Danny Michel, environmentalist, pacifist, romanticist, archivist and space enthusiast, returns with Matadora, his newest and most deeply humanist album to date. As a whole, the ten-song collection explores themes of individual and collective agency, and wills us to find hope in grief, tolerance in violence, and love in hate.
After the musical village approach involved in making an album in Belize, Matadora’s origin is a different sort of island, self-produced, recorded and mixed all by Michel in his home studio in Waterloo, Ontario. Matadora tempers the tropical escapism of the Juno-nominated Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me with a dose of harsher realities – breaking news, loneliness, laundry – all delivered tenderly with Michel’s signature empathy.
In place of Black Birds’ balmy clime, the warmth of Matadora comes from within, as materially present as breath that condenses on a window. This body-generated steaminess is front and centre on “Get Lost,” a knee-weakening soliloquy with a slow jam beat.
Matadora has two types of love letters, those meant just for one and those addressed to all. The song “Click Click” is one part dream sequence, one part political platform – as passionate as “Get Lost” but on a much larger scale. “Click Click” shows Michel’s mastery of exploring big questions in small details; he confronts tragedy and violence with delicacy and grace.
There are also a handful of songs that taste of ocean and carry forward the vibe and instrumentation from Black Birds in breezy fashion. Title track “Matadora,” “Paris Las Vegas,” and “Good Old Days” provide a bridge from Michel’s previous release, one that consumed two years from recording to the final sold out stop on the North American tour he did with The Garifuna Collective.
On Matadora, Michel’s red flag waves as an open-ended question posed in the title track: Are we all the bull on beaten days, or are we the matadora in many ways?
Six Shooter Records will release Matadora on April 8, 2016.
Pre-Order Matadora on CD and Vinyl here. Pre-Order the album on iTunes and Google Play on March 25.
COBALT, ON: Classic Theatre, Mar 19
HALIFAX, NS: The Carleton, Apr 22
WOODSTOCK, ON: Theatre Woodstock, April 27
HAMILTON, ON: Mills Hardware, April 29
ELORA, ON: Elora Brewing Company, Apr 30
GUELPH, ON: Manhattans, May 1
PETERBOROUGH, ON: Gordon Best Theatre, May 4
OTTAWA, ON: St. Alban’s Church, May 5 + 6
TORONTO, ON: Lula Lounge, May 12
LONDON, ON: London Music Club, May 14
ABOUT DANNY MICHEL:
With nominations for three JUNO Awards, The Polaris Prize, The CBC’s “Heart Of Gold” and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics and earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. Michel is a musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease.
Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say” without coming off preachy. His environmental song “Feather Fur & Fin,” landed on both CBC’s “Global Goals Playlist” & David Suzuki’s “Playlist For The Planet”. Other songs ask big questions like “If God’s on your side, then who’s on mine” and “Who’s gonna miss you when you’re gone?” a song which explores karma asking “Did you live it right or did you live it wrong?”
In 2011 Danny relocated to Belize and founded the “Danny Michel Ocean Academy” to help raise scholarships for small non-profit community high school. To date he’s raised over $70,000.00 for the school, and he volunteers there whenever he can.
For his most recent release, he tracked down one of his favourite bands, The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group and convinced them to make an album together. That album, Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me, was quoted as “One of the finest musical works of our time,” by Billboard’s Larry Leblanc. The album landed him a 3rd JUNO nomination (this time in the “World Music” category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective.
Now, four years later, Michel returns with Matadora, an album that promotes Michel’s particular humanism, a message of peace and love and stardust.
The Strumbellas made their national television debut last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. They performed the chart smashing hit, Spirits, and Shovels & Dirt. Pre-Order Hope today and download Spirits instantly. Buy it on iTunes and Google Play.
We’re excited to share that the new all-star group built of Neko Case, K.D. Lang, and Laura Veirs, is one of our headliners for Interstellar Rodeo in Winnipeg this summer. #iRodeoWPG will return to The Forks on August 12-14, 2016. Listen to their new single, Atomic Number, on Spotify or download it on iTunes today.
On The Northern South, Vol. 1, coming May 6, 2016, Whitehorse inhabits the kitchens and Cadillacs of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf and others in their homage to one of the most important addresses in music, 2120 S. Michigan Avenue circa 1960, and the astonishing catalogues of Chess and Checker Records.
“Pretty Thing,” the second song to be revealed from Whitehorse’s new collection, was originally written by Willie Dixon in 1955, made famous by Bo Diddley (the ‘Bo Diddley beat’ was the backbone of the song “Downtown” from Leave No Bridge Unburned).
