dates. “Wagonwheel Blues” comes out in the UK on June 2.

06/07/08 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s

08/08/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
08/09/08 Venlo, Netherlands – Zomerparkfeest
08/10/08 Courcelles (B), Belgium -La Posterie
08/11/08 London, UK – The Old Blue Last
08/12/08 London, UK – Club Fandango at Dublin Castle
08/13/08 Farnham, UK – The William Cobbett
08/14/08 London, UK – Cargo w/ Cave Singers & O Death
08/15/08 Crickhowell, South Wales – Green Man Festival
08/16/08 Yeovil, UK – Orange Box
08/17/08 Dublin, Ireland – Crawdaddy
08/18/08 Bristol, UK – Thekla Social
08/20/08 Brixton, UK – Windmill w/ Bowerbirds

“‘Wagonwheel’ is no period piece: it’s got some 80s big-drum heroics and Eno-esque ambience to tangle the time line, and Graduciel’s lyrics explore the timeless war between hope and disillusionment with such giddiness it’s unclear which side he favors to win” – CHICAGO READER

“This wall of sound isn’t impenetrable, because atop it sit the stadium-friendly Springsteenisms of frontman Adam Ganduciel, whose wit and wordplay add a whole new depth to the proceedings. Opener ‘Arms Like Boulders’ sets out his stall with a cryptic critique of neo-con America, while on highlight ‘Needle In Your Eye’ he sounds incredibly like the amphetamine-addled Bob Dylan of ’66 fronting the Jesus And Mary Chain” – NME

“Top-down, pitch-perfect car-radio rock. Only Americans can make music like this: blue sky and widescreen, feel good – but with a sting.” – UNCUT

BODIES OF WATER to release “A Certain Feeling” this July

One year after self-releasing the acclaimed “Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink,” Bodies of Water have created another full-length offering. “A Certain Feeling,” their first record for Secretly Canadian, was written, arranged and recorded in David & Meredith Metcalf’s house in the Northeast L.A. neighborhood of Highland Park. 

The strains that one can hear running through all of Bodies of Water’s music are fully exhibited here; instantly familiar melodies, rich harmonic color, expansively deft arrangements, and compositions that ebb, flow, and double back on themselves in cathartic synchronicity. Though no two songs sound entirely similar, it’s a cohesive collection that comes out feeling like the anthemic prog/gospel/psychedelic/kraut-tribal movie score that Ennio Morricone and Phil Spector never got around to collaborating on. The choral hugeness that typified “Ears Will Pop” still rears it’s emphatic head, only here its more often held in reserve as we marinate in each movement before being pulled along into the next passage of the narrative.

“A Certain Feeling” is the sound of a band carving out an ever-evolving, but distinct aesthetic niche for themselves. Steve Reich organ figures blend into a Wagner meets Sabbath riff. A shape-note choir is dropped into the midst of an Upsetters/ESG jam. Musique concrete meanderings beget Velvet Underground plodding that escalates into a five-time tropicalia workout. In spite of (or because of) the record’s breadth, its easy to see the group’s fingerprints all over. The singing, playing, compositions, lyrical themes (obsessive meta-physicality/spiritual surrender/human frailty) are unmistakably Bodies of Water’s. “A Certain Feeling” is a step forward, but assuredly filled with the same beautiful urgency that we have come to expect from them.

“A Certain Feeling” will be released on 7/22/08, and Bodies of Water will be headlining a celebration of the record with a concert at the Echo on July 7/17/08 in Los Angeles. 

Please preview the album with the unbelievably grand Under the Pines

JENS LEKMAN Starts UK Tour

JENS LEKMAN has just begun an extensive UK tour that continues through May. Hope to see you out!

Tour dates:

05/13/08 Newcastle, United Kingdom – The Cluny
05/14/08 Leeds, United Kingdom – Woodhouse Club
05/15/08 Glasgow, Scotland – Oran Mor
05/18/08 Minehead, United Kingdom – All Tomorrows Parties
05/19/08 Manchester, United Kingdom – Academy 3
05/20/08 London, United Kingdom – Scala
05/21/08 Birmingham, United Kingdom – Glee Club
05/23/08 Belfast, Ireland – The Black Box
05/24/08 Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh
05/25/08 Dublin, Ireland – The Village

Buy tickets here

LONPAUL ELLRICH, May You Rest In Peace

We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, LonPaul Ellrich last week in the early hours of Wednesday May 7th. LP was first introduced to us in the late ’90s as a core member of Marmoset and through the years he produced and played on many Secretly Canadian projects. Though most knew him as an amazingly subtle and musical drummer, LP was very much a swiss army knife. He could sing, play guitar, break out a fucked up keyboard part, it didn’t matter…his primary instrument was his sheer taste in music and unending – sometimes to a fault – need to realize what he was hearing in his brain.

LonPaul, you’re brutally honest, totally endearing, and always inspiring, we’ll miss you.

Services will be Wednesday May 14 at Crown Hill Funeral Home in Indianapolis.
Calling at 5:30pm with the Memorial Service immediately following at 6:30pm.

Share memories here:
http://www.musicalfamilytree.net/group/lonpaulmemories

Hear a rare glimpse of LP singing on “Peace In The Valley” from Marmoset’s Today Its You album:
http://scjag.com/mp3/sc/peaceinthevalley.mp3

THROW ME THE STATUE Live On KEXP Today

THROW ME THE STATUE will be performing at KEXP’s live broadcast from Sonic Boom in Seattle today at 2 pm EST. TMTS will be joining KEXP and Sonic Boom to celebrate the success of KEXP’s most recent pledge drive.

Listen here

Secretly Canadian To Release Debut By MUSIC GO MUSIC

On 5/20/08, Secretly Canadian will release the first 12″ in a series of vinyl releases by the band Music Go Music.

Music Go Music have the simple syrup of pop extravagance running through their veins. These arena-sized songs are composed with such savage efficiency that you find yourself humming along before two bars have gone by. They are as assured and crafted as ABBA and ELO’s best songs of ’76, yet Music Go Music sounds fresh. They’ve exploded the formulas from the inside out, sounding like a hundred others and no one else. “Light of Love” is a true celebration of pop music’s potential – laying a thin sheen of magic over the world around it, and making the tedious bits of the human experience a little less so.

Thirty years ago these songs would have been recorded by coke-fueled session musicians and millionaire producers in Nassau or Stockholm for $5000 a day. They would have been performed in huge arenas and played in every mall as the soundtrack to the prom queen’s shopping spree. It was music made by the few for the very, very many. Thirty years on, it could only be re-imagined by a band whose members came of age playing music in the tradition of those that ended up killing it off: the punkers. Now that punk’s branches sag heavy with the crass kudzu of of x-treme ubiquity (Hot Topic, wallet chains, totally-in-your-face Mountain Dew commercials), its old nemesis has become the new underdog. This time it’s leaner, wiser, and has been distilled down to an essence of the bloated dinosaur that it grew into the last time around. There are no wasted notes, no fat, no filler. “Light of Love” plays like the first three tracks of a future Greatest Hits album.

“Speak to me, darling, in hushed tones. Tell me your heart’s true desire” sings Gala Bell on the title track, equal parts Debby Harry, Karen Carpenter, and Kate Bush. Maybe it’s the wonderfully layered vocals, maybe the rich synth textures, maybe their impossibly uplifting nature, but there is something immediately familiar about these songs. At first listen, we’re inexorably drawn into their sphere. For at least a moment, we are surrounded by the halo of their refracted energy – we can bask in the light of love.

MP3 for “Light of Love”

Secretly Canadian Artist Page

More info on “Light of Love”:

THROW ME THE STATUE Joins CAKE For Show At The Paramount Theatre

We’re pleased to announce that THROW ME THE STATUE will be joining Cake on May 11th for what promises to be an epic show at the equally epic Paramount Theatre in Seattle. This will be TMTS’s debut performance at the revered Seattle venue.

May 11 Seattle, Washington – Paramount Theater

Limited tickets are still available here

THE IMPOSSIBLE SHAPES To Release Seventh Proper Full Length; Give Away Music For Free

The title of THE IMPOSSIBLE SHAPES seventh proper full length is a sigil. A sigil is often used in magic and can take an aural form. This particular sigil is a potent symbol of desire, but, this sigil is unpronounceable – so you can call the album “The Impossible Shapes”.

THE IMPOSSIBLE SHAPES have been merrily musickmaking for a decade now. With this release the band has recorded songs which were flushed out over many live performances over many tours all across the globe. Although the individual songs vary quite a bit, this is perhaps the band’s most cohesive album to date. This album is their pinnacle song mound that could have been issued by Zapple, if times had been different. At the root, these four long-hairs are a pop band — kinda like how Byrds became a meta group — who’ve been strained through British folk as well as the whole post/beat/mystic literate gob.

THE IMPOSSIBLE SHAPES are a band that Charles Aron of SPIN Magazine describes as “Indie rockers who trip nervously like Love and muse enigmatically like Pavement. Few bands daydream and flake out with such a mature sense of purpose”. This self titled album is perhaps the Bloomington, Indiana band’s best manifestation of this sentiment. And The Impossible Shapes want to show you.

Please check out (and share) the following MP3 of a song called “Hey!”:

The band has also released a video for the song “Let The People Build What They Will”. It is the first of a series of videos produced and directed by members and friends of the band.

View it here

or on YouTube here

And if this isn’t enough free stuff for you, eMusic will be hosting a retrospective of free MP3s from The Impossible Shapes. Two tracks from every album The Impossible Shapes have released on Secretly Canadian (including this upcoming release).

You can find that here:

http://www.emusic.com/album/The-Impossible-Shapes-9-MP3-Download/11208294.html

US TOUR DATES thus far
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06/28/08 Chicago, IL – The Note
06/30/08 Toronto, Ontario – Sneaky Dees
07/03/08 Portland, ME – Space Gallery
07/05/08 New York, NY – Cake Shop
07/07/08 Philadelphia, PA – M Room
07/08/08 Washington, DC – DC9
07/09/08 Chapel Hill, NC – Night Light
07/10/08 Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light

THE WAR ON DRUGS hit the road to support forthcoming debut Wagonwheel Blues

The War on Drugs are taking their show on the road this summer. First up is a string of US dates in May and June supporting Bishop Allen and Blood on the Wall, followed by a trip to Europe for the August festival season. Stay tuned for more dates as they are announced.

05/05/08 New York, NY – Piano’s Brooklyn Vegans Rock and ROFL
05/14/08 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse w/ Bishop Allen
05/15/08 Boston, MA – Middle East (Downstairs) w/ Bishop Allen
05/16/08 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Bishop Allen
05/18/08 Washington DC, – The Black Cat w/ Bishop Allen
05/21/08 Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop w/ Blood On The Wall
05/22/08 Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick w/ Blood On The Wall
05/23/08 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle w/ Blood On The Wall
06/07/08 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
08/08/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
08/09/08 Venlo, Netherlands – Zomerparkfeest
08/15/08 Crockhowell, Wales – Green Man Festival

Wagonwheel Blues is being released in the US on June 17, 2008, and in the UK on 2 June 2008.

Check out the band’s myspace page here

RICHARD SWIFT unveils Ground Trouble Jaw documentary series

On the heels of the latest Richard Swift release “Richard Swift As Onasis”, we are pleased to present Ground Trouble Jaw, an ongoing documentary series shot and edited by Swift. Through the series, the mad professor Swift takes you into his lab where you will behold tesla coils, unruly theremins, and the birth of the vicious tape reel monster! Lots of fun in an assuredly oddball fashion, the series provides a great insider’s perspective into the brain of Mr. R. Swift.

The first five episodes:

Episode I: Wilco Loft, Chicago, IL (5:05)

Episode II: National Freedom! Tour Rehearsal Nov. 2007 (6:56)

Episode III: Attack of the Tape Monster! (2:36)

Episode IV: Theremin Tomfoolery (1:29)

Episode V: Bat Coma Motown (2:19)

The Ground Trouble Jaw series can be viewed in one place here

or on myspace

Watch RICHARD SWIFT’s new video for Knee-High Boogie Blues

We are pleased to announce another entry into the Richard Swift canon. Richard and Lance Troxel got together and made a hand clapping, foot tapping video for “Knee-High Boogie Blues” off the new double-EP “Richard Swift As Onasis”, due out April 8 on Secretly Canadian.

Watch it here

Listen to JENS LEKMAN’s live set from NPR’s SXSW show

JENS LEKMAN’s entire set from the NPR party at SXSW is now up on the NPR website for your listening enjoyment. Check it outhere

WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY releases “How We Lost” this May

Windsor For the Derby spent the last year and a half writing and recording “How We Lost”. Holed up for days on end in their Philadelphia studio, they recorded and re-recorded obsessively until every sound was exactly where they wanted it. Gear broke, hard drives crashed, gear broke again, and nervous breakdowns ensued. It seemed at times that this record would never be completed but the band persevered just as they have managed to do for the past dozen or so years, as the music industry fluxed around it.

Despite the connotation of its title, “How We Lost” is a celebratory album. It’s a reflective record and, in its own way, celebrates the WFTD continuum that’s been created from their first release (Calm Hades Float, 1996) to their last (Giving Up the Ghost, 2005). Each of these recordings is a sequel to the next; both in narrative and musically and as the band’s first two records (Calm Hades Float and Minnie Greutzfeldt) were re-released last year they found themselves in constant dialogue about their body of work and the paths they’d chosen. Also a part of that ongoing dialogue were the records that the band finds itself consistently re-visiting (Swell Maps, Section 25, Psychic TV and much of the Factory Records catalog) and what makes those recordings timeless and resonate in a personal way with the band. The songs on “How We Lost” are reflections of those records and those conversations. It’s about the band and the ways the band has changed over the years, the things they hold onto and what’s been left behind.

Windsor For The Derby will release “How We Lost” on 5/20/08.

Listen to the MP3 for “Maladies” here

Listen to the MP3 for “Hold On” here

SECRETLY CANADIAN at SXSW 2008

Citizens of Earth! Travellers to Texas! Eaters of Mexican food! Goers of shows! Passers out on 6th! Wakers up by the river! Stumblers to breakfast! Hairs of the dogs that bit you! Wakers up in someone’s backyard! Stumblers to the river! Takers of a nap! Hailers of a cab out of town! Barfers at airport bathrooms! Sleepers on planes! Forgetters of entire weekends! Whisperers of disbelief back at work on Monday! Citizens of rock! Unite!!

Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, and Dead Oceans are pleased to announce the line-up for our 2008 South By Southwest showcase. Good times will be had from 8pm to 2am on Thursday March 13th at The Mohawk (located at 912 Red River). Like last year we’ll be running two stages, details as follows:

OUTSIDE STAGE
Black Mountain – 1:00-2:00
Jens Lekman – 12:00-12:45
Bon Iver – 11:00-11:45
Evangelicals – 10:00-10:45
Bodies Of Water – 9:00-9:45
Phosphorescent – 8:00-8:45

INSIDE STAGE
Parts & Labor – 12:30-1:15
Citay – 11:30-12:15
The Explorers Club – 10:30-11:15
Throw Me The Statue – 9:30-10:15
White Hinterland – 8:30-9:15

Here is a handy schedule that details where our bands will be during the rest of the fest.

Jens Lekman:
March 13 @ THE PARISH – NPR Performance 1:15pm
March 13 @ EMO’S MAIN STAGE – Kork Showcase 8:00pm
March 14 @ CLUB DEVILLE – Hot Freaks! Party 4:30pm

Bodies of Water:
March 12 @ THE PEACOCK – GORILLA V. BEAR 3:15PM
March 13 @ FRENCH LEGION MUSEUM (outdoor campus) – Other Music Day Party 1:00pm
March 14 @ AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER – 4:30PM
March 14 @ URBAN OUTFITTERS IN-STORE 2:00pm
March 15 @ DAYTROTTER RECORDING – 11:00am
March 15 @ CLUB DEVILLE – Hot Freaks! Party 2:30pm

The War on Drugs:
March 15 @ LAMBERT’S DOWNTOWN BBQ – Prelude To Heat Death Pt. II (Quite Scientific + Friends) 12:50pm

See you in Austin!

Secretly Canadian joins forces with THE WAR ON DRUGS

After a carefully choreographed mating dance and an unhealthy binge of Dylan’s Verbose Years, Secretly Canadian and Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs have entered into a union from which many soon-to-be-considered classic albums will spring forth. First up is the “Barrel of Batteries” EP, which is being given away as a free download for a limited time (see links below). Containing 5 demos that we found ourselves returning to over and over again, “Barrel of Batteries” showcases the band’s epic pop songs as well as a few short ambient pieces. With influences ranging from Dylan and CCR, to Suicide and Silver Apples, Adam Granduciel joins a distinct set of songwriters with his own brand of timeless musicianship. Ushering in a new golden era of polished, yet subcultural exploration, Adam’s voice and music have that unmistakable singularity that comes along only so often. This is not the canon rehashed, rather it is realized with a spirit of invention. This earnest playfulness is at the forefront of of the listening experience. Layered with popping ecstatic guitars, with drums sitting firmly and a voice that is urgent and in control, it’s like “I’m On Fire”-era Springsteen with 80s singalong qualities while still being firmly planted in the present.

The War on Drugs started like many bands, primary songwriter Adam Granduciel and neighborly aesthete Kurt Vile were just hanging out and playing their guitars. With the addition of Kyle Lloyd, Charlie Hall, and Dave Hartley and some meandering guest musicians, the band congealed into the current outfit which has been playing out in Philadelphia with increased momentum.

Look for a full-length from The War On Drugs in mid-2008.

Download the “Barrel Of Batteries EP” here

The EP is ALSO Free on Emusic

New live footage of MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO surfaces

Not too long ago Magnolia Electric Co played in Washington DC. John Francis was there with his crew and captured some great live footage, featuring the late great Evan Farrell on bass. Enjoy.

“Leave The City” from the album What Comes After The Blues

“Talk To Me Devil Again” from the album Fading Trails

“Shiloh Temple Bell” from the Sojourner Box

RICHARD SWIFT gets down and dirty with new double EP

Secretly Canadian is pleased to announce another sparkling, but rough cut gem from Richard Swift. “Richard Swift As Onasis” hits record stores April 8, 2008.

