[Americana] JJ Grey & Mofro – Every Minute

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JJ Grey & Mofro
Every Minute

Every so often, we stumble across a song that perfectly embodies a particular situation. That situation could be a crazy night out at the club. That situation could be the most epic backyard BBQ you’ve ever thrown. That situation could be a sultry night in the bedroom. Well, those songs are great, but few transcend past those moments, fully encapsulating a nation. Did we just throw out a bold statement? Yes, we did. And we’re right. JJ Grey & Mofro are America, and they’re the tough as nails, beer and whisky drinking, tobacco chewing America to boot.

This often celebrated soulful Jacksonville seven-piece are set to release their newest record on Ol’Glory come March 3rd. This album marks their debut on Provogue, which is a part of Mascot Label Group. Amongst the 12 intriguing, soulful, bluesy, rock tunes, “Every Minute” stands out far above in our mind.

With instantaneous timelessness, this tune immediately boasts a historically classic sound, providing younger listeners with a taste of some influences from the best of the best (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, John Fogherty, etc). It’s one that should be held onto for every red, white, and blue get together, no matter how big, or how small.

If you have a chance to catch them live, make sure to do so. We’re pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.

2/20 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/21 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
2/25 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
2/26 Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
2/27 Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
2/28 The Vic – Chicago, IL
3/01 Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
3/04 Jefferson – Charlottesville, VA
3/05 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
3/06 Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
3/07 Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
3/18 Islington Academy – London, England
3/19 New Morning – Paris, France
3/20 Kaufleuten Zurich – Zurich, Switzerland
3/21 Technik Museum – Munich, Germany
3/23 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, Germany
3/24 Kesselhaus – Berlin, Germany
3/25 Bluestage – Nuremberg, Germany
3/26 Rockpalast Crossroads Festival – Bonn, Germany
3/27 Paradiso Main Hall – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3/28 Paard van Troje (Main Hall) – Den Haag, The Netherlands
4/2 – 6 Byron Bay Bluesfest – Byron Bay, Australia

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[DnB] Steven Lee vs Goldie – SuperHero feat Macy Gray (Goldie Remix)

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Steven Lee vs Goldie
SuperHero feat Macy Gray (Goldie Remix)

This ninja has been going to parties and clubs for over a decade and half. Through all the sets, all the singles, all the albums, and all of the crazy nights, one genre has always stood out – drum and bass. Something about the fast paced snare hits, the smooth, rolling bass, and those often uplifting vocals always have us beaming, and today, we have just that.

London-based Goldie threw us for a bit of a loop on this remix, leading us to believe we were going to enter a world of fluid liquid sounds, gracefully rolling throughout a six-minute drum ‘n bass journey. Macy Gray’s soulful vocals helped with to build that assumption, all of which came blissfully crumbling down as razor sharp industrial elements came charging in after the build.

Reminding us a bit of Dieselboy’s The 6ixth Session, this remix is an intriguing ride. Hopefully it adds to the growing movement of this often forgotten, but legendary genre.

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[Chill] Above & Beyond – Sun & Moon (Deuxième Revisit)

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Above & Beyond
Sun & Moon (Deuxième Revisit)

We use the term “chill” on TMN to describe everything from dubstep to Norah Jones covers. What we have for you today can be found elsewhere throughout the blogosphere as well as next to the definition of “chill” in your 2015 Merriam-Webster dictionary. I challenge you to have pants on by the time this tune ends, by your doing or someone else’s. “Sun & Moon” has been remixed and covered and mashed up to death in the electronic music world but nobody ever mentioned anything about jazz. Enter Deuxième aka the two most creative cats to come out of Connecticut in a minute aka the offspring of Duke Silver and Kenny G. Their spin on this is romantic, if not ethereal, and we are at a loss of words to truly put in words the type of way this has us feeling. Enjoy Ninjas and Ninjettes.

