New Orleans-based Hurray For The Riff Raff make their MapleMusic Recordings debut with ‘Small Town Heroes’. Originally from Brooklyn, HFTRR’s Alynda Lee Segarra train-hopped her way south where she formed the band along with Sam Doores and Dan Cutler of the Deslondes, among others. “Segarra’s clear-eyed, street-level portrait of her city demonstrates exactly what’s most valuable and remarkable about Hurray for the Riff Raff’s music: its commitment to truth-telling.” NPR said of the record in their First Listen coverage. Watch her full set recorded in October performing live on KEXP.
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Montreal-born producer Thomas Arsenault makes his MapleMusic Recordings debut as Mas Ysa with his ‘Worth’ EP. The album’s first single ‘Why’ received Best New Track from Pitchfork ahead of the hockey-themed & self-directed video featuring his brother Nicholas Arsenault. Mas Ysa (pronounced MAAS ee-sa) will head out on a West Coast tour with Lawrence Rothman in February and comes to Toronto for NXNE in June.
Everyone’s favourite story-teller Les Claypool has paired with his old buddy Bryan Kehoe as Duo De Twang to release their debut record ‘Four Foot Shack’. Featuring covers ranging from the best of the Primus catalogue (‘Jerry Was A Racecar Driver’ & ‘Winona’s Big Brown Beaver’) to Bee Gees ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and Alice In Chains ‘Man in The Box’ all recorded in the signature foot-stomping Americana style. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background. Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.” Duo De Twang tour the U.S. in March along with a stop at the SXSW festival that month.
UK-based producer Bo Keeney dropped the ‘Versus’ EP on his home soil late last year and it’s now available in Canada via MapleMusic Recordings. His second EP features remixes of his tracks by exciting emerging producers Bobby Tank, Spectrasoul, My Nu Leng, and Throwing Snow. The closing track is Bo’s own ‘Versus’ mix of his track ‘Jump the Gun’. The full EP can be streamed on Bo’s Soundcloud and you can watch the video for the Spectrasoul remix of ‘Up In Smoke’ here.
Bo Keeney ‘Versus’ EP iTunes
Hamilton, Ontario pop-rockers Thought Beneath Film keep the songs coming with their new holiday song “Christmas Day”. Channeling some of Weezer’s festive power into the 4:10 track which can be streamed on Rdio here. The jingle-bell single comes just ahead of their upcoming debut record “Cartographers” out early 2014!
Midlake return for their fourth studio album “Antiphon” without former singer Tim Smith to create 10 tracks that are very much Midlake. Elements of psychedelia and 70′s sft-rock from past releases can be heard throughout the album, watch the video for he title track lead single here. The Texas band will be on tour throughout the US until the end of the year, and hit Europe in early 2014. Nearing their 50th anniversary mark, Kool & the Gang are releasing their first ever holiday record “Kool for the Holidays”. The record features Christmas standards like ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘The Christmas Song’ alongside original Kool soon-to-be-classics. Catch the most sampled band in history as they play major cities worldwide in a special Christmas season tour.
Ten years on from their last release, The Dismemberment Plan return with ‘Uncanney Valley’. Travis Morrison detailed the album earlier this year in an interview with Noisey. The band heads out on their first tour since reuniting, hitting the US and the UK before the end of the year. Now three records deep, Jonathan Wilson’s latest ‘Fanfare’ is available now. Featuring vocal and instrumental contributions from Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Father John Misty, Wilco’s Patrick Sansone and more, the album celebrates friends and family. Jonathan is currently on tour in the UK and Europe but those itching to see him now can watch the video for ‘Dear Friend’.
Toronto singer-songwriter Andrew Austin makes his label debut with While It’s Still Light Out. The album’s 12 tracks were built alongside producer David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, ON AN ON, Apostle Of Hustle) while Andrew lived in the priest’s house of the church studio. Andrew has been no stranger to TV with lead single Inside Out and feel-good Sending Out A Message being picked up, as well as being the voice of the infamous “Time For Tims” jingle.
Watch the Inside Out lyric video.
Cold War Kids follow up this year’s killer comeback “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” with the “Tuxedos” EP. Featuring two previously unreleased songs ”Romance Languages #2″ and “Pine St.”, a pair of covers, and two tracks from Lonelyhearts. The band continue their North American tour now through November, see dates here. Brooklyn’s San Fermin traveled to the mountainous border between Alberta and British Columbia to record their debut self-titled record. Ellis Ludwig-Leone blends classical composition with post-rock and chamber pop on the 17 tracks who’s public debut began with the infectious single “Sonsick” on Stereogum. Butch Walker makes his MMR debut with the “Peachtree Battle” EP which he has dedicated to his late father. Out now on iTunes, the EP will be available on CD and vinyl 10/22. Toronto sweetheart Royal Wood debuted his new single “Forever and Ever” in the trailer for Massey Hall & Roy Thompson Hall’s 2013/2014 concert season, watch below.
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.
The massive 12-piece Typhoon have released their equally huge debut record “White Lighter”. The Portland band retreated to the isolation of Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon and recorded strings, horns and group vocals free of outside distractions. Following the band’s acclaimed EP “A New Kind of House” that caught attention for its inspiring hybrid of literate lyrics and wide ranging pop music. Typhoon’s North American tour runs September through October and will be hitting Toronto September 24th at the Garrison, full tour dates here.
Watch the official video for “Dreams of Cannibalism”
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.
Watch the video for “Wild” here:
New York’s Caveman released their self-titled sophomore record earlier this year in the US and it is out now via their new Canadian home MMR. The melodic, melancholic guitar swells and passionately delivered vocal lines make for an album that’s very pleasing to vibe with. I caught them on the Toronto date of their tour with Rogue Wave and the record is reproduced beautifully live.