Born Ruffians Release Deluxe Edition of Birthmarks

born-ruffiansToronto’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.

khze_BRBirthmarksDeluxeCovere_1Tracklisting:

Disc 1
Needle
6-5000
Ocean’s Deep
Permanent Hesitation
Cold Pop
Golden Promises
Rage Flows
So Slow
With Her Shadow
Too Soaked To Break
Dancing On The Edge Of Our Graves
Never Age

Disc 2
Harmony
Cherry Wine
Oh Cecilia (*Exclusive to CD)
With An Ax
Rage Flows (Acoustic)
Wandering Eye
Needle (Acoustic)
Never Age (Acoustic)
Your Sufferin’ Heart

For more about Born Ruffians, visit www.bornruffians.com.

Young Galaxy Gets Reworked By Doldrums

Young GalaxyToday, Young Galaxy released their new single New Summer from their upcoming album “Ultramarine” due out via Paper Bag Records on April 23rd. Since it is freaking freezing in Toronto today, we are all dreaming of summer so this is a very fitting day to release the single – you can purchase it here if you like. The New Summer single comes with a “b-side” remix from Montreal’s Doldrums who spins it into weirdo, dancey territory as only he could…and we love it!
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Young Galaxy Announce New Album Details

young-galaxyYoung Galaxy have announced details of their fourth LP, “Ultramarine”, which will be released via Paper Bag Records on April 23rd. The album was made with electronic producer Dan Lissvik in Gothenburg, Sweden, at Lissvik’s studio which was very different from the recording of 2011′s Shapeshifting; this time the band stood in a room with Lissvik, playing their instruments and every song was sung by co-founder Catherine McCandless.  Watch a teaser for the album below via YouTube.

“In being away from home we felt like we could risk more,” McCandless says. “Take bigger chances. Things we didn’t think would work, we tried anyway.”

According to the label, “Ultramarine” is more direct than previous Young Galaxy records have been, with songs of azure longing, Young Galaxy haven’t lost their other aspect: a willfulness, a purposeful independence, and a sense of darkness, unilluminated.  As lighthearted as “Ultramarine” can be – as much as you can dance to it – there is also something elemental, something underneath. 

Tracklisting:

1. Pretty Boy
2. Fall For You
3. New Summer
4. Fever
5. Hard To Tell
6. What We Want
7. Out the Gate Backwards
8. In Fire
9. Privileged Poor
10. Sleepwalk With Me

For more information on Young Galaxy, visit http://younggalaxy.com/.

Paper Bag Records Takes On David Bowie

Paper Bag Records vs BowiePaper Bag Records has released another covers compilation. This time, they take on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars featuring covers by Austra, CFCF, PS I Love You, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan and more. The compilation is available for free download from the Paper Bag Records website here - grab it now.

To get you in the mood, here is the original version of Soul Love which is redone by Austra and CFCF on the Paper Bag release. Check it out below.

PS I Love You Release New Track + Announce Tour

PS I Love You have release a new track, ‘Princess Towers’, which is lifted from their latest album, Death Dreams. The album will be available on May 8th (Canada / US) and May 28 (UK) on CD and limited edition 180 gram white vinyl + CD) via Paper Bag RecordsDeath Dreams was truly low budget – it was recorded with Meet Me At The Muster Station (their previous album) producer Matt Rogalsky on his portable studio in the band’s rehearsal space. No big budget studios for these lads. The album’s photography and design of the album’s artwork was created and executed by Benjamin Nelson.

Listen to the super catchy yet raunchy ‘Princess Towers’ below.

MP3: PS I Love You – Princess Towers

You can also listen to the first single release from Death Dreams, ‘Sentimental Dishes’ via Soundcloud below.

PS I Love You will embark on a thirteen-date tour kicking off in Toronto at the Garrison and ending in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario at the Grad Club (full tour schedule below) in support of Death Dreams.

Tour Dates:
May 15 Toronto – The Garrison
May 19 Hamilton – The Casbah
May 21 London – The Alex P Keaton
May 23 Chicago – Schubas Tavern
May 25 New York – Mercury Lounge
May 26 Brooklyn – Glasslands
May 28 Hamden – The Outer Space
May 29 Fredericton – The Capital Complex
May 30 Charlottetwon – Hunters Ale House
May 31 Halifax – Michael’s
June 2 Montreal – Il Motore
June 6 Ottawa – Mavericks
June 9 Kingston – The Grad Club

For more information on PS I Love You, visit http://psiloveyouband.bandcamp.com/.

PS I Love You Release Muster Sessions

Kingston, Ontario’s PS I Love You have released an album through Paper Bag Records called Muster Sessions which includes tracks from various live engagements and interview sessions recorded while promoting their debut album Meet Me At The Muster Station. They have put it up Muster Sessions as a free download, but if you like the album, you can make a donation to support the band – go here to download the full album & donate - http://noisetrade.com/psiloveyou.

Album Tracklisting:
1. Subtle & Majestic (KEXP Session)
2. Meet Me at the Muster Station Part 1 (Daytrotter Session)
3. Breadends (KEXP Session)
4. 2012 (CBC Radio Q Session)
5. CBEZ (XM Session)
6. Little Spoon (XM Session)
7. Leftovers feat. Diamond Rings (Daytrotter Session)
8. Starfield (CJLO “Hooked On Sonics” Session)
9. Butterflies & Boners (CBC Radio Q Session)
10. Scattered (CJLO “Dirty Work” Session)
11. Facelove (CBC Radio Q Session)
12. Get Over (Daytrotter Session)
13. Meet Me At The Muster Station Part 2 (Daytrotter Session)

Watch ‘Leftovers’ f/ Diamond Rings below.

CFCF Announce North American Release Of New Album

CFCF have announced the North American release date and information about their new ‘Exercises’ EP on April 24th via Paper Bag Records. ‘Exercises’ shows another step in CFCF’s artistic growth with a collection of piano and synth based compositions. Influenced by artists like Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Borden, and also institutional architecture and 70′s Canadiana.

Although this is a different direction for CFCF, it remains as cinematic and haunting as his 2009 debut album ‘Continent’. The EP will be available as limited edition 180 gram vinyl (+ CD included) and for digital download starting April 24th through the Paper Bag Records online store.

Tracklisting and cover art:
Exercise #1 (Entry)
Exercise #2 (School)
Exercise #3 (Building)
Exercise #4 (Spirit)
Exercise #5 (September)
Exercise #6 (December)
Exercise #7 (Loss)
Exercise #8 (Change)