November 24, 2014
Get ‘em while they’re hot!
In a big step forward (or is it backward?) Vancouver-based Mint Records has released their brand new compilation on cassette.
Mint Records asked bands to contribute their favourite songs to the compilation, and to suggest tracks from other bands they thought would make a good fit for the compilation.
The cassettes are coordinated to resemble sandwich condiments in the appropriately coloured red, green, and yellow.
Our Hot Heros cassettes come in three delicious condiment colours: red, green and mustard yellow. Yummmm. pic.twitter.com/3cZsHVdNmJ
— mintrecords (@mintrecords) November 17, 2014
With a total of 15 tracks, many of which are previously unreleased, Hot Heros is in high demand but short supply—only 300 cassettes have been made. Mint Records is giving away 50 free copies at their Ridiculously Early Xmas Party next Saturday, November 29 at the Electric Owl. The compilation is also available for streaming for those of us unlucky to be in the Vancouver area.
The curious move to release their newest compilation on cassette cements Mint Records place as one of the most interesting indie labels in Canada. Campus radio volunteers at the University of British Columbia founded the label in 1991, before moving on to support big name acts like Neko Case, The New Pornographers, and Nardwuar. The New Pornographers reached success under Mint Records with their 2006 Twin Cinema release, which was short listed for the Polaris Music Prize.
— mintrandy (@mintrandy) November 18, 2014
Ah, yes, Nardwuar, “the human serviette.”
Start digging out your Sony Walkman’s now before Hot Heros is gone!
In other news….
The Guardian reviews Neil Young’s second memoir, Special Deluxe.
Apparently, Canadian 60’s folk-rock box sets are big this holiday season.
Marie Claire takes-on Joni Mitchell.
…and so does Maclean’s.
The story of Rob Ford’s decline, in music.
Ugly crying at Sarah McLachlan.
Interpol’s first interview since cancelling Toronto and Montreal shows.
House for sale that a famous person lived in!
And a 95-year-old keeps on playing.
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