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Listen in full: The New Pornographers ‘Brill Bruisers’, First Play on iTunes Radio

By Rian on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

(photo : Chris Buck)

At long last, The New Pornographer’s highly anticipated new album Brill Bruisers is now streaming in full thanks to First Play on iTunes Radio. The octet of Newman, Collins, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Blaine Thurier, Katheryn Calder, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey recorded in Woodstock and Vancouver (with additional portions done in Brooklyn, Austin and Vermont). John Collins and AC Newman produced. The colorful title track and “War On The East Coast” have already been at your beck and call, but now it’s time for the rest of Brill Bruisers.

Stream the album in full here (US only): http://smarturl.it/StreamBrillBruisers

The album is officially out next Monday, August 25th, worldwide. The band will be back as musical guests on the “Late Show With David Letterman” on Wednesday, September 3rd.

A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last)

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/BrillBruisers (pre-order now, get “Brill Bruisers” & “War On The East Coast” instantly)
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Brill_Bruisers (pre-order now, get ”Brill Bruisers” instantly)

Tour dates:

Friday, August, 29 — Sonic Boom Festival, Edmonton AB, Canada

Saturday, August, 30 — Sandjam, Halifax NS, Canada

Saturday, September, 6 — Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI#

Sunday, September, 7 — Riot Fest, Toronto ON, Canada

Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 — Rifflandia, Victoria BC, Canada

Saturday, September, 20 — The LC Pavilion, Columbus OH!

Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*

Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*

Wednesday, October, 8 — Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*

Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*

Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*

Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*

Monday, October, 13 — The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*

Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*

Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*

Friday, October, 17 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*

Saturday, October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*

Saturday- Sunday, October, 18-19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*

Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*

Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*

Thursday, November, 6 — Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*

Friday, November, 7 — Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*

Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*

Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*

Tuesday, November, 11 — Slowdown, Omaha NE*

Thursday, November, 13 — Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*

Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*

Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*

Monday, November, 17 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*

Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*

Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*

Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*

Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*

Monday, December, 1 — The Deaf Institute, Manchester UK

Tuesday, December, 2 — O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London UK

Wednesday, December, 3 — Botanique – Rotunde, Brussels, Belgium

Thursday, December, 4 — La Maroquinerie, Paris, France

Friday, December, 5 — Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany

Saturday, December, 6 — Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Sunday, December, 7 — Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

* w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

# w/ Perfect Pussy, Pity Sex

^with Iron & Wine, Glass Animals

! with Pickwick, Cool

 

The New Pornographers, finally touring in Europe again

By Stuart on Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Today, The New Pornographers announce their first (collective) visit to Europe in almost four years, with news that December sees a week-long run of shows for the live band consisting of A.C. Newman, Blaine Thurier, Dan Bejar, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey for the below dates:

December
Mon 01 – UK, Manchester, The Deaf Institute – Tickets
Tue 02 – UK, London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Tickets
Wed 03 – Belgium, Brussels, Botanique – Rotunde – Tickets
Thu 04 – France, Paris, La Maroquinerie – Tickets
Fri 05 – Germany, Cologne, Gebaude 9 – Tickets
Sat 06 – Netherlands, Nijmegen, Doornroosje – Tickets
Sun 07 – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg – Tickets

Not content with just that, the band also shared the brand new Brill Bruisers track ‘Dancehall Domine‘ shot live in session with CBC.ca (above) and spook to them about some of the vocals and arrangements that went in to the recording of the new album, out August 26th.

The New Pornographers – ‘Brill Bruisers’ LP (limited edition paint-splattered vinyl)

By Gerard on Friday, July 18th, 2014

A limited edition, multi-colored paint splattered version of the upcoming New Pornographers ‘Brill Bruisers’ LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Preorder the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies and/or the mania for all things 3D lasts)

VIDEO : The New Pornographers – “War On The East Coast”

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

“We were going for some mid nineties second tier brit pop attitude. In the past, I’ve never really wanted to be in the video. But with this, we wanted to have fun and fully be IN the video.” – Carl Newman

“War On The East Coast” is the first video from the upcoming album by The New Pornographers, ‘Brill Bruisers’ (August 25). As you can see, Carl, Dan Bejar and director Thom Glunt weren’t hesitant to depict the destruction of a major North American city, but I should stress this is not documentary footage. On the pseudo-apocalyptic scale not only do I think this video kicks Michael Bay’s ass (about time, too), but the song’s incredible. Wait ’til you hear the whole album.

