Monday, October 19, 2009

Contest:: Win tix to see Mates of State @ HPX

First the important detail about this show - it's on the same night as our showcase. Therefore, we'd love for you to flood the Seahorse, but naturally, the appeal of this husband and wife team is large and synthy pop might be more your cup of tea than spiritual, thumping anarchy.

Mates of State has been making quality records for years (I loved Bring It Back), and their latest - Re-Arrange Us - brought some much deserved shine to to duo. They are headlining the Paragon show on Wednesday, with support from Kill Krinkle Club, The Subtitles and Iceland's own Sprengjuhollin. Tickets are 25 bucks, so getting two for the price of none is solid no matter how you slice it Charlie.

So, to enter, just send us an email (herohill[AT]gmail[DOTCOM]) or drop us a comment with your email address.

MP3:: Mates of State - My Only Offer (this is H1N1 infectious)


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Contest:: Win Edward Sharpe Up From Below LP on VINYL

I will admit, the first few emails I got from Vagrant about Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros went by unread. I had seen the name too many places to think I would have anything unique to say about the band and the description of a 60's psychedelic troop that plays huge anthems that drove around in a bus with their name scrawled on the side seemed a bit too much.

The thing is... Edward Sharpe (aka Alex Ebert) and his Magnetic Zeroes do a pretty stellar job of channeling the communal sounds from a time often bastardized musically and historically. It's one thing to want to get high and live free, but Up From Below really captures the sound that made the era hum and it's easy to see why the masses agree.

The mix in just enough psychedelic swirls - Desert Song, Brother - to off set the tidal wave of love the 10-piece exists on. Truthfully, I have no idea if this band is serious, or this whole thing is a tongue in cheek gimmick, but I don't care much either. I can let Up From Below repeat, embracing every cosmic colour shift. Surging tracks like 40 Day Dream and Janglin force you to sing-along and put you in a better mood instantly. That may seem cliche or silly, but sometimes you just want a record you can throw on and not get dragged through the mud. Ironically, these earthy hippies do just that.

So, how do you win? Easy. Just send us an email with your contact info (herohill AT gmail DOT COM) or leave a comment below. It's that easy, and trust me... the prize is worth the effort.

Still not sold? Feel the love and smiles when the band tears up Letterman's stage.
Edward Sharpe & the Magentic Zeros - Home (Live on Letterman)

MP3:: Edward Sharpe and the Magentic Zeroes - 40 Day Dream

MP3:: Edward Sharpe and the Magentic Zeroes - 40 Day Dream (Live on Daytrotter)

BUY:: BUY vinyl from Insound

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Contest:: Win a download of the new OX record from weewerk and Zunior

So it's Saturday, and we thought "why not run a contest?" We're trying our hand in one of those viral type internet things, hoping it goes better than the time Shane dressed up like a banana and sang Peanut Butter Jelly Time at the bus stop.

Today we are pairing up with weewerk records to give away ten copies of the new Ox record, Burnout. If you read my review, you will see that Burnout is a terrific collection of songs that focus on what happens when a band gets tired of the road, the drugs, the beer and just wants to have a home and write songs, knowing the impossible dream of being the biggest band in the world is fading. Burnout is a tour de force full of honest, gripping songs (and one of my favorite roots records of '09), so you'd do yourself a solid if you enter this contest.

Here's the deal, all you have to do is
1.)Head over to weewerk's site

2.) Find their email address
3.) Email them with herohill and OX in the subject line

The first ten people will be emailed a download code from Zunior. It's that easy. Here's the title track and a stellar video from my favorite track, Unknown Legend.

MP3:: Ox - Burnout
LABEL: weewerk

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Contest:: Win a Beatles lithograph

Not sure if you've heard, but today marks the release of the complete remastering of The Beatles entire catalog in both stereo and mono. The Beatles rise and fall is one of the most engaging stories in rock n roll history, full of drama and intrigue and often usurps the remarkable quality of their records. They have more hits than most bands have songs and the chance to hear their songs fully fleshed out is pretty amazing.

Chances are, if you are one of those people that says you hate the Fab Four, you're only saying it for shock because as Paul proved this summer when he played to tens of thousand people here in Halifax, anyone aged 9 to 90 can find joy in the classic tracks they wrote.

So to celebrate the occasion we are giving away a sweet Beatles lithograph you see right above this paragraph, perfect for your office (or new dorm room wall kids). All you have to do is email us your mailing address (herohill AT gmail DOT COM) or leave the deets in the comments section of the post. Easy peasy.

MP3:: Wait - Ben Kweller ft. Albert Hammond

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Contest:: Win 2 Tix to Sappyfest

Two winners are: Kris McCann & Paul Goguen (aka Paranerd). If this looks like your name, expect an email from Pigeon Row PR shortly.


Really. Nuff said. If I didn't have a baby due that weekend, I'd be in the car already driving to Sackville NB for Sappyfest. The chance to see Mt. Eerie, Julie Doiron, 100 Dollars, Bloodsport, The Burning Hell, FemBots, Jon-Rae Fletcher, Ladyhawk, Snailhouse, Ohbijou, Wintersleep, Timber Timbre... shit, lets just say lots of great bands ... all within walking distance and surrounded by appreciative fans (not loud mouthed festival goers) is not one you should pass up.

And thanks to your friends at herohill (and Pigeon Row PR), flat pockets is no longer a reason not to go.

Just leave a comment with your email address, or send us an email - herohill AT gmail DOT COM - and you could be getting two free passes. Sound good? Of course it does, so enter now.

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