New Releases: December 30, 2016

December 30th, 2016

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Nuclear Fusion iTunes | Spotify
Joshua Radin Falling iTunes | Spotify
Brian Eno Reflection CD | LP | iTunes | Spotify
(Available Jan. 1st, 2017)

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iLLvibe Firebreather (Red Orbit Remixes) iTunes | Spotify
(Available Dec. 31st, 2016)

New Releases: December 16, 2016

December 16th, 2016

Bill and Joel Plaskett Solidarity iTunes | Spotify
Felix Cartal Falling Down iTunes | Spotify 
Mac Miller Watching Movies With The Sound Off 2LP | iTunes | Spotify

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Vapor RMW feat. Emily Patrick Everywhere iTunes | Spotify
Old 97′s ft. Brandi Carlile Good With God iTunes | Spotify
Lowlands Erie CD | LP | iTunes | Spotify
Flypaper Orchestra Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Old Songs for a New Depression CD | iTunes | Spotify
Spill Top Ten LP | iTunes | Spotify
Kweku Collins Nat Love LP | iTunes | Spotify
I’m Glad It’s You The Things I Never Say LP | iTunes | Spotify

The Dig Announce North American Tour Dates With Support From Communist Daughter & Nico Yaryan

December 12th, 2016

New Album Bloodshot Tokyo out
February 3 on Roll Call Records 

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photo credit: Sean Macneil 

“Excellently composed pop that manages to cross genres while simultaneously sounding fresh.” - SPIN

 “A naturally catchy, light-hearted take on traditional stylistic choices, “Simple Love” is a memorable, inherently deep, and introspective journey.”Impose Magazine

Watch: Bloodshot Tokyo Pre-Order Video at YouTube

Stream: “Bleeding Heart (You’re The One)” at Soundcloud

Watch: “Simple Love” Official Video at Impose or YouTube

Stream: “Simple Love” at SPIN or Soundcloud

TORONTO, ON – December 6, 2016 - New York-based band The Dig will release their Roll Call Records debut album Bloodshot Tokyo on February 3. The album is the follow up to 2013′s acclaimed Midnight Flowers and is available to pre-order digitally, on CD and limited edition color vinyl at the band’s website. More information on the upcoming release can be found in the band’s pre-order video which was released today. The Dig have also announced an extensive North American tour which will kick off in Boston on February 23. The upcoming tour will make stops in major cities such as Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and will include festival performances at Savannah Stopover and SXSWCommunist DaughterOld Fashioned Bleeding HeartNico Yaryan and Boone Howard will be opening for The Dig on select dates. The full tour routing is listed below.

Last month the band revealed their new single “Bleeding Heart (You’re The One)” from Bloodshot Tokyo which is available to share via Soundcloud. The band explains, “‘Bleeding Heart’ is some kind of confused off-shoot of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. A hard working blue collar good samaritan is continually seduced by a beautiful upscale sociopath. In the end, they are both overwhelmed by love for each other.  It feels both strange and appropriate to release a pop song called ‘Bleeding Heart’ in this particular corner of time. It was a song we all wrote together by a lake in Connecticut a year ago and it feels good to set it out into the world today.” 

Additionally, The Dig shared the official video for the first single “Simple Love” from Bloodshot Tokyo with Impose Magazine. About the video The Dig says, “With the ‘Simple Love’ video, we wanted to show a colorful explosion of an old man’s imagination and bring out our warped take on an old-school, traditional style song. Our close pal, Maestro Mike Mueller, directed and co-wrote this one with us, and he helped bring back some old kooky characters from the last video we’d made together.  Much like the video we made for our song Made My Bed, we’re continuing our trend toward what must look like some kind of unhealthy self-obsession, playing all the characters in the video ourselves. Toward the end of the shoot, a fog machine we were using set off the church fire alarm. As the fire trucks were pulling up we saw a school full of children start filing into the playground outside, screaming about how the church was on fire. One of us had to poke our heads out the window with all the smoke pouring out, and try to calm them down by explaining it was just fog. We didn’t realize it at the time but looking back, it was an extremely Spinal Tap-esque moment.”

From the beginning, The Dig have been a classic band’s band, and a true collaboration: three longtime friends, three songwriters, two singers in a true dual frontman setup, all individuals but all woven more and more tightly together as they have evolved. In a world that rewards drama, reckless moves and often-overwrought narrative twists, The Dig have bucked that trend by focusing on, well, the work: writing song after song to cast off more than they keep, and keep only the best. The Dig do a lot, and they do it the right way – building brick by brick, writing constantly, touring steadily, and most crucially, pushing themselves creatively to make better and better records. Which brings us, of course, to Bloodshot Tokyo, a record rich with ambition and a bright, irresistible ease.

