Cold War Kids‘ much loved breakout debut album ‘Robbers & Cowards’ is being reissued on vinyl after being out of print for 5 years. The 2006 record will be pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl, includes a digital download and extra artwork not included on the original pressing. Take at trip back to the late 00′s and watch the video for ‘Hang Me Up To Dry’. Brooklyn producer Mas Ysa dropped his debut ‘Worth EP’ earlier this year and it’s now available on vinyl. Watch the video for his Best New Track‘d lead single ‘Why’. Mas Ysa will return to Canada for the first time since releasing the EP in June for Toronto’s NXNE Festival.
Record Store Day is April 19th, here’s a quick look at MMR‘s sweet vinyl exclusives! The full list of releases and a record store locator are on recordstoredaycanada.com. Come out and support your local indie store this Saturday!
New Releases – Chet Faker ‘Built On Glass’, Thought Beneath Film ‘Cartographers’ & Jessica Lea Mayfield ‘Make My Head Sing’
Chet Faker‘s highly anticipated debut LP ‘Built On Glass’ delivers as the follow up to his acclaimed 2012 EP ‘Thinking In Textures’. Chet first teased the release with the stop motion video for lead single ‘Talk Is Cheap’ on Noisey along with his upcoming North American dates. See the full dates including Toronto’s The Hoxton on May 19th here. Thought Beneath Film release their anticipated debut full length ‘Cartographers’. Mixed and mastered by Grammy winners Tom Lord-Alge and Bob Ludwig respectively, and approved by Toronto legend Alan Cross, the Hamilton band has some heavy hitting names behind it. Watch the video for the title track here and watch for them on AuxTV’s upcoming show ‘Under The Influence’. Kent, Ohio’s Jessica Lea Mayfield makes her MMR debut with ‘Make My Head Sing’ her self-proclaimed real rock record. Stereogum premiered her song ‘I Wanna Love You’ in February calling it “a grunge-era deadpan with gnarly leftfield roots music in service of haunting, smoldering rock ’n’ roll.” Catch Jessica on tour as she comes through Toronto’s The Garrison April 23rd and Montreal’s Divan Orange April 24th.
Tour dates with Jack White set for July including Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on 7/31
First single ‘Violent Shiver’ available now - full-length debut to be released later in 2014
ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings are excited to announce the signing of Benjamin Booker, a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter. Described as “a well-mixed musical cocktail of punk, folk, and New Orleans blues,” Booker cites his influences as The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex.
Benjamin’s self-titled debut album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) will be released in Fall 2014.
A 7″ of his first single, ‘Violent Shiver,’ backed with ‘Spoon Out My Eyeballs,’ will be released on May 13. Last week Zane Lowe premiered ‘Violent Shiver’ on his BBC Radio 1 show and NME named it as one of the “Tracks You Have To Hear This Week,” observing, “it’s made great by Benjamin Booker’s vocal, which is rough and loud and harsh with that all-American whiskey/cigarette/flu type of hoarseness… and his proficiency on the guitar hints at someone who’s been playing the instrument for most of his 20-odd years.”
The past year has been a whirlwind for Hamilton, Ontario rockers Thought Beneath Film. But it’s only been a build-up to the release of the band’s full-length debut LP ‘Cartographers,’ arriving April 15 on MapleMusic Recordings.
Produced by the band, mixed by Tom Lord-Alge, and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig, ‘Cartographers’ is a potent blast of high energy guitar pop in the time-honoured Steel City tradition. After the title track introduced the band to commercial radio across Canada last fall, Thought Beneath Film have just released their current single, ‘If I Could Fix You (You Know That I Would),’ to radio and will be shooting an accompanying video shortly.
Toronto’s Kristen Cudmore makes her MMR debut as Language Arts with the new album ‘Wonderkind’. Recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Darryl Neudorf, fans got their first taste of the record with the title track’s stop-motion video. Primo Sketch Comedy group created a hilarious infomercial for the record, watch it here. Join Language Arts for their album release show April 10 at the Horseshoe Tavern. Kaiser Chiefs return with their fifth studio album and first since the departure of Nick Hodgson, ‘Education, Education, Education and War’. The band paired with producer Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter) who said of working on the record “They came really ready to prove something to the world, and the songs are really good. And that’s what I’m always looking at”. Watch the video for the anthemic new single ‘Coming Home’.
New Releases – The Belle Brigade ‘Just Because’ & Various Artists ‘Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One’
The Belle Brigade make their MMR debut with their sophomore studio album ‘Just Because’. The album’s infectious single ‘Ashes’ dropped earlier this year whose video features the crafty sibling duo cut into stop motion. The California band recently announced a full North American tour supporting Ray LaMontagne as both his backing band and opening act. Built To Spill, Reggie Watts, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lucius, Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and many more come together on ‘Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One’ which spans 1980′s ‘Saved’ to 1990′s ‘Under The Red Sky’. The tribute album aims to showcase Dylan during an off-peak period and bring a stronger sense of harmony to the material. Portions of proceeds from album sales will go to the charity Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. Listen to Built To Spill’s take on ‘Jokerman’ via Rolling Stone.
