The entire MMR team couldn’t be more excited to launch the debut album from one of Toronto’s finest outfits! CAIRO worked with producer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run, Mother Mother) crafting ‘A History Of Reasons’ and have translated their captivating and expansive live sound perfectly onto record. Experience the album in person when their Canadian tour beings in early spring. Watch the video for the title track directed by Czlowiek Kamera on YouTube here. Pick up the vinyl edition on 180 gram wax or the iTunes version to get the exclusive bonus track “Nothing”
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Chet Faker made his U.S. daytime television debut last week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen introduced the Australian singer & producer as one of her “favorite new artists,” and Idolator called it “brilliant” and a “star-making performance.” Faker performed his hit single “Gold” with a full band including Dave Harrington (Darkside) on bass, Kirk Schoenherr on guitar and Sam Hirschfelder playing drums.
Watch The Performance HERE
The Brooklyn-based musician has a number of big shows lined up for 2015. He’ll headline New York City’s Terminal 5 on April 8 with special guest XXYYXX, before heading to the California desert to perform at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
Faker is also set to perform to his largest audiences to-date in Australia, and has headline shows and festival appearances set throughout Asia, Europe & South America including performances at the Laneway Festival in Singapore, Lollapalooza Chile & Argentina and the UK’s Field Day. See his current tour dates below and look for additional 2015 performances to be announced soon.
PRE-ORDER ‘A HISTORY OF REASONS’ ON ITUNES
Toronto’s CAIRO are making their full-length debut next week with ‘A History of Reasons’. The album is set for release on digital, CD and vinyl formats January 20, 2015. The publication praised several cuts from the album:
“Sparkling indie pop numbers like “With You” are juxtaposed with quieter, folk-inspired numbers like “Render,” “Starry Eyes” and “Seventeen.” Others like “Kingdoms” and “Extinguishing Fires” lean towards good, old-fashioned rock’n’roll, making for an album that delivers a seamless blend of different sounds.”
Exclaim! previously premiered their video for the title track which you can also watch below.
LANGUAGE ARTS OPENING FOR RAISED BY SWANS @ HORSESHOE TAVERN THURSDAY DEC. 18
Doors @ 8:30 PM
Language Arts @ 10:40 PM
“On Wonderkind, a richly layered, poppy effort that blends prog rock and classical elements, she made her electric guitar debut. You can’t help but be reminded of fellow guitar virtuoso St. Vincent’s latest release, and even neo-folkie Mutual Benefit when the languid strings kick in.”
— Julia LeConte, NOW Magazine
Watch the brand new video for ‘Old Familiar’ at EXCLAIM.CA
Language Arts is the brainchild of Toronto-based guitarist, composer and singer Kristen Cudmore. “Language Arts’ sound is really a marriage between jazz schoolers and me, the classically trained one … I attract it without realizing it,” Cudmore says about her bandmates, drummer Neil MacIntosh, keyboardist Joel Visentin and current bassist Soren Nissen (Joe Ernewein played bass in the studio)
The group’s new full-length album ‘Wonderkind,’ recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan), brilliantly marries Cudmore’s raw emotions with a dizzying array of musical styles — indie pop, hip-hop and prog-rock among them — all drawn from her boundless imagination that has become equally innovative and uplifting.
“Impossibly cool.” — Vogue
“Arena-ready atmospherics and bombastic hooks…
it’s a thrilling, sophisticated new direction.” — Consequence Of Sound
“Brilliantly catchy.” — SPIN
Ex Cops, the Brooklyn-based duo comprised of Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding, recently released their sophomore LP, Daggers, and the video for its latest single, ‘White Noise,’ premiered exclusively today at Paper Magazine.
The band describes the video’s concept as, “almost like a social experiment. The song is about longing for something pure in a dark place, and about the wish to silence the noise of the world and the voices in your head. So we wanted to have teenagers in our video, because kids are more pure than most grownups. And we wanted them to just dance and fight and lose it and do whatever they felt like, while we performed the song for them.”
Full-length debut album set to arrive January 20, 2015
Today, Toronto orchestral-pop quartet CAIRO is proud to reveal the initial glimpse of its breathtaking full-length debut album, ‘A History of Reasons,’ to be released Jan. 20, 2015 on MapleMusic Recordings.
