WHOOP-Szo – Warrior Down

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WHOOP-Szo
Warrior Down
Cat#: YC-041
Released: November 1, 2019
Format: LP/CD/Digital

WHOOP-Szo is a blazing force of DIY rock. Fronted by Anishinaabe-Canadian community leader Adam Sturgeon, the band has spent nearly a decade carving out a reputation for themselves, rising on the strength of their musicianship, songwriting, and tireless touring. Thunderous and ground-breaking, harmonious and generative, on Warrior Down, WHOOP-Szo create an emotional weather-storm that dances conscientiously between anger and discipline, frustration, and hope for a concise, focused 35 minute examination of injustice, history, cultural reclamation, and Indigenous solidarity. Heavy and meditative, employing caustic humour, thick sludgy guitars, powerful drumming, and vocals that range from sweet to unhinged, WHOOP-Szo address the poisonous legacies of colonialism and effect positive change in the wider Canadian music and arts community.

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“Who is that?”

This is the first question you’ll have when you see the arresting portrait on the cover of WHOOP-Szo’s latest album, Warrior Down.

“That’s my grandfather,” bandleader Adam Sturgeon explains. “Military man and residential school survivor,” he adds, letting that description sit before discussing what it must have been like for the Indigenous men of his grandfather’s generation to be summoned to the defense of their oppressors.

Sturgeon’s experiences as an Anishinaabe-Canadian are woven into the songs on Warrior Down. We learn more about his grandfather in album closer “Cut Your Hair”; a fragile acoustic reflection on his grandfather’s experience in residential school, and the ongoing resonance of that familial trauma.

Structurally fluid and immense in emotional scope, Warrior Down offers a series of dichotomies — pummeling percussion and sparkling gentleness, thrashing distortion and acoustic levity — that give it the dynamic of a creation story. Elemental forces compete and collide even as they seek equilibrium. The driving optimism of “Amaruq” gives way to the dissonant thud of “Gerry.” The forceful chant of “Long-Braided Hair” becomes the serene unison of “2CB.” The sparse and sardonic “6.1 – 6.2” leads to the foreboding and ruthlessly self- examining “Oda Man.” Sonically and thematically, Warrior Down depicts the unfolding of a cultural big bang, in which eruptions of truth activate a succession of healthy confrontations.

The confrontations embodied on Warrior Down take the form of cultural callouts and personal reflections on identity. The record opens with the buoyant romp of “Amaruq.” Amaruq is an Inuktituk word meaning “wolf”. It’s also the name of a school in Nunavik where Sturgeon and Palm worked during 2012. “Amaruq” is an entry point into discussions of the Inuktituk language and multilingualism in Canada, and serves as a dedication to the community that welcomed the band.

After this paean to Indigenous solidarity comes a discordant dirge that tells a tragic true story from Sturgeon’s life. “Gerry” opens with the indelible words: “Well, my cousin Gerry was shot by a cop.” When Sturgeon was growing up, he shared a deep, brotherly connection with his cousin Gerry, who gave Sturgeon his first guitar. Gerry, who moved to Holdfast, Saskatchewan lived a reclusive life, embittered by his family history told throughout the song. It was there that he was shot and killed in his own home by an RCMP officer, in a shocking instance of police brutality that has gone uninvestigated to this day. And so the song violently grieves: “Warrior down in Saskatchewan town.”

This pounding chant transitions into the mournful musing of “Long-Braided Hair” (working title: “Missing and Murdered”). On this track, the national crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women is posited as a type of cultural insanity: an institutionalized lack of love that encroaches on any sense of hope and connectedness in society. With this song, WHOOP-Szo bear witness to something that is being kept quiet and make it very, very loud, personalizing and amplifying the experiences of marginalized people. “Long-Braided Hair” is an urgent call for accountability, and for justice.

“Oda Man,” is a variant of odemin, the Anishinaabe word for strawberry. The strawberry is often called the “heart berry.” It symbolizes connectedness, and is foundational to teachings about creation and love. Lending still more depth: Adam is the father of a beautiful baby boy named Oda. “Oda Man” is foreboding and fragile, examining an emotionally cut-off version of masculinity alongside one that embraces emotion as a creative force. It is a reclamation of positive male values that relates back to the teachings of the heart, and seeks a form of healing that comes from resisting barriers to connection and learning how to yield to love.

The use of language is an important part of what gives the songs on Warrior Down their shape. Reclamation is an ongoing theme for WHOOP-Szo, who routinely integrate Anishinaabe words and teachings into their art to reassert aspects of Indigenous culture that have been endangered by the forced fragmentation of families and communities.

If listeners translate “Naanan” and “Nshwaaswi,” they will learn that tracks five and eight are titled with … the Anishinaabe words for five and eight. These titles serve as an invitation to think about language, and to contemplate the replacement of English numbers with Anishinaabe numbers as a countermeasure to the replacement of Indigenous names with Euro-Canadian ones that characterized part of the assimilative process in Canada.

If listeners research “6.1 – 6.2,” they will eventually discover the concept of “Indian status” as it is outlined in Sections 6(1) and 6(2) of the Indian Act, which set out the criteria for having a legally recognized Aboriginal identity.

Whether listeners want to engage with the instructiveness of the songs or just sit back and enjoy them, Warrior Down provides.

So, who is the warrior on Warrior Down? Is it Gerry? His grandfather? Or Adam himself?

The answer is not clear-cut. The role of a warrior cannot be filled by a single person, any more than the work of warriors can be performed by any one of us alone. But on Warrior Down, the strength of WHOOP-Szo’s music is made available to anyone whose world has been shocked by new truth; who feels like their spirit is scrambling in pursuit of balance; who realizes it is a fight to try and lead with love, and tries.

Track Listing
  1. Amaruq
  2. Gerry
  3. Long Braided Hair
  4. 2CB
  5. Naanan
  6. 6.1//6.2
  7. Oda Man
  8. Nshwaaswi
  9. Homemade Candles
  10. Cut Your Hair
Credits
  • WHOOP-Szo: Adam Sturgeon, Kirstin Kurvink Palm, Joe Thorner, Eric Lourenco, Andrew Lennox
  • Recorded and mixed by Kyle Ashbourne at the Sugar Shack in Deshkan Zibing (London, ON)
  • Drums on 1-5 recorded by Nathan Lamb and Adam Sturgeon at the Out of Sound House
  • 6.1//6.2 recorded by Dave Trenaman and Colleen Collins at The Quarantine in Port Greville, NS
  • "The Noisy Mountain" by Zachary Gray
  • Mastered by Stu McKillop at Rain City Recorders
  • Typeface and drawings by Bennie Allain
  • Design and layout by Alayna Hryclik

Ancient Shapes – A Flower That Wouldn’t Bloom

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Ancient Shapes
A Flower That Wouldn't Bloom
Cat#: YC-042
Released: October 25, 2019
Format: LP/Digital

“A Flower That Wouldn’t Bloom” is the third offering from the flower pop super group “Ancient Shapes”. They have been called “ the best band since computers” and also “incredibly good as hell” when it comes to their live engagements and sock hop shake down events. Inside this heated material you will find such subjects as sadness, happiness, loneliness, togetherness, longing, acceptance, colonial guilt complexes and home town optimism.

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“A Flower That Wouldn’t Bloom” is the third offering from the flower pop super group “Ancient Shapes”. In all realities it is the amalgamation of two recording sessions that took place almost a year apart–– in essence this is the greatest hits compilation.

Ancient Shapes is comprised of Daniel Romano, David Nardi, Vee Bell, Roddy Rosetti and Ian Romano. They have been called “ the best band since computers” and also “incredibly good as hell” when it comes to their live engagements and sock hop shake down events. The group has  traveled the world over sharing their songs and ideas with others, now they offer us this: A flower that just refuses to bloom.

Inside this heated material you will find such subjects as sadness, happiness, loneliness, togetherness, longing, acceptance, colonial guilt complexes and home town optimism.

There was the first one, and everyone seemed to like that, and the second one people liked too… this is the third one. Odds are good.

Track Listing
  1. Separation Anxiety
  2. Piss Coloured Glasses
  3. A Flower That Wouldn't Bloom
  4. Glass Curtain
  5. Audrey
  6. Welland 2020
  7. To Be Touched
  8. Chinese Leather
  9. Albatross Blues
  10. Dirty Little Hands
  11. All The Kids
  12. Reconciliation Nation Now
  13. Loose Ends
Credits
  • All music, lyrics, recording, performance by Daniel Romano
  • Mastered by Dan Weston

Shotgun Jimmie – Transistor Sister 2

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Shotgun Jimmie
Transistor Sister 2
Cat#: YC-039
Released: August 2, 2019
Format: LP/CD/Digital

Are you ready for the new sincerity?! Shotgun Jimmie’s new album Transistor Sister 2 is full of genuine pop gems that champion truth and love. Jimmie focuses largely on family and friends with a heavy dose of nostalgia and hyperbolic takes on the everyday, reconstructing familiar scenarios, from traffic on the 401 (the beloved and scorned mega-highway through Toronto known to all touring musicians as the place where punctual arrival at soundcheck goes to die) to cooking dinner. Here’s the manifesto: renounces cynicism, promote the positive.

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Are you ready for the new sincerity?! Shotgun Jimmie’s new album Transistor Sister 2 is full of genuine pop gems that champion truth and love. Jimmie is joined by long-time collaborators Ryan Peters (Ladyhawk) and Jason Baird (DoMakeSayThink) for this sequel to the Polaris Prize nominated album Transistor Sister from 2011. José Contreras (By Divine Right) produced and recorded the record in Toronto, Ontario at The Chat Chateaux and joins the band on keys.

In characteristic Shotgun Jimmie fashion, the songs on Transistor Sister 2 focus largely on family and friends with a heavy dose of nostalgia. Jimmie’s hyperbolic takes on the everyday reconstruct familiar scenarios, from traffic on the 401 (the beloved and scorned mega-highway through Toronto known to all touring musicians as the place where punctual arrival at soundcheck goes to die) to cooking dinner.

The album’s lead single Cool All the Time is a plea for people to abandon ego and strive for authenticity, featuring contributions by Chad VanGaalen, Steven Lambke and Cole Woods. The New Sincerity serves as the album’s manifesto; it renounces cynicism and promotes positivity.

“I decided to make a sequel because I loved making the first one. I value the experience of making records as much as the end product. I know that I’m always trying to make something good, but I’m also aware that the process is the thing that I’ll think about and revisit in the future. With this album, I really wanted to recreate the immersive experience of making the original. The first one was recorded in Nova Scotia in a beautiful little town. The session had the feeling of a destination artist residency. We swam in the ocean and watched scientists cut the head off a shark; they were very eventful days. Maybe I also wanted an excuse to hang out with Jay and Ryan for a week. The three of us are spread out across the country, so being together is a rare treat. On the last day of the session we played a rock show at a tiny Toronto club. We literally went straight from the studio to the venue. It was completely packed with pals from all over; it was the best! I played the first Transistor Sister acoustic, then the full band performed Transistor Sister 2 from top to bottom. The show provided our session a very hard deadline and was probably the cause of some studio stress, but it was a perfect magical ending to the week.”

Track Listing
  1. Blues Riffs
  2. Tumbleweed
  3. Hot Pots
  4. Ablutions
  5. Fountain
  6. Suddenly Submarine
  7. Piano (with band)
  8. The New Sincerity
  9. Sappy Slogans
  10. Highway 401
  11. Jack Pine
  12. Sorry We’re Closed
Credits
  • Shotgun Jimmie: Vocals, Guitar and Harmonica
  • Jason Baird: Bass Guitar, Saxophone and Flute
  • Ryan Peters: Drums, Vocals, Piano, and Auxiliary Percussion
  • José Miguel Contreras: Ace Tone Organ and Vocals
  • Steven lambke: Wurlitzer Piano
  • Cole Woods: Moog Prodigy Synthesizer
  • Aaron Goldstein: Pedal Steel Guitar
  • Chad VanGaalen: Vocals and Tambouring (Cool All The Time)
  • Recorded and Mixed by José Miguel Contreras at the Chat Chateau
  • Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering
  • Artwork & Design by Paul Henderson
  • Produced by José Miguel Contreras

Steven Lambke – Dark Blue

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Steven Lambke
Dark Blue
Cat#: YC-037
Released: March 29, 2019
Format: LP/Digital/Chapbook

Dark Blue is a celebration of ritual, a series of creation myths, a document of disruption, an attack on colonialism, a lament for environmental ruin, and evidence of endurance and transcendence. It is a product of this time, an album that marks the 10th anniversary of artist-run label You’ve Changed Records with a special collaboration between co-founders Steven Lambke and Daniel Romano. Energy is immediate and harnessed in a collaborative process between poet and muse, inspiration and scribe, guitar and voice and drum.

