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Breaking Kayfabe USA release, The Russian Futurists and Junior Boys, Cadence Weapon and Final Fantasy
CADENCE WEAPON "BREAKING KAYFABE" is now available on CD & LP and in Canada AND The United States of America. The vinyl is limited run, so buy now! If you purchase the CD or LP from INSOUND.COM you get some bonus remix MP3s of "Sharks" by Ghislain Poirier and The Russian Futurists

CADENCE WEAPON IS PLAYING SXSW THIS WEEK Thursday March 15th @ Copa's on Congress, 12:15am PARTY

The Junior Boys and The Russian Futurists team up once again to bring you the RUSSIAN BOYS JUNIOR FUTURIST EXPERIENCE APRIL 6 in Toronto @ Mod Club APRIL 7 in Montreal @ La Sala Rossa

CADENCE WEAPON AND FINAL FANTASY TO FUSE FOR CBC April 11, in Ottawa, Canada, friends and fellow innovators Rollie Pemberton and Owen Pallett will combine brains and, before a live studio audience, mash styles in a Weapony, Final and Fantastic way, all at the behest of CBC Radio. Details on attendance and such will be released soon

A huge UC congratulations to Rollie Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon who, this weekend, took home a CMW Indie Award for "Favourite Urban Artist". We wouldn't call Edmonton "Urban" at all, but this is the name of the award, so way to go Mr. Weapon.  THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME OUT AND ROCKED SHOWS WITH CADENCE IN GUELPH, MONTREAL AND TORONTO THIS WEEK!

Cadence Weapon USA, Sharks Video, CW March shows
FINALLY!  The USA release of Cadence Weapon's debut album BREAKING KAYFABE is upon us!  One month after the Plug Awards (where Kayfabe was nominated for Rap Record of the Year but lost out to the awesomeness that is Spank Rock), on the eve of South By Southwest - MARCH 13 - BREAKING KAYFABE will be available in stores across the United States, with the help of our new friends at almighty Epitaph Records.

A week before that, Cadence Weapon make their 2007 live debut at Canadian Music Week, performing at the Indie Awards March 7 (Cadence nominated for Urban artist of the year) and the Chart MagazineParty March 9, complimenting the 2 dates with Montreal and Guelph shows.

03.07.07 Guelph, ON - Guelph University Centre (daytime show)
03.07.07 Toronto, ON - CMW Indie Awards @ The Docks
03.08.07 Montreal, QC - Zoobizarre w/Telefauna
03.09.07 Toronto, ON - CMW Chart Party @ Horseshoe Tavern
03.09.07 Toronto, ON - CMW After Party @ Drake Underground (Cadence & Weez-El DJ)
03.15.07 SXSW - COPA'S

Also, here is the BRAND NEW VIDEO from Cadence Weapon, for "SHARKS" Please, do Cadence a service and request the shit out of this at MUCHMUSIC et aussi á MUSIQUEPLUS!  And finally, with the US release of Breaking Kayfabe comes the long awaited vinyl LP release of the album! Go to the UC Store to PRE-ORDER from our limited run of LP copies of "BREAKING KAYFABE"!!! AVAILABLE MARCH 13, 2007.

2007 - year of peer pressure portals
2-double-oh-7, what hast thou bringst ye?

We have a lot to talk about but we're not going to get into here or's not the time for place for such rambling, but we will admit shame about something ::: we had a plan to hold out making an Upper Class MySpace page until 2010.  We caved.  What can we say man, people ask, people laugh, and they say "have you no friends?" - we even received a disturbingly provoking email from THE Tom himself, he was making jokes at us for not being on MySpace.  ARE YOU HAPPY WORLD?????  Here it is...okay?

There seriously is a lot of news to come soon about The Russian Futurists, Cadence Weapon, The Cansecos, and maybe we'll even throw some new names at you before spring rolls around.  If you become our MySpace friends you'll know even more about Upper Class' 2007 plans, got it? Thanks for tuning in, keep 'er real.

Christmas - a time for awards voting, live shows and podcasts
Happy Holidays from everyone at Upper Class.

We at Upper Class Recordings ask only a few things of you as 2006 comes to an exit...

1 - VOTE FOR CADENCE WEAPON AT THE PLUG AWARDS!  Breaking Kayfabe is nominated for Hip Hop album of the year!

2 - GET CRUNK WITH THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS DECEMBER 28 @ THE DRAKE!  Their last live show...of 2006!