This double EP is as creatively fortifying as it is unhinged and unpolished, a primal slab thrown into the fire for dancing and merriment during the chilly months while we await Richard Swift’s second full-length, and proper follow-up to last year’s colossal “Dressed Up For The Letdown”.

Not long ago, the idea of a record was to capture a performance. Before the studio trickery of our beloved icons from the 60s, cats gathered around a couple microphones, and let at it. This is hardly a forgotten art, but its purveyors (and us) are languishing in the onslaught of amplified 1s and 0s, where honesty, blemish and truth are subjected to a virtual recording filters that auto-remove soul. So it’s no surprise Swift, a long-in-the-tooth impresario of all things analog, would jangle and stomp out this tangent of jams that tape-echo a generation of pioneers who believed Rock and Roll and the Blues are a calling, not a choice.

These songs get in your belly and wiggle your hips like Howlin’ Wolf, and stomp your foot and bob your head like Link Wray. Some of them float around like organ music that slipped out the church backdoor and headed to that bar with vinyl booths and a Little Richard photo over the burbling Wurlitzer of 45s. Whether with Instruments of Science and Technology, or the tin pan rattle of “The Novelist”, or his own short films, or now with “…As Onasis”, Swift keeps finding sides of himself to explore. While one day someone somewhere might begin to add up all these parts and find an overarching theme winding through his work (probably much like a kite string tangled up in a tree), it’s enough that we have a new collection of rock solid jams to turn up loud, really loud.

You can hear 2 free mp3s from the record here:
Richard Swift as Onasis – “Knee High Boogie Blues”
Richard Swift as Onasis – “Phone Coffins”

THROW ME THE STATUE featured on Pitcfork’s Forkcast

Check out Blogotheque’s newest Take-Away-Show, and you can see THROW ME THE STATUE performing several songs from the new SC release “Moonbeams”. The band filmed while performing on the Seattle-Puget Sound Ferry. Makes us Bloomingtonians miss the coastline!

Watch below or travel here for the whole experience.


Throw Me the Statue – My valuable huntikng knife
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Throw Me The Statue – About to walk
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Throw Me the Statue – Lolita
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BOBB TRIMBLE acetate goes for $1975 on eBay

A recent eBay auction for BOBB TRIMBLE’s “One Mile From Heaven” b/w “Killed by the Hands of an Unknown Rock Star” 7″ acetate has earned the reclusive folkster almost $2000. The acetate, Bobb’s first release from 1978, was donated by an old high school friend of Bobb’s, and all of the proceeds will go to his retirement fund.

For more info, the closed listing can be viewed here

Closet Classic: NIKKI SUDDEN & DAVE KUSWORTH’S THE JACOBITES video for Don’t You Ever Leave Me

Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth’s The Jacobites “Don’t You Ever Leave Me” video from Heart Of Hearts (1996, Por Caridad Procucci):

THROW ME THE STATUE announce their first US tour!

THROW ME THE STATUE has been wow-ing audiences of the Pacific Northwest for the past year, earning a residency slot at Seattle’s Chop Suey and a west coast tour with Jens Lekman. The release of his debut album on Secretly Canadian, “Moonbeams”, is upon us! This Tuesday, February 19th, “Moonbeams” will be available in stores, and to celebrate, TMTS will be playing a cd release show in Bellingham, WA on February 22nd and the NoisePop! Festival in San Francisco on February 28th.

Following the international release of “Moonbeams”, TMTS will begin their very first US tour, reaching both coasts and the magical music festival known as SXSW. Please join them in the following cities:

Feb 22 – Bellingham, WA – Boundary Bay Brewery
Feb 28 – San Francisco, CA – NoisePop! Fest at Great American Music Hall w/ Stellastarr
Mar 6 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s w/ Arthur and Yu
Mar 12 – 3/16 – Austin, TX – South by Southwest
Mar 13 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Lounge, Secretly Canadian Showcase w/ Black Mountain, Jens Lekman, and many more!
Mar 18 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey w/ Beach House and The Papercuts
Mar 22 – Missoula, MT – Badlander
Mar 23 – Spearfish, SD – Toomey’s
Mar 28 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s w/ Le Loup and The Ruby Suns
Mar 29 – Bloomington, IN – Art Hospital
Mar 31 – Lexington, KY – The Icehouse
Apr 2 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop w/ Born Ruffians and Cadence Weapon
Apr 8 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East (Corner)
Apr 10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Khyber
Apr 11 – Ewing, NJ – Ratskeller College of New Jersey
Apr 18 – Austin, TX – Mohawk w/ Golden Bear
Apr 19 – Fort Worth, TX – Lola’s
Apr 21 – Santa Fe, NM – College of Santa Fe
Apr 22 – Flagstaff, AZ – Mia’s

Recent raves for TMTS:

“Moonbeams, the debut album from the group, is a collection of catchy, upbeat indie pop with enough experimental twists and turns to keep it interesting.” – NPR www.npr.org

“This guy is from Seattle, and, good lord, he is good!” – USA TODAY www.usatoday.com

“This standout track (“Lolita”) has the straightahead bedroom vocals of Guided by Voices, the lilting pop instincts of fellow Seattleites the Long Winters, and chutes-and-ladders melodies recalling the Shins. All are in service of a breezy July-afternoon song full of ramshackle bells, electronic beats, and simple, chugging guitars.” – PITCHFORK MEDIA  

“A captivating set of songs that begs for repeated listens.” – FILTER MAGAZINE

ANTONY creates fashion for a good cause

ANTONY has recently designed a very special dress exclusively produced by YOOX.com which will be up for auction on eBay. The money raised from bidding will go to benefit the Sylcia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), which is the American grassroots organization that fights for the rights of all people to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence. A worthy cause, to be sure.

The dress is beautiful, hand made of white silk jersey with unfinished hems in a single model signed by Antony. Bid on it here starting today, Thursday, February 14.

JASON MOLINA appears in Silkworm Documentary

Jason Molina makes an appearance in a documentary about Silkworm called Couldn’t You Wait? The Story Of Silkworm. Check out the trailer:

JENS LEKMAN announces Australian tour dates in March

At long last, JENS LEKMAN returns to Australia in March for 5 days of shows. Catch him while he’s there!

03/05/08 Brisbane, Australia – Troubadour
03/06/08 Adelaide, Australia – Rocket Bar
03/08/08 Sydney, Australia – Manning Bar
03/09/08 Meredith, Australia – Golden Plains Festival
03/10/08 Melbourne, Australia – Corner Hotel

Up-to-date tour info can always be found on the SC shows page

THROW ME THE STATUE’s “Moonbeams” now available for pre-order

Making waves throughout the latter half of 2007, we’re super pleased to deliver Seattle’s Throw Me The Statue’s debut album, “Moonbeams.” Conceived and fronted by Scott Reitherman, “Moonbeams”, was constructed with the help of Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro The Lion) to create a wondrous concoction of fuzzed out synths, brass ensembles and epic vocal melodies that have been noticeably absent since “In the Aeroplane, Over The Sea” first saw the light of day.

It can be yours here

Hercules & Love Affair featuring ANTONY out 3/10/08

DFA/EMI will be releasing the self-titled debut full-length by Andrew Butler’s Hercules & Love Affair project on March 10, 2008. The album features four tracks with Antony singing lead vocals, the lead-off single being the hitbound “Blind”, for which a video has just been completed:

EARLY DAY MINERS live on WFPK

EARLY DAY MINERS are the latest band to be featured on Radio Louisville WFPK’s Live Lunch. Their live performance can be heard here. Enjoy!

BODIES OF WATER live video for Doves Circled The Sky and music video for I Heard It Sound

Rolling Stone’s new music blog “Breaking” has a live video of BODIES OF WATER doing “Doves Circled The Sky” (from their debut Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink).

Also, director Grant Wenzlau has posted to Youtube the music video he did for the song “I Heard It Sound”.

EARLY DAY MINERS Daytrotter session is now up

Early Day Miners paid a visit to the Daytrotter studios in the fall of 2007, and laid down 4 new songs. The songs and accompanying interview are now posted on Daytrotter.com. Frontman Dan Burton has this to say about the experience:

“Our Daytrotter Session happened at an opportune time for the band. EDM was in the midst of recording a new album (which we’re currently putting the finishing touches on) and after some discussion, we chose to perform all unreleased, new songs. I think it was a good choice, a snapshot of a band smack dab in the middle of writing, arranging and making constant changes to the music. Some of the songs recorded here have already evolved and changed and gone on to become something else entirely. Upon listening back, I think it’s really exciting to hear where we were just a few months ago. The recordings exude a band which is giddy and excited about new pedals, keyboards and fresh sounds.”

Wrap your ears around them here

Dawn Landes on BBC Radio 2 tonight, backed by THE EARLIES

Dawn Landes is appearing on BBC Radio 2 on the Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie show tonight between 8pm and 10pm. She’ll be joined by an assortment of EARLIES for a backing band, give them a listen!

For those of you that aren’t in the UK, you can listen here

DAVE FISCHOFF reworks JENS LEKMAN

Ever since releasing his critical acclaimed album The Crawl, Dave Fischoff has been busy reworking songs by others under the moniker Spoolwork. His reworking of the Jens Lekman song “I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You” is getting some attention and can be found at the Spoolwork Myspace page.

See what these people had to say.

Pitchfork

Brooklyn Vegan

RICHARD SWIFT posts two new tunes on his website

Been wondering what’s been going on at Camp Swift these days since the snow has shaken loose on the Middle and Eastern Coasts, what’s been going on in RICHARD SWIFT’s lab? It turns out he’s turned the way-back machine to the 50′s, when talk was cheap and grunge was being firstborn. Luckily for us, Swift has been recording a LOT of new material inspired by this bygone era of chickenshacks and BBQ pits, when it was still scandalous for white kids to tune into black frequencies. Swift has made two of these unfinished tracks to his Myspace page for your downloading enjoyment, both of which are of the instrumental variety. But don’t be misled — he speaks volumes in these odd magical tunes he’s named “Knee High Boogie Blues” and “SM60″. In a post, he references Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Link Wray, and Bunker Hill. We could go on and on, but that about says it.

BOBB TRIMBLE & THE CRIPPLED DOG BAND Galilean Boy Video Unearthed (Live in Worcester, MA, 1983)

This past November, more than a handful of new fans fell in love with the once forgotten gems “Iron Curtain Innocence” and “Harvest of Dreams” painstakingly crafted by the one and only Bobb Trimble. Secretly Canadian now proudly presents to you an unearthed video from 1983, at the Worcester Rock and Roll Party. Bobb is backed by his cadre – The Crippled Dog Band – who bravely share their magic with the world. The live version of Galilean Boy found here is the same as the version found on Harvest of Dreams, and the video, bunny ears and all, is a retreat into the oft-concealed otherworldly goings-on in Bob Trimble’s faintly-lit universe. Enjoy.

“Galilean Boy” Video Unearthed (Live in Worcester, MA, 1983)

JENS LEKMAN announces spring U.S. tour

JENS LEKMAN has just announced a bunch of new tour dates, beginning with a headlining appearance at the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans label showcase in mid-March. Jens and his merry band will then make their way up the West Coast, across the central U.S., and will conclude the tour with a New York show at Webster Hall.

Jens and company will then head to the UK in mid-May, where they will perform at both the Pitcfork Media- and Explosions In The Sky-curated All Tomorrows Parties festival shows.

Tour dates:

03/13/08 Austin, TX – South By Southwest- SC Showcase- Mohawk
03/14/08 Dallas, TX – Granada
03/21/08 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
03/22/08 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
03/23/08 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
03/24/08 Portland, OR – Berbati’s
03/25/08 Seattle, WA – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
03/29/08 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
03/30/08 Madison, WI – Music Hall
03/31/08 Chicago, IL – Logan Square
04/01/08 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center For The Arts
04/02/08 Washington DC, – Black Cat
04/04/08 Boston, MA – Paradise
04/05/08 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05/09/08 Camber Sands, United Kingdom – Pitchfork/ All Tomorrows Parties
05/10/08 Camber Sands, United Kingdom – Pitchfork/ All Tomorrows Parties
05/11/08 Camber Sands, United Kingdom – Pitchfork/ All Tomorrows Parties
05/16/08 Minehead, United Kingdom – All Tomorrows Parties Fest
05/17/08 Minehead, United Kingdom – All Tomorrows Parties
05/18/08 Minehead, United Kingdom – All Tomorrows Parties

BODIES OF WATER announce U.S. tour with Sons & Daughters

Los Angeles-based Bodies of Water will be returning to the road in March and April in support of their critically acclaimed self-released debut “Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink”. A majority of the dates will be with Sons & Daughters, while others will be done with the Castanets, Phosphorescent, and the Bowerbirds.

02/01/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ Castanets
03/08/08 Norman, OK – The Opolis w/ Phosphorescent + Bowerbirds
03/10/08 Denton, TX – The Cavern w/ Phosphorescent + Bowerbirds
03/17/08 Atlanta, GA – The EARL w/ Citay + Sons and Daughters
03/18/08 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle w/ Sons and Daughters
03/21/08 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Sons and Daughters
03/22/08 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/ Sons and Daughters
03/23/08 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s w/ Sons and Daughters
03/24/08 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs w/ Sons and Daughters
03/25/08 Montreal, QC – La Salla Rossa w/ Sons and Daughters
03/26/08 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace w/ Sons and Daughters
03/28/08 Chicago, IL – Double Door w/ Sons and Daughters
03/29/08 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater w/ Sons and Daughters
03/31/08 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive w/ Sons and Daughters
04/01/08 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge w/ Sons and Daughters
04/03/08 Seattle, WA – Neumos w/ Sons and Daughters
04/04/08 Vancouver, BC – Richard’s on Richard’s w/ Sons and Daughters
04/05/08 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/ Sons and Daughters
04/07/08 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall w/ Sons and Daughters

Released on Bodies of Water’s own Thousand Tongues label, “Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink” had previously been available only at live shows, through digital retailers and on the band’s website. The album’s distribution will be expanded as Secretly Canadian helps Thousand Tongues make the album available to all good record shops internationally on January 22nd. The band’s first release for Secretly Canadian — the band’s second full-length — will happen in the summer of 2008.

In Memory of EVAN FARRELL

EVAN FARRELL, Magnolia Electric Co. touring bassist, former Rogue Wave bassist, long-time member of the musical collective Japonize Elephants and contributor to countless bands, passed away Christmas weekend from injuries sustained in an Oakland house fire. He was 33.

We at Secretly Canadian have known and worked with Evan for over 10 years. He was a fixture in our community and a bright spot in all of our lives. He was exceptionally talented, funny and genuine. This can go on and on, because there is so much to say about Evan, but anyone who has come into contact with the man already understands all that can be said. Evan Farrell was a friend.

Some obituaries:

Billboard
Entertainment Weekly

Classic Evan videos can be seen here.

A memorial fund has been set up for Evan’s wife and two sons; donations are being accepted via PayPal. That can be accessed here.

JENS LEKMAN vs. Take-Away Shows (part deux)

Performing in the Portland evening, Blogoteque captured three songs from Jens.
You can jump here for the full feature

or grab them for your iPod here:
• Into Eternity
• Radio NRJ
• Shirin

New EARLIES song available for free download

Here’s a holiday message from the band:

It might seem like its been quiet in The Earlies Towers, but we’re busy working on the next album which will see light in 2008, and we’ve also been busy working on other peoples records…

The first fruits from the studio, are a new track we recorded with rising star Lucy & The Caterpillar

We are giving this away as a free download

Just click here

Hope you enjoy your festivities
More news soon

much love
The Earlies

JENS LEKMAN announces European tour dates

Swedish popmeister and recent “Mr. Indie Rock” award winner JENS LEKMAN has just announced dates for a European tour which will commence in mid-February. Go go go go go!

02/15/08 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
02/16/08 Berlin, Germany – Lido
02/18/08 Turin, Italy – El Barrio
02/19/08 Ravenna, Italy – Teatro Rasi
02/20/08 Geneva, Switzerland – PTR-Usine
02/21/08 St. Gallen, Switzerland – Palace
02/23/08 Munich, Germany – Atomic Cafe
02/24/08 Frankfurt, Germany – Mousonturm
02/25/08 Nijmegen, Netherlands – Dommroosje
02/26/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
02/27/08 Paris, France – Nouveau Casino
02/28/08 Brussels, Belgium – AB Club
02/29/08 Antwerp, Brussels – Trix
03/01/08 Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9
03/02/08 Hamburg, Germany – Molotow

For up-to-date show listings, you can always visit the SC shows page

DANIELSON releases new Christmas song via free download

DANIELSON has released a new Christmas song, as part of his label Sounds Familyre’s digital compilation “A Familyre Christmas”. His contribution is entitled “Christmas Eve Nite”. It’s a sweet organ-driven carol about the restless wait for Santa and the excitement of Christmas morning. “We can’t sleep, we can’t sleep, it’s Christmas Eve!” a choir of kids cheer, as Danielson describes a conversation between an eager child and well-meaning mom.

You can download this little bit of Christmas cheer here

THROW ME THE STATUE featured on KEXP Music That Matters podcast

SC newbies THROW ME THE STATUE are currently featured on KEXP’s “Music That Matters” Podcast. Their song “About To Walk” is the 3rd of 13 songs.

Here’s the info on how to subscribe to the podcast. It’s totally free…

Using iTunes

Using another service

You can also link directly to the podcast in MP3 form here

SWEARING AT MOTORISTS unveils new song on German compilation

Yeah, we know it has been quite awhile since you heard some new Swearing At Motorists music.
well, wait no longer, as you can hear/download “Mercury Poisoning”, a brand new Swearing At Motorists song via Berlin’s own 8MM Musik. The details here

SHOTS: 8MM Music 2002 – 2007

14 bands made a scene without a scene in Berlin between the years of 2002 and 2007.

Many of these bands were from anywhere in the world besides Berlin, and seldom had a steady audience to play to in a city dominated by its electronic scene and rock’n’roll cover bands. Often too modest to fit into the hyped-up party scene, the common trait of these bands was that they made their way somehow or other into the 8MM Bar and found a haven for good music from DJs that shared a unique history of rock’n’roll.

