PONDERCAST EPISODE 35 : DAN MANGAN

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“Dan Mangan writes songs way above his pay grade,” says Laurie Brown. “From the moment he started putting out music, his songs had the sophistication of a much more experienced writer.”

On Pondercast Episode 35 - Laurie draws your attention towards Dan’s remarkable new album, More or Less. There’s a bit of everything on this Pondercast - live interview, recorded tracks and a bit of the performance in the round that Dan gave a group of super fans at the Tiny Record Shop in Toronto just before his gig in the city that night.

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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 third episode of Ponderbeat is live now, featuring music from Broken Social Scene, Foxwarren, Daniel Romano, Charlotte Cornfield, and more.

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DAN MANGAN SHARES COVER OF R.E.M.’s “LOSING MY RELIGION”

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“LOSING MY RELIGION” APPEARS ON THE TRAILER FOR UNSPEAKABLE, THE NEW CBC/AMC TV SERIES AIRING NOW WHICH MANGAN ALSO SCORED

ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM, MORE OR LESS, OUT NOW VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

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CURRENTLY ON TOUR IN CANADA WITH U.S. DATES TO FOLLOW

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Today, Dan Mangan is sharing his cover of R.E.M.’s classic “Losing My Religion” which appears in the trailer for the new CBC TV series Unspeakable, which Mangan also scored. “When I was a kid, REM was a staple in my household,” says Mangan. “I remember air guitaring to this song with my brother and sister. It was such a massive hit but also so unlikely a candidate to be so. The chorus isn’t really a chorus. It’s long. It’s repetitive. It’s like a hypnotic cyclical trance of words that stick with you even if you have no idea what they’re about. I really wanted to try and approach it from a new angle. There’s no point in attempting to sing like Michael Stipe - there is only one Michael Stipe. So I tried my best to let it live in a new light while paying homage to the original.” “Losing My Religion” saw its broadcast premiere earlier today courtesy of CBC’s q.

No stranger to the film-score world, in addition to Unspeakable, the JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter has also provided scores for Hector And The Search for Happiness starring Simon Pegg and Netflix’s animated series Hilda.

LISTEN AND SHARE “LOSING MY RELIGION” HERE

Having completed a successful run of dates last year with Laura Gibson, Mangan is now taking his latest album, More or Less, on the road throughout Canada. Tour dates have already begun on the East Coast and will continue across Canada through February. Full dates can be found below.

Out now via Arts & Crafts, More or Less is an inspired collection of wonderfully relatable songs that manage to eschew the confines of what you might expect from a singer-songwriter. Produced by Drew Brown (Radiohead, Beck) and Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes), the 10 songs feel as timeless as they do progressive.

More or Less is an album that Mangan claims “feels more like ‘me’ than ever. More sparse. Less meticulous. More kids. Less time. More direct. Less metaphor. More discovery. Less youth. More warmth. Less chaos.”

WATCH AND SHARE “JUST FEAR” HERE

WATCH AND SHARE “COLD IN THE SUMMER” HERE

In the years since 20 year old Dan Mangan began boxing his way into the corner of every noisy bar that would let him bring in his guitar he’s released four other albums, toured relentlessly, won a few awards, found a partner who tolerated his schedule, married that partner, then welcomed a baby into their home...which is when things changed.

“I’d been touring non-stop for six consecutive years and the phone just kept ringing, but I felt my mind and body start to fail. When we learned that we were going to have a baby, I told my manager that I wanted to take a year away from touring. I felt I’d earned it. That ‘one year’ away from the grind sort of slowly became six.”

Shortly after, they had another kid and nested. “As the fog of domestic obligations shifted, I began to regain a sense of myself as an artist. But things were different. I wasn’t a part of the new generation anymore. I knew how to keep racoons from tearing up my lawn, but not so much about youth culture. And the music industry is, uhhhh... all tied up in youth culture.”

So in writing his new album, More or Less, Mangan wrote, like every writer is taught to, about what he knows. Or rather, what he knows now. “I wrote about warmth. I wrote about the feeling of building something when I was young, and the fear of losing it as an adult. I wrote about feeling overwhelmed. I wrote about being in love with someone with whom I spend a lot of time figuring out who is more deserving of a nap. I wrote about the power of what goes unsaid. More or less, I wrote about myself.”

WATCH AND SHARE “FOOL FOR WAITING” HERE

WATCH AND SHARE “TROUBLED MIND” HERE

For More or Less, Mangan worked with “some incredible people who have made many of my favorite albums.” Grammy Award winning producer Drew Brown (Radiohead, Beck, Blonde Redhead, Charlotte Gainsbourg) brought in Joey Waronker, Jason Falkner, and Darrell Thorp. For previous singles, “Fool For Waiting” and “Troubled Mind”, Mangan enlisted producer Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes) who then introduced Ryan Hewitt and Matt Johnson to the fold to play alongside longtime collaborators Gordon Grdina and John Walsh. “This team found a vibrant subtlety that helped me rethink my identity as a singer,” says Mangan. “I cannot thank them enough.”

