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June 01, 2016

Jesse Mac Cormack announces third EP "After The Glow"



Following the early 2016 unveiling of his widely acclaimed new tracks “After the Glow” and “Repeat”, Jesse Mac Cormack is announcing today that his third EP, “After the Glow”, will be released on September 16th via Secret City Records. The EP will include both of the above-mentioned tracks.

Jesse sums up his latest EP in these few words: ““After the Glow” was auto-produced in my mum's garage which I like to call my studio. It reunites five very personal songs that I think a lot of people could relate to. Influences and music change over time. These pieces are for me summer 2015.”

This year has already seen song premieres by CLASH Music (UK) and The Line of Best Fit (UK) as well as video premieres by Les Inrocks (France) and The Fader (USA) . Having generated more than 1.8 million streams, raving reviews from here and abroad, Jesse Mac Cormack could very well become the “new hero of modern folk” (Les Inrocks).

Jesse has spent his downtime producing records for the local Montreal scene including the debut record by Emilie & Ogden. He has already shared the stage with Half Moon Run, Lou Doillon and Sophie Hunger to name a few, and will be supporting Cat Power and Shakey Graves this summer. His first EP, Music For The Soul (2014), delivers a personal acoustic sound, while his second EP, CRUSH (2014), encompasses electric guitar and a full band. His heartfelt vocals and lyrics arise from his personal journeys, where his warm influence emerges from his surroundings. Guided by increasingly complex arrangements, rhythmic progressions within both the acoustic and electric realm, Mac Cormack's impassioned vocals belie their owner's youth.

“... a thing of rare beauty” - BBC Radio6 Music

“‘After The Glow' circles around those glorious guitar chords, Jesse Mac Cormack's voice wringing every ounce of meaning out of those lyrics.” – Clash Music (Track of the Day)

“Both of Mac Cormack’s EP’s from 2015 were excellent, but this new song takes his work up a notch.” – WindUp Magazine

"a raw, timeless new release from the talented Mac Cormack” – TheMost Radical

Stream "Repeat" on Spotify
Stream "After The Glow" single on Spotify
Watch the video for "Repeat" on Youtube
Watch the video for "After the Glow" on Youtube

CONCERT DATES:
06/18/16 Toronto ON @ Lee’s Palace (NXNE)
06/21/16 Quebec City QC @ Le Cercle ^^
06/29/16 Montreal QC @ Métropolis !!! (FIJM)
07/07/16 Sherbrooke QC @ Sherblues & Folk Festival
07/12/16 Quebec City QC @ Parc de la Francophonie (FEQ) **
07/23/16 Guelph ON @ Hillside Festival
09/15/16 Lavaltrie QC @ Chasse-Galerie
12/10/16 Terrebonne QC @ Le Moulinet

^^ w/ Shakey Graves
!!! w/ Cat Power (solo)
** w/ Half Moon Run

May 26, 2016

Jesse Mac Cormack performs acoustic session with Line Of Best Fit

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May 11, 2016

Basia Bulat on Later...with Jools Holland



Basia Bulat ended her European tour this week with a performance at the cult UK BBC Two TV show Later...with Jools Holland.

With sold-out concerts in London, Berlin and New York City on her Spring 2016 tour and over 4 million streams for Good Advice, Basia will continue touring in support of the record this summer and will be in Los Angeles on June 8th playing at Largo with Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad). After this, she will be performing at many festivals in Canada and the U.S. Mostly notably, Basia Bulat will be at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, at the Austin City Limits Festival in Texas, and in her home town at the Montreal International Jazz Festival July 7th on a double-bill with The Tallest Man on Earth. See below for complete tour dates.