A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last)

preorder ‘Brill Bruisers’ from iTunes or Amazon Digital and receive “Brill Bruisers” and “War On The East Coast” today)
preorder ‘Brill Bruisers’ from The New Pornographers Store
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Tour Dates
Saturday, July, 19 — Pemberton Music Festival, Pemberton BC  Canada
Friday, August, 8 — Skyline Music Festival, Minneapolis, MN
Friday, August 29 – Sonic Boom Festival, Northlands Park, Edmonton AB Canada
Saturday, September, 6 – Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Sunday, September, 7 — Riot Fest, Downsview Park, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 - Rifflandia, Victoria BC  Canada
Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Wednesday, October, 8 – Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*
Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*
Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*
Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 13 – The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*
Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*
Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*
Friday, October, 17 – The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*
Sunday, October 19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*
Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*
Thursday, November, 6 – Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*
Friday, November, 7 – Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*
Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*
Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
Tuesday, November, 11 – Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Thursday, November, 13 – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*
Monday, November, 17 – Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*
Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*

* – support by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

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Coming August 26 : The New Pornographers’ ‘Brill Bruisers’

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014


“This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster.” – A.C. Newman

(photo : Chris Buck)

On August 26, we’ll be releasing the first new album in 4 years from The New Pornographers, the John Collins / AC Newman produced ‘Brill Bruisers’ on LP, CD and digital formats. The octet of Newman, Collins, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Blaine Thurier, Katheryn Calder, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey recorded in Woodstock and Vancouver (with additional portions done in Brooklyn, Austin and Vermont) from 2013-14 and have emerged with the boldest & brightest work in their unbeaten run. The album’s titular track, “Brill Bruisers” premieres today here (and at the top of this post)

track listing :

1. Brill Bruisers
2. Champions Of Red Wine
3. Fantasy Fools
4. War On The East Coast
5. Backstairs
6. Marching Orders
7. Another Drug Deal Of The Heart
8. Born With A Sound
9. Wide Eyes
10. Dancehall Domine
11. Spidyr
12. Hi-Rise
13. You Tell Me Where

A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last)

Pre-order on iTunes and receive the following :
today : “Brill Bruisers”
At later dates in July receive “War On The East Coast” and “Dancehall Domine” (exact dates for these are TBC)

Dates including headlining shows at LA’s Wiltern and NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom are found after the jump, in addition to festival appearances at Toronto’s Riot Fest and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun :

July 18-20 Pemberton Music Festival Pemberton, BC
August 29-31 Sonic Boom Festival Edmonton, AB
August 31 Edmonton Northlands Edmonton, AB
September 6 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI
September 6-7 Riot Fest Toronto, ON
October 5 & 6 The Showbox Seattle, WA
October 8 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
October 9 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
October 10 Knitting Factory Salt Lake City, UT
October 11 Gothic Theatre Denver, CO
October 13 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
October 14 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
October 15 Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace Pioneertown, CA
October 17 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
October 18 North Park Theatre San Diego, CA
November 4 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
November 5 Orange Peel Asheville, NC
November 6 Buckhead Theatre Atlanta, GA
November 7 Civic Theatre New Orleans, LA
November 7-9 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX
November 10 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
November 11 Slowdown Omaha, NE
November 13 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
November 14 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
November 15 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
November 17 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
November 19 House of Blues Boston, MA
November 20 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
November 21 9:30 Club Washington, DC
November 23 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC

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AC Newman and Bill Fay In A Post-Apocalyptic-Cable-TV-World

By Gerard on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

(above : this is either a promotional still from “The Walking Dead” or a photo from last April’s Record Store Day — I can’t find my notes!)

TONIGHT ON AMC : you can hear AC Newman’s version of Bill Fay’s “Be Not So Fearful” on season 4, episode 15 of “The Walking Dead”.

‘The Walking Dead Original Soundtrack, Vol. 2′
is out Tuesday on Republic Records.

Help The New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder Fund Documentary

By Judge on Monday, June 24th, 2013

Left to right: Josh Huculiak, Kathryn Calder, Brooke Gallupe, Brent Hodge, Luke Kozlowski, John Diemer. Photo by: Jenna and Tristan Shouldice.

Friend of the family, Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers, needs your help!

A Matter Of Time – An ALS Documentary

THE STORY

Imagine finding out your mother has 2-3 years left to live. Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers was faced with this gut-wrenching revelation when she learned that her mother had been diagnosed with ALS, taking her down a path few could endure.

ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US and Motor Neurone disease in the UK) is a fatal disease, which attacks the neurons in the brain and spinal cord, progressively impairing one’s ability to walk, talk or feed themselves. The cause of the disease is unknown and there is no cure.

Before the bad news hit, Kathryn was relishing in a beautiful adventure. A few years prior, her mother, who was adopted, had found her birth mother, and thus a whole other family for Kathryn. Relatives emerged, loved ones multiplied overnight. And all the more spectacular, her new found long lost uncle, Carl Newman, happened to be the front-man behind an indie rock super group called The New Pornographers. With this serendipitous revelation, a new realm of musical collaboration and opportunity spawned and prospered. Then the news about her mother’s illness crashed right through the newly lit family home.

As a result, Kathryn decided to move back into her childhood home to become her mother’s full time caregiver. It was during this turbulent period, that Kathryn became inspired to write and record her first solo album; a parting gift for her biggest fan. She recruited a producer and converted her mother’s living room into a recording studio. As her mother’s condition steadily worsened, Kathryn’s challenge became clear: she needed to complete the album in time for her mother to hear it.

A Matter of Time illustrates the bravery and compassion that can bloom from struggle. How even the most enduring battles can conjure unimaginable feats of strength and triumph against unexplainable forces. This is an inspirational story about courage in the face of disease. It’s about letting difficult experiences meet artistic impulses and making a positive difference through music.

