MELISSA + LUKE = WHITEHORSE

Six Shooter Records’ Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet tie the musical knot with the debut of their new band, Whitehorse, marrying their talent and chemistry on stage as a smoldering duo. They already tied the knot in the smoochy way in real life, so this makes perfect sense! This kind of touring-musical-lovebirds dealio definitely reminds me of a classic Johnny and June type scenario, but without all the stuff in the movie where you are like “wow, Johnny is being such a dick to that other girl”… maybe Luke and Melissa are actually closer to the duo Laid Back and their hit song ‘White Horse’, although I do realize two German dudes making proto-techno might be a little off the mark for this project. WhitehorseÕs debut recording will be released on August 30. See a fun preview for Whitehorse here:

Whitehorse are givin’ ‘er straight outta the gates, and will be playing a bunch of dates in the fall in Ontario, Quebec, and the USA. Also just announced is their Feb 24 concert at Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto. The last time we put a show on sale via the peeps at Massey Hall, it sold out almost instantly, so get your tickets right away. The public on-sale date is Aug 15 at http://roythomson.com.

The live show is really going to trample your turtle. Luke and Melissa have been working hard at it, and if you live in (or are willing to travel to Hamilton or Waterloo), you can participate in the process. They will be performing five “live rehearsals” at the Jane Bond and the Casbah. No cover charge, renegade punk stylez.

Pre-orders for the new Whitehorse recording are up for sale now.

RAVE REVIEWS FOR THE DEEP DARK WOODS

Praise for The Place I Left Behind, the new album from The Deep Dark Woods, is streaming in from coast to coast, kind of like a very long stream that spans coast to coast… a river if you will, but “rivering in from coast to coast” sounds weird. For a band identified for their “Saskatchewanness,” with this new record The Deep Dark Woods have impressed far beyond their prairie origins (not to say “Saskatchewannitude” isn’t impressive on its own), with slam dunk reviews swishing from every corner (assuming the hoops are set up in the corners of the proverbial music-press B-Ball court, y’know).

I think HeroHill nailed it with this little quote: “The Place I Left Behind exceeds even the highest of expectations and remarkably pays tribute to the sound that defines our country’s musical heritage without sounding dated. There’s a sadness that runs throughout the 13-song affair but the uplifting harmonies and warm organ work act as the perfect counterpoint. Basically, it’s the type of record that ignores seasons and trends, for the simpler and much loftier ambition of timelessness.” Yeppers, that’s whazzup.

After a month of festival dates, the band will embark on a national tour, bringing them to many locales across the country, which, if you want me to break down our industry jargon for ya, is why we call it a national tour (see tour dates). Meanwhile, check out this little video we made (thanks to the guys at Plan 9 Films for their help):

WAGONS SET TO RELEASE RUMBLE, SHAKE AND TUMBLE

The title Rumble, Shake and Tumble effectively captures Wagons‘ rowdy roots-rock style, a Red, White and Blue palette of rock ‘n’ roll, country, cabaret, psychedelia and soul. That’s the Australian Red, White, and Blue of course!

Rumble, Shake and Tumble, out August 16, bursts forth with massive open chord riffing in the Tom Petty-ish “Downlow.” The swampy stompy of “I Blew It” then gives way to the dark country epic “Love is Burning” (better get that checked out fellas, pretty sure your love ain’t supposed to burn). Wagons’ gentler side shines in the cuss-laced-yet-tender “Moon Into Sun” and heartbreaking ballad “My Daydreams,” which settles somewhere between Neil Young and Roy Orbison, and still rules even though it isn’t quite as cuss-laced (I have to admit, I love a good cuss lacin’). There’s a special place in Six Shooter’s heart for second to last track “Life’s Too Short” – a feel better ditty that sums it all up while steering clear of self-help terrain. Inspired by American icons old and new, and bearing Cormac McCarthy’s harrowing Western gothic fingerprint, the record holds unexpected twists, turns and moods, punctuated throughout by Henry Wagons’ grunts and snarls (and sangin’ of course!).

