Our Ridiculous Xmas Parties are over for another year. And while merrymaking at The Biltmore Cabaret, we managed to raise $2604 from door sales. When you include the pint glass at the Merch Table containing $18, that's a glorious $2622 for Girls Rock Camp Vancouver. Hooray! Thanks to everyone who donated prizes, took photos, performed, sold merch and came out for the night. We heart you guys!
Well, it's certainly a first for us here at Team Mint H.Q. to have one of our roster nominated for not one, but TWO Grammy Awards. That's right, our dear friend Neko Case appears twice as a nominee for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards! In the category of Best Contemporary Folk Album, Neko's brilliant Anti- Recordings release Middle Cyclone goes head to head with the likes of Tracy Chapman, Elvis Costello and Steve Earle, and for Best Recording Package, she's duking it out with David Byrne and Brian Eno and Spinal Tap, among others!Keep your fingers crossed and your rabbits' feet close to your hearts on January 31, 2010. Let's see Neko bring home the gold (or whatever a Grammy is made of)!! We're proud of you Neko; we knew you had it in ya, even waaaay back.
...or even waaaaaaay back.
Meet the latest addition to the Mint Records family, Olivia Fetherstonhaugh or, as we like to call her musical alter ego, fanshaw. As a prior member of The Choir Practice and important part of Vancouver's eclectic music community, we think she's going to fit in just nicely. Her Mint debut, Dark Eyes, will arrive in record shops on February 9th 2010. Always one to support her friends, Olivia recruited fellow Choir singers, Larissa Loyva (Kellarissa, P:ano) and Shane Turner (Love and Mathematics) to play on her record. Visual artist Karin Bubaš (also a Choir member) created fanshaw artwork and took photographs. She also snatched up fellow CiTR Shindig winner, Johnny Payne (Victoria, Victoria, The Shilohs) to play drums.fanshaw is able to toe the line between accessible and adventurous. Her voice reminds me of Laura Gibson. The warbles and fluctuations challenge you, but the sounds warm you even with only the minimal instrumental backing. The thing that helps her stand out? She can effortlessly switch from intimate quirky vocal delivery to a chanteuse with the vocal power to dominate a song as well. - herohill.com
New York City. Let's see. There's Coney Island. That house from Ghostbusters. Amazing pizza. Crazy cab drivers. Galleries. Museums. AND THE MINT RECORDS CMJ SHOWCASE! (our apologies for yelling. we're excited - please come) The night is looking like this: Mint CMJ ShowcaseFri Oct 23 @ Fat Baby(112 Rivington St)8:30pm: Immaculate Machine9:15pm: Hot Panda10pm: The Pack A.D.
Click on the links below to hear some music from these three kick-ass bands!
I Only Love You for Your Car (video)
The Pack A.D.
Continuing along on their mission to deliver indie-rock to the small people, Vancouver’s Duplex! are back with Worser, their second full length album (their debut CD, Ablum was released on Mint Records in 2005.)Never ones to shy away from the hard truths, Duplex! this time tackle themes spanning evolution, hibernation, same-sex divorce, dogs wearing sweaters, and the making of both sandwiches and mistakes. Featuring again the talents of Veda Hille, Justin Kellam (No Kids), Annie Wilkinson (Onward Voyageur), Matt Caruso (Chariots of Eggs), Shaun Brodie (AC Newman, Hidden Cameras), Saoirse Soley, Sierra Terhoch, and Abe Caruso, along with special guests Geoff Berner and his daughter Margot, and welcome newcomers Gracie Mae Caruso and Anders Hille Kellam.Recorded at The Hive, hippest studio in town, and featuring a silkscreen cardboard cover designed by Annie, Worser will be available digitally through Mint Records on October 13th, and in hard copy at shows and through vedahille.com.Kids and parents can get ready to rock out and learn about noble gases, orange popsicles, and a little sister’s love for her big brother. What else could you want from a record?
