PONDERCAST EPISODE 46 : HOW TO DISAPPEAR

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The urge to disappear...to shut down the phone and walk away from being ‘social.’ Are you feeling? The pressure to stay visible - to put yourself out there - is real. But why do we do it? I doubt it’s because we love that scrutiny that comes with keeping our lives so public.

On Pondercast Episode 46 : How To Disappear, Laurie Brown finds inspiration in the book How To Disappear by Akiko Busch.

Let’s talk about your private life...and why having more of one is good for your soul.

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On September 14, Pondercast host Laurie Brown and JUNO Award Nominated electronic composer and musician Joshua Van Tassel will explore how city-dwellers merge with their natural surroundings during a live podcast recording that takes visitors on a virtual journey to the moon and back with Moon Merge. The evening will feature performances by Choir! Choir! Choir!, Bernice and a special silent disco set by Rich Aucoin.

The Bentway is an innovative public space project underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and have now announced its Fall 2019 programming calendar under the theme Second Nature. From September to November 2019, The Bentway will bring together artists, community activists, urbanists, scientists and innovators to explore ways urban dwellers can reconnect to the natural world. Tickets can be found here.

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Recently, Killbeat Music partnered with the team at Pondercast to bring you Ponderbeat, a series of special episodes featuring selections curated by Brown from some of Killbeat’s latest releases. The fourth episode of Ponderbeat is live now, featuring music from Ada Lea, Begonia, Close Talker, FET.NAT, River Tiber, Tamino and more.

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THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS DEBUT NEW SINGLE, “THE SURPRISE KNOCK”

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THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS’ IN THE MORSE CODE OF BRAKE LIGHTS OUT SEPTEMBER 27 VIA COLLECTED WORKS/CONCORD RECORDS

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ON TOUR NOW IN NORTH AMERICA

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Critically acclaimed group The New Pornographers debut “The Surprise Knock” today. The track is the second single from the group’s highly anticipated new album, In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights, due September 27 via the band’s own Collected Work Records imprint in partnership with Concord Records.

Frontperson and songwriter A.C. Newman says, “‘The Surprise Knock’ had a different feel when we first recorded it — and I wouldn’t mind releasing that version at some point. But as I was listening to it, I thought, ‘Why don’t we play this song like New Pornographers 2005?’ Then we just replayed it with that feel. I thought enough time has passed that I feel like I can play songs that sort of sound like a classic a sound and not feel like I’m repeating myself, because it’s been so long. That was definitely a part of it: just wanting to...I hate to say ‘get back,’ but just get more slightly raucous and sounding more like a band.”

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The band recently premiered the first single, “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile”, from the new album, which Stereogum dubbed “candy-coated power-pop.” 

The band is set to tour North America this fall in support of the new record. Tickets are available for purchase at thenewpornographers.com. See below for a complete itinerary. 

“I was about two-thirds of the way through the record when I began to notice that lyrically so much of it was pointing toward car songs,” notes Newman. “The opening track is ‘You’ll Need a Backseat Driver’, and that was a metaphor that seemed to be running through other songs, too. Next to the love song, I feel like the car song is one of the most iconic kinds of songs in pop music, from Chuck Berry to the present. There was so much of that throughout it that I started thinking: ‘Oh, no, there’s too many references to cars on this record!’ And then I thought, ‘No, that's good—people might think it’s a concept album.’”

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The New Pornographers have released seven studio albums to date including their most recent, Whiteout Conditions. The first album released on their own imprint, Collected Works Records, in partnership with Concord Records, the album received widespread acclaim and was hailed as “rich with new wave synths and closely blended harmonies” by Pitchfork, while Rolling Stone praised its “uplifting three to four minute indie-pop numbers, imbued with lush vocals.”

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IN THE MORSE CODE OF BRAKE LIGHTS
1. You’ll Need A Backseat Driver
2. The Surprise Knock
3. Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile
4. Colossus Of Rhodes
5. Higher Beams
6. Dreamlike And On The Rush
7. You Won’t Need Those Where You’re Going
8. Need Some Giants
9. Opening Ceremony
10. One Kind Of Solomon
11. Leather On The Seat


THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS LIVE
Sep 19 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios
Sep 20 – Vankleek Hill, ON – Beau’s Oktoberfest
Sep 27 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Sep 28 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
Sep 29 - Columbia, MO - Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
Oct 1 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Oct 2 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Oct 3 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
Nov 4  - Boston, MA - Royale
Nov 5 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Nov 7 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Nov 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Nov 10 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
Nov 11 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Nov 12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

