New Release – Dawn Golden ‘Still Life’

Dexter Tortoriello of Houses has followed up 2011′s ‘Blow’ EP with his debut solo LP ‘Still Life’ under the moniker Dawn Golden. The Fader premiered the video for lead single ‘All I Want’ about which Dexter said: ”We wanted to show the beauty and despair and impossible realities that might exist behind those moments of mania and delusion.” Dexter will head out on a North American tour in support of the record this Summer with dates to be announced soon. Stream the full album via Hype Machine here or on Rdio here.

Dawn Golden ‘Still Life’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Andrew Austin Releases Video for ‘If It Ain’t This Town’ from While It’s Still Light Out LP

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Appearing on Canada AM May 8 + CMW showcases

Toronto singer-songwriter Andrew Austin continues to build momentum off his debut album ‘While It’s Still Light Out,’ appearing on Canada AM Thursday May 8 ahead of two showcase sets at Canadian Music Week.

On top of that, Austin has released a heart-achingly nostalgic video for the song ‘If It Ain’t This Town,’ directed by Eric James Mayer.

Upcoming Dates
Thursday May 8 — Toronto ON — The Supermarket 9PM (CMW)
Friday May 9 — Toronto ON — CBC Lounge @ The Marriott 12PM (CMW)
Friday May 16 — Toronto ON — Royal Ontario Museum 8:30PM
Thursday June 5 — Toronto ON — Drake Hotel 8:30PM (w/ Scarlett Jane)
Saturday June 28 — Sarnia ON — Sarnia Centennial Celebration 2PM

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MapleMusic Recordings at CMW 2014

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Canadian Music Week kicks off this week and we’ve got 5 sets from our artists that you don’t want to miss! Check out the full lineup here and buy a wristband for access to every CMW show here.

Thomas D’Arcy
Thursday May 8th 10PM at The Garrison

Andrew Austin
Thursday May 8th 9PM at Supermarket
Friday May 9th 12PM at Marriot Hotel (Lounge Bar)

The Organ Thieves
Saturday May 10th 10PM at Lee’s Palace

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Saturday May 10th 12:45PM at Marriot Hotel (Lounge Bar)

New Releases – Rodrigo y Gabriela ’9 Dead Alive’ & Old 97′s ‘Most Messed Up’

Rodrigo y Gabriela play face to face, guitar versus guitar, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention on their new album ’9 Dead Alive’. Their first record in 5 years celebrates individuals whose contributions to human rights, literature, and philosophy are still felt in the 21st century. Watch them play Somnium (inspired by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: 1651 – 1695) and Torito (inspired by animals and nature) live at Red Rocks. Americana legends Old 97′s return with their new album ‘Most Messed Up’ featuring guest appearances from Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel. The record is a raucous 12-track meditation on 20 years in music which, through Rhett Miller’s lyrics, dives into deep wounds and emotional scars. See their Summer North American tour dates here.

Rodrigo y Gabriela ’9 Dead Alive’ Digital CD DVD Vinyl
Old 97′s ‘Most Messed Up’ Digital CD Vinyl

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New Releases – Cold War Kids ‘Robbers & Cowards’ & Mas Ysa ‘Worth EP’ Vinyl

Cold War Kids‘ much loved breakout debut album ‘Robbers & Cowards’ is being reissued on vinyl after being out of print for 5 years. The 2006 record will be pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl, includes a digital download and extra artwork not included on the original pressing. Take at trip back to the late 00′s and watch the video for ‘Hang Me Up To Dry’. Brooklyn producer Mas Ysa dropped his debut ‘Worth EP’ earlier this year and it’s now available on vinyl. Watch the video for his Best New Track‘d lead single ‘Why’. Mas Ysa will return to Canada for the first time since releasing the EP in June for Toronto’s NXNE Festival.

Cold War Kids ‘Robbers & Cowards’ Vinyl 
Mas Ysa ‘Worth EP’ Vinyl Digital

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Record Store Day 2014 Releases

Record Store Day is April 19th, here’s a quick look at MMR‘s sweet vinyl exclusives! The full list of releases and a record store locator are on recordstoredaycanada.com. Come out and support your local indie store this Saturday!

Drive-By Truckers ‘Dragon Pants EP’ 10″ Vinyl
B-Sides and outtakes from their new album ‘English Oceans’
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White Denim ‘A Place To Start’ 7″ Vinyl
Never before released Jamie Lidell remix & instrumental on white vinyl
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New Releases – Chet Faker ‘Built On Glass’, Thought Beneath Film ‘Cartographers’ & Jessica Lea Mayfield ‘Make My Head Sing’

Chet Faker‘s highly anticipated debut LP ‘Built On Glass’ delivers as the follow up to his acclaimed 2012 EP ‘Thinking In Textures’. Chet first teased the release with the stop motion video for lead single ‘Talk Is Cheap’ on Noisey along with his upcoming North American dates. See the full dates including Toronto’s The Hoxton on May 19th here. Thought Beneath Film release their anticipated debut full length ‘Cartographers’. Mixed and mastered by Grammy winners Tom Lord-Alge and Bob Ludwig respectively, and approved by Toronto legend Alan Cross, the Hamilton band has some heavy hitting names behind it. Watch the video for the title track here and watch for them on AuxTV’s upcoming show ‘Under The Influence’. Kent, Ohio’s Jessica Lea Mayfield makes her MMR debut with ‘Make My Head Sing’ her self-proclaimed real rock record. Stereogum premiered her song ‘I Wanna Love You’ in February calling it “a grunge-era deadpan with gnarly leftfield roots music in service of haunting, smoldering rock ’n’ roll.” Catch Jessica on tour as she comes through Toronto’s The Garrison April 23rd and Montreal’s Divan Orange April 24th.

