THE RAW AND THE COOKED: TWO WAYS TO LISTEN TO TANYA TAGAQ’S “COLONIZER”

 

Tanya Tagaq has released two new songs from forthcoming Tongues, produced by Saul Williams and Gonjasufi. “Colonizer” and “Colonizer (Tundra Mix),” are moments for accountability, not deflection. Oh you’re guilty. It’s not a question.

The first “Colonizer” is Tagaq’s unambiguous response to performing in visibly and symbolically colonial spaces. The song clenches at the intersection of experience, violence and resistance, with droning, driving layers that throb, beat and buzz under Tagaq’s vocal rhythms.

“Colonizer (Tundra Mix),” hits differently, the product of creative marination with producers Saul Williams and Gonjasufi. Tundra Mix shows the collaborative and generative dimension of the Tongues studio experience and its potent mix of artists.

Pre-save Tongues, out Jan 21, 2022, here

ALIEN-NATION: THE DEAD SOUTH RELEASE “PEOPLE ARE STRANGE” COVER

 

The Dead South have released their version of “People Are Strange” with a new video, and it’s out of this world. Watch as our beloved bearded quartet are beamed into a Banj-UFO one by one and are forced to play in front of an intergalactic audience.

 

 

Rich with quality finger picking and replete with harmonies, Easy Listening for Jerks offers many new moods of songs we think we know so well. Pre-save the forthcoming Part I & II EPs for more ravenous reimaginings of country classics and hard rock reveries. 

 

FULLY SUBMERGED: JULY TALK RELEASE NEW SINGLE “I AM WATER”

 

Like all true Scorpios, “I Am Water” is ruled by a vast force of emotion, just as the tide is controlled by the moon. Powered by alarm and elation, the new song celebrates moving our bodies. “But we coincide,” Leah and Peter sing; we are here, now, together. When we face the cosmic improbability of it all, we can dance.

Release and unleash, be pulled by the moon out into the night. Dive into “I Am Water,” produced and mixed by Graham Walsh, in the video below.

 

 

We are thrilled to welcome JULY TALK to the Six Shooter world. This new era also brings the founding of Danuta, a home base for Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis’ many artistic pursuits.

WATCH WILLIAM PRINCE’S NPR MUSIC TINY DESK (HOME) CONCERT

 

Watch William Prince’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert with performances of “Lighthouse,” “Wasted,” and “Breathless,” in which the songwriter “emanates thoughtful messages of redemption and love” (Bob Boilen, NPR Music). 

Prince is currently touring with Katie Pruitt in the USA. The “For The Time Being” Fall Tour (headline shows) makes stops on the East Coast and in Northern Manitoba, including Churchill. Looking ahead to 2022, Prince will perform in Ireland and the UK, and at Massey Hall with Serena Ryder on April 1.

ARTHORSE: MEET LYLE BELL, CREATIVE WIZARD BEHIND WHITEHORSE’S DOUBLE ALBUM DROP OF 2021

 

Six Shooter celebrates the work of artist-in-residence Lyle Bell, leader of the label’s in-house Art Squad, with a new mini-doc that goes behind the scenes and into the creative minds of the visual team behind Whitehorse’s 2021 releases.

In 2020, Whitehorse delivered three new full-length albums to Six Shooter Records, home of the artists’ solo careers and musical partnership for over 20 years. Modern Love is a hushed lo-fi affair, a collection of tender and juicy secrets whispered directly into your ear. Strike Me Down, album number 2, is a work of bravado and bluster, all high gloss and megawatts. The third, well, it’s not quite time for that yet, but trust us when we say it’s Whitehorse at their most excellent.

But what would these albums, photos and videos look like? How could it all be done in the middle of a pandemic, on a limited budget? And, most importantly, who would translate these vastly different moods into visuals? Enter Lyle Bell, mad scientist, wizard and captain of Six Shooter’s Art Squad.

Step into Lyle Bell’s creative process in a brand new, ‘making of’ mini doc here.

