Operators to release ‘Control’ October 7th

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Operators are set to release a second single, ‘Control’, from their debut album ‘Blue Wave’. The singles is out October 7th and tracklist will include a remix of the track by Odonis Odonis as well as previously unreleased fan favorite tracks ‘I Die’ and ‘System of Touch’.

Control (Single) – Track Listing:
1. Control
2. Control (Odonis Odonis Remix)
3. System Of Touch
4. I Die

Operators also are contributing ‘Shape of Things to Come’ (featuring Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy) to ‘Taking It To The Heart’, a compilation and charitable project by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to be released on September 30th, 2016. The album is available for pre-order now, and all proceeds of sales will go towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Operators heads out on their massive European tour next week!

Moonface cancels dates, Dan on new Preoccupations track, Operators add new dates to Euro Tour

Bunch of news to report. First one being that Spencer has cancelled his Moonface tour for November. He posted a long message on his Facebook page that said :

“At first, they were supposed to be Moonface & Siinai shows, in support of My Best Human Face, but then: Flights! Logistics! Work visas for all those beautiful Finns!
It just wasn’t working…
So then, it was going to be a new idea altogether, a fresh take on some almost as fresh tunes, a sort of… surprise? But then: schedules, bands, boooring stuff…
That wasn’t going to work either.
So now, I’m postponing the whole run until next year. Shucks. Right now I’m thinking March / April, but I’m not positive on the dates yet, so anyone who already bought a ticket will be reimbursed.
And at this point I really don’t know what incarnation of Moonface will be on stage: with Siinai, or as the… surprise? Or something altogether different. I honestly can’t say.
For now, I’ll just say I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think it was necessary. I hate doing it though. I do.”

So here’s hoping we get more dates next year.

In other news, Dan Boeckner has lent his vocals to a track on the new Preoccupations record. The 11 minute track titled ‘Memory’ features Dan at the 4:27 mark.

Our last bit of news has Operators adding two new dates, Barcelona and Lisbon. Here’s the most current list of dates for Operators upcoming European Tour:

09.27 – Bike Zone – Baden, Switzerland
09.28 – Le Romandie – Lausanne, Switzerland
09.30 – Control Club – Bucharest, Romania
10.02 – Dürer Kert – Budapest, Hungary
10.03 – B72 – Vienna, Austria
10.04 – Klub RE – Krakow, Poland
10.05 – Cafe Kulturalna – Warsaw, Poland
10.06 – Fleda – Brno, Czech Republic
10.07 – Meet Factory – Prague, Czech Republic
10.08 – Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
10.12 – Atlas – Aarhus, Denmark
10.13 – Loppen – Copenhagen, Denmark
10.14 – Westergermany – Berlin, Germany
10.16 – MOD – Hasselt, Belgium
10.17 – Le Pop-Up Du Label – Paris, France
10.18 – The Lexington – London, UK
10.19 – Botanique – Brussels, Belgium
10.20 – de Gudde Wëllen – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
10.21 – Primavera Club – Barcelona, Spain
10.22 Musicbox – Lisbon, Portugal

More highlights from summer fests and shows

Wolf Parade have been pretty busy this last month. Playing festivals on both coasts and solo shows in Montreal and Seattle. Here are some highlights:

RBC Bluesfest

Wolf Parade playing right now at #rbcbluesfest #Reposting @photogmusic #wolfparade

A video posted by @wolfparadefans on


Montreal solo show


Pickathon Night 1

Pickathon Night 2

Pickathon Night 2

Seattle Night 1


Wolf Parade Tour Dates 2016

08-26 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
08-27 – Fuck Yeah Fest – Los Angeles, CA
09-02 – Riot Fest – Denver, CO
09-18 – Rifflandia – Victoria, BC
09-23 – Pygmalion Festival – Champaign, IL
09-24 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH 

Summer Festivals

Wolf Parade kicked off their first leg of summer festivals in June and are playing many more to come. Here’s some pictures and video from this week’s fests:

80/35 fest in Des Moines

WE DIDN’T THINK THIS WOULD EVER HAPPEN. @wolfparade @8035musicfest #wolfparade #anything #music #festival #8035

A video posted by Annelise (@annelisetarnowski) on

#wolfparade #sogood #8035 #dsm

A video posted by Two Lane Chiropractic DSM (@twolanechiropractic) on

Even having to use other bands equipment, Wolf Parade killed it! ???? #wolfparade #spencerkrug @wolfparade @8035musicfest

A video posted by Victoria Elizabeth (@vick_haupt) on


Gridlock Fest in Halifax:

Ol flippy hair Dan over here #wolfparade #gridlockfest

A video posted by Sarah MacPhee (@duckie_mac) on

Wolf Parade @gridlockfest #wolfparade #gridlockfest #xpro2 #fuji35mmf2 #haligonia #halifaxnoise

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Wolf Parade Tour Dates – 2016
07-14 – Pemberton Music Festival – Pemberton, BC
07-16 – Ottawa Bluesfest – Ottawa, ON

07-22 – Way Home Festival – Oro-Medonte, Ontario
07-29 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
07-29 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, QC
08-05&06 – Pickathon Festival – Happy Valley, OR
08-07 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
08-08 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
08-26 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
08-27 – Fuck Yeah Fest – Los Angeles, CA
09-02 – Riot Fest – Denver, CO
09-18 – Rifflandia – Victoria, BC
09-23 – Pygmalion Festival – Champaign, IL
09-24 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH 

Operators set European tour!

Operators are heading to Europe in the fall! Check out the following tour dates, with more to be added. Thanks to John4 from the forum for posting them:

09.27 – Bike Zone – Baden, Switzerland
09.28 – Le Romandie – Lausanne, Switzerland
09.30 – Control Club – Bucharest, Romania
10.02 – Dürer Kert – Budapest, Hungary
10.03 – B72 – Vienna, Austria
10.04 – Klub RE – Krakow, Poland
10.05 – Cafe Kulturalna – Warsaw, Poland
10.06 – Fleda – Brno, Czech Republic
10.07 – Meet Factory – Prague, Czech Republic
10.08 – Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
10.12 – Atlas – Aarhus, Denmark
10.13 – Loppen – Copenhagen, Denmark
10.14 – Westergermany – Berlin, Germany
10.16 – MOD – Hasselt, Belgium
10.17 – Le Pop-Up Du Label – Paris, France
10.18 – The Lexington – London, UK
10.19 – Botanique – Brussels, Belgium
10.20 – de Gudde Wëllen – Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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