Today, Victoria, B.C.'s Current Swell releases the single "Too Cold" from their new album Long Time Ago, which will make its stateside debut on October 16. "Too Cold" is available now in iTunes (here). Check out the music video for the track above, and stay tuned for tour news.
Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Wanting continues to take China by storm with her debut album Everything In The World, which is now Double Platinum in China and Platinum in Hong Kong. Today, the self-taught musician releases Everything In The World (Bonus Track Version), featuring three previously unreleasesd tracks sung by Wanting in her native tongue of Mandarin. Find it in iTunes HERE.
Listen to one of these bonus track, "快活-Thrilled," on SoundCloud below:
Vancouver's Hey Ocean! has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to fulfill their dream of touring the world. Check out their video message above, and visit their Kickstarter page HERE.
Hey Ocean! will spend September touring their home country with fellow Nettwerk management (and label) artist Family of the Year. Tour dates are listed below.
Hey Ocean! supporting Family of the Year:
18-Sep Kamloops, BC @ Blue Grotto
19-Sep Calgary, AB @ Republik
20-Sep Edmonton, AB @ Pawnshop
21-Sep Regina, SK @ The Exchange
22-Sep Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub
24-Sep Sault Ste. Marie, ON @ Lop Lops
26-Sep North Bay, ON @ Capitol Centre
27-Sep Peterborough, ON @ Red Dog Tavern
28-Sep Ottawa, ON @ Ritual Nightclub
Today State Radio shares with fans the lyric video for “Take Cover," the latest single from their forthcoming studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion - out October 23 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. Track listing below.
Each song on Rabbit Inn Rebellion has a unique story and "Take Cover" is no different. "Take Cover" is a song about how some people are disconnected from war and their complacency in their ignorance; while touching on the personalized toll of war and how a wife does not recognize her husband's face (emotionally) despite him trying not to let war change him.
State Radio is heading back to Northampton, MA on October 26th and 27th for the Calling All Crows' 4th Annual Northampton Halloween Weekend. The weekend of music wouldn’t be complete without the CAC Northampton Halloween 5K. On October 27th, State Radio fans and Calling All Crows supporters take to the streets of downtown - in costume - for a fun walk/run to support CAC’s new marriage equality campaign. Proceeds from this year’s race will go to support Human Rights. Civil Rights. RIGHT NOW!
Recently announced, the band's North America tour will also be in support of Human Rights. Civil Rights. RIGHT NOW! See dates below.
Ola Klüft, the former frontman of Swedish indie rockers and former Nettwerk artist ThePerishers, has released a new album called Soon, Soon, Soon under the moniker A Lanky Swede. Check out the video for the single "For The Longest Time" above.
Dispatch & State Radio singer Chadwick Stokes presents Simerkane I and the Fall River Sybils, available now. The album is a re-release of the early State Radio EP Simmer Kane, with five additional tracks. The added tracks are a dedication to his wife Sybil, and a nod to the great Fall River. Some of the tracks ("Sybil I," "Sybil II" and "Sybil III" and "Indian Moon") were recorded in Fall River, MA. The final track, "FridaMae," is a new song written for their newborn daughter. To listen to the full album, see above.
1. Keep Sake
2. Heady Riser
3. The Waitress
4. Hopeless Tender
5. Sybil I
6. Sybil II
7. Sybil III
8. Indian Moon
Nettwerk Management Artist Shiny Toy Guns have revealed today, Monday August 20 the cover art for III, their upcoming new album due out October 23 on Five Seven Music. They are also offering a free download of “Waiting Alone” remixed by L.A. Riots via Magneticmag.com.
