The Torrent is not named after a download protocol. Mike Barry plays guitar and sings, and Cameron Groves sings, plays violin and deals with the machines. Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star said, and I quote, “[Leonora Moreno]is a sexy/nasty slab of droning electro-pop sleaze, and my new favourite thing. Imagine Beat Happening, A Place to Bury Strangers and the Neon Judgement doing lots of drugs together in a Hamburg fetish bar and you’ll get the gist of this dour gem. Acidic monotone vocals, battering drum-machine beats and a whole lotta art-house style caught in a radioactive glow of sawing violin and over-cranked guitar. “

We’re distro-ing this release to record stores. For mail order and digital, see the band’s site at: http://thetorrent.net

The Torrent is not named after a download protocol. Mike Barry plays guitar and sings, and Cameron Groves sings, plays violin and deals with the machines. Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star said, and I quote, “[Leonora Moreno]is a sexy/nasty slab of droning electro-pop sleaze, and my new favourite thing. Imagine Beat Happening, A Place to Bury Strangers and the Neon Judgement doing lots of drugs together in a Hamburg fetish bar and you’ll get the gist of this dour gem. Acidic monotone vocals, battering drum-machine beats and a whole lotta art-house style caught in a radioactive glow of sawing violin and over-cranked guitar. “

We’re distro-ing this release to record stores. For mail order and digital, see the band’s site at: http://thetorrent.net

1. Buying Blocks

The best way to buy Blocks is through our mailorder at The Blue House. The Blocks will make the most money that way. However, if you like the endorphin rush of going to a record store and getting the nod of approval from a clerk for buying something so cool here’s how…

In Canada, Blocks gets put into a lot of local record stores courtesy of FAB Distro. Where there are stands of water-soaked weeklies and ironic facial hair, there we be. In Toronto our local faves are Soundscapes and Rotate This. You can’t believe how much these two joints and their customers have helped Blocks.   Outside of Canada, we’re developing relationships with smaller distros and directly with record stores. Here’s a quick rundown.

In New York: Just got word that Other Music will be taking a big order from us. If you’re in NYC and looking for Blocks stuff, check it out and if they don’t have something of ours, ask for it!

In Europe:   A little bit of intrigue to sort through as a few artists have there own thing going on. Most of Kids On TV’s releases are available through Chicks On Speed Records. Brian Joseph Davis is carried by RER Megacorp. And some Final Fantasy and Hank albums have been released there by Tomlab. Jez is working on a few stores. We’ll keep you up to date.

Japan: We’re almost there!

2. The Free Music Archive

WFMU’s Free Music Archive just launched and Blocks has been given guest keys to post music. Why the FMA is so important is a little too complex to go into here (suffice it to say, it saves the asses of many internet radio stations and pod casters in the States) but we’re starting to upload tracks, some albums and live shows. It’s slow going now but check back every now and then for tracks by Blocks artists and other Torontonians.

BUILDING BLOCKS DIGITAL SINGLES CLUB presents

The Torrent
“Life Boat” b/w “Leopold Bloom.”

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The Torrent are about to release a new album on the Tetrapod label, and all of it is just as great as this single!

“Life Boat” is distorted pop magic, like the missing link between Taking Tiger Mountain and Another Green World. “Leopold Bloom” is a slinky, slow grinding hymn to modernism. Listen to it and Kate Bush’s The Sensual World at the same time and you’ll never have to finish Ulysses!

Just a reminder that our website still sucks. All our available releases can be purchased here on our page at The Blue House.

Four years in the making, produced by Jesse Laine and CW, with artwork by Tara Azzopardi, and featuring 14 sparkling pop gems ranging in style and subject matter, from Burt Lancaster to dead goldfish via hermetic paranoia.

Exclaim also called Hank’s music “sensual.” Sensuality AND hermetic paranoia. Why aren’t you buying this album right now?

1. Go to the official Facebook home of Blocks Recording Club.

2. Join for news and exclusive tracks from our new Building Blocks Singles Club

Starting April 09, every four weeks we’ll be releasing 2 exclusive tracks from brand new Blocks bands. The password will only be sent to the Facebook group members. There’ll be a LP compilation of these tracks released near the end of the year but why not have all the tracks FIRST!

That’s FREE music, and you’ll have it before the rest of the INTERNET does.

More to come!

Four years in the making, produced by Jesse Laine and CW, with artwork by Tara Azzopardi, and featuring 14 sparkling pop gems ranging in style and subject matter, from Burt Lancaster to dead goldfish via hermetic paranoia.

Exclaim also called Hank’s music “sensual.” Sensuality AND hermetic paranoia. Why aren’t you buying this album right now?

No, but dialectics can get your ass on the dance floor. Blocks founder (and now real live art grad student) Steven Kado presents his first full length album under the name The Blankket. It’s Arthur Russell meets On-U Sound System.

NOW Magazine called it, “A nihilist anti-modern death chant.”

Pegatively Nositive is hard hitting music that says THE BAD DAYS WON’T BE OVER SOON. Buy it here.

Now available everywhere vinyl is sold: One Hundred Dollar’s 7-inch, Fourteenth Floor. It’s the first of their “Regional 7inch series” which will also see a platter out on G7 Welcoming Committee. Order here. More info on the series on the band’s website.

One Hundred Dollars is playing SXSW this year…at a church…at the unbelievably favourable time of 11PM! Prediction: An industry flack will have his heart explode after the set, which will lead to him  questioning his life , asking himself why he thought “Glitter” was such a perfect synergy project for Mariah Cary. It ends with him pitching his BlackBerry into the sea and pledging to serve the poor.