[Synth Pop] Ben Khan – Youth

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Ben Khan
Youth

Ben Khan once again demonstrates the hype surrounding his unique blend of nocturnal soul is entirely justified. Proving his sound can evolve whilst still maintaining its own distinct identity, ‘Youth’ marks a noticeable progression in the young British artist’s already forward-thinking songwriting. At once innovative and accessible, the forthcoming ’1992′ EP looks set to provide Ben Khan with a platform to step out of the shadows and cement his status as one of the most exciting new talents around.

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[Experimental/Pop] tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain

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With their third album, Nikki Nack, set to drop May 6, tUnE-yArDs have shared “Water Fountain,” the first full track from the album. The brainchild of Merrill Garbus, tUnE-yArDs follow their critically-acclaimed sophomore effort w h o k i l l with their latest release.

“Water Fountain” is a perfect mess of organized chaos that only tUnE-yArDs could bring. Mixing elements of Afro-pop, folk, funk and everything in between, tUnE-yArDs somehow manage to turn their clamoring combination of anarchic audio into a smooth shower of pleasing pandemonium. While receiving a heavier studio treatment than tUnE-yArDs previous songs, “Water Fountain” is filled with classic clanking, foot-stomping beats, and “HEY HA” chanting that makes tUnE-yArDs so much fun to listen to.

Unlike most public water fountains, this one will have you coming back for multiple refills.

tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack is out May 6 via 4AD.

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[Indie/Pop/Folk] Zella Day – 1965

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Zella Day
1965

Arizona native artist Zella Day released ‘1965’ yesterday, the B-side of her forthcoming debut 7” to be released April 7th.

It is safe to say, this indie pop artist with a twist of influences from her Western life is quickly becoming one of my favorite new artists. Her almost electronic melodies mixed with her intense and captivating vocals is a collaboration like none other. Then put in the story her lyrics tell in a matter-of-fact manner and magic happens. Her ‘1965’ is a beautiful tale of love and of a world that two people once had with one another, as Day puts it, “…cut like diamonds we were made to last”. And last Day will, she has taken inspiration from artists such as Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan to find a voice and sound all of her own, assembled with her Western upbringing, Day will entice all who listen.

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[True Beauty] The Night VI – Sienna

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Sienna

The first line to the song really says it all, “I hope you are happier with Sienna”, and from there, The Night VI tell the tale of watching someone you loved love someone else. VI is a wonderful six-piece group of male and female artists who bring vocals and instrumentals to a level of pure elegance with a twist of reality. When asked about their new single, ‘Sienna’, the group says that the song came about when a member of their troop came to a writing session one Monday morning telling about meeting his new girlfriend’s ex the evening before and how the encounter went sour quickly. The whole band got thinking then about their own past relationships, especially ones in which they had been left, and patched together this simply stunning song.

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[Indie] Sharon Van Etten – Taking Chances

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Sharon Van Etten
Taking Chances

Mellow.

Smooth, mellow, and everything seductive is the way I would describe Sharon Van Etten’s new track ‘Taking Chances’. The song off her upcoming album ‘Are We There Yet?’ out May 27th, Van Etten offers us a relaxed look into her music. The song carries piano, drums, and a little guitar that intertwine with her voice to provide a magical story of love and taking chances on it all. Van Etten’s voice is soft and strong with a bit of darkness behind her singing. A beautiful song to play while sipping on a cup of coffee welcoming these fresh spring days.

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

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After a night of drinking green beer and Irish car bombs, loud noises and playlists are probably not the most appealing thing. But thanks to the internets, the Indie Dojo will still be here tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

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Before
Mansionair  
Hold Me Down (feat. Revier)
James Young
Parachute
Timothy Bloom
Stand In The Way (of My Love)
Novo Amor
From Gold
Lucy & the Caterpillar
Roads
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TMN Talks Cyborgs, Hall and Oates and Daft Punk with El Ten Eleven [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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ETE - 12.14.13 - EL REY - DEBI DEL GRANDE - LA RECORD 1Over the years, we’ve come to learn that there are two types of interviews. One interview is very cut and dry, making sure to stick to all the necessary press points set out by a publicist or label. The other is completely non-conforming conversation that goes every which way except for what you planned. The latter is always more entertaining, and when it comes to El Ten Eleven, that’s the one you should expect.

