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Acclaimed roots music label Stony Plain Records announces a June 16 U.S. release date for Carnero Vaquero, the 13th album from iconic Canadian singer/songwriter Ian Tyson.

The late blues singer John Lee Hooker, asked at age 85 whether he planned to retire, told a reporter: “It’s too late to quit now.” That may well be the motto of Ian Tyson, whose ongoing career began in the folk music boom of the early ‘60s.

Now 81, Tyson has just recorded a new album for Edmonton-based Stony Plain Records — and he still plays some 40 concerts a year as well as manages the Tyson Cattle Ranch south of Calgary. U.S. dates on his upcoming tour in support of the new album’s release include May 16 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA; and July 16 at The City Winery in New York City.

Carnero Vaquero includes 10 songs that can be described as true and clear as the western sky, the foothills of the Rockies and the changing cowboy tradition. The album’s title — “Carnero” is the Spanish word for ram, and “Vaquero” is Spanish for cowboy, and, indeed, the cowboy tradition, particularly in the south-western United States — is an accurate indication of the music.

The songs range from the traditional (“Doney Girl”) to co-writes with Calgary’s Kris Demeanor. There are five new Ian Tyson songs, as well as a tuneful remake of “Darcy Farrow” (originally recorded in the early ‘60s Ian & Sylvia folk duo days). “Wolves No Longer Sing” is written with Tom Russell — the pair co-wrote “Navajo Rug,” one of Tyson’s biggest hits.

Tyson’s voice, which has recovered from the accident that severely damaged it in 2007, recorded the album with his core touring band. Instead of a formal studio, Tyson cut most of the CD in a 100-year-old stone building, a mile down a gravel road from his ranch house; it’s the building where Tyson works every day when he’s not on the road. “I think that the ghosts of all the songs I’ve written here approve of the new ones,” he says.

JUNO nominated and critically acclaimed Canadian duo, Lost and Profound weave their melancholy sound once again to create their latest album, Goodbye Mine which will be released May 12, 2015. Lead singer Lisa Boudreau and songwriter Terry Tompkins co-produced the album at Revolution Recording in Toronto. The album was engineered by Dean Nelson, best known for his work with Beck and mixed at Prairie Sun Studios in California by Grammy award winning engineer, Oz Fritz. Fritz’s extensive resume includes The Ramones, Tom Waits, Bob Marley and John Cale. This is the band’s fifth album and their first album in a decade. They pressed vinyl on this release, reflecting its old school vibe and psychedelic rock sound.

“This record has a 70s vibe. We love the sound of early 70s albums like the early Bowie and ELO records and used those as our benchmark for how we wanted the album to sound,” says Terry Tompkins. “It was fun to have the string section in to play the George Martin inspired arrangements and for Lisa and Darrell O’Dea to create the beautiful backing vocals”
Often referred to as the Rock Carpenters due to Lisa’s vocals along with the melancholy vibe of the songs, Lost and Profound’s latest album, Goodbye Mine, blends sounds from different musical genres such as folk, rock and sunshine pop. Boudreau’s vocals are reminiscent of Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, PJ Harvey and Beth Gibbons, and when matched with Tompkins’ visually evocative lyrics, the result takes listeners on a beautiful, emotional journey. Lost and Profound combine piano, organ, trumpet, harmonium and strings, along with the core band to create an edgy yet sparse ambience. Some of the band’s musical influences include: Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys, Leonard Cohen, My Bloody Valentine and Tame Impala.

“This record will make an amazing transition from album to stage,” says Lisa Boudreau. “It’s an exciting time for us musically and we can’t wait to play these songs live.”

