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controller.controller talk recovery, rehab, and reunion

  In the early aughts, Toronto’s controller.controller emerged with the eerily propulsive dance-punk sound they dubbed “death disco.” The band’s 2004 album History and its 2005 follow-up X-Amounts (both released by Paper Bag Records) made them one of the most buzzed bands in Canada, followed by a series of high-profile tours with artists such as The Cult and OK Go. When vocalist Nirmala Basnayake left…   

(swedish) Death Polka talk Judith Judith and the disaster that inspired it.

Sadly, preliminary calculations for its riveted steel beams were never properly checked, and after four years of work, the weight of the bridge became far too heavy for its capacity. Despite the fact that these structural issues were noted, construction continued. On August 29th of that year, the bridge’s south cantilever and anchor arms collapsed, killing 75 steelworkers. Thirty-three of these men…   

Label Obscura and controller.controller release new 7″ for bassist’s stroke rehabilitation

Toronto’s controller.controller and Label Obscura have teamed forces for a limited edition 7” vinyl single featuring the band’s first new recordings in over 10 years. All profits will be donated to raise funds for bassist Ronnie Morris, who suffered a series of disabling strokes in 2015 shortly after the band’s reunion. This cover of Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control” was assembled around Morris’s bass lines originally recorded…   

Label Obscura and P572 announce reissue of (swedish) Death Polka’s 2006 album Judith Judith

Label Obscura and Quebec City’s P572 are proud to announce a joint reissue of (swedish) Death Polka’s 2006 album Judith Judith on November 3rd. This concept album weaves the tale of an imaginary orphan girl named Judith killed in the real-life tragedies of the Quebec Bridge collapses, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of its rebuilding. Blending history with fiction, (swedish) Death Polka set Judith’s story to a backdrop of neo-classical music, spoken…   

The Meligrove Band look back on their career and the upcoming reissue of ‘Planets Conspire’

After self-releasing their debut album Stars & Guitars in their early 20s, the Meligroves’ sophomore effort Let It Grow saw them sign to Winnipeg’s Endearing Records, then home to Canadian stalwarts such as Julie Doiron, Destroyer, and Plumtree. Returning from a tour of Western Canada, the band’s core trio of Jason Nunes, Darcy Rego and Michael Small began recording Planets Conspire. This piano-driven indie-pop epic would…   

The Meligrove Band’s 2006 indie-pop classic Planets Conspire reissued by Label Obscura!

Continuing its deluxe reissues of Canadian classics, Label Obscura is proud to release the definitive double LP edition of The Meligrove Band’s Planets Conspire on November 10th. Originally released in 2006, this long out of print piano-driven indie-pop epic became a breakthrough for the Toronto band, leading to their signing as the first Canadian group on UK major label V2 Records.  Spread over two vinyl records and remastered,…   

Limited edition cassette of Ummagma’s LCD EP out today!

Who says that you shouldn’t meet your heroes? Ummagma did and the result is a stunning remix that also acts as the lead single for their forthcoming ‘LCD’ EP. After Robin Guthrie heard their track ‘Lama’, which originally appeared on the band’s debut album ‘Antigravity’, mutual friends put the band and the Cocteau Twins multi-instrumentalist in touch. The result is…   

Interview with Carlos Soria in celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Nils debut LP

The band’s members never stopped playing music and formed various side-projects, yet founder Alex Soria tragically passed away in 2004. Despite languishing in legal limbo and quickly going out of print, The Nils’ 1987 debut album has become a Canadian cult classic, influencing everyone from the late Grant Hart of of Hüsker Dü to members of Green Day, The Replacements,…   

Change Of Heart ‘Smile’ Video!

Check out the band as they continue their tour in support of the ‘Smile’ vinyl reissue – while we’re currently sold out, they have copies at each show.  We’re also doing a small repress, so stay tuned! Catch Change Of Heart Live : 09/14 Waterloo, ON – The Starlight Social Club 09/16 London, ON – Call the Office 09/22 Kingston,…   

The Nils’ cult classic debut album to be reissued by Label Obscura

The Nils’ story has been described as a “Greek rock ‘n’ roll tragedy.” Forging a following in the mid ’80s with their melancholy punk-driven power-pop sound, the Montreal group became casualties of a record label deal gone bad, before spiralling into black holes of drug addiction and death. Despite languishing in legal limbo and quickly going out of print, The Nils’…   

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