Hope all of your summers are rad and that you are swimming and biking and eating and making out in all the right amounts. Following a strange tradition, we’ve been recording inside on lovely summer days but are almost finished tracking album #5. At the end of a long day at the The House of Miracles, we snuck in a couple of covers… the first being Jonathan Richman’s “That Summer Feeling”. A bonus was getting The Abramson Singers to email us some lovely BG vocs.
Listen to it HERE.
Here’s the new video for Waiting For Christine. Animated by Ryan MacKeen, Directed by Marc Morrissette, Ryan MacKeen, and Sylvie Smith. Design Concept by Serena Malyon. Thanks to everyone involved and to Van Gogh for the colours.
Summer’s been good so far. Hope yours has too. A beaver slapped it’s tail at me last weekend. We have a couple more videos ready for ya soonish… and 13 brand new tunes slowly getting worked on… And some possible Euro action this fall. And Breaking Bad starts up again soon. What’s Walt gonna do next?
Also, if you’re in a Spotify-friendly zone, I was asked recently to come up with a playlist of influences and HERE SHE IS.
Here’s our steamy new video for Pool Hoppin’, put together by our talented buddies Josh and Peter from VULTURE CULTURE. Thanks, dudes.
We commemorated Friday the 13th by playing our favourite Royal City song. Thanks to Jim Guthrie for sitting in with us that evening and to Nick Tiringer for putting this video together.
I was very sad to hear the NEWS that Todd Simko has passed away. I was lucky enough to meet and work with him back in the mid 2000′s when he mastered the first two octoberman releases and he was a very warm and genuine man with a wicked, dry sense of humour (my favourite kind). Deepest condolences go out to his family.
AUX TV just premiered the Japanese author Haruki Murakami-inspired animated video for “Wind Up Bird.” It was animated by my old buddy Mitch Papineau. Thanks, Mitch!
CBC gave me the opportunity to dish out props to some inspiring music-makers. Read the Q&A HERE.
The new album is out TODAY and it’s CBC Music’s ‘Featured Album of the Week’ (wow, thank you, ceeb!). Stream it then decide whether to buy it, steal it, forget it ever happened, or stream it again. Update: they’ve also posted a track-by-track interview HERE.
Thank you to Dawn from Saved By Vinyl for putting it out and to all of the players: Marshall Bureau (drums), Tavo Diez de Bonilla (bass), Shaun Brodie (trumpet), Randy Lee (Violin), Jim Guthrie (synth, guitars, harmonies, banjo), Dave Mackinnon (piano), Justin Nace (lapsteel), Francois Turenne (guitar), Melissa Dalton (harmonies), Jeremy Strachan (saxophone), Andy Magoffin (harmonies), Howie Beck on the mix, and Jeffry Lee on the artwork.
It can be purchased digitally thru iTunes and Zunior.
Vinyl and CD’s can be ordered through Bandcamp.