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November 26, 2016
Mint Records Xmas

Mint Records is proud to present our annual and always early holiday party! This year we are extra excited to be celebrating our 25th year of making records and putting on shows and being merry.

This year, Mint’s jolly Vancouver contingent, Jay Arner, Supermoon and Fake Tears will be joined by our good friends Woolworm and Aaron Read. To round out this festive event, Chris-a-riffic will be playing all of your favourite Chris-mas carols, hymns and jingles between bands. We hope you will sing along!

As usual Santa will be giving away gift bags jammed with goodies from Neptoon Records, Red Cat Records, Pocky and Lush to the first 50 people through the door. Also included in your stocking is a copy of our brand new limited edition cassette compilation “Quarter Life Crisis” which features 25 tracks (get the theme here?) from our artists, friends as well as deep cuts from the Mint vaults.

Proceeds from the party will go to support one of our favourite causes, Girls Rock Camp Vancouver!

Saturday, November 26th
The Astoria - 769 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC
doors at 8:30

Featuring:
Jay Arner
Supermoon
Fake Tears
Woolworm
Aaron Read
plus: Chris-a-riffic does Xmas carols!

Tickets available online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2711710

Tickets also available in real life at Red Cat Records, Neptoon Records and Zulu Records.

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November 15, 2016
evaporators Ogopogo punk

What! Where did this come from?! A new record from The Evaporators? I guess it's out now! It's Ogopogo Punk and it's Nardwuar and the gang banging out a slew of new nuggets covering all the pertinent topics... sea monsters, eating, Chuckanut Drive and (eww) Dreadlocks! Sounds like a real cool time. But don't take my word for it, check out the video for their first single, "I Can't Be Shaved"

 

Coming soon on Okanagan summer sunshine yellow vinyl with eye popping cover art by underground comix legend Peter Bagge (Hate, Neat Stuff). Pre-order your copy now!

 

 

November 8, 2016

Monomyth's long awaited sophomore album, Happy Pop Family, is finally out and us Minties are the happiest pop family you can imagine! Every song on their new album is a delicious slice of Power Pop pie and we’re lining up for seconds. Order your LP or cassette today!

 

September 27, 2016
Graham Clark

Jay Arner has been busy since releasing his sophomore LP Jay II on Mint in June. Only a month and a half after returning from a Cross Canadian tour with label mates Supermoon, Jay has announced another string of dates through the USA and Eastern Canada.

To whet your appetites as to what you can expect from a Jay Arner tour the band has made a completely bizarre infomercial starring Vancouver comedian Graham Clark.

 

 

Sept 30 - Seattle WA - Hollow Earth Radio
Oct 1 - Portland OR - Crush House
Oct 2 - Boise ID - Wastelander Studios
Oct 3 - Provo UT - Muse Music Cafe
Oct 4 - Denver CO - Club Scum
Oct 5 - Omaha NE - Reverb
Oct 6 - Minneapolis MN - Green Greens
Oct 7 - Chicago IL - Club Soda
Oct 10 - Allentown PA - Good Weeknd
Oct 11 - Philadelphia PA - Leninundergrad
Oct 12 - Brooklyn NY - Shea Stadium
Oct 13 - Manhattan NY - Cake Shop
Oct 14 - Burlington VT - TBA
Oct 15 - Plattsburgh NY - ROTA Gallery
Oct 16 - Montreal QC - Brasserie Beaubien
Oct 18 - Saint John NB - Callahan's Pub
Oct 19 - Fredericton NB - The Capital Bar
Oct 21 - Halifax NS - Art Bar +Projects (Halifax Pop Explosion)
Oct 22 - Halifax NS - Taz Records
Oct 23 - Sackville NB - Thunder and Lightning
Oct 25 - Boston MA - TBA
Oct 26 - Washington DC - Maybelle's
Oct 27 - Raleigh NC - Slim's
Oct 28 - Savannah GA - El-Rocko Lounge
Oct 29 - Atlanta GA - Mammal Gallery
Oct 31 - Nashville TN - Fond Object

