[Rock] Tango Alpha Tango – Black Cloud

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I’ll quote Homer Simpson here, as I describe the effect that Black Cloud had on me:

“Now, when I listen to a really good song, I start nodding my head like I’m saying yes to every beat. ‘Yes! Yes! Yes, this rocks, this rocks!’ And then sometimes I switch up with ‘No! No! No, don’t stop a’ rockin!’”

Tango Alpha Tango is the most fun I’ve had in a long time. The four piece band from Portland is now giving hipsters permission to ditch the 80′s (those horrific, horizontally striped tank tops can officially die. Thank God) and go back in time to the early 70′s. Black Cloud is a loving homage to Led Zeppelin, Cream, Lynyrd Skynrd and pretty much everything that made music from the 70′s awesome. Expect aggressive blues and folk touches. Expect gritty vocals, swing beats flattened out into rock songs, guitar solos, keyboard additions. Expect…excuse me, I’m drooling on my keyboard.

“Black Cloud,” starts out with a twangy, bluesy guitar riff that instantly transports you to the deep south. The lyrics are a kick and the song bursts into a full blown rock song quickly. If you like New Orleans’ Clutch, you’ll love this track.  ”The Simplest Song,” showcases the band’s versatility: simple acoustic guitar work gives way to a male/female duet. The feeling is folky but not overly so.

Finally, I have to mention Tango Alpha Tango’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying.” Now, this listener is a huge Led Zeppelin fan and may or may not have a vinyl second pressing of IV hanging on his wall: I was really looking to zing this band for daring to cover the gods. But they did it so well I can’t fault them. Dammit. It’s freaking awesome. The mood of the song is somehow darker than the original and the structure is a little different. It’s almost like they took the mood of “No Quarter,” and transplanted into “In My Time of Dying.” It’s a creative, exceptional take on the original and I love it.

The band notes that the album is a concept one and should be listened from start to finish, but in all honesty I jumped around the first time and feel the album can be listened to either way (usually a sign of a good concept album). Obviously, this album worked very well for me, but anyone that likes well constructed music should dig this. 

I’m dying to see them live!

Black Cloud
Simplest Song

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[Trip Hop] Blue Stahli – Ghost of Love (David Lynch Cover)

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Blue Stahli
Ghost of Love (David Lynch cover) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Sometimes we find tracks that we absolutely love, and sometimes those tracks slip between the cracks. After being in this industry for a few years, we’ve come to realize that it’s just one of those things that happens. With that being said, we’re excited to finally be bringing you Blue Stahli’s cover of David Lynch’s “Ghost of Love”.

This free remix, which is a part of “B-Sides and Other Things I Forgot”, features the same strained vocal treatments that we loved about the original. It’s waivering, simplistic, and haunting, and Blue Stahli managed to encapsulate that with a modern twist. This is a far departure from this Detroit based producer, who is more well known for his cinematic, rock infused dance music style.

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[REMIX COMP] Bear Mountain – Congo

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Bear Mountain
Congo

Oh snap, ninjas! It’s time for a TMN hosted remix competition. This time around we’re pleased to present you with a chance to flex your creative muscles by remixing the Hypem dominating track “Congo” from Vancouver based Bear Mountain.

So, what’s in it for you, you ask? Well aside from the sense of satisfaction of defeating fellow producers, you’ll also receive these fabulous prizes: a Bear Mountain t-shirt, CD of their album “XO”, and 2 tickets to any Bear Mountain show of your choice (excluding festivals). They’ll also repost your remix on their Soundcloud page and blast it out on their social media outlets. On top of all of that, we’ll also feature it here on TMN.

Submissions will be taken until August 15th, but make sure to get yours in before you forget! You can even submit right below these very words, or you can just click here.

Click this link to download the stems, and get going!

Send us your sounds

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[Indie] The Naked and Famous – Hearts Like Ours

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Hearts Like Ours

As if taking three years to produce and release a new album wasn’t enough of a tease, the Auckland indie rockers intensified the anticipation from fans by posting an InstaVid to the preview of their new single “Hearts Like Ours”,  just one day before the debut of the full song.

Expect to replay this number successively. Particularly if you’ve been intoxicated by Alisa Xayalith‘s siren tone, as we have in the past. Their hit track, “Punching in a Dream” left quite the impression, having been featured in the influential video, Kony 2012. And we are sanguine about the upcoming release of the new album, which bears a most enticing tracklisting. Don’t believe us? See for yourself.

In Rolling Waves, September 16. Pre-order it now.

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[Alternative] Kings of Leon – Supersoaker

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Supersoaker

Yeah, it’s about time! After more than a two year long hiatus, Kings of Leon finally make a fitting return this season with the track, “Supersoaker.” The band had cancelled tours in 2011 when lead vocalist, Caleb Followil, was advised to rest his voice to prevent further damage. And what good advice it was. We’re glad to let you know that those familiar, signature, gravelly vocals are back, and here to amplify your summer playlists.

Revel in their performance last night on Jimmy Fallon, and save the date for the launch of their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, on 9/24. 

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2013 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaThere are not enough hours in the day, which equates to not enough hours in the week, which multiplies itself into years just flying by. When life gets way too overwhelming, come visit the Ninja for a second. Masters of time we may not be, but we can definitely come to aide in focusing your mind on the glorious sound of  indie music…

Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Vapour
SALTLAND
Treehouse Schemes
Hannah Karydas
Heavy
Robby Hunter Band
BUST
Memoir
Look Away
Wild Ones
Curse Over Me
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[Synth-Pop] Carousel – Before You

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Carousel
Before You

For the past few weeks synth-pop savantes Jackson Philips and Kevin Friedman, better known to most as Carousel, have been dropping tastes of their impending extended play Palms, which is getting all glossed up and mastered as we speak in time for an early August release. So far we’ve had the pleasure of premiering “Wolf’s Awake” and “Not Enough”; both of which made an appearance in the Hype Machine Top-Ten charts and as they say good things come in threes. So today, Carousel gifts to the world “Before You”, the third single to leak off of Palms. “Before You” follows a slow burning path, resulting in a tune that could quite honestly fall under a “dream-pop” tag. While most of their music is written to make you move, we cherish these ballads as songs we can hold onto and consume in a secluded bedroom. You should probably do the same, perhaps even with a special girl or boy.

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