It’s that time again as the year winds down to its end. 2014, with only 7 live appearances, can be seen as, “the year we took a break.” Yes, we took it slow as newest member/collaborator, Andy Soto returned to Paris, France and long-time member Bobby Lee departed while I concentrated on my new full-time day job: Fatherhood. I should also mention that we canned our annual East Coast tour in Autumn of 2014 (with my apologies to the CMJ Music Marathon and TWM/iM Fest). Meanwhile, Betty Dimo and myself kept it alive as a three-piece by enlisting drummer extraordinaire, Johnny Rowe and by continuing to write and rehearse new material. More on that later…
…anyway. As always, here is the list (5th annual!) of albums I purchased on vinyl with the 2014 time-stamp:
The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream
Swans: To be Kind
And as always, this list does not include the older and records and reissues I purchased in 2014!
In a lot of ways it was an encouraging year especially when a band like Swans can still release relevant and mind blowing records and a band like The War on Drugs can climb to the pinnacle of musical success in this modern landscape (read: sad future).
Expect to hear new music from us in 2015. We have been working on it. In fact, we have booked the studio and will be recording (demoing) 4 or 5 new songs this coming Monday. You won’t hear these demos. Maybe as bonus tracks sometime in the far future. The only way to hear these new songs right now is to come out to future shows. I’ll be sure to post some pictures here and on our instagram.
2ND THURSDAYS Psych Rock Revue Presents:
PAPERMAPS with 5th Projekt and special guests The Painted Lady
218 Ossington Ave. Toronto ON
Set time: 10:20 PM
Curated and hosted by our friends 5th Projekt, who are on after us!
It’s time to send out that email newsletter query – you know the one: “Do you want to stay on and receive news about PAPERMAPS?” We’ll be doing that soon…so heads up…meanwhile…we’ll be at the Dance Cavetonight (529 Bloor St. West, Toronto / above Lees Palace) playing live at 8:30PM in support of Tin Star Orphan’s double vinyl release…lot’s of instagraming to follow.
June is a big part of festival season here in Toronto. There are two major “rock music” festivals held here: CMW and NxNE. Being a good little local indie rock act, I applied to both festivals and was pleased to learn that we were accepted to both for a third year in a row. For reasons outlined in THIS ARTICLE we were ousted from the NxNE lineup this year (or rather, given a rather uncouth ultimatum). Even though one festival is regarded by some of my more “hip” friends as somehow being “more cool” than the other, in the interest of my own mental health I opted to play the festival that spat less bile at me. To be honest, I don’t give a single fuck about what festival is “cool,” or “hip” or whatever – I care more about how I’m treated as an artist and a human being. For the record, I really don’t favour one festival over the other. The two festivals are about 34 days apart and so, being a good little local indie rock act, I always knew that we would be playing a show in June here in Toronto one way or the other. So here it is:
We will be appearing in support of our good friends, 5th Projekt on Wednesday, June 18 at The Painted Lady (218 Ossington Ave, just South of Dundas W). Our set time is 9:45PM. The cover is a nominal $5. The show is being called FUNxNE, and that’s pronounced “Fun by North East.”
What better way to welcome a new phase in the creative output of a band than to package their entire output into one nifty bundle? Well, that’s exactly what were doing!!! [But who are we kidding - every release has been a "new phase," hasn't it!?!]
In each of these rare bundles (I only had enough material to assemble 7) you will get:
A signed copy of the latest Papermaps Album, Darker Lights (2013) on CD [includes a lyric booklet]
A signed copy of Inferior Ghost (2012) on 12-inch vinyl [no download code]
A signed copy of the debut EponymousAlbum (2011) on CD
A numbered and signed copy of “Reunion/Banana Rep.” on 7-inch vinyl
FIVE 11×17-inch tour posters that you can hang on your bedroom/jamspace/garage wall ranging in age from 2011 to 2014!
Immediate online access to Darker Lights if you order from bandcamp (just because)
It’s been a while since I’ve played a live show. Not since November of 2013(!), so I’m glad to announce three live Toronto appearances in the coming weeks. Two solo shows by yours truly: Saturday, April 19, 6PM at the excellent Cabin Fever Collective cafe and record store (1669 Bloor St. West) and Saturday April 26, 9PM at the venerable Rancho Relaxo (300 College St.). PAPERMAPS (full band) will be playing this years’ Canadian Music Week at the Velvet Underground (508 Queen St. West) on Wdnesday, May 7, 9PM (sharp!). Also on the CMW showcase bill are The Lost Chord and Waterbodies.