On the third self-titled album from LA hardcore outfit The Bronx‘s alter ego Mariachi el Bronx the band ditched the rulebook and dusted off old sequencers, synths and an ARP. The 10 striking songs – featuring singles ‘New Beat’ and ‘Wildfires’ – that resulted fuse traditional melodies with modern ambience. Watch the day-glo-orange coloured vinyl of (III) getting pressed to match the psychedelic cover art here.
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The original Primus lineup makes their studio album return for the first time in 19 years on their new release ‘Primus & The Chocolate Factory.’ This tribute to the 1971 Willy Wonka movie features deep reworks of the influential and distinctive tunes. Five vinyl copies of the album will feature gold coloured vinyl and free lifetime tickets to Primus concerts, watch records get pressed in the promo video here. See the full list of special album tour dates here. Cold War Kids have released their 5th studio album ‘Hold My Home‘ produced by guitarist Dann Gallucci and Lars Stalfors. Vocalist Nathan Willet describes the album with lyrics from its title track: “You’ve moved every year or two since you were 18. Home is no longer an actual place you return to. It’s ephemeral; it’s where you go in your memory to recall friends, your identity, your version of family. You can’t touch or hold on to it, but you can feel home anywhere. But where are your roots?” Watch the video for the first single “All This Could Be Yours” or the anthemic follow up “First.”
The definitive Primus line-up – Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander – is back together and set to release their first full-length studio set in nearly 20 years, ‘Primus & the Chocolate Factory,’ due out on ATO Records / MapleMusic Recordings on October 21.
“The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,’ says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the ‘Willy Wonka’ movie – the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film [1971’s ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,’ starring Gene Wilder] that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that’s what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit…twisted them up a lot.” Listen to classic track ‘Pure Imagination’ re-imagined, which Rolling Stone premiered in July
It felt so good, in fact, Claypool decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release. Claypool admits he’s always, “in some way, wanted to be Willy Wonka,” and, also, that he’s always wanted to work a cover of ‘The Candy Man’ — a memorable number from the film’s soundtrack — into Primus sets. “Hell, I’ve been doing the line from the boat ride on stage since the ’80’s,” then Les sings, “There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going…”
Hurray For The Riff Raff has just launched a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo for The Body Electric Fund which will raise money for organizations combatting violent crime and the degradation of marginalized communities.
Donations to the Indiegogo campaign, running through October 22, will support both the creation of a video for ‘The Body Electric,’ from the group’s acclaimed 2014 debut album Small Town Heroes, that will raise awareness of violence against women, minorities and LGBT groups and a variety of organizations working to promote peace for those in these communities, including The Third Wave Fund and The Trayvon Martin Foundation. See more on the campaign at Indiegogo.
“The process of writing ‘The Body Electric’ was very powerful for me,” says Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra. “I felt the waves of a 26-year span of desires to see all women free from violence crash into me. It was anger, a desire for justice and a dream of change. I hope to use our platform as a band to shine the spotlight on those organizations that do the work that can truly change our futures.”
The band hopes to raise $20,000 to fund the creation of ‘The Body Electric’ video and The Body Electric Fund. $10,000 will go toward the making of a music video to shed light on violence among not only women but also minorities and the LGBT community. After the video expenses have been met, the rest of the money raised will go to The Body Electric Fund. The Body Electric Fund is powered by RPM, a nonprofit agency that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy.
Newport Folk Festival and ATO Records have created a partnership to release a series of limited 7″ singles to celebrate the vast talent the labels artists have showcased at the fest. The first features two unreleased recordings: Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Daniella” will appear on the A‐side backed with a live version of Benjamin Booker’s “Violent Shiver. MapleMusic Recordings is proud to bring the singles series to Canada.
Hurray For The Riff Raff / Benjamin Booker ‘Newport Folk Festival 7″ Vol. 1’ Vinyl
New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker has released his debut self-titled record and it is one fiery blues frenzy. The 25-year-old guitar player learned from greats like The Gun Club and Blind Willie Johnson along with contemporaries like The Black Keys and The Strokes, and paired that with his raw, soulful vocals. Watch the raucous lead single ‘Violent Shiver’ performed on Letterman or get lost in the sheer energy of ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ performed on Conan and turn it up!
