Salutations and Explanations

Hi friends.

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us. When last we spoke, we were putting a project into the world with Leah Abramson (Songs For a Lost Pod; you should check it out if you haven’t already, it’s a stellar piece of work). And then, just like that, we disappeared. No messages out, barely keeping on top of the ones coming in. We feel like we owe you a bit of explanation. So, here we go:

We type in the collective “we” a lot, so permit me to move to first person mode here and broadcast as “I”. My name is Andrea Stratis. I run Headless Owl Records, along with help from Mathias Kom and Kyle Cashen. I’m the person that boxes up your orders, emails with customers and clients, talks to our PR people, etc. I’m also someone that, if you have emailed us in the past, used to go by a different name. There is a reason for this.

I am a Transgender person.

I started coming out, to close friends and family, in November of 2017. It had been the end of a long road, and of a very difficult time in my life. With much encouragement and love, I kept moving forward. I started using my preferred name, I have bounced around, vis-à-vis pronouns (they/them, for those interested parties), and taken a laser to my beard no less than 4 times. I am living my life in a more open and honest fashion, and it’s healthier. But not without its problems. If you know anyone in your life who has been through this journey, or are doing/have done this yourself, you’ll know the intense mental and emotional toll this can take on a life. I tried my best to keep on top of things with the label, and I didn’t always succeed. So while I am coming through a better, healthier, happier and more complete person, I also feel guilty for letting things fall apart a little bit without my hand on the wheel.

So, I wanted to put this out into the world, that Headless Owl has not gone away. We, I, just needed to take some time away, and focus on myself, and my health, and my life. And we’re going to continue to not go away. We, the collective we, have every intention of not letting Headless Owl Records simply die. But in the future it will be a different version of itself. We started this label with the intention of working on special releases, things that meant a lot to us and to our communities. Things that we couldn’t live without existing in the world. And we intend to keep that goal, and simplify ourselves, releasing projects that we love and believe in with all our hearts. We hope you’ll join us.

Side note: if you have ordered something through our online store and not received it, please let us know, email us at info@headlessowl.com. I will personally see to it that you receive everything in fine order. Things got lost in the madness, and there’s nothing we can do but apologize and try to make it right.

That is us right now. We’re going to work on being active again, however that looks, and we have some things planned for the future. So don’t count us out—we might be just getting started.

With all my love,

 

Andrea Stratis

 

Leah Abramson - Songs For A Lost Pod

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 Vancouver singer-songwriter Leah Abramson (The Abramson Singers) releases her fourth album, Songs For a Lost Pod on November 3, 2017 on Headless Owl Records. The first single Pilot Protest is a collaboration with J.J. Ipsen (Hayden, Jim Guthrie) and is about Pilot whales beaching themselves on purpose to protest humanity. 

Originally written and composed for her Masters of Fine Arts thesis at UBC, Songs For a Lost Pod is a concept album combining scientific research, whale sounds processed into beats, and marine mammal history.

Told from the perspective of various whale species, the songs explore themes of inter-species communication, intergenerational trauma, and grief for a polluted planet. Songs For a Lost Pod highlights separation—both animal and human—to one another and to the natural world, with the goal of reconnection through musical communication.

In collaboration with musician-producers, field recordings and orca whale vocalizations were processed into beats and tracks, barely recognizable as original sounds, but providing an intangible continuity to the album. Musician-producer collaborators include Sandro Perri (Polmo Polpo, Devon Sproule, Tasseomancy), Aidan O’Rourke (Lau), J.J. Ipsen (Hayden, Jim Guthrie), Andrew Lee (Holy Hum, In Medias Res), Antoine Bédard (Montag), and more.

Also, this is the first ever Headless Owl release to not be released as a record! Available as a graphic novel!!

Want a copy for your very own? Find it here! 

https://headlessowlrecords.bandcamp.com/album/songs-for-a-lost-pod-3

 

Jon Mckiel - Conduit

Hi.

Did you miss us? We certainly missed all of you. It's been awhile. Too long, one might say. And for that, we apologize. It's been a busy year. We moved out office to Toronto. Some personal reasons brought us back across the country to the Yukon. We watched two different new Star Wars movies. It's been a busy time for all of us.

But now we're back, and now we have news for you. And here it is. Way back when, in 2014, we were lucky enough to work with one Jon Mckiel. We put out a record, it was a self titled EP, and it was one of those record that left all of us wanting more. MORE! The people demanded. 

Let it be known we'd like to think of ourselves as the type of label that listens to the people. Today, we announce the new single from Jon Mckiel. It's called Conduit and you can listen to it here:

Holy smokes. Right?! Now, here's the second bit of good news. Conduit is the first single from the new Jon Mckiel record. It's called Memorial Ten Count, and it's going to be available on March 10, 2017. Crazy soon! We're lucky enough to be working with our pals at You've Changed Records on this release, and naturally we've printed a small run of these beauties to a nice, 180 gram, heavyweight, black vinyl. Want to nab one of your very own? You can pre-order by clicking right here

So yeah, isn't that a bit of news to start the year out right? A new Jon Mckiel for a new year. A new you, a new us.

Peace sign to America, a system of love.

By Divine Right - Speak & Spell

Mornin'

Well, there was times when we thought 'maybe we dreamed this was hapenning'. There were days when we worried we would never get to write this post. And yet, all those sleepless nights, all those worries, well they were for naught. Today, our best beloveds, is release day for Speak & Spell U.S, from By Divine Right.

