New Release: Daniel Romano – “Modern Pressure”

New Release: Daniel Romano – “Modern Pressure”

March 10, 2017 | Posted in: Daniel Romano 0

Daniel Romano is an Ontario-based artist, poet, musician and performer of international acclaim. A genre-defying student of musical experimentation and a brilliant multi-instrumentalist, Romano is acutely well versed in the languages of melody, shape, lyric construction and song arrangement.

Apt in its title, Modern Pressure (available May 19, 2017) will surely prove to be his most explorative endeavour to date. The twelve tracks pick up where 2016’s critically celebrated Mosey left off, boldly asking, “What age is this? What blooming weight do we carry through these stolen streets?” Written in observational scrutiny beneath the overcast atmosphere of 2016, the record vigorously tackles the present-day heaviness we contain in the jotting bones of our guilty expressions. It pleads for the restoration of empathy and resonance, to fill the empty chamber once again.

The recording phase for Modern Pressure took place in a minimalistic cabin in secluded Finnsäs, Sweden over the month of August 2016 (with additional string and horn players being added at Baldwin Street Sound in Toronto, ON in October, 2016). Engineered by long-time collaborator Kenneth Meehan, the fevered pace of work lent itself to the unrestrained and undeviated nature of the songs themselves.

Pre-orders are available now in our shop, on LP, CD, or in a limited-edition bundle including an exclusive t-shirt, large poster, and oversized pin!

Watch the video for the first single ‘Roya’ right here:

 

Partner debut ‘Comfort Zone’

Partner debut ‘Comfort Zone’

March 9, 2017 | Posted in: Partner, YCTV 0

Here it is! The first listen/look of the long-awaited and upcoming Partner full-length.

“A comfort zone does not have to be a place. A comfort zone is whatever makes you feel at ease. It can be a person, an object, a sensation. No two comfort zones are the same. We recognize that we have had the privilege and good fortune to experience comfort in a way that unfortunately eludes many. We feel that everyone deserves to feel the relief, however fleeting, that is offered by a comfort zone. We recognize that most people spend the majority of their time outside their comfort zones, and with this song, we hope to express our belief that everyone deserves to feel comfortable and safe.

Whatever, wherever, whoever your comfort zone may be, it is our hope that you are able to access it as often as is necessary.

Love and respect,
Partner.”

Comfort Zone:
Directed and Edited by Colin Medley
Choreography by Annie Sherry
Production Assistance by Cotey Pope

Stay tuned…..

Music Video: Jon Mckiel – ‘Brothers’

Music Video: Jon Mckiel – ‘Brothers’

March 7, 2017 | Posted in: Jon Mckiel, YCTV 0

“Josephine the river queen is a lot like you and me. She’s lighter now, all lifted up and smoked out from the turning century. She’s a loud mouth baby and don’t you come save me that’s all I’ll ever be.”

Please watch this tenderhearted and lovely video for Jon Mckiel’s “Brothers,” directed by Colin Medley.

“Brothers” appears on the album Memorial Ten Count, available March 10, 2017 from You’ve Changed Records and Headless Owl Records.

New Release: Richard Laviolette – “Taking The Long Way Home”

New Release: Richard Laviolette – “Taking The Long Way Home”

February 17, 2017 | Posted in: Richard Laviolette 0

In 2010 You’ve Changed Records released a record called All Of Your Raw Materials by Richard Laviolette and The Oil Spills. It’s a very special record, a rare, raw bit of truth telling, elegant in it’s melodic structure, elevated by warm and worn-in acoustic arrangements and plenty of space to sing along. (It’s out of print now but remains available on our Bandcamp page). All Of Your Raw Materials never won any awards and never topped any charts that I know of, but it’s a record that has been loved deeply by the people that have heard it; it’s attracted artists to our door, artists we’ve since worked with who loved Richard’s beautiful, honest songs and then saw a place for themselves in our community. And in the years that have passed, as much as I’ve been asked anything, I’ve been asked when Richard would be releasing another record.

So, it’s with great pleasure that I can announce the release, on March 10, 2017, of Taking The Long Way Home by Richard Laviolette. Following in the musical footsteps of his earlier, beloved album, Richard has delivered an open, graceful, powerful collection of songs, stark in their acceptance of illness and death, and profound in their celebration of family resilience, generational knowledge, and communion.

Taking The Long Way Home was conceived as a collaboration between Richard and his guitar playing father, Darrell Laviolette. Darrell was ultimately unable to participate in the recording due to his responsibilities as a caretaker for Richard’s mother, Marie (who had Huntington’s Disease), but this initial concept set the tone for the rest of the album: intimate, personal stories, marked by remarkably observed details and deeply compassionate understanding: songs “full of grief and praise; a story we all know”, as he sings on ‘Yesterday’s Gospel.’

Credit Richard’s natural grace as a person and skill as a songwriter that the album is so full of life and so uplifting. “Whether it takes guts or glory, I won’t die here feeling sorry” he sings on ‘Someone To Tell My Story When I’m Gone.’ And credit his collaborators that the album is so rich and rough and ready. Produced with Andy Magoffin, Taking The Long Way Home features Lisa Bozikovic on piano, Matthew Reeves on lead guitar, Jessy Bell Smith (Skydiggers) on vocal harmonies, Julia Narveson (Ever Lovin’ Jug Band, Lake of Stew) on fiddle and double bass, Aaron Goldstein (Cowboy Junkies, Bry Webb, Daniel Romano) on pedal steel, Heather Kirby (Ohbijou, Vag Halen) on electric bass, and Aaron Curtis (Two-minute Miracles) on drums.

Please listen to the title track ‘Taking The Long Way Home:’

Richard Laviolette – Taking The Long Way Home
(YC-029 LP/CD/Digital)

Grey Rain
Two Guitars
Someone To Tell My Story When I’m Gone
Louella Austella
Old Country Music
Taking The Long Way Home
Red-winged Blackbird
The Rock and The Moss
My Grandma’s More Punk (Than Most Punks I Know)
Yesterday’s Gospel
You’ve Really Got Me On The Run

Preorders of are available in our mail-order shop. (And if you’ve already pre-ordered our other March 10th release, Jon Mckiel – Memorial Ten Count, and would like to add Taking The Long Way Home to your shipment please contact us and we will assist you in reducing shipping costs.)

Ancient Shapes – Silent Rave, tour only cassette

Ancient Shapes – Silent Rave, tour only cassette

February 16, 2017 | Posted in: Ancient Shapes, Artists, Blog, Daniel Romano 0

Silent Rave is the new 10 song cassette album by Ancient Shapes. It is available exclusively at upcoming live engagements. Book your tickets, these are brave new waves.

What’s happening:
“Violence in the mouth of age” is a love song for the overlooked. This sunshine carol focuses it’s energies and visual accompaniment towards a timeless companion of youth culture. The teen love affair between alienated youth and its stimulant valentine. Ancient Shapes ponders, perhaps there are other expanses to explore outside of the inside. Another way in. The future, beyond the jaws of yesterday, holds a beautiful violence in the mouth of age. This beautiful violence is rhythmic. To be consumed without fear and transformed in a moment, not unlike the more prominent playmate to those jittery juveniles. This is an analyses, perhaps even a valiant exclamation for bored-youth liberation. Can’t you taste it?”

Live music happenings:
Feb 23 – The Smiling Buddha, Toronto, ON
Feb 24 – Mikado, St. Catherines, On
Feb 25 – Call the Office, London, ON
Feb 26 – This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton, ON

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