Cuddlecore pioneers, cub, and their recently remastered and rereleased Betti-Cola and Come Out Come Out were recently reviewed by the illustrious folks at Pitchfork. Here's what they had to say:

"Like most artists, 1990s cuddlecore queens Cub resented being pigeonholed. In a way, that's kind of a shame. When I say the Vancouver-based trio's early recordings are among the cutest things I've heard, I'm giving some of my highest praise, but to most people, "cute" probably means something less, well, substantial. Especially when applied to three young women with only modest technical chops, the term could seem both confining and condescending. Sure enough, Cub were moving in a noisier direction by 1997, when they called it quits. In interviews, singer/bassist Lisa Marr would emphasize her smoking and drinking, two very grown-up vices; at another point, then-drummer Neko Case shocked an unruly audience member with a roundhouse right. Twee as fuck, maaan.

Cub may have been understandably uncomfortable being written off as cute, but their music-- mostly punky three-chord twee-pop similar to Sacramento's Tiger Trap or a Pacific Northwest all-girl Ramones-- was often more memorable, emotionally affecting, and flat-out fun than so much of the self-serious, middlebrow cock rock that tends to top year-end lists. Their 1993 collection of EPs and new material, Betti-Cola, which features future New Pornographer and solo songstress Case behind the kit on a couple of tracks, shows Cub finding their ramshackle, sweetly innocent voice. When they began to toy with their squeaky-clean image on 1995's Come Out Come Out, a good band got even better. Both albums, recently given the deluxe-reissue treatment on original label Mint, come as endearingly awkward reminders of a free-spirited enthusiasm too often missing in today's crop of licensing-ready indie-pop upstarts. At least cuteness can be controversial.

Featuring cover art by Archie Comics artist and Josie & the Pussycats creator Dan DeCarlo, Betti-Cola compiles Cub's early Mint EPs, Pep and Hot Dog Day, and adds 15 newer songs-- plus, on this reissue, four previously 7-inch-only tracks and one live "Wipe Out" goof. Girly and unabashedly juvenile, Betti-Cola lets Marr, guitarist/singer Robynn Iwata, and a rotating cast of drummers breeze through songs about chinchillas, dolphin boys, flying carpets, and eventual Destroyer guitarist Nicolas Bragg; like Jonathan Richman post-Modern Lovers, Cub prove that childlike whimsy can be, in the words of Joe Harvard, "a purer form of rebellion." As with most proudly amateurish bands, Cub actually improved given practice, so jangly mid-album tracks like lonesome "Pretty Pictures" and popsicle-packing "A Picnic" are among the best here, charming and melodic. "It's true, the world is ugly/ But everything could change," Marr sings on "Someday", a wrenchingly optimistic love song for no one. The covers-- the Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl", Beat Happening's "Cast a Shadow", Daniel Johnston's "Tell Me Now"-- are well chosen, always neatly suited for Cub's powerfully light-hearted delivery.

Cub tighten up as a band still more for Come Out Come Out without losing their appealing simplicity, thanks in part to increasingly confident songwriting. Having a full-time drummer, Lisa G., probably also helped. The reissue tacks on an alternate version of adorable watching-you-sleep song "Your Bed", a silly live version of "Cast My Shadow", a sillier radio rendition of the debut's "My Chinchilla", and an, uh, ambient-house mix of early song "Go Fish", but the original full-length itself still stands as one of the better twee-pop albums from an era that also brought us great material from the Pastels, the Softies, Rocketship, Tullycraft, and others. "New York City" captures the joy of being young and in love in a big city, with fuzz-tone guitars and girl-group melodies, while organ-accented "Everything's Geometry" goes for jangly guitars but fuzzy math: "If 1 is 3 and 3 is 9, then we can be happy all of the time." Here, pumpkins turn into princesses, and a "flaming red bobsled" can be a thing of menace. A closing Go-Go's cover, "Vacation", is as deceptively exuberant as you'd expect.

The album takes a darker turn on songs like bloodstained "Life of Crime", but it never loses its spirit of fun. Where Betti-Cola seems assured of the modern ideal of romantic love, Come Out Come Out interjects playfully self-aware anxiety next to the giddiness of tra-la-la love songs like "I'm Your Angel". On "Tomorrow Go Away", Marr sings (with some irony): "We never talk of love/ 'Cause I'm much too cool for that now/ And you fuck me on the floor/ 'Cause there's no room for a bed... We eat lunch with your parents while you're wishing I was dead." It's been said that you can reason someone into believing in God, but you can't reason them out of it, and I wonder if it's the same way with true love: Once you've taken that leap of faith, does everything change? Bad as they may have wanted to be, Cub landed squarely on the side of the angels. And that's totally punk rock." -Marc Hogan, May 10, 2007,

Hooray for Mondays! Sure, you probably scour record stores for new releases on Tuesdays. And, yes, Saturday morning cartoons are pretty good too. However, for the next 5 Mondays, Nardwuar the Human Serviette is counting down the weeks until The Evaporators' hyperactive and strangely educational Gassy Jack is out by releasing a series of sporadic music videos on
Gassy Jack and Other Tales, The Evaporators' fourth full length release, will be on record store shelves on November 6th.
And a second DVD dose of Nard's renegade celebrity interviews, titled Welcome To My Castle, is out on November 6th too. The DVD will include Nardwuar's bizarro encounters with The Junos, Gilligan, Prime Minister John Turner, Jello Biafra, Timothy Leary, the Degrassi Kids, Ron Jeremy, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Flea, Ernest Angley and many, many, many more.
Beginning at 9:00 on November 1st, Nardwuar is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his Vancouver Radio Show (1987-2007) on CiTR fm 101.9 with a 20 hour, "Live on the Air" Nardwuar Interview Marathon. Shortly after that, on November 2nd, Nardwuar's CD/DVD release party will take place at the UBC SUB Ballroom. Performances by The Evaporators, The Pack and more will join our sleep deprived punk rock superhero. Does Nardwuar ever slow down? Well, not really.