Nov 2 - Pensacola FL - Sluggo's
Nov 3 - New Orleans LA - TBA
Nov 4 - Dallas TX - Crown and Harp
Nov 5 - Austin TX - Hotel Vegas
Nov 6 - Albuquerque NM - Gold House
Nov 7 - Tucson AZ - The Rat Trap
Nov 8 - Phoenix AZ - Rogue Bar
Nov 9 - Palm Springs CA - Ace Hotel
Nov 10 - Pomona CA - Acerogami
Nov 11 - Oakland CA - The Night Light
Nov 12 - Davis CA - The Starrship
Nov 13 - Eugene OR - The Campbell Club
Nov 14 - Portland OR - Church Bar
Nov 16 - Seattle WA - TBA
Nov 17 - Bellingham WA - Alternative Library
Nov 18 - Victoria BC - Logan's Pub
Nov 19 - Nanaimo BC - The Vault
Nov 25 - Vancouver BC - The Biltmore

September 20, 2016

Toronto scuzz punks Tough Age are on their way to Japan to promote the release of I Get The Feeling Central on Japanese indie imprint Moorworks. The Japanese pressing of the album, originally released on Mint Records in 2015, features two bonus tracks including a single version of “Castigation” which was produced by Vancouver based indie popsmith Jay Arner.

To celebrate the tour and Japanese re-issue Tough Age has released a video by Slam Dunk guitarist Jordan Minkoff for “Castigation.” Jordan Minkoff is known for his videos for Built To Spill and his mockumentary “Playing With Fire” about Slam Dunk’s fictional tour with Arcade Fire. The video premiered on Exclaim!

Tough Age will be playing four dates in the Tokyo area. The final night of tour will be the official release show for I Get The Feeling Central hosted by Moorworks.

10/08 Chuo, Tokyo  – Nanahari (Solo)

10/12 Nishi-Ogukubo, Tokyo – Pit Bar

10/15 Koenji, Tokyo – Sound Studio Dom

10/18 Setagaya, Tokyo – Fever

 

September 7, 2016

Halifax jangle pop heroes Monomyth have just announced their new album for Mint Records with a single premiere on Stereogum! “Puppet Creek” is the first single from Happy Pop Family which comes out November 4th, 2016. The song is rambling power pop left to warp in the sun; an enticing glimpse into the growth of the band since 2014’s Saturnalia Regalia!, their debut LP on Mint Records.

Catch Monomyth on their home turf at The Marquee during Halifax Pop Explosion, October 21st!

July 5, 2016

Apparently some Minties just can't get enough of the road life though and our very own Jay Arner and recent signees Supermoon have teamed up for a coast to coast road trip that starts out next week in Vancouver, BC! Stay up to date with the full details as they happen and plan your summer accordingly!

7/11 Vancouver, BC - The Lido
7/13 Kamloops, BC - Zach's Coffees Teas and Gifts
7/14 Edmonton, AB - The Almanac ~
7/15 Regina, SK - Artful Dodger
7/16 Winnipeg, MB - Handsome Daughter
7/17 Thunder Bay, ON - The Apollo
7/18 Sault Ste Marie, ON - Gore Street Café
7/20 Toronto, ON - Piston #
7/21 Peterborough, ON - The Spill %
7/22 London, ON - East Village Arts Collective
7/23 Montreal, QC - Poisson Noir %&
7/24 Quebec City, QC - Bateau de Nuit %
7/26 Fredericton, NB - Shiftwork Studio &
7/27 Saint John, NB - Callahan's %&
7/28 Halifax, NS - Gus' Pub ^
7/29-30 Sackville, NB - Sappyfest
7/31 Charlottetown, PEI - Baba's Lounge
8/02 Moncton, NB - Plan B
8/04 Montreal, QC - Brasserie Beaubien
8/05 Ottawa, ON - Pressed Café
8/06 Toronto, ON - Monarch Tavern $
8/07 Sudbury, ON - Townehouse
8/10 Saskatoon, SK - Sound and Silence House
8/11 Calgary, AB - The Palomino !
8/12 Vancouver, BC - Red Gate *

~ with Tee-Tahs

# with Bart

% with Adrian Teacher & The Subs

& with Weird Lines

^ with Adrian Teacher & The Subs, Moon

$ with Century Palm

! with Pre Nup

* with Julie Doiron, Adrian Teacher & the Subs, Nick Ferrio, Construction Destruction

May 24, 2016

Summer is nearly here, and we’re about to make it a whole lot better with the newest addition to the Mint roster: Heaven For Real!

Hailing all the way from Halifax, Heaven For Real have spent the past two years crafting their distinct and intricate sound. Part of this sound comes from band members’ experiences in various other projects that have made waves in Canada’s independent music landscape. Heaven For Real’s songwriters (and fraternal twin brothers) Mark and Scott Grundy play in Quaker Parents and Monomyth, while its rhythmic forces Cheryl Hann and Nathan Doucet have spent time playing with Old and Weird and Crosss, respectively.

