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Bike Thief – The Burning Past [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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BIKE THIEF
The Burning Past

Keep Portland weird!

While we’ve never actually ventured to the aforementioned city, which is forever immortalized by the one of the greatest shows, Portlandia, we do know that it’s rife with talented musicians. After having heard countless talented indie rock, folk, and experimental acts, we’re fully on board with what Stumptown has to offer. Not only by way of music, but also by way of donuts. We recently were graced with a Voodoo Donuts here in Denver, which has furthered our adoration.

Comprised of five members, this experimental indie rock outfit has a unique sound that’s solidified by their crooning vocals and a playful mix of charging electric guitar work laid over classical strings. One listen through to Bike Thief’s “The Burning Past” should give you ample insight into the roots of this band, which were dreamed up (assumedly over a craft beer or delicious Pinot Noir) by multi-instrumentalist Febian Perez. Aside from the brainy compilation of instrumentation, the naming was also developed by Febian, after being inspired by the Italian film “The Bicycle Thieves.”

This complex tune, which is due out at the end of this month, comes off of their debut LP, Stuck in a Dream. To accompany this dark, yet powerful tune, the band has enlisted the work of Benjamin Violet, who is known for his work with indie rock giants like Of Montreal, The Polyphonic Spree, and Kishi Bashi.

The end result can be seen below, in a glowing, bizarre, yet completely wonderful visual interpretation of “The Burning Past.”

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[Just Stop] Basecamp – Shudder (Goodnight Cody Remix)

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Basecamp
Shudder (Goodnight Cody Remix)

Goodnight Cody, just stop. Can you just stop it already? Enough with the glorious future bass stylings. We’ve had it up to here with your epic, cinematic synth work. Can’t you just give us a break? “Shudder” is just too much. We can’t even.

The fact that this often quirky Los Angeles producer had me riled up and talking like a 19 year old is definitely a notable feat. Having stumbled across this track in a casual soundcloud deep-dive session, I couldn’t help but get completely lost in this remix. The vocal sampling is superb, providing a percussion-like cadence in the intro of the song.

Sultry, swanky, and full of swagger, his interpretation walks along glowing synths and larger-than-life bass hits, which ultimately climax into something worthy of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie. While I’ve sworn never to see another Transformers flick, I would admittedly check it out if this was in the trailer. Well, that and the whole Megan Fox thing. I guess she can be somewhat convincing. Mainly Goodnight Cody, though. Yeah…

I digress. This tune is an absolute peach. Download it for free by clicking here.

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[Synth Pop] TROVES – Youth in Decay

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TROVES
Youth In Decay

If you’re reading this sentence, that probably means you made it through Monday. Regardless or not of whether we were unscathed in our epic conquest to get through the worst day of the week, looks like we made it.

Ok, most of you out there won’t get a Barry Manilow reference, and that’s a conversation for another day. However, TROVES is a name that you’re going to become familiar with. Not only with this song, but future releases to come as they hit the trajectory we think they’re going to, which ultimately will take them across the blogosphere and into the mainstream.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. We know what you’re thinking. “Music Ninja, you crazy. This is their debut song.” You’re correct in your assessment, however, take a gander at the melancholic pop structure that supports sultry vocals which boast an easily memorable hook. Coupled with those ear-grabbing poetic verses is a lightly danceable bassline, some near-french electro synths, and steady percussion work, and you can start to piece together what we’re talking about.

This may be the first time you hear of TROVES, but we can assure you that this certainly won’t be the last.

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Racing Glaciers – Don’t Wait for Me [TMN PREMIERE]

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It’s difficult to focus on much of anything as of late, considering the tremendous amount of turmoil the world is currently engulfed in. From the toxicity coming from ISIS to the uprising of an entire community over excessive use of force in Ferguson, humanity is slowly walking in the shadows of a dark time right now. It’s one that won’t be remedied any time soon, which is causing the collective mental state of those witnessing these times to feel incapacitated with grief, fear, and uncertainty.

