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


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

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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

Mavis’ Favourite Albums of 2013

Mavis Harris, our current National Media Relations Manager at MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North, loves each of these albums equally so she wrote a line about each explaining why they’re her Favourite Albums of 2013. In just a few more weeks Mavis will be going on maternity leave and we’d like to take this chance to wish her & her family the best of health in the new year!

Queens Of The Stone Age - …Like Clockwork – It’s a           Kid Kudi - Indicud – Love Love LOVE this record!
QOTSA record, it’s gonna be awesome regardless.               “Unfuckwittable” may be my fav song of the year.
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Andrew Austin - While It’s Still Light Out – I don’t have         Darwin Deez - Songs For Imaginative People – Living in
much to say, listen to it – and you’ll love it GUARANTEED!!   England made me love this guy, he was played in all the pubs,                                                                                                              and his catchiness was (and is) infectious.  This album is no                                                                                                                exception.
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Maureen’s Favourite Albums of 2013

The last week of our Best of 2013 staff lists (and the last week before Christmas!) kicks off with the Top 5 Albums in no particular order from our cat-loving Maureen SpillaneMarketing Manager at MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North. She’s included the 5 tracks that made her year below, also in no particular order.

Ta-ku – Do What You Love                                                           Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
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Jason’s Favourite Albums of 2013

Happy Friday! For the last day in a week of solid Best of 2013 staff lists we’re bringing you Jason Schneider‘s top 10(ish) in no particular order. Jason is our new National Media Relations Manager at MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North, welcome to the team!

Daniel Romano – Come Cry With Me        Black Joe Lewis – Electric Slave             My Bloody Valentine – mbvJS Daniel romanoJS blackjoelewis-albumcoverJS mbv
Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love           Valerie June – Pushing Against A Stone    Anna Calvi – One Breathcharles bradley victimJS valeriejunepackshotJS One_Breath__Anna_Calvi
Mark Lanegan – Imitations                        The Sadies – Internal Sounds                    The Milk Carton Kids – The Ash & ClayJS lanegan-imitations-album-500x500JS The-SadiesJS milk carton kids Continue reading…

Jordan’s Favourite Albums of 2013

Week two of staff Best Of 2013 lists is almost over! To spice things up I thought I’d pit Andy’s rock-centric list against the top 10 from Jordan Howard, our National Accounts Manager at MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North. Which (mostly) guitar based list best matches your own favourites?

10. The Front Bottoms – The Talon Of     9. From Indian Lakes – Able Bodies         8. Pup – PUP                                                                                                 The Hawk
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7. The Mark Inside – Dark Hearts Can    6. The Glorious Sons – Shapeless Art     5. Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart                                                  Radiate White Light
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4. Xambassadors – Love Songs              3. Poor Young Things – The Heart The   2. Northcote – Northcote                                                                      Drug Songs                                                           Head The End
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Andy’s Favourite Albums of 2013

To help get you over hump day is today’s list in our series of staff Favourite Albums. It’s chock-full of some heavy hitting and energetic releases from our resident metal-head Andy Hawke A&R staffer at MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North.

10. Mandroid Echostar – Citadels EP      9. Soilwork – The Living Infinite                8. Zerbin – Touch EP
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7. Classified – Classified                 6. Maestro Fresh Wes – Orchestrated Noise   5. Wilson – Full Blast Fuckery
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4. The Cat Empire – Steal The Light      3. A Day To Remember – Common Courtesy   2. Tech N9Ne – Something Else
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Overstep, Mike Gordon’s New Solo Album, To Be Released February 25, 2014

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Preview New Song “Ether” HERE

 ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings will release Mike Gordon‘s new solo album, Overstep, on February 25, 2014. Gordon shared songwriting duties with guitarist and longtime collaborator Scott Murawski and handed over the producing reins for the first time in his solo career, enlisting Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies). He also invited a few new players into the studio, including legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (Jon Brion, Fiona Apple).

 Gordon will celebrate the release of Overstep with a North American headline tour that will kick off at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse, NY on February 28. The run will include a date at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver, BC (March 22). The bassist/vocalist will be joined on the road by his longtime band – Scott Murawski (guitar), Craig Myers (percussion), Tom Cleary (keyboards) and Todd Isler (drums). The new repertoire will be augmented by hints of secret synesthetic mad scientist gadgetry on and around the stage.

A limited number of tickets are available NOW via a real-time presale at http://tickets.mike-gordon.com/. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, December 13, at 10:00 AM ET. See below for itinerary or visit the tour dates page at mike-gordon.com for further details.

Overstep is Gordon’s fourth solo album, following 2003′s Inside In, 2008′s The Green Sparrow and 2010′s Moss. Gordon is a founding member of Phish, which will wrap up 2013 with a sold-out, four-night stand at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. He has also performed with numerous other artists and released two albums with Leo Kottke.

2/28 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre
3/1 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
3/6 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
3/8 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
3/9 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
3/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
3/14 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
3/15 – Park City, UT @ Park City Live
3/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre
3/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/19 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
3/21 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
3/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theatre
3/29 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/5 – North Adams, MA @ MassMOCA
4/6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground


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