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Monday November 10, 2014

Later this month, we will be releasing a cassette EP called DADF#AD by Candela Farm. Recorded at Little Red Sounds by Felix Fung and mastered by Jordan Koop at the Noise Floor, the EP comes on black pro-dubbed tapes with pad printing and full color artwork. A quality release in a limitation of 50. The band will be playing a tape release show on November 20 at The Lido. We'll be hawking all of our tape releases at the show, see you there!

Since our last update, Poor Baby has quietly put out two new digital releases. Mime Control came out in September and is made up of four songs Ryan recorded at his apartment by himself. There Will Be Bleed came out in October and features the full seven person live line-up of the band playing new versions of three songs from previous EPs.

Lastly, The Wars hardcore album is very, very close to being done. We will notify the eager masses the moment it "drops".

Wednesday July 23, 2014

Next week we are putting out two new tapes, Trash Object by Heavy Steps and Goldie Hawn In The Blue Light by Slim Fathers, both are follow ups to releases from 2012. The new stuff will be up Tuesday for free download via bandcamp and the tapes will be at the Slim Fathers show with Sightlines at The Biltmore. Courtney's moving to Montreal for school in August so this is our only planned show, I'm ambitiously hoping to record it on a 4-track for a live album.

In other news, Ryan has assembled a live band of exclusively sweet peeps for Poor Baby and their first show will be September 6 at The Lido. He also has two more EPs that we're leisurely preparing for release at some point in the near future. I'm biding my time by finally getting around to finishing the Wars hardcore album (as Spooky Boys) as well as working on the next proper Wars album, both of which I hope hope hope will be out by the end of the year. We'll also be putting up a couple of outtakes from Wars' first album as a crappy little digital single in the next couple of weeks. Please eagerly await the arrival of Camo Pants, Why? b/w Blue & Black Sheep.

Friday May 9, 2014

Today we are putting out Palace Of Cold by Hurricane Ripped My Jacket, our first drone / black metal project. We have dubbed some tapes and made sorta cool covers on silver paper, if they're not yet at Red Cat and Neptoon, they will be as soon as Ryan works up the energy to drop them off. A download can be had here.

Earlier this week, we released a new Too High Crew mixtape called Roaches: Uncollected Traxxx From EPs & Shit. As you might be able to guess, it is a collection of songs not yet collected on the other four full-length mixtapes we've put out. Stream it here. We are also attempting to stream a new song a week for 16 weeks. We've lasted a full five weeks but it's doubtful we'll make the deadline for next week's song. Cross your fingers and check out our Soundcloud!

Last month, we released Saga Genesis, the first EP from Poor Baby. Next week, we'll be releasing a second EP titled Sanctuary Much and in June we will put up a third EP called Mime Control. Check here for streams / downloads, we'll figure out how to best present the songs on cassette later.

Monday March 17, 2014

Today we are putting out Whatever, Feels Real, a tape by The Greater Wall. Home dubbed (in real time on my new Awai F990 cassette deck) on white tapes with photocopied covers in an undisclosed limitation. We'll put them up on storenvy and in the local shops later this week, but we'll have some tonight at The Media Club for the release show (w/ War Baby and Failing) and a download can be had over here.

Monday February 17, 2014

Yo dudes! We have a bunch of stuff coming out soon from all of your current and soon-to-be favorite groups (mom). We'll get the ball rolling next month with Whatever, Feels Good, a 6 song demonstration cassette by The Greater Wall, and Part-Time Limerence by Poor Baby, the first of 3 EPs for Ryry's new verbed-out-apartment-scuzz-rock project.

I will be sure to tell you about some other stuff later, but for now you can check out our new facebook page here.

Thanks for coming to our site instead of working or spending time with a loved one.

Wednesday October 30, 2013

Hello no one, we are back! For over a year, updating our website took a back seat to literally everything else in the entire world but I have had congress with the most basic of HTML once again. Allow me to brief you on the results:

(1) Our release page has been updated to include everything we've put out and it can all be downloaded for free.

