YCR at Wolfe Island

YCR at Wolfe Island

You’ve Changed Records is very happy to be participating in the 2012 edition of the always excellent Wolfe Island Music Festival. The Weather Station, Marine Dreams, Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers, and Daniel Romano and the Trilliums, will be performing at the Island Grill beginning at 8pm on Friday Aug 10 to kick the whole wicked off. We’ll be right beside the ferry terminal. You can’t miss us.

 

YCR goes NXNE

YCR goes NXNE

3 years into our sordid existence as a World Class Record Label were going to Toronto to hang out with the brothers, the sisters, the mothers, and the big-shots at the NXNE festival! holy moly! This is going to be a thoroughly rad night; please come and join us for the good-times!

Here’s the details:

Thursday, June 14th
At The Great Hall Theatre
1087 Queen St. W.

9PM – Baby Eagle
10PM – The Weather Station
11PM – Marine Dreams
12PM – Daniel Romano
1AM – Julie Doiron

Poster by Daniel Romano, 2012

New Release: Apollo Ghosts – “Landmark”

New Release: Apollo Ghosts – “Landmark”

April 30, 2012 | Posted in: Apollo Ghosts 0

We’re very happy to announce the May 15th release of Landmark, the new LP by Vancouver BC’s Apollo Ghosts. The sing-along album of you, me, and everyone we know, 2012. Adrian made a nice video for “American Joint” in Maui.

After Hastings Sunrise and Mount Benson, Apollo Ghosts have written a third album about island paradise, doing the dishes, and love. Adrian Teacher wrote most of music for Landmark in Sackville, New Brunswick and finished the lyrics in a small cabin on Protection Island, after shopping for a weekend’s worth of groceries. Landmark is the most domestic and personal album the Ghosts have recorded. The songs are deeply informed by the concept of home, the worries of ageing and lost love, sexuality and abandoned friendships.

Apollo Ghosts recorded Landmark themselves with the help of Jay Arner (No Gold, Fine Mist) in their practice space. Jay Oliver, Jarrett K., Amanda Panda, and Adrian Teacher pressed into the shoebox room and recorded takes wedged between metal bands, bribing them with six-packs when necessary. Unsurprisingly then, their third full length album Landmark is inspired by tiny spaces and islands at night; it’s about coming home, and being away; and about being in a band on weekends with your best friends.

Apollo Ghosts have performed across Canada and the USA and have recently been called “one of the best live bands in the business” by Exclaim Magazine. Weird Canada claimed that their most recent release was “the best 7” to come out in 2011.”

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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