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!
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.
This weekend, Six Shooter is proud to present the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival, curated by Luke Doucet, at the Great Hall in Toronto, Nov 2-4, 2012.
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: www.sleepwalkguitar.com