HARLAN PEPPER launch their new album with a Tuesday Blitz

The day is finally here! After talking about Harlan Pepper for months and years, we are very pleased to unleash their new album, “Take out a twenty and live life to the fullest.” Subsequently, my own album “Take out a twenty and don’t check the remaining balance or it will ruin your day” has been shelved until further notice. Oh well, good for you, Harlan Pepper!

To celebrate, we’re sending the band on a “Take Out a Twenty Promo Blitz,” which will see them perform songs from the new album in as many different locations as we can dream up in a day (which realistically amounts to 6 locations. Admittedly, we ate a bunch of raw kale right before bed, which meant that most of the spots in our dreams were places like Mars, a kiddie pool full of squid ink, and “the boat where Breaker High was filmed” etc). First up, the boys play live on CHCH-TV (Hamilton) for some good ole right-of-passage hometown morning television goodness. They then head over to Hamilton’s sweet Magnolia Cafe to play some tunes and pick up some coffee. Then they’ll jump on the 403 and do a guerrilla-style set in the Mothership atrium (yes, the CBC…but shhh, don’t tell them — we don’t actually have permission to do this and are hoping to pull off a full song before getting kicked out). We’ll make them brave the cold at Trinity Bellwoods hockey rink before heading over to Exclaim.TV. And don’t miss their in-store performance at Soundscapes at 7 pm. This is all happening tomorrow!

And after this full day of awesomeness / hauling gear all over the damn place, they’re going to rock the night away at the Cameron House for their Tuesday night residency in March (showtime is 10 pm sharp!). Join us at any of these stops along the way. You can pick up a copy of their new album and we’ll give you a free Harlan Pepper lighter! Of course, we don’t endorse the use of lighters for anything other than lighting tea lights around a bathtub, so we urge you to only use said swaggage for relaxing ventures of this nature.

NQ ARBUCKLE “THE FUTURE HAPPENS ANYWAY”

We are currently putting the finishing touches on the artwork of NQ Arbuckle‘s new album, “The Future Happens Anyway,” a work that was four years in the making! I’m guessing that the album title might have something to do with how long this album has taken to come to fruition. I promise you, my friends, it will be well worth the wait! NQ is undoubtedly still THE dude. Here’s a sneak peek:

For those of you who NEED your NQ fix NOW, you’ll be happy to know that there are a number of shows coming up, including the most awesome Blacksheep Inn (Wakefield), the much-loved Jane Bond (Waterloo), the legendary Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto) and the mysterious “more”. Please note that, being in my privileged position of having seen the above linked video before most of you, I have already learned every single dance move featured therein, so you better do the same before these shows, or get outta my way on the dance floor. See tour dates for deets.

JOE NOLAN’S TORNADO IS COMING TO ALBERTA

Reviews for Joe Nolan’s new album, “Tornado,” continue to roll in and he is getting ready to blow your minds at his hometown album launch concerts in Alberta this month. I am very much looking forward to this, since I made the mistake of watching the Oscars and I haven’t been able to get that stupid song from the movie Frozen out of my head ever since. I could really stand to have my mind blown by Joe Nolan at this point, so I can finally let it go. In addition to a bunch of other Alberta shows, Joe and his band are playing March 13 at the Ironwood in Calgary and the Roxy Theatre on March 28 in Edmonton. See tour dates for more dates.

THE STRUMBELLAS ARE “SAILING”

You love The Strumbellas, right?! And you want to hear them on the radio, right?! Well, guess what? You can make this happen by hounding your your local station and letting them know! Get your fingies tapping on that smart device, and social media the heck out of your local station to tell them that you won’t make it through another hour of non-stop hits without hearing ‘Sailing’! Indie 88 in Toronto is already on it, but it’s time for our western station friends to go in on this stellar jam. Here are some examples of how I would (and will) be hollering:

Twitter:

If I don’t hear Sailing by @thestrumbellas on @sonic1029 soon, I’m gonna EXPLODE!
http://indie88.com/the-strumbellas-sailing-your-first-listen/

Hey @X929 many crying puppies request you play Sailing by @thestrumbellas!
http://indie88.com/the-strumbellas-sailing-your-first-listen/

Sailing by @thestrumbellas = the tightest jam. @ThePeak should play this!
http://indie88.com/the-strumbellas-sailing-your-first-listen/

Facebook posts:

Just listened @theStrumbellas song “Sailing” on repeat a gazillion times. @Sonic1029 when can i hear it pon di radio? http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/The-Strumbellas

This song is top of my playlist – @TheStrumbellas “Sailing”. @X929 – you should play this

Whoa, biggest beard in Canada might be in @theStrumbellas. @ThePeak you need more beard in your playlist – Play “Sailing” http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/The-Strumbellas

Stay tuned for an epic arctic (well, Sudbury. That’s pretty arctic, I’d say) expedition music video for this song from The Strumbellas, coming soon.

