New Album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action to be Released August 27th 2013!!
The boys are back! Following a string of truly triumphant performances in California last month, the multi-Grammy winning Scottish four-piece Franz Ferdinand have finally confirmed rumours that their fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, will be released by Domino on August 27th 2013.
This exuberant, unencumbered record is the first from the Glasgow band since 2009’s Tonight. In their time away, they’ve rediscovered the imagination, vitality and fun found on their classic, era-encapsulating debut Franz Ferdinand, an album that unequivocally conquered the planet with relentless charm and exquisite bravado.
Recorded over the last year at Alex Kapranos’ Scottish studio and Nick McCarthy’s Sausage Studios in London, Club Ralph and a couple of trips to Stockholm and Oslo, the new album cements Franz Ferdinand’s status as the most unique and adventurous of British bands; emboldened by a decade’s undreamt-of worldwide success, but still daring and defiant. It’s an ecstatic rejection of the drab conventions often accompanying that level of attention and expectation. Worth the wait? You bet your bottom buck.
When asked for a quote Mr Kapranos came back with: “The Intellect Vs The Soul, played out by some dumb band.”*
(* God knows what that means, but the lyrics do seem more poetic this time. There were a few interesting collaborations, but more of that later…)
The ten songs that make up Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action take what propelled Franz Ferdinand from the incestuous Glasgow Art School world to, well, the entire world – painterly lyrical detail, heavyweight hooks, precise aesthetic vision and that uncanny ability to marry arch artistic sensibility with pop punch – and push it even further. The breadth of influence, musicality and invention on show here is enormous. If this is unmistakably a Franz Ferdinand record, it is as much by virtue of its sonic daring and perfectly patch-worked eclecticism as the timeless songwriting flair that has long been their calling card.
Franz Ferdinand are still Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy and Paul Thomson. There’s still no one like them.
1 Right Action
2 Evil Eye
3 Love Illumination
4 Stand On The Horizon
5 Fresh Strawberries
7 Treason! Animals.
8 The Universe Expanded
9 Brief Encounters
10 Goodbye Lovers & Friends
Tune into CBC Radio Q on May 10th to catch David Francey talk with Jian Ghomeshi about his new record So Say We All (Laker Music)!
In the meantime, here is a video for Pandora’s Box.
Eliana Cuevas’ new record Espejo is out today! You can purchase it online or in stores. Check out the video below to see some of the behind the scenes process, and the inspiration behind her latest album Espejo!
Also, May 15th is Eliana Cuevas CD release show for Espejo, presented by Lula World Music Festival held at the Lula Lounge in Toronto!
This has been a great year for Rose Cousins thus far, having recently co-hosted the East Coast Music Awards. and also winning a couple of awards at the the ECMA’s. Her song, “Go First” was featured in one heck of a heart-wrenching scene on Grey’s Anatomy. And now she can add a Juno win to her list of accomplishments! Rose took home a Juno Award for We Have Made A Spark in the Solo Traditional Roots album of the Year category! Congratulations Rose!
As well, Outside distributed artist Murley, Bickert & Wallace (Cornerstone) Test of Time took home a Juno for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year as well! Congratulations!
We’d like to wish Folly & The Hunter a Happy New Release Day! We’re very excited that Tragic Care is available online and in-stores NOW!
Tragic Care was produced by Dave Smith and Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes) at Breakglass Studios and was mastered by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire, Half Moon Run, Barr Brothers). Lyrically, the songs on Tragic Care explore the emotional fallout after a breakup. During the short, intense 12 day recording and mixing of the album the band also experienced the loss of several family members. The grief, darkness, and longing heard on the album are very real. Tragedy paired with striking harmonies results in a bittersweet, evocative album.
From the band: “The name ‘Folly & The Hunter’ is tied into the subject matter of the songs – exploring the ever present absurdity of searching for a satisfaction that can never be found. We hope the listener will reflect upon their own experience, or find some peace with how necessarily messy the human experience can be.”
You can get a copy at the Outside Music Store!
Folly & The Hunter are also going on tour with label mates Aidan Knight in the spring!
