Former Faces – the Runaround [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

Former Faces
the Runaround

If there’s one thing we love here at TMN, it’s breaking brand new artists. We view premiering a debut track like a badge of honor adorning our shinobi shozukos. Before you pop open a fresh browser for a google search, we’re, of course, talking about the traditional ninja outfit, which we most certainly wear while blogging and completing stealthy missions in pale moonlight.

Enough about us, though. We’re here to talk about the very first offering from Ryan Parmenter, aka Former Faces. What’s been described as a “study in dreams and memories crossing paths,” this project from Silverlake-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist had us swooning within seconds, and we’re pretty sure you’re going to follow suit.

“the Runaround,” which is self-written and self-produced, is the first taste of what’s to come. With a sensual, groovy, and delicate soundscape, Parmenter’s vocals really come front and center. However, while they’re certainly noteworthy, the true hero in this piece is the well-comprised balance of his enchanting lyrics, smooth percussion, break-beat synths, haunting vocal harmonies, and accentuating spoken word samples. All-in-all, it’s a complete track through-and-through, which has us waiting anxiously for the next release.

Recorded music aside, this act has plans for a live show, brought to life with the help of David Lee (guitar), Brian Blake (bass), and Abraham Kim (drums). Before they dial in that performance, though, you should pry study up on some lyrics. Luckily for you, we’re making it easy on you. Just look below.

Photo Credit: Ian Flanigan

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[Alternative] Nilüfer Yanya – Keep On Calling

Nilüfer Yanya
Keep On Calling

Nilüfer Yanya took command of her sound on a simply wonderful cover of the Pixies “Hey”, and she’s been on a roll ever since. The London native is back with “Keep On Calling”, a tune traversing the line between effervescent and melancholy with its minimal percussion, reverberating guitar riffs, and impassioned yet equally restrained vocals. As evident from the song’s message, there’s no fumbling around when it comes to Nilüfer’s emotion, and we’re on board for her straightforward approach all the way.

You may notice a slight similarity to King Krule throughout her work so far, but Nilüfer exceeds all comparison once this song’s chorus rolls around and ramps up in tempo and drive. Her voice is sweet but strong, and she has a way of demanding your attention the very moment she begins to sing. If you’re looking for more from Nilüfer Yanya (which you honestly will be after “Keep On Calling”), be sure to check out her debut original, “Small Crimes”, as well.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2016 Round #1)


It’s crazy to think that a kabillion songs are uploaded to the interwebs every day. Ok maybe a slight exaggeration, but you catch the drift. There are a plethora of songs flying through the infinite world of digital music just wanting to be heard. Slightly overwhelming to think about trying to find all of them, yes. But that’s why we are here. We’ll keep handpickin’ all the goodins’ so you can just indie dojo & chill.

’Avi On Fire – Pearls’
’Wet Leather – Secret Preference’
’Fresh Big Mouf – One Step, Two Step’
’Soayla – No Good’
’Izo Fitzroy – Reckoning’
’Mooryc – You Will Go’
’Skin and Bones – Ain’t No Water’
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Robbing Millions – In The No Air [TMN PREMIERE]

Robbing Millions
In The No Air

“In The No Air” switches back and forth effortlessly, pulling you in and out of what seems like a psychedelic dream, only to place you back in reality, strutting down the street with a head-nodding confidence only music is capable of providing. We wouldn’t expect much less, though, given what we’ve come to know from previous works released by this this Brussels-based act.

Comprised of band leaders Lucien Fraipont and Gaspard Ryelandt, as well as live accompanying members Daniel Bleikolm, Leo Campbell, and Jakob Warmenbol the quirky and unpredictable Robbing Millions is set to release their debut LP, which is eponymously titled. We’re lucky enough to bring you an early taste of this imaginative body of work, which should have you eager to pre-order the November 25th release.

If you’re hoping to get helplessly enveloped by a song this Monday morning, look no further. Once you’re walked into the experience by playful vocal hums and forward-facing guitar strums, the hefty bassline, Brit-pop-esque verses and dream state-style choruses will have you swirling, deep inside your own mind. Which, if you’re struggling to ease into the day, might be just the thing you need.

Make sure to keep up on Robbing Millions by following them on Facebook.

