Mercury Prize 2014 Shortlist

It’s been a great year of music, and it  is certainly reflected in a very strong shortlist for the Mercury Prize, which celebrates the best albums from UK and Ireland for the year.

This year, the list includes a couple of titles that Outside Music distributes and probably the most played in the office (in bold).   

Mercury Prize 2014 Shortlist:

Anna Calvi – One Breath (Domino)
Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
FKA Twigs – LP1
GoGo Penguin – V2.0
Jungle – Jungle
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down (Ninja Tune)
Nick Mulvey – First Mind
Polar Bear – In Each And Every One
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Young Fathers – Dead (Anticon)

The winner of the Mercury Prize will be announced October 29th.

More info here:

LISTEN! Cymbals Eat Guitars – LOSE on Exclaim!

CEGNew York based Cymbals Eat Guitars is coming out with their new record Lose (via Barsuk) on August 26th! You can give it an advance listen over at Exclaim!

The record takes on themes of loss, and nostalgia – a reference to frontman Joseph D’Agostino and the loss he experienced during the album’s recording. Specifically, his close friend and collaborator Benjamin High passed away.

“LOSE is a very apropos title because it refers not only to losing Ben, but also it’s about a sort of nostalgia, a longing for a time when music meant everything to you and your friends, and it seemed like one great rock record could change everyone’s life the way it changed yours,” says D’Agostino. “It’s about being in mourning for your long-held belief that music could literally change the world. That’s the contradiction at the heart of LOSE… You’re disillusioned, but somehow you can do nothing else but rail against that feeling mightily and try, once again, to make a record that makes you and everyone else ‘wake up wanting to listen to records’.”

Praise For Cymbals Eat Guitars

“LOSE, Cymbals Eat Guitars’ third album, finds the band sticking to its old structural modus operandi — namely, stitching thunderous vamps together into rambling odysseys” - NPR

“This Staten Island quartet breathes life into indie rock with songs as personal as they are ambitious on their upcoming third album LOSE” - Pitchfork

“Our relationship with loss and grief is not unique, and that gives it a universal power. That power is present on LOSE, an album that says so much about the way we grow, and change, and most importantly, how we remember.” - Stereogum

“As our first taste, the band’s unveiled album opener “Jackson”. Spanning six minutes, the track itself represents a kind of microcosm of the grieving process, alternating between interludes of contemplative rock and surges of angst and biting noise.” - Consequence of Sound

“What Cymbals Eat Guitars does best is to constantly toy with the highs and lows of song construction: soft, loud, acoustic, reverb, shout, cymbal or guitar.” - FILTER

“… Cymbals has its own calibration of the beautiful and the grinding, one that leaves room for plenty of tunefulness amid the yowls.” - New York Daily News

Best of 2014 so far….

website_exclaim sofarTop Left: Mac DeMarco, War On Drugs, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Sharon Van Etten, How To Dress Well

2014 has been a great year of music so far! Exclaim! has released a list of their top 25 albums of the year so far, and the list includes many Outside Music distributed titles. Check it out!

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days (Captured Tracks)

White Lung – Deep Fantasy (Domino)

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There (Jagjaguwar)

How To Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?” (Domino)

The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)

Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love (Captured Tracks)

To see the full list head to Exclaim!

Getting To Know Tre Mission

Toronto based MC Tre Mission is ready for his new album Stigmata on Big Dada to be released on August 12, 2014.

Check out this brief interview with Exclaim! here, where he talks about the process of being an MC in the age of instant gratification, what it’s like putting out records with a label, and all while dropping Dragon Ball Z references. 

 STIGMATA (via Big Dada) is out on August 12, 2014!

How To Dress Well – Let U Know

How To Dress Well released a song “Let U Know”, a song NOT on his newest album “What Is This Heart?” (via Weird World / Domino Records). Although the song didn’t make it onto the record, it was still a large part of the process and he wanted the song to be heard. Check out the article at Stereogum.

How to Dress Well is on tour, and will be making a few stops in Canada.

  • 08/26 – Fortune Sound House – Vancouver, BC
  • 09/12- Mod Club – Toronto, ON
  • 09/14 – The Belmont – Montreal, QC

Countdown to Blood Orange!

