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The Hudson Branch “Piggyback” MP3 Download – new album “World Kid” out today

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2012 by dk

The Hudson Branch release “Piggyback” as a free download/stream to celebrate the release of their new album “World Kid,” out today. 

Recorded with John McEntire (Broken Social Scene, Tortoise) and produced by Neil Strauch(Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, Anathallo), “World Kid” retains the nuanced complexity of the band’s debut album “Tightrope Walker” but sees The Hudson Branch (Cobey Bienert, Corey Bienert, Matt Boll, Jake Boll, Enoch Kim) embracing new territory. In addition to traditional instruments (guitar, bass, drums, piano), ukuleles, programmed beats, tambourines, shakers, glockenspiels, marimbas, a Wurlitzer, an organ, Casio synths, violins combine to create “World Kid’s” unique sonic texture.


In addition to digital format, “World Kid” is also being released as a multimedia physical songbook, featuring original illustrations for all album tracks by visual artist Rachel June,the short story “Work” by award winning radio producer Andy Mills (NPR, PRX, WBEZ), lyrics, exclusive photos from the making of “World Kid” and full album download code. The limited edition books will see an initial print run of 300 and are only available at the band’s live shows. They make their debut when The Hudson Branch headlines Chicago’s Lincoln Hall on May 8.


Team Me announce debut album ‘To The Treetops!’& free download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2011 by dk



Release date 5th March 2012
(Propeller Recordings)


Expect big things from Oslo’s Team Me” – NME

Much admired six-piece from Norway who are beginning to attract a lot of attention – and rightly so – for their complex, majestic pop.” – Q Magazine

This rabble of Norwegian young ‘uns are the epitome of good vibes” – The Line Of Best Fit


5th March marks the debut full-length release from Team Me, one of Scandinavia’s most innovative and promising acts. As grandiose as it is fragile and intimate, ‘To The Treetops!’ is an enchanting collection of rich, orchestrated pop songs.

‘To The Treetops!’ sees the band build on the eager enthusiasm displayed on their acclaimed EP and have created a vivid collection of expansive and addictive tracks which take in influences from across the musical spectrum. In ‘To The Treetops!’, Team Me have produced a playfully experimental album full of depth and warmth, with each track bound together by their rich musicality.

Opening with the undulating and explosive ‘Riding My Bicycle (from Ragnvalsbekken to Sorkedalen)’, the album ebbs and flows unpredictably throughout. Each track maintains an unashamedly melodic edge, from the shimmering and reflective ‘Patrick Wolf & Daniel Johns’ to the folk tinged ‘Dear Sister’ and closing with the chaotic and anthemic ‘Daggers’. ‘To The Treetops!’, produced by singer and songwriter Marius D. Hagen, is a sonically diverse yet cohesive album, full of hidden charm. Fans of Sufjan Stevens, Jonsi, Patrick Wolf and Broken Social Scene will find much to enjoy in ‘To The Treetops!’

Oslo’s Team Me has evolved from a collection of songs written by Marius, to a six person, multi-instrumental ensemble. The band have already received critical acclaim for their debut EP and energetic live performances and look set to build on this throughout 2012.

Throughout 2011, Team Me played a great number of festivals across Europe, including The Great Escape in Brighton, Club NME in London, Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg, Øyafestivalen in Oslo, Iceland Airwaves, Berlin Independent Nights and many others. The band have also supported The Wombats on their many tours of Europe, the UK and Scandinavia, building a solid fan base at an early stage of their career.

Team Me’s ‘To The Treetops!’ is released in the UK on 5th March 2012 through Propeller Recordings. The release will be supported by a full European tour, including a date at The Lexington, London on 7th March.

1. Riding My Bicycle (from Ragnvalsbekken to Sorkedalen)
2. Show Me
3. Patrick Wolf & Daniel Johns
4. Weathervanes and Chemicals
5. Fool
6. Dear Sister
7. Favourite Ghost
8. Looking Thru The Eyes of Sir David Brewster
9. With my hands covering both of my eyes I am too scared to have a look at you now
10. Daggers.

Live Dates

11th Jan – Ekko – Utrecht, Netherlands
12th Jan – Stadsschouwburg @ Eurosonic Festival – Groningen, Netherlands
29th Feb – Lido – Berlin, Germany
1st March – Loppen – Copenhagen, Denmark
2nd March – Molotow – Hamburg, Germany
3rd March – Gleis 22 – Münster, Germany
4th March – 59:1 – Munich, Germany
5th March – Gebäude 9 – Cologne, Germany
7th March – The Lexington – London, UK
9th March – Rotonde – Brussels, Belgium

Karkwa wins the 2010 Polaris Music Prize( Les Chemins de Verre -the best Canadian album of the year)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by dk

Karkwa was named the winner of the fifth annual Polaris Music Prize.  This award, given to signify the best Canadian album of the year, was presented tonight  at the gala ceremony held at CTV’s Concert Hall at the Masonic Temple in Toronto. In addition  to bragging rights, Karkwa take home $20,000 for their album Les Chemins de Verre.
“It’s an unbelievable thing to win this prize.  We have a lot of respect for this contest and we think they do it for the right reason (music).  On suit le gala depuis son début, et c’est le prix qui nous touche le plus.” – Karkwa
Karkwa joins the group of previous winners which includes Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).  Their win is the first for a French language album.
The process of voting begins with the almost 200 member jury. These music journalists, bloggers, and broadcasters cast ballots for the 40 title Long List and 10 title Short List of Canadian albums released between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010.  The 11 member gala Grand Jury, chosen from the larger jury, was sequestered in the Masonic Temple jury room to select a winner while the event took place.
Liisa Ladouceur, who oversees the Grand Jury, spoke about this year’s decision. 

“This was probably the longest and most emotional deliberation in Polaris history.  The short listed records are all of extreme high quality and they truly resonated with members of the jury whether or not they completely understood the language of the lyrics,” reflected Liisa Ladouceur.   “What this year’s winner indicates is that music is about emotion.”

The Grand Jury this year are Rob Bowman (York University professor), Jennifer Charlesworth (The Georgia Straight), Leah Collins (, Del Cowie (Exclaim), Jonathan Dekel (Spinner), Amanda Farrell-Low (Monday Magazine), Jian Ghomeshi (CBC Q), Marc Xavier Leblanc (freelance journalist and DJ), Francois Marchand (Vancouver Sun), Andre Peloquin (Bang Bang) and Phillipe Rezzonico (Rue Frontenac).
Ten albums were shortlisted for the 2010 Polaris Prize. They are:
The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
Caribou – Swim
Karkwa – Les Chemins De Verre
Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Owen Pallett – Heartland
Radio Radio – Belmundo Regal
The Sadies – Darker Circles
Shad – TSOL
Tegan And Sara – Sainthood
The gala was hosted by CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence and MuchMusic’s Sarah Taylor. Sirius Satellite Radio and Radio 3 broadcast the event live across North America on Sirius channel 86, and around the world on the web at The gala was also webcast live on and will be broadcast Saturday September 25, 9pm ET on MuchMusic with repeat airings on MUCHMORE Thursday, September 30th @ 10pm, MTV2, Friday Oct 1st @11pm ET and Saturday, October 2nd, @ 10am ET, and BRAVO, Monday, September 27th @ 10PM & 1AM and Tuesday,  September 28th @ 9AM ET .
About the Polaris Music Prize
 The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing and marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics. For further information, including rules, jury and sponsors, please visit

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