[Alternative] HUNNY – Cry For Me

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Cry For Me

Good, independent alternative tunes should never be in short supply, and thanks to newcomers like HUNNY, they never will be. This Cali-based sextet swings onto the scene with the upbeat force and swagger of a crunchier and more in your face Franz Ferdinand, and they waste no time in developing a catchy melody and upbeat demeanor with the new single, “Cry For Me.” Here we have a remedy for those winter blues with a song that not only is danceable, but a good time on every listen with unlimited replay value. HUNNY is beginning on a strong note for their SoundCloud debut, and we eagerly await their next unveiling. Hopefully, we’ll be able to grab a download in the near future, but until then, show these guys some love and let them know what you think!

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CRUISR – All Over (Bear//Face Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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All Over (Bear//Face Remix)

Part of our philosophy here at TMN is to give every sound a chance. As a pretty diverse blog, not limiting our music selection to a specific genre, we tend to receive a fairly large amount of submissions. But one thing we will promise is every single submission is heard.

As a result of the music assortment we provide, there are many occasions that we find an original track we fall in love with, and not much later we start receiving remix submissions with quite different takes on that same song. Only a few months ago we posted CRUISR’s indie rock piece, “All Over.” Today we bring you Bear//Face’s remix. Taking the original, which emanates nothing but Cali vibes, Bear//Face gives it euphoric, dream-like make-over that puts your ears in a musical nirvana.

If you like what you hear, make sure to catch CRUISR on their tour with X Ambassadors! Check out the tour dates below.

1/14 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
1/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
3/11 – Covington, KY @ The Madison Theatre*
3/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa*
3/14 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s*
(* with X Ambassadors)

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[Indie/Rock/Shoegaze] ohnomoon – Low [TMN Premiere]

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Low

While roughly half of our current staff here at TMN are mostly of the college age-range persuasion, some of us older Ninja cronies cut our proverbial teeth on more classic indie fare. Bands like Pavement, MBV, Primal Scream and Creation Records, Neutral Milk Hotel & the Elephant 6 collective, Wire and an absurd number of  other groups helped shape the standard scope through which this writer’s basis of taste was built. And so (after the long winded intro), needles to say, whenever an artist or band can conjure up those lofty comparisons to that aforementioned sound, well… we get a little excited. New York City four-piece ohnomoon have been crafting a hazy, durable stamp on guitar-pop for over three years, but make their TMN debut with the premiere of their latest record “Low”. “Low” is the lead single emanating from ohnomoon’s latest extended play -VVV- (which itself was backed by a successful indiegogo campaign), and serves as a welcome segue into their latest body of work.

While lead vocalist Kat Lee admittedly stated, “When Corey (ohnomoon’s lead guitarist)  gave me the demo, I immediately felt the guitar interplay was the backbone of the song. I did a take of one of the main guitar lines from the demo and made it my own, but the weaving relationship was there from the beginning.”; we can’t help but be wrapped up in the tune’s murky, sonic minutiae. From Lee’s reverb-treated, airy vocal track to every underlying kick and those untethered moments of atmospheric ambiance; there is a distinct weight to ohnomoon’s latest single. Corey Oliver elaborates: “‘Low’ was birthed out of an old Garageband demo that existed under the name ‘mbv’ for the longest time (about 5 years before My Bloody Valentine’s blissful follow up to Loveless). I sat down one Saturday morning intent on writing something My Bloody Valentine-esque, but gave up after it proved too difficult. I started playing the opening riff to ‘Low’ out of sheer frustration. The accompanying guitar line came later that afternoon. I couldn’t decide between two instrumental bridges so the song sat unfinished for about 6 years.” It seems as if those 6 years provided the necessary breathing room for one of our favorite songs to lurk out of ohnomoon’s camp since their inception, and one we think will strike a chord with our most intuitive of readers. ohnomoon is set to headline the Mercury Lounge in NYC on March 16 for a special EP release show (with tickets going on sale here this Friday), so we’ll be keeping an eye out for -VVV- as soon as it hits. Stream “Low” above.
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argonaut&wasp – Higher Ground [TMN PREMIERE + INTERVIEW]

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Higher Ground

There’s a song that has been in heavy rotation here at TMN HQ, and it has been since July of last year. We’ve been patiently waiting for a new song to appear from Burlington-based indietronic duo argonaut&wasp, and luckily for us, we’re getting to premiere that brand new song.

