June 18, 2010

Recorded by John Collins and David Carswell of JC/DC Studios (the New Pornographers, Destroyer, Tegan and Sara), the sophomore album from Edmonton's Hot Panda was captured mostly live off the floor, with few takes and overdubs. Officially titled How Come I'm Dead?, expect to discover a fresh dose of dreamy noise, circus freak dance numbers, heartbreaking country ballads with screeching metal guitar solos, lovely pop harmonies, psychedelic drones, and straight up pop/rock numbers when this album hits the streets on October 12, 2010. And yes, that is lead singer Chris Connelly's mother riding the camel on the cover.

June 18, 2010

Yes, you read right. Not only is your illustrious Canadian indie label throwing a kick-ass pinata party, but it's free to the public! Bring your sombreros and implements of destruction (or at least your ears) to Broken City at noon on July 1st. We're supplying the nachos, papier-mache effigies stuffed with goodies & prizes, and some of the freshest Mint bands today.The super cute Pocky has agreed to sponsor the day, so there will be chocolate (and maybe strawberry) covered cookie sticks for everyone!The day is looking like this:1:00 pm - Hot Panda will be playing songs from their upcoming sophomore album, How Come I'm Dead? (out October 12).2:00 pm - The Pack a.d. After playing over 150 shows in the last year, this gritty garage rock duo is not to be missed. 3:00pm - The Ramblin' Ambassadors. This band is made up of guitarist Brent Cooper (Huevos Rancheros) and some of the finest instrumental surf-rock the landlocked Calgary has ever known. For more information please contact

April 22, 2010

The Pack a.d.'s new album we kill computers is out on April 27th and the band is going on the road ...again. Their van, the Falcon, doesn't like the iPod hook up though. Maybe because it's 13 years old. Or maybe because 13 year old's, who are vans, seem to really like cassette tapes. Either way though, the band needs new music to listen to when they hit the road. So they are excited to announce The Pack a.d. Mix Tape Contest!

Here are the contest particulars and rules according to the band:

“Do you have an old mixed tape you would like to send us? Or the capability to make a new mixed cassette tape? We are down with all sorts of music and would love to listen to music you think we should listen to. If you have a burning desire to sit around for hours pouring your blood, sweat and tears into the Ultimate Mix Tape, just for us... or at least the desire to throw your old mix tapes into an envelope and mail them then we would be forever grateful. And you, in turn, can win some great prizes! However, we only want homemade tapes OK? So, no copies of Much Dance 2000 or the like, please... those jokes are really old... and only 99 cents at Value Village... and we already have those.”

Here is what you can win:

1st prize – a signed poster and CD, a signed cymbal, a vinyl copy of we kill computers as well as a Pack AD shirt and beverage cozy in a Mint tote bag.

2nd prize – a signed poster and CD in a Mint tote bag and a vinyl copy of  we kill computers

3rd prize – a signed poster and CD and a vinyl copy ofwe kill computers

Here is how you enter:

Simply send a cassette entry to the address below to arrive no later than May 21st. Then after the The Pack a.d get back from their European tour with NoMeansNo, they will take it on the road with them, pop it into the Falcon’s cassette deck and turn up the volume as they head across western Canada with The Sadies. The band will decide the winners and notify them at the end of the tour.

The Pack a.d.c/o Mint RecordsP.O. Box 3613, M.P.O.Vancouver, BC CanadaV6B 3Y6


Click here for a complete list of the Pack a.d.'s tour dates!

March 4, 2010

That's right, Carolyn Mark and NQ Arbuckle are Juno nominees! Yes, just yesterday we learned that their October 2009 collaborative record Let's Just Stay Here might just be the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Nice work guys! Carolyn Mark doesn't sit still for long. After putting the finishing touches on Let's Just Stay Here, she is burning down the great Canadian highway, probably on her way to a festival somewhere. Now, we should mention that Carolyn doesn't like to hog the spotlight; Let's Just Stay Here sees Carolyn teaming up with Toronto's JUNO Award nominated (and Six Shooter stars) NQ Arbuckle for six Carolyn penned numbers, three NQ songs and a handful of covers. NQ Arbuckle and Miss Carolyn set their minds on creating a "rock" record together after a summer of touring Southern Alberta. Not like AC/DC rock, more like Lucinda Williams/Wilco/Tom Petty rock. Carolyn lovingly calls it her Rumours. We think you'll love it too. Let's Just Stay Here is not the first time that Carolyn Mark and NQ Arbuckle recorded together. Perhaps it was a harbinger of things to come, but back in 2005 they recorded the track "Fireworks" for another of Carolyn's collective recording projects – Just Married: An Album of Duets (Mint/Outside). They were not alone in noticing that there was some, for lack of a better word, "magic" there (which illustrates an interesting facet of cooperation, sometimes 1+1 can equal infinity). So, like Gretzky and Kurri, Burns and Allen, Peanut Butter and Jelly, they decided to take this winning combo and head for the Big Time. Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle – Let’s Just Stay Here Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group Nominee The JUNO Awards – watch them on April 18th, 2010

March 3, 2010

Holy Smokes! SXSW is less than a month away. If you are also counting down the days to a week of sunshine, bands and BBQ delights do pop by our annual afternoon Hootenanny! There will be tacos, tequila and performances from your favourite Mint and Six Shooter artists.  Our Hootenanny hostess, Carolyn Mark, has a brand new youtube cook show! Episode one with NQ Arbuckle, Justin Rutledge and BBQ secrets can be seen here.  Mint/Six Shooter SXSW HootenannyThursday, March 18th, 2-6pmat Headhunters back patio720 Red River Street (at 8th)