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WATCH AND SHARE SONGWRITING SERIES EPISODES 1-3 HERE

The recording process was piecemeal over several years and full of eye-opening experiences for Mangan. “Paul McCartney even wandered into the studio as we were listening back to a take of ‘Lay Low’”, says Mangan. “We ended up scrapping what he heard, but... well... he heard something I wrote. Let that be an omen.”

More or Less follows up 2016’s EP Unmake and 2015’s collaborative art-rock album Club Meds. In 2012 Mangan won two JUNO Awards for his sophomore LP, Oh Fortune, and his 2010 debut album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize.

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2019 TOUR DATES DATES
Jan 25 - Moncton, NB - Tide & Boar Gastropub
Jan 26 - Fredericton, NB - Boyce Farmers’ Market
Jan 28 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
Jan 29 - Ottawa, ON - Algonquin College
Jan 31 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
Feb 1 - Hamilton, ON - New Vision United
Feb 2 - Waterloo, ON - Maxwell's
Feb 4 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
Feb 5 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
Feb 6 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
Feb 7 - Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
Feb 8 - Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre
Feb 9 - Calgary, AB - The Palace Theatre
Feb 10 - Lethbridge, AB - The Palace
Feb 12 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Feb 13 - Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre
Feb 14 - Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Hall
Mar 11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 12 - Washington, DC - DC9
Mar 13 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939
Mar 14 - New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge
Mar 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe
Mar 27 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
Apr 4 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club
Apr 5 - Dublin, IR - The Grand Social
Apr 6 - Manchester, UK - YES (The Basement)
Apr 7 - Brighton, UK - Hope And Ruin
Apr 9 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Apr 10 - Wiesbaden, DE - Schlachthof
Apr 11 - Munich, DE - Hansa 39
Apr 12 - Lorrach, DE - Between The Beats Festival
Apr 13 - Dresden, DE - Beatpol
Apr 14 - Lucerne, CH - Schuur
Apr 16 - Graz, AU - Postgarage

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DAN MANGAN SHARES THIRD EPISODE OF SONGWRITING SERIES, NEW LP OUT NOW

WATCH SONGWRITING SERIES EPISODE 3 “FOOL FOR WAITING

MORE OR LESS OUT NOW VIA ART & CRAFTS

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CANADIAN TOUR DATES BEGIN JAN 23

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On Friday, November 2nd, JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter, Dan Mangan, released his fifth studio album, More or Less. An inspired collection of wonderfully relatable songs that manage to eschew the confines of what you might expect from a singer-songwriter. Produced by Drew Brown (Radiohead, Beck) and Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes), the 10 songs feel as timeless as they do progressive.

Today, Dan Mangan is releasing the third episode of his More or Less Songwriting Series where he explores the craft by deep-diving into selections from his catalogue and deconstructing the ideas and influences that’ve had the biggest impact on him as a songwriter. In this episode, Mangan discusses “Fool For Waiting”, the minimalist love ballad and first single from More Or Less, how he had never written a love song before, and how it was influenced by John Legend.

WATCH SONGWRITING SERIES EPISODE 3 “FOOL FOR WAITING

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Directed by Stuart Gillies, the first two episodes dive into “So Much For Everyone”, a track from his first LP, Postcards And Daydreaming, and “Just Fear”, a recent single from the newly released More or Less. Fans can follow along on the microsite, or listen to the Spotify and Apple Music playlists of songs that will be explored over the next 12 months.

“There exists a cliché that artists resent their early work, even when it is well received - and that’s because the writer cannot disconnect the song from their previous self that created it,” says Mangan. “It’s like seeing an old photograph of yourself. It’s hard not to feel a touch embarrassed at what hindsight has illuminated about the former self, but also fondly nostalgic for any sweetness that the image resurrects.

Songs are like mile markers on the side of the highway. They mark specific moments in the writer’s development - both broadly as a person and specifically as a songwriter. Songs are also like kids. They’re fun to conceive, but inevitably quite trying to bring into the light.

It was exceptionally cathartic to go back in time and dig into the songs that have coloured my professional life. I’ve spent most of my life thinking about songwriting in the way that an accountant has spent their life thinking about numbers. It occurred to me that it might be an interesting process to dissect the songs in a similar fashion to how an electrician might explain the wiring of a house.”

WATCH SONGWRITING SERIES EPISODES 1 & 2

“SO MUCH FOR EVERYONE” & “JUST FEAR”

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More or Less is about “witnessing birth, and in some ways rebirth,” says Dan Mangan. “It’s about feeling disconnected from a popular identity and becoming acclimated to a new one. It’s about raising kids in a turbulent world. It’s about unanswerable questions and kindness and friendship and fear.”

