THE SMUGGLERS REUNITE TO LAUNCH GRANT LAWRENCE’S NEW BOOK

THE SMUGGLERS REUNITE FOR A HOMETOWN SHOW TO LAUNCH LEAD-SINGER, AUTHOR, AND BROADCASTER GRANT LAWRENCE’S NEW MEMOIR, DIRTY WINDSHIELDS : THE BEST AND THE WORST OF THE SMUGGLERS TOUR DIARIES

THE SMUGGLERS LIVE AT THE COMMODORE BALLROOM, MAY 13, WITH THE MUFFS, CHIXDIGGIT, AND NEEDLES // PINS - PRESENTED BY
LIVE NATION AND THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

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DIRTY WINDSHIELDS SET FOR RELEASE IN MAY VIA DOUGLAS & MCINTYRE

EARLY PRAISE FOR DIRTY WINDSHIELDS:

“Told with equal parts pride and shame, this uproarious chronicle is the perfect companion to the band’s mega-fun music.” - Ira Robbins, NYC Rock Writer (Rolling Stone,
Village Voice, Creem, Trouser Press)

“Dirty Windshields should come with a disclaimer: ‘WARNING: may induce feelings of wanderlust and the itching desire to throw a guitar case into a van and hit the road.”
- Will Ferguson, Giller Prize Winner

“I can’t imagine a more perfect rock ‘n’ roll book.” – Tyler Bancroft (Said The Whale)

“An epic tale told by one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest storytellers.” – Lisa Marr (Cub)

“Fucking hilarious and a joy to read.” – Allison Robertson (The Donnas)

“Pure teenage rawk angst!” – Nardwuar

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One of Vancouver’s all-time legendary live bands is reuniting to play one of Vancouver’s all-time legendary live venues - May 13 at the Commodore Ballroom. One night only.

The Smugglers will play their first hometown show in over 13 years, and their first performance at the Commodore Ballroom in 17 years. The reason for the reunion gig is simple: lead singer, author, and broadcaster Grant Lawrence is finally releasing his memoirs of his hard-charging, international touring years, entitled Dirty Windshields: The Best And The Worst Of The Smugglers Tour Diaries, due out in May from Douglas and McIntyre.

“I’ve been working on this book on and off for over ten years. It’s been a huge labour of love. Reading through and shaping my old tour diaries into a book has been both rewarding and embarrassing, much like my career with the Smugglers,” Lawrence jokes.

“I hoped we’d do a gig to launch the book, and I was thrilled when Live Nation stepped up and offered the Commodore Ballroom. It’s not only one of our favourite rooms in the world, but also the last venue standing from the Smugglers gigging era, unless you count the Hastings Community Centre.”

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Joining Grant Lawrence and The Smugglers is an all-star pop-punk line up of friends, is The Muffs from Los Angeles (their first performance in Vancouver in almost 20 years), Chixdiggit from Calgary (celebrating their own 25th anniversary in 2017), and Needles // Pins from Vancouver. Tickets $25 in advance, on sale February 24, 2017.


MORE ABOUT GRANT LAWRENCE

Grant Lawrence is an award-winning author, CBC personality, singer, and columnist. His new book, Dirty Windshields, is his third. His previous books are Adventures In Solitude (Harbour Publishing, 2010) and The Lonely End of the Rink (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013). At the CBC, Grant is known mostly for his work with the groundbreaking Radio 3 and their championing of Canadian independent music. Previously, he worked as an indie label publicist and as a concert promoter. At age 19, he co-promoted one of the Commodore Ballroom’s most legendary shows: the Screaming Trees, Nirvana, the Doughboys and the Wongs in 1991. Grant is the lead singer of the Smugglers and the goalie for the Flying Vees beer league hockey team. He is married to musician Jill Barber and they live in Vancouver, BC, with their two children.

MORE ABOUT THE SMUGGLERS

Formed when most of the members were still in high school in West Vancouver, The Smugglers came of age during the grunge explosion, and came into their own in the pop-punk heyday of the mid-1990s while on Mint Records in Canada Lookout Records in the USA. Releasing eight albums over the years of 1988-2004, the band's booze-fuelled, sweaty, and famously energetic live shows (complete with dancing and kissing contests) took them across Canada, the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Along the way, the "Canadian Ambassadors of Rock 'n' Roll" collided with the Hives, Mudhoney, the Queers, Supersnazz, Fugazi, the Dwarves, thee Headcoats, the Mr. T Experience, the Mummies and many more.