And don’t miss out on their Canadian tour dates:
VANCOUVER, BC: Railway Club, September 4
TORONTO, ON: Horseshoe Tavern, September 6
OTTAWA, ON: Zaphod’s, September 7

THE BEAUTIES’ FIRST EVER WESTERN TOUR

Y’know, I would definitely say that I have a pretty well non-existent sweet tooth. I am one of those assholes who says things like “this is good cake… it’s not too sweeeeeet”, and my idea of a midnight snack is a bit of spicey lime pickle and brie on a water cracker. That being said, I totally just craved, and subsequently smashed, a big bowl of soy ice cream with Nutella on it! I still know how to partaaaaaaay!

Hot off the busiest day in Beauties history, one that started with two Hillside shows…first with the Beauties’ current touring mate Serena Ryder and then with Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, and ending with five more sets at the band’s home base, Toronto’s Dakota Tavern… The Beauties fiiiinally pack up for their western Canadian debut this August. This has nothing to do with my eating habits, or dessert cravings, but I thought I’d keep you in the loop anyway, since I try to keep my Twitter account free of boring-ass food posts. Check below for the deets on The Beauties upcoming tour dates, and no deets on how I made a Saskatoon berry pie for the first time the other day.

For those in Western Canada who have yet to experience The Beauties’ legendarily lively shows, here’s a recap of that jam-packed Hillside day, courtesy of http://www.spinner.ca.

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES WILL TRAMPLE YOUR TURTLE

You may have noticed at the end of the Whitehorse segment of this newsletter above, that I am now replacing the phrase “blow your mind” with “trample your turtle” in my day-to-day lexicon. Ok, maybe you didn’t notice until now, and you are about to scroll back up and re-read that part. Either way, this is big news. I like this new phrase for a few reasons, please allow me to run ‘em down for you:

1. I like the visual I get of my brain being a turtle. Kind of like in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon (the turtle part of TMNT just hit me now, ignore that part), where that bad dude Krang sits inside a robot body, only, of course, in this case it’s a cute wrinkly turtle buddy, and he’s inside my head, and he’s always smiling with his cute little turtle mouth.

2. I like how this expression can also be used for frustration or displeasure. Ie. “you know what really tramples my turtle?! TRAFFIC!!”

3. Trampled By Turtles are totally a mind blowing (or rather turtle trampling) band, so alluding to them every time one’s turtle is trampled JUST MAKES SENSE.

For example, 3000 lucky Newport Folk Festival goers recently had their collective turtles completely trampled by Trampled By Turtles. Standing ovations (or “standing Os” as I like to call ‘em) and sing-alongs led to a rare festival stage encore, where TxT delivered their take on the Pixies “Where Is My Mind,” which, while I’m sure it was intended as a rhetorical question, can easily be answered with “your turtle-y Pixie mind was just trampled!”

NPR was there and caught all the magic. Hear the entire freakin’ set here: http://www.npr.org.

Canadian tour dates have just been announced. See the frenzy for yourself at these fine establishments:

LONDON, ON: Call The Office, November 9
TORONTO, ON: Horseshoe Tavern, November 10
OTTAWA, ON: Mavericks, November 11

JUSTIN RUTLEDGE IS A GOLDEN GREEK GOD

Hot off his acting debut in the Michael Ondaatje play based on his novel, Divisidero, and a more recent turn on an episode of Degrassi High (OMGGGGGGG), Justin Rutledge returns to the stage to star currently in the Canadian performance debut of Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, a modern retelling of the ancient myth of Orpheus – from the dead bride’s point of view. Justin will be playing the dead bride… Just kidding, he will be playing the hunky Greek dude in the toga. Eurydice plays Aug 4-13 at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (15 Ryerson Ave, Toronto). Tickets are $15, available at 416.504.7529 or http://www.artsboxoffice.ca.

MARTIN TIELLI EXHIBIT AT GATE 403

Torontonians can stop by The Gate 403 (403 Roncesvalles Avenue) to check out recent art works by Martin Tielli. There might even be a catalogue available to purchase works, like last time. If you’re interested, let me know, shauna@sixshooterrecords.com.