TOUR DATES
05/31/16 Barrymore Theatre - Madison, WI
06/02/16 Canton Waterfront Park - Baltimore, MD
06/05/16 Field Trip - Toronto, ON
06/08/16 Largo - Los Angeles, CA (with Bob Odenkirk)
06/11/16 The Fillmore Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
06/21/16 Artpark - Lewiston, NY
07/04/16 Montreux Jazz Club - Montreux, SW
07/07/16 Métropolis - Montréal, QC (FIJM)
07/09/16 Winnipeg Folk Festival - Winnipeg, MB
07/13/16 The Centre Casino New - Moncton, NB
07/14/16 Halifax Jazz Festival - Halifax, NS
07/19/16 Stratford Summer Festival - Stratford, ON
07/22/16 Newport Folk Festival - Newport, RI
07/23/16 Le Festif! de Baie-St-Paul - Baie St Paul, QC
07/24/16 Shaw Amphitheatre - Banff, AB
07/30 - 08/01/16 Canmore Folk Festival - Canmore, AB
09/03/16 End of the Road - Brampton, UK
09/17/16 Waterfront Park Burlington - Burlington, VT
09/18/16 Grand Point North Fest - Burlington, VT
12/01/16 Théâtre Granada - Sherbrooke, QC
12/03/16 Théâtre Petit Champlain - Québec, QC

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May 04, 2016

The Fader Premieres Jesse Mac Cormack's New Video For "Repeat"



After unveiling the track Repeat a couple of weeks ago via The Line of Best Fit, Jesse Mac Cormack now presents us the music video for this song, premiering today on The Fader. Directed by Frédérique Bérubé, the clip was shot in Death Valley where the park extends into Nevada. Frédérique sums up her artistic approach in these words: “A runner goes through an hilly and dry landscape. He's struggling, trying to escape from something. As rhythm is getting faster, it takes control of the bodies. Shaking repeatedly, human beings are becoming slaves of the music. A black and white fight in Death Valley, Nevada.”

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With his music having already generated over 1.5 million streams, Jesse Mac Cormack is currently on tour in the U.S. in support of Half Moon Run. This summer, festival-goers will have the chance to see Jesse in the United Kingdom during The Great Escape festival at the end of May and on July 12th in Quebec City at the Festival d’été de Québec on the Loto-Québec stage. Jesse’s live performances are a must-see to capture the level of intensity of his music.

Download the single Repeat on iTunes
Stream the single Repeat on Spotify

TOUR DATES
05/04 Ferndale MI @ The Magic Bag **
05/06 Pittsburgh PA @ The Club At Stage AE **
05/07 Philadelphia PA @ The Foundry @ The Fillmore Philadelphia **
05/09 Allston (Boston) MA @ Brighton Music Hall **
05/11 New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom **
05/13 Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall **
05/16 Charlotte NC @ Visulite Theater **
05/17 Atlanta GA @ Vinyl **
05/18 Nashville TN @ Mercy Lounge **
05/20 Brighton UK @ Republic of Music Courtyard (The Great Escape)
05/21 Brighton UK @ Patterns (The Great Escape)
05/21 Brighton UK @ Komedia (The Great Escape)
05/23 London UK @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen #
05/24 London UK @ Shacklewell Arms
07/21 Quebec City QC @ Parc de la Francophonie (FEQ) **
** w/ Half Moon Run
# w/ Me and my Drummer

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April 27, 2016

Plants and Animals Premiere New Video Via Q Magazine "Track Of The Day"



Plants and Animals are premiering their new video for the single “No Worries Gonna Find Us” as “Track of Day” via Q Magazine today. Directed by Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, he explains the concept in these words: "this music video is first and foremost about the music and its makers. We wanted to show the band doing what they do best, their honesty and generosity as artists."

The record, coming out this Friday, is currently streaming via Stereogum : “the aesthetic varies wildly and wonderfully from track to track, each song having its own hermetic seal but somehow still melding cohesively as a body of work,’’ and raving reviews are already pouring in, Uncut calling it ‘’Eclectic and confident’’, Pitchfork saying ‘’Plants and Animals have created something beautiful’’ while Mojo states : ‘’This all-analogue-recorded LP packs woody, indie skiffle, warming pop soul and that rare thing, a bassist (Nicolas Basque) whose playing is conspicuous for all the right reasons.’’

The band recently announced six concert dates in the province of Quebec, including a Montreal show on October 15 at the Corona Theatre. See below for full tour dates.

