We have just made the second album by Jay Stevens from 2007 When the World Pulls the Plug available as a free download.
This album features the talents of Simple Pat Piper on mandolin and bass, and Jocelyn Conway on drums.
All the tracks were engineered, mastered and produced by Pat Shulze.
Enjoy the music and if you like what you hear, keep a copy for yourself!
Hear the new song A Red Rose on Mother’s Day and download the entire ep.
(photo by Neil Smith of pic-a-day.co.uk)
We have just compiled a limited edition split CD of the first two albums Shoestring had published in 2005. Shoestring Studios humbly took shape in 2005 with borrowed gear and floorspace to independently produce and distribute the works of Toronto based folk-ramblers J Stevens and AJ mAJik Fletcher. With a budget made from busking change we published two debut albums- Shadow Puppets by The Falling Trees and Folk I Don’t Know by J Stevens- in a very no frills manner of CDr’s and hand-drawn, paper covers.
Seven years on, We’re happy to be re-releasing these gems as a limited split to celebrate
the continued efforts and achievements of Shoestring and our artists.
Hear Gifts From Hell by The Falling Trees below:
and Elston Gunn by J Stevens here:
Thanks for listening!
“…I was here to make a record, I was here to take a shot,” a reflective lyric, in the song Back to the Cows, of the unlikely odds of the album Folk I Don’t Know ever materializing after the songs had been reared in sober times on a quiet farm.
J Stevens’ debut effort was recorded on borrowed equipment in shared spaces and humbly published on CD-rs with hand-drawn covers in 2005. An 11 track acoustic folk collection of originals, Folk I Don’t Know has a certain warmth from crackles of the four-track tape, and youthful experimentation of mixing and mastering.
A limited re-release of Folk I Don’t Know is found on our first CD of 2012: Shoestring’s Seven Year’s Split, sharing plastic with The Falling Trees’ Shadow Puppets, also from 2005. The CD features selections from both albums, edited for time– now Folk I Don’t Know is available digitally in its entirety– for free.
Today Off The Hour on CKUT 90.3 in Montreal featured an interview with Jay Stevens about his latest release and launch party.
The 15 minute interview plays Stately Dissonance and Voted! from the EP Climate Controlled released just yesterday.
The interview becomes an insight into the inspirations of the recordings and Jay’s personal analysis of current events.
Hear the interview below:
Thanks to all for their support!
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Today, a positive review of the latest release from J Stevens: “My Best Yet”
“I hadn’t heard of J. Stevens until now so I can’t really comment on whether his album titled My Best Yet is accurately labelled, but I wouldn’t be surprised… I dig it. I dig it good.” — Sarah of MUSIC SHE BLOGGED
Read the whole review at MUSIC SHE BLOGGED
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Jay Stevens’ “My Best Yet” is now for sale at an awesome, independent, local record shop in the NDG borough of Montreal: Encore Books & Records. They sell all sorts of local independent artists as well as used rarities from all genres– vinyl too. Their book collection is also extensive and thoughtfully organized among odd memorabilia and trinkets.
The CD album is priced at $10 and we’d like to thank the folks at Encore for providing a space to distribute non-commercial music in a non-commercial space.
Now there are three ways to get a hold of the latest Jay Stevens collection:
ON STAGE: Keep an eye on Jay’s blog page for weekly updates on local open-stage performances and upcoming concerts.
Jay always has available his newest CD as well as “When the World Pulls the Plug” and “The Illustrated Natural History of…”
Many thanks to all who support their local artists and artisans!
A retrospective of J Stevens: “My Best Yet”
Canadian singer/songwriter J Stevens has just released a collection of his favorites; “My Best Yet” — The Montreal based artist is currently recording a new full length album anticipated this summer, to be released by Shoestring Studios. We’ve re-mastered some of J’s most memorable tracks and uncovered unreleased demos and live recordings to compile a retrospective of the artists growth in sound and song. “My Best Yet” is available now on iTunes as well as through SHOESTRINGSTUDIOS.ORG where songs can be sampled.
This CD and others are available to PRESS and RADIO by request:
Any comments or reviews would also be appreciated.
AN OFFICIAL CD RELEASE PARTY IS TBA.