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.

MIKE GORDON SPRING 2014 TOUR DATES – CANADIAN DATES BOLDED
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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Jennifer’s Favourite Albums of 2013

Day three in our staff favourites series features a sweet mix of genres for the top 5 from Marketing & Label Manager at Fontana North, the lovely Jennifer McLeod.

5. Daft Punk – Random Access Memory                                  4. Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love
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3. M.I.A. – Matangi                                                                          2. Typhoon – White Lighter
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Jessica’s Favourite Albums of 2013

Kicking off the week two batch of MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North staff favourite album lists is our Marketing Coordinator, the ever-helpful Jessica Molina. She’s laid out her top 10 in no particular order except for #1.

Northcote – Northcote                                 Born Ruffians – Birthmarks                        Local Natives – Hummingbird

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Charles Bradley – Victim of Love               Foals – Holy Fire                                          On An On – Give In

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Kiev – Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth         Dinosaur Bones – Shaky Dream               Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less                                                                                                                                                                                      Youth
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Tony’s Favourite Albums of 2013

Today, and for the next 2 weeks, one person from the MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North team will be presenting their top 5 or 10 albums from this year. Check back every day for some favourite albums from the people behind your favourite record label! Kicking things off is everyone’s favourite guy (and not just because he’s our boss!) Tony Tarleton, General Manager of MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North.

5. Headstones – Love & Fury                                                        4. J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Essential Tremors

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     3. Andrew Austin – While It’s Still Light Out                             2. The Bros. Landreth – Let It Lie

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Bo Keeney Releases Sophomore EP ‘Versus’ On January 28th

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California born and UK-residing, genre-hopping music polymath Bo Keeney follows up his debut EP “Don’t You Worry” – an immersive collection of soul, funk, jazz and electronica with his second EP “Versus” coming out on January 28th on MapleMusic Recordings.

His debut EP “Don’t You Worry” was recorded in a shipping container just outside Winchester and saw Bo unapologetically slip and slide between genres making for a thrilling introduction to a young artist not set on being pigeonholed.

The follow up “Versus” EP sees Bo’s own productions and thrilling vocals woven amongst the sounds and beats of the most exciting emerging producers from the UK.

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MapleMusic Recordings’ Best of 2013

We’ve picked out some of the best tracks that our artist roster have released this year and put them together into one great playlist! The playlist features huge names like Primal Scream, The Dismemberment Plan and Cold War Kids to up-and-coming Canadian talent Andrew Austin, Don Brownrigg, and Thought Beneath Film! Listen to the playlist on Rdio, Youtube, Soundcloud, or all three at the same time below.

Track List:

White Denim “Pretty Green”
The Dismemberment Plan “Waiting”
Cold War Kids “Miracle Mile”
Don Brownrigg “Sweet Dream Sleeper”
Andrew Austin “Inside Out”
San Fermin “Sonsick”
Typhoon “Young Fathers”
Jim James “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U)
J. Roddy Walston & The Business “Heavy Bells”
Gogol Bordello “Lost Innocent World”
Primal Scream “It’s Alright, It’s Ok”
The Bronx “Youth Wasted”
Thought Beneath Film “Cartographers”
Thomas D’Arcy “Credit!”
Bo Keeney “Don’t You Worry”
Caveman “In The City”
Okkervil River “It Was My Season”
Royal Teeth “Wild”

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Kaiser Chiefs Announce 5th Album “Education, Education, Education & War” Out April 1st

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Kaiser Chiefs have announced that they will release their fifth studio album, Education, Education, Education & War on April 1st, 2014 via ATO Records and 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).

Songs including ”Coming Home”, ”Misery Company” were introduced in various guises during the band’s 2013 live shows including the Lollapaolloza Festival in South America, London’s Hyde Park and during their giant homecoming show at Leeds Arena in September.  ”Misery Company” was called “a dark, Clockwork Orange whirl” by The Guardian, while Q Magazine’s recent in-studio piece found the band “at their indignant best”. The record shows an evolution in maturity of songwriting and sound, and deftly executes a wide array of the bands influences.

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