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This event was a success. Thank you fans and friends, thank you SXSW, thank you to our showcase partners at Paper Bag and thank you Sparks; you mutation-spawning malt liquor energy drink that is always free at SXSW. There are more photos on our facebook page and some at our myspace too.

March 23, 2008

Cadence Weapon’s new album “AFTERPARTY BABIES” is now available for purchase digitally, on CD and on 2-LP in North America and Europe. “Outrageously original and unconcerned with meeting any terms but its own, Afterparty Babies deserves to go down as one of the most important additions yet to Canada’s neglected hip hop canon” – Toronto Star “Blending ebullient verbosity with the brightest selection of electronic beats you’ll hear this side of a Santogold ringtone selection… Impeccable” – Observer Music Monthly “Afterparty Babies is, just so, so, so good. It’s raising the bar on modern rap music in a way that this reviewer thinks is completely unique” – Drowned In Sound JUST ANNOUNCED: CANADIAN TOUR WITH BUCK 65! CADENCE WEAPON TOUR DATES 02.28.08 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse # 02.29.08 – Boston, MA – Middle East # 03.01.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall # 03.02.08 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge # 03.04.08 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s # 03.05.08 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar # 03.06.08 – Washington, DC – DC9 # 03.07.08 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 # 03.08.08 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn # 03.10.08 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks # 03.11.08 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon # 03.12.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Canadian Blast @ 03.12.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Habana Patio – Upper Class & Paper Bag get SAUCED IN AUSTIN * 03.13.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Day Stage (Austin Convention Center) + 03.13.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Waterloo Records In-Store 03.14.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Hot Freaks! @ Mohawk Patio % 03.15.08 – Denton, TX – Hailey’s # 03.17.08 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room # 03.18.08 – San Diego, CA – Casbah # 03.19.08 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo # 03.20.08 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill # 03.21.08 – Portland, OR – Holoscene # 03.22.08 – Seattle, WA – High Dive # 04.01.08 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry # 04.02.08 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle # 04.03.08 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop # 04.04.08 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room # 04.10.08 – Moncton, NB – The Empress $ 04.11.08 – St. Johns, NL – Club One $ 04.12.08 – Charlottetown, PEI – Mack One $ 04.13.08 – Fredericton, NB – The Playhouse $ 04.17.08 – Halifax, NS – The Marquee 04.19.08 – Montreal, QC – Le National $ 04.21.08 – Quebec City, QC – Cabaret Du Capitole $ 04.22.08 – Ottawa, ON – The Bronson Center $ 04.23.08 – Hamilton, ON – Westside Concert Theater $ 04.25.08 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall $ 04.26.08 – London, ON – Venue TBA $ 04.29.08 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick $ 04.30.08 – Regina, SK – The Exchange $ 05.01.08 – Edmonton, AB – McDougal United Church $ 05.03.08 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom $ 05.07.08 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom $ 05.08.08 – Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden Hall $ 05.10.08 – Tofino, BC – The Legion $ # with Born Ruffians * with The Russian Futurists, The Cansecos, The Acorn, Woodhands, Laura Barrett @ with Ghislain Poirier, Scratch Bastid, Grand Analog, Megasoid + with Billy Bragg, Murs, White Williams, Cool Kids, The Blow and more % with Crystal Castles, British Sea Power and more $ with Buck 65

