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Click here to listen to Amelia Curran’s They Promised You Mercy on Exlcaim before its November 4th release

Pre-Order it here

Happy American Release Day To The Future Happens Anyway, October 21, 2014.

NQ Arbuckle crosses the border and is now officially available in the U.S.
The boys are already in the international airwaves thanks to stations like: RADIO FREE AMERICANA, KDNK, RADIO VAGABOND, WCNI, and WOUB.

They also have a lineup of Canadian tour dates listed below:
WINNIPEG, MB: Times Change(d), Oct 31
WINNIPEG, MB: WECC, Nov 1 with Sadies ~ tickets
CALGARY, AB: Ironwood, Nov 11 ~ tickets
TWIN BUTTE, AB: General Store, Nov 12 ~ tickets
EDMONTON, AB: The Artery, Nov 13 ~ tickets
SASKATOON, SK: Amigos, Nov 14 ~ tickets
REGINA, SK: The Exchange, Nov 15
TORONTO, ON: The Horseshoe Tavern, Nov 22 ~ tickets
WAKEFIELD, QC: Blacksheep Inn, Dec 12 ~ tickets
KINGSTON, ON: Octave Theatre, Jan 24

We filmed this song at the Toronto launch of The Future Happens Anyway in April.

Amelia Curran’s upcoming album “They Promised You Mercy” is now available for pre-order. Official Release date: November 4th.

Amelia Curran’s new album “They Promised You Mercy” is now available for pre-order.
Official Release date: November 4th.

Six Shooter Store: http://store.sixshooterrecords.com

Whet your appetite with two new Amelia tunes, “I Am The Night” (Video below) and “Somebody Somewhere” which you can also vote for in the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 Chart here http://music.cbc.ca/#!/The-Radio-2-Top-20

Whitehorse releases sheet music for their debut self titled album and Polaris Prize short listed album, The Fate of The World Depends on This Kiss.

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Whitehorse – Whitehorse
Eulogy for Whiskers
Killing Time is Murder
Emerald Isle
Passenger 24
Broken
Night Owls

Whitehorse – The Fate of The World Depends on This Kiss
Achilles’ Desire
Devil’s Got a Gun
Mismatched Eyes (The Boat Song)
Peterbilt Coalmine
Cold July
Jane
Out Like A Lion
No Glammer in The Hammer
Radiator Blues
Annie Lu
Wisconsin
Mexico Texaco

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Amelia Curran “I Am The Night” CBC Music Premiere

Watch the brand new video for Amelia Curran’s song “I Am The Night” (from They Promised You Mercy, out November 4, 2014), filmed on location in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Bonus points for anyone who has actually had a pint at The Ship!

http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2014/10/Video-premiere-Amelia-Curran-I-Am-The-Night

SIX SHOOTER RECORDS BRINGS ANIMISM TO THE USA. TANYA TAGAQ’S 2014 POLARIS PRIZE WINNING ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED JANUARY 20, 2015.

Tanya Tagaq – Animism   / USA / 01.20.2015

Upcoming US Tour Dates:

PLATTSBURGH, NY: State University of New York, Nov 10
NEW YORK, NY: Joe’s Pub, Jan 12, 7.50pm
HANOVER, NH: Dartmouth College – Hopkins Center, Jan 23
LEWISBURG, PA: Bucknell University, Jan 28
DAVIS, CA: UC Davis – Mondavi Center, Mar 14 & 15

More to come.

SHAKEY GRAVES UPDATE: “AND THE WAR CAME” OUT TODAY! WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. TORONTO SHOW UPGRADED TO THE PHOENIX.

Austin’s most famous one-man-band, Shakey Graves, takes his show on the road with the official release of And the War Came, only the second album of his short but vertically-oriented musical career. The album, out today on Six Shooter Records in Canada, bursts out of the gates bolstered by national radio play, a strong review in Exclaim and a sold out string of Western Canadian dates, not to mention an upgrade from The Horseshoe Tavern to The Phoenix in Toronto (December 2).

Don’t be surprised if you see more than one musician on stage this fall. As told to the New York Times, Shakey Graves is expanding his live shows to include a “a rotating cast of musicians who might add a bass, fiddle or cello,” an idea, “inspired by ‘Stop Making Sense,’ the Talking Heads film in which the bandleader, David Byrne, starts out alone and then gradually introduces musicians as the set progresses.” (NY Times). Read the full story here.