Chet Faker ‘Built On Glass’ Digital CD Vinyl
Thought Beneath Film ‘Cartographers’ Digital CD
Jessica Lea Mayfield ‘Make My Head Sing’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Garage-Blues Phenom Benjamin Booker Signs with ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings

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Tour dates with Jack White set for July including Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on 7/31
First single ‘Violent Shiver’ available now - full-length debut to be released later in 2014

ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings are excited to announce the signing of Benjamin Booker, a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter. Described as “a well-mixed musical cocktail of punk, folk, and New Orleans blues,” Booker cites his influences as The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex.

Benjamin’s self-titled debut album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) will be released in Fall 2014.

A 7″ of his first single, ‘Violent Shiver,’ backed with ‘Spoon Out My Eyeballs,’ will be released on May 13. Last week Zane Lowe premiered ‘Violent Shiver’ on his BBC Radio 1 show and NME named it as one of the “Tracks You Have To Hear This Week,” observing, “it’s made great by Benjamin Booker’s vocal, which is rough and loud and harsh with that all-American whiskey/cigarette/flu type of hoarseness… and his proficiency on the guitar hints at someone who’s been playing the instrument for most of his 20-odd years.”

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Thought Beneath Film Releasing Full-Length Debut ‘Cartographers’ April 15th

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Also featured to appear on new AUX TV series ‘Influenced’

The past year has been a whirlwind for Hamilton, Ontario rockers Thought Beneath Film. But it’s only been a build-up to the release of the band’s full-length debut LP ‘Cartographers,’ arriving April 15 on MapleMusic Recordings.

Produced by the band, mixed by Tom Lord-Alge, and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig, ‘Cartographers’ is a potent blast of high energy guitar pop in the time-honoured Steel City tradition.  After the title track introduced the band to commercial radio across Canada last fall, Thought Beneath Film have just released their current single, ‘If I Could Fix You (You Know That I Would),’ to radio and will be shooting an accompanying video shortly.

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New Releases – Language Arts ‘Wonderkind’ & Kaiser Chiefs ‘Education, Education, Education and War’

Toronto’s Kristen Cudmore makes her MMR debut as Language Arts with the new album ‘Wonderkind’. Recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Darryl Neudorf, fans got their first taste of the record with the title track’s stop-motion video. Primo Sketch Comedy group created a hilarious infomercial for the record, watch it here. Join Language Arts for their album release show April 10 at the Horseshoe Tavern. Kaiser Chiefs return with their fifth studio album and first since the departure of Nick Hodgson, ‘Education, Education, Education and War’. The band paired with producer Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter) who said of working on the record “They came really ready to prove something to the world, and the songs are really good. And that’s what I’m always looking at”. Watch the video for the anthemic new single ‘Coming Home’.

Language Arts ‘Wonderkind’ Digital CD Vinyl
Kaiser Chiefs ‘Education, Education, Education and War’ Digital CD Vinyl

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New Releases – The Belle Brigade ‘Just Because’ & Various Artists ‘Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One’

The Belle Brigade make their MMR debut with their sophomore studio album ‘Just Because’.  The album’s infectious single ‘Ashes’ dropped earlier this year whose video features the crafty sibling duo cut into stop motion.  The California band recently announced a full North American tour supporting Ray LaMontagne as both his backing band and opening act.  Built To Spill, Reggie Watts, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lucius,  Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and many more come together on ‘Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One’ which spans 1980′s ‘Saved’ to 1990′s ‘Under The Red Sky’. The tribute album aims to showcase Dylan during an off-peak period and bring a stronger sense of harmony to the material. Portions of proceeds from album sales will go to the charity Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. Listen to Built To Spill’s take on ‘Jokerman’ via Rolling Stone.

The Belle Brigade ‘Just Because’ Digital CD Vinyl
Various Artists ‘Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One’ Digital CD Vinyl

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New Release – Royal Wood ‘The Burning Bright’

Royal Wood returns with his fifth studio album ‘The Burning Bright’ which CBC Music has called “Wood’s strongest & most powerful work yet.” Fans got their first taste of his new record when ‘Forever and Ever’ dropped in September, stream the beautiful Christopher Mills-directed video premiered by MUCHWatch Royal chat with Andreanne Sasseville about writing the album while living in Ireland for SiriusXM & Cineplex’s Backstage Pass series.

Royal Wood ‘The Burning Bright’ Digital CD Vinyl

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