The 2012 Polaris Long List was announced today in Vancouver, and Nettwerk recording artist Great Lake Swimmers and their new album New Wild Everywhere are one of 40 artists/releases nominated for the presigious annual award.
The Polaris Music Prize, which is now in its 7th year, honors the best in Canadian music from the past year. A $30,000 award will be presented to what the jury of voters deem to be the best Canadian album released between June 2011 and May 2012. The list will be narrowed down to a short list of ten on July 17th at the Drake Hotel in Toronto.
Dispatch have shared a second track, called "Josaphine," from their upcoming album Cirles Around The Sun, out August 21st (Bomber Records). This marks their first new full-length album in 12 years. Consquence Of Sound commented on the new track, "It’s gentle, shimmery guitar work and crystalline harmonies are perfect for a moonlight waltz with your sweetheart." Listen to "Josaphine" below.
Nettwerk recording artist Kidstreet is the current soundtrack to the latest Apple ad campaign. An instrumental version of the band's song, aptly named "Song," is being used by Apple to introduce the MacBook Prowith Retina Display. Listen to the song in full above, and check out the commercial below.
NW1 client Gruff Rhys has announced his second investigative concert tour of the Americas. The first, which saw Gruff winding his way around South America in a search for his long lost, guitar-playing, poncho-wearing uncle, Rene Griffiths, was documented by Dylan Goch in their 2010 feature film Separado! In August 2012, Gruff - known around the world for his work with Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, as well as his collaborations with Gorillaz, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and Simian Mobile Disco - will be seeking out the final resting place of his relative John Evans, who left Wales in 1792 on a quest to find a mythical tribe of Welsh speaking Native Americans. Gruff will follow the path of John Evans using film, the written word, photo-story, social media and song to create an investigative road movie and album.
John Evans - a 22-year old farmhand from the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales - responded to a plea for a brave soul to ascertain if there was indeed a tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans still walking the Great Plains, descendants of Prince Madog (widely believed to have discovered America in 1170). During the course of an extraordinary adventure, Evans wrestled the largest river reptiles ever seen in the Mississippi, hunted Bison with the Omaha tribe, defected to the Spanish in St Louis, discovered imaginary volcanoes in Missouri, annexed North Dakota from the British, and created the map that guided Lewis and Clarke on their legendary expedition. His adventure was cut short when he died broke and out of his mind at 29 in New Orleans.
"It's been a long and explorative journey for Hadouken! but tonight's Hottest Record sounds like they have found their natural home. Their position in bass culture is unique, bringing both the live element and credibility in the electronic music field together to create something unique." - Zane Lowe/BBC Radio 1
Today, Hadouken! premieres their latest single, “Bad Signal” on BBC Radio 1 as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World! Hadouken! sat down with Zane to discuss the album; joining a pantheon of musicians recently interviewed, such as Muse, Eminem, Mark Hoppus, The Prodigy and more.
Already trending at #3, “Bad Signal” is the follow up track from the upcoming studio album, the first full-length release since 2010’s For The Masses. Previously, Hadouken! offered lead track, “Parasite,” as a free download on their site: www.hadouken.com/parasite. In the space of a month, “Parasite” has received over 60,000 downloads and the official video racked up 150,000 hits and growing.
Set for a series of summer festival dates throughout the UK and Europe (see below), stay tuned for more information on a stateside tour.
"Rosenberg’s voice shimmers…” –- Rolling Stone Australia
UK-born, adopted Australian son Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) has signed to Nettwerk Records and will release his latest, already critically-lauded album, All The Little Lights, in North America on August 28, 2012. Additionally, the album’s lead single, “The Wrong Direction,” is available today in iTunes; the single comes bundled as a 4-track EP, and includes two acoustic songs (“Life’s for the Living” and “Feather On the Clyde”) as well as a live performance of fan favorite “I Hate” (Live from The Borderline London).
Recorded at Linear Studios in Sydney (Empire of the Sun and Josh Pyke), All The Little Lights is the most accomplished Passenger record to date. “It’s very different to [the last album] Flight Of The Crow,” says Rosenberg. “This one is a bigger production and a bit more modern sounding.” Sydney’s Sunday Herald Sun agrees, calling the album “a revelation” and adding, “Passenger has impressively travelled in a bolder direction to achieve a mature new album. (4/5 stars)”
Passenger just wrapped up the UK leg of his headline tour in support of All The Little Lights, which included sold-out dates in London, Brighton, Manchester, Cambridge, Southampton and Glasgow. From June 13 – July 15, he’ll be touring Europe for the first time in his career, and has already sold-out shows in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. This fall, Passenger support Ed Sheeran on his North American and UK tour dates, starting September 17th in Toronto. (Full list of North American dates below.)
