EBR026 – IVAN RIVERS – MYSTIC KEG / CONFIDANTE

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EBR026
IVAN RIVERS
MYSTIC KEG / CONFIDANTE

Canadiana singer-songwriter Ivan Rivers is a fella of a few handles: The Bard of Brucefield, The Eternal Sigher, The Sad Adult Superstar, and principally, the Celebrated Folk Icon of Huron County, Ontario. His latest project is the dual release of two EPs, Mystic Keg & Confidante, originally released fall of 2016 as the Celebrated Folk Mixtape. Featuring releases recorded at two disparate parts on his stumbling sojourn down the path to enlightenment, Mystic Keg & Confidante capture two sides of a complicated and sorrow-soaked psyche determined to unearth poetry and heart from the muck and mire of 21st-century living. Here’s the story as the Celebrated Folk Icon would have you hear it.

“I had been holding back an EP I recorded in 2013 called the Mystic Keg EP. Recorded in Golden Gate, Florida with Derek Perry of Naples beach punks Fake Problems, Mystic Keg featured detailed production and arrangement from Derek, as well as luminous contributions from some of my favourite bands, like Derek’s FP bandmates Chris Farren and Sean Stevenson, Tanner Jones of Florida emo-ites You Blew It!, and Franz Nicolay of The Hold Steady. This was the first half of the mixtape.

 

The second half was entitled Confidante and was recorded in my country home in Brucefield, Ontario, some two and a half hours west of Toronto by the sandy shores of great Lake Huron. Andrew Patten of Toronto folk heroes The Most Loyal recorded and fleshed out the production with help from his wife  Sarah Davigno (also of The Most Loyal) and Canadian pedal steel ace Aaron Goldstein (Daniel Romano, City & Colour, Donovan Woods).

 

Conceptually, the Celebrated Folk Mixtape was supposed to make light of CBC-core, adult contemporary folk values and merge them with hip-hop mixtape culture in a way that was to relieve the emotional heft of the album’s storytelling. Mystic Keg was an EP recorded two years after the death of my father; lyrically-obsessed with themes of loss, religious and existential meaning, and an otherworldly optimism amidst despair that I preached both as a mantra to myself and as dogma to the listener. Confidante was the fallout, all songs written after the inevitable breakdown, bipolar diagnosis, and manic episode that came from trying to sustain that level of positivity while being a twenty-something obsessed with vintage Conor Oberst-style bloodletting and the ever-looming, rarely-illuminating Western-culture quest for meaning.

The mixtape idea, unfortunately, was a product of manic thought as I underwent another bout of mania, obsessed with embodying some hip-hop/folk pseudo-mogul character. After seeing Kanye West and Chance the Rapper in a month’s span and constantly smoking dirty country weed, I started smoking Snoop’s batch from Toronto dispensaries, buying ridiculous and expensive jewellery, freestyling at college parties, calling myself a mystic shaman, and broadcasting this insanity all over social media as a lead up to the tape’s drop on Halloween. The days before I entered hospital and began recovery, I opened up for Justin Rutledge, accidentally posted a lewd, nearly nude video to my Snapchat story, dropped my mixtape, hallucinated Beyoncé as an angel, and had my song ‘Was It You I Left Behind?’ playing on a local radio station in my home county. It was a comedy of errors to say, like, the absolute least.

Despite these turn of events, I’m committed to the release of these projects and stand behind their artistry, as I can’t reverse the sands of time no matter how much celebrated folk strength I esoterically conjure. Mystic Keg and Confidante stand alone and together and are inextricably linked to the fabric of the celebrated folk narrative of my life. As a more manic me would say, A$AP Rivers always striving for that #celebratedfolkzen (*shudder*).”