Mint is pleased and proud to welcome Edmonton, Alberta's Hot Panda to our dysfunctional family!

When you get compared, in the same breath, to everything from Daniel Johnson to the Talking Heads, you know you have a sound that's hard to pin down. Since their formation during the particularly chilly winter of 2006, the members of Hot Panda (Maghan Campbell, Keith Olsen, Chris Connelly, and Heath Parsons) have yet to sit down and have the discussion that goes: "So, what should we sound like?". The result is a swath of tunes that sound like anything and everything. Brit pop, gypsy swing, opera solos, Robert Pollard style lo-fi jangles, glammy Roxy Music keyboards, and "melodies that will be impossible to dislodge from your temporal cortex" (ChartAttack), all find their home in the music of Hot Panda... sometimes all in the same song!

After the recording of their 2007 EP Whale Headed Girl, Hot Panda took to the road, and I guess you could say the road took to them! The band hasn't looked back since, ever wheeling over Canada in a questionable 1977 ambulance, taking their rambunctiously theatrical live show to "kids who like to dance" all over the nation. In February 2008, Hot Panda took the time to travel to Winnipeg and record their first full length record, which will be coming out on Mint Records in the near future!

After numerous meetings at Granville Street's Taco Bell Cantina, Mint Records is proud to announce the latest addition to their family, Vancouver indie pop sensation, Bella.

Bella's infectious harmonies and dreamy vocals compliment Mint's quirky roster much like photosynthesis and flowers or Nardwuar the Human Serviette and plaid. They go together so well, that on Friday afternoon they tied the knot and the recording contract was signed.

The love affair began shortly after the band was handpicked to open for the New Pornographers at the Exclaim! Mint Roadshow. Since then, Randy Iwata just couldn't get Bella out of his head. "I love this band," said Mint co-founder Bill Baker, "like, LOVE this band."

Currently, Bella are hard at work, preparing for their upcoming album, No One Will Know, due to hit the streets on September 18, 2007.

Thanks to Maya Miller of The Pack A.D., September 18th is now officially known as "Bella Day" at Mint Records. Today, Bella's sparkling debut, No One Will Know, is out and about. So Happy Bella Day! Celebrate accordingly.

And don't forget. If you live in the US, September 18th is also "Carolyn Mark Day." Similar to Thanksgiving, Canadians celebrate "Carolyn Mark Day" early. Carolyn's latest, Nothing is Free is out everywhere today.  

Alright, it's time to unveil your most embarrassing, horrific and unflattering photos. You know, that lovely snapshot you've untagged on Facebook, the one that documents the exact moment when your 16th birthday party went downhill. Or that horrific high school yearbook photo, you know the one, with the hair and the braces and that sweater your mom picked out… It could even be something funny that happened on your fancy new computer's Photo Booth application, as long as it makes you cringe!

To help ease the pain, the most unflattering picture will be rewarded with an Awkward Stage prize pack that includes a copy of the band's new album, Slimming Mirrors, Flattering Lights (out June 10th) as well as some other treasures. And, for added emotional scarring, we'll post your photo here on! Email your photos to!

To get you inspired, here are some incriminating shots we've discovered of the Minties…

Have you heard about our Double A-Side 7” Series? Think that’s a mouthful? Well, on May 15th, Volume 1, featuring unreleased treasures from The Awkward Stage and Young and Sexy, kicks off the party. The series is limited to the 500 and, for the serious collector, includes a fun Mint Records merit badge! Keep your eyes peeled for future records in the series; they shall include surprise non-labelmate appearances.

We’re celebrating the start of this series with a night on May 25th at the Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir Street) with our chums, Young and Sexy, The Awkward Stage and The Huge Manatease. You should come.

May 15th also marks a 7” release date for P:ano frontman, Nick Krgovich’s One Woman Show.

Pop Quiz:

What do you get when you add four ladies, one pair of cat eye glasses, East Vancouver, a crate of old records and a minivan named Maple Syrup?

A. A rock 'n' roll cocktail of one part retro pop, and one part attitude.

B. The latest band to sign to Mint Records.

C. Vancougar.

D. All of the above.

The correct response is, indeed, D. All of the above.

Now watch out! The girls of Vancougar are out to get you. Eden Fineday, Becca Stewart, Megan Johnson and CC Rose (The Cinch, Pink Mountaintops) are back from touring the US and are tearing up JC/DC Studios (New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara, Bella), recording Canadian Tuxedo, their Mint debut and the followup to their Scratch Records release, Losin' it Look for it in early2008!

The Western Canadian Music Association award nominations are in. And not one - but three of our Minty comrades' releases are up for awards!

Carolyn Mark - Nothing is Free
(Outstanding Solo Roots Recording)

The Evaporators - Gassy Jack and Other Tales
(Outstanding Rock Recording)

Immaculate Machine - Fables
(Outstanding Independent Album)

And, Mint is up for an industry award - Independent Record Label of The Year. We've got our fingers crossed for our friends. And, if you happen to be in Edmonton October 16 - 19, be sure to pop by and say hi. Our Ramblin' Ambassadors and Buttless Chaps shall be performing at the WCMA festivities. Hot dog!