You’ve Changed Records in the Yukon

You’ve Changed Records in the Yukon

September 30, 2013 | Posted in: Baby Eagle, Marine Dreams, Richard Laviolette, Shotgun Jimmie 0

 

You’ve Changed Records is partnering with our good pals at Headless Owl Records for a very special event in the Yukon. Shotgun Jimmie, Baby Eagle, Marine Dreams, and Richard Laviolette will be joining Michael Feuerstack, The Burning Hell, Construction and Destruction, Wax Mannequin, and Kyle Cashen for a meeting of the minds and hearts, a congress of the soul, a numbering of the tribe, a collaborative recording session, and a revue show of spectacular proportions. Shary Boyle is graciously providing projected artwork and elevated vibes.

Friday, October 11 – Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse
Saturday, October 12 – KIAC Ballroom, Dawson City

Maybe this whole thing raises some questions: Why the Yukon? Is that a Sasquatch? How many songwriters does it take to change a light bulb? Who’s on bass? How many clowns will fit in that car?

Here’s what I know: We are thrilled beyond thrilled. We are over the moon. We’ve already got our bags packed. Everyone has written killer new songs for the project. And the answer to all questions is, of course, “YES”.

North!

New Release: Marine Dreams – “Corner Of The Eye”

New Release: Marine Dreams – “Corner Of The Eye”

August 13, 2013 | Posted in: Marine Dreams 0

After so many lengthy waits, we’re happy to announce the release of the new album by Marine Dreams, Corner of the Eye on September 24th, 2013. 10 killer tracks on 180 gram vinyl and digital formats, acoustic guitars, sweet bass.

We can’t wait for you to hear this one, so give a listen to the track “Roots Come After Lengthy Waits” to catch a glimpse:

Here’s the official line, straight out of the marketing department:

On Marine Dreams’s self titled debut, Ian Kehoe‘s poetic lyrics and guitar driven production stayed close to his roots in rock and roll and punk music.  Now comes Corner of the Eye, a dreamy, unforced exploration of a musical world of its own invention.

Made quickly in a basement in Welland, ON, with Daniel Romano at the helm and Ross Miller, Ian Romano, and Tamara Lindeman on hand, songs were begun and finished in just a few hours. Passing a book of Henri Rousseau’s paintings around the control room, naive depictions of imaginary lions and jungle blossoms, the friends turned away from drum fills, cymbals, electric guitars. Rather, three part harmony, drum machines, and acrobatic bass create an idiosyncratic sound. Flashes of Lee Perry and Jeff Lynne era Petty. A joyful, complex sense of melody. A surprising focus on groove and rhythm. Kehoe’s lyrics, at first glance dreamy, reveal themselves on repeat listens to contain surprising complexity. The internal is the literal on the this record, love as a force, a thing that ‘goes by, confident in it’s crazy pride.’ Emotion conflates reality. “It’s the corner of the eye that can see the human lines’ sings Kehoe, and the line is fitting. This is a record, and a songwriter, that exist themselves on the margins, looking out.

Pressed on 180 gram vinyl replete with a fin de siecle silhouette of a dancing woman and a prose depiction of an elephant hiding in a cherry tree, Corner Of The Eye is unusual, certainly, but irrepressible. A record for the ages, or for some other age, perhaps, one that never actually existed, some time lost between the unfettered poeticism of the twenties and the musical confidence of the sixties. Or perhaps it is a record only for this age, an act of sincerity by Ian Kehoe, throwing out massive choruses and three key change endings while singing quietly of the state of his soul, the complications of his love, of damp eyes and streets wet with the tears of strangers.

Music Video: Shotgun Jimmie – North + Summer Tour Dates

Music Video: Shotgun Jimmie – North + Summer Tour Dates

July 22, 2013 | Posted in: Shotgun Jimmie 0

Shotgun Jimmie is leaving this week for a whole bunch of shows across Canada. Check out the dates below, come out to a show, and enjoy the sweet Jimmie tunes. Like this one! Here’s the new video for “North!” from Everything, Everything, directed by Colin Medley to get you in the mood for rockin’ out.

 

Shotgun Jimmie Summer Tour Dates
July 25th The Exchange (Gateway Festival kick off) Regina, SK
July 26th  Gateway Festival,  Bengough, SK
July 27th and 28th Brandon Folk Music and Arts Festival, Brandon, MB
Aug 2nd 3rd & 4th  SappyFest, Sackville, NB
Aug 7th  Playground, London, ON
Aug 8th  The Mansion House, Saint Catherines, ON
Aug 9th  Mudtown Arts Festival, Owen Sound, ON
Aug 10th  ALL CAPS Festival, Toronto Island, ON
Aug 14th  Wednesdays By The Fountain, Brandon, MB
Aug 16th and 17th   Harvest Sun Festival, Kelwood, MB
Sept 7th  Frosh Fest, Lethbridge, AB
Sept 13th  Harvest Moon Festival, Clearwater, MB

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.

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