January 2018

BTW- Cloud Castle Lake, The Confabulation, Cadence Weapon, Jim Andralis & The Syntonics, Mayhemingways, Rose Cousins

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Dublin neo folk rockers Cloud Castle Lake have a new video for their rousing single "Twins". Described by Stereogum, who premiered the video, as "heavy-hearted euphoria," "Twins" is perfectly complimented by the atmospheric and beautifully shot video, directed by Irish filmmaker Kenny Leigh in collaboration with the band.

"Nearly all of it was shot outdoors at Russborough House just as a hurricane was approaching, so towards the end of the day the weather got pretty hairy," explains the band's Brendan Jenkinson on the making of the video. "It was very unpleasant at the time but ended up working really well with the arc of the video. We wanted to capture the same mood and feel of dream sequences in 50s/60s European films. We found that, in a kind of counter-intuitive way, it really suited the music and gave a new dimension to the lyrics."

On Monday, January 29th, Cloud Castle Lake will be making their way to North America for a 5-city tour, starting in Los Angeles at the Hotel Cafe. The band will make stops in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston before finishing with a show in New York City on February 6th.

The Beat Escape – Life is Short The Answer’s Long

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Long before they were a band, Montreal duo, The Beat Escape, took a small first step towards a longer journey at a university video class. “We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream,” say Beat escapists, Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin, of their founding collaboration. Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of: released through Last Gang/Bella Union on April 27th, the sublimely immersive Life Is Short the Answer’s Long plays like a waking dream of near-psychedelic electronic pop, moving to its own beat in the push-pull of forward motion and submerged reflection.

That sense of propulsion ushers opener, Sign of Age, into rising view, its sparse drums, hypnotic sequence and melancholic chords resembling house music as reimagined by Angelo Badalamenti. The enveloping mood holds as Moon in Aquarius unfurls like a night-time road ahead, ghosted by narcotic harmonies. Limestone Alps lingers meditatively, hymnal vocals reverberating; Where Water Ends and More Dreams, meanwhile, navigate the porous boundary-lines between krautrock, Factory Records and obscure minimal wave records of the 80s.

Hugh Masekela South African Jazz Pioneer Who Fought the Evil of Apartheid

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Story Credit: Robin Denselow The Guardian
Hugh Maskela Guardian 2011 Photo Credit Sarah Lee

Hugh Masekela, who has died aged 78, was one of the world’s finest and most distinctive horn players, whose performing on trumpet and flugelhorn mixed jazz with South African styles and music from across the African continent and diaspora. Exiled from his country for 30 years, he was also a powerful singer and songwriter and an angry political voice, using his music and live performances to attack the apartheid regime that had banished him from homeland.

Even when he had returned to the country of his birth under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, after having lived and worked in the US and in Botswana, Masekela continued to comment fearlessly on political events in South Africa and around the world, enjoying his status as an international celebrity, playing for presidents and royalty and concert audiences, and often collaborating with other musical greats.

Leonard Cohen Honoured in Art of Time Ensemble Feb 22-24 Concert

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Art of Time Ensemble is proud to present A Singer Must Die, a concert in tribute to the legendary literary and musical icon Leonard Cohen. Running February 22 - 24 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, this sublime concert features a range of acclaimed singers, authors and musicians in a program that focuses on both Cohen's music and his writings. Readings, anecdotes, and arrangements of his music in the signature Art of Time Ensemble style will make for an evening to remember.

Such celebrated writers as Giller Prize winners Michael Redhill and Madeleine Thien, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Ian Brown, Barbara Gowdy, Christopher Dewdney, Marnie Jackson, David Macfarlane, Karen Solie, and more are some of the literary lions who will rotate throughout the three evenings to give readings of personal favourite passages, or share personal anecdotes of their encounters with Cohen and his writings.

Stellar singers such as Steven Page (recently announced as an inductee into the Canadian Hall of Fame), Sarah Slean, Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), Sarah Harmer and Gregory Hoskins perform Cohen's beautiful songs nightly in all-new arrangements by top Canadian arrangers.

MDM Recordings Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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Celebrating 10 years, MDM Recordings Inc. is pleased to announce it is scaling up its recorded music operations internationally with dedicated distribution and partner services globally for the first time.The development comes via an innovative partnership with leading edge technology centric company FUGA, that specializes in building smart industry-predictive solutions and offers a variety of services to some of the world’s leading independent labels.

Additionally, MDM is happy to enter into an inventive partnership with Zooby Media’s Adria DeLaune, who will represent the label and its robust roster in Nashville.

Mike Denney said, “In an ever-changing musical landscape in which we proudly celebrate our 10 year anniversary this year, we recognize more than ever before that it has become an industry without borders. It is both exciting and crucial for us to partner with those that are forward-thinking and results driven in order to grow and strengthen our business globally. We are thrilled to be working with Adria at Zooby Media in Nashville as well as the exemplary team at FUGA and look forward to building a strong recordings business for the MDM label and its artist roster around the world.”