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.

 

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

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!

SHOWS!!!

Here we go!!! Wolf Parade will be playing residency shows in May and June in NYC, Toronto, and London. TICKETS ARE ON PRE-SALE NOW AT http://www.wolfparade.com/.

The NYC shows are on pre-sale though Ticketmaster by using the Brooklyn Vegan password: WOLFPARADE. (edit: The NYC pre sale is currently sold out). Two shows in Toronto have sold out of the pre sale. Both London shows are still on pre sale through WolfParade.com


For NYC the general onsale will be on Friday January 22nd at 12pm EST.

For Toronto the general onsale will be on Friday January 22nd at 9am EST.

For London the general onsale will be on Tuesday January 19th at 9am GMT.

Here are all the current shows and ticketing links:

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

06-14 – Scala – London
06-15 – Scala – London

Also By joining Wolf Parade Online you are automatically entered to win a signed copy of “Apologies to the Queen Mary” on Vinyl. The winner will be notified via email. How cool is that!! Looks like there’s an official fan club now!

Operators announce 2016 tour

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With their debut album coming out very soon Operators are announcing their first North American headlining tour! Tickets are on sale now:

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

Happy New Year!

So excited for 2016!! This year we’ll get a debut record from Operators, possibly a new Moonface/Siinai record, and maybe even new music from Dante Decaro! I predict this year will be amazing!

For those of you that missed it, KEXP has added the video of Operators performance from Iceland Airwaves Festival to their YouTube Channel. Check out their incredible set full of brand new tracks:

Operators add new tour dates for 2016!

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Operators announced today that they’ll head out on a short run with support from Little Scream. Tickets go on sale Friday!

02-17 – WATERLOO, ON – STARLIGHT SOCIAL CLUB
02-18 – HAMILTON, ON – CASBAH LOUNGERSVP
02-19 – LONDON, ON – CALL THE OFFICERSVP
02-20 – ST. CATHARINES, ON – DETOUR MUSIC HALLRSVP
02-25 – OTTAWA, ON – RITUALRSVP
02-26 – PETERBOROUGH, ON – RED DOG
02-27 – KINGSTON, ON – GRAD CLUB

Operators to play Iceland Airwaves – Live Stream their set on KEXP

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Operators are set to play this year’s Iceland Airwaves festival! KEXP will be broadcasting their set live on air. You can also watch the live streaming video.

Check out photos below from the band’s instagram as they work on their debut record! Hopefully we’ll have more info on that soon!

Putting the finish touch on LP one!

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Good news for lovers of dynamite double bills. We're playing with Future Islands in Pomona 9/24 Oakland 9/25

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Happy 10 Year Anniversary ‘Apologies To The Queen Mary’!

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Today marks the 10 year anniversary of Wolf Parade’s ‘Apologies To The Queen Mary’. This record has influenced and inspired a legion of fans. The ’12 Days of Apologies’ project was full of art, videos, covers, essays, all inspired by the 12 tracks that make up this brilliant record.

Thank you Arlen, Dan, Spencer, and Hadji for creating this record. Your music has been the soundtrack to my life, and for that I will forever be grateful.

Check the main anniversary page for quotes, short stories, art, and more all inspired by Apologies To The Queen Mary!!

But first…

Dan and Spencer at Wolfe Island Festival 8/2015 – Photo by Hyden Weiner-Grossman

10 years of Apologies #wolfparade

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Justin Joffe from The NY Observer wrote this amazing piece about Apologies to the Queen Mary.

Stereogum did a nice write up about the 10 year anniversasry

If you haven’t read it already, read Brandon Stosuy’s amazaing review of Apologies from the Queen Mary from September 2005. my favorite line is “In a few years, other folks will still remember where they were when they first heard Apologies to the Queen Mary.”


Thank you Wayne Massingham for this:

“10 years ago this weekend an album was released that changed my life. Wolf Parade felt like they existed just for me. They were fully charged with emotion and their songs were epic productions of heart stopping grandeur. Guitars and drums and keyboards crashed in an unholy mess that was beyond thrilling. They had released some EPs that caught my attention. The first time I heard them I was hooked. Then they released their debut album. “Apologies to the Queen Mary” was born and in time it would become my favourite album of all time. It is near perfect. 12 songs of exploration, love, joy and passion. Two singers and songwriters, Dan and Spencer, that pushed and pulled each other to great heights. If a more perfect song has ever been recorded than “I’ll Believe in Anything” then I would like to meet it. I was lucky enough to see them twice in Canada in 2005 and in 2007. I will never forget them. They released two more albums of impeccable quality and then went their separate ways. I will never forget them and I will always have their perfect first album living deep inside my heart.”


Continue to the main anniversary page to read a short story by Shadrach as well as more fan art, quotes, and tweets about the love of Apologies to the Queen Mary!