Once again, we're packing our sunglasses, dusting off the sunscreen and heading to Austin for SXSW. We're planning a party too. And you should probably be there. This is the plan: Mint Records, Olio Festival and Light Organ Records present: A FREE SXSW DAY PARTY!!! Thursday, March 15th at Headhunters (720 Red River St) FEATURING: 2:00 - DJ MY!GAY!HUSBAND 2:15 - SUN WIZARD (Light Organ) 2:50 - KELLARISSA (Mint) 3:25 - MODE MODERNE (Light Organ) 4:00 - NARDWUAR & THE EVAPORATORS with ANDREW W.K. (Mint) 5:00 - SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT ALSO FEATURING: FREE TACOS (come early!) Photos by THE COBRASNAKE and A GYPSY MARKET SIDEWALK SALE (that's right, there will be vintage clothing galore!). THANK YOU: Exclaim! Magazine, CBC Radio 3, The Georgia Straight, Color Magazine, The Cobrasnake Need more up to the minute party news? There's a Facebook event here. You can also follow us on Twitter.
Longtime Mint recording artists, The Ramblin' Ambassadors are ready to unleash their third full length album, Ramble On. Only 500 copies will be pressed on shiny 180g vinyl and available on March 6th, 2012. If your turntable is still broken, not to worry, it will also be available digitally.
fun fact: Guitar wizard, Brent Cooper, of The Ramblin' Ambassadors made his first Mint Records appearance back in 1995 on a Huevos Rancheros 7" called Dig In. That means he's been putting out records on Mint for over 15 years!
"The Ramblin' Ambassadors have all the shimmery, vintage sounds (the songs are laced in tremolo), but they still have the dusty textures and feedback you'd expect to come from heavy bearded, plaid shirt wearing, tattooed hombres." - Herohill.com
SIDE A: Standoff at Calf Robe Bridge Clambake! Back Seat Action The Savage Tyger Beat
SIDE B: Pine Beetle Express Meat Sweats Super Bee Dallas B. Goode Super Lungbucket
Album release party: Friday, March 23rd @ Dicken's, Calgary, AB.
Brace yourselves, the man in plaid is busy and preparing to unveil his latest project. This time, Nardwuar and The Evapotators have invited their friends, Franz Ferdinand, Andrew WK, Kate Nash, Sage Francis, The Cribs and Faud and The Feztones AND MORE to join them on their upcoming white-splattered LP titled Busy Doing Nothing. It will be in record shops on March 6th and comes with a free 2012/2013/2014 Punk Rock Calendar filled with vintage punk rock images from Vancouver's iconic Bev Davies. Oh boy!
Nardwuar has posted more information on his creation here.
Tracklisting:***Side Nard***1. The Evaporators & Andrew W.K. "I Hate Being Late When I'm Early" (The Evaporators/Andrew W.K.)– This is an original song, a collaboration between Andrew W.K. and Nardwuar's band, The Evaporators.2. The Cribs "Death In The Family" (The Dishrags)– The Cribs are from Wakefield, England and cover Vancouver All Girl 1970s Punk Band The Dishrags.3. Kate Nash "My Chinchilla" (Cub)– Kate Nash is from London and covers Cub, a Vancouver 1990s All Girl "Cuddlecore" band and the signature act on Mint Records.4. Franz Ferdinand "Real Thing" (Pointed Sticks)– Franz Ferdinand are from Glasgow and cover Legendary Vancouver 1970s Punk Band, the Pointed Sticks!5. Fuad & The Feztones "Welcome To My Castle" (The Evaporators)– This is Bobby and John from Montreal's legendary The Gruesomes. They (as Fuad & The Feztones) are covering (Nardwuar’s band) The Evaporators’ first single from 1992.6. The Evaporators ft. Sage Francis/Xaul Zan & Megan Barnes "Hot Dog High" (The Evaporators/Sage Francis/Xaul Zan)– Sage Francis raps on a verse for this Evaporators Original. Sage Francis runs Strange Famous Records and has released records thru ANTI-.***Side Wuar***1. The Evaporators "Busy Doing Nothing" (The Evaporators)– An Evaporators original and the title track.2. The Evaporators ft. Jill Barber & Andrew W.K. "Bring it On Home" (Doug Rutledge)– This is a cover tune by Doug Rutledge, a 1970s Rockabilly/Truckdriver. Canadian singer-songwriter Jill Barber duets with Nardwuar on this track. Andrew W.K. also adds piano and organ.3. The Evaporators "Milkshake Murder" (The Evaporators)– This is an Evaporators Original.4. The Evaporators "Bunk" (The Evaporators)– This is an Evaporators Original.5. The Evaporators "Pig War" (The Evaporators)– This is an Evaporators Original.6. The Evaporators "All The Bad Girls" (Pointed Sticks )– This is a Cover of Legendary Vancouver 1970's Punk Band, the Pointed Sticks.7. *Interview* "Nardwuar vs. Franz Ferdinand"– This is a clip from the first interview Nardwuar ever did with Franz Ferdinand.