DONATE

If you would like to help Kathryn finish the film and make the documentary a reality, please head over to her Kickstarter page and donate.  You’ll even get a special gift ranging from a download of the soundtrack (featuring The New Pornographers), a meet and greet with The New P’s at a concert, OR even a personalised song written by Kathryn.  All this dependent on how generous you can be, so dig deep.

Hear A.C. Newman’s ‘Shut Down The Streets’ a week before it’s out

By Robby on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

It’s out October 9, but today you get a first listen at A.C. Newman’s third solo effort ‘Shut Down The Streets’ Do yourself a favor and check out what in our completely unbiased opinion we believe to be 10 of the best songs ever put to tape. Then, do your friends a favor and send them this link. Carl, via a blogging on the Huffington Post, sez:

Here is my album, Shut Down The Streets. Maybe you know me from The New Pornographers, and you may recognize Neko Case’s voice in these songs, you may even think “This one sounds so much like a New Pornographers song” and you may ask yourself “Who the hell are the New Pornographers?” All that aside, this album is all about birth, death, happiness and sadness, chronicling a time in my life where all those things had to learn to coexist side by side. There was that and a sudden obsession with the song “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty. That led to an obsession with the psychedelic sounds of the late 70s singer songwriter. So my most personal songs ever somehow made the most sense when I played them in a mutated version of an outdated style from my childhood. That’s just how things go.

You can own ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats next Tuesday. Grab it at The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on green vinyl) or at your favorite music retailler.

See it live:

10/8 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop (FREE RECORD RELEASE PARTY - a live performance, full album playback, drink specials, album giveaways, + more!)

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

(‘Shut Down The Streets’ is coming out in

 

 

AC Newman – “Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns”, The 2nd MP3 from ‘Shut Down The Streets’

By Gerard on Friday, September 21st, 2012

(of course, by “out now”, we mean “out October 9″)

As mentioned in this space a few weeks ago, on October 9 Matador will be releasing the 3rd A.C. Newman album, ‘Shut Down The Streets’.   The ’70′s folk/pop-inflected masterpiece was dubbed “an album of understated elegance and strength” by one of our more insightful (and good-looking) executives, and here’s another example of Carl”s musical & lyrical brilliance  to whet your appetite :

“Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns” (192 kbps MP3)

There’s further recognition, by the way, for one of the continent’s great songsmiths (or, if you prefer, songwriters).  Though I’m sworn to secrecy by a colleague (who is so many thousands of miles away, what’s she going to do, yell at me?), I’m told one of your favorite New Pornographers songs  will be heard next month as the intro theme music for a popular new television comedy that may or may not feature group therapy as a central theme in the show.  It’s not that new Charlie Sheen thing either, so let’s not get into that.  There’s loads of other places on the internet if all you want to do is complain about Charlie Sheen. He was alright in “Platoon” — you think you could do better?

Pre-order ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats from The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on colored vinyl)

on tour this Autumn :

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

(‘Shut Down The Streets’ is coming out in Canada on Last Gang and in the UK on Fire Records)

 

Coming October 9 : AC Newman’s ‘Shut Down The Streets’

By Gerard on Monday, August 20th, 2012

(photo by Noah Kalina)

On October 9, we’ll be releasing the 3rd album from A.C. Newman, ‘Shut Down The Streets’ (LP/CD/digital)  the most powerful and personal solo work to date from the New Pornographers founder.  While Newman long ago staked a claim for being one of this continent’s finest pop craftsmen, ‘Streets’ represents a change in tone and a bigger change in subject matter.  I’m not about to give the whole thing away (not when we’ve commissioned a bio writer to do that, anyway), but a year of joy and sorrow in the Newman household has inspired an album of understated elegance and strength. The bar was already set pretty high where this songwriter is concerned, but this isn’t nearly so simple as one of your longtime favorites having delivered 10 great new songs.  Fantastic lyrical chops and musical invention aren’t new territory for Carl, but writing so directly about the most important events in his adult life certainly are.

Recorded in Woodstock, NY (and featuring longtime colleague Neko Case), ‘Streets’ bears the influence of classic ‘70s folk and pop songwriters ranging from Gerry Rafferty to “Daylight Katy”-period Gordon Lightfoot,  Summoning lush sonics with sweeping string & synth backgrounds that are miles away from The New Pornographers’ signature sound, ‘Shut Down The Streets’ is brutally honest, open and affecting in a way Newman has rarely been in the past.

“I’m Not Talking” (192 kbps MP3)

Track Listing:

1) I’m Not Talking
2) Do Your Own Time
3) You Could Get Lost Out Here
4) Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns
5) There’s Money In New Wave
6) Strings
7) Hostages
8 ) Wasted English
9) The Troubadour
10) They Should Have Shut Down The Streets

Pre-order ‘Shut Down The Streets’ from The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on colored vinyl)

on tour this Autumn :

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

(‘Shut Down The Streets’ is coming out in Canada on Last Gang and in the UK on Fire Records)