New Release: The Weather Station Duets #1-3

New Release: The Weather Station Duets #1-3

You’ve Changed Records is excited to announce the launch of The Weather Station Duets Series; an ongoing and open-ended series of two song singles featuring Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station in collaboration with her favourite fellow songwriters. The singles will be made available through digital outlets and will find physical manifestation in a series of beautiful postcards featuring black and white photographs by photographer/filmmaker Colin Medley and a short text by Tamara discussing the particulars of the collaboration.

The first 3 singles, featuring Daniel Romano, Baby Eagle, and Marine Dreams, will be released on February 12, 2013. Future collaborations in the series will include Will Kidman (of Constantines, Woolly Leaves, and the Proud Mothers), Simone Schmidt (of Fiver, The Highest Order, and One Hundred Dollars), Matt Cully (of Bruce Peninsula), Misha Bower (of Bruce Peninsula and author of Music For Uninvited Guests), and Ryan Driver (of Ryan Driver, The Silt, Deep Dark United and many other strange and wonderful bands).

Writing songs is a strange thing.  Lonely in its own way, so often done in a bedroom, in stolen moments of introspection.   It can change your life a little, or simply keep you dreaming all day long, staring out the window, moving around words in your head.  And then, once you’ve written songs, you gotta spend your money or someone else’s to record them, and then suddenly you’re driving around the cold snowy country, playing shows to nobody, or to not nobody…  All for songs, that seem as ever both so ephemeral and so important.

And yet in this, there is a whole other thing.  Friends.  The community of people I have come to know through music, songwriters flung across my city, my country.  It is always a joy to me to think of friends, their lives, conversations, moments we have shared.  And then too, to think on their music, how it illuminates and shapes them, rising above and out of strange flows and eddies of their own peculiar hearts. A whole aspect of that person that there could be no other way of knowing.  A creation of will and also a little compulsion, or maybe of no reason at all.  A funny thing sometimes, somebody’s music.  You get used to it, almost, but you forget that not everybody has this thing, trailing them around.  Like a shadow, or maybe the opposite of a shadow…

And so when I travel, and people compliment what I do, I always want to introduce them to my friends. And I began this project in part to make those introductions. I also began it to simply to have fun, to learn from those I consider to be the best, to make less lonely that lonely process of writing songs. To allow other people to enter them, to change them. To go into other people’s songs and change them myself. A duet is a dynamic thing. You see it one way, but what about the way I see it? What happens if someone else walks into the room? Who are they, and what have they got to say? To who? What does it mean, this conversation? Isn’t that everything?

Or perhaps I am doing this simply to sit at the kitchen table with these people that I care for, with a sheet of paper, and try to create something, simply because we can, and it would be fun to do, and because we’ve got guitars, and a little recording setup in the basement…

-Tamara Lindeman

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Workin’ For The Music Man Gets Vinyl Reissue

Workin’ For The Music Man Gets Vinyl Reissue

October 11, 2012 | Posted in: Daniel Romano 0

You’ve Changed Records is very happy to announce the first ever vinyl pressing of Daniel Romano‘s debut solo album Workin’ For The Music Man. This limited edition 180 gram vinyl LP will be available November 6th.

Workin’ For The Music Man was originally released in 2010 on CD and Digital formats in a rush of activity that allowed no time for vinyl pressing, and time, from there, moved on. But in the words of the man himself “Time forgot to change my heart;” we’ve always loved this record and are happy to make it available on LP format with a beautiful new cover designed by Daniel.

YCR at Wolfe Island

YCR at Wolfe Island

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

 

YCR goes NXNE

YCR goes NXNE

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

Here’s the details:

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

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

Poster by Daniel Romano, 2012

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

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

December 3, 2011 | Posted in: Daniel Romano 0

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

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

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

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