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

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.

 

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

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!

New Moonface/Siinai Record News

Big news today about the supposed new record from Moonface featuring Siinai!

There had been some rumors that Spencer had recorded a new record with Siinai before leaving Helsinki and now we have proof! Excited to hear the follow up to their incredible first collaboration, Heartbreaking Bravery.

It’s also looking like Operators will have their debut new record out next year as well! 2016 is going to be amazing!

Moonface and Operators – Upcoming Shows

This past weekend both Moonface and Operators performed at the Wolfe Island Festival in Ontario. Here are a few photos courtesy of Stellar_petra:

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Upcoming Operators dates:
08-14 – Elora, ON – Riverfest
08-28 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall (Free Show!)
09-08 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis Theatre w/ Modest Mouse
09-24 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater w/ Future Islands
09-25 – Oakland, CA -Fox Theater w/ Future Islands

Upcoming Moonface dates:
08-26 – Montreal QC – Theatre Fairmount
08-27 – Ottawa, ON – Pressed
08-28 – Quebec QC – Le Cercle
08-29 – Portsmouth NH – 3S Artspace
08-30 – Winooski, VT – The Monkey House

Moonface and Frog Eyes to play benefit show

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Spencer just posted on his Moonface Facebook page that he’ll be performing a benefit show in Vancouver on Friday July 17th along with Frog Eyes. All profits will be going to a friend who is in need.

The lineup: THE ANNUNAKI (improv noise) MOONFACE (me solo on keyboards, some brand new songs, some old stubborn songs) and FROG EYES (rock ‘n’ roll?) Acts will play in that order, if all goes to plan.

The venue: The China Cloud, Vancouver
The time: Friday July 17, doors at 8pm, music to start around 9pm

Frog Eyes just shared the video for ‘Joe with the Jam’, the lead track off their new record Pickpocket’s Locket out August 28th on Paper Bag Records. Get it on limited edition blue & white vinyl (w/ bonus demo cassette!) or CD!

Spencer Krug adds summer dates, shares a poem

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Looks like Spencer will be doing a few additional shows this summer! He posted to his facebook page yesterday the additional dates as well as this short poem (that he says is unrelated and was written in 2009):

Standing on a pile of diamonds you’re finally able to see over that totem pole blocking your view of the woods. You see then that all the trees have decided totem pole is the new look and are busy peeling off bark to carve crude face shapes into each others’ sweet green flesh. You make out the bad faces: Face of T-Rex, Face of Racehorse, Face of the A&W Bear, and realize these trees don’t know the right animals. Even the old thick redwoods are gouging wide-eyed into their brothers with long awkward branches; knot-knuckled pine-arms and fur-fingers working Face of Chewbacca into the grain.

Each tree has a true face – just below the lowest bough – which is like a cat face, only less alert. Less aware. You want to shout: No! You look fantastic au naturel! But your mouth is full of the diamonds you’ve been scooping in there while you watch.

New tour dates:

08-27 – Ottawa ON – Pressed
08-30 – Winooski VT – The Monkey House

Spencer Krug shares some news

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It’s been some time since Spencer Krug has let his fans know what he’s up to. After starting a Tumblr and Facebook page last year, things went quiet in the Moonface world. Now many months later Spencer has finally posted again giving his dedicated fans so much news. As I posted yesterday, Spencer will be playing some one off shows and festivals this summer. What he reveals in his recent Facebook post is that these shows will also be testing ground for his brand new material which he hasn’t recorded yet!

And that is just one bit of exciting news, the rest of the post is full of information on what Spencer has been up to musically including:

– He’s has been arranging violin parts for the upcoming Frog Eyes record (due out later this year!)

– Siinai and Moonface will probably have a new release out at some point as Spencer has recorded vocals on tracks he had previously recorded with them before he left Helsinki

– This may lead to Siinai/Moonface going back out on tour together

– Spencer has posted a song from the ‘Julia..’ sessions that was never mastered for us to hear

You can read the entire posting on the Moonface Facebook page. Here’s the unreleased track ‘Still a Criminal’: