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We are delighted to announce the signing of Victoria BC’s Himalayan Bear whose new album Hard Times will be out October 11th on Absolutely Kosher Records. Himalayan Bear is the solo project of Ryan Beattie, whose work as the lead singer of Chet and guitarist of Frog Eyes is material that many followers of Absolutely Kosher are already familiar with. Our catalog provides substantial evidence that we are a big fan of all the music that Ryan helps to make, but we are especially exited to be bringing his solo work to the world . It’s a stunning album, a modern take on the old crooners of the 1950’s, evocative but clearly not nostalgic. But you don’t have to take our word for it, listen to “Man of Fire” here. The pre-order for the album is already up on the Himalayan Bear page.

Himalayan Bear will be playing a number of dates with the New Pornographer’s Kathryn Calder over the next few weeks. For all of you on the west coast who are eager to get a sneak peak at the new album, here’s a list of the dates:

Sat May 7:: Salem, OR @ Boon’s Treasury

Tue May 10:: Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley

Thurs May 12:: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café

Fri May 13:: San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Alehouse

Mon May 16:: Oakland, CA @ The New Parish

Wed May 18:: Portland, OR @ Mission Theatre

Thurs May 19:: Seattle, WA @ The Rendezvous

Fri May 20::Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Be sure to follow Absolutely Kosher and Himalayan Bear on Facebook for up to the minute information!

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