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High quality LP pressing, printed inner sleeve, includes album download. Limited edition chapbook collects the lyrics of Steven Lambke – Dark Blue. 20 pages. Hand bound. 8 1/2″ x 7″. Black end pages. Published by Beautiful Outlaw Press.

Tell me a story,
beginning and ending.
Most of what happens,
happens again.
This time I’m listening:
leaves rustling;
feet shuffling
towards the door;
there’s dust and coughing;
“you call that singing?”
I’m always beginning
again.

The weather is changing. Rhythms and interactions that had seemed eternal degrade. The realm of the uncertain expands. Uncertainty inspires fear, fear inspires rage. Points of recognition are shifting, points of return becoming rare. The measure of human meaning and dignity has been reduced to discussions of financial gains and losses.

A song can seem a slight thing. Barely there. Unless it is in the midst of being sung or being heard it could be said to exist only in potential or in memory. What is the form of this potential? A balance of words, chords, melody. Balance implies an interaction. The song is the point of balance that is returned to, potential turned into action with intention. In this way the song is the music of ritual. Ritual is the creation of human meaning through repetition.

With Dark Blue, Steven Lambke builds a visceral swirl of narrative images, dense with allusions and invocations, rich with imagery and scene, into a series of creation stories, a document of disruption, a lament for environmental ruin and the destructions of colonialism, and a stubborn evidence of endurance and transcendence. It is a product of this time, a collaborative process between poet and muse, inspiration and scribe, guitar and voice and drum.

The release of Dark Blue marks the 10th anniversary of You’ve Changed Records, the label co-founded in 2009 by Steven Lambke and Daniel Romano. A collaboration yields its own energy. Evocative poetry and guitar work reminiscent of Lambke’s long career with indie legends The Constantines combine with Romano’s multi-instrumental skill and production talents in a music that is sophisticated and immediate, intimate and expansive.

But what act of creation could ever be called complete? The song reacts to the world into which it is sung, and acts on that world. The outcome is never known and the song is not sung the same way twice as everything surrounding it will have changed. The song moves through the world like a rendezvous of atoms.

My faith had grown thin.
Ribs showed through my skin
like the handprints of the sculptor.
Unfinished thing. Restless wandering.
It’s a beautiful world
until you drop down dead at the sight of it.

Back to back, belly to belly
I remember everything
Lay me down and love me
Back to back, belly to belly

Begin again. Calling equally to the past and to the future, the song has a double existence as an expression of memory and an expression of hope.

Track Listing
  1. Fireworks
  2. At The Start Of The Song
  3. Both Of Me
  4. I Will Not Lie To You
  5. Major Rager
  6. Cut Flowers
  7. My Love Is Impure But Enduring
  8. White Horses
  9. Troubled By The Night
  10. Back To Back
  11. Dark Blue
  12. All My Days Are Light And Gold
Credits
  • Performed by:
  • Steven Lambke - vocals, guitars, percussion, organ
  • Daniel Romano - drums, percussion, guitars, vocals, organ
  • Dave Nardi - bass, organ, guitars
  • Mark Lalama - piano, accordian
  • Ian Romano - drums on White Horses and second drums on At The Start Of The Song
  • Recorded by Daniel Romano
  • Additional recording by Steven Lambke
  • Piano and accordion recorded by Mark Lalama
  • Mixed by Graham Walsh
  • Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal
  • Cover Art by Shary Boyle. Swallow, 2015. Porcelain, glazes
  • Photograph by Sean Weaver
  • Layout and Design by Daniel Romano

Ian Daniel Kehoe – Secret Republic

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Ian Daniel Kehoe
Secret Republic
Cat#: YC-036
Released: March 22, 2019
Format: LP/Digital

Ian Daniel Kehoe is a classic songwriter pulling from a seemingly endless supply of hooks, dancing in silver face paint and an assortment of wide shouldered sports jackets, appearing like an emissary from a better world.  Secret Republic is an entirely self-assured debut record, ten confident, immaculate pop songs, drenched in analog synth and punchily articulate in their pursuit of love, beauty and rhythm.

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It seems now that Ian Daniel Kehoe has been hiding in plain sight.  A classic songwriter pulling from a seemingly endless supply of hooks, dancing through his debut video in silver face paint and an assortment of wide shouldered sports jackets, Kehoe appears somewhat like an apparition, an emissary from a better world.  Secret Republic, Kehoe’s debut under his own name, is an entirely self assured first record, ten confident, immaculate pop songs, drenched in analog synth and punchily articulate in their pursuit of love, beauty and rhythm.  Recorded and performed entirely by Kehoe himself, the record is a introduction to this world, one where melody reigns supreme, every love is a true love, and the singer searches endlessly for “prizes through the mazes of the jungles, prizes at the tips of the poles.”

While Secret Republic may be a debut, Kehoe has appeared on the musical scene in various guises.  For the past few years, he has toured extensively as a drummer for Andy Shauf (Anti Records), The Weather Station (Paradise of Bachelors), and Julia Jacklin (Polyvinyl).  Before that, he was bassist and songwriter in Attack in Black (Dine Alone Records), while releasing several records as Marine Dreams (You’ve Changed Records).  But Secret Republic is something entirely new; the debut of Kehoe as a preturnaturally confident front man and producer, with a tight grasp on every musical weapon at his disposal.  Secret Republic is a record made in a home studio, a record where Kehoe played and recorded every note, and yet it doesn’t feel inward looking or introspective.  Many of the songs are constructed as crowd pleasers, songs to be played from bleachers, soundtracks to first dances and first kisses, songs that could sit alongside ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ on the radio circa 1983.  That isn’t to say though that the record feels universal or ordinary.  While being eminently approachable, it would be impossible to see it as anything but the product of a very singular mind, one particularly attuned to beauty, and to the taut magic of a perfect riff.

Those who know Kehoe, know him to be almost mythologically prolific.  Secret Republic is one of only four records Kehoe wrote in the last year, all while touring heavily.  But while this output may summon an image of the single minded producer, holed up in a home studio, the music itself insists on such vivid ideals as beauty, love, and the spirit.  ‘Through the thunder I swear I heard a whisper from the heart of the storm’ he sings on the title track, elaborating on a ‘secret republic, talking downwards’ from the clouds.  ‘Fate Gets Closer’ and the dead serious ‘One Picture’ are wildly romantic, speaking to a notion of endless love and destiny.  ‘Evil People’ is almost funny, with its ‘Thriller’ esque haunted house sounds and ascending chorus.  Live, Kehoe sings in full voice, arms held upwards, disarming the crowd with a curious mixture of seriousness, humour, and showmanship.  Kehoe is alive to the joyful and almost comedic possibilities inherent to the role of the pop singer.  Witnessing Kehoe stop a set to read an original poem, or lead a brief discussion of an idea of infinity, a curious alchemy is created in the room, as the audience hovers between laughter, curiousity, and reverence.  To Kehoe perhaps, these states need not be so opposed.

Kehoe has always been a disciple of pop music, in the most traditional sense of the word.  A lover of Nick Lowe and Harry Nilsson, Queen and Michael Jackson, Kehoe adheres to the idea that music should be moved to, danced to, sung along to.  To Kehoe, this is both the most serious thing in the world, and also not serious at all.   And this is borne out on Secret Republic, a record to soundtrack a love either deep or glancing, a record for dancing or for thinking, a record both heavy and feather light.

Track Listing
  1. Prizes Through The Mazes Of The Jungle
  2. One Picture
  3. Secret Republic
  4. It's Hard (Livin' Without You Girl)
  5. Fate Gets Closer
  6. Evil People
  7. Crying Again
  8. What's A Liar Know Anyway
  9. Doing Fine (Without Your Trust)
  10. Interlude
Credits
  • Written, Performed, Recorded and Mixed by Ian Daniel Kehoe
  • Harmony Vocals by Tamara Lindeman
  • Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering
  • Design and Layout by David Nardi
  • Cover Photograph by Rima Sater

Partner – Saturday The 14th

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Partner
Saturday The 14th
Cat#: YC-038
Released: April 5th, 2019
Format: 45 RPM 12", CD

Partner is committed to exploring and breaking down the limits of their minds in the name of Rock. Saturday the 14th represents the first steps towards a bold new future as the band question the rules and question themselves, while offering a few tantalizing hints for what lies in store next.

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Partner is funny, but not a joke. Gay, but not for each other. Best friends Josée Caron and Lucy Niles confidently harness the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes.

Partner’s debut album In Search of Lost Time was named one of the best records of 2017 by NPR’s All Songs Considered, Stereogum, Noisey, Exclaim, CBC Music, Indie 88 and many more. The album was shortlisted for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize, and Partner were the recipients of the SOCAN Songwriting Prize in 2018 for their song “Play the Field”.

Partner is committed to exploring and breaking down the limits of their minds in the name of Rock. Saturday the 14th represents the first steps towards a bold new future as the band question the rules and question themselves, while offering a few tantalizing hints for what lies in store next.

Features Long & McQuade, a tribute to Canada’s most popular and ubiquitous guitar store, and Tell You Off which was debuted on the NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

To purchase a digital copy of Saturday The 14th, please visit our Bandcamp page.

Track Listing
  1. Fun For Everyone (Minions)
  2. Stoned Thought
  3. Tell You Off
  4. Long & McQuade
  5. Les ailes d'un ange*
  • *featured on CD version only
Credits
  • All songs written, arranged and performed by Lucy Niles and Josée Caron
  • Produced by Josée Caron
  • Engineered by Max Cotter
  • Additional engineering by Josée Caron
  • Mixed by Chris Shaw
  • Mastered by João Carvalho
  • Cover artwork by Brandon Celi
  • Layout by Colin Medley

Daniel Romano – Finally Free

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Daniel Romano
Finally Free
Cat#: YC-035
Released: November 30, 2018
Format: LP/CD/Digital

Finally Free sings like a radical revelation, exploring the concepts of music as a celestial being, flora as a consequential ancestor, and singing, no matter its quality or sound, as the endmost important output of our species. Finally Free contains a vivid religious articulation despite its clear condemnation of a god as a singular ruling white male. New words have replaced old words for new meaning and the definitions have been left up to interpretation. It seems safe to say that Romano has broken the literary soil hard and ferociously to find the remaining repose in our current “danse macabre.”

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Finally Free is Daniel Romano’s eighth long playing album in the last eight years, a prolific output of recording, producing, designing and delivering entrancing, poignant and creative records.

Finally Free could stand alone as a being pivotal record if it were only its profound and breathtaking prose on paper. Daniel Romano writes like an agnostic Whitman in his prime, exploring and uncovering new language and meaning for old sentiments grown tired. Finally Free sings like a radical revelation, exploring the concepts of music as a celestial being, flora as a consequential ancestor, and singing, no matter its quality or sound, as the endmost important output of our species. Finally Free contains a vivid religious articulation despite its clear condemnation of a god as a singular ruling white male. New words have replaced old words for new meaning and the definitions have been left up to interpretation. It seems safe to say that Romano has broken the literary soil hard and ferociously to find the remaining repose in our current “danse macabre.”

“FINALLY FREE” was recorded with one single microphone in “sitting vocal position”. The songs were written as they were recorded and the single microphone was surounded by various instrument work stations for Romano to play. The microphone never moved which means the room itself was mixed instead of the individual tracks.” Finally Free was recorded on a 4 track Tascam cassette recorder.

Harking back to Romano’s early studies and obsessions in traditional folk music while simultaneously conveying a surprisingly modern and engaging aesthetic, Finally Free is dense with new wisdom and blissfully encouraging in these end times.

