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New Releases – Mas Ysa ‘Worth’ EP & Duo De Twang ‘Four Foot Shack’

Montreal-born producer Thomas Arsenault makes his MapleMusic Recordings debut as Mas Ysa with his ‘Worth’ EP. The album’s first single ‘Why’ received Best New Track from Pitchfork ahead of the hockey-themed & self-directed video featuring his brother Nicholas Arsenault. Mas Ysa (pronounced MAAS ee-sa) will head out on a West Coast tour with Lawrence Rothman in February and comes to Toronto for NXNE in June.

Everyone’s favourite story-teller Les Claypool has paired with his old buddy Bryan Kehoe as Duo De Twang to release their debut record ‘Four Foot Shack’. Featuring covers ranging from the best of the Primus catalogue (‘Jerry Was A Racecar Driver’ & ‘Winona’s Big Brown Beaver’) to Bee Gees ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and Alice In Chains ‘Man in The Box’ all recorded in the signature foot-stomping Americana style. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background. Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.” Duo De Twang tour the U.S. in March along with a stop at the SXSW festival that month.

Mas Ysa ‘Worth EP’ iTunes
Duo De Twang ‘Four Foot Shack’ iTunes CD Vinyl

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‘BOB DYLAN IN THE 80s: VOLUME ONE’ To Be Released March 25th

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Charity tribute album features Glen Hansard, Blitzen Trapper, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and more
Liner notes by author Jonathan Lethem

MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records are excited to announce the release of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One on March 25. The brainchild of producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O’Brien (Dawes, PAPA), the mission of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One is to shed new light on a large cache of Bob Dylan songs that have long gone ignored, covering the period starting with 1980′s Saved and ending with 1990′s Under The Red Sky (including unreleased material — the “80s Basement Tapes” — and The Traveling Wilburys).

Album contributors include: Built To Spill, Aaron Freeman of Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Reggie Watts, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lucius, Langhorne Slim, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Deer Tick, Dawn Landes, Blitzen Trapper, Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, Elvis Perkins and more.

Listen to Built To Spill’s ‘Jokerman’ via Rolling Stone HERE

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Rodrigo y Gabriela To Release ’9 Dead Alive’ on April 29 – First All-Original Album in Five Years

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ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings are excited to announce the April 29 release of acoustic rock maestros Rodrigo y Gabriela‘s new studio album 9 Dead Alive, the band’s first record of new material in five years. It was recorded and produced by Rod and Gab at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Mixing was handled by Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Adele, Metallica, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles.

9 Dead Alive sees Rodrigo y Gabriela playing face to face, guitar versus guitar, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention. The album captures the warmth and spontaneity of two great musicians locked in together; perfectly distilled into nine new songs teeming with desire, elegance and gusto.

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San Fermin Set For Canadian Dates in February & Appearing on CBC Radio’s Q Feb. 14

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San Fermin‘s current tour in support of their latest release, ’Live From The Advent Lutheran Church NYC‘ EP and self-titled debut, will bring them to Canada in February. The Brooklyn-based baroque rockers will play Casa del Popolo in Montreal on Feb. 14, The Garrison in Toronto on Feb. 15, and the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver on Feb. 28. In addition on Feb. 14, the band will perform live on CBC Radio’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi.

Formed by composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone in 2011, San Fermin’s self-titled 2013 album — recorded at the Banff Centre in Alberta — was called “…a jarringly accomplished debut” by NPR, while Pitchfork described the album’s first single, ‘Sonsick,’ as “deliriously infectious.”

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New Release – Bo Keeney ‘Versus’ EP

UK-based producer Bo Keeney dropped the ‘Versus’ EP on his home soil late last year and it’s now available in Canada via MapleMusic Recordings. His second EP features remixes of his tracks by exciting emerging producers Bobby Tank, Spectrasoul, My Nu Leng, and Throwing Snow. The closing track is Bo’s own ‘Versus’ mix of his track ‘Jump the Gun’. The full EP can be streamed on Bo’s Soundcloud and you can watch the video for the Spectrasoul remix of ‘Up In Smoke’ here.

Bo Keeney ‘Versus’ EP  iTunes

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Versus Tracklist
1. Jump The Gun (Bobby Tank Mix)
2. Up In Smoke (Spectrasoul Mix)
3. I Got A Letter (My Nu Leng Mix)
4. Golden Telephone (Throwing Snow Mix)
5. Jump The Gun (Bo Keeney Vs Mix)

Silversun Pickups to Release ‘The Singles Collection’ February 25 2014

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Pre-Order the 7″ Vinyl Box Set at SilversunPickups.com

Dangerbird Records/MapleMusic Recordings is excited to announce that Silversun Pickups will release The Singles Collection, featuring all of the band’s singles throughout their career plus the brand new song ‘Cannibal,’ on February 25th, 2014 as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl boxed set. It also includes the vinyl-exclusive track ‘Devil’s Cup,’ a previously-unreleased song from the Swoon sessions.

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Kaiser Chiefs Share ‘Bows & Arrows’ New Track from ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ Out April 1st

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“Menacing, post-punk riff” Rolling Stone

Kaiser Chiefs have revealed another song from their upcoming album, Education, Education, Education & War, scheduled for release on April 1, 2014 through ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings. The ten-track collection was written in London, Los Angeles and Nashville, recorded at The Maze Studio in Atlanta, Georgia and mixed at Electric Lady Studios by Michael Brauer (My Morning Jacket, Coldplay) with producer Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter).

Kaiser Chiefs announced the album before the Christmas holiday with the song ‘Misery Company’ which has gained instant popularity in the UK with playlist support from BBC 6Music and XFM Daytime. The new collection shows an evolution in maturity of songwriting and sound, and deftly executes a wide array of the band’s influences.

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Sean’s Favourite Albums of 2013

For the last day of our Best Of 2013 staff lists I present you with my 10 favourite albums of the year! Also included are 5 albums that nearly made the cut, a 2014 band to watch, and a spotlight on one veteran artist who’s still putting out great records, all from MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North’s Social Media & Website Manager, Sean Andernacht.

10. Sights & Sounds – Silver Door           9. The Dodos – Carrier                                 8. Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind
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7. The Knife – Shaking The Habitual       6. Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On  5. Mikal Cronin – MCIISA Shaking_The_Habitual_PackshotMoonface Julia With Blue Jeans OnBC Mikal-Cronin-MCII
4. Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault        3. Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe              2. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven                                   Less Youth
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MAS YSA Joins the MapleMusic Recordings Family; Debuts “Why” Video From “Worth” EP Out Feb 4th

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MapleMusic Recordings is proud to announce its latest signing, Montreal-born visionary pop auteur Thomas Arsenault, better known as Mas Ysa [pronounced MAAS ee-sa]. His first single, “Why” is accompanied by a Purple Milk-produced video, which he co-directed with Natalia Leite. It was shot near Arsenault’s current home of Woodstock NY, showing a conflict-laden relationship being hashed out in a dark hockey rink.

A restless spirit, Arsenault developed his craft in the Sao Paulo rave scene, and by working with avant garde artists in Ohio and San Francisco before landing in Brooklyn in 2012. There, he created Mas Ysa and established a reputation as an intensely cathartic composer and live performer. This resulted in invitations to support the likes of Purity Ring, RZA and Deerhunter, as well as producing albums for Cass McCombs and Laurel Halo in his loft studio.

At the start of 2013, Mas Ysa relocated to Woodstock where he began recording himself in earnest. His first EP, Worth, encompasses bangers, ballads and textured experimental arcs. The Best New Track’d “Why,” a futuristic arms-to-the-sky “Thunder Road,” is the first taste of the record, set to be released Feb. 4, 2014. Worth also brings Arsenault’s talents as a singer-songwriter to the forefront on “Years” and “Life Way Up From” — both haunting, glacial odes to fear, loss, and life on the run.

Mas Ysa has already been confirmed as featured artist at the 2014 North By Northeast Festival in Toronto where he will make his formal Canadian live debut.

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Worth Track Listing
1. Vanya
2. Why
3. David Wessels
4. Life Way Up From
5. Worth
6. Shame
7. Ktidal
8. Yes
9. Years

Mas Ysa Tour Dates
12/17/13 Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn NY
01/24 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY*
01/25 Black Cat, Washington D.C.*
01/26 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA*
02/18 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR**
02/19 Barboza, Seattle WA**
02/21 Rickshaw Pop, San Francisco CA**
02/22 Bootleg, Los Angeles CA**
06/19-21 North By Northeast Festival, Toronto ON
* w/Delorean
** w/Lawrence Rothman

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http://www.facebook.com/MasYsa
http://twitter.com/Mas_Ysa

Bryan’s Favourite Albums of 2013

Our staff lists are coming to a close but we’ve saved the best for (nearly) last.  The cool kid in the office – by Pitchfork standards of course – has listed his 10 Favourite Albums of 2013 along with the 10 singles that dominated his Rdio plays. See the best of Bryan “the closer” Columbus, Marketing & Label Manager at MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North below.

10. Royal Canoe – Today We’re                 9. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like      8. James Blake – Overgrown                                                         Believers                                                                      Clockwork
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7. Mikal Cronin – MCII                                  6. Disclosure – Settle                                  5. Drake – Nothing Was The Same
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4. Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault        3. Born Ruffians – Birthmarks                   2. Typhoon – White Lighter                                                             Less Youth
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Michaela & Kari’s Favourite Albums of 2013

Our wonderful interns Michaela Gold and Kari Zalik have a lot of time to listen to the latest hits while they’re out doing coffee runs (just kidding, they brew it in house) and have listed both of their 5 Favourite Albums of 2013 in no particular order. Kari has also included two of her most spun singles below. Thanks for all of your help girls!

Michaela’s Top 5

Disclosure – Settle                                                                        Flume – Flume MS Disclosure-SettleFCL75CD_PACK_PRINT
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories                                   Purity Ring – Shrines
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Caveman – Caveman
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Kari’s Top 5

Charles Bradley – Victim of Love                                               Disclosure – Settle
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Andrew Austin – While It’s Still Light Out                                  Mount Kimbie – Cold spring Fault Less Youth
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