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Alabama Shakes’ ‘Sound & Color’ Gets Its First Gold Record In Canada

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Get ‘Sound & Color’ Via iTunes HERE

MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records are thrilled to announce that Alabama Shakes‘ ‘Sound & Color‘ has gone gold in Canada – the first country in the world to reach that milestone!

“We are so proud that our second record ‘Sound & Color’ has been certified gold in Canada,” says the band.  ”It is hard to put into words how great it makes us feel to see the warm reception that the new record has received.  We thank everyone who has supported us and our amazing Maple team up in Canada for all of their hard work.  We look forward to more great times with our Canadian friends and family.”

MapleCore’s CEO, Iain Taylor, echoes these sentiments, ”This project has been a labour of love for our entire team, and we cannot be any more ecstatic to be the first territory in the world to take ‘Sound & Color’ to gold!  Far and away one of the best albums to come out this year, Maple is proud to have been a part of its worldwide success. On behalf of all of us – we’d like to send our thanks to The Shakes for all their hard work and dedication to the Canadian market.”

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Release ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’


Watch Their New Video ‘Trapdoor’ HERE

Get  ’Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’ Via iTunes HERE

 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is one of the most difficult bands to pin down. The Australian-based garage rock septet follows their collective muse wherever it chooses to lead them and for their seventh record they followed it to an all-acoustic opus titled ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon,’ released November 13, 2015 via ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.

 While embracing the limitations of their choice of only acoustic sounds, KGATLW were able to get a little experimental as well. To fill it out, they borrowed a batch of instruments that they had never played before-clarinet, double bass, and cello, among them-and eked sounds and melodies out of them. That only helps to add to joyous jumble that is ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon.’ The result is a lovely, lilting pop masterpiece that still evokes the same intoxicating exuberance as KGATLW’s most recent work, but with a more pastoral, communal feel to it.

 ”Some of the most charming garage rock of the past five years” – KCRW

A pastoral psych-pop breeze laden with flutes and spiraling harmonies … just press play and let it win you over.” – Stereogum

 ”While Paper Mache’s rootsier sound, lush orchestration and Their Satanic Majesties Request twist on psychedelia will likely net the group a wider audience, they are already thinking of ways to appease fans of their extended jam sessions and punishing grooves.” – Relix


Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’ - Track List
01. Sense
02. Bone
03. Dirt
04. Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
05. Trapdoor
06. Cold Cadaver
07. The Bitter Boogie
08. N.G.R.I. (Bloodstain)
09. Time = Fate
10. Time = $$$
11. Most of What I Like
12. Paper Mâché

For more information contact:
Mavis Harris, MapleMusic Recordings/Fontana North


New Releases: The Wainwright Sisters, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard & The Most Serene Republic

Although they’re sisters, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche didn’t grow up together. Songs In The Dark sees the pair covering songs sang to them as lullabies, including many penned by their mothers and father as well as the likes of Simon & Garfunkel,  Woody Guthrie, and Jimmie Rogers. On their latest opus psych/garage/kraut-rock band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have record 12 songs entirely using acoustic instruments. Acoustic guitars, flute, double bass, fiddle, harmonica, drum kit, clarinet and whatever they could find comes together in the lovely, lilting pop masterpiece that is Paper Mâché Dream Balloon. It has been a half-decade since The Most Serene Republic released new material and the Toronto sextet returns triumphantly with Mediac. From the anthemic horns of debut single “Ontario Morning” to raucous grooves of  album closer “The Feels” this record is sure to please old fans and create plenty of new ones.

Buy The Wainwright Sisters Songs In The Dark on CD | iTunes
Stream The Wainwright Sisters Songs in the Dark on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Paper Mâché Dream Balloon on CD | Vinyl |  iTunes
Stream King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Paper Mâché Dream Balloon on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy The Most Serene Republic Mediac on  iTunes
Stream The Most Serene Republic Mediac on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

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Greyson Chance Has Released His New Single ‘Afterlife’ In Canada

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Listen To ‘Afterlife’ HERE
Get ‘Afterlife’ Via iTunes HERE

Last week Greyson Chance released his highly anticipated new single ‘Afterlife‘ off of his upcoming 2016 album ‘Somewhere Over My Head.’

It’s only been five years since Greyson’s Youtube cover of Lady Gaga‘s ‘Paparazzi‘ caught the attention of Ellen Degeneres and (to date) that performance has been viewed by over 55 million people.  From there he released his 2011  debut album ‘Hold On ‘Til The Night‘ – which spawned the Top 20 hit ‘Waiting Outside The Lines.’

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New Releases: The Noble Thiefs, Sun Club, Drive-By Truckers, Trey Anastasio & Alabama Shakes

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Buy The Noble Thiefs It’s Tough To Be The Bad Guy on CD | iTunes
Stream The Noble Thiefs It’s Tough To Be The Bad Guy on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Sun Club The Dongo Durango on CD | Vinyl | iTunes
Stream Sun Club The Dongo Durango on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Drive-By Truckers It’s Great To Be Alive on CD | Vinyl+CD | iTunes
Stream Drive-By Truckers It’s Great To Be Alive on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Drive-By Truckers This Weekend’s The Night on Vinyl | iTunes
Stream Drive-By Truckers This Weekend’s The Night on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Trey Anastasio Paper Wheels on CD | Vinyl | Deluxe Vinyl | iTunes
Stream Trey Anastasio Paper Wheels on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Alabama Shakes Joe on iTunes
Stream Alabama Shakes Joe on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

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Lawrence Rothman Releases Official Video For ‘Oz Vs. Eden’

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In early 2016, Lawrence Rothman will be releasing his new record that will feature key guests such as Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon, and Ariel Pink via Downtown Records and Fontana North.

Ahead of the release he’s put out his new video for ‘Oz Vs Eden,’ with sampled vocals of Charli XCX. It’s a gorgeous and creepy video (perfect for Halloween) directed by Floria Sigismondi (David Bowie, Katy Perry, Bjork, The Cure) and is the debut of Kevin, the second “alter” we’ve met thus far on the first album; 3 others have pre-existed in the scope of other projects and this record willl have a total of nine alter-egos that will be revealed over time.

YACHT Share New Video For ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler’

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Get ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler’ Via iTunes HERE

YACHT‘s new album, ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler,’ is available everywhere on Downtown Records and Fontana North - and today, they are excited to share the title track’s video. Directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko and just in time for ‘Back to the FutureDay, the video premiered on NPR’s First Watch.

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Chet Faker & Marcus Marr To Release New EP ‘Work’

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Get ‘The Trouble With Us’ Via iTunes HERE

Over the past few years, a musical admiration between Chet Faker and Marcus Marr has grown, which culminated in a four-day sojourn in Marr’s South London studio earlier this year. Over the four day recording session, four songs were written, as the two discovered that Marr’s powerful, punchy dance production perfectly balanced Faker’s soulful vocals. The result is the 4-track EP ‘Work,’ out December 4 via Faker’s own label, Detail Records and Downtown Records and Fontana North.

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Royal Wood Set To Release New Record ‘GHOST LIGHT’ & Announces Tour Dates


 Listen To The First Single ‘Long Way Out’ Via Hello Magazine Canada HERE
Download ‘Long Way Out’ on iTunes HERE

On April 22, 2016 Royal Wood will be releasing his brand new record ‘GHOST LIGHT‘ via MapleMusic Recordings.

The first single ‘Long Way Out‘ exemplifies the definitive focus of this record. It’s gripping, melodic and screams with sincerity. Theses new tunes mark a change in Royal’s artistic path, delivering more of a raw take on life and bringing it to the forefront of his music.

‘GHOST LIGHT’ seizes his sincerest passion for creativity and imagination. It showcases a deeper understanding of where his journey began and where he wants it to lead. Continue reading…

New Releases: YACHT ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler’

“Once we catch up to yesterday’s future, it’s no longer what we imagined. It’s just the present all over again. And so on. We’ve made an album about that. It contains some speculations about the future that are big and distant as science fiction stories. But it’s also about looking carefully at the world around us and trying to understand what we’ve done with the imaginations of those who came before us. Would they believe it?” YACHT bring our cultural progress into question on their groundbreaking new record ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler.’

Buy I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler on iTunes | CD | Vinyl
Stream I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler on Spotify | RdioAppleMusic
Chet Faker & Marcus Marr release ‘The Trouble With Us’ iTunes | Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic
Goldroom releases ‘Waiting To Ignite’ iTunes | Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

New Releases: Language Arts ‘Able Island’, ‘Thunderbitch ‘Thunderbitch’ & Infected Mushroom ‘Converting Vegetarians II’

Toronto based trio Language Arts have expanded into both the pop and the the psychedelic on their new album Able Island. The songs pay tribute to vocalist/guitarist Kristen Cudmore’s native Nova Scotia and it’s mysterious Sable Island. Listen to the Indie88 fan favourite ‘Neighbour’ here. Alabama Shakes vocalist Brittany Howard sets out on her own releasing her first solo record under the moniker Thunderbitch. The collection of 10 properly rock’n'roll songs acts as an amazing counterpoint to the band’s acclaimed 2015 album Sound & Color. Infected Mushroom have released the followup to 2003’s inaugural Converting Vegetarians which was the outfit’s fan-favorite and most successful LP to date. Featured on the album are vocal contributions from actress Sasha Grey on lead single ‘Fields of Grey.’

Buy Able Island on iTunes | Vinyl
Stream Able Island on AppleMusic

Buy Thunderbitch on iTunes
Stream Thunderbitch on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Converting Vegetarians II on iTunes | CD
Stream Converting Vegetarians II on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

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New Releases: Autre Ne Veut ‘Age of Transparency’

On Autre Ne Veut’s sophomore album ‘Age of Transparency’ Arthur Ashin pushes the vocabulary of soul to its horizons, incorporating choral music, electronic composition and the kinds of disfiguring production techniques that made his previous ‘Anxiety’ one of the most unusual albums of 2013. Ashin brings the album to Canada for the first time at Toronto’s The Hoxton October 20, buy tickets here.

Buy Age of Transparency on CD | Vinyl | iTunes
Stream Age of Transparency on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Age of Transparency Vol II (Avatar Sessions) on iTunes
Stream Age of Transparency Vol II (Avatar Sessions) on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic


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