New Releases – Monday, June 30th, 2014

June 30th, 2014

Within less than two months Brian Eno and Karl Hyde have released two spectacular albums, the second of which – ‘High Life’ – is out today. Having completed ‘Someday World’ the duo rushed back into the studio to continue working on ideas they hadn’t been able to fully flesh out the first time around. Listen to the first sample dropped from the LP ‘DBF’ or the short making-of video recorded during the sessions. Toronto’s very own fuzzed-out indie rock band Rival Boys have released their full-length debut ‘Animal Instincts’. The trio recorded the album at Revolution Recording Studios with Joe Dunphy who also recorded their ‘Ice Storm’ EP live off the floor earlier this year. Watch them shred ‘Fortune’ in an abandoned house in the video for the newest album single here. Exclaim! also had them perform the raucous number ‘Sober & Single’ live at The Piston in Toronto for their Exclaim! TV series, watch it here. Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek fame is releasing his first solo album for Roaring Girl Records titled ‘All I Do Is Lie’. Watch Sean talk about and perform ‘Since The Day That I Was Born’ live for Guild Guitars here.

Brian Eno & Karl Hyde ‘High Life’ Digital CD
Rival Boys ‘Animal Instincts’ Digital CD Vinyl
Sean Watkins ‘All I Do Is Lie’ CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Bassnectar ‘Noise vs. Beauty’ Digital CD Vinyl
Andrew Rayel ‘Find Your Harmony’ Digital CD

New Releases – Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

June 24th, 2014

Legendary jam band Phish have returned with their 12th studio album ‘Fuego’. Originally reuniting out of genuinely wanting t hang out, eventually the band sat down to try to write in a way they never had before. Listen to guitarist Trey Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell talk about writing the songs across 5 notepads via NPR. Of course the only real way to experience Phish is live, check out their tour dates here to see if they hit your town. Moka Only may be the busiest emcee in Canadian hip-hop if not worldwide, putting out over 50 albums to date over his 20-year career. Fans got their first taste of his latest LP ‘Sex Money Moka’ with the video for single ‘Always Happy’. The first of two new EPs from Welland, Ontario’s Street Pharmacy, the ‘Pharmanomics’ EP blends and bends reggae, rock, hip-hop and folk. Listen to album-opener ‘To My High School Friends’ and the rest of the EP on their YouTube. Ryan Guay will tour HMVs across the country to promote the record starting in St. Catherines July 4th.

Phish ‘Fuego’ Digitl CD Vinyl
Moka Only ‘Sex Money Moka’ Digital CD
Street Pharmacy ‘Pharmanomics EP’ Digital CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Vacationer ‘Relief’ Digital CD Vinyl
SomeKindaWonderful ‘SomeKindaWonderful’ Digital CD
Def3 ’Wildlif3′ Digital CD
Shakra ’33 – The Best Of’ Digital 2CD
Mournful Congregation ‘Concrescence Of The Sophia’ Digital CD Vinyl
Necromantia ‘Crossing The Fiery Path’ CD
Necromantia ‘Scarlet Evil Witching Black’ CD
Frank Shiner ‘The Real Me’ Digital CD
Deathstars ‘The Perfect Cult’ Digital CD
Killer Be Killed ‘Killer Be Killed’ Vinyl
Gareth Emery ‘Drive’ Digital CD
Jimmy Giuffre ‘New York Concerts’ 2CD
Bonde Do Rolê ‘Tropicalbacanal’ Vinyl

Maplecore Artists at NXNE 2014

June 17th, 2014

NXNE hits the streets and clubs of Toronto this week! We’ve put together this list of every artist in the Fontana North family for your great-show-finding convenience. Wristbands are still available from the NXNE website and will gain you access to every show!

