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

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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.

Cathedrals
Harlem
Racing Glaciers
Moths (Single Version)
Waters
Got To My Head
SKATERS
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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Marika Hackman’s Five Favorite Songs [TMN RESIDENT ARTIST EXCLUSIVE]

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We love displaying all of the wonderful musical talent of our Resident Artists each and every month. However, sometimes we like to change it up and get to know what they like. We hit up Marika Hackman to see what she’s listening to at the moment, and she came back with five of her favorite songs. We loved the mix that she came up with, especially giving a nod to one of our all-time favorite tunes, “Caring is Creepy”.

Have a listen below, and keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive interview coming in the next few days!

Alt J
Bloodflood
Beach House
Zebra
Bon Iver
Michicant
Lykke Li
Love Out Of Lust
The Shins
Caring Is Creepy
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[Indie Rock] Ruben Haze – City of Dreams

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City Of Dreams

You might be asking yourself, “Wait a minute. Haven’t I heard this before?” Well, you’re right and you’re wrong. Yes, this tune was a big club record made famous by Dirty South and Alesso, but you actually haven’t heard this version of it, until now.

If you were curious about the mysterious Ruben Haze, we can cure what ails you by telling you that this is essentially a fabricated character, sketched out as a passion venture from the creative minds of Australian producer Dirty South, aka Dragan Roganovic and vocalist Rudy Sandapa (Let It Go/Phazing).

This highly anticipated full-length EP from Ruben Haze is a live orientated band project with each track seething with gently building string elements alongside ethereal vocals and infectious melodies. When asked about the project, the duo said

We wanted to give ourselves a platform to put out music for years. Music for the ages. Ruben Haze gives us a chance to do that and throughout the past year Ruben Haze has truly taken on a life of his own.

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