Sam Roberts Band Releases New EP on Record Store Day!

Counting The Days

Sam Roberts Band are set to release Counting The Days on Record Store Day (April 18th, 2015). An EP featuring five new tracks, Counting The Days will be available on red vinyl with black and white splatter from Paper Bag Records. The title track – a sprawling, psychedilia-infused rocker clocking in at nearly eight minutes – kicks off the platter, which also includes a power-pop rave-up version of Lo-Fantasy’s “Chasing the Light” and the band’s energetic take on Norman Greenbaum’s classic “Spirit In The Sky.” Check out Counting The Days here and pick up the vinyl version at your local record store on April 18!

About Lo-Fantasy:

2014’s acclaimed Lo-Fantasy was Sam Roberts Band’s first new album in three years. Produced by Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover), whose production credits range from The Verve’s Urban Hymns to Crowded House and stints performing with Paul McCartney, The Orb and Killing Joke, Lo-Fantasy infused Sam Roberts Band’s rousing brand of rock n’ roll with elements of funk, house, electronic and African music. The result was the band’s most dynamic and inventive album to date, garnering much critical acclaim and a Rock Album of the Year nomination for Canada’s Juno Awards.

Sam Roberts Band is: Sam Roberts (lead singer, guitar), Dave Nugent (lead guitar), Eric Fares (keyboard, guitar), James Hall (bass), Josh Traeger (drums) and Chet Doxas (horns).

Counting The Days’ cover was illustrated and designed by prolific Candian artist Benjamin Nelson.

Planet Québec to Announce Full SXSW Music Line up on Monday, February 24

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Stay tuned for all the details on the great bands representing Québec at SXSW 2014! We’re super excited for this year’s line up!

FOAM LAKE Add Extra Show at CMJ!

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In addition to playing the SASKMusic/Alberta Music showcase HOW THE WEST WAS WON, Foam Lake will be joining the line up at the Canadian Blast showcase at Arlene’s Grocery on Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00pm. Here’s the track “True Hearts” from their Canadian debut “Force and Matter,” which will be out in the spring in the US. The album was nominated for Best Independent Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Minnesota to play…..Minnesota!

We’re please to announce Minnesota’s first official gig as Minnesota, in Minnesota! Grand Marais is the place where Peter Himmelman and David Hollander will make it real on Mountain Stage! Head over to the Mountain Stage website for ticket information and broadcast schedule. We’re pretty excited about this one!

Peter Himmelman Teams with David Hollander to Debut ARE YOU THERE

Minnesota ARE YOU THERESinger-songwriter Peter Himmelman and screenwriter/filmmaker David Hollander announce their collaboration as Minnesota along with their new label Hymn & Holler Records. The first full-length release will be Are You There and features the single “Hitchhiker” – available as a free download at Minnesota’s website www.minnesotaband.com. Are You There marks the first release for Himmelman since 2010’s The Mystery & The Hum and the first album for Hollander, who was the screenwriter for the hit television programs The Guardian and Heartland and also the director/screenwriter for the film Personal Effects.

“To me this isn’t just a collection of songs,” Himmelman says. “It’s more like a theatrical experience.” Indeed, Himmelman’s latest project defies easy categorization – standing as far apart from his acclaimed discography as it does the typical creation of a rock album in this day and age.

Hollander’s storytelling instincts, honed from years of television and film work, bring a fresh perspective to Himmelman’s music – a process that kicked off when the two longtime friends got together in fall 2011 to listen to songs Himmelman had demoed for a new record. “I immediately heard a larger narrative in the songs, saw a story within that felt compelling,” Hollander says.

Himmelman remains one of the most revered singer-songwriters of his generation: USA Today hailed him “one of tock’s most wildly imaginative performers,” while The San Francisco Chronicle said of the Grammy nominated artist “he probes all the passions, from anguish to lust, to depths few rockers can even imagine.” Of Himmelman’s 1991 solo album From Strength To Strength (which yielded the memorable radio hit “The Woman With the Strength of 10,000 Men”), Time Magazine praised “songs written with the same emphatic edge and aesthetic urgency that impelled the Lost Generation to write novels.”

That same iconoclastic drive, however, pushed Himmelman to move beyond his own boundaries on Are You There. For one, it isn’t a solo album – a rare occurrence from someone who hasn’t released a “band” album in over 25 years; then again, it isn’t exactly a “band” album, either. Are You There is cinematic in ambition yet defiantly frayed in execution with boldly raw performances jumpstarted by subtly modernist production featuring a diverse set of musicians including Jake Hanson (Halloween Alaska) on guitar, Noah Levy (BoDeans/Brian Setzer) on drums, Jimmy Anton (Johnny Lang) on bass, Jeff Victor (the Honeydogs/Andrew W. K.) on keyboards, and the front-and- center vocals of Kristin Mooney and Claire Holley. The album hybrids all these contradictions into one of the year’s most startling, evocative musical journeys.