“In the past I think we’ve tried to create a mindset of writing ‘for The Dig’”, says guitarist/keyboard playing Erick Eiser, “So as to create something cohesive. This time I think we really freed ourselves from that, and just wrote.” They made the most of their interconnectedness as a way to push themselves forward, writing what singer and bassist Emile Mosseri describes as “elaborate demos” for most of the songs. Arrangements were fully worked out, ideas were explored and re-explored before they sat down to record. Emile continues, “It’s not hard to write songs separately, but there’s a thing that happens where I’ll sometimes have the other guys in my head, even when I’m writing by myself. So in a way, we’re kind of always writing together even when we’re writing alone. We all grew up playing in different bands together since we were little kids, and have toured with and were inspired by all kinds of different bands for years. We did all this together, and I feel like writing this record was the sum of all those years. It’s the most wide spanning stylistically and colorful of our records, and also sounds the most like us.”  

As a band, The Dig made a choice to turn somewhat from the more ambient sounds of their earlier songs, using those tones as texture to drive songs with other foundations, rather than making it the focal point. Drummer Mark Demiglio, The Dig’s relative newcomer, brings a modern pop counterweight to The Dig’s moodier side. No band escapes talking about its influences, but its particularly telling that The Dig’s members often come back to The Kinks, Harry Nilsson, Betty Harris, Parliament, even Bach – artists who worked in the canon of their eras’ pop music, but always with an eye toward upending pop’s expectations, fraying the edges, getting weird.  Baroque structures and subtle nods pop up throughout, in the keyboard swirl of “Simple Love”, and they permeate the art surrounding this new collection, as well.

The Dig – Bloodshot Tokyo North American Tour

02.23: Boston, MA @ Great Scott^
02.24: Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House^
02.25: New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg+
02.28: Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground^
03.01: Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes^
03.03: Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy^
03.04: Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit^
03.05: Washington, DC @ Black Cat^
03.07: Durham, NC @ Pinhook^
03.08: Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse^
03.09: Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover
03.10: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Purgatory^
03.15: Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.16: Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.17: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar#
03.18: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo* (early show)
03.20: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel*
03.22: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir*
03.23: Seattle, WA @ The Sunset*
03.24: Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre*
03.25: Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
03.26: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court#
03.27: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge#
03.29: Ames, IA @ Iowa State University#
03.30: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry#
03.31: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall#
04.01: Chicago, IL @ Scubas# (two shows – early & late)

^Communist Daughter supports

+Communist Daughter + Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts support

#Nico Yaryan supports

*Nico Yaryan + Boone Howard support


December 12th, 2016



TORONTO, ON – December 6, 2016 - Electric Guest have shared a new video for their latest single “Dear To Me“, their first new music in nearly five years. With featured appearances from Haim sisters (who also sing background vocals on the track) and Andy Samberg, the video was premiered via Billboard this morning. Watch here and feel free to share:

“Dear To Me” is the first single off the band’s long-awaited new album, due out early 2017. Self-produced and recorded in LA, the new music has scored nods from Fader, Stereogum, and KCRW, where the song just landed #1 on their Most Played listener chart.

Electric Guest will tour extensively in 2017, and have announced their first wave of dates. See below.  It is the band’s first North American tour in four years. Electric Guest’s 2012 debut ‘Mondo’, produced by Danger Mouse, scored praise everywhere from Rolling Stone to Under the Radar, and earned the band performances on Conan, Letterman and Fallon.


Feb 21 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Feb 23 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Feb 24 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Feb 26 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Feb 27 – Kansas City, KS – Riot Room
Feb 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
March 1 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
March 3 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
March 4 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
March 5 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
March 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
March 8 – Washington, D.C. – U Street Music Hall
March 10 – Raleigh, NC – Cat’s Cradle
March 11 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
March 12 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
March 14 – Dallas, TX – Trees
March 19 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Upstairs
March 22 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
March 23 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
March 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom


New Releases: December 9, 2016

December 9th, 2016

Tech N9ne The Storm CD | 2CD | iTunes | Spotify
Chicano Batman Friendship (Is a Small Boat in a Storm) iTunes | Spotify
Hurray For The Riff Raff Rican Beach iTunes | Spotify

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Megan Bonnell Magnolia LP | iTunes | Spotify
Jadea Kelly Love & Lust LP | iTunes | Spotify
Bit Funk Destination Sunrise ft. NEFE iTunes | Spotify
Moka Only Martian XMAS 2016 iTunes | Spotify
Sweet Alibi Walking In The Dark LP | iTunes | Spotify
Love Thy Brother Love Me Better ft. Ariel Beesley (Remix) iTunes | Spotify
Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura Anthology CD | LP | iTunes | Spotify Various Artists Night Slugs Allstars Volume 3 CD | LP | iTunes | Spotify
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie & Friends: Concert of the Century (Remixes)
iTunes | Spotify
DIIRTY OGz We Got Now And Next CD | iTunes | Spotify

New Releases : December 2, 2016

December 2nd, 2016

Goldroom Lying To You (Remixes) iTunes | Spotify
Zack Lopez Life On The Run iTunes | Spotify
The Velveteins Don’t Yah Feel Better? iTunes | Spotify

