Amelia Curran writes lyrics that come to exist beyond her songs, for their insight, humour and deeply poetic worldview. And so, we decided to pick a few of our favourites and have them made into postcards, real postcards, that we encourage you to send by mail to someone who needs to hear from you.
Here’s the first one of the series, designed by fellow Newfoundlander Jud Haynes. Each card comes with free download of the song featured, and they’ll be available at merch tables wherever Amelia performs.
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Relive this year’s festival with the official 2013 Interstellar Rodeo poster. Download it for free here.
Leave your map and lose your bearings in the swirling sonic forest of The Deep Dark Woods. The band returns from the wilderness with Jubilee, a celebration of community, camaraderie and feverish cabin creativity. With Jubilee, The Deep Dark Woods revel in the jangly, freewheeling days of psychedelic and electric folk while keeping their compass aligned with the magnetic, hypnotic north.
Made in a cabin in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains near Bragg Creek, Alberta, Jubilee journeys through folk and rock history, from California to the UK, from the 1970s to the present day. The album nods to genre pioneers such as The Byrds and Fairport Convention before heading into altogether new territory of soundscapes that bend and fluctuate underfoot. Jubilee moves the yardstick with its rolling layers of specialized keys, organs and analog rarities (e.g., novachord, celesta, vibraphone, and more) first used in the early days of psychedelic synth experimentation, and the results sound at once in and out of modern time. Jubilee was produced by Laurel Canyon-based folk revivalist Jonathan Wilson. See a preview for Jubilee here:
The Deep Dark Woods are Ryan Boldt, Chris Mason, Lucas Goetz, Geoff Hilhorst and
newcomer Clayton Linthicum. www.thedeepdarkwoods.com
Who or what is Nick Buzz? Comprised of exceptionally talented musical eccentrics, Nick Buzz has built a cult following with their dark artistic vision and avant-garde cabaret music. The band name references the fleeting euphoria of a nicotine fix, and the shimmering orchestral music creates a similarly reverberating rush.
A Quiet Evening At Home opens with the agri-stentialist home truth of “The Hens Lay Everyday,” set against uneasy electronic punctuation. The song reminds us of a now quaint vision of the future – you’ll wonder what happened to all those robots we were promised. The LCD Soundsystem-esque spoken-word oddity tilts the album title disconcertingly – home may be a place of creatures rather than comforts.
Nick Buzz does delicate beauty as deftly as they do the noir and sinister. Songs like “This Is Not My World,” and “If You Go Away” (recorded live at Glenn Gould Studio), are sparse, theatric and gracefully forlorn. The record also includes “The House With The Laughing Windows,” originally found on the four-part Martin Tielli subscription series.
A Quiet Evening At Home has everything from off-kilter staccatos, swirling nightmarish layers of flickering beeps and dizzying sweeps of orchestral strings, peculiar lyrics and moments of pure blissful melody and poetry. The album is dissonant and challenging, but also incredible precise, subtle and striking.
Six Shooter Records releases A Quiet Evening At Home on August 20, 2013.
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Distance makes the heart grow fonder & a little heavier sometimes. After spending two months away from my husband, both on separate tours on separate continents, I knew that I had to be there at the finish line as he completed his first marathon. This meant traveling from Australia to the UK, then back to Vancouver & then all the way to Abu Dahbi, all in the span of six days! Four years & four marathons later I have happily taken my place on these sidelines alongside mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children & friends to cheer on our loved ones as they speed past. Every day on tour, whether it’s 100 degrees in Atlanta, GA or -35 in Regina, SK Luke hits the pavement to train for that final epic run.
Our day in Boston was one of sunshine & celebration. I stood at the 17 mile mark with our family, who had traveled near & far to be there for Luke as he reached his goal of running the legendary Boston Marathon. We waited in anticipation with big bright signs & coffees & the thump of top forty music playing from the fire station. We waved excitedly to the group across the street decked out in Canadian flags. As Luke rounded the corner, he added 3 seconds to his time to run over & give me a kiss.. and he was off!
Approximately three hours later the bombs exploded & shook the city to its core. People lost their lives, limbs, loved ones, others stumbled back to their hotels and homes in a state of shock. As we picked up our guitars the following week at the start of a tour we realized that ‘Emerald Isle’ had forever taken on new meaning. This song was inspired by a long run, but it is also a dedication to those who hold us up & push us forward; those who will follow us to the ends of the earth. No amount of heartache can take away from the sense of community we felt in Boston that day. This is our small way of saying thank you.
Purchase the live version of Emerald Isle, recorded at Massey Hall on March 2, 2013 HERE.
All proceeds will go to OneFundBoston at the end of 2013.
WHOO HOO! Interstellar Rodeo 2013 is now SOLD OUT. Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm and support. We can’t wait to see you at Hawrelak Park.
If you still need tickets, check the swap board at www.interstellarrodeo.com for trades/sales.
Child passes (ages 6-12) will be available at the festival gate. CASH ONLY.
Be sure to check out the new Guitar Talk videos from the Sleepwalk Guitar Festival featuring interviews from James Burton, Junior Brown, Cindy Cashdollar and more. Click here for info.
So? Is everyone enjoying summer so far? How are your gardens doing? Mine is dece, the arugula is looking like it’s getting pretty close to the nom zone already. I truly enjoy the process of watering, nurturing (I’m a bit of a softy), and pulling up pesky weeds. Y’know who else enjoys this process? SOCAN! The nominees for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize are out now, and after pulling out all the weeds surrounding the sweetest tunes evar, they have determined that Whitehorse’s rippin’ jam “Devil’s Got A Gun” is in the running for some nurturing TLC. The winner will be decided by your votes, so you better get on it! – mark your ballot once a day, everyday, until July 3 at this link: http://www.socansongwritingprize.ca/en/#/ Congrats to all of this year’s fine crop of nominees. May you all grow big and strong so we can eat you.
And speaking of Whitehorse, they are finally hitting the east coast on June 14 & 15! That’s tomorrow night! Check tour dates for more info. We’re also hella stoked that Whitehorse is going to be playing the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, with Neil Young headlining the bill. Woo!