If you were lucky enough to see Daniel Romano on tour this past fall you may have noticed this little compact disc on the merch table, between the belt buckles, tooled leather, and western shirts. Maybe you picked it up at the time, maybe you didn’t; it’s hard to say: times are tough. Maybe you missed the show, or Daniel and his band couldn’t make it to your town. In any event, were very happy to make this limited edition CD available through our mailorder shop, for a limited time, for a limited amount of money: $20 CAD including shipping to anywhere in the world! We only have a very few of these left, so, yes, mosey, but mosey quick or miss out completely.
And what’s on this compact disc?!? New recordings of some of Daniel’s favourite tunes from all 3 of his albums, a new version of Runner from the Daniel, Fred, and Julie project, and two brand new songs not available anywhere else in any form: If You See Alice, and Old Fires Die
Here’s the track list in total: 1. I Won’t Let It, 2. Old Fires Die, 3. Chicken Bill, 4. Nothing, 5. Missing Wind, 6. If You See Alice, 7. Louise, 8. (I’m Not) Crying Over You, 9. A New Love (Can Be Found), 10. Time Forgot (To Change My Heart), 11. Runner
You’ve Changed Records is partnering with our good pals at Headless Owl Records for a very special event in the Yukon. Shotgun Jimmie, Baby Eagle, Marine Dreams, and Richard Laviolette will be joining Michael Feuerstack, The Burning Hell, Construction and Destruction, Wax Mannequin, and Kyle Cashen for a meeting of the minds and hearts, a congress of the soul, a numbering of the tribe, a collaborative recording session, and a revue show of spectacular proportions. Shary Boyle is graciously providing projected artwork and elevated vibes.
Friday, October 11 – Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse
Saturday, October 12 – KIAC Ballroom, Dawson City
Maybe this whole thing raises some questions: Why the Yukon? Is that a Sasquatch? How many songwriters does it take to change a light bulb? Who’s on bass? How many clowns will fit in that car?
Here’s what I know: We are thrilled beyond thrilled. We are over the moon. We’ve already got our bags packed. Everyone has written killer new songs for the project. And the answer to all questions is, of course, “YES”.
After so many lengthy waits, we’re happy to announce the release of the new album by Marine Dreams, Corner of the Eye on September 24th, 2013. 10 killer tracks on 180 gram vinyl and digital formats, acoustic guitars, sweet bass.
We can’t wait for you to hear this one, so give a listen to the track Roots Come After Lengthy Waits to catch a glimpse:
Here’s the official line, straight out of the marketing department:
On Marine Dreams’s self titled debut, Ian Kehoe’s poetic lyrics and guitar driven production stayed close to his roots in rock and roll and punk music. Now comes Corner of the Eye, a dreamy, unforced exploration of a musical world of its own invention.
Made quickly in a basement in Welland, ON, with Daniel Romano at the helm and Ross Miller, Ian Romano, and Tamara Lindeman on hand, songs were begun and finished in just a few hours. Passing a book of Henri Rousseau’s paintings around the control room, naive depictions of imaginary lions and jungle blossoms, the friends turned away from drum fills, cymbals, electric guitars. Rather, three part harmony, drum machines, and acrobatic bass create an idiosyncratic sound. Flashes of Lee Perry and Jeff Lynne era Petty. A joyful, complex sense of melody. A surprising focus on groove and rhythm. Kehoe’s lyrics, at first glance dreamy, reveal themselves on repeat listens to contain surprising complexity. The internal is the literal on the this record, love as a force, a thing that ‘goes by, confident in it’s crazy pride’. Emotion conflates reality. “It’s the corner of the eye that can see the human lines’ sings Kehoe, and the line is fitting. This is a record, and a songwriter, that exist themselves on the margins, looking out.
Pressed on 180 gram vinyl replete with a fin de siecle silhouette of a dancing woman and a prose depiction of an elephant hiding in a cherry tree, Corner Of The Eye is unusual, certainly, but irrepressible. A record for the ages, or for some other age, perhaps, one that never actually existed, some time lost between the unfettered poeticism of the twenties and the musical confidence of the sixties. Or perhaps it is a record only for this age, an act of sincerity by Ian Kehoe, throwing out massive choruses and three key change endings while singing quietly of the state of his soul, the complications of his love, of damp eyes and streets wet with the tears of strangers.
Shotgun Jimmie is leaving this week for a whole bunch of shows across Canada. Check out the dates below, come out to a show, and enjoy the sweet Jimmie tunes. Like this one! Here’s the new video for “North!” from Everything, Everything, directed by Colin Medley to get you in the mood for rockin’ out.
