OLD MAN LUEDECKE ANNOUNCES FULL BAND FALL TOUR DATES

FULL BAND FALL TOUR DATES BEGIN NOVEMBER 17

WATCH AND SHARE “DEATH OF TRUTH” FEAT. BAHAMAS HERE

EASY MONEY OUT NOW VIA TRUE NORTH RECORDS

BUY / STREAM EASY MONEY HERE

OML_web1_MatDunlap.jpg

Photo Credit : Mat Dunlap // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

Last week, Old Man Luedecke released his latest LP, Easy Money on True North Records. Today, the acclaimed songwriter is announcing a run of fall tour dates supporting the record and for the first time ever, will have a full band to support him on stage.

“This will be the first tour I’ve ever done with a full band,” says Luedecke. “Mostly made up of the album band from working at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango with Mike O’Brien (Vic Chestnutt, Sin and Swoon) and Jamie Thompson (Socalled, Islands), and rounded out with Brian Kobayakawa on bass (Serena Ryder, Creaking Tree). I thought it’d be really nice to recreate the calypso vibes of the new record. We performed the record in Montreal to great success this past Sunday at the Festival Folk Sur Le Canal and it felt so good to be on the festival main stage with a fuller sound for the afternoon easing in to the evening. It’s pretty exciting to put old and new songs into the band context and bring the sound not just of this record but all of my records on to the road this fall. It just seems like time for this new fun.”


WATCH AND SHARE “DEATH OF TRUTH” FEAT. BAHAMAS HERE

Easy Money picks up where Old Man Luedecke's award winning, and most successful release to date, Domestic Eccentric (2015), leaves off; four years farther down the road, dreaming about his ship coming in, still a parent but now grappling with the newness of middle age, dad jokes, love for an abiding partner, the death of a parent, along with some calypso-feeling local Nova Scotia history thrown in for good measure.

Composition and recording were both begun at the Banff Centre's songwriter-in-residence program. It was there that Luedecke met the album's producer Howard Bilerman of Montreal's famed Hotel2Tango studio where the album was eventually recorded. The ten new original compositions and two covers run a modern storytelling line from the fifties folk and calypso boom into the everyday of tangible middle life. Guest appearances by long-time collaborator and Grammy award-winning Tim O'Brien, Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas, and Fats Kaplin (Jack White, John Prine) add piquant accents to the impeccable playing of Luedecke and a crack Montreal studio band of Mike O'Brien, Joshua Toal, and Jamie Thompson.

Easy Money begins with three upbeat incantations of what is surely the beginnings of a mid-life crisis (“Dad Jokes”? “Wakeup Call”, come on!) then moves to 2 songs musing about death; both inspired in part and in different ways, by the passing of Luedecke's father, the passing of Leonard Cohen, and current politics and the death of truth. There are two island-themed numbers that imagine a laid-back life in the local un-tropical paradise of the Canadian Maritimes. Then comes a country song with killer fiddling and harmony singing by Tim O'Brien, a dance number of frightful worry, and then a cover of Nana Mouskouri's French language cover of Bob Dylan's topical apocalyptic plaint, "Hard Rain's Gonna Fall". This is followed by a traditional sea shanty about a mermaid and a shipwreck. The album closer, "'I Skipped a Stone", is the most beautiful song about hoping your wife will pick up the phone. The song is made all the sweeter by the special appearance of Bahamas' playing and singing, to close out Luedecke's sixth full length studio album.

WATCH AND SHARE “EASY MONEY” HERE

Old Man Luedecke is the recording and performing name of Christopher Luedecke, 2 time JUNO and multi East Coast Music award-winner, and Polaris Music Prize nominee from Chester, Nova Scotia. Since 2004 he has travelled the world playing festivals, theatres and clubs. He delights his audiences with his heart-felt command of the stage. Plus, his inspired banjo playing and wry storytelling cut to the heart of normal/extraordinary experience itself.

Born and raised in Toronto, Luedecke followed Thoreauvian and romantic notions to Canada's Yukon where he fell in love and started composing folk songs with a banjo. Since 2005, he has lived rurally on the south shore of Nova Scotia in Canada's music-rich Maritime provinces. He has had major appearances at Canadian, Australian and UK festivals and has performed with the likes of Feist, Bahamas, Tim O'Brien, and Rose Cousins. He has built a name and a following that has been uncompromisingly unique and is now firmly established in the top echelon of Canadian folk artists. As the Vancouver Folk Festival says, "He is a musical singularity to be savoured and shared."

