A special holiday gift from Jenn Grant. Xoxo
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!
We’ve received a bunch of requests from folks asking if they can purchase early bird passes for holiday gifts. We don’t have our line up ready to be announced, 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 Six Shooter Web Store for the low price of $139 ($99 for youth/senior). These will be available while quantities last.
Please Note: if you attended the Interstellar Rodeo 2012 and have registered with us at the Six Shooter webstore, then you will be eligible for the pre-sale for returning patrons. This pre-sale will begin in March once the line up is announced but before tickets are made available to the general public.
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Amelia Curran performs “Strangers” on Southern Souls ~ www.southernsouls.ca/amelia-curran
Some of the festival’s many highlights include concert sets by renowned “guit-steel” pioneer Junior Brown, master of the Telecaster Albert Lee, Wilco’s Nels Cline, the imitable Kevin Breit, as well as our very own Luke Doucet and the White Falcon. Legendary guitarist James Burton (the man practically invented rock-and-roll) backs a star-studded roll call of fantastic Toronto singers performing some of Burton’s greatest repertoire, from Presley to Cash to the Monkees and more. Collaborative workshops capture the spirit of Sleepwalk, with this year’s program featuring an all-steel line up with Austin’s Cindy Cashdollar leading the charge, an Acoustic Jam featuring Colin Linden and Paul Pigat…and we’ve even lined up legends James Burton, Albert Lee, Junior Brown and Cindy Cashdollar on one stage at one time. For more info, visit:
NEW Amelia Curran video for “Black Bird On Fire” from the album Spectators directed by Krista Davis!
Our Autumn of Awesome continues through this festive (Canadian Thanksgiving) and spooky (Halloween) month of October. I keep trying to think of a cool Halloween costume to wear this year. For some reason I just can’t shake the idea that I am destined to go as a Smurf, even though I really don’t want to cover myself in blue makeup, and those recent Smurf movies were utterly horrible. I would go as a Juggalo, but really, that is more of a lifestyle than a costume, amiright?!
There are a few times in the life of a little label like ours when we think, what the heck are we thinking? This is a crazy amount of work! Wouldn’t it have been easier to jump on the food truck craze? Or the pulled pork craze? Or the flash mob craze? Or the moustache craze? Or the artisan bread craze? Or the charcuterie craze? Or the pop up shop craze (wait, we did that.)? Or the internet meme aggregator craze? Or the caipirinha vs mojito battle royale craze? But then again, after a handful of minutes wasted identifying crazy crazes, we always realize that this Six Shooter ride continues to be effin’ awesome, and we revel in being entirely craze proof! Fresh off the smashing success of our first ever Interstellar Rodeo, we embarked on the release of four of the very best albums we have ever released (which is saying a lot, ‘cause everything we release is a-mazing). And while we haven’t had a moment to breathe and our offices are a disastrous mess, we forge ahead knowing that this is a defining year for Six Shooter. In the last five weeks, we have launched these amazing records by these amazing artists:
Amazing record #1: “The Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss” by Whitehorse, the husband and wife team of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. It’s true what they say that Whitehorse is greater than the sum of its already great parts, with a Massey Hall date booked just 18 months after we launched this project last year with their self-titled EP. The new album is going to blow your miiiinds, maaaan! I really feel like Whitehorse are evolving and hitting their stride with this one, filled with genre smashing and beautiful songwriting. In fact, I would say that the fate of the world is in pretty good hands, given the smooch power of this duo (and since the fate of the world is now fully taken care of, I suppose you can go ahead and have that fossil fuel bonfire you were planning on for Thanksgiving).
Amazing record #2: “Black Birds are Dancing over Me” by Danny Michel. As the Autumn Of Awesome rolls into town, and that crisp cool tinge enters the air, I’ve pulled out the ol’ magic gloves for yet another season. Magic gloves truly are magic. No matter how chubby my digits get from slamming entire Thanksgiving Tofurkeys, these miracles of synthetic fiber warmth always seem to be a perfect fit. This leads me into a convoluted metaphor whereby I insinuate that as Danny’s catalogue of fantastic music has grown, Six Shooter has become the perfect fit for his new material… yes, we are the magic gloves of record labels. On this latest outing, Danny has figured out how to blend his obsession with Belize (where no magic gloves are needed, unless you are hauling in ice for the caipirinha vs. mojito battle royale) with his proficiency in writing excellent songs with this career record, made with members of the Garafuna Collective and famed producer Ivan Duran. The result is magic. Like gloves. I have to admit though, when black birds are dancing over ME, I get scared as hell.
Amazing record #3: “The Beautiful Wild” by Jenn Grant. This new joint by Jenn Grant is, well, both beautiful and wild! It feels like all of our artists are riding a particularly creative high these days, and I luvs it! Jenn took some different approaches when writing this album, taking an inspired step away from her previous techniques, and letting her voice be the guide to wonderfully layered instrumental exploration. The result is a truly deep and textured album that explores how life is defined by one’s ability to love, and how, as life throws changes and curveballs at us, the mess of experiences we leave behind become the tangled and beautiful wild (hey, that would be a good name for an album… oh wait).
Amazing record #4: “Spectators” by Amelia Curran. A couple days ago my father-in-law was showing me videos of music he digs on the ol’ YouTube, and he was all “omgz, have you heard Amelia Curran?!”, and I got to brag that I totally met her once (mind blown, bonus points scored). True story. Early reviews of Amelia’s simply superb stuff, her finest yet, have been aptly touting this as “simply superb stuff” (Exclaim) and “Curran’s finest yet” (New Canadian Music). We think that pretty much nails it. Canada’s new poet laureate (that’s Amelia!) has surpassed the already high bar she set with her Juno Award winning album “Hunter, Hunter.” Amelia’s new album also features an unofficial “Where’s Waldo” game on the front cover, where the goal (that I set) is to find the cool guy in shades. It’s pretty easy, I found him right away.
To celebrate the Autumn of Awesome, we prepared a lovely butternut squash soup, then we asked our friend and artist Tyler Clark Burke to create an awesome poster for the fall, which you can check out in person when you support your local indie record shop to pick up physical copies of these fine new albums (no really, get out and do that! It’s way more fun than downloading, we promise!). They are also available through mail-order via the Six Shooter webstore, in a bundle of 4 CDs for $40, easy peasy. Oh yeah, and to ramp up the super fun autumnal frolicking, we have a bunch of great contests running via our facebook page, twitter feed, and instagram account. We have become hashtagging experts! Download a hard copy of the internet and like/follow us til yr fingers bleeeed!