Soundcheck: New music from DFA 1979, Coyote, new super group and more

Happy Tuesday, the day where artists release new music and a bajillion advance album streams sprout up all over the Internet.  Our Soundcheck mission is to bring a little bit of order to this chaos.


Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World (released Sept. 9 via Last Gang Records) – The  duo of Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger release their first new album since reuniting in 2011. The new album can be streamed via iTunes.

Coyote – Proof of Life EP (released Sept. 9 via Fountain Pop Records) – Five piece pop-rock band Coyote’s new EP comes out next week. The band are from Belfast, P.E.I, a small town outside Charlottetown. The album was produced by Colin Buchanan of Paper Lions, another band from Belfast, P.E.I. There must be something in the water that leads to fun indie pop-rock songs. The EP can be streamed in advance via Exclaim.



Chad VanGaalen – “Monster” from Shrink Dust – VanGaalen’s art and music have always been strongly connected. He makes homemade tour t-shirts, cassette series, comics, music videos for other artists and more. Last week he shared the video he animated for the track “Monster” from his most recent album Shrink Dust.

New Bands

Community Theatre – Headless Owl Records shared a photo and teaser video of a new super-sized super group called Community Theatre. The collective includes Steve Lambke (Baby Eagle, The Constantines), Michael Feuerstack (the artist formerly known as Snailhouse), James Kilpatrick (Shotgun Jimmie), Ian Kehoe (Attack In Black, Marine Dreams), Chris Adeney (Wax Mannequin), Richard Laviolette, Kyle Cashen, Colleen Collins and David Trenaman (Construction & Destruction), Mathias Kom (The Burning Hell) and visual artist Susan Boyle. The group travelled to Whitehorse, Yukon in the fall of 2013 to create a collaborative album called Northern Register for Headless Owl Records. It’s impressive considering Headless Owl Records hadn’t even released any albums when the project began. The album comes out October 7. 

Blog Rewind: Last Week’s Mixtape posts

We interviewed Kathryn Calder of the New Pornographers. The band released their album Brill Bruisers last week. 

Live video of Double Tooth, the alter-ego of Joshua Van Tassel. The group recently released a new single to kick of the Backward Music single series. 

Blog Fast Forward: What to watch for this week

An interview with Montreal duo Thus Owls. The band hit the road with Michael Feuerstack this week.

Summer Festival Guide for Bloor Ossington Folk Festival, a free festival taking place in Toronto September 19-21. Yes it may be September, but we’re not ready to let go of summer quite yet.

Photo of Community Theatre via Headless Owls Facebook