Holy smokes! We've passed the test and are gearing up to celebrate 20 years of Mint Records. Now, this isn't our typical Ridiculously Early Xmas event. This time, we've summoned 13 bands (many which are re-uniting to play for the first time in years!) and will be taking over two rooms at the glorious Waldorf Hotel. Come out! Come out! Featuring: - cub tour videos - Miss Marr (of cub) & Friends - The Evaporators - Fanshaw - The Gay - Hot Panda - Kellarissa - Maow* - Operation Makeout - Pluto - Vancougar - Volumizer with friends: - The Maxines (K Records) - My Friend Wallis AND MORE!
November 25th @ The Waldorf Hotel (1489 E Hastings)
Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at the door Doors: 8pm (come early for prizes) The first 50 people to arrive will receive gifts from the good people at: Pocky, Red Cat Records, Zulu Records, Six Cent Press and Black Dog Video. Partial proceeds go to support Vancouver's Safe Amplification Society. We'd also like to thank our sponsors, CBC Radio 3, CiTR 101.9FM, Exclaim! and Scion. Maybe they'll donate some prizes too. Advance tickets are available from: Red Cat Records, Zulu Records, The Waldorf's front desk and online through eventbrite.com
*Maow will feature original members, Corrina Hammond and Tobey Black, with guest drummer Lisa G.
It looks like our Geoff Berner is once again Europe bound. This time, he's traveling with his klezmer trio of Wayne Adams and Diona Davies.
Beginning in Bremen, Germany on Oct. 28, and finishing in Aalborg, Denmark on Nov. 27, the trio will hit Germany, England, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark, in a circuitous tour that takes them through 5 major festivals and a rash of sweaty club gigs.
This is their 2nd European tour of 2011, already having taken the new album to France, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, and other shows in Germany. Reviews have been terrific for the new disc, which is available on CD, LP and all digital formats, including iTunes.
The trio's live shows are legendary debauches of drunken dancing, and the crowds have been getting ever-larger on each tour. Come on out for the Victory Party!