Released on November 2 via Arts & Crafts, More or Less is an album that Mangan claims “feels more like ‘me’ than ever. More sparse. Less meticulous. More kids. Less time. More direct. Less metaphor. More discovery. Less youth. More warmth. Less chaos.”

WATCH AND SHARE “JUST FEAR” HERE

WATCH AND SHARE “COLD IN THE SUMMER” HERE

In the years since 20 year old Dan Mangan began boxing his way into the corner of every noisy bar that would let him bring in his guitar he’s released four other albums, toured relentlessly, won a few awards, found a partner who tolerated his schedule, married that partner, then welcomed a baby into their home...which is when things changed.

“I’d been touring non-stop for six consecutive years and the phone just kept ringing, but I felt my mind and body start to fail. When we learned that we were going to have a baby, I told my manager that I wanted to take a year away from touring. I felt I’d earned it. That ‘one year’ away from the grind sort of slowly became six.”

Shortly after, they had another kid and nested. “As the fog of domestic obligations shifted, I began to regain a sense of myself as an artist. But things were different. I wasn’t a part of the new generation anymore. I knew how to keep racoons from tearing up my lawn, but not so much about youth culture. And the music industry is, uhhhh... all tied up in youth culture.”

So in writing his new album, More or Less, Mangan wrote, like every writer is taught to, about what he knows. Or rather, what he knows now. “I wrote about warmth. I wrote about the feeling of building something when I was young, and the fear of losing it as an adult. I wrote about feeling overwhelmed. I wrote about being in love with someone with whom I spend a lot of time figuring out who is more deserving of a nap. I wrote about the power of what goes unsaid. More or less, I wrote about myself.”

WATCH AND SHARE “FOOL FOR WAITING” HERE

WATCH AND SHARE “TROUBLED MIND” HERE

For More or Less, Mangan worked with “some incredible people who have made many of my favorite albums.” Grammy Award winning producer Drew Brown (Radiohead, Beck, Blonde Redhead, Charlotte Gainsbourg) brought in Joey Waronker, Jason Falkner, and Darrell Thorp. For previous singles, “Fool For Waiting” and “Troubled Mind”, Mangan enlisted producer Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes) who then introduced Ryan Hewitt and Matt Johnson to the fold to play alongside longtime collaborators Gordon Grdina and John Walsh. “This team found a vibrant subtlety that helped me rethink my identity as a singer,” says Mangan. “I cannot thank them enough.”

LISTEN TO MORE OR LESS HERE

The recording process was piecemeal over several years and full of eye-opening experiences for Mangan. “Paul McCartney even wandered into the studio as we were listening back to a take of ‘Lay Low’”, says Mangan. “We ended up scrapping what he heard, but... well... he heard something I wrote. Let that be an omen.”

More or Less follows up 2016’s EP Unmake and 2015’s collaborative art-rock album Club Meds. In 2012 Mangan won two JUNO Awards for his sophomore LP, Oh Fortune, and his 2010 debut album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize.

UK/EU TOUR DATES
Nov 7 - Berlin, DE - Festsaal Kreuzberg ^
Nov 8 - Hamburg, DE - Mojo ^
Nov 10 - Weissenhauser Strand, DE - Rolling Stone Weekender
Nov 11 - Cologne, DE - Gebaude 9 ^
Nov 12 - Brussels, BE - Botanique Rotonde ^
Nov 13 - London, UK - Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank ^
Nov 15 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord ^
Nov 16 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain ^
Nov 17 - Rust, DE - Europa Park - Rolling Stone Park Festival
Nov 20 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F ^
Nov 22 - Vienna, AT - Blue Bird Festival - Porgy And Bess
Nov 23 - Dornbirn, AT - Conrad Sohm ^
Nov 24 - Prague, CZ - Meet Factory ^
Nov 26 - Washington, DC - DC9 ^
Nov 27 - New York, NY - Rough Trade ^

^ With Laura Gibson


2019 CANADA/US DATES
Jan 23 - St. John’s, NL - George Street United
Jan 24 - Halifax, NS - The Marquee Club
Jan 25 - Moncton, NB - Tide & Boar Gastropub
Jan 26 - Fredericton, NB - Boyce Farmers’ Market
Jan 28 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
Jan 29 - Ottawa, ON - Algonquin College
Jan 31 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
Feb 1 - Hamilton, ON - New Vision United
Feb 2 - Waterloo, ON - Maxwell's
Feb 4 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
Feb 5 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
Feb 6 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
Feb 7 - Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
Feb 8 - Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre
Feb 9 - Calgary, AB - The Palace Theatre
Feb 12 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Feb 13 - Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre
Feb 14 - Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Hall


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MORE OR LESS TRACKLIST
01 Lynchpin
02 Peaks & Valleys
03 Just Fear
04 Lay Low
05 Cold In The Summer
06 Troubled Mind
07 Fool For Waiting
08 Can’t Not
09 Never Quiet
10 Which Is It

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