[TMN Exclusive Interview] TMN Talks ‘Life of Pause’, Time Traveling & More with Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum

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TMN Exclusive Interview + A Woman's WIsdom (Official SIngle)

Few people are able to conjure up such a visceral response through their artistic medium as multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and chief architect behind one of the most lauded music projects over the last decade as has the L.A. via Blacksburg, VA (and a few cities in between) Wild Nothing frontman Jack Tatum. Clearly a pensive and grounded artiste, Tatum’s abundant knowledge of music pours throug Wild Nothing’s pop-structured, but genre-eschewing catalog. Tatum and Wild Nothing’s sound has always toyed between abstract and direct, which has resulted in some of the most velvety, lush indie-pop tunes we’ve ever exposed our cochlear cavities to.

Last week, jut ahead of the start of Wild Nothing’s current international tour, we had the chance to catch up with Jack and see what’s been going on since the release of Life of Pause and ahead of yet another hefty jaunt across the world. Check out our show preview for Wild Nothing’s upcoming Red Bull Sound Select Showcase in Denver this Saturday with Inner Oceans & Flaural at the Bluebird Theater, and be sure to read our entire transcript below.

The Music Ninja (TMN): First off, let’s just take a second to thank you for taking the time to let us pick your brain and answer a couple of questions.

JT: Absolutely.

TMN: I’ve been a very vocal Wild Nothing consumer since your excellent 2010 debut, Gemini, and this past February you added another worthy addition to the Wild Nothing long-player catalog with Life of Pause which was the follow-up to perhaps my favorite album in the last 5 years, Nocturne. So, another thanks is in order for consistently creating some of the most tasteful sounds we’ve consumed in the past decade. So let’s get into it.

Jack Tatum (JT): Wow, yeah, thank you, for those very kind words.

TMN: Obviously an artist can undergo quite a sea-change as far as personal tastes and aesthetic go in a 7-year period; and with every passing release it seems like another piece of your psyche gets revealed both aurally and stylistically. We know you’ve probably answered this more than a few times on this latest round of press obligations, but were there any significant events going on in your life that sparked this burst of creativity and some of the material on Life of Pause, or was the writing and recording process pretty similar compared to your other EP’s & LP’s?

JT: Ummm… I don’t know. Not necessarily. I don’t know, for the sake of not making myself sound too boring…

TMN: Hahaha not at all.

JT: I’ve never really been someone that wrote kind of in response to any one sort of scenario or event in my life. I guess you could kind of say with the first record (Gemini) it definitely was very much a response to the relationship I was in at the time. And it’s, you know, a very mood based record… A very sort… of I don’t know how exactly I would describe it. But, as I’ve continued to write, I’ve found that I don’t necessarily need a spark to start writing. I think especially as I’ve gotten older I have been equally writing from experience as I am just to write and out of interest, or just purely composition, or trying to achieve a certain kind of sound, or something like that. But, yeah, I put out Nocturne in 2012 and then had the Empty Estate EP in 2013. And that EP in a way was kind of a response to Nocturne, just because we had been touring on Nocturne for so long…

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[Music Video] Agelast – Fever

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Nashville is one of the music meccas of the world, if not the music mecca of the world. It’s called home by a ton of talents, but one newer one on the scene is just beginning to make some headway. Agelast, made up by Devin Hill and J Daxton Fann, have put out their debut single called “Fever” along with a music video. They say they’re bringing rock music you can dance to, and that’s just what they bring.

“Fever” starts off right away with a groovy guitar line accompanied by drums to set the tone of the song up. Throughout the song, the composition changes in various ways to keep things fresh and exciting throughout the entirety of the song. With the music video, we get a vintage style production that focuses itself around a couple, with the two starting out in a hotel room. From there we get a barrage of images ranging from artsy light shots, to the DJ booth, a select few nature shots and even the lead female in a bathtub full of cereal. With a great song and a solid music video, Agelast have started their journey well by putting their best foot forward. We can’t wait to see or hear what they put out next.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (April 2016 Round #4)

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Ever have one of those days when you find yourself driving around in complete silence ’cause you just can’t find a damn thing to listen to and you dare not turn on the radio? Well, today is not that day, because we’re here to slice that awkward silence with Indie Dojo sword.

’johan – stard(us)t’
’Rivvrs – I Will Follow You (Reprise)’
’Common, Dear – Learn To Breathe’
’Johnny Jarko – Lost In Thought’
’Szymon – Floods’
’Chymes
Oracle’
’Covenhoven – Past Life’
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Bayonne discusses his album, BBQ in Austin, and annoying house cats [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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When we first stumbled across Bayonne’s new album, we were absolutely mesmerized from start-to-finish. This one-man army brings the sensational ability to create an immersive listening experience, both on record and at his live shows, which is no easy feat. After being incapsulated for the better half of an hour, we decided to reach out and set up an interview with him ahead of his show at the Lost Lake in Denver, Colorado. Here’s what went down.

TMN: Hey Roger, welcome to the Mile High City. Is this your first time here?

