Jun 20

DOT DASH SPECIAL OFFER

DOT DASH SPECIAL OFFER

When you order the 15-track CD Digipak version of the new Dot Dash album ‘Searchlights’ ($14 CAN, $11 US) you will also receive via email — free of charge — digital downloads of all five Dot Dash albums — 59 tracks in total:

Searchlights (2016),
Earthquakes & Tidal Waves (2015),
Half-Remembered Dream (2013),
Winter Garden Light (2012), and
spark>flame>ember>ash (2011)

The Beautiful Music


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$14.00 CDN

“While the quartet’s combination of adroitly poppy melodies with an often visceral instrumental attack (drawing comparisons to The Jam, Big Star, and The Replacements along the way) remains undiminished, Searchlights reaches further – comprising a broader range of musical dynamics than previous Dot Dash albums.”

 
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Jun 11

For Immediate Release: Dot Dash – Searchlights

Dot Dash – Searchlights

Dot Dash Searchlights

Out Now on The Beautiful Music

Searchlights, the new album from Dot Dash, is out now on The Beautiful Music. It’s the Washington D.C.-based band’s fifth album in less than five years, all of them released by Ottawa-based The Beautiful Music, and marks the label’s 36th release. Recorded over a weekend at North Carolina’s Fidelitorium Studios and produced by Missy Thangs (Ex Hex, Ian McLagan), the 15-track Searchlights is Dot Dash’s most varied, expansive album yet.

While the quartet’s combination of adroitly poppy melodies with an often visceral instrumental attack (drawing comparisons to The Jam, Big Star, and The Replacements along the way) remains undiminished, Searchlights reaches further – comprising a broader range of musical dynamics than previous Dot Dash albums.

Dot Dash SearchlightsOn the live front, Dot Dash has played recent shows with The B-52s, Tommy Keene, The Fleshtones, Ash, and Chris Stamey, among many others, and “Flowers” from the band’s 2015 album, Earthquakes & Tidal Waves, was recently included in the soundtrack of IFC-TV comedy Benders.

Distribution: Searchlights is available now in CD-Digipak format directly from The Beautiful Music’s PayPal-enabled Web shop at www.thebeautifulmusic.com

The Beautiful Music


Dot Dash
Searchlights

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$14.00 CDN

“While the quartet’s combination of adroitly poppy melodies with an often visceral instrumental attack (drawing comparisons to The Jam, Big Star, and The Replacements along the way) remains undiminished, Searchlights reaches further – comprising a broader range of musical dynamics than previous Dot Dash albums.”

 
The Beautiful Music

Digital downloads of Searchlights are available from iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, and eMusic.

Previous Dot Dash albums, all released by The Beautiful Music:
Earthquakes & Tidal Waves (released March 2015)
Half-Remembered Dream (released August 2013)
Winter Garden Light (released September 2012)
spark>flame>ember>ash (released September 2011)

May 31

For Immediate Release: Roy Moller – There’s a Thousand Untold Stories

Roy Moller - There's a Thousand Untold Stories

Roy Moller – There’s a Thousand Untold Stories

Roy Moller – There’s a Thousand Untold Stories.

Roy Moller follows in the fine tradition of the musical legends Bowie (David), Godard (Vic), Henderson (Davy), Cope (Julian) who weren’t satisfied with just blindly mimicking the music and sounds of their generation but sought and often succeeded in taking the music and lyrics into new realms. Never scared to try new sounds, Roy has created a vibrant body of work with his solo albums and has been called “Scotland’s Best-kept secret” by famed BBC DJ (and ex Fall member) Marc Riley when he was a guest on one of the Riley radio sessions.

In the words of Pennyblackmusic, Roy Moller is “one of Scotland’s most original contemporary songwriters” having already had some of his poetry and writings published. Louder Than War stated that “Moller’s lyrics are intelligent and witty, studded with intriguing cultural references.”

This new album (the second with the Beautiful Music), is the fruits of many years of work and the by-product of a hard working artist who has also moonlighted with The Store Keys, The Company, Jesus, Baby!, The 185 and probably many others that we’re not even aware of.

The title “There’s A Thousand Untold Stories” alludes to the years that went into compiling this album and some of the challenges that came with it, the stories behind the songs, along with and the significant developments in Roy’s life in discovering his birth mother was Canadian and the adventures that came with that. (Check out the story in the Toronto Star for some of those details)

In fact there were so many stories and songs, that “A Thousand More Untold Stories”, a bonus disc just had to be made. You have much to discover, the adventure awaits.

Wally

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In the words of Pennyblackmusic, Roy Moller is “one of Scotland’s most original contemporary songwriters” having already had some of his poetry and writings published. Louder Than War stated that “Moller’s lyrics are intelligent and witty, studded with intriguing cultural references.”
This new album (the second with the Beautiful Music), is the fruits of many years of work and the by-product of a hard working artist who has also moonlighted with The Store Keys, The Company, Jesus Baby, The 185 and probably many others that we’re not even aware of.


Jan 12

SKYTONE: Arts Illustrated Interview

Here’s a nice intimate visit with SKYTONE.

 

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Arts Illustrated: http://www.artsillustrated.com/skytone-musicians/

Jan 02

Flowers by Dot Dash video

Flowers by Dot Dash

Flowers by Dot Dash, a great new video for the song “Flowers” off of their latest album.

Here is a great review from the blog : whenyoumotoraway.blogspot.ca, have a visit and enjoy a free download of the track.