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[Event Review] Porches & Japanese Breakfast @ The Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO – 9/26

’Porches – Be Apart’

In the relatively short expanse of two years or so, Aaron Maine’s Porches project has undergone quite a rapid transition in nearly every facet of singing, songwriting and production development (such a rapid acceleration of prowess in fact, that Maine also recently released the first wave of Pool demos, as a completely separate LP entitled Water, just a few months back). Just one listen from both 2014’s Slow Dance in the Cosmos to this year’s excellently crafted Pool, and it’s clear that the New York based Maine & co. have caught lightning in a bottle with their current iteration. In the process of constant evolution, Porches have become a magnetic live presence as well, gaining the notice of discerning listeners, critics, and labels alike, and this past Monday we were able to witness them in live glory at one of our favorite intimate indie venues in Denver, the Larimer Lounge.

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[Denver Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] TMN Presents: Dance Yourself Clean – ‘An Indie-Pop Dance Party’


It’s that time again Denver! The amazing Seattle/L.A. club night turned nationally touring dance party, Dance Yourself Clean, is touching down again this Saturday, October 1st at the Larimer Lounge, as part of their Fall ’16 tour,and we’re beyond prepped & stoked for yet another raucous night of depravity, beautiful people and plenty of amazing tunes. For our friends that were out for DYC’s first ever Denver stop earlier this Spring at the Marquis Theater, they can surely attest to the truly positive, palpably sweaty, and infectiously frenetic energy generated by the foggy, laser-filled indie-pop party. Bringing back the indie-dance-punk-pop days with a beautiful vengeance, DYC patrons are typically seen singing along on the dance floor, slow dancing to the latest Blood Orange or jumping up and down to their favorite LCD Soundsystem song. In their own words: “Anything goes at Dance Yourself Clean, all we ask is that you leave your expectations and inhibitions at the door, come in take a shot and get on the floor.” That sounds just about right, and we are chomping at the bit to be a part of the latest Dance Yourself Clean festivities.

So, in great anticipation for DYC’s latest Denver iteration, we’ve teamed up with the DYC crew and put together quite the tasteful little playlist in anticipation of Saturday’s party. Not to mention! We will be giving away not one but TWO pairs of tickets, simply by clicking on the header of this post, and commenting with your favorite indie-pop track that you think should receive a rinse at Dance Yourself Clean. That’s it! And for those Ninjas who’d rather not try their luck and just want to have their tickets in hand, you can pick them up for just $12.00 here, and more event info can be found here as well.

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 21+ S, be of age, and be sure to tell all of your friends to increase chance of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Larimer Lounge door.

Check out our preview playlist featuring selections from some of the artists listed, start commenting below, and best of luck ninjas!

Dance Yourself Clean, Featuring Music Inspired by: LCD Soundsystem | CHVRCHES | Miike Snow | Haim | Charli XCX | MØ | Empire of The Sun | Purity Ring | Twin Shadow | Icona Pop | Grimes | Bag Raiders | Kate Boy | Holy Ghost! | Cut Copy | Neon Indian | Capital Cities | The Knife | St. Lucia | French Horn Rebellion | Goldroom | Cherub | STRFKR | Is Tropical | RAC | Beat Connection | Sleigh Bells | Miami Horror | Tigertown | Blood Orange | Roosevelt | Penguin Prison | Chromeo | Holychild | and many, many more.

’LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean (Radio Version)’
’MØ – Pilgrim’
’Cut Copy – Need You Now’
’Holy Ghost – Do It Again’
’Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars (Club Mix)’
’Robyn – Dancing On My Own’
’Neon Indian – Polish Girl’
’Twin Shadow – Five Seconds’
’RAC ft. Matthew Koma – Cheap Sunglasses’
’Little Dragon – Ritual Union’
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[Alternative Pop] Jack River – Palo Alto

Jack River
Palo Alto

One of the best facets of music is the ability to capture a specific moment in time or a definitive emotion, but the newest from Jack River details quite a bit more than that. She states:

It was always destined to be sun-drenched and gritty and gilded in synths and electric guitars – I wanted to find the line between the 90’s, early 2000’s and now, and blend all my dreams of a highway song into one.

For you Courtney Barnett fans out there, look no further, because this song is right up your alley. With an unapologetic and boisterous spirit, “Palo Alto” continues to pave the way for Jack River’s upcoming debut EP, Highway Songs No.2, in a stylish and independent manner. It steers away from the much more electronically influenced “Talk Like That“, but it’s the sort of shift that demonstrates a fearless attempt at displaying a compelling range. Her message behind this tune, per her SoundCloud description, touches on a common sentiment:

It’s about letting go but not giving up, melancholic-but-sure endings, and people realizing magic when it’s too late – even though you knew it all along.

Subtle yet substantial, that’s an experience all too familiar for some of us. Highway Songs No.2 will be out on October 7th, so don’t miss it!

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