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[Disco/Indie-Dance] Odesza – All We Need (Haywyre Remix)

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Odesza
All We Need (Haywyre Remix)

I swear, Haywyre can do no wrong. Whether it’s originals or remixes, like his latest one of Odesza, he manages to create works that stand out to an extraordinary degree. He’s been playing this flip of “All We Need” in his sets, and I can only imagine how the crowds have reacted to it. This genre melting pot he cooked up is already blowing up for good reason. With such a funky, future indie sound, this is a hallmark remix that stays incredibly entertaining from beginning to end. We can only hope for a live video of him playing this, like he has done for some of his works in the past. Even if not, the song is excellent enough to satisfy our Haywyre needs. Martin has released this remix for free, so go on and grab it above!

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[Indie-Dance/Synth Pop] Streakers – Shut Up!

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Streakers
Shut up!

Never heard of Streakers before? I wouldn’t be surprised, because this act has just come out with their first single today. You may have, however, already become familiar with the two individuals who make up the New York duo, LARCY and Taylor Wise. Each have released incredible tracks in the past that have received some blogosphere loving. In coming together, their strengths are multiplied and any weaknesses (which I don’t think they even had) are squashed out. “Shut Up!” is the first concoction, one of indie vibes mixed with some pop action. Beautiful is one word that instantly comes to mind while listening to this tune. LARCY’s powerful songwriting abilities come through, with her voice excelling like never before. Taylor produced a hell of an instrumental that contends with stuff that wins people a Grammy. Inspiring, definitely; “Shut Up!” is one of the most emotive tracks of the year so far. And you can download it for free. Woo!

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Get to Know: Feed Me Jack [TMN Exclusive Interview/Event Preview]

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We’re really excited to be teaming up with the Make It Funky SF collective to put on a series of showcases in California highlighting local talent. Launching this Saturday, February 21st at El Rio in San Francisco, the first installment will feature experimental indie band Feed Me Jack and the folky, electronic vibes of Mosaics with support from acoustic soul duo, The Kakaroaches making for an eclectic mix of styles. As part of the series, we’ll be catching up with some of the performers to shed light on up ‘n coming musicians. RSVP at the link below. 

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Knight Fork

Since we were first introduced to Oakland-based Feed Me Jack a couple years back, they’ve quickly become one of our favorite up ‘n coming indie bands. The collective musical talents of the group have allowed them to perfect, and build on, a broad range of musical styles and influences. Their 2012 debut, Chumpfrey, recorded during their time at UC Santa Cruz, embodies their prowess and versatility, but the follow-up Anatolia EP saw FMJ combining their skill set with a seemingly endless amount of creativity for a cohesive, flowing sound all their own. We caught up with Sven Gamsky (guitar/vocals), Cameron Lampert (bass/vocals) and Jake Thornton (keyboard), 3 of the 5 members of Feed Me Jack (Robert Luisi on guitar/vocals and Eric Lawson on drums are the other two), in advance of their upcoming show. Enjoy the interview below, head to FMJ’s website to grab a bunch of great music and catch them at our showcase at El Rio this Saturday, it’s not one you’ll want to miss!

RSVP: Make It Funky & Music Ninja Present: Feed Me Jack, Mosaics and The Kakaroaches

 

TMN: So, you all first met at UC Santa Cruz. Can you talk a bit about how you all got together?

Sven: It was freshman year when I first met Robert. I was just in the quad, around the dorms, and heard some beautiful guitar wafting down from up high. I just kind of followed my ears and found the room where the guitar was coming from. I didn’t know Robert before that but I introduced myself and showed him a song that I had written. He recorded it and wrote a bass line for that song. That later became “Pirate Muse.” Then, we added a friend of ours who was our old drummer. So we had him and two guitar players, but we played one of the guitars out of a bass amp and had a sub-octave pedal to lower it to that range.

Cameron: So, the original bass player was not actually a bass player, it was just a pedal.

Sven: From that point on, we were kind of moving around until we found the right sound and group. We added Cameron as a permanent bass player and collaborator along with Eric as our new drummer.

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Definitely You

TMN: There are so many different styles infused in your sound—ska/reggae,  jam bands and sometimes even stuff like The Strokes just to name a few. Who are some of the bands and artists that influenced your sound?

Cameron: The Strokes are definitely an influence and Grizzly Bear. But really, music is derivative and we definitely acknowledge that. I think we love listening to all sorts of different stuff and really, I hate to use the classification of World music because all music comes from the world, but all music finds its place in our sound. Especially guitar music, plus