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The LABEL MAKERS: HAND DRAWN DRACULA

March 5, 2015  |  by  | 

In my opinion, the best record labels present an over-all, cohesive package. They symbolize the perfect marriage of music, visual design, and roster building that brings like-minded artists together in the way a team of superheroes band together to take on the world. Time and again, Toronto label Hand Drawn Dracula has proven itself as a […]



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ABSOLUTELY FREE

August 21, 2014  |  by  | 

I first became familiar with Absolutely Free when they were one of the featured artists on Hand Drawn Dracula’s 20th anniversary tribute to Nirvana’s In Utero last year. The Toronto three-piece recently announced they’ve signed to Arts & Crafts who will release the band’s self-titled full length debut in October. Absolutely Free made its debut at M […]



Albums: 2013

December 16, 2013  |  by  | 

40% of Quick Before It Melts’ Favourite Albums of 2013 list looks very similar to 2011’s list, which is a coincidence not lost on me as I compiled this year’s compendium of preferred personal records. While I am very fond of the four repeat honourees on this year’s list, it wasn’t a forgone conclusion that their new […]



DiSC of the WEEK: Fresh Snow • I

November 25, 2013  |  by  | 

In a year that saw an instrumental post-rock album win the Polaris Music Prize, the climate is right for Fresh Snow to fall onto the Canadian musical landscape. The Toronto-based four-piece released I, their debut full length earlier this year, a record of extended sonic compositions that don’t fall into what’s become the standard structure […]



Totally Dusted

April 27, 2012  |  by  | 

Happy Friday, folks. Hope your week has been less stressful than mine has.  I for one need this weekend something fierce, and I hope to spend it holed up in my little cave, headphones at the ready to lose myself into some damn fine music.  Blogging and music have been an afterthought these past few […]



Good year this year

December 31, 2011  |  by  | 

It’s been a blast having the Hand Drawn Dracula gang contribute guest posts this week, and a big thanks go out to label founder James Mejia for helping put this all together. Not only is James the founder of Hand Drawn Dracula, he’s responsible for the iconoclastic cover art of the label’s records.  For our […]



Cut. Print.

December 31, 2011  |  by  | 

It’s the last day of the Hand Drawn Dracula takeover.  Video directors Scott Cudmore (Brian Borcherdt’s “Scout Leader”) and Christopher Mills (Posdata’s “Tobias Grey”) recount their favourite music and tablet toys, respectively, of 2011. I kind of assume that the only real honest way to judge the best albums is to simply consider which records […]



Stay lit

December 30, 2011  |  by  | 

Day 5 of the Hand Drawn Dracula takeover welcomes a pair of true innovators.  Together as members of Holy Fuck, Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh are making some of the most celebrated electronic music in the country; individually, they prove themselves to be dynamic artists ion their own right.  Borcherdt records as a solo artist, […]



Last year’s disco guitars

December 30, 2011  |  by  | 

Today’s second guest blogger from the Hand Drawn Dracula roster is Jake Fairley, one half of Bishop Morocco and main man behind Fairmont. Jake Fairley ‘s Favourites of 2011 Dye – Taki 183:  “Makes me feel so many things. It’s my medicine” Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges:  “Mesmerizing and utterly special” […]



Eavesdropping

December 29, 2011  |  by  | 

Today’s second guest blogger from the Hand Drawn Dracula roster is the incomparable Julie Fader.  She’s letting us in on what music soundtracked the last 12 months for her and her new born daughter. I spent most of 2010 on tour, and the first few months of 2011 as well.  In the spring of 2011 […]









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