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Toh Kay streams “Shantantitty Town” from upcoming split with Sycamore Smith

Toh Kay (Tomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto) is streaming a cover of Sycamore Smith‘s “Shantantitty Town” from their upcoming split LP You By Me: Vol. 2, which is set to be released on August 12th through Pentimento Music Co.

You can give the song a listen below and pre-order the split on your choice of wax or plastic over here.

Toh Kay last released The Hand That Thieves, featuring his own solo versions of all the songs on Streetlight Manifesto’s latest album The Hands That Thieve.  Both records kinda sorta came out in the spring of 2013.



Toh Kay announces split EP with Sycamore Smith, posts teaser video

Toh Kay (Tomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto) has announced he will be releasing a split EP with Sycamore Smith called You By Me, Vol. 2 on August 12th via Pentimento Music Co.  The split will feature Toh Kay covering 3 Sycamore Smith songs, and Sycamore covering 3 Toh Kay/Streetlight Manifesto songs.

To get you ready for the release, Kalnoky has posted a teaser video featuring clips from the split.  You can check that out below.

Toh Kay last released The Hand That Thieves, which was the companion to Streetlight Manifesto’s last album The Hands That Thieve, featuring his solo versions of the full band album.  Both of those were released in the spring of 2013.



Victory Records keeps “The Hand That Thieves” and live EP from being released

Victory Records has had Toh Kay’s album “The Hand That Thieves” cancelled and are not allowing the record to be released as planned. The album, an acoustic companion to Streetlight Manifesto’s “The Hands That Thieve,” has been legally dancing in the air for weeks as tensions between Streetlight and Victory reach an all-time high.

The band released this statement this morning:

“It’s with a very heavy heart that I have to announce the following:

1) The Toh Kay album “The Hand That Thieves” has been canceled for the foreseeable future. More details will come to light in the coming days.

2) Due to Victory Records refusal to send us copies of our own new album, there will be another delay in our ability to deliver preorders on time. We hoped to find a compromise with them, up until the bitter end; unfortunately, it just wasn’t possible.”

(Read the full statement here)

That being said, today’s release of “The Hands That Thieve” marks the end of the band’s contract with Victory. Check out our review of the album right here.



Victory Records gets “The Hand That Thieves” removed from Amazon, Itunes

Toh Kay has confirmed that “The Hand That Thieves,” his acoustic companion album to the upcoming Streetlight Manifesto album “The Hands That Thieve,” has been pulled by Victory Records from digital outlets like Amazon and Itunes.

“@tohkay: Thanks @victoryrecords & your lawyer for removing my record from Amazon. Heaven forbid anyone but you make a living off of my music. Asshats.”

This comes far from unexpected, as last week Victory claimed copyright infringement against Toh Kay for the use of his own song in a music video.

“The Hands That Thieve” will be released April 30th via Victory and Pentimento Music Company; the acoustic version was to be a Pentimento special. Streetlight continues to ask fans to boycott Victory and support the band directly by purchasing the album through their own website. Click here for those pre-orders.

Check out our review of the album here.



Toh Kay to Victory Records: “Shame on you”

The battle between Streetlight Manifesto and Victory Records continues to rage on, as Toh Kay officially responds to claims of copyright infringement against his own music video; claims which were made by Victory hours after it was uploaded.  He tweets:

“@VictoryRecords: Reports of your douchebagery have been grossly underestimated. Even the wealthiest of bullies can’t kill music. Shame on you.”

Toh Kay also tweeted what appears to be a brief conversation between himself and “TB” (assumedly, Tony Brummel, owner of Victory Records):

“TB: You want a war?
TK: No, I just want you to leave me alone.
TB: You just dug your grave, boy.”

The two will part ways on April 30th, as the band releases “The Hands That Thieve,” which will be the last album they are contractually obligated to release via the label. They will be co-releasing the album on their own label Pentimento Music Co., along with an acoustic companion album by Toh Kay, and a live EP to accompany pre-orders. Check out our review of the record here.



Victory Records claims copyright infringement against Toh Kay for his own song

The upcoming release of Streetlight Manifesto’s long-anticipated and longer-delayed album “The Hands That Thieve” will bring an end to the contract that has been the cause of a now decade-long feud between the band and their Victory Records. And now it appears that this will be a bitter battle between the two right until the end.

