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New Releases – Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Stereophonics make their MMR debut with the band’s 8th studio record “Graffiti On The Train”. The newly refined and cinematic Stereophonics features strings arranged by famed James Bond composer David Arnold and is produced by Jim Lowe. Catch them during their fall tour when they hit Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall September 25th. Will Sheff shares his autobiography on Okkervil River’s latest “The Silver Gymnasium”. The John Agnello-produced 11 songs take place in the small town of Meriden, New Hampshire in 1986 which Sheff has detailed in the interactive map made by NPR. Brooklyn’s post-punk newcomers Butter The Children revisit the ghosts of classic punk on “True Crime”. The EP is the stuff the best punk is made of: a sugary dose of loud guitars, muscular bass, tsunami drums and morose lyrics about dejected wanderers. Chet Faker’s hard to come by 2012 debut EP “Thinking In Textures” has been reissued on vinyl ahead of his upcoming album later this year.

Stereophonics “Graffiti on the Train”
Okkervil River “The Silver Gymnasium”
Butter The Children “True Crime” EP
Chet Faker “Thinking In Textures” Vinyl Reissue

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Jonathan Wilson’s ‘Fanfare’ Out October 15 On Downtown Records & MapleMusic Recordings

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Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings are set to release Jonathan Wilson’s ‘Fanfare’ on October 15. The record features vocal and instrumental contributions from Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, as well as Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. ‘Fanfare’ follows the success of Jonathan Wilson’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut Gentle Spirit, which was hailed by SPIN as “intricately produced and gently epic” and praised by Rolling Stone for its “gorgeously detailed folk-rock ambles.”

Jonathan Wilson recorded ‘Fanfare’ with engineer Bryce Gonzales over a nine-month period at Wilson’s Fivestar Studios in Echo Park. British folk legend Roy Harper co-wrote several of the songs on the album, which also features Wilson’s regular band members, Richard Gowen (drums), Dan Horne (bass), Omar Velasco (guitar) and Jason Borger (piano/organ). “There is a high degree of musical prowess and pedigree here. Cross-generational musical sharing and passing down traditions is very important to me and something that must continue,” Wilson says. “This is the way you keep the fanfares blowing. This is how you keep the energies interacting.”

Born and raised in North Carolina and now based in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Jonathan Wilson arrived in Laurel Canyon in 2005 and is credited with helping to revive the neighborhood’s once-legendary music scene. As a sought-after producer, Wilson’s recent work includes albums by Father John Misty and Dawes.

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New Releases – Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Following their breakout 2012 “Act Naturally” EP with the infectious single “Wild”, Royal Teeth have released “Glow”. An engaging collection of indie-pop tracks, “Glow” celebrates the band’s thirst for exploration and youthful adventures into the unknown. Recorded this past winter in Toronto with producer Gavin Brown (Metric) Royal Teeth entered the studio focused and ready to showcase the energy and spirited joy of the live shows that have drawn audiences to the band all around the country. See Royal Teeth live in late August and September supporting Said The Whale and Rusted Root in the US.

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Chet Faker Releases New Track ‘Melt’ And Announces A North American Tour

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“Melt” is the sultry new track from Chet Faker featuring Kilo Kish, and can be heard now via Soundcloud. Look for it as a digital single via Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings in the coming weeks, in conjunction with his upcoming 17 date North American tour. Kicking off September 3 in Los Angeles, the tour will include stops at Portland’s MusicfestNW, Montreal’s Club Lambi, The Laneway Festival in Detroit, The Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver, and a show in New York City with recent collaborator Flume.

2013 has been a busy year for Chet Faker–the pseudonym Australian Nicholas Murphy crafted as an ode to Chet Baker’s singing style while incorporating influences from a youth spent producing house and disco. In addition to his first North American tour, and his hugely popular collaboration with fellow Australian Flume on the track “Left Alone,” he was also featured on the Swedish/Australian group Say Lou Lou’s track “Fool Of Me”–earning a “Best New Track” from Pitchfork.

Before Chet Faker, Murphy spent his time splitting his musical output between a penchant for soft and soulful singer-songwriter work and an appetite for electronic music production. But it was when he coupled his love of analogue instruments and sounds of early dance music–only this time slowing the tempo–with his natural ability for R&B-soaked vocals, that something truly exciting happened.

Chet is currently working on an EP with Flume and recording his debut album.

