The latest on the Urban Myth Collective and its peeps.

Urban Myth artistes Bull City and Dan Bryk have both been voted by the music writers of the Raleigh Independent to The Triangle’s best 35 songs of 2007 list: Bull City for their epic track Game and Bryk for his quasi-jingle Discount Store.

This dropkicks ’em alongside many of our local faves: Bowerbirds, Future Kings of Nowhere, Hammer No More The Fingers, Red Collar, Schooner, and (winner of the UM office pool for best band name of 2007) I Was Totally Destroying It. Yaaaaay to everyone who didn’t make the list too.

Download the mixtape of all 35 tracks here and discover why they still call Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill “not a bad place for music.”

Urban Myth is now exclusively distributed in Canada by F.A.B. Distribution. They are awesome folks, music lovers of the old school, and we’re excited to work with them!

The first two UM titles, Dan Bryk‘s Discount Store and Corey Landisself-titled album, are available now, and hopefully are already in your favourite local record store. Ask for them!

US stores can also order UM titles directly from F.A.B., starting with Tower Records Online…

No, really.

Interview with Bryk in today’s Daily Tar Heel.

Bryk is chuffed to be opening for T-Dot local heroes The Golden Dogs at Local 506 next Monday Nov. 19th.

In Kevin Bacon terms: Bryk played in The American Flag with Paul Aucoin, who produced the Golden Dogs new CD “Big Eye Little Eye”, which was released in Canada by True North Records (label home of former Bryk drummer Howie Beck) and in the US by local NC label Yep Roc. Dave and Jessica from The Dogs sing backups on The Bicycles “The Good The Bad and the Cuddly”, which was produced by… Bryk.

In like 10 Lyon Street, out like Lamb!

A few of UM’s finest will be performing at this November’s Troika Festival in Durham, NC and International Pop Overthrow in Toronto.

Troika Festival 2007

Bull City
Thursday, November 1 • 9:45 PM?
Duke Coffeehouse?
Crowell Building, Duke’s East Campus, Durham, NC?
All Ages — BYOB/Coffee Bar/Snacks?

Dan Bryk
Broad Street Cafe • 10 PM
1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC
All Ages — Food and Bar

I.P.O. Toronto 2007

Luke Jackson • 7:30
Chris Staig • 8:15

Wednesday, November 14
The Rivoli
334 Queen St. W.
(416) 596-1908

Electric boots, mohair suits! You know we read it in a magaziiiiiiiiiiine.

Dan Bryk will be appearing on CBC Radio One’s Definitely Not The Opera this Saturday Sept 15th.

Bryk will be interviewed by host Sook-Yin Lee, and has been asked to perform an acoustic version of Discount Store.

DNTO airs Saturday afternoons across Canada at 1:00 p.m. (1:30 in Newfoundland) on CBC Radio One.

You can also catch the show on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 137 – Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

And if you’re in Chicago or Seattle, you can catch the show on public radio: WBEZ in Chicago Sunday at midnight, and on KXOT in Seattle Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

UPDATE: We managed to record the interview from WBEZ, and we’ve archived it here.

Bryk’s interview with Shelagh Rogers will actually be on the air the morning of Labour Day Monday, Sept. 3rd, not Friday 31st as previously noted here.

Bryk has a nice little article in this week’s Toronto Eye Weekly.

Review of Discount Store (and a stream) in last week’s Indy

A Discount Store review, this one from the Daily Tar Heel’s Diversions Blog. (Dan will be playing the Diversions Party at Local 506 with Schooner and Red Collar September 29th.)

Some more cool radio interviews this week:

Dan and Corey will be live on Toronto’s Commercial Alternative Powerhouse 102.1 The Edge (us old timers still call it CFNY) this Friday around 6:15 PM to talk about their alleged careers and their “big Toronto show” at C’est What? (also this Friday, starting around 10 PM, with Noyan Hilmi of Five Blank Pages representing for the 905).

This is been a serious life-long dream of Bryk’s, as they will chat with Toronto indie music icon Dave Bookman, and have promised not to swear as much as they do on their records. CFNY has a live stream for you out-of-towners.

Dan will also be the interview guest of Shelagh Rogers(!) on CBC Radio One’s Sounds Like Canada this Friday morning at 10 AM EST. Tune in across Canada on CBC Radio One, or listen on the internets.

Through the elfin magic of ISDN (we prefer to think it’s “the pixies”), Dan sat down at WUNC’s studios in Chapel Hill and had a nice chat with Shelagh, who’s in Vancouver. How cool is that?

Other Landis news: in a match that seems blatantly obvious yet wonderfully apropos, Upright Citizens Brigade theater in L.A. is using Corey’s demo for See You Next Tuesday as the opening theme for their show of the same name. Go check out their great shows (some of which are FREE).

The song will be re-recorded for Corey’s next record, due “around the same time Christ the Lord returns.” He said it, we supplied the gratuitous link.

For now, check it out over at Corey’s site.