Mule in the Flowers nominated for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

Mule in the Flowers nominated for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

June 6, 2013 | Posted in: Baby Eagle, Steven Lambke, The Weather Station 0

We are very happy to announce that “Mule in the Flowers” from the Weather Station Duets series has been nominated for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize. There with the other beautiful and lovely nominees is ours, a mule in the flowers of song.

It was a strangely stubborn thing; bits of it had followed me around for years. I’d written and discarded many verses. When Tamara asked if I’d be interested in participating in the Duets series I told her I had this scrap of something that I didn’t know what to do with, or how to finish. I recorded what I had and sent it to her; she was sleeping on a floor in New Jersey while her host played Sloan records all night long. She listened to the tune and understood what to do immediately. The song needed a friend; as Tamara has said, a rare character in a duet. She sent me what she’d added, and I listened, over and over again, happy and moved. We recorded in the kitchen in the spring.

Please visit the official site and cast a vote, today, tomorrow, and every or any day until July 3rd.

Fare-thee-well, Apollo Ghosts!

Fare-thee-well, Apollo Ghosts!

May 9, 2013 | Posted in: Apollo Ghosts 0

I first head Apollo Ghosts when Paul Henderson told me he couldn’t stop listening to this great band from Vancouver that he wanted to bring out to play SappyFest. Their show that beautiful summer afternoon was extraordinary. Adrian wore a cape. Amanda kept a groovy beat and a smile on her face. Jay was silent, a perfect steady bass player. The songs were fantastic, the band was engaged and deeply present in that specific and wonderful moment, and we, the unsuspecting crowd, sung along happily and with gusto, and we all left carrying a record; unless you were slow to the merch table, sucker, as the records, priced at a lowly $5 sold out instantly.

The next summer Adrian came back to New Brunswick and spent a couple of weeks in town as the Sappy Songwriter-in-Residence, writing tunes for a new record. We hung out, went swimming, had some dinners, drank some wine, went to the drive-in for Paul’s birthday, even jammed a couple times. It was great, easy, summer-living.

I don’t remember exactly when Adrian asked if I’d be interested in putting out the new Apollo Ghosts record; it might have been when he was still in town, but I don’t think so. It might have been later on during some cross Canada phone call; always a pleasure, sometimes just a rap from Adrian left on the answering machine. In any event, I loved the record the first I heard it and I love it even more now that it’s been a part of my life for a year or two, and I’m proud it came out on You’ve Changed Records.

In July 2012 I went on tour for a week with Apollo Ghosts. 6 shows in BC and Washington State. The drives were short, the weather was good, I rode with them in their Subaru and I saw them play some fantastic fun and uplifting punk-rock shows. We ate in health-food stores and drank kombucha as they joked about being west coast hippies. That’s the thing: Apollo Ghosts are good, kind, funny, open people and an absolutely fantastic rock and roll band and both of those things are good and important and inspiring and something to cherish. I want to thank them for taking me along on one of my all-time favourite tours. I want to thank them for the laughs. I want to thank them for believing that this was a good home for Landmark. And I want to thank them for the tunes: “What are your Influences?,” “Day of Glory,” “Guitar Brother,” “Money Has No Heart,” “Lightweight,” “Palm of My Hand,” “Things You Go Through,” “Coca-Cola Admen,” and so many others.

It breaks my heart to miss this last show, oh boy. Adrian, Amanda, Jay and Jarret, my friends, in my heart I’m there dancing and singing along and happy to see you play one last time.

Shotgun Jimmie Everything, Everything Tour Dates

Shotgun Jimmie Everything, Everything Tour Dates

March 1, 2013 | Posted in: Shotgun Jimmie 0

Jimmie’s got a whole lot of dates coming up to celebrate the release of Everything, Everything on March 26th. On with the showbiz!

Mar 27th The Apollo, Thunder Bay, ON
Mar 29th Wavelength @ The Monarch, Toronto, ON
Mar 30th The Spill, Peterbrough, ON
April 3rd Murphy’s Pub, Oshawa, ON
April 4th This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton, ON
April 6th  KAZOO FEST, Jimmy Jazz, Guelph, ON
April 7th Merchant Ale House, Saint Catherines, ON
April 11th The Capital, Fredericton, NB
April 12th  The Legion, Sackville, NB
April 19-21st Lawya Vawya Festival, St. John’s, NL
April 26th Raw Sugar, Ottawa, ON
April 27th Cosmic Dave’s, Sudbury, ON
May 9th The Artful Dodger, Regina, SK
May 10th Amigo’s, Saskatoon, SK
May 16th Broken City Calgary, AB
May 17th Wunderbar, Edmonton, AB
May 18th The Biltmore, Vancouver, BC
May 25th The Park Theatre, Winnipeg, MB

* there’s a few more shows to announce in some of the gaps here so please check back

New Release: Shotgun Jimmie – “Everything, Everything”

New Release: Shotgun Jimmie – “Everything, Everything”

February 19, 2013 | Posted in: Shotgun Jimmie 0

We’re very happy to announce the return of Shotgun Jimmie with a brand new LP Everything, Everything. 16 tracks of self-recorded rock and roll heart; tonnes of bangers, lots of love. The follow up to the Polaris long-listed Transistor Sister sounds like “Jonathan Richman jamming with Eric’s Trip at a Wes Anderson’s house” according to Joel Plaskett, and he would know because we gave him a copy of the album already. John K. Samson says “Much like the cabin in a Manitoba winter where it was made, Shotgun Jimmie’s Everything, Everything welcomes us into a consoling shelter of exceptionally natural, generous, and expressive songs. Jimmie has built a beautiful and lasting record. You leave it more alert to the world around you.” And oh boy are we excited he thinks so! We love it too and can’t wait for you to hear it.

Everything, Everything will be released on March 26, 2013, and is available for pre-order in our shop.

Jimmie has whole bunch of tour dates to announce soon, but in the meantime, here’s the first track on the album: “Standing In A Line.”

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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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