SUMMER TOUR DATES
Jul 21 - Mount Stewart, PE - Trailside Music Cafe Inn
Aug 1 - Cambridge, UK - TBD
Aug 2 - Barnsley, UK - Underneath The Stars Festival
Aug 3 - Wickham, UK - TBD
Aug 4 - Ieper, BE - Festival Dranouter
Aug 6 - Lorient, FR - TBD
Aug 10 - Bristol, UK - Folk House
Aug 16 - Swanage, UK - TBD
Aug 17-18 - Ottery St Mary, UK - Beautiful Days Festival
Aug 20 - Canterbury, UK - Waterstones
Aug 21 - London, UK - Cecil Sharp House
Aug 23 - Tonder, DK - Tonder Festival Folkspot
Aug 25 - Thame, UK - Towersey Village Festival
Aug 26 - Kettering, UK - Greenbelt Festival
Sep 20 - Barrie, ON - St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

FALL TOUR DATES (FULL BAND)

Oct 02 - Halifax, NS - St. Matthew’s Church (TICKETS)  (EVENT)
Oct 05 - Church Point, NS - Universite Sainte Anne - Theatre Marc Lescarbot
Oct 10 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
Oct 16 - London, ON - Aeolian Hall
Oct 17 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
Oct 18 - Toronto, ON - Hugh’s Room
Oct 19 - St. Catharines, ON - Warehouse Concert Hall
Nov 17 - Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment (TICKETS) (EVENT)
Nov 21 - Sherwood Park, AB - Festival Place
Nov 22 - Medicine Hat, AB - Stir Studio
Nov 23 - Lethbridge, AB - Lethbridge College
Nov 24 - Nelson, BC - The Hume Hotel (TICKETS) (EVENT)
Nov 26 - Victoria, BC - Capital Ballroom (TICKETS) (EVENT)
Nov 27 - Vancouver, BC - The Fox Cabaret (TICKETS) (EVENT)
Nov 28 - Kelowna, BC - Snedden House (TICKETS)
Nov 29 - Calgary, AB - King Eddy (TICKETS)
Nov 30 - Regina, SK - Artesian (TICKETS) (EVENT)

OLD MAN LUEDECKE ONLINE
WEBSITE
FACEBOOK
TWITTER

TRUE NORTH RECORDS ONLINE
WEBSITE
FACEBOOK
TWITTER

ABSOLUTELY FREE SHARES VIDEO LOOP FOR “GENEVA FREEPORT”

GENEVA FREEPORT EP & 12” OUT JUNE 20 VIA IDEE FIXE

RELEASE SHOW JUNE 20 AT DANCE CAVE IN TORONTO

WATCH AND SHARE “GENEVA FREEPORT” HERE

LISTEN & BUY THE 12" HERE

AF_web1_ColinMedley.jpg

Photo Credit : Colin Medley // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

Today, Toronto's Absolutely Free are sharing a video loop their latest single, "Geneva Freeport" – the title track from their upcoming EP coming out on Ideé Fixe on June 20. Following the first single, "Currency" featuring U.S. Girls, which earned support from outlets like Fader, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and more, "Geneva Freeport" is retro-synthetic new-wave with a rhythmic, melodic urgency that nods to Talking Heads, The Clash, Terry Riley, and William Onyeabor. The video by Julie Reich (aka Bile Sister) is a cyclical exploration of a 3D art gallery space housing abstract artifacts and an obscured basement of paintings, commentary on the EP’s themes of the commodification of artwork.

An exercise in tension, from its rumbling slow build-up to its blistering chorus – which subverts the lyric popularized by Louis Armstrong, “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world” – "Geneva Freeport" details an absurd fantasy about taking a holiday to one of the world’s most notorious high security art storage facilities. The band says:

"Through fantasy and the starkest of realities, this song brings to question the process in which economic value is prescribed to cultural artifacts, how that value is exploited through storing them in high security storage facilities (like the Geneva Freeport) to avoid paying taxes, and how it all seems so antithetical to why most artists create their work in the first place."

WATCH AND SHARE “GENEVA FREEPORT” HERE

Mixed by experimental music auteur Sandro Perri, and featuring contributions from Meg Remy of U.S. Girls and Carl Didur of Zacht Automaat, Geneva Freeport is Absolutely Free’s first release since their 2014 Polaris Music Prize nominated debut record, and is a deeply considered collection of songs that proves that good things come to those who wait. Across its twenty minutes, the Toronto psychedelic trio creates a prismatic and pointed view of the binaries that exist in our culture, and reflects on the absurdity of polarized ideological perspectives.

WATCH AND SHARE “CURRENCY” FEAT. U.S. GIRLS HERE

Absolutely Free's Geneva Freeport EP will be released on June 20 on 12” vinyl and digital formats. It is available for preorder now. The band will mark the release with a special show at Toronto’s Dance Cave on June 20, as well as summer appearances at Luminato, OFF Festival, Aga Khan Museum, Crystal Lake Sound and more.

