Now I Am Become was Tonstartssbandht’s 5th proper album but 1st vinyl full-length. Re-issued now to a criminally limited run of 80 copies, each copy has it’s own unique hand-stencil-painted jacket, designed and graced by hallowed Canadian DIY noise/art/label legend Blake Hargreaves.

Cyclical, heavy-bummer-psych dirges recorded on both 4-track cassettes and sweet baby computers. The White Brothers carry their ever-calling lament of fraternally bound guitar and drum duosong lost in the space between  a cappella choral movements and blown-out, serene confusion.

Now I Am Become offers a window into the world of two brothers at the turn of the decade, equal parts contented and sad, hopeful and heavy in their embrace of the cosmic joke. Everything is just too much and also just fine at the same time.

Order Now I Am Become (Limited Edition) here!

Tonstartssbandht hits the road this October for their first proper US tour in two years. Along for the ride will be perennial friends/favorites Walter TV (Sinderlyn Records)

Oct 6th | Brooklyn NY | Death By Audio *
Oct 7th | Harrisonburg VA | Blue Nile *
Oct 8th | Lexington KY | Al’s Bar *
Oct 9th | St-Louis MO | Biliken Club *
Oct 11th | Austin TX | Mohawk *
Oct 12th | El Paso TX | The Lowbrow Palace *
Oct 13th | Phoenix AZ | Trunk Space *
Oct 14th | San Diego CA | Soda Bar *
Oct 15th | Los Angeles CA | Jewels Catch One *
Oct 16th | San Fransisco CA | Brick & Mortar Music Hall *
Oct 17th | Oakland CA | One Fam Community Center *
Oct 18th | Portland OR | High Water Mark Lounge *
Oct 19th | Seattle WA | Chop Suey *
Oct 23rd | Hudson NY | Bard College
Oct 25th | Brooklyn NY | Panache CMJ showcase
Oct 29th | Brooklyn NY | Glasslands Gallery
* with Walter TV

Lydia Ainsworth releases new track Hologram

Hologram is from Right From Real, out September 29th (UK/EU) and 30th (NA), 2014


video by Ludwig Plath

September 5th | San Sebastian, SP | Kutxa Kutur Festival (Stage B) TICKETS
September 27th | Saintes, FR | Coconut Festival TICKETS
October 3rd | Brighton, UK | The Hope TICKETS
October 4th | London, UK | Total Refreshment Centre TICKETS
October 8th | Brussels, BE | Botanique @ Rotonde TICKETS
October 9th | Paris, FR | Espace B TICKETS
October 10th | Dublin, IE | Whelans TICKETS
October 11th | Cork, IE | The Black Mariah (Triskel) TICKETS
October 12th | Amsterdam, NL | Paradiso (afternoon show) TICKETS
October 14th | Copenhagen, DK | Jazzhouse TICKETS
October 16th | Tallinn, EE | F-Hoone
October 17th | Moscow RU | Dewar’s Powerhouse
October 19th | St Petersburg, RU | Da:Da:
October 21st | Warsaw, PO | Dzik
October 22nd | Prague, CZ | Podnik

TOPS “Picture You Staring” – Out Today!

TOPS – Way To Be Loved (Official Video) from Arbutus Records on Vimeo.

TOPS’ “Picture You Staring” is out now! Check out above video directed by Fantavious Fritz, shot on location in Montreal at our very own Arbutus HQ.

Order Picture You Staring here:

And catch them on tour here.

September 4th | Toronto, ON | Drake Hotel TICKETS
September 19th | Montreal, QC | Sala Rossa (Pop Montreal) - TICKETS
October 2nd | Denver, CO | Lost Lake - TICKETS
October 3rd | Lawrence, KS | Replay Lounge - TICKETS
October 4th | Minneapolis, MN | Entry - TICKETS
October 6th | Madison, WI | Frequency - TICKETS
October 7th | St. Louis, MO | Demo - TICKETS
October 8th | Nashville, TN | The End - TICKETS
October 9th | Indianpolis, IL | Do317 - TICKETS
October 10th | Chicago, IL | Subterranean - TICKETS
October 11th | Detroit, MI | Jumbo’s - TICKETS
October 12th | Ohio, OH | Happy Dog
October 14th | Toronto, ON | Silver Dollar - TICKETS
October 15th | Montreal, QC | Divan Orange - TICKETS 
October 16th | Boston, MA | Church - TICKETS
October 18th | Philadelphia, PN | MilkBoy - TICKETS
October 27th | Washington, DC | DC9 - TICKETS
October 28th | Carrboro, NC | Cat’s Cradle (back room) - TICKETS
October 29th | Atlanta, GA | 529 - TICKETS
October 30th | Birmingham, AL | Syndicate Lounge - TICKETS
October 31st | New Orleans, LA | Circle Bar
November 1st | Huston, TX | Fitzgerald’s Downstairs - TICKETS
November 3rd | Dallas, TX | City Tavern - TICKETS
November 4th | Austin, TX | Mohawk (Inside) - TICKETS
November 5th | El Paso, TX | Lowbrow Palace - TICKETS

Beaver Sheppard “OG”

Stream the beautiful new record by our pal Beaver, over at his bandcamp!


TOPS “Outside”

Listen to TOPS’ drop-dead gorgeous track “Outside”, up now on Vogue!

Pre-Order the record HERE


Sean Nicholas Savage “Darkness” (Video)

Watch Sean Nicholas Savage’s new Darkness video, and read his track-by-track breakdown of Bermuda Waterfall via BULLETT MAGAZINE.

Order the LP/CD/Digital HERE.

ABT040 TOPS LP-Jacket 11183 v2

Picture You Staring gathers strength through intimacy. Self-written, recorded, produced, and the result of 12 months holed up in Arbutus Records’ Montreal office-space turned studio, this album contains 12 impeccable examples of pop craftsmanship that will reward repeat listeners.

Singer Jane Penny gives a voice to the silent girl at the edge of the circle, disillusioned but honest and unpretentious, a tone complemented by David Carriere’s seamless guitar playing and the measured drumming of Riley Fleck. TOPS’ songs are delivered with a cool restraint that blend with the individuality and self-assured desire of their female lead.

LA-based painter Jessica Dean Harrison created the artwork especially for the release. It is a conceptual interpretation of the record’s title, continued in a large poster depicting a group scene, included with the purchase of a vinyl record. If you’d like to learn more about Riley, pre-order the album on iTunes and you will receive an informational PDF created by his bandmates that depicts his growth and development into a man. Or pre-order the cassette, CD or Vinyl here (record pre-orders come in Coke bottle clear).

Picture You Staring is out September 2th (in North America) and September 8th (in UK/Europe) on vinyl, CD, cassette and digitally.

(vinyl pre-orders come in limited edition coke bottle clear!)

LydiaAinsworth_creditJessicaUpton copy

Blurring the boundaries between indie music, filmic orchestration, and electronic music, Lydia’s debut ‘Right From Real’ thrives on haunting melodies and draws inspiration from a wide range of musical sources – Verdi’s Requiem, Ace of Base, Bulgarian Choirs, Bernard Herrmann, Tones on Tail, Art of Noise… just to name a few. This unexpected marriage of influence flows throughout much of Lydia’s previous work which features use of voice sampling and string arrangements woven into a unique pop fabric.

Right From Real is out September 30th, 2014 on vinyl, CD and digitally.

(Vinyl pre-orders come in limited edition Malachite green!)


Arbutus X Cascine in Toronto!


Tickets here!