Lost and Profound’s origins are in the underground music scene in Calgary, where Terry Tompkins and Lisa Boudreau first collaborated as the Psychedelic Folk Virgins. They relocated to Toronto in 1985, independently releasing their tequila-fueled premiere The Bottled Romance of Nowhere. Polygram Records discovered the band and released their major label debut Lost & Profound, resulting in a Top 10 single “Brand New Set of Lies” and a JUNO Award Nomination. They had two subsequent releases, and then recorded as Red Suede Red for their 2002 album. Their tours included a music video shoot and Much Music special in Varanasi, India along the Ganges. Lost and Profound fuses pop, folk and rock genres to create their sound. In their other lives, Lisa is an in-demand voice actor and singer, and Terry is a composer and producer for film and television. Collaborating with several Toronto based musicians including guitarist Joao Carvalho, a long-time collaborator who also mastered the album, drummer John Obercian, multi-instrumentalist Darrell O’Dea, fiddle player Chris Bartos, bassist Greg Roberts, backing singers Renee Rowe and Kesha Wint plus a string section, Lost and Profound will once again enchant listeners with their combination of evocative sounds and eloquent vocals on their upcoming album “Goodbye Mine”.

Goodbye Mine is the first vinyl for Lost and Profound after four previous albums, including their debut self titled album Lost and Profound, which launched with a Top 10 single “Brand New Set of Lies” and landed them a Juno nomination. The band will be touring Spring/Summer 2015. Show dates will be updated on their website.


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Goodbye Mine Track List:
1.Superhuman
2. Until it Broke
3. Goodbye Mine
4. Love’s Hard Landing
5. Iodine
6. Jewel
7. Bad Sister
8. Alcohol
9. Rover
10. Spectre

What Happened, Miss Simone? is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. Directed by Academy Award-nominated Liz Garbus (Killing In The Name), it’s an authorized documentary – made in cooperation with Simone’s family and close colleagues, so expect a lot of never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs. It has a release date set for June 26, so mark it down.

Daniel Johns was ‘silent’ for 8 years, but today he announced that his long-awaited album will be called TALK. People can hear it May 22.

TALK will be launched with two special shows at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on May 28 and 29 as part of the Vivid Festival in Australia.

In the meantime, there’s an uplifting and uptempo love song … “Cool On Fire” …  co-written and produced by Lorde/Jarryd James collaborator Joel Little. That new single is released today. Listen to it here:

During those long, silent years there was lots of speculation about what Daniel was doing. The enigmatic singer/songwriter removed himself from radar. Rumors were rife.

“Some of the rumors were probably true,” he chuckles. Which ones? “Well, anyone who wants to listen to the new songs will figure it out pretty quick. It’s been an interesting ride.”

TALK tells that story in a brand new way. Gone are the big guitars and roaring rock vocals; in their place, urban beats and aching falsetto croons. Dollops of lush R&B are laced with cruisy electro flavors and some dark glitchy bedroom production touches to create a stylish take on modern soul.

Asked to explain this Bowie-esque genre hopping and he eventually says, “Music’s the best way I know to express how I think and feel but over time you don’t think and feel all the same things in the same ways so the music has to change.” 

From teen grunge sensations, through orchestral rock to baroque pop, Daniel Johns was never scared to completely reinvent himself. Even so, there is a core thread that unites all of his work – a raw and unfiltered emotional honesty. A direct line can be drawn from his best ‘spill-your-guts’ ‘90s tunes, including “Israel’s Son” and “Ana’s Song” through later Silverchair classics such as “The Greatest View” and “Straight Lines” into new tracks like “Too Many” and “Preach.” All talk of dark days with a distinctly searing quality.

To borrow a line from TALK’s lyrical cornerstone, “Preach,” Daniel may “find it hard to breathe the truth,” but he’s never been afraid to sing it.

The eclectic mix of sounds and styles on this new album reflect the array of collaborators that he brought on board. Lorde and Broods producer/co-writer Joel Little brings his breezy grooves to key tracks like “Cool On Fire,” “Warm Hands” and the first song to be lifted off the album, “Aerial Love.” Melbourne underground duo Damn Moroda and influential writer/producer Louis School helped create tracks like “Goin’ On 16,” “We Are Golden,” “Too Many” and the epic “New York,” while Presets mainman (and co-writer of “Straight Lines”Julian Hamilton helped pen two of the album’s most immediate moments – “By Your Side” and “Dissolve.” 