Track Listing
  1. Empty Husk
  2. All The Reaching Trims
  3. The Long Mirror Of Time
  4. Celestial Manis
  5. Between The Blades Of Grass
  6. Rhythmic Blood
  7. Have You Arrival
  8. Gleaming Sects of Amiran
  9. There Is Beauty In The Vibrant Forms
Credits
  • Written, Recorded, Performed, Engineered, Produced and Mixed by Daniel Romano
  • Piano on Between The Blades Of Grass and There Is Beauty In The Vibrant Forms by Kay Berkel
  • Collage by Daniel Romano and Lauren Speer
  • Illustrations and Artwork by Daniel Romano
  • Mastered by Dan Weston

Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now

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Nap Eyes
I'm Bad Now
Cat#: YC-033
Released: March 9, 2018
Format: LP/CD/Digital
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I’m Bad Now, the most transparent and personal Nap Eyes album to date, constitutes the third chapter of an implicit, informal trilogy that includes Whine of the Mystic (2015) and Thought Rock Fish Scale (2016). The brilliantly reductive title is something I’ve heard my four-year-old son and his friends announce verbatim when roleplaying the perennial game of heroes and villains, “good guys” and “bad guys.” “I’m bad now,” he declares, but an equivocal binary is implied: it’s only a matter of time or trading places before he (or anyone) has the capacity for good again. Perhaps goodness will manifest in the multiverse, on a different circuit than this faulty, frayed one. Is that faith or fantasy? And what is the difference? The title is also, of course, a sly Michael Jackson appropriation that can also be more simply read. “When you can own your capacity for badness, you can also grow up in some way,” enigmatic songwriter Nigel Chapman said when discussing the album and its themes. “Children can’t be ‘bad,’ because they are children. As an adult, you can — or should — only be bad as little as possible.”

While Chapman composes Nap Eyes songs in their inchoate form at home in Halifax, Brad Loughead (lead guitar), Josh Salter (bass), and Seamus Dalton (drums), who live a twelve-hour drive away in Montreal, augment and arrange them, transubstantiating his skeletal, ruminative wafers into discourses that aim to transcend what Nigel, in the song “Dull Me Line,” self-laceratingly deems “bored and lazy disappointment art.” The band provides ballast and bowsprit to Nigel’s cosmical mind. The nautical metaphor is not just whimsy: Nap Eyes are all Nova Scotians by raising and temperament, acclimated to life on an Atlantic peninsula linked narrowly to the rest of North America. “Follow Me Down,” with its “broad cove” and bay, and “Boats Appear,” with its “steam trails rising from the sea,” both offer an evocative sense of place for these otherwise mental mysteries. We are very many creatures, with innumerable possible courses to explore. So let fly the cosmical mind into the gray night, dear listener.

Track Listing
  1. Every Time The Feeling
  2. I'm Bad
  3. Judgement
  4. Roses
  5. Follow Me Down
  6. You Like To Joke Around With Me
  7. Dull Me Line
  8. Sage
  9. Hearing The Bass
  10. White Disciple
  11. Boats Appear (CD / Download only)
Credits
  • All music by Nap Eyes
  • Lyrics by Nigel Chapman
  • "Hearing The Bass" lyrics by Danika Vandersteen
  • Recorded and mixed by Howard Billerman with Mike Wright at Hotel2Tango, Montreal, QC
  • Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering, Brooklyn, NY
  • Cover drawing, caligraphy, and cover photo by Danika Vandersteen
  • Inner sleeve collage by Allison Higgins
  • Design and layout by Danika Vandersteen, Brendan Greaves, and Miles Johnson

Partner – In Search Of Lost Time

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Partner
In Search Of Lost Time
Cat#: YC-032
Released: September 8, 2017
Format: LP/CD/Digital

Heavy as a crush, nimble as a thimble, smart as a doctorate, stupid as edible underwear, these 12 songs shudder with wit, melody and the peerless confederation of Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. None of their influences – not Weezer, Ween, Dinosaur Jr or any of the lesbian superfecta (k.d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, Tegan, Sara) – marry Partner’s craft for singles and their willingness to laugh at themselves – at least not with the same smiling candour. In Search Of Lost Time proves that it’s always more freeing, and probably more fun, to be the butt of the joke.

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Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes.

After a freakishly productive year of writing, recording, and touring, Partner are ready to release their debut to the world, titled In Search of Lost Time (September 08, 2017). Their enthusiastic and action-packed live set has led to them being named the “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail, and although “Partner hasn’t even released an album yet, [watching] one of their sets, it’s clear right away that they’ve arrived fully formed.”

Influenced by acts as varied as Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Prince, Partner delivers a refreshing and vital twist on a classic, prompting you to re-think what you thought was possible in Rock.

Track Listing
  1. Everybody Knows
  2. Comfort Zone
  3. Gross Secret
  4. Angels From Ontario
  5. Daytime TV
  6. Sex Object
  7. Ambassador To Ecstasy
  8. Play The Field
  9. You Don't Have To Say Thank You
  10. Creature In The Sun
  11. Remember This
  12. Woman Of Dreams
Credits
  • All music and lyrics written by Partner
  • Recorded in April 2016 at Candle Recording
  • Engineered by Josh Korody
  • Assistant Engineered by Dylan Frankland
  • Recording supervised by Steven Lambke
  • Additional overdubs engineered by Max Cotter and Tynan Dunfield
  • Edited by Kevin Brasier
  • Produced by Josée Caron and Kevin Brasier
  • Mixed by Chris Shaw
  • Mastered by Joao Carvalho
  • Photography by Colin Medley
  • Layout by Paul Henderson
  • Art direction by Josée Caron
  • Vocals and Lead Guitar by Josée Caron
  • Vocals and Rhythm Guitar by Lucy Niles
  • Bass by Kevin Brasier
  • Drums by Simone TB

Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure

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Daniel Romano
Modern Pressure
Cat#: YC-031
Released: May 19, 2017
Format: LP/CD

Modern Pressure is Daniel Romano's ambitious and surprising new album, and marks his return to You've Changed Records for the first time since 2010's classic Sleep Beneath The Willow. The twelve tracks boldly ask, “What age is this? What blooming weight do we carry?”. 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.

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Modern Pressure is Daniel Romano’s ambitious and surprising new album, twelve tracks that boldly ask “What age is this? What blooming weight do we carry?”. 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.

In this chamber, Romano’s voice leads as a lantern. Prolific and resourceful as ever, the recording phase 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.

Romano holds a pivotal key to the exploration of our present day condition; he takes another valiant and dynamic stride. Modern Pressure is his first album for You’ve Changed Records since 2010’s classic Sleep Beneath The Willow.

LP versions of Modern Pressure include a digital download of the album.

Track Listing
  1. Ugly Human Heart Pt. 1
  2. Modern Pressure
  3. Roya
  4. The Pride Of Queens
  5. When I Learned Your Name
  6. Sucking The Old World Dry/li>
  7. Ugly Human Heart Pt. 2
  8. Impossible Green
  9. Jennifer Castle
  10. Dancing With The Lady In The Moon
  11. I Tried To Hold The World (In My Mouth)
  12. What's To Become Of The Meaning Of Love
Credits
  • All music and lyrics by Daniel Romano
  • (Fake Love Songs) lyrics by Chris 'Loons' O'Toole
  • All performances by Daniel Romano
  • Additional performances by: Mark Lalama (piano), Aaron Goldstein (pedal steel), Raha Javanfar (violin), Brian Moyer (trumpet)
  • Recorded in Finnsnäs, Karlstad, Sweden by Daniel Romano and Kenneth Roy Meehan
  • Additional recording at the Old Sumbler House in Fenwick, Ontario and Baldwin Street Sound in Toronto, ON by Kenneth Roy Meehan
  • Mixed by Dan Weston, Daniel Romano and Kenneth Roy Meehan
  • Mastered by Dan Weston
  • Photo by Kay Berkel
  • Artwork and Layout by Daniel Romano

Richard Laviolette – Taking The Long Way Home

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Richard Laviolette
Taking The Long Way Home
Cat#: YC-029
Released: March 10, 2017
Format: LP/CD/Digital

Taking the Long Way Home, Guelph ON singer-songwriter Richard Laviolette’s fourth full-length album, is a record to warm the heart as well as the dance floor. Combining all the grace and grit of the classic country music of his childhood with a masterful lyricism, Laviolette explores resiliency in the face of change, illness and death. Weaving together humour and despair, these songs are, as he sings, “full of grief and praise; stories we all know.”

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“As a songwriter, Richard Laviolette should be celebrated, quoted, and covered around campfires by anyone who appreciates the sincere craft of this kind of work. His songs are personal and political, poetic and literal, uplifting and challenging, and all-together free of bullshit. His voice is true and he knows what he’s doing.” -Bry Webb, The Constantines

Taking the Long Way Home, Guelph ON singer-songwriter Richard Laviolette’s fourth full-length album, is a record to warm the heart as well as the dance floor. Combining all the grace and grit of the classic country music of his childhood with a masterful lyricism, Laviolette explores resiliency in the face of change, illness and death. Weaving together humour and despair, these songs are, as he sings, “full of grief and praise; stories we all know.”

Produced with Andy Magoffin (who recorded Richard Laviolette and The Oil Spills’ All of Your Raw Materials in 2009), Taking The Long Way Home owes its warmth, rhythm, and country flair to a rough and ready ensemble of musicians, including 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.

When Richard started writing songs for the album it was intended to be a collaboration with his father, Darrell Laviolette. Ultimately, Darrell was 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. The opening track ‘Grey Rain’ takes a nostalgic trip through Richard’s childhood home, small-town life, and the longing to move away. ‘Old Country Music’ acknowledges the early impact of country music in Richard’s life, recalling in detail those weekend mornings being woken early by his father’s record player blaring George Jones, Patsy Cline and Hank Snow. The title track ‘Taking the Long Way Home’, written while recovering from a major surgery, was originally a document of Richard’s health, chronic pain and long surgical history, but in the context of the album it has come to represent the roads we all end up on in our lives.

Each song here is a different way home. It is an album about exploring old memories through the lens of the present day. It’s about family, relationships and home. It’s about remembering what the motivating forces are in your life and thinking about how they have changed over time. It’s about honoring the music you were raised on and making an honest attempt to capture a piece of that in your own words. And it’s about creating connections that pass the music and the stories on through generations.

Track Listing
  1. Grey Rain
  2. Two Guitars
  3. Someone To Tell My Story When I'm Gone
  4. Louella Austella
  5. Old Country Music
  6. Taking The Long Way Home
  7. Red Wing Blackbird
  8. The Rock And The Moss
  9. My Grandma's More Punk (Than Most Punks I Know)
  10. Yesterday's Gospel
  11. You've Really Got Me On The Run
Credits
  • Richard Laviolette, guitar, vocals
  • Jessy Bell Smith, vocals
  • Lisa Bozikovic, piano, vocals
  • Aaron Goldstein, pedal steel
  • Julia Narveson, fiddle, double bass
  • Aaron Curtis, drums
  • Matthew Reeves, guitar
  • Heather Kirby, electric bass
  • Nathan Coles, vocals
  • Cid V. Brunet, vocals
  • Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Andy Magoffin at the House Of Miracles, Cambridge, Turtle Island
  • Layout by Colin Medley
  • Cover photo by Erin E. Warner
  • Illustration by Justin Gordon
  • All songs by Richard Laviolette (SOCAN 2017)

Jon Mckiel – Memorial Ten Count

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Jon McKiel
Memorial Ten Count
Cat#: YC-030
Released: March 10, 2017
Format: LP/Digital

On Memorial Ten Count (named for the fabled toll that marks the death of a champion boxer) Jon Mckiel offers vital guitar rock, equal parts blister-forming-grit and punch-drunk-wistfulness, a system of love, a peace sign to America, completely free of macho posturing, recalling in turn the anthemic restlessness of early Kurt Vile and the delicate thought-play of Chris Cohen, with intricate guitar arrangements evoking the expansive jams of Television.

Memorial Ten Count was recorded live to tape on the south shore of Nova Scotia by experimental composer, weird jazz-guy, and lead guitarist Jay Crocker (of JOYFULTALK, No More Shapes, Ghostkeeper), and features the powerful rhythm section of Sean Dicey (also of JOYFULTALK) on bass and Aaron Mangle (Cousins) on drums.

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“Mckiel’s a headliner; his kind of underground, dreamy, riff-oriented math-pop is the way of the future and is spellbindingly great.” – Exclaim

“…as utterly freakin’ perfect as pop tunes get”
– The Toronto Star

Memorial Ten Count, whose name derives from the fabled toll that nods to the death of a champion boxer, is the impassioned new album by Sackville, NB’s Jon McKiel. Across ten songs the mood shifts with deft precision, reminding the listener that a good fight consists of equal parts blister-forming-grit and punch-drunk wistfulness. But what, exactly, is worth fighting for?

