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Ryan Bradley returns with his powerful new single “Wish You Could’ve Seen Your Face”, taking listeners on a journey through a couple’s biggest moments in life.

The song was written by Tebey & George Teren and produced by Danick Dupelle (of  Emerson Drive). Ryan is currently writing and working on his debut album that’s due out in the fall of 2015. “Wish You Could’ve Seen Your Face”  is at radio & on iTunes.

You can purchase “Wish You Could’ve Seen Your Face” HERE.

The Park Avenue Sobriety Test. Is it the name of a band? A metaphor? A Dartmouth rite of passage? An acronym? It’s a bit of all those, and a bit of a mystery too. It’s also the name of Joel Plaskett’s new album, another brilliant collection of songs that features both the classic Plaskett sound and a story thread.

“The album is about a 39-year old wrestling with his place on earth and society, navigating it. It sounds banal, and it kind of is, but it’s important to me. And maybe if you’re at the same point in your life that I am, it will make sense. As you get more experiences as an adult, you start notching up the lost friends, and the missed opportunities, and the way things could or couldn’t have gone. You can choose to crumble or retreat, temporarily or permanently. Or you power through it and look for the joy. I think I try to strike the balance of the two perspectives here, I really can feel both of those at certain times, and even the same time. “

While The Park Avenue Sobriety Test is a Plaskett album by name, the big group of friends helping out is the Emergency-Plus, featuring his long-time touring buddies, plus previous members of that group and Thrush Hermit, and even more friends and musical neighbours. Produced by Plaskett at his New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth, the album includes contributions from Dave Marsh, Chris Pennell, Tim Brennan, Ian McGettigan, JP Cormier, Mo Kenney and more.

“I’m really proud of the work we did in the studio. When I listen to the songs, I hear a lot of joy in the playing because so much of it was cut live. So there’s this life that I hear that goes a bit deeper than my other records. I still feel like I’m trying to make music that’s vital, and ideally better than things I’ve done in the past. I’m still fighting for that. I’m learning as I go as a producer, how to make things sounds better.”

The Park Avenue Sobriety Test is the multi-award winning artist’s ninth studio album and the follow up to 2012’s widely acclaimed Scrappy Happiness. With thousands of tour dates under his belt Plaskett will take to the road once again with a recently announced coast to coast Canadian tour. Tour dates commence April 28 and all stops are listed below.

Track Listing
1. Illegitimate Blues
2. On A Dime
3. Alright/OK
4. The Last Phone Booth
5. When I Close My Eyes
6. Credits Roll
7. Captains Of Industry
8. For Your Consideration
9. Hard Times
10. Broke
11. Song For Jersey
12. Broken Heart Songs
13. The Park Avenue Sobriety Test
The Park Avenue Sobriety Test Tour Dates
April 28 – Miramichi, NB- Carrefour Beausoleil
April 29 – Saint John, NB- Imperial Theatre
April 30 – Charlottetown, PE- Confederation Centre for the Arts
May 7 – Victoria, BC- Alix Goolden Performance Hall
May 9 – Edmonton, AB- Union Hall
May 10 – Lethbridge, AB- University of Lethbridge, University Theatre
May 11 – Medicine Hat, AB- Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
May 14 – Saskatoon, SK- Broadway Theatre
May 15 – Regina, SK- University of Regina, The Darke Hall
May 16 – Winnipeg, MB- West End Cultural Centre
May 19 – Waterford, ON- The Old Town Hall
May 20 – Kitchener, ON- Center In The Square
May 22 – Toronto, ON- Danforth Music Hall
May 26 – Parry Sound, ON- The Stockey Centre
May 27 – St. Thomas, ON – Elgin Theatre
May 28 – Montreal, QC- The Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
May 30 – Moncton, NB- Tide & Boar Ballroom
June 4 – Halifax, NS- Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Mac Demarco Announces 2015 Spring And Summer Tour Dates

On the heels of a big 2014 that saw the release of his most recent album Salad Days as well as appearances on The Eric Andre Show and Loiter Squad, Mac DeMarco is back to announce world tour dates for Spring and Summer of 2015. The tour dates see him globe trotting, playing shows across Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, with highlights including appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Austin Psych Fest and Field Day. See the full list of all of Mac’s upcoming dates below.

