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Michael Feuerstack is heading to the US Midwest tomorrow to tape a session with the good folks at Daytrotter and to play some shows with the excellent J.E. Sunde (Daredevil Christopher Wright) & Maritime before heading up to Canada where he’ll join his band (Pietro Amato, Jeremy Gara, and Tim Crabtree) for festivals and Alberta/BC release shows.

Heavy praise for Michael’s third album, The Forgettable Truth, keeps coming in with Americana UK penning him “one of the Canadian scene’s most revered songwriters” and Fatea calling the record “an album written for the enjoyment of writing, rather than to find a preconception that’s expected of you.” We’re nearly through the first pressing of the LP so if you don’t have one, go see him on tour. Otherwise, the second run will be in stock mid-Summer.

June 05Chicago, IL: House Show // (email for details)
June 06Madison, WI: Muriel’s Living Room
June 07St. Paul, MN: Sweet 317
June 10 – Milwaukee, WI: Cactus Club
June 12/13 – Ymir, BC: Tiny Lights Festival // tickets
June 18Saskatoon, SK: MoSoFest // tickets
June 19Edmonton, AB: The Mercury Room // tickets
June 21Vancouver, BC: The Media Club // tickets
June 23Bowen Island, BC: Tir-na-nOg Theatre // tickets
June 24Seattle, WA: Columbia City Theatre // tickets
June 26Calgary, AB: Sled Island @ Wine-Ohs // tickets
June 26 – Calgary, ABSled Island @ Local 510 // tickets
July 10-12Atlin, BC: Atlin Folk Festival // tickets
July 31 / August 1Sackville, NB: Sappyfest // tickets

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In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a lot of discussion on the pro’s and con’s of the vinyl boom recently. A lot of this stems from the strain on the medium; no new technology being developed and every plant in the world operating at maximum capacity in order to fulfill demand.

Since 2010 we’ve been releasing the majority of our albums on vinyl and maintaining a standard of quality that we believe is amongst the best in the country. This includes specialty mastering, lacquer cutting with the legendary Paul Gold, heavyweight pressings, and particular care towards presentation of jackets, inserts, and download postcards.

We believe that having an analogue, physical medium for our music is important in the digital age. However, it’s becoming harder and harder to ensure quality control and as such, we’ve had to delay the LP release of a few of our recent records in order to maintain a high standard of audio quality. This means rejecting test pressings and going back to redo the process, sometimes up to four times for a single record. In addition, the recent closing of Canada’s only pressing plant meant we’ve had to move our business to the USA which has increased costs significantly due to our weak dollar, import fees, and higher shipping rates.

With all this in mind, we’ve had to raise the price of our LPs by a few dollars to ensure we break even. We understand that it’s already quite expensive to order, especially with Canada’s insanely-high shipping rates for these packages, so we’ve implemented optional pick-up/delivery within Halifax and urge you to order the records from your local record store in order to save money.

If you’d like further information on this issue, there’s great articles c/o FACT, Toronto Star, and The Guardian that go into further detail. Thank you for your support and understanding while we work through this these challenges.