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.
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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.
I know we’ve got some True Blood fans out there, and today you should be excited. “True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Vol. 4″ is out now and features music from the shows fifth season. Artist contributions come from Alabama Shakes, Iggy Pop with Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, and many more.
Coming extremely soon after the release of his latest full-length “What We Want” in February, Thomas D’Arcy is already putting out new material. The “I Wake Up Every Day EP” is the latest 5-track set meant to accompany the video release of single “I Wake Up Every Day”.
Really excited for this post ’cause MMR has three really sweet releases. Andrew Wyatt, front man of Miike Snow, is releasing his first solo effort “Descender”. The record is paired with a documentary about Wyatt and the making of the record presented by The Creators Project. Watch the doc here. “A Quiet Darkness” the new record from L.A. duo Houses who are on tour now through the end of June with Cold War Kids or Baths (depending on the date). Jonny Fritz, country singer-songwriter out of Nashville, is releasing their debut “Dad Country”. Record Store Day is this Saturday so look out later today for news on MMR’s special releases.
Happy Tuesday everyone, hope your bellies are nice and full of chocolate, now time to fill up your ears with some new music. Cold War Kids have their fourth studio album “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” out today but did anyone grab the limited edition, and hand numbered, bootleg vinyl copy in your local record store last week? The fantastic “The Music is You – A Tribute to John Denver” compilation featuring My Morning Jacket, Dave Matthews, J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten and many more cover their favourite Denver tracks. Nicholas Principe’s ambient project Port St. Willow is re-releasing their debut record “Holiday” through Downtown Records/MMR. Last but certainly not least, Thomas D’Arcy’s “What We Want” is now finally out on vinyl after it’s February 5th release.