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August 17, 2011

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

August 10, 2011

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 
 

July 8, 2011

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!

May 10, 2011

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

March 3, 2011

Soon we will be ditching the woolly mittens, dusting off our sunglasses and migrating south for SXSW. This time Mint Records and the Olio Festival are joining forces to host a fierce tequila and taco-fueled afternoon party with some of the finest up-and-coming talent (and a few old favourites for good measure). Vice Magazine Co-founder and man behind Street Boners and TV Carnage, Gavin Mcinnes will be starting things off with some street fashion insights and hilarity. Following that will be Vancouver's electrifying Humans, Mint's Hot Panda, Arbutus Records' Grimes and a band from Brooklyn called Bikini. Andrew WK will also be there to party hard - possibly with Nardwuar (we can't give away all of the surprises). Did we mention it is free? See you there!

Mint Records and Olio Festival Afternoon Party - it's free! 2-6pm, Thursday, March 17th @ Headhunters back patio (720 Red River St)

featuring:

2:15-2:35 Gavin McInnes (Co-founder of Vice Magazine) 2:50-3:10 Humans (Vancouver, BC) 3:25-3:45 Hot Panda (Vancouver/Edmonton, Mint Records) 4:00-4:20 Nardwuar and Andrew WK 4:35-4:55 Grimes (Montreal, Arbutus Records) 5:10-5:30 Bikini (Brooklyn, NY)

*there will also be delicious tacos!

Sponsored by: CBC Radio 3, The Georgia Straight and Exclaim!

 

 

March 2, 2011

if you are going to be gallivanting around the icy streets of Toronto for CMW, we've got a few bands there. Feel free to stop by and say hello. Oh, and mark these on your calendar:

The Pack a.d.

- Friday, March 11 @ The Bovine (10pm)

- Saturday, March 12 @ Wrongbar (9:30pm)

- Sunday, March 13 @ The Horseshoe (10pm)

Hot Panda

- Friday, March 11 @ Rancho Relaxo (11pm)

 

 

January 24, 2011

Larissa Loyva is a busy woman. In addition to her solo project Kellarissa (which literally translates to "in the basement"), we've heard her soaring vocals on noteworthy previous releases from P:ano, The Choir Practice and Gigi. This March, she will be traveling North America in Destroyer's touring band and preparing to release her sophomore Mint Records album, Moon of Neptune. She'll probably be sipping some delicious cocktails too. That said, we're excited! Moon of Neptune is a synth nerd's dream, inspired by ancient Egypt, breakups, films, Larissa's Scandinavian heritage and outer space. A limited supply of glossy black vinyl will be available (500 copies) from your friends at Mint Records on March 29th, 2011. 

Listen to "Passages" here.

Loyva’s creative scope, as well as the beauty of her voice, marks her as an artist to watch. - Exclaim! Side A: PassagesMoon of NeptuneSisuSatellites are SpinningNiagara

Side B: FlatlandsBlood + SandVagabondUndockOld Money  

December 8, 2010

We at Mint are pleased to introduce a new sound and a new signing, Vancouver's Geoff Berner, whose Mint debut, Victory Party, will emerge on March 8th, 2011. His openness to experimentation, spirited Eastern European klezmer influences, punk rock attitude and work with producer/mastermind Josh Dolgin (Socalled) resulted in an innovative, engaging and lively album full of surprises that we are proud to be part of.

An evening spent with Geoff Berner’s music is, in the words of the good Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, “a wild combination of menace, madness, and genius… fragmented coherence that wreaks havoc on the mind of any listener.” – Vue Weekly, Edmonton

View Geoff's tour dates here.

November 30, 2010

Attention LP lovers: time to break your piggy banks and roll some quarters. Mint just got in its first ever vinyl batch of the critically lauded debut solo album from Olivia "fanshaw" Fetherstonhaugh, known simply as "your next favorite band" by the folks at HeroHill. As you may already know, that debut, produced with a selection of Olivia's friends and former Minty collaborators, received a CD release in February of 2010. Yet, as the wait for this pressing has fostered the growth of ecstatic anticipation assured to be soon satisfied, the time to cop Dark Eyes on wax is finally upon us, restoring balance to the universe and peace of mind to its inhabitants. Specially remastered for vinyl by Bob Weston, this special 180 gram release promises to be that much more vibrant, ethereal, and lush than ever heard before, as connoisseurs of the LP format have come to expect. All the exquisite nuances of Olivia's breathy, lilting vocals and minimal, airy instrumentation will be noticeably present to even the least trained ear. This means that, to those of the insufferably analog ilk, this release is, for all intents and purposes, the first true issuing of the album called "haunting" by Exclaim and "beautifully crafted" by AllMusic. Check it out again for the very first time.

Oh - and before we forget, there is a new video too - watch it here. 

"Dark Eyes is an album whose quiet surfaces are deceptive; this music often seems calm on first glance, but there's a remarkable amount of energy and drama lurking below the surface, and on "Strong Hips," "Vegas," and "O Sailor," Fanshaw paints a powerful widescreen image with just a few boldly applied strokes of her musical brush. The compact scale of the production and arrangements on Dark Eyes at once draws in the listener and fills up the room despite the clean surfaces; Fanshaw has built a giant of an album out of little details, and it's one of the most audacious debuts of 2010." - Mark Demming, AllMusic

November 25, 2010

After a few Top Secret meetings at the Dairy Queen (Cold War style – with our backs to each other, Oreo Blizzards in hand) the news is out, we’re piecing together a benefit compilation with our pals at CiTR 101.9 FM. It features 11 of our favourite Vancouver bands and only 300 waxy 180g LPs will be pressed, silkscreened and numbered by hand. Proceeds from this limited edition gem will support CiTR. Each of the bands on the record was kind enough to donate their song (many tracks are previously unreleased!) and Stuart McKillop at Rain City Recorders donated mastering time. David Barclay of Nice Snacks contributed the artwork. To reserve a copy, please donate to CiTR. The release date is currently TBD - with luck, they will be back from the vinyl plant this January. We’re excited for this one. Hope you are too!  The CiTR Pop Alliance Compilation: vol 2Release date: TBD Tracklisting:Side A1) Apollo Ghosts - Validation!2) My Friend Wallis - Hiding3) Slam Dunk - Slow Dance4) Role Mach - Montana5) Kellarissa - FlatlandsSide B6) Fine Mist (featuring Nick Krgovich) - I Could Shout7) No Kids - He'll Have To Go (demo)8) fanshaw - Diana9) Watermelon - How I Came (demo)10) Shane Turner Overdrive - Age 25-29 Hairline11) Spring Break - Stephanie Meyer's 115th Dream

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