YOUR BOY REVEALS NEW VIDEO FOR THE JANET JACKSON-INSPIRED SINGLE “KICK”

YOUR BOY TONY BRAXTON JOINS TOKYO POLICE CLUB FOR A STRING OF DATES AT TORONTO’S MOD CLUB DEC 8, 9, AND 10

WATCH AND SHARE THE VIDEO FOR “KICK” HERE

ADULT CONTEMPT, THE RETRO SOFT-ROCK ALBUM FROM RAPPER SHAD (RELEASED UNDER THE MONIKER YOUR BOY TONY BRAXTON), IS OUT NOW VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

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“This album is awesome and you should make sure to hear it" - Stereogum

“...it's an uncool formula for the current musical climate. It's also as endearing and earnest as anything else Shad had put out over the years.” - Exclaim!

“All of a sudden, Shad does '80s New Romanticism. And it's really great. Who knew this guy could sing so sweetly? Should I even be surprised?” - Chart Attack

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This summer, rapper, media personality, and now soft rock singer, Shad released a surprise album under the name Your Boy Tony Braxton. Today, he’s sharing the video for the If-era Janet Jackson-inspired “Kick”.

The video, directed by Sammy Rawal, was inspired by “the iconic videos of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam in the 80s” and features a dance circle at a house party. “The idea was to capture that aesthetic and pacing but infuse it with more contemporary elements.” Rawal continues, “the finished video reads as a mashup between old and new.”

"[Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam’s] “I Wonder If I Take You Home" video was the main inspiration. Also Janet videos,” says Shad. “I like how the retro-vibe and playfulness of the song/video play alongside lyrics about desiring to mature.”

WATCH AND SHARE THE VIDEO FOR “KICK” HERE

Your Boy’s also taking this show to the stage for string of dates in Toronto on Dec 8, 9, and 10 with Tokyo Police Club. Tickets for the show are available via Ticketfly.

Out now via Arts & Crafts, Adult Contempt is “a lovely collection of songs that reminds me of Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia. Ultra transposed from a modern R&B context into bright, richly arranged throwback pop in the vein of Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout,” writes Stereogum. Shad himself described it as “a soft rock album, inspired by late 80s / early 90s pop/rock. The lyrical themes are mainly masculinity, love, and maturation.”

Recorded in the spring of 2014 with frequent collaborator Matthew Johnston, in his guest bedroom, Shad claims the musical inspiration for Adult Contempt comes “from the first things I ever heard on the radio. Vague memories of Michael Penn, Terence Trent D’arby, The Cure, Bryan Adams, Janet Jackson, and others that evoke a smile and a nostalgic sense in me. Lyrically, I have some fun here and there but a lot of the lyrics are just honest, simply-put musings – grappling with insecurity, love, and trying to become a better person.”

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Dec 8, 9, 10 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club w/ Tokyo Police Club (Tickets)

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BILL AND JOEL PLASKETT ANNOUNCE SOLIDARITY

FATHER AND SON COLLABORATE FOR NEW ALBUM, SOLIDARITY, OUT FEBRUARY 17 VIA PHEROMONE RECORDINGS

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THE SOLIDARITY TOUR BEGINS MARCH 15 WITH SPECIAL GUEST MAYHEMINGWAYS

 

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.”

LISTEN TO AND SHARE “SOLIDARITY” HERE

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.

 

SOLIDARITY TRACK LIST
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

THE SOLIDARITY TOUR
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

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TASSEOMANCY SHARES SURREAL NEW VIDEO FOR “29 PALMS”

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ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM, DO EASY, OUT NOW VIA OUTSIDE MUSIC / HAND DRAWN DRACULA

PURCHASE LIMITED CANADIAN ONLY CLEAR VINYL OF DO EASY HERE

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES WITH ANDY SHAUF BEGIN IN FEBRUARY 2017

“Do Easy, the album, makes the magical mundane, and vice-versa.” - Exclaim! 8/10

“Do Easy invites you into its own rarefied world, a world where things are exotic, tranquil and seductively unique and makes you want to stay there.” - Line Of Best Fit 8/10

“Exquisite… On their sumptuous third album they situate their voices on a pillowy bed of experimental pop, freak folk and, best of all, the sax-enhanced exotica of
the title track.” - Uncut 8/10

“Easily the finest work of art to come out of Canada all year… Do Easy is a beautiful, big-sounding lesson in how to do witty, wise, lyrical dream-pop with the sort of perfection that the genre deserves.” - Monocle

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Following the excellent reviews for their just-released album, Do Easy, out now on Outside Music / Hand Drawn Dracula, Tasseomancy have shared a surreal video for album cut “29 Palms”. Of the video Tasseomancy say: “The video for 29 Palms was created by our friend, the very talented visual artist Jesi Jordan, on one of her many worldwide adventures. To us, this song encapsulates so much: written for women; for artists and for any human who has ever felt themselves falling into nothingness while grasping at their own poetic string. Whether it be a loss of self, loss of another or an attempt to create meaning in what has so been recently confirmed to be an unjust and crazy-cruel world. Jesi's video is like a friend who calls us up on the phone early in the morning and gently reminds us that life is not elsewhere but is happening by the touch of our own hand in this very moment and that's all we've got.”

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Sisters Sari and Romy Lightman, aka Tasseomancy, are former members of queer cold-wave band, Austra. Channelling their former forays in psychedelic folk into a kind of lushly accessible, warmly experimental dream-pop along with bandmates Johnny Spence and Evan Cartwright, they explore manipulated sounds, all with mood in mind. Assisted by friends Ryan Driver (flute), Simone Schmidt (voice of a young Neil Young), and Alex Cowan (Blue Hawaii) that exploration reaches full bloom on Do Easy, the sound of a band hitting their richly imagined, luxuriously executed stride. And, wealth of evocative references included, making it all sound easy.

TASSEOMANCY TOUR DATES
11.30.16 Brooklyn – Sunnyvale
12.05.16 San Diego – Soda Bar
12.15.16 Los Angeles – The Echo w/ Weyes Blood
02.08.17 London – Oslo *
02.09.17 Manchester – Gullivers *
02.10.17 Leeds – Brudenell Social Club *
02.13.17 Cologne – Yuca *
02.14.17 Utrecht – Ekko *
02.15.17 Nijmegen – Merleyn *
02.16.17 Brussels – Botanique *
02.17.17 Luxembourg – Rotondes *
02.20.17 Lille – Le Grand Mix *
02.21.17 Paris – Café de La Danse *
02.22.17 Nancy – Autre Canal *
02.23.17 Lyon – Marche Gare *
02.24.17 St Gallen – Palace *
02.27.17 Munich – Mila *
03.01.17 Berlin – Gruner Salon *
03.02.17 Hamburg – Prinzenbar *
03.03.17 Copenhagen – Vega *
* w/ Andy Shauf

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