(2) We now have an online store. We made new tape releases of You, Conduit by Heavy Steps, Neville Say Never and Pacey From Mighty Ducks by Wars, Welcome To Fraser Street by Too High Crew, and The Great Bambino by our newest compatriot, Squints Palledorous. All are available now in a limitation of 50 pad printed tapes, professionally produced with full colour jcards. We'll bring a couple of copies to Red Cat and Audiopile (if they'll take them) for the official release date, November 19.

(3) We've added some new stuff to the Downloads page (Slim Fathers, Baby Control, Got To Get Got, Isolated Logic, Crimson Grind) and arranged everything sorta chronologically. There's still a bunch more stuff we'll get up there so keep checking back if old, ineptly played (and recorded) music is your bag.

(4) The Links page has been updated to include a few more of the active bands from (ahem) our roster and the people who have contributed their (usually artistic) talents to stuff we've been a part of.

Thanks for visiting, hopefully we'll be doing things more often than usual but you know how it goes. Write to us here if you feel like you have a reason to.

Friday June 15, 2012

Welp, repeated viewings of Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks can only result in one thing: a John Starks obsession. Too High Crew all caught the bug and now we bring you Did Dis Dude Juss Did Dis?, named after the choicest quip by the only Starks that matters. Heck, the only John that matters (regards to Messrs. Hancock, Lennon, De Courcy, Kennedy, etc. etc.). Even though Too High Crew has yet to win anything (or even be nominated for the Polaris long list), this mixtape is basically a victory lap. The only thing in the way of Too High Crew and the type of fame consisting mostly of hurtful comments from hordes of 14 year olds on youtube is this crappy-ass label. Sorry, Too High Crew.

Next week is Sled Island in Calgary, Too High Crew will be playing the only shows that matter. Here is some vague yet still informative information:

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 @ A FUCKIN' POOL PARTY (6:30PM)
THURSDAY, JUNE 21 @ TUBBY DOG (11PM-12AM)
FRIDAY, JUNE 22 @ BEATROUTE OFFICE (LAAAATE)

Chrissy's 4 year old nephew will likely be splashing around at the pool party with a variety of Transformers toys, in case you needed any other reason to show up.

Completely by accident, Chrissy & Ryry celebrated the one year anniversary of Two Birds, Both Stoned by sneaking out a two song single a couple of weeks ago, Love Jay Bone. It was so inconsequential that I didn't even bother updating the site for it but if anyone wants to check it out, go no further than here.

In other news, Wars didn't make the Polaris long list. It seemed like a sure thing. They'll try again to reach the upper echelons of Canadian music with their next record. Is there any other reason to play music?

See you at Sled Island, if we accidentally gaze in your general direction.

Sunday May 27, 2012

Finally, after months of eager anticipation by lesser mother fuckers up and down Fraser St (and Jay Bone a bit closer to Main St), Too High Crew is finally unveiling Weird To Your Mother. 15 tracks, 15 contributors, most the whole crew shows up at least once. A zine is also included with the mixtape that features lyrics, drawings and other arguable pieces of recycling left behind after hangouts on the comfy couch at Chrissy's crib. Get it now here.

In other news, Too High Crew will be releasing another mixtape in time for their performance at Sled Island in Calgary June 22nd. The next one will be called Did Dis Dude Juss Did Dis. Expect John Starks on the cover and another 15 songs, 13-15 of which will be your new all-time favorites.

In other other news, Heavy Steps is actually getting a few downloads! Thanks to everyone for listening. Miss Black America is slowly selling out thanks to hardcore nerds nationwide but we're still at least 6 years off from a reunion show and a possible repress. Lastly, we'll find out if Wars is nominated for the Polaris Prize June 14th. Everyone cross your fingers and pray to our favorite strain of weed, God.

Wednesday February 22, 2012

As all of our loyal readers no doubt assumed, the Miss Black America records have been flying off the shelves like the books at the beginning of the first Ghostbusters movie. Get it while you can and contribute to the kickstarter campaign to get us motivated to reunite for a second show and double album. Only another $300,000 to go and our goal will be met. Full disclosure: $8000 of that will go towards obtaining a first printing of Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, which you'll be welcome to come over and look at from several yards away.