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CHET FAKER TOUR DATES – Canadian dates are bolded
9/03 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
9/04 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
9/06 Vancouver, Canada – Fortune Sound Club
9/07 Portland, OR – MusicfestNW @ Doug Fir Lounge
9/09 Pittsburgh, PA – The Altar Bar
9/10 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
9/11 New York, NY – Webster Hall (with Flume)
9/12 Montreal, Canada – Club Lambi
9/13 Toronto, Canada – WRONGBAR
9/14 Detroit, MI – Laneway Festival
9/15 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
9/16 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
9/18 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
9/19 Austin, TX – Red 7
9/20 Dallas, TX – Three Links
9/21 Mexico City, Mexico – El Lunario d el Auditorio Nacional
9/22 Oakdale, CA – Symbiosis Gathering

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White Denim’s New Album ‘Corsicana Lemonade’ Is Set For An October 29th Release Via Downtown Records And MapleMusic Recordings

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Listen To The First Single ‘Pretty Green’ HERE

 Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings will release Corsicana Lemonade, the new studio album from Austin-based White Denim, on October 29. Featuring production on two songs and a full mix from iconic songwriter Jeff Tweedy, the 10-song collection channels the group’s manic live virtuosity into a rollicking 10-song mission statement.

The band will play the Austin City Limits Festival and tour the U.S. with Tame Impala this fall. Tickets are on sale now for the run, which will kick off at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO on October 8. In a live review, the LA Weekly observed, “it’s refreshing to see a band without pretense or shtick, whose only agenda is to play the hell out of their instruments and bring the audience along for the ride.” With ‘Corsicana Lemonade’, White Denim consciously set out to capture the feel of its lightning-rod live sets. “It’s taken five records to make one that sounds the way we do onstage,” says James Petralli, vocalist/guitarist for White Denim.

The album marks the first time White Denim has worked with outside producers. The band had found its time on the road with Wilco inspirational and turned to Jeff Tweedy, the GRAMMY®- winning group’s front man, as they prepared to record Corsicana Lemonade. Working at The Loft, Wilco’s Chicago headquarters /studio, White Denim recorded two tracks with Tweedy and his frequent production partner, Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright, Ryan Adams), in March 2013. Upon returning to Austin, the band members built their own studio at a house on a cliff overlooking Lake Travis, where they recorded the remaining tracks with local music legend Jim Vollentine.

“We wheeled-in a bunch of crazy ’50s gear and played from noon until 2 a.m. every day until the album was done,” recalls Petralli. “We played live together, doing takes as a whole. Whatever sounded best was what we stuck with.”    ‘Corsicana Lemonade’ is the follow-up to White Denim’s D, which was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone and MOJO and named by both publications as one of the 50 best albums of 2011. “Expect whiplash of the most intriguing, enjoyable kind,” said SPIN while Pitchfork praised D as “White Denim’s best-sounding effort yet.”

Since its formation in 2005 and first string of EPs in 2007, White Denim has steadily expanded its sound. From the rootsy classicism of Last Day Of Summer (2010) and noisy sun-soaked sizzle of Fits (2009) to the soft-edged riffage of D (2011), the group’s commitment to fiery live performance, textured exploration and blissful interludes has never wavered. It peaks on ‘Corsicana Lemonade’.

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Corsicana Lemonade – Track Listing
1. At Night in Dreams
2. Corsicana Lemonade
3. Limited By Stature
4. New Blue Feeling
5. Come Back
6. Distant Relative Salute
7. Let It Feel Good (My Eagles)
8. Pretty Green
9. Cheer Up  / Blues Ending
10. A Place to Start

White Denim Tour Dates
8/7 – Austin, TX @ KGSR’s Blues on the Green
10/4-6 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/8 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant*
10/9 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater *
10/10 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre *
10/11-13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/26 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater *
10/27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *
* with Tame Impala

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Wildcat! Wildcat! Set To Release Debut EP September 10 Via Downtown Records & MapleMusic Recordings

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Stream Their First Single ‘Mr. Quiche’ HERE

 Watch The Official Video For ‘Mr. Quiche’ HERE

 Critically acclaimed LA-based band Wildcat! Wildcat! are set to release their highly anticipated, self-titled debut EP September 10 on Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings. The band garnered critical praise for their previously released sold-out limited addition 7″ on the taste-making label Neon Gold Records, including early support from BBC Radio 1 in the U.K. TIME raves, “I love the staccato electronic rock, I love the frantic opening measures, I love the fleeting falsetto in the background,” while NYLON furthers,”Undoubtedly one of the best tracks we’ve heard all year…these guys certainly have more in store for 2013.” To celebrate the release, the band will embark on a North American tour starting in September.

