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Current critic darlings The Rural Alberta Advantage will be re-releasing their debut album Hometowns independently in Canada through Fontana North and with Saddle Creek in the United States.
Hometowns, which they began to sell at shows in early 2008, without an official release. With no label or publicist, Hometowns began catching the ears of bloggers across the country on pure word-of-mouth. Herohill.com proclaimed the RAA “the best unsigned band in Canada”, and I Heart Music.net deemed Hometowns “a near-perfect album”.
The band’s reputation for stellar live shows garnered them a sellout crowd at the 2008 North By Northeast festival, and the band played similarly successful showcases at the 2008 iterations of the Halifax Pop Explosion and Pop Montreal. In November 2008, digital music retailer eMusic.com selected the Rural Alberta Advantage, from a fan recommendation, as an eMusic Selects artist. Repeating and surpassing the successes of past Selects artists Crystal Stilts and High Places, the RAA sold thousands of copies of their record in mere weeks, an astounding feat for an unsigned act. Hometowns became the highest-selling Selects act in history and a critical darling overnight, appearing on dozens of “Best of 2008” lists in newspapers, blogs, and radio podcasts across North America and Europe.
The inspiring DIY success story of the Rural Alberta Advantage has continued to gain momentum and attract fans and followers, with a breakthrough performance at the 2009 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas getting the ultimate seal of approval from Pitchfork (“This band could be huge”) and a nod as a “buzz band” from the Associated Press. More glowing press reviews and sold-out club dates in major cities throughout the United States have followed, and Hometowns will be released properly in the United States for the first time on Saddle Creek in July 2009.
MP3 from The RAA – Hometowns > Don’t Haunt This Place
ON TOUR – SUMMER 2009
Sat 6.20 Indianapolis, IN The Vollrath
Sun 6.21 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Mon 6.22 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Tue 6.23 Winnipeg, MB Royal Albert Arms
Thu 6.25 Calgary, AB Sled Island Fest
Fri 6.26 Calgary, AB Sled Island Fest
Sat 6.27 Edmonton, AB Brixx
Tue 6.30 Regina, SK The Exchange
Sun 7.05 Vancouver, BC The Media Club
Mon 7.06 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern
Tue 7.07 Portland, OR Backspace
Thu 7.09 San Fran., CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri 7.10 L.A., CA The Echo
Sat 7.11 Phoenix, AZ Modified
Mon 7.13 SLC, UT Kilby Court
Tue 7.14 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
Wed 7.15 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Sat 7.25 Guelph, ON Hillside Festival
Sun 7.26 Guelph, ON Hillside Festival
Sat 8.08 Wolfe Island, ON Wolfe Island Musicfest
Mon 8.24 Chicago, IL Pritzker Pavillion
Driven by small-town boredom and a severe distaste for contemporary pop, the Danks deliver a fistful of excitement with the follow-through of a wrecking ball in a Beverly Hills mansion. Recorded under sweltering circumstances in a Haligonian mini-mall, the quartet pounded out, among other things, the unflinchingly catchy ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DANKS. Recruiting Super Friendz alumni Charles Austin to man the mics and ex-Thrush Hermit bassman Ian MacGettigan to caress the faders, this anti-workaday foursome bashed out twelve no-nonsense pop blasts that barely clock in at thirty minutes. With cowboy capitalists sitting high on the Canadian bacon and the Buzzcocks approaching senior citizenry, the Danks propose an alternative economy, one that deals strictly in the currency of cool.
Brohan Moore, Alec O’Hanley, Phil MacIsaac and Andrew MacDonald have once more created a Frankenstein of sorts – ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DANKS is a powerhouse freak with a heart of gold. The Danks regularly play rock and roll concerts with Collagen Rock Records labelmates Two Hours Traffic, Mardeen, and Smothered in Hugs, and have also graced Tokyo Police Club and Immaculate Machine with their blistering onstage presence. In the past year, the quartet engaged in a national tour with Hey Rosetta! and Two Hours Traffic conquering Canada, caused widespread wowing of festival patrons at both Pop Montreal and North by Northeast, and depleted their once-bountiful stock of critically acclaimed SAMPLES EPs. On June 30th, the leathered chaps will unleash a fury of 2010 rock one year too soon.
Die Young MP3 from Are You Afraid Of The Danks?
Current fave is Eamon McGrath. While on the trek to the office I read this great article from Sarah Liss about Eamon in eye weekly who I have never heard of prior. She had me at… ”A chance brush with punk rock led Eamon McGrath to a career as a rough-and-ready troubadour”. I immediately got the album when I got in the office and haven’t really stop listening the 16 days.
The beauty of the album “13 Songs of Whiskey and Light” is it’s rawness. I wouldn’t say Eamon is the greatest songwriter, but it’s not about wit, it’s about giving simple songs life and emotion. Eamon nails it. These are country folk songs with a raw looseness to them. It’s a little Townes meets a little Modern Lovers. 2 selections from Eamon’s new album 13 Songs of Whiskey and Light out on White Whale Records.
Last Friday on my way out of a venue to see another show I received the opening acts CD. Usually….it doesn’t get a listen, but this one was in a simple cardboard sleeve with nice black writing with a felt tip pen. I liked the simplicity. So Monday morning I popped it in the player. All I will say is that I will be making an effort to see her next time she’s in town. Just listen – Obsessed MP3
check out her Myspace for more info.
Last week the Great Bloomers released their debut album “Speak of Trouble” (Grifter/Maple Music). Folk rock and indie-pop gems that make you feel lucky to have discovered them early. check out “The Young Ones Slept”
they are on the road …. see dates on Myspace
you’ve got to love the cover art…
Just received an advanced copy of White Rabbit “It’s Frightening”. First listen…I’m feeling it. “It’s Frightening” will come out on TBD Records, which was basically the label created to put out the Radiohead “In Raindows” release. The album was produced by Britt Daniel’s from Spoon….tasty.
Percussion Gun MP3