Posts Tagged ‘Dine Alone Records’


Heatwave blasting British Columbia right now. It is sunny and hot in Vancouver and on the Island. Another glorious weekend back in Victoria. No DJ gigs meant maximum time out there getting after it with Coral and the kids. Sunday we hit a late brunch on the patio at the Beach House in Cordova Bay. I was able to work on that farmer’s tan. Good times.

We also managed to hit a little parade in Oak Bay, a fair, a foodtruck festival (which was actually a little disappointing when our favourite foodtruck was the one that was closed) and some scenic drives before Silicon Valley and Game of Thrones on Sunday. Just a textbook weekend.

Monday, an email from David Monks’ people. The Tokyo Police Club lead singer has a solo record out on June 16th called All Signs Point to Yes (Dine Alone).

Listening to “The Rules,” I can hear the style of TPC’s Forcefield. Dave says the songs are very honest, maybe too honest?

“It could be too honest for some people but I’m in a really good spot and wrote a bunch of sweet songs. I appreciate the connection that comes from sharing something that somebody might not have seen, that’s not visible to the naked eye. People do relate to it, and I find that super rewarding; that drives me in a lot of ways. I’m trying to understand what people really want to get out of music.”

Monks is on a little tour, check it if you live in one of these fine cities.

06/15 Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
06/16 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
06/25 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
06/26 Hamilton, ON @ Casbah Lounge
06/27 Ottwawa, ON @ House of TARG
07/08 Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s Place
07/09 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy

Tokyo Police Club is in Vancouver, September 18th at The Imperial.

Go with yourself.

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Kelowna’s Yukon Blonde are busy getting the world hyped on their new disc, On Blonde, which comes out, June 16th on Dine Alone Records.

The BC band is also part of the Dine Alone 10th Anniversary tour, but they’re playing the Alberta date? C’est dommage. We get James Vincent McMorrow.

Here is the video for their first single “Saturday Night” then I’ll post the new single “Como” and we’ll check out a cut from JVMM.

Go with yourself.

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Possible future band name for my 80s-inspired dance dark pop/chillwave project: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Don’t steal it….

Email from Dine Alone Records, sharing the new solo music from Yukon Blonde’s Jeffrey Innes.  he calls his new project High Ends.  The email did say, “a mix of ‘80s-inspired dance pop as Innes croons tuneful hooks over a slithery backdrop of electronic syncopations and spooky arpeggiators.”

That “80s-inspired” line is sadly turning into the worst cliché in modern alternative. Lucky for me the song leans more toward the “spooky.”

Pitchfork had nice things to say about the song “The Weight.”

“(…)more akin to American weirdos of various unseemliness from Ariel Pink to Jim James, tapping into a bygone era of retro-futurism and resulting in something so out-of-time that it sounds timeless.”

This song by a group called Ought keeps popping up on my Soundcloud feed, and I oddly dig it.


Lastly… another cut from Bastille.  Thinking of featuring this next on the radio.

Go with yourself.

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