“One of our favorite spring albums this year was Earthquakes & Tidal Waves by Washington, D.C. quartet Dot Dash. Terry Banks (vocals/guitar), Steve Hansgen (lead guitar), Hunter Bennett (bass) and Danny Ingram (drums), vets of Julie Ocean, Minor Threat, Swervedriver, The Saturday People, Youth Brigade, Modest Proposal and others, brew a muscular concoction of power pop, jangle and post punk.” …visit for more

Flowers by Dot Dash

Flowers by Dot Dash


https://dotdashdc.bandcamp.com/

Nov 02

Skytone Live at Fishfry

Skytone Live at Fishfry

Skytone Live at Fishfry

It was Some Kind of Beautiful Happening!

It was a special and rare occasion when a band like Skytone ventures out to perform live, and what a night it was! Only a select few were invited to this exclusive gathering where the fish was flown in from the northern extremities of Canada, and the fans came from far and near and all invited were provided complimentary copies of the new Skytone release of “Beach Ball & The Silver Frog”. It was a night to remember with all the ‘beautiful people’ and some ‘beautiful music’ and thankfully it was partially captured on video (see YouTube for a few excerpts) and the audio was bottled, and preserved for you to enjoy and share the excitement”. One spectator was overheard stating: “It was Some Kind of Beautiful Happening!”

Skytone Live at Fishfry

Now available from our store or on SKYTONE’s Bandcamp: https://skytone1.bandcamp.com/album/skytone-live-the-fishfry

Apr 28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Yellow Melodies tribute record to BMX Bandits!

Students of Life

Students of Life

This just in from our friends in Spain!

Press release:

Here we introduce you the new musical adventure by The Yellow Melodies, a tribute record to Duglas T. Stewart and his BMX Bandits.

These covers have been taken from the first Bmx Bandits’ releases, so here we can find two songs from their debut ‘C86’: “Your class” and “Whirlpool”; three others from their second album ‘Star Wars’: “Students of life”, “Extraordinary” and “Think tank”; and finally, the song that Dan Treacy from the TV Personalities wrote for the Bmx Bandits: “Girl at the bus stop”.

You may think this is another ordinary tribute record, but that wouldn’t reflect the reality. In this EP, where there used to be pianos now there are guitars, if it used to sound country now it sounds punk, the electric vibes turn into acoustic, some rhythm boxes are added, just as backing vocals,… brilliant changes touched by the fantastic band from Murcia.

They have taken care of all the details in the artwork, finding a connection with the honoured band, their songs and the pop musical scene. The inner sleeve of the 12″ vinyl features a lot of exclusive pictures and an interesting interview that Rafa Skam did to Duglas T. Stewart for his El Planeta Amarillo fanzine.

To sum up, Rafa Skam and his bandmates have shown all their love, admiration and respect for the glorious band, performing a new and fresh vision of all these classic tunes.

This record has been released on 12″ vinyl on the Spanish SWEET GROOVES Records label (sweetgroovesrecords.com) and on CD on the Canadian The Beautiful Music label (thebeautifulmusic.com).

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Thanks so much to The Yellow Melodies, Duglas T. Stewart and his BMX BanditsSWEET GROOVES for helping us to make this happen!


Students of Life: A Tribute to BMX Bandits (CD)

The Yellow Melodies

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$10.00 CDN


Here’s a great review already! : http://www.apessimistisneverdisappointed.com/2015/04/a-quick-review-of-super-new-ep-from.html

Mar 15

Dot Dash’s : Earthquakes & Tidal Waves

Dot Dash’s 4th Album: Earthquakes & Tidal Waves (beauty 031)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dot Dash’s : Earthquakes & Tidal Waves

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Like its three predecessors — Half-Remembered Dream (released in 2013), WinterGarden Light (2012), and spark>flame>ember>ash (2011) — the new album is released by us. Earthquakes & Tidal Waves is the label’s 31st release.

This time out the Washington D.C.-based Dot Dash travelled 300 miles south to Fidelitorium Studios just outside Winston-Salem, North Carolina where, with the legendary Mitch Easter producing, the 10-track Earthquakes & Tidal Waves was recorded.

Although perhaps best known for his production work on R.E.M.’s first three records, Chronic Town, Murmur, and Reckoning, plus the band’s original indie 7”, Easter — who added a guitar lead to Earthquakes & Tidal Waves’ album-opening “The Winter of Discontent” and played piano on album closer “Sleep, Sleep” — has been a pivotal figure in melodic, left-of-center, guitar-based music for nearly 35 years, both with his own band, Let’s Active, and as a producer of bands such as The dB’s, Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr., Wilco, Pavement, and Ride, to name just a few.

In addition to working with a new producer, Dot Dash’s Earthquakes & Tidal Waves also marks the entrance of Dot Dash’s newest member, lead guitarist Steve Hansgen, who began musical life in the early 1980s as a member of hardcore pioneers Minor Threat and, later, Government Issue. Hansgen’s authoritative, melodically astute playing helps make Earthquakes & Tidal Waves Dot Dash’s most focused, dynamic effort yet.

Dot Dash’s Earthquakes & Tidal Waves is available as a CD (Beauty 031) directly from our secure, PayPal-enabled ordering portal (TBM store) at and shortly as a digital download via iTunes, Bandcamp,eMusic, and Amazon.Dot Dash info:  https://www.facebook.com/dotdashdc Full streams of Earthquakes & Tidal Waves here: dotdashdc.bandcamp.com

Dec 09

DAGGER ZINE reviews our Sound tribute

“knowing the label’s eye for quality I knew it’d be a good one and it certainly is” –

A great review from a respected source!

http://daggerzine.tumblr.com/post/104813891582/v-a-there-must-be-a-hole-in-your-memory-a
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Sep 25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Live at Loon Cove by SKYTONE

Hot on the heels of their Beach Ball and the Silver Frog release, we now have a great rootsy live album recorded this summer onto two track at a cottage in Renfrew County.

Listen to it here:http://skytone1.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-loon-cove

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