[Indie/Rock] Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra
"Can't Keep Checking My Phone"

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra have revealed ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’ to be their second single ahead of their third LP Multi-Love which is due out May 26th, and it’s a hand-clapping psych-soul groove.

In a newsletter sent to fans, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson explains it’s about “missing somebody and that point where you refuse to accept online ‘connectivity’ as a substitute for being with someone IRL.”

Opening with a bit of meandering horns and classical guitar, ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’ bounces around lyrical topics that include eating crickets, the aurora borealis, and wondering if the universe is really a hologram, all before putting the phone down and regrettably picking it up once again.

“Do you fall in love with the idea of someone? Or the chemicals they give off in person? Either way, I’ve got to get off my phone,” Nielson concludes.

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Higher – Indica/Sativa (SectionZ 4/20 Playlists) [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Even though the celebrations taking place today are standard fare out here in Colorado, we know our ninjas all across the globe are looking forward to this unofficial, yet widely recognized holiday. In honor of 4/20, we’ve partnered with the forward-thinking electronic label SectionZ Records to help release a free, two-part, 31-track compilation.

Titled SectionZ Higher, this collection encompasses the diversity of their roster and highlights the label’s strong commitment to marijuana law reform. This free double album features tracks from lauded SectionZ artists like Savant and Mr. Bill alongside relative newcomers like Evoke, Panda Coast, and Zanski.

We chose tracks that contain multiple levels of both meaning and sonic architecture. We also chose the tracks based on the different strains Indica and Sativa and how those affect both body and mind. A song like Mr. Bill & Evoke same lets you sink back into your mind as it plants a concept and gives you the perfect landing zone. For Sativa its different. It’s a very active high so we chose music that would compliment and inspire that, like Detective Orange – OMG I Can’t Even is more about moving and easily transitions into the background without losing its feel. – Josh Hernandez SectionZ Records

SATIVA – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE PLAYLIST.

Savant
Zion
WeAreCastor
7098
Zeiph
Solaris
Zeiph
Just In Time
Savant
Nebula
Zeiph
Turn & Twist (Original Mix)
WeAreCastor
Bon Voyage
Mr. Bill & Evoke
Same
Panda Coast
Pastels
Zanski
Wait For Me
Sonotherapy
Lloviznando
Sonotherapy
That Beautiful Integrity
Sonotherapy
Good Catches
Sonotherapy
Inner Paradise
Source Vibrations
Swadhisthana
Source Vibrations
Manipura


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INDICA – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE PLAYLIST.

Mr. Bill & Tha Fruitbat
Straight Up Seminal Shit
Sikis
Bab to Twist
Zanski
Jersey Kids
Nymus
Filter Funk
WeAreCastor
Bots
Zanski
Saturnine
Savant
Return
Detective Orange
OMG I Cant Even
Zanski
Serial Killer ft. Qwentalis
Detective Orange
Without You ft. QAila
Hades of Spades
Machinedogs Reprise
Insan3lik3
Even When Im Down Under
Panda Coast
For Me
Exogenesis
Surreal
WeAreCastor
Outtro
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[Chill] Dead Battery – Recovery: Chapter 1, Dreaming In The Void

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A year ago today, Dead Battery was involved in an accident that resulted in him being in a coma. After two weeks in the ICU, he awoke and subsequently started on what has become Chapter 1 of his Recovery album.

Generally when we receive a press release, we do everything we can to avoid sounding like the press release. However, when an email came along with Dead Battery‘s new work, along with his breathtaking story, we decided we had no choice but to share the verbatim telling of this musical journey created by Kannibalen Records, the artist’s home label, and Suicide Sheep who is partnering on this magnificent, and dare we say megalith release. Chapter 1, Dreaming In The Void, is here, but the expedition has just begun.

The initial chapter of Recovery recounts Dead Battery’s state of pure unconsciousness. One does not know when one is asleep, and with a coma, it is the same way, but deeper. With sparse arrangements dominated by airy pads, warm keys and the occasional vocal, this chapter serves as the darkness that Dead Battery withstood.