March 4, 2008

Here is the latest update of Cadence Weapon tour dates in support of the release of “Afterparty Babies”, coming March 3 in Europe and March 4 in North America! CADENCE WEAPON TOUR DATES 02.15.08 – Whistler, BC – Village Square – Countdown to 2010 Olympics 02.20.08 – London, UK – Barden’s Boudoir (Drownedinsound.com Presents) 02.22.08 – Dublin, IE – Crawdaddy’s % 02.23.08 – Paris, FR – Le Fleche D’or Motogigz Motorolla Night 02.28.08 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse # 02.29.08 – Boston, MA – Middle East # 03.01.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall # 03.02.08 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge # 03.04.08 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s # 03.05.08 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar # 03.06.08 – Washington, DC – DC9 # 03.07.08 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 # 03.08.08 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn # 03.10.08 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks # 03.11.08 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon # 03.12.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Upper Class/Paper Bag Showcase @ Habana’s Patio * 03.13.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW – TBA 03.14.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW – TBA 03.15.08 – Denton, TX – Hailey’s # 03.16.08 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room # 03.17.08 – Tucson, AZ – Plush # 03.18.08 – San Diego, CA – Casbah # 03.19.08 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo # 03.20.08 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill # 03.21.08 – Portland, OR – Holoscene # 03.22.08 – Seattle, WA – High Dive # 04.01.08 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry # 04.02.08 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle # 04.03.08 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop # 04.04.08 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room # # with Born Ruffians % with Ebony Bones * with The Russian Futurists, The Cansecos, The Acorn, Woodhands, Laura Barrett Canadian tour news soon!

February 2, 2008

The new album from Cadence Weapon is coming. “Afterparty Babies” will be released March 3 in Europe by Big Dada and March 4 in Canada by Upper Class and USA by Anti-/Epitaph. The first single “House Music” goes up for sale on fine digital stores such as iTunes February 12. Cadence Weapon hits the road in support of the release of “Afterparty Babies” with fellow Canadian Born Ruffians!

CADENCE WEAPON & BORN RUFFIANS ON TOUR + OLYMPICS SHOW & SXSW:
 02.15.08 – Whistler, BC – Countdown to 2010 Olympics w/Maestro Fresh Wes 02.17-02.25.08 – UK/Europe Tour TBA 02.28.08 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse w/Born Ruffians 02.29.08 – Boston, MA – Middle East w/Born Ruffians 03.01.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall w/Born Ruffians 03.02.08 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/Born Ruffians 03.04.08 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s w/Born Ruffians 03.05.08 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar w/Born Ruffians 03.06.08 – Washington, DC – DC9 w/Born Ruffians 03.07.08 – Carrboro, NC – Local 506 w/Born Ruffians 03.08.08 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn w/Born Ruffians 03.10.08 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks w/Born Ruffians 03.11.08 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon w/Born Ruffians 03.12.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW 03.13.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW 03.14.08 – Austin, TX – SXSW 03.15.08 – Denton, TX – Hailey’s w/Born Ruffians 03.16.08 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room w/Born Ruffians 03.17.08 – Tucson, AZ – Plush w/Born Ruffians 03.18.08 – San Diego, CA – Casbah w/Born Ruffians 03.19.08 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo w/Born Ruffians 03.20.08 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill w/Born Ruffians 03.21.08 – Portland, OR – Holoscene w/Born Ruffians 03.22.08 – Seattle, WA – High Dive w/Born Ruffians 04.01.08 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry w/Born Ruffians 04.02.08 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle w/Born Ruffians 04.03.08 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop w/Born Ruffians 04.04.08 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room w/Born Ruffians We will also have Canadian tour and Edmonton and Toronto CD release party news soon!

January 6, 2008

We’ve got plenty of news for you, but first we just want to let you know we’ve posted footage of The CansecosThe Russian Futurists and Cadence Weapon rocking the UC Throwdown in Toronto last month. Major props to Mix Motion Karlen Chang for the visual stimulation on the screens. www.youtube.com/upperclass

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF UC SHOWS COMING UP FAST!
***CADENCE WEAPON LIVE PERFORMANCE at the UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA PARTY IN EDMONTON! September 8, Lister Quad…more details soon

***THE CANSECOS LIVE PERFORMANCE at the DRAKE rocking the TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PARTY! September 9, Drake Underground 9pm, w/The Diableros, Kill The Lights, Grassy Knoll & The Magic Bullet & Five Blank Pages.


BREAKING KAYFABE UK/EUROPE SEPTEMBER 24!!!
 Upper Class and Cadence Weapon have linked with the almighty Big Dada Recordings across the ocean…Cadence’s debut album BREAKING KAYFABE is hitting stores across the UK and Europe September 24 via Big Dada! For fans in the UK/Europe – stay tuned for some exciting announcements on tour dates in November!