But it is the songs created with local hip hop icons Styalz and M-Phazes that push the envelope farthest. Deep grooves such as “Imagination,” “Chained” and “Faithless” find Daniel stepping into  “futuristic R&B” territory.

Throw in a few quieter moments like “Sleepwalker” and “Good Luck” and you’re left with a sprawling, but still densely packed, body of work. It’s highly musical and often highly confessional as one would expect from Daniel Johns and yet, at the same time, it’s still profoundly shocking; particularly to those accustomed to the instant gratification norms of most 21st century pop.

Aptly enough, the first songs to be lifted from TALK have already provoked mountains of online chatter. For every music lover excited to hear radically different work by Daniel there are a couple of others ‘trolling’ him for not endlessly churning out the same sounds since his mid-teens.

“I’ve always felt like most people hate everything I do, but thankfully there’s always been an enthusiastic minority who seem to ‘get’ it. That’s fine with me. Anything that appeals to everyone tends to suck anyway.”

 “What’s funny is that when Silverchair released frogstomp most people went out of the way to tell me how much it sucked. Then when we made DIORAMA a few years later everyone started telling me how I should go back to making frogstomp. I guess now I’ll be told to go back and make DIORAMA again!”

“That was part of why I picked the album title too, by the way. I don’t really care what most people think. Let them talk.”

 

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Toronto’s Diemonds are extremely excited to announce the release of their new album ‘Never Wanna Die’ available August 14th 2015. The hard rock outfit locked themselves in the studio with Juno award winning Producer Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Billy Talent) to meticulously craft the follow up to their debut record ‘The Bad Pack’.

 

“Working with Eric Ratz was a rad experience for us. We’ve never had the chance to work with a producer and he definitely helped us find the best way to showcase our new songs. We’ve come a long way since the last record, so we can’t wait to get this album out there!” – C.C. Diemond

 

The band has most recently licensed a deal with Entertainment One Canada through Underground Operations for release and is amped to get back to doing what they do best, hitting the road. They will kick off this cycle by premiering numerous tracks at their Canadian Music Week headline show, Midnight Friday May 8th at The Hideout, 484 Queen W, Toronto ON.  Album pre-sale info is coming soon.

Track Listing:

  1. Never WannaDie
  2. Hell Is Full
  3. Over It
  4. Ain’tThat Kinda Girl
  5. Secret
  6. Better Off Dead
  7. Forever Untamed
  8. Wild At Heart
  9. Meet Your Maker
  10. Save Your Life

 

Risking their safety and sanity for rock n’ roll please welcome Toronto’s wild and young…” – Classic Rock Magazine

Diemonds calls downtown Toronto their home, but they live for criss-crossing the continent for weeks on end, armed with little more than their brand of original hard rock, their gear and a dream. With their 3rd album ‘Never Wanna Die’ slated for release on August 14th, 2015, the band continues to modernize their heavy rock n’ roll sound. This time, multiple Juno award-winner Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Billy Talent) is in the producer chair. Remaining true to their sound, Diemonds takes lyrics that speak to the outcasts, wild childs, and misfits, and combines them with a hard-hitting live show, taking cues from the greats they look up to.

Priya Panda, the bands front woman, is the sultry singer that the music world has never been so poised for. Every time she steps on stage she walks the indeterminable fine line between class and crass. With her larger-than-life presence, she breaks every cultural, social, gender and sexual boundary known to hard rock. If the ever growing legions of the band’s loyal following, known as “Die-Hards”, are any indication, Priya and the rest of her bandmates are firmly carving their own path in music and hoards of rock fans are already along for the ride.

