Finally the site is back! Thanks to our site admin Rin for clearing the site of malware! The forum is still being worked on and hope to have that up and running soon.

First thing to mention is Wolf Parade have put together a GoFundMe campaign to help those who suffered in Puerto Rico. Currently their goal is $10,000. For every show they are donating a pair of tickets to people to donate to the fund as well as a a signed vinyl.

I am helping that fund out as well by selling old Handsome Furs and Wolf Parade posters. Check my ebay page for more info.

Now for some updates! First big one is that Spencer Krug joined twitter (@krugspencer) and proceeded to drop some surprises. First he uploaded a lost track called Rasputo to his soundcloud page. Then he dropped an old version of All Fires that featured Camilla on back up vocals. Hope we get more surprises soon!

Wolf Parade added dates this year that have them doing a short stint of shows with Japandroids. Then they head to Europe. Also doing some festivals including Primavera and Sasquatch. Here’s the full list:

05/18-20 – Santa Teresa Festival – Saint Therese, Canada
05-21 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO+
05-22 – Ogden Theater – Denver, CO+
05-23 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT+
05-24 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID+
05/25-27 – Sasquatch Festival – Quincy, WA

05-31 – Bogen F – Zurich, CH
06-01 – Conrad Sohn – Dornbirn, Austria
06-02 – Sea Medow #23 – Kleinreifling, Austria 
06-03 – Archa Theatre – Prague, CR
06-05 – Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
06-06 – Mo?vara – Zagreb, Croatia
06-07 – Orpheum – Graz, Austria
06-08 – Flex – Vienna, Austria 
06-09 – Nos Primavera Sound – Porto, Portugal

+ – With Japandroids


Arlen Thompson’s other project Anunnaki has a new CD ‘Utsuro Bune’, limited to 53 copies. out 3.10.18. More info to come!



New Moonface dates with Siinai!

My apologies for the delay of this post! Moonface announced a few weeks ago that Siinai would be coming over to Canada for a short run of shows. Sadly they can’t enter the US due to visa issues. Here’s the list of upcoming western Canada dates, tickets are on sale now:

06-02 – Logan’s Pub – Victoria, BC ^ (tickets at the door)
06-03 – The Cambie – Nanaimo, BC *
06-04 – Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC ^
06-06 – Spiritbar – Nelson BC ^
06-07 – Commonwealth Bar & Stage – Calgary AB ^
06-08 – The Needle Vinyl Tavern – Edmonton AB ^

^ – with Dante Decaro
* – with Anunnaki

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
CBC Radio 3 Podcast
Pop Matters
Food Republic


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.


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!


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.

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.


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