On “Pretty Thing,” Whitehorse plays the guitar solo in unison but in different octaves. Melissa McClelland is playing the light and snappy Shyboy Telecaster (made by Toronto builder Brad Keogan) though a GA18. The guitar is blend of 1950’s stye pickups and electronics, with a rosewood fretboard that started to appear on Fenders in 1959 and was ubiquitous through the 1960s. Harmonica pass by Luke Doucet.
The Northern South Vol. 1 will be available on May, 2016 worldwide.
#Hope is almost here. Pre-order a digital copy of The Strumbellas upcoming album, HOPE, today on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Each pre-order comes with an instant download of the chart smashing #1 hit, Spirits. Hope will be released on April 22, 2016. You can also pre-order the CD and beautiful blue vinyl through the Six Shooter webstore here.
“Angeleno” is both the title track of Sam Outlaw’s debut album and the marrow of his sound and sensibility, coined “SoCal Country” by Outlaw himself. The album track, pacific in origin and temperament, shows Outlaw’s fusion of classic, graceful country songwriting matched with the famous mariachi touches of Jesús “Chuy” Guzmán, who notably toured with and recorded on Linda Ronstadt’s Grammy-winning Spanish album Canciones de Mi Padre (Songs of My Father).”
Now, a new video for “Angeleno” pairs Outlaw up with another ‘cowboy in LA’ outsider – a professional bareback rodeo rider named Cesar Kid Bañuelos. Bañuelos attended a show at The Troubadour last spring and felt a strong camaraderie with Outlaw’s story, which mirrored his own experiences and challenges as a west coast rider on the rodeo circuit. Bañuelos contacted Outlaw, and the concept for the video was born.
Alongside footage shot at a recent rodeo in Denver, CO, the video for “Angeleno” features Hollywood’s Roosevelt hotel, a sprawling, twinkling city seen from the Hollywood hills and a local mariachi band, “Mariachi
Teocuitatlan.” There’s longing and dreaming contrasted with hard knocks and grit – two poles that define LA in popular imagination. The video was directed and edited by Max Cutrone.
Sam Outlaw is currently on the Country & Western Nights Tour with Six Shooter Records labelmate Whitney Rose. Outlaw is also confirmed to play California’s Stagecoach Festival in April, where he will make a rare appearance with a 10-piece band, featuring Mariachis.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
SEATTLE, WA: The Sunset Tavern, Feb 26*
VANCOUVER, BC: The Cobalt, Feb 27*
SPOKANE, WA: The Bartlett, Mar 2*
BOZEMAN, MT: Live from the Divide, Mar 3*
BILLINGS, MT: Pub Station, Mar 4*
LARAMIE, WY: Phoenix Ballroom at Gryphon Theatre, Mar 5*
DENVER, CO: Larimer Lounge, Mar 7*
SALT LAKE CITY, UT: Kilby Court, Mar 8*
PHOENIX, AZ: Viva Phoenix Downtown Music Fest, Mar 12
TUCSON, AZ: Flycatcher, Mar 13*
ROSWELL, NM: The Liberty, Mar 15*
DALLAS, TX: Twilite Lounge, Mar 16*
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW, Mar 17-19
ATLANTA, GA: Vinyl, Mar 24*
KNOXVILLE, TN: KMW Secret Show Series, Mar 25*
NASHVILLE, TN: The High Watt, Mar 26*
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA: The Roxy, April 29
INDIO, CA: Stagecoach Festival, April 30
Celebrated songwriter Amelia Curran returns to the road this spring with tour dates that crisscross Canada. In addition to the headline shows listed below, Amelia will also join the bill as opener for The Rheostatics’ upcoming Live at Massey Hall concert on April 29, 2016, marking nearly ten years since the iconic band’s official farewell show at the same venue in 2007. This will be the first time Amelia brings her own material to Massey’s hallowed stage.
Curran’s last trip west took her to Kamloops, where she performed a new song, “The Ballad of Marie Philip Poulin,” for Hockey Day in Canada’s annual concert, again organized by Dave Bidini. Curran is the first in the history of the event to write a song about women’s hockey.
Amelia Curran’s most recent album, They Promised You Mercy, received a Juno nomination last year, making it her third in a row to receive the nod.
WINNIPEG, MB: The Good Will, Mar 6
REGINA, SK: The Exchange, Mar 8
SASKATOON, SK: Village Guitar & Amp, Mar 9
VANCOUVER, BC: Fox Cabaret, Mar 11
CALGARY, AB: Central United Church, Mar 12
SUDBURY, ON: The Motley Kitchen, Mar 17
WAKEFIELD, QC: Black Sheep Inn, Mar 18+19
PETERBOROUGH, ON: Market Hall Theatre, Mar 20
STRATFORD, ON: The Revival House, Mar 24
SWIFT CURRENT, NL: Kilmory Resort, Apr 9
PRINCETON, IL: The Princeton Coffee House, April 23
TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall w/ The Rheostatics, April 29
The Strumbellas are set to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 3. Get to know the band and see what they have planned for the future in their recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. Listen to their hit single, Spirits, here.
After a successful Group of 7 concert series at Toronto’s AGO in September, The Rheostatics are back on stage this Spring at Massey Hall. They’ll be performing on April 29, 2016 for the Live at Massey Hall Concert Film Series with special guest Amelia Curran. Presale tickets go on sale Monday, February 22 at 10am. Public on sale begins Friday, February 26 at 10am. Tickets and info about the concert can be found here.
The Wet Secrets present a glorious, hair-whipping thesis on the “virtuous futility of labour” with a new video for “I Can Swing A Hammer,” directed by drummer (and highly decorated filmmaker) Trevor Anderson.
“‘I Can Swing A Hammer’ is a song about getting’ shit done,” Anderson told Paste Magazine, which premiered the clip, “so we made the video in that spirit. Lead singer Lyle Bell built that hat hut with an actual hammer, so we got a lot of joy outta burning it to the ground.”
“I Can Swing A Hammer” is out now on an EP called I Can Live Forever. The new music is generating a ‘get in on the ground floor’ sentiment in recent reviews, and the band is gathering momentum in advance of SXSW and tour dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
GOLDEN, BC: Golden Sound @ The Golden Civic Centre, Feb 20
CHARLOTTE, NC: The Fillmore, Mar 4 w/ The Black Angels
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW, Mar 17-20
LOS ANGELES, CA: Hotel Cafe, Mar 25
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Hotel Utah, Mar 27
SEATTLE, WA: Make Out Room, Mar 30
TORONTO, ON: Mod Club, CMW, May 4 w/ Royal Canoe
“An infectious track destined to get stuck in your head.” – Paste
– “Equal parts art punk, space funk, and pop junk.” – No Depression
– “Musically speaking, think early-’90s-alt-pop-meets-‘00s-indie shot through with a lethal dose of ’60s garage. Or better yet, don’t think, but instead just get your ass down…”
– Georgia Straight
ROLLING STONE breaks news of Country & Western Nights Tour today.
See the full post here.
“Angeleno by Sam Outlaw. Just beyond great songwriting. What a record.” – Ryan Adams
‘SoCal Country’ singer Sam Outlaw takes Angeleno back out on the road in February and March for the Country & Western Nights Tour with new Six Shooter Records labelmate Whitney Rose. The tour brings together two exciting breakout artists, both at the vanguard of country music, each with a distinctive sound and style. Outlaw’s country is classic and smooth, made his own with dappled Baja tones; Rose has developed a rich countrypolitan sound with beguiling vintage pop inflections.
The Country & Western Nights Tour starts on Outlaw’s home turf in California and will cover ten states, through country music hotbeds and heartlands of past and present. Fittingly, the tour winds up in Nashville, TN.
Hailed as one of the best country albums of 2015 by Rolling Stone and The Guardian, Angeleno and Outlaw have just made a strong showing in Nashville Scene’s annual and influential Country Music Critics’ Poll, with New Artist and Best Album nods.
Whitney Rose made an impact with Heartbreaker of The Year, produced by Raul Malo of The Mavericks. The New York Times, Rolling Stone and American Songwriter are included on a long list of enthusiastic coverage Rose has received thus far.
SAN DIEGO, CA: Soda Bar, Feb 19
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA: The Grange, Feb 21
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Chapel, Feb 22
PORTLAND, OR: Mississippi Studios, Feb 24
SEATTLE, WA: The Sunset Tavern, Feb 26
VANCOUVER, BC: The Cobalt, Feb 27
SPOKANE, WA: The Bartlett, Mar 2
BOZEMAN, MT: Live from the Divide, Mar 3
BILLINGS, MT: Pub Station, Mar 4
LARAMIE, WY: Phoenix Ballroom at Gryphon Theatre, Mar 5
DENVER, CO: Larimer Lounge, Mar 7
SALT LAKE CITY, UT: Kilbey Court, Mar 8
PHOENIX, AZ: Viva Phoenix Downtown Music Fest, Mar 12*
TUCSON, AZ: Flycatcher, Mar 13
ROSWELL, NM: The Liberty, Mar 15
DALLAS, TX: Twilite Lounge, Mar 16
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW, Mar 17-19
ATLANTA, GA: TBA, Mar 24
KNOXVILLE, TN: KMW Secret Show Series, Mar 25
NASHVILLE, TN: The High Watt, Mar 26