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Aside from the circumstances of the tape’s release, the two EPs tell a tender and torrid tale on their own, masterfully spun by Rivers and his celebrated folk friends. Mystic Keg is Floridian swampy and just as mystic as the title suggests, with expert arranging by Derek Perry bringing the varied palette of the record to light; check how the album moves from the cosmic backwoods wonder of “Buzz Eternal” to the emo revival-indebted “Grappling with a Feeling” to the stoned gospel rave-up of “I Am In Yr Darkness.” Confidante is its eerier and drearier counterpart, featuring songs soaked in sorrow but lovingly handled by Andrew Patten, from the Twin Peaks-esque synth incantations of “Certain Soul” and “Confidante” to the twee-puckishness of “Human Touch” to the country balladry of “Ancient Grains” and “Was It You I Left Behind?”.

And he wouldn’t be called the Celebrated Folk Icon if he wasn’t a masterclass songwriter and storyteller. Rivers evocatively excavates emotional depth from his tragedies and rings and sings universal truths across both releases. Where “I Offer Proof” posits Rivers as “the view from the party patio pitchin’ empties” or “the childhood treehouse where you grew up and made love in”, he also begs for “someone to find me and fuck me and tell me that I’m beautiful when I know I’m not” in “Boy in the Void.” There’s a striking balance between emotional authenticity and attention to the minute moments of everyday beauty, like the near last call atmosphere in “Confidante” where “soft hearts sparkle beams” and “utterances blend”, where Rivers earns his celebrated folk handle.

After a turbulent few seasons, Ivan Rivers now lives in the Royal City of Guelph, Ontario, after bouts in small-town Brucefield and big-city Toronto, where he lived for six years and started his solo career under his former nom de plume the “drinkin’ man’s thinkin’ man” Mikey Chuck Rivers. After years playing shows from Nashville to Nova Scotia, contemplating existence over warm six-packs and ever expanding universes, Celebrated Folk Icon Ivan Rivers endures now as a sober man still obsessed with life’s purpose, albeit with a clearer vision; luckily his obsessions result in some truly celebrated folk songs.

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Download Mystic Keg & Confidante for free from Eternal Bummer Records.

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MYSTIC KEG
1. Buzz Eternal
2. I Offer Proof
3. Boy in the Void
4. Grappling with a Feeling
5. I Am In Yr Darkness
CONFIDANTE
1. Certain Soul
2. Ancient Grains
3. Human Touch
4. Confidante
5. Was It You I Left Behind?

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EBR025 – A HURON CAROL: AN ETERNAL BUMMER CHRISTMAS VOLUME 3

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EBR025
A HURON CAROL: AN ETERNAL BUMMER CHRISTMAS VOLUME 3
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Eternal Bummer Records is like totally jingle jazzed to bring you its 25th release (Christmas pagan numerology wow), A Huron Carol: An Eternal Bummer Christmas Volume 3, for FREE download.

We here at Eternal Bummer Records love to celebrate the festive season, whatever the reason. Typically it’s because Huron County offers the picturesque platonic ideal of what a quote-unquote traditional Christmas season looks like. We got the rolling hills of crystal white snow, the winter winds and how they blow, and the fireside glow, y’all already know. So in honour of our county’s heritage, we named this compilation A Huron Carol, after the titular Christmas carol of the Huron people, for i’twas in the moon of wintertime whence these songs came forth. Grab yr seasonal cranberry ginger ale, yr copy of Pee Wee’s Christmas Special or the Little Drummer Boy, and stir yr holidays up with yr friends here of Eternal Bummer Records. Joyeux Nöel xoxo gossip girl aka stay bummed Huron County.

