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Produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tennis, member of Shins and Black Keys backing band) - Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay of July Talk are creative directors on the project. - Born Ruffians released a beer with Muskoka Brewery called 'RUFF Draught' that is in liquor stores across Ontario, Manitoba, and throughout Atlantic Canadian provinces.

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Barry says: Born ruffians, sounding like the result of a late-nite tryst between rock and/or roll and the Dodos return for their newest LP since 2015's 'Ruff'. Jangling melodies and swirling vocals meet hazy guitars and reverbed percussion to make their latest outing their best by far. Ace.

The album is the follow-up to the Polaris Music Prize short-listed Ultramarine and their third album produced by Dan Lissvik (Studio, Atelje). Watch the trailer for Falsework here.

The winter of 2014/2015 took Young Galaxy from their studio in Montreal to Gothenburg and back. The band’s brilliant new full length Falsework completes the sound they have been mining on their past two albums Shapeshifting (2011) and Ultramarine (2013) with producer Dan Lissvik. The album is undeniably synth pop without the simplicity and was informed and inspired by 80’s electro, acid house and r&b, music that was well ahead of its time. Falsework was made using machines from the past to sound like music from the future.

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Young Rival

Interior Light

    Toronto - Young Rival released their first piece of new music today since 2012’s Stay Young. The three piece known for their Nuggets-era blend of rock have emerged with an incredible new track, “Interior Light”. “Interior Light” is also the title track from the band’s forthcoming album out October 16th. Interior Light will be Young Rival’s first release on new label home Paper Bag Records.

    To coincide with the release of their new album Young Rival will head out on a full North American tour with label mates Born Ruffians. Working with producer and Hamilton native Graham Walsh—whose work they had admired on records by Viet Cong, Metz and Alvvays —Young Rival never stopped ripping at the seams of these songs, as though figuring out what made them tick. Interior Light doesn’t sound like the culmination of ten years’ worth of hard work. Instead, it sounds like a new start: a springboard for further experimentation and exploration.

    “We listened to a lot of Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers, stuff like that," says the band's Aron D'Alesio. "We brought in some psych elements as well. So ‘croon psych’ became a term we were throwing around at each other in the studio, like Sinatra dropping acid with Deerhunter.” Formed in 2007, they’ve been highly praised for some of the best visual accompaniments produced by a band in recent history- with music video’s “Black Is Good” reaching well over a million views and “Two Reasons” close to a million.


    In 2010, Jamison, the person behind Teen Daze, had no idea what Four More Years would bring. That debut EP, a collection of blissful home recordings, was the work of a carefree 24 year-old. By 2012, things had changed, as they tend to do: relationships dissolved, illness affected his family, windows for outward communication were closing. The gravity of it all made for constant output; he reached for futuristic utopia with All Of Us, Together, found a devotional sanctuary inside The Inner Mansions, and embraced hibernation on Glacier. In hindsight, this was an artist coping through various forms of introverted escapism.

    While proud of the material, Jamison sought to break this cycle when approaching the next record. He knew it would take a few leaps of faith, most directly: out of his bedroom… out of his comfort zone. For the first time, he gave up some control, inviting the input of others. Bearing over 30 demos, Jamison joined one of his musical heroes John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone, his all-analog studio in San Francisco. Beyond the immediate sonic advantages of recording to tape, the sessions with Vanderslice and co-producer Simon Bridgefoot encouraged a new positivity and confidence to his craft.

    The result is Morning World, eleven fully built, balanced, and expressed songs, the most vulnerable and honest Teen Daze LP to date. Thematically, Jamison paints a familiar picture: a Garden of Eden, a place of transcendent, painfree beauty, but with one key distinction... it’s not real and time there is finite. With vocals boldly up front—surrounded by strings, piano, guitar, and live percussion—he details a realm that, for the first time, has room for more than one. “Where does life go when it’s done,” he poses in the closing moments of “Post Storm”, before lending an answer that evokes the omnipresent wisdom of All Things Must Pass: “a moon replaces morning sun.

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    Hey Mother Death is a spontaneous project by Laurence Strelka & Denma Peisinger, based between Paris, France & Halifax, Nova Scotia. Using a mix of both French and English spoken word, avant-guitar exploration, minimalist organ, synth, and even dub reggae, the duo have created a dark and mesmerizing moodscape on their debut self-titled EP and an electric and sensual journey on their debut LP Highway.

    Laurence and Denma met a few years ago on a train platform at night, outside of a dilapidated telephone utility building in the outskirts of Paris. They were both going to study with Philippe Gaulier, one of the last great masters of old-school theatre. Denma had just left his years long mentorship with the San Franciscan free jazz visionary Jerry Granelli. Laurence Strelka was being mentored by the cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky while acting in his play.

    Riding the train back to Paris, talking about blues, they connected. The recordings for the first EP just happened. The moment they started playing what would become Black Monday, there was an intense connection, life or death, choice less.

    The Highway recordings were a process of learning and committing, digging into the depths. Most of the texts for Highway were written in the winter when Laurence was living in Paris and Denma in Halifax, poetry about their life experiences, contemplating the death of friends, its ordinariness, life and dreams. The duo are currently exploring collaborations with various multimedia artists and are very excited to soon share those pieces.

    Here is a quote from Jerry Granelli that is very relevant and inspiring for HMD, “There is not much to say about any music. Either it touches you or it doesn’t.”

    For Those Who Stay is PS I Love You's third album, and it was made after Paul quit Kingston for a different big smoke. It was encouraged by the girding strength of love but of course it's still dredging and confused, of course it's still resplendent in its churn. Of course the band had to go back to Kingston to record it - working at a place called the Bathhouse, the duo's first time in "a proper studio".

    As always, PS I Love You's songs were the result of collage and experiment: "Advice" and "Friends Forever" were still being written until the moments they were recorded. But in the studio, Paul Saulnier says, with "fancy gear" and tons of time, they could wait until they "really nailed" the perfect part. "And I think we made a very indulgent and decadent album because of it."


    Just two days after Carey Mercer completed the final mixes for his most recent Frog Eyes album, Carey’s Cold Spring, he received a call from his doctor telling him that He had throat cancer. He had been working on the album since 2010 and chose to self-release the record through Bandcamp. At the time Mercer had this to say, “Illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is a big thing, a thing that impacts a life and forces changes on theway, for example, a songwriter releases her or his product. So I release this from a place where it’s hard to say if I will be on the road to promote it. This is why I have chosen to control the release myself and put it out through the limited channels available to me right now.” News like this has a way of understandably overshadowing the music itself, and, thankfully, Mercer's cancer seems to be departed, leaving us the opportunity to appreciate the record without such a dire context. The joy here is tripled: he's not going to die, and, as a bonus, the record is awesome. And these victories are made even sweeter with the addition of tour dates.

    Mercer explains that Carey’s Cold Spring is not only built from personal experiences but also from what he saw over the last three years of recording: riots, storms, mass protests, the dissolution of any collective faith in our political and economic institutions. But it's not all doom and gloom: He describes the record's duality: “deeply fearful, almost paranoid, the sound of a person grinding his or her teeth in the night. But just a part of it. It’s also the sound of the birds in the morning, I hope”. Carey Mercer formed the band Frog Eyes, which includes he and his wife Melanie Campbell, in 2001. Their 2010 album, Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph was a nominee for the Polaris Music Prize. The band has released six proper studio records in this time, and is currently working on a seventh, and Mercer has also released records as Blackout Beach and Swan Lake.


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