B: I’ve played here a couple of times, back when I was doing a folk thing three years ago. I’ve been here a lot more than I’ve played here too.

TMN: You’re in the midst of a pretty lengthy tour, which included a few showcases down in Austin for SXSW. As an Austinite, what did those showcases mean to you?

B: It’s good to me because it’s when a lot of my friends and industry folks get to see me in my stomping grounds. And, I don’t have to travel. They’re bigger plays. They’re important plays. They’re comfortable plays. It’s bittersweet. It’s a lot of work and a pain in the ass, but it’s when everyone is in town.
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TMN: Also, as someone who calls Austin home, do you all have a secret celebration when SXSW is over so you can resume normal life?
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LISBON – Shark [TMN PREMIERE]

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Creating a name for yourself as a band just trying to break out is an arduous process. However, when you find something that works, you run with it, and LISBON‘s most recent effort, “Shark,” delves into all of these feelings with a heavier style than their previous work. They certainly aren’t shying away from their opinion of the shadier side of things, and the tone they’ve created from the lyrics alone couples well with their exploration into broader and heavier instrumentation.

Many people have dealt with and seen the “sharks” they sing about, and LISBON clearly has no reservations when it comes to outing them in a song. A little courage goes a long way sometimes. For you UK fans, they embarking on a tour soon, and we’ve got the dates and tickets listed below. In the mean time, enjoy “Shark” while you search for a show near you!


UK Tour Dates (Tickets)

18th May, Oporto, Leeds

19th May, Independent, Sunderland

20th May, The Great Escape, Brighton

21st May, The Great Escape, Brighton

22nd May, Waterfront Studio, Norwich

23rd May, The Maze, Nottingham

24th May, Sound Control, Manchester

25th May, The Studio, Sheffield University, Sheffield

26th May, Fruit, Hull

27th May, Surf Café, Newcastle (sold-out)

28th May, Surf Café, Newcastle (sold-out)

29th May, Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh

31st May, Islington Academy, London

2nd June, The Buskers, Dundee

3rd June, Fibbers, York

4th June, The Cookie, Leicester

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[Denver Giveaway/Event Preview] The Music Ninja Presents: Day Wave @ Lost Lake – 5/3

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Few acts burst out of the gates with such a far-reaching resonance like what we’ve been witness to with Oakland based troupe Day Wave, and for good reason. Cohesive and developed ensembles like Day Wave come along but once in a while in today’s highly saturated musical climate, so it’s with great excitement that we announce our next ‘The Music Ninja Presents’ concert in Denver, CO, headlined by one of the most exciting bands in any corner of the music industry. Most recently, the Jackson Philips led four-piece released their second EP Hard to Read, and after their earliest singles including “Total Zombie” and “Nothing At All”and of course the Mark Hoppus championed “Drag”, its only solidified their place near the top of countless critics’ ‘Breakout Acts of 2016’ list. On Tuesday, May 3rd at our favorite intimate venue, the Lost Lake Lounge, Day Wave bring their hazy brand of pop structured indie-rock to the Mile High City for the first time, and we’re beyond delighted to help ring them in properly with what will no doubt be a completely packed house. It seems like just yesterday we caught and interviewed Philips & Kevin Friedman’s (who is also an integral part of Day Wave’s touring band), first project Carousel, perform to about 20 people at the Walnut in Denver; so May 3rd also marks something of a sentimental show and reunion of sorts for a few of our TMN mainstays, but let’s save the nostalgia for a few weeks down the line…

Of course, it wouldn’t be a ‘TMN Presents’ night without letting our savvy readers in on the fun, so we’ll be giving away TWO pairs of tickets to this one. Entering our contest is as always, beyond easy. Just “like” The Music Ninja on FB, click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page, then comment below with your favorite Day Wave song, and boom, that’s it! (We even provided five below if you need!) And of course, we want as many people as possible to come dance with us, so for our friends looking to secure their spot, advance tickets are only $12.50 and can be purchased using the ticket link here.

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 16+ 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 Lost Lake door.

Check out our preview mini-playlist, start commenting below and best of luck ninjas!

’Day Wave – Stuck’
’Day Wave – Gone’
’Day Wave – Drag’
’Day Wave – Come Home Now’
’Day Wave – We Try But We Don’t Fit In’
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[Deep House] Nick AM – Veronica

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Nick AM is a new artist with a knack for house music. A few days ago and I came across this track by the producer and was instantly feeling it. The subtitles of deep house can be tricky to get a handle of, but Nick AM has his sampling down and impresses listeners. When checking out a smaller project that’s just starting out, I honestly wasn’t expecting such a polished song.

“Veronica” is great for a wild club night or as top notch background music. Isn’t that the best part about quality deep house? Pumping bass and choice synth chords are brought together with classic house rhythms that keep “Veronica” moving along. The New York-based producer is  just getting started. NYC residents out there you should keep an eye out for a Nick A.M. set and follow him here. He has a sound that fits in well with the city that never sleeps.

 

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