Mo KenneyMo Kenney

The buzz around young Nova Scotia native Mo Kenney has been building over the last couple of years. Look for that to turn into a deafening (but tuneful) roar with the eagerly awaited release of her self-titled debut album. Mo Kenneyis released in partnership with Toronto label Pheromone Recordings.

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Joel Plaskett EmergencyScrappy Happiness

Joel has always found a way to expand his musical horizons and to challenge himself and his audiences. "Scrappy Happiness" is both ambitious and innovative. The project harkens back to a time when music went from studio to radio to audience in an immediate way – without months of calculation and set up. For "Scrappy Happiness" Joel and The Emergency recorded and released a song a week for 10 weeks, and then had them pressed on this 12″ vinyl.

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Big SugarRevolution Per Minute

Before indie-blues duo The Black Keys were winning Grammys, and Jack White’s Dead Weather supergroup reclaimed swamp-rock riffs for the iGeneration, a little band from Toronto called Big Sugar conquered grunge and the charts with a Zepplin-heavy mix of blues and reggae. Big Sugar’s Revolution Per Minute double album set is available on New Scotland Records and features the hit singles “Roads Ahead,” “Little Bit A All Right” and an exclusive 12″ with dub remixes.

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Al TuckUnder Your Shadow

New Scotland is very happy to be releasing Al Tuck’s seventh album. Al is a songwriter’s songwriter whose influence can be heard in the who’s who of Maritime musicians. Laid back, blurred at the edges and one of a kind, Under Your Shadow re-amplifies the mystery that surrounds Al as he appears, disappears, then reappears in venues, hotel hallways and house parties across Canada. Melodies that roll easily to the eardrums and timeless, personal lyrics that blend humour, sadness and wonder to perfection. For fans of Skip James, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and S.E. Rogie.

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Joel Plaskett EmergencyTruthfully Truthfully Double Vinyl w/ Make a Little Noise

The first pressing of a double gatefold vinyl version of the Emergency’s 2003 “Truthfully, Truthfully” LP and 2006’s “Make A Little Noise” EP. These hot platters contain many of the songs that are still the foundation of the band’s live show. Extraordinary, Come On Teacher, Work Out Fine, Nowhere With You, A Million Dollars and the hits keep coming.

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Joel PlaskettEMERGENCYs, false alarms, shipwrecks, castaways, fragile creatures, special features, demons and demonstrations.

Release date: June 14, 2011

A collection of demos, outtakes, rarities and B-sides from over a decade of music-making. Available on a 12-track vinyl LP that includes a CD containing the full record plus 8 bonus tracks.

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Joel Plaskett EmergencyAshtray Rock

Originally Released: 2007
(2011 Re-issue gatefold vinyl)

The Emergency’s Polaris prize nominated rock opera. Produced by Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) and featuring Ian McLagan (The Faces) on keys. If Grease was directed in 1990’s Clayton Park it might have sounded like this. Rebecca Kraatz’s incredible comic artwork looks stellar on this new gatefold vinyl version. The soundtrack for the night…

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Joel PlaskettLa De Da

Originally Released: 2005
(2011 Re-issue gatefold vinyl)

A traveling solo record. Written on the road and recorded in 2004 at Flying Blanket Recording in Mesa, Arizona with Bob Hoag and Ian McGettigan. Acoustic guitars steer the ship on songs like Happen Now, Love This Town and Absentminded Melody but the amps reclaim the waters on Natural Disaster. Rebecca Kraatz’s wood burn paintings are stunning on this new gatefold pressing.

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Joel Plaskett EmergencyDown At The Khyber

Originally Released: 2001 (2011 Reissue)

Recorded at the Khyber building in Halifax and named as a tip of the hat to Irma Thomas’ classic “Down at Muscle Shoals”, the first Emergency LP is a rock and roll love letter to Barrington Street and the Trans-Canada highway. True Patriot Love, Maybe We Should Just Go Home and Light Of Moon are just the tip of this reverb soaked iceberg.

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Joel PlaskettIn Need Of Medical Attention

Originally Released: 1999 (2011 Reissue)

Joel’s first solo record. Recorded in 1997 and 1998 before Thrush Hermit’s swansong”Clayton Park” was even tracked.. A scrappy but heartfelt LP for the night time most certainly influenced by Vic Chestnut, Giant Sand, Lefty Frizzell and Plastic Ono Band. Al Tuck appears on the record as “The Doctor” and it was mixed in Moncton with the legendary Rick White.

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Peter ElkasRepeat Offender

Released February 2011
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Rock n’ soul at it’s most distilled. Whether you are looking to slow dance, confess, walk the dog, find the Phantom Lady in the white T-Bird, or simply play some pinball, Repeat Offender can be your soundtrack. Produced and recorded in Toronto by Peter and Ian McGettigan, this record hooks you right away and then gets better with every listen. For fans of Keith Richards, Bill Withers, Ron Sexsmith and Del Shannon.

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Thrush HermitThe Complete Recordings

Released 2010

EIGHT DISC BOX SET from Canada’s heaviest rock band of the 1990’s. (6 CD & 2 DVD)

Disc 1 Clayton Park
Disc 2 Sweet Homewrecker
Disc 3 Smart Bomb & The Great Pacific Ocean
Disc 4 All Technology Aside – 22 rare or unreleased outtakes & b-sides
Disc 5 Hits and Giggles – 23 rare or unreleased tracks from early singles, EPs.
Disc 6 Embarrass Ourselves Awake – early material from The Hermit and earlier incarnations Nabisco Fonzie, The Hoods and The Tim Robbins Experience.
Discs 7 & 8 – DVDs consisting of Learn to Party documentary (1999) and never before seen footage from 1990- 1999

Also includes a 32 page booklet with photos and liner notes written by Rob Benvie.

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Steve PoltzDreamhouse

Released 2010
NSRCD002 and NSRLP002

Poltz is a veteran troubadour and quite possibly the world’s most entertaining solo performer. Dreamhouse successfully focuses Steve’s manic and heartfelt psychedelia, showcasing his effortless acoustic guitar playing and beautifully unconventional melodic approach. Joel Plaskett’s analog production and plucky bass & drums make this a Scotland Yard record from start to finish.
Special appearances by Jenn Grant, Bill Stevenson and David Myles add to the mystique.

For fans of Willie Nelson’s “Stardust”, The Flaming Lips, Dylan, Jesus Christ Superstar and Barbara Streisand (Dreamhouse features a wintery version of The Way We Were).

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Dave MarshThe True Love Rules

Released 2010

The debut album from the legendary Halifax drummer for the Emergency, Superfriendz, Black Pool and The Only Alternative (UK). Dave’s songs are both timeless and well timed. A certified classic for fans of Bowie, Willie Nelson, The Kinks and Guided By Voices.”First we lied and then we stole. Then someone murdered rock n’ roll”.
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Joel PlaskettThree

Released 2009

A 27 song triple record with a hell of a lot of words. Snap folk rock crackle soul pop. For fans of JJ Cale, Nick Lowe, Jim Ford, Richard and Linda Thompson, Steve Miller Band and Al Tuck. For Irma Thomas. Also be available on CD from MapleMusic.
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