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LISTEN // Steven A. Clark’s “Can’t Have” Premieres On Beats 1, ‘The Lonely Roller’ Out September 18


On The Lonely Roller, Steven A. Clark’s Secretly Canadian debut album out September 18th, the descriptions of emotions and bad breaks, of flawed characters extricating themselves from tragic affairs, aren’t just a set-up or storytelling device. It’s personal identification set to song, new additions to a canon looking for fresh blood. On previously released lead single “Not You”, Clark flips a brutally honest breakup tale and draws emotions and empathy from being on the right side of the conversation.

His new single, “Can’t Have”, debuted as today’s World Record by Zane Lowe on Beats 1, continues in that vein. By pairing raw, confessional singing and personal stories with pulsing synthesizers and rhythms that hang in the air like a glowing grid of roadside neon, Clark is charting his own creative path. His style, refined and road-tested over the years, goes widescreen on The Lonely Roller. A complete concept, the album flows and ties together, more of a movie and journey than isolated images and experiences.

Pre-order The Lonely Roller now via Secretly Canadian, iTunes, Amazon, or
your local independent record store

The Lonely Roller Tracklist
1. Lonely Roller
2. Trouble Baby
3. Not You
4. Can’t Have
5. Bounty
6. Time Machine
7. Floral Print
8. Part Two
9. She’s In Love
10. Young, Wild, Free

WATCH: Damien Jurado Live at WBEZ, On Tour Now

Damien Jurado returned to Chicago’s WBEZ a few days ago for an in-studio performance before playing a SOLD OUT show at Schuba’s later that night! You might have heard Damien on the show back in 2010, playing in support of Saint Bartlett. He chats it up with host Andrew Gill and plays a few songs as well. You can download the entire show HERE and watch him play “Working Titles” and “Museum of Flight,” both off of 2012’s Maraqopa, above.

Damien is currently on tour. He’ll play Somerville tonight and ANOTHER SOLD OUT show at the Mercury Lounge on Saturday! When previewing the show, The New York Times writes, “A snarling hard-core punk turned diligently bleeding heart, Mr. Jurado is a folk singer-songwriter with rare delicacy and resilience. His 10th studio album, Maraqopa (Secretly Canadian), is his most intriguing yet: acidly psychedelic and uneasily introspective, it even dips a toe into lush Wall of Sound pop (“Reel to Reel”).” Check all tour dates HERE.

On The Radio, On The Radio


Today marks the kickoff of the 31st CMJ Music Marathon, so it seems only appropriate that we should share with you two performances from Secretly Canadian artists that’ll be airing later today.

First, tune in to hear Exitmusic live on KEXP at noon eastern, 9:00am pacific. They’ll be kicking around New York City for the rest of this week, with shows tonight, tomorrow, and Thursday.

Then later, tune in to Music with Matt Reilly on KUT to hear a performance from The War on Drugs, who’ll be playng at Emo’s in Austin tonight, as well!







Gardens & Villa Flutes Rock, and We Have Proof

As you may know, Gardens & Villa have a few new remixes floating around, and we celebrated with a limited edition run of laser-engraved Gardens & Villa flutes.

We sent some to stores, and sent a few more to radio stations that have been jamming out the band’s self-titled debut. It was our way of saying thanks, and the response was stupendous, with radio folks letting us know how much they enjoyed getting something a little different in the massive fall mail piles.

But nothing, nothing, nothing could’ve prepared us for this:


The inimitable Thor Slaughter (from KWVA, at the University of Oregon in Eugene) posted up a youtube video of himself and his flute, jamming as only he can. He was inspired by the indelible fluted funk of Gardens & Villa themselves.

Thank you Gardens & Villa, and thank you Thor. We give you five flutes, too. Out of five.

Read on for the full run of Gardens & Villa fall tour dates. And if you’re really lucky, your local record store still might have some flutes to give out with the album.

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Suuns Lay Down Some Killer Tracks at KRCX


Suuns performed at KRCX in Denver last week. KRCX just posted a review of the session (which you can check out HERE) including live cuts of “Up Past The Nursery” and “Pie IX.” Every individual element of these tracks on a platter of crystal clarity, showing the mighty power and swagger of Suuns live. I know your momma told you not to, but go ahead, stare away at these Suuns.

Suuns “Up Past The Nursery”:

Suuns “Pie IX”:


Falling by Here We Go Magic
Ordinary Feeling by Here We Go Magic
Tokyo London US Korea by Here We Go Magic
Fixations by Gardens & Villa
Everybody by Gardens & Villa
Not You by Steven A. Clark
Moony Eyed Walrus by Cayucas
Gazelles In Flight by Suuns
Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness


Tokyo London US Korea by Here We Go Magic

In Touch by Suuns

Hella by Cayucas

Everybody by Gardens & Villa


Here We Go Magic
Be Small


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