DEEP DARK WOODS’ “RED, RED ROSE”

Speaking of videos…we are supremely hella stoked to be launching Deep Dark Woods video for “Red, Red Rose” directed by Jeremy Regimbal (the same talented dude who directed their deep dark video for “18th of December”, filled with all kinds of bad advice for youngsters). Filmed on location in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland during the band’s recent European tour, this video features many beards and a very large set of fries. This video actually makes touring look pretty fun, maybe I should try it.

AMELIA CURRAN AND ALL OF HER ECMA NOMS

There is seemingly no end to the number of accolades and awards that folks love to bestow on our own Amelia Curran, and the East Coast Music Awards do not disappoint. She just racked up another five noms for her beautiful album, “Spectators”:

- Solo Recording of the Year
– Folk Recording of the Year
– Song of the Year – “What Will You Be Building”
– Songwriter of the Year – “Years”
– Video of the Year – “Blackbird on Fire”

The video category is actually a Fan’s Choice situation, meaning that you can be an important part of Amelia’s TOTAL DOMINATION by casting your vote. Do it here, every damn day if you want to, from now until March 27: http://www.pei2014.ca/ecma

Oh, and hey, our pal Jenn Grant is in that category too! You’ll have to alternate your daily votes between them.

Hmmm, y’know, I think I might suggest that Amelia actually names her next album TOTAL DOMINATION. It has a nice all-caps kinda ring to it, and it would take the guesswork out of who is gonna win ALL DA REWARDZ next time around. Oh wait, maybe she should call her next album ALL DA REWARDZ….

DANNY MICHEL’S “SCHOOL NIGHT MONDAYS”

I’m pretty sure that I’ve already gone on record to say that Chris Hadfield is the coolest astronaut ever (duh). This was reconfirmed for me last Monday, to the quadrahyper-cosmicth degree (that’s a space term I learned from Chris, no big deal), when Chris Hadfield beamed himself in to be the special guest at the first week of Danny Michel’s Dakota Tavern March residency in Toronto!! Dude can not only fly spaceships… turns out he’s pretty good with an acoustic guitar and some self-penned tunes! His music flew a spaceship right into my heart. Did you ever watch Hadfield’s video about what it looks like when you cry in space? That was my reaction. Except for the space part. Danny Michel’s awesome “School Night Mondays” recognizes that not everyone can party until dawn every single night of the week (I can, of course), but that you might rather take in some good live music as opposed to being a slave to your Netflix queue. This is food for your soul (not to be confused with chicken soup) and you’ll still be home in bed by 11!

And for those of you who don’t mind staying up all night, The Beauties are back! Every Sunday night at the Dakota Tavern for the rest of the month, you can party until the wee hours of the morning.

BORN REBELS: ALL THE MUSIC YOU LOVE ON MARCH 21

Six Shooterer Jen Rogers has been toiling some long hours to prepare for the launch of our new company, Born Rebels, the Ultimate Cover Band Agency. From corporate events to bat mitzvahs to festivals, Born Rebels is a full service music company and can do it all! With awesome bands already on board, like Hot Rock, Loving in the Name Of, Sheezer, The Mercenaries, Tommy Youngsteen, The Black Pearls, and Big Sound, this is going to be the most amazing new company ever. EVER. No hyperbole. Like more amazing than Apple, or Google, or the company that makes travel underwear that you can wash in your hotel room sink. For those of you in Toronto, you can join in all the fun as we Party with Reckless Abandon at the Great Hall on March 21 for the official launch, featuring The Black Pearls, The Mercenaries, Tommy Youngsteen and Hot Rock. Tickets available here.

For more info and to stay up to date, check out the spanking new website here: www.bornrebels.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

LADYBIRD SOIREE 2014

Melissa McClelland and her pals would like to invite you to the Ladybird Soiree 2014, on April 23 in Toronto, a fundraiser to raise money for the Ladybird Animal Sanctuary, a volunteer-run animal rescue charity they founded. As a massive animal lover myself, I wholeheartedly hope you attend and throw giant buckets of money at them! I actually have a somewhat relevant story for you here. I just took a little break from writing this newsletter to take my dog for a walk. At the dog park, there was a dude there who was taking his parrot for a walk too, which was pretty sweet. At one point he put the bird (not sure if the bird was a lady, but let’s make that assumption for increased relevance) up on a tree branch, and when he reached up to get her back down, she totally pooped all over his arm! Ha ha ha!