3 - VOTE AT THE CBC RADIO3 BUCKY AWARDS! Cadence Weapon is already nominated for some things but the good news is you can nominate anyone so you can still vote in Matt Hart of The Russian Futurists as sexiest male canadian or best facial hair! Also make sure you check out the Coke Machine Glow end of the year Podcast...among what will be a great collection of songs will be Cadence Weapon covering Chad Vangaalen...and you can tune into CBC Radio's 'Definitely Not The Opera' soon to hear Cadence spreading Christmas cheer through his version of "We Three Kings" Keep an eye on the UC turntable in the top right there...i'm sure there are some UC Christmas upper classiks working their way in to the mix!

And one last thing...prepare yourself for 2007 - the year of Laser Rock...get ready for The Cansecos "Juices!"

Cadence Weapon CMJ 06
UC hit CMJ in New York City at the beginning of the month - Cadence Weapon rocked some shows at Fontana's and The Mercury Lounge - big thanks to Terrorbird Media and Brooklyn Vegan for throwing good parties and inviting Cadence to play!  Props to the Swedish homies Lo-Fi-Fnk and the Aussie homies Macromantics. Then Cadence Weapon went on a 9-date tour across Canada with Jurassic 5! Vancouver twice, Calgary, Edmonton, London, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal...peace to J5 and everyone who came out to see the shows! The geniuses at Spy Films shot the video for Cadence Weapon "Sharks" after the J5 tour and the details are pretty top secret but you'll see it next year!

Pop Montreal popped
Big ups to everyone who made our Pop Montreal Le Throwdown night one god damn special memory for Upper Class.  PS If you have better pictures than we do (you probably do because we were way too drunk to take good pictures) please share them with us at

props to The Russian Futurists, Cadence Weapon, Professor Murder and Madrid for playing, Paul Prince aka DJ Princely P for making it all run smoothly, Steven Himmelfarb and Daniel Seligman for making the night possible, Musiqueplus + CISM-FM for helping us get the word out, and most importantly - respect to everyone who kicked it with us.

The summer is officially done and DJ Princely P has shut down his Sunday night Prog Parties at Embassy, but begins his winter series DJing with RUN WITH KITTENS Tuesday nights at The Drake.

UC Shows

Sep 9 - Edmonton (Ookfest)
Sep 10 - Vancouver (w/De La Soul)
Sep 14 - Calgary (Broken City)
Sep 15 - Calgary (U of C)
Sep 16 - Edmonton (The Syndicate @ Tucker Amph)
Sep 18 - Toronto (Polaris Music Award Gala)

Matt (Russian Futurists) and Gareth (Cansecos)
Sep 12 @ The Drake Underground


Sep 13 @ The Rivoli (Canadian Music Cafe)

Oct 5 - Hamilton (w/ Dr. Octogon)
Oct 6 - Montreal (w/The Russian Futurists)
Oct 7 - Ottawa (w/Tokyo Police Club)

Le UC Throwdown @ POP MONTREAL
Booyah!  Our first POP MONTREAL party! FRIDAY OCTOBER 6 as part of POP MONTREAL '06 Performances by UC's THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS & CADENCE WEAPON and UC homies PROFESSOR MURDER and MADRID! CLUB LAMBI DOORS AT 8PM 4465 St-Laurent Blvd !! AFTER PARTY IN EFFECT !! (just stay in LAMBI after the bands)

Here's what else has been going on: The Russian Futurists helped the Junior Boys launch their new album "So This Is Goodbye" at the end of August with a hot double bill show at the El Mocambo in the t-dot.  The Futurists also just rocked the Toronto Film Festival with some ill vibes.

Cadence Weapon musically slayed 'em at Ookfest in Edmonton last weekend.  and Upper Class Recordings welcomes our dearest homeboy Tim Dempsey to Tha UC he is enjoying his birthday mid-afternoon drinks and doing his innaugural UC-employee "private" photo the master bedroom of the tour bus for the Russian Futurists Film Festival show September.2006


Sep 9 - Edmonton (Ookfest)
Sep 10 - Vancouver (w/De La Soul)
Sep 14 - Calgary (Broken City)
Sep 15 - Calgary (U of C)
Sep 16 - Edmonton (The Syndicate @ Tucker Amph)
Sep 18 - Toronto (Polaris Music Award Gala)

Matt (Russian Futurists) and Gareth (Cansecos) Sep 12 @ The Drake Underground

Sep 13 @ The Rivoli (Canadian Music Cafe)

Oct 5 - Hamilton (w/ Dr. Octogon)
Oct 6 - Montreal (w/The Russian Futurists) Oct 7 - Ottawa (w/Tokyo Police Club)

The Russian Futurists return from Europe, Cadence Weapon returns from Ontario
I say, what a summer! The Russian Futurists survived break-ins, bomb threats, terrorist plots and health sabatogery to deliver arse-wolloping pop jams to the United Kingdom for the last few weeks.  Major thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Ruskies, Memphis Industries for all the love, Peter, Bjorn & John for sharing the stage with the boys throughout England and Scotland, and let's just give one big shout out to all of Mutha-F****in' Ireland in the house!  Now here's the deal.

