MICHAEL RAULT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND SHARES VIDEO FOR "I'LL BE THERE"

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MICHAEL RAULT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND SHARES VIDEO FOR "I'LL BE THERE"

IT'S A NEW DAY TONIGHT, OUT MAY 18 ON WICK/DAPTONE

Michael Rault is pleased to announce his new album and Wick Records debut (a Daptone Records subsidiary), It's A New Day Tonight, out May 18th. Additionally, he has shared a new song and video via Noisey for album opener "I'll Be There."  The new album has its home in the darkness, many of its songs looking at nocturnal activities, particularly sleep. "Sleeping and dreaming were attractive concepts," says Rault. "I was looking for an escape from a lot of frustrating and dissatisfying conditions in my day-to-day life."

The Edmonton-born, Montreal-based singer-songwriter-producer began working on its songs in earnest after winding down the tour supporting his 2015 full-length Living Daylight, but getting to the point of having an album was a process. "Musically it came out of a period of dissatisfaction, creatively and personally, as I found myself pushing against the limitations of my abilities and approaches to making music." But those delays eventually paid off. As he was working on Tonight's songwriting, Rault kept entering the orbit of Wayne Gordon, the producer / head engineer at Brooklyn's legendary Daptone studio—first through opening stints for the late firebrand Charles Bradley, then while on tour with Aussie shredders King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Sending Gordon early sketches of some songs led to Rault heading to Daptone for what was initially going to be a two-week recording stint. Midway through that Gordon approached him about signing to the Daptone Records label's rock spinoff, Wick—and becoming the first Canadian member of the Daptone family. Signing with Wick also led to Rault finishing the record at Daptone and bringing Gordon on as co-producer.

It's A New Day Tonight has the loose-limbed feel of a lost album by '70s bands that bridged the gap between folk rock's open-hearted strumming and power pop's crisp, melody-forward confections—Wings, Badfinger, Big Star, 10cc—yet possesses an energy shot through with 21st-century optimism. That vibe was assisted by the live-to-tape recording setup at Daptone. "The editing and patching together of tracks on the album was minimal compared to modern standards, which forced me to get more used to having to perform each song all the way through in the studio and then live with the imperfections afterwards," says Rault.

The album's title (and title track) comes from the most Canadian of overheard sources: a pregame interview with a hockey player coming off a rocky night. "He said, 'It's a new day tonight, we've got to put the past behind us.' At first, I thought it was an awkward phrase," says Rault. "But I quickly thought: 'Awkward turn of phrase… or a good album title?' [The title track] is almost completely describing a very positive nightlife experience, but the opening line implies that this evening is coming as a major relief after spending the majority of the day depressed."

 

 

IT'S A NEW DAY TONIGHT TRACKLISTING

1. I'll Be There
2. New Day Tonight
3. Sleep With Me
4. Oh, Clever Boy
5. Sitting Still
6. Dream Song
7. Pyramid Scheme
8. Out of the Light
9. Sleeping & Smiling
10. When the Sun Shines

 

Upcoming Tour Dates

Wed. Mar. 14 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas (Desert Daze Party) - 2:45PM - SXSW
Wed. Mar. 14 - Austin, TX @ Panache Bruise Cruise #3 - 6:00PM - SXSW
Fri. Mar. 16 - Austin, TX @ St. Elmo's Fire - 2:15PM - SXSW
Fri. Mar. 16 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas (Panache Showcase) - 9:30PM - SXSW
Sat. Mar 17 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda (Do512 The Big One) - 3:00PM - SXSW
Sat. Mar. 17 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas (Burgermania VII) - 6:45PM - SXSW
Tue. May 22 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe
Wed. May 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Fri. May 25 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement
Sat. May 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Mon. May 28 - Raleigh, NC @ Neptunes
Tue. May 29 - Washington, DC @ DC 9
Wed. May 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Thu. May 31 - Brooklyn, NY @ Our Wicked Lady Rooftop
Fri. June 1 - Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom @ Lounge
Sat. June 2 - Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz

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LIDO PIMIENTA'S "LA PAPESSA" WINS THE 2017 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE

  Lido Pimienta accepts the 2017 Polaris Music Prize (photo: Ruthie Titus)

Lido Pimienta accepts the 2017 Polaris Music Prize (photo: Ruthie Titus)

Monday night in Toronto, Lido Pimienta accepted the 2017 Polaris Music Prize at a gala at the Carlu in Toronto. The award is the highest honour in Canadian music, given to "the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation."

"This album honours my brother who passed away in 2013," said Pimienta as she accepted the award. "This album is about breaking up. This album is about getting back on your feet by yourself, in the big city, with your son and some drawings under your arm."

The award comes with a cheque for $50,000 CDN, which Lido says will go towards "my mom, my son and reinvesting in my music."

The 2017 Polaris Music Prize Short List included the following albums:

A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation

BADBADNOTGOOD – IV

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Gord Downie – Secret Path

Feist – Pleasure

Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

Lido Pimienta – La Papessa

Tanya Tagaq – Retribution

Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude

Weaves – Weaves

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LIDO PIMIENTA SIGNS TO KELP MANAGEMENT

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LIDO PIMIENTA SIGNS TO KELP MANAGEMENT

LIDO PIMIENTA signs to KELP MANAGEMENT

We're thrilled to announce the addition of Lido Pimienta to the Kelp Management roster.

Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.

Her most recent album La Papessa was self-released in October 2016, building momentum on a busy year that has included collaborating and performing with A Tribe Called Red, touring with Austra, publishing a graphic novel, creating visual artworks and contributing to art talks and exhibitions. The summer ahead includes festival appearances at Luminato, Pride Toronto, Sappyfest, Up Here, and Venus Festival; in November, she heads to Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik.