 2:15 - Carolyn Mark 2:35 - Amelia Curran2:55 - Hot Panda3:15 - Luke Doucet3:35 - Meilssa McClelland3:55 - The Pack a.d.4:20 - Justin Rutledge4:40 - The Beauties5:05 - Carolyn Mark 5:25 - Nardwuar with special appearance by Andrew W.K.   Also, Mint Yvette and Mint Shena will be there. They will also be hanging out at these other Mint shows, hunting for late night burritos and crashing cocktail parties. Get ready!  Hot PandaThu March 18th - Mint/Sixshooter Hootenanny @ Headhunters, Austin, TX (2:55pm)Fri March 19th - Jamies Spanish Vila, Austin, TX (10:00pm) Carolyn MarkThu March 18th - Mint/Sixshooter Hootenanny @ Headhunters, Austin, TX (5:05pm)Fri March 18th - Stephen F's lounge, Austin, TX (12:00am)Sat March 20th - Riot Act Party @ Liberty Bar, Austin TX time TBAThe Pack a.d.Thu March 18th - AFM party @ Canada House, Austin, TX (12:30pm)Thu March 18th - Mint/Sixshooter Hootenanny @ Headhunters, Austin, TX (3:55pm)Thu March 18th - The Best Damn Day of Duos Ever @ Pie Guy's Pizza, Austin, TX (6:00pm)Fri March 19th - Day party TBAFri March 19th - Jamie's Spanish Villa, Austin, TX (12:00am) Download the brand new mp3 of "Crazy" from The Pack a.d.'s upcoming album we kill computers.

December 10, 2009

Our Ridiculous Xmas Parties are over for another year. And while merrymaking at The Biltmore Cabaret, we managed to raise $2604 from door sales. When you include the pint glass at the Merch Table containing $18, that's a glorious $2622 for Girls Rock Camp Vancouver. Hooray! Thanks to everyone who donated prizes, took photos, performed, sold merch and came out for the night. We heart you guys!  

December 8, 2009

Well, it's certainly a first for us here at Team Mint H.Q. to have one of our roster nominated for not one, but TWO Grammy Awards. That's right, our dear friend Neko Case appears twice as a nominee for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards! In the category of Best Contemporary Folk Album, Neko's brilliant Anti- Recordings release Middle Cyclone goes head to head with the likes of Tracy Chapman, Elvis Costello and Steve Earle, and for Best Recording Package, she's duking it out with David Byrne and Brian Eno and Spinal Tap, among others!Keep your fingers crossed and your rabbits' feet close to your hearts on January 31, 2010. Let's see Neko bring home the gold (or whatever a Grammy is made of)!! We're proud of you Neko; we knew you had it in ya, even waaaay back.

...or even waaaaaaay back.

November 10, 2009

Meet the latest addition to the Mint Records family, Olivia Fetherstonhaugh or, as we like to call her musical alter ego, fanshaw. As a prior member of The Choir Practice and important part of Vancouver's eclectic music community, we think she's going to fit in just nicely. Her Mint debut, Dark Eyes, will arrive in record shops on February 9th 2010. Always one to support her friends, Olivia recruited fellow Choir singers, Larissa Loyva (Kellarissa, P:ano) and Shane Turner (Love and Mathematics) to play on her record. Visual artist Karin Bubaš (also a Choir member) created fanshaw artwork and took photographs. She also snatched up fellow CiTR Shindig winner, Johnny Payne (Victoria, Victoria, The Shilohs) to play drums.fanshaw is able to toe the line between accessible and adventurous. Her voice reminds me of Laura Gibson. The warbles and fluctuations challenge you, but the sounds warm you even with only the minimal instrumental backing. The thing that helps her stand out? She can effortlessly switch from intimate quirky vocal delivery to a chanteuse with the vocal power to dominate a song as

October 8, 2009


New York City. Let's see. There's Coney Island. That house from Ghostbusters. Amazing pizza. Crazy cab drivers. Galleries. Museums. AND THE MINT RECORDS CMJ SHOWCASE! (our apologies for yelling. we're excited - please come) The night is looking like this: Mint CMJ ShowcaseFri Oct 23 @ Fat Baby(112 Rivington St)8:30pm: Immaculate Machine9:15pm: Hot Panda10pm: The Pack A.D.

Click on the links below to hear some music from these three kick-ass bands!

Immaculate Machine

Sound the Alarms

I Only Love You for Your Car (video)

Hot Panda

Chinatown Bus

The Pack A.D.

Making Gestures

Blackout (video)

September 17, 2009

Continuing along on their mission to deliver indie-rock to the small people, Vancouver’s Duplex! are back with Worser, their second full length album (their debut CD, Ablum was released on Mint Records in 2005.)Never ones to shy away from the hard truths, Duplex! this time tackle themes spanning evolution, hibernation, same-sex divorce, dogs wearing sweaters, and the making of both sandwiches and mistakes. Featuring again the talents of Veda Hille, Justin Kellam (No Kids), Annie Wilkinson (Onward Voyageur), Matt Caruso (Chariots of Eggs), Shaun Brodie (AC Newman, Hidden Cameras), Saoirse Soley, Sierra Terhoch, and Abe Caruso, along with special guests Geoff Berner and his daughter Margot, and welcome newcomers Gracie Mae Caruso and Anders Hille Kellam.Recorded at The Hive, hippest studio in town, and featuring a silkscreen cardboard cover designed by Annie, Worser will be available digitally through Mint Records on October 13th, and in hard copy at shows and through and parents can get ready to rock out and learn about noble gases, orange popsicles, and a little sister’s love for her big brother. What else could you want from a record?