CATFISH HAVEN cover Misfits

This past Halloween, CATFISH HAVEN performed as Misfits at the Double Door in Chicago, Illinois. Someone filmed what turned out to be a pretty spot on performance. Watch them on Youtube here:

Video 1
Video 2
Video 3

SECRETLY CANADIAN opens up shop (in the digisphere)

Yes, we’ve thrown ourselves into the digital pool by offering our MP3s directly (with a little help from Mediapal).
Though we’re still working out a couple kinks you can give it a whirl here.

JENS LEKMAN confirms ATP (twice)

Jens Lekman has been invited by both Pitchfork and Explosions In The Sky to play their All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals next year, which will take place on May 9-11 at Camber Sands, UK and May 16-18 at Minehead, UK respectively.

More details here:
http://www.atpfestival.com/events/pitchfork/
http://www.atpfestival.com/events/explosions/

SC racks up PLUG award noms

SECRETLY CANADIAN has been fortunate enough to nab a few PLUG award nominations this year. JENS LEKMAN is up for Male Artist of the Year, and the label is nominated for Record Label of the Year

From right now through February 8, 2008, you can head on over to the PLUG website and cast your vote.

The winners will be announced at the awards show on March 6 in New York.

BODIES OF WATER featured on La Blogotheque

Recent SC signees BODIES OF WATER are featured on La Blogotheque today. There are 2 videos of them performing on the street in Chinatown, in Los Angeles.

Watch them here

And marvel at their impressive unison whistling skills, among many others. Enjoy!

Vote for CATFISH HAVEN for best video on MTV2 Subterranean

MTV2 Subterranean’s Best of 2007 Countdown has officially started and we need your help in voting Catfish Haven’s video for “Tell Me” to the top spot.

You can go here and vote as many times as you want.

VOTE

You can see the results December 12 on MTV2 at 1 AM EST

SC announces the addition of BODIES OF WATER to their roster!

Secretly Canadian is extremely proud to announce the addition of Bodies of Water to its roster! This fall, the Los Angeles-based band toured with the Go! Team and Dead Ocean’s Phosphorescent, playing songs from their critically acclaimed album “Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink”. Released on their own Thousand Tongues label, the “sparkling and expansive” (Spin) album has only been available at live shows, through digital retailers and on the band’s website to date. With some distribution help from Secretly Canadian, the physical album will be officially released in stores December 4th in all good record shops in the States, and in the rest of the world on January 22. The band’s first release for Secretly Canadian will happen in the Spring of 2008.

“Sooner or later, every song on Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink gains momentum, takes off, and soars. Sometimes they come back to earth; other times, they burst into bright lights. This glorious grandiosity is their aim, and the band hits the mark more often than not. These California dreamers are definitely on the right track.” – Popmatters

MP3 for “I Guess I’ll Forget The Sound, I Guess, I Guess”

Bodies of Water started in David Metcalf and Meredith Arthur’s closet. They were newly married and lived in a very small house. The closet was the only place to put the computer that they used for recording. They eventually formed a musical group to play David’s songs. Meredith figured out the piano, and their friends Kyle Gladden and Jessie Conklin learned to play the bass and drums, respectively. In the ensuing years, the four have learned to deftly spin those threads which inevitably weave their way through every Bodies of Water song: ebullient group singing, melodic invention, thundering polyrhythms, and sublime dramatic tension. ‘”Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink” is their first full-length record, and the first release from the band’s own Thousand Tongues label. The songs stray from verse-chorus structure but are engaging and memorably crafted, drawing on an admixture of traditions; the transcendent intensity of gospel, brutish gusto of punk rocking, earnest idiosyncrasy of American folk, sonic inclusiveness of tropicalia, planned jamming of prog, and the sincere bombast of musical theatre. These songs can be likened to a sort of emotional topiary; an unruly living mess lent its shape by the psychic framework around which it grows.

The language of these songs obliquely references what is the overarching concern of the record; the irreconcilable tension between the physical and metaphysical worlds and the human creature that stands precariously astride the two, being pulled by forces indistinguishable from desire and pushed by compulsions masquerading as emotions. Since its inception Bodies of Water has added an auxiliary corps of musicians and when playing in L.A. their ranks can swell to as many as 11; hitting, blaring, strumming and bowing away. The four core members’ vocal synchronicity remains the group’s hallmark. Their calls, responses, shouts and harmonies ride above and around a retaining wall of sound in a fleeting burst of neo-tent revival immediacy.

Bodies of Water isn’t providing a soundtrack for catharsis, surrounding the listener with “good feelings” or “bad feelings.” They only hope to give encouragement in the lone struggle against adversity, to proffer up a thing to be internalized (and evolve therein) or die. Comfort engenders complacency and neglect, while dissatisfaction/ingratitude begets cruelty and self-absorption.

What critics have been saying about Bodies of Water and “Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink”:

“A thighmasteringly amazing debut” – The Village Voice

“Bodies of Water has created some of the most bold and thought-provoking music in the indie rock world.” 
- Amplifier

“Contrasting sections nestle against one another, waterfalling harmonies echo such classic SoCal harmonizers as the Beach Boys and the Association, the godspell horns work their magic, and the ears of your ears awake. Can I get an amen?” – Paperthinwalls

“If the B-52′s all took turns singing separately, came from California and played glorious gospel-folk-psychedelia-pop instead of space-rock-party music, they probably wouldn’t sound half as magnificent as Bodies of Water ” – Chart

BOBB TRIMBLE Podcast Now Available For Download

Bobb Trimble Super Fans:

Iron Curtain Innocence and Harvest of Dreams, Bobb Trimble’s masterworks from the early 1980s are now available via Secretly Canadian, fully remastered and expanded. The newest episode in the Secretly Canadian Podcast Series dips you into Bobb Trimble’s boiling pool of psychedelic madness. Kris Thompson, Bobb Trimble’s close friend and ultimate super fan carries you through Bobb’s world, and teases you with tracks from each reissue. Listen in!

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THROW ME THE STATUE EP now available for pre-order

We’re pleased to introduce Seattle’s Throw Me The Statue to the Secretly Canadian family with the limited edition just-in-time-for-the-holidays “About To Walk” single. The title track is a Neutral Milk Hotel-fueled concoction of fuzzed synths, doubled bedroom beats and epic vocal harmonies. Also present are the upbeat handclapper “Lolita” and Elverum-esque “The Old Believer.”

Conceived and fronted by Scott Reitherman, TMTS will release its debut full length, “Moonbeams” February 19th, 2008 on Secretly Canadian.

Order here

DAVE FISCHOFF tours with JENS LEKMAN and get even more NPR lovin

Dave Fischoff is gearing up to hit the road for a Midwest mini-tour with Jens Lekman starting tomorrow please check the tour dates.

The NPR program Weekend America is graciously using some of their airtime to do a profile on Dave and his music, and it’s scheduled to air this Saturday, Nov. 3. You can check it out here.

RICHARD SWIFT Takes Up the Arms Race with The Cold War Kids

Richard Swift and The Cold War Kids have been friends since both acts were just getting their start back in Long Beach, CA, and now they’re hitting the road together. There’ll be some tangled fun this Fall as Swift joins the Cold War Kids for eight dates of their bi-coastal U.S. tour. Here are the dates:

11/16/07 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom w/ Cold War Kids
11/17/07 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater w/ Cold War Kids
11/23/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern w/ Cold War Kids
11/27/07 Washington DC, – 9:30 Club w/ Cold War Kids
11/28/07 Washington DC, – 9:30 Club w/ Cold War Kids
11/29/07 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore at the TLA w/ Cold War Kids
11/30/07 New York, NY – Webster Hall w/ Cold War Kids
12/01/07 New York, NY – Webster Hall w/ Cold War Kids

Last March, Richard Swift and I made our way down to Daytrotter’s studio at SXSW for a quick session. On our way, as the sun began to glow golden in the evening sky we passed a procession of some of Austin’s finest freaks and geeks: riders on franken-bicycles, a huge blonde python wrapped around a even huger man’s shoulders, and others in various states of drag, all heading downtown for the evening’s festivities. Upon arrival, as Richard prepared to record, a knock came on the door and the Cold War Kids made their way into the studio. Already acquainted, Richard and the Kids caught up and Richard returned to the business at hand. As I sat in the studio with the Cold War Kids, seated on the floor arms crossed over our legs, we were witness to an absolutely sublime moment as Richard unleashed four masterful versions of songs mostly off of his latest full-length “Dressed Up For the Letdown” (which you can hear at the link below). With a real electricity in the air we all sat in reverence listening to Swift. It was my favorite moment of SXSW – and even more so – a moment where I could clearly see why I do what I do. Later, in an interview with Daytrotter, Richard echoed the same sentiment calling the moment “an example of this intangible electricity that ties everyone together somehow”. And Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller also similarly chimed in, “It was singularly the most awesome display of what music can do to people. Everyone was sitting in this stone-walled room, with a single window out that lent no view of Swift, just rapt, ears wide for whatever the man was going to pull in the adjacent room. It was chilling, in the good way.”

CATFISH HAVEN cancel CMJ show

This comes straight from the band

Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to cancel all of our CMJ appearances that were scheduled for this week. Our drummer fell and injured himself around 2am on this past Saturday night Oct. 13th. He’s currently in the hospital and cannot play drums for a couple weeks. Sorry to any fans who were planing on seeing us at CMJ. We as a band were looking forward to rocking New York. But things like this happen sometimes in life and there’s nothing we can do about it. From what I’ve been told he should be fine after a couple weeks of recovery. Again sorry we can’t be in NYC. We’ll be rockin’ full force soon.

Secretly Canadian Welcomes THROW ME THE STATUE to the Fold

We’re uber pleased to announce Seattle’s Throw Me The Statue to the Secretly Canadian family. Conceived and fronted by Scott Reitherman, TMTS has been delivering its wondrous concoction of cheapo sequenced synths, brass ensembles, fuzzed out beats and epic vocal melodies to various Seattle clubs for the past year.

The band’s debut, “Moonbeams”, was constructed primarily by Reitherman and Casey Foubert (Pedro The Lion, Sufjan Stevens, Richard Swift). TMTS’s live show has been described as “Wildly energetic. Live drums, electric guitars, and four-part harmonies replace Reitherman’s multitracking, and the able, athletic band switch instruments, add extra percussion, and throw in melodica and glockenspiel with an abandon grounded by serious musicianship.” (The Stranger, 2007)

Due in February, “Moonbeams” “is both complicated and personally cohesive. Each song expands beyond the bedroom atmosphere often attributed to mellow solo artists. The opening track, ‘Young Sensualists’ sets the tone with a digital backyard party beat while a guitar riff and vocals dance smoothly over it.” (QRO Magazine, 2007)

The album at times brings to mind the whimsy of Magnetic Fields, the lyrical playfulness of Neutral Milk Hotel, and the lo-fi bliss of Eric’s Trip.

TMTS will be sharing the stage with Jens Lekman in November, dates below:
11/06/07 Seattle, WA – Nectar
11/07/07 Portland, OR – Someday Lounge    
11/09/07 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
11/10/07 West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour 

SC artist page for TMTS

“Moonbeams” Press Alcove

MP3 for “About to Walk”

Live on KEXP

Live footage from Reverb Fest

BOBB TRIMBLE’s Iron Curtain Innocence and Harvest of Dreams reissues now available for pre-order

The BOBB TRIMBLE reissues Iron Curtain Innocence and Harvest Of Dreams are now available for pre-order on CD or LP from the Secretly Canadian mailorder page.

Born August 4, 1958 in Marlborough, MA, Bobb grew up in the Worcester suburb of Northborough feasting on the Beatles and later Bowie, Pink Floyd, and Queen. The music he went on to create wasn’t an attempt to replicate the genius of those artists, but to stand alongside them with his own masterpiece of mythical, hysterical songwriting genius.

Bobb and Secretly Canadian are proud to present you with Iron Curtain Innocence and Harvest of Dreams, two releases that will now reach a genuine audience with full reissue treatment. Each CD release contains never before seen photos of Bobb Trimble, the Wormtown scene, and restored and fully realized artwork. In addition, each CD will feature bonus tracks from their respective recording periods.

“Bobb Trimble’s first album appeared like a ghost that had slipped through reality’s curtain. Impossible to place inside any rational context, the music and voices seem to have been created inside your head and, indeed, maybe they were.”

– Byron Coley, 2007, on Iron Curtain Innocence

“Incredible, multi-layered late night listening of the highest order. A cross between extreme gentility and musical savagery that will have you growing horns out of your own forehead, if not used carefully.”

– Byron Coley, 2007, on Harvest Of Dreams

Reserve one here

WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY to host WPRB career retrospective

Princeton’s premier radio station, WPRB, will play host to Dan Matz from Windsor for the Derby for a solo live set. Airing Wednesday, October 3rd at 8:00pm, host Jon Solomon will also be combing back through WFTD’s 11 year history to revisit the band’s finer moments.

Tune in here

JUNE PANIC releases free collection at Emusic.com

In honor of the triple-threat-4-track-early-recordings-boxset, “Songs From Purgatory”, Mr. June Panic has offered up a primer for the uninitiated and best-of for the hardcores. Entitled “A Child’s Treasury of June Panic,” the collection is available exclusively FOR FREE* at Emusic.com.

Follow your nose here to check it out

TRACKLISTING:
22 Parties
The Source (To destroy a girl)
The Silver Sound
That’s The Moon, My Son
That Parade
Do Not Let Them Fool You!
Misery Moon
Satan Star
Graveyard Crown
Pity Well
Hung-up
Lonely For Lonely’s Sake
George Fox
Gender Bender
Peter Panic
Devils Wait
David Poe
Blink
Blues Of A New Man
Bi-ped
(Bells) Ring Out The News

*(available as a free download for the next three weeks)

DAVID VANDERVELDE stopped at UK border; dates cancelled

DAVID VANDERVELDE’s UK and Irish tour has been cancelled due to immigration issues. Secretly Canadian apologises for any inconvenience.

We’re working hard to ensure that the 5-piece band is able to make it overseas rest of the European dates. Stay tuned for more info.

09/25/07 Paris, France – La Maraqoniere
09/26/07 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
09/27/07 Utrecht, Netherlands – Ekko
09/28/07 Malmo, Sweden – Inkonst
09/29/07 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
10/01/07 Oslo, Norway – Cafe Mono
10/02/07 Gotenborg, Sweden – Pusterviksbaren
10/03/07 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
10/04/07 Hamburg, German – Haus 73
10/06/07 Groningen, Netherlands – Take Root Festival
10/07/07 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso

New CATFISH HAVEN Daytrotter session

Catfish Haven were one of the first bands to do a Daytrotter session and they were lucky enough to be invited back. Listen to it here

DAVE FISCHOFF reveals new live band, tour dates

Plucking musicians from such bands as The 1900′s, The Notes and Scratches, Blue Ribbon Glee Club, and Trio In Stereo, Dave Fischoff has assembled a cast able to bring his studio mastery to a live setting. This is no small feat. Dave’s album, “The Crawl” is sonically expansive, full of organic sounds (drum breaks, violins, trumpets, bells, etc.) and electronically tweaked blips, pings and textures. But in a live setting, these songs take on a new intensity. Elements of the original electronic arrangements remain, particularly in the electronic percussion coming from Chris Kolodziej’s laptop, while Whitney Johnson’s viola helps retain the orchestral pop element present on “The Crawl”. But by bringing Dave’s guitar into the mix (which doesn’t exist at all on the album), and combining it with Matt Hallock & Kolodziej’s rhythm section, the songs morph into a new kind of animal, one that’s a bit hairier, a little less tame.

While the vintage Dave Fischoff show had a slow, quiet intensity to it, this new live sound is much more upfront, extroverted and energized. The whisper is now a roar.

This Chicago-based musician has drawn numerous comparisons to The Postal Service. This album surpasses The Postal Service’s work on so many levels – certainly lyrically and compositionally – but still retains their catchy, innocent charm.
- Chattanooga Pulse

Fischoff fashions a hefty musical composite, drawing upon the likes of the Beach Boys and Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy ’60s pop sounds fuel Fischoff’s imagination into fluttering melodies. Add a splash of some of the Postal Service’s chunkier electronica elements, and you’ve found yourself in Fischoff’s whimsical world.
- Spin

Tour Dates:

09/20/07 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle w/ Early Day Miners + Odawas
11/01/07 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom w/ Jens Lekman
11/02/07 Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium w/ Jens Lekman
11/03/07 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club w/ Jens Lekman

JENS LEKMAN has the #1 record in Sweden!

Jens Lekman’s new record “Night Falls Over Kortedala” is currently sitting atop the pop charts in his native Sweden. Congratulations Jens!

DANIELSON hits the road for weeklong European tour

DANIELSON has been busy recording bands for his Sounds Familyre label, but he’s taking a break to play a week’s worth of shows in Europe, including an appearance at the End Of The Road Festival, in Wiltshire, UK. Catch him while you can!

09/12/07 Paris, France – Point Ephemere
09/13/07 London, UK – Blow Up @ Metro
09/14/07 Coventry, UK – Taylor John’s House
09/14/07 Coventry, United Kingdom – Taylor John’s House
09/15/07 Wiltshire, UK – End of the Road Festival
09/16/07 Dublin, Ireland – Crawdaddy

www.soundsfamilyre.com/
www.danielson.info/

What’s up with the MAGNOLIA boxset?

We realize that many of you who are wanting the MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. boxset, Sojourner, are having a difficult time getting one. Here’s the scoop. The band are on a massive coast to coast tour of the United States and they took a lot of the boxes with them. A lot! When the band returns we will be able to re-allot the boxes and hopefully everyone who wants one will be able to get one.

DAVID VANDERVELDE touring Europe for 3 weeks, beginning Sept. 15

DAVID VANDERVELDE will be hitting the road with his new 5-piece band, beginning in mid-September. The band will be embarking upon an extensive tour of Europe, beginning with an inaugural appearance at the End Of The Road festival in Wiltshire, UK. Come hear the tunes that that NME calls “eight pristine pop songs (that) recall the best of T. Rex, ELO or early Bee Gees…”

Tour dates:

09/15/07 Wiltshire, UK – End of the Road Festival
09/17/07 London, UK – Luminaire
09/18/07 Nottingham, UK – The Social
09/19/07 Glasgow, UK – The Barfly
09/20/07 Belfast, N. Ireland – Club Radar at Speakeasy
09/21/07 Dublin, Ireland – Radiator at the Hub
09/22/07 Manchester, UK – Night and Day Cafe
09/23/07 Bristol, UK – Thekla Social
09/24/07 Brighton, UK – The Prince Albert
09/25/07 Paris, France – La Maraqoniere
09/26/07 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
09/27/07 Utrecht, Netherlands – Ekko
09/28/07 Malmo, Sweden – Inkonst
09/29/07 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
10/01/07 Oslo, Norway – Cafe Mono
10/02/07 Gotenborg, Sweden – Pusterviksbaren
10/03/07 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
10/04/07 Hamburg, German – Haus 73
10/06/07 Groningen, Netherlands – Take Root Festival
10/07/07 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. on NPR again!