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Track Listing:

1. This is The Beginning
2. Only Son
3. Dearly Departed (feat. Esmé Patterson)
4. The Perfect Parts
5. Hard Wired
6. Family And Genus
7. Big Time Nashville Star (feat. Esmé Patterson)
8. Pansy Waltz
9. House of Winston
10. If Not For You
11. Call It Heaven (feat. Esmé Patterson)

Watch Shakey Graves perform a stripped down version of “If Not For You” and “The Perfect Parts.”

Amelia Curran ~ They Promised You Mercy

We are so pleased to finally announce details of They Promised You Mercy, the fourth Six Shooter Records album from Amelia Curran, songwriter extraordinaire and pride of Newfoundland. They Promised You Mercy will be out on November 4, 2014. We decided to celebrate the songwriting on They Promised You Mercy by first sharing the complete album lyrics (music will come soon!), which you can read HERE.

On They Promised You Mercy, Amelia’s knife-sharp lyrics find peace and even cheerfulness amidst lush layers provided by award-winning producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda’s nuanced studio vision. The album is a poised, focused and consummate work that showcases Amelia’s singular songwriting talent. They Promised You Mercy raises the lyrical bar yet again with its unrivalled eloquence.

They Promised You Mercy heralds an impressive list of accomplished Canadian players that include guitarist Martin Tielli of the Rheostatics who also painted the portrait for the albums cover artwork, lap steel guitarist Christine Bougie (Bahamas), trombonist William Carn (Elton John), saxophonist Gene Hardy (Michael Bublé), pianist Aaron Davis (Holly Cole Trio), guitarist Dean Drouillard (Sarah Harmer) and drummer Joshua Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers).

Six Shooter Records is proud to release They Promised You Mercy on November 4, 2014.

Geoff Berner’s Introduction Speech For Tanya Tagaq

“Canadian scientists recently found the so-called “lost” Franklin expedition in the Arctic. Turns out, it was exactly where the Inuit have been saying it was, all along. Who would have thought?

Who would have thought that, if we had only listened to these ingenious navigators and survivors, we could have saved ourselves a whole lot of foolishness?

If you would like to know how our culture needs to find its way in the 21st century, I would suggest that you save yourself a lot of trouble, and listen to Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism.

Animism is a masterpiece because it transcends opposites. Dizzyingly complex and sophisticated in structure, it also completely hits you in your guts, in your soul.

It takes traditions that are tens of thousands of years old, and makes truly innovative music, music that could not have existed without Tagaq and her brilliant collaborators, violinist Jesse Zubot, drummer Jean Martin and DJ Michael Red.

The innovation on Animism is an argument not for moving beyond, but for putting more emphasis on the value and necessity of the traditions. The rootedness is where the newness of the record comes from. That will not be a contradiction for you, if you listen properly.

Animism seamlessly uses the technology of the digital recording studio to make an encyclopedic argument for the natural world. In fact, it will erase from your mind the notion of human artifice and nature as opposites. If you listen.

If you listen, you will careen through a panorama of the contradictions of existence. You can hear the living land, and the land under assault. You can hear children being born and conceived. You can hear the torture of the innocent, and the glory of the tenacious, unstoppable force of life. If you listen you can actually hear the sound of a people defying genocide to rise, wounded but alive, strong, and ready to fight.

There is no artist working today more emphatically herself, more incomparable than Tagaq. There is no musician in this world more powerful. Animism is the album that finally translates her unique power to the recording studio.

Can you hear it? If not, try listening some more. You’ll find it, eventually. I hope that in this instance, it takes people less than 170 years.

Ladies and Gentlemen, performing with the Element Choir, Christine Duncan, Jean Martin, Jesse Zubot here is Tagaq.” ~ Geoff Berner, the klezmer punk accordionist and author of the book Festival Man

ANIMISM BY TANYA TAGAQ NAMED WINNER AT THE 2014 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE GALA

Animism by Tanya Tagaq was voted as the winner of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize tonight at The Carlu in Toronto. The winner was decided and announced during the 9th annual gala event. Tanya Tagaq was awarded a cash prize of $30,000. The winner was announced by the gala host, actor Jay Baruchel.

“We’ve been doing it our own way without backing down artistically or conforming, so to be recognized in this way and have so many people latch on makes me feel the world is tolerable. There’s so much hurt in the world and within indigenous cultures with colonialism,” said Tanya Tagaq. “Canada is in a desperate need for repair and I think a lot of people are tired of living this way and just to have people understand where we’re coming from makes me have hope that we can move forward and expose the true history of Canada.”