CADENCE WEAPON & FINAL FANTASY
 TOURING THE USA TOGETHER! THE “HE POOS WEAPONS TOUR”? This unexpected pairing started when, in 2006, fellow Canadians – Owen Pallett, aka Final Fantasy and Rollie Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon, were nominated for the inaugural Polaris Music Prize. They then shared the cover of Toronto’s weekly, Eye Magazine, in a fist fight, so, naturally when the two young musicians were approached by Canadian national radio show CBC “Fuse”back in April of this year to share the stage for a six-song collaboration, Owen & Rollie jumped at the chance to work together. Like a successful and deranged vaudeville show, their inverse personalities and polar ways of rocking crowds have brought them together, and so it is… Cadence Weapon and Final Fantasy have decided to co-headline a tour of the United States this fall. Cadence Weapon’s punishing electronic party rap live show will be a stark contrast to the emotional solo violin looping extravaganza that Final Fantasy puts on, making for one of the most interesting co-bills in recent indie history. Both artists will play favourites from their past acclaimed releases “Breaking Kayfabe” and “He Poos Clouds”. Cadence Weapon will be showcasing new material from his highly anticipated sophomore release, “Afterparty Babies” due early next year on Upper Class/EMI/Epitaph/Big Dada.

CADENCE WEAPON & FINAL FANTASY ON TOUR:
 10.22.07 – Seattle, WA – Nector Lounge 10.23.07 – Portland, OR – Someday Lounge 10.25.07 – San Francisco, CA – Independent 10.26.07 – Pamona, CA – Glass House 10.28.07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour 10.29.07 – San Diego, CA – Beauty Bar 10.30.07 – Phoenix, AZ – Modified Arts 11.01.07 – Abilene, TX – Monks 11.02.07 – Denton, TX – Hailey’s 11.03.07 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Festival 11.05.07 – Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree 11.06.07 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn 11.07.07 – Charleston, SC – Map Room 11.09.07 – Philadelphia, PA – Church 11.10.07 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwells 11.11.07 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom 11.12.07 – Boston, MA – Middle East As a special treat, thanks to CBC Radio, we are pleased to offer an exclusive download of Cadence Weapon & Final Fantasy performing Cadence Weapon’s “Sharks” from their “Fuse” performance. Download Cadence Weapon & Final Fantasy “Sharks” …and stay tuned for special announcements with CADENCE WEAPON for CMJ and POP MONTREAL!!

THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS ARE TOURING CANADA!
 It has been a long time since the Ruskie pop-team headed to western Canada, so prepare for serious party pop shit, west coast. And you too Ontario and Quebec, right after they’re done with the west! The Futurists hit the road in support of the recently released “Me, Myself and Rye” collection, but will tease with a few jams from the forthcoming 2008 release by Matthew Hart, aka the singular yet somehow plural Russian Futurist. THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS ON TOUR IN CANADA 22-Oct-07 – Victoria, BC – Logans 23-Oct-07 – Vancouver, BC – Pit Pub (UBC) 25-Oct-07 – Calgary, AB – Broken City 26-Oct-07 – Calgary, AB – That Empty Space (daytime show at University of Calgary) 27-Oct-07 – Edmonton, AB – Velvet Underground  31-Oct-07 – Guelph, ON – Brass Taps Halloween Party (University of Guelph) 22-Nov-07 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground 23-Nov-07 – Montreal, QC – Club Lambi 24-Nov-07 – Ottawa, ON – Zaphod’s

THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS “LIVE AT THE VERGE”
 The Russian Futurists recorded a live in-studio session and interview for XM Satellite Radio’s “Live At The Verge” show. YOU CAN TUNE IN SEPTEMBER 12th at 6am and 6pm and SEPTEMBER 16th at 9am and 9pm, XM Satellite, Channel 52.