After two twenty minute interviews with Kristian and Tim, we’ve come to find out that a conversation with these two is much like a conversation with two of your good friends. The laughs are abundant, the random references flow naturally, and you could never plot out exactly how it’s going to go.

We had a chance to once again sit down with this instrumental duo, and what ensued was nothing short of one of our favorite interviews.

TMN: Hey guys, thanks for taking some time to sit down with us again. Strangely enough, this is the same place we spoke two years ago! Let’s kick things off by asking you a very serious question. Are you guys cyborgs sent from the future for the sole purpose of touring constantly?

K: How did you know that? WHO TOLD YOU?

T: Maybe. I haven’t really figured out what my purpose is.

TMN: Speaking of touring, you guys seemingly always have a heavy presence in Colorado. We’ve seen you guys listed in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and some mountain venues. Is this one of your favorite states to hit?

T: Definitely. There’s so many different places and generally speaking, except for the kid who shot out our window in Colorado Springs, everyone has been awesome in Colorado. Seriously, the venues, the people who work there are cool, and it has beautiful white mountains.

TMN: With all that touring, you guys have to be loaded up with some good tunes. Do you have anyone in particular you’ve been into as of late?

K: I just discovered a internet streaming thing from London called NTS, I think. They’re really good. They play electronic music. There’s a lot of electronic music in the van, and a lot of hip hop. No post-rock, ever. We used to listen to a lot of comedy, but we’ve gone through everything we could find.

Chris (Tour Manager) plays Flume a lot.

T: Yeah, Chris drives most of the time, so he controls the radio, which is cool because he has good taste in music. Today he was listening to like Ludacris and Mase. It was kind of a 90′s hip hop trip. Which those are like my two least favorite rappers in history of rap, but that’s what headphones are for.

TMN: One thing we’ve often heard is that the lack of music is actually quite nice when touring across the country in a van/bus. You guys just touched on listening to stand up comedy, but what do you do to pass the time?

K: I usually just try to sleep. I’m also working on a book right now. I try to work on it every day, but a lot of times I’m really tired and I think “I’ll just take a nap and work on it later.”

We have our little positions in the van. Chris will get in the driver seat, you’ll (Tim) will get in the passenger seat. I get on the back bench. You’ll (Tim) end up with your laptop open, working on Logic, and I’ll end up falling asleep. It’s kind of a standard picture of the van.

TMN: Let’s chat about “Transitions.” It’s been out for a little while now, and has had a really warm reception. Talk to us about the overall concept behind that album, and the kickstarter to get it funded.

T: We did do that, but just for vinyl. That was the second time we did that, and the first time we had done it with vinyl. It was crazy. I still think it’s a great way to pre-order music. Everyone wins. Especially for vinyl. It’s really expensive to get made, so it’s one of those things that’s great to see if people really want it. If they do want it, then you get some money up front.

Usually what happens is: we’ll be getting vinyl made, re-upping CDs that we sell, and then trying to leave for tour all at the same time, so whatever money we do have gets drained before we leave. And then you’re rolling around, trying to make money as you go because you’re completely broke. So, it’s nice to get the money up front because people were going to buy it anyway and we get it on time for the tour.

TMN: If we remember correctly, you guys did some really fun and different rewards. You did a lifelong guest list reward, a helliopter ride, etc.

T: We tried to make it cool and fun, not just music and merch.

K: No one bought it though (the hellicopter ride). It was really expensive. Not because we were trying to rip anyone off, it’s just expensive to rent a hellicopter.
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