Magnolia Electric Co. is song of the day on NPR’s appropriately titled show, Song Of The Day. Check in out here

JUNE PANIC’s “Songs From Purgatory” now available for pre-order

“Songs From Purgatory”, JUNE PANIC’s 3-disc collection of previously unreleased material has finally arrived! The material embodied on Songs From Purgatory was recorded in vans, dank basements and tiny apartments in Grand Forks & Fargo, North Dakota using crappy microphones on an even crappier 4-track machine. This body of work showcases a songwriting and producing talent that perhaps was only commercially held back by its medium – one which he initially embraced as a matter of necessity, but eventually grew to deliberately embrace with the zeal of a lo-fi revolutionary. According to June, “Over time, I came to appreciate the sounds I was getting, and it dawned on me that recording in an expensive studio is not somehow inherently superior to ‘lo-fi’ recordings – it is simply a different medium.”

Originally released as cassette-only albums on his own label 3 Out Of 4 Records, June’s master tapes were almost destroyed in the Great Flood of 1997 that consumed Grand Forks. Over 200 master tapes sat submerged under the murky Red River water for several days in his parents’ basement until saved through a painstaking cleansing process that is hilariously documented in the liner notes to this collection. Brought into this world by June, taken out by the Flood, then brought back by June, these songs have been re-mastered by the able hands of the iconic KRAMER.

It can be yours here

Hear THE EARLIES on BBC Radio 2

On Wednesday August 15th the Earlies performed live on the Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie show on Britisih Radio BBC Radio 2. Check it out here.

JENS LEKMAN pre-order bonus material and new stream announced

As we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the release of Jens’ forthcoming album, Night Falls Over Kortedala, (and it seems some haven’t been able to wait at all…hello oinkers!), we’re excited to announce that all pre-orders from our webshop will receive a free download of exclusive bonus material. Jens describes the audio as “some very exclusive content. Not exactly sure what will be on it but I can tell you it won’t be horseshit.”

However since the download is still being finalized, all codes will be activated on September 1st (don’t worry, we’ll send an email to everyone who has ordered to remind you to claim your code!)…regardless, you should receive your code within 2-3 business days of payment of your pre-order.

Furthermore, these codes will be available at your favorite retail shop within the coming weeks, be sure to ask your friendly clerk about it.

Last but not least, live favorite “The Opposite Of Hallelujah” in now available for streaming here.

JAPONIZE ELEPHANTS third album available for digital download

The Japonize Elephants third album was recorded after the band re-located to the Bay Area in California at the turn of the Millenium. Released on compact disc on 8/20/02 on their own label TZME Productions, Secretly Canadian is now making the album available to the world via the digital domain.

Available for download at iTunes and eMusic

Secretly Canadian to release JUNE PANIC’s “Songs from Purgatory”

(Ed. Note: This is a project, much like the other comps & collections we’ve been involved in, that has been percolating in our collective brains for nearly 11 years; since that fateful first meeting with June in my mom’s kitchen back in 1996 where he dropped off his collected works, we were saddled with the dream of making it all available. Since then, its been “all about timing.” And what better way to indulge our 11th year as a label as well as our 11th year working with June then releasing a collection from the early years of one of pop’s most seriously under-appreciated geniuses? And so we give you, Songs From Purgatory.)

June Panic spent six years during the early 1990s crafting 14 lyrically disturbed and sonically self-mutilated albums that would make him the closest thing to an underground rock songwriting celebrity that the Dakotas would bear during this era otherwise obsessed with grunge. While scratching an itch for Dylan that could not be alleviated, June willed his bedroom songs into musical nuggets that find tonal residence between the hazy fog of Ween and Sebadoh, the great white isolationism of Eric’s Trip, and the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink production style of ’80s-era Prince.

The material embodied on Songs From Purgatory was recorded in vans, dank basements and tiny apartments in Grand Forks & Fargo, North Dakota using crappy microphones on an even crappier 4-track machine. This body of work showcases a songwriting and producing talent that perhaps was only commercially held back by its medium – one which he initially embraced as a matter of necessity, but eventually grew to deliberately embrace with the zeal of a lo-fi revolutionary. According to June, “Over time, I came to appreciate the sounds I was getting, and it dawned on me that recording in an expensive studio is not somehow inherently superior to ‘lo-fi’ recordings – it is simply a different medium.”

Originally released as cassette-only albums on his own label 3 Out Of 4 Records, June’s master tapes were almost destroyed in the Great Flood of 1997 that consumed Grand Forks. Over 200 master tapes sat submerged under the murky Red River water for several days in his parents’ basement until saved through a painstaking cleansing process that is hilariously documented in the liner notes to this collection. Brought into this world by June, taken out by the Flood, then brought back by June, these songs have been re-mastered by the able hands of the iconic KRAMER

MP3 for “Sundowner” from “Songs >From Purgatory”
http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/sundowner.mp3

MP3 for “Birthday Present” from “Songs From Purgatory”
http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/birthdaypresent.mp3

MP3 for “That Parade” from “Songs From Purgatory”
http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/thatparade.mp3

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. on NPR

National Public Radio picked up on Magnolia Electric Co.’s Sojourner box set. Hear what Morning Edition had to say about it here

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Release New Video

The filmmakers of the DVD included in the boxset have put together a music video for the song “A Little At A Time”. The video features scenes and outtakes from the film.The Road Become What You Leave. Directed and Edited by Todd Chandler. Tim Sutton was the producer and Ava Berkofsky was the Director Of Photography

Watch the video here

JENS LEKMAN puts finishing touches on new record

We’re proud to announce that Jens Lekman will be releasing his third album, Night Falls Over Kortedala on October 9, 2007. The first single from night Falls Over Kortedala will be the digital release of “Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo” available worldwide on July 31, 2007. You may also – at this very moment – stream it here.

Jens arduously labored over the songs on Night Falls Over Kortedala over the last three years between relentless tours (which ranged from full blown 8-piece ensembles to just Jens alone with a ukelele at the mic). Kortedala refers to a neighborhood in Jens’ hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, where his studio Koredala Beauty Center is located. It also refers to a vague musical pop sound with hints of tropicalia that has been coming out of Gothenburg’s clubs over the last few years. Having more in common with Paul Simon’s Graceland, Jens’ latest is a response to more than an engagement in today’s Kortedala music of his Swedish peers. An exercise in insularity, Night Falls Over Kortedala has achieved its specific sound not from going out but from Jens staying in and coming to grips with the sounds he had in his head, or as he said, “from the sound of my own voice reverberating off my home’s old ’50s brick walls, from the ghosts of everyone who’s lived here before me clapping along with their little ecto-plasm hands. My record basically never leaves the 30 square meters that I live on until the very last song when i take a short bus ride to the countryside in ‘Friday Night at the Drive-in Bingo’.”

FULL TRACK LIST:

“And I Remember Every Kiss”
“Sipping On the Sweet Nectar”
“The Opposite of Hallelujah”
“A Postcard to Nina”
“Into Eternity”
“I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You”
“If I Could Cry (it would feel like this)”
“Your Arms Around Me”
“Shirin”
“It Was a Strange Time in My Life”
“Kanske Är Jag Kär i Dig”
“Friday Night at the Drive-in Bingo”

I LOVE YOU BUT I’VE CHOSEN DARKNESS play FunFunFun Fest, prepare for new album

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness have announced their date at this year’s FunFunFun Fest in Austin, Texas. Playing Sunday November 4, 2007 at Waterloo Park, ILYBICD will be joined by a ton of other bands of which have not been announced yet. But if last year’s lineup is any indication (Spoon, Prefuse 73, Black Angles, etc), then, well, it should be a pretty fun time this year…

For more info and tickets, you can go to:
http://www.funfunfunfest.com/

In other news, ILYBICD is currently preparing new material as they get ready to head back into the studio this fall for their next record.

MARMOSET reaches the treetops, releases new CD/LP, uses opposable thumbs to create podcast

Now that the first new Marmoset recordings in over 5 years are conveniently available in a tangible format entitled ‘Florist Fired’, you’re probably wishing to know more about this band who’s compact disc or long player you now hold in your hands. Lucky for you, we caught up with the band in Indy a couple weeks back and learned about jailbreaks, Rush, and walking the streets. Somewhere in between the guys provide a Cliff Notes version of their existence and commentary on their future classics.

To hear Marmoset along with other Secretly Canadian artists, you can tune into our podcast from the following links:
Itunes
Yahoo
Google
Feedburner

DAMIEN JURADO tours with Okkervil River, enters the studio for new record

After relentless touring in support of last year’s “And Now That I’m In Your Shadow”, Damien Jurado settled into his Seattle home with bandmates Eric Fisher and Jenna Conrad to develop the counterpart to “And Now That I’m In Your Shadow.” Ready to emerge from their creative exile, the band will venture into the Avast! Studio in Seattle next week with Casey Foubert (Pedro the Lion, Crystal Skulls, Richard Swift) producing.

Damien & Co. will also be sharing the stage this September and October with Okkervil River on a mammoth tour of the US. See dates below:

DAMIEN JURADO
07/21/07 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile Cafe w/ Grand Hallway + Night Canopy
09/03/07 San Diego, CA – Casbah w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/04/07 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour w/ Okkervil River
09/05/07 San Francisco, CA – Independent w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/08/07 Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pan (MusicFest NW) w/ Okkervil River
09/09/07 Vancouver, British Columbia – Richard’s on Richards w/ Okkervil River
09/10/07 Seattle, WA – Neumos w/ Okkervil River
09/13/07 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/14/07 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/15/07 Iowa City, IA – Picador w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/17/07 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater w/ Okkervil River
09/18/07 Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/19/07 Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club (Pygmalion Festival) w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/21/07 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace w/ Okkervil River
09/22/07 Hamilton, Ontario – Pepper Jack’s Cafe w/ Okkervil River
09/23/07 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa w/ Okkervil River
09/24/07 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground w/ Okkervil River
09/25/07 Boston, MA – Middle East w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/26/07 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/28/07 New York, NY – Webster Hall w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/29/07 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/30/07 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
10/02/07 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
10/03/07 Athens, GA – 40 Watt w/ Okkervil River
10/04/07 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder @ FSU w/ Okkervil River
10/06/07 Houston, TX – Walter’s on Washington w/ Okkervil River

And, if you’re looking for a little taste, check out the band’s recent performance at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern from May 31st: http://youtube.com/watch?v=dS-sASlCgTw

MP3 “What Were The Chances”: http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/whatwerethechances.mp3

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO’s Sojourner box set now available for pre-order

Secretly Canadian is proud to present the Sojourner boxset. It is the accumulated work of thirteen musicians, five locations, four recording engineers, three filmmakers, two designers and one songwriter, including enough material for three full lengths, one EP and one DVD. The boxset includes 4 CDs a DVD, a poster, postcards and a medallion.

The four CDs that are included in the boxset are from four distinct recording sessions that Magnolia Electric Co recorded following the release of their debut studio album What Comes After The Blues. The session known as Nashville Moon was recorded by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago, Illinois. The session known as Sun Sessions was recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The session known as Black Ram was recorded by David Lowery at his Sound Of Music studios in Richmond, Virginia and features an entirely different cast of characters including Lowery, Rick Alverson, Andrew Bird, Molly Blackbird, Miguel Urbiztondo and Alan Weatherhead. The session known as Shohola was recorded by Jason Molina alone, with a guitar and microphone. The Road Becomes What You Leave is a film produced by Todd Chandler and Tim Sutton. It follows the band as they tour across the prairie provinces of Canada and shows the loneliness and isolation one can feel even when traveling in a pack.

You can place your order here

RICHARD SWIFT touring with Wilco in August, prepping INSTRUMENTS OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Richard Swift, who has been busily touring the UK this summer supporting his recent release “Dressed Up For the Letdown”, made a stop on May 25th at the prestigious BBC program “Later… with Jools Holland.” Wilco – who also happened to be taping a session – was so taken with his performance that they invited him to tour with them in the US and Canada starting in August. Here are the dates:

08/14/07 Duluth, MN – Bayfront Festival Park
08/15/07 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
08/17/07 Calgary, Alberta – Southern Albert Jubilee Auditorium
08/18/07 Edmonton, Alberta – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
08/21/07 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheatre
08/22/07 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
08/24/07 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
08/27/07 San Diego, CA – SDSU Open Air Theatre
08/29/07 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
09/01/07 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
09/02/07 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

In other news, Swift is putting the finishing touches on the debut release by his kraut-y, electronic side project called INSTRUMENTS OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY. The project has been called a “stark and stunning picture of his artistic depth and studio wizardry… a perfect ambient, electronica recording,” by Black and White Mag.

See Richard Swift’s performance of “Kisses For the Misses” on “The Album Chart Show” here.

MARMOSET’s Florist Fired CD/LP now available for pre-order

Coming on the heels of Secretly Canadian’s 100th release and 11-year anniversary, it’s fitting that one of the label’s first bands is back. This is the perfect opportunity for those who have long treasured the Indianapolis trio (and elevated them to cult status), as well as those fortunate to be hearing them for the first time, to now hold hands and exchange the knowing glance that they’re hearing something that matters.

Check it out here

MICK TURNER / TREN BROTHERS release singles comp on Drag City

On July 17, Drag City will be releasing Blue Trees by MICK TURNER / TREN BROTHERS. It is a compilation of singles and compilation material that Mick Turner and Tren Brothers have released over the years on various labels, and includes “Kit’s Choice” and “Gone Away” from the Secretly Canadian 7″ released in 1998.

 
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MARMOSET re-emerges with Florist Fired

Five years is a long time. Five years is an excruciatingly long time for a band like Marmoset, who reside in a city referred to – often derisively – as Naptown. “Florist Fired” (out July 24) is the band’s first release of new recordings since 2002′s “Mishawaka” EP. One of Secretly Canadian’s first bands is undeniably back, somehow managing to bottle into one album all of the idiosyncrasies and pathos that have, to date, made them the critically-acclaimed band we all love. Merging the Swell Maps-inspired tumultuous clamor of their debut EP “hiddenforbidden”, the addictive two-minute anthems on “Today It’s You”, and the epic (for Marmoset at least) joyful dirges from “Record in Red”, Florist Fired has it all.

For a taste of what “Florist Fired” has to offer, put your headphones on and dial in to the hazy, whimsical tune “Missing Man” available here as a free MP3.

To hear the entire album streaming, you can do so here.

If up to this point you’ve been the one looking from the outside in, now is the time to delve into the madness, tension, and ecstasy that is Marmoset. To help introduce you, Secretly Canadian and the band themselves have compiled an erstwhile selection from their discography that will be available for a limited time as a free download. Be good to yourself and take this opportunity when the golden cloak is removed, exposing the bejeweled canticles. It’s like a 10-year history lesson packed nicely in a little over 20 minutes.
Free Marmoset Compilation Download

JENS LEKMAN to release digital single

On July 31st, Jens Lekman will release the first peek into his much anticipated, yet to be named, forthcoming album. The single, “Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo,” will be available digitally (you know, for “downloading”), world-wide at your favorite e-tailer.

For those of you that prefer a more tactile experience, a 7″ of “Bingo” will also be available via Jens’ website and his Swedish home at Service. The 7″ will feature an exclusive B-side entitled “Radio NRJ “.

Buy it here: http://jenslekman.com/webshop.htm

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS kick off European tour tonight; Basinski collaboration opens

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS begin a month-long live engagement with the European lands tonight in Cork, Ireland. Expect songs from previous and upcoming albums as well as an array of songs by others, including Millie Jackson and maybe even Beyonce!

06/21/07 Cork, Ireland – Live at the Marquee
06/24/07 Milan, Italy – Teatro dal Verme
06/26/07 Warsaw, Poland – Kongresowa Hall
06/28/07 Rouen, France – Zenith
06/30/07 Lyon, France – Grand Theatre Romain de Lyon – Outdoor
07/01/07 Belfort, France – Eurockennes – Chapiteau Stage
07/04/07 Riga, Latvia – Dream Factory
07/05/07 Moscow, Russia – B1 Maximum Club
07/08/07 Istanbul, Turkey – Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre
07/12/07 , Bologna – Piazza Santo Stefano
07/14/07 Turin, Italy – Parco Della Pellerina
07/16/07 Sesto al Reghena, Italy – Sesto al Reghena Abbey, Castello Square
07/18/07 Barcelona, Spain – Grec Ampitheatre
07/20/07 Benicassim, Spain – Fib Festival

And yes, Antony has been working on the new record for much of the spring. As things progress we will let you know…

Antony’s collaboration with William Basinski has been installed at the Belsay Manor in Northumberland, UK. We hope you get a chance to see it; it’s quite an adventurous soundtrack for the cellars underneath the manor, a 20 minute piece full of twists and turns. A part of the manor’s annual installation, the exhibition is open to the public for this summer.

SECRETLY CANADIAN presents – Prelude To Heat Death: An End Of The Road celebration

The SC/JAG family are proud to announce a our first ever gathering of the minds on British soil and we couldn’t be more pleased that it is a part of the exquisitely-curated End Of The Road Festival. Entitled “Prelude To Heat Death,” the festivities will take place September 14th, 15th & 16th, and the confirmed bands thus far include: Danielson, Jens Lekman, Richard Swift, David Vandervelde and more to be announced.

Set in the Lamer Tree Gardens in North Dorset, EOTR promises the kind of “atmosphere where music-loving, open minded and chilled out people get together in the beautiful countryside whilst parrots and peacocks wonder around.”

Architecture in Helsinki, Howe Gelb, Micah P. Hinson, Midlake, and Yo La Tengo (among others) will also be joining the festivities.