 The might BDR

The might BDR

 

What is Speak & Spell U.S? It's a song for song cover of the album by Depeché Mode, replacing all the glorious 80s synth you know and love with the monster riffs of BDR. It's the only Depeché Mode record to feature founding member Vince Clarke. It's the only BDR record to feature a taxidermy beaver holding a donut on the cover. 

Want a copy for your very own? Of course you do. Look no further than right HERE . Looks great on a turntable, sounds great at parties, feels good at home. Don't delay, act today! 

Alright, play safe out there dudes and dudettes. You're the best. 

A veritable Burning Hell Bonanza!

Those stalwart sons and daughter of Canadian music The Burning Hell have graced us once again with some new tunes. In the form of not one, nay two but THREE new pieces of waxy musical goodness! Tell me more you say? You got it!

First and firstmost, we have an album called "Don't Believe The Hyperreal". It's a collection of duets between Mathias Kom & Ariel Sharratt (they of The Burning Hell). It's a collection of lovely songs about togetherness, connections, and avoiding amateur poets at New Years Eve parties. A particular favourite is a beautiful little number about Maurice Sendak and his partner Eugene. Give it a spin:

Moving on from there, a stopgap, if you will, between this and the upcoming new Full Length long player, is a fun little 7" single, containing the song "Men Without Hats", off the forthcoming Public Library. It's a song about, and you'll never believe this, Men Without Hats. It's pretty great. On the B side? Pop Goes The World. By Men Without Hats. It all comes full circle.

Artwork by Jud Haynes (www.judhaynes.com

Which brings us to the final piece of resistance, Public Library! The new album from The Burning Hell! A hodgepodge of the best lyrics, musicianship and all around good vibes you'll ever come across! Coming very soon to a turntable near you! 

Speaking of, if you've made it this far, you may be asking yourself where you can grab copies of thee beauties? Look no further than HERE! You can grab them one by one OR for the thrifty true believer, we also have a mega pack with all 3 albums for one low price and FREE shipping. Crazy, right? So crazy it just might work! 

Thanks guys, let's do this again real soon! Listen safe everyone

A few of our favourite things

Well friends, it's the last day. The final hours, minutes, seconds of 2015. What a year! Last we spoke, we rambled on and on about how great we were this year. We wanted to take a quick hot minute to talk a bit about some other things we liked this year. An objective look at all the things we enjoyed this year. Join us, for what we're calling "Albums we liked this year" (pretty catchy title, right?)

Let's kick it


Firstly, we look to our pal and yours Michael Feuerstack. MF put out another beauty of an album this year, as he is want to do. We were lucky to spend some time with him at various festivals throughout Canada, and we were equally lucky to hear these songs in a variety of forms. Solo. Full Band. Main stage at a festival, and in the back room of an amazing little Greek restaurant. The man does not, and will not, disappoint. Listen for thyself, ye mortals, and rejoice:


Staying in the Forward Music Group stable (because their logo is a horse. Get it? You get it...) we turn to Gianna Lauren. On Personhood, her last album, is on pretty steady rotation in the office. Office Cat Charlie just can't get enough! So needless to say, colour us jazzed to hear some new tunes this year in advance of what is sure to be an amazing new record. A beautiful voice singing beautiful songs with dynamic energy.  There is nothing to not like here. 


We can't say enough good things about Steve Lambke. You may know him as a member of The Constantines. Perhaps you have swoond and swayed to his albums under the monikr Baby Eagle. Well this year, Mr Lambke struck out under his own name with an absolutely beautiful album called Day of Heaven. We first heard some of these songs in a church in Sackville, NB during sappyfest 10, and holy moly, they were the best of the best. Beautiful, haunting, poetic. Just the best. Do yourself a favour, add this to your stock!


So, speaking of Sappy 10. This year, late at night, we pushed and shoved our way into Thunder & Lightning to hear a band that we heard about in whispers on the wind. Partner were on everyones lips. And sweet sassy molassy, they did not disappoint. Not sure the right words exist to describe that show we witnessed, but it changed us forever. Once word came down the pipe that our pals over at You've Changed Records had added them to their lineup, we've been eagerly devouring any and all new tunes coming from their campy. Do yourselves a favour and hit up these tunes, and peep this sweet video while you're at it. A full length record cannot come fast enough.


Lastly, here's another bit of amazing that hit this year. Mauno. Holy shit. By far one of our most favourite records we heard this year. Rough Master is a real stunner of a record, beautiful, complex, dynamic. Synergy. It's all the words, buzz and otherwise. We caught them at a church in Halifax during Pop Explosion this year, and it was far and wide one of the most amazing things we've ever witnessed. This is another one we just can't stop playing in the office. In the car. Late at night. First thing in the morning. Just Can't Get Enough. Fingers crossed we're going to hear and see more amazing things form them in the new year. And then the new year after that. And so on.


That's it. 6 sweet tracks from 6 amazing artists. We hope you found lots of new music to be excited about this year. We know for a fact there's going to be plenty in 2016 you're going to love. Have a fun, happy, safe New Year everyone, we'll see you all on the other side.

-list compiled by Headless Owl guy Andrew. If you want to see what Mathias/The Burning Hell thought of 2015, I'd highly recommend their blog over here