Die Another Day

Enter into the void with a rugged, but chill dive into the bereft blackness. Bewildering pads and a tepid organ welcome you into the mystifying beginnings of what some might call a miracle. For now, it’s just a mysterious world. “Die Another Day” is a campaign of its own that with life-like percussion and a concluding piano phrase that’s simple, yet profound.

Nothing Lasts

“Nothing Lasts” opens with an insistent introduction. A sort of stage is angelically set by way of anticipation, as though one is in a waiting room, ready for the next step. This dreamlike sequence picks up once the percussion kicks in, and the shakers and keys pull the listener along a presumed path. Vocals patch up the second half of the song as the journey unravels.

Leaving The Light

Opening with a vocal sample expressing its name, “Leaving The Light” is the concretion of the aphotic experience. It’s a slightly upbeat descension further into the abstract reality. The closing segment summarizes the solidification of the shadow upon Dead Battery; a more complete darkness is now achieved.

Vanished World

A tranquil, yet haunting place is birthed with “Vanished World.” A breathy atmosphere is built, with percussion subtly entering into the space in due time. A female voice of the subconscious speaks through the musical web as things progress into a state of full immersion, where a resilient guitar takes over until being detuned out of existence. That is… until its resiliency fights off against the darkness of death.

We feel as though some intense new TV drama has hit the web, and now season one has finished off on an enticing note. Instead of a television program, it’s pure music, straight from the heart of a man who will forever be affected by what happened to him one year ago. Dead Battery has us intrigued, as these four tracks are only the beginning. If you’re already a fan, you can head over to iTunes to grab a pre-order of Recovery. Stay tuned, as we will make sure to cover each section of this album.

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[Festival Preview] Lightning in a Bottle 2015 + Playlist

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Do you hear what we hear? It’s the sweet, sweet sound of festival season and it’s about time we get our eyes, ears, and minds ready for another year of sensational performances, overpriced beer, conflicting line-up times, and shower-less days to make us smell like regret the next morning. If you’re anything like us over here at TMN, then you understand just how important festival season is to us. Come on, who doesn’t love to spend hours upon hours of our weekends listening to some of the most talented artists from around the world while also connecting with like-minded individuals at the same exact time? Well, considering they’re not a wook…(please see THUMP article for more information on how to spot and avoid said wook).

With Coachella making it’s first pit stop this weekend and later this month, we can’t help but pack our bags a few weeks in advance because we’re prepared to take on this years Coachella head on. Clearly, we’re just really excited, but not because festival season is finally here, but because we just realized that we are 7 weeks shy of attending the latest and greatest gig, Lightning in a Bottle. Stationed out in the beautiful Bradley, California, LiB is back again and this time with loads of talent and entertainment that’ll rattle your bones and change your life all at the same time. We missed last years festivities and after listening to everyone and their mom (literally) tell us that LiB was the best thing to have ever happened to their lives, we can’t help but shed a million tears for not being present in the moment with some of the world’s most positive and uplifting people on this planet.

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[Compilation] Onamazu Vol. 1

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Onamazu may be new, but the eclectic collection of genres and artists they’ve assembled suggests otherwise. This the type of of project that prides itself on deep cuts. It’s the type of music that stands for challenging your usual tastes and helping you to discover music you didn’t even know that you enjoyed yet. From techno and trap, to juke and ambient, Onamazu has it all covered. There’s an overarching darker and brooding sensation to this project, but it’s developed passionately by those involved and mirrors the emotion put into it by each producer. Collectively, it works well and almost crafts a cohesive score even with eleven separate artists. This compilation is available everywhere from iTunes to Spotify, so enjoy it in any way you can, and absorb the atmosphere that Onamazu has carefully crafted.