08 May 2013,
Hamilton, ON – The Casbah W/ Aidan Knight
09 May 2013,
Waterloo, ON – Starlight – W/ Aidan Knight
10 May 2013,
London, ON – Aeolian Hall – W/ Aidan Knight
11 May 2013,
St. Catharines, ON – Mansion House – W/ Aidan Knight
14 May 2013,
Moncton, NB – Tide & Boar W/ AIdan Knight
15 May 2013,
Halifax, NS – The Carleton W/ Aidan Knight
16 May 2013,
Fredericton, NB – The Capital /W Aidan Knight
17 May 2013,
Truro, NS – Marigold Theatre – W/ Aidan Knight
21 May 2013,
Quebec, QC – Le Cercle – W/ Aidan Knight
22 May 2013,
Montreal, QC – Cabaret du Mile End – W/ Aidan Knight
23 May 2013,
Wakefield, QC – The Blacksheep Inn – W/ Aidan Knight
24 May 2013,
Kingston, ON – The Grad Club /W Aidan Knight
We are pleased to welcome Burger Records, the latest label to join our roster of distributed labels at Outside Music.
Burger Records is based out of Fullerton, California and they’re bringing back the cassettes (they do CDs and vinyl as well). Check out the video below to learn a bit more about Burger Records.
Yes, it really has been 10 years since the duo of Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello of the Postal Service released the Give Up on Sub Pop Records. Since the initial release, the unforgettable album has been on a countless number of best album lists, the songs from the album have become classics and are instantly recognizable having been featured on many great (and sometimes not so great) TV shows, films, and commercials, and has even gone Gold in Canada for record sales.
To coincide with the 10th year anniversary of Give Up, Postal Service are going on tour this spring. Jenny Lewis, who appeared on the album and also sings on the two new songs on Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition), and Laura Burhenn (Mynabirds, Bright Eyes) rounds out the 2013 touring lineup.
Postal Service will be playing the Air Canada Centre when they come to Toronto on June 11th. Mates of State will open. For more ticket information, please visit Collective Concerts.
Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition) is now in stores!
Happy New Release Day to Outside Music’s The Besnard Lakes! Their new album Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO is available in-stores and online today!
The story of the album unfolds its introspection on the endurance of the human spirit during prophetic times as told by a spy or two, maybe more. Each of the eight tracks on the album takes off, coasts, and lands smoothly, with a jubilant slowburn of its own momentum for the benefit of the larger picture.
The Besnard Lakes create a distinct and dreamy headspace, an enigmatic and somehow familiar placelessness. It happens in such a way that both the close and casual listener find themselves immersed in the generous sonic vision, one moment as timeless as the next. Get Your copy of Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO at the Outside Music Store!
The band are also playing two more Canadian shows before heading off States side and Europe this Spring.April 11 @ Le Cercle, Quebec City April 13 @Cabaret Du Mile-End, Montreal For Complete Tour Dates click here.
There was definitely an influx of excitement this morning at the Outside Music office today as the Juno Award nominees were announced!
Outside Music’s own Rose Cousins was nominated for her album We Have Made A Spark for Solo Roots & Traditional Album of the Year! Congratulation Rose! As well, there are a slew of nominated artists and albums from our distribution roster being well represented in all the different categories this year! Congratulations goes out to all those nominated, and we look forward to the awards which will be happening on April 21 in Regina this year.
Breakthrough Group of the Year (sponsored by Factor and Radio Starmaker Fund)
Alternative Album of the Year
Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year
Traditional Jazz Album of the Year
ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Amelia Curran Six Shooter*Warner
Annabelle Chvostek Borealis*eOne
Corb Lund New West*Universal
Old Man Luedecke True North*eOne
Tender Is The Night
Rose Cousins * Outside Music
We Have Made A Spark
BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Colin James Universal
Jack de Keyzer Blue Star*Independent
Shakura S’Aida – Electro-Fi*Outside
Steve Hill * Independent
Solo Recordings Volume One
Steve Strongman Independent*Sonic Unyon
A Natural Fact
ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Adam Cohen Rezolute*Universal
Like A Man
Céline Dion Columbia*Sony
Raylene Rankin Corvus*Outside
All The Diamonds
The Tenors Universal
Lead With Your Heart