THE CANSECOS JUICED! AND JUICES!
 And finally, if you can’t catch them September 9th at The Drake, go to www.thecansecos.com and download the album The Cansecos have made for you – JUICED! You have to have heard this before you hear JUICES! – the new album, coming right before Christmas – stay tuned for lots more info as this story develops.

September 6, 2007

July 24 marks the Canadian release of “Me, Myself and Rye” by The Russian Futurists.  To celebrate this event, The Russian FuturistsThe Drake and Ukula are teaming up to bring you a release party day Saturday July 28th! SATURDAY JULY 28th THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS LIVE! “Me, Myself and Rye” RELEASE PARTY THE DRAKE SKY YARD 1150 QUEEN STREET WEST 3:00PM DOORS…goes ’til 7:00PM with special roof top performance by THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS and Special Guest DJs! SATURDAY JULY 28th THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS RELEASE AFTER PARTY! UKULA STORE 492 COLLEGE STREET DOORS 10PM GUEST DJ: MATTHEW HART of THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS

Thanks to everyone who came out to our JULY 7 Throwdown! Props to The Cansecos, The Russian Futurists & Cadence Weapon for holding it down, Rollie P and DJ Weez-L for DJing, and everyone in the crowd for getting mega crunk. It was retarded. Thank you. Photos are in the gallery.

If you missed Cadence Weapon in Toronto on July 7th, you have another chance!
Cadence Weapon has joined the lineup forWAKESTOCK 2007!

JULY 29th Toronto Islands w/Story Of The Year, Lupe Fiasco, Shad K and more!

And if you weren’t at The Pitchfork Music Festival…it went something like this…
Cadence Weapon & Jeremy Greenspan (Junior Boys)!
Cadence Weapon and Girl Talk!
July 24 marks the Canadian release of “Me, Myself and Rye” by The Russian Futurists. To celebrate this event, The Russian Futurists, The Drake and Ukula are teaming up to bring you a release party day Saturday July 28th! SATURDAY JULY 28th THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS LIVE! “Me, Myself and Rye” RELEASE PARTY THE DRAKE SKY YARD 1150 QUEEN STREET WEST 3:00PM DOORS…goes ’til 7:00PM with special roof top performance by THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS and Special Guest DJs! SATURDAY JULY 28th THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS RELEASE AFTER PARTY! UKULA STORE 492 COLLEGE STREET DOORS 10PM GUEST DJ: MATTHEW HART of THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTSThanks to everyone who came out to our JULY 7 Throwdown! Props to The Cansecos, The Russian Futurists & Cadence Weapon for holding it down, Rollie P and DJ Weez-L for DJing, and everyone in the crowd for getting mega crunk. It was retarded. Thank you. Photos are in the gallery.

If you missed Cadence Weapon in Toronto on July 7th, you have another chance!
Cadence Weapon has joined the lineup for WAKESTOCK 2007!

JULY 29th Toronto Islands w/Story Of The Year, Lupe Fiasco, Shad K and more!

And if you weren’t at The Pitchfork Music Festival…it went something like this…

Cadence Weapon & Jeremy Greenspan (Junior Boys)!

Cadence Weapon and Girl Talk!

Cadence Weapon and Prince Paul!!!!!!!!

And YES, that last shot IS of Cadence Weapon rapping withThe Klaxons!

Thumbs up to all who have been making it out to rock with Cadence on his July tour, that means YOU Guelph, Toronto, Brantford, London, St. Catherines, Ottawa, Chicago, Washington DC and over the next three nights Philly, Baltimore and New York!

Finally that brings us to THE CANSECOS!