The cover artwork for Shiny Toy Guns' III was created by Ben Schwartz using a photo by Oklahoma-based artist Benjy Russell. Shot on location in a very remote gypsum rock quarry in Oklahoma, it consists of three 6' mirrored columns against a massive wall of rock. “The album title III is very strong, simple and elegant, and visually it's very sculptural. I always pictured the album artwork having the title of the album incorporated into the photo. I also wanted there to be a hardcore juxtaposition within the elements used,” says Russell of his work. “There is an almost alien-like, razor sharp precision in the mirrored columns, which is in complete contrast to the sheer weight and strength in the boulders and craggy rock facing. I also wanted there to be an element of reflection both physically and metaphorically, especially with what the band has gone through to get to this third album. Not that I could have planned this any better, but in the reflection of the columns you can see a storm receding in the distance.”
Following the release of lead single, “Monarch,” Delerium reveals details about the first studio album in six years, Music Box Opera – out October 30 via Nettwerk Records.
With the creator/brainchild of Delerium Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy) at the helm, the Vancouver-based electronic outfit - which includes collaborators Rhys Fulber, Jared Slingerland and JeremyInkel - fuses ambient and cinematic production with soaring vocals courtesy of a myriad of guests. As a result, this Opera comes to life vividly and vibrantly.
"Music Box Opera is more of an electronic record than a world music record. It's ethereal, but there's a little bit of pop. We tried to intertwine and merge those two strands. The singers really held this up. The last album was more dark and worldly. Previously, I'd use acoustic guitars and real drummers. We really went electronic here and stuck to that vibe,” explains Leeb.
Leeb partners up with an array of talented guest vocalists on Music Box Opera – Azure Ray, Angela McCluskey, Nadina, Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), Kristy Thirsk, Jaël and others. For full track listing, see below.
"Los Angeles' Family Of The Year completely embody the idea of a pseudo-familial relationship. Shoot, they even embody the concept of community." – Filter Magazine
“Loma Vista is a fine album of songs of love, longing and celebration.” – BBC UK
“Epic pop…a bright and startling debut...Fun- drenched” – NME
"bright, shiny power-pop" – Stereogum
"If there's an off-center California pop sound for the here and now, this is probably what it sounds like." – LA Weekly
2012 continues to be an exciting year for Los Angeles’ Family Of The Year, as they head out on the road with Walk The Moon, White Arrows and Hey Ocean!.
Next week, the band kicks things off with the 98.7FM stage at Sunset Strip Music Festival on Saturday, August 18 before heading to Europe to play the BBC Introducing Stage at The Reading & Leeds Festivals and France’s sold-out three-day music festival Rock En Seine, alongside Green Day, The Black Keys, Sigur Rós, The Shins, Placebo, Of Monsters and Men and others.
Family Of The Year will spend the remainder of August and early September touring through Europe, playing venues across the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and more. By mid-September, the band returns home to share the stage with Walk The Moon, White Arrows and Hey Ocean! across North America.
Great Lake Swimmers return home after a successful 50+ date international tour in support of New Wild Everywhere and are getting ready to hit the Canadian road once again in September after heading to the States for dates supporting Patrick Watson. All dates are listed below.
Great Lake Swimmers performed at CBC Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio and in front of the Beluga Whales at The Vancouver Aquarium in the weeks leading up to the April 4th release of New Wild Everywhere. They then celebrated a career high soundscan (#33) on the top albums chart, became X3 Artists Of The Month, saw two of their songs hit # 1 on CBC Radio 3, spent 4 weeks at # 1 on !earshot’s national roots music chart, released two videos and hit the road. By the time the band came home to Toronto for their sold out show at The Music Hall in early June, they had played over 40 shows across Europe and North America. Great Lake Swimmers then lit out for the summer music festival road for another dozens shows. They return home again on August 18 to perform at The Molson Canadian Amphitheater with Blue Rodeo before heading out for another round of North American dates in September and October.
New Wild Everywhere Media Reaction
“New Wild Everywhere is a treat of melodic proportions.” -- Paste Magazine
"New Wild Everywhere conveys a new maturity for the GLS, showcasing the assembled talents of the members, and highlights promises of even better things to come in their future. -- Blurt Magazine
“The Canadians’ fifth set tweaks their established formula with splendid results...gorgeous and rewarding...” -- BBC
Keep reading for more media reactions and tour dates.