Recorded in the nether regions of Nova Scotia with analogue guru Jay Crocker (Joyfultalk, No More Shapes, Ghostkeeper), the album’s sound is warm and worked-in. The raw performances, caught straight to tape, showcase McKiel at his most rugged and versatile, recalling in turn the anthemic restlessness of early Kurt Vile and the delicate thought-play of Chris Cohen, with intricate guitar playing that evokes the expansive jams of Television. Regardless of its mood, the alluring lyricism and in-the-pocket playing makes the blues-inflected Memorial Ten Count a testament to deep chemistry.

Lock-grooved lead track ‘Boss’ finds McKiel prying open the jaws of precedence with an eerie calm, refusing to be overtaken by the specters of the past. ‘Impossible GIF’ is a tech-wary narrative that pines for a truer way of communication. These ideas return over and over throughout the record; with gorgeous hints of abstraction, McKiel digs into the struggles of connecting with others, and with one’s own prescribed identity. The tenderhearted gem ‘Still Remain’ pours over with such concerns: ‘I wanna leave this reflection/I wanna bury the names/And when we leave a transmission/there can be some mistakes.”

While McKiel dazzles with fever-dream narration, his band moves in and out of the frame with a singleminded precision. Bassist Shawn Dicey (Joyfultalk) and drummer Aaron Mangle (Cousins) provide the songs their powerful guts while Crocker (doubling as lead guitarist) sears his way through heavy rockers like ‘Conduit’ and ‘High Five (Living A Lie)’ with stadium-sized riffs. On the softer sides, like ‘Brothers’ and ‘Unknown Source’, Crocker offers an affectionate touch and the compositions reveal an introspective nostalgia.

And so the question lingers: What is at stake? What is worth fighting for? As the bell tolls on Memorial Ten Count, McKiel muses by his lonesome, strings delicately bent, returning to his own foundations; conjuring a kind of strained lullaby to his offspring. From this the listener may surmise: the fight is for the future. For the forming selves and those yet to come. And the stake we lay claim to is the love and abiding thereof.

Track Listing
  1. Boss
  2. Impossible GIF
  3. Brothers
  4. Jewel In The Sun
  5. Unknown Source
  6. Conduit
  7. High Five (Living A Lie)
  8. Still Remain
  9. Turf War
  10. Memory Cook
Credits
  • Recorded and Mixed by Jay Crocker at The Prism Ship in Crousetown, Nova Scotia, using an Otari MX-5050 tape recorder
  • All songs written by Jon Mckiel
  • All songs arranged by Jon Mckiel and Jay Crocker
  • Guitar and vocals: Jon Mckiel
  • Guitar: Jay Crocker
  • Bass: Shawn Dicey
  • Drums: Aaron Mangle
  • Mastered by Harris Newman
  • Design and Artwork by Will Vandermeulen
  • Cover Photograph by Andrea Thorn
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Ancient Shapes – Ancient Shapes

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Ancient Shapes
Ancient Shapes
Cat#: YC-026
Released: May 26, 2016
Format: LP/Digital

Ancient Shapes is the surprising new project from songwriter Daniel Romano, playing immediate and fierce power pop reminiscent of early Buzzcocks and Television with surprising hints of Romano’s roots in hardcore and a lifelong Dylan fascination. The music is hard and desperate, as it should be, the vocals balanced on the rails but never quite falling off. Ancient Shapes is a study of a blank and nameless generation. This is the sound. These are the moves. The name is Ancient Shapes. May we all have fearless death tomorrow.

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Ancient Shapes is the surprising new project from songwriter Daniel Romano. Though he is best known for his recent work evoking the sounds of classic country music, he’s always been a free and restless spirit, a gifted and masterful musician and artist, a magpie flying free of genre.

Romano was feeling defeated after a lengthy production session. The drums were set up and he rolled tape, banging through 20 minutes of rhythm just to get the sweat out. There and then Ancient Shapes was born, and quickly blossomed outward with layers of brash guitars and trebly bass. All this in a day’s work but the words, soon to be found amid the abandoned poems that did not have a home beyond the pages scattered on the floor. What didn’t fit was cut. What space remained was improvised.

The result is instant, immediate and fierce power pop reminiscent of early Buzzcocks and Television with surprising hints of Romano’s roots in hardcore and a lifelong Dylan fascination. The music is hard and desperate, as it should be, the vocals balanced on the rails but never quite falling off. Ancient Shapes is a study of a blank and nameless generation. This is the sound. These are the moves. The name is Ancient Shapes. May we all have fearless death tomorrow.

Ancient Shapes is presented as a Double A-side with the entire program appearing on both sides of the LP, and includes a download of a digital copy of the album. This world-wide exclusive LP pressing is available only from You’ve Changed Records.

Track Listing
  1. Public Hymns
  2. Ancient Shapes
  3. The Dance Of The Blossoming Selves
  4. I Wanna Put My Tears Back In
  5. Someone Always Blushing
  6. Navigator
  7. Fearless Death Tomorrow
  8. The Last Word In The World
  9. Hurricane Lady
  10. The Trembling Dogs (And Even You Aren't Here)
Credits
  • All instrumentation, music, and lyrics by Daniel Romano
  • Recitation in "Ancient Shapes" by Chris "Loons" O'Toole
  • Recorded and Mixed by Daniel Romano and Kenneth Roy Meehan at The Navy, Fenwick, ON
  • Mastered by Kenneth Roy Meehan
  • Artwork by Daniel Romano
  • Ancient Shapes (SOCAN 2016)
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Adrian Teacher and the Subs – Terminal City

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Adrian Teacher and the Subs
Terminal City
Cat#: YC-028
Released: May 27, 2016
Format: LP/Digital

What happens when the thing you love begins disappearing in front of your eyes? Adrian Teacher and the Subs debut album Terminal City is a 25-minute, ten song album that documents a rapidly changing city, an endangered planet, faltering relationships and personal loss. His latest release gives gentle nods to the 70s UK pub rock scene (think proto-punks like Squeeze or Nick Lowe) and is a return to classic form – filtering heavy subject matter through the 2 1⁄2 minute frantically upbeat power-pop song.

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What happens when the thing you love begins disappearing in front of your eyes? Adrian Teacher and the Subs debut album Terminal City is a 25-minute, ten song album that documents a rapidly changing city, an endangered planet, faltering relationships and personal loss. His latest release gives gentle nods to the 70s UK pub rock scene (think proto-punks like Squeeze or Nick Lowe) and is a return to classic form – filtering heavy subject matter through the 2 1⁄2 minute frantically upbeat power-pop song.

Terminal City was recorded to tape at the Bottle Garden in Montreal by Peter Woodford (Freelove Fenner, Moss Lime) and also recorded and mixed by David Carswell (Destroyer, New Pornographers) at JC/DC studios in Vancouver. The Subs are on tour through the Summer of 2016 with Julie Doiron and Jon McKiel

Track Listing
  1. Emily Carr Punks
  2. Victory Square
  3. Called Up
  4. Charmless Babes
  5. Terminal City
  6. Forget America
  7. Westfalia 79
  8. I Feel The Same
  9. Weird At Shows
  10. Be Prepared To Stop
  • Adrian Teacher - Guitar and Vocals
  • Robbie Nall - Bass and Vocals
  • Amanda Pezzutto - Drums and Vocals
  • with Ridley Bishop - Saxophone; Aaron Read - Violin; Mef, Jory, and Cole - Backup Vocals
  • Recorded at Bottle Garden Studios, Montreal, QC by Peter Woodford
  • Recorded and Mixed at JC/DC, Vancouver, BC by David Carswell
  • Mastered by Joshua Stevenson at Otic Sound, Vancouver, BC
  • Artwork by Rob Ondzik
  • All songs by Adrian Teacher (SOCAN 2016)
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Partner – Healthy Release

Partner
Healthy Release
Cat#: YC-027
Released: April 8, 2016
Format: Cassette

A collection of early recordings, including the singles ‘Hot Knives’, ‘The “Ellen” Page’, and ‘Personal Weekend’. Limited run, only available at shows!

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A collection of early recordings, including the singles ‘Hot Knives’, ‘The “Ellen” Page’, and ‘Personal Weekend’. Limited run, only available at shows!

Track Listing
  1. Healthy Release
  2. Partner Theme
  3. Hot Knives
  4. Sex Bracelet
  5. Friend On My Street
  6. Personal Weekend
  7. The "Ellen" Page
Credits
  • Performed by Josée Caron and Lucy Niles
  • Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 engineered by Max Cotter, mixed by Max Cotter, Steven Lambke
  • Tracks 3, 5, 7 engineered by Colleen Collins and Dave Trenaman, mixed by Kevin Brasier, Max Cotter, and Steven Lambke
  • Mastered by Gavin Gardiner
  • Design by Colin Medley and Josée Caron

Shotgun Jimmie – Field Of Trampolines

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Shotgun Jimmie
Field Of Trampolines
Cat#: YC-025
Released: March 18, 2016
Format: LP/CD/Digital

Beloved Canadian entertainer Shotgun Jimmie returns with Field Of Trampolines, a hi-fi masterpiece, a celebratory, catchy, and completely charming collection of songs about camping, art school, band crushes, and life on the road.  Produced by Joel Plaskett.

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…Shotgun Jimmie, what about us? How do we feel? Here’s how: We feel like each of us just got high-fived so hard that our finger-bones shattered. We’re all nursing our poor hands, & grinning.” – Sean Michaels, Said the Gramophone


Field of Trampolines is a perfect summer album, recorded at the Eastern end of a cross-Canada tour in August 2015. Shotgun Jimmie and his band (Winnipeg’s wonderful Human Music) slept under the stars, played rock shows and swam every possible lake. Crowds were surfed. They ate from orchards and cooked by campfire. Field of Trampolines was produced by Joel Plaskett in his Dartmouth, NS studio. Joel is a magician, a musician and a legend. They worked quickly, recording live and mixing fast in a single 4-day session. Joel captured the summer vibes like a glow bug in his bare hands.

Here are 10 songs celebrating life’s joys: life on the road (Join The Band), natural phenomena (Solar Array), and camping (Triple Letter Score). There are a series of tributes to Jimmie’s friends and inspirations: The Constantines are saluted in Constantine Believer, Attack In Black in Love Letter, and the legendary Eric’s Trip in Song For Julie, Chris, Rick + Mark. Jimmie’s current life as a student at art school also gets due airtime: “I’m losing sleep over Georgia O’Keefe” he sings in Georgia OK. And as the batteries run down on the nostalgic and entirely wonderful Walkman Battery Bleed, you’ll be looking to flip back to the A side and play it all over again.

LP is pressed on white vinyl.
CD version comes in a beautiful slim cardboard sleeve.

Track Listing
  1. Join The Band
  2. Georgia OK
  3. Solar Array
  4. Triple Letter Score
  5. Project 9
  6. Field Of Trampolines
  7. Love Letter
  8. Constantine Believer
  9. Song For Julie, Chris, Rick + Mark
  10. Walkman Battery Bleed
Credits
  • Performed by Shotgun Jimmie, Jory Hasselmann, Marie-France Hollier, and Cole Woods and special guest Joel Plaskett
  • Produced by Joel Plaskett
  • Engineered by Thomas Stajcer at New Scotland Yard, Dartmouth, NS
  • Mastered by J. Lapointe at Archive Mastering, Mineville, NS
  • Cover art: "Champion" by Shotgun Jimmie
  • Photographed by Kevin Bertram
  • Design by Paul Henderson
  • All songs by Shotgun Jimmie, SOCAN 2015

Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale

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Nap Eyes
Thought Rock Fish Scale
Cat#: YC-024
Released: February 5, 2016
Format: LP/CD/Digital

“Nap Eyes are one of the best rock bands in business today, handily spanning the space between Bob Dylan and The Microphones. Nigel Chapman’s songwriting grips like the best of them. A timeless release, already.” – The Fader

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“Nap Eyes are one of the best rock bands in business today, handily spanning the space between Bob Dylan and The Microphones. Nigel Chapman’s songwriting grips like the best of them. A timeless release, already.” –  Fader


There is a short poem by the mystically inclined minimalist poet Robert Lax, the entirety of which comprises this single sentence:

the angel came to him & said

I’m sorry, mac, but
we talked it over
in heaven
& you’re going

to have to live
a thousand years

It’s delivered as an apologetic aside, a joke (“sorry, mac”), but this epigrammatic curse carries a weirdly devastating weight. It’s not immortality that this blunt angel promises—if you can accept the unfathomable premise, living forever might have its fringe benefits, I guess—but just a millennial attenuation of desire, of pain. In the immortal words of Charlie Brown and Kris Kristofferson, why me?