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Mas Ysa (Downtown/MapleMusic)
Thurs. June 19 @ Tattoo (567 Queen St. W.) [10 PM]
Fri. June 20 @ Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide St. W.) [1 AM]
Sat. June 21 @ The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.) [6:30 PM]

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Language Arts (MapleMusic)
Thurs. June 19 @ The Silver Dollar (468 Spadina Ave.) [10 PM]

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Benjamin Booker (ATO/MapleMusic)
Fri. June 20 @ Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. W.) [9 PM]
Sat. June 21 @ The Silver Dollar (468 Spadina Ave.) [10 PM]

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Oneohtrix Point Never (Warp/Fontana North)
Fri. June 20 @ The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.) [12 AM]
Daniel Lopatin DJ Set:
Fri. June 20 @ Edward Day Gallery (952 Queen St. W. #200) [2 AM] (more…)

New Releases – Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

June 17th, 2014

George Evelyn started creating music under the moniker Nightmares On Wax 25 years ago, in celebration Warp Records have released ‘N.O.W. Is The Time’. The ‘Deep Down Special Edition’ includes both the 2CD & 2LP – featuring all new remixes – packaged with a huge book of stories, photos, early show flyers, and more. Watch George talk about putting together the album and the past 25 years as N.O.W. in this short documentary. Legendary 90′s hip-hop crew Hieroglyphics returned last year with their first album in 10 years ‘The Kitchen’ and it’s now available on vinyl. Watch the Oakland, California group’s official video for ‘Gun Fever’ here. CJ Snare (of Firehouse) and Chris Green (of Pride/Furyon) first met backstage at a rock festival in Madrid and formed a friendship that has culminated in Rubicon Cross‘ self-titled debut album. The vocalist and guitarist are joined by Pride/Furyon bassist Simon Farmery along with Seventh Omen’s drummer Robert Behnke and guitarist Jeff Lerman. Watch their official video for lead single ‘Bleed With Me’ on their YouTube Channel.

Nightmares On Wax ‘N.O.W. Is The Time (Deep Down Edition)’ Digital 2LP+2CD Box Set
Hieroglyphics ‘The Kitchen’ Digital Vinyl 2LP
Rubicon Cross ‘Rubicon Cross’ Digital CD

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer ‘A Real Fine Mess’ Digital CD
Nightmares On Wax ‘N.O.W. Is The Time’ Digital 2CD

Dave Bidini Debuts New Song ‘Ford More Years’ Written Entirely in Rob Ford’s Own Words

June 10th, 2014


Watch Dave Bidini’s National Post Sessions performance of ‘Ford More Years’ HERE

“It’s no secret that Bidini has lived a life of adventure, and his third solo release showcases how his well of inspiration may never run dry.” – Joshua Kloke, Exclaim!

 “Bidini isn’t happy with what’s happened to his country, and he’s not afraid to name names either. As opposed to Neil Young’s Living With War, there are lots of breaks from the bolder words, and plenty of inventive, fun music as well.  Of the three Bidiniband albums, this feels most like a [Rheostatics] set.” – Bob Mersereau, CBC

Fans who were able to attend the recent launch of Bidiniband‘s third album, The Motherland, at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern were given an extra treat: the first public airing of a new song composed using Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s own words. ‘Ford More Years’ is a brilliant satirical pastiche of Ford’s now well-known comments over the past year defending himself over his reckless behaviour.

 It’s a shame that the song wasn’t able to be included on The Motherland because it would have provided a natural coda to the album’s overarching theme of how much Canada’s image has been manipulated over the past decade through the actions of those in power.


New Releases – Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

June 10th, 2014

Toronto four-piece hard rock band Sumo Cyco release their full-length debut ‘Lost in Cyco City’. Fronted by former teen-pop sensation Skye Sweetnam their sound blends heavy metal guitars with in your face blast beats, dance hall rhythms, all topped off with Skye’s molten lava vocals. Watch their official video for lead single ‘Go Go Go’. Two of Strange Music Inc.’s most prolific rappers ¡Mayday! x MURS come together on their first collab effort ‘MURSDAY’. Go behind the scenes with the crew that put together the record with the official Making Of video. Watch the official video for ‘Tabletops’ here. German metal band U.D.O. pay tribute to their legions of Russian fans with ‘Steelhammer Live From Moscow’. The live DVD/Blu-ray features cuts from their latest album ‘Steelhammer’, fan favourites and old classics not played for a long time all performed by the rejuvenated lineup. Watch a clip of the band playing ‘Go Back To Hell’ from the concert.

