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Welcome to Nightlands


That’s David Hartley standing amidst those amber waves. You may know him as bassist for The War On Drugs, but as of today we also know him as Nightlands. Nightlands is Dave’s new solo project and we’re uber excited to release Nightlands debut album Forget the Mantra on November 9 (November 8 in the U.K.) in LP and digital formats.

Hartley began Nightlands as a project of archiving musical ideas that occurred in his dreams with a bedside tape recorder. Already a very personal and heady approach, Hartley added to this bits and pieces of found recordings from his past. The end result is both an enormous sound with towering vocal harmonies and melodic layers as well as a deeply introspective look into the artist’s inner-mind. It’s an album that equally fascinates and inspires, as well as soothing something deep within. It’s a beautiful album and it makes us very happy to call Nightlands part of our artistic family. Dig into a couple of sample tracks from the album below. And make sure to give a good peak at the mesmerizing album artwork done by architect and artist Paul Rudolph.

MP3: Nightlands “Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge)”

MP3: Nightlands “300 Clouds”


Suuns Sign with Secretly Canadian, Offer Free EP, Tour with The Besnard Lakes & Land of Talk

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Suuns music was delivered to us one afternoon accompanied with a short note from Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes and Montreal’s Breakglass Studios, where he had recently recorded the band. “Thought you might like to hear them. They’re pretty cool,” his note simply read. And while, technically this is correct, it hardly prepared us for the near immediate infatuation with Suuns’ blistering, dark electro and arena-sized psych. Elements of Suicide, Clinic and This Heat simultaneously delivered with a youthful swagger and a learned restraint, Suuns rapidly became the phantoms of our evening listening hours. And now, we are proud to share Suuns’ music with you, albeit in a missive that absolutely explodes Lasek’s modest brevity all to hell.

Montreal’s Suuns were born during the summer of 2006 when vocalist/guitarist Ben Shemie and guitarist/bassist Joe Yarmush got together to make some beats which quickly evolved into a few songs. The duo were soon joined by drummer Liam O’Neill and bassist/keyboardist Max Henry to complete the line-up.

As an introduction to the young men of Suuns, we are offering a free download of Suuns’ first release,  Zeroes EP, that to date has only been available through Other Music and at Suuns live shows. Zeroes EP also contains early versions of soon-to-be album cuts “Arena” and “PVC.” Minimalist rhythms are equally informed by Joy Division and Can, often wrapped in a noisy squall of droning guitars and pulsing synths, it’s the pitch perfect primer for Suuns vision. “I killed a man when I was 11 years old, but I’m innocent,” snarls Shemie on EP opener “The Disappearance of the Skyscraper” over an organ-and-drum stomp that feels like a switchblade-carrying version of Silver Apples. Shemie’s close-mic’d sing/speak is as metronomic as it is melodic; in “Arena” Shemie’s rhythmic “What-choo, what-choo”’s are reminiscent of Suicide’s Alan Vega as he leads the band’s death disco groove into a bloodbath of razor-sharp guitars. Download all six songs from the Zeroes EP, below.



Suuns are also currently touring the East Coast w/ Parlovr and will be touring with Land of Talk and The Besnard Lakes this fall. Check out full tour dates after the jump, and stay tuned for news of Suuns new full-length record, coming very soon.

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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.

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 You can watch it here now.

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:

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:

David Vandervelde Myspace Page


No Woman by Whitney
Exit 353 by Damien Jurado
Falling by Here We Go Magic
Ordinary Feeling by Here We Go Magic
Tokyo London US Korea by Here We Go Magic
Not You by Steven A. Clark


Translate by Suuns

You And Me by Ben Abraham

Exit 353 by Damien Jurado

Big Winter Jacket by Cayucas


Damien Jurado
Visions of Us on the Land
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Ben Abraham
CD / 2xLP


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