The spectral visitation that occurs in the Nap Eyes song “Alaskan Shake,” a centerpiece of the Halifax band’s gorgeous new album Thought Rock Fish Scale, invokes, oddly and unbidden within the song’s narrative context, a black swallow with a crutch, a familiar who heralds “the ghost of the early morning.” “Speaking like a bell”—an apt description of how songwriter and guitarist Nigel Chapman intones his alternately cryptic and concrete lyrics—this unnamed ghost incites little boys and girls to “stand up and be peaceful” and to memorialize a thousand years of foremothers. The song ends with a generationally unspooling refrain of “My old great, great, great, great, great, great / Grandmother mother mother mother.”

It’s one of several movingly ineffable moments on the album that gathers loved ones and legacies at a cautious if affectionate distance, folding them into carefully articulated but centerless koans. Like the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” in “Click Clack,” these eight songs are deceptively simple and gentle, almost radical in their purity of intent and populist subject matter—they are, after all, minimalist rock and roll ruminations on family, friends, work, faith, feelings. But Chapman’s plainspoken poetry, divested largely of description and rhetoric, renders them enigmatic, oracular, allegorical. So in “Stargazer,” ennui and indecision are distilled to a base need “to be clean and try to control my body / ’Cause nobody else going to.” In “Trust,” what shrinks call “trust issues” catalyze somatic paranoia: “Somebody look at me / Do I have a glass eyelid? / Do I have a glass forehead? / Can you see through it?” And in the shivering, anthemic “Lion in Chains,” the eponymous beast hangs, heraldic and haunted by hometown nostalgia, above singer and audience alike—but only following a beautifully banal stanza about the hot water heater problems at the laboratory where Nigel works as a biochemist.

Nap Eyes recorded their second album in the crisp daylight of late May 2014, in the living room and screened porch of a seaside family home near Pictou, a small Nova Scotian town whose evocative name derives from the Mi’kmaq word for “explosion.” Like all of their recordings to date, the album is framed by a set of severe self-imposed strictures: a mere four days to capture as many songs as possible completely live, with no overdubs, to a temperamental old TEAC four-track ¼” tape recorder. The result is a document pristine in its intentional imperfections.

After the dark, drunken night of Whine of the Mystic (recorded nocturnally in Montreal), Thought Rock Fish Scale brings blinding sunlight and blue horizon to these elemental stories of water, fire, and spirit. Compared with its predecessor, this album is far less concerned with the effects of alcohol—excepting “Click Clack,” with its admission that “Sometimes, drinking, I feel so happy but then / I can’t remember why … Sometimes, drinking, I don’t know my best friend for my best friend”—and more concerned with negotiating the mornings after, all the hungover or otherwise creaky, tentative new mornings of a life assembled from discrete days.

Musically, a new delicacy and tautness manifest here as well, a patient willingness to wait; Josh Salter (bass), Seamus Dalton (drums), and Brad Loughead (lead guitar) exhibit consummate restraint. Sonic touchstones remain similar—The Go-Betweens (particularly Robert Forster’s melancholic bite), The Only Ones, Lou Reed, Nikki Sudden, Bedhead—but here the players circumnavigate the negative space of those artists’ styles, summoning them with fond absence, with silences. (Listen to how “Mixer” uses the space between ringing chords to deconstruct a coed party episode—the most archaic and trite of teen pop tropes—into an analytical out-of-body experience, charting a path from the mall to “my Jesus” to a local judge’s recriminations.)

Thought Rock Fish Scale deploys the language of anxiety and self-reflection as a sort of symbolic vernacular. (“Heavy with moral learning / you grumble and bite,” Nigel sings in “Don’t Be Right.”) Chapman’s songs ask us to consider the ways in which we stupefy and medicate ourselves into passivity and longevity; to consider how we seek to lose ourselves within ourselves; how we endeavor to reorient the mind, or if you will, the soul, to disappear into ease and forgetting. Indeed, Nap Eyes make soul music, in the sense that their music describes, from a position of uneasy humility, the often mundane maintenance of the fragile human soul. How long can we keep ourselves buoyed or crutched, even provisionally, like that sad swallow in “Alaskan Shake”? As Nigel asks in “Mixer,” “Then again what else is there / Another life, some other way?”

– Brendan Greaves, Paradise of Bachelors

 

LP format is pressed on virgin vinyl with heavy-duty full-colour chipboard jacket and lyrics insert, and includes a digital download. CD format comes in a gatefold chipboard jacket including lyrics.

Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale is available in Canada exclusively through You’ve Changed Records. For International orders please visit our collaborators at Paradise of Bachelors.

 

 

Track Listing
  1. Mixer
  2. Stargazer
  3. Lion In Chains
  4. Don't Be Right
  5. Click Clack
  6. Alaskan Shake
  7. Roll It
  8. Trust
Credits
  • Nap Eyes is Nigel Chapman, Seamus Dalton, Brad Lougheed, and Josh Salter
  • Recorded live to 4-track tape, without any overdubs, on the North Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, 2014
  • Recorded and mixed by Mike Wright
  • Mastered by Patrick Klem at Klemflastic Sound
  • Back jacket and label photos of Pictou by by Nigel Chapman
  • Sleeve photos by the Chapman family
  • Cover drawing by Danika Vandersteen
  • Design and Layout by Brendan Greaves

Steven Lambke – Days Of Heaven

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Steven Lambke
Days Of Heaven
Cat#: YC-023
Released: October 30, 2015
Format: LP/CD/Digital

The poem/songs of Days Of Heaven look beyond language, beyond love, beyond god, into the void, trying for a good light and a rough grace. This tender, intimate, and personal album by Steven Lambke, Constantines member, You've Changed Records founder, and former Baby Eagle, features Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station and Ian Kehoe of Marine Dreams, and special appearances by Richard Laviolette, Mika Posen, and Darcy Hancock (Ladyhawk). They make a close, rich sound, thick with flowers and crossed by swallows, as hard as dead stones, as gone as an echo in the silence.

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“Lambke is one of Canada’s best lyricists: put your headphones on and give in to the temptation to close your eyes.” CBC Music



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

What one can’t speak, that one must pass over in silence – Wittgenstein.

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

The poem/songs of Days Of Heaven look beyond language, beyond love, beyond god, into the void, trying for a good light and a rough grace. This tender, intimate, and personal album by Steven Lambke, Constantines member, You’ve Changed Records founder, and former Baby Eagle, features Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station and Ian Kehoe of Marine Dreams, and special appearances by Richard Laviolette, Mika Posen, and Darcy Hancock (Ladyhawk). They make a close, rich sound, thick with flowers and crossed by swallows, as hard as dead stones, as gone as an echo in the silence.

Shary Boyle’s ceramic sculpture La Lune graces the cover; grace and muse, a thing of beauty

Track Listing
  1. Days Of Heaven
  2. Hummingbird
  3. Sunflower Mind
  4. Memory Forever
  5. Silence/Love
  6. Dead Stones
  7. A Good Light And Tired Feeling
  8. You Know Me Well
  9. Moonshine Brother
  10. Under A Dumb Moon
  11. Days Of Rough Grace
Credits
  • Songs By Steven Lambke
  • With Tamara Lindeman, Ian Kehoe, Ross Miller, Mika Posen, Shary Boyle, Richard Laviolette, and Darcy Hancock
  • Recorded and Mixed by Jeff McMurrich at 6 Nassau St, Toronto
  • Additional recording by Steven Lambke, Ian Kehoe, and Tamara Lindeman
  • Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal
  • Cover Art: Shary Boyle. La Lune, 2012. Porcelain, glazes
  • Photograph © Rafael Goldchain, 2012
  • Layout and Design by Paul Henderson

Nap Eyes – Whine Of The Mystic

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Nap Eyes
Whine Of The Mystic
Cat#: YC-022
Released: July 10, 2015
Format: LP/CD/Digital

“Nap Eyes’ Whine of the Mystic is a ragged splendour, one of the best things in ages. A band from Halifax with a sound like young caterpillar and old silk, like the Velvet Underground and Electrelane and Destroyer and Guided by Voices. Like liking a drink you know isn’t good for you; that’s good for you, that’s good for you, that you know isn’t good for you. They are a rock band just so faintly tripping. Sean Michaels, Said the Gramophone

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“Nap Eyes’ Whine of the Mystic is a ragged splendour, one of the best things in ages. A band from Halifax with a sound like young caterpillar and old silk, like the Velvet Underground and Electrelane and Destroyer and Guided by Voices. Like liking a drink you know isn’t good for you; that’s good for you, that’s good for you, that you know isn’t good for you. They are a rock band just so faintly tripping. They are priests of Shaolin and the Holy See, with electric guitars in their hands, with an un-fancy drum-kit. Nap Eyes’ songs are mazey and riddled, but ambivalent about their mazes, ambivalent about their riddles; in this way they remind me of good smoke, holy incense smoke, always true to its incantation.” Sean Michaels, Said the Gramophone


Drink wine, for it is everlasting day.
It is the very harvest of our youth;
In time of roses, wine and comrades gay,
Be happy, drink, for that is life in sooth.
– Omar Khayyám

Whine of the Mystic is Nap Eyes first full-length album, a brilliant small-batch brew of crooked, literate guitar pop refracted through the gray Halifax rain. Recorded live to tape with no overdubs, it’s equal parts shambling and sophisticated, with one eye on the dirt and one trained on the starry firmament, inhabiting a skewed world where odes to NASA and the Earth’s magnetic field coexist easily with songs about insomnia and drinking too much.

The record’s punning title references (and wryly deflates) the great 11th-century Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet Omar Khayyám’s famous propensity for wine-soaked mysticism. Songwriter, singer, and rhythm guitarist Nigel Chapman’s songs share with Khayyám—a rather quaintly old-fashioned inspiration—a certain vinous preoccupation that may well lubricate the similarly conversational tone and philosophical focus. Throughout the record, workaday details punctuate (and puncture) cosmic concerns, as Nigel wrestles with air and angels, struggling (and often failing) to reconcile the Romantic rifts, both real and imagined, that define our lives: between chaos and order (or wilderness and paradise, as in “Tribal Thoughts”); solipsism and fellowship (“Dreaming Solo” vs. “Oh My Friends”); the anxiety of social (dis)orders both big and small (“The Night of the First Show”; “No Man Needs to Care”); and the various intersections and oppositions of religion, art, and science (“Dark Creedence” and “Make Something.”)

The latter three collapsing categories ring particularly relevant for Chapman, a biochemist who spends his weekdays in a research lab, mutating the gene/DNA encoding of a cell-surface receptor protein. As with us all, our diurnal labor and studies inform our creativity, day creeps into night, and so it’s no surprise that sicknesses of “brain protein aggregation” and “up-regulated oncogene” appear in “Make Something,” infecting, by proximity, the more traditionally songwriterly tropes of heart sickness that haunt “Oh My Friends” and “Dreaming Solo.” The two longest and most ambitious songs here, “Delirium and Persecution Paranoia” (which takes place, in part, within the Earth’s core) and “No Fear of Hellfire” (which takes place, appropriately, on a Sunday morning) clatter and buzz along with heedless momentum, tackling, respectively, unstable psychology and geology, and the riddles and contradictions of faith. The songs resonate because they manage to delicately balance the cryptic and the quotidian, rendering a compellingly honest equivocation without evasiveness, a relatable ambivalence without apathy.

Originally released in 2014 by Plastic Factory Records in a highly limited edition of 200 LPs, Whine of the Mystic has gone largely unheard beyond the finely-tuned ears of Montreal and the Maritime Provinces, so Paradise of Bachelors and You’ve Changed Records are delighted to make it more widely available. In typically insular Halifax music scene fashion, Nap Eyes shares three of its four members—Josh Salter (bass), Seamus Dalton (drums), and Brad Loughead (lead guitar)—with two other notable local bands, comrades and sometime touring partners Monomyth (Josh and Seamus’s project) and Each Other (which includes Brad as well as Nap Eyes recording engineer Mike Wright.) Though the indelibly wistful vocal melodies are Nigel’s, Josh, Seamus, and Brad are the primary architects of Nap Eyes’ keen sonic signature, which cruises briskly and beautifully along the dog-eared axes of jangle-jaded Oceanic pop music (The Clean, The Verlaines, The Go-Betweens), and through the backpages of Peter Perrett (The Only Ones, England’s Glory) and Nikki Sudden (Swell Maps, Jacobites), via all things Lou Reed and Modern Lovers, without ever sounding very much like anything else happening today.