We are beyond excited to be working with this incredibly talented, innovative, and daring multi-disciplinary artist. Dig into La Papessa and check out the video for "La Capacidad" below.

UPCOMING SHOWS

June 14 - TORONTO, ON (Luminato Festival > David Pecaut Square, DJ/VJ set with Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red) 
June 17 - TORONTO, ON (March for Midwives > Nathan Phillips Square) 
June 22 - TORONTO, ON (Pride Toronto > Yonge and Dundas Square) 
August 4-6 - SACKVILLE, NB (Sappyfest) 
August 19 - SUDBURY, ON (Up Here Festival) 
September 30 - TORONTO, ON (Venus Festival) 
November 1-5 - REYKJAVIK, IS (Iceland Airwaves Festival)

"Meet Lido Pimienta, the Art Pop Warrior of the Latinx Underground" FADER

"How Lido Pimienta found freedom in music" q, CBC Radio

"Lido Pimienta, the High Priestess of Pop" Bandcamp Daily

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ANDY SHAUF SHARES NEW VIDEO ANIMATED AND DIRECTED BY CHAD VANGAALEN

ANDY SHAUF SHARES NEW VIDEO ANIMATED AND DIRECTED BY CHAD VANGAALEN

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES CONTINUE NOW THROUGH DECEMBER // EUROPEAN TOUR BEGIN FEBRUARY 8

PHOTO CREDIT : COLIN MEDLEY

 THE PARTY OUT NOW VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

“one of the great triumphs—Canadian or otherwise—of the year.” The Georgia Straight

"Canadian troubadour Andy Shauf is a find." The Guardian

“The Party charms and troubles, playing like the soundtrack to a particularly devastating film noir. …simply marvellous.”9/10 Exclaim!

“both beautiful and beautifully troubling – understated, imaginative chamber pop.” Irish Times

“The Party has placed the Regina-reared musician among the country’s top songwriting talents.” Victoria Times Colonist

 

WATCH AND SHARE THE VIDEO FOR “QUITE LIKE YOU” HERE

 

Singer-songwriter Andy Shauf is sharing the new alien house party video for “Quite Like You”, animated and directed by Chad VanGaalen and premiering today via Clash. "Andy's story was really easy to get inside of and hang out for a while, so I just sat right here in my drawing chair and decided what type of fashion the party mutants would be wearing,” says VanGaalen. ”Tennis ball pedestal helmets will obviously be available soon-ish."

Shauf adds, "I'm a big fan of everything Chad makes, so I was really glad we could work with him on this video. We gave him free reign and he knocked it outta the park. I also didn't realize an alien party could be so emotional." 

Shauf is currently on tour across North America in support of his latest album, The Party, out now via Arts & Crafts. Next year he will take his new LP to Europe for a string of tour dates beginning February 8 in London, UK.

Next to receiving an overwhelming critical acclaim from music critics around the world for The Party, Andy Shauf was shortlisted for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize.
 

ANDY SHAUF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Oct 18 – Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Oct 20 – San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
Oct 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex – SOLD OUT
Nov 22 – Toronto, ON - The Mod Club %
Nov 23 – Hamilton, ON – Mill’s Hardware % - SOLD OUT
Nov 24 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight
Nov 25 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club % - SOLD OUT
Nov 26 – Peterborough, ON – Gordon Best Theatre %

Nov 29 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Nov 30 – Madison, WI – The Frequency
Dec 1 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi Lounge
Dec 2 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
Dec 3 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
Dec 4 – Charleston, WV – NPR Mountain Stage – SOLD OUT
Dec 5 – Washington, DC – DC9 Nightclub
Dec 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Dec 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade – SOLD OUT
Dec 8 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre %      
Dec 9 – Montreal, QC – Le National %     
Dec 10 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti %   
 

% w/ Chris Cohen

 

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES 2017

Feb 8 – London, Oslo (UK)
Feb 9 – Manchester, Gullivers (UK)
Feb 10 – Leeds, Brudenell, Games Room(UK)
Feb 12 – Kootwijk, Grasnapolsky Festival (NL)
Feb 13 – Cologne, Yuca (DE)
Feb 14 – Utrecht, Ekko (NL) 
Feb 15 – Nijmegen, Merleyn (NL)
Feb 16 – Brussels, Botanique (BE)
Feb 17 – Luxembourg, Rotondes (LU)
Feb 19 – Dijon, Generiq Festival (FR)
Feb 20 – Lille, Le Grand Mix (FR)
Feb 21 – Paris, Café de la Danse (FR)
Feb 22 – Nancy, Autre Canal (FR)
Feb 23 – Lyon, Marche Gare (FR)
Feb 24 – St Gallen, Palace (CH)
Feb 25 – Carpi, Mattatoio (IT)
Feb 26 – Milan, Magnolia (IT)
Feb 27 – Munich, Mila (DE)

 

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U.S. GIRLS' "HALF FREE" and ANDY SHAUF'S "THE PARTY" named to POLARIS shortlist!

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U.S. GIRLS' "HALF FREE" and ANDY SHAUF'S "THE PARTY" named to POLARIS shortlist!

This morning, the Polaris Music Prize announced its Short List for 2016, which includes both Andy Shauf's The Party and U.S. Girls' Half Free. We are thrilled.

The Polaris Music Prize is a juried award determined by 196 Canadian music journalists, bloggers, broadcasters and programmers. It is the highest musical honour bestowed on a Canadian album. 

Other nominees to this year's Polaris Prize Short List include Black Mountain, Basia Bulat, Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kaytranada, Jessy Lanza, PUP and White Lung.

Both Andy Shauf and U.S. Girls will perform at the Polaris Music Prize gala on September 19th at the Carlu (Toronto, ON), where an 11-member Grand Jury will determine the winner of the $50,000 prize. See you there!

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