New Releases – Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

September 16th, 2014

Montreal’s heavyweight metalcore outfit Obey The Brave have released their sophomore effort ‘Salvation.’ Anchored by two massive singles ‘Full Circle’ and ‘Raise Your Voice’ their new album is unfeigned, unpretentious, and most of all, unrelenting. Catch the boys on tour with Crossfaith and The Amity Affliction hitting Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. ‘Between Colours’ marks the 4th studio album from JUNO-nominated band The Wilderness of Manitoba. The Toronto band make a notable shift, beefing up their trademark harmonies with pop-structured tunes and even a searing guitar solo from Rush’s Alex Lifeson. Watch them perform lead single ‘Leave Someone’ on Southern Souls. Canadian duo Austin Belle have released their debut EP ‘Just Drive’ on Cordova Bay Records. Jesse Wainwright and Stacey McKitrick blend their Country and Pop/Rock backgrounds into catchy songs and an energetic stage show leaves audiences wanting more. Watch the video for the single ‘Just Drive.’

Obey The Brave ‘Salvation’ Digital CD
The Wilderness Of Manitoba ‘Between Colours’ Digital CD
Austin Belle ‘Just Drive’ Digital CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Spoon River ‘The New Sun Ahhhhh Hotel’ Digital CD
Kissin’ Dynamite ‘Megalomania’ Digital CD Digipak CD
Freeway & The Jacka ‘Highway Robbery’ Digital CD
Le Butcherettes ‘Cry Is For The Flies’ Digital CD Vinyl
Wayne Kramer ‘The Hard Stuff’ Digital Vinyl
Serenity ‘Death & Legacy’ Digital CD
Serenity ‘War Of Ages’ Digital CD
She Keeps Bees ‘Eight Houses’ Digital Vinyl
Teen Death ‘Crawling’ Digital Vinyl
Pete Molinari ‘Theosophy’ Digital CD Vinyl
Hands Like Houses ‘Reimagine’ Digital

New Releases – Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

September 9th, 2014

Halifax natives In-Flight Safety have released their first new album in five years ‘Conversationalist.’ Now on CBC’s albums you need to hear in September list, the first taste of new music came with the radio hit ‘Animals,’ watch the lyric video here. The band is heading out on tour to support the album, with an album release show tonight at Toronto’s Rivoli. Rittz is back with his newest Strange Music release ‘Next To Nothing,’ the highly anticipated follow‐up to ‘The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant.’ With features from Yelawolf, Action Bronson, B.o.B. and Twista, Rittz brings his A game, saying “I just kept going with making the music that I make that hopefully pleases the fans.” Watch the brand new video for the album single ‘Crown Royal’ on Youtube. The second album of dark cinematic electronic music from Boundary, ‘Still Life’  is a record recorded in the middle of the night, and perfect for the middle of the night. Montreal based producer Ghislain Poirier positions himself alongside contemporary’s like Andy Stott, Actress, Boards Of Canada on both albums. Watch this interview from his live premiere at Mutek last year.

In-Flight Safety ‘Conversationalist’ Digital CD Signed CD Vinyl
Rittz ‘Next To Nothing’ Digital CD
Boundary ‘Still Life’ Digital CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Slow Magic ‘How To Run Away’ Digital CD Vinyl
The Order of Israfel ‘Wisdom’ Digital CD
Steak ‘Slab City’ Digital CD
Lonely Kamel ‘Shit City’ Digital CD
Crimson Shadows ‘Kings Among Men’ Digital CD
Striker ‘City Of Gold’ Digital CD
Charles Lloyd ‘Manhattan Stories’ Digital CD Vinyl
Emarosa ‘Versus’ Digital CD Vinyl+CD
Zeds Dead ‘Somewhere Else’ Digital Vinyl
Mitch Murder ‘Interceptor’ Digital Vinyl

Maplecore Artists Earn 15 Nominations For 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards

September 3rd, 2014

Jimmy Rankin and Don Brownrigg lead the way with four nominations each

The MapleCore family of labels is proud to congratulate its artists who earned a combined 15 nominations for this year’s Music Nova Scotia Awards. The nominees were announced today for the ceremony that takes place Sunday, Nov. 9 in Truro, NS.

Below are our MapleCore nominees and their respective categories. Good luck to all!

NSMW Jimmy Rankin
(Song Dog/Fontana North)
Nominated for:
Country Recording Of The Year
Male Artist Recording Of The Year
Recording Of The Year
SOCAN Songwriter Of The Year

NSMW Don Brownrigg
(tiny records/MapleMusic Recordings)
Nominated for:
Male Artist Recording Of The Year
Music Video Of The Year
Pop Recording Of The Year
SOCAN Songwriter Of The Year

NSMW Mo Kenney
(Pheromone Recordings)
Nominated for:
Entertainer Of The Year

NSMW Molly Thomason
(Turtlemusik/Fontana North)
Nominated for:
Female Artist Recording Of The Year
Rock Recording Of The Year

NSMW Christina Martin
Come UnDone Records/Fontana North)
Nominated for:
Digital Artist Of The Year
Female Artist Recording Of The Year
Inspirational Recording Of The Year

NSMW David Myles
(Turtlemusik/Fontana North)
Nominated for:
Entertainer Of The Year

New Releases – Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

September 2nd, 2014

Swedish heavy metal pioneers Hammerfall make an unexpected return with their 9th studio album ‘(r)Evolution.’ The band take things back to their roots, even enlisting Fredrik Nordström who produced ‘Glory To The Brave’ and ‘Legacy of Kings’ in the band’s early years. Watch the official video for ‘Hector’s Hymn’ on Nuclear Blast’s Youtube. Vancouver Island native Sam Weber has made a name for himself as a songwriter in Western Canada and is now releasing his debut album on Cordova Bay Records. ‘Shadows in the Road’ is an album of emotional entanglement, intense contrasts, and enthralling arrangements. Catch Sam at one of his many tour dates across Western Canada throughout September. After a string of EPs and singles, Grey Gordon is ready to release his debut full length ‘Forget I Brought It Up.’ The album draws from influences like Elliot Smith, Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr and the 90s emo movement, and bounces with bitter pop-punk undertones. Listen to Gordon’s new song ‘Target’ on No Sleep Records’ Youtube.

Hammerfall ‘(r)Evolution’ Digital CD
Sam Weber ‘Shadows In The Road’ CD
Grey Gordon ‘Forget I Brought It Up’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Roger Shah presents Sunlounger ‘Armada Collected: Sunlounger’ Digital CD

New Releases – Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

August 26th, 2014

Toronto’s own Thousand Foot Krutch follow up their 2012 record ‘The End Is Where We Begin’ with their new seventh studio album ‘Oxygen:Inhale.’ The album was created with the help of their fans through an extremely successful Pledge Music campaign, and promoted with the video for lead single ‘Born This Way.’ The trio are on tour now and play a free show at the Air Canada Centre for the Festival Of Hope September 13th. Rustie’s second album on Warp Records ‘Green Language’ showcases the full breadth of this Glasgow producer’s talent. The record was recorded at 4am to the sounds of birdsong and the beauty of the Scottish sunrise, and features guests Danny Brown, D Double E and Redinho. Play through the record on his Green Language video game or watch the video for Danny Brown’s featured track ‘Attak.’ The eighth album from British classic rock band The Kinks is being re-released as a deluxe edition. One of the bands most critically and commercially successful albums ‘Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround’ is now available with additional demos, instrumentals, alternate versions and mono singles – some that is never before heard. Listen to the title single ‘Lola’ and jump back to 1970.

Thousand Foot Krutch ‘Oxygen:Inhale’ Digital CD
Rustie ‘Green Language’ Digital CD Vinyl
The Kinks ‘Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround Deluxe’ Digital CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Claude Speeed ‘My Skeleton’ Digital CD
Benjamin Booker/Hurray For The Riff Raff ‘Newport Folk Festival 7″ Vol. 1′ Vinyl
Eno • Hyde ‘High Life’ Vinyl
Various Artists ‘A State of Trance Classics 9′ Digital 4CD

New Releases – Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

August 19th, 2014

New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker has released his debut self-titled record and it is one fiery blues frenzy. The 22-year-old guitar player learned from greats like The Gun Club and Blind Willie Johnson along with contemporaries like The Black Keys and The Strokes, and paired that with his raw, soulful vocals. Watch the raucous lead single ‘Violent Shiver’ performed on Letterman or get lost in the sheer energy of ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ performed on Conan and turn it up! Blind Rage is the third record from German heavy metal band Accept since their 2009 reunion and the 14th in their career. The band deliver a thunderstorm of riffs that are fronted by the now trademark sound of vocalist Mark Tornillo. Watch the video for the raging beast of a lead single ‘Stampede.’ To celebrate their 20th anniversary Jars of Clay gave fans the chance to curate the songs for their compilation album ’20.’ Taking their classics and reworking them into acoustic versions and alternate arrangements added fresh new life to the songs, some of which were written as early as their college days. Watch the album trailer or a stripped down version of ‘Skin and Bones’ on their YouTube.

Benjamin Booker ‘Benjamin Booker’ Digital CD Vinyl
Accept ‘Blind Rage’ CD CD/DVD
Jars of Clay ’20′ CD Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Elvin Bishop ‘Can’t Even Do Wrong Right’ CD
Satellites ‘Satellites 02′ CD Vinyl
Smoke Dawson ‘Fiddle’ CD Vinyl
Heartsrevolution ‘Ride Or Die’ CD Vinyl
Aviator ‘Head In The Clouds, Hands In The Dirt’ CD Vinyl

Flying Lotus Releases Album Trailer For ‘You’re Dead!’ Out Oct. 7

August 13th, 2014

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You’re Dead! is a shamanic pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife.  A sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and technical virtuosity that amounts to a transcendent, mind-expanding plasm that could only exist between our world and another.

The enduring universe of Lotus’ supporting cast has expanded and evolved to feature in order of appearance, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, alongside mindblowing original artwork by Japanese comic book artist Shintaro Kago.

“The album isn’t about the end, it’s really the beginning. It’s a celebration of the next experience. It’s the transition and the confusion.  It’s not ‘hey you’re dead.’ It’s ‘hey you’re dead!’”

- Flying Lotus (more…)

New Releases – Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

August 12th, 2014

SOJA continue a streak of albums calling for unity and change on their fifth studio record ‘Amid The Noise And Haste.’Produced by Grammy-winning Supa Dups and featuring guest appearances from Michael Franti and Nahko on the hit single ‘I Believe,’ as well as Damian Marley, Collie Buddz, and more, this is their most focused record to date. The vinyl edition comes pressed on translucent gold discs in a double gatefold package. Listen to a sampler of ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ here. Lucero have released their first ever live album ‘Live From Atlanta’ recorded at Atlanta’s Terminal West on Nevember 22-24th, 2013. Watch the trailer for the album with footage from the show here. With over 32 songs coming in at over 2 hours of music from the Memphis band laid out on a 2CD or 4 LP vinyl box set. The newest Warp Records signing Nozinja has released ‘Tsekeleke’ his first 12″ for the label ahead of a full length debut. The South African producer has made waves in his local scene fusing traditional folk tunes with Tsonga disco, kwaito and South African house. Watch the video for ‘Tsekeleke’ and keep an eye on his website for upcoming tour dates.

SOJA ‘Amid The Noise And Haste’ Digital CD Vinyl
Lucero ‘Live From Atlanta’ 2CD 4LP
Nozinja ‘Tsekeleke’ Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Isobel Trigger ‘Nocturnal’ Digital CD
The Paramedic ‘Diary Of My Demons’ CD
Emil Bulls ‘Sacrifice To Venus’ CD
Suidakara ‘Emprise To Avalon’ CD

New Releases – Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

August 5th, 2014

Manafest returns with his seventh studio album ‘The Moment’ to follow up his best-selling LP ‘Fighter.’ Having experienced many life-changing moments over the past year – becoming a father and releasing his first book, ‘Fighter’ – he says of the records motif: “The Moment is a transparent look behind the curtain of my thoughts, beliefs and outlook on life.” The rap-rocker has several upcoming Canadian dates including September 12th at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square. Premiere Swiss metal outfit Eluveitie have released their sixth record ‘Origins.’  Following their 10th anniversary tour and Swiss Music Awards ‘Best Live Act’ win, the band went into the studio with legendary producer Tommy Vetterli to record the new album. Watch the lyric video for ‘King’ and check out their Fall Canadian tour dates. Los Angeles’ indie pop trio Wildcat! Wildcat! return with their debut full-length album ‘No Moon At All.’ Following up on their self-titled EP the band bring underdog anthems and dreamy builds to the new record that explode with skyrocketing emotions. Watch the lyric video for the lead single ‘Hero.’ Catch the band on tour right now, they play Toronto’s Drake Underground tonight and La Vitrola in Montreal tomorrow.

Manafest ‘The Moment’ Digital CD
Eluveitie ‘Origins’ Digital CD CD/DVD
Wildcat! Wildcat! ‘No Moon At All’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Twin Peaks ‘Wild Onion’ Digital CD Vinyl
Nikki W. ‘Sad Generation’ Digital CD
Alestorm ‘Sunset On The Golden Age’ Digital CD 2CD
John Garcia ‘John Garcia’ Digital CD
Blues Pills ‘Blues Pills’ Digital CD/DVD
Belphegor ‘Conjuring The Dead’ Digital CD
Ces Cru ‘Codename: Ego Stripper’ Digital CD
Lee Corey Oswald ‘Regards’ Digital CD Vinyl
Hardwell ‘Revealed Volume 5′ Digital CD

New Releases – Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

July 29th, 2014

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens bring countless uplifting and soulful messages on their sophomore release ‘Cold World.’ With Gabriel (Bosco Mann) Roth at the helm, Naomi and company recorded the album to tape creating a sonic experience that fits right into the classic soul cannon. Listen to the burning album-opener ‘Sinner’ here and catch her live at the Regina Folk Festival August 8-10. Nearly two decades after its initial release, Harvey Danger’s cherished debut ‘Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?’ is finally coming to vinyl for the first time. Featuring coloured vinyl and an upated version of the artwork by the band which reflects their growth over time along with an essay from singer Sean Nelson in the liner notes. Watch the official video for the massive hit ‘Flagpole Sitta’ on No Sleep Records’ Youtube. German trance duo Claus Terhoeven and Stefan Bossems, better known as Cosmic Gate, return with their new record ‘Start To Feel.’ Their 6th studio album is packed with moving vocal features from Emma Hewitt, Alexander Popov, Jannika, Sarah Lynn and many more coupled with their signature arena-razing atomic builds. Watch the official video for the Orjan Nilsen-featuring ‘Fair Game’ on Youtube.

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens ‘Cold World’ Digital CD Vinyl
Harvey Danger ‘Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?’ Vinyl
Cosmic Gate ‘Start To Feel’ Digital 2CD

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