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TASSEOMANCY SHARE NEW VIDEO FOR “DO EASY”

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

“Tasseomancy have added a bit of magic to the mundane, injecting the pop stratosphere with their own transfixing blend of influence.” – i-D

“Glowing, dreamy retro-pop song, undercut with a little bit of melancholy” – FADER

“Otherworldly experimental pop—think Kate Bush soundtracking an
interdimensional shuttle ride.” – Noisey

“Creatively endearing and delightfully unsettling” – Consequence of Sound

“A really lovely record” – Brooklyn Vegan

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Following the recent release of their striking new album Do Easy on Outside Music / Hand Drawn Dracula, Toronto twin sister duo Tasseomancy (formerly of Austra) have shared the surreal video for track “Do Easy” via The FADER. Showcasing the versatility and range of sisters Romy and Sari Lightman, “Do Easy” proves beguiling in its simplicity. Whimsical melodies and feather-light production easily charm, invoking the likes of Eleanor Friedberger / Fiery Furnaces in their endearing (and beautiful) quirkiness.

The band elaborates further about the video to The FADER: "While writing ‘Do Easy’, we were interested in manifesting the domestic flow of William Burroughs’, The Discipline of DE. In Zak Tatham’s video, this domestic order is overthrown; chaos reigns and we break on through to a more instinctual side. The Tower represented by the sterile condo is the dangling carrot of comfort and emotional disconnect.  It Ignores our bodies and gaslights the planet, quietly hisses ‘fuck off’. By smashing down the condo, we lay down the base of a cool new becoming. Go and take off your fancy shades, let the world's words penetrate. Wear the stains of old mistakes. Make a room where you can roll around in the shit of forgiveness. Slowly regenerate. This is a feminine destruction; a happy death."

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Tasseomancy are currently amidst a European tour supporting Andy Shauf.

Genesis P-Orridge and Kathy Acker believed William Burroughs to be a vibrant beam of clarity. P-Orridge—a disciple of Burroughs—referred to “The Discipline of D.E. as a smooth hand of magic”. Romy of Tasseomancy stumbled upon the Discipline of D.E. (Do Easy), a short story outlining a don't-bust-a-gut Buddhist philosophy and “like a gentle old cop making a soft arrest”, she was deeply touched and set out to find the easy way.

For the seasoned loners, stoners, and lackadaisically laid, Do Easy was written as a dead-beat anthem for a generation who was told that anything is possible after the possibility slows. Written in Toronto and Montreal, Do Easy was created as a lamp shade of hope and of soft survivalism. Serene, strange and magnetically sung, it honors its free thinking forbearers without being weighed down by them, creating immersive worlds of loving allusion.

Soft synths and crystalline harmonies merge hypnotically on “Dead Can Dance and Neil Young”, an invitation to “fade into folk song”. If folk song is this, it’s folk of great idiosyncrasy, where vocoded chorales provide atmospheric shading and alto-saxophones drift like cigarette smoke from a David Lynch dream-film. Between the new age synth of “Claudine & Annie”, the ambient swoon of “29 Palms”, Kate Bush-like prog-psych of “Missoula” and gently lapping title-track, Do Easy plays like pop from a parallel world.

Sisters Sari and Romy Lightman 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 Brodie West (alto-sax), 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.

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MOBY & THE VOID PACIFIC CHOIR SHARE NEW VIDEO

MOBY & THE VOID PACIFIC CHOIR SHARE “A SIMPLE LOVE” VIDEO THIS VALENTINE’S DAY AS A LOVE LETTER TO ANIMALS

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THESE SYSTEMS ARE FAILING OUT NOW VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

 

Today, Moby & The Void Pacific Choir are sharing the music video for “A Simple Love”, the latest track to be taken from their new album, These Systems Are Failing, which is out now via Arts & Crafts.

Commenting on the news, Moby says: “Happy Valentine's Day.  Here's my love letter to animals and the people who love and rescue them.”

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Showing the poignant work done by animal rescue organizations, the LA-based DJ and musician is keen to share this special message with all animal lovers today. And it has a lot of pigs. Cute baby pigs. Who doesn’t love baby pigs?    


These Systems Are Failing – Manifesto:

in the beginning we were a desperate species
we needed things
and if you had things you were happy
you were fed, you survived
the things saved us, things like food, weapons, shelter
but after eons of struggle we won
the old deaths had left us alone
our ancestors died of rotten teeth and disease
our ancestors pushed back and they won
BUT WE KEPT GOING
we kept eating as if we were about to starve
we kept fighting even though the old enemies were gone
we kept destroying the environment even though we were only destroying
ourselves
we built great cities, great industries, great systems
these systems were supposed to feed us
but instead they’ve killed the animals, the land and us
these systems were supposed to protect us
but instead they’ve poisoned our air and our water
these systems were supposed to serve us, but instead they’re killing us
we’re still acting as our ancestors acted
grasping for food, destroying nature, killing animals, killing eachother, maintaining
systems that haven’t worked in a long time
these systems are killing us
these systems are killing everything
these systems are failing
let them fail

change or die.

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