[Beauty] ODESZA – Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)

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Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)

Over eighteen months, Odesza has exploded, and we aren’t complaining one bit. When they came through Orlando, I had an opportunity to catch Odesza, and it was one of my best show experiences. The show sold out, and the room was packed with happy people swaying to their music. Their performance style is amazing! Odesza switches from both jamming on their Ableton controllers, to their synthesizers, and they even do some live drumming! Completely unique performance style, and their music shares that trait. Very beautiful, and inspiration music from these two. Odesza’s new album “In Return” will be coming out September 9th on Counter Records, which you can preorder here. If “Memories That You Call” is a teaser for “In Return“, then we are beyond excited!

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Get to know Denver’s UMS – 7/24-7/27 [Interview and Showcase Playlist]

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We’ve been proponents of underground artists for as long as we’ve been in existence. In all honesty, we get more of a thrill from reading a submission with a subject line like, “Debut song from indie/folk artist from the UK,” than we do from something like, “Mega superstar announces 1,000,000 city tour.” There’s a certain excitement in showcasing an up-and-coming artist that simply can’t be obtained from any other type of music review.

The Underground Music Showcase (better known as The UMS) shares this affinity for what most call “Hipster One-Upping” by continually bringing in top-notch, lesser-known, independent acts for nearly a decade and a half. Starting out in a single venue, this showcase has grown tremendously, to the point where it now aggressively takes over a stretch of Denver’s most coveted neighborhoods, turning it  into a four-day music festival.

We had a chance to catch up with one of the organizers, Kendall Smith of The Denver Post, who dropped some knowledge on how this thing started, whom he’s excited to see personally, and what this musical frenzy goes to benefit.

TMN: Thank you for taking some time to speak with us today. We’re less than two weeks out from The UMS, how are things coming along so far?
You bet. The clock seems to have sped up, but things are shaping up nicely. We keep improving every year. This year looks to be no exception.

TMN: Talk to us about the origins of this festival. It’s going into it’s 14th year, correct?

That is correct. The UMS was started by John Moore, formerly of The Denver Post. He wanted to showcase a few local bands he thought weren’t getting the attention they deserved. It started as a one night, one venue event. Eventually, the pop music critic for The Denver Post, Ricardo Baca, took it over, moved it to South Broadway and created the multi day, multi venue model it currently operates under. John and Ricardo are brilliant, passionate and talented men. I am a fortunate person to have worked with them both.

TMN: You’re bringing in artists from all over the world, including one of our current favorites, The Griswolds. How do you go about selecting your worldwide and national underground talent?

We have an awesome talent acquisition team led by James Irvine. James is the founder of Holy Underground and also books Larimer Lounge. We met The Griswolds through our efforts down in Austin during SXSW. The UMS produces a day party for our pals at Reverb every year. The Griswolds played this past year and turned in a burner of a set.

TMN: Some people may not know this, but this festival benefits the Denver Post Community Foundation. How did this partnership come to be and what types of causes does it support in the metro area?

When the festival was brought in house at The Denver Post, the decision was made to add it to the portfolio of Signature Events offered by The Denver Post Community Foundation. Net proceeds of the event are distributed to local non-profits to support of programs that benefit children, the arts, literacy and education and the provision of basic human services.

This year, we have two charitable partners. The first, a youth facing organization, Youth on Record, is a long time partner of The UMS. Our second, and a new partner this year, is an artist facing organization, MusiCares, a nonprofit arm of The Recording Academy.

TMN: Most festivals/showcases try to bring in those marquis artists that will sell tickets. You guys do exactly the opposite of that, providing music lovers with a glimpse into some lesser known bands. What are some of the struggles with putting on a show like this?

How much time do you have? Kidding aside, the core mission of The UMS is to showcase the vast talent we have in this region while also growing the audience for the local scene. We hope through our efforts, we continue to build trust. Trust with fans that the quality of the bands is going to be great. Trust with national booking managers that The UMS will a great look for them in Denver.

TMN: Denver seems to be a hotbed for all different types of music, filling up a sizable number of venues week to week. Aside from the obvious notable venues (Red Rocks, Fillmore, Beta Nightclub) what are some of your favorite spots to catch a show?

We are so lucky in this town. There are so many great rooms. I love the Gothic, hi-dive and Larimer Lounge. I recently saw a pretty rad Devo show at Summitt Music Hall and Colorado Springs has a pretty terrific new room at Ivywild.

TMN: What’s the one venue at UMS that everyone should check out, if they haven’t already?

All of them! Four days is plenty of time. I encourage everyone to check out the Main Stage this year. We have moved next door to Security Service Federal Credit Union and have made some upgrades to the stage and infrastructure. It’s going to be great!

TMN: What artist are you most looking forward to checking out this year?

I love and hate this question. I love the lineup this year, but we get so busy running things I just don’t ever plan on being able to see anybody in particular. My best bets are usually to see some of the main stage acts. Should a happy accident occur whereby I am in the right place at the right time and get to see any one of Ark Life, A Tom Collins, Eros and the Eschaton, Dragondeer or Roadkill Ghost Choir, I will be way pleased.

