Better Than Something Else at The Morrissey

Bryce Dunn and Dale Davies team up for one special night of musical retardation this Friday June 1 at The Morrissey Pub.

Come join Bryce and Dale at The Morrissey following the Vancouver premiere screening of Better than Something: Jay Reatard at Pacific Cinematheque and bring your ticket stub to the bar. Present your stub while purchasing a beer on tap and receive a FREE SHOT. It’s so easy.

Bryce and Dale then fill your ears with the finest recordings of recent transmissions, lost sounds, and promise to leave you always wanting more.

Pre-Sale Profile #5 The Ballantynes

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For our final pre-sale profile, we’re gonna get a little Pentacostal on you. Five simple steps to salvation:

1. The new single: physical and digital out June 19th

A-Side: Misery

B-Side: Stay

Recorded by Felix Fung at Little Red Studios, Vancouver BC, March, 2012

500 copies total: 350 black, 150 color.
Black pre-orders now available in the catalogue tab and sidebar. Get in touch for trade/ wholesale.
Color pre-orders only available in the six pack bundle here (not a whole lot left, we may add).

We’re not going to stream it quite yet; if you wanna hear the debut, tune into the Nardwuar the Human Serviette radio show on Friday, June 15th for Nardwuar vs. The Ballantynes! We promised Nard the chance to debut the record, so we’ll stream all weekend after that.

2. The Message/The Railtown Abbey is nearly gone: last copies!

All that hustle has paid off: we’re down to our last handful of The Ballantynes’ first single. They will be taken off the website shopping cart within the next week or so. Grab them sooner than later (or grab the pre-sale six-pack and request it for your choice of catalogue title).

3. Long live The Message/The Railtown Abbey!

While the physical copies may be hasta, The Ballantynes’ first single is now available on iTunes

4. Music Waste Festival (Vancouver, BC)

The Ballantynes are shutting down the wrap-up at the Waldorf Daytime BBQ, Sunday, June 10th, 6:00 pm. Also on the bill: Horse Girls, Weed, Twin River, Village and Pleasure Cruise!

5: Let’s go Sleddin’

We’ve got some west coast tour plans to reveal in the coming weeks. But, first, to get the summer started correct, the one we’ve been waiting for, without further ado,  The Ballantynes at Sled Island, Calgary Alberta!

You’ve got two opportunities:

Friday, June 22nd. No. 1 Legion. Massive.

10:00 The Ballantynes

11:00 Terry Malts

12:00 The Reigning GODDAMN Sound!

1:00 Nomeansno

Saturday, June 23rd. The Blues Can. Come party with us in Inglewood!

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We’re gonna hit up Recordland, high five Armand, eat at the Harley Diner and go nuts for the inaugaural La Ti Da Records Blues Can boozecan! Thanks to LEGS and the Bash Brothers for coming along for the ride! We’ll make sure this one counts.

As Fergal once put it so very aptly, here comes the summer!

 Photo Credit: Laurin Thompson

Pre-sale Profile #4: Tranzmitors

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Way back when, La Ti Da Records had the distinguished honour of releasing one of the first three Tranzmitors singles (along with Ugly Pop and Deranged Records). These three singles not only defined the Tranzmitors as one of the most vital, energetic, and important bands in Vancouver’s recent punk history, but Some Girls/Dancing in the Front Row (now out of print, though the digital download is available here) also helped define La Ti Da as a label of more good things to come. We’re happy that one more of those good things to come is a new Tranzmitors single.

What can we say about our longtime friends that hasn’t been said already. Their sound is familiar to most of us, but was once best described to me as “crisp”. Their live shows are legendary (as those who attended the recent Mods vs. Rockers show with the Vicious Cycles will attest). Their look? Sharp. And their recordings never fail.

A-Side: Concrete Depression

B-Side: A Little Bit Closer

Recorded by Felix Fung at Little Red Studios, Vancouver BC,

500 copies total: 350 black, 150 color.
Black pre-orders now available in the catalogue tab and sidebar. Get in touch for trade/ wholesale.
Color pre-orders only available in the six pack bundle here.

Photo credit: thefuturists.ca

Pre-sale Profile #3: Needles//Pins


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We were the kind of kids who read alot of comic books. Titles like Marvel Team Up, What If? and Marvel Two In One were our favorites. Titles where the idea of superheroes who lived in the same neighbourhood getting together from time to time to beat up on dudes like Zarrko the Tomorrow Man was completely legit and plausible.

We here at La Ti Da Records like to believe a world like that can exist. To do our bit, we asked Needles//Pins to team up with Felix Fung for a little crimefighting at Little Red Studios this past Saturday. The results are amazing:

A-Side: Getting On Home

B-Side: Picture My Face

Recorded by Felix Fung at Little Red Studios, Vancouver BC, May 12th, 2012

Mastered by Dave Williams

500 copies total: 350 black, 150 color.
Black pre-orders now available in the catalogue tab and sidebar. Get in touch for trade/ wholesale.
Color pre-orders only available in the six pack bundle here.

We’re a week or two away from streaming the tracks. In the meantime, here’s a tease from Needles//Pins tumblr.

And of course, their full length is slated for release on Mammoth Cave Recording Co. in the coming weeks! Release show happening at The Astoria Saturday, May 26th!

Enjoy the sunshine,

photo credit: tara dwelsdorf