We received the master for You, Conduit by Heavy Steps Tuesday afternoon and since the internet is so damn fancy, we already have it up for sale. If we sell a few and figure out how to do something resembling a live show, it's not out of the realm of possibility that we'll make records out of this one too. For now, make the digital booklet as big as your screen and try to decode the secret creepy answers to the universe we've hidden in the artwork.

Wednesday February 1, 2012

Today is, of course, Boulevardier's birthday. He's still young enough. Glenn and I took some Miss Black America records around. You can now get them at the following places:

Vancouver: Red Cat Records, Neptoon Records, Zulu Records and Audiopile.
Calgary: Sloth Records, Melodiya Records and Revolution Winter Distro.
Lethbridge: Blueprint Records.

Let us know if you need directions to any of these places. And also if you want a couple copies for your own store.

Monday January 30, 2012

Well, since the last post we decided to do a "live album" for Wars, The Unterrible Brightness of Leaning. I set up my trusty Zoom recorder close to the stage on a mic stand put up about as high as Cody could recommend and a classic was born that's somewhere in between Wings Over America, Live At The Whisky and at Budokan. "Loose" would be a nice way of describing it. And "fuggin amazing" would be another nice thing to say about it too if you feel the need. Two songs from Wars' first show are thrown in at the end just to hear the remarkable progression 6 months and 2 shows can make. Hear for yourself here.

I honed my skills as photoshop ruler (that's an actual thing, look it up) and made a digital booklet with a couple of camera photos and some credits. We'll definitely be making more digital booklets for other new stuff because it's lots of fun. If the .pdf is screwed up when you download, please email me here.

The art from friends is coming, honest. Just sorting out some kinks with their agents and lawyers.

Wednesday January 25, 2012

The anticipation of writing a bunch of stuff through trial and (multiple) error(s) in html code (if that's what it's called) finally became too much to bare so it's time for the quarterly update of the most famous website in existence, this one. Thank you for your patience and emails and all the hand-written letters, which I admit surprised me to receive in such vast quantities. Replies are forthcoming for those that provided SASE and netflix.ca monthly trials. We're still accepting resumes for anyone wanting to work in the mailroom.

The Miss Black America records came in a little while ago but obstacles and mostly laziness had to be overcome before we decided to officially acknowledge the boxes at the jam space for the second time on this very website. The record's already a hit in places as remote as Halifax, NS and pictures are showing up on more than a couple nerd's instagram feeds. Local reaction has been a tad lukewarm, one reviewer generously calling it "noisy, ugly and annoying" and a "greatly unpleasant listening experience" (James Olson, esq). The word "memorable" has been bandied about at least once, though regrettably after "slightly" (James Olson, esq). Like that lucky writer, you can get one yourself from our store, bandcamp and finer purveyors of "strangled shrieking with the occasional gargled line of lyrics" (James Olson, esq). For now, that list is Audiopile in Vancouver, Meoldiya and Sloth in Calgary and wherever Jim put it in Halifax. Soon (I promise), I will walk up the street and take some copies to Red Cat. I might even drive and take some to Zulu.

Our next release, You, Conduit by Heavy Steps, will be coming out shortly. I sent it to be mastered last night and we've already finished the art work, so as long as I don't fall into another malaise coma it will be on here in a few weeks. That means there's a 20% chance you'll see it online before August 2012. The album was mostly recorded over the last couple of years with everyone's fan favorites from almost every great band at our jam space and we threw some stuff from as far back as the year 2000 just because it sounds funny that THE YEAR 2000 is now pretty much the unrecognizable past.

The release following Heavy Steps has already been online for close to eight months, Pacey From Mighty Ducks by Wars. I hesitated putting it on here because Chase from Wars knows some guys that were in Billboard magazine so we figured that it would probably come out on Epic or at the very least Drive-Thru but we've accepted our fate as 1st band on a 5 band bill for the three shows we will play a year from now to eternity (December 21, 2012) so I'm just gonna call it an official Boat Dreams release. This, of course, is a strategic plan because we're currently casually making up lyrics and vocals for Wars' second album, Neville Say Never, which was recorded in December with Jordan at The Noise Floor in Ladysmith, BC. It was, unsurprisingly, a brilliant weekend. There are between 8 and 16 useable songs that will comprise Neville Say Never and it's safe to say The Georgia Straight's gonna be all up on us for the next forever once it gets out, which will hopefully be in April.

