Start Again

Start Again

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A highlight of my blur of a week here was catching the explosive set Operators gave us for Festival Music House monday night.  Dan Boeckner’s (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) analog/electronic/dance project had everyone in Adelaide Hall bopping around in some sort of fashion, yelling “one. one. one” over and over again and absorbing all these news songs off the bands’ debut EP “EP1″.  Today, the band put up another one of the “aggressively melodic collection of synth driven pop songs” to their soundcloud page, the instantly catchy “Start Again”.

The band (Boeckner with keyboardist/vocalist Devojka and drummer Sam Brown) has been tearing across North America, supporting Future Islands along with their own headlining gigs.  They’ll visit Central Parks Summerstage on September 9th, opening for Spoon (including fellow Divine Fits bandmates Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel), as well as playing newly announced dates with Zola Jesus in SF on October 8th and a their own show at The Echo in LA on October 9th.  Full dates below.

Operators on tour:

9/10 — NYC — Central Park Summerstage*
9/11 — Pittsburgh, PA — Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead*
9/13 — Hamilton, ON — James Street North Supercrawl
10/8 — San Francisco, CA — Bimbo’s 365 Club ^
10/9 — Los Angeles, CA — The Echo
10/23 — Halifix, NS — The Marquee Club
11/2 – Hamburg, GER — Uebel & Gefärlich*
11/3 – Berlin, GER — Monarch
11/4 – Cologne, GER — Luxor*
11/5 – Prague, CZ — Podnik
11/6 – Vienna, AUS — Heuer Am Karlsplatz
11/7 – Bergen, NOR — Landmark
11/8 – Helsinki, FIN — Kuudes Linja
* w/ Spoon
^ w/ Zola Jesus

“Young Wild” by FMLYBND

“Young Wild” by FMLYBND

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Last May, Lior tipped us all to this awesome song “Electricity” from Isla Vista, CA group FMLYBND.   After taking a slight hiatus to reformat the band and start working with producer Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Wavves), FMLYBND is back with their new high energy single “Young Wild”.  For fans of Miike Snow, take a spin of this new track off their EP, titled “Back to Life” and set to come out Oct. 7.

Video: “Dreamy Bruises” by Sylvan Esso

Video: “Dreamy Bruises” by Sylvan Esso

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“Dreamy Bruises” by Sylvan Esso, off the bands’ debut album.  Directed and shot by Bob Pruvis and Timm Gable in Milwauke, WI in the summer of 2014, the video for features a diverse cast of characters, including bandmates Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath, make a mysterious pilgrimage through the tree-lined hills of Wisconsin.  “As our travelers make their way to a clearing in the woods, there is a celebratory yet dystopian atmosphere as we await the video’s colorful climax.  Of course, no Sylvan Esso video would be complete without an emphasis on movement and dance and here we are treated to a joyful choreographed line-dance with all of the pilgrims moving in unison”.

Fancy yourself a remix artist?  Have a go at the stems for this track here.

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