New Releases – Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

November 18th, 2014

Drive-By Truckers have released the Black Ice Vérité deluxe edition accompaniment to their most acclaimed album in years English Oceans. Featuring an additional 8 tracks with a trio of acoustic recordings from their Bannaroo performance along with new, old, and recreated tracks from this years HeAthens Homecoming Weekend at the 40 Watt Club in the band’s hometown of Athens, GA. The DVD contains footage from their 40 Watt Club performance. Vinyl copies of Black Ice Vérité are pressed on white vinyl and packaged with new artwork, seen below. Join everyone’s favourite dancing TV host in ringing in the Christmas season with ‘Ellen’s The Only Holiday Album You’ll Ever Need – Volume 1′. From classics like Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ to Canada’s sweetheart Michael Bublé singing ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’ this album really does have all you need for joyous festivities! Monster Magnet have re-imagined their 2013 album ‘Last Patrol’ featuring new recordings and arrangements along with 3 brand new, unreleased songs and 2 live tracks on ‘Milking The Stars’. Watch the official video for the new version of ‘The Duke’ (Full On Drums ‚N Wah).

Drive-By Truckers ‘English Oceans (Deluxe Edition)’ Digital CD+DVD Vinyl+DVD
Various Artists ‘Ellen’s The Only Holiday Album You’ll Ever Need – Vol. 1′ Digital CD
Monster Magnet ‘Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining of Last Patrol’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Hans Zimmer ‘Interstellar: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ Digital CD
De La Soul ‘The Grind Date’ Digital CD Vinyl
Brant Bjork ‘Black Power Flower’ Digital CD Vinyl
Crash Midnight ‘Lost In The City’ Digital CD
Defeat The Low ‘A Nervous Smile’ Digital CD Vinyl+CD
Adaliah ‘Shedding Skin’ Digital CD
Skydiggers ‘Angels’ Digital
Thievery Corporation ‘Culture of Fear’ Digital Vinyl
Thievery Corporation ’The Cosmic Game’ Digital Vinyl
Thievery Corporation ‘Radio Retaliation’ Digital Vinyl

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Afroman Returns Nov. 25 With New EP ‘One Hit Wonder’ on Hungry Hustler/Fontana North

November 17th, 2014

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Teams with NORML and Weedmaps app to have ‘Because I Got High (The Positive Remix)’ promote marijuana law reform

Grammy-nominated artist Afroman will release a new EP, ‘One Hit Wonder‘ on November 25, 2014 in response to his viral video, ‘Because I Got High’ (The Positive Remix),’ which has catapulted him into the political realm as a force to help further the cause to legalize marijuana in the U.S.

‘One Hit Wonder,’ also features the song ‘@ogAfroman,’ which calls out various imposters of his signature satirical style that made him an instant star when he released the single ‘Because I Got High’ in 2001.

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New Releases – Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

November 10th, 2014

Bay Area metal titans Machine Head have released ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds’ their eighth full‐length album, and Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut. “Bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth (which is how we feel about our music)” explains vocalist Robb Flynn. The deluxe edition of “Bloodstone and Diamonds” comes in a limited edition, 48 page hardcover media‐book created by Rafal Wechterowicz, Marcelo Vasco, and long‐time MH art collaborator Strephon Taylor. Devilment‘s ‘The Great And Secret Show’ is pure unadulterated metal madness and is unlike anything that you would expect to come from vocalist Dani Filth. Get a taste of the album with the video for single “Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me” and then watch the band break down about the album track by track here. ‘Pour It On’ is the highly anticipated sophomore album from New Build – a collab project from Hot Chip’s Felix Martin and Al Doyle along with Tom Hopkins. An unashamedly electronic collection, it explores the outer limits of the pop‐song structure as a cohesive and assured record of rich, monolithic dance music. Watch the video for album opener ‘The Sunlight’ on YouTube here.

Machine Head ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds’ Digital CD CD+Book
Devilment ‘The Great And Secret Show’ Digital CD
New Build ‘Pour It On’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Carcass ‘Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel’ Digital CD Vinyl
Meshuggah ‘I (Remastered)’ Digital Vinyl
Kontrust ‘Explositive’ Digital CD
Mr. Del ‘Hope Dealer 2′ Digital CD
The History Of Apple Pie ‘Feel Something’ Digital CD Vinyl
Wild Smiles ‘Always Tomorrow’ Digital CD Vinyl


New Releases – Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

November 4th, 2014

Saskatchewan based indie rock four-piece Close Talker have released their debut album ‘Flux’ on Nevado Records. The debut single “Burnstick” premiered on Spin and it was followed up with the dynamic album opener “Heads.” Catch the band touring across Canada through the end of 2014. Metalhead siblings Max and Igor Cavalera have created a timeless death metal record with Cavalera Conspiracy‘s new release ‘Pandemonium.’ The brothers from acts like Sepultura, Soulfly, Nailbomb and more have created an uncompromising record. Preview the album via Napalm Records here. UK techno producer Clark lets the weather in on his new self-titled album. Featuring the hypnotic arpeggios of first single “Unfurla” named Best New Track by Pitchfork. Watch the album trailer here.

Close Talker ‘Flux’ Digital CD Vinyl
Cavalera Conspiracy ‘Pandemonium’ Digital CD Deluxe CD Vinyl
Clark ‘Clark’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Joey Ramone ‘Don’t Worry About Me’ Digital Vinyl
Matt Brevner ‘Eclectricity’ Digital CD
John McDermott with Bill King ‘Traditionally Yours’ Digital CD
Mariachi el Bronx ‘Mariachi el Bronx (III)’ Digital CD Vinyl
Big Dave McLean ‘Faded But Not Gone’ Digital CD
Future Brown ‘Wanna Party/World’s Mine’ Digital Vinyl
Hudson Mohawke ‘Chimes’ Digital Vinyl
Evergrey ‘Hymns For The Broken’ Digital CD Deluxe CD
Liv Kristine ‘Vervain’ Digital CD
ISIS ‘Oceanic’ Digital CD
Major League ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Me’ Digital CD Vinyl
Guano Padano ‘Americana’ Digital CD
PVRIS ‘White Noise’ Digital CD
Various ‘Ultimate Legends Of Rock & Roll’ Digital CD
Various ‘The Gatsby Era’ Digital CD


Hot Chip Offshoot The 2 Bears Release Sophomore Album ‘The Night Is Young’

October 30th, 2014

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‘The Night Is Young’ is available on Digital, CD and Vinyl

The Night Is Young manages to be simultaneously familiar and strange, commercial but emotionally weighty, grown-up without being boring.” The Guardian

 Today marks the North American release on Kartel Creative/Fontana North of ‘The Night Is Young,’ the second album by UK house duo The 2 Bears, comprised of Raf Rundell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard.

Where 2012 debut smash ‘Be Strong’ was rooted in their love for London, ‘The Night Is Young’ takes on a more global vision. With a love for their home city still at its heart, the album pulls influences and experiences from across the world of dance music, drawing deeply from their trip to Africa last summer. As part of a project for Brixton-based youth magazine Live, the duo played shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg and spent time recording in a studio run by BLKJKS’s Tsepang Ramoba. The lead vocals for ‘Son Of The Sun’ were recorded there with a young singer called Sbusiso, and Kwaito legend Senyaka, who also added his vocal to lead single ‘Angel (Touch Me).’

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New Releases – Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

October 28th, 2014

The long out of print 1987 No Mercy album ‘Widespread Bloodshed, Love Runs Red’ has been reissued and pressed on picture disc vinyl or the first time. No Mercy was a side-project of lineup Mike Muir, Mike Clark, Ric Clayton, & Sal Troy of Suicidal Tendencies that was fused into the band after the release of this album. David Myles sets the tone for the season with his latest release ‘It’s Christmas.’ Featuring classic songs in a range of styles, from foot‐stomping bluegrass to crooning jazz along with whimsical originals ‘It’s Christmas,’ ‘Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo,’ and ‘The Gift.’ Physical copies come bundled with a 5-pack of Christmas Cards, and a portion of sales go towards Canada’s Food Banks. Diplo has put together ‘Random White Dude Be Everywhere’ a deluxe collection of his most popular singles, never before‐heard remixes and 2 brand new tracks featuring Waka Flocka Flame,Yellow Claw, Alvaro and more. The 7-track set is pressed onto a picture disc with Random White dude text on side A and the world on side B.

Suicidal Tendencies ‘No Mercy – Widespread Bloodshed, Love Runs Red’ CD Vinyl Picture Disc
David Myles ‘It’s Christmas’ Digital CD Vinyl
Diplo ‘Random White Dude Be Everywhere’ Digital Picture Disc

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
The 2 Bears ‘The Night Is Young’ Digital CD Vinyl
Witchmaster ‘Antichristus Ex Utero’ CD
Mike Mictlan ‘HELLA FRREAL’ Digital CD
Bessie Jones ‘Get In Union’ CD
Choir Vandals ‘At Night’ Vinyl 7″
Korzus ‘Legion’ Digital CD
Lordi ‘Scare Force One’ Digital CD
Hemingway ‘Pretend To Care’ Digital Vinyl


New Releases – Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

October 21st, 2014

The original Primus lineup makes their studio album return for the first time in 19 years on their new release ‘Primus & The Chocolate Factory.’ This tribute to the 1971 Willy Wonka movie features deep reworks of the influential and distinctive tunes. Five vinyl copies of the album will feature gold coloured vinyl and free lifetime tickets to Primus concerts, watch records get pressed in the promo video here. See the full list of special album tour dates hereThe Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier‐shattering bands to emerge from the late ’70s post‐punk era, have released their ‘Cabinet of Curiosities.’ Kicking off with ‘Where There’s A Will’, described by Sager as “The group’s best attempt to mix a message with a groove plus some real free playing.” and their most infamous song ‘She Is Beyond Good And Evil’ before revealing exclusive deep cuts. Vocalist Mark Stewart calls the collection “similar status to a lost Pop Group album.” ‘Burnt Offering‘ marks the fourth album from Staten Island prog-funk outfit The Budos Band. Evolving their sound sparked by a love of Black Sabbath & Pentagram the record was recorded live in the studio and produced/engineered by guitarist Tom Brenneck. Watch the video for the title track here.

Primus ‘Primus & The Chocolate Factory’ Digital CD Vinyl
The Pop Group ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ Digital CD Vinyl
The Budos Band ‘Burnt Offering’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Warp Records have reissued the entire Nightmares On Wax catalogue re-cut to double LPs for improved bass response. Some have been out of print for years and are presented in a deluxe gatefold package including printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio.

Nightmares On Wax ’A Word Of Science’ Digital Vinyl
Nightmares On Wax ’Smokers Delight’ Digital Vinyl
Nightmares On Wax ’Carboot Soul’ Digital Vinyl
Nightmares On Wax ’Mind Elevation’ Digital Vinyl
Nightmares On Wax ’In A Space Outta Sound’ Digital Vinyl
Nightmares On Wax ’Thought So…’ Digital Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
The Lazys ‘The Lazys’ Digital CD
The Arrogant Worms ‘Space’ Digital CD
Lyriel ‘Skin and Bones’ Digital CD
Cold War Kids ‘Hold My Home’ Digital CD Vinyl
Transit ‘Joyride’ Digital CD Vinyl+CD
Avid Dancer ‘I Want To See You Dance’ CD Vinyl
Xerxes ‘Collision Blonde’ Digital CD Vinyl
Armin van Buuren ‘A State Of Trance at Ushuaia’ Digital CD
Markus Schulz ‘Armada Collected’ Digital CD
Aly & Fila ‘The Other Shore’ Digital CD
The Bunny Gang ‘Thrive’ Digital Vinyl
Heartsrevolution ‘Ride or Die’ Digital CD Vinyl
Boaz ‘Intuition’ Digital CD
The Pop Group ‘We Are Time’ Digital CD Vinyl
The Pop Group ‘Curiosities’ CD
Blaze Ya Dead Homie ‘Gang Rags: Reborn’ Digital CD
Sam Paganini ‘Satellite’ Digital CD
Various Artists ‘Toolroom Live – 01′ Digital CD


The Budos Band Conjure Evil Spirits On ‘Burnt Offering’ Out Oct. 21

October 15th, 2014

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Dave Lombardo (founding member of Slayer):
“Q. What would be some of your main influences today?
A. Lately I’ve been really into all aspects of Funk. The Budos Band etc. ”
» MusicLegends.ca February 2014

Pre-order ‘Burnt Offering’ on iTunes

‘Burnt Offering,’ the new album from The Budos Band, is a wild, booze-fueled ride of hazy riffs, take-no-prisoners horn lines and relentless percussion that summons the occult — an evolved sound for this mighty 10-piece band sparked by their love of Black Sabbath and Pentagram.

It is The Budos Band’s first album in four years, and will be released October 21 on Daptone Records/Fontana North. Pitchfork has described The Budos Band as, “So tight and in tune that they’ve basically become this telepathically-communicating instrumental hydra that ambushes you into moving your body on its terms.”

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New Releases – Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

October 14th, 2014

Thrash metal veterans Exodus stretch and raise the genre’s boundaries on their latest studio album ‘Blood In, Blood Out.’ Featuring the return of former frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza on vocals along with Gary Holt and Lee Altus on guitars, Tom Hunting on drums, and Jack Gibson on bass. Listen to ‘Salt The Wound’ featuring Metallica’s Kirk Hammet on YouTube here. The Acacia Strain are often referred to as the heaviest band around, and any doubt of this claim will surely be silenced be their new double disc album ‘Coma Witch.’ The first disc features the 10-track album which builds on their past success while the second is a 27 minute opus that features brutal breakdowns, various time signatures, dark samples and deep growls. Listen the crushing riffs and read the lyrics of the single ‘Nailgun’ here. New Jersey-based duo Dads follow up their highly acclaimed 2013 “Pretty Good” EP with their sophomore album ‘I’ll Be The Tornado.’ The record marks a decidedly more diverse approach to songwriting for the band as heard on the single ‘Chewing Ghosts.’ Catch the boys in Toronto this Saturday at Sneaky Dee’s.

Exodus ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ Digital CD CD+DVD Vinyl
The Acacia Strain ‘Coma Witch’ Digital CD Vinyl+CD
Dads ‘I’ll Be The Tornado’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
In-Flight Safety ‘Conversationalist’ Digital Vinyl
Scar Symmetry ‘The Singularity (Phase 1 – Neo Humanity)’ Digital CD
Favorite Weapon ‘Sixty Saragossa’ Digital CD
Thank You Scientist ‘Maps of Non-Existent Places’ Digital CD Vinyl
DJ Quik ‘The Midnight Life’ Digital CD
His Kids United ‘His Kids Christmas Vol. 1′ Digital CD
The Melvins ‘Hold It In’ Digital CD Vinyl
Joey Ramone ‘Don’t Worry About Me’ Digital CD Vinyl
Sims ‘Field Notes’ Digital CD
Stars In Stereo ‘Leave Your Mark’ Digital Vinyl


British EDM Artist Clark Releases Eponymous Album Nov. 4 on Warp/Fontana North

October 10th, 2014

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Pre-order ‘Clark’ on iTunes

This is where the sounds of the machine meet the sounds of the world. A protracted club experience distilled into a cinematic, immersive whole. Clark‘s chiseled vision of techno contextualized for a post-rave environment — the clean, cold edges of technology eroded over time to produce raw, fascinating new textures.

These textures lay the foundations for a hugely kaleidoscopic listening experience filled with warmth. Memorable songwriting packed with melody and subtle, unpredictable shifts in mood; a finely balanced mix of electronic composition, heads down techno, human nature and the environment it was created in.

“I wanted to let the weather in with this album,” Clark explains. “It’s outward looking, it’s drenched in sounds of the outside world, sounds free from human intervention: branches crackling in the wind, storms brewing, the stillness of settling snow. It’s all in there, amongst the moreish crunch of industrial machinery.”

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