The art from our friends will be posted soon. Honest. I'm so confident that I fully intend to delete this paragraph and add another long thingy about that stuff within the next two days.

Friday October 28, 2011

Surprise! Too High Crew's playing a Halloween show at The Electric Owl in Vancouver (duh) TONIGHT and to celebrate, we've put together a 6 song EP called Rolling Stoned. 5 songs from the upcoming Weird To Your Mother mixtape and a live song that is so incredible, it is completely unlistenable. You're welcome. Come to the show or just put this on in your car (or the boombox you carry around on the bus) and light shit up.

The Miss Black America records have arrived! We'll be putting everything together and mailing out pre-orders next week. They look and sound amazing, emo violence may die but it can always be resuscitated for at least a week at a time.

We'll be putting up a whole bunch of art by our friends on the site shortly, stay tuned for that as pretty much every important artist ever (minus a couple) will be showcased.

Friday August 12, 2011

We weren't lying about the record! We'll be doing a 1-sided, 45 rpm, 180 gram, 10 song LP with silk screened covers by Miss Black America (Featuring members of NORTH OF AMERICA and DBS and DRY FLIES and SLOW KIDS PLAYING FAST and DANNY H. CHRIST HIMSELF, but no one from NIRVANA or PORTRAITS OF PAST). 200 copies will be pressed, everything has been sent off so we just have to wait for it to all come together. The band broke up after a pretty decent week of being together so this is all we'll have until the band likely reforms to play a reunion/record release show. You can download the mp3 album now (featuring a bonus track) or pre-order the LP (with an instant download) at the freshly minted "Music For Free And Sale" tab to your left. You can also go here if you don't trust my awesome internet skills.

Don't forget to download the Chrissy & Ryry mixtape, Two Birds, Both Stoned and the new Too High Crew EP One Hoot Wonder. Summer is nearly over even though it started approximately 1 week ago and these jams work best in heat. Already one person in Edmonton is obsessed with Chrissy, Ryry and the other 19 baddest mother fuckers in a 10 block radius of Fraser St.

That's all for now. Buy shit so we can put out more shit, ok?

Friday July 29, 2011

Yesterday we decided to put out a Too High Crew EP. Today, it is available! One Hoot Wonder is 4 songs featuring (in order of appearance) Chrissy, Ryry, Pussy Pete, Kitchen Saank, The Dooouge, T3P0, K-Lo, Bernasty and Highchair Shorty, with artwork courtesy of Brodie Michaels. Two of the songs will appear on Too High Crew's upcoming mixtape, Weird To Your Mother, but in the meantime the thousands that flock to this site daily can listen to these four songs for the remainder of the summer. The EP is coming out to hype a show tomorrow (on a friggin BOAT) for Neverland, likely the greatest Michael Jackson cover band in HIStory. Chrissy & Ryry will be performing "Somebody's Watching Me" with them but if this is the first you're hearing about it, tough luck because tickets sold out about 12 hours ago.

In other news, we will be putting out an honest-to-goodness record in the next few months for a band called Miss Black America, featuring members of North of America, The Corta Vita, Baby Control, The Red Light Sting, Sharp Teeth and Too High Crew. The record is currently being mastered so expect a 10 song, 1 sided LP soon. We'll have more info on that one when we're not preparing to RAP ON A BOAT.

Tuesday May 31, 2011

Wut up! We are back from the semi-dead to bring you a free mixtape from our new rap project, Chrissy & Ryry. You can download the tape by clicking here. Chrissy & Ryry, obviously, are part of Too High Crew, Vancouver's baddest and likely biggest rap crew (we're talking numbers, not muscles). "Like" the crew's Facebook page here to stay in the loop for all things THC.

After you download Chrissy & Ryry's mixtape and memorize every single lyric, come see their debut performance at China Cloud (524 Main St) for Music Waste June 2nd at 10:00PM. Most the whole crew will be there and it will likely be the greatest rap show anyone involved has ever played in.