For more detailed information about the festival, please visit: http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com

Tickets are available for purchase here

DAVID VANDERVELDE preps new CDEP; Announces US tour with Blitzen Trapper and Euro tour with Magnolia Electric Co.

It’s been a busy year for Chicago’s DAVID VANDERVELDE. Mojo rejoiced in “the arrival of an eccentric talent whose head is firmly inclined toward the past” when he released his debut album The Moonstation House Band in January, and he and his band then duly took to the road on tours of the US and UK with Spoon and Richard Swift. Now, it’s getting ready to get busier, as the summer dawns and on June 19th Secretly Canadian releases the second single from The Moonstation House Band. A paean to young lust and getting high, “Nothin No” is a modern rock classic that recalls the spirit of glam rock’s most earnest & timeless teen anthems. The CD single also contains three other non-album tracks.

Vandervelde will be heading back across the Atlantic at the end of the month for seven solo dates, opening for label mates Magnolia Electric Co. in the UK, Austria and Germany.

06/25/07 London, UK – Scala w/ Magnolia Electric Co.
06/26/07 Nottingham, UK – The Rescue Rooms w/ Magnolia Electric Co.
06/29/07 Ebensee, Austria – Kino w/ Magnolia Electric Co.
06/30/07 Vienna, Austria – Szene w/ Magnolia Electric Co.
07/01/07 Munchen, Germany – Rote Sonne w/ Magnolia Electric Co.
07/02/07 Stuttgart, Germany – Schocken w/ Magnolia Electric Co.
07/03/07 Karlsruhe, Germany – Jubez w/ Magnolia Electric Co.

Upon returning from Europe, Vandervelde and his Moonstation House Band immediately embark on another full US tour – this time with Portland’s Blitzen Trapper, with a few odd dates with Montreal’s The Besnard Lakes and Austin’s The Black Angels sprinkled in to add extra flavor. The tour will triumphantly end in Vandervelde’s home town of Chicago where he’ll be playing at Lollapalooza.

07/05/07 Rock Island, IL – Ribco
07/06/07 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
07/07/07 Springfield, MO – Randy Bacon Gallery
07/08/07 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
07/11/07 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/13/07 Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/14/07 Tempe, AZ – Stinkweeds w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/16/07 Austin, TX – Emo’s w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/17/07 Dallas, TX – The Loft w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/18/07 Houston, TX – Walter’s on Washington w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/19/07 Hattiesburg, MS – Thirsty Hippo w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/20/07 Atlanta, GA – tba w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/21/07 Wilmington, NC – Bella Festa w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/22/07 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/23/07 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/24/07 Boston, MA – Great Scott w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/25/07 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/26/07 Cleveland, OH – Beachland w/ Besnard Lakes
07/27/07 Ann Arbor, The Blind Pig – Blitzen Trapper
07/28/07 Milwaukee, WI – Stonefly Brewing Co
08/04/07 Chicago, IL – Schubas w/ Illinois + Black Angels
08/05/07 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza

Mp3: “Nothin’ No” from “Nothin’ No” CDEP
http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/nothinno.mp3

Mp3: “Jacket” from “The Moonstation House Band”
http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/jacket.mp3

Links and more info:
http://www.davidvandervelde.com
http://www.myspace.com/davidvandervelde
http://www.secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=vandervelde
http://www.secretlycanadian.com/press/vandervelde/vanderveldepress.php

David Vandervelde’s “Nothin’ No” EP now available for pre-order

Secretly Canadian is presenting the album’s lead-off track “Nothin No” as the second single from The Moonstation House Band. A paean to young lust and getting high, “Nothin No” is a modern rock classic that recalls the spirit of glam rock’s most earnest & timeless teen anthems. Written & recorded almost three years ago when Vandervelde was 19 years old, it was put to tape in just one night at Jay Bennett’s Pieholden Studio in Chicago. Vandervelde played all the instruments in an inspired frenzy that belied his age, displaying the maturity and swagger of a man much longer in the tooth.

Also included on this extended CD single are an alternate version of “Feet of a Liar” (recorded for Vandervelde’s Daytrotter session at the end of 2006), a visceral new song called “Cute Pretender” and a beautiful Jimmy Page-esque instrumental called “Dancing Sea Gulls Instrumental”.

Check it out here

DANIELSON announce Scandinavian tour

There’s a magnetic force that pulls us toward Scandinavia. DANIELSON, too, feels this pull. This summer the band will pack up and take heed, playing in some of their favorite cities there on a Scandinavian tour, whose dates have just been announced:

06/28/07 Gothenburg, Sweden – Accelerator
06/29/07 Stockholm, Sweden – Accelerator
07/04/07 Oslo, Norway – Club John Dee
07/05/07 Risör, Norway – Seaside Festival
07/06/07 Kristiansand, Norway – Quart Festival
07/07/07 Egersund, Norway – Egersund Visefestival

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Tour the World, Release Boxset

So far this year, Magnolia Electric Co. has trekked across the Untied States on tour with Son Volt, spent two and a half weeks in Europe, including All Tomorrow’s Parties and show no signs of slowing down.

Starting late June, the band return to Europe to spread their own form of Democracy then return stateside to finish the job.

EUROPE
06/19/07 Lleida, Spain – Cafe del Teatre Escorxador
06/20/07 Madrid, Spain – El Sol
06/21/07 Seville, Spain – Teatro Central
06/22/07 Malaga, Spain – Teatro Canovas
06/23/07 Granada, Spain – Teatro Alhambra
06/25/07 London, United Kingdom – Scala
06/26/07 Nottingham, United Kingdom – The Rescue Rooms
06/29/07 Ebensee, Austria – Kino
06/30/07 Vienna, Austria – Szene
07/01/07 Munchen, Germany – Rote Sonne
07/02/07 Stuttgart, Germany – Schocken
07/03/07 Karlsruhe, Germany – Jubez
07/04/07 Kristiansand, Norway – Kristiansand Quart Festival

NORTH AMERICA
08/23/07 Bloomington, IN – Bluebird
08/24/07 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
08/25/07 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
08/26/07 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
08/27/07 Kansas City, MO – Grand Emporium
08/28/07 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
08/29/07 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
09/01/07 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
09/05/07 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
09/06/07 Los Angeles, CA – Echo
09/07/07 Pioneer Town, CA – Pappy & Hariet’s Pioneer Town Palace
09/08/07 Pioneer Town, CA – Pappy & Hariet’s Pioneer Town Palace – JASON MOLINA ONLY
09/11/07 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
09/13/07 Austin, TX – Emo’s
09/16/07 Houston, TX – Rudyard’s Pub
09/19/07 Jackson, MS – Hal & Mal’s
09/20/07 Birmingham, AL – The Bottle Tree
09/21/07 Atlanta, GA – EARL
09/22/07 Athens , GA – 40 Watt Club
09/23/07 Columbia, SC – Columbia Music Festival Association
09/24/07 Mount Pleasant, SC – Village Tavern
09/25/07 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
09/26/07 Charlottesville, VA – Satellite Ballroom
09/27/07 Washington, DC – Black Cat
09/29/07 New York, NY – The Blender Theatre at Gramercy
10/01/07 Cambridge, MA – Middle East
10/03/07 Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal at La Sala Rossa
10/04/07 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox
10/05/07 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
10/06/07 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick

EUROPE AGAIN
11/23/07 The Hague, The Netherlands – Crossing Border Festival

August 7th, Secretly Canadian will release The Sojourner Boxset by Magnolia Electric Co. It is the accumulated work of thirteen musicians, five locations, four recording engineers, three filmmakers, two designers and one songwriter, including enough new material for three full lengths, one EP and one DVD.

Nashville Moon was recorded by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago, Illinois and features the most frequent line up of Magnolia Electric Co.

Black Ram was recorded by David Lowery at his Sound Of Music studios in Richmond, Virginia and features an entirely different cast of characters.

Sun Sessions was recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee

Shohola was recorded by Jason Molina and features himself, alone, with a guitar and microphone.

The DVD is a film called The Road Becomes What You Leave which was produced by Todd Chandler and Tim Sutton. It follows the band as they tour across the prairie provinces of Canada and shows the loneliness and isolation one can feel even when traveling in a pack.

Together, these make for the most ambitious and robust Magnolia Electric Co release to date all wrapped up in a special box, with artwork by Jason Molina and some special trinkets as well.

We’re so excited by this that we’re offering a sneak peek of the box and music on our site now:

http://www.secretlycanadian.com/press/magnolia/magnoliasojournerpress.php

Complete list of Sojourner players:

Jason Molina
Rick Alverson
Andrew Bird
Molly Blackbird
Mike Brenner
Jonathan Cargill
Jason Evans Groth
Michael Kapinus
David Lowery
Mark Rice
Pete Schreiner
Miguel Urbiztondo
Alan Weatherhead
Tim Sutton, Producer, Editor (DVD)
Todd Chandler, Director (DVD)
Ava Berkofsky, Director Of Photography (DVD)

Track Listings

NASHVILLE MOON
Lonesome Valley
Montgomery
Don’t Fade On Me
Hammer Down
No Moon On The Water
Nashville Moon
What Comes After The Blues
Don’t This Look Like The Dark
North Star
Bowery
Texas 71
Down The Wrong Road Both Ways

THE BLACK RAM
In The Human World
The Black Ram
What’s Broken Becomes Better
Will-O-The-Wisp
Kanawha
A Little At A Time
Blackbird
And The Moon Hits The Water
The Old Horizon

SUN SESSION
Talk To Me Devil, Again
Memphis Moon
Hold On Magnolia
Trouble In Mind

SHOHOLA
Steady Now
Spanish Moon Rise And Fall
Night Country
Shiloh Temple Bell
The Spell
Take One Thing Along
The Lamb’s Song
Roll The Wheel

RICHARD SWIFT Jools Holland performance on YouTube

Richard Swift’s live performance of “The Songs of National Freedom” from Later With Jools Holland is now on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYklpIGNNH4

JENS LEKMAN announces summer festival schedule

Though he’s been quietly toiling away on his new masterpiece, Jens has decided to take a break this summer to play the following festival dates:

06/10/07 Paris, France – Villette Sonique pa Cabaret Sauvage
06/29/07 Barcelona, Spain – Faraday Festival
06/30/07 Stokholm, Sweden – Accelerator
07/05/07 Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
07/20/07 Tonsberg, Norway – Slottsfjellsfestivalen
08/18/07 Arhus, Denmark – Pop Revo 07

RICHARD SWIFT to be on Later With Jools Holland this Friday on BBC2

Tune into Later With Jools Holland on BBC2 in the UK this Friday, May 25th to see RICHARD SWIFT perform “The Songs Of National Freedom” on Holland’s grand piano. We’re excited to catch this show!

Impossible Shapes’ NORMANOAK tours eastern North America

The Impossible Shapes front man Chris Barth, better known as Normanoak, has released “A Double Gift of Tongues”, a limited-edition vinyl-only release and will be touring with longtime friend and bandmate Lord Fyre (John Wilkes Booze).

Normanoak’s presence recalls his music: loving and gentle, medicine pouch-clad, with re-told narratives of travels both real and salvia-induced. His album is the soundtrack to humid summer nights with whiskey-soaked friends on dilapidated porches, dreaming of our loves. Normanoak may be playing sitar atop a giant mushroom in the mind’s eye, but the music should be shared with him in person:

06/01/07 Indianapolis, IN – Big Car Gallery w/ Lord Fyre
06/02/07 Chicago, IL – Ronny’s Bar w/ Lord Fyre
06/04/07 Muncie, IN – Village Green Records w/ Lord Fyre
06/05/07 Bloomington, IN – Hot Love House w/ Lord Fyre
06/06/07 Knoxville, TN – The Birdhouse w/ Lord Fyre
06/07/07 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn w/ Lord Fyre
06/08/07 Athens, GA – Calcedonia Lounge w/ Lord Fyre
06/09/07 Asheville, NC – Broadway’s w/ Lord Fyre
06/10/07 Charlotte, NC – Black Congo House w/ Lord Fyre
06/11/07 Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar w/ Lord Fyre
06/12/07 Washington DC, – 611 Florida w/ Lord Fyre
06/15/07 New York, NY – The Cake Shop w/ Lord Fyre
06/16/07 Philadelphia, PA – Green Line Cafe w/ Lord Fyre
06/17/07 Manchester, CT – Thunderdome w/ Lord Fyre
06/19/07 Boston, MA – Lorem Ipsum Books w/ Lord Fyre
06/22/07 Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo w/ Lord Fyre

Mp3 for “Jellyfish Ram” from “A Double Gift of Tongues”
Normanoak’s home page

Normanoak on Secretly Canadian

Normanoak on Myspace

SC VODCAST #8: RICHARD SWIFT live on stage, live in the studio & interview

The latest in the Secretly Canadian Podcast Series is a vodcast featuring our main man RICHARD SWIFT. Live on stage in the UK as a full band, live in the studio by his lonesome and interviewed in an ever-shrinking room, SWIFT looms a large creative personality.

You can subscribe to the SC PODCAST through a few different companies depending on your preference (just click on the link of your desired service provider for easy subscription):
ITUNES, YAHOO, GOOGLE, or FEEDBURNER.

FRIDA HYVÖNEN: Behind Closed Doors

To celebrate the first day of her European tour, Frida Hyvönen locked herself in a Dutch elevator to deliver you, dear world, the best damn keytar songs we’ve seen in a long time…too long. Enjoy.

RICHARD SWIFT’s Daytrotter session is up now!

Richard Swift’s Datyrotter session has just gone up, and can be viewed here

And don’t miss the 4 free downloads that are available here

Enjoy!

SECRETLY CANADIAN releases 100th album and celebrates 11 year annniversary

Secretly Canadian’s 100th album, appropriately titled “SC100″, will be released April 24, 2007.

SC100 is a suspended-in-time, freeze-dried nugget of evolution from the humble beginnings everyone has. For those with a checklist of Hoosier Rock History, take note that SC is the first Indiana label to issue 100 titles. Daydreams are good when thinking of who came before — BRBQ, 700 West, Lamp, Solid Gold or Gulcher — and what they could’ve done if not for being corn-holed by that cruel economy of scales or by packing up and leaving the state for brighter times.

SC100 has been in the works for about three years and features 18 Secretly Canadian artists defiling each other’s songs. All artists who issued recordings from SC01 (June Panic, “Glory Hole”) to SC99 (Swearing at Motorists, “Last Night Becomes This Morning”) were up for inclusion to cover two songs by a label mate chosen via the ol’ names-in-a-hat method. SC100 is a two disc set, with the second disc’s worth of material being available only from your favorite digital download retailer.

But for now, you can check out the late Nikki Sudden doing his version of the June Panic song, “See(ing) Double” here

And Dave Fischoff covering Damien Jurado’s, “Abilene” here

And here is a special outtake that does not appear on the physical release nor on the digital copy of SC100. It’s Marmoset doing a tripped out version of Jens Lekman’s “Black Cab”:

This year also marks Secretly Canadian’s 11th year in existence, and in conjunction with that we have discounted 11 of our classic titles. Below are the titles that will be discounted from 4/12/07 until 05/08/07 only at your favorite local retaier.

SC064 – Dave Fischoff, “The Crawl”
SC097 – Impossible Shapes, “Horus”
SC040 – Songs: Ohia, “Ghost Tropic”
SC065 – Songs: Ohia, “Didn’t It Rain”
SC084 – Damien Jurado, “Where Shall You Take Me”
SC051 – Nikki Sudden, “Waiting On Egypt / Bible Belt”
SC055 – Nikki Sudden & Dave Kunsworth’s Jacobites, “Robespierre’s Velvet Basement”
SC107 – Jens Lekman, “When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog”
SC045 – Danielson, “Fetch The Compass Kids”
SC032 – Swearing At Motorists, “Number Seven Uptown”
SC068 – Swearing At Motorists, “This Flag Signals Goodbye”

DANIELSON: A FAMILY MOVIE now available on DVD

You can now purchase or rent “Danielson: A Family Movie” in most of the locations you would normally purchase or rent independent documentaries. Aside from the feature documentary, the DVD is packed with audio commentary and over 2 hours of extras — including live performances, music videos, deleted scenes, trivia and other scintillating ephemera.

“Danielson: A Family Movie” website

“Danielson: A Family Movie” myspace page

DAVID VANDERVELDE To Open Northeast Dates For Spoon! Embarks On U.S. Tour With RICHARD SWIFT

After catching his performance at this year’s South By Southwest Secretly Canadian Showcase, Spoon has recently added David Vandervelde to a handful of East Coast dates at the end of April.

04/24/07 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony w/ Spoon
04/26/07 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place w/ Spoon
04/27/07 Northampton, MA – Pearl Street w/ Spoon
04/28/07 Boston, MA – Museum Of Fine Arts w/ Spoon

We’ve got some new video footage of Vandervelde for you as well, with him burning through a brilliant version of “Wisdom From A Tree” for Fearless Music TV in New York.

In other David Vandervelde news, he will be performing live on KEXP’s “Variety Mix” hosted by Cheryl Waters this upcoming Monday, April 2nd at noon (PST). The performance can be listened to locally on 90.3 FM in Seattle and online at kexp.org.

David also has a solo acoustic show at Good Records in Dallas at 6pm on April 11and another at 4pm CST on KCHX in St. Louis on April 13.

