Published Oct 30, 2019Ten years ago, Dan Mangan released his second studio album Nice, Nice, Very Nice. In celebration of its anniversary, the Canadian songwriter will now release a special edition of the record — an expanded double LP including demos, deep cuts and previously unreleased recordings.
The deluxe 10th anniversary edition of the album comes out as a 2-LP vinyl set on November 15 via Arts & Crafts. Today, Mangan has shared a 2008 demo of his 2009 song "A Tragic Turn of Events," which you can listen if you scroll past the record's 23-song tracklist.
Alongside newly released track, Mangan has also shared an essay (to be included in the liner notes of the record), in which he reminisces about his time leading up to his commercial success and a big move from Vancouver to Toronto. Read a snippet of that below.
I remember the months prior to recording this album were complicated. I'd cut ties with my manager and my relationship with my record label was uncertain. I had been denied every recording grant I could find.
I remember going for a long walk with my mom and step-mom. I knew I'd written some decent songs, but I was terribly broke and scared to move forward. We came up with a plan — that I'd draw up a proposal and reach out to people in our community, asking for contributions toward the production cost. I'd pay everyone back with interest. "There are people who would love to support you." This was before crowd-funding was a thing, but we'd inadvertently stumbled upon it.
Read Mangan's full essay here and pre-order the reissue.
Mangan released More or Less late last year after 15 years into his career. He's currently on tour in support of that record. See the dates below.
Nice, Nice, Very Nice 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition:
1. Road Regrets
3. The Indie Queens are Waiting
5. Fair Verona
6. You Silly Git
7. Tina's Glorious Comeback
8. Et Les Mots Croisés
9. Some People
10. Pine For Cedars
12. Set the Sails
13. The Indie Queens Are Waiting (Ellis Demo)
14. Set the Sails (Ellis Demo ft. Leslie Alexander)
15. Robots (Ellis Demo)
16. Et Les Mots Croisés (2008 Demo)
17. Tina's Glorious Comeback (2008 Demo)
18. One of Many (Ellis Demo)
19. 'Til I Fall (Roboteering EP)
20. Tragic Turn of Events (2008 Demo)
21. Kerouac Spelled Wrong (2008 Demo)
22. Garçon Means Boy (2008 Demo)
23. Something To Do (2008 Demo)
11/2 Red Deer, AB - Bo's Bar And Grill
11/19 London, ON - London Music Hall
11/20 St. Catharines, ON - FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
11/21 Peterborough, ON - Market Hall
11/23 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre Southam Hall
11/25 Kingston, ON - The Grand Theatre
11/26 Creemore, ON - Avening Hall
11/27 Bayfield, ON - Old Town Hall
11/28 Bayfield, ON - Old Town Hall
11/29 Barrie, ON - Maverick's Music Hall