Morgan Page has been chosen as one of the Top 100 DJs in America! Entered into “America’s Best DJ,” an online vote conducted by DJ Times Magazine, Page shares the honors with Moby, Skrillex, DJ Shadow and more.
Now in its 7th year, "America’s Best DJ" will also be supported by a summer-long slate of DJ voting events—sponsored by Pioneer DJ—that will feature some of the 100 nominated jocks. Fans can vote for the DJs of their choice at these events; fans can also vote online at www.americasbestdj.net.
The voting runs until Labor Day (September 3, 2012).
Having just wrapped up Electric Daisy Carnival, be sure to catch Morgan as heads on the road; see dates below.
"Toronto folk rockers Great Lake Swimmers’ most recent album, New Wild Everywhere, is their most lushly produced yet, and they pulled out all the stops to reproduce its dense layers and textures..." -- live review of June 2 Toronto show from Now Magazine
Great Lake Swimmers, who just wrapped an initial 24-date North American tour with a sold-out show in their home city of Toronto, will head back out on the road again starting June 20th in support of their latest album, New Wild Everywhere. The upcoming leg of dates includes headline shows, festival appearances and a support slot opening for Blue Rodeo at Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 18.
Great Lake Swimmers on tour this summer:
Wed, June 20 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
Thur, June 21 Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
Fri, June 22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Schenley Plaza (WYEPs 15th Annual Summer Music Fest)
Sat, June 23 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
Sun, July 1 Bialystok, Poland @ Halfway Music Festival
Wed, July 11 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theatre (Quebec City Int’l Summer Festival)
Fri, July 20 Brandon, MB @ Brandon Folk Festival
Fri, July 27 – Sun, July 29 Guelph, ON @ Hillside Festival
Wed, Aug 1 Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki
Thur, Aug 2 Baltimore, MD @ Mt. Vernon Park (WTMD First Thursday Concerts in the Park)
Sat, Aug 18 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheater (*opening for Blue Rodeo)Sat, Sept 8 – Sun, Sept 9 Ottawa, ON @ Hog’s Back Park (Ottawa Folk Festival)
Guster's lead singer Ryan Miller has scored his first film, Big Beach Films' Safety Not Gauranteed, which TheHuffington Postcalls, "an indie score worthy of John Williams." The soundtrack for the film will be released on ABKCO Records on June 5, in advance of the film's opening in New York, LA, Portand and Seattle on June 8.
“I've been a full-time musician for the past 18 years and I can say, without exaggeration, that my involvement with Safety Not Guaranteed has been one of the true highlights of my career," noted Miller. “It's been an incredible and indelible experience watching something grow from the germ of an idea to a feature film that has gathered supporters, fans and believers every step of the way. I can't wait to see where this leads all of us -- the cast, the crew and myself -- I have a sneaking suspicion this may be one of those films we're still talking about years down the road.”
The film, starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni, is directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, who received the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for his screenplay. The film is produced by Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf, the production team behind the Academy Award winning Little Miss Sunshine, along with Stephanie Langhoof, Trevorrow and Connolly.
The track “Big Machine,” written by Miller, is performed in the film by Duplass’ character and the soundtrack album is bookended with a studio recording of the song by Duplass, an accomplished musician in his own right. Other soundtrack highlights include Guster’s “Architects And Engineers,” along with “She’s Bound To Get Hurt” by Philadelphia-based indie band Summer Fiction and The Hoppin’ Haole Brothers’ ukulele-powered “Litter Box Beach.” Also featured is “Hard On Your Man,” an unreleased track from Hearts On Fire, a band that included Bob “Woody” Trevorrow, the father of Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Tervorrow.
Grammy®-winning Writer/Producer Matt Serletic is shooting up the charts once again with the new single “(Kissed You) Good Night” from Gloriana. “(Kissed You) Good Night” peaked at #1 on the iTunes Country chart, and is heading for the Top 10 at Country Radio. Serletic signed, developed, wrote and produced the band’s breakthrough debut album for his own Emblem Records, including the #1 hit “Wild At Heart”, in 2009. "(Kissed You) Good Night" is the first single from the band’s follow up album, A Thousand Miles Left Behind, due out July 31st.