SIX SHOOTER SIGNS THE DEEP DARK WOODS

We’re proud to announce that The Deep Dark Woods will release their third full-length record, The Place I Left Behind, on August 2, 2011 on Six Shooter Records. Yayee! A follow-up to 2009′s deep dark dirge, the award-winning Winter Hours, the new album is the band’s first self-produced project. The Place I Left Behind is a fine collection of songcraft that offers murder ballads alongside scrappy rockers, lovesick hymnals and slow-dance waltzes that preserve the shadowy corners of folk music traditions. Based in Saskatchewan, the Deep Dark Woods sport a varying degree of unshaven faces planted on top of the shoulders of: Burke Barlow, Ryan Boldt, Lucas Goetz, Geoff Hilhorst, and Chris Mason. The album comes out the week they hit the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

SIX SHOOTER SIGNS WAGONS

More hot fun for Six Shooter Records this summertime, with new additions to the roster from here, there and even other hemispheres. Rolling in from Melbourne, Australia is Wagons, a band with a wild-eyed, audience-taunting frontman (ie. a regular Australian), Henry Wagons, and an instrument-swapping set of musicians who keep the shows just on this side of sanity. Wagons blew everyone away at CMW + SXSW (their first full-band appearance at both festivals), and Six Shooter signed up to release their brand new record, Rumble, Shake and Tumble on August 16, 2011. We are told that this disc will spin in the opposite direction from our other releases, due to it’s other-hemispherocity. Wagons’ full back catalogue will also be available from Six Shooter in digital form. A simultaneous US release of the album will drop via Thirty Tigers (the label, not some Vegas show involving 30 tigers).

JENN GRANT MEETS THE ROYALS

Much ado has been made of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting our fair country, a visit covered by no fewer than 1300 media types, and lemme tell ya, that ain’t nothing! Shakespeare joke! Humour fit for Royals! Our very own Jenn Grant slammed back some royal jelly shots, donned her Royal Elastics sneakers, and had the honour and pleasure of performing for William and Kate! Plus she got to meet them, and apparently had to dodge a blitzkrieg! We asked Jenn about this, and here’s what she had to say:

“Hello everyone! Well, as you know, I just got back from my rendezvous with the Royal Couple. I did not get to smell Prince William, I just got to look at him. Although I think if I smelled him, he would have smelled pretty good. The tabloids have not done him justice. He’s just a prince. A charmer in every way. He told me I was “Too Talented”. Yes, Six Shooter, you can add that to my website.

“And Kate, my goodness. She is fit as a fiddle. I don’t know what work out program she’s in but she’s looking good and I’d love to join her!

“Right before the Jenny G band and I played for them, there were many gunshots fired, and many fighter jets flying just overhead! It was a wild time. Thank goodness we got our getcha goods together and rocked the town. And yes, I believe Kate and I have a psychic connection because our outfits matched, twice. All in all it was a day and night to remember. All hail the Queen!”

Follow us pon di Twitter @SixShooterR if you want to see pictures taken of Jenn meeting the Royals.

POLARIS LOVE FOR BOTH JENN GRANT and LUKE DOUCET & THE WHITE FALCON

We were very pleased when we found out that the one kabillion jurors for the Polaris Long List have included two Six Shooter albums in the mix: “Honeymoon Punch” by Jenn Grant, and “Steel City Trawler” by Luke Doucet & the White Falcon. Yay, us! When I first saw the list, I was so excited that I texted Luke Doucet a lil’ message along the lines of “OMG Polaris Long List! YGG! IMHO u Rock! ROTFLOL!”, and I was kind of offended when he didn’t even reply! Has Polaris Long List fame already gone to Luke’s forever-young blonde head?! I was so disheartened that I didn’t even bother texting Jenn Grant (that, and I don’t have her digits). Anyway, this is our last chance to brag about our Polaris goodness, because they are announcing the short list imminently. Maybe even today. So say three cheers for us while the going is good!

LUKE DOUCET ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR DATES

Don’t miss Luke and his awesome band the White Falcon this summer! It has just occurred to me that Luke should probably dress up as Falco for Halloween this year. Mostly because my mind works on Cockney logic, and Falco sounds kind of like Falcon to me, and every time I read the name of Luke’s band, “Rock Me Amadeus” gets stuck in my head. That’s a pretty sweet tune, so I don’t mind. In addition to a number of exciting festival plays, El Dee and the Double You Eff are also performing at a number of clubs. Notably in Wakefield, Edmonton, and Calgary. Details below, and tix for most shows available at www.sixshooterrecords.com

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