B00N
Sadderdays
Premiere: Badtuner
Mrs.Shade (Mr.Tuners Black Box Mix)
Albert K
Slipping
Mr James
Eris
KACE
Give To You
MaxB
Circles
JohnyTiger
The Hour
WTCHCRFT
You
KYLI
In My Head
Saddest Bot Alive
Forever
Diamond Cvtter
Pawn Takes Knight
KACE
Rusty Nail
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[Event Preview] The Underground Music Showcase – 7/23-7/26 – Denver, CO

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After the raucous and discovery laden journey that was last year’s Underground Music Showcase in Denver, CO; we are once again gearing up for another edition of our favorite music festival in Denver. One of the few remaining music gatherings in our the fair city of Denver to eschew the typical smattering of major label festival fare, The UMS has dropped the first glimpse into a lineup boasting over 1,500+ acts strewn across various shops and bars dotting Denver’s South Broadway district, and we’ve already got stars in our widening Ninja eyes as a result. Buoyed by the gleaming synth-pop of Portland, OR’s STRFKR and the psych induced dream-rock of Brooklyn trio DIIV, as well as TMN Favorites Rose Quartz, Wild High and The Epilogues, this year’s UMS looks to be as top heavy as ever without skimping on any of the underground qualities which brought it to prominence in the first place. Grab your tickets here, and quite honestly, for our friends in Denver, $50.00 for a four-day paradisaical dip into some of the best atmosphere and music (of an absurd number of genres as well, mind you) the Mile High City has to offer is what we like to call in the industry… “a steal”.

Check out our 2014 coverage of The UMS here, stream our mini-playlist featuring a tune from each aforementioned act to stoke your UMS fire, and read the full lineup of announced artists thus far for the 2015 installment of The Underground Music Showcase below.

UMS 2015 first lineup announcement:

STRFKR, Diiv,  Milo Greene, Brick + Mortar, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Mac McCaughan (Superchunk), Moon Hooch, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Accordion Crimes, Beginners, Bud Bronson and the Good Timers, Colfax Speed Queen, Dragondeer, The Epilogues, Eros & the Eschaton, Gabriel, Garzón-Montano, In the Whale, The Knew, Land Lines, The Lonely Wild, Ned Garthe Explosion, Plum, Rose Quartz, Ryan Chrys and the Roughcuts, Shady Elders, South of France, SPELLS, Wild High, Wiredogs, The Yawpers.

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Doused
Leaving Now
Tidal
Hunting Season

 

 

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[Compilation] Too Lush Vol. 3

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The collective mindset is strong these days. We’ve seen multiple compilations spring up and massive libraries of music develop instantly on SoundCloud. It’s amazing to witness so many artists backing each other up and banding together to create these projects, and one of the latest to do it is Too Lush. Their third volume is a whopping 25 track journey through club music, future styled beats and hip-hop influenced cosmic wonders that include a wide range of producers that are making waves throughout the SoundCloud community. There are a few familiar faces among this crew, and plenty of new ones to explore and expand your musical palette with. Whether you’re looking to kick your feet up and just bob your head or in the middle of the club jigging away, Too Lush Vol. 3 has got a track for that. They’re generously giving it away for free on their Bandcamp, so download it, take it wherever you go, and make it a party.

Branstone
Tidal Chart Defect
Chris Jayden
Who Is She
T Pain & Lil Wayne
Cant Believe It (Catt Moop Remix)
FEELS
Fine as Funk
JNTHN STEIN
Sweat
Dehku
Glimmer
Max Indigo
Sun Trumpet
Dehousy
Sigh ft. Flyboy!
Knite Watch
On Top Of The World
Squishy Squirtle
Withdraw
Jesse Bravo
This Could Be Lush
VAPERROR
Bloom
Sandro Jeeawock
I Know You
VRSYJNES
Underappreciated
Clqqng
Frozen Sea
DEFFIE
Im In Love
Jengi Beats
Panini Café
Joe Petersen
Fade To White
Phonome x Strick
Gear Island
Ca$h Bandicoot
Left, Right
Flow Castle x Slow Graffiti
Do
CHLO
Gangsta Luv
Omarion
You Like It (KBoW x GRRL Remix)
Destinys Child
Bug A Boo (iMarkkeyz Remix)
Gutta x Dj K
Duecez
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