Oct 28 - Bremen, Germany at Weserterrassen, Klezmerwochen Festival
Oct 29 - Hildesheim, Germany at Folk n Fusion Festival
Oct 30 - Halle, Germany at Objekt 5
Nov 02 - Croydon, UK at The Green Dragon
Nov 03 - London, UK at Jamboree
Nov 04, 2011 Bridlington, UK at MusicPort Festival
Nov 05 - Bridlington, UK at MusicPort Festival
Nov 06 - Vienna, Austria at Ostklub (Klezmore Festival)
Nov 07 - Kronach, Germany at Struwwelpeter
Nov 08 - Fuerth, Germany at Babylon
Nov 09 - Augsburg, Germany at Ballonfabrik
Nov 10 - Fulda, Germany at Kreuz
Nov 11 - Langenthal, Switzerland at Chramerhuus
Nov 12 - Fribourg, Switzerland at Elvis et Moi
Nov 13 - Schaffhausen, Switzerland at Tap Tab
Nov 14 - Biel, Switzerland at International Lokal
Nov 15 - Kassel, Germany at Schlachthof
Nov 16 - Erfurt, Germany at Stadtgarten
Nov 17 - Hamburg, Germany at Astrastube
Nov 18 - Flensburg, Germany at Volksbad
Nov 19 - Odense, Denmark at Studenterhuset
Nov 22 - Goteborg, Sweden at Mitt Andra Hem (with Blue Eyed Blondes)
Nov 23 - Stockholm, Sweden at Mosebacke (with Peter Murphy)
Nov 25 - Frankfurt on Oder at Trans Vocale Festival
Nov 26 - Copenhagen, Denmark at Huset Magstraede
Nov 27 - Aalborg, Denmark at 1000fryd
"I'd heard other recordings from Berner, but this was the first time I'd been struck so viscerally and so deeply. The songs here make me want to dance. And sometimes they make me want to fight. Often they make me want to do both at exactly the same time." --Rootsworld Magazine
"Like rabbit tracks going through the backyard, Geoff Berner's intellectual path is both mysterious and twinkling. I would call him the perfect Canadian musician in that he spices so much of the soup with history while simultaneously delivering a heck of a tasty bowl." --SEE Magazine Edmonton
Our pals in Hot Panda are feeling a little restless. In addition to preparing for Vancouver's always exciting Victory Square Block Party, they are writing new material and packing their bags for their second European tour. Not bad guys, not bad.
Their dates look like this:
Aug 18 - Comet Tavern, Seattle, WASep 04 - Victory Square Block Party, Vancouver, BCSep 15 - Guilt and Co, Vancouver, BCSep 24 - Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Sep 26 - Weekender, Innsbruck, AustriaSep 28 - L'Internationale, Paris, FranceSep 30 - The Brixton Windmill, London, UK
Oct 01 - Labour Club, Northhampton, UK Oct 02 - The Old Queen's Head, London, UKOct 03 - The Bull and Gate, London, UK
Becky and Maya of The Pack a.d. are loading up their new van, named HAL, and bracing themselves for the tour of a lifetime! To commemorate the September 13th release of Unpersons, they'll be playing 40+ shows over three months. Be sure to check them out, and buy them a beer. Those girls work hard!
To satiate your appetite for Unpersons, we've posted "Sirens" from the new record here.
As gritty and intoxicating as ever, Maya Miller and Becky Black pound punk and garage rock into a fuzzy pulp.“Sirens” lures you in with that snarl and keeps you planted until the drums have burned solidly through your skull. - RCRD LBL
Sept 03 - KEXP session, Seattle, WA (will be airing at a later date)
Sept 10 - Fresh U Jamboree, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB
Sept 12 - The Alibi, Arcata, CA
Sept 13 - Streetlight Records, San Jose, CA (afternoon show, all ages)
Sept 13 - Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA
Sept 14 - The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA
Sept 15 - Hypnotic Lounge, Las Vegas, NV
Sept 16 - Soma, San Diego, CA
Sept 17 - Whisky a Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA (with LA Guns)
Sept 18 - TBA, Las Vegas, NV
Sept 19 - The Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 20 - The Badlander, Missoula, MT
Sept 21 - Mootsy's, Spokane, WA
Sept 23 - OLIO Music Festival - Vancouver, BC
Sept 24 - Rifflandia Music Festival, Victoria, BC
Sept 26 - Habitat, Kelowna, BC (with guests Sun Wizard)
Sept 27 - Republik, Calgary, AB (with guests Sun Wizard)
