Hello to you, our friends and neighbours.
2014 draws slowly to a close, so we thought we'd take a look back at the year that was for Headless Owl. Join us for a jaunty trip down memory lane, won't you?
For those that live on memory lane, we apologize for all the noise. And that weird smell. We don't know where it's coming from either.
Now, we started out the years releases with a big one (for us), which was a Record Store Day release with Michael Feuerstack, titled 'Singer Songer', released in partnership with our pals over at Forward Music Group. We were pretty pumped for this one, Mike is one of those guys we all wanted to work with from the very beginning days of Headless Owl. From his work in the Wooden Stars to his Snailhouse days, to todays golden era of simply performing as himself, we've all fallen in love with his music time and time again. So it was a no-brainer when the concept of this record was brought to us. Not only that, but it includes so, so many other favourites from the Canadian music scene, Bry Webb, John K. Samson, Devon Sproule, our very own Mathias Kom, the list goes on and on. It's an amazing record, one we play on a weekly basis in our office/home, and we hope you've gotten the chance to do the same. Here's a sample in case you haven't heard yet, my (Andrew) personal favourite track from the record, sung by Angela Desveaux:
Where do we go from here? Well out of the blue one day we received an email, it was from someone whom we all admired, and it's request was simple: our pal Jon Mckiel has this EP he wants to put out, are you interested? We were all huge fans of his previous full length Tonka War Cloud, we immediately said 'hells yes', and we never looked back. How could we? It's such an amazing EP, and it makes us anxiously await a new long player from him. This is the first track we heard, you say no to this sound:
This was shaping up to be a year of unexpected surprises, none more than the next project we announced. It was deep in the summer of 2014, Andrew was hobnobbing (re: drinking and sleeping late) around the Dawson City Music Festival, which was host to so many amazing acts this year, folks like Evening Hymns, Andy Shauf, Nick Ferrio, and of course, By Divine Right. It wasn't a week after the festival was finished that we received an email about an upcoming project with By Divine Right that we might be interested in. A cover, start to finish, of the US version of Speak & Spell, the first album by Depeche Mode. You're damn right we were interested! We teased two songs this year, and are ready to blow your minds with the final product in the coming year! We're looking at late winter for a release right now, so stay tuned!
Almost lastly, we were finally ready to release a long in the works project. You remember last year when we wrote all about The Cost of Doing Business, the multi-concert + recording project we put together in the Yukon? Well, this year we finally got to release it! Community Theatre - Northern Register is the culmination this epic summit, featuring The Burning Hell (Mathias Kom), Kyle Cashen, Shotgun Jimmie, Wax Mannequin, Baby Eagle (Steve Lambke), Marine Dreams (Ian Kehoe), Michael Feuerstack, Richard Laviolette and Construction & Destruction (Colleen Collins & David Trenaman), released in partnership with our pals over at the great Canadian institution of You've Changed Records. It was fitting that the first song we recorded was the first song we released, take a listen to Richard Laviolette rock various socks off here:
You may think that's where the story ends. NOT yet, my best beloved. All the while, whilst we were releasing albums and putting up cat photos (standard record label fare) we were also plotting in secret. Our pal, fellow Headless Owl guy and The Burning Hell head honcho Mathias Kom had a bit of a rough go of things this year, so Nick Ferrio, Burning Hell Bass-man, songwriter, gentleman, started putting together the pieces of a tribute album puzzle. Folks like Mike O'Neill, The Great Lake Swimmers, Dave Bidini, John K. Samson, Dan Mangan, they all came out of the woodwork to show their support and love for Mathias. We got to surprise him on-stage in St.Johns, Newfoundland with the fruits of our labour. My Name is Mathias: a tribute to the songs of Mathias Kom, the only Headless Owl record to ONLY be available on CD and digital. Forged in secret, released for your enjoyment. With 100% of the proceeds going to the Kingston Humane Society!
Still here? Really? There's nothing left to say, that's all the stuff we put out in the world this year. We'd likely to sincerely thank you, from the bottom of our various hearts, for being part of it all. To those that bought albums, shirts, sent the nicest emails, went to see these folks out on the road, we love all of you in equal amounts, and we hope to see/hear/love more of you in the future!
Happy New Year everyone, we've got lots of good things ahead!