With their first Mint release, Kill Your Memory, Heaven For Real are poised to make their own imprint on the Canadian music landscape. Incorporating the adventurousness of jazz and nervous post-punk energy with poetic lyrical narratives, Kill Your Memory offers a true blend of experimental rock n’ roll. Catchy hooks battle with dissonant tones and unconventional sounds, while lyrics bounce between both the playful and somber moments that animate life.

This album is one you don’t want to miss. But don’t just take our word for it - you can hear the first single,  “Subliminal” over on Stereogum now! The LP and digital versions will be available July 15, but you can pre-order it here now

Tour Dates

June 11 - Halifax, NS - The Seahorse

June 13 - Fredericton, NB - ReNeu Boutique

June 14 - Montreal, QC - Drones Club

June 15 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Explosion Festival

June 16 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land

June 17 - Detroit, MI - Kelly's Bar

June 18 - Chicago, IL - Smoakdale House

June 19 - Minneapolis, MN - Reverie Cafe + Bar

June 20 - Winnipeg, MB - The Handsome Daughter

June 21 - Saskatoon, SK - Sound & Silence Collective House

June 22 - Edmonton, AB - The Buckingham

June 23-27 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival 

June 28 - Boise, ID - Neurolux

June 29 - Reno, NV - Holland Project

July 8 - San Francisco, CA - The Hemlock Tavern

July 11 - Portland, OR - The Know

July 13 - Victoria, BC  - Copper Owl 

July 14 - Nanaimo - The Vault Cafe

May 24, 2016

Whoa…how is it almost June already? Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’ve been having a pretty great year so far! It could it be because we’re celebrating our 25th birthday. Or, perhaps, because of the fantastic new bands that have joined the Mint roster this year.

Either way, what better way to celebrate these things than to get seven (yes, seven!) bands together for the annual FREE Mint Records showcase at Sled Island!?!

Come help us celebrate, eat some delicious snacks, hear Jay Arner play Jay II for the first time, welcome new bands to the Mint family, and say hello to our other friends, old and new! It’s going to be one heck of a party.

THE MINT RECORDS SLED ISLAND DAY PARTY!

Friday, June 24th, 2016 at the Commonwealth Bar & Stage (731 10 Ave SW) from 1 – 8:00PM! FREE!

 

FEATURING

Fountain 6:45PM (Victoria, BC)

Jay Arner 6:00PM (Vancouver, BC – Mint Records)

Faith Healer 5:15PM (Edmonton, AB – Mint Records)

Supermoon 4:30PM (Vancouver, BC – Mint Records)

Snacks! 4:00PM

Heaven For Real 3:30PM (Halifax, NS – Mint Records)

Tough Age 2:45PM (Toronto, ON – Mint Records)

TV Ugly 2:00PM (Vancouver, BC)

Doors at 1PM

As per the usual Sled Island tradition, all of these bands will have official Sled Island evening showcases as well. Keep your eyes on the Facebook event for more details, and don’t forget to RSVP while you’re there!

April 6, 2016

We're sooo happy to welcome moody Vancouver pop outfit Supermoon to the Mint family! If you've been to any of our Ridiculously Early Xmas Parties over the past couple years, this should come as no surprise, since we've been huge fans for a while now!

We're super excited to announce that on May 20, the group’s latest excursion, Playland, will be arriving as a 2x7" via Mint. The album bubbles with intelligent, weirdo songs that combine sunny riffs and distorted ring outs. Coated in sugary vocals with driving bass, spectral guitars, and marching drums, the songs of Supermoon seem to wink at something lurking beneath the surface.

Rising from the ashes of two former Vancouver bands, the garage rock outfit Movieland and jangle pop 3-piece Pups, Supermoon borrows aspects from both groups to create catchy, challenging songs. Multi-instrumentalists Adrienne LaBelle and Alie Lynch take turns creating rich, dark bass and bright, sneering lead lines. Katie Gravestock, known as Groovestock to her bandmates, lives up to the name by providing an endless supply of smooth, melodic riffs. Selina Crammond acts as the backbone to the group with her playful drumbeats, reminiscent of the Flying Nun catalogue. Each of the members trade off on vocalist and songwriting duties, making the album at once eclectic and cohesive.

You can hear the first single, "Bottleships" over at Impose now! 2x7" and digital versions will be available May 20, but you can pre-order it here now!

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