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Sook-Yin Lee & Adam Litovitz - Jooj Two
Sook-Yin Lee & Adam Litovitz
Jooj Two
LP | 2021 | CA | Original (Mint)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / CA – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
An iconic Canadian media figure, Sook-Yin Lee is an award-winning filmmaker, musician, actor, visual artist and broadcaster who has immersed herself in myriad creative collaborations. Many of them were made with her life partner and frequent co-creator Adam Litovitz, including their 2015 ethereal electroacoustic album jooj. Though Litovitz passed away in 2019, his work with Lee lives on with jooj two, an unapologetic dive into playful art-pop and a document of a lost language between lovers. While financial difficulties and external pressures contributed to the end of their romantic relationship, Lee and Litovitz remained best friends and creative partners. As he was busy with a soundtrack for Netflix, Litovitz gave Lee his blessing to continue working on their second album without him. Increasingly, Litovitz struggled with anxiety and depression, compounded by a prescription drug dependency that exacerbated insomnia and pain. Tragically, he died by suicide June 16, 2019. Litovitz’s passing was a profound loss for Lee and so many who loved him. Lee saw pieces of his irrepressible spirit—as well as the story of their relationship—contained within the music they had recorded for jooj two and was determined to share it with the world. With the assistance of mixer Steve Chahley (U.S. Girls, Badge Époque Ensemble, Darlene Shrugg), Lee completed this album and will share it with the world this spring. There is an intentionality and inherent uniqueness to jooj two’s songwriting approach that first took shape by Lee responding to a musical phrase with vocal melodies and stream of consciousness lyrics. Those experiments were transcribed and delightfully interpreted by Litovitz, then returned to Lee for finessing. The resulting wordplay across eleven enigmatic and accessible tracks evokes the feeling of a new language being born.
Heaven For Real - Energy Bar
Heaven For Real
Energy Bar
LP | 2022 | CA | Original (Mint)
24,99 €*
Release:2022 / CA – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
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"My life: a slow clap progression, pace rising; to celebrate in the smallest finding - feels right to show admiration that grows," Mark Grundy begins on “Slow Clap”, the first track from Heaven For Real’s sophomore full-length Energy Bar. Formed in 2012, and consisting of songwriter twins Mark and J. Scott Grundy (Quaker Parents) and their frequent collaborators, drummer Nathan Doucet and synth player/percussionist Cher Hann, the Toronto by way of Halifax project has been taking time to shape the follow-up to their 2016 Mint debut, Kill Your Memory. Springboarding from their early 2022 EP, Sweet Rose Green Winter Desk Top Tell This Side Autumn Of The Fighter Hot In A Cool Way, they describe the project as a “living collaboration”, one that strives to compress life’s truths into a distorted reflection of all of its facets. It’s this that drives Energy Bar – a hyper, trash-compacted mosaic of the band ten years that’s simultaneously dreamlike and alive. Recording the album with Jonas Bonnetta at Port William Sound, H4R aimed to cultivate an electrically charged live energy, which they fuse with rich and playful compositions. Tracks like “Lately” and “Energy Bar” are defined by tireless, wired drums, around which are woven buoyant guitar lines, sounding at times like the weirder shades of bands like Meat Puppets, Prefab Sprout and even early Cate Le Bon. Included too are hints of The Feelies, Mdou Moctar, Built To Spill and Cast; Heaven For Real’s approach is an experimental one, yet one unafraid to embrace genre as a tool for expression.
Pack A.D., The - Tintype
Pack A.D., The
Tintype
LP | 2008 | US | Reissue (Mint)
20,99 €*
Release:2008 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Back in the mid ’aughts a band called The Pack came out of nowhere with some dirt and booze flavored garage rock and the world made them put “A.D.” at the end of their name to signify that things would never be the same. Soon after recording their debut album, Tintype, The Pack A.D. came over to the Mint offices with a bottle of Jack Daniels and walked out of there with a record contract. That album came out shortly after in the middle of a grey January in 2008.

A decade later the band has played close to a thousand shows and released seven albums. Their music still feels like a cup of black coffee drunk too fast but along the way Tintype fell out of print. Mint has decided to fix that. It is finally being re-issued on the format it was meant to be heard : vinyl. It’s been remastered by Stuart McKillop at Rain City Recorders and the label dug through some dusty boxes for old flyers and photos to include in the liner notes to make it extra special and remind everyone what they missed or can’t remember.
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