Part I: Modern Love: What if an album cover goes POP?
Part II: Strike Me Down: Building an album cover you can smash.
Part III: Target Practice: The making of “Promises” official video
Part IV: Whitehorse Rides Again

ABOUT LYLE BELL

An artistic renaissance man of sorts, Lyle is currently the resident graphic designer and photographer at Six Shooter Records. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter, relentlessly writing and touring with his bands The Wet Secrets, Whitey Houston and synthlords Shout Out Out Out Out. He cut his teeth working at famed alt paper Vue Weekly, screening gig posters, building cameras and obsessing over analog photography in the dark room.

TRICK OR TREAT: ELLIOTT BROOD RELEASE COVER OF “C’EST L’HALLOWEEN”

From a band that revels in resurrecting themes and stories from eons ago, Elliott BROOD’s cover of “C’est L’Halloween” is a most fitting and welcome treat. The band has taken the memorable grade-school tune and added their distinct BROOD-yness. Dip into this spooky season classic when you’re bobbing for apples or selecting the biggest pillow case for your candy haul.

SUNSHINE, BUT MAKE IT DARK: THE DEAD SOUTH RELEASE “YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE” WITH NEW VIDEO

 

What happens when a band like The Dead South take a sweet cheerful tune like “You Are My Sunshine” and flip it inside out? The result is the newest release by the finger-snapping foot-stomping quartet. One part nostalgic and two parts dark and desperate, The Dead South put their distinct bluegrass spin on the childhood classic. With haunting harmonies, tell-tale banjo picking, and the eerie intensity of cello, this is “You Are My Sunshine” like you’ve never heard before. 

“You Are My Sunshine” is the first single off of upcoming EP, Easy Listening for Jerks, Part I. Watch the stark new video filmed in one continuous shot by Two Brothers Films here

SUNNY FORECAST: THE DEAD SOUTH ANNOUNCE EASY LISTENING FOR JERKS, PARTS I & II

 

The Dead South are back with not one but TWO brand new EPs in the form of Easy Listening for Jerks, Parts I & II. The first is a collection of bluegrass songs that reimagine cheery classic tunes, such as “You Are My Sunshine,” out Oct 8, with a dark and desperate tone. The latter is a set of modern rock anthems. While vastly different in origin, each EP bears the watermark of the iconic Dead South sound and together they form a crash course in the band’s musical influences. 

Stay tuned for “You Are My Sunshine” on Friday, and in the meantime check out the Twin Twangler Tour to see if The Dead South are heading to your town in 2022.

 

We’re Hiring a Social Media Content Manager

Established in 2000 in Toronto, Six Shooter Records is a full-service music company with a diverse roster that includes artists in the genres of Americana, country, rock, and avant-garde. In addition to being a label and a publisher, the company also provides artist management services. Since its inception, Six Shooter has released over 140 albums. Our artists have been consistently recognized in national award programs, including the JUNO Awards, Polaris Music Prize, SOCAN Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and others.

 

Ours is a fast-paced, friendly environment with an enterprising culture. We seek a new member of our marketing team, who will be key in performing day-to-day social media duties. Responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Execute and plan social media content across platforms that are consistent with the company’s brand and artists’ identity
  • Coordinate and assist in the creation of consistent, meaningful content on all social media platforms. This includes writing social media copy, formatting existing graphic, and video creative into various formats for digital and print campaigns. Creating, editing, and enhancing short-form videos for TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts.
  • Consistently stay up to date and report best practices and emerging trends in social media; apply findings to ongoing campaigns as well as artist and company accounts.
  • Assist in the community engagement on artist and company socials (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). This includes communicating with social media followers via direct messages, responding to comments/retweets in a timely manner.
  • Manage a high volume of daily social media posts across company + artist socials.
  • Suggest recommendations to adjust the social media marketing strategy for optimal results.
  • Assist in brainstorming and implementing exciting new online content.
  • Actively collaborate on the strategy and development of marketing plans for priority label projects.
  • Assist the Management Team with the communication of artist Socials (sharing links, press, important events and information).
  • Assist with development and execution of contesting and promotions.
  • Assist in scraping and gathering of social media analytics for reporting purposes.
  • Manage social influencer programs and attend social influencer events.
  • Curate Apple and Spotify playlists, refreshing Spotify Six Shooter Essentials playlist and sharing links.
  • Updating the Six Shooter Records website news section when needed.
  • Manage / create GIPHY links and content in collaboration with Artist in Residence/Graphic Designer.
  • Assisting with grant applications and completions for both the label and management clients as requested. Including but not limited to proofing copy, gathering marketing material examples, and collaborating on marketing development plans.
  • Other duties as required.

 

Requirements:

  • Proficiency with top social media platforms (e.g, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, etc.)
  • Tech-savvy
  • Video editing and basic graphic design abilities
  • Excellent creative copywriting skills
  • Passionate about music and social media
  • Exceptional attention to detail, solid time management skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize, while staying ahead of deadlines in a fast-moving environment
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, a self-starter and risk-taker
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Optimistic with positive energy and outlook
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; a resourceful team player, willing to pitch in whenever needed

 

Nice to Haves & Attributes:

  • Experience in the music industry for 2+ years
  • Education related to the music business, digital marketing, or communications
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Suite products and Notion
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Google Suite, Dropbox, Slack, Sprout Social, Facebook Business Manager and YouTube Studio

 

Job Specs:

 

Position: Social Media Content Manager

Reporting to: Director of Digital Strategy & Marketing

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Location: Toronto, ON.

Compensation: Salary range from 40K-50K to be determined commensurate with experience, and health benefits.

Application Deadline: October 18, 2021

 

In the application, please provide your resume and cover letter in one PDF document in the “Resume” upload section. Upload your resume here.

 

No phone calls please.

 

We invite applications from all qualified candidates, especially from people who identify as racialized, Indigenous, differently abled, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.

TONGUE LASHING: TANYA TAGAQ RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “TONGUES,” WITH VIDEO, AND ANNOUNCES FORTHCOMING ALBUM

 

Tanya Tagaq has released “Tongues” with accompanying video, created by 3D animator Driftnote. The video for “Tongues” is an unmistakable analogy for language reclamation. Watch a mouth’s epic fight for survival as tongue and cross clash on a tundra battleground here

“Tongues” is the first single from Tagaq’s new album of the same title, produced by Saul Williams. With exceptional power and staggering genius, Tongues is Tanya at her most explicit and specific. In Tongues, delicate, poetic passages from Split Tooth, Tagaq’s bestselling, award winning mythobiography, crash against an industrial, electronic exoskeleton.

HOLY MACARONI: BOY GOLDEN’S “KD AND LUNCH MEAT,” NOW A TOP 10 RADIO HIT

 

Watch new video for “KD and Lunch Meat” here

Boy Golden announces Horseshoe Tavern, Nov 11 @ 6pm + 9:30pm. Tickets on sale now.

Winnipeg’s Boy Golden shares the official video for “KD and Lunch Meat” along with the announcement of his first Toronto performances at the Horseshoe Tavern, November 11. The new video, filmed at the Better Daze gallery exhibit, sees Boy Golden meet himself as a gold painted, crustachioed noodle bust. Witness the extremely scientific inquiry, “Will It Stick?” and see original works inspired by Boy Golden’s mellow mentality.  

 

“KD and Lunch Meat” was directed by Martin LaFrenière and features Boy Golden and Church of Better Daze band members Mama Tizzy, Ooly and Brother Roman. 

 

Named the ‘song of the summer’ by CBC’s Grant Lawrence, “KD and Lunch Meat” is right for all seasons as it continues to grow at alt radio in Canada. Now in the Top 10, the song’s irresistible charm and optimistic outlook is a perfect low pressure anthem for celebrating small wins and fresh starts. 

 

Boy Golden plays Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern on November 11, 2021. Tickets here for 6pm + 9:30pm.