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TRACKLISTING
1. Ivan Rivers – ++8*AHURON RIVERA: EH FESTiv inTROduckzyung*8++
2. Clinton Community Credit Union – Gift List
3. The Honey Sweethearts – Song for a Winters Night
4. South Huron Community Choir – Hallelujah (Handel’s Messiah Interlude)
5. Geoff Baillie & Jessica Pfaff – The Saints, Nick and Joan
6. The Dyadics – Christmas Time Is Here
7. Clara Stegall – I’ll Be Thinking Of You
8. Jeff Ball – Boxing Day
9. Major/Minor – The Ballad of Frank Costanza
10. The Marrieds – December 25
11. Robots! Everywhere!! – smile that keeps smiling
12. Matthew Hussey – Still Fucked Up
13. Celtae Lynn – River
14. Hanora – The Huron Carol

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EBR023 – ETERNAL BUMMER PRESENTS THE SOUNDS OF HURONSOUND 2016

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ETERNAL BUMMER PRESENTS
THE SOUNDS OF HURONSOUND 2016

Eternal Bummer Records is so very thrilled to present its 23rd release, The Sounds of Huronsound 2016, for free download.

For the third year in a row, Huron County’s premier festival for burgeoning music and artistic talent Huronsound has put together a killer show for us bummery denizens of Ontario’s West Coast. This year, Huronsound goes down in Exeter on Saturday, July 15th and we thought well hey, sounds like the perfect occasion to bring the bummer to yr summer with a free compilation featuring artists performing at this year’s festival! From soul to country to all kinds of folk, this six-song wonder brings tracks from the likes of London’s The Marrieds, Exeter’s Major/Minor, Toronto’s Among Giants, Clinton’s Graham Bedard, South Huron’s Odd Soul Collective, and an exclusive new song from Brucefield’s Celebrated Folk Icon Ivan Rivers. Take a free download, take a close listen, and delight yr earholes before you head to Exeter and catch it all live yourself.

TRACKLISTING:
1. The Marrieds – June
2. Among Giants – Pages
3. Major/Minor – Carter & Cash (ft. Taylor Holden)
4. Ivan Rivers – Confidante (exclusive)
5. Graham Bedard – Strip It Down
6. Odd Soul Collective – Hold On, I’m Comin’ (Live)

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EBR022 – AMONG GIANTS – THE SWELLS

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AMONG GIANTS
THE SWELLS

I don’t know about you, but Eternal Bummer Records is feeling stoked to bring you its 22nd release, Among Giants’ debut album The Swells, for free download.

The wandering folk minstrels of Among Giants have roots in Huron County and down Highway 4 in the Forest City London, Ontario, but now wander through the 6ix with their woes in big city Toronto. After previously releasing their debut EP 5 Songs & a Poem, a record about the falling in love and falling from grace of musical and romantic partners Dan Steinman and Keyena Marie, The Swells arrives negotiating the difficult dilemma of loving another person while staying whole yourself. Luckily for us, the sound of that struggle is a fully-formed, 9-song twee-folk wonderwork. Shakers, melodica, and Steinman and Keyena’s back and forth interplay make the songs swing from Lumineers-jangle to Edwarde Sharpe eccentricity to Celtic hoedown all over an album that never crosses the line into gooey gimmickry, their beating hearts bursting with an authenticity that only a couple of county kids can muster. Do your summer selves a favour and download this sunshine-y release for free from yr eternally bummed buds.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Movers & Shakers
2. Pages
3. Our Kind
4. Thrifty Finds
5. Wolfe St
6. KC Jeebies
7. Lemons
8. The Swells (i)
9. The Swells (ii)

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EBR021 – ZABIE – thankyoumoondog

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EBR021
ZABIE
thankyoumoondog

Eternal Bummer Records is buzzed to bring you our 21st release, thankyoumoondog by experimental mastermind ZABIE, for free download.

ZABIE is the new project of Joe Elliott, a Teeswater expat who now resides in Kingston, Ontario. Elliott, of great Huron County scene lore and bummerati A Cat Named Wolf, offers his debut release as ZABIE here, a tribute to legendary composer, poet, and New York City street performer Moondog on what would have been his 100th birthday. Over four songs of beautiful, meandering, atmospheric ambience, ZABIE pays an impressionistic homage to one of his musical inspirations. “I was working on this stuff for a while and really getting lost,” Elliott says, “It all sucked. Then I listened to Moondog 2 and something clicked. The vocals, in particular.” In place of synths or programmed instruments, most of the music is just manipulated wordless vocal rounds. It’s an audio expression of gratitude and a bold and rewarding musical endeavour in its own right. Download it for free and you’ll be saying thankyouZABIE.