In what some would classify as a “dick move,” a new music video posted earlier today by Streetlight frontman Toh Kay has been stripped from Youtube, based upon claims of copyright infringement by Victory. This is not the first time such claims against the band have been made, as this event is virtually identical to an incident in 2010. The Streetlight camp have yet to release an official statement, other than a quick tweet.

“The Hands That Thieve” will be released on April 30th. The track in question will appear on Toh Kay’s acoustic companion album “The Hand That Thieves.” The band continues to urge fans to boycott Victory by purchasing the record directly from the Pentimento Music Co. website, or “find a way to get the tunes onto your computer that may not be, ahem, traditional.” After their upcoming “The End Of The Beginning” tour, the band will be significantly decreasing their time on the road. For more information and dates, click here.



Music Video/Free Download: Toh Kay – “With Any Sort Of Certainty” (from upcoming Streetlight Manifesto album)

Streetlight Manifesto frontman Toh Kay has released a music video for his version of the song “With Any Sort Of Certainty,” which will appear on the band’s upcoming album “The Hands That Thieve,” as well as its acoustic companion album “The Hand That Thieves.” Click here to check it out. You can also download the song for free here.

“The Hands That Thieve” will probably be released on April 30th. Check out our review of the album here.

UPDATE: This video has been taken down due to copyright claims by Victory Records. Click here for more info.



DS Show Review/Photo Gallery: The Revival Tour Comes To Boston (3/29/13)

March 29th marked the arrival of of the first real springtime weather that the Boston area experienced after what was a particularly harsh, snow-filled winter. In what cannot be logically conceived as a coincidence, it also marked the only Boston stop of the 2013 rendition of The Revival Tour. The three-hour barnburner of a show (on a Friday evening, no less) allowed the capacity, all-ages crowd (+/- 933) a chance to shake out the winter doldrums and revel in an epic night of musicianship and camaraderie the likes of which none present will soon forget.

Now in its sixth year, The Revival Tour features a rotating cast of characters working in unison, and ensuring that no two shows are exactly the same, creating a truly unique experience. Conceived and organized by the one-and-only Chuck Ragan, this stop on the tour featured the Hot Water Music co-frontman appearing alongside Dave Hause, Rocky Votolato, Toh Kay (Streetlight Manifesto) and Jenny Owen Youngs, all of whom were aided, at various times, by Ragan’s solo cohorts Jon Gaunt on the fiddle and Joe Ginsberg on the upright bass, as well as Addison Burns (most recently of Chris Wollard + the Ship Thieves) on percussion. (Other stops on the tour feature Matt Pryor, Tim McIlrath, Jay Malinowski and Jenny O.)

The night began, in Revival Tour fashion, with all of the evening’s artists joining each other on stage in a set that featured the group collaborating on one song from each of the main performers’ solo careers, kicked off appropriately by the Ragan solo track “Nomad By Fate.” One of the draws of The Revival Tour is that it combines artists that, while they may appear together on your Spotify playlist, you may not necessarily be able to envision them sharing the stage. And yet, like a campfire/barroom open mic amalgam, there was Dave Hause singing backup for Toh Kay on “We Will Fall Together,” Toh Kay’s virtuoso-style finger-picking on Rocky Votolato’s “White Daisy Passing,” Jenny Owen Youngs’ joining the chorus on Dave Hause’s “Prague (Revive Me)” and so on. There did seem to be a fair amount of learning from each other as they went, although that’s kinda the point of The Revival Tour.

After the opening set, each individual act was given a 30-minute-or-so spotlight set in which they played their own material. Toh Kay kicked things off from stage left with a set that turned into a rousing singalong, high in audience participation. Toh Kay seemed to have a small army in attendance, loyally camped out on his side of the stage, shouting song suggestions at every turn. Kay (real name Tomas Kalnoky) seemed willing and eager to give the audience what they wanted (though he was comically unable to give it at one point; the problem with having a large catalog is that sometimes the audience remembers your material better than you do).

Kalnoky gave way to Jenny Owen Youngs, who quickly noted that the audience seemed chipper, ready to sing along and to participate in the evening as actively as the paid performers were. Youngs’ set featured frequent collaboration from some combination of Ragan, Gaunt and Ginsberg with never less than stellar results. Particular favorites were Ginsberg manning the stand-up bass and vocals for “Walk The Line” and Ragan picking up the harmonica and bullet mic for Youngs’ “Love For Long” (my five-year-old would have been insanely jealous).

