James Vincent McMorrow Discusses “How to Waste a Moment,” Remixers, and Breakfast in America [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]


There shouldn’t be any doubt in any of our reader’s minds with regards to our unwavering affinity for Mr. James Vincent McMorrow, or JVM, as so many of you lovingly call him. Dating all the way back to April of 2011, we’ve been enamored with his unique, intoxicating, and highly addictive vocal tone and style, continually waiting for each and every new release.

After seeing JVM a few times in different cities across the states, we were finally able to catch up with him and have a quick chat about his marathon of touring, the upcoming album, and, of course, breakfast food in America.

TMN: Hey James. Thanks for sitting down with us tonight. Is this your first time in the Mile High City?

JVM: Yeah. Is that what you call it? Mile High City?

TMN: Yep. We’re 5,280 feet above sea level. You just performed at Mishawaka, which we’ve somehow never been to. How was your experience up there?

JVM: Yeah. Saw a Bear. Played by a roaring river. It was cool…it’s a strange little V. It’s a narrow strip of land because you have the river here, and the road here (gesturing with his hands), and you have this little bar there. Beautiful bar, actually – really good food and nice people. It felt a little bit like playing in Austin, at Stubbs…if you’ve ever been there. Outdoor. Dirt floor. Rickety stage. It was really atmospheric. Once it got dark, it was real cool.

This is the fun period. We’ve done 150 shows since the last record came out. This is the end of the cycle. It wasn’t ever on my bucket list, to play the Mishawaka, but it really cool. It was a co-bill with a band called Dawes, which we don’t overlap crowds a whole lot. My crowd is very different from their crowd. So, that means there’s a lot of people there that are like – “impress me.” Which, I love. It’s cool.

TMN: Over the past few years, you’ve done quite a bit of touring through the states. We’ve had the pleasure of catching you at Coachella and in New York. What have some of your highlights been?

JVM: My highlights are like – in the last two years – playing two nights in the Sydney Opera House. That’s just not something I ever expected to happen. It’s such an iconic place. Selling out two nights there was a real moment for me – a real marker – to a level we had never been before. We had done shows in Australia in January for like 700 people, and we were like “we’ll be back.” Then we came back and sell it (Sydney Opera House) out in super quick time.

Coachella was cool, even though it was a stressful tour to me. That tour was amazing because we sold everything out. Even though crazy stuff was was happening to us logistically, every show was amazing. It was so much fun. It felt like the 70’s or something – shit would go wrong and we couldn’t fix it, so we would just have to roll with it. That whole tour was a whole moment.

There’s a festival in Ireland called Electric Picnic, and we headlined on Saturday night. That was really special for me, because that’s a big festival for an Irish person.

Those are the ones that jump out to me.

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[Folk] Conner Youngblood – Birds of Finland

Conner Youngblood
The Birds of Finland

Every time we hear a new song from Texas-based Conner Youngblood, we have to stop and ask ourselves, “Why isn’t this kid blowing up right now?” Not to discredit the success he’s already experienced, especially given the reach of tracks like “Australia” and “The Warpath.” But, in our eyes, Conner Youngblood should be a household name. He’s been a long-time favorite of ours, both within TMN HQ, and individually amongst writers, and it can’t be too much longer before droves of others are proclaiming the same.

There’s a certain casual, unassuming, and welcoming vibe from Youngblood’s music. It’s not pretentious. It’s not overly complicated. It’s just…good. “Birds of Finland” shows us that again, as we experience a blend of experimental and familiar. We’re welcomed in by strange, vocoder-filtered vocals, oriental-style strings, and understanded piano keys. The song transitions into a powerful, building folk song, highlighted by that voice we’ve come to know and love through the years.

“Birds of Finland” can be found on his upcoming EP, Generation of Lift, due out October 9th.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2015 Round #4)


Everything happens for a reason. Like…landing here on this Indie Dojo page. You might not be able to explain how you got here and you really don’t have to. Just going with the flow. You never know where the new music discovery adventure will take you.

New Venusians
Keep Running
The Nile
Saltwater Sun
Making Eyes
Frederick The Younger
Human Child
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[Indie/ Folk] Jackson Dyer – Steal Away

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Jackson Dyer
Steal Away

If like me, you’re dispirited by the closing of festival season, this Berlin-based indie-folk artist will ease the transition from summer to back to school, university or work. Having released his brilliant EP ‘White Threads’ last year, Jackson Dyer has maintained and matured his magnificence within the new single ‘Steal Away’.

Instantly amerced by the warm depth of an ambient electric guitar, Dyer’s soulful vocals entice us to lose ourselves within this beautifully simplistic piece. ‘Steal away’ proceeds to run away with momentum as he invites the drums to help accelerate his voice, only elevating the song further. The Australian’s light vocals balance delicately upon the accompaniment, singing fondly of eloquent childhood memories along the west-coast of Australia. He later introduces the violin to bring this song to a gratifying peak of liberation, before stripping it all back to the bare essentials for the final lyrics.

Easily one of my favourite songs at the moment, ‘Steal Away’ liberates us as an audience and we quite literally steal away from our surroundings, and escape through this calming track. He sings almost desperately of home-sickness and yearning for the ocean, whilst feeling trapped amidst the concrete of Berlin city. It’s a piece that begs us to sway with his breathy voice, as the drums consistently play a perfectly laid back beat behind.

Check out the link below for potential tour dates, live videos and more music.


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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2015 Round #3)


We have a tendency to have zero patience for anything technology. The moment we see the spinning beach ball of death swirling its colors ’round and ’round, we pretty much lose our minds. But what we forget is that one time we didn’t have the luxuries of technology at our fingertips. We had recording songs off the radio on to cassette tapes, dragging songs over into mix cds, and sending letters via snaaaaail mail. Ok, so maybe some of you are too young to go that far back, but still, we have come a long way. We should learn to appreciate the advances we’ve made and embrace the buffering of the Indie Dojo every once in a while. It really doesn’t hurt to slow down time every now and again.

15 Step (Radiohead Cover)

Charlie Sztyk
Dance With You

Gabrielle Papillon
Got You Well


Chocolate Cosmos

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2015 Round #2)

One of the biggest shocks to our system has got to be coming down from a wonderful, relaxing 3 day weekend. The more time we have to relax and forget about the reality ahead, the harder it is to get ourselves back into the grind. So what we need to do is remind each other to focus our thoughts on the silver linings hidden in the “going back to work” cloud. And while we know it can be a difficult ride, we’ll be more than happy to start you off on the positive thought train with the first silver sparkle we see. #1 We have a short week ahead. Our weekend countdown clocks have already swam passed the 24 hours of a dreadful Monday without us watching every tick, so that’s pretty awesome. And #2, we rolled right into the Tuesday Indie Dojo without a glitch. We think thats a pretty good start on the track, but it’s up to you to keep that positivity chuggin”…



Five Minutes

Good Ghost

I Need You

Distant Cousins
Your Story (feat. Jessie Payo)

Rainbow Kitten Bones
Bare Bones
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Breath in your last breaths of summer air, soak in your last rays of warm sunshine, hold on to every glorious summer memory as best you can. ’cause September is here. And if you ever need a reminder, the Indie Dojo will be right here, holding those songs that soundtracked your summer right here, in the place you last found them.

Viola Beach
Swings & Waterslides

Meeka Kates

Red Socks Pugie (Foals Cover)

The Palms
Push Off

We Will Live For Ages

Shy Kids
® o c k e t s

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