Part of the secret of Nap Eyes may reside in their avowed recording method, which eschews any overdubs in favor of capturing the immediacy and singularity of full-band live performances. Nigel explains their methodology best: “You get the feeling of the song; everyone’s feeling, all as one take in time, so things fit together naturally, and even mistakes sound natural. This not to discredit any of the incredible recordings made by different principles; it’s just its own kettle of fish.” As a result, both lyrically and musically, Whine of the Mystic articulates the urgency of youthful grace. It’s the sound of being young and alive in the city, a tenuous and impermanent counterpoise of recklessness and anxiety, archness and earnestness. “The very harvest of our youth,” indeed!

-Brendan Greaves, Paradise of Bachelors

LP format is pressed on virgin vinyl with heavy-duty chipboard jacket and lyrics insert, and includes a digital download. CD format comes in a gatefold chipboard jacket.

Track Listing
  1. Dark Creedence
  2. Make Something
  3. Tribal Thoughts
  4. Delirium And Persecution Paranoia
  5. No Man Needs To Care
  6. Dreaming Solo
  7. The Night Of The First Show
  8. Oh My Friends
  9. No Fear Of Hellfire
Credits
  • Nap Eyes is Nigel Chapman, Seamus Dalton, Brad Lougheed, and Josh Salter
  • Recorded live to 4-track tape, without any overdubs, on the North Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, 2014
  • Recorded and mixed by Mike Wright
  • Mastered by Patrick Klem at Klemflastic Sound
  • Back jacket and label photos of Pictou by by Nigel Chapman
  • Sleeve photos by the Chapman family
  • Cover drawing by Danika Vandersteen
  • Design and Layout by Brendan Greaves
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Marine Dreams – Producer’s Wonderland

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Marine Dreams
Producer's Wonderland
Cat#: YC-021
Released: January 27, 2015
Format: Cassette/Digital

Ian Kehoe is Marine Dreams. I want to make this clear as he brings us this new and very personal album. Written, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ian in his home studio, Producer’s Wonderland is the work of a singular vision and a unique mind.

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Ian Kehoe is Marine Dreams. I want to make this clear as he brings us this new and very personal album. Written, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ian in his home studio, Producer’s Wonderland is the work of a singular vision and a unique mind.

Displaying Ian’s robust commitment to ongoing creativity and continuing development as a songwriter and musician, Producer’s Wonderland is rich in melodic and rhythmic adventures. Vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar textures mix with programmed drums and synths in deep and surprising pop songs.

If this is a new sound for Marine Dreams, it increases my impression that this is an album about personal growth, about learning – there’s even a song called “Learning Experience” that describes the making of Lemon Tree, the previous Marine Dreams album. It’s as if what is being “produced” is not just the music, but also the person making the music. What does it mean to love (“Love(After Eros The Bittersweet)” named for the Anne Carson book), to maintain life-long friendships (the tender and beautiful “Michael”), to live with uncertainty (“No Use”)?

There are big questions asked here, but asked joyfully; posed and arranged in a group of absolutely wonderful and magical songs.

Track Listing
  1. One Question
  2. Polished Stone
  3. Snake Fish
  4. No Use
  5. Learning Experience
  6. Sunny Starry Moon
  7. Love (After "Eros The Bittersweet")
  8. Michael
  9. Men Without Grace
  10. Prisoner Of Eternity
Credits
  • Written, Performed, Recorded, Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Ian Kehoe
  • Tamara Lindeman is The Voice in Sunny Starry Moon.
  • Love (After Eros The Bittersweet) was inspired by Anne Carson's book Eros The Bittersweet.
  • Photography and Layout by Colin Medley
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Community Theatre – Northern Register

Community Theatre
Northern Register
Cat#: YCR-020
Released: October 9, 2014
Format: LP/Digital

Community Theatre is a unique recording project featuring Shotgun Jimmie, Steven Lambke (Baby Eagle/Constantines), Ian Kehoe (Marine Dreams/Attack in Black), Richard Laviolette, Michael Feuerstack, Mathias Kom (The Burning Hell), Wax Mannequin, Colleen Collins and David Trenaman of Construction and Destruction, and Kyle Cashen. Northern Register was recorded in Whitehorse, YT, with each member contributing a new song and their singular musical abilities to the mix.

Community Theatre – Northern Register is a split release with Headless Owl Records.

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Community Theatre is a unique recording project featuring Shotgun Jimmie, Steven Lambke (Baby Eagle/Constantines), Ian Kehoe (Marine Dreams/Attack in Black), Richard Laviolette, Michael Feuerstack, Mathias Kom (The Burning Hell), Wax Mannequin, Colleen Collins and David Trenaman of Construction and Destruction, and Kyle Cashen. Northern Register was recorded in Whitehorse, YT, with each member contributing a new song and their singular musical abilities to the mix.

This limited edition 180g LP comes in a beautiful gatefold jacket featuring illustration and collage by acclaimed visual artist Shary Boyle.

Community Theatre – Northern Register is a split release with Headless Owl Records.

Track Listing
  1. Plymouth Acclaim: For Sale
  2. I Think My World Just Got A Little Bit Bigger
  3. Slowly
  4. Engines
  5. Onward & Upward!
  6. Winter Studies No. 4
  7. Snailhouse
  8. The Quickening
  9. Will You Know?
  • Featuring Shotgun Jimmie, Steven Lambke, Ian Kehoe (Marine Dreams), Richard Laviolette, Michael Feuerstack, Mathias Kom (The Burning Hell), Wax Mannequin, Construction and Destruction, and Kyle Cashen
  • Illustration and Collage by Shary Boyle
  • Recorded and Mixed by Jordy Walker
  • Mastered by Ryan Morey
  • Layout and Design by Corey Isenor
  • Executive Producer: Andrew Stratis

The Weather Station – What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know

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The Weather Station
What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know
Cat#: YC-019
Released: October 14, 2014
Format: 12" EP/Digital

The Weather Station returns with this limited edition 12″ 45 RPM EP. The 6 song EP was recorded with Daniel Romano and the acclaimed North Carolina band Megafaun. Each side of the record is a trio of interconnected songs: Side A is a meditation on knowledge, Side B is a narrative, a love story in three parts. It is a quiet, yearning, and soulful record that expands on the acoustic folk of All Of It Was Mine (YC-011) while deepening the intimacy.

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“…these tracks all feel uniform and effortless, like first takes captured in real-time by a band that has lived the story just like Lindeman. For songs so intimate, and performances so inward, such careful singularity feels like a remarkable feat.” – Pitchfork


The Weather Station returns with this limited edition 12″ 45 RPM EP. The 6 song EP was recorded with Daniel Romano and the acclaimed North Carolina band Megafaun. Each side of the record is a trio of interconnected songs: Side A is a meditation on knowledge, Side B is a narrative, a love story in three parts. It is a quiet, yearning, and soulful record that expands on the acoustic folk of All Of It Was Mine (YC-011) while deepening the intimacy.

Track Listing
  1. Don't Understand
  2. What Am I Going To Do (With Everything I Know)
  3. Seemed True
  4. Soft Spoken Man
  5. Time
  6. Almost Careless
Credits
  • Tamara Lindeman - vocals, guitar
  • Daniel Romano - guitars, bass, percussion, keys, vocals
  • Phil Cook - organ, guitar
  • Brad Cook - bass
  • Terry Lonergan - drums
  • Aaron Goldstein - pedal steel
  • Carleigh Aikens - vocals
  • Carleigh Aikens - vocals
  • Felicity Williams - vocals
  • Recorded by Daniel Romano (2, 4, 5, 6) and Brian Haran and Jim Bob Aiken (1, 3)
  • Mixed by Stew Cookes (1, 4, 5, 6) and Tamara Lindeman (2, 3)
  • Mastered by Jeff Elliott
  • Photography and Design by Colin Medley
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Constantines – Shine A Light

Constantines
Shine A Light
Cat#: YC-018
Released: June 10, 2014
Format: LP + 7"

Originally released by Three Gut Records (Canada) and Sub Pop Records (the rest of the world) in 2003 and since named one of the top 200 records of the 2000s by Pitchfork and often cited as one of the best Canadian records ever, this legendary album has been out of print since 2007. You’ve Changed Records is proud to make this LP available with this Deluxe 11th Anniversary Reissue featuring a newly cut vinyl master and packaged with a special bonus 7inch containing 3 B-sides recorded at the time of Shine A Light. The original gatefold artwork was re-photographed to show it’s age and the past 11 years of neglect in dank basements.

 

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This deluxe reissue has been made with a newly cut vinyl master and is packaged with a bonus  7” containing 3 B-sides from the time of Shine A Light:

  • Thank You For Sending Me An Angel – a cover of the Talking Heads song recorded during the Shine A Light sessions
  • I Am A Raw Youth – a live recording of a song by Royal City from a live 2003 CBC session.
  • Hotline Operator (2003) –a distinct piece from the song included on the Constantines 2005 LP Tournament of Hearts with which it shares a name. Some might call this a jam; some might call it a trip; it is certainly “out”.  In any event it displays an inclination towards free musical expression not always apparent from The Constantines recorded output, but well known from parts of their legendary live shows. Recorded in a fog during the 2003 sessions for Shine A Light.

This is the first ever vinyl pressing for these B-sides.

LP Tracklist:
1. National Hum 2. Shine A Light 3. Nighttime/Anytime (It’s Alright) 4. Insectivora 5. Young Lions 6. Goodbye Baby & Amen 7. On To You 8. Poison 9. Scoundrel Babes 10. Tiger And Crane 11. Tank Commander (Hung Up In A Warehouse Town) 12. Sub-Domestic

Bonus 7 inch:
1. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel 2. Raw Youth 3. Hotline Operator (2003)

Track Listing
  1. National Hum
  2. Shine A Light
  3. Nighttime/Anytime (It's Alright)
  4. Insectivora
  5. Young Lions
  6. Goodbye Baby & Amen
  7. On To You
  8. Poison
  9. Scoundrel Babes
  10. Tiger And Crane
  11. Tank Commander (Hung Up In A Warehouse Town)
  12. Sub-Domestic
Bonus 7"
  1. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
  2. Raw Youth (Royal City Cover)
  3. Hotline Operator (2003)
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Marine Dreams – Lemon Tree

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Marine Dreams
Lemon Tree
Cat#: YC-017
Released: May 22, 2014
Format: Cassette/Digital

I’ve never seen a lemon tree; or, I’ve seen not knowing. It’s entirely possible to look at a tree and, if think at all, think only: “there’s a tree.” To be aware that something exists in all it’s particulars outside of your understanding is a peculiar type of knowing. From something very small, a word perhaps, or a name, the idea takes on weight and shape. It roots and flowers and blooms, bears fruit, seed, and sapling, through multiplying generations of bewilderment.

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I’ve never seen a lemon tree; or, I’ve seen not knowing. It’s entirely possible to look at a tree and, if think at all, think only: “there’s a tree.” To be aware that something exists in all it’s particulars outside of your understanding is a peculiar type of knowing. From something very small, a word perhaps, or a name, the idea takes on weight and shape. It roots and flowers and blooms, bears fruit, seed, and sapling, through multiplying generations of bewilderment.

There’s a cool shade between the lines of trees. A human voice is singing: “I do not know! I do not know!” The sound echoes off the wood; the orchard itself is singing.

Two lovers lie beneath the trees. They decide to look together through the leafy branches for the sky and tell each other what they see: a leafy sky that’s filled with suns! Dark green leaves like holes in the light!

-Steven Lambke

Track Listing
  1. Video Life
  2. Remembering
  3. Flowers For Healing
  4. So Long
  5. Blank Moods
  6. Constant Love
  7. Blowing Steam
  8. Days
  9. Naked Fool
Credits
  • Ian Kehoe - All sounds, recording, and mixing
  • Tamara Lindeman - additional playing
  • Steven Lambke - additional playing
  • Ross Miller - additional playing
  • Dan Weston - mastering
  • Colin Medley - layout
  • Sylvie Smith - title font
  • M. S. Giganti - cover photograph
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Marine Dreams – Corner Of The Eye

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Marine Dreams
Corner Of The Eye
Cat#: YC-016
Released: September 24, 2013
Format: LP/Digital

Ian Kehoe returns with this poetic acoustic pop record. Recording again with his frequent collaborators Daniel Romano, Ross Miller, Ian Romano and Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station) he plays his deepest thoughts and the flickering wonders of an active mind into gorgeous and adventurous songs.