Shotgun Jimmie Summer Tour Dates
July 25th The Exchange (Gateway Festival kick off) Regina, SK
July 26th Gateway Festival, Bengough, SK
July 27th and 28th Brandon Folk Music and Arts Festival, Brandon, MB
Aug 2nd 3rd & 4th SappyFest, Sackville, NB
Aug 7th Playground, London, ON
Aug 8th The Mansion House, Saint Catherines, ON
Aug 9th Mudtown Arts Festival, Owen Sound, ON
Aug 10th ALL CAPS Festival, Toronto Island, ON
Aug 14th Wednesdays By The Fountain, Brandon, MB
Aug 16th and 17th Harvest Sun Festival, Kelwood, MB
Sept 7th Frosh Fest, Lethbridge, AB Sept 13th Harvest Moon Festival, Clearwater, MB
We are very happy to announce that Mule in the Flowers from the Weather Station Duets series has been nominated for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize. There with the other beautiful and lovely nominees is ours, a mule in the flowers of song.
It was a strangely stubborn thing; bits of it had followed me around for years. I’d written and discarded many verses. When Tamara asked if I’d be interested in participating in the Duets series I told her I had this scrap of something that I didn’t know what to do with, or how to finish. I recorded what I had and sent it to her; she was sleeping on a floor in New Jersey while her host played Sloan records all night long. She listened to the tune and understood what to do immediately. The song needed a friend; as Tamara has said, a rare character in a duet. She sent me what she’d added, and I listened, over and over again, happy and moved. We recorded in the kitchen in the spring.
Please visit the official site and cast a vote, today, tomorrow, and every or any day until July 3rd.
I first head Apollo Ghosts when Paul Henderson told me he couldn’t stop listening to this great band from Vancouver that he wanted to bring out to play Sappyfest. Their show that beautiful summer afternoon was extraordinary. Adrian wore a cape. Amanda kept a groovy beat and a smile on her face. Jay was silent, a perfect steady bass player. The songs were fantastic, the band was engaged and deeply present in that specific and wonderful moment, and we, the unsuspecting crowd, sung along happily and with gusto, and we all left carrying a record; unless you were slow to the merch table, sucker, as the records, priced at a lowly $5 sold out instantly.
The next summer Adrian came back to New Brunswick and spent a couple of weeks in town as the Sappy Songwriter-in-Residence, writing tunes for a new record. We hung out, went swimming, had some dinners, drank some wine, went to the drive-in for Paul’s birthday, even jammed a couple times. It was great, easy, summer-living.
I don’t remember exactly when Adrian asked if I’d be interested in putting out the new Apollo Ghosts record; it might have been when he was still in town, but I don’t think so. It might have been later on during some cross Canada phone call; always a pleasure, sometimes just a rap from Adrian left on the answering machine. In any event, I loved the record the first I heard it and I love it even more now that it’s been a part of my life for a year or two, and I’m proud it came out on You’ve Changed Records.
In July 2012 I went on tour for a week with Apollo Ghosts. 6 shows in BC and Washington State. The drives were short, the weather was good, I rode with them in their Subaru and I saw them play some fantastic fun and uplifting punk-rock shows. We ate in health-food stores and drank kombucha as they joked about being west coast hippies. That’s the thing: Apollo Ghosts are good, kind, funny, open people and an absolutely fantastic rock and roll band and both of those things are good and important and inspiring and something to cherish. I want to thank them for taking me along on one of my all-time favourite tours. I want to thank them for the laughs. I want to thank them for believing that this was a good home for Landmark. And I want to thank them for the tunes: What are your Influences?, Day of Glory, Guitar Brother, Money Has No Heart, Lightweight, Palm of My Hand, Things You Go Through, Coca-Cola Admen, and so many others.
It breaks my heart to miss this last show, oh boy. Adrian, Amanda, Jay and Jarret, my friends, in my heart I’m there dancing and singing along and happy to see you play one last time.
Jimmie’s got a whole lot of dates coming up to celebrate the release of Everything, Everything on March 26th. On with the Showbiz!
