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
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)
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!
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:
- Friday, March 11 @ The Bovine (10pm)
- Saturday, March 12 @ Wrongbar (9:30pm)
- Sunday, March 13 @ The Horseshoe (10pm)
- Friday, March 11 @ Rancho Relaxo (11pm)
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
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.
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
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
In less than a week, we'll be pacing up and down the streets of New York City for CMJ. If you care to join us, we'll be lurking in the background of these dramatically lit establishments. Hope to see you there!
2:45pm, Oct 20th @ Fontana's (the Pirate Promotions day party)
11:00pm, Oct 20th @ Trash Bar
1:00am, Oct 21st @ Kenny's Cataways
The Pack a.d.
12:00am, Oct 21st @ Arlene's Grocery (M For Montreal party)
We're just a few short days from the release of Hot Panda's sophomore album, How Come I'm Dead?. To celebrate, the band is inviting fans, friends, and other bands to try their hand at remixing the album's first single, "Mindlessnesslessness". To sweeten the deal, we're offering to show off the best remix creation on our next Mint sampler compilation and a Mint prize pack. We'll post the runners up on mintrecs.com too.
Wow. Pop Montreal is coming up quick. In the spirit of all things noisy, handmade and fun we’ve joined forces with Canadian label comrades Out Of This Spark, Fuzzy Logic and Do Right Records to plan an outrageous, all-ages, free, Pop Montreal BBQ on Saturday, October 2nd at Notman House. There will be bands, beer and FREE food (including tasty bbq corn on the cob, handmade burgers and cupcakes galore). Heck, there might even be a celebrity-shaped pinata... We hope you can make it out! Saturday, October 2nd (1 - 7pm)Notman House (51 Sherbrooke West) featuring: 1:30 - 2:00 - The Whitsundays 2:15 - 2:45 - Hot Panda 3:00 - 3:30 - Dr. Ew (of The Bicycles) 3:45 - 4:15 - Maylee Todd 4:30 - 5:30 - The OOTS Family Band (featuring members of The D'Urbervilles, Forest City Lovers, Evening Hymns and friends) 5:45 - 6:15 - More or Les featuring Peter Project Plus lots of prizes and another very special pinata. Free food courtesy of Montreal-based culinary enthusiasts, 1000 Oysters.Sponsored by Exclaim! and CBCR3. Oh boy!