And don’t forget, before David Vandervelde’s dates with Spoon, he will co-headlining a tour with label mate Richard Swift on all of the following dates below:

04/02/07 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey w/ Richard Swift
04/03/07 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/ Richard Swift
04/05/07 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop w/ Richard Swift
04/06/07 Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland w/ Richard Swift
04/07/07 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar w/ Richard Swift
04/10/07 Austin, TX – Emo’s w/ Richard Swift
04/11/07 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf w/ Richard Swift
04/12/07 Norman, OK – Opolis w/ Richard Swift
04/13/07 St. Louis, MO – St. Louis University- Biliken Club w/ Richard Swift + Bunnygrunt
04/14/07 Bloomington, IN – Culture Shock w/ Richard Swift + Sunset Rubdown + Xiu Xiu
04/15/07 Newport, KY – Southgate House w/ Richard Swift
04/16/07 Columbus, OH – The Basement w/ Richard Swift
04/18/07 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s w/ Richard Swift
04/19/07 Washington DC, – Black Cat w/ Richard Swift + Paige France + Headlights
04/20/07 Cambridge, MA – T.T. the Bear’s w/ Richard Swift
04/21/07 Brooklyn, NY – Luna Lounge w/ Richard Swift
04/22/07 New York, NY – Piano’s w/ Richard Swift

SC100 Now Available For Preorder

This is Secretly Canadian’s 100th release, finally stamped and shipped out on its 11-year anniversary. All artists who issued recordings from SC01 (June Panic, Glory Hole) to SC99 (Swearing at Motorists, Last Night Becomes This Morning) were up for inclusion to cover a song by a label mate via the ol’ names-in-a-hat method. No one wants to get hokey here, but this is a communal gathering, a family jamboree where each takes a turn, fugs it up a smidge, and pays homage to tourmates of past, or in some takes, to personal strangers. The harrowing revival of Songs: Ohia by Suzanne Langille should give Jason Molina a bite to ghostwrite her next album. Jens Lekman’s love of death chants and Scout Niblett makes that impending end dance with rainbows. No need to rumble through each track with my own gander, but it’s a gulp of life and worth every penny on this set to hear the swagger yell as Nikki Sudden tears into June’s “See(ing) Double,” just like an apparition of him strolling down Fourth Street, dressed like a million, and swiggin’ a sack at 2pm. You wouldn’t have seen that from the booth window, though Sudden did make his way down to that corner late one night.

Check it out here

DAVE FISCHOFF Podcasts, Gets Love From NPR

It’s been a couple months since the release of DAVE FISCHOFF’s The Crawl, but there has been a lot of recent action and attention we’d like to share with you.

First of all, we are proud to announce the release of Dave Fischoff’s first ever music video. The clip is for the song “Small Drifts” from his latest release, The Crawl. It pairs Dave’s harmony-laden vocals, electronic arrangement and stuttering beats with Super-8 footage shot by his grandfather, Joseph Fischoff, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Super-8 film was captured digitally and edited together by L.A. filmmaker Sean U’ Ren, who created a beautiful visual counterpart to match the song’s saturated sonics, rhythmic pulses and serene tone.

See it here

Or on Youtube

Second, Dave has compiled a 45 minute audio documentary for our Secretly Canadian podcast series. In it, he discusses each of his SC releases, from the earliest four-track experiments of his self-titled cassette in 1996 to the pop-electronic orchestrations of The Crawl. It’s a guided tour through the thought processes, recording techniques and overall love of sound that saturate everything he’s done. Tune in and enjoy the ride.

You can subscribe to the SC PODCAST through a few different companies depending on your preference:

iTunes
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Third, Dave has assembled his first ever backing band, featuring fellow Chicagoans Matt Hallock on bass and Matt Hennessey on drums and percussion.

The Crawl has received some nice attention that we’d like to share. KCRW, the Los Angeles-based powerhouse of a radio station featured “Rain, Rain, Gasoline” as one of their top tunes.

KCRW Top Tune

And National Public Radio picked up on it for their All Songs Considered program

NPR’s All Songs Considered

And these fine folks had some nice things to say:

This Chicago-based musician has drawn numerous comparisons to The Postal Service. This album surpasses The Postal Service’s work on so many levels – certainly lyrically and compositionally – but still retains their catchy, innocent charm.
- Chattanooga Pulse

Fischoff fashions a hefty musical composite, drawing upon the likes of the Beach Boys and Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy ’60s pop sounds fuel Fischoff’s imagination into fluttering melodies. Add a splash of some of the Postal Service’s chunkier electronica elements, and you’ve found yourself in Fischoff’s whimsical world.
- Spin

As tales of reinvention go, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Dave Fischoff’s could sit comfortably aside The Count of Monte Cristo. On 1998′s Winston Park, he kept residence in the shell of an idea, carving fuzz-caked frescoes in the poetic gloaming. But The Crawl comes across almost like a Terry Gilliam take on Cristo, all exaggerated pieces filmed with a fish-eye lens that rarely stray from the main character’s rifts between fantasy and reality. Endearing indie-tronic melodies and low-bit pneumatics place Fischoff in the territory of Figurine/Styrofoam, but the jittery staging never subverts the humanity.
-XLR8R

Though he channels Bjork, Brian Wilson, the Polyphonic Spree, and even Public Enemy, often within a single composition, Fischoff’s songs are intensely iconoclastic, a compendium of little obsessions that together create a vivid portrait of how their author views the world.
- PopMatters

And if you will be in the Chicago area, check out Dave Fischoff in action.

April 6 at Columbia College – Hokin Center Annex
623 S. Wabash, 1st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Cost: FREE!
with Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded, 40th Day) and Aaron Dilloway (ex-Wolf Eyes)

as well as a DJ slot at the upcoming WLUW record fair:

April 14-15, 2007
Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm
Pulaski Park Fieldhouse 1419 W. Blackhawk, Chicago, Illinois
$7

SECRETLY CANADIAN & JAGJAGUWAR hiring!

We’re hiring!
If you have experience in the music industry, and are interested in a Project Manager position, please contact Ben for job description, requirements, and further details.

If you have accounting experience and are interested in a Controller position, please contact Chris for job description, requirements, and further details.

Secretly Canadian / Jagjaguwar / Dead Oceans SXSW showcase a rousing success!

Many, many thanks to everyone who came out for the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans SXSW showcase. We had a great time playing host(ess), and the Mohawk turned out to be a perfect venue to encase all the madness. Jagjaguwar bands bookended the evening on the outside stage, with Besnard Lakes kicking things off in properly epic fashion, and Okkervil River tugging at the heartstrings to close the show. I Love You But I Chosen Darkness, Richard Swift, and Bishop Allen also did us very proud. Ladyhawk, Evangelicals, Catfish Haven, David Vandervelde and Dirty Projectors brought the thunder to a packed crowd inside, with Frida Hyvonen demonstrating the very meaning of sublime. We are still groggy, and our feet still hurt, but it was worth it. SXSW was some serious fun. See you all next year!

You can read some second opinions here:

http://www.youaintnopicasso.com/
http://www.stereogum.com/archives/004860.html
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/41740/SXSW_Report_Thursday_Dave_Maher

CATFISH HAVEN Tour The Hell Out of the U.S.A.

Catfish Haven is rapidly earning a reputation as the hardest working band in the world. George, Ryan and Miguel have already seen every corner of this country and are at it again. This time, they’re heading to Texas for four shows at SXSW, then hanging out for a while with American Princes and Lucero in the Midwest and the South before making the trek back down to the Lonestar State.

03/10/07 Springfield, MO – The Outland
03/10/07 Chicago, IL – The Hideout w/ SXSW Send Off Party w/ The M’s + Sybris
03/11/07 Fayetteville, AR – The Green Lightbulb w/ American Princes
03/13/07 Dallas, TX – Club Dada w/ The Heavenly States
03/14/07 Austin, TX – Emo’s w/ SXSW Chicago Metro Party w/ The Smoking Popes
03/15/07 Austin, TX – Chain Drive w/ RXRW Party
03/16/07 Austin, TX – Mohawks w/ SXSW Hot Freaks! Party
03/17/07 Austin, TX – Backyard BBQ Party w/ Saturday Looks Good To Me
03/19/07 Iowa City, IA – Picador w/ The Thermals
03/29/07 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge w/ Lucero + American Princes
03/30/07 Lexington, KY – The Dame w/ Lucero + American Princes
03/31/07 Knoxville, TN – Barley’s Taproom w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/01/07 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/04/07 Charlottesville, VA – Starr Hill Music Hall w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/05/07 Virginia Beach, VA – The Jewish Mother w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/06/07 Washington DC, – The Black Cat w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/07/07 Brooklyn, NY – The Hook w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/09/07 Providence, RI – Living Room w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/10/07 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/11/07 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/12/07 Columbus, OH – Little Brothers w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/13/07 Dekalb, IL – Otto’s w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/14/07 Bloomington, IN – Culture Shock w/ David Vandervelde + Richard Swift + Sunset Rubdown + Xiu Xiu
04/15/07 Columbia, MO – Blue Note w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/17/07 Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/18/07 Witchita, KS – JC’s House Of Rock w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/19/07 Denton, TX – Hailey’s w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/20/07 Austin, TX – Emo’s w/ Lucero + American Princes
04/21/07 Houston, TX – Walter’s On Washington w/ Lucero + American Princes

“It’s the sort of music that’s played at juke joints and dives across the country by both hardluck lifers and weekend hobbyists, no doubt serving as liquor-fueled escapism for the countless heavy-hearted poor bastard patrons as much as a social tonic for those that wait to dance until after the second pitcher.”
- Marathonpacks

RICHARD SWIFT and DAVID VANDERVELDE Tour USA, Release New Singles and Free Mp3s

You’ve heard the names, now experience the live performance. Currently touring the UK together, Richard Swift and David Vandervelde will be returning to the States just in time for SXSW, and beginning in April will embark on a national tour together. See the tour dates page here and here for all their SXSW appearances:

Richard Swift SXSW Dates:
3/15 Secretly Canadian/ Jagjaguwar/ Dead Oceans showcase @ Mohawk 11:30pm
3/17 SC Distribution Day Party @ Carousel Lounge 2:20pm

David Vandervelde SXSW Dates:
3/14 Fader/ Levi’s Party 5:15pm
3/15 Schuba’s Party @ Yard Dog Folk Art Gallery 2:25pm
3/15 Secretly Canadian/ Jagjaguwar/ Dead Oceans showcase @ Mohawk 11pm
3/16 “Mess With Texas” Party @ Red Seven 3pm
3/17 Shoutitoutloud Music Party @ The Whiskey Bar 4pm.

Together, these two Secretly Canadian artists have got all sorts of smart folks reeling back to the golden age of rock; before disco, before punk, and before hip hop. Both have released fantastic albums this year to critical acclaim – Swift’s latest “Dressed Up For The Let Down” and Vandervelde’s debut “The Moonstation House Band”. Mojo had the following to say on Swift’s “Dressed Up For The Letdown”: “FOUR STARS. It’s not stringently retro, more a Tin Pan Alley of the Imagination.” CMJ hailed Vandervelde’s “Moonstation” as a stunning debut and a “glamorous, ambitious studio work”. Mojo rejoiced in “the arrival of an eccentric talent whose head is firmly inclined toward the past” while NME claimed his work recalls “the best of T. Rex, ELO or early Bee Gees.”

But these guys aren’t through yet! Both have new singles on the near horizon.

Out May 22, Richard Swift’s 3-song “Kisses For The Misses” 7-inch is the debut single from his new full-length. The A-side is pure Swift – a piano-driven pop tune sung with the moxie of a wizened songsmith; three minutes of wonder that takes you back thirty-five years to a classic era of smart L.A. pop music. Although it’s not out for a few months, we are making one of the B-sides – Swift’s awesome take on Prince’s “Paisley Park” – available as a free MP3 for a limited time. Also available is the Swift-directed “Vampyros Lesbos” meets “Murder, She Wrote” video for “Kisses For The Misses”.

Richard Swift “Paisley Park” MP3
Richard Swift “Kisses For The Misses” Video

Only six months after introducing Vandervelde to the world with his debut “Jacket”, Secretly Canadian is presenting the album’s lead-off track “Nothin’ No” as the second single from The Moonstation House Band. A paean to young lust and getting high, “Nothin’ No” is a modern rock classic that recalls the spirit of glam rock’s most earnest & timeless teen anthems. Also included on this extended CD single are an alternate version of “Feet of a Liar” (recorded for his Daytrotter session at the end of 2006), a visceral new song called “Cute Pretender” and the beautiful Jimmy Page-esque “Dancing Sea Gulls Instrumental”. This CD single will not be in stores until June 19 but the following tracks can be downloaded for free right now:

David Vandervelde “Nothin’ No” MP3
David Vandervelde “Feet of a Liar (Daytrotter version)” MP3
David Vandervelde “Jacket” Video

DAVE FISCHOFF is KCRW’s Top Tune

KCRW has recently started a new feature on their new music stream, kcrwmusic.com, it’s a daily download called today’s top tune. Each day, a new song is featured for just 24 hours on kcrwmusic.com and itunes. They will be featuring Dave Fischoff’s “Rain Rain Gasoline” March 8

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Tours With Son Volt

Having just returned from a sold out solo tour across Europe, Jason Molina is jumping back in the van with his band the Magnolia Electric Company for a seventeen-date tour across the western U.S. Then, with only four days in between, it’s back on a plane to Europe for another two months on the road. And what’s in store when they return at the end of June? Yes, another domestic tour. Whew, you want to meet a true road warrior? Talk to Jason Molina and crew, they know how to get it done. Eleven dates will be spent with the brilliant Jay Farrar and Son Volt. And if Magnolia Electric Company isn’t busy enough with eight straight months on the road, late summer/early fall sees the release of their most ambitious recording project to date!

See Magnolia Electric Co. in your town!

03/21/07 Dubuque, IA – Busted Lift
03/22/07 Lincoln, NE – Knickerbocker’s
03/23/07 Rapid City, SD – TREA w/ The Thermals + We Have Hooks For Hands
03/24/07 Missoula, MT – Dauphines w/ Dan Decon & Video Hippos
03/26/07 Bellingham, WA – The Nightlight w/ Son Volt
03/27/07 Seattle, WA – The Showbox w/ Son Volt
03/28/07 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom w/ Son Volt
03/29/07 Eureka, CA – The Pearl w/ The Rubberneckers
03/30/07 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore w/ Son Volt
03/31/07 Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre w/ Son Volt
04/01/07 Sacramento, CA – Fool’s Foundation w/ Christian Keifer
04/03/07 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey w/ Son Volt
04/04/07 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern w/ Son Volt
04/05/07 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre w/ Son Volt
04/06/07 Sante Fe, NM – College of Santa Fe
04/07/07 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre w/ Son Volt
04/08/07 Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck w/ Rocky Votolato + Drag The River
04/09/07 Iowa City, IA – The Mill
04/12/07 Athens, OH – Baker Theatre w/ Southeast Engine + Travels + Shipwreck
04/20/07 Louisville, KY – Headliners w/ Son Volt
04/21/07 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant w/ Son Volt

CATFISH HAVEN video debut on MTV’s Subterranean

Catfish Haven’s video for “Tell Me” will debut on the MTV program Subterranean this Monday, March 5, 2007. The show starts at 1 am

SC Podcast #5: DAVID VANDERVELDE in the rehearsal space

Been dying to get an inside peek into the rehearsal space of DAVID VANDERVELDE and his MOONSTATION HOUSE BAND? Fret not. The fifth installment of the Secretly Canadian Podcast series offers us an inside glimpse of the band doing rehearsals of “Cocksucker Blues”, “Feet of a Liar”, “Jacket” and “Nothin’ No”.

You can subscribe to the SC PODCAST through a few different companies depending on your preference (just click on the link of your desired service provider for easy subscription):
ITUNES, YAHOO, GOOGLE, or FEEDBURNER.

Vandervelde & Co. are playing two shows in NYC on the 26th and 27th of Feb, at Union Hall and Piano’s, respectively. Don’t miss out.

RICHARD SWIFT’s Dressed Up For The Letdown out now; video released; tour dates announced

Richard Swift’s new album, “Dressed Up For The Letdown”, comes out tomorrow (February 20, 2007) and is receiving praise from critics world-wide.

It’s not stringently retro, more a Tin Pan Alley of the Imagination. Four stars.
- Mojo

Connoisseurs of grand American pop will love Richard Swift. Four stars.
- Uncut

Swift’s adherence to what is essentially bygone rises above contrivance to further reveal him as a worthy descendent of the approach to which he aspires.
- Under The Radar

For a taste of Swift’s sweet and tart music, the new video for first single, “Kisses For The Misses”, has a deliberate Vampyros Lesbost-meets-Murder, She Wrote feel. Directed by the team known as ulysses///onasis (aka Richard Swift and long time co-conspirator Lance Troxel), the video stars Mr. Swift himself in a comical-yet-mysterious role. Watch it at:

Secretly Canadian link

or

Youtube link

Fans will soon be able to see why Swift & Co. are developing a reputation as one of the tightest and most inspiring live acts in the country. Starting March 3, Swift and His Sons of National Freedom will embark on a tour of the UK along with label-mate David Vandervelde. The tour takes them through mid-March when they return to the States in time to play the Secretly Canadian showcase at SXSW on Thursday, March 15. They then start a full tour of the USA in April, also joined by Vandervelde. For a complete listing of tour dates, please visit:
http://www.secretlycanadian.com/shows.php

New HORNS OF HAPPINESS 12″ available for pre-order

Horns Of Happiness provide the two sides to the second half of their newnew sound with “What Spills Like Thread”. With the follow-up 12″ to last year’s “Would I Find Your Psychic Guideline”, they’re now navigating the waters of hypnotic, organ-driven thump rock. On this record, the HoH have expanded into a trio, with new member Elaina Morgan providing the bottom end to the disjointed fuzz of Aaron Deer and Shelly Harrison’s organ/drum combo. Played out in two extended jams, side A evokes ESG on the dance floor with Can at an absinthe-fueled afterparty, while side B is a woozy pop-drone undulation.

Check it out here

DAVID VANDERVELDE releases video, announces tour

… the way that the eight pristine pop songs here recall the best of T. Rex, ELO, or early Bee Gees can offer marks Vandervelde out as a man out of time.
- NME

Vandervelde clearly knows what he’s doing, and does it very well.
- Q

… a glamorous, ambitious studio work.
- CMJ

The arrival of an eccentric talent whose head is firmly inclined towards the past.
- Mojo

On the release date of his debut album, The Moonstation House Band, on Secretly Canadian, David Vandervelde was Artist of the Day on Spin.com. Spin praised how, “At a pipsqueakish 22 years old, David Vandervelde is already generating the kind of indie-net whispering that musicians twice his age pine for.” And it’s true; early reviews for “Moonstation” have favorably compared the Chicago singer to Marc Bolan and David Bowie. As Pitchfork says, “…any artist who can endure such a sustained comparison to glam icons without coming off like a blowhard is doing something right.”

The world’s first taste of David Vandervelde came via the “Jacket” b/w “Murder In Michigan” single. One of the catchiest songs on Moonstation, “Jacket” is now a video by up-and-coming Los Angeles-based director Iqbal Ahmed.