Royal Wood returns with his fifth studio album ‘The Burning Bright’ which CBC Music has called “Wood’s strongest & most powerful work yet.” Fans got their first taste of his new record when ‘Forever and Ever’ dropped in September, stream the beautiful Christopher Mills-directed video premiered by MUCH. Watch Royal chat with Andreanne Sasseville about writing the album while living in Ireland for SiriusXM & Cineplex’s Backstage Pass series.
Those who know singer-songwriter Emma-Lee are well aware of her love — some might say obsession — with Tom Petty’s music. She is now one step closer to runnin’ down her dream of getting the rock legend’s attention with the release of ‘What Would Tom Petty Do?’ available as a digital single April 29th on MapleMusic Recordings.
The catalyst for this project occurred in 2012 during a group writing session in Los Angeles. As Emma-Lee and her collaborators Karen Kosowski and Justin Gray searched for a spark to get their creative juices flowing, somebody asked “what would Tom Petty do,” and the song came together almost immediately as a charming and clever tribute to the man and his music.
The Belle Brigade have announced that they will be touring with Ray LaMontagne as both support and performing as Ray’s band. See below for dates. New LP ‘Just Because’ out March 25th.
The Belle Brigade/Ray LaMontagne Tour Dates:
5/27 Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic Center *
5/28 Shelburne, VT – The Green at Shelburne Museum *
5/30 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
6/01 Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center *
6/03 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents Oakdale *
6/04 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion *
6/06 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
6/07 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center *
6/08 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
6/09 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
6/11 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion @ Nautica
6/13 Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn @ White River
6/14 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music Center
6/15 Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook
6/17 Peoria, IL – Civic Center Theatre
6/18 St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
6/20 Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre
6/24 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Amphitheatre
6/27 Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion
7/10 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall #
7/11 Orlando, FL – Bob Carr Performing Arts Center #
7/12 Miami, FL – Fillmore #
7/15 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre #
7/16 Charleston, SC – North Charleston PAC #
7/18 Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre #
7/19 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall #
7/20 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
7/22 Interlochen, MI – Kresge Auditorium #
7/23 Grand Rapids, MI – Meijer Gardens #
7/25 Nashville, TN – The Woods at Fontanel
7/26 Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
7/27 Floyd, VA – FloydFest
7/29 Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
7/30 Memphis, TN – Orpheum
8/01 Austin, TX – Long Center
8/02 Dallas, TX – Music Hall at Fair Park
8/03 Houston, TX – Jones Hall
8/05 Santa Fe, NM – The Downs of Santa Fe
8/07 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
8/08 Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
8/12 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
8/13 Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park
* support by Jason Isbell
# support by Jenny Lewis
Wonderkind: 1. A feeling of surprise caused by a person, persons or things with beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable traits. 2. A curiosity or sense of caution or suspicion due to the benevolent disposition of a person.
Language Arts is the brainchild of Toronto-based guitarist, composer and singer Kristen Cudmore. “Language Arts’ sound is really a marriage between jazz schoolers and me, the classically trained one … I attract it without realizing it,” Cudmore says about her bandmates, drummer Neil MacIntosh, keyboardist Joel Visentin and current bassist Soren Nissen (Joe Ernewein played bass in the studio).
The group’s new full-length album ‘Wonderkind,’ recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan), brilliantly marries Cudmore’s raw emotions with a dizzying array of musical styles — indie pop, hip-hop and prog-rock among them — all drawn from her boundless imagination that has become equally innovative and uplifting.
In short, ‘Wonderkind’ formally heralds the arrival of a powerful new Canadian voice, one squarely in the same league as other current iconoclastic female artists such as St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs and Grimes.
Watch Toronto sketch comedy troupe Primo’s hilarious ‘Wonderkind’ infomercial
Alabama’s legendary roots rockers Drive-By Truckers enter the double digits with their 10th studio album ‘English Oceans’. The record’s 13 tracks show an almost equal split of writing credits between co-front men Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, watch the band perform Cooley’s track ‘Made Up English Oceans’ in the Lyric Theater in Birmingham, Alabama. The boys are on a North American tour right now supported by Blitzen Trapper and Shovels & Rope, see full dates here. Ume (pronounced “Ooo-May”) make their MMR debut with ‘Monuments‘. The Austin band play the hard rock equivalent of IDM layering meaty chords and ripping lead lines with melodic keyboard. Listen to the first single to drop from ‘Monuments’ titled ‘Chase It Down’. The very first song SomeKindaWonderful recorded together, ‘Reverse’ premiered yesterday on Idolator and is now up on iTunes. Frontman Jordy Towers tells Idolator “‘Reverse’ is a story song told in reverse. It’s a true story actually … Something about telling a story in reverse is almost more emotional and revealing to me and it just naturally came out in that form when I wrote it.”