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!
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 www.mintrecs.com.
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.
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.
We love our Minterns. Minterns typically tackle a variety of projects, many that contribute to promoting upcoming albums and tours. Minterns also help maintain peace and ballance in the office. Sure, it’s not 100% glamorous, but, there are several perks to Minterning. Minterns will make interesting new friends. Minterns will probably be sent to a show or two. Minterns will sample a release or two before they hit the streets. Everyone wins. Ideally, we would like a student who needs to complete a practicum in order to graduate. If that person possesses their own laptop, is detail oriented, can work independently and has some background knowledge or interest in the music biz, that is a bonus! We ask that our Mintern is available for at minimum of 24 hours a week (spend four six-hour days a week in the office). The duration of our Mintern’s stay is dependent on their course requirements. This is an unpaid temporary gig and a terrific opportunity to learn about the complexities of Canada’s music industry. Please send cover letters and resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our tiny fridge is - um, make that WAS - full of Jack Daniels, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Coors Light; something wicked must be brewing in the Mint Records office. Only seconds ago, Mint Records signed on one of the most hardworking, coffee-fueled, howling, growling duos to come out of Vancouver. The Pack A.D..
Yes, the Pack A.D. are a duo. But do not expect a stripped down drum and guitar outfit. And, yes, the Pack A.D. are two women. But do not expect “girly” music. The Pack A.D. blends traditional blues and rock, with the focus on rhythm guitar, solid drum lines and singing straight from the gut.
So, watch out. The Pack A.D. are on the prowl, touring across Canada with their roaring self-released debut, TinType. Catch them if you can.
We love Tuesday new releases. And, If you just can't wait until September 18th for Bella's sparkling debut, No One Will Know, stop by MapleMusic and pre order your copy today.
And, if you're not out to build your cd collection, the record is digitally yours via iTunes. "Give it a Night" is iTunes' Free Single of the Week. Download it here.
Holey smokes! They’ve passed the test!
Yes, it was originally a 1993 release, but, cub’s cuddlecore classic, Betti-Cola is back on the college charts! This week, Betti-Cola is sitting pretty at #89 on the CMJ Top 200. Neat!We’re still crazy about Lisa M, Lisa G, Robynn and Valeria’s catchy songs about chinchillas, Motel 6 and flaming red bobsleds. We’ve even re-mastered added bonus tracks and re-released Betti-Cola and Come Out Come Out into the world. Catch 'em if you can!
It started innocently enough with plans of having a night out to celebrate mintrecs.com's recent renovations. Then, our talented friends, Cloudsplitter (Ida Nelson and Dave Gowans), Shane Nelken (of The Awkward Stage), Veda Hille, Paul and Lucy (of Young and Sexy) and Victoria's dark lord of the squeezebox, David P. Smith stepped in. Now, we've got ourselves a special acoustic evening booked. So come visit us on August 16th at The Main (4210 Main St.), and visit our Fancy New Website at www.mintrecs.com. It'll be fun. We promise. Who: Cloudsplitter, Veda Hille, Shane Nelken, Paul and Lucy and David P. Smith.
What: Friends of Mint, unplugged!
Where: The Main (4210 Main St.)
When: 10:00pm on Aug 16th, 2007
Why: Because mintrecs.com is here and out of control! Or, because Dave Gowans had a plan that evolved into a big acoustic evening of fun. You choose.
That's right, we're on the lookout for ambitious friends in far away cities and exotic distant lands. Friends who are involved in their local music scene. Friends who are interested in joining our secret society. Friends who can help spread the joys of all things Mint. (And by joys, I mean posters, zines and other Minty goodies.)
How does one get involved?
It's easy. Just send a quick note to Shena. Tell her a little about yourself. Tell her your hopes. Tell her your dreams. Tell her why you deserve to be a part of Team Mint. Soon after, she will write you back. Possibly with more questions, a Minty Mission or a little life advice.
As of today, only 42 more days remain until Bella's Mint debut, No One Will Know, is out. Yes, we can't wait for September 18th to come, and to share that warm and fuzzy feeling, we're going to let you in on a little secret.
You can download "Give it a Night" (the first single) from No One Will Know here!