The Ladybird Soiree will feature intimate performances by Jim Cuddy and Whitehorse, and you can also take part in a killer silent auction which includes items like tickets to Aretha Franklin, guitar lessons by Luke Doucet, and much more. Info & tix here: http://www.ladybirdanimalsanctuary.com/site/ladybird-soiree-2014/

INTERSTELLAR RODEO ANNOUNCE + ON-SALE DATES

We haven’t even announced the line up yet, but we’ve been fielding a lot of calls from folks who are already anxious about getting tickets to Interstellar Rodeo 2014. Geez, you guys are chomping at the bit! Don’t worry, if you bought a weekend pass last year through our web-store, you will be invited to participate in a presale. Here are the timelines we’re aiming for:

April 1 (or earlier): 2014 Artist Line Up Announcement (this will of course be a fake lineup, because April Fools, duh. Unless we release it earlier, then I suppose it might be real.)
April 4-5: Passholder Pre-sale (weekend passes only)
April 7: Public On-sale (weekend passes and single day tickets)

Oh, and could someone please invite this guy to Interstellar Rodeo this year? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA8z7f7a2Pk

WHO IS JOE NOLAN? SIX SHOOTER’S NEWEST FACE ON THE FOLK SCENE FUSES NORTH COUNTRY CHARM WITH SENSITIVE SONGWRITING.

Headbanger meets heartbreaker in Joe Nolan, the rising young songwriter whose new album, Tornado, was just released by Six Shooter Records. On stage, Joe’s intense, intimate performances are at once guttural and ethereal, and of no time or place whatsoever. But when he turns his baseball hat backwards and tells stories of trapping raccoons in cardboard boxes, it’s clear that the other side of this sensitive songwriter is a kid from Fort Saskatchewan who kept his guitar playing a secret from his high school friends. In Joe Nolan, you see a fascinating contrast between the rough edges of small town life and the poetic refinement of his song craft.

In “Hangin’ at the Garagemahal,” Joe Nolan talks about growing up on the “good side” of the river in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, which records he listened to through the floor while his parents played bridge until 2am, and all the money he made busking:

Tornado hit the streets on January 28, 2014, and Six Shooter marked the occasion at The Cameron House with a short and sweet set from Joe, a room packed full of industry, friends & fans, and, in honour of Joe’s prairie roots, all the pierogies we could eat. Now the reviews are coming in, and Tornado is making a strong impression, with high marks from the Globe & Mail, Exclaim, No Depression and others.

Tornado is a collection of songs about women (older women, mostly) and love (break-ups, mostly). Did Somebody Call The Cops, “one of the album’s showstoppers,” (Edmonton Journal) is a slow-burning song about a ‘relationship hitting the bottom,’ says Nolan. See a new lyric video for Did Somebody Call The Cops, directed by Jeth Weinrich, here:

JOE NOLAN LAUNCHES TORNADO

Like a hurricane, Tornado has hit the streets, and we celebrated in style at The Cameron House on release day (Jan 28) with a short and sweet set from Joe (not that he’s short, but he IS very sweet. Awwww), a room packed full of industry, friends & fans, and, in honour of Joe’s prairie roots, all the pierogies we could eat (I only ate two, because I am a dainty little bird… JK, I had like two dozen, buuurp). I had originally suggested that we honour his prairie roots by cramming everyone into the back of a giant pickup truck and drinking a buncha Pilsner (aka Alberta Champagne), but hey, you can’t win ‘em all, and I like me some ‘rogies too, so I’ll live (thanks for your concern).

Now the reviews are coming in, and Joe’s album is making the fantastic impression we knew it would. That’s why we signed him, duh. The Calgary Herald likens listening to Tornado to “Viewing the world from a battered heart and through beautifully bloodshot, half-mast eyes,” which actually sounds like a pretty unpleasant experience, but they mean it as a good thing (weirdos). No Depression recognizes that “Nolan is raw talent through and through.” And Exclaim Magazine raves on, calling the album “A remarkable collection of slow-burning melancholia.”

For those of you who missed the Toronto debut, or if you want (neeeed) more Joe Nolan, you can catch him at the Cameron House next Monday and the week after that. He is pretty much living there, I imagine because he read in multiple previous editions of this newsletter about how hard I vouch for their crantinis. His Alberta album launch party dates have also been announced — see tour dates below.

Aaaaaalso, check out this interview, “Hangin’ at the Garagemahal,” in which Joe Nolan talks about growing up on the “good side” of the river in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, which records he listened to through the floor while his parents played bridge until 2am, and all the money he made busking:

Oh, and alsooooooo, we also have a lyric video for “Tightrope Dancer”

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