You can view it on the Secretly Canadian website:
http://scjag.com/mp3/sc/jacket.mov

Or on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/RNOQKmAdMR0

Hot on the heels of his ASCAP/Filter curated performance in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, as well as his sold out record release show in Chicago (check out the photos at: Underground Bee, Vandervelde is hitting the road for a few shows as he heads toward NYC by month’s end. He then travels to the UK for a week and a half of dates with Richard Swift. He’ll return to the US in time for the Secretly Canadian showcase at SXSW on March 15, prior to gearing up for a full US tour with Richard Swift in the month of April.

DAVID VANDERVELDE ON TOUR (confirmed dates as of today):
02/22/07 Athens, OH – Casa Nueva
02/23/07 Cincinnati, OH – Alchemize
02/26/07 Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall
02/27/07 New York, NY – Piano’s

03/04/07 Nottingham, United Kingdom – Social ??w/ Richard Swift
03/05/07 Glasgow, United Kingdom – ABC2 ??w/ Richard Swift
03/06/07 Manchester, United Kingdom – Life Cafe ??w/ Richard Swift
03/08/07 Bristol, United Kingdom – Thekla ??w/ Richard Swift
03/09/07 Brighton, United Kingdom – Audio ??w/ Richard Swift
03/10/07 Oxford, United Kingdom – The Zodiac ??w/ Richard Swift
03/11/07 London, United Kingdom – Arts Theatre ??w/ Richard Swift

An extended ANTONY update (not for the faint of heart)

Charles Atlas and Antony have begun the process of editing the film of TURNING, having filmed both the London performances in November in addition to shooting over sixty hours of touring and interview footage. With great performances by the band and Charlie’s gorgeous films, we anticipate exciting results. (See The Guardian’s review of TURNING here.)

Antony is preparing for his March 9th concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, in collaboration with composer Nico Muhly. Expect a mixture of favorites from Antony’s first two albums plus a foreshadowing of things to come… Speaking of which, Antony and the Johnsons’ next album is now in its formative stages – Antony has been in the studio and expects to be for the next few months. He says that the theme right now is “ghosts and nature” and that he is very excited about it…

Antony spent some time recording with Bj?rk last year. We are told that the pair have sung a duet for Bj?rk’s upcoming record, which is due out this Spring.

Antony sings all the vocals on the new mini-album by Michael Cashmore of Current 93. “The Snow Abides” comprises of five thematically linked songs, two of which are instrumental and three of which are sung by Antony. All song texts are written by David Tibet. The cd is available by mail order through Jnana Records.

There are some murmurs of a select few Antony and the Johnsons concerts performances in Europe this Spring… stay tuned for more information.

Last week, Antony returned from Lou Reed’s “Berlin” concerts in Sydney, Australia; by all accounts the shows were a great success. Antony sang “Candy Says” with Lou during the encores each night. Julian Schnabel is now producing a “Berlin” film of the NYC performances.

Antony and Nico Muhly have composed a score for one of Shakespeare’s sonnets under the direction of Gavin Bryars to be performed by the singers and musicians of Opera North in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. There are 2 concerts at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on the 24th and 25th of February, 2007.

Antony is composing a sound installation in collaboration with William Basinski that will be featured as one of many interesting installations at the Belsay Manor this Summer.

Songs by Antony and the Johnsons are featured in two new Italian films: Alessandro Angelini’s L’Aria Salata and Paolo Sorrentino’s L’Amico di Famiglia.

And finally, we are utterly delighted by the world’s reception to Joan As Police Woman’s new album (featuring Antony on backing vocals), which has been getting well-deserved rave reviews throughout Europe.

New RICHARD SWIFT cd/lp, NORMANOAK lp Available For Pre-Order Now!

The supertasty February releases are now available for pre-order, including:

- Richard Swift – Dressed Up For The Letdown

In the spirit of this truth Richard Swift has confidently composed yet another original masterpiece; employing an archaic attitude of tempered restraint on a fresh collection of ten songs, without appearing shamelessly retro or kitschy. Playing a vast majority of the instruments on “Dressed Up” himself, by virtue Swift has created something that is characteristically his. And considering his rough-around-the-edges exterior, one could rightly assume that Swift desires the listener to accept him as an ordinary honest man with some honest songs — unmasked blemishes and all. Yet when one engages with Swift on this narrow-road-less-traveled, one immediately ignores the subtle imperfections shadowed by the all-consuming white light of well-crafted pop songs in an analog heaven. In effect he’s saying, “Just listen to my songs… the riffraff in the background is inconsequential.” Sure Swift… whatever you say.

- Normanoak – A Double Gift Of Tongues

Chris Barth re-emerges with A Double Gift Of Tongues to share once again Normanoak’s mysterious fibrillation of heart and lung. Unbound from his share of duties with The Impossible Shapes, Barth chronicles a world “of acorns, blood, and sacrifice; of the holy hexagram of intertwined triangles; of the holy books writ in the sands of madness; of the Prince of Cups charioting across the steady sea, eagle drawn; of the planets Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Luna spiraling through the darkness of Nuit; Of the language behind language and the seeds of the unspeakable.”

Check them out here

DAMIEN JURADO to perform live on KEXP this Friday

Damien Jurado will perform live at the KEXP studios in Seattle this Friday at 9:30am local time. If you’re in the Seattle area, tune in to 90.3 FM and check it out. The performance can also be heard worldwide at KEXP.org

If you miss it, the performance will be available online for the next two weeks here

FRIDA HYVÖNEN announces tour with Under Byen

Beginning March 2nd, Frida will embark on a 20 date US tour with fellow Scandinavians, Under Byen. Travelling from Boston, MA to Seattle, WA, Frida will be showcasing songs off her debut album, Until Death Comes and her recently finished soundtrack to Pudel (translation: Poodle); a 70 minute choreographed performance with 6 humans and 5 poodles.

The confirmed dates are:
03/02/07 Boston, MA – Museum of Fine Art w/ Under Byen
03/05/07 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/ Under Byen
03/07/07 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa w/ Under Byen
03/08/07 Toronto, Ontario – The Mod Club w/ Under Byen
03/09/07 Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum w/ Under Byen
03/10/07 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom w/ Under Byen
03/11/07 Columbus, OH – Wexner Art Center w/ Under Byen
03/12/07 Chicago, IL – Abbey Pub w/ Under Byen
03/14/07 Norman, OK – Opolis w/ Under Byen
03/18/07 Los Angeles, CA – Knitting Factory w/ Under Byen
03/19/07 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall w/ Under Byen

DAVID VANDERVELDE is Spin.com’s Artist Of The Day today!

It seems like only yesterday that David Vandervelde was just a sweet demo on our doorstep. Now he’s getting love from Spin. Sniff sniff….they grow up so fast!

Check it out here

Also, at long last, “The Moonstation House Band” has finally arrived!

SWEARING AT MOTORISTS perform for The Flophouse Sessions

The Band In Boston Podcast is a weekly preview/review of the best live music happening around Boston. Also home to The Flophouse Sessions- bands from Boston and beyond play stripped-down semi-acoustic sets in the comforts of their living room!

Swearing At Motorists were honored to be invited to record The Flophouse Session 28, while on their last US tour. Please check it out here

“Danielson: A Family Movie” theatrical release expanded to more cities

Following successful runs in New York, Chicago, Austin, Seattle and Bloomington, Indiana over the holidays, DANIELSON: A FAMILY MOVIE rolls into Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, DC and Portland, Oregon all through January (and a little bit into February.)

Los Angeles: Laemmle Grande 4-plex * Jan 19 – 25
San Francisco: Red Vic Movie House * Jan 25 – 27
Boston: Coolidge Corner Theatre * Feb 2 & 3 (midnite)
Portland, OR: NW Film Center * Jan 17 at 7pm
Washington, DC : Ebenezers * Jan 21 at 7:30pm

Here’s what one of the critics are saying:
?Elvis had his lascivious hips. Dylan had his electricity. Here?s a rock rebel whose rebellion is the result of faith, imagination, and a stable, encouraging home life. It takes a pretty impressive film not to stumble over such rich contradictions. Danielson: a Family Movie observes each one with grace, optimism, and curiosity.?
? THE STRANGER (Seattle)

Richard Swift to release new album February 20th, new video available now

We’re eagerly anticipating the release of “Dressed Up For The Let Down”, the sophomore album from Richard Swift on February 20. While you may know him primarily as a musician, this former resident of LA spends a great deal of time as a film-maker when he’s not in the studio or on stage. At the moment, in fact, he’s in the midst of directing the video for the lead-off single “Kisses For The Misses” in his new home out in the sticks of Oregon. To tide you over until that video is complete, though, we present to you the video for the song “Beautifulheart”, which was also directed by and stars Mr. Swift. “Beautifulheart” actually comes from Swift’s double album “The Collection Vol. 1: The Novelist / Walking Without Effort” which was released by Secretly Canadian in 2005. Commissioned by Polydor Records – Swift’s new label in the UK – the video for “Beautifulheart” is a stop-motion delight, reminiscent of Svankmajer or the Brothers Quay.

You can watch the video for “Beautiful Heart” right here:

http://scjag.com/mp3/sc/beautiful_heart.mov

or here for You Tube embedding:

You can preview the song “Kisses For The Misses” as a free downloadable MP3 right here:

As you can tell from “Kisses For the Misses”, with “Dressed Up For The Let Down”, Swift has confidently composed yet another original masterpiece; employing an archaic attitude of tempered restraint on a fresh collection of ten songs, without appearing shamelessly retro or kitschy. Playing a vast majority of the instruments on Dressed Up himself, by virtue Swift has created something that is characteristically his. And considering his rough-around-the-edges exterior, one could rightly assume that Swift desires the listener to accept him as an ordinary honest man with some honest songs – unmasked blemishes and all. Yet when one engages with Swift on this narrow-road-less-traveled, one immediately ignores the subtle imperfections shadowed by the all-consuming white light of well-crafted pop songs in an analog heaven. In effect he’s saying, “Just listen to my songs… the riffraff in the background is inconsequential.”

The Earlies transmit first Enemy Broadcast as SC Podcast #4, announce Euro tour dates

In anticipation of their new album “The Enemy Chorus” (in stores January 23), JM Lapham of The Earlies has prepared the first Enemy Broadcast – a special 15-minute continuous mix which includes elements of all 10 tracks on the new album. The Enemy Broadcast is featured as the latest installment of the Secretly Canadian Podcast.

You can subscribe to the SC PODCAST through a few different companies depending on your preference (just click on the link of your desired service provider for easy subscription):
ITUNES, YAHOO, GOOGLE, or FEEDBURNER.

But if that’s not your bag, we have a limited number of handmade CD-Rs containing that very same Enemy Broadcast. These will be included with mail-orders for the new album until we run out. You can pre-order The Enemy Chorus at our mailorder page.

Also, The Earlies have also announced a string of European tour dates in March. Details on a North American tour in support of The Enemy Chorus will be forthcoming. For a complete and up-to-date listing of shows go to our tour dates page.

Danielson is #1 on mtvU – keep voting!!

As of now, Danielson’s video for “Did I Step On Your Trumpet” is #1 in the polls at mtvU.com. Let’s keep them there! Voting ends tomorrow at noon. Vote vote vote vote vote!!!

Thank you!

The Horns Of Happiness Daytrotter session up now!

The in-studio session/interview with Horns of Happiness is now up on daytrotter.com.

Check it here

Richard Swift and David Vandervelde to perform at Sundance Film Festival

Richard Swift and David Vandervelde will be appearing, along with Silversun Pickups and Two Gallants, on Tuesday, January 23, at the Star Bar. This event is part of the Sundance Film Festival. Here’s the fine print:

Doors at 8:30, rock begins at 8:45.

Star Bar
268 Main St.
Park City, Utah

David will play first of four, Richard will play second. Take a break from the Hollywood nonsense with some rock and/or roll!

Vote for Danielson on mtvU!

Danielson’s innovative and criminally adorable video for “Did I Step On Your Trumpet” is up for possible mtvU love. Watch the videos, and cast your vote

here

If Danielson gets the most votes, the “Did I Step On Your Trumpet” video will be put into rotation on mtvU!

Every little vote counts. You can vote multiple times, if you feel so inclined. The polls are open until Friday, January 12 at noon. Help creativity trump vanity!

David Vandervelde, The Earlies records available for pre-order now!

All the hothot January releases are now available for pre-order, including:

- David Vandervelde – The Moonstation House Band

David Vandervelde appeared before us one hot summer day like a dynamo. The sound we heard coming through in stereo was that of our coming-of-age years screaming back at us – a faithful reminder that our beauteous days of bowing before pin-up rock stars and carving iconographic logos on desktops and in famous treetrunks have not passed us by. No, David Vandervelde is here to remind us that the truest, most primal and addictive properties of rock n’ roll are ageless.

– The Earlies – The Enemy Chorus

The Earlies sophomore effort The Enemy Chorus is a hypnotic voyage through a largely aphotic locale with unpredictable bursts of light and sound – perhaps amidst the heavens, or maybe under our own feet. The album comes from a darker and less familiar place than their pop tradition-steeped debut.

Check them out here

DAMIEN JURADO re-releases Gathered In Song

Recorded live to an analog 2-track back in 1999, Gathered In Song is often considered the lost gem of the Damien Jurado catalog. Finally, this little beast of a record is available again to the masses. Once more, GIS contains bonus track demos that were recorded for Rehearsals for Departure and Where Shall You Take Me?. Order it here.

David Vandervelde’s Daytrotter session up now!

David Vandervelde and his Moonstation House Band are featured this week on daytrotter.com.

Learn about David’s time spent with Jay Bennett, his Grandpa Haywood, and the fabled Bloomington Vaporizer here

And listen to 4 live tracks recorded in the Daytrotter studios here

“Every bodily fluid known to man personified into music”.

Dave Doughman of SWEARING AT MOTORISTS spreads Christmas cheer

A note from Dave Doughman

I know many of you like to assemble your own Christmas Music Mixtapes, so I thought I would like to share some “Christmas Songs” with you:

The first song is available for free download here

“Silver Bells”
i remember my Mom singing this to me when i was very young, so i recorded this simple version for her.

“Losing Mine” – from This Flag Signals Goodbye
“Maybe Zorro” – from Number Seven Uptown
“Inadvertent Christmas Song” – from Number Seven Uptown

enjoy the season,
and thanks for another great year,

dave doughman

THE EARLIES return with their second album

THE EARLIES return with their second album for Secretly Canadian, “The Enemy Chorus,” on January 23.

The Earlies sophomore effort “The Enemy Chorus” is a hypnotic voyage through a largely aphotic locale with unpredictable bursts of light and sound – perhaps amidst the heavens, or maybe under our own feet. The album comes from a darker and less familiar place than their pop tradition-steeped debut “These Were The Earlies” (released by Secretly Canadian in 2005). While no less beautiful than that record, “The Enemy Chorus” carries a greater feeling of uncertainty, longing, anxiety, and sadness. However, these tonal changes did not happen overnight, as the seeds were planted in the sunny, pastoral pop fields of that first album. The Earlies started as a recording project, with the four core members swapping tapes and trading files from their home studios. Over time, the vision grew, as the core of four enlisted the help of other musicians to translate their music to a live show – at times featuring 12+ musicians. The group’s production skills have been greatly refined – at times, reminiscent of Nigel Godrich’s great layered atmospheres. The approach to recording is essentially the same, though, and the distinct “Earlies sound” remains intact. Their listening habits changed considerably between the recording of the two albums – exploring the depths of progressive and krautrock. Influences range from the essential work of Faust, to prog greats Gentle Giant, to the musique concrete madness of Jean-Claude Vannier.

“The Enemy Chorus” would not be truly complete without the right artwork. For that task, The Earlies called upon Michael England. After repeated listens to the album, England delivered the perfect visual accompaniment. The group can best explain it themselves: “He discovered the hidden concept album within, and the whole album made more sense to us upon seeing his artwork than it ever had previously.” For more info on England’s work, check out http://www.myspace.com/michael_england

“The Enemy Chorus” includes help from many of the same musicians who played on “These Were The Earlies.” However, there are a couple new players, including Rishi Dhir of The High Dials (Rainbow Quartz), who casts a spell with his sitar on the album’s closer “Breaking Point.” The Earlies have lent their production talents to the likes of King Creosote (679/names), Micah P. Hinson (Jade Tree), and Leona Naess (MCA), as well as remixing tracks for Hot Chip (Astralwerks) and Tunng (Ace Fu / Full Time Hobby). JM Lapham of The Earlies also collaborates with Micah P. Hinson under The Late Chord moniker. Their debut EP was released on 4AD; their first full-length is due in 2007.

“The Enemy Chorus” will be available in all good record stores on January 23, 2007. For an early taste, a free download of the lead track “No Love in Your Heart” is now available:
http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/noloveinyourheart.mp3

JASON MOLINA with Jeff Tweedy, Sally Timms, Jon Langford, Robbie Fulks, Shellac

If you are in the Chicago area don’t miss this rare show. Jason will be performing solo as part of the 5th annual Second City That Never Sleeps + Letters To Santa show. This takes place non-stop at Second City from 7pm December 12th – 7pm December 13th. Admission is strictly at the door and is $10. This is a benefit show that helps Chicago area children and families. For more information you can go to the Second City web page. Come out to see the amazing all night improv and be part of the show. Come and bid on auction items such as a day of recording with Steve Albini, a solo Jeff Tweedy show in your living room, the handwritten and signed lyrics to the brand new Stooges record. This is a good time for a good cause. Alright!

DANIELSON: A FAMILY MOVIE now in theatres!

This past weekend we ushered in yet another chapter in the enigmatic story of the Danielson Family as we held an opening reception for the launching of the new movie “Danielson: A Family Movie (or, Make A Joyful Noise HERE)” by J.L. Aronson, at the Cinemat here in Bloomington. Amidst libations, cake, and giveaways, the movie was played to a near capacity crowd, with many oohs, aahs, and applause. Get the specifics on the movie, and when it will be coming to a theatre near you directly below.

