Starting next Friday, there will be one off events internationally where fans will be able to hear Aphex Twin’s first new record in 13 year in its entirety before the release on September 23. RSVP ticket lottery begins on Sunday, August 31 at 4am PST / 7 am EST / 12pm GMT / 1pm CET and closes Tuesday, September 2 at midnight in each time zone.
The event will happen in these cities (we are crossing our fingers that we get into the Toronto event):
New York City, US
Los Angeles, US
Toronto psych band WISH are set to release their debut self-titled album on August 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula. The album is now available for pre-order. Watch the video for the album’s first single Retro Grade via YouTube below.
WISH is a collection of songs spawned from the mind of 23 year old Kyle Connolly. Having accumulated a wealth of material in the past few years while recording and performing in Milk Lines, Breeze, and Beliefs, Kyle assembled a line-up of musicians and began recording several volumes of his own work at Toronto’s Candle Recording Studio. Joining Kyle are Peter Gosling (Decades, Lobby) on drums, Emily Bitze (Milk Lines) on bass, and long time friend/musical collaborator Josh Korody (Beliefs, Breeze) on guitar.
WISH was produced, mixed, and mastered by Josh Korody and Connolly. Recorded in just two days, the spontaneous feel and energy of their psychedelic dream pop sound calls to mind Sonic Youth, Lou Reed, Pavement, Neu!, and Meat Puppets. In the past year WISH have also shared the stage and the retro sensibilities of King Khan and The Shrines, Ought, and Crystal Stilts.
08/19 Toronto ON @ Garrison w/ Grooms, Hooray for Earth
09/11 Toronto ON @ The Horseshoe w/ Dirty Nil
09/13 Hamilton ON @ Supercrawl w/ Petra Glynt, Beliefs
1. The Days
2. Nothing To Say
4. Retro Grade
5. Frances In Space
6. All The Time
7. Waiting On
9. Only Wondering
Kingston, Ontario’s PS I Love You are set to release their third studio album “For Those Who Stay” on July 21st (UK) and 22nd (NA) via Paper Bag Records. Listen to the band’s new single Friends Forever via Soundcloud below. Pre-order “For Those Who Stay” from the Paper Bag Records Shop or from iTunes.
Friends Forever single artwork was designed by the band’s Benjamin Nelson, and is lifted from “For Those Who Stay,” which is PS I Love You’s third album. The album artwork was also designed by Benjamin. 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.”
“For Those Who Stay” tracklisting:
In My Mind At Least
Bad Brain Day
For Those Who Stay
Afraid of the Light
More of the Same
The band is going out on tour in the north-eastern portion of Canada and the US in August in support of the album release. See the full list of tour dates below.
PS I Love You Tour Dates:
August 1-3 Sackville, NB @ Sappy Fest
August 18 Detroit, MI @ The Pike Room*
August 19 Toronto, ON @ The Drake*
August 20 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks*
August 21 Montreal, QC @ II Motore*
August 22 Boston, MA @ Cafe 939*
August 23 New York, NY @ Rough Trade*
August 25 Washington, DC @ DC9*
August 26 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe*
August 27 Chicago, IL @ Schubas*
*with Frog Eyes
Rich Aucoin returns with his sophomore album, ‘Ephemeral’ on September 9 via Aucoin’s own imprint Young Enthusiastic Americans Records (YEA Records). Watch the trailer for the album below.
You can also stream the new single, Want To Believe via Soundcloud below
Aucoin now custom orders his trademark parachute (as seen in the Are You Experiencing? video – watch it below) since there are so many devoted and curious fans rushing to get under them at live shows. “Rich Aucoin is already holding stadium-caliber, interactive live spectacles in the confines of clubs”, marveled CBC Radio 3′s Grant Lawrence, “Imagine what this Halifax electro-imagineer could do in a hockey arena!”
Watch the video for Are You Experiencing? below.
“In times like this/I wanna be a believer!,” Aucoin shouts on the driving, dynamic single, Want to Believe, which was mixed by Grammy Award winner Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk). It’s not surprising that he means all times. “I want to believe,” he says, “and am on a quest to try to have as many experiences as I can to elicit belief.”
Aucoin has experienced the same loss and doubt as any other person. On the upbeat Four More Years, he explains the toll his life has taken on him: “I’m alone so much/what good are friends you cannot touch…I fuckin’ miss my friends.”
Lastly and most importantly, Ephemeral was inspired by the story ‘The Little Prince’ (it runs in synchronization with the 1979 claymation film). This album was written to explore the same concepts and themes contained in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s children’s novella; “themes of the ephemerality of human existence, the absurdity of life, the values placed upon the pursuit of power, wealth and knowledge,” says Aucoin. Isolation and relationships are a big focus in the book and the record and the realization that our relationships are the most important part of our short existence.
06/26 – Waterloo, ON @ Starlight
06/27 – London, ON @ Call the Office
06/28 – St. Catherine’s, ON @ SCENEfest
06/29 – Toronto, ON @ World Pride
06/30 – Saint John, NB @ Market Square (Canada Day Countdown)
07/01 – Fredericton, NB @ Officer’s Square
07/18 – Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music Festival
07/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Bermuda Festival
Seattle based rock band My Goodness will release their new full-length album, “Shiver + Shake” on June 24th via Votiv Music. The thirteen track LP was recorded and produced by Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Blind Melon) at London Bridge Studio. My Goodness are offering fans a free download of Shiver + Shake’s first single Cold Feet Killer via Purevolume.com here and you can view the video for the track below.
Brooklyn trio Dead Stars has announced their new LP, “Slumber,” will be out on June 17th via Old Flame Records, which is the follow-up to last summer’s “High Gain” EP. “Slumber” delivers more crunchy guitars and catchy hooks with a touch of ’90s nostalgia. The band has given us the first taste of the new record, and you can listen / download the ultra-catchy Someone Else via Soundcloud below.
Toronto’s Born Ruffians have announced the details of the deluxe 2-disc edition version of their album “Birthmarks” due out on March 25th, 2014 via Paper Bag Records - pre-order it here. The two-disc set will include the tracks from original album plus four brand new tracks and five acoustic versions recorded by Luke Lalonde outside of a studio in an intimate setting. Watch the video for super-catchy 6-5000 lifted from the album via YouTube below.
In the meantime, Born Ruffians are debuting two new acoustic tracks and artwork every week until release date on their website here.
With Her Shadow
Too Soaked To Break
Dancing On The Edge Of Our Graves
Oh Cecilia (*Exclusive to CD)
With An Ax
Rage Flows (Acoustic)
Never Age (Acoustic)
Your Sufferin’ Heart