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Mar. 27, 2014: Things progress.

things progress... Mark & Melissa both are recording.

Feb. 26, 2014: For what it's worth, we've started recording our next album.

assorted hellothisisalex equipment strewn about a room; we are recording a new album

July 21, 2013: With our year of remixes and revisitations now behind us, we are now ready to present you with the album that gathers them all together, including one more new track previously unheard and unreleased. ‘Anniversary’ is now available to consume from CDbaby, iTunes, Amazon, and more. We’re glad you could tag along on this trip with us. We’ve had a blast. Celebrate with us! Have some cake!

What’s coming next? You’ll just have to wait and see. There must be some new music; after all, there were those previously unheard songs played at Lupercalia...

June 27, 2013: Here's a peek at the album art for 'anniversary':

album art for 'anniversary'

April 7, 2013: We're currently working on gathering up all the remixes and revisitations for our upcoming album 'Anniversary.' In the meantime, we've spent a day on the farm mucking about and doing our usual thing.

Come visit the farm.

February 21, 2013: Remix No. 12 is ‘Snow on the Tongue,’ an unfinished track from ‘across the river twin.’ Originally intended as the album’s close, we never could seem to take the music where we wanted. Frustrated, we set the song aside. Once we had finished ‘the beauty queen waves goodbye,’ the album felt complete. In the end, ‘Snow on the Tongue’ was shelved with only three parts intact. The passing time gave us the answer we needed for finishing it, and now it sees the light of day.

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With Remix No. 12 we complete the year-long 10+1 year anniversary celebration. We’re now at our twelfth year, and we’re getting right curmudgeonly (but just a little). We need our slippers, the daily newspaper (what’s that?), and naps in wingback chairs.

But lest you wonder where you’ll get your fill of hellothisisalex remixes, fear not! We will be releasing all of these blasts from the past on ‘Anniversary,’ the new hellothisisalex album later this year. We’ll give you the release date in an announcement as soon as possible. Until then, happy napping!

January 20, 2013: To start off 2013, we give you a track that was never officially finished, and never officially released. ‘Group Geography’ was started around 2007, with the track being built on top of shortwave radio broadcasts recorded by a good friend living in northern China. Eventually it reached a passable state and faded into obscurity in our archive. For this month’s remix, we redid some parts and added some new ones. Here it is, heard by the outside world for the first time, a cold new track to match the wind chill.

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December 20, 2012: As the calendar year’s end suddenly approaches, we return to ‘The New North,’ a song written for Minus 40. Minus 40 was a project pairing artists and musicians with National Film Board of Canada films. For it, we re-scored 1946’s ‘The New North,’ a piece of wartime propaganda about the building of the Alaska-Canadian Highway. The original song featured samples of the film’s narration, but for this month’s remix, we decided to revisit the original instrumental version of the song. We didn’t add anything new, but we re-did the mix from the ground up. We hope this mix tides you over until we return in 2013. Cheers to the return of the sun!

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November 21, 2012: Sometimes you have to let a song sleep for a long time to get it right. Once upon a time, ‘a murder of crows’ was a full-length album. Then time passed and we started to feel like too much of the album felt wrong. Eventually, we compromised, cutting the album down to an EP and removing everything we were unsatisfied with. One of the removals was the extended section that introduced ‘The soft form of old corpses.’ This section, ‘He casts a shadow, his phantom looms,’ has finally been completely remade, gifting the properly sombre introduction back to the wistful (and perplexingly upbeat) ‘The soft form of old corpses,’ which has also been remixed. Check out ‘He casts a shadow, his phantom looms’ for the first time, and compare ‘The soft form of old corpses’ with the original...
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October 21, 2012: ‘Toy trains for birds’ is a simple bit of fun that ended up being on the MUTEK.02 compilation: unpretentious, to the point, and candy-coated. We couldn’t resist revisiting it to see how we might write the song nowadays. A few more trains, a few more birds, and hey... there it is. (PS: we’ve also started posting our remixes on Soundcloud, so feel free to share the tracks, embed them on your own pages and blogs, comment on the tracks, and so on.)
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September 22, 2012: ‘Television, my lazy brother’ takes us back to a good place: we were improvising lots, playing around with song structure and repetition, playing our first live shows, and writing the album that would eventually become ‘the canadian spelling program.’ As they say in the renovation business, this song has “good bones,” so we decided to revisit it as the next remix. ‘Telenet, my crazy lover’ is the result of four furious days of playing around, ending on the fall equinox. Listen to this tribute to our September birthdays and the dial-up internet we are currently tolerating in the beautiful countryside.
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August 21, 2012: ‘Jane’ almost made it onto ‘the canadian spelling program.’ Because it ended up an outtake, we eagerly offered it up as a part of special Piehead Records release, ‘Save your fork, there’s pie!’ Later, we released it online for all of you to hear. Now we’ve spruced it up, changed some things that were bothering us, and given it a makeover. Hey Jane, you knew.
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August 4, 2012: Just a quick note to let you know we're playing OTHERfolk in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada on August 16th. It's a multi-venue event, and you can get a pass for the main event and all the other venues here. Some of the events are free (including ours). You can find us at the Farmer's Market at 6:30 PM. Have a look at the schedule and map to all the events here.

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