As you may have heard from Pitchfork Exclaim! Gorilla Vs Bear or SceneStar, or if you were lucky enough to be at the UC Throwdown in Toronto or Pitchfork Music Festival last weekend to get your hands on it, The Cansecos have released “Juiced!” on their website

July 21, 2007

Hello from glorious 35c Toronto! Two sizable declarations from Upper Class Recordings… We are throwing a free party in Toronto JULY 7, 2007:

Hello from glorious 35c Toronto! Two sizable declarations from Upper Class Recordings… We are throwing a free party in Toronto JULY 7, 2007:Live rock by Cadence Weapon, The Russian Futurists and The Cansecos, FREE, summer, outdoors, and this is the only place you are going to get your hands on an exclusive new CD release by The Cansecos called “JUICED!”…don’t be shy, okay? Due to public demand and constant harrassment (thanks!) we are releasing the much-celebrated megahit album by The Russian Futurists “Me, Myself & Rye” in Canada July 24! This album features the hottest jams from the first 3 albums by The Russian Futurists, all digitally re-mastered and in the case of our release – special brand new mixes of “Paul Simon” and “Let’s Get Ready To Crumble”! This release is coming in a beautiful package and is the perfect music purchase for both the long-time fan of The Russian Futurists, or a perfect starting point for the first time listener. Incidentally, this album is also excellent for those who prefer digital music – visit iTunes on or after July 24 to get your copy! PRE ORDER NOW IN THE UC STORE! COME TO OUR PARTY JULY 7 AND ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF “ME, MYSELF & RYE”!!

THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS 06.28.07 – Ottawa, ON – Capital Idea! Festival 07.07.07 – Toronto, ON – UC Throwdown @ Harbourfront – Beats, Breaks & Culture Festival CADENCE WEAPON 06.08.07 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room 06.23.07 – Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Jazz Festival – Amigo’s w/DJ Weez-El DJ Set 06.25.07 – Winnipeg, MB – Jazz Winnipeg Festival – w/Grand Analog, DJ Weez-El DJ Set 07.06.07 – Guelph, ON – Club Vinyl 07.07.07 – Toronto, ON – UC Throwdown @ Harbourfront – Beats, Breaks & Culture Festival 07.08.07 – Brantford, ON – The Ford Plant 07.09.07 – St. Catherines, ON – L3 Nightclub 07.10.07 – London, ON – The Alex P Keaton 07.12.07 – Ottawa, ON – Club Heaven 07.15.07 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival 07.18.07 – Washington, DC – Red & Black Room 07.19.07 – Philadelphia, PA – The Khyber 07.20.07 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar – TaxLo Indie Dance Party 07.21.07 – New York, NY – Galapagos w/Muggabears THE CANSECOS 07.07.07 – Toronto, ON – UC Throwdown @ Harbourfront – Beats, Breaks & Culture Festival

July 2, 2007

Cadence Weapon and Final Fantasy performed together in Ottawa, live, nationally, on CBC RADIO’s “FUSE” Show, combining talents and playing 6 songs, some Cadence’s, some Fantasy’s, and some belonging to other people.  It went down like this:   Rumour is, these 2 talents will be touring North America together this fall!! Check the UC player for a little sample of how it sounded.

Meanwhile, The Russian Futurists played Montreal and Toronto with chums Junior Boys: then headed to a much more tropical location, BRAZIL, to head up Natal’s MADA FESTIVAL. Major major props to all the homies in Brazil – Mario, Fabiana, Jomardo, Michel, Rocha and the whole crew at the hotel…and jeers to TAM Airlines for stealing Matt’s IPOD.  You’re gonna get it TAM.

Finally – check out all the Cadence Weapon love at XLR8R – including TV footage of “SXSW Cribs” with Cadence! Also – much respect to all who helped “Sharks” become #2 most-downloaded MP3 at Insound.com last week! And – Mega Respect to College radio in the USA – Cadence Weapon “Breaking Kayfabe” top 10 on theCMJ Hip Hop Chart!   PEACE

May 2, 2007

THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS ARE PLAYING TORONTO & MONTREAL
Yes, 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

IN STORES NEXT WEEK:  THE SHOUT OUT LOUDS “TONIGHT I HAVE TO LEAVE IT” single with a solid-ass remix by THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS.  Snag that, it’s HOT.

Lots of news coming real soon about Cadence Weapon, The Cansecos and The Russian Futurists, including summer shows, new releases, big outdoor UC parties, Brazil…and so much more

April 3, 2007

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 RUSSIAN FUTURISTS ARE PLAYING TORONTO & MONTREAL
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

CADENCE WEAPON TAKES INDIE AWARD FOR URBAN FAVOURITE
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!