Preorder the new album "Waltzed in from the Rumbling" on iTunes
Listen to “No Worries Gonna Find Us” on Spotify

TOUR DATES
05.06.16 Winooski VT @ Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival
05.10.16 Washington DC @ DC9
05.11.16 Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda's
05.13.16 Brooklyn NY @ Rough Trade
05.14.16 Allston MA @ Great Scott
05.17.16 Pittsburgh PA @ Club Cafe
05.18.16 Louisville KY @ Zanzabar
05.19.16 Columbus OH @ The Basement
28.05.16 Berlin, DE @ Auster Club
29.05.16 Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
05.31.16 London UK @ The Hoxton
01.06.16 Bruxelles @ Botanique Rotonde
06.02.16 Paris FR @ Espace B
06.05.16 Toronto ON @ Field Trip
06.08.16 Chicago IL @ Schubas
06.09.16 Minneapolis MN @ 7th St. Entry
06.10.16 Winnipeg MB @ The Good Will Social Club
06.11.16 Saskatoon SK @ Amigo’s
06.13.16 Edmonton AB @ Starlite Room
06.14.16 Calgary AB @ Marquee Room
06.15.16 Nelson BC @ Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
06.16.16 Vancouver BC @ The Imperial Theatre
06.17.16 Victoria BC @ Sugar Night Club
06.18.16 Seattle WA @ Sunset Tavern
06.21.16 Portland OR @ Mississippi Studios
06.23.16 San Francisco CA @ Bottom of the Hill
06.24.16 Los Angeles CA @ Bootleg Theatre
10.05.16 Montreal QC @ Corona Theatre
11.03.16 Saint-Jean sur Richelieu QC @ Cabaret théâtre
11.04.16 Trois-Rivières QC @ Satyre cabaret spectacle
11.05.16 Sherbrooke QC @ Boquébière
11.11.16 Quebec City QC @ Le Cercle
11.12.16 Saguenay QC @ Sous-bois

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April 22, 2016

Jesse Mac Cormack unveils brand new track "Repeat", premiering via The Line Of Best Fit



Jesse Mac Cormack is unveiling a brand new song today via The Line of Best Fit in the UK and Voir in Quebec. "Kinetic, propelled by bold rhythms and studded with rafter-raising hooks" (TLOBF) Repeat is about a personal and universal feeling, that Jesse explains in these words: "You move on and try so many different things on different people and still the first time you tasted love and sex together has marked you forever. You have a new life that suits you in many ways but it just isn't enough for you to really move past it. Everything you say, feel or do makes you crave for what you had."

Montrealer Jesse Mac Cormack is set to cross the United States on tour in support of Half Moon Run this spring. The tour will begin April 23rd in Denver and end in Nashville on May 18th. This summer, festival-goers will have the chance to see Jesse in the United Kingdom during The Great Escape festival at the end of May and on July 12th in Quebec City at the Festival d’été de Québec on the Loto-Québec stage. Jesse’s live performance is a must-see to capture the level of intensity of his music.

Jesse Mac Cormack is a Montreal born and raised musician. Radiating warmth and soul, Mac Cormack's music exposes tension and resolution's shared core, undressing the complexities of conflict. Guided by increasingly complex arrangements, rhythmic progressions within both the acoustic and electric realm, Mac Cormack's impassioned vocals belie their owner's youth. Recording all of his music in his home studio, Mac Cormack has achieved a sound that is intimate and raw, both smooth and coarse.

Download the single Repeat on iTunes
Stream the single Repeat on Spotify

TOUR DATES
04/23 Denver CO @ Ogden Theater **
04/25 Dallas TX @ Club Dada **
04/26 Austin TX @ The Parish **
04/27 Houston TX @ The Raven Tower **
04/29 Tulsa OK @ The Vanguard **
04/30 Kansas City MO @ The Riot Room **
05/02 St. Louis MO @ The Firebird **
05/03 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom **
05/04 Ferndale MI @ The Magic Bag **
05/06 Pittsburgh PA @ The Club At Stage AE **
05/07 Philadelphia PA @ The Foundry @ The Fillmore Philadelphia **
05/09 Allston (Boston) MA @ Brighton Music Hall **
05/11 New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom **
05/13 Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall **
05/16 Charlotte NC @ Visulite Theater **
05/17 Atlanta GA @ Vinyl **
05/18 Nashville TN @ Mercy Lounge **
05/21 Brighton UK @ Patterns (The Great Escape)
05/21 Brighton UK @ Komedia (The Great Escape)
05/23 London UK @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen #
05/24 London UK @ Shacklewell Arms
06/21 Quebec City QC @ Le Cercle &
07/21 Quebec City QC @ Parc de la Francophonie (FEQ) **
07/22-24 Guelph ON @ Hillside Festival

** w/ Half Moon Run
# w/ Me and my Drummer
& w/ Shakey Graves

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April 22, 2016

Waltzed In From The Rumbling streaming now on Stereogum and CBC Music



You can stream Plants and Animals' new album "Waltzed In From the Rumbling" now on Stereogum and on CBC Music in Canada, one week ahead of the release date!