What its all about……
“Danielson: a Family Movie” follows multi-media artist and musician Daniel
Smith as he creates a musical phenomenon using his siblings and friends,
eventually facing the struggle to realize his solo identity once the family
members begin their own adult lives. Co-starring Sufjan Stevens and
featuring cameos by Rick Moody, Daniel Johnston, and Steve Albini, the
feature doc takes on issues such as creativity vs accessibility, Christian
faith vs popular culture and family vs individuality.

Even more info on the movie can be found at:

http://www.danielsonmovie.com

CHECK OUT THE MOVIE TRAILER HERE:

http://www.danielsonmovie.com/assets/clips/DFMpreview.mov

These folks already dig it:

WINNER- Chicago Underground Film Festival- Audience Award
WINNER- Northampton Independent Film Fest- Best Documentary
WINNER- Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival- Special Jury Prize

Where you can see it:

New York: Cinema Village * Dec 15 – 21

Chicago: Gene Siskel Center * Dec 10 & 14

Austin: Alamo Drafthouse * Dec 11, 20, 28 & Jan 2

Seattle: NW Film Forum * Dec 15 – 21

Bloomington, IN: The Cinemat * Dec 1 – 14

Los Angeles: Laemmle Grande 4-plex * Jan 19 – 25

Boston: Coolidge Corner Theatre * Feb 2 & 3

Portland, OR: Northwest Film Center * Jan 20

Fort Collins, Colorado: special benefit screening/blood drive for the Red
Cross at Everyday Joe’s Caf? on March 3.

FRIDA HYVÖNEN descends on London, etc

After a stunning romp through the American Eastern Half, Miss Frida will be heading to the UK for a 3 day stint in London. Aftwards she’ll be debuting in several major European cities. The dates not to miss:

12/06/06 London, United Kingdom – 93 Feet East w/ Mechanical Bride
12/07/06 London, United Kingdom – Water Rats Theatre w/ Good Books
12/08/06 London, United Kingdom – ULU w/ Peter Bjorn
12/09/06 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
12/10/06 Berlin, Germany – Privatclub
12/11/06 Luzern, Switzerland – Boa Bar
12/12/06 Paris, France – Le Divan Du Monde w/ Anna Ternheim

For a taste, here’s a video of an released song from her final performance in Chicago. A song from P?del, a contemporary dance/music piece that translates to, well, Poodle.

Live EARLY DAY MINERS video featured on Baeblemusic.com

The newly launched Baebelmusic.com is featuring Early Day Miner’s Brooklyn performance of Offshore last September.
Check it here:

Double dose of DAVE FISCHOFF on NPR

Dave Fischoff deconstructs a song of his for a Chicago Public Radio. The story originally aired November 21, but you can listen to it here.

Dave Fischoff is also feature on Episode 125 of the National Public Radio program All Songs Considered. You can listen to that episode here.

Three SECRETLY CANADIAN entries in PLUG Awards

Three SECRETLY CANADIAN nominations have been selected for the 2007 PLUG Awards. Danielson’s video for “DId I Step On Your Trumpet” is head to head with I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness’ video for “The Owl” for Best Video Of The Year. Secretly Canadian is nominated for Best Record Label Of The Year.

You can vote here.

DAVE FISCHOFF new album, The Crawl now streaming and available for pre-order

DAVE FISCHOFF is back with his third album for Secretly Canadian; “The Crawl” to be released November 21, 2006. Album pre-order available and streaming now!

Thom Yorke has “The Eraser”, Scott Walker has “The Drift” and now Dave Fischoff has “The Crawl”.

“The Crawl” is the product of a single creative mind. Armed with a rather large arsenal of obscure samples culled from his life as well as the entire Chicago Public Library sound collection, Dave went to work. Alone in a near-downtown basement apartment, his mind took a very long trip, delving into the under-explored territory where electronic music, hip hop, and orchestral pop meet. Taking cues from The Beach Boys and Burt Bacharach to The Postal Service and Public Enemy, Dave Fischoff has conceived, collected, cut and pasted, orchestrated and created a piece of work that is large and complex yet utterly personal and easily accessible.

“The Crawl” features the visual art of the Australian-born, London-based artist, Emme Stone, whose portfolio can be seen here

The visual and audio combination is a vibrant piece of work, thick with ideas. Bright vivid colors and textured electronics mesh with beat-driven orchestral pop, and Dave’s needle-precision lyrics stitch the whole thing up into a set of songs that are lush, poignant and completely unique. Want to hear it for yourself? Just steer your browser to Dave’s website, where hi-res versions of each song are currently streaming for free.

This way, please: http://davefischoff.com/Music/

A pre-order option is available at the bottom of the page. Pre-ordering “The Crawl” will also allow you to purchase it as well as Dave’s previous albums, “Winston Park” and “The Ox And The Rainbow” at a discounted rate.

Limited edition SONGS: OHIA album, Protection Spells, now available via Emusic

Limited to just 500 copies as a tour-only album back 2000, the long sought after Protection Spells is now available digitally via Emusic.
According to Molina “The Protection Spells is a collection of songs recorded over a period of several Songs: Ohia tours. Presented here are nine entirely improvised pieces. The approach to these songs involved no rehearsals, no second takes, no additions and no going back. What you have here are songs that just happened in real time. The many musicians on these recordings were friends, bandmates and, at times, total strangers.”

Find it here

CATFISH HAVEN play live set on BBC, release video for Tell Me

Catfish Haven will be playing some shows in the UK and while they are there they have been asked to perform on Gideon Coe’s radio show on BBC6. The band will be on air 11:30 am (London time) You can listen live or again in the archive here

The band has also released a video for the song “Tell Me”. Shot in Chicago, and directed by Mark Bachara & Michael P. McGrath, the video features both sides of a plaintive telephone call, and a rowdy kitchen-performance accompained by a laconic hipster rhythm section. Check it out here

ANTONY’s collabortion with Charles Atlas “TURNING” Tours Europe

Antony and the Johnsons will collaborate with film-maker Charles Atlas and 13 Beauties from NYC on “TURNING”, a concert/live video installation to be be staged in London, Rome, Paris, Madrid and Braga starting October 31. During “TURNING,” Antony and the Johnsons present a concert while Charles Atlas creates live video portraits of each of the models. “TURNING” was first presented as a part of the 2004 Whitney biennial in NYC. See the tour dates page for more details.

WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY featured on Marie Antoinette Soundtrack

Released this week, Windsor for the Derby is featured on the soundtrack for Marie Antoinette – the new Sofia Coppola film. Their contribution, “Melody Of A Fallen Tree” (from 2004′s We Fight Til Death) is in good company along side The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Bow Wow Wow, Gang of Four as well as a slew of other like minds.

To celebrate the collaboration, there will be a party hosted by Filter at the Hiro Lounge in the Maritime Hotel New York on November 2nd. WFTD will share the stage with Bow Wow Wow. Gang of Four’s David Allen will DJ between sets.

The movie is slated for release on October 20th.

DANIELSON’s new video available as part of SC Podcast, Band prep for European tour

DANIELSON has unveiled its brilliant new Christiaan Palladino-directed video for “Did I Step On Your Trumpet?” which you can watch from your web browser HERE or see it with a bonus audio introduction by Daniel Smith as the second installment of the new SECRETLY CANADIAN PODCAST.

You can subscribe to the SC PODCAST through a few different companies depending on your preference (just click on the link of your desired service provider for easy subscription):
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Danielson has also announced a European tour starting late November. They will be playing with JEFFREY LEWIS for a majority of the month-long tour. For a complete and up-to-date listing of tourdates go HERE.

Secretly Canadian introduces DAVID VANDERVELDE to the world

DAVID VANDERVELDE appeared before us one hot summer day like a dynamo. The sound we heard coming through in stereo was that of our coming-of-age years screaming back at us – a faithful reminder that our beauteous days of bowing before pin-up rock stars and carving iconographic logos on desktops and in famous treetrunks have not passed us by. No, David Vandervelde is here to remind us that the truest, most primal and addictive properties of rock n’ roll are ageless. Indeed, this Chicagoan (by way of the dunes of West Michigan) recorded the A-side to his debut single a few years ago at age 19, yet he shows the maturity and swagger of a man much longer in the tooth. Bearing a resemblance to MARC BOLAN and DAVID BOWIE on these two songs, we’re eagerly anticipating his upcoming debut full-length, which will open the door into a much broader musical universe. Secretly Canadian is very proud to welcome David Vandervelde to the family.

The “Jacket” / “Murder In Michigan” 7″ single will be available in all good record stores on November 21, 2006. For futurists, a free download of “Jacket” is now available at:
http://davidvandervelde.com/uploads/Jacket.mp3

To experience firsthand the live rock experience, David Vandervelde will be playing the following dates this Fall leading into the release of the single:
Oct 13 2006 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s Tavern w/ Say Hi To Your Mom and The Evangelicals
Nov 9 2006 St. Louis, MO- Off Broadway w/ Bobby Bare Jr. and Centro-Matic
Nov 10 2006 Chicago, IL – Double Door w/ Bobby Bare Jr. and Centro-Matic
Nov 11 2006 Maumee, OH – The Village Idiot w/ Bobby Bare Jr. and Centro-Matic
Nov 12 2006 Columbus, OH – The Basement w/ Bobby Bare Jr. and Centro-Matic
Nov 13 2006 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern w/ Bobby Bare Jr. and Centro-Matic
Nov 14 2006 Washington, DC – Rock n’ Roll Hotel w/ Bobby Bare Jr. and Centro-Matic
Nov 15 2006 Philadelphia, PA – The Khyber w/ Bobby Bare Jr. and Centro-Matic
Nov 16 2006 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Upstairs w/ Bobby Bare Jr. and Centro-Matic
Nov 17 2006 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/ Bobby Bare Jr., Centro-Matic, and Charles Bissell of The Wrens
Nov 18 2006 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/ Bobby Bare Jr., Centro-Matic, and Charles Bissell of The Wrens
Nov 20 2006 Nashville, TN – Exit/In w/ Bobby Bare Jr. and Centro-Matic
** ?Note ? all shows will be David playing solo or with a friend, except for the Chicago, IL Double Door show. ?This will be a full-on rock show with The Moon Station House Band ? prepare yourselves. **

David and his Moon Station House Band performed “Cocksucker Blues” live in Chicago last month, showcasing his trademark intensity that has been likened to that of the late Kurt Cobain:
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=1057712646

David Vandervelde Myspace Page

DAMIEN JURADO featured in the first ever Secretly Canadian podcast

Recorded before a show last summer at the Doug Fir in Portland, OR, Damien Jurado talks about his new record, his new band and his unending love for Dio. As a special treat, Damien busts out the guitar for a special rendition of Holy Diver. Could you ask for anything more?

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DAMIEN JURADO covers Nick Drake

SPIN.com is featuring our favorite son covering VW’s favorite son. Yup, Damien Jurado’s countless comparisons to Nick Drake has finally been met with a killer version of Pink Moon.
Check the story out here.

or download it directly here.

Stereogum to sponsor CATFISH HAVEN show in New York

Catfish Haven will be playing two shows in New York. Mercury Lounge in the city on September 7 and Union Hall in Brooklyn on September 8. The shows will be sponsored by our friends at stereogum

I LOVE YOU BUT I’VE CHOSEN DARKNESS embark on tour with She Wants Revenge, play ACL

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness has been tapped by She Wants Revenge for a short, 9 day romp through the center of the country. Following the brief tour, ILYBICD will finish their domestic touring season with a hometown show as part of this year’s Austin City Limits.

TOUR DATES:
09/06/06 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues w/ She Wants Revenge
09/07/06 Memphis, TN – The Complex w/ She Wants Revenge
09/08/06 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club w/ She Wants Revenge
09/09/06 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel w/ She Wants Revenge
09/10/06 Nashville, TN – Exit / In w/ She Wants Revenge
09/11/06 Bloomington, IN – Landlocked Music
09/12/06 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s w/ She Wants Revenge
09/13/06 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall w/ She Wants Revenge
09/14/06 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall w/ She Wants Revenge
09/16/06 Austiin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival

Surly Men Won’t Sell ‘Em Booze: The Horns of Happiness Tour Journal

The Horns of Happiness Tour Journal

JENS LEKMAN ‘Concerts ? Emporter’ session posted

While in New York, Jens Lekman hooked up with ‘Concerts ? Emporter’ (‘Take Away Shows’) – a Parisian site temporarily relocated across the pond that specializes in very simple amateur videos.

After google translating their description, we find out:
“It was magic, like all this session, during which the singer did not say anything, sat down there, was going to seek its saxophonist, began a piece, launched its voice and time stopped, we were alone in a large gymnasium and it filled the room, only. Look at: the camera is m?dus?e.”
Find out for yourself.

Fan video for MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. on youtube

“Smitty4657″ has posted a video made for the MECO song “Hold On Magnolia” on youtube.

Check it out here

Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar MMS Showcase Saturday, August 12th

Don’t miss Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar’s Midwest Music Summit Showcase in Indianapolis, Indiana! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, August 12th at The Alley Cat. The lineup is as follows:

6:00pm – Normanoak
6:50pm – Early Day Miners
7:40pm – Odawas
8:30pm – Catfish Haven

For additional information, check out MMS’s site.

SONGS: OHIA live footage found online

Just found video, courtesy of “julucha” on youtube, of a Songs: Ohia performance of “Cabwaylingo” at Fritz’ Corner in Stockholm Sweden. This looks to be the band Jason had for the recording of the final Songs: Ohia album, Magnolia Electric Co. Good performance, good footage.

Watch the video here

NIKKI SUDDEN’s final album announced, MP3 available

NIKKI SUDDEN’s final album The Truth Doesn’t Matter is being released by Secretly Canadian on October 10, 2006. Completed just a week before he left for his final American tour in March of 2006, there could not be a more perfect swan song for a man whose personal life and rock & roll life knew no boundaries. Nikki was glowing with excitement when he flew across the Atlantic for his final US tour. Not only was he ready to tour, but he was so pleased with the new album he had in his satchel, and had just completed his autobiography to boot. If Nikki’s 49 well-lived years and 30+ years making music publicly could be summed up in any way, shape or form, it was in the two documents he had under his arm – one compact disc and one manuscript. While we may have to wait a while longer for the latter, we can now bask in the wonder of the former.

With all sentimentality aside, we will say that The Truth Doesn’t Matter is the best album Nikki has made in over 20 years. But knowing that Nikki was never one to put sentimentality aside, we will unabashedly employ it when we assert that this is the best album of Nikki Sudden’s career. Recorded in Berlin in the latter months of 2005, it was made on a steady diet of later period Marc Bolan glam, Rolling Stones’ honky blues, Bobby Womack’s soiled R&B, and ’70s disco comps (with some repeated Isley Brothers doses). While the fifteen tracks on the album show these influences, more than anything, they reflect the flamboyance and wonderful character of a man who seems to have come from another time – a poet whose passion for the written word and delight in its expression in multiple forms was his life’s dedication. This album is a celebration of music and friendship, and just seeps with Nikki’s love for life. Listen closely and you may hear the hoofbeats approaching in this poet’s head on album closer “All This Buttoning and Unbuttoning”.

MP3 for “Seven Miles” here.

RICHARD SWIFT tours with My Morning Jacket in UK

Just announced: RICHARD SWIFT will be touring for a week with My Morning Jacket in the UK at the end of August. This is great timing as things are really starting to take off for Swift and the Sons of National Freedom across the pond. A headline show in London at the London Spitz will end the tour on the 31st. For complete dates, see our tourdates page.

SECRETLY CANADIAN / JAGJAGUWAR LOOKING TO HIRE RADIO PROMOTER

JOB SKILLS:
General computer skills and phone skills needed. Experience talking about bands and music is important, especially if experience involves directing or DJ-ing at a college radio station. Database and spreadsheet experience and overall internet prowess highly desirable.

REQUIRED ATTRIBUTES:
- Excellent verbal skills
- Persuasive and articulate manner of speaking
- Comfortable and outgoing social disposition
- Willingness to mix social life and business
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects effectively
- Passion for current music, especially for labels and artists distributed by SC Distribution

RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Fulfilling radio station product requests in a timely fashion
- Radio tracking and the creation of a weekly report for clients
- Maintaining and updating all internal radio-related databases
- Maintaining active relationships with music directors and DJ’s
- Coordinating promotion of tours at radio
- Making calls and answering phones

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. tour diary

Our friends at Marathon Packs have been posting a Magnolia Electric Co. tour diary as written by guitarist Jason Groth.

Read it here

DAMIEN JURADO introduces audio blog…

Seattle’s favorite son has set up a new audio blog in honor of his forthcoming record And Now That I’m In Your Shadow. He’ll be posting new demos, rare songs, photos and tour journals while on the road or at home.

Check it out here.

Secretly Canadian is proud to be working with FRIDA HYVONEN

For the past 3 years, Frida has been carving a singular path through Sweden, laying to bare with her minimal piano-based songcraft. With a passionate bite and crystal voice, Frida’s debut album, Until Death Comes, features a raw home-recording feel similar to the Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet, Joni Mitchell’s Blue or Carole King’s Tapestry. Recorded mostly recorded in the legendary Atlantis studio in Stockholm and co-produced with Jari Haapalainen.

Loved in her home country, she’s just beginning to peek out into the rest of the world by touring in support of country-mates Jose Gonzalaz and the Concretes (who originally released Until Death Comes in Scandinavia on their own Licking Fingers imprint).

Frida, who has frequently toured across Europe, will now give America its chance as she traverses the US with fellow-Swede & label-mate, Jens Lekman.

07/20/06 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church*
07/21/06 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
07/22/06 Boston, MA – TT The Bear’s Place*
07/23/06 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar*
07/24/06 Cleveland, OH – Beachland*
07/25/06 Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House*
07/26/06 Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck*
07/27/06 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews*
07/28/06 Minneapolis, MN – The Triple Rock*
07/29/06 Bloomington, IN – Second Story*%
*with Jens Lekman
%with Early Day Miners

MP3 for “You Never Get Me Right”

Check out her video for “The Modern” on Youtube.

Check out her video for “I Drive My Friend” on Youtube.

CHOSEN DARKNESS interview stream on Rhapsody, prep Bowery Ballroom show

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness was recently interviewed by Rhapsody, you can listen to it hear:
http://www.rhapsody.com/iloveyoubutivechosendarkness/ilybicdtherhapsodyinterview

Also, ILYBICD is preparing for their Bowery Ballr