Votolato took over for Youngs, though Youngs was not off stage for long. When Votolato noted that he was struggling with lyric recall amidst the third verse of a cover of the Bob Dylan classic “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright,” Youngs swooped in to the rescue, Googling the appropriate lyrics and providing harmonies. Votolato (whom we don’t cover nearly enough on these pages) is a compelling songwriter whose albums, while each great in their own right, do little to really capture the power of his live performance.

Taking the baton from Votolato, and continuing to dial up the intensity of the evening’s solo portion, was Dave Hause. While many of the evening’s other performers have cut their teeth as solo performers for years, Hause’s stint in The Loved Ones has left him the consummate stage performer. As he ripped through a set that included Loved Ones songs and tracks from his solo debut, Resolutions, as well as three songs from his recently-recorded, as-yet-untitled sophomore album. Perhaps the only set I’ve ever witnessed that ended in a full audience singalong to a track that none of them had ever heard before. Only an artist with the commanding presence that Hause had would have the stones to try it, and without a chipper audience waiting on your every poignant word, it would have fallen miserably flat. Thankfully, it proved a fun highlight in an evening filled with fun highlights.

The man behind The Revival Tour, Chuck Ragan, took the final solo slot, and for good reason. Ragan has achieved almost mythical status due his relentlessly workmanlike, nose-to-the-grindstone, build-it-from-the-ground-up ethic, and rightfully so. Ragan seems committed to pouring his heart and soul into his every performance, whether it be songs like “Old Diesel” or “Nothing Left To Prove” from his solo catalog, or a gripping cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” And yet, as intense as Ragan is, his intensity (ferocity at times?) is matched by grace and humility; he continues to present as though he not only genuinely loves and appreciates doing what he does, but he genuinely relishes the brotherhood and camaraderie involved (yes, I stole those words from a Ragan track).

Camaraderie seemed to genuinely be the central theme of the evening. Each of the evening’s artists appeared genuine in their appreciation of the talents of the artists with whom they shared the stage. It would have been easy to envision each artist showing up, putting in their 25 minutes and heading to their respective corners and Instagram accounts, a la the ’25 Guys, 25 Cabs’ Red Sox teams of years passed. One gets the feeling that Chuck Ragan wouldn’t stand for that, however. Maybe it’s because the Revival Tour is now in its sixth year so some of that potential negative energy may have existed in years passed, but the tour, and Ragan specifically, seems to attract a certain type of performer. Each may have their own scars in the past (consider some of the introspective tales told in songs like Youngs’ “Fuck Was I” or Hause’s “Autism Vaccine Blues,” or Votolato’s “White Daisy Passing”), but Ragan seems to have instilled the idea that there is strength in numbers, a sort of mutual autopsy, self-help group that the crowd itself can partake in. That early thirties thing where we all just go insane.

It seems odd to say that a three-hour show raced by, but that’s exactly the feeling leaving a Revival Tour show. There was legitimately never a dull moment, because even if you were less-than-familiar with a certain part of a certain artists’ catalog, the diverse crowd was certain to contain a segment that was able to belt out every word with the artist, thereby making converts of the otherwise not-yet-ordained; the amount of people seen leaving the merch table with a Hause coozie and a Youngs’ CD and a Votolato shirt was noteworthy. Even if you don’t get a chance to see this particular lineup, make no mistake about it: The Revival Tour is not to be missed, nor soon forgotten.

Check out the photos here.



Free download: Toh Kay (of Streetlight Manifesto) – “Hooray For Me” (Bad Religion cover)

Streetlight Manifesto frontman Toh Kay is giving away a free track, the B-side to last year’s “We Will Fall Together” 7″. Click here to get his cover of Bad Religion’s “Hooray For Me.”

The band’s highly anticipated  and long-delayed album “The Hands That Thieve” may finally see the light of day on April 30th via Victory Records and the band’s own label Pentimento Music Company. It will be accompanied by Toh Kay’s companion acoustic versions of the songs.



Streetlight Manifesto release 4th song clip from upcoming album “The Hands That Thieve”

Punctuality-challenged 4th wave ska band Streetlight Manifesto are now streaming another minute-or-so long preview of a song from their upcoming album “The Hands That Thieve” in an attempt to prove that the completed album in fact does exist. Check out the first three teasers here.

The album, which has faced long delays due to conflicts with Victory Records, may or may not be released on April 30th. Victory declined to comment on the release postponements. “The Hands That Thieve” will be the last record that the band is contractually obligated to release via Victory. Check out our review of the album here.



