A few months of news..

Let’s catch up on the last 2 months shall we?

The biggest news being Wolf Parade began to play live again. Starting with a warm up run on Vancouver Island under the name ‘Del Scorcho’ and then continuing with sold out residency runs in New York City and Toronto.

Oh and somewhere in there they performed on Late Nite with Stephen Colbert and on CBC Radio Q

Then the festival dates began with Northside Festival in Brooklyn, and then the band headed to London for their 2 sold out shows at The Scala.

London was followed by a solo show in Helsinki and 3 festival appearances:  Best Kept Secret Festival, Northside Fest – DK, and Body and Soul Festival. Here’s a stream of their set from Best Kept Secret Festival:

Wolf Parade’s next shows are in July. You can see the full list of dates on the tour page. They’ve added a few additional dates in September with no word of a more proper tour just yet. In fact, it looks like Wolf Parade will likely take a break after those September dates until 2017.

Some interviews with Dan or Spencer from the last few months:
The Skinny
Noisey
CBC Radio 3 Podcast
Pop Matters
Food Republic

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Speaking of Moonface, June 3rd was the release date for ‘My Best Human Face’ the second release with Finnish band Siinai. Congrats to Spencer and Siinai on another amazing record. You can purchase the new record as well as read a long journal post from Spencer about the record here. You can watch the video for ‘Risto’s Riff’ here.

Moonface and Siinai are performing a small set of dates starting tomorrow in Berlin. Check the tour page for full list of dates.

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Operators have been long listed for this year’s Polaris Music Prize! Congrats to them!! The short list will be announced on July 14th!

Check out this full video stream from their performance for KEXP from this past April:

They’ve also added some festival dates this summer and fall including Camp Wavelength in Ontario on August 19th and Rifflandia on Vancouver Island on September 17th.

 

EP 4 IS GO!!!!

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It’s here!! EP 4 is now available for digital download from the Wolf Parade online store.  Come discuss in our Facebook group.

The amazing artwork was created by Luke Ramsay.

Tomorrow is the first of the 5 night residency at Bowery Ballroom in NYC! Some tickets were released on Ticketmaster today. I’ve also been tweeting for friends and fans who have tickets to sell. If you still need a ticket there is also sometimes a chance that Bowery will release tickets at the door.

I’ll be at all 5 shows in NYC and I promise a full report at the end of the week! In the meantime follow me on twitter and instagram.

 

 

The ATTQM Reissue is here and so is EP4!!

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Wolf Parade have announced the release of ‘EP 4’, their first new music in over 5 years! Release date is Tuesday May 17th and you can purchase it digitally or in physical form. This is also the first day of their sold out residency shows in New York City at Bowery Ballroom.

Tracklist
01) Automatic
02) Mr. Startup
03) C’est La Vie Way
04) Floating World

The reissue of ‘Apologies To The Queen Mary’ was finally released this week. Those that purchased the ‘Loser Edition’ received the 3 LP’s in 3 different colors. The first 2 LP’s being the record and the 3rd is a compilation of all 3 EP’s. Included on that 3rd LP is the never released before band version of ‘Snakes on a Ladder’ which was recorded during the same sessions as ATTQM. Dan Boeckner later recorded a solo version of the song on acoustic guitar for Handsome Fur’s first record ‘Plague Park’.

Wolf Parade have also added more festival dates, you can see their full list of tour dates:  here.

 

Happy 10 Year Anniversary to ‘Shut Up I Am Dreaming’!

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Released on May 2, 2006, ‘Shut Up I Am Dreaming’ has officially turned 10 years old! It was the second release for Sunset Rubdown and the debut of the full band sound. Spencer’s first release as Sunset Rubdown, 2005’s ‘Snakes Got A Leg’, featured him playing/recording all instruments into his PC with a shitty microphone. Super minimal and raw, it’s an amazing introduction into the world of Spencer Krug.

In January of 2006 Spencer released an ‘EP’ as Sunset Rubdown which included Camilla Wynne Ingr adding vocals on a few tracks. In my opinion that EP has some of the most beautifully sparse tracks that Spencer has ever created including my favorite, ‘Three Colors’,  which features just tambourine, keyboards, and acoustic guitar.

‘Shut Up I Am Dreaming’ went to the next level and literally explodes with energy from the very first second of ‘Stadiums and Shrines’.  Along with Camilla, the new full band sound was created by the core Sunset Rubdown band members: Jordan Robson-Cramer, and Michael Doerksen. My favorite track on SUIAD, and possibly my favorite Spencer Krug song of all time, is the 7 minute opus ‘The Men Are Called Horsemen There’. I love it mostly for it’s hypnotic waltz melody and the bizarre imagery in the lyrics. Then there’s this amazing build up to the 3:38 mark that has Spencer belting “If I was a horse I would throw up the reigns if I was you, oh oh oh oh oh.” They rarely played it live when they toured in 2006, but in 2009 they started playing it again. Here’s a great live version from their last tour:

Sunset Rubdown – “The Men are Called Horsemen There” from Eli Meyerhoff on Vimeo.