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“…an intensely poetic, earnest, melodic and groovy listen” – NOW Magazine


Ian Kehoe returns with this poetic acoustic pop record. Recording again with his frequent collaborators Daniel Romano, Ross Miller, Ian Romano and Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station) he plays his deepest thoughts and the flickering wonders of an active mind into gorgeous and adventurous songs.

Track Listing
  1. Faces
  2. Straight Path
  3. Damp Eyes
  4. Corner Of The Eye
  5. Roots Come After Lengthy Waits
  6. How Can I Be So Misunderstood?
  7. I Won't Be Abandoned
  8. Morning
  9. Guarding My Love
  10. Scared Of Burning Up
Credits
  • Ian Kehoe - Vocals, 12-string acoustic
  • Tamara Lindeman - Harmony vocals, flute
  • Daniel Romano - Harmony vocals, guitar, drums
  • Ross Miller - Bass
  • Ian Romano - Drums
  • Recorded by Daniel Romano
  • Mastered by Tapes and Plates
  • Design and Photography by Colin Medley

Shotgun Jimmie – Everything, Everything

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Shotgun Jimmie
Everything, Everything
Cat#: YC-015
Released: March 26, 2013
Format: LP/CD/Digital

“…one of my favorite songwriters these days. He sounds like Jonathan Richman jamming with Eric’s Trip at a Wes Anderson’s house.” – Joel Plaskett

He's still Jimmie after all these years; a lo-fi and in love masterpiece.

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Track Listing
  1. Standing In A Line
  2. Big Sur
  3. Growing Like A Garden
  4. Adventure In The Heart
  5. Last Night
  6. Carry On
  7. Sum Of My Parts
  8. 3212
  9. Ladyhawk
  10. North!
  11. Skype Date
  12. Bridge Street Stage
  13. Over A Million
  14. Proud Champions
  15. I Will Climb Mountains
  16. Everything, Everything
Credits
  • Recorded by Shotgun Jimmie
  • Mixed by Cam Loeppky and Shotgun Jimmie
  • Mastered by Harris Newman
  • Written and Performed by Shotgun Jimmie
  • Julie Doiron sings on Bridge Street Stage
  • John Kilpatrick plays a dumpster door on I Will Climb Mountains
  • Cole Woods plays a trombone on 3212
  • Leanne Zacharias sings on Last Night
  • Artwork and Design by Thunder and Lightning, Ltd

Apollo Ghosts – Landmark

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Apollo Ghosts
Landmark
Cat#: YC-014
Released: May 15, 2012
Format: LP/CD/Digital

“…the band’s catchiest and most contagiously foolish yet” – The Toronto Star

Punk, pop, and proud. A 15-track epic from these late great Vancouver heroes.

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Landmark is your debut with You’ve Changed Records. It seems like a natural fit (there are even references to fellow You’ve Changed artist Shotgun Jimmie on the album) but how did the collaboration come about?

Adrian: It was actually really easy. It’s funny to see stuff pop up like, “Apollo Ghosts sign to You’ve Changed records” when in fact nothing has been signed. There were no papers or fountain pens. I got to know Steve last summer while I was living in Sackville, New Brunswick. A summer bro-mance if you will. I played some drums for him in a jam-space. We had a few beers. I asked him if he’d be interested in putting out a future Ghosts record and he seemed really into it. You’ve Changed is no paperwork and no bullshit. Ideas and promises are made verbally, informally and honestly. We’re honored to be associated with such great bands on the label. (The Line of Best Fit)

Track Listing
  1. What Are Your Influences?
  2. American Joint
  3. I'm In Love With The U.S.A.
  4. Why Can't I Be The Man On Stage?
  5. Violet Margaret
  6. So Much Better When You're Gone
  7. Landmark
  8. Weekend Fantasy
  9. Day of Glory
  10. For What They Do, They Do
  11. Paralysis Of My Long Clerkship
  12. I Followed The Rules And I Got Everything
  13. Guitar Brother
  14. Newcastle
  15. Will You Forget Me?
Credits
  • Jason Oliver - Guitar
  • Amanda Panda - Drums
  • Jarrett K - Bass
  • Adrian Teacher - Guitar
  • Sleeve Artwork: Amanda Curti
  • Insert and Layout: Melanie Coles
  • Recorded by Jay Abner and Adrian Teacher in Vancouver, BC, November 2011-February 2012
  • Mastered by Prairie Cat Mastering in Belvidere, Illinois

Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers – Bone Soldiers

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Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers
Bone Soldiers
Cat#: YC-013
Released: March 6, 2012
Format: LP/CD/Digital

If there were such a position to be held, Steven Lambke would be the rock and roll poet laureate. 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.

 

 

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“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

Track Listing
  1. Bone Soldiers
  2. Strange Bodies
  3. Brave Women
  4. Rebel Crimes
  5. Old Punks
  6. Good Times/Bad Times
  7. Marching Orders
  8. Peace on Earth
  9. Hard Truths
  10. Hurricane Weather
Credits
  • Proud Mothers: Steve Lambke, Ian Kehoe, Nick Ferrio, Will Kidman, Spencer Burton
  • Recorded and Mixed by Jeff McMurrich at 6 Nassau, Toronto, ON, Oct 24-27th, 2011
  • Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal, QC
  • Art and Design by Paul Henderson

Marine Dreams – Marine Dreams

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Marine Dreams
Marine Dreams
Cat#: YC-012
Released: November 15, 2011
Format: LP/CD/Digital

“bright, brainy guitar-pop… You’ll think fondly of Big Star, Guided by Voices, the Buzzcocks” — Toronto Star

Marine Dreams debut is full of deep thought garage rock and mighty tuneful modern songs from Ian Kehoe of Attack in Black. Brave, and boldly sung.

Recorded by Tapes and Plates in Welland, ON

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Track Listing
  1. Fold The Sky
  2. Yet To See The Sun
  3. Season In Hell
  4. We'll Get Her Back In Your Arms
  5. New Decade
  6. No Face
  7. Sudden Dark Truths
  8. Visions
  9. I Can Laugh
  10. Marine Dreams
Credits
  • Recorded and Mixed by Tapes and Plates
  • Mastered by Harris Newman

The Weather Station – All Of It Was Mine

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The Weather Station
All Of It Was Mine
Cat#: YC-011
Released: August 16, 2011
Format: LP/CD/Digital

“…new folk of the highest order” — Exclaim!

Incisive and insightful folk music by Tamara Lindeman. A beautifully sung depiction of the growing things, and the crawling things, and the loving and hurting things that move around, bewildered and dazzled. All Of It Was Mine is fast approaching legendary status. Produced by Daniel Romano.

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“…new folk of the highest order”— Exclaim!


Incisive and insightful folk music by Tamara Lindeman. A beautifully sung depiction of the growing things, and the crawling things, and the loving and hurting things that move around, bewildered and dazzled. All Of It Was Mine is fast approaching legendary status. Produced by Daniel Romano.

Track Listing
  1. Everything I Saw
  2. Came So Easy
  3. Traveller
  4. Trying
  5. Chip On My Shoulder
  6. Know It To See It
  7. Yarrow and Mint
  8. Running Around Asking
  9. Nobody
  10. If I've Been Fooled
Credits
  • Tamara Lindeman - Vocals, Banjo, Guitars
  • Daniel Romano - Guitars, Vocals, Pedal Steel, Drums, Bass
  • Misha Bower - Vocals
  • Elaine Kelly - Violin
  • Dan Weston - Mixing
  • Fedge - Mastering
  • Produced and Recorded by Daniel Romano

Daniel Romano – Sleep Beneath the Willow

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Daniel Romano
Sleep Beneath The Willow
Cat#: YC-010
Released: April 5, 2011
Format: LP/CD/Digital

“…gobsmacks with its dreamy visions of sixties country radio” — The Globe and Mail

A master re-creation of the sounds and sentiments of classic country music and a stone-cold classic in it's own right, Sleep Beneath The Willow has gained accolades and fans from around the world for it's immaculate production and inspired songwriting. Performed and Produced entirely by Daniel Romano in his own studio.

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Track Listing
  1. Time Forgot (To Change My Heart)
  2. Hard On You
  3. Lost (For As Long As I Live)
  4. Knowing That You're Mine
  5. Louise
  6. Helen's Restaurant
  7. Paul And Jon
  8. I Won't Let It
  9. Never A Forced Smile
  10. There Are Lines In My Face
  11. Nothing
Credits
  • Daniel Romano - Vocals, Guitar, Pedal Steel, Drums, Bass, Organ
  • Misha Bower - Vocals
  • Produced and Recorded by Daniel Romano

Shotgun Jimmie – Transistor Sister

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Shotgun Jimmie
Transistor Sister
Cat#: YC-009
Released: March 8, 2011
Format: LP/CD/Digital

 “…channels all kinds of sloppy and beautiful rock’n'roll, words like lucky quarters and impromptu secret handshakes.” – Said the Gramophone

Transistor Sister was written on tour in Europe and you can hear Jimmie in this new environment, telling the people he meets about back home, what it looks like, what falling in love there feels like, how we think about things like songs, and peace, and love. It’s a good way to see the world.

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“…channels all kinds of sloppy and beautiful rock’n’roll, words like lucky quarters and impromptu secret handshakes.” – Said the Gramophone

World traveler, collaborator, under-dog, hard-working man, Shotgun Jimmie stakes his claim for the hearts and minds of millions with Transistor Sister. A much anticipated addition to a growing discography, following the solo debut The Onlys (Delorean) in 2007 (featuring the CBC Radio 3 and college radio chart-topping single “Bedhead”), and the much loved Attack in Black backed Still Jimmie (You’ve Changed) in 2009, Transistor Sister sounds a new confidence in Shotgun Jimmie, a confidence earned by the mile, by train or by busted up mini-van, on countless Canadian crossings and a couple of recent tours overseas.

Transistor Sister was written on tour in Europe and you can hear Jimmie in this new environment, telling the people he meets about back home, what it looks like, what falling in love there feels like, how we think about things like songs, and peace, and love. It’s a good way to see the world; packing light, a bunch of two minute blasts of pop perfection (“Late Last Year,” “Suzy,” “Transistor Sister”), a few all out anthemic rock hits (“King of Kreuzberg,” “Swamp Magic,” “Peace and Love”), and a couple of stellar collaborators: Ryan Peters of Ladyhawk and Lightning Dust on the drums and harmonies, and Jay Baird of the Feist live band and Do Make Say Think on bass and flute.

Transistor Sister is also the first Shotgun Jimmie album recorded in a fully operational professional studio, at Riverport NS’s The Confidence Lodge by Diego Medina, but it maintains the experimentation and spontaneous sense of creation of the best home recordings. Run down the stairs, slamming doors, grab a weed whacker from the shed and mic it through a wah pedal. It just sounds better doing it than it has before. The album was tracked and mixed in a couple of weeks at the end of August 2010, hurricane season, as the unusually warm waters off the south shore crashed and waves broke.

Track Listing
  1. Late Last Year
  2. Suzy
  3. King Of Kreuzberg
  4. Paper Planes
  5. Confidence Lodge Stairwell Recording #1
  6. Transistor Sister
  7. Too Many Flowers
  8. Stereo And The Stove
  9. Swamp Magic
  10. Piano
  11. Peace And Love
  12. Masterpiece
  13. Haze
  14. Refrain
  15. Bar's Open
  16. Bar's Closed
Credits
  • Shotgun Jimmie – Guitar and Vocals
  • Jay Baird – Bass, Vocals, Horns
  • Ryan Peters – Drums, Vocals, Auxillary Percussion
  • Diego Medina – Analog Synthesizers
  • Ilse Kramer – Back-up Vocals
  • Frederick Squire – Lap Steel Guitar on The Haze
  • Recorded and Mixed by Diego Medina at The Confidence Lodge, Riverport, NS
  • Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal, QC
  • Art and Design by Paul Henderson

Baby Eagle – Dog Weather

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Baby Eagle
Dog Weather
Cat#: YC-008
Released: August 17, 2010
Format: LP/CD/Digital

“the simplicity’s a ruse; … a richly crafted set of interconnected narratives” — Exclaim!

Shambling garage and folk noise from Steven Lambke (Constantines) and a hearty pack of collaborators: Shotgun Jimmie, Daniel Romano, and David Trenaman and Colleen Collins of Construction and Destruction. The streetlights swing low, the mud is deep, the weather is bad, and all we can do darling is ramble on.