Dropping today out of your favorite musical dojo, “Higher Ground” is a delightful return to the blogosphere, providing a smooth, funky bassline, a powerful chorus, and light, accentuating synths. Harnessing elements from multiple genres, it brings us right back to where we were when we first heard tunes from members Trey and Theo.

Coupled with today’s premiere is a quick Q&A sesh with these two. Press play and enjoy the read.

argonaut&wasp’s new EP Future Protocol is out February 20th.

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more info.

TMN: Hey guys. Thanks for taking some time to answer a few questions for us! Before we even kick things off, we gotta know…how did you come up with the name?

Trey: Right around the time that Theo and I had started collaborating I was introduced to the writer Ambrose Bierce. I fell in love with his satirical prose and fearless muckraking journalism. Beyond his style, Bierce had a compelling story: He disappeared to Mexico and has never been found—rumor has it he linked up with the famous rebel leader, Pancho Villa!

Anyway, Bierce wrote for two columns, The Argonaut and The Wasp- I fancied the name and brought it up to Theo.

TMN: We still listen to “Pistol Pump Funk” religiously. It’s such an eclectic blend of genres. Where’d the inspiration for that tune come from?

Trey: I was listening to a lot of UK garage at the time and really trying to learn how to get that swing and jerk of the drums/bass down. While it now sounds nothing like that, the bones of that track really just stem from experimenting: the two-tone synth patch and groundwork for the drums were the result. Lyrically- the track encompasses the same overall theme of the songs on the rest of the EP—a ‘coming of age’ story and learning how to stand up for your ideas and inspirations… “You won’t take me, from these city streets… I’ve had to crawl for miles, now I’m on two feet…” (Pistol Pump Funk).

TMN: After that release, you guys went quiet. What were you up to over that time?

Originally, this EP was going to be a fall release. So our plan was to have the single, “Pistol Pump Funk”, drop in the summer and follow up shortly after with the rest. However, we decided to take an extra couple months and re-visit the studio. We had been playing extensively in the Burlington area with our live band, and we really wanted to capture what they brought to the tracks on stage as well as we could on the record. Controlling the balance between the extremely dynamic workings of organic instrumentation and the locked-down synth work took a ton of editing, mixing and re-producing.

TMN: We once again find ourselves experiencing numerous influences with “Higher Ground”, which that has us curious. What does the creative process look like for you guys? Since there are elements of classic instrumentation and electronic elements, what goes in first?

Trey: The creative process begins with Theo and I developing the roots of the track (synth hooks, chord progressions, drums, vocal ideas and e-bass) and then the organic elements are added (finalized vocals, guitar, etc…). We then work with a talented group of musicians (Kevin Whitehead, Alec Donkin, Willoughby Morse, and Max Freedberg) to track and record live instrumentation that we cannot recreate using computer technology. Then Theo and I take back into the studio, make sure everything is crisp, and then send it off to our amazing sound engineer Jonathan Doyon for a master.

TMN: How many other songs are on the upcoming EP? Is it meant to be listened to as a whole, or is it more so a collection of songs?

There are three other tracks on Future Protocol (one of which has been already released with a music video – “Pistol Pump Funk”). The other two tracks will be coming out in the next few weeks…the EP is definitely meant to be listened to as a whole but each song stands alone strongly. As noted in an earlier question, these tracks work together to express a fairly singular theme; this is our first compiled body of work and a huge step in maturation and development for ourselves as both artists and individuals—these songs tell that story. The entire EP will be available with a limited physical release as a CD (artwork designed by the wonderful Elizabeth Goodspeed) and also available on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, etc.

TMN: We’re hoping this EP kicks off some bookings for you. Is there anywhere in particular that’s on your list once that starts happening?

We are planning on starting in the northeast and going south. We would love to play venues in Montreal, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, and Washington DC this Spring. While we are not disclosing much of our “Future Protocol Tour” just yet, we cannot express how excited we are to share some big festival dates soon.