Coming up in the not-too-distant future we will be releasing a full Too High Crew mixtape featuring all 21 members. Shortly after that will be Chrissy & Ryry's full-length that we'll try to actually sell but you'll be able to find it for free if you type "Chrissy Ryry mediafire" into google.

In other, non-rap related, news: we are still busying ourselves preparing releases for Hurricane Ripped My Jacket and Odd Spell. Baby Control is still promising to finish the follow-up to 2007's Best War (still available from Ache Records). Do not worry, they are not going over every little detail with a fine tooth comb, the new record has just been sitting dormant for three years.

That's it for now!

Saturday May 8, 2010

We just posted the mythical 2005 _Babies_ EP by Baby Control in the Free Store. It would have been a great little record, I'm not sure exactly why the band never made any copies of it or even showed it to any of their friends. Regardless, we have it now and look forward to hanging the commemorative platinum MP3 plaque on our wall once a million people download the EP. That will actually happen, right?

Saturday May 21, 2010

Hi everyone! We have been very busy at The Boat Dreams factory, namely sprucing up our Free Store. We've put up new downloads for The Buzzing Bees, The Corta Vita, Fornix, Gilligan Starship and Slow Kids Playing Fast. We're most excited about Fornix and Gilligan Starship as both are newer projects from good pals that have never been previously available anywhere. The Buzzing Bees 7" that we put up is fairly questionable but for some reason people actually seem to be downloading it, The Corta Vita's EP is once again available on the internet after a few years absence and the Slow Kids Playing Fast tapes now up for download aren't half-bad representations of Calgary's All-Ages scene in the late 1990's.

In other news, we have so far sold 0 copies of Animal Names' Let It Been, including Itunes. Haha. The band patched up their differences in anticipation of being lovingly welcomed back into the world that they so recently left but realized their true place in the universe is actually "nowhere" and now the members are finding their own individual paths towards oblivion. Just joking about the patching-things-up bit.

Stay tuned for more Free Store additions and maybe an honest-to-goodness actual release soon.

Saturday May 8, 2010

We just posted the mythical 2005 _Babies_ EP by Baby Control in the Free Store. It would have been a great little record, I'm not sure exactly why the band never made any copies of it or even showed it to any of their friends. Regardless, we have it now and look forward to hanging the commemorative platinum MP3 plaque on our wall once a million people download the EP. That will actually happen, right?

Tuesday May 4, 2010

Happy Star Wars day! I know most of you will find it hard to believe that only 46 days have passed since we made the gigantic announcement that Animal Names would be releasing _Let It Been_, their swan song. And I also know a few of you quit your jobs (assuming you all had jobs at some point) and started vigils outside of the Media Club, hoping in vain that the band would all show up there one night for a beer or at least to park their cars for free en route to Canucks games and that you'd be able to convince them to keep things going or at least show them your anguish with cries of "Say it ain't so!". The band appreciates the concern and a statement has been prepared by their lawyer/spiritual advisor: "Please quit blocking the door at the Media Club. Love Animal Names".

Anyhow, _Let It Been_ is now available on itunes and also in the Real Store on this very site, for $3.49 less than you'll find anywhere else (unless you shop on blogs or torrent sites or mediafire, in which case you've found a better deal). We souped up the store and took a page out of amazon.com's book, adding a Shopping Cart function just like they did in good old 1995.

The release parties/wakes are currently underway in all the world's major centres (Vancouver, Bangkok and the entire state of Arizona) in memory of Animal Names and in celebration of their new album but we're taking the festivities all the way to the internet here. To mark today's special occasion, we've introduced a new section to the site: a Free Store. To start things off, we are offering a 14 song collection of demos and practise recordings that led to _Let It Been_. Though perhaps not for everyone, those camped out at the Media Club and already cried out in Bangkok should be stoked. We've also put up two albums by The Buzzing Bees, a group that went on to become a lawyer, a doctor of math, a masters in music student and Chris from Animal Names. We all have different paths, ok? Please check back regularly for new additions to the Free Store, we will be offering up various projects both current and long gone. If you have any problems downloading anything, please complain here.

