New vinyl

Chris McCluskey goes around and around.

It is commonly believed that marketing singles by way of vinyl is a trend that was exhausted decades ago, but one local record label may be tapping into an alternative method which might, by now, be considered recurrent. Out of Touch Records will release a sample of its new music on the revered seven-inch format at One World Cafe this week.

“It’s kind of just something a lot of us are really into…myself and Dale especially,” says Christian Simmons of Play Guitar, who was intimately involved in the project, along with Spincycle Squared’s Dale Fahey. “All of us who are participating love the fact they’re on a 7-inch. It’s kind of a novelty, and then it’s also a nice way to have a few of bands featured at the same time.”

Along with both Simmons and Fahey’s bands, the album’s additional tunes involve the likes of SS Cardiacs, Special Noise, Toronto’s DD/MM/YYYY and New Brunswick’s Shotgun and Jaybird.

The first installment of the two-part series came together quietly in 2001, and eventually sold out. “We made 500 and we had a bit of trouble with that one because we put it out and the day of the show three of the bands broke up,” says Simmons, who manned bass and backing vocals on a Burdocks track for the record. “But after that, one of them kind of morphed into another band. Rock Ranger kind of got back together, but the Burdocks were the only band that were on the record who would be a band for several years.”

SS Cardiacs will join Shotgun and Jaybird and guests to send Volume Two off into the one world on June 2.

And more vinyl!

Let’s start with the discouraging news: Still no word on when connoisseurs of The Heavy Blinkers’ unique brand of experimental pop can expect another full band show.

On the flip side, good news for the Halifax-based orch-indie poppers has been flowing northward in the form of a new record deal. The Blinkers’ The Night and I Are Still So Young will be released on Cooking Vinyl in the United States—a label that also has signed up Billy Bragg, Frank Black and They Might Be Giants.

Scene stars

With the announcement of a pair of Arts & Crafts personalities visiting the city, fans of the much hyped Toronto-based label have two more incentives to head to the bars this summer. Amy Millan of Stars will set you on fire (yes, you!) on August 12 with songs from her rootsy solo album Honey from the Tombs. When Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew boasted his entire troupe was in town Juno weekend, there was one notable omission: Jason Collett was on tour in the US at the time. Collett has returned to the Maritimes to play Shoreline, and will stroll into Halifax to reward your patience on July 22 in support of his latest, Idols of Exile. Each show will take place at Stage Nine and is a $10 advance ticket. For more than $10, you could also venture to Antigonish to see K-OS, who appeared on the last Broken Social Scene album. The Torontonian—who recorded parts of his follow-up to 2004’s Joyful Rebellion at Halifax’s Sonic Temple last spring, will headline this year’s Evolve Festival—the three-day event giving the HRM’s poster by-law a good name. Evolve’s seventh installment hits August 4 to 6 with online tickets to come at

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