LISTEN & BUY THE 12" HERE

AF_EP_cover_GF.jpg

Geneva Freeport EP Artwork // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

GENEVA FREEPORT TRACKLIST
1. Geneva Freeport
2. Currency feat. U.S. Girls (Extended Mix)
3. The Endless Scroll feat. Carl Didur

TOUR DATES
Jun 14 - Guelph ON - Ebar
Jun 20 - Toronto ON - Dance Cave
Jun 22 - Toronto ON - Harbourfront Centre - Luminato Festival
Jul 5 - Montreal QC - Marché des possibles
Jul 6 - Quebec, QC - Meduse - Festival OFF
Jul 20 - Toronto ON - Aga Khan Museum - Moon Landing Festival
Jul 27 - Durham ON - Crystal Lake Sound
Sep 21 - Watsons Corner ON - Hollowfest

ABSOLUTELY FREE
WEBSITE
FACEBOOK
INSTAGRAM
BANDCAMP

BLACK MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCE HORNS ARISING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

BLACK MOUNTAINS’ HORNS ARISING TOUR BEGINS SEP 12 WITH STOPS THROUGHOUT CANADA

NEW LP, DESTROYER, OUT NOW VIA DINE ALONE

PURCHASE / STREAM DESTROYER HERE

“Black Mountain sounds as mighty as ever..."Licensed to Drive" is what you want in the 8-track cassette player when you're bombing through the Nevada desert in a fully restored El Camino with a complete aversion to anything with sleeves.” - The Georgia Straight

“Black Mountain puts the pedal to the metal with Destroyer” - Vancouver Sun

“Black Mountain have always been great at doing all the things that bongwater-gargling riff-monsters should be good at doing. They have titanic canyon-spanning hooks. They’ve got enough dynamic range to switch their style up a few times within the space of a single song...On Destroyer, all of that is in very clear evidence. It’s enough to fill up your soul.” - Stereogum

black-mt-fall-2019-square.jpg


Today, Black Mountain are announcing the Horns Arising Tour with stops throughout Western Canada including Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. Full tour dates can be found below. Tickets are on sale for all shows June 21 at 10AM local time.

WATCH AND SHARE “LICENSED TO DRIVE” HERE
WATCH BLACK MOUNTAIN PERFORM FOR CBC FIRST PLAY LIVE HERE

Out now on Dine Alone Records, Black Mountain’s new record, Destroyer, oscillates along Stephen McBean & Jeremy Schmidt's collaborative frequencies and features contributions from Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun), Arjan Miranda, Adam Bulgasem (Dommengang, Soft Kill), Kid Millions (Oneida) and John Congleton (St Vincent, Swans). Collectively, there’s a renewed vitality to Black Mountain on Destroyer — a seasoned, veteran of heady hard rock that’s found new, young muscles to flex and roads to explore.

PURCHASE / STREAM DESTROYER HERE


BLACK MOUNTAIN TOUR DATES
07.26 Denver, CO - Underground Music
08.11 Bagnes, CH - Palp Festival
08.16 Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Las Vegas
08.17 Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
09.12 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile #
09.13 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom #
09.14 Vancouver, BC - Westward Music Festival @ Vogue Theatre *
09.15 Victoria, BC - Distrikt %
09.17 Edmonton, AB - The Starlite %
09.18 Calgary, AB - Commonwealth %
09.19 Saskatoon, SK - Amigos %
09.20 Winnipeg, MB - The Pyramid %
09.21 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club ^
09.22 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon ^
09.24 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
09.26 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme ^
09.27 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups ^

# with LA Witch
% with Majeure
* with Majeure + Dead Quiet
^ with Dommengang + Majeure

 WATCH AND SHARE BLACK MOUNTAIN’S CBC FIRST PLAY LIVE HERE


PRAISE FOR BLACK MOUNTAIN

“...a loose, trippy and freewheel-burning journey through outer (and inner) space, toggling between shape-shifting epics and hypnotic riff-fuelled megajams.” - Tinnitist

“Imagine a ridiculous Ed "Big Daddy" Roth creation with jutting fins, go-faster stripes, massive back tires scorching smoke, a triple-intake blower erupting through the hood, and an oversized eight-ball shifter sticking through the roof where some maniacal speed mutant tweaks with his tongue flapping in the breeze, blistering down the highway towards a knife fight between hair metal, punk and stoner rock. That is the feeling this album evokes.” - Exclaim!

“[Destroyer] finds the Canadian outfit channeling the exhilarating, thrill-seeking spirit often associated with adolescence.- Consequence of Sound

“Destroyer, the latest treasure from Canadian psych rock outfit Black Mountain, a heavy, crunchy, head-banging good time with eight tracks to throw the sign of the horns to.” - Paste

"Destroyer has arrived just in time to quench your summertime blues and transport you to their silver mothership in the sky" - Beatroute

“They’ve stuffed Destroyer full of the kind of anthems that rattle the windows while hotboxed teens park in the back lot. They find the sweet spot between volume and spaced synths that pair well with lying on the hood staring at the stars and wishing away the last year of high school so that you can finally be free of this damn town.” - Raven Sings The Blues

BLACK MOUNTAIN ONLINE

WEBSITE
TWITTER
FACEBOOK