Diemonds’ previous full-length effort, “The Bad Pack”, was released October 2012 and has taken them on countless North American tours in support of it. Diemonds are known for their relentless touring schedule and their “leave everything on the stage” live show attitude. Notable tour stops at festivals include Heavy MTL, SXSW, NXNE, Vans Warped Tour, Rocklahoma, Seattle Hempfest and most recently The KISS Kruise w/ KISS & Cheap Trick. Additionally, there has been no shortage of support slots for legends like Slash, Steel Panther, Sebastian Bach, & many more!

 

Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Demetria McKinney has signed a label deal with Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Coming fresh off of her first season on Real Housewives, Demetria is now gearing up to take the music world by storm.

McKinney’s hugely successful debut single “100” featuring Da Brat soared to #4 on the iTunes R&B Chart after she performed the song on the show, while her current single “Trade It All” continues to gain momentum. McKinney has become a hot commodity as a recording artist, and was recently added to R Kelly’s Black Panties tour and to this summer’s Funkfest tour.

“This is a dream come true for me, McKinney states. “I’m so grateful to eOne, my team and Bravo TV for giving me the platform to share my music which has now culminated into me joining eOne. I look forward to my upcoming tours with R Kelly and Funkfest, as well as releasing some great music this summer.”

Alan Grunblatt, President of eOne Music, adds, “We are thrilled to be welcoming Demetria McKinney to the eOne family of artists. She has a beautiful voice and is a talented singer and actress.”

At eOne, Demetria will join fellow label mates such as The Game, DJ Drama, LeToya Luckett, Kenny Lattimore, Michelle Williams, and others. To see complete roster, go to www.eonemusic.com. She will release her debut album this summer.

McKinney is widely known for her role as Janine Payne on the hit TBS sitcom Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, which has taped over 254 episodes and received five NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom. She can currently be seen in a recurring roles on shows such as Lifetime’sDevious Maids, TV One’s The Rickey Smiley Show and USA’s Necessary Roughness.

Even though her acting career keeps her very busy, Demetria always makes time for her first love: music. Over the past few years she has recorded and performed with artists such as Musiq Soulchild, Lyfe Jennings and Anthony David.

eOne Music has quickly grown to become North America’s largest independently owned and distributed record label. eOne Music covers all musical genres from adult-contemporary to rock, urban to country, metal to classical. The company has been able to rapidly capitalize on the widening gap between major and independent labels by catering to established talent, production companies and franchises, as well as emerging artists. It has strategically positioned itself to successfully develop and market artists which benefit from the dynamic capabilities of smaller independents.

Midwest symphonic dream-prog duo, The Receiver, has revealed the initial details for its upcoming studio album, All Burn. All Burn – the group’s debut on progressive powerhouse, Kscope – will release on June 23 in North America. A teaser trailer can be seen here:

 

Comprised of brothers Casey (vocals, synths/keyboards, bass) and Jesse Cooper (drums & vocals), the siblings call All Burn their “best material to date which focuses on a dreamier aesthetic than our earlier work.”

All Burn is also the first self-produced Receiver album, with mixing handled by Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Foster the People, Karen O) and mastering by Brian Lucey (Sigur Ros, The Shins, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys).

Commented Jesse Cooper: “We’re hoping our fans will think this album was worth the wait! It’s the first time we’ve completely self-produced one of our albums, and we feel we got it right. This album is on the more ambient and groovier side, but is still undeniably a Receiver album. We feel it’s our best work to date, from music to concept. We wanted to make an album with a collection of songs that are able to stand alone by themselves, but also had a cohesiveness to listen to as a complete piece of work. The end goal was to create an album that stands the test of time.”

“A lot of music out there is one and done,” added Casey. “It might be really catchy at first, but it’s so instantly gratifying that it loses its luster after a few repeated listens. Our hope is that our music is catchy, but to always have layers that don’t demand attention upon first listen. The goal is to provide a lot for the listener to comb through over time – music to get lost in for a while.”

