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

New Release: Marine Dream – “Marine Dreams”

New Release: Marine Dream – “Marine Dreams”

December 5, 2011 | Posted in: Marine Dreams 0


Marine Dreams is a record of modern pop songs written by former Attack in Black bassist, songwriter, and lyrical contributor Ian Kehoe. A debut of precise athletic force, Marine Dreams serves as a testament to the idea of songwriting as a craft by unexpectedly destroying the expectations we have in songs. So strange and unlikely is the emotional space it occupies, Marine Dreams appropriates the sound and scope of bubble gum pop songs if Werner Herzog wrote bubble gum pop songs. These songs are grandiose and intricate in the midst of their seemingly idiotic simplicity. Two drum kits. Dreams of Greece. Violent reactions. Astral planes. Rock and Roll music.

The album was recorded in two sessions in Welland, Ont at the home studio of Daniel and Ian Romano with musical contributions from all former Attack in Black members.

New Release: Daniel Romano – “Sleep Beneath the Willow”

New Release: Daniel Romano – “Sleep Beneath the Willow”

December 3, 2011 | Posted in: Daniel Romano 0

This album was recorded stereophonically. The vocals were reproduced through a Sennheiser 421 microphone; rhythm, Royer 121; piano and organ, Royer 121, violin, Royer 121; and guitars, Royer 121. The session was first recorded on Ampex audio tape at 15 inches per second.

Sleep Beneath the Willow mixes timeless songwriting with late ’60s AM country arrangements baring the influence of artists such as Lee Hazelwood and Wichita Lineman/Galveston era Glen Campbell. The album is constructed around flourishes of fiddle, honky-tonk guitar, banjo, and sweeping harmonies courtesy of a trio of Toronto singers; Misha Bower (Bruce Peninsula), Tamara Lindeman
(The Weather Station) and Lisa Bozikovic. The songs tell stories of regret, sorrow, love, and yearning; the stuff of life. They tell of ex-wives, bluebirds, and finding the strength to do the right and proper thing. It’s a big, warm sound.

Approaching his music like a true craftsman, Daniel produced, engineered, and performed the majority of the instruments on Sleep Beneath the Willow. It was recored to two inch tape in his home studio in Welland, ON.

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