It’s encouraged to do your part in helping others overcome these difficult times, making sure that you’re supportive of your community and even those that you may not be a part of. However, it’s also important for us to make time for ourselves, ensuring that we don’t succumb to the overwhelming negativity. For us, that escape has been and always will be music.

The sun is going to wake you up
Through the salt, I’m coming
And the sound is going to pick you up
Through the silence, I’m coming

With a bit of a melancholy morning on our hands, Macclesfield based five-piece Racing Glaciers have an aptly timed tune with this premiere. “Don’t Wait for Me” comes off their newest EP, which carries the name of this title track. Focused on vocal range and remarkable lyrical finesse, this song carries a heavy sound brought to life with interspersed sections of crystal-clean guitar work and an absolutely stunning solo. The drums start off a bit understated, only to follow a truly cinematic path, surging alongside the guitar solo with heavy cymbal work.

As you carry on throughout your day, remember that music can be one of the most therapeutic things for your mind, body and soul. Take some time for yourself and get lost, if only for a few minutes.

 

Dont Wait For Me
Animal
First Light
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 8/14 – 8/16

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Bad Boy Bill - Aug 14
Bad Boy Bill
Can You Feel It (Remix)

Genetix + Coffi - August 15
Genetix ft. Padman
Aristocracy

Behrouz - August 16
Carl Kennedy & Tommy Trash
Blackwater (Behrouz Ibiza White Ireland Mix)
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[Ticket Giveaway] Little Daylight, Young Rising Sons, Motion Trap – Larimer Lounge 8/15

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It’s that time again. We have a couple of hot little tickets in our ninja glove covered hands, and we really need to hook one of our lucky fans up. This time around, we’re offering up two tickets to what is shaping up to be one hell of a show at Larimer Lounge. Opening up will be local Denver outfit Motion Trap, who are an instrumental electronic act. Playing the middle will be one of our new favorites, Young Rising Sons, who will provide catchy indie rock anthems left and right. If you haven’t checked them out yet, it won’t be long before you’re not only familiar, but also unaware as to how you know every lyric to their songs.

Closing out the night is Little Daylight, who are coming in all the way from Brooklyn NY. This trio (Nikki Taylor, Matt Lewkowicz, Eric Zeiler) have seen tremendous success in the blogosphere with choice remixes of artists like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Neighbourhood, and also have garnered a significant following through their infectious synth-driven pop originals.

Winner will be contacted by email tomorrow, Friday (8/15) at 10:00AM Mountain Time. PLEASE CHECK YO EMAIL, PEOPLE. This is the only way we can get a hold of you. If the winner does not reply by 11:00AM, we’ll go onto the next person.


UPDATE: Contest is closed. A winner has been notified via email


There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 18 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
- You must sing “I’m a Little Teapot” in a Ron Burgandy-esque voice while waiting in line.
- We were kidding on that last one. However, if you do accomplish that, you will forever live in TMN contest infamy.



Good luck, ninjas!

Motion Trap
Styrofoam
Young Rising Sons
High
Little Daylight
My Life
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Gregori Klosman, Albin Myers & Tristan Garner – Pressure [TMN PREMIERE]

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Gregori Klosman, Albin Myers & Tristan Garner
Pressure (Available August 18)

Over here in the states, we’re either getting ready to head out to lunch or looking for that much-needed afternoon pick-me-up. If you’re out in Europe, you might be gearing up for a random Wednesday night out with your crew. Regardless of which situation you’re currently facing, this European powerhouse collaboration will suit you well.

“Pressure” is due out next Monday on by way of Sander Van Doorn’s DOORN Records, and it’s already garnering support from some of the biggest names in EDM. Avicii, Martin Garrix, Dada Life, and Sander Van Doorn have all generously complimented the work from Gregori Klosman, Albin Meyers and Tristan Garner, throwing it on in their sets, podcasts and radio shows.

The tune itself is ripe for devastating clubs and festivals, boasting a banging four-to-the-floor kick, driving bassline, and gritty, industrial style synths waiver in and out. With a heavy focus on percussion work and a well-timed and expertly sampled vocals, “Pressure” cooks up an undeniable energy which is sure to please the ears, hearts and feet of all that give it a listen.

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