Tour Dates
01-15 Tokyo, Japan – Danikanyama Unit
01-16 Osaka, Japan – Shinsaibashi Sunhall
01-18 Seoul, South Korea – V-Hall
01-20 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Cargo Bar @ Q4
01-22 Jakarta, Indonesia – Level II @ Foundry No. 8
01-24 Singapore – Gardens by the Bay – Laneway Festival
01-26 Auckland, New Zealand – Silo Park – Laneway Festival
01-30 Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre*
01-31 Brisbane, Australia  Brisbane Showgrounds – Laneway Festival
02-01 Sydney, Australia – Sydney College of the Arts – Laneway Festival
02-01 Sydney, Australia – Oxford Art Factory#
02-03 Melbourne, Australia – The Hi Fi Club*
02-04 Melbourne, Australia – The Hi Fi Club*
02-06 Adelaide, Australia – Harts Mill – Laneway Festival
02-07 Melbourne, Australia – Footscray Community Arts Centre and The Rivers Edge – Laneway Festival
02-07 Melbourne, Australia – Howler#
02-08 Fremantle, Australia – Esplanade Reserve and West End – Laneway Festival
02-21 Tlaltizapán, Mexico – Parque Natural Las Estacas – Bahidora Festival
04-12 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
04-14 Big Sur, CA – Loma Vista Gardens^
04-15 Big Sur, CA – Loma Vista Gardens^
04-19 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
04-20 San Francisco, CA – Independent^
04-22 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom^
04-23 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre^
04-24 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre^
05-08 – 05-10  Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
05-08 – 05-10 Austin, TX – Carson Creek Ranch – Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation
06-02 Tel Aviv, Israel- Barby
06-07 London, UK – Field Day
06-11- 06-14 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo

* with The Murlocs
# with Connan Mockasin – DJ Set
^ with Dinner
Mac DeMarco and band photo by Pierce McGarry

 

Alt-J announce additional dates to their 2015 North and South American Tour in Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, and Coachella. The tour kicks off at Festival Estereo Picnic and includes dates at Lollapalooza Chile, Lollapalooza Argentina, and Lollapalooza Brazil. Following those dates, the band heads to New York City for their Madison Square Garden debut on March 30. Pre-sale tickets go on sale this Wednesday, January 14 at 10:00am local and general public go on sale starting Friday, January 16 at 10:00am local.

2014 was a banner year for alt-J, from the release of their sophomore full length, This Is All Yours, to an announced show at Madison Square Garden, and a Grammy Nomination for Alternative Music Album of the year. alt-J were named Spotify’s “Breakout Artist” in their Year in Music review.Rolling Stone ranked This Is All Yours #27 on their Albums Of The Year, TIME ranked it #3, and the album placed on NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2014.

alt-J 2015 North & South American Tour Dates
3/12-15 – Bogota, CO – Festival Estereo Picnic
3/14-15 – Santiago, CL – Lollapalooza Chile
3/21-22 – Buenos Aires, AR – Lollapalooza Argentina
3/28-29 – Sao Paulo, SP – Lollapalooza Brazil
3/30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
4/01 – Cleveland, OH – State Theater at Playhouse Square
4/02 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
4/03 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre
4/04 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
4/06 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry
4/08 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chevy Bricktown Events Center
4/11 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music Festival
4/13 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
4/14 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
4/16 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
4/18 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music Festival

Andy Kim of “Sugar, Sugar” fame and Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew make the past contemporary in new musical offering It’s Decided.

It’s Decided transcends the many years of history within it. Andy Kim, the legendary songwriter and recording artist, renowned for 30 million records sold worldwide, with eternal #1 hits like “Rock Me Gently”, “Baby, I Love You So”, and The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar”, has captured a vibrant new sound.

Surrendering to what Kim calls “the Magic & the Brilliance of Kevin Drew”, songs with the impeccable intuition of a Hall of Fame songwriter shimmer with Drew’s studio brilliance. Andy adds, “Although I’ve always held a childlike belief that my day was not yet done I never expected to live the love & passion that Kevin gave me & the creative process that has become my new album.

An early supporter of the release, Rollingstone.com said, “For the first time in the Montreal native’s roller-coaster career, he’s presenting himself less as an aspiring pop idol and more like your cool indie-rock uncle. The seasoned songwriter who once hustled his way into the Brill Building compound of Jeff Barry – with whom Kim authored the Archie’s classic “Sugar, Sugar,” 1969’s biggest hit – has found an unlikely ally in his current comeback bid: Kevin Drew of Toronto art-rockestra Broken Social Scene. 

Co-written and produced by Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and produced by Drew, Dave Hamelin (The Stills), and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think),  It’s Decided is the crystallization of a creative music community around a living, thriving legend. Lead by Andy Kim’s wisdom, through his stunningly youthful vocals, the album’s ten songs are further accented by luminaries Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), John McEntire (Tortoise), Ron Sexsmith and Jeff Barry.