March 2, 2007

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.

CADENCE WEAPON MARCH 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.

February 2, 2007

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 now…it’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? www.myspace.com/upperclassrecordings

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.

January 31, 2007

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!”

November 9, 2006

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!

November 8, 2006

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 comrades@upperclass.to

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.

October 16, 2006

SHOWS!

CADENCE WEAPON WEST COAST CANADA & POLARIS!
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)

TEAM UPPERCLASS AT THE DRAKE’S FILM FESTIVAL TAG TEAM DJ TOURNY
Matt (Russian Futurists) and Gareth (Cansecos)
Sep 12 @ The Drake Underground

THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS – TORONTO INT’L FILM FESTIVALS

Sep 13 @ The Rivoli (Canadian Music Cafe)

CADENCE WEAPON ONTARIO/QUEBEC SHOWS!
Oct 5 – Hamilton (w/ Dr. Octogon)
Oct 6 – Montreal (w/The Russian Futurists)
Oct 7 – Ottawa (w/Tokyo Police Club)

September 9, 2006

>>> IMPORTANT UC ANNOUNCEMENT:
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 Family…here he is enjoying his birthday mid-afternoon drinks and doing his innaugural UC-employee “private” photo shoot…in the master bedroom of the tour bus for the Russian Futurists Film Festival show September.2006

SHOWS!

CADENCE WEAPON WEST COAST CANADA & POLARIS!
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)

TEAM UPPERCLASS AT THE DRAKE’S FILM FESTIVAL TAG TEAM DJ TOURNY
Matt (Russian Futurists) and Gareth (Cansecos) Sep 12 @ The Drake Underground

THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS – TORONTO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL
Sep 13 @ The Rivoli (Canadian Music Cafe)

CADENCE WEAPON ONTARIO/QUEBEC SHOWS!
Oct 5 – Hamilton (w/ Dr. Octogon)
Oct 6 – Montreal (w/The Russian Futurists) Oct 7 – Ottawa (w/Tokyo Police Club)

September 2, 2006

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!

July 29, 2006

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!

July 2, 2006

Thank you everyone who voted for The Russian Futurists on Steve Lamacq’s BBC6 show!  “Paul Simon” totally destroyed the other 2 songs.  Hollaaaaaaaa!

Okay, seriously, just when we are about to unvail our first official Cadence Weapon video for “Black Hand”, some genius “Redsatyr” on YouTube drops this masterpiece on us of “30 Seconds”…….

And while we’re on the YouTube (best thing ever) topic here is a shot of Islands, Cadence Weapon and Busdriver doing “Where There’s A Will There’s A Whalebone” live at The Opera House last month in Toronto!

Furthermore, there are some new Cadence Weapon and Russian Futurists Canadian dates in the events section, we’ve got a big fat update coming to you soon regarding the release of The Russian Futurists “Me, Myself & Rye” in UK/Europe August 7 and some deadly live dates over there, lots more Cadence Weapon news and all that! We are happy to report that progress on The Cansecos sophomore album “Chinese Democracy” is steady and positive.  Bill “Axel” Halliday and Gareth “Slash” Jones reportedly have over 6,000 hours of material recorded for the record. Due on Upper Class Recordings sometime this or next year, the reported length of “Chinese Democracy” or “Juices!” as it’s code name has been (to keep it under wraps) ((code name has since been changed to “Jussi” to shout out to the Edmonton Oilers)), is to be between 1 and 72 discs long.  Paul “Duff” Prince, the band’s infamous bass player recently commented on the rumour that Halliday and Jones were spending the next 5 months an ocean apart (Halliday in Dublin, Jones in Toronto) to let the in-studio intensity simmer down, “Man, we’re cool, we’re all talking, who’s Dublin?  You better come out to my fucking prog night at The Embassy in Kensington Market, that’s all I know”

June 21, 2006