What would be the holy grail of events or venues for you guys?
‘Chella Bra!

TMN: Alright, last one. It’s a bit odd, but we ask this to everyone. If your music were an animal, what would it be?

In fact our music is an animal, one indigenous to Peru… the alpaca.

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[Indie] Marika Hackman – Animal Fear

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Animal Fear

Animal Fear is the latest taste of things to come from London’s Marika Hackman. Ahead of February’s album release- We Sleep At Last- Marika unveils a stray away from the folk roots that roamed throughout her first two EP’s, and makes a venture into more reverb riddled territory. The product is a spacious and haunting offering, resonating with underlying depths and a subject matter ebbing at the surface. Animal Fear depicts the repression of transition into werewolf form; perhaps a micro example of the album and artworks theme: the darkness that lies within and the subsequent tussle with inner demons. Or something to that effect.

Whether or not you believe that Marika Hackman is the full package, she’s certainly intent on providing it with her forthcoming release. Working closely with photographer Glen Erler, the vinyl and cd format releases of We Sleep At Last, will contain a 24-page art booklet, featuring a visual depiction of the albums predominant narrative. Erler’s accompanying artwork is a feature that Hackman gives much emphasis to: On the 18th of February Marika will perform her album to an intimate crowd at The Cob Gallery, which will simultaneously host Glen Erler’s accompanying works alongside ones not featured in the booklet. A fitting visual support.

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[Synth-Pop] POP ETC – Running In Circles

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POP ETC
Running In Circles

While the synth & indie leaning side of pop music has become somewhat of a saturated wasteland in recent years, we’re still finding ourselves being moved by the choice diamonds from one of our favorite aural aesthetics. Some tunes still somehow manage to instill those nostalgic rumblings and transfixed periods of unfazed listening, and POP ETC, the one-time bedroom recording pet project known as Morning Benders turned N.Y. to San Francisco live band have turned in perhaps the most stirring revivalist pop tune we’ve heard in their entire library: “Running In Circles”. “Running In Circles” flirts with both brooding synth-wave effects and shimmering, sprightly plucked guitars which give the single a neon 80’s shine steeped in more contemporary foundation. Rarely do artists successfully inject such an accessible sound with the careful musical care of a classical composer; which is just lovely stuff. After recently unleashing a slew of covers over the past year, it seems as if POP ETC may be ready to attack the LP game again, and we’d have to be crazy to not want to hear more from their 2015 reincarnation.

Stream “Running In Circles” above and hit the jump below to watch the accompanying music video featuring some gorgeously choreographed classic and flashy Wushu (that’s Chinese Kung-Fu for ye unschooled martial artists) forms from Sifu Chen Ying.

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Stone Cold Fox – Sold [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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If we had a nickel for every time we wrote up an artist from Brooklyn, we’d have a shitload of nickels. Seriously, can someone explain this to us? We’ve been to Brooklyn before. Unless we were on the wrong street, we didn’t catch the massive musician commune complex that should rightfully exist given the amount of talent that’s coming out of that Borough.

All kidding aside, up-and-coming indie rock outfit Stone Cold Fox is yet another solid addition to the incredible talent coming out of that part of the country. Made up of members Kevin Olken Henthorn (lead singer), Ariel Loh (keyboard/synths), Justin Bright (bass), Graham Stone (guitar) and Aaron Hamel (drums), this energetic outfit has a sound that boasts classic British rock roots (The Kooks, The Wombats) with new school Americana flair.

Today we’re bringing you a look at the brand new video for their infectious tune “Sold,” which comes off their LP Memory Palace. Set to the backdrop of a catchy-as-hell guitar progression, soaring synths, and upbeat percussion, Henthorn’s vocals are brought to life with this take on something we’ve all experienced at some point. Whether you’re too drunk, too lazy, let’s all admit we’ve spent some time watching late-night infomercials,. If you say you haven’t, you’re a liar.

Give this video a spin, then give a moment of silence for the late, great Billy Mays.

UPCOMING SHOWS:
1/15 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn
2/2 – Bardot – LA

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