Sail On” coasts on handclaps and a perfect chorus.  The wistful “Shoot ‘Em Up Baby”, originally released by Kim in ’68 with “Sugar, Sugar” co-writer Barry, shows glimpses of the original’s ethereal doo-wop through bright new chiming piano.

From an interview with Pitchfork.com, Kevin said, “It’s not a sugar-pop record. This is a man who is singing about his mortality, moving on, getting older and the idea of trying to connect to an audience who’s possibly lost their parents or are dealing with friends going away. Andy’s really hitting something with that.”

The album’s closing song, “Who Came First”, was rewritten from the Social Scene archives and took on new and vibrant life once Andy Kim’s lyrics were added.  The song shuffles upward with that familiar Broken sound of low, syncopated saxophone with Kim’s lyrics weaving in between a musical stew and then back again to a simple chorus.  This collaborative effort is yet another example of the wide-eyed reinvention that is It’s Decided.

As Drew says, this is “Andy’s heartfelt want to still make it even though many would say his history is enough.” Gentle and enigmatic, ageless and ecstatic, Andy Kim always looks to transcend and find the honesty in what he does and does with others.”

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It’s Decided Track Listing:

Sister OK
Why Can’t I
It’s Emotional
Shoot ‘Em Up, Baby
Sail On
Heaven Without A Gun
(I’ve) Been Here Before
Longest Time
Forest Green
Who Came First

Warner Music Canada is excited to announce an Exclusive Canadian version of Sounds of the 80s, a unique collection celebrating music’s biggest, most diverse and flamboyant decade as recorded by some of todays most popular contemporary acts. Artists including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, Passenger and Kylie Minogue make up this sensational album which is out on February 10.

Originally released in the UK this past November in conjunction with BBC Radio 2, every one of the selected 17 tracks from this Canadian single disc version are exclusive to Sounds of the 80s and is previously unreleased. All songs have been carefully chosen by each artist and truly made their own. Highlights include Sam Smith singing Whitney Houston’s ‘How Will I Know’, Ed Sheeran’s take on Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Atlantic City’, and Kylie Minogue’s version of Kim Carnes ‘Bette Davis Eyes’.

The Canadian version includes Warner Music Canada’s rising artists Scott Helman and Eleven Past One with their own versions of 80s tracks recorded specifically for this release. Scott Helman does a brilliant cover of Tom Waits – “Jockey Full Of Bourbon,” while Eleven Past One contribute a beautiful updated version of Spandau Ballet’s “True” by Eleven Past One.

The album takes its name from Sara Cox’s popular show on BBC’s Radio 2.

Sara Cox says: “On Saturday nights we bring you a big 80s disco – all the best music from the best decade and with this album we do that but with a big exciting twist – all your favorite artists putting their own spin on 80s classics. I mean, Sam Smith covering Whitney? It was meant to be.”

Radio 2 remains the biggest UK radio station pulling in over 16 million weekly listeners. Sound of the 80s is their equivalent to BBC Radio 1’s successful Live Lounge series.

Full tracklisting for the Canadian version as follows:

1. Sam Smith- How Will I Know (Whitney Houston)
2. Ed Sheeran -Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen)
3. Scott Helman – Jockey Full Of Bourbon (Tom Waits)
4. Dido- Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat)
5. Passenger- Romeo & Juliet (Dire Straits)
6. Birdy-Lucky Star (Madonna)
7. The Script- Drive (The Cars)
8. Eleven Past One – True (Spandau Ballet)
9. Kylie Minogue- Bette Davis Eyes ( Kim Carnes)
10. Christina Perri- If I Could Turn Back Time (Cher)
11. Train -Holding Back the Years (Simply Red)
12. James Blunt- I Guess That’s Why they Call It the Blues (Elton John)
13. Chrissie Hynde-Every Day Is Like Sunday (Morrissey)
14. Kian Egan- Run To You (Bryan Adams)
15. Kaiser Chiefs-Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)
16. Gabrielle Aplin-That’s All (Genesis)
17. Rumer -Arthur’s Theme (The Best That I Can Do) (Christopher Cross)

Prong will release an all covers LP titled Songs From The Black Hole in the U.S. on March 31st via eOne Music. The release will be in tandem with SPV/Steamhammer special CD and LP edition available in Scandinavia on March 25, in Germany on March 27, and the rest of Europe on March 30. “PRONG is very excited about the upcoming release of our new record, ‘Songs From The Black Hole,'” says frontman Tommy Victor. “We are equally excited about the artwork and packaging.”

