As was mentioned last week, Mint Records(home to the New Pornographers, Andrew WK, Lou Barlow, The Handsome Family and more) chanteuse Carolyn Mark (who we now have the honor of working with, and who is burning down the great Canadian highway right now, probably on her way to a festival somewhere!) just put the finishing touches on her new full-length, "Let's Just Stay Here". It's out on October 13th, along with her second cookbook, "The Terrible Hostess: Recipes For Disaster, Vol. II".
Carolyn doesn't like to hog the spotlight, so on "Let's Just Stay Here", she teams up with Toronto's Juno-nominated N.Q. Arbuckle for six Carolyn-penned numbers, three N.Q. songs and and handful of covers. Neko Case (Carolyn's counterpart in her other band, a superduo called Corn Sisters), asserts to Exclaim! that "she's the finest hostess ever", which we wholeheartedly believe. We are asserting to you that this is "her most rock-centric record ever", which you may wholeheartedly believe once you ask us for a digital copy (or a physical one if you need it) and we send it to you.
A collection of slow burning torchlight country heartbreakers, roadhouse-style Johnny & June anthems & odes to the touring lifestyle, "Let's Just Stay Here" covers a lot of miles on the musical road map of touring excess. Carolyn and N.Q. Arbuckle set their minds on creating this rock record together after a summer of touring Southern Alberta--not like AC/DC rock, more like Lucinda Williams/Wilco/Tom Petty rock. Carolyn lovingly calls it her "Rumours". We think you'll love it too, and want to note that Carolyn is perhaps one of the most hilarious, vivacious women you'll ever interview--she'd love to chat about both her incredible new album AND her killer cookbook if you or any of your cohorts are down.
Get in touch! Hope you're having a good Monday.
Yrs in twang and tamales*,
Joan (joan ***at*** riot act media dot com)
*PS--I do not think there is actually a recipe for tamales in the cookbook; it just sounded nice.