TMN: If you had to describe this event in three words, what would they be?

Music. Community. Goodness.

TMN: Thanks for your time! We can’t wait for the showcase July 24-27.

Thank you! See you on South Broadway!

HEADLINERS

Real Estate
Crime
Blonde Redhead
People Under The Stairs
Acid Raindrops

TMN’S PICKS

The Griswolds
The Beware the Dog
GEMS ≠ Scars
Brother Tiger
This Must Be the Place (Talking Heads Cover)
Miniature Tigers
Used To Be The Shit
Native Daughters
GDS
Speedwolf
Up All Night
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Ffunny Ffrends
Baths
Miasma Sky
Hillary Hand
Tameless Tongues
American Tomahawk
Do Not
Kyle James Hauser
Maria
Goodnight, Texas
Santa Cruz
Fort Frances
Chicago
Heart Attack
Lions & Lambs EP
Rose Quartz
Scarves
RUMTUM
Alona
Mosis
Where It Was
Keepers
Hello (Original Mix)
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #92

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Well ninjas, hopefully all of you survived your 4th of July holiday weekend. We know it can get a little rough after 3 days of raging hard, so it’s understandable if you don’t want to look at another American flag for the next couple of weeks. Luckily for you, we put together the perfect recovery Chill Dojo to sooth your mind – and your liver for that matter. TMN always knows how to give you exactly what your soul needs every Tuesday morning and afternoon because we like to give all of you a small break from the festival life and bring you back to reality. We’ve got a heaping dose of some intense feels for you this week so prepare to fight that dire urge to soulfully move your body and cry the rest of the day. So press that play button and let these delectable sound frequencies give you some peace of mind.

Until next week, yo!

Lemaitre
High Tide (Oliver Nelson & Tobtok Remix)
Foster the People
Best Friend (Jai Wolf X AObeats Remix)
Sam Smith
Stay With Me (EigenARTig Remix)
CRYSTAL FOX & DOLPHIN TEARS
ATLANTIS
bonobo
Duals
Psymbionic
One Thing ft. Cristina Soto
Görkem Han Jr.
Ocean
Wayward
Belize
waiting so long
Pascäal
Drowning In You (Mincha Edit)
Sailor & I
Turn Around (Âme Remix)
Free n Losh
Lost Ft. Cat Lewis
Alicks
Beneath The Surface
misxgi
OCEAN
xxyxx
Zygote
Diversa
i love you for existing
The Weeknd
The Knowing (Aeron Beems Ethnic Vaportrap Bootleg Remix)
Cazzette
Sleepless ft. The High (Prinston Acoustic Edit)
Sam Sm1th
Stay W1th Me (JayKode Remix)
Lana Del Rey
Fucked My Way Up To The Top (Yamill Remix)
Bondax
All I See
StéLouse & Rusty Hook
Space Bar
Brew Brewses
Cracked Stones
Braedon Bailey
Breathe Easy
Sun Ritual
Esta.
Lexo
#33. Haan 808
Black On Green (Free Honey)
Petit Biscuit
Collapse
14AM
Take A Note

 

 

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[Album Review] French Style Furs – Is Exotic Bait

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“You are going to be pleasantly surprised by this / You will find yourself sweetly insulted,” seduces Nathan Willett in the opening line of “Miami U R About 2 B Surprised,” and he couldn’t have been more right.

I remember being very surprised when I read the announcement that the Cold War Kids frontman and bandmate Matt Maust were teaming up with We Barbarians drummer Nathan Warkentin (with Haley Dekle of Dirty Projectors featuring as well) to form side-project turned supergroup French Style Furs, and now it’s finally here, with the trio releasing their debut LP Is Exotic Bait on Frenchkiss Records today.

Named after a storefront in Brooklyn and cultivated in spontaneity, French Style Furs is abstract and pulsing with the kind of creative urgency that comes with writing and recording in between shows, with Willett’s signature howls, barks, and wails giving restless life to lyrics inspired by Trappist monk and mystic Thomas Merton’s poetry.

Opening with the quasi-autobiographical “3 Friends,” Is Exotic Bait exudes this vivacity, confidently declaring “Damn it / We are here” after chronicling the musicians’ decision to “Live together and know nothing of it,” with “No plans / No benefits,” and asking “Could we just fly in space / And forget to exist?” If that isn’t the description of playing in a band then I don’t know what is.

Taking the dance-inspiring synth vibes explored in Cold War Kids’ last album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts and running with them, Willett and co. get downright frantic in “All The Way Down,” before transitioning into the fuzzy, vaguely U2-esque riffs of “(World In My) Bloodstream.”

Standout track “Solitary Life” opens with one of the best bass grooves of Maust’s discography so far (you can almost see him jerkily swaying on stage as you hear it) before swinging horns, Dekle’s vocalizations, and even some cowbell are layered on.

Produced by Nick Launay, whose past projects include Nick Cave (one of the Cold War Kids duo’s main influences) and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Is Exotic Bait is steeped in the brooding of the former and the sharpness of the latter; “Miami” and “Turn or Burn” display some of the darkest and deepest vocals ever recorded by Willett, while the beat and pulse of “Christmas Card” could just as easily be filled with Karen O’s shrieks and shouts.