Sumo Cyco ‘Lost In Cyco City’ Digital CD
¡Mayday! x MURS ‘MURSDAY’ Digital CD
U.D.O. ‘Steelhammer Live From Moscow’ Digital 2CD+DVD 2CD+Blu-ray

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Vanishing Point ‘In Thought’ CD
Vanishing Point ‘The Fourth Season’ CD
Elvenking ‘The Pagan Manifesto’ Digital CD 2CD
Selwyn Birchwood ‘Don’t Call No Ambulance’ Digital CD
Dust Bolt ‘Awake The Riot’ Digital CD
Bloody Hammers ‘Under Satan’s Sun’ Digital CD
Testament ‘Dark Roots of Thrash’ Digital 2CD 2CD+DVD
Vader ‘Tibi Et Igni’ Digital CD
Equilibrium ‘Erdentempel’ Digital CD
The Prestige ‘Ecotone’ Digital CD
Canibus ‘Fait Accompli’ Digital CD
X-Raided ‘Psychoactive 2′ Digital CD

Sumo Cyco Release Debut LP ‘Lost In Cyco City’ June 10

June 5th, 2014

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“Long before the first guitar riff, front woman Sever’s honey dripping sex appeal pulls you in. Sumo Cyco’s infectious rage rock lit up the Bovine Sex Club as Sever channeled every fiber of early Gwen Stefani with her mind bending vocals making every number a theatrical narration.” - John Perfetto,

Sumo Cyco is a four-piece female fronted hard rock band from Toronto. Their sound blends heavy metal guitars with in your face blast beats, dance hall rhythms, all topped off with molten lava female vocals. The band’s full-length debut album ‘Lost in Cyco City’ is produced by Matt Drake (Dodger, illScarlett).

Some may be surprised to learn that front woman Sever is the alter ego of Skye Sweetnam, the former teen-pop sensation, who signed to Capitol Records and EMI (Sony/ATV) Publishing at the age of fourteen. Skye performed in over 25 countries and opened up for Britney Spears for 50 dates on the Onyx Hotel Tour, all before her 17th birthday.

Stream ‘Lost in Cyco City’ here and pre-order the album on iTunes here.


New Releases – Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

June 3rd, 2014

listeSan Francisco-based producer Blackbird Blackbird has released his new album ‘Tangerine Sky’ on Om Records. Mikey Maramag is taking the album on a North American tour starting in LA June 14, with dates in Montreal July 4 & Toronto July 5. Listen to the sparkling ninth album track ‘Rare Candy’ on his SoundcloudKing Buzzo, legendary frontman and founding member of The Melvins, is making his solo acoustic debut with his new record ‘This Machine Kills Artists’. The 17-track album kicks off with ‘Dark Brown Teeth’ which Rolling Stone says “has the doomy, ill-angled, Beefheartian edge his band is renown for.” Buzz said of the drastic shift in direction “I have no interest in sounding like a crappy version of James Taylor or a halfassed version of Wood y Guthrie.” Night Slugs and Warp present the new ‘Your Charizmatic Self’ EP from DJ BOK BOK, his first new release since 2011′s ‘Southside’ EP. The producer paired with red-hot vocalist Kelela for single ‘Melba’s Call’, watch the video here. Listen to the 2LP’s D-side ‘Da Foxtrot’ and see his upcoming tour dates here.

Blackbird Blackbird ‘Tangerine Sky’ Digital CD
King Buzzo ‘This Machine Kills Artists’ Digital CD
Bok Bok ‘Your Charizmatic Self’ Digital 2LP Vinyl

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Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:
Royal Wood ‘The Burning Bright’ Digital Vinyl
Language Arts ‘Wonderkind’ Digital Vinyl
Ann Nesby ‘Living My Life’ CD
Colleen Rennison ‘See The Sky About To Rain’ CD
Smoke Fairies ‘Smoke Fairies’ Digital 2LP Vinyl
Rescuer ‘Anxiety Answering’ CD Vinyl
Nightmares ‘Suspiria’ CD