Thanks for coming!

Friday March 19, 2010

Holy Pontius Pilate, we've missed you all. We will respond to all of the obnoxiously eager people out there who have insisted on writing over the last many months as long as none of you email us tomorrow because IT IS MY BIRTHDAY AND I WANT A DAY OFF. You see, we have been busy preparing a very intensive package for our newest release, Animal Names' _Let It Been_. Only 6000 have been pressed on 3D Blu-ray 24" diamond records with handwritten lyrics by Brad painstakingly inserted inside each copy. We only have 97 left after The Home Shopping Channel segment so please, act fast. We are also legally obligated to correct something from the broadcast: the covers are all hand painted by young relatives of the band, not the original artist.

Animal Names broke up at some point between the middle of August and today so we're only putting this album out digitally after the initial exclusive 6000 '3D Blu-ray 24" diamond record with handwritten lyrics by Brad painstakingly inserted inside each copy' run. May 4th is the day because that's Star Wars Day. You may have noticed that the title of the album has changed since our last update and a song is missing. I will give you a hint: Look for the greatest hits package _The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike_ featuring a new-never-before-heard-classic-from-the-golden-years, one crappy old song and a cover of "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" wherever copies of the ultra-rare alternate cover (ft. Tom holding Norton beside Melissa, see below.) of _Let It Been_ (with computer typed lyrics by Bart proofread by Bart too) can be found (limited to 6000 copies, 12 per customer).

In other news, Andy Dixon has still not started doing any vocals for the next release in our pipeline, Gravy Control's _Old Fruit_ (title also subject to change if a greatest hits package can be assembled). GET IT TOGETHER MAN, THIS RECORD IS SOLID GOLD.

Thank you for stopping by. Remember, no emails tomorrow. Thank you.

Tuesday July 7, 2009

Today is the official release date for our first release, Animal Names' Oh Yes You Better Do EP. It is available for download now at itunes, lala, and amazon or you can purchase the actual CD from our store. Week-long parties have been going on since last Wednesday in Vancouver, Seattle, Calgary, New York and Athens in honor of this monumentus event. The planned pay-per-view extravaganza didn't materialize due to talks between us and Shaw Cable failing but hopefully MTV Canada will pick up the 6 hour mini-series of abridged highlights. If you weren't on the VIP list for these parties, you didn't get a grab bag which means you still need the EP. Fear not, my warehouse/living room is stocked so order away.

In other news, our next two releases are shaping up though it's hard to say what will be released first:

Gravy Control, Baby Control's maimed and crippled remains, are preparing a full-length entitled Slim Fathers. Like the Baby Control full-length, this one was recorded in their practise space. Unlike the Baby Control album, this one was recorded for free (Best War cost $47 but try not to let that scare you away). Zoe has gone the Neil Young route and set up her Canadian flag permanently in America but luckily Andy Dixon, the only person the band actually owes money to, has agreed to start singing in a bid to recoup his losses. Just joking. He's really going to be singing though.

Animal Names will be recording a new full-lenth, The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike, next month with Shawn Cole. Barring any dropping-of-the-ball while recording, this new album should have 15 two and a half minute pop jams full of the typical nonsensical and pseudo-earnest musings.

There will hopefully be more releases in the near future to tell you about but first I must attempt to recruit some friends to help me with this thing.

Friday May 8, 2009

Hello internet, welcome to our very own tiny version of you.

The biggest piece of news we'd like to share today is that we are wholly incompetent and can't make a website if our lives depended on it. This will be a slow process, we ask for your patience and understand that you're only laughing at us because we're so awful at so many things.

The other piece of news we'd like to impart is that Boat Dreams From The Hill's first release will be our one and only foray into the dead format of the compact disc. Oh Yes You Better Do, a seven song EP by Vancouver's Animal Names, will "drop" July 7th. Animal Names once had a manager and she told them no one releases things in July but we're proving her wrong by simply just doing it. Of course we don't (yet??) have distribution so release dates really mean nothing to a label of our stature but it's just a little something that helps us maintain our dignity so please give us this one thing.

Thanks for visiting, please offer up your grammatical critiques here.