Reviews
Pitchfork
Stylus Magazine
All Music
PopMatters
CokeMachineGlow

You can purchase a physical copy of Shut Up I Am Dreaming (as well as Snakes Got A Leg) from Absolutely Kosher Records. It’s also available on iTunes.

Blue Wave has arrived!

Apologies again for the delay folks! I was on tour and then the site crashed. It was a weird few months. But I’m back now and can finally get caught up, especially with all that’s coming this month!

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Let’s start with a big congrats to Operators on the release of their debut record ‘Blue Wave’! Such an amazing record. Here are some great reviews and interviews:

Pitchfork – Review
Exclaim – Review
KEXP – Review
Consequence of Sound – Review
BrooklynVegan – Review
The NY Observer – Interview
Spin – Interview
Myspace – Interview
Live Nation TV – Interview
Noisey – Interview
The Reader – Interview
Journal Star – Interview
Billboard – Interview

The band followed up the release with a quick 3 week tour that was filled with sold out shows and people losing their minds! Check out some live radio sessions they did along the way as well as photos and reviews from several shows across the tour:

Reviews and Photos
KEXP – Photos from 4/4 show at Sunset Tavern
Review of LA show at Bootleg Bar
Photos from 4/21 show at Baby’s All Right
TheWildHoneyPie – Review and photos from 4/21 show at Baby’s All Right
Photos from 4/19/16 show at DC9
Photos from show at the Middle East

KUTX – Full live session and interview

CPR – Live session and interview

 

Oh and did you download ‘I Die’ for free on Record Store Day??? 

If you forgot well you can still get the track right:  here

New Moonface & Siinai record!

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As I posted a few months ago, Spencer Krug aka Moonface was preparing a new record with Siinai. Now we have the details! ‘My Best Human Face’ will be released on June 3rd. You can pre-order the record now through Jagjaguwar. Spencer had this to say about the record:

I called this thing My Best Human Face not only because that’s one of my favorite lines on the album, but because I sometimes don’t know who I am, or if I’m as kind and generous and happy as other people. The title speaks to the vague theme of identity-confusion that is loosely woven into the songs — a reoccurring theme I recognized only after the writing was done. It’s a confusion which I think exists for most of us, sure, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the campfire in the middle of our circle; we don’t have to stare into the flames. It’s simply not that important. At end of it all, these are good-time songs, meant to inspire good times in the listener. They were made joyously, with a stubborn love of music at their centre. And while some of the content might be dark or sad, the memories of making these songs brings only gladness and gratitude, and it’s their construction, not deconstruction, that I want to celebrate now.

Tracklist
1. The Nightclub Artiste
2. Risto’s Riff
3. Them Call Themselves Old Punks
4. Ugly Flower Pretty Vase
5. City Wrecker
6. Prairie Boy
7. The Queen Of Both Lightness And Dark

Spencer also wrote about the track Risto’s Riff, which you can hear below:

This song originated with a pleasingly simple riff from guitarist Risto Joensuu, hence the name. For a long time it had a down-tempo, nitty-gritty-rock’n’roll kind of vibe that ultimately left us unable to finish it in a way that we liked, though we weren’t exactly sure why. It was like maybe we were making a song for our dads, not ourselves. But then in the recording studio we changed the beat and started playing it really fast instead, and within an hour the music was finished and put to tape. And then we had a round of high-fives. Not literally, but emotionally. Like with our eyes. Eye-fives.

You can also read about the creation of this record in
a long journal post Spencer wrote throughout the process.

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Moonface and Siinai do have some tour dates planned in Europe but nothing in North America at the moment. Spencer will be performing a one off show in Chicago in April and a few others in British Columbia:

04-14 – Lantzville, BC – Tiger Mountain
04-15 – Vancouver, BC – The Lido
04-17 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (Moonface solo)

06-24 Berlin, DE – Acud
06-25 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
06-26 Antwerp, BE – ‘t Bos
06-27 London, UK – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
06-28 Paris, FR – L’Espace B

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Apologies for the delay in updates! Here is a ton of news:

Wolf Parade
Many of you already know Wolf Parade are reissuing ‘Apologies to the Queen Mary’ in deluxe 3xLP format.
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You can pre-order 3 different versions – the $45 bundle comes with this amazing 11’x 11′ silskreend print by Luke Ramsey and a t-shirt.

