Its time for another non-scheduled Smallman Records news update bonanza! Is bonanza the right word to use there? ‘Extravaganza’ may have been more appropriate… maybe ‘newsapalooza’? Look, just picture me saying it like Mr. Movie Phone. Then really, any elaborate noun works. Anyways…carrying on…

Nine suns and moons have risen since the release of Passenger Action’s debut self-titled full length, and oh, what a glorious time it has been. Passenger Action are on tour right now, troubadouring through the snowiest and most tire-flattening areas of this great nation to bring joy to your ears, and, if you like dudes that smell like a lifetime of tour van and beer, your nose. All your senses will be elated to know that Passenger Action have some dates left on this cross-Canadian music mission, and they are as follows:
02/20/2009 – Hamilton, ON @ Pepper Jacks [NOTE: NEW VENUE!]
02/21/2009 – London, ON @ Call The Office
02/22/2009 – Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern|
02/25/2009 – Thunder Bay, ON @ The Black Pirates Pub
02/26/2009 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Royal Albert (w/ Sights and Sounds, High Five Drive and Molten Lava)
02/27/2009 – Regina, SK @ O’Hanlon’s
02/28/2009 – Calgary, AB @ The Stetson

In addition to all that fun stuff, our friends over at will be running a stream of the entire Passenger Action album starting Friday, Feb. 20. Ch-ch-check it - Once you fall in love with the album, you can buy it by clicking this banner! Its just that easy! The future is now, etcetera!
“The entire record has the listener bombarded with brilliant and consistently interesting and innovative melodies ... The songwriting on the album is phenomenal - everything fits nicely into place ... ” – The Carillon

Moving on…

Where to start with Propagandhi. Seriously.
The band is on tour in Australia and New Zealand this month, and it’s pretty obvious that Propagandhi were missed since their last trip down under almost ten years ago. Several reviews have pegged Propagandhi’s recent shows as ‘gig of the year’… and its only February! If, for some reason that doesn’t get you excited for the release of Supporting Caste, aside from maybe the fact that you live under some kind of rock where having no fun and no taste is a residency requirement, well… you might be dead. Check your pulse.
…You still alive? Rad. Read on.
Like I was saying, good times aplenty at Camp Propagandhi right now. The donate to download campaign has raised over $6500 in its first week, through donations from good people (like you, I hope) in exchange for two new songs from Supporting Caste. All net money raised goes to help either peta2, Sea Shepherd or Partners in Health – whomever you chose to donate to. Pretty alright, am I right?  If you haven’t already checked it out, and once you get out from under that rock you live under, you can find out more about the program here:

You can also pre-order Supporting Caste at, in CD, LP or CD/poster bundle form, or in CD/T-shirt bundle form. Apparently it has been their top selling item for the past two weeks, despite the fact that it’s only been up for a week… we’re talking about a presale that surpasses the constraints of the very notion of time as we know it here, people. It’s like something out of that twilighty show about that zone. Get into it.

What else is going on in the Smallman Galaxy right now…
- Grave Maker is touring the most caffeinated and difficult to spell countries in Europe right now, and apparently, having a blast.
- Broadway Calls has just wrapped up a stint with Alkaline Trio over in Europe, and are gearing up to hit the studio soon. I’m still a little upset that that tour didn’t come through Canada.
- Sights and Sounds will join The Holly Springs Disaster and A Textbook Tragedy on tour in Ontario this March, but not before playing two home town shows in Winnipeg – Feb 26 @ The Albert and March 6 @ The Garrick (w/ THSD and A Textbook Tragedy). Come. Party.
- Comeback Kid are between tours right now, getting ready to take the Through The Noise tour across the pond and into Europe this April. 
- Carpenter will join GOB (who, trust me, are still so entertaining – it’s awesome) for some dates in BC this month.
- The Reason have confirmed a show for Canadian Music Week in Toronto on March 13th at Sneaky Dee’s. After the show, you absolutely have to have the nachos at Dee’s. Unbelievable.
- Sick City joins Senses Fail at The Garrick in Winnipeg on April 13th. Not join, like, they’re teaming up for a single set, but… well hey, come to the show and find out just exactly what I do mean!

Okay, this is the longest update ever. For up to date tour and release information, point your clicker in the direction of Or, if you prefer2twitter, like Shaq, get at us at

OK. I’m done.

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