Complete with another beautiful specimen of cover art from Maust, Is Exotic Bait is good on its promise of being one of this year’s most pleasant surprises. Oh, and only Willett could write a song called “Ambassadors Of General Electric” and make it sexy as hell. Check it out in its full glory below:

3 Friends
All The Way Down
(World In My) Bloodstream
Solitary Life
Miami U R About 2 B Surprised
Ambassadors Of General Electric
Turn or Burn
Man The Master
Christmas Card
Clairvaux Prison
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #91

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Yo ninjas! So our Chill Dojo master, Michael, is off sight-seeing the world right now and has asked me to step in to provide you all with this weeks down-tempo beats. I may not be a certified dojo master just yet, but i’ll make sure to make you all feel some type of way.

Loaded with a wide range of chilled out vibes from all over, I think this dojo will speak for itself when I say it’s jam packed with some heavy feels from some of TMN’s favorite artists, such as: Lido, Telescope Thieves, P A T HPusher, and more. As you prepare to press play, just know that this playlist was specifically designed to enhance your current state of mind for the rest of the week. We hope you ninjas are prepared to go deep with this dojo because I may or may not have chilled this tone down a bit more than usual. Until next time – peace!

ZHU
Faded (Lido remix)
Snakehips
Days With You (ft Sinead Harnett)
Russ Liquid
Speedster
Pop It  (ABSRDST Remix)
Alive Again (feat. Citizen Kay)
Memorecks  
Trouble (Free n Losh Remix)
Porter Robinson
Sad Machine (Anamanaguchi Remix)
Gorgon City
Here For You (Bronze Whale Remix)
Luster (feat. aywy)
Cashmere Cat
With Me (In Love With A Ghost Edit)
Milo Häfliger
Scar Tissue (Remix)
Emlyn
Ritual (Henry Green Remix)
Gold
Laura Jae
Let Go (Joymback Remix)
Phazz
You
Alicks
Outside
deadmau5
Avaritia (Dropwizz Chillout Mix)
Romby
Luminous
Ryn Weaver
OctaHate (Pusher Flip)
P A T H
C O M I N G  D O W N
Pablo Nouvelle
Invading My Mind Ft. Fiona Daniel
Glow Coin (edapollo Remix)
grand marnier/ celeste.

 

 

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[Trap] Two Dots Theme Song (Proper Villains Remix)

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Two Dots Theme Song (Proper Villains remix)

Leave it to Proper Villains to take a mobile phone app theme song and transform it into a trapped out anthem. You heard us correctly. A MOBILE PHONE APPLICATION THEME SONG. Proper Villains decided to unleash his havoc on the popular game, Two Dots, to which he instantly makes us all put on our stanky faces. The harmless and innocent essence of the original theme song will never sound the same ever again thanks to Proper Villains.

This anthem is loaded with frenzy, angst, and a boat load of high hat heat. Not only has he given us a reason to go out and actually want to play this game, but he has also given us a reason to expect the unexpected when it comes to the limitless productions he creates. Now go enjoy your Friday with this heavy banger – but beware – you might become just as addicted to Two Dots as you were with Flappy Bird. You have been warned, ninjas.

In case you were wondering what the original sounds like…

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[Event Preview] Take 2 Entertainment Presents: Boatylicious

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Grab the sun tan lotion and throw on your bathing suits everyone, because Boatylicious is back again this year and hotter than ever! Brought to you by Take 2 Entertainment, Boatylicious is set to depart from the docks of Long Beach, CA on July 5th at 6 PM. Celebrating its 1 year anniversary on 4th of July weekend, Boatylicious is bound to make us all wanna go bump in the night. This year’s line-up is stacked with some of the spiciest talent out there, such as: Yolanda Be Cool, Moon Boots, Sam Hiller, Kid B, Ruby SparksaRod, and The Interns. The triple-decker boat will have both an indoor and outdoor stage, which should create a more intimate vibe that’s strong enough to get everyone out on the dance floor and ready to groove the night away. If this doesn’t sound like the perfect way to celebrate your 4th of July weekend, then we might ask you to re-evaluate your idea of fun.

If you are stationed in the Los Angeles area, and want to attend a party before the party actually starts, then you’re in luck because Take 2 Entertainment is bringing back the party buses – and this time with 2! The buses will only be able to hold 54 people, so make sure to book your ticket and get groovin’ before anyone else. For more information about pick-up locations, check out Take 2 Entertainment online.

If you’re down to party with good music and people, all while cruising around the Long Beach harbor on a boat, then Boatylicious is calling you! Get your tickets today before it sells out. See you ninjas on the deck.

Moon Boots
Whatever You Need
Yolanda Be Cool
Cause I Like It (Original Mix)
Case Of The Ex (Ruby Sparks & Shiny Remix)
AROD & BONES
Holidaze 2013 Mix
Kid B
dope vol. 4
The Interns
Lunch Break Vol. 7
Control Radio 065
Mixed By Sam Hiller

Check out last year’s Boatylicious adventure in this re-cap video after the jump: Continue reading

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