[Synth-Pop] Great Good Fine OK – Not Going Home

Great Good Fine Ok
Not Going Home

It’s hard to believe that with such a gigantic blogosphere buzz storm behind them last year that Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine OKs latest bubblegum sweet offering “Not Going Home” is only their second official single. Nevertheless, we’re thrilled to finally ring in 2014 with them, especially on the heels of undeniably alluring single “You’re The One For Me”, which racked up over 500k plays on Soundcloud and spawned a few incredible remixes as well. GGFO’s sound is surely in its infancy, but the pair no doubt emit an electric ability to pull a smile and head-bouncing nod on the same level as any of their bouncy pop contemporaries. “Not Going Home” tugs on that same quality, but is immediately commanding in the most lovely of feelgood indie-pop ways. An airy synth paces the emotive jaunt to the first bridge simultaneously serving as an aural tunnel into their first atmospheric chorus like Sonic the Hedgehog sprinting the barrel in an 8-Bit Emerald bonus round. About the tune the duo was quoted as saying  “Not Going Home’ was written in a similar way [to “You’re The One”] . This time about not taking chances on being happy and living your dreams. You’ve got to fight for it. This song means a whole lot to us and we couldn’t be more excited to share it!” Hop on this one before anyone else above, and you can bet we’ll be all over any future releases from Great Good Fine OK.

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[Chill/House] Local Natives – Ceilings (Sebastian Carter Remix)

Local Natives
Ceilings (Sebastian Carter Remix)

Swiss producer Sebastian Carter’s name is one deeply resonant within the confines of TMN, and at only 19 years of age his production potential flashes a limitless quality. As we’ve seen a recent shift in the underground from much of the harder and grimier dance sounds, more melody driven electronic artists like Sebastian Carter are carving out an educated and loyal following; especially behind tracks like his latest remix of Local Natives‘ “Ceilings”. The tune kicks off with a four-four kick and washy vocal pad leading into the  hypnotic reverberations of Taylor Rice which gracefully span across Carter’s soundscape in perfect harmony. You really just can’t help but lose yourself in its beauty, which is immediately why our Ninja faithful must share in that feeling as well. Cop a free download here, and since you’ve already made it this far, stream Sebastian Carter’s remix of “Ceilings” above.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2014 Round #1)



Tuesdays are already better than Mondays, because well…they aren’t Mondays. But having an Indie Dojo to accompany you on your “glad it’s no longer Monday” journey might just be the cherry on top. So go on….Enjoy your day.

Racing Glaciers
Moths (Single Version)
Got To My Head
Miss Teen Massachusetts (We The Wild Remix)
Yumi Zouma
A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers
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Exclusive Interview with TMN Resident Artist Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman by Pip for Dirty Hit Records
Marika Hackman
'81 (Joanna Newsom cover)

As we wind down our Residency with Miss Marika Hackman, we had the opportunity to shoot over a few choice questions, in hopes of getting to know this unique and alluring artist a little bit better. From her musical upbringing to who some of her biggest influences were, check out what this indie UK artist had to say.

TMN: First and foremost, we can’t tell you how excited we were to have you as our Resident Artist for this month. You’re not only our first female musician, but also our first non-EDM artist. We realize we’re not the only blog that’s given you love though, so talk to us about what the blogosphere and Hype Machine means to smaller artists such as yourself.

MH: I think they’re incredibly important as they provide an instant platform for up and coming artists, especially those without backing from a label or management. It’s great to know that there are blogs with real clout in the industry constantly searching for new exciting stuff, and sharing it.

TMN: So, we have to imagine that you had a musical upbringing as a child. Were your parents musically gifted, or did they just notice your talents at a young age?

MH: yeah both of my parents play a variety of instruments, and my grandparents too. We always had music playing in the house when i was growing up so its been at the forefront of my life for a while. I started having piano lessons when i was about 4 which also gave me a musical understanding from a very young age, although i was never particularly good at it. i then went on to have lessons in the bass guitar and drums, so i guess my parents were keen to let me explore the more musical side of myself.

TMN: Walk us through being a teenage Marika Hackman. What were you listening to? What were you dressed like? What kinds of kids did you run around with?

MH: i think i had two or three versions of the same navy blue hoody so that i could wash them on a rota which meant i could wear one every day haha. quite the fashionista. I guess i was really getting into Laura Veirs at that point, and the Shins as well. I think i just had both of them on repeat for a good few years. I went to quite a progressive school and it was very small so there weren’t really any cliques or anything like that, so most of the people i hung out with just normal teenagers i suppose.

TMN: Fast forward to working with Dirty Hit. This label has churned out some really impressive artists. What does it mean to you having them at your back, supporting you along the way?

MH: Its amazing to know that i have people behind me who understand what i’m trying to achieve, and who are trying to pave the way for me to do that rather than put their stamp all over me. i guess it’s just nice to know that my artistic integrity will never be put on the line and i can knuckle down and focus on writing the songs i want to write.

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[NEW] Coldplay – Magic


When Coldplay first debuted the music video for “Midnight” last week, fans were left both impressed and puzzled with the band’s new sound. Drawing countless comparisons to Bon Iver, many of us didn’t know what to make of it, and began wondering about the possibilities of a new album, as well as what sonic direction we could expect from the group going forward. Well, today we can at least get some of those questions answered, as the UK natives have announced plans to release their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, on May 19th. Accompanying that piece of news is the album’s first single, “Magic.” Harnessing plenty of charm and positive vibes delivered through Chris Martin‘s soft, angelic falsetto, “Magic” sounds a little more like the Coldplay we’re familiar with.

Pre-orders for Ghost Stories are already available on iTunes, and those who purchase the album will be able to get a copy of “Magic” today.

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[Soul] RKCB – Comatose


Alright, ninjas. Before you pull yourself off of the couch, as you gracefully embrace your lazy Saturday afternoon, we’d like you to throw this tune on. If you have your main squeeze with you, this experience will be even better.

While we don’t have much information on RKCB, we can tell you this: his first release is simply stunning. Calling on similarities of RY X and James Vincent McMorrow, this modern day crooner has a soul-soothing voice that conveys a sultry premise that will perfectly fit into your “Bedroom Playlist.” With a simplistic, pulsing beat, “Comatose” instantly grabs your attention, making you want to look up the lyrics before you’re even done listening to it.

When the time is right, try throwing this tune on this evening. It’s sure to bring satisfactory results.

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[Shoe Gaze] The Mary Onettes – Naive Dream

The Mary Onettes
Naive Dream

You say Sweden, I say ABBA. Well, gone are those days. Nordic noise has been making waves around European shores for quite some time. So have The Mary Onettes, since their debut EP emerged in 2005, to be precise.

Taken from their forthcoming mini-album Portico, out 4th of March: Naive Dream is pure shoe-gaze pleasure. With simmering ecstasies and a wall of woozy bliss, The Mary Onettes give hope to anyone with a hazy 80’s indie revival dream. Residues of Echo And The Bunnymen and all the distorted fizzyness of The Cure persist, but a beautiful ethereal fuzz is what prevails.

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