TRACK LISTING:

1. Doomsday (DISCHARGE)
2. Vision Thing (SISTERS OF MERCY)
3. Goofy`s Concern (BUTTHOLE SURFERS)
4. Kids Of The Black Hole (ADOLESCENTS)
5. Bars (BLACK FLAG)
6. Seeing Red (KILLING JOKE)
7. Don`t Want To Know If You Are Lonely (HÜSKER DÜ)
8. Give Me The Cure (FUGAZI)
9. Banned in DC (BAD BRAINS)
10. Cortez The Killer (NEIL YOUNG)

Victor continues, “With the help of our art director Mike Lopez, the theme of urban decay, desolation, insecurity and ultimate change that prevails in the music has been brought to the surface in images. Since much of PRONG’s origins come from a place of abandonment, we feel our new album artwork fully reflects this sentiment.”

The track list is far from traditional. With covers of artists like Neil Young, Black Flag, Bad Brains and Sisters of Mercy, the band casts their net wide. The goal, says Victor, was to explore the vast landscape that makes up the bands sound, stemming from their roots. “Since the record explores PRONG’s roots, musically and geographically, this needed to be expressed visually and this was attained.”

The Globe and Mail and renowned record label Arts & Crafts have collaborated on a collection of six original songs that reflect on the most important news events of the past year. Broadsheet Music: A Year in Review debuts on globeandmail.com  today and features original songs created by diverse artists including celebrated indie collective Broken Social Scene, Polaris Music Prize winning hardcore punk band Fucked Up, Calgary’s Reuben And The Dark, and songstress Tamara Williamson among others. Topics explored in this unique project include missing aboriginal women in Western Canada, the divisive battle for Jerusalem, sexual violence and a culture of silence, and the loss of comic Robin Williams. The project comes to life in audio, video, photography and editorial, with elements featured both online at globeandmail.com as well as in print. The album is made available as a free download for a limited time from Arts & Crafts: arts-crafts.ca/broadsheetmusic

Broadsheet Music bucks the trend of traditional year-end best-of lists in a massive and meaningful way,” said Jared Bland, Arts Editor of The Globe and Mail. “Together with our project partner Arts & Crafts and presenting partner Canadian Opera Company (COC), our goal was to commission a peerless collection of timeless songs, built by musical peers in a crystallized time. It is our gift to our readers, and the fans of these diverse and extraordinarily talented Canadian artists.”

Working in collaboration with Arts & Crafts and music director Charles Spearin (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), a collection of unique Canadian artists assembled in late fall to create distinctive and impactful songs. The project includes the first piece of new music to emerge from Broken Social Scene since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record – the archival “Golden Facelift” – as well as Fucked Up’s seventeen-minute Italian opera in six acts, featuring soprano Karine Boucher and tenor Owen McCausland of the COC.

“We are honoured to partner with The Globe on this ambitious and creative idea,” said Jonathan Shedletzky of Arts & Crafts. “The project provided the opportunity for a diverse collection of our artists to collaborate on the creation of meaningful and challenging pieces.”

This collaborative effort resulted in a 38-minute album of six songs covering a breadth of topics vital to our country and our time:

·         Reclamation and human accountability – “Golden Facelift” – Broken Social Scene

·         Missing aboriginal women in Western Canada – “Red River” – Reuben And The Dark

·         Sexual violence and a culture of silence – “The Next One” – Tamara Williamson and Absolutely Free

·         The misleading illusions of liberty and the voice – “Voce Rubata” – Fucked Up

·         Exploring the divisive battle in the Mid-East – “Jerusalem” – Jason Collett and Zeus

·         Ode to one of our era’s most affective comedians – “No Doubt Or Fire” – Brendan Canning

In a statement from Broken Social Scene, the Toronto collective encapsulated the themes of Broadsheet Music, giving context to the project on which “Golden Facelift” has found its home:

“Golden Facelift is a song recorded during the Forgiveness Rock Record sessions, but ultimately did not make the final cut for one reason or another. It is a song we as a band all felt strongly about lyrically and musically and we wanted to give it a proper unveiling when the time was right. We feel that chance is now as this year draws to a close. 2014 has not been without its beauty, but it has also been a year of incredible brutality and all of humanity has a great deal to answer for. Broken Social Scene aims to echo the voice and concerns of the underdog while creating music that will hopefully inspire those who are doing good and useful things for this planet and humankind.”

Visit tgam.ca/broadsheet to listen to Broadsheet Music: A Year in Review and read related content.

