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“Nobody Gets It” is the first official single/video from the new Papermaps EP “Inferior Ghost”, which was released August 14, 2012. This video was directed and produced by Kerry Shaw and edited by Chris Minn.

Of the video, director Kerry Shaw says: “Nobody’s perfect. A notion we tend to forget when we look at our partner, our colleagues, our family, ourselves. We are creatures of expectation and with that comes the tendency to overlook just how amazing the people truly are around us. Papermaps have compiled a song that explores the anger in desiring perfection, the frustration of someone not living up to our idea of who we think they should be. Perfect. I contradict these lyrics with a montage of appreciation. Specifically, images of women. The female form, movement and overall imperfections and actions of women. All kinds of women. This is not an in-your-face, socio-political “oh, look at how women are being over-sexualized/distorted in media/over-beautified” kind of dialogue. Rather, this is a sort of study of the female face, body, hair, movement, etc. A slightly dark celebration”.

Enjoy !

It’s been 30 years since the release of Arias & Symphonies and this special 30th anniversary reissue edition celebrates the release of this important record from the new romantic/new wave ’80’s band Spoons.

This new and expanded 30th Anniversary Edition version (available today) contains new liner notes, rare photos and bonus live tracks.

You can purchase the iTunes “deluxe” edition which features an entire live concert recorded at the El Mocambo in 1982. This bonus live concert is only available from the iTunes store!

To celebrate this landmark re-issue, the band will be performing on November 30th, 2012 at Revival Bar in Toronto. Original keyboardist Rob Preuss will be returning to Toronto to join band-mates Gord Deppe and Sandy Horne for this special celebratory show!

Sparks Music and Ready Records are about to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of “Arias and Symphonies” with a special version of the album complete with new liner notes, rare photos and live tracks. The CD is set to be released via Sparks/Ready/Universal on November 13, 2012. The band’s CD release party is confirmed for Novembr 30 at Revival Bar in Toronto. Tickets are available HERE.

Spoons began with the coming of the 1980’s; a modest group of four suburban kids from Burlington, Ontario, who became the country’s new wave/techno-pop sweethearts. Gord Deppe, Sandy Horne, Rob Preuss and Derrick Ross would over the next two years be nominated for two Juno Awards, win group of the year at the 1982 U-Know Awards (now known as the Casby’s), have two top ten singles and be presented with a gold award for the sale of 50,000 copies of their sophomoric album ‘Arias and Symphonies’.

After signing to a small independent Toronto label called Ready Records, run by two recent college graduates (Andy Crosbie and Angus MacKay) their debut album entitled ‘Stick Figure Neighbourhood'(1981) was released. It was recorded at Grant Avenue Studios in Hamilton, Ontario with a then unknown engineer by the name of Daniel Lanois. The album attracted the attention of college radio, garnered rave press reviews and generated successful college chart activity.

Their follow-up was the widely acclaimed ‘Arias & Symphonies’. It was produced by John Punter who had been working with Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry and Japan and was an engineer at George Martin’s famous Air Studios in London. John came to know of the band while on a trip to Canada to do sound for Japan at their Ryerson Theatre shows. ‘Arias and Symphonies’ spawned the single “Nova Heart”. This prompted the band’s first music video, which led to major TV exposure (especially on Muchmusic which had just hit the airwaves that very same year). Commercial radio airplay followed and the band soon saw themselves opening for such acts as The Police, Culture Club and Simple Minds.

Fast forward to 2012, Sparks Music and Ready Records are about to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of “Arias and Symphonies” on November 13 and to celebrate that release with a release party at Revival Bar in Toronto on November 30.
Original keyboardist Rob Preuss will be returning to Toronto to join band-mates Gord Deppe and Sandy Horne for this special celebratory show!

Newfoundland born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Brad Fillatre celebrates the release of his debut solo EP, For Your Weakness which is officially released in stores and online today. Download the new EP on iTunes.

In support of this new release, Brad will be touring both Ontario and the Maritimes this fall and will kick things off with a CD release show on Wednesday evening, October 17, 2012 at Drake Underground in Toronto.