The new EP was written and produced by the band in their home studios over the course of the last year and a half.  Of the songs Jesse Carmichael (vocals, drums) notes, “Some came quicker than others but all of them provided us the time to try out different processes of collaboration and understand how and why we make the kind of music that we make together.”

Wildcat! Wildcat! is Jesse Taylor (vocals, bass), Michael Wilson (vocals, keys) and Carmichael. The trio played together in various incarnations before officially forming Wildcat! Wildcat! in 2012. The band has toured extensively including SXSW, a sold out west coast headlining run and major U.S. support slots with Alt-J and Portugal. The Man.

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WILDCAT! WILDCAT! TRACK LISTING
1. The Chief
2. Garden Grays
3. Mr. Quiche
4. Please & Thank You

Wildcat! Wildcat! Tour Dates – Canadian dates are bolded.
Sept. 18 – Minneapolis, MB – Triple Rock
Sept. 19 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
Sept. 20 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Sept. 21 – Toronto, ON – Wrong Bar
Sept. 24 – Washington, DC – DC9
Sept. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Sept. 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery
Sept. 28 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Sept. 29 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
Oct. 3 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
Oct. 4 – Mufreesboro, TN – Earmilk Festival

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Butter The Children Announces New EP ‘True Crime’ With Downtown Records & MapleMusic Recordings Out On August 20, 2013

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Listen To Their First Single ‘Spit It Out’ HERE!


Butter The Children, a four-piece post-punk group of indie lifers from Brooklyn, is your new favorite band if you like your rock with both fangs and pop ambition. Fronted by Inna Mkrtycheva, the band includes Ray Weiss on guitar, J Boxer on bass, and Jordyn Blakely on drums.

Built from the seeds of countless cool-kid favorites (Sweet Bulbs, Night Manager, Fiasco, Le Rug) and the dust of deep-borough warehouse venues, Butter The Children successfully summons the ghosts of underground rock music history like few of their contemporaries.

On their debut EP True Crime, the band mixes the textured melancholy of The Smiths, C86 bands’ jangly guitars, the violently gauzy levitation of My Bloody Valentine and early Blondie’s sweetly-punk melodicism into a refreshingly loud, dangerous and pop-conscious dagger.

True Crime feels like those perfect old punk albums where there’s no excess – just a sugary dose of loud guitars, muscular bass, tsunami drums and morose lyrics about dejected wanderers.

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‘True Crime’
1. Spit It Out
2. Loose
3. Dennis

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San Fermin Announce Fall Live Dates

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LISTEN TO THE PHASEONE REMIX OF THEIR FIRST SINGLE ‘SONSICK’ HERE

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘SONSICK’ HERE

 Brooklyn’s San Fermin, led by songwriter and composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, has announced a large string of live dates in support of their debut self-titled album – out September 17th on Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings.  Starting with a spot at the Hopscotch Music Festival on September 7th in Raleigh, NC and making their across the continent to Vancouver, BC, San Fermin will be  performing their beautiful take on chamber-pop all across North America.

Their sound, molded and influenced by Ludwig-Leone’s unique background in classical music, presents a unique pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop, vocal harmony and classical orchestration into an amazing live show based around an eight-piece band of top-rate musicians.

In anticipation of these dates, Brooklyn producer Phaseone has remixed San Fermin’s first single “Sonsick”. The new remix is a complete makeover of the Pitchfork described “deliriously infectious summer jam,” delving into the white noise of the composition to create a hauntingly beautiful (and hip-hop nodding) rendition of the track.

“It just shook me and I loved it and I just flipped over it … A band I think you want to keep an eye on … I love them.” - NPR, ALL SONGS CONSIDERED (Bob Boilen)

SAN FERMIN LIVE DATES * Canadian dates are bolded
9/7 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
9/20 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
9/25 – Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal Festival
9/27 – Cincinnati, OH – MidPoint Music Festival
9/28 – Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
9/30 – Chicago, IL – Hideout
10/1 – Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl
10/3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
10/4 – Toronto, CA – The Drake
10/13 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
10/16 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
10/18 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
10/19 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
10/20 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
10/24 – Washington, DC – DC9
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10/27 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre

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Houses Announce Fall Headline Tour

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FOR THE K.I.D.S. REMIX OF HOUSES ‘THE BEAUTY SURROUNDS’ CLICK HERE.

