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

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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

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#wolfparade #sogood #8035 #dsm

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

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Gridlock Fest in Halifax:

Ol flippy hair Dan over here #wolfparade #gridlockfest

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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 

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.

 

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.

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!

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!

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!