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Vinyl Details
Re-mastered deluxe edition pressed on 3×12″ colored OR black edition vinyl. Discs 1 and 2 contain re-mastered tracks from Apologies to the Queen Mary. Disc 3 contains re-mastered tracks from the 2003-2005 Wolf Parade EPs.

Ships on or around release date, May 13, 2016.

Apologies to the Queen Mary LP Tracklist
A1) You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son
A2) Modern World
A3) Grounds For Divorce
A4) We Built Another World
B1) Fancy Claps
B2) Same Ghost Every Night
B3) Shine A Light
B4) Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts
C1) I’ll Believe In Anything
C2) It’s A Cure
D1) Dinner Bells
D2) This Heart’s On Fire

Early EPs Tracklist
A1) Disco Sheets
A2) Lousy Pictures
A3) Modern World
A4) Wits or a Dagger
A5) Secret Knives
A6) Dinner Bells
B1) Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
B2) We Built Another World
B3) Grounds for Divorce
B4) It’s a Curse
B5) The National People’s Scare
B6) Killing Armies
B7) Snakes on a Ladder (previously unreleased!)

Wolf Parade have also added a bunch of summer festivals as well as headlining shows in Montreal and 2 in Seattle:

05-17 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC
05-18 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC
05-19 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC
05-20 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC
05-21 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC
05-24 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto
05-25 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto
05-26 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto
05-27 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto
05-28 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto
06-09 – Northside Festival – Brooklyn, NY
06-14 – Scala – London
06-15 – Scala – London
06-16 – Tavastia Klub – Helsinki, FI
June 17-19 – Best Kept Secret Festival – Hilvarenbeek, NL
June 17-19 – Northside Festival – Aarhus, Denmark
June 17-19 – Body & Soul Festival – Westmeath, Ireland
July 7-17 – Ottawa Bluesfest – Ottawa, ON
July 7-10 – Gridlock Festival – Halifax, NS
July 22-24 – Way Home Festival – Oro-Medonte, Ontario
07-29 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
July 29-31 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, QC
08-05&06 – Pickathon Festival – Happy Valley, OR

Operators
The Blue Wave tour has begun! Operators played their first show of their spring tour in Chicago last night. Blue Wave will be out officially in just 4 days! I don’t think we’ve posted the tracklist yet:

01) Rome
02) Control
03) Cold Light
04) Mission Creep
05) Blue Wave
06) Shape Of Things
07) Bring Me The Head
08) Nobody
09) Evil
10) Space Needle

Can’t wait until everyone hears this amazing record. Here are some interviews and reviews so far as well as their upcoming tour dates:

Interviews
Ottawa Showbox
Live Nation TV
Knobs Podcast
Noisey

Reviews
Consequence of Sound

03-28 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
03-29 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – 7th St Entry
03-30 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
04-01 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
04-03 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
04-04 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
04-05 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
04-06 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
04-08 – San Francisco, CA – Social Hall SF
04-09 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater – Bar Stage
04-10 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
04-11 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
04-13 – Austin, TX – Sidewinder
04-14 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
04-15 – Houston, TX – The Raven Tower
04-16 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
04-17 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
04-19 – Washington, DC – DC9
04-21 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
04-22 – Philadelphia, PA – The Boot & Saddle
04-23 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs

Wolf Parade set to play festivals this summer

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While we don’t have a full list of tour dates, it looks like Wolf Parade are set to play a few festivals this summer as well as a one off show in Helsinki:

June 16 – Tavastia Klub – Helsinki, FI
June 17-19 – Best Kept Secret Festival – Hilvarenbeek, NL
July 22-24 – Way Home Festival – Oro-Medonte, Ontario
August 5-7 – Pickathon Festival – Happy Valley, OR

Here’s hoping more dates get announced soon!

Moonface to play one off show in Chicago, new music this summer!

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A new interview with Spencer Krug came out today via Pitchfork. In it Spencer talks about the reuniting of Wolf Parade as well as the releasing of new music under his Moonface moniker. It looks like we’ll have a Moonface with Siinai record sometime this summer! And Spencer also mentions he’s recorded the next solo Moonface record as well!

Also announced today, Moonface will be doing a one off show in Chicago at Lincoln Hall on April 17th. Tickets are on sale now. No word if Spencer plans to add more Moonface shows before the Wolf Parade residencies in May.

Operators set to release ‘Blue Wave’ April 1st! Moonface and Dante Decaro to release new music too!!

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Finally we have news about Operators debut record!! ‘Blue Wave’ is set for release on April 1st from Last Gang Records.

Pre-order the record right now!

Check out the first single ‘Cold Light’ and stay tuned for more info!!

And if that news wasn’t enough, this amazing tweet confirmed that 2016 might be the best year for new music ever!!

So ready!