Toh Kay of Streetlight Manifesto added to Revival Tour

Following last week’s tour announcement, The Revival Tour 2013 has added Streetlight Manifesto lead singer/guitarist Toh Kay (a.k.a. Tomas Kalnoky) to the line-up, joining already announced featured performers Dave Hause of Loved Ones, Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath, LA’s Jenny O, Americana singer/songwriter and original tour organizer Chuck Ragan, Texas-based singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato, NJ-based singer/songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs with additional artists stil l to be announced

Celebrating its sixth year fostering the rich folk tradition of giving and openness and propelled by an innate need to tell a story in its naked acoustic state, 2013’s edition of The Revival Tour will kick off in March. Loosely structured in the form of old-fashioned folk musician get-togethers, The Revival Tour is an ensemble collective in which the participating musicians collaborate and jam, frequently creating unique and inspired once-in-a-lifetime moments of brilliance – often multiple times in a single night.

You can find and purchase the tour dates here.



Toh Kay (Streetlight Manifesto) releasing “The Hand That Thieves”

In addition to finally announcing their third album, “The Hands That Thieve”, Streetlight Manifesto has also announced a new album by frontman Tomas Kalnoky (performing under his solo pseudonym Toh Kay). The album, “The Hand That Thieves”, will follow Toh Kay’s practice of performing acoustic versions of Streetlight Manifesto songs:

“The new Toh Kay album is a companion piece to “The Hands That Thieve”; all the songs are performed by Toh Kay and his acoustic trio. The albums may have the same song titles, lyrics and chord progressions, but the similarities end there. The album has a laid back, late night, lazy feel – something to put your feet up to, when you’re not quite in the mood for the ball of frenetic energy that is Streetlight Manifesto.”

You can read the whole post on Facebook.

Both “The Hands That Thieve” and “The Hand That Thieves” will be released November 6, 2012, co-released by Victory Records and Pentimento Music Company. However, the band made a plea to fans some months ago to not purchase the album or anything Streetlight-related via Victory Records, due to countless disputes between the two parties. Instead, fans are encouraged to support the Streetlight-affiliated Pentimento Music Co., or to “find a way to get the tunes onto your computer that may not be, ahem, traditional.” Interpret as you will.



Streetlight Manifesto wrap up recording, frontman (once again) injured on Warped Tour

Warped Tour insiders have reported that the new original Streetlight Manifesto album is nearly done being recorded and will soon be off for mixing and mastering. Click here to watch the first new track of the album.

A few weeks in to the Vans Warped Tour, frontman Tomas Kalnoky is apparently performing on crutches after an unspecified incident.

For the whole scoop on the new album, click over here.



Pentimento Music Co. announces “Campfire Tour,” feat. Toh Kay (Streetlight Manifesto), Dan Potthast, Sycamore Smith

Independent label Pentimento Music Company has just announced their 2012 “Pentimento Campfire Tour,” featuring their lineup of acoustic singer-songwriters, including Toh Kay (Tomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifest0,) Dan Potthast (MU330, The Bricks) and Sycamore Smith. You can find all the dates (U.S./Canada) here.

All three artists will be supporting new full-length releases: Toh Kay’s “Streetlight Lullabies” (our review here), Dan P & The Bricks with “Watch Where You Walk” and Sycamore Smith’s “Redux” collection. In addition, Pentimento will be working to help the release of an upcoming Streetlight Manifesto original album this summer.



Toh Kay preparing new record in addition to upcoming Streetlight Manifesto release

Last year saw no shortage of releases from the budding record label Pentimento Music Company, and 2012 is looking to be even better. In addition to new records by Dan P. and Rodeo Ruby Love, the company has revealed that Toh Kay (Tomas Kalnoky) is preparing a 2012 release, in addition to the upcoming Streetlight Manifesto original follow-up to 2010’s 99 Songs Of Revolution.

The update reads as follows:

“They are happening – records, that is. It seems like almost everyone is working a new one, Streetlight Manifesto, Dan P, Rodeo Ruby Love, and Toh Kay are all at different stages of preparing new records. With that said, it is safe to say that the coming months will be full of exciting announcements.”

A new album by Toh Kay would be his third release, following 2010’s You By Me Vol. 1 (DS review here) and 2011’s Streetlight Lullabies (DS review here). The upcoming Streetlight release will be the band’s first original work since 2007’s Somewhere In The Between (DS review here).

Stay tuned for a flurry of updates over the next few weeks as we learn more about these projects.