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!
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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!
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.
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.”
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’.
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.
Alabama’s legendary roots rockers Drive-By Truckers enter the double digits with their 10th studio album ‘English Oceans’. The record’s 13 tracks show an almost equal split of writing credits between co-front men Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, watch the band perform Cooley’s track ‘Made Up English Oceans’ in the Lyric Theater in Birmingham, Alabama. The boys are on a North American tour right now supported by Blitzen Trapper and Shovels & Rope, see full dates here. Ume (pronounced “Ooo-May”) make their MMR debut with ‘Monuments‘. The Austin band play the hard rock equivalent of IDM layering meaty chords and ripping lead lines with melodic keyboard. Listen to the first single to drop from ‘Monuments’ titled ‘Chase It Down’. The very first song SomeKindaWonderful recorded together, ‘Reverse’ premiered yesterday on Idolator and is now up on iTunes. Frontman Jordy Towers tells Idolator “‘Reverse’ is a story song told in reverse. It’s a true story actually … Something about telling a story in reverse is almost more emotional and revealing to me and it just naturally came out in that form when I wrote it.”