It is a haunting video for the title track, directed by acclaimed Polish filmmaker Czlowiek Kamera, which premiered yesterday at Exclaim.ca. The director’s other Canadian credits include the video for Half Moon Run’s ‘Call Me in the Afternoon.’
On their sophomore effort ‘Daggers’ Ex Cops bring the hook-heavy blast of ‘90s alt-rock into a new era. The duo of Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding paired themselves with producers Billy Corgan and Justin Raisen in addition to co-writing with Ariel Pink to return guitar-pop to the grand stage that it deserves. Watch the official video for the first single ‘Black Soap’ or listen to the Ariel Pink-featuring ‘Tragically Alright.’
Stream the title track and watch the lyric video on Noisey HERE
Two Gallants‘ forthcoming fifth album, ‘We Are Undone,’ will be available worldwide February 3 on ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings. The title track is available as a free instant download with LP/CD album pre-orders at www.twogallants.com and iTunes.
The new LP is their second full-length release on ATO/MMR following 2012’s ‘The Bloom and The Blight.’ Two Gallants will be playing select shows at intimate venues in New York and San Francisco in February with a full European tour to follow. Additional U.S. tour dates in April to be announced soon.
New Orleans rocker plays Lee’s Palace in Toronto March 31 and Corona Theatre in Montreal April 1
“A flashback to the days when wild-eyed young guitar-slingers made the most dangerous dance music around.” — Rolling Stone
Following his first ever headline tour, Benjamin Booker has confirmed a run of North American dates this Spring, playing even larger venues. The tour stops in Toronto March 31 at Lee’s Palace and in Montreal on April 1 at the Corona Theatre. Full dates are below, and all will go on sale Friday Nov 14.
Benjamin Booker 2015 Tour Dates
03/26 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
03/27 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
03/28 – Metro – Chicago, IL
03/30 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
03/31 – Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
04/01 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
04/03 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY
“It wouldn’t be hard to picture the members of CAIRO chopping up a soundtrack for Darren Aronofsky or the like.” — CMJ.com
“The love child of Gotye and Arcade Fire.” — SiriusXM Discover Music Canada
“CAIRO is a band that has impressed us not only with their musical talent, but with the savvy they have displayed in making this album.” — Coalition Music
We take because we are fragile, because we know it never really matters who we were meant to be. What matters is that we do more than just tiptoe forward. That we assemble the worn versions of the things we take into messy piles – to keep from forgetting or maybe just so we know what to forget and what to keep.
CAIRO is the soundtrack to the things we have taken and left behind. They are the soundtrack to both taking and leaving, the nuance of a 2 a.m. exhale or a pretty pair of eyes in a crowded room. They are the cadence of everyday life.
People should not get along so well. It’s strange. Unsettling, even. But they do. When one falters, the others create symmetry.
You could call it folk. Or rock. Or ambience. Or experimental. But that would be denying the parts that make a whole. It’s real! It’s personal! It is love! Yes, love! That messy gooey thing that we so desperately hope will make us whole. We can all agree on this, can we not?
It’s absurd that CAIRO works. But to understand why it does, you only need to listen to ‘A History of Reasons,’ their full-length debut album, out Jan. 20, 2015 on MapleMusic Recordings, co-produced by the band and Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run, Air Marshal Landing).
Pre-order ‘A History Of Reasons’ via the band’s PledgeMusic campaign.
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.
Vacationer, the collaborative effort from Philadelphia-based vocalist/producer Kenny Vasoli and his production partners Grant Wheeler and Matthew Young (Body Language), today premiered the video for ‘Go Anywhere’ at Paste.com.
‘Go Anywhere’ is the second single from Vacationer’s acclaimed sophomore album ‘Relief,’ released earlier this year on Downtown Records/Fontana North. The video was shot in Glenmoore, PA by director/producer Matt Albasi, who wanted to capture Vacationer’s dreamy, escapist vibes. The idea was simple: put the band in a hot air balloon and film it. It was a perfect fit.
Vacationer is currently on a North American tour, which makes stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto in November. See full dates below for details.