Tickets at thenewpornographers.com

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EVANGELINE GENTLE SHARES “DROP MY NAME” FROM UPCOMING LP

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TOUR DATES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 27

SELF-TITLED LP DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 13 ON COAX RECORDS

“The soft beginning of lead single "Sundays" leaves ample space for Gentle's powerhouse voice...The rich country tone to "Sundays" might put "country music superstar" back in those cards, but whatever the space they create for themselves, Gentle's debut album is evidently just the beginning.” - CBC Music

“Some artists live up to their names...Evangeline Gentle would seem to be one of them,
based on the soothingly beautiful roots-pop and earthy,
Stevie Nicks-style vocals of Sundays” - Tinnitist

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Today, Evangeline Gentle shares their bold new single “Drop My Name” from the self-titled debut album, out on Coax Records on September 13. The track “is about knowing what you’re worth, when you’re being taken advantage of, and when to walk away,” says Gentle.

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Produced by Jim Bryson and mastered by Grammy Nominated Philip Shaw Bova, Gentle’s debut LP is rich, sweet, and lush with vibrato – only a few of the unmistakable qualities that constitute Gentle’s fervent timbre. Their songwriting possesses an authenticity and depth as rare and unique as their own journey. Born on the Northeast coast of Scotland, Gentle’s family lineage tells all. A descendent of the Codona Circus family, they have live performance in their blood and were given an unequivocal name for the stage too. Gentle has already been awarded Emerging Artist at the 2015 Peterborough Folk Fest and Best Female Vocalist of the year at the 2015 Wire Awards.

Gentle began writing their debut LP over the course of three years, collaborating with Bryson and slowly working on demos together. “During the writing years I trudged my way through deep periods of self-doubt, often wondering if I should quit music entirely,” says Gentle. “I’ve been in love with music my whole life. As a child I thought becoming a female country music superstar- long blonde curls and all was my inevitable fate. Somewhere along the way I internalized a lot of messaging about my queerness as being something that would hold me back, something that made me inherently less gifted and valuable as an artist, that I wasn’t enough for the industry and my spirit got broken. Each song on this record is a landmark on the journey toward re-establishing this spirit. I dream like a child again and though I have long since reconciled with my 11 year old self that becoming a country music superstar is not in the cards for me.”

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Recorded at Bryson’s Fixed Hinge studio together with percussionists Pascal Delaquis and Matthew Greco, and vocalist Carleigh Aikins, the process for the LP began with tracks “So It Goes”, a nostalgic story telling of Gentle’s last teenage years, and “Even If”, documenting an unhealthy relationship and later distressing break up with their local dive bar. 

Album opener “Drop My Name” was born out of working at a corporate fast food chain on top of another day job to try and earn enough money to make this album. “The Strongest People Have Tender Hearts” reflects on the time the #MeToo movement was taking off. “I mustered up every drop of compassion I could find and wrote that song to honour the ridiculous amount of strength it takes to stay soft in a world that can harden you with a single headline,” says Gentle. The album’s second track, “Ordinary People”, continues on that theme and was written for the “person/people in my life that keep me going when getting up in the morning is hard because I’ve spent too long reading news articles on my facebook feed,” says Gentle.

Lead single “Sundays” and album track “Neither Of Us” are love songs written around a common theme of being gentle with someone’s insecurities and affirming that they are more than enough. “Long Time Love” is a love song too, but about the magic moment where you just know the person who has stepped into your life is going to stick around. 

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The LP rounds out with the self-sabotaging “Digging My Grave” and “Good And Guided”, a song based on the “idea that we’re all trying our best to be good people with the information and experiences we have in the moment,” says Gentle. “That’s an idealistic view of the world, but it’s a spiritual one that I cling to to get through the day and stay open to connecting with life around me.”

PERFORMANCE DATES
Sep 27 - Folk Music Ontario Conference - The Campsite
Oct 4 - Peterborough, ON - The Theatre On King
Oct 5 - Barrie, ON - The Common Good
Oct 10 - Kitchener, ON - The Rich Uncle Tavern
Oct 18 - Ottawa, ON - Bar Robo
Oct 25 - Toronto, ON - The Painted Lady
Nov 10 - St. Catharines, ON - Mahtay Cafe

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EVANGELINE GENTLE TRACKLIST
01 Drop My Name
02 Ordinary People
03 Sundays
04 Even If
05 So It Goes
06 The Strongest People Have Tender Hearts
07 Long Time Love
08 Neither Of Us
09 Digging My Grave
10 Good And Guided

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