Carolyn Mark doesn't sit still for long. She just put the finishing touches on a new record titled, Let's Just Stay Here and now she is burning down the great Canadian highway, probably on her way to a festival somewhere. The new album will be released on Mint Records this fall - on October 13th, to be precise. Now, we should also mention, Carolyn doesn't like to hog the spotlight, Let's Just Stay Here sees Carolyn teaming up with Toronto's Juno nominated (and Six Shooter stars) N.Q. Arbuckle for six Carolyn penned numbers, three N.Q. songs and and handful of covers. A collection of slow burning torchlight country heartbreakers, roadhouse style Johnny & June anthems & odes to the touring lifestyle, Let's Just Stay Here covers a lot of miles on the musical road map of touring excess. N.Q. Arbuckle and Miss Carolyn set their minds on creating a "rock" record together after a summer of touring Southern Alberta. Not like AC/DC rock, more like Lucinda Williams/Wilco/Tom Petty rock. Carolyn lovingly calls it her Rumours. We think you'll love it too. The Players:Carolyn Mark: vocals, guitar, piano, wurlitzer, Jacobson's OrganN.Q. Arbuckle: vocals, guitar, poking stickPeter Kesper: all manner of guitars, steel, pedal steel, Weisenborn, harmony vocals, banjoJohn Dinsmore: bass, banjo, mandolin, guitar, harmony vocals, charmMark Kesper: drums, percussion, common sense The Guests:Jenny Whiteley: lady harmonies Lily Fawn: musical sawCorb Lund: mandolinMiranda Mullholland: violin Track Listing:All Time Low Officer Down The 2nd Time Saskatoon Tonight Downtime Itchy Feet Passing Dream Canada Day Off/Toronto Too Sober To Sleep Sunday Morning When I Come BackLet's Just Stay Here
The girls of The Pack AD are a well oiled touring machine, and after four months on the road they are still going strong! Exclaim and Mint Records offer you a chance to win autographed Pack AD treasures (including: the band's signed and destroyed cymbal/drum head, Pack A.D. vinyl, Mint samplers, a Mint tote bag and pins galore!). Hit up our pals at exclaim.ca here for contest details, then go see the girls tear the roof off of a venue near you!
July 14 - the Mansion - Kingston, ONJuly 15 - Brunswick Tavern - St. Thomas, ONJuly 16 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ONJuly 17 - L'Escogriffe - Montreal, QCJuly 18 - Festival d'ete Off - Quebec City, QCJuly 20 - Gus's Pub - Halifax, NSJuly 21 - West Side Charlie's - New Mines, NSJuly 30 - the Exchange - Regina, SKJuly 21 - Amigo's Cantiina - Saskatoon, SKAugust 1 - Henotic - Lethbridge, ABAugust 2 - the Drake - Canmore, ABAugust 5 - Broken City - Calgary, ABAugust 7 - Logan's Pub - Victoria, BCAugust 8 - Green Mountain Music Festival - Nanaimo, BC
Summer is just around the corner, and the warmer weather brings the festivals! NXNE is coming up soon and our Winnipeg locals Novillero and Edmonton comrades Hot Panda will be heading to the Toronto for some late night veggie dogs. Hot Panda Sat June 20@ The Horseshoe Tavern*CBC Radio 3 Showcase*NovilleroSat June 20@ The El MocamboCalgary's Sled Island (June 24-27) lineup is also looking promising this year and we've got more Mint bands than ever scheduled to perform! Nardwuar and the Evaporators are preparing for their summer split 7" release, A Wild Pear, with Mr. Andrew WK. The EvaporatorsFriday, June 26th10:55 PM@ The Plaza Theatre*all ages*Hot Panda are back from their UK tour with The Von Bondies and, weather permitting, will be tubing down the river before playing their late night showcase. Hot PandaFriday, June 26th9:15 PM@ The Plaza Theatre*all ages*Novillero are packing up their van, kissing their newborn babies goodbye and migrating West for the weekend. NovilleroSaturday, June 271:00 AM@ The Marquee RoomAnd our hardest working band, The Pack A.D. are driving back onto Canadian soil and looking forward to Tim Hortons' coffee, measuring distances in kilometers and the Sled Island festival, of course.The Pack A.D.Thursday, June 2512:00 AM@ The Palomino SmokehouseCalgary surf legends The Ramblin' Ambassadors will be there for the festivities as well. It's going to be good! The Ramblin' AmbassadorsThursday, June 25th 12:40 AM@ Broken City
The full Sled Island schedule is available here!