Matthew Woodley had this to say about the band's new album:

"We toured the life out of our material, our manager left the business to work for the Prime Minister of Canada, our record contract was up, and nobody was expecting anything of us anytime soon—including ourselves. So we went to the studio every couple of months for these four-or-five day recording blitzes, just the three of us, and tried whatever anyone wanted to try. This stretched out over three years or so. We didn’t tour, we had kids, we lost people we loved, we got deep into happiness and sadness and that great place where the two don’t even think about living without each other. We built songs from the music up and messed around with them until we felt like they were right. We reset."

Waltzed In From The Rumbling is out on April 29th, 2016 on Secret City Records. You can pre-order it now from our store or from iTunes

April 22, 2016

Matthew Woodley talks Secret City Records with Bearded Magazine



Head to Bearded Magazine to read what Matthew Woodley from Plants and Animals has to say about Secret City Records. There's even a playlist of some Secret City artists that you can listen to!

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April 04, 2016

Suuns Launch VR App and Video for New Single "Brainwash"



Ahead of the release of their new album, Suuns have launched an ambitious, playable VR app for Hold/Still third single, “Brainwash,” along with the final video in a triptych directed by Suuns’ own Max Henry. He explains the cutting edge concept for “Brainwash”:

“I first came upon game designer Jake Clover’s work through a let’s play series I follow on YoutTube - Rockleesmile was covering a game-jam inspired by his stuff. Brash, ham-fisted and just generally bonkers - it was a touch dark, maybe subversive, maybe immature, definitely unique, definitely brilliant. VR wasn’t the initial idea, but with the upsurge of interest in the medium - and as we were puzzling over how to package Clover’s landscape - it seemed like a no brainer.

We were introduced to the work of Nicolas Roy and DPT; they were instrumental in seeing the VR vision through, and what you see is entirely due to their fine work and generous time.

So what we have in the end is not a game, per se, but it did come out of that fertile and generous gaming philosophy - always forward, always daring. Montreal has a really creative game-making community, and though I still consider myself a bit of an outsider, this is a bit of a shout out.

What it is, exactly, we’ll let you decide. Check it out - it’s pretty damn cool. I definitely recommend getting your hands on VR goggles - Google Cardboard or otherwise - if you can. (We were demoing on a Samsung S6 with VR Gear goggles). You can still “play” it on your phone regardless - but the stereoscopic experience really makes a big difference. Try not to bump into anything, and enjoy.”

Play and view the “Brainwash” VR app and video below and stream Lee Gamble’s very special “Reconstruction” remix. Hold/Still is out April 15th and the band will tour extensively worldwide throughout the spring and summer. A full list of dates is below.

Get Suuns' Brainwash VR app here
Stream Suuns' Brainwash (Lee Gamble Reconstruction) here

SUUNS TOUR DATES:
Thu. Apr. 7 - Sainte-Therese, QC @ Bar le Cha-Cha
Sat. Apr. 9 - Saint-Casimir, QC @ La Taverne
Fri. Apr. 15 - Quebec City, QC @ La Meduse
Sat. Apr. 16 – Carleton-sur-Mer, QC @ Le Naufrageur
Tue. Apr. 19 - Trois-Rivières, QC @ Café Frida
Wed. Apr. 20 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Thu. Apr. 21 - Ottawa, ON @ St. Alban’s Church
Fri. Apr. 22 - Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
Sat. Apr. 23 - Athens, OH @ Ohio University at Casa Nueva
Sun. Apr. 24 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop Bar
Tue. Apr. 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Wed. Apr. 27 - Washington, DC @ DC9
Thu. Apr. 28 - New York, NY @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Fri. Apr. 29 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Thu. May 19 - Berlin, DE @ Berghain
Fri. May 20 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
Sat. May 21 - Lille, FR @ Grand Mix
Sun. May 22 - Brussels, BE @ La Nuit De Botanique Festival
Tue. May 24 - London, UK @ ICA (SOLD OUT)
Wed. May 25 - London, UK @ ICA
Fri. May 27 - Neustreliz, DE @ Immergut Festival
Sat. May 28 - KleinReifling, AT @ Seewiesen Festival
Mon. May 30 - Paris, FR @ La Villette Sonique
Tue. May 31 - Tours, FR @Aucard de Tours
Wed. June 1 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Fri. June 3 - Lourmarin, FR @Festival YEAH
Sat. June 4 - Mulhouse, FR @ Noumatrouff
Sun. June 5 - Mannheim, DE @ Maifield Derby Festival
Tue. June 7 - Yverdon les Bains, SW @ L'Amalgame
Wed. June 8 - Rome, IT @ Monk
Thu. June 9 – Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew Festival
Wed. June 15 - Edmonton, AB @ The Needle
Thu. June 16 - Saskatoon, SK @ MoSo Festival
Fri. June 17 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial // Levitation Vancouver
Sat. June 18 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

