Tuesday, November 25, 2008

iTunes Music Store

Well it appears that the process of getting songs up on the iTunes music store has become more streamlined. In the past there was a very random period of time that passed between submitting your music to be "processed" for the store, it may have taken 4 weeks but the first Combine the Victorious album took over eight. Never knew why. However as of 2008, all three Boutique Empire releases have appeared in under four weeks, and this last one, the Disagreements ep from Combine, even appeared online on the day we requested. Fantastic stuff.

You can sample all three BE releases on iTunes, myspace, last.fm, iLike.com and the CBC new music Canada site as well. Please follow the links below if you're curious to hear what we've been up to.

Combine the Victorious - Disagreements (be08003)

Guilty About Girls - ep1 (be08002)

Sex With Strangers - The Modern Seduction (be08001)

Friday, November 21, 2008

News, Releases, Shows & Videos

November 25th, 2008 is the date of Combine the Victorious's next release. The Disagreements ep. Please check it out on iTunes.

In other news, Sex With Strangers is in the planning stages of shooting their first video and Guilty About Girls is nearing completion of their second ep which has the working title of: VRGN aNGL MTRL luv. Four new songs "inspired" by the one and only Madonna.

November was good for all the Boutique Empire bands, many shows, all of them quite good and participating in the new indie festival here in Vancouver: Nearly Famous Music Festival.

New music is around the corner for everyone. Cheers!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Combine the Victorious is set to release their second collection of songs, an ep titled Disagreements.  Seven songs all centered around the past 18 months in the lives of Combine's main players, Isabelle Dunlop and Mark R Henning.  The songs and subject matter are darker than on their first album, The World Over, reflecting the realities of life in Vancouver.  The lyrics speak of betrayal, disillusionment and greed but ultimately offer a resolve and hope, something always at the base of what Combine offers.  

For the first time the duo has co-written a song with their friends Ingrid Schroeder and Barry Flynn, the result of which is their new song Please.  Videos have been storyboarded for the song Back In Style, and they are working on a concept for Please as well

Joining the two on record and stage are Todd Simko (former guitarist with Pure) and Kevin Jones (The February March) as well as featured appearances from Ingrid Schroeder and Barry Flynn. 

The ep consists of seven tracks:
1. Charmer
2. Decay
3. Fat Kids Big Cars
4. Back In Style
5. Where Are You
6. Segue - Please
7. Please

Disagreements will become available on iTunes and other music sites on November 25th.  Please refer to the band's website for other information regarding the songs and release.  Song may be previewed now on last.fm.

Thank you for reading.  BE

Mission Statement

First post on this site.  

Hello.  We're just getting started but we've had a good first half year so far.  Born on a concept and a  verbal agreement, Boutique Empire came into being in the spring of 2008.  Essentially we are an artist's collective from Vancouver, Canada.   In July we set The Modern Seduction loose on the world with all the robot rock and concept album futuristic fury that Sex With Strangers could imagine.    In October Guilty About Girls put out their first ep, understatedly titled EP1.  And now on November 25th Combine the Victorious is set to release their second collection of songs: Disagreements.

Boutique Empire is a group of Vancouver artists that have agreed to wear the label on our releases and support each other through obvious things like performing on each other's albums, or producing the recordings, or creating the artwork for the albums, or co-ordinating events that overlap with all our creative offerings.  Currently the group consists of three bands, a graphic artist and a fashion designer: Combine the Victorious, Sex With Strangers, Guilty About Girls, Robert Edmonds, and Isabelle Dunlop.  Ex-members of the band Pure are integral to the group as Mark R Henning, Jordy Birch and Todd Simko are all involved with most of the projects in one form or other.  

Art openings, fashion shows, mixed media events and of course concerts are all part of the Boutique Empire vision.  Hopefully in the future both video and cinema may be included as well.   Anything that inspires.

Please check out our various websites for updates or latest events.

All our artist are available for listening on last.fm please tune in for a listen.  

Thank you for reading this, hope to start posting here regularly.  Cheers!!