This Saturday marks the day we have been waiting and planning for a long time… STAFF SPA DATE!!!! Oh, and also the launch of the Whitehorse Canadian tour, which kicks off at the fantastic Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, and rides the white horse across the country to debut performances at some of the best venues in the country, such as the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg and, OMG, Massey Hall in Toronto!!
To celebrate our excitement about this hallmark milestone on the Whitehorse journey, the prolific duo have recorded six cover songs by artists famously attached to Massey Hall, such as “Winterlong” by Neil Young, “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot, “Dark Angel” by Blue Rodeo, and more. Watch for a series of stunning and intimate (intimate as in “up close and personal”, not as in “performed in undies”) live videos we’re launching over the next month. These recordings will also be available on iTunes, and through digital downloads delivered on screen-printed posters (available at the merchandise table at Whitehorse concerts) designed by our long time pal and artistic collaborator Tyler Clark Burke.
A number of the shows are already sold out (Victoria, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge) and moving fast in other cities. See below for ticket links. We’re super stoked that for the first time ever in Canada, commercial radio stations are starting to get on the horse. CBC, college radio, and CKUA have been super supportive from the beginning, and we’re pleased to add Live88.5 in Ottawa, X92.9 in Calgary, Live105 in Halifax, KIXX in Kingston, XM The Verge, and a bunch of others to the party. Stay tuned, more stations are jumping on board every week!
While our aforementioned artists have their sights set on North America, Amelia Curran is taking a different, and dare I say fancier, approach, as she heads off to European shores for a month long tour! Wearing a Yorkshire pudding as a hat, and carrying a satchel of woorstenbroodje to hand out to children, Amelia will make her way across Scotland, England, the Netherlands, and the especially Curran-hungry land of ire known as Ireland. This epic journey will herald in the European release of Amelia’s excellent album, “Spectators”, which comes out this month on Germany’s Blue Rose Records! See the video for Amelia’s song, “Black Bird On Fire” here:
If you went to Interstellar Rodeo last year and want to make sure you get first dibs on tickets for 2013, then you’ll need to pre-register for the pre-sale (if you haven’t done this already). Our webstore, located at www.sixshooterrecords.com has a new system. You’ll need to create an account (sorry, I know we have your email address here and all, but we couldn’t afford the IT bill that it would have taken to integrate the two systems). When you create your account (by hitting the little “login” button on the top right), click the box “I attended Interstellar Rodeo 2012.” Watch for the line up and ticket announcement in March!
Hitting a number of best-of lists (such as Best Canadian Album in Popmatters, which we all know really means Best Album Everrrrr) and rave reviews in international publications such as Uncut, American Songwriter, and a host of others (including an interesting blog that actually does “rave reviews”, ie. they review records while at a RAVE! “Oontz oontz oontz oontz, this record gets 5 glow sticks out of 5, oontz oontz oontz”), Whitehorse are proving quickly that their new album “The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss” is certified awesome. Following our proven strategy of global conquerage, this means that we are finally ready to launch said full length recording of wonderful tunes in the glorious new world of America. Our friends living south of the border can now officially see/hear what all the fuss and ‘horse-play is about!
Jenn Grant‘s new album “The Beautiful Wild” is also being released Stateside this week, on the very fine Ba Da Bing! Records. She plans on celebrating by wearing a pair of star spangled jammer pants for a month straight following her US release date, both in patriotic solidarity with her American fans, and in the name of glorious comfort. Jenn is on tour now with Erin McKeown and getting added at tastemaker stations like KEXP and rave reviews from tastemaker publications like No Depression (They are real buds. Get it? Tastemakers? Buds? Tongue joke?), so we are off to a beautifully wild start.
Both Whitehorse and Jenn Grant were touted in the Boston Globe earlier this month in the Top Ten Artists to Watch in 2013. We took this to mean that they are up to some shady business, so rest assured, we are keeping a very close eye on their activities!
Open the door to Henry Wagons’ first solo album and who knows what awaits you. Expecting Company? is a microcosmic look at the human condition shaped as a series of duets on familiar themes: desire, death and pestilence. As frontman extraordinaire to Six Shooter Records’ Aussie imports Wagons, Henry Wagons brings the same swagger, panache, and Elvis-sized charisma to Expecting Company? with a twist: the album features an international list of stellar guests, including Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather) and Six Shooter’s own Jenn Grant.
The songs were written after coming home, sick, injured, “delirious with a bad fever and maimed due to a light bulb exploding in my hand,” Henry says. Resisting the urge to recover in bed, Henry harnessed “the twisted voices” in his head and wrote these songs instead. “They came from a different place, so they required some different voices,” he explains. “Having multiple voices in a song holds a certain power. They can represent a unique synergy and oneness, or have a certain schizophrenia or oppositional battle.”
See Henry and Jenn perform “Give Things A Chance To Mend,” live:
Expecting Company? also includes a surprising reprise of the final track, “Marylou Two,” from Wagons’ Rumble, Shake and Tumble, released by Six Shooter Records in 2011. Here, in the final moments of Expecting Company?, Henry finds himself “back at home, all alone.”
Six Shooter Records welcomes Expecting Company? on January 22, 2013.
