J. Roddy Walston & The Business return with their third studio album ”Essential Tremors”. Produced by Grammy-winning engineer Mark Neill (The Black Keys), the 11 tracks hold fast to true rock and roll, if you don’t believe us see “Heavy Bells”. Vinyl copies of “Essential Tremors” include a bonus 7″. One of MMR’s newest signings Wildcat! Wildcat! released their 4-track self-titled EP today. Feed The Beat paired them with Passion Pit for one of the coolest shows of SXSW and made a video for it. Catch them in Toronto September 17th with MS MR at The Pheonix. Southern rock veterans Drive-By Truckers reissue of the 2000 live album “Alabama Ass Whuppin’”. Recorded in clubs throughout Georgia during the 1999 Pizza Deliverance Tour, the album is coming for the first time to vinyl on a 180 gram 2LP, as well as previously hard-to-find CD.
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Stereophonics make their MMR debut with the band’s 8th studio record “Graffiti On The Train”. The newly refined and cinematic Stereophonics features strings arranged by famed James Bond composer David Arnold and is produced by Jim Lowe. Catch them during their fall tour when they hit Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall September 25th. Will Sheff shares his autobiography on Okkervil River’s latest “The Silver Gymnasium”. The John Agnello-produced 11 songs take place in the small town of Meriden, New Hampshire in 1986 which Sheff has detailed in the interactive map made by NPR. Brooklyn’s post-punk newcomers Butter The Children revisit the ghosts of classic punk on “True Crime”. The EP is the stuff the best punk is made of: a sugary dose of loud guitars, muscular bass, tsunami drums and morose lyrics about dejected wanderers. Chet Faker’s hard to come by 2012 debut EP “Thinking In Textures” has been reissued on vinyl ahead of his upcoming album later this year.
MapleMusic Recordings Welcomes Andrew Austin Into The Fold With The Release Of “While It’s Still Light Out”
Pre-Order ‘While It’s Still Light Out’ Via iTunes HERE
MapleCore is thrilled to announce that Andrew Austin will be joining the MapleMusic Recordings family with the October 8th release of his new album “While It’s Still Light Out.”
The Toronto-by-way-of-Sarnia singer-songwriter recruited the legendary producer David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals, We Are Augustines) to help carve out the sound he has been cultivating for years. Recorded in Newfeld’s Dobbstown Haunted Church studio, the process was so involved and intense that Austin ended up living out of the adjoining Priest’s House for a period of time.
Boasting a talent that can thread lines between Paul Simon‘s minimalist folk and Patrick Watson‘s anthemic exploits – Andrew has captured the emotional, surreal and reflective undertones that bleed throughout his live performances. With songs that evoke romance like “Beautiful Bones” or the reflective and wistful “If It Ain’t This Town,” Andrew is pushing the limits of the singer/songwriter genre and proving that his musical chops are a force to be reckoned with.
While his name may be new to some, his voice may be familiar. Andrew’s colourful past includes being the bandleader for Andy Kim, being a part of a Beatles tribute act – and more recognizably as the voice behind Tim Horton’s “It’s Time For Tims” and Alexander Keith’s “Toast This Life” campaigns. The latter ended up charting in the top 10 on ITunes and has achieved over 100,000 hits on Youtube and counting. You can listen to the “Toast This Life” tune HERE.
‘While It’s Still Light Out’ Tracklisting
1. To Love Like This Again
2. Inside Out
3. Thousand Eyelids
4. If It Ain’t This Town
5. Sending Out A Message
7. Missile Under My Bed
8. Cheap Motel
9. Here Comes The River
10. Beautiful Bones
11. If This Is Your Love
12. The Night
Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings are set to release Jonathan Wilson’s ‘Fanfare’ on October 15. The record features vocal and instrumental contributions from Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, as well as Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. ‘Fanfare’ follows the success of Jonathan Wilson’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut Gentle Spirit, which was hailed by SPIN as “intricately produced and gently epic” and praised by Rolling Stone for its “gorgeously detailed folk-rock ambles.”
Jonathan Wilson recorded ‘Fanfare’ with engineer Bryce Gonzales over a nine-month period at Wilson’s Fivestar Studios in Echo Park. British folk legend Roy Harper co-wrote several of the songs on the album, which also features Wilson’s regular band members, Richard Gowen (drums), Dan Horne (bass), Omar Velasco (guitar) and Jason Borger (piano/organ). “There is a high degree of musical prowess and pedigree here. Cross-generational musical sharing and passing down traditions is very important to me and something that must continue,” Wilson says. “This is the way you keep the fanfares blowing. This is how you keep the energies interacting.”
Born and raised in North Carolina and now based in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Jonathan Wilson arrived in Laurel Canyon in 2005 and is credited with helping to revive the neighborhood’s once-legendary music scene. As a sought-after producer, Wilson’s recent work includes albums by Father John Misty and Dawes.
The massive 12-piece Typhoon have released their equally huge debut record “White Lighter”. The Portland band retreated to the isolation of Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon and recorded strings, horns and group vocals free of outside distractions. Following the band’s acclaimed EP “A New Kind of House” that caught attention for its inspiring hybrid of literate lyrics and wide ranging pop music. Typhoon’s North American tour runs September through October and will be hitting Toronto September 24th at the Garrison, full tour dates here.
Watch the official video for “Dreams of Cannibalism”
WATCH THEIR NEW VIDEO ‘WATER AND POWER’ HERE!
ORDER THEIR ALBUM ‘DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS’ VIA ITUNES HERE!
Cold War Kids announce the release of ‘Tuxedos’, a digital EP available September 17th through Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings. The six-song collection includes two previously unreleased tracks, “Romance Languages #2” and “Pine St.”, as well as covers “Aeon” (Antony and the Johnsons) and “You Don’t Come Through” (The Band). ‘Tuxedos’ also features the self-titled original album track and an alternative version of “Bottled Affection” from their April 2nd release, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.
Cold War Kids kick off their headline tour on Thursday, August 15th at San Diego’s House of Blues and will continue on the road through November 6th at St. Lake City’s The Depot. The run will include shows at Stubb’s Amphitheatre in Austin, TX, The Wiltern in Los Angeles and the Sonic Boom Festival in Edmonton.
“Fits and starts of brilliance on the first three records, Cold War Kids have hit their stride and locked into a very intense groove for the fourth,” says Esquire Magazine. NME adds, “(Dear Miss Lonelyhearts) has gone back to the sort of idiosyncratic weirdness that made us fall for them in the first place.” Relix states, “There’s a natural flow to the songs on this disc … a complexly drawn collection. And that blues sensibility you always liked best about them is happily still there.”
3) Bottled Affected (Cathedral Version)
4) Romance Languages #2
5) Pine St.
6) You Don’t Come Through
Cold War Kids Tour Dates – Canadian dates are bolded
August 15 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues *
August 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas *
August 17 – Denver, CO – Cultivate Festival
August 18 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre *
August 19 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre *
August 21 – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Cain’s Ballroom *
August 22 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Amphitheater *
August 23 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall *
August 24 – Columbus, OH – CD 102.5 Summerfest
August 31 – Edmonton, AB – Sonic Boom
September 1 – Calgary, AB – X-Fest
September 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern *
September 21 – Flagstaff, AZ – The Orpheum Theatre *
September 22 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre *
September 26 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
September 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall *
September 28 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall*
September 29 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue *
October 18 – Boston, MA – House of Blues *
October 19 – Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
October 21 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
October 22 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
October 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
October 26 – Richmond, VA – The National *
October 29 – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theatre
October 30 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt
October 31 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
November 1 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
November 2 – Chicago, IL – The Vic
November 4 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
November 5 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
November 6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
* with Papa
Following their breakout 2012 “Act Naturally” EP with the infectious single “Wild”, Royal Teeth have released “Glow”. An engaging collection of indie-pop tracks, “Glow” celebrates the band’s thirst for exploration and youthful adventures into the unknown. Recorded this past winter in Toronto with producer Gavin Brown (Metric) Royal Teeth entered the studio focused and ready to showcase the energy and spirited joy of the live shows that have drawn audiences to the band all around the country. See Royal Teeth live in late August and September supporting Said The Whale and Rusted Root in the US.
Watch the video for “Wild” here:
“Melt” is the sultry new track from Chet Faker featuring Kilo Kish, and can be heard now via Soundcloud. Look for it as a digital single via Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings in the coming weeks, in conjunction with his upcoming 17 date North American tour. Kicking off September 3 in Los Angeles, the tour will include stops at Portland’s MusicfestNW, Montreal’s Club Lambi, The Laneway Festival in Detroit, The Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver, and a show in New York City with recent collaborator Flume.
2013 has been a busy year for Chet Faker–the pseudonym Australian Nicholas Murphy crafted as an ode to Chet Baker’s singing style while incorporating influences from a youth spent producing house and disco. In addition to his first North American tour, and his hugely popular collaboration with fellow Australian Flume on the track “Left Alone,” he was also featured on the Swedish/Australian group Say Lou Lou’s track “Fool Of Me”–earning a “Best New Track” from Pitchfork.
Before Chet Faker, Murphy spent his time splitting his musical output between a penchant for soft and soulful singer-songwriter work and an appetite for electronic music production. But it was when he coupled his love of analogue instruments and sounds of early dance music–only this time slowing the tempo–with his natural ability for R&B-soaked vocals, that something truly exciting happened.
Chet is currently working on an EP with Flume and recording his debut album.
CHET FAKER TOUR DATES – Canadian dates are bolded
9/03 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
9/04 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
9/06 Vancouver, Canada – Fortune Sound Club
9/07 Portland, OR – MusicfestNW @ Doug Fir Lounge
9/09 Pittsburgh, PA – The Altar Bar
9/10 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
9/11 New York, NY – Webster Hall (with Flume)
9/12 Montreal, Canada – Club Lambi
9/13 Toronto, Canada – WRONGBAR
9/14 Detroit, MI – Laneway Festival
9/15 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
9/16 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
9/18 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
9/19 Austin, TX – Red 7
9/20 Dallas, TX – Three Links
9/21 Mexico City, Mexico – El Lunario d el Auditorio Nacional
9/22 Oakdale, CA – Symbiosis Gathering
White Denim’s New Album ‘Corsicana Lemonade’ Is Set For An October 29th Release Via Downtown Records And MapleMusic Recordings
Listen To The First Single ‘Pretty Green’ HERE
Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings will release Corsicana Lemonade, the new studio album from Austin-based White Denim, on October 29. Featuring production on two songs and a full mix from iconic songwriter Jeff Tweedy, the 10-song collection channels the group’s manic live virtuosity into a rollicking 10-song mission statement.
The band will play the Austin City Limits Festival and tour the U.S. with Tame Impala this fall. Tickets are on sale now for the run, which will kick off at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO on October 8. In a live review, the LA Weekly observed, “it’s refreshing to see a band without pretense or shtick, whose only agenda is to play the hell out of their instruments and bring the audience along for the ride.” With ‘Corsicana Lemonade’, White Denim consciously set out to capture the feel of its lightning-rod live sets. “It’s taken five records to make one that sounds the way we do onstage,” says James Petralli, vocalist/guitarist for White Denim.
The album marks the first time White Denim has worked with outside producers. The band had found its time on the road with Wilco inspirational and turned to Jeff Tweedy, the GRAMMY®- winning group’s front man, as they prepared to record Corsicana Lemonade. Working at The Loft, Wilco’s Chicago headquarters /studio, White Denim recorded two tracks with Tweedy and his frequent production partner, Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright, Ryan Adams), in March 2013. Upon returning to Austin, the band members built their own studio at a house on a cliff overlooking Lake Travis, where they recorded the remaining tracks with local music legend Jim Vollentine.
“We wheeled-in a bunch of crazy ’50s gear and played from noon until 2 a.m. every day until the album was done,” recalls Petralli. “We played live together, doing takes as a whole. Whatever sounded best was what we stuck with.” ‘Corsicana Lemonade’ is the follow-up to White Denim’s D, which was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone and MOJO and named by both publications as one of the 50 best albums of 2011. “Expect whiplash of the most intriguing, enjoyable kind,” said SPIN while Pitchfork praised D as “White Denim’s best-sounding effort yet.”
Since its formation in 2005 and first string of EPs in 2007, White Denim has steadily expanded its sound. From the rootsy classicism of Last Day Of Summer (2010) and noisy sun-soaked sizzle of Fits (2009) to the soft-edged riffage of D (2011), the group’s commitment to fiery live performance, textured exploration and blissful interludes has never wavered. It peaks on ‘Corsicana Lemonade’.
Corsicana Lemonade – Track Listing
1. At Night in Dreams
2. Corsicana Lemonade
3. Limited By Stature
4. New Blue Feeling
5. Come Back
6. Distant Relative Salute
7. Let It Feel Good (My Eagles)
8. Pretty Green
9. Cheer Up / Blues Ending
10. A Place to Start
White Denim Tour Dates
8/7 – Austin, TX @ KGSR’s Blues on the Green
10/4-6 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/8 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant*
10/9 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater *
10/10 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre *
10/11-13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/26 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater *
10/27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *
* with Tame Impala
NEW ALBUM ‘WHITE LIGHTER’ OUT AUGUST 20TH
BAND CONFIRMS NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR WITH A TORONTO SHOW BEING ADDED
Hear “White Lighter” On NPR’s First Listen HERE
Typhoon, one of the most talked about new bands, is proud to premiere their new album “White Lighter” on NPR’s First Listen.
Spin Magazine calls first single Young Fathers a “mind-boggling chunk of orchestral pop,” going on to say “this latest epic dives into the group’s enormous range: Frontman Kyle Morton‘s earnest vocals lead the charge, his wondrous delivery flanked by left-field riffage, sudden fits of silence, chirping backup singers, and triumphant horns – and those are just a few of the sounds thriving inside ‘Young Fathers.’”
Typhoon will head out on a North America headlining tour beginning September 5th in their hometown of Portland, OR. This six-week tour will include performances at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Pop Montreal and Music Fest NW, along with stops in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
What makes White Lighter so great is the sense of borrowed time and urgency. A series of events suffered from a bug bite - failed organs, life spared thanks to modern medicine and a kidney given to him by his father - Kyle, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, channeled his emotions into songwriting to create this big-hearted sound that bursts with a raw emotion and energy. The end result is a remarkably powerful and beautiful collection of songs.
“When we started working on White Lighter, I had reason to believe that it would be the last thing I ever did,” says Kyle. “It is now six months since we finished. I’m still here and there’s still work to be done.”
Typhoon Tour Dates *Cdn dates are bolded:
September 5/6 – Music Fest NW – Portland, OR
September 9 – The Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
September 10 – The Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA
September 12- El Korah Shrine – Boise, ID
September 13 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
September 14 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
September 16 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
September 17 – The Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
September 19 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
September 20 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
September 21 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
September 22 – Wexner Center – Columbus, OH
September 24 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON
September 25 – Pop! Montreal – Montreal, QC
September 26 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
September 27 – The Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
September 28 – Littlefield – Brooklyn, NY
September 29 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
September 30 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
October 1 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
October 2 – The Rock ‘n Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
October 6 & 13 – Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX
October 17 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
October 18 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
October 19 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
Stream Their First Single ‘Mr. Quiche’ HERE
Watch The Official Video For ‘Mr. Quiche’ HERE
Critically acclaimed LA-based band Wildcat! Wildcat! are set to release their highly anticipated, self-titled debut EP September 10 on Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings. The band garnered critical praise for their previously released sold-out limited addition 7″ on the taste-making label Neon Gold Records, including early support from BBC Radio 1 in the U.K. TIME raves, “I love the staccato electronic rock, I love the frantic opening measures, I love the fleeting falsetto in the background,” while NYLON furthers,”Undoubtedly one of the best tracks we’ve heard all year…these guys certainly have more in store for 2013.” To celebrate the release, the band will embark on a North American tour starting in September.
The new EP was written and produced by the band in their home studios over the course of the last year and a half. Of the songs Jesse Carmichael (vocals, drums) notes, “Some came quicker than others but all of them provided us the time to try out different processes of collaboration and understand how and why we make the kind of music that we make together.”
Wildcat! Wildcat! is Jesse Taylor (vocals, bass), Michael Wilson (vocals, keys) and Carmichael. The trio played together in various incarnations before officially forming Wildcat! Wildcat! in 2012. The band has toured extensively including SXSW, a sold out west coast headlining run and major U.S. support slots with Alt-J and Portugal. The Man.
WILDCAT! WILDCAT! TRACK LISTING
1. The Chief
2. Garden Grays
3. Mr. Quiche
4. Please & Thank You
Wildcat! Wildcat! Tour Dates – Canadian dates are bolded.
Sept. 18 – Minneapolis, MB – Triple Rock
Sept. 19 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
Sept. 20 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Sept. 21 – Toronto, ON – Wrong Bar
Sept. 24 – Washington, DC – DC9
Sept. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Sept. 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery
Sept. 28 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Sept. 29 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
Oct. 3 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
Oct. 4 – Mufreesboro, TN – Earmilk Festival
Butter The Children Announces New EP ‘True Crime’ With Downtown Records & MapleMusic Recordings Out On August 20, 2013
Listen To Their First Single ‘Spit It Out’ HERE!
Butter The Children, a four-piece post-punk group of indie lifers from Brooklyn, is your new favorite band if you like your rock with both fangs and pop ambition. Fronted by Inna Mkrtycheva, the band includes Ray Weiss on guitar, J Boxer on bass, and Jordyn Blakely on drums.
Built from the seeds of countless cool-kid favorites (Sweet Bulbs, Night Manager, Fiasco, Le Rug) and the dust of deep-borough warehouse venues, Butter The Children successfully summons the ghosts of underground rock music history like few of their contemporaries.
On their debut EP True Crime, the band mixes the textured melancholy of The Smiths, C86 bands’ jangly guitars, the violently gauzy levitation of My Bloody Valentine and early Blondie’s sweetly-punk melodicism into a refreshingly loud, dangerous and pop-conscious dagger.
True Crime feels like those perfect old punk albums where there’s no excess – just a sugary dose of loud guitars, muscular bass, tsunami drums and morose lyrics about dejected wanderers.
1. Spit It Out