Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow Releases Debut Solo Album ‘Descender’ Today

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Andrew Wyatt, the front man of powerhouse electronic pop band Miike Snow, has released his first solo album, Descender, on Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings today. Descender is a 32-minute meditation into the darker side of the grammy-nominated artist. A mixture of whimsical chamber-pop and intricate soundscapes, the album’s sound is largely defined by the lush majesty of Prague’s 75-piece Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Adam Klemens. Featuring cameos from Anthony Rossomando of The Libertines, Brad Traux (formerly of Interpol) and John Herndon of Tortoise, Descender mixes sweeping string arrangements with Wyatt’s vulnerable, haunting vocals, marking the first time the acclaimed songwriter has written, orchestrated and produced an entire album completely on his own.

You can watch the Descender documentary directed by Sebastian Mlynarkski to take a deeper look into the unique album writing and recording process Here.

TRACK LISTING ANDREW WYATT/DESCENDER:
1. Horse Latitudes
2. Harlem Boyzz
3. Cluster Subs
4. She’s Changed
5. And Septimus…
6. It Won’t Let You Go
7. Descender (Death of 1000 Cuts)
8. In Paris They Know How to Build a Monument
9. There is a Spring

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New Releases – Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Really excited for this post ’cause MMR has three really sweet releases. Andrew Wyatt, front man of Miike Snow, is releasing his first solo effort “Descender”. The record is paired with a documentary about Wyatt and the making of the record presented by The Creators Project. Watch the doc here. “A Quiet Darkness” the new record from L.A. duo Houses who are on tour now through the end of June with Cold War Kids or Baths (depending on the date). Jonny Fritz, country singer-songwriter out of Nashville, is releasing their debut “Dad Country”. Record Store Day is this Saturday so look out later today for news on MMR’s special releases.

Andrew Wyatt “Descender”
Houses “A Quiet Darkness”
Jonny Fritz “Dad Country”

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New Releases – Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Happy Tuesday everyone, hope your bellies are nice and full of chocolate, now time to fill up your ears with some new music. Cold War Kids have their fourth studio album “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” out today but did anyone grab the limited edition, and hand numbered, bootleg vinyl copy in your local record store last week? The fantastic “The Music is You – A Tribute to John Denver” compilation featuring My Morning Jacket, Dave Matthews, J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten and many more cover their favourite Denver tracks. Nicholas Principe’s ambient project Port St. Willow is re-releasing their debut record “Holiday” through Downtown Records/MMR. Last but certainly not least, Thomas D’Arcy’s “What We Want” is now finally out on vinyl after it’s February 5th release.

Cold War Kids “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts”
Various Artists “The Music is You – A Tribute to John Denver”
Port St. Willow ”Holiday”
Thomas D’Arcy “What We Want”

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Alabama Shakes Go Gold in Canada!

MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records are thrilled to announce that Alabama Shakes ‘Boys & Girls’ has gone gold in Canada!

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Formed in Athens Alabama in 2009, the band has found critical and commerical success around the world with their debut studio album “Boys & Girls” which they released in April of last year. Since the release, they have gone GOLD in the US selling over 500,000 copies, received 3 Grammy nominations, were awarded the #1 spot in Rolling Stone’s Best 50 Songs of 2012, and have performed on iconic TV shows like Saturday Night Live and Later…with Jools Holland.

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Now, they continue to impress with their stellar live performances – which find them coming back to Canada as well as some key music festivals across the globe.

ALABAMA SHAKES TOUR DATES **CDN Dates are bolded**
April 1- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Circo Voador
April 3 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – El Festival Mas Grande
April 6 – Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza Chile
May 10 – Napa, CA – Bottle Rock Music Festival
June 1 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival
June 2 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
June 7 – Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces
June 8 – Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces
June 18 – Colmbus, OH – LC Pavilion
June 19 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music
June 20 – Toronto, ON – Echo Beach
June 22 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
June 23 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
June 26 – 29 – Pilton, UK – Glastonbury
June 30 – London, UK – Hard Rock Calling
July 13 – Lousivlle, KY – Forecastle Festival
July 14 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
July 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Popejoy Hall
July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Holywood Palladium
July 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Holywood Palladium
July 19 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl Theater
July 21 – Alta, WY – Targee Festival
July 23 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
July 25 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Festival
July 26 – Edmonton, AB – Interstellar Rodeo

July 28 – Minneapolis, MB – Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
August 7 – Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
August 8 – Goteberg, Sweden – Way Out West Festival
August 9 – Skanderborg, Denmark – Skanderborg Festival
August 10 – Haldern, Germany – Haldern Pop Festival
August 13 – Barcelona, Spain – Apolo
August 14 – Porto, Portugal – Paredes Da Coura
August 17 – Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
August 18 – Hellendoorn, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
September 7 – Guthrie, OK – Gentleman of the Road Gutherie Stopover

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Houses to Join Baths on North American Tour

All dates in support of upcoming album ‘A Quiet Darkness’ out April 16th on Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings.
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Pre-order ‘A Quiet Darkness” via iTunes Canada Here.

Los Angeles duo Houses have announced that they’ll be joining Baths as main support on his upcoming North American tour. Coming off a strong SXSW showing, an upcoming sold out San Francisco show and having already been announced as main support on Cold War Kids April dates complemented with a remix of their single”Miracle Mile” which premiered on FILTER, Houses are on track to have a huge 2013. Starting May 23 in Portland and wrapping up June 29th in San Francisco, Houses will be spending much of the next four months on the road in support of their upcoming sophomore album A Quiet Darkness – out April 16th on Downtown Records & MapleMusic Recordings.

