[Album Stream] Mansions On The Moon – Mansions on the Moon

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There’s no hiding the fact that we’ve become just a little bit enamored with alt-pop Casanovas Mansions on the Moon. And on that note, we’ve been waiting ever so patiently for their debut long-player like good little ninjas for just slightly over four years now. Yesterday, the So-Cal ensemble finally released their self-titled album and truthfully, some of us have been looping it for just over 24 hours straight. We’ve previously covered a handful of singles -“Radio”, “The Truth”, “Don’t Tell”, “Somewhere Else Tonight”, “Heart Of The Moment”- but our ears have obviously been a bit more glued to the cuts in which we had never previously consumed including “Take A Ride”, “Notice Me” and “All There Is”. We got lead vocalist Ted Wendler to say a few words about each of the ten tracks contained within Mansions On The Moon, and here’s what one of our favorite indie-pop crooners graced us with:

1. “Radio” was written in response to growing pressure for the band to write a breakout radio pop single.  We set out to create a poppy track that ironically spoke of the growing lack of unoriginality in radio pop music today.

2. We wrote “Don’t Tell” while we were stranded in Scranton, Pennsylvania because our northeast coast dates were cancelled due to super storm Sandy.  We set up a studio in the hotel and made lemonade out of lemons.
3. “Somewhere Else Tonight” has been with the band for a very long time.  We’ve been playing it live for two years while we not so patiently waited for the completion of our first full length album.
4. “Where You Are” started with an instrumental foundation laid down by TRAKGIRL. Ted used a TC Helicon processor to achieve the robotic sound of the vocals.  Then we went hambodian in the studio to take it to where it is now.
5.  The lyrics for “Take A Ride” were written in Missoula Montana in 2006, the instrumental was completed with Paper Diamond in Boulder Colorado and the vocals were finally recorded in a closet in Los Feliz.
6. Ted first recorded the vocals for “Notice Me” over an acoustic arrangement.  The band, along with Sunny Norway and David Ott, used the original acapellas and took the song to a completely different space.  Maybe someday we will release the original acoustic version.
7. “The Truth” was the last song we wrote for the album.  Lane was insistent that it needed to be included in the release.  After Baby Jeff laid down the P-Funk the deal was sealed.
8. “Heart Of The Moment”  was written by our bassist Jeff and inspired by a spiritual revelation. We played the track for Zee Avi while hanging out at a friend’s apartment in downtown LA. She graciously accepted our request to sing on the song.  The version appearing on the album is remixed, re-arranged and remastered from its original release.
9. On “All There Is” Ben wrote the instrumental foundation for his mom as a birthday present.  Then Ted used this to write the lyrics.  We hope to inspire people to revisit forgotten dreams and goals they had in their youth, no matter how impossible they may seem.

10. Ted wrote “Time” while house sitting in the mountain town of Roanoke Virginia.  He spent that month prolifically writing and recording while a English bulldog named Oscar snored in the  background.

And there you have it. Now that you’ve got a bit of insight into the psyche of Mansions as they wrote their first album, take just under forty minutes and listen to their worthy entry into the LP format in its entirety below.

Radio
Dont Tell
Somewhere Else Tonight
Where You Are
Take A Ride
Notice Me
The Truth
Heart Of The Moment (ft. Zee Avi)
All There Is
Time (ft. Codi Caraco)
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[Ticket + Signed Merch Giveaway] Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – Fox Theatre – Oct 28

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Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
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We hate to use that classic line, but if you’ve never seen Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. before, you’re really missing out. Coming from a group of people who see hundreds of shows a year, we can easily say that this Detroit-based electro pop outfit is one of our favorites. No joke. They’re that good.

With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with the Fox Theatre to bring you a chance to win a pretty epic prize pack. Two tickets are a part of it, per usual, but this time the deal is sweetened with a signed album and a t-shirt. All you have to do to enter is fill in your information below. It’s that easy.