Sun. June 19 - Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir Lounge
Tue. June 21 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

Wed. June 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg

Thu. June 23 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Sat. June 25 - Calgary AB @ Sled Island Festival
Sat. July 2 - Keflavik, IS @ ATP festival =
Mon. July 4 - Hradek Kralove, CZ @ Rock for People
Fri. July 15 - Elsenham, UK @ Latitude fest
Sun. July 17 - Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
Thu. Aug. 18 - Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura Festival

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March 30, 2016

Plants and Animals premiere new live video for "Stay"



Today Plants and Animals premiere a live video for their single "Stay" via Voir.ca in Quebec, Exclaim! in Canada, and Flood Magazine in the US. "The new take gives the already stripped-back opening of the song some extra intimacy and rawness before exploding into an energetic, heart-pounding latter half." (Exclaim!)

The video was captured at Mixart studios and was directed by Joe Yarmush from Suuns. "Playing this song is like a bull ride or getting a new puppy and trying to play it cool while it drags you around like a moth on a hot lightbulb, knocking over people’s drinks and children," Matthew Woodley told Exclaim! "You’ve got el mariachi guitar guy hyper strumming, the drummer on the other side of the time-space continuum playing a dub reggae beat, and the other guitar playing the part of Hephaestus, son of Zeus and Hera, making laser hammers in his volcano shop. The singer becomes unbound—reenacting the emotional journey of the bull before, during and after the rodeo. The backup singer is the graceful ego to his raging id. The bass is the true bond. It’s an aircraft carrier. An oil rig pumping unrefined love from the core of the Earth and shooting it into the sky in an infinite explosion of blood reds, supernova yellows and neon night blues. That’s more or less how it feels from the drum throne."

Eight years after their debut album Parc Avenue (2008), Montreal based and Polaris-Prize nominated artist Plants and Animals’ newest evolution, Waltzed in from the Rumbling, is set for release April 29 on Secret City Records. Similarly recorded to tape, the new album embodies the raw musicianship characteristic of the group, while injecting symphonic crescendos, lyrical balladry, and metamorphic song developments. This is Plants and Animals' most soulful and inventive collection of music yet. Eleven soundtracks fit to accompany leaps taken, ships sailed, dark water and pink skies.

Since their most recent LP, The End of That (2012), the members of Plants and Animals have begun families and took the time to slow down. Intentionally removing time constraints from their process, the group sought to reconnect with the honesty and autonomy of music created without pressure. "It was more like an art studio than a recording studio," says lead vocalist Warren Spicer. "A mess, pieces of songs all over the place. We had this big canvas and were constantly filling in corners here, erasing there, repainting that part, standing back and looking at the whole picture to see what we had." The time taken to write the album is reflected in climactic progressions within each song. Rather than a single frame, they give you the length of the horizon. Rather than a glimpse—they give you a vision.

The influences of the new LP are far and wide : the broken soul of Van Morrison; the off-kilter geometry of J Dilla; the dark, French funk of Serge Gainsbourg; the fire of John Coltrane's quartet; Messiaen's synaesthesia; the quirk of Angelo Badalamenti. The result is pure Plants and Animals, wide open with room to move.

Preorder the new album "Waltzed in from the Rumbling" on iTunes
Listen to “Stay” on Spotify

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