Downtown Boys’ debut LP ‘Full Communism’ is a thrashing record of songs about smashing the prison-industrial complex, racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. Released May 4 via Don Giovanni Records, the band has taken their ferocious live show on the road with labelmates Screaming Females, and they’ll celebrate a hometown throwdown in Providence, RI on April 5 before heading out for a national tour. They recently played SXSW and were hailed as “Band Most Likely to Make You Enter the Pit” by SPIN.
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Squirtgun Records will release a new compilation ‘Return Of Our Stupid Noise,’ which is a roll-call of both new and old Squirtgun collaborators. Out May 5th, the record is announcement of the return of the reloaded Toronto label’s distinctive sound and aesthetic, as well as things to come from the label.
In the youth-obsessed world of Rock N Roll, Squirtgun Records founder Lee Maslin might very well be considered a dinosaur, a notion he finds amusing. “I’m not extinct yet!” he protests, feeling his pulse. “More like a wooly mammoth.” He offers instead. “Frozen in time. They thawed me out!”
Toronto restaurant and concert venue Sneaky Dee’s has announced another new music inspired dish in collaboration with Death From Above 1979. The Death From Above 1979 Nachos are available on their menu right now. The Death From Above 1979 Nachos feature Sneaky Dee’s famous tortilla chips covered in cheese, layered with pulled pork, sliced habaneros, jalapeños, black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, green onions, an entire sliced avocado, and topped with a full habanero pepper. The nachos are available for a limited time price of $19.79. The Death From Above 1979 Nachos will also herald the return of #NachoBill. Between March 26 -29, customers who try the new dish will have a chance to have their entire bill paid for by the restaurant.
No Joy have announced their new record ‘More Faithful’ out June 9 on CD / LP / digitally via Mexican Summer and Arts & Crafts (in Canada only). In anticipation of the release, the foursome share their first track Everything New – listen below via YouTube. The track is available on iTunes as an instant download when you pre-order ‘More Faithful’. You can also grab it the CD or LP here.
Muse announced that they will release the first official single, Dead Inside today, March 23rd as the song premieres on radio stations around the world. Says lead singer Matt Bellamy, “This is where the story of the album begins, where the protagonist loses hope and becomes Dead Inside, therefore vulnerable to the dark forces introduced in Psycho and which ensue over the next few songs on the album, before eventually defecting, revolting and overcoming these dark forces later in the story.”
Dead Inside appears on their forthcoming studio album, ‘Drones,’ which will be released June 9 via Warner Bros. Records.
The Soft Moons third album, ‘Deeper,’ is out next Tuesday via Captured Tracks, but you can listen to it this week in its entirety over at NPRs First Listen – click here to listen to ‘Deeper.’
Julie Fader and Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) are set to release their debut album as Etiquette. ‘Reminisce’ will be released on March 24 via Toronto’s Hand Drawn Dracula and is now available to stream here on CBC Music.
Etiquette is a new band, but its faces are familiar. Scan the liner notes of the many Canadian indie-rock favourites that line your record shelf, and you’re bound to see the names of Graham Walsh and Julie Fader, creative and domestic partners whose collective résumé unites not only the country’s myriad musical communities—from folk-rock to noise-punk—but the generations between them. Walsh is best known as a member of electro-punk armada Holy Fuck, and as a producer for nationally acclaimed newcomers like Metz, Viet Cong and Hannah Georgas; Fader, a renowned visual artist, has released an album of ethereal indie-pop under her own name (2009’s ‘Outside In’), while also lending her voice to artists such as Sarah Harmer, Chad VanGaalen, Blue Rodeo, and Great Lake Swimmers. Etiquette, however, marks the moment where all that experience and all those aesthetics intersect into a swirling, seductive sound that perfectly complements Fader’s personal songwriting with Walsh’s command of otherworldly, future-shocked sonics.