Sept 28 - The Pawn Shop, Edmonton, AB (with guests Sun Wizard)
Sept 29 - Louis' Pub, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (with guests Sun Wizard)
Sept 30 - Lo Pub, Winnipeg, MB (with guests Sun Wizard)
Oct 01 - The Aquarium, Fargo, ND
Oct 02 - Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis, MN
Oct 03 - Bayport BBQ, Bayport, MN
Oct 04 - Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
Oct 05 - OFF Minor, Dubuque, IA
Oct 06 - Daytrotter Session Recording - Rock Island, IL
Oct 06 - The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Oct 07 - Call The Office, London, ON (with Hollerado)
Oct 08 - Casbah, Hamilton, ON (with Hollerado)
Oct 09 - The Mansion, Barrie, On (with Hollerado)
Oct 10 - Mansion House, St. Catharines, ON
Oct 12 - Market Hill, Peterborough, ON (with Hollerado)
Oct 13 - The Mansion, Kingston, ON (with Hollerado)
Oct 14 - The Alexander, Brantford, ON (with Hollerado)
Oct 15 - The Opera House, Toronto, ON (with Hollerado)
Oct 16 - Cafe Dekcuf, Ottawa, ON
Oct 19 - Phog Lounge, Windsor, ON
Oct 20 - Lager House, Detroit, MI
Oct 22-28 QUEBEC Shows TBA
Oct 29 - The Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, NY
Oct 30 - The Charleston, Brooklyn, NY
Nov 01 - O'Brien's Pub, Allston, MA
Nov 02 - Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 03 - Motr Pub, Cincinnati, OH
NEWSFLASH!We're proud to report that Unpersons, the fourth full length release from The Pack a.d., will be out on Mint Records this September 13th. The record was engineered by Vancouver's infamous Jesse Gander at The Hive Studios and produced by mastermind Jim Diamond (The Dirtbombs, The Paul Collins Beat, The White Stripes) and will melt your face off. We've captured a little bit of studio footage from the making of Unpersons and you can watch that here!
END OF NEWSFLASH!
Canada's hardest working garage rock duo, The Pack a.d., may be mourning the untimely passing of Falcon, their trusty tour van, but never ones to slow down, they aren't letting it stop their upcoming spring tour. This month, the Vancouverites are packing their bags and heading East. From coast to coast to coast (almost) the tour will see stops from Penticton, BC to Charlottetown, PEI to Whitehorse YK and many points in between, including a stop in Toronto for a killer NXNE show. This tour will also be their farewell tour for 2010's we kill computers (Mint), so be prepared to experience a song or two from The Pack a.d.'s upcoming 4th album, due out this fall and produced by Jim Diamond (The Detroit Cobras, Electric Six, The White Stripes). Also keep your eyes peeled for a video for "B.C. Is On Fire", due out in late May and directed by Vancouver filmmaker Sean Devlin (shitharperdid.ca). To commemorate the life and times of Falcon, they are asking fans to send a postcard or letter explaining their favourite road trip story. The best three submissions will receive a Pack a.d. prize pack including signed vinyl and other surprises. Include your return address as well, you might even get some mail back from the band! Send your best road trip story to: The Pack a.d. c/o Mint Records Po Box 3613 Vancouver, BC V6B 3Y6 Entry deadline: June 1st, 2011 Upcoming Tour Dates: May 14th - The Red Room, Vancouver, BC May 21st - The Elite, Penticton, BC June 1st - The Seahorse Tavern, Halifax, NS June 2nd - Manhattan Club, Moncton, NB June 3rd - Baba's, Charlottetown, PEI June 4th - Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, NB June 7th - Mansion House, St Catharines, ON June 8th - London Music Club, London, ON June 10th - Le Divan Orange, Montreal, QC June 11th - Westfest (Mainstage), Ottawa, ON June 12th - Le Cercle, Quebec June 17th - The Horseshoe Tavern (NXNE), Toronto, ON June 18th - Poplar Arts & Music Fest, Saskatoon, SK June 24th - Sunstroke Festival, Whitehorse, YK June 25th - Sunstroke Festival, Whitehorse, YK July 8th - Sounds of Old Strath Fest, Edmonton, AB July 9th - Sounds of Old Strath Fest, Edmonton, AB July 16th - Nakusp Music Fest, Nakusp, BC July 22nd - Gateway Fest (Garden Stage), Bengough, SK