The Pack A.D. play a homecoming gig at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, followed up with touring across Canada this summer.
Maya Miller and Becky Black of The Pack A.D. are the hardest working gals we know. They've been on the road non-stop since March (SXSW), traveling in the Falcon (their van) all across the USA, playing 84 shows in 95 days, each show winning them new friends and fans. They're doing it old school and it's all about the fans. How does old school work? "We tour like hell, and if you like us, then you tell your friends. Then your friends tell their friends and so on and before you know it, you've made the band. " They're not interested in being the flavour of the month. Now back in Vancouver, The Pack A.D. are getting ready for their big homecoming gig at the Biltmore Cabaret on Friday June 19th (their last scheduled show in Vancouver til December). Then for the rest of the summer they will be back in their trusty van touring all across Canada before heading back over to Europe in the fall. The Pack A.D. are going to play some music and have some drinks - so all you have to do is show up and bring your friends!Fri June 19, Vancouver BC @ Biltmore CabaretSat June 20, Kelowna BC @ Doc Willoughby'sThu June 25, Calgary AB @ The Palomino - Sled Island Fri June 26 Whitehorse YK @ Sunstroke Music FestivalThu July 2 Edmonton AB @ Brixx BarFri July 3 Regina SK @ O'HanlonsSat July 4 Winnipeg MB @ Lo PubTues July 7 Thunder Bay ON @ The ApolloWed July 8 Sault Ste. Marie ON @ Arcadia HouseThu July 9, Sudbury ON @ The TownehouseFri July 10, London ON @ Call The OfficeSat July 11, Windsor ON @ Phog LoungeTues July 14, Kingston ON @ The MansionThu July 16, Toronto ON @ The HorseshoeFri July 17, Montreal QC @ L'EscoSat July 18, Quebec City QC @ Festival d’étéMon July 20, Halifax NS @ Gus's PubTue July 21, New Minas NS @ West Side CharliesThu July 23, Ottawa ON @ Zaphod BeeblebroxThu July 30, Regina SK @ The ExchangeFri July 31, Saskatoon SK @ Amigo'sSat Aug 1, Lethbridge AB @ HenoticSun Aug 2, Canmore AB @ The DrakeWed Aug 5, Calgary AB @ Broken CitySat Aug 8, Nanaimo BC @ Green Mountain Music Festival
The band's full touring schedue is here!
NEWSFLASH!Some exciting news for Hot Panda! After a brief encounter at SXSW and a frenzy of emails, our Hot Panda are joining the Von Bondies on their upcoming European tour. And they leave soon – on April 16th.The band is thrilled about the adventure. However, to go, they had to postpone the last part of their North American tour. So, if you are in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Halifax, Fredericton, Quebec City, Montreal, or Ottawa, the Pandas will be rescheduling those dates soon. We promise!Sun April 19, Hamburg, Molotow w/ Von BondiesMon April 20, Berlin, Magnet w/ Von BondiesThu April 23, London, Kings College w/ Von BondiesFri April 24, London, The Windmill BrixtonSat April 25, Birmingham, Bar Academy w/ Von BondiesSun April 26, Glasgow, King Tuts w/ Von Bondies Mon April 27, Manchester, Ruby Lounge w/ Von BondiesWed April 29, Koln, Gebaude w/ Von BondiesThu April 30, Vienna, Flex w/ Von BondiesMon May 4, Amsterdam, Melkweg Old Room w/ Von BondiesTue May 5, Paris, Nouveau Casino w/ Von BondiesEND OF NEWSFLASH!