What in tha heck is wrong with me?! I’m actually enjoying Christmas music this year, and looking for the all-Christmas music station on my radio dial and stuff! Has the world gone topsy turvy? I’m supposed to be way more curmudgeonly than this! Maybe it’s because my heart has been so warmed (awwww) by just how great this past year has been for us, with six undeniably bitchin’ releases: Trampled by Turtles, Del Barber, Whitehorse, Danny Michel, Jenn Grant, and Amelia Curran. Wowsa! Suck it Santa, our workshop kicked your workshop’s ass this year (ahhhh, at least there is still a hint of curmudgeonly street smarts left in me)! And while we’ve made much ado about our Autumn of Awesome (and indeed it was incredibly awesome), we’d like to extend that awesomeness into the holiday period (might I suggest he holidays of hotness perhaps?) and continue offering our 4-for$40 bundle.
And that’s not all! We like these bundle deals so much, we’re going to go crazy! Check out our webstore under “specials” (click here) and you’ll see all kinds of great deals there.
Love Luke Doucet? Get his entire catalogue (five full length albums plus a bonus EP) all for the price of forty bucks! Similar catalogue bundles are available for NQ Arbuckle, Jenn Grant, Amelia Curran, Christine Fellows, Justin Rutledge, Elliott Brood, and Melissa McClelland. Get your orders in quick and get these tidy lil’ parcels of joy under that tree!
One of the clearest points of feedback we received from our audience was around 400 Hz when that one dude bum rushed the mic. Just kidding, that didn’t happen, I just wanted to make a lil’ joke for our soundguy readership (whazzup nerds?!). But really though, I want to talk about the other kind of feedback. Thanks so much to those of you who filled out a survey for us, and let us know that a top priority is to figure out a way to guarantee ticket availability for returning patrons (we love you for wanting to be returning patrons, btw! You da best!). We’ve been working on how to incorporate this into the new web store we just launched (Sneak attack! New web store! Check it!). If you went to the Interstellar Rodeo last year and want to get first dibs on tickets for 2013, please go to (our webstore) and log in to our new system, click the “yes” button next to the statement, “I went to Interstellar Rodeo 2012.” If you weren’t there and you lie, we will totally catch you and publicly shame you, but we probably wouldn’t want to…what we really want is a lot of people having a great time in Hawrelak Park next summer. Anyway, when we announce the line up in March, 2013, you will be given 3 days to make your purchase before we release tickets to the general public. Sound like a deal?
Meanwhile, we’ve also received a bunch of requests from people asking if they can purchase early bird passes for holiday gifts. Hey, good idea! You are such thoughtful gift givers! We don’t have our line up ready to be announced juuuust yet, so we’re putting on a “Have a Little Faith In Me” Rodeo Christmas special where a limited number of weekend passes will be made available for sale through our brand new web store for the low price of $139 ($99 for youth/senior). These will be available while quantities last. Give the gift of exclusivity, and you will surely be rewarded with smooches. Please note: you don’t have to purchase the Christmas special to have your name reserved for the pre-sale in March.
As noted above, Interstellar Rodeo tickets make the perfect Christmas gift, at least to those who are planning to be in Edmonton next summer (now is a good time to make that plan! Edmonton rulz, and Interstellar Rodeo double rulz!). If you live in other locales across the country, or feel the burning need to re-up your dose of Six Shooter awesomeness to tide you over until Rodeo time, then lucky for you, we have Whitehorse on a giant tour that starts on the west coast and takes them as far east as Montreal… culminating of course at Massey Hall in Toronto on March 2. Tickets for most shows are already on sale (check tour dates). Send your loved ones to Whitehorse in the new year – the fate of the world depends on that gift. And since you are clearly sitting at a computer or web-enabled smart device of some kind right now, you should also take the time to check out this awesome new live video for the single ‘Devil’s Got A Gun’!
I have certainly been known to wax poetic about the virtues of glorious vinyl, and, well, here I go again. There is really no format as awesome and tangible as a big ol’ 12” record. I love the big artwork, the smell of a freshly cracked gatefold, and the tactile experience of putting a record needle into a groove. I’m pleased as punch that turntables are easily and readily available again, it truly fills me with holiday glee (or whatever this feeling is… could be the pickled okra) to see my favorite format thriving. Given all this mushy luv for wax, you can be sure that we keep our selection of new Six Shooter vinyl current, with Jenn Grant‘s “The Beautiful Wild” and Whitehorse‘s “The Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss” available now!! To convince you about how serious we are about vinyl, and also how much we love bundles, we have more artist bundles in our specials section for both Jenn Grant and Whitehorse — pick up a copy of each of their vinyl offerings at the low price of 2 for $30. Records look great wrapped up under a Christmas tree, and you can watch as your lucky gift recipient’s face turns from fake smile to real smile when they realize it’s not a calendar!
And for that impossible-to-shop-for special someone, we’re just about to save your bacon. In my case, that would be veggie bacon, due to my dietary preferences, which perhaps makes me even harder to shop for… oh well! Martin Tielli, the man – the mystery, is putting together a small catalogue of his amazing artwork offerings — a dozen or so affordable works at a decent price. If you’re interested in receiving a catalogue, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). As soon as it’s ready, I will email it to you. Sales will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t sleep! Martin says the catalogue will be ready in a day or two, and we believe him!