 

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“the simplicity’s a ruse; … a richly crafted set of interconnected narratives” — Exclaim!


Shambling garage and folk noise from Steven Lambke (Constantines) and a hearty pack of collaborators: Shotgun Jimmie, Daniel Romano, and David Trenaman and Colleen Collins of Construction and Destruction. The streetlights swing low, the mud is deep, the weather is bad, and all we can do darling is ramble on.

 

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“Dog Weather is the next great novel of my generation.”
– Paul Henderson, Chairman of the Board

Dog Weather is the new album from Baby Eagle and the latest release from You’ve Changed Records, a small Canadian label steadily building a reputation for the collaborative nature of it’s roster and the high quality of it’s product. YC co-owner and Baby Eagle songwriter Steven Lambke (Constantines) is back with a rock band featuring lablemate/co-owner Daniel Romano (Attack in Black), Shotgun Jimmie, and David Trenaman and Colleen Collins (Construction & Destruction).

The story of this record isn’t all that different from a thousand others out here. Songwriter forms a scrappy band of talented friends when their schedules allow. At the tail end of winter the aforementioned band heads to a big rural house overlooking a vast body of water. Wood is burned, dogs shit, wind howls. Meals are cooked and people sing, play instruments, and a record gets cut. Serendipity trumps bad luck.

What is different on this record, is the way its stories are told, what they describe, and the undeniable joy with which they’re played. It is a record full of natural imagery, domestic narratives and ragged characters trying to patch a wound of meaning on the world. This is a rock band shaking its wet fur dry, pulling its boot from the mud and driving another mile.

Dog Weather is the third record from Baby Eagle, and its very much of its time. Its characters standing on the other side of some fast and reckless youth, some shitty day jobs, a little scarred but settled, holding very little, outside enough love to matter. Guitars come and go like flyweights in a barnfight, the drummer is a steady, smiling underdog. “What the hell did you expect from us? What more do you want?”

Track Listing
  1. Day Of Our Departing
  2. Fisherman Or Fish
  3. Haybale Song
  4. Dog Failure
  5. Broken Bones
  6. Man Of My Time
  7. Thistle In Bloom
  8. Crooked Coin
  9. Child Of The Weather
  10. River Bank Sitter
  11. Me vs. The Devil
  12. American Drum
  13. Last Song Of The Night
  14. (The World Covered In Mud)
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Richard Laviolette – All Of Your Raw Materials

Richard Laviolette
All Of Your Raw Materials
Cat#: YC-007
Released: July 6, 2010
Format: LP/Digital

“renews your faith in music by reminding us that it’s not a business, but art that should be shared and embraced.” — Herohill

Acoustic songs of romance, protest, and struggle great. Full of life and mortality. A strong and magical voice that says what it means; and it means a lot.

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“renews your faith in music by reminding us that it’s not a business, but art that should be shared and embraced.” — Herohill


Richard Laviolette and The Oil Spills play acoustic songs of romance, protest, and struggle, full of life and mortality in a strong and magical voice that says what it means; and it means a lot.

 

Original Release Notes:

Richard Laviolette writes a hundred songs a year. Songs of clever, heartfelt, rolling lyrics, sung in a strong, full voice. Echo and melody. Laviolette’s voice is a deep well of water. His lyrics are brilliant scraps of paper. Letters written home. He sings about death, anti-colonial struggle and long distance relationships.

“All Your Raw Materials” is Laviolette’s 4th Album, and his first with The Oil Spills. Originally released independently on CD in September, 2009, the album was recorded live-off-the-floor at the legendary House of Miracles in London, ON the previous summer. We got a copy at a house show in Guelph, ON, and listened to it endlessly through the fall and winter. We loved it, and we wanted everyone to hear it. You’ve Changed Records is happy to make this album widely available and to offer it for the first time on LP.

The Oil Spills are Geordie Gordon (The Magic, Barmitzvah Brothers, the Islands), Meredith Grant, Greg Denton, Mike Brooks (Kae Sun), Lisa Bozikovic, Matt Reeves, Jenny Mitchell (Barmitzvah Brothers, The Burning Hell, Jenny Omnichord). This highly talented cast step up to the plate and deliver a darling country album inspired by a childhood full of waking up on weekends to country, gospel, and bluegrass records blasting from the living room, records such as George Jones, Tammy Wynette, The Judds, Dolly Parton, Roger Miller, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Bob Wills, Neil Young’s ‘Old Ways’, and The Nitty Gritty Dirtband’s ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’.

Richard Laviolette has previously released Aging Recycling Plant (with the Hollow Hooves, Independent 2009), Hands and Feat(s) (Burnt Oak 2007), and A Little Less Like a Rock, A Little More Like Home (Burnt Oak 2006).

Track Listing
  1. Snuck Right Up
  2. Airtight; No Sunlight
  3. Break Down These Blues
  4. Telephone Wire
  5. Funeral Song
  6. Winterbreath
  7. Picture Cards
  8. This Evening
  9. With Tape and Purposeful Hats
  10. Yes, I Mean All of It
Credits
  • Richard Laviolette, guitar, vocals
  • Jenny Mitchell, bass, vocals
  • Lisa Bozikovic, keys, vocals
  • Matt Reeves, guitar, vocals
  • Meredith Grant, accordian, vocals
  • Greg Denton, banjo, vocals
  • Geordie Gordon, fiddle, mandolin, vocals
  • Mike Brooks, pedal steel, vocals
  • Mathias Kom, ukulele, vocals
  • Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Andy Magoffin at the House of Miracles in London, ON

Daniel Romano – Workin’ For The Music Man

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Daniel Romano
Workin' For the Music Man
Cat#: YC-006
Released: June 1, 2010
Format: LP/CD/Digital

“…the moment an artist discovered his true voice.” – Exclaim!

Daniel Romano's debut solo album. This is the album where Daniel introduced his commitment and dedication to the craft of country music song.

Available on 180 gram vinyl and CD.

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Track Listing
  1. Workin' For The Music Man
  2. Missing Wind
  3. Losing Song
  4. On The Night
  5. So Free
  6. She Was The World To Me
  7. Poor Girls Of Ontario
  8. Your Hands
  9. My Greatest Mistake
  10. Joseph Arthur
  11. Workin' For The Music Man Pt. 2
Credits
  • Produced by Daniel Romano
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Daniel Romano – Songs for Misha

Daniel Romano
Songs For Misha
Cat#: YC-005
Released: January 6, 2010
Format: 12" EP

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4 Song 45 RPM EP – available only at shows and through mail-order!

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Track Listing
  1. On The Banks Of Trilliums
  2. If You Guard My Heart
  3. Longer, Lonelier Days
  4. My Lost Lady (Is Found)
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Attack in Black and Baby Eagle – Split

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Attack in Black and Baby Eagle
Split
Cat#: YC-002
Released: May 5, 2009
Format: LP/Digital

Split was recorded in Welland ON, in the Romano household. It’s all a blur, making this record and Still Jimmie (YC-001), like one memory of people coming and going, making songs, making dinner, pot roast and coffee. Sleeping on a couch by the mixing board, sitting around the kitchen table singing. The Fall of 2008, like any moment, a split between the past and the future. This is the record we made.

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You’ve Changed Records 002, Split was born in the backseat of a Ford Econoline, somewhere near the Quebec – New Brunswick border. Some old tour van in summer. Some guys in bands. We were on our way home from the 3rd Annual Sappy Records Music Festival and we were inspired. The drive was long but the passions were high. We were full of fire and sunshine. We were hopped up on road snacks and ready. I’ll sing your songs if you sing mine. Let’s make a record, start a label. Why not?

The idea grew once the tape was rolling. We started with one song each, Attack in Black covering Baby Eagle, Baby Eagle covering and backed by Attack in Black. This became two, and finally a happy four.  Eight tracks in total, two sides of a vinyl LP. Our favourite songs of each other’s, ruthlessly manhandled, reinvented, knocked around and abused, cut into new shapes. Baby Eagle’s rickety folk songs polished and tuned. Attack in Black’s youthful anthems busted into shards and aged. Sounds like a good idea.

Split was recorded in Welland ON, in the Romano household. It’s all a blur, making this record and Still Jimmie (YC-001), like one memory of people coming and going, making songs, making dinner, pot roast and coffee. Sleeping on a couch by the mixing board, sitting around the kitchen table singing. The Fall of 2008, like any moment, a split between the past and the future. This is the record we made.

Track Listing
  1. Some Things We Lose
  2. Half Moon on the City High
  3. Let Wander Your Restless Hearts
  4. Rainwater Blues
  5. Inches and Ages
  6. Leather Jacket
  7. Leaving Your Death in a Flowerbed
  8. Marriage
Credits
  • Produced by Attack in Black and Baby Eagle
  • Steven Lambke, Daniel Romano, Ian Kehoe, Spencer Burton, Ian Romano
  • Jessie Stein, vocals, pianet / Julie Fader, vocals / David Romano, guitar
  • Recorded in Welland, Ontario by Julien Brousseau
  • Mixed by Daniel Romano and Julien Brousseau
  • Mastered in Mississauga, Ontario by Dan Weston
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Shotgun Jimmie – Still Jimmie

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Shotgun Jimmie
Still Jimmie
Cat#: YC-001
Released: March 10, 2009
Format: LP/CD/Digital

Jimmie calls this his serious record, and it is, in a way. but he codes his worry in rhyme and in tune. He makes jokes. He plays guitar solos. It’s wonderful. The songs are crunchy and catchy and unforgettable. There’s a shambling duet with Simone Schmidt of Toronto country bad One Hundred Dollars called “Quicksand.” There’s the questioning rock generation anthems of “Mind Crumb,” and “The Cost Of Doing Business.” There’s emotional laments: “Province to Province,” which sounds like one, and “Waist Deep In The Water,” which doesn’t. And there’s my favourite song: “Used Parts.” It’s a different sounding Jimmie, but it’s Still Jimmie.

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Shotgun Jimmie used to play in Shotgun and Jaybird. Everybody loved Shotgun and Jaybird because they had great songs, they were funny, they were sad, and they were wonderful. They were sloppy and drunk and at times totally transcendent. They had a drummer that could hardly play, and then after he left, they had one of the best drummers imaginable. Everybody who ever heard of Sackville, New Brunswick wanted to see them play.

After the band broke up Shotgun Jimmie made a record in his living room called The Onlys. Everybody loved it. He sang about getting up early in the morning, about writing songs, about good times and bad times and a mysterious “sparkle revolution”. He played a bunch of shows supported by a shifting group of some of the top musicians of our time: Construction and Destruction, Jesse Baird, Jay Baird, Bucky Buckler, Baby Eagle.

Soon, Jimmie started playing a bunch of shows with Welland, Ontario’s Attack in Black. The shows were different then what they’d been before. What was once ramshackle and sweet and funny, was now still somewhat ramshackle, was sweet, funny and also pretty rocking. That is to say it rocked. They blasted through the songs with urgency and purpose. Then Jimmie wrote a bunch of new songs and recorded them with Attack in Black in their basement studio. Jimmie calls this his serious record, and it is, in a way. but he codes his worry in rhyme and in tune. He makes jokes. He plays guitar solos. It’s wonderful. The songs are crunchy and catchy and unforgettable. There’s a shambling duet with Simone Schmidt of Toronto country bad One Hundred Dollars called “Quicksand.” There’s the questioning rock generation anthems of “Mind Crumb,” and “The Cost Of Doing Business.” There’s emotional laments: “Province to Province,” which sounds like one, and “Waist Deep In The Water,” which doesn’t. And there’s my favourite song: “Used Parts.” It’s a different sounding Jimmie, but it’s Still Jimmie.

Track Listing
  1. Mind Crumb
  2. Road Animal
  3. Province to Province
  4. Used Parts
  5. Louis Depson
  6. Waist Deep in the Water
  7. The Cost of Doing Business
  8. Dawson City
  9. Valentine's Day
  10. I Asked Cupid
  11. Tread Water
Credits
  • Shotgun Jimmie, Daniel Romano, Ian Romano, Ian Kehoe, Spencer Burton, Julien Joseph Lucien Brousseau
  • Simone Schmidt, vocals on "Quicksand" / Jessie Stein, vocals on "Treadwater" / Dave Romano, Guitar on "I Asked Cupid"
  • Recorded and Mixed in Welland, Ontario by Julien Joseph Lucien Brousseau
  • Mixed in Mississauge, Ontario by Dan Weston