YCTV: Live from the You’ve Changed BBQ in Ottawa

YCTV: Live from the You’ve Changed BBQ in Ottawa

September 2, 2016 | Posted in: Nap Eyes, Partner, Shotgun Jimmie, Steven Lambke, YCTV 0

Always ready for a good time and prepared to spread heavy vibes in our wake, You’ve Changed Records traveled to Ottawa, ON on August 17th for the Arboretum Music Festival. Deep in the Hintonburg neighbourhood, Shotgun Jimmie, Partner and Nap Eyes convened at The House Of Common in a spirit of comradery, hilarity, hi-jinks, and a spreading of knowledge. YCTV has the exclusive behind the scenes look: musical excerpts, interviews, insights, and tour stories.

New Release: Steven Lambke – “Days Of Heaven”

New Release: Steven Lambke – “Days Of Heaven”

October 1, 2015 | Posted in: Steven Lambke 0

Memory is the daughter of heaven and earth, and the muse is a daughter of memory and everything. It is traditional for an artist to call on the muse at the beginning of an endeavour. This suggests that the great works of art begin, not in the presence of the muse, but in her absence. – Amanda Jernigan

If Steven Lambke were a bird he’d be a Zeppelin – Daniel Romano

So let us invoke the muses, and let us fly like a zeppelin. This is my new record, Days of Heaven; dear muses, let me speak true of it. It’s a tender, intimate thing, though in it’s tenderness and in it’s intimacy it required attention and courage. The songs were written over some years in the crumbling capitals of an old world: Venice, Detroit, Sackville, Toronto. Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station) and Ian Kehoe (Marine Dreams) helped me develop them, adding layers, adding voices, being audience and sounding board, adding as I was paring them down to the essentials: a flower, a stone, a swallow. I was a man softly saying ‘love’ into the dread silence of a full moon. We recorded with my frequent collaborator Jeff McMurrich (Constantines, Jennifer Castle, John K Samson) and then we recorded more at home. Mika Posen played violin and Ross Miller played bass. Darcy Hancock (Ladyhawk), my friend, played guitar on “Dead Stones,” “You Know Me Well,” and “Moonshine Brother.” Richard Laviolette lent his brave voice to “Moonshine Brother;” it makes the song; may we all choose our families well. Shary Boyle, with unmeasurable generosity of spirit lent her beautiful sculpture La Lune to the album as grace and muse.

My love, be brave. Strong enough to love. Strong enough to be loved. To listen close to love and hear love.

Days Of Heaven, the first song on the album, was written on New Years Day in Sackville, NB. I was alone and the wind was strong. Tamara played the bowed guitars. If you listen closely at the end you can hear the drum machine bleeding through.

Thank you for listening. I hope you like it.

Days Of Heaven is available October 30, 2015 on LP/CD/Digital formats.
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Mule in the Flowers nominated for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

Mule in the Flowers nominated for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

June 6, 2013 | Posted in: Baby Eagle, Steven Lambke, The Weather Station 0

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.

Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers on tour with Ladyhawk

October 10, 2012 | Posted in: Baby Eagle, Steven Lambke 0

On October 9th one of our absolute favourite bands put out a fantastic record: No Can Do. They are playing what are sure to be a bunch of legendary rock and roll shows across Canada and have invited Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers to join them in brotherly love and loud guitars, bad coffee and road snacks, high gas prices and long drives. We couldn’t be more stoked if we tried. See you in the pit!

Tues, Oct 16th – 9one9, Victoria, BC

Thurs, Oct 18 – Wunderbar, Edmonton, AB

Fri, Oct 19 – Amigo’s, Saskatoon, SK

Sat, Oct 20 – Broken City, Calgary, AB

Sun, Oct 21 – Knights of Columbus Hall, Kelowna, BC

Mon, Oct 22 – Zoo Shop, Vancouver, BC *not with Ladyhawk, but with Korean Gut

Wed, Oct 24 – Casbah, Hamilton, ON

Thurs, Oct 25 – The Horseshoe, Toronto, ON

Fri, Oct 26 – APK, London, ON

Sat, Oct 27 – The Rex, Welland, ON

Bone Soldiers

February 7, 2012 | Posted in: Baby Eagle, Steven Lambke 0

“I dealt myself the winning hand: the lizard and the bleating goat, the eight of bones. But if I could choose the type of beast that I would most happy be, I’d be a man, my love, short, fat, and strong.” – Hurricane Weather

If there were such a position to be held, Steven Lambke would be the rock and roll poet laureate.  Putting in ten years as a guitarist and vocalist in The Constantines, releasing three, now four records as Baby Eagle, and co-founding scrappy independent label You’ve Changed Records (Daniel Romano, Shotgun Jimmie, The Weather Station), Lambke’s output has been ceaseless.  No wonder that Bone Soldiers, his fourth record as Baby Eagle, abounds with military metaphor.  It is the work of a veteran.  Loud, brief, and incendiary, it’s both a return to his punk roots and a continuation of his increasingly sophisticated work with lyrics.  As with the critically acclaimed Dog Weather, the record is a perfectly interconnected narrative.   Lines that casually mix thorny questions of purpose and meaning with rich imagery and seemingly minor incident.  Gorgeously bent guitar solos face up to Lambke as grinning narrator, wheezing, shouting, and whispering his way through a rich stew of rhythmic precision and pop decadence.

Decamping to Toronto’s vaunted 6 Nassau with Constantines producer Jeff McMurrich at the helm, Lambke enlisted an all star team of friends and bandmates to be his Proud Mothers; Will Kidman (The Constantines), Ian Kehoe and Spencer Burton (both of Attack in Black), and Nick Ferrio (of his Feelings).  They recorded the whole thing live off the floor in a couple days at the tail end of a long tour.  The band sounds determined, bound in lockstep by time and meter yet taking every opportunity to slip out the sides, falling over into freewheeling solos, simple melodies with a few notes out of place, like a square that’s been hit by a hammer.  At times gentle, at times joyfully deranged, the disc never fails to be vivid, as Lambke talks duty, dischord, and tangled connection.  ‘We know love is a mongrel thing; a mix of chance and cross spirits’, he shouts in the pop laced Marching Orders.  By the last song, the crackling Hurricane Weather, we can hear the accumulated hum of four amps, brothers and bandmates standing in a room, listening to a final note of feedback oscillating and wobbling to its foreshortened conclusion.

– Tamara Lindeman

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