New Music From Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, “Vessel”

New Music From Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, “Vessel”

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Just when I assumed it would be a slow day for new music, I received a press release with a link to new music from Dan Mangan.  After a two year hiatus, an induction into fatherhood, and some time to regroup, Dan Mangan returns under a new moniker, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, a name encompassing the spirit of the project’s longstanding ensemble members.  The song “Vessel” is the first single from their upcoming fourth studio album (out this fall on A&C) and is also an integral component to the soundtrack for the new Simon Pegg feature, Hector And The Search For Happiness, which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.  Mangan and Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Stars, Hawksley Workman) also composed the film’s score.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith take to the road on this fall with stops in Toronto at The Opera House for Indie88’s first anniversary on September 13 and at Massey Hall with Hayden on February 28 as well as the BreakOut West 2014 Kick Off Party in Winnipeg on October 2.

Check out the trailer for “Hector and the Search For Happiness” (Looks to have a real Walter Mitty feel to it).

CONTEST: Muskoka Sound Music Festival, Sept. 12th-14th

CONTEST: Muskoka Sound Music Festival, Sept. 12th-14th

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Hey Ontario people, are you looking for an awesome way to spend next weekend?  Why not put your name in the hat to potentially win 3-day passes to the Muskoka Sound Music Festival.

It is a 3-day/night outdoor live-music festival situated in the Muskoka region of Ontario and set against the stunning backdrop of lakes, rocks and trees, just 10 minutes from the picturesque town of Huntsville, Ontario.  The festival will feature over 20 performances from world-class Canadian headliners, local bands, emerging break-through bands, plus nationally and internationally renowned artists including Walk Off The Earth, Serena Ryder, Mother Mother, Monster Truck, Shad, Yukon Blonde, and Paper Lions.  Check out the full line-up here.

Care of The Muskoka Sound Music Festival, I’ve got a pair of 3-day passes to give away to one lucky winner.  Enter via the Gleam widget below before the deadline of Sept. 11th at noon EST.  I’ll notify the winner that day.

Muskoka Sound Music Festival

Currently Listening To: Palace Winter

Currently Listening To: Palace Winter

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Palace Winter are Danish producer Caspar Hesselager and Australian country singer Carl Coleman.  The collaboration was born while sharing a tour bus together for six weeks around Denmark in the Winter/Spring of 2013 when Carl was opening for The Rumour Said Fire in which Caspar was playing synths.  They entered the studio in March 2014 with a goal to fuse each others sounds; Caspar’s synth-pop playfulness and wide-screen production vs Carl’s atmospheric vocals & traditional singer-songwriter background.

For fans of The War On Drugs and Lord Huron check out “Woke In The Night, The Phone Was Ringing”, the bands’ 2nd single from their forthcoming EP out this Fall.

Video: “Agora” (Alternate) by Bear Hands

Video: “Agora” (Alternate) by Bear Hands

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“Agora” by Bear Hands from the band’s recent full-length Distraction (Cantora).  You might think I’m double posting this, as I put a video up for this song back in Feb.  This video (more like a lyric video), was directed by Sami Jano and Steve Meierding and “playfully incorporates the track’s lyrics into a wildly colourful montage of cluttered items strewn around the home of the titular agoraphobe”.

Indie Music Filter: Best Of August 2014 (Playlists)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of August 2014 (Playlists)

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Playlists are up!  Here’s what I thought was the best of August 2014 on RdioSoundcloudSpotify and Youtube.  August was solid for new music, check songs from Ryn Weaver, Sucre, The Griswolds, and Alvvays and many more.

Best of August 2014: Playlist (Rdio) / Best of August 2014: Playlist (Soundcloud) / Best of August 2014: Playlist (Spotify) / Best of August 2014: Playlist (Youtube)