Concord Music Group and Stax Records are proud to announce the digital release and physical reissue of two comprehensive box set titles:  The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971 and The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975. Originally released in 1993 and 1994, respectively, these two compilations will be re-released back into the physical market in compact and sleek new packaging. Each set includes full-color booklets with in-depth essays by Stax historian and compilations co-producer Rob Bowman. The volumes feature stalwart Stax R&B artists including Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, the Bar-Kays and William Bell, as well as bluesmen Little Milton, Albert King and Little Sonny,and “second generation” Stax hitmakers like Jean Knight, the Soul Children, Kim Weston, the Temprees, and Mel & Tim. Many of the tracks included in these collections will be made available digitally for the very first time.
 
The story of the great Memphis soul label Stax/Volt can be divided into two distinct eras: the period from 1959 through the beginning of 1968, when the company was distributed by Atlantic and was developing its influential sound and image (chronicled in acclaimed 9-CD box set The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968, released by Atlantic in 1991); and the post-Atlantic years, from May 1968 through the end of 1975, when Stax/Volt began its transition from a small, down-home enterprise to a corporate soul powerhouse.

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In Stax’s early years as an independent label, founders Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton struggled with the loss of its back catalog to Atlantic/Warner Brothers Records and the loss of the label’s most lucrative artist, Otis Redding, who tragically died in a plane crash months before. In need of funding and new stars, Axton and Stewart sold the label to Gulf + Western, bringing on promotion head Al Bell (who would soon become an equal partner and major figurehead of the label). In his Vol. 2 essay, Rob Bowman recalls, “As the sun arose in Memphis on May 6, 1968 [the day Stax officially became independent of Atlantic], Stax had been essentially gutted. For all intents and purposes it was a new record company poised to issue its first few records.”
 
Comprised of nine CDs, Vol. 2 focuses on this period, 1968 through 1971, when Stax/Volt was forging ahead as its own entity. The 216-song collection includes all of the singles issued by the label during this time period, and features some of the biggest and best-loved hits of the day, including Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft,” The Staple Singers’ “Respect Yourself” and Johnnie Taylor’s “Who’s Making Love,” as well as a number of little-known gems by both major and less-familiar artists. 
 
By the end of 1971, Bowman notes, “Al Bell’s dream of [Stax/Volt] becoming a diversified full-line record company was several steps further along the line to being reality. The label now recorded a wealth of different styles and flavors of black popular music, ranging from the jazz and easy-listening proclivities of Isaac Hayes to the blues of Little Milton to the’70s disco-infused vocal style of the Dramatics to the gutsy soul of the Staple Singers.” Indeed, the early 1970s found Stax/Volt a much bigger entity than ever thought possible during its initial split from Atlantic, with Isaac Hayes as its breakout star. Spurred by the success of Hayes’ GRAMMY Award-winning Shaft soundtrack in early 1972, the label was casting its net across a wide cross section of the entertainment industry, entering into new territory with soundtracks, comedy records, and even investing in a Broadway play. The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975, out coming Spring 2015, covers this era of success and excess, when Stax’s stars were shining bright, but the label was on the verge of its dramatic denouement. The 10-disc box set contains all 213 soul singles issued by Stax/Volt during this time, including such hits as Shirley Brown’s “Woman to Woman” and the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.
 
In 1976, faced with involuntary bankruptcy and an unsuccessful distribution deal with CBS Records, Stax was forced to close its doors. In his liner notes for Vol. 3, compilation co-producerBill Belmont writes, “Stax’s difficult and inglorious end in no way diminishes its vital contributions to rhythm and blues and soul. Today, the music of Stax maintains a strong and steady presence, heard continually in cover versions by major artists, in movies and on television. Simply put, the Memphis Soundlives.” And indeed it does.
 
With a revival of the label in recent years, through Fantasy Records, the 2003 opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tenn., as well as several developing theatrical performances around the label, the music of Stax will continue to influence generations of musicians and fans alike.
 
 
 

Sammy Hagar has released a stripped-down, acoustic version of the Depeche Mode classic, “Personal Jesus.” While the Red Rocker previously issued a full electric take on the track as part of his 2013 album, “Sammy Hagar & Friends”, the acoustic offering is now available via iTunes as part of an exclusive 12-song Bonus edition of his new album, “Lite Roast.”

“For those who have already purchased the album,” says Hagar, “you can grab just the new track on it’s own.” Download “Personal Jesus” from iTunes here.

Released in October, “Lite Roast” sees the singer teamed with Waboritas guitarist Vic Johnson to deliver stripped-down versions of tunes from his career.

“Lite Roast” was inspired by the rehearsals for Sammy’s appearance at the Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit show in May, which raised funds for the Pediatric Cancer Program at the University Of California, San Francisco UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Check out the electric version of “Personal Jesus” from the “Sammy Hagar & Friends” album here.