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!’”

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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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Flying Lotus To Release ‘You’re Dead’ LP On October 7th, 2014

July 22nd, 2014

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North American Tour Includes Stops In Toronto, Montreal & Vancouver

Tour Dates
7/25 Casbah, San Diego
8/16 Ceremonia Festival, Mexico City
8/17 Summer Set Music Fesitval, Somerset, WI
8/24 FYF Fest – Los Angeles, CA
10/09 The Beacham Theatre, Orlando FL
10/10 III Points Festival, Miami FL
10/11 The Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
10/12 Cats Cradle, Carrboro NC
10/13 Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC
10/14 Tower Theater, Upper Darby PA
10/15 Terminal 5, New York NY
10/17 Paradise, Boston MA
10/18 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT
10/20 Societe des Arts Technologiques, Montreal QC
10/21 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
10/23 Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak MI
10/24 Concord Music Hall, Chicago IL
11/07 The Roundhouse, London UK
11/09 Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX
11/11 Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ
11/15 The Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz CA
11/17 Roseland Theater, Portland OR
11/18 Neptune, Seattle WA
11/19 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
11/21 The Complex, Salt Lake City UT
11/22 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver CO
(tickets on sale Friday 25th July)

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New Releases – Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

July 22nd, 2014

Crown the Empire return with their sophomore studio release ‘The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways.’ On the new record the Dallas metalcore band reach new extremes in both heaviness and melodic guitar riffage. Get your first taste of The Resistance with the ‘Initiation.’ Catch the boys headlining the entire 2014 Warped Tour and see their full EU tour dates here. Superstar singer/actor Jesse McCartney is back with his 5th album ‘In Technicolor.’ Listen to Jesse’s hot new single ‘Superbad’ and watch the very Summer-y video here. Tickets are now on sale for his North American tour with VIP packages available that have tons of extra goodies including a meet and greet with Jesse! RX Bandits return after 5 years with the follow up to 2009′s ‘Mandala,’ their new record is ‘Gemini, Her Majesty.’ Produced by Jason Cupp at Prairie Sun Recordings, the album marks a new songwriting direction for the band where they willingly ignored the constraints of live performance. Catch them on their North American tour supporting the record, see the full dates here.

Crown The Empire ‘The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways’ Digital CD Vinyl+CD
Jesse McCartney ‘In Technicolor’ Digital CD
RX Bandits ‘Gemini, Her Majesty’ Digital CD Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Shekinah Glory Ministry ‘Shekinah Glory Ministry Redux’ Digital CD
Nona ‘Through The Head’ Digital CD Vinyl
Various Artists ‘All For Metal Vol. IV’ CD+DVD
Various Artists ‘Circus Two Presented by Cookie Monsta and FuntCase’ Digital 2CD
Paul Oakenfold ‘Trance Mission’ Digital 2CD
Allison Weiss ‘Remember When’ Digital CD Vinyl
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘The Firstborn is Dead’ CD
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘Your Funeral…My Trial’ CD


Sassy Sister Act Carly-Jo Set to Shake Up Canadian Country Music: Self-Titled Debut Album Out Now

July 16th, 2014

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Carly-Jo want to make an immediate impact on the Canadian country music scene and make it count. Following in the wake of other strong women in the industry, Jo and Carly want to stay true to themselves and write honest music, born out of their shared life experience.

They’re committed to the idea that their fans see the truth of who they are and experience the journey they’re on. Beginning in spring 2013, Carly and Jo recorded an extensive web series that chronicles their path from ground zero to writing and recording music in Toronto and Nashville, to learning the nuances of the music business, attacking the necessary evils of image development and all the other pieces of the puzzle put in place before the nationwide release of their self-titled debut album on July 8, 2014.

Carly-Jo Tour Dates:
Fri. July 25-Sun. July 27 – Toronto ON — Festival Of Beer, Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place (Budweiser Stage) www.beerfestival.ca
Sun. Aug. 3 – Toronto ON — Lakeshore Mardi Gras, Col. Sam Smith Park [2PM] www.lakeshoremardigras.ca

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New Releases – Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

July 15th, 2014

The fourth Suicide Silence full-length album ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ is equal parts mournful tribute and a statement of renewed purpose. The album got its title from a collection of lyrics left behind by late vocalist Mitch Lucker. Watch the video for the title track of what the band calls their most impassioned, most committed, and most important release thus far. Catch them on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest tour which stops in Toronto July 25th! The Los Angeles metal outfit Volumes have released their decibel shattering, mind-numbing sophomore album ‘No Sleep’. The 5-piece blend their eclectic tastes to create a bond between genres that are worlds apart and resulted in progressive, aggressive, straight to the point metal. Watch the lyric video for album opener ‘The Mixture’. Catch Volumes live at every Warped Tour date this Summer! I, Omega make their full-length debut today with ‘Transients’. The prog-metal quintet have pushed themselves as far as technically possible musically: shredding guitars over upbeat drums and beefy basslines with catchy choruses that range from angelic to devilish. Stream the full album on Bullet Tooth’s YouTube and watch the ‘Shuddering at Calm Seas’ lyric video here.

Suicide Silence ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ Digital CD CD+DVD Vinyl
Volumes ‘No Sleep’ Digital CD
I, Omega ‘Transients’ Digital CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Rival Boys ‘Animal Instincts’ Vinyl
Phish ‘Fuego’ Vinyl
Grave Digger ‘Return of the Reaper’ Digital CD 2CD