Blood Orange will be at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on July 30th!
Here is the video for “High Street” featuring UK rapper, Skepta from Blood Orange’s critically acclaimed Cupid Deluxe ( via Domino Records) to hold you over until the show.

Polaris Music Prize Longlist EDITED

The Polaris Music Prize annually awards a prize of $30 000 to the artist who creates the Canadian album of the year as chosen by a panel of jury members made up of selected music critics. The prize is awarded based soley on artist merit- and is chosen from a list of albums released from June 1, 2013 - May 31, 2014. From there, a long list is compiled, and then widled down to a short list of 10 nominees, which a grand jury will choose the eventual winner. 
The short list will be announced on July 15th in Toronto at the Carlu, and then the big winner will be announced on September 22nd at the Carlu as well.  
Today the longlist was announced in Calgary, and just a couple of highlights from the announcements- Dave Hodge’s nod of approval for The Sadies! WOO! And having Mayor Nenshi use his outdoor voice and shout ”YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN”. Of course, Outside Music is excited that The Sadies – Internal Sounds and The Pink Mountaintops – Get Back were nominated from the Outside Music Label. And we would also like to send a congratulations to all of the bands and artists that we have worked with in the past, and are currently work with on the distribution side who were longlisted as well!
Due to a miscalculation – Greg MacPherson – Fireball (Disintegration Records) has been added to the long list now!
2014 Polaris Music Prize Long List:
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
AroarA – In The Pines
Austra – Olympia (Paper Bag Records)
Philippe B – Ornithologie, la nuit
Basia Bulat – Tall Tall Shadow
Chromeo – White Women
Cousins – The Halls Of Wickwire
Cowboy Junkies / Various Artists – The Kennedy Suite
The Darcys – Warring
Dead Obies – Montréal $ud
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
DIANA – Perpetual Surrender (Paper Bag Records)
Drake – Nothing Was The Same
Freedom Writers – NOW
Fresh Snow – I
Frog Eyes – Carey’s Cold Spring (Paper Bag Records)
Gorguts – Colored Sands
Tim Hecker – Virgins (Paper Bag Records)
Jimmy Hunt – Maladie d’amour
Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
Kalle Mattson – Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold
Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On (Jagjaguwar)
Mounties – Thrash Rock Legacy (Light Organ Records)
Odonis Odonis – Hard Boiled Soft Boiled
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Pink Mountaintops – Get Back (Outside Music Label)
The Sadies – Internal Sounds (Outside Music Label)
Shad – Flying Colours
Shooting Guns – Brotherhood Of The Ram
Solids – Blame Confusion
Rae Spoon – My Prairie Home (Saved By Radio)
The Strumbellas – We Still Move On Dance Floors
Tanya Tagaq – Animism
Thus Owls – Turning Rocks
Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust (Flemish Eye)
Bry Webb – Free Will (Idee Fixe)
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN – UZU (Paper Bag Records)
More info here!

Young Fathers on Kimmel!

YOUNG FATHERS KILLED IT last night on Jimmy Kimmel! There are little to no words to describe it. Check out the performances of “Get Up” and “Low” from their latest album Dead (via anticon) and distributed in Canada by Outside Music.

Jill Barber – Fool’s Gold Out Now!

JB_FoolsGold.FinalTemplate.v3.inddHappy New Release Day goes out to Outside Music Label‘s Jill Barber for her album Fool’s Gold! The album is available now in Canada in stores, at the Outside Music store and on iTunes.   

Jill’s songs have always set a romantic mood, and on Fool’s Gold, the romance is still very much alive, but she also introduces a new sexy Motown-inspired sound on the lead single “Broken for Good.”

Jill Barber performed “Let’s Call It Love” on Canada AM…check it out here.

She’ll also be heading out on a tour, check out tour dates here.


Young Fathers (via Anticon), experimental hip hop group based in Edinburgh, Scotland, released their record Dead earlier this year. It’s one of the most interesting records released in 2014 so far, (and has become an office favourite at Outside Music) and they’re getting some attention for their blend of hip-hop/experimental sounds. Young Fathers will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday June 18th @ 11:35PM EST.

Check out this amazing KEXP session they did earlier this month.