SOJA continue a streak of albums calling for unity and change on their fifth studio record ‘Amid The Noise And Haste.’ Produced by Grammy-winning Supa Dups and featuring guest appearances from Michael Franti and Nahko on the hit single ‘I Believe,’ as well as Damian Marley, Collie Buddz, and more, this is their most focused record to date. The vinyl edition comes pressed on translucent gold discs in a double gatefold package. Listen to a sampler of ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ here.
“Reggae, infused with strains of rock, folk and dub, provides a complementary framework for lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Jacob Hemphill’s sinewy vocals and poignantly drawn lyrics of social resistance, environmental consciousness and personal reflection…” — Billboard
“The transcendental appeal of the Washington, D.C.- based SOJA has as much to do with their simply and traditionally constructed reggae tunes as it does with their universally appealing messages of hope and peace…” –– Relix
New LP from Washington D.C. reggae unit features guests Michael Franti and Damian Marley
‘Amid The Noise And Haste,’ released Aug. 12 through ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings, was produced by multiple Grammy award-winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and is the first full-length album he has chosen to take on in his career. The new album is the follow up to SOJA’s critically acclaimed ‘Strength To Survive,’ which debuted in the Billboard Top 40. ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ features special guests including Michael Franti, Damian Marley, and Collie Buddz.
The album’s cover art was designed by the British artist Steven Wilson from original wood carvings.
SOJA originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has built a massive, dedicated fan base around the world since. SOJA has sold more than 250,000 albums, headlined shows in over 20 countries around the world, generated over 3.3 million Facebook fans, and 183+ million YouTube views. The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals including Bonnaroo where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.
SOJA’s Soulshine summer tour with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall kicked off in California and continues in amphitheaters across the country throughout August.
‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ Track List:
1. Tear It Down
2. Your Song (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)
3. I Believe (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko)
4. Easier (feat. Anuhea and J Boog)
5. Shadow (feat. Trevor Young of SOJA)
6. Once Upon A Time
7. Promises And Pills (feat. Alfred The MC)
9. She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)
12. Treading Water
13. Lucid Dreams (feat. Nahko)
“For me music is a way to explore human potential. And that’s my main interest in life – human potential. Everyone knows there’s something inside of us that we’re not using. How do we get it? How do we reach it? Every single person knows that there’s something and nobody knows what it is. So at one point I said to myself, I’m gonna get down and get it.” – Eugene Hutz
Everyone’s favourite gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello, led by the incomparable front man Eugene Hutz, return to eastern Canada with major festival appearances this July and August.
The group has been touring the globe since the release of their sixth album, ‘Pura Vida Conspiracy,’ one year ago, and show no signs of letting up.
Gogol Bordello Canadian Tour Dates
Sun. July 6 — Toronto ON — TURF [5:30 PM East Stage]
Wed. July 9 — Quebec City QC — Le Festival d’ete [9:30 PM Hydro-Quebec Stage]
Thurs. July 10 — Ottawa ON — Bluesfest [6 PM Claridge Homes Stage]
Fri. Aug. 1 — London ON — London Music Hall
Sun. Aug. 3 — Montreal QC — Osheaga [8:20 PM Green Stage]
Legendary jam band Phish have returned with their 12th studio album ‘Fuego’. Originally reuniting out of genuinely wanting t hang out, eventually the band sat down to try to write in a way they never had before. Listen to guitarist Trey Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell talk about writing the songs across 5 notepads via NPR. Of course the only real way to experience Phish is live, check out their tour dates here to see if they hit your town. Vacationer return with their highly anticipated follow-up record ‘Relief’. The Philly-based group, consisting of The Starting Line’s Kenny Vasoli along with Body Language’s Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler, refine their months on the road into tighter and more powerful tracks. Watch the recently released video for the infectiously sunny ‘The Wild Life’. Cleveland alt-rock group SomeKindaWonderful have released their self-titled debut album. Watch the video for the slightly-disorienting hit song ‘Reverse’ on their Vevo Channel or stream the full album on their YouTube with the SKW Visualizer. A short string of US dates has already been announced with a full tour in the works.
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.
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!