Soundcheck: Dan Mangan, Paper Lions, Nap Eyes and more!

Between last week’s soundcheck and this week’s edition, the music scene has been hard at work producing new albums and new sounds for us to share with you. So let’s get this party started, hey?

Paper Lions New EP

P.E.I. indie rockers, Paper Lions, released their new EP today. The album, titled Acquaintances, features three tracks, two of which are remixes by The Octopus Project and Whale Skin. Take a listen to the first track, and totally new song “Do You Wanna” below:

Dan Mangan launches Madic Records

West coast musician Dan Mangan has partnered with Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts to form Madic Records. Along with the announcement of the label, Madic Records announced Calgary’s Astral Swans will be the first artist to release an album through the boutique label.  Their album You Carry A Sickness/Park Street comes out March 25, 2014.

“I’d had this longstanding pipe dream of having a boutique label. For years, it seemed a fulfilling hobby; to help spread the word about music I believed in that wasn’t getting enough attention. It was never quite the right time, and I figured if it ever were to be, that it would happen fairly organically, and because a particular album or project fell in my hands. It took about one listen through Astral Swans’ rough mixes to light a proverbial fire,” said Mangan in a press release.

Members of Apollo Ghosts and Shawn Mrazek release album

Vancouver’s Apollo Ghosts are no longer a band, but the song-writing hasn’t stopped for their front person Adrian Teacher. The new band named Cool features Amanda Pezzutto (Apollo Ghosts) on bass and Shawn Mrazek on drums while Teacher handles lead vocals and guitars. The album is available as a pay-what-you-want download on their Bandcamp site. Additionally, there is a very limited run of 40 vinyl available for those outside Vancouver.

Halifax’s Nap Eyes set to drop new album

Known for well-balanced and upbeat indie rock songs, Nap Eyes is set to release their debut full-length album Whine of the Mystic on March 25. With nine tracks, the album is a unique blend of youthful beats and mature lyrics. The band is fronted by Nigel Chapmen and features guitarist Brad Loughead (Each Other, Long Long Long) and Monomyth members Seamus Dalton and Josh Salter. Check out the first single, “No Man Needs To Care” below:

Carleton Stone releases album, available to stream

Cape Breton’s Carleton Stone’s new album Draws Blood came out today on Groundswell/Warner. The new album, co-produced by Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene and producer Howie Beck (Feist, Hannah Georgas), is available to stream on Exclaim.

The Owl Eyes Project win big

Ottawa rockers, The Owl Eyes Project, are just brimming with smiles after winning first place in the Omnium du Rock Ottawa finals. This win leads them to face the winners of Quebec City and Montreal on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. Listen to the band’s track “Dragonfly” right here on Mixtape.