Thursday, 18 December 2014

Our Favourite Records of 2014


Top 11 (In no particular order - excluding bias of Hosehead releases which are all top 11s)

- Wipers - Nome Noma 7” (Meanbean) (Reissue)
- Barreracudas – Promises, Promises 7” (Oops Baby)
- Sam Coffey & Iron Lungs – Gates of Hell LP (Southpaw)
- Teledrome – Self Titled LP (Mammoth Cave)
- Sugar Stems – Only Come Out At Night (Dirtnap)
- Needles//Pins – Shamebirds LP (Dirt Cult)
- Zex – Savage City 7” (Electric Assault)
- New Swears – Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever LP (Bachelor)
- Shivvers – Self Titled LP (Sing Sing) (Reissue – kind of)
- Mother’s Children – Lemon LP (Taken by Surprise/Mammoth Cave)
- The Number Ones - The Number Ones (Deranged)

Honourable mentions:
- Steve Adamyk Band – Dialtone LP (Dirtnap)
- X – Aspirations LP (Ugly Pop)
- Real Kids – Shake…Outta Control LP (Ugly Pop)


- Alvvays – Alvvays (Royal Mountain)
- Needles//Pins – Shamebirds (Dirt Cult)
- Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs – Gates Of Hell (Southpaw)
- Sonic Avenues – Mistakes (Dirtnap)
- Steve Adamyk Band – Dialtone (Dirtnap)
- The Flintettes – Open Your Eyes 7″ (La-Ti-Da)
- The Mandates – Suspicion 7″ (Teenage Rampage)
- The Number Ones - The Number Ones (Deranged)
- The Shivvers – The Shivvers (Sing Sing)
- The Wipers – Nome Noma 7″ (Meanbean)
- Thor’s Hammer – If You Knew: Icelandic Punk & Beat ’65-67! (Ugly Pop)

Saturday, 13 December 2014

2015 Releases

I just realized it's been almost 6 months since our last 7" came out, so we should probably release something new. How about 4 things?

First Base - You've Got A Hold On Me 7"

HHR001 was our First Base tape, so we're happy to finally put out a follow up from them. This band famously features Mike from the legendary Hosehead Records. Since then they've released an LP on the not as legendary Chicago label Hozac Records, which was an international superhit. 4 songs, out early 2015.

Listen here

Fashionism - Smash The State (With Your Face) 7"

Debut 7" from this new Vancouver band featuring Jeffrey McCloy of Tranzmitors. They're new, but they've already cut their teeth playing shows with The Briefs and OBN IIIs, among others. 3 songs of power pop perfection, out early 2015.

Listen here

Nervous Talk - Nervous Talk LP

Debut LP from these Vancouver punks. Follow up to their 7" on Mammoth Cave in 2013. Featuring members of Moby Dicks, The Ballantynes, Shitty Neighbours, and more. 10 tracks, out Spring 2015.

Listen here

The Moderns - Year Of Today 7" (Reissue)

First ever release under the Hosehead Reissues moniker, and it's a doozy. Originally self released by The Moderns in 1979, this four-song 7" is one of the most important power pop records ever recorded. We're beyond excited to give it a North American press for the first time in the 35 years since it originally came out. Out mid 2015.

Do your homework, listen here.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

October 2014 - four records in the works

Haven't posted anything for a while, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy here. We've got two records in the plant, one ready to be submitted and one in the mixing stage right now. It's going to make for a busy 2015. HHR027 and 028 should be out before the end of 2014.

HHR027: First Base - You've Got A Hold On Me 45

HHR028: Unannounced Vancouver band's debut 45 (still waiting for artwork on this one)

HHR029: Bonkers unannounced 1979 reissue 45

HHR030: Nervous Talk - Debut LP
This band released a 7" on Mammoth Cave in 2013 and it was my favourite 7" of the year. 

Friday, 22 August 2014

Average Times "Popsicle" Music Video

Our friends at are streaming the new Average Times music video for the opening track of their debut LP "Popsicle". Check that out here, or for the lazy:
We’ve long had a crush on Ottawa’s garage punk scene thanks, largely, to torchbearers like Steve Adamyk, mainstays like Mother’s Children, and expats like Mass and Peach Kelli Pop. For the heaps of bands from the city, though, few balance sugar-shocked pop and buzzsaw punk quite like Average Times, who cut their self-titled debut last year via Toronto-Vancouver imprint Hosehead Records. That LP essentially had us at hello, largely thanks to its effervescent opener, “Popsicle,” whose video we’re stoked to premiere today. Unlike many of Average Times’ songs—whose scuzz compare favourably to Jay Reatard—”Popsicle” is an unabashed summer anthem. So, too, is its video: Directed by and starring the band themselves, the video is a beer-soaked backyard bash, with plenty of frozen treats to go around. Check the video above, and get your sticky fingers on a copy of Average Times’ LP at the Hosehead Records store.

