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. ”
» 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.”


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

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.”

These real world elements offer a sense of a meditation that beckons the listener to leave human desires behind. A detailed field recording of boots in snow creeps into an echo of piano house on ‘Strength Through Fragility,’ swallowing up the melancholy of the melody rather ruthlessly, teasing these things out of the listener as the track progresses. The essence of the new being carved from an unheard ancientness appears throughout Clark, a tactile interaction between alien elements creating something that would not have otherwise existed.

The machines hold their own against nature: ‘Banjo’ is a straight up MPC/synth funk jam played over three notes, the hypnotic arpeggios of ‘Unfurla’ are underpinned by a solid 4/4 kick drum, peak-rave euphoria is captured in ‘There’s a Distance In You.’ At its essence ‘Grit In The Pearl’ is more Berghain than Guggenheim — a club banger, albeit in a parallel dimension filtered through the Clark lens, lending new context to its spiralling rave chords.

The theme of reduction, a sculpture of sound, wins out in the end. Closing beatless piece ‘Everlane’ is a cathartic conclusion to the record, the elements ultimately refined into timeless, ethereal melodies echoing into the ages:

“It straddles this fine line of being ultimate bliss and sadness at the same time. I find this emotional terrain compelling and keep on coming back to it. I need that epic sense of closure.”

‘Clark’ Track List
1. Ship Is Flooding
2. Winter Linn
3. Unfurla
4. Strength Through Fragility
5. Sodium Trimmers
6. Banjo
7. Snowbird
8. The Grit In The Pearl
9. Beacon
10. Petroleum Tinged
11. Silvered Iris
12. There’s A Distance In You
13. Everlane


Bryan Potvin Announces Fall Canadian Tour In Support Of ‘Heartbledwhite’

October 10th, 2014


Northern Pikes singer/guitarist teams up with Kevin Kane of The Grapes Of Wrath for solo dates

“This album is definitely not a retread of the Pikes… pretty sterling stuff.” — Popmatters review of ‘Heartbledwhite’

Bryan Potvin, founding member of Canadian rock legends The Northern Pikes, embarks on his first tour in support of his current solo album, ‘Heartbledwhite,’ released earlier this year on his own Klementine Music label, distributed by Fontana North.

Potvin is teaming up on this 20-date trip with Kevin Kane, guitarist and singer with The Grapes Of Wrath. It will be a double bill that will thrill not only fans of the Pikes and Grapes, but also fans of classic folk-pop songwriting in general.

Bryan Potvin Tour Dates (all shows with Kevin Kane, except *)
Sun. Oct. 19 — Morin Heights QC — Rickk’s Room
Mon. Oct. 20 — Montreal QC — BAMM! Gallery
Wed. Oct. 22 — Moncton NB — Plan b
Thu. Oct. 23 — Halifax NS — The Carleton
Fri. Oct. 24 — St. John NB — Magnolia Cafe
Sat. Oct. 25 — Lunenberg NS — Boscawen Inn
Sun. Oct. 26 — Charlottetown PEI — Trailside Cafe
Wed. Oct. 29 — Annapolis Valley NS — private show *
Sun. Nov. 9 — Truro NS — Nova Scotia Music Week 2014 Songs & Stories *
Fri. Nov. 14 — Ladysmith BC — Short Close Song Shelter
Sat. Nov. 15 — Parksville BC — Quality Bayside Resort
Sun. Nov. 16 — Port Alberni BC — Chars Landing
Wed. Nov. 19 — Nanaimo BC — Dinghy Dock Pub
Thu. Nov. 20 — Duncan BC — Duncan Showroom
Sat. Nov. 22 — Victoria BC — Victoria House Concert B
Fri. Nov. 28 — Red Deer AB — International Beer House
Sat. Nov. 29 — Calgary AB — Deerfoot Casino [NORTHERN PIKES] *
Thu. Dec. 18 — Brantford ON — Two Doors Down
Fri. Dec. 19 — Toronto ON — Hugh’s Room
Mon. Dec. 29 — Vancouver BC — Railway Club


New Releases – Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

October 7th, 2014

On his 5th studio album ‘You’re Dead!’ LA-based producer Flying Lotus contemplates our pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife. The record is a fusion of technological innovation and technical virtuosity featuring hugely-talented musicians Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat and more. Available on digital, CD and 2LP vinyl, as well as the 4LP deluxe edition which includes an instrumental version. Nashville’s Music Row Magazine called Victoria Banks “One of the best songwriters in the business” and she proves it on ‘Indigo.’ On her third studio album Victoria lays down 10 songs built from bare-bones midnight recording sessions in her attic that are “things that I need to say.” Listen to the Muskoka-native’s lead single ‘Ruined.’ Recorded in the harsh winters of rural Manitoba comes Jess Reimer‘s new album ‘The Nightjar and the Garden.’ Produced by Blue Rodeo keyboardist Bob Wiseman, Nightjar displays an artist with many facets, unwaveringly connected to the soul of North American music. Listen to the raw beauty of her vocals on lead single ‘Maggie The Retriever (Bang Bang).’

Flying Lotus ‘You’re Dead!’ Digital CD Vinyl Deluxe Vinyl
Victoria Banks ‘Indigo’ Digital CD
Jess Reimer ‘The Nightjar and the Garden’ Digital CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘Christmas Time Again’ CD
Minus the Bear ‘Lost Loves’ Digital CD Vinyl
38 Special ‘A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night’ CD
Moose Blood ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ Digital CD Vinyl
Gormathon ‘Following The Beast’ Digital CD
Audrey Horne ‘Pure Heavy’ Digital CD
Alunah ‘Awakening The Forest’ Digital CD
Alive Like Me ‘Only Forever’ Digital CD
Exotype ‘Exotype’ Digital CD
Armin Van Buuren ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix ’04′ CD
Satellites ‘Satellites 02′ Digital CD Vinyl
Jeff Bridges & The Abiders ‘Live’ Digital CD
Charles Lloyd ‘Manhattan Stories’ Digital Vinyl

U.K. Post-Punk Legends The Pop Group Return Oct. 21 With New Rarities Collection ‘Cabinet Of Curiosities’

October 2nd, 2014

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Classic 1980 album ‘We Are Time’ also getting first-ever CD/Digital release

“It was one of those moments where you just feel the cogs of your mind shift and your life is going to irreversibly change forever” Nick Cave on seeing The Pop Group

“The greatest song of the whole post punk era” WIRE, 2014
“She Is Beyond Good And Evil was both funky and fucked-up”
20 Post Punk Greats – MOJO, 2014

The Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering bands to emerge from the late ’70s post-punk era, are finally seeing their rare and fabled legacy reissued for the first time, along with previously unheard gold from the archives. After spending over a year collating original singles, albums and previously unreleased studio and live recordings, the band will put out a series of albums over time on the new Freaks R Us label via Kartel label services and Fontana North.

The band has also teamed up with Pledge Music for a campaign offering fans exclusive and very limited memorabilia via the band’s facebook & twitter, with a share of any surplus revenue going to CAAT (Campaign Against Arms Trade).

‘We Are Time,’ named after one of their most infamous onslaughts and originally released on vinyl in 1980, has been remastered from original tapes and is one of two albums being released on October 21st spearheading the reissue program. Of the early live and studio recordings that comprise ‘We Are Time,’ frontman Mark Stewart says “The Pop Group was mutating so fast right from the start that it was crucial to document those first experiments with this compilation. ‘We Are Time’ is really the teenage Pop Group album. It’s full of defiance and the material demonstrates the band’s staunch independence and our really early DIY ethic before the studio became another instrument.”


New Releases – Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

September 30th, 2014

Remastered from the original tapes and reissued, ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory‘ is Oasis‘ international breakthrough and best selling album, it’s the #5 best selling album in UK chart history with over 22 million copies sold worldwide. Featuring 2 extra discs of unearthed live recordings, demos, and alternate mixes in the Morning Glory era repackaged with artwork taken from a wealth of never-before-seen photos. ‘The Ophidian Trek‘ is a full Meshuggah live show recorded on May 03, 2013 at their co‐headline show alongside Devin Townsend at Brixton Academy, London. The Swedish prog metal band cover material ranging from their 1998 album ‘Chaosphere’ with the track ‘New Millennium Cyanide Christ’ to ‘Swarm’ from their most recent album ‘Koloss.’ Watch the DVD cut of them performing ‘Do Not Look Down.’ Halifax sweetheart Mo Kenney returns with her sophomore album on Pheromone Recordings ‘In My Dreams.’ Produced and recorded with Joel Plaskett he pushes her vocals and the production further than previously heard. Listen to the debut single ‘Telephones‘ and see her upcoming tour dates with Kim Churchill.

Oasis ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ Digital CD Deluxe CD Vinyl
Meshuggah ‘The Ophidian Trek’ Digital CD+DVD CD+Blu Ray
Mo Kenney ‘In My Dreams’ Digital CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Corey Charron ‘Lied To My Face’ Digital
Mariachi El Bronx ‘New Beat’ Digital
SPM ‘Son Of Norma’ CD
WiL ‘El Paseo’ Digital CD
Meshuggah ‘I (Remastered)’ Digital CD
Decapitated ‘Blood Mantra’ Digital CD CD+DVD
Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White ‘Hearts Like Ours’ Digital CD
Richard Galliano ‘Sentimentale’CD
Alice Gerrard ‘Follow The Music’ Digital CD Vinyl
Thievery Corporation ‘Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi’ Vinyl
Thievery Corporation ‘The Mirror Conspiracy’ Vinyl
Thievery Corporation ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ Vinyl
Thank You Scientist ‘Maps of Non-Existent Places’ Digital Vinyl
Le Butcherettes ‘Cry Is For The Flies’ Vinyl
Crystal Shawanda ‘The Whole World’s Got The Blues’ Digital CD
Dash Berlin ‘We Are – Part 1′ Digital CD
Aspects ‘Grind Over Matter’ Digital CD
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New Releases – Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

September 23rd, 2014

Aphex Twin returned after 13 years of silence with a branded blimp and links to the deep web teasing his new album ‘Syro.’ Prolific electronic producer Richard D. James gave a rare in depth interview to Pitchfork, read their ‘A Conversation With Aphex Twin’ cover story here. Listen to his first new single ‘minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]‘ on YouTube. Mapei was too soulful for music class and poured that into her debut full-length ‘Hey Hey.’ Fusing her natural flair for R&B and rapping with influences from growing up in Sweden into timeless pop hit like the debut single ‘Don’t Wait.’ Catch her live at Toronto’s Kool Haus next week opening for former roommate Lykke Li. A legendary concert by John Coltrane has been pressed onto a 2CD and 2LP vinyl set titled ‘Offering: Live at Temple University.’ Recorded at Temple University in his hometown Philadelphia, PA on Nov 11, 1966, 6 weeks after his 40th birthday and 9 months before his untimely death. The set contains four tracks, remastered from the original master reels from a location recording by Temple’s WRTI‐FM, one per side: Side A Naima (16:28), Side B Crescent (26:11), Side C Leo (21:29), and Side D Offering (4:19) / My Favorite Things.

Aphex Twin ‘Syro’ Digital CD Vinyl
Mapei ‘Hey Hey’ Digital CD Vinyl
John Coltrane ‘Offering: Live at Temple University’ CD Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Pete Molinari ‘Theosophy’ Digital Vinyl
The Bunny Gang ‘Thrive’ Digital CD
Steph Cameron ‘Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady’ Digital CD
Marcia Ball ‘The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man’ Digital CD
Matty Mullins ‘Matty Mullins’ Digital CD
Jerry Leger ‘Early Riser’ Digital Vinyl
Affiance ‘Blackout’ Digital CD
The Kendra Gale Band ‘Carousel’ CD

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