TO WATCH ‘THE BEAUTY SURROUNDS’ VIDEO, CLICK HERE.

TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘BEGINNINGS’ CLICK HERE.

After acting as main support on two ultra-successful 2013 tours – first with Cold War Kids and most recently with Baths - Los Angeles duo Houses are taking to the road yet again this time for a fall headline tour.  Starting September 5th in Atlanta and ending October 25th in Los Angeles, the 30-date tour will take Houses across the United States and Canada in support of their stunning sophomore album A Quiet Darkness, which was released on Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings earlier this year.  Select dates will include support from Detroit synth-pop outfit Jamaican Queens and Zion member AMP LIVE.

 Houses members Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina have stayed true to the concept of A Quiet Darkness – an album whose narrative tells the story of a husband and wife separated in the midst of a nuclear disaster and their attempt to reunite with one another along the Highway 10 in California. To help continue their interstate travels, K.I.D.S (Charles Cave from the UK band White Lies) has remixed the duo’s ”The Beauty Surrounds”, a high tempo, bass driven, rendition of their first single.

“…full enough to envelop a room in gorgeous melodies and exuberant sheets of sound.”NPR

 ”…a damningly beautiful thing”SPIN

“[Houses] smacks of a certain richness that isn’t often duplicated.”

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HOUSES TOUR DATES *Canadian dates are bolded
9/5 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
9/6 – Raleigh, NC – Berkeley Cafe
9/8 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter ^
9/10 – Washington DC – DC9
9/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
9/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
9/13 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
9/14 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
9/16 – Montreal, QC – O Patro Vys
9/17 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
9/18 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
9/19 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
9/20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe^
9/21 – Columbus, OH – The Basement^
9/22 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
9/25 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop^
9/26 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird^
9/27 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern^
9/28 – Madison, WI – The Frequency^
9/29 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry^
10/1 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge*
10/2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10/3 – Boise, ID – Neurolux*
10/4 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
10/5 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl*
10/6 – Seattle, WA – Barboza*
10/9 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place
10/10 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop*
10/12 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar*
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
^ w/ Jamacian Queens
* w/ Amp Live

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San Fermin Announces Debut Self-Titled Album out September 17th on Downtown Records & MapleMusic Recordings

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LISTEN TO THE FIRST SINGLE “SONSICK” HERE!

“SONSICK” AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON ITUNES HERE

Brooklyn musician Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the songwriter and composer behind San Fermin, has announced his signing to Downtown Records and the subsequent release of his self-titled, debut album San Fermin on September 17. Ludwig-Leone, who studied music composition at Yale University, envisioned the album’s concept prior to writing the music or knowing who would perform it. Pulling inspiration from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, he conceived the album as a dialogue between an earnest, unhappy man and a cynical, elusive woman. Upon Ludwig-Leone’s graduation he traveled to the Canadian Rocky Mountains where he wrote the album over the course of six weeks. “Writing for a group of unknown musicians gave the writing process a kind of operatic scope,” Ludwig-Leone says. On his return he enlisted the help of longtime friend and vocalist Allen Tate as well as female vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe (Lucius) to give voices to the characters he developed.

A pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition, San Fermin is strongly influenced by Ludwig-Leone’s unique background in classical music, and the album fittingly features instrumentalists from the likes of Bon Iver, yMusic, and Asphalt Orchestra. A composer of instrumental music as well, Ludwig-Leone recently finished a ballet score for BalletCollective (comprised of New York City Ballet members), to be premiered by ACME at the Joyce Theater this summer, and is currently arranging a piece with Sonic Youth‘s Lee Ranaldo for the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop. He is an assistant to the composer Nico Muhly.

“Sonsick” is a deliriously infectious summer jam.” -PITCHFORK

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SAN FERMIN ALBUM TRACK-LISTING
1.   Renaissance!
2.   Crueler Kind
3.   Lament for V.G.
4.   Casanova
5.   Sonsick
6.   Methuselah
7.   At Sea
8.   Torero
9.   At Night, True Love
10. The Count
11.  Bar
12.  In Waiting
13.  True Love, Asleep
14.  Oh, Darling
15.  In The Morning
16.  Daedalus (What We Have)
17.  Altogether Changed

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