We’ll pick a winner on Oct 27th at 4:00PM. Please check your email at 4:05PM to see if you’ve won. Seriously. Put a notification in your calendar.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
- You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display the entire day on behalf of The Music Ninja



 

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[Synth-Pop] PHOX – 1936 (Carousel Remix)

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PHOX
1936 (Carousel Remix)

Carousel have certainly made a resonant impact here at TMN over the years and continue to be an act we call upon with regularity to deliver a healthy dose of happy-dance inflamed pop music; whether it’s through their sterling original productions or pliable, John Hughes soundtrack-esque remixes. Today the highly schooled duo have taken on Phox‘s folk-pop ditty “1936″ and completely shifted perspective towards a slice of 80′s electro-pop. When listening to both tracks, it becomes even more impressive that Carousel so easily took a beautiful tune with zero electronic influence and turned in a version we would have thought was the original had we not been in the know. Their airy synths punctuate a sea of leisurely percussion, and Phox’s vocal track plays in perfect harmony to the pair’s sophisticated instrumentation, marking yet another gem added to the Carousel palate. Let’s get a little vibey on this beautiful Friday. Stream Carousel’s “1936″ remix above.

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[Deep-House/Indie-Dance] Little Daylight – My Life (The Golden Pony Remix)

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Little Daylight
My Life (Golden Pony Remix)

We’ve been big fans of NYC’s preeminent deep-disco slingers, The Golden Pony, who for some time now have been authoring up some of the tastiest re-imaginings of tunes crossing all sorts of genres. From Peaches to Daft Punk and Tears For Fears to Swedish House Mafia, the afro wielding duo have proven their merit time and time again, pulling tunes we never thought would succeed in the deeper, more underground reaches of dance into their slick realm of sounds. Their latest remix finds them taking Little Daylight‘s “My Life” into a more sensual, slightly melancholy direction than we’ve seen in the past, using a neatly wrapped rolling bassline and popping 80′s synth progression to push Nikki Taylor’s vocals front and center. As with their entire catalog, this one will be given away for free, this time through Little Daylight’s Soundcloud, so hop on over and snag a copy. Trust us, for our electronic fans, you’ll want to be sure to add this one to heavy rotation.

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[Synth Pop] PROM – My Line

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Sometimes all you need to end your night is a nice cup of hot vanilla chai, a cozy blanket, and a little PROM in the background to send you into a spiraling tunnel of pure, euphoric bliss. We’ve come to love everything there is about Gabe and Ella, and have been supporting them ever since their debut release with “Flickers”. Now that their Keeping Company EP is finally out and floating in the world, we had the joy of listening through each and every magical track.  We took to fancying every single song on the EP, but were captivated by the ear-enchanting number, “My Line”. Filled with their glorious  signature synths and flawless harmonies, PROM has distinguished themselves as innovative, artistic, and highly unique. As we sit here and enjoy our nightly cup of tea, we can’t help but close our eyes and lose ourselves in this soul-quenching track. The music Gods sure have graced us with this heavenly duo and all that they create. Despite them still not inviting us to Prom. Gabe and Ella are always going to have a special place in our ninja hearts from here on out. Well. what are you waiting for? The play button isn’t going to hit itself, so prepare to escape for the rest of the night and we’ll see you on the other side.

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[Nu-Disco/Synth-Pop] Penguin Prison – Calling Out

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Calling Out

Oh Chris Glover. Your lovelorn, Anglophilic, dreamy dance-pop and beautiful songwriting never fail to bring a smile and hip wiggle from us. Glover, who’s tenfold more renowned as his artist moniker Penguin Prison is back with another pop construed dance ditty, “Calling Out”. It’s been much too long since we’ve gotten an original from the crafty, 80′s driven producer, as we’ve seen Penguin Prison taking on remix duties for the likes of Maroon 5 & Youngblood Hawke, lending those beautiful vocal chords on tunes like RAC’s “Hollywood” and Viceroy’s “This Life”, as well as authoring shiny new covers of Lionel Richie & Sade; and “Calling Out” has certainly made up for the lack of solo tunes in the last few years. “Calling Out” rolls on a four-four disco kick drum, provocatively drippy synths and Glover’s extraordinary refrain to result in a worthy and welcome comeback single. The fact the tune ends with a frizzy guitar lead only sweetens the deal. The word is out that there will be another Penguin Prison LP in the near future, so we’ll keep you posted. Until then, enjoy “Calling Out” above.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2014 Round #2)

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Making a playlist can be a tough job. You have to find the right songs, place them in the right order, and make sure they have the right flow. Some come out a little more artistic than others, but you find yourself making one every mood/event in your world. Now, if you tend to use the right side of your brain more than your left, don’t you fret. The Indie Dojo is more than happy to paint the pictures for you. Feel free to hang them on your fridge.

Thief
You Look So Good To Me
Magic Bronson
Shivers
The Mispers
Shoulder
Diamond Thug
Walk My Way
Western Scene
See What You Want to
Magic Giant
Glass Heart
Freddie Dickson
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