Mint Records' newest signing, Hot Panda, are set to release their debut full length album Volcano... Bloody Volcano on February 10th, 2009. Hailing from Edmonton Alberta, Hot Panda formed during the particularly chilly winter of 2006 and have already become an experienced touring act, playing well over a hundred shows in a very short time (including CMJ and PopMontreal this past October).Volcano... Bloody Volcano is a collection of collaborative songs chock-full of the band's spastic energy. Comparisons to luminaries such as Daniel Johnson and The Talking Heads have been swirling about and while it is always nice to be compared to such bands, Hot Panda have certainly found their own sound. Leaving behind the frozen garage jam sessions in which their musical explorations began, Hot Panda have been taking their unique blend of Brit Pop, Glam & Lo-fi Indie back and forth across the expansiveness of Canada and the USA winning new friends and fans.
This year’s Mint Records Ridiculously Early Xmas party is over and after an action-packed night and tons of great music, we've managed to raise $1765 for the ALS Society of Canada.
The ALS Society of Canada is committed to supporting research towards a cure for ALS, supporting provincial ALS societies in their provision of quality care for persons living with ALS and building public awareness of ALS and its impact.
Thanks to Bella, Vancougar, the Awkward Stage, Young & Sexy, Hot Panda, The Ramblin' Ambassadors and Novillero for making this event such a success! As always, a special thank-you goes out to our generous prize sponsors, and of course to everyone who came out to the Cambrian Hall to join us!
Hey y'all, just in time for the gift givey season, Mint has teamed up with our pals at eMusic to offer a free seven-song sampler featuring tracks from The Pack A.D., Kellarissa, the Buttless Chaps, the Awkward Stage, Vancougar, Novillero and Hot Panda! All's you need to do is pop on over to this link and claim your sampler! Of course you need to have an eMusic account to access the download, but that's easy enough!
Time's limited so go get it today!
Ooh! Our quirky-fun friends, Hot Panda are still on the road! If you haven’t caught one of their shows, they’ll be joining The Bicycles (of Toronto) for some Western Canadian dates. Since we love our Fuzzy Logic friends and The Bicycles, we think this is a match made in heaven. Now quick, go to their shows. Or, um, mark them down on your calendar!
Nov 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Di’Metric Studio (with The Bicycles, Gang Violence, The Clipse and Women)
Nov 16 - Victoria, BC @ CAMAS (with The Bicycles and Prairie Cat)
Nov 18 – Cumberland, BC @ The Waverly (with The Bicycles)
Nov 19 - Kelowna, BC @ Habitat (with The Bicycles and Prairie Cat)
Nov 20 – Calgary, AB @ Broken City (with The Bicycles)
The latest issue of our fancy little fanzine, Fresh Breath of Mint is hot off the press. As you've come to expect, it’s filled with all sorts of comics, tour stories and good advice. This time, it comes with custom cover art by Jenny of The Organ as well as Nardwuar interviews and some Kellarissa shopping tips. If you haven’t picked up a copy from your local campus radio station or record shop send us a note and we'll send you a copy. Easy peasy.
Aside from their really cold winters, Winnipeg has some good things going on. Especially when it boils down to their resident bands. Thanks to their friends, The Weakerthans, Mint’s mod-popsters, Novillero will soon be making their way across the sea to support the German indie rock sensation, Tomte on a tour that weaves throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It’s exciting stuff for our Winnipeg gentlemen.
Since their September 08 release, A Little Tradition, the band has toured Canada, played Pop Montreal and will soon be in New York for CMJ.
Listen to A Little Tradition here. And tell your far away friends!
05.11.08 Hannover Capitol06.11.08 Köln - E-Werk07.11.08 Essen - Weststadthalle08.11.08 Bielefeld - Ringlokschuppen09.11.08 Magdeburg - Factory10.11.08 Wiesbaden - Schlachthof11.11.08 Saarbrücken - Garage12.11.08 Bremen - Schlachthof13.11.08 OFF14.11.08 Dresden - Reithalle15.11.08 A-Wien - Arena16.11.08 München - Tonhalle17.11.08 Stuttgart - Theaterhaus18.11.08 CH-Zürich - Rohstofflager19.11.08 Erlangen - E-Werk20.11.08 Lingen - Alter Schlachthof21.11.08 Hamburg - Große Freiheit 3622.11.08 Hamburg - Große Freiheit 36 TBC
“Novillerro, Slaughter’s newest outfit, has put no such restriction on their sound, and the difference is immediately obvious. Keyboards, horns and other flourishes flesh out the arrangements, giving a full complement of textures to the band’s cleverly crafted rock.” – FFWD“Novillero's A Little Tradition shows what widespread experience and exceptional musicianship can really produce. The Winnipeg band's four members, each accomplished in separate past projects as well as boasting two full-length releases, cooperate seamlessly together to form an indie rock album that has very few flaws.” – 30music.com
It has been a busy fall for Mint. Lots of bands on the road and lots of music conferences. Next up is our CMJ showcase will be on October 14th at Fat Baby (112 Rivington St - right in the heart of the Lower East Side) and will feature The Pack A.D., Novillero, Vancougar, The Awkward Stage and our newest signing Hot Panda (album out in February).
See you there!
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!
Have you picked up the latest copy of our fancy Mint Records fanzine, Fresh Breath of Mint? The freshest issue features cover artwork from the infamous Mitch Clem and is jammed full of tour stories, comics, top secret family recipes and good advice from your favourite Mint artists. Want to get your paws on one? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and we'll mail you a free copy.
Also, we've begun planning our next issue - if you are interested in advertising in our little magazine, please write to email@example.com and we'll send you the details.