Happy New Year everyone! My apologies for the delay in updates folks. I’ve been on tour since September and just now have a short break.
Let’s start with Dante Decaro releasing ‘Kill Your Boyfriend’ EP on Last Gang Records. So great to have Dante back making music on his own. For those of you that listened to Johnny and the Moon, this is a step in a new direction for Dante. Really love the added synths and instrumentation. Excited for what comes next!
01 “Love Like Thieves”
02 “On The Loose”
05 “Kill Your Boyfriend”
Operators are set to play Primavera Sound festival! May 31st-June 4th. No word yet on which day/stage they’ll be on. Here’s hoping they’ll be more tour dates!
Wolf Parade have been keeping us up todate on social media with the progress of LP4! If you aren’t doing it already, you should follow them on Instagram.
Here’s a photo from their recent trip to Gabriola Island, BC to record vocals. Prior to this the band was in several other studios including Robert Lang Studios in Seattle and prepping at Tiger Mountain Studio in BC.
There is no set date for release of the record yet, however the band are playing 3 shows in February in BC:
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:
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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: