Boards of Canada New Album “Tomorrow’s Harvest” Due June 11

April 30th, 2013

After considerable speculation since Record Store Day, we can reveal that the new album by Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest will be released on Tuesday June 11th by Warp Records.


“Tomorrow’s Harvest” Track List:
1. “Gemini”
2. “Reach for the Dead”
3. “White Cyclosa”
4. “Jacquard Causeway”
5. “Telepath”
6. “Cold Earth”
7. “Transmisiones Ferox”
8. “Sick Times”
9. “Collapse”
10. “Palace Posy”
11. “Split Your Infinities”
12. “Uritual”
13. “Nothing Is Real”
14. “Sundown”
15. “New Seeds”
16. “Come to Dust”
17. “Semena Mertvykh”

Mike Marlin Releases ‘Grand Reveal’ On May 28, 2013

April 30th, 2013

Listen To The Track ’The Murderer’ HERE!

 On Tour With The Stranglers This Spring

British songwriter Mike Marlin‘s sound is dark and haunting, full of discordant melodies, deep, reverberating vocals, and ominous, storytelling lyrics. Raised in suburbia, he dropped out of Oxford and completed his education by attending as many gigs as possible, from Elvis Costello and Graham Parker to Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Cure. It wasn’t until 25 years later after a career spent staring at a computer screen that he decided to walk away and record an album. Within a year he found himself performing for thousands of people on tour with English punk rockers The Stranglers. Now Mike is coming to the North America for the first time and will once again join The Stranglers on tour this spring, and will release his new album, Grand Reveal, on May 28th via All My People and Fontana North.

Mike describes Grand Reveal as “a progression from someone who is happy and in love to someone who is truly murderous,” so it’s only fitting that the album contains a song titled ‘The Murderer.’ A song fit for a horror movie soundtrack, it opens with an ominous kick drum and features eerily screeching strings and ghostly echoing harmonies.


Grand Reveal opens with ‘Skull Beneath The Skin,’ featuring Mike’s crystal-clear, commanding vocals and sinister lyrics above layers of rich instrumentation. On title track ‘Grand Reveal,’ Mike’s vocals become hushed and conversational, as if he’s sharing deep, dark secrets with his listener. ‘Amazing’ is a heartbreaking song of love and loss that starts out soft and gentle before a wall of guitars comes crashing through the stillness.

Tour Dates w/ The Stranglers    *Canadian dates are bolded
05/30 – Majestic – Detroit, MI
05/31 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
06/01 – Telus Theatre – Montreal, QC
06/03 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
06/04 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
06/05 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
06/07 – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
06/08 - Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL

New Releases – Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30th, 2013

Last day of the month, let’s sneak all these new releases in before those May showers. California’s !!! (yes that’s really their name, pronounced ChkChkChk) pump up the funky jams on their 5th full length “THR!!!ER”. 4-piece punk rock band Sharks drop their sophomore effort “Selfhood”. Amorphis mark today with their 11th studio album “Circle”, and you guessed it, this legendary metal band is based out of Scandinavia, Helsinki to be exact.

!!! “THR!!!ER”
Sharks “Selfhood”
Amorphis “Circle”

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Avantasia “The Mystery of Time”
Arsis “Unwelcome”
The Good Family “The Good Family Album”
Stahlmann “Adamant”
Gama Bomb “Terror Tapes”
Melvins “Everybody Loves Sausages”
Junior Kelly “Piece of the Pie”
Charlie Poole With The Highlanders “The Complete Paramount & Brunswick Recordings, 1929”
Dead Can Dance “In Concert”
Various Artists “Imaginational Anthem Vols. 1-5″
Various Artists “Imaginational Anthem Vol. 6: Origins of American Primitive Guitar”
Various Artists “Top Musicians Play ZZ Top & Lynyrd Skynyrd”
Various Artists “Top Musicians Play The Maiden Years & Whitesnake”

TURF Lineup Packed With Fontana North and MapleMusic Recordings Artists.

April 25th, 2013

The Toronto Urban Roots Fest has announced the lineup and it’s jam-packed with Fontana North and MapleMusic Recordings artists including: The Joel Plaskett Emergency, Flogging Molly, The Lowest of The Low, Skydiggers, The Cat Empire, and The Wooden Sky. The festival, held July 4th to 7th at the Fort York: Garrison Common. Full lineup listed below.

A brand new summer festival is setting out to re-affirm that Toronto is a mecca for live music. This week, pre-eminent concert promoters Collective Concerts in conjunction with Eggplant, Funtime and NOW Magazine, unveiled the complete line-up for a brand new multi-day outdoor festival happening in the heart of downtown Toronto.

The Toronto Urban Roots Fest, dubbed “TURF”, runs from July 4 through 7, 2013. It marks the return of an outdoor multi-day roots festival to downtown Toronto, for the first time since 1995 – which, incidentally, was the last year that the Mariposa Folk Festival was held in Toronto. TURF’s creative director and founder, Jeff Cohen – co-owner of the Horseshoe Tavern, Lee’s Palace, The Collective, and Toronto Island Concerts, was also the Artistic Director of Mariposa way back in 1995.

Regular multi four day tickets are on sale now for $150 and multi four day VIP tickets are priced at $350. Earlybird single day tickets are priced daily and range between $40 and $60 dollars. Earlybird single day VIP tickets range between $140 to $160 dollars and are on sale now for a limited time. All tickets are sold all-in, with no added fees or ticket surcharges. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at Soundscapes, Rotate This, or the H-Shoe Tavern front bar.

The festival will financially benefit both the City of Toronto and the Fort York Museum.

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She & Him
The Joel Plaskett Emergency
Camera Obscura
The Barr Brothers

FRIDAY, JULY 5 (gates 5 p.m.)
Fitz & The Tantrums
Justin Townes Earle
JD Mcpherson

SATURDAY, JULY 6 (gates 11 a.m.)
Flogging Molly
The Hold Steady
The Lowest of The Low
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Matt Mays
The Felice Brothers
Hannah Georgas
Larry & His Flask

SUNDAY, JULY 7 (gates 11 a.m.)
Belle & Sebastian
Neko Case
Xavier Rudd
The Cat Empire
Yo La Tengo
Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys
Kurt Vile & The Violators
The Sadies
The Wooden Sky

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TURF Official Website

New Releases – Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 23rd, 2013

Good morning, did everyone manage to snag a sweet find on Record Store Day? I know I did. But if you didn’t we’ve got four new releases to take the edge off. Young Galaxy’s fourth full length effort “Ultramarine” is out today, the Vancouver dream pop band worked with electronic producer Dan Lissvik at his studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. Catch this release on limited 180 gram white vinyl while you still can. Shekinah Glory Ministry released “Surrender” in 2012 and it’s now out on DVD with footage recorded at the gospel group’s church. Senegal-born reggae artist Meta Dia’s second record “Ancient Power”, released under the name Meta & The Cornerstones, is out now through VP Records.

Young Galaxy “Ultramarine”
Shekinah Glory Ministry “Surrender” DVD
Meta & The Cornerstones “Ancient Power”


Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Desmond Pringle “Fidelity”

Kristina Maria Performs on Breakfast Television

April 18th, 2013

Juno nominee Kristina Maria performs two songs including hit single “Karma” on Breakfast Television in Toronto.


BT Host Jennifer Valentyne tweeted this fantastic picture of the two of them after the set, can anyone say “BFFs!”. Maria is nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards this Sunday April 21st.

Hit the thumbnails to see her performances on BT from her album “Tell The World”

Watch “Karma”                                            Watch “You Don’t Have The Right To Cry”

Record Store Day 2013 Releases

April 16th, 2013

This Saturday April 20th is Record Store Day! Get out there and support independent music stores, and just celebrate great music in general. Check out the full list at and Find a store near you Here.

Here’s our list of releases from Fontana North artists:
Testament “Scorpions/Iron Maiden” 7inch picture disc – 1000 pressed worldwide.
Brother Ali “Shadows on the Sun” picture disc – 2000 pressed worldwide.

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Austra + Gina X “Mayan Drums” – 100 pressed in Canada.
Daniel Lanois “Acadie” 2×12 180gram.


The Uncluded “Delicate Cycle/Earthquake” 7inch – 1000 pressed worldwide, hand-numbered.
Atmosphere “Domosexual” 7inch – 2000 pressed worldwide, hand-numbered.


Willie Isz “Georgiavania” 2×12 – 500 pressed worldwide.
Brian Eno x Nicolas Jaar x Grizzly Bear – Jaar remixes a track from each. First ever official Brian Eno remix.



New Releases – Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 16th, 2013

Let’s jump right in ’cause there’s a lot of great releases this week. Toronto’s Born Ruffians, now three albums deep, return with “Birthmarks” – let us know if you grab the limited 180 gram pink vinyl copy. Florida soul/funk band JJ Grey & Mofro are now releasing their 8th full length “The River”. With the second release since their return to the stage, Face To Face have “Three Chords and a Half Truth”. This weekend is Record Store Day so look out for some news about Fontana’s releases later today.

Born Ruffians “Birthmarks”
JJ Grey & Mofro “This River”
Face To Face “Three Chords and a Half Truth”


Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:

Bibio “À Tout à l’Heure” 7″
Boundary “Boundary”
DL Incognito “Someday is Less Than a Second Away”
The Goondox “Welcome to the Goondox”
Allison Weiss “Say What You Mean”
Staxx “Writin My Mind”
Creflo Dollar “S.E.R.M.O.N.S Songs Vol. II God’s Love”
Killing Joke “The Singles Collection 1979-2012
Roger Waters “Live On Air / UK 2002 & Italy 2010″
Creedence Clearwater Revival “Live On Air / Woodstock 1969 & Japan 1971″

Mount Kimbie Reveal Another New Track From Forthcoming Sophomore Record

April 9th, 2013

‘Blood and Form’ online & album available to pre-order now.
‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’due May 27th on Warp.


Having released the first taste of their new material as a free download just a couple of weeks ago – the mesmerising, percussive ‘Made to Stray’, Mount Kimbie now reveal ‘Blood and Form’ from their forthcoming second album.

As with ‘Made to Stray’, ‘Blood and Form’ marks a noticeable shift in the duo’s use of vocals; the melodies are equally hypnotic but ‘Blood and Form’ has a raw and hazy edge. Listening to the two tracks side by side shows the evolution of Mount Kimbie’s sound and the breadth of their new material.

Hear new track ‘Blood and Form’ HERE.

Pre-order the LP on iTunes & download ‘Blood and Form’ instantly HERE.

Recorded in their South London studio, Mount Kimbie’s eagerly awaited sophomore record ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ will be released on May 27th through Warp Records and Fontana North Distribution.

‘Made to Stray’ features the spectral brass and moody percussion that we’ve come to know electronic auteurs Mount Kimbie for, but it feels bolder and stronger than their previous work – tellingly, the track climaxes with Dom and Kai singing. Vocals have never been at the forefront of Mount Kimbie’s music and signifies them taking the reins of a project that’s more fully realised than ever before.

Since 2009, Dominic Maker and his partner in Mount Kimbie, Kai Campos, have played a central role in forging a new form for electronic music. Their influence stretches far beyond the tiny corner of the dance music underground that birthed them. They have repeatedly confounded expectations, transforming themselves from bedroom-studio producers to creators of one of the most fully realised electronic album-length statements of recent years and refining their live show to incorporate a drummer. With their second album, ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’, finally completed, the perception of what Mount Kimbie are looks set to expand again.

‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ combines the electronic sensibilities of ‘Crooks and Lovers’ but sees Mount Kimbie move out of the bedroom and into a professional studio. Informed by their live shows, Dom and Kai have introduced more live instruments to broaden their sound including drums and horns as well as experimenting with vocals. The duo have undoubtedly grown, they are more experienced, more mature, more self-aware. “Two years is a long time,” says Maker. “Tastes change, what you want out of your life changes, and so on. Naturally, how we want to sound has changed too.” Unleashing themselves from the confines of dance music, the resulting album feels looser, richer and more enveloping than the duo’s past work, yet still retains that Mount Kimbie sound.

The new record also features two collaborations with the enigmatic artist King Krule who lends his distinctive, discontented vocals to ‘You Took You Time’ and ‘Meter, Pale, Tone’. Having been friends and mutual fans of each other for some time, the collaboration between Mount Kimbie and King Krule came about naturally and they intend to work together again.


1. Home Recording
2. You Took Your Time (feat. King Krule)
3. Break Well
4. Blood and Form
5. Made To Stray
6. So Many Times, So Many Ways
7. Lie Near
8. Meter, Pale, Tone (feat. King Krule)
9. Slow
10. Sullen Ground
11. Fall Out

Upcoming tour dates **Canadian dates are bolded**
2nd May – Certain People @ Berghain, Berlin, DE
4th May – Sound City Festival, Liverpool
5th May – Night + Day Festival, Lisbon, Portugal (with the xx)
10th May – Poolbar mit Pratersauna, Vienna, AT
11th May – Imagine Festival @ Kaserne, Basel, CH
18th May – Night + Day Festival, Berlin, DE (with the xx)
24th May – London Calling @ Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
25th May – Field Day Festival, London
30th May – Bowery Ballroom, New York, USA
31st May – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, USA
1st June – Black Cat, Washington, USA
2nd June – The Sinclair, Cambridge, USA
4th June – SAT, Montreal, Canada
5th June – The Hoxton, Toronto, Canada

7th June – Magic Stick, Detroit, USA
8th June – Lincoln, Chicago, USA
9th June – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, USA
10th June – Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, USA
13th June – Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, USA
14th June – Neumos, Seattle, USA
15th June – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, USA
17th June – The Independent, San Francisco, USA
18th June – Echoplex, Los Angeles, USA
23rd June – Night + Day Festival, Osterley Park, London (with the xx)

New Releases – Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April 9th, 2013

Spring finally feels like it’s here so let’s liven up your day with some fresh new releases. Nova Scotia rockers Age of Days are releasing their third record “radioactivity”. “Engergia!” must be the most apt name for Russkaja’s latest release which can (should?) only be described as ‘Russian turbo polka metal’. Visions of Atlantis return with their fifth studio effort “Ethera” to be released on a limited First Edition digipack. Fans of U.D.O. can celebrate their 25th anniversary with the final installment of their back catalogue re-release which includes their “Best Of” and “Live From Russia” records.

Age of Days “radioactivity”
Russkaja “Energia!”
Visions of Atlantis “Ethera”


Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:

U.D.O. Anniversary Editions Part 3 – “Best Of” & “Live From Russia”
Gloryhammer “Tales from the Kingdom of Fife”
Bored Nothing “Bored Nothing”
Various Artists “Trance- The Ultimate Collection- Vol. 1″
Serenity “War of Ages”
The New Black “III: Cut Loose”