Monday, 23 June 2014

TV Freaks - Leeches 7" on sale now

Copies of the TV Freaks 7" are now up in the store. First 100 come on clear vinyl, and all copies have hand stamped sleeves and free download codes.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Ottawa Explosion

Ottawa Explosion 2014 is off to it's official start today! This is a huge year for the festival (bigger than ever! Did you see that write up in Razorcake #80?) and it's an honour having so many bands on Hosehead invited to partake. The logo and flyer this year were even done by our very own Curtis of Average Times.

Hosers at Ottawa Explosion:

Average Times
First Base
Mother's Children
Pink Wine
TV Freaks
Sonic Avenues
Steve Adamyk Band
Strange Attractor
White Wires

Full schedule here.

Be sure to catch the Sunday afternoon Hosehead/Mammoth Cave showcase at Club Saw to catch this monstrosity of a show for only $5. Featuring honorary Hosers The Mandates.

TV Freaks will also have copies of their new 7" "Leeches" at their show on Thursday. Keep an eye out for more information on that next week. 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

TV Freaks - Leeches 7" & May/June Tour Dates

HHR026 is quickly headed to completion. We're really excited about this one as we've been fans of TV Freaks for a long time now, and are very happy to welcome them to Hosehead. Three songs on this 7" with a special clear vinyl version for the early birds.

TV Freaks are headed out on tour this May/June all over Canada and the eastern USA. Full dates for that tour are below.

Unfortunately the Leeches 7" will not be in for the bulk of these dates, but we're hoping to have them for Ottawa Explosion in June. Listen to the first track below.

5/16 - Hamilton, ON @ The Spice Factory w. Teenanger, Dead Tired
5/17 - Toronto, ON @ Izakaya Sushi House w. Teenanger, Das Rad
5/21 - Montreal, QC @ L’Esco w. The Famines
5/22 - Sackville, NB @ 16 Allison Ave w. Teenanger, Towanda, Impulse Items
5/23 - Halifax, NS @ Obey Convention w. Teenanger, Each Other, No Bodies
5/24 - Moncton, NB @ Above Calactus w. Nerve Button, Fear Agent
5/25 - Fredericton, NB @ TBA w. Pastel Skeleton, Pick Pocket
5/27 - Boston, MA @ The Womb w. Nice Guys, Black Beach
5/28 - New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine w. Estrogen Highs, Worn Leather
5/29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w. Downtown Boys, Arm Candy
5/30 - TBA
5/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w. Ladder Devils, Prophet Said I, Die Choking
6/01 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rock Room (Matinee) w. Submachine
6/02 - Columbus, OH @ 15th Haus w. Nervosas
6/03 - Cleveland, OH @ Club Atlantis (Now That's Class) w. Fuck You Pay Me, Smooth Brain
6/12 - Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Explosion
6/15 - Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha w. Needles//Pins, Low Culture, Nervosas

PS I moved to Vancouver. Mike is still living in Toronto, so expect the same love of Ontario bands that you've always found in us, just from a different time zone. 

Monday, 14 April 2014

All Quiet on the Northern Front

We've been relatively quiet since the Average Times LP came out last month. We're hard at work on our next four (!) releases. We're hoping to get at least the next three out before the end of the year. The first one is due out this June/July, so keep your ear to the ground for that one. We're working with two bands we never have before and three Hosehead staples - one of which was on a very early HHR release!

Next month is our three year anniversary. Maybe we'll do something cool for that (but probably not).

We still have a very small number of Average Times LPs in the webstore, and we're running low of t-shirts.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Average Times LP on sale now

Average Times LPs have now been added to the webstore. Orders are shipping this week - peach coloured vinyl while supplies last. 

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Average Times LP on sale this Tuesday at noon

Average Times LPs are in hand now and will be added to the store at noon EST on Tuesday, March 4th. 

Only 30 copies of the peach-coloured LP are being sold. The rest will be available at the Toronto (March 21st) and Ottawa (March 22nd) release shows. 

All LPs comes with a free digital download code, and any Hosehead buttons and stickers that are around while I pack. 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Hosehead Tshirts

We're now sold out of small and medium 45 label shirts, and are running low on large and XL. We will have all sizes available to order again on March 4th. You can save a few bucks by buying a shirt and the Average Times LP together!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Average Times - S/T LP out March 4th, 2014 + Hosehead t-shirts

We're extremely happy to announce that we'll be releasing the debut LP by Ottawa punks Average Times on March 4th! LP co-released by Germany's P Trash Records. First 50 sold are on colour vinyl. 


And watch a music video here: 

We've also got our classic 45 label t-shirt for sale in the Hosehead Store. We didn't make too many of them though, so jump on one now if you're into

Monday, 20 January 2014