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Jane’s Party San Francisco (Single Edit) iTunes | Spotify
Grapell Some Places – Blue Hawaii Chop-n-Screw iTunes | Spotify
Frank Turner Campfire Punkrock 10″ | iTunes | Spotify
G-Mo Skee My Filthy Spirit Bomb CD | LP | iTunes | Spotify
Atlas Road Crew Halfway To Hopkins LP | iTunes | Spotify
Various Artists Great Rock & Roll Bop Songs CD
Beans On Toast A Spanner In The Works CD | iTunes | Spotify
Elaquent Worst Case Scenario iTunes | Spotify


December 1st, 2016




When Bill Plaskett and his son Joel Plaskett get together to write songs the result, as Bill describes it, is “a touch of the traditional mixed in with the new, and a lot of the unexpected, arrived at through experimentation.” The result is Solidarity, an album that welds Bill’s traditional folk leanings with Joel’s long and acclaimed history in the Canadian rock landscape.

While Joel is a nationally adored, JUNO Award winning songwriter, the foundations of his talent began at home with his father Bill, who is an accomplished musician himself and co-founder of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. “My father has certainly been one of my biggest musical influences,” says Joel. “I grew up around him playing guitars and his love of folk music, particularly music from the British Isles and Ireland is something I’ve inherited from him – artists like Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, and Paul Brady. Conversely, I have introduced him to some of my favourite records by artists like Those Bastard Souls, Led Zeppelin, and Gillian Welch.”

Bill and Joel’s converging approaches to songwriting left lots of room for both to help shape each other’s songs. Bill says the pair spent a lot of time “figuring out what to play, and what not to play, listening critically to each other, and talking about the results. And then figuring out themes, motifs, and connections.” The result of which is “a complementary but different melodic sense that creates a guitar weave that is unique to us,” says Joel. “Between the 6 string, tenor and tiple guitars, the bouzoukis and mandolas, there are a lot of ringing strings on this album. Wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Set for release on February 17 via Pheromone Recordings, the title track, “Solidarity” is a great summation of their collaboration, both lyrically and sonically. “I wanted a song Dad and I could sing together that connected our individual journeys and our personal politics,” says Joel. “The word ‘solidarity’ came to mind and didn’t leave.”


Both Bill and Joel’s tracks on Solidarity arrived here from many different eras, sources, and stages of life. Bill wrote “No Sight Compares” in the early 1970s about a troubled relationship and signs from nature that everything would work out fine, while Joel’s “The New California” was written this past summer at a hotel in Yellowknife where “the Alpine trees and perpetual sunlight on the Great Slave Lake made me think of some magical part of California I dreamt up,” claims Joel.

While “We Have Fed You All For A Thousand Years,” “Jim Jones,” and “On Down the River” are older songs, each heard many times on the Plaskett family tape player and now revisited by father and son together, other tracks on Solidarity pay homage in a less direct manner. Both “Dragonfly” and “Up In The Air” give a nod to some of Bill’s guitar heroes, Bert Jansch and Richard Thompson, and one of Joel’s favourite songwriters, Al Tuck.

Not all the cuts on Solidarity required as much forethought though. “Help Me Somebody Depression Blues” was recorded spur of the moment with Bill on acoustic guitar in one of the studios and Joel on drums in the other. Divided by a window but connected through headphones, the two hammered out the track, VU meters in the red throughout “in one take, or was it two?” wonders Bill.

Beginning March 15, Bill and Joel will embark on the Solidarity Tour across Canada, performing their collaborations and other songs from Joel’s vast catalog. Peterborough fuzz-folk duo Mayhemingways is also along for the ride as opening support and performing with Bill and Joel. Full tour dates can be found below, with more tour dates to be announced shortly. Tickets are on sale December 2.

01 Dragonfly
02 The Next Blue Sky
03 We Have Fed You All For 1000 Years
04 Blank Cheque
05 Help Me Somebody Depression Blues
06 Up In The Air
07 Jim Jones
08 The New California
09 No Sight Compares
10 Solidarity
11 On Down The River

Mar 15 – Truro, NS – Marigold Cultural Centre
Mar 17 – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
Mar 18 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
Mar 22 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
Mar 23 – Regina, SK – WA WA Shire Centre
Mar 24 – Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre
Mar 29 – Kelowna, BC – Mary Irwin Theatre
Mar 30 – Nanaimo, BC – The Queens
Mar 31- Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Apr 1 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Apr 5 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight
Apr 6 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight
Apr 7- Hamilton, ON – The Studio at Hamilton Place
Apr 12 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall
Apr 13 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall
Apr 14 – Stratford, ON – Avondale United Church
Apr 20 – Halifax, NS – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Apr 22 – Port Hawkesbury, NS – Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
May 4 – Paris, ON – Dominion Telegraph
May 5 – Bayfield, ON – Old Town Hall