Animism was produced by Jesse Zubot (Dan Mangan, Fond of Tigers) with additional production by Juan Hernandez. The record features Michael Red (Low Indigo), a live programmer whose wild northern field recordings often serve as Tagaq’s de facto backing band, percussionist Jean Martin and opera singer Anna Pardo Canedo.

Slaight Music awarded $2,000.00 to each of the runners up – Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Jessy Lanza, Owen Pallett, Shad, Timber Timbre and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN. The gala was webcast live on AUX.tv and broadcast live on SiriusXM channels The Verge XM 173 and The Iceberg Sirius 161.

The 11 member Grand Jury that decided the winner was Adam Bowie (Fredericton, Daily Gleaner), Lorraine Carpenter (Montreal, CultMTL), Stephen Cooke (Halifax, Chronicle Herald), Jessica Emond-Ferrat (Montreal, Journal Metro), Luke Fox (Toronto, Exclaim), Stephanie McKay (Saskatoon, Star Phoenix), Liisa Ladouceur (Toronto, freelance), Melody Lau (Toronto, Much), Julia LeConte (Toronto, NOW Magazine), Alan Ranta (Vancouver, Freelance) and Mark Teo (Toronto, AUX).

“This year’s Short List embodied an enormous amount of diverse talent,” said James Keast, who oversaw the Grand Jury. “I’m greatly impressed with the careful consideration that the Grand Jury gave to the Short List nominees. This was not an easy choice for those eleven people to make.”

Past winners have included Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) (2006).

SIX SHOOTER RECORDS BRINGS SHAKEY GRAVES TO CANADA: AND THE WAR CAME OUT OCTOBER 7, 2014.

“More than just a stage name for a seriously talented flatpicker and songwriter…Shakey Graves is becoming an antifolk phenomenon. Unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.”

Thus proclaimed NPR Music of the one-man-band known as Shakey Graves in 2012. The lo-fi vibe of Shakey Graves’ bluesy debut, Roll the Bones, immediately attracted the attention of tastemakers who pegged the Austin artist as a Next Big Thing faster than you can say longhorn.

Now, Shakey Graves offers his sophomore album And The War Came, an expansion of his DIY solo sound to include additional musicians, instruments and a broader approach to music-making on the whole. The first taste, the jittery, kinetic song “Dearly Departed,” is a brashly poppier offering, and reflects the artist’s stated objective to explore a fuller, shinier sound.

Hear the song here – “Dearly Departed featuring Esmé Patterson”

Shakey Graves is no stranger to Canada. He’s already played Edmonton Folk Fest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Burnaby Roots & Blues, Montreal Jazz Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest and TURF. He has toured the Maritimes with Old Crow Medicine Show, and played select shows with Shovels and Rope.

Six Shooter Records is excited to bring Shakey Graves to Canadian audiences. And The War Came will be out on October 7, 2014. Canadian tour dates detailed below. Only limited tickets remain for most shows.

ANIMISM ON STAGE: TANYA TAGAQ ANNOUNCES FALL HEADLINE TOUR.

2014 Polaris Short List nominee Tanya Tagaq announces performances across Canada this fall, including a rare and intimate club show in Toronto at The Rivoli. Tickets are now on sale for most of the shows listed below.

Animism, released in May 2014 on Six Shooter Records to emphatic critical praise, is an album that expresses and reflects a balance between “having more to say” and “being calmer in saying it.” In a newly released interview, Tagaq describes herself as angrier, but also more contemplative and cognizant of the necessity of speaking up and out.

Tanya’s electronic-archaic music and writhing, intensely physical performances elicit everything from fear to euphoria in audiences. Tagaq finds inspiration in experience, memory and outrage, and while Animism invokes a deep unrest, it also conjures an even deeper sense of connection with the world.

See the full interview in a new EPK here:

www.tanyatagaq.com

TOUR DATES:

VANCOUVER, BC: The Chan Centre, Oct 17 & 18 w/ Severn Cullis-Suzuki
HAIDA GWAII, BC: The Bay Centre, Oct 19
WINNIPEG, MB: Burton Cummings Theatre – Blue Dot Tour, Oct 24 w/ David Suzuki and others
HALIFAX, NS: St. Matthew’s Church – Halifax Pop Explosion, Oct 25
TORONTO, ON: The Rivoli, Nov 6, 9pm* ~ tickets
OTTAWA, ON: NAC, Nov 7, 7.30pm* ~ tickets
MONTREAL, PQ: Phi Theatre, Nov 8*
PLATTSBURGH, NY: SUNY, Nov 10
HAMILTON, ON: Nov 12*
LONDON, ON: Aeolian Hall, Nov 13, 7.30pm* ~ tickets

* w/ Doomsquad