[Electronic] Local Natives – Black Balloons (lost kings remix)

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Local Natives
Black Balloons (lost kings remix)(Radio Edit)

It’s very rare to find a progressive house remix of an alt-indie track that not only fits, but bumps as well. Luckily for us, our friends lost kings were up to the task and they took on Local Natives’ “Black Balloons” in a stunningly energetic and melodic edit. Scrapping the track down to the vocals and working their way back up, the Angeleno duo creates gorgeous and uplifting riffs in what can only be described as a remix perfect for closing out festival season.

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[Indie Rock] Stuart Newman – One Big F

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One Big F
STUART NEWMAN

Stuart Newman has a grasp on crafting mellow indie rock, and he has for quite some time. Seeing releases on his Soundcloud page that date back to 2009, we’ve admittedly never heard of this folksy rocker. Having said that, we’re happy we stumbled across him this week.

With a backdrop of some traditional acoustic guitar work and muted percussion, Newman’s understated vocals shine through, creating a hazy blend of shimmering indie rock artistry, worthy of listening to with your Ray Bans on, windows down and a grin on your face.

Lyrically, Newman takes on a somewhat story-teller-esque approach, leaving complicated lyrics to the wind. In it’s stead, we’re left with smile-inducing, easily-approachable structure, that couples with the surging Moby-like song progression.

This tune is a free download on Newman’s website. Just enter your email address and enjoy.

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Adventure Galley – Marooned [TMN Video Premiere]

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Adventure Galley
Marooned

How many of you remember MySpace Music? Well, if you do, you may remember there was a record label with it as well. Portland group Adventure Galley won a contest a while back, securing first place over 17,000 entries. That contest landed them a record deal, which included signing this album. Over time MySpace Records fell apart, which meant they wouldn’t have the former press team helping push their music. Eventually two managers came together, and they’re now sharing some very unique videos of the tracks- giving us dibs on the first one!

“Marooned” is a synth-rock song that you just can’t help dancing along to. The backing video takes you on a journey to the ’50s, where the band is “Marooned” in space. Rather than going with modern techniques, the director decided ‘to hell with cgi’ and created the sets from scratch. A lot of us think how awesome it would be to take a trip to space, but after seeing the movie “Gravity” lately we’re starting to agree with the lyrics “be careful what you wish for.”

Adventure Galley is getting ready to head on a mini tour, which you can find the dates below the video. On top of that, they’re accepting remixes! Yes, that’s right producers; you can all hit this email for stems if you’re interested!

 

Seattle, WA | Barboza | Saturday, September 6th
Spokane, WA | The Big Dipper | Sunday, September 7th
Portland, OR | Doug Fir| Tuesday, September 9th
San Francisco, CA | Neck Of The Woods | Wednesday, September 10th
Los Angeles, CA | Satellite | Friday, September 12th

 

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaCommunication is key and sometimes we suck at it. Music, however, seems to be a universal language that soothes the soul, melts the heart, fuels the fire, and calms the storm. If you happen to be one who sucks at the whole communicating thing, try saying it with a song. Better yet…..try it with a whole entire playlist.

Rare Darling
Cold Sweat
Daniel Wilson
Killed Ya
Jordan Riddle = Suffocate
Balancer
under the same sky
Neda
The Sound
Jake Weary
Mountainside
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TMN Talks with The Griswolds [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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The Griswolds
Right On Track

There’s nothing quite like it. The experience of sharing a song with our readership, only to see it explode across the airwaves, leaving the beaming smiles of thousands of listeners filled with overwhelming joy. We recently had that experience when we premiered the Griswold’s international sensation, “Beware the Dog,” and in all honesty, haven’t been able to stop listening since.

After playing their collection on repeat for sometime, we had the ultimate pleasure of sitting down with Dan, Tim, Chris and Lachlan in a tiny pizza joint on Broadway during The UMS in Denver, Colorado.

Though we had never met or even spoken before, always relying on publicists and label reps, we had a conversation that was both personable and downright hilarious.

TMN: Welcome to Colorado guys! Thank you so much for sitting down with us tonight.

Lachlan: Thanks for having us!

TMN: Let’s kick things off first by talking about this trip to the states. How has the reception been?

Lachlan: It’s been pretty good. Some of the shows have been really surprising in crowds that come out to see us. It’s pretty crazy, coming from the other side of the world.

Tim: It’s our first tour and we’ve noticed something, I guess. We’ve noticed people coming to the shows to see us. We’ve done tours before, but this one…

TMN: Your song, “Beware the Dog,” has quickly reached tremendous success. We were lucky enough to premiere that song for you guys, and in doing so, we learned that this was about a friend who fell to drugs. Do you care to talk about that?

Dan: She’s fucking crazy, man!

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[Alternative] Love & Valor – Truly Dear

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Love & Valor
Truly Dear

I’ve got an absolute gem to share with you all tonight. Coming to us from Burlington, North Carolina is a new quartet by the name of Love & Valor. They’ve had a fair share of covers in the past, however “Truly Dear” is their first original piece and I am absolutely blown away by it. According to the band’s Facebook page, each member contributes to the writing process, in melody and lyrics, and the result is a collaborative effort that may just change your own perceptions on modern folk music. This indie love ballad is sure to resonate with you long after the song has ended and I cannot help put keep this song on repeat. It is masterfully gorgeous and I can’t help but share it with my fellow Ninjas.

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[House] Panama Wedding – All Of The People (option4 Remix)

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Panama Wedding
All Of The People (option4 Remix)

Oh option4. Will there ever be a tune released from your arsenal with which we are not thoroughly in love with? Probably not, but that’s more than okay with your trusty TMN staff. After riding an immense wave of hype since we first featured the Denver based beatsmith over a year ago, option4′s diverse brand of “more house than tech, more deep than disco” dance music finds itself in the midst of its most mature and accessible stretch yet. His latest retooling of Panama Wedding’s “All Of The People” is nothing short of breathtaking either. Fusing a kick drum that is somehow as expansive and wide as it is punchy, those signature option4 vocal chops and a beautifully layed synth/piano line; option4′s production prowess seems to evolve with every passing release while maintaining the musical integrity with which we fell in love with in the first place. The real treat on this one though is the way in which Peter Kirk’s melancholy but pop-fueled vocals mesh their way into such bouncy and groove laden instrumentation. We even dare you to try and stifle the natural head-bob and hip-wiggle which seems to come attached to option4′s entire catalog. You won’t be able to. As an even better bonus, you can snag a free digital copy of option4′s remix from Panama Wedding’s Soundcloud here. Hop to it Ninjas.

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