The new Russian Futurists album "ME, MYSELF & RYE" is in stores in the United Kingdom and all of Europe and all of the Middle East and all, we repeat - ALL, of Africa AUGUST 28.  IN STORES AUGUST 28.  But if you live in those places you can get the album NOW NOW NOW on iTunes WITH an exclusive LO-FI-FNK remix of "Paul Simon".  Okay?  August 28.  And the 7" of "Paul Simon/Plight Of The Flightless Bird" is available now in our UC store and in cool stores across UK and Europe. In the meantime you can read about the album all over the place - check the Sep issues of Uncut and Clash, check the NME out and Q, listen to the BBC andX-FM, watch MTV2, read online stuff like Tiny Voices, Drowned In Sound, TuneTribe, Pitchfork,Gigwise, that shit is all the over the place right now!

Cadence Weapon's "Black Hand" video is on Muchmusic and MuchVibe. Have you been watching?  #3 VIDEO ON RAP CITY!! Cadence Weapon rocked Hillside like this:  and the Weapon keeps on rolling: AUG 25 - Calgary, AB @ Slam City Jam SEP 9 - Edmonton, AB @ Ookfest SEP 10 - Vancouver, BC @ UBC w/DE LA SOUL many more September and October dates being announced very soon! In the meantime, keep your eye on the Polaris Music Prize, and peep the Sharks Remixes currently burning up college radio stations in the USA and Canada - this disc is available for purchase exclusively in the UC store!!

Upper Class is cooking up some nights for Pop Montreal, CMJ and Halifax Pop Explosion, The Cansecos album "JUICES!" is still rocking "coming soon" status, and we have lots of news coming soon along with that...stay tuned!

Peter, Bjorn & Polaris
REMINDER FOR EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY  THIS SUMMER: SUNDAY NIGHT @ EMBASSY IN TORONTO - PROGRESSIVE SUNDAYS WITH DJ PRINCELY P If you don't believe us that he does a midnight bass solo, dressed as a wizard... Visit Princely P on Myspace.   Thanks Toronto and The Drake and Chart for another super fly Toronto show by The Russian Futurists! That is the last Canadian Russian Futurists show for a while.  Canada, you just are not comparing to Europe right now.  The Russian Futurists "Me, Myself & Rye...An Introduction The Russian Futurists" is in stores AUGUST 7 through Memphis Industries/V2.  The first single"PAUL SIMON" is all over BBC and X-FM and MTV2 and is this week's runner up single of the week in NME.  A special "PAUL SIMON" Vinyl 7" is coming out July 17 and will be available in the UC Store and through Memphis/V2! We are thrilled to announce that 2 hot shit bands right now THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS and Sweden's PETER, BJORN & JOHN will be touring UK together in August! PETER, BJORN & JOHN + THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS ON TOUR August 5 - London - The Spitz August 7 - Birmingham - Bar Academy August 8 - Manchester - Roadhouse August 9 - Glasgow - Nice & Sleazy's and also catch The Russian Futurists with Jape August 10 - Dublin - Whelan's (Foggy Notions Presents) GO FUTURISTS GO!!!!  Many more Europe dates to be announced later this summer!   CADENCE WEAPON...YE HATH EARNED YO'SELF PROPER RECOGNITION!! Cadence Weapon, along with Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, Final Fantasy, The New Pornographers and some others has had his debut album BREAKING KAYFABE nominated by the Canadian Press to the shortlist of the first annual Polaris Music Prize - a Canadian interpretation of the Mercury Prize.  It's a very proud moment for Upper Class...a well deserved congratulations to young Mr. Pemberton, better known as Cadence Weapon!  The winner is announced at a Polaris Private Throwdown September 18 in Toronto. Check out CADENCE WEAPON LIVE over the next week! JULY 8 - Toronto - Beats, Breaks & Culture Festival w/Jamie Lidell, Konono #1 JULY 9 - St. Catherines - SCENE Festival JULY 13 - Quebec City - Festival OFF JULY 14 - Ottawa - Cisco Blues Fest Main Stage (w/Rihanna!) JULY 14 - Ottawa - DJ SET @ Clocktower Brew Pub (12:30am) That's it for now Comrades.  Get ready for the Cadence Weapon "Black Hand" video and "Sharks" remixes....Much more soon!