TRACKLISTING
1. Raccoon
2. Signs Of The Answerer
3. Derby 1895
4. Radishes

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EBR020 – OWEN WILSON – OWEN WILSON EP

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OWEN WILSON
OWEN WILSON EP

Eternal Bummer Records is back and stoked to bring you its 20th release, the debut EP from Toronto’s Owen Wilson.

Four songs. 3 and a half minutes. That’s all you need to get gobsmacked by the tenacity and intensity of this cantankerous quartet. Straight from the horse’s mouth:

“Owen Wilson is a band that plays music very quickly. This EP contains four songs called Laundromat, Intentions, Front Row Seat, and Dead Weight. They are about peculiar want ads, believing you’ve been in love before, puking in front of someone you care about, and feeling exhausted.

Luke Graves, Ian Culley, Kaan Gunesberk, and Emmett O’Reilly played this music on July 7, 2014. Tristan Henderson recorded it. Stu McKillop at Rain City Recorders mastered it. Hannah Lecours took all photographs.”

A collaborative release with Huron County native Emmett O’Reilly’s new label NYK Records and yr good pals in Eternal Bummer Records, we’re stoked to offer the Owen Wilson EP for free download. Tell all yr friends. Tell yr enemies too.

TRACKLISTING
1. Laundromat
2. Intentions
3. Front Row Seat
4. Dead Weight

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EBR019 – MIKEY CHUCK RIVERS – A DELICATE MAN: SONGS OF THE NATIONAL

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EBR019
MIKEY CHUCK RIVERS
A DELICATE MAN: SONGS OF THE NATIONAL

Eternal Bummer Records softly announces its 19th release, Mikey Chuck Rivers’ cover collection A Delicate Man: Songs of the National, for free download.

Clinton, Ontario’s Mikey Chuck Rivers has been a fervent fan of the elegant indie dad-rockers known as the The National since his own father read a cover story in Paste Magazine and bought their entire discography back in like 2007. Though it was a “Slow Show”* letting these Brooklyn-by-way-of-Ohio all-stars into the teenage Rivers’ shitty heart, it happened and it happened hard, resulting in this aptly-named lo-fi release A Delicate Man. The title, a cribbed lyric from the band’s song “Lemonworld”, hints toward the hushed and heavenfaced* approach of ADM‘s tone, where Mikey spent late nights whispering, howling, and plucking away in his childhood bedroom with a USB mic, Garageband, and a couple country ciders and “All the Wine”*.

The project has roots all the way back to 2011, when Mikey first put to tape a ramshackle folksy spin on the band’s calling card “Fake Empire” during a desolate residency in Etobicoke. The song returns here, along with Alligator’s “Abel” and High Violet‘s “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks”, all overlapping acoustic guitars, banjos, and wolf-cub whimpers. The record is solely Rivers, save the EB debut of Banjo Ryan (of “Josh, Ryan, and Me” fame), who contributes a psychedelic solo banjo interpretation of “Looking for Astronauts” at the record’s end. Fun fact: Mikey and Ryan got wasted and saw the National at Massey Hall in like 2010, and a year later, ole Ryan broke Mikey’s banjo; talk about “Graceless.”*

Long-promised, along with the debut record It’s Mikey Here and its follow-up Mystic Keg, A Delicate Man arrives nonetheless as a pit-stop in the Rivers road-trip. After a strange spring and summer, here’s another bit from yr Bummers before yr ole pal Mikey sets his sights on sprucing up the world. Don’t get “Mistaken for Strangers”* and have a free download; we guarantee trouble won’t find you*.

*asterisks denote really shitty The National puns

TRACKLISTING
1. Fake Empire
2. Abel
3. Bloodbuzz Ohio
4. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
5. Looking for Astronauts (Bonus Track by Banjo Ryan)

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