For a taste of what’s to come, check out the band’s stripped down performance of the upcoming album’s title track on the ‘Mug & Brush Sessions':

The brainchild of Jim Morris, owner of The Mug & Brush barbershop in Columbus, Ohio, the sessions are an independent music video series featuring national and local Columbus artists, performed in the barber shop. Sessions are engineered and mixed by Keith Hanlon.

Track Listing:

  1. Drift
  2. Transit
  3. To Battle an Island
  4. Collector
  5. Dark Matter
  6. April Blades
  7. The Summit
  8. Let It Dry
  9. All Burn
  10. How to be Young
  11. These Days

Formed in 2005 at The Ohio State University, The Receiver released its debut album, Decades, in 2006 on the New York-based, Stunning Models On Display Records. The duo returned with the sophomore offering, Length of Arms, in 2009 through Vital Music Records.

The Receiver is an incredibly active touring partnership, having played throughout North America and sharing the stage with notable acts such as St. Vincent, Midlake, The Album Leaf, Mono, Dawes, Royal Canoe, Maserati, Telefon Tel Aviv, Mr. Gnome and Operators to name a few, as well as performing at 2014’s CMJ Festival in New York.

The brothers have been featured on MTV2’s “Bands on The Rise,” and have songs included on the FX Network’s series, Dirt, as well as a number of independent shorts and films.

 

Refused are fucking alive. There’s no escape. The Iconic Swedish hardcore band are releasing Freedom, their first new album in 17 years on June 30 via Epitaph.  Listen to the first new song “Elektra” now:

Pre-orders for Freedom, including a limited edition exclusive CD package that includes a 28 page hardbound book, exclusive artwork with gold foil stamping, and a double sided poster is available at refusedstore.com.

In 1998 Refused released their iconic album The Shape of Punk to Come. It was also the year that the band broke up and declared “Refused Are Fucking Dead“. Fourteen years later, the band reignited in 2012 for a Coachella performance. The group started contemplating new music within the first four months of the reunion tour, a process greatly aided by the fact that drummer David Sandström, guitarist Kristofer Steen, and bassist Magnus Flagge had already been writing together informally for several years under the auspices of a new, vocal-less band.

The Shape of Punk to Come has become one of the most influential albums in decades, fusing punk,  metal, hardcore, techno, jazz, emo, and hip-hop into a meld of intricate, politically charged punk that has graced ‘best of’ lists since its release. Refused’s most critically acclaimed album exploded on the scene with the jaw-dropping hardcore anthem “New Noise,” which helped change the game forever by influencing a range of genres to this day.

Frontman Dennis Lyxzén states, “It’s not a reunion anymore. “This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.”

Drummer David Sandström adds, “Nobody wanted us to fuck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up. Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us.”

Freedom explodes out of the speakers with opening track “Elektra,” as Lyxzén throat-shredding declaration that “nothing has changed” catapults Refused into the 21st century. Production for Freedom was overseen by Nick Launay (Gang Of Four, Public Image Ltd., Nick Cave, and Arcade Fire. “Elektra” and “366” were produced and co-written by fellow Swede and longtime Refused fan Shellback, who has scored eight No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with artists such as Taylor Swift and Pink.

Refused returns to the US with a performance at the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas on May 24, followed by a sold out small club tour this spring. Additionally Refused will tour with Faith No More this summer. Full tour dates are below.

‘FREEDOM’ TRACK LIST:

  1. Elektra
  2. Old Friends / New War
  3. Dawkins Christ
  4. Françafrique
  5. Thought Is Blood
  6. War On The Palaces
  7. Destroy The Man
  8. 366
  9. Servants Of Death
  10. Useless Europeans

REFUSED SHOW DATES:

May 24 – Jun 05 Refused US club tour
Jul 30 – Aug 7 with Faith No More

May 02 Grozerock, Meerhout, Belgium
May 22 Ruhrpott Roden Open Air Festival, Hünxe, Germany
May 24 Las Vegas, NV – Punk Rock Bowling festival
May 25 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
May 26 West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre
May 28 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
May 29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
May 30 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
May 31 Chicago, IL – Double Door
Jun 01 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Jul 02 Gdynia, Poland, Opener Festival
Jun 03 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Jun 04 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun 05 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Jun 20 Amnesia Rock Fest, Montebello, QC, Canada
Jun 27 Provinssi, Seinäjoki, Finland
Jul 02 Gdynia, Poland, Opener Festival
Jul 11 Rock im Ring Festival, Collalbo, Italy
Jul 16 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
Jul 17 Slottsfjell, Tonsberg, Norway
Jul 18 Bukta Tromso Open Air Festival, Tromso, Norway
Jul 30 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park
Jul 31 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
Aug 01 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center
Aug 02 Columbia, MA – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug 04 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Aug 05 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Aug 07 Toronto, ON – Ricoh Coliseum
Aug 28 Leeds Festival, UK
Aug 29 Pure & Crafted Festival, Gräfenhainichen, Germany
Aug 30 Reading Festival, UK

 

Jamaican imprint Tad’s Record replenishes the roots reggae music movement with its latest release Roots Reggae Revivalists Vol. 1 – Various Artists, available worldwide in both digital and physical formats on April 24, 2015. Featuring the biggest names in reggae music currently, Roots Reggae Revivalists Vol. 1 sets the roots soundtrack for the year and is the only album where you will find all of your favorite reggae stars shining bright.

Jammed with 14 roots reggae gems, the compilation features the biggest songs from the top stars of the genre currently, including Chronixx with “Give Me A Try,” Tarrus Riley and Kabaka Pyramid with “Fly The Gate,” Sizzla with “Burn Schism,” Jah Cure with “Territory” and “Struggles,” I-Octane with “Jah Jah Mission,” Richie Spice with “Bad Weather,” Jesse Royal with “Singing the Blues” and I-Wayne with “Reggae Music/ Long Live Reggae,” just to name a few of the masterpieces on this must-have collection for roots reggae music lovers.

“Roots reggae music is back to take its rightful place,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “In the past three years, the reggae genre has shifted and we now see an abundance of quality roots music coming out. Roots Reggae Revivalists Vol. 1 presents top roots artist such as Chronixx, Kabaka Phyramid, Jah 9 and many more, and is a great album to release during this time.”

Roots Reggae Revivalists Vol. 1 is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon, and physical albums are available from selected stores globally, from Tad’s Record. For more information, please visit tadsrecord.com.

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TRACK LIST

1. Tarrus Riley and Kabaka Pyramid – Fly The Gate
2. Iba Mahr – Babylon Debating
3. Jah Cure – Territory
4. Chezidek – Damage
5. Jah Bouks – Black Bwoy/ Let Mi Go
6. Jesse Royal – Singing the Blues
7. Sizzla – Burn Schism
8. Richie Spice – Bad Weather
9. Chronixx – Give Me A Try
10. I-Octane – Jah Jah Mission
11. I-Wayne – Reggae Music/ Long Live Reggae
12. Jah Cure – Struggles
13. Fanton Mojah – Dem Neva Know
14. Jah 9 – Avocado

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK invites you to experience Kurt’s life, art and mind through his own unique lens, bringing you as close to the generation-defining icon as it’s possible to get. This first ever, fully-authorized documentary feature blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music (both his most famous and some that’s never been heard), written word, and never-before-seen home movies, with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes.

Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, WA, through the height of his fame, it creates an intense and powerful cinematic insight into an artist who craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame. Those of Kurt’s generation will learn things about him they never knew. Those who’ve discovered the man and his music more recently will understand what makes Kurt the lasting icon that he is. Just like the legendary frontman of Nirvana himself, KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK is authentic, visceral and unflinching. It will get into your head and stay there long after the end credits roll.

The film is being shown in 75 cinemas across the country, with screenings in all 10 provinces on May 7. For a full list of participating theatres, go here. To purchase tickets, go here.