Mar 27th The Apollo, Thunder Bay, ON
Mar 29th Wavelength @ The Monarch, Toronto, ON
Mar 30th The Spill, Peterbrough, ON
April 3rd Murphy’s Pub, Oshawa, ON
April 4th This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton, ON
April 6th KAZOO FEST, Jimmy Jazz, Guelph, ON
April 7th Merchant Ale House, Saint Catherines, ON
April 11th The Capital, Fredericton, NB
April 12th The Legion, Sackville, NB
April 19-21st Lawya Vawya Festival, St. John’s, NL
April 26th Raw Sugar, Ottawa, ON
April 27th Cosmic Dave’s, Sudbury, ON
May 9th The Artful Dodger, Regina, SK
May 10th Amigo’s, Saskatoon, SK
May 16th Broken City Calgary, AB
May 17th Wunderbar, Edmonton, AB
May 18th The Biltmore, Vancouver, BC
May 25th The Park Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
* there’s a few more shows to announce in some of the gaps here so please check back
We’re very happy to announce the return of Shotgun Jimmie with a brand new LP Everything, Everything. 16 tracks of self-recorded rock and roll heart; tonnes of bangers, lots of love. The follow up to the Polaris long-listed Transistor Sister sounds like “Jonathan Richman jamming with Eric’s Trip at a Wes Anderson’s house” according to Joel Plaskett, and he would know because we gave him a copy of the album already. John K Samson says “Much like the cabin in a Manitoba winter where it was made, Shotgun Jimmie’s Everything, Everything welcomes us into a consoling shelter of exceptionally natural, generous, and expressive songs. Jimmie has built a beautiful and lasting record. You leave it more alert to the world around you.” And oh boy are we excited he thinks so! We love it too and can’t wait for you to hear it.
Everything, Everything will be released on March 26, 2013, and is available for pre-order in our shop.
Jimmie has whole bunch of tour dates to announce soon, but in the meantime, here’s the first track on the album: Standing In A Line.
You’ve Changed Records is excited to announce the launch of The Weather Station Duets Series; an ongoing and open-ended series of two song singles featuring Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station in collaboration with her favourite fellow songwriters. The singles will be made available through digital outlets and will find physical manifestation in a series of beautiful postcards featuring black and white photographs by photographer/filmmaker Colin Medley and a short text by Tamara discussing the particulars of the collaboration.
The first 3 singles, featuring Daniel Romano, Baby Eagle, and Marine Dreams, will be released on February 12, 2013. Future collaborations in the series will include Will Kidman (of Constantines, Woolly Leaves, and the Proud Mothers), Simone Schmidt (of Fiver, The Highest Order, and One Hundred Dollars), Matt Cully (of Bruce Peninsula), Misha Bower (of Bruce Peninsula and author of Music For Uninvited Guests), and Ryan Driver (of Ryan Driver, The Silt, Deep Dark United and many other strange and wonderful bands).
Writing songs is a strange thing. Lonely in its own way, so often done in a bedroom, in stolen moments of introspection. It can change your life a little, or simply keep you dreaming all day long, staring out the window, moving around words in your head. And then, once you’ve written songs, you gotta spend your money or someone else’s to record them, and then suddenly you’re driving around the cold snowy country, playing shows to nobody, or to not nobody… All for songs, that seem as ever both so ephemeral and so important.
And yet in this, there is a whole other thing. Friends. The community of people I have come to know through music, songwriters flung across my city, my country. It is always a joy to me to think of friends, their lives, conversations, moments we have shared. And then too, to think on their music, how it illuminates and shapes them, rising above and out of strange flows and eddies of their own peculiar hearts. A whole aspect of that person that there could be no other way of knowing. A creation of will and also a little compulsion, or maybe of no reason at all. A funny thing sometimes, somebody’s music. You get used to it, almost, but you forget that not everybody has this thing, trailing them around. Like a shadow, or maybe the opposite of a shadow…
And so when I travel, and people compliment what I do, I always want to introduce them to my friends. And I began this project in part to make those introductions. I also began it to simply to have fun, to learn from those I consider to be the best, to make less lonely that lonely process of writing songs. To allow other people to enter them, to change them. To go into other people’s songs and change them myself. A duet is a dynamic thing. You see it one way, but what about the way I see it? What happens if someone else walks into the room? Who are they, and what have they got to say? To who? What does it mean, this conversation? Isn’t that everything?
Or perhaps I am doing this simply to sit at the kitchen table with these people that I care for, with a sheet of paper, and try to create something, simply because we can, and it would be fun to do, and because we’ve got guitars, and a little recording setup in the basement…
You’ve Changed Records is very happy to announce the first ever vinyl pressing of Daniel Romano’s debut solo album Workin’ For The Music Man. This limited edition 180 gram vinyl LP will be available November 6th.
Workin’ For The Music Man was originally released in 2010 on CD and Digital formats in a rush of activity that allowed no time for vinyl pressing, and time, from there, moved on. But in the words of the man himself “Time forgot to change my heart”; we’ve always loved this record and are happy to make it available on LP format with a beautiful new cover designed by Daniel.