The narrative of the album tells the story of a husband and wife separated in the midst of a nuclear disaster and their attempt to reunite with one another along the Highway 10 in California before their inevitable deaths, each song taking place in different abandoned houses along the way. Real life couple Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina made the trek themselves multiple times, to record sound and video at these abandoned houses that are featured on the album. The album’s celestial ambiance and wanderlust concepts are conveyed throughout the recording with techniques employed by Dexter Tortoriello’s production and the stark contrast between the minimal electronic pulses, found sounds and meandering and melancholy harmonies. The ethereal sound on which Houses was built is woven through A Quiet Darkness, the 2013 release shows a deep and pensive side to a band who clearly encompass a darker side of bliss; a bold new bravado that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced love and loss.

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Listen to Houses remix of Cold War Kids “Miracle Mile” Here!

BATHS TOUR SUPPORT DATES
May 23 – Portland, OR – Holoscene
May 25 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
May 29 – Missoula, MT – The Palace Lounge
May 30 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
May 31 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
June 5 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
June 6 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
June 7 – Chicago, IL – Metro
June 8 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
June 9 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
June 10 – Montreal, QC – Le Belmont
June 12 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
June 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
June 14 – Washington DC, – Black Cat
June 15 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
June 16 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
June 19 – New Orleans, LA – Hi Ho Lounge
June 20 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
June 21 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
June 22 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
June 24 – El Paso, TX – The Lowbrow Palace
June 25 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
June 26 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
June 27 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
June 28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
June 29 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

COLD WAR KIDS SUPPORT DATES:
April 3 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
April 4 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
April 5 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
April 6 – Chicago, IL – Metro
April 9 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
April 10 – Washington, CD – 9:30 Club
April 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
April 13 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
April 15 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
April 16 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
April 17 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

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Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow Partners With The Creators Project to Release “Descender” Documentary

Watch the “Descender” documentary here.
Pre-order the album “Descender” out on Ingrid/Downtown Records April 16th on iTunes now and get the first single “And Septimus…” instantly.
Pre-order the 12″ vinyl of “Descender” here.

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Grammy-nominated artist Andrew Wyatt, better known to most as the front man of revered electronic pop group Miike Snow, has released a documentary providing a compelling look into the aesthetic and process of making his forthcoming debut solo album Descender – out April 16 on Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings. More than just a Web episode, this documentary directed by Sebastian Mlynarski, spotlights Wyatt’s unique versatility as a songwriter and is released in collaboration with The Creators Project. Aptly named “Descender,” it provides a distinct peak within Wyatt’s music career – his work with artists like Carl Barat and Mark Ronson, his time in Miike Snow, his studies in classical conservatory (which spawned his collaboration with the 75-piece Prague Philharmonic on the album), and the experiences that lead to his growth as a songwriter. This documentary is beautiful in its direction and style, encompassing what it is to be human in an incredible world while displaying a humbleness that makes it easy to relate with Andrew, his music and his struggles.

The documentary, which also previews songs from the new album Descender – Andrew Wyatt’s first solo effort including cameos from Anthony Rossomando of The Libertines, Brad Traux (formerly of Interpol) and John Herndon of Tortoise, starts in New York City where we find that Wyatt gives himself just one month to record the album. Upon booking the orchestra and sending the transcribed music, he finds that his transcriptions were rather unusual to the orchestral musicians. “I have serious concerns and worries. If we make parts from these scores, nobody will be able to read them. Maybe we should put these sessions off,” says the orchestra conductor. And so begins the documentary, taking us through the streets of Prague and into the recording studio. It also stops in Kutna Hora, which is home to a small Roman Catholic chapel located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints, called Kostnice Ossuary, that contains the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people whose bones have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. It is here that Andrew reflects on the album as being “the ruins of my grand ideas.”

The Creators Project is an ongoing initiative by VICE and Intel, dedicated to supporting artists in realizing their creative visions through technology. Since 2010 there have been over 300 Creators involved in the project hailing from all over the world. Participating Creators include Florence and and the Machine, Karen O, Mark Ronson and now Andrew Wyatt among others.

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Maplecore Recieves 14 JUNO Award Nominations

MAPLECORE RECEIVES 14 JUNO AWARD NOMINATIONS

Look out Regina! This morning at the 2013 JUNO Award Nominees press conference, MapleCore (consisting of MapleMusic Recordings / Pheromone Recordings / Open Road Recordings and Fontana North Distribution) collectively received an impressive 14 JUNO nominations – congrats!

Here are the nominees:

MapleMusic Recordings:
Kathleen Edwards: Voyageur
Adult Alternative Album of the Year
Songwriter of the Year

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Royal Wood: We Were Born To Glory
Adult Alternative Album of the Year

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Open Road Recordings
Emerson Drive: Roll
Country Album of the Year

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Dean Brody: Dirt
Country Album of the Year

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Fontana North Distribution
Kristina Maria: Tell The World
Pop Album of the Year

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Manafest: Fighter
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

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Thousand Foot Krutch: The End Is Where We Begin
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

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Elliott Brood: Days Into Years
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year

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The Strumbellas: My Father and The Hunter
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year

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The Wooden Sky: Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year

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Ex Deo: Caligvla
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

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Ratchet Orchestra: Hemlock
Instrumental Album of the Year

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Crystal Shawanda: Just Like You
Aboriginal Album of the Year

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For the full list of nominees, click HERE.

The JUNO Awards will air on CTV on April 21, 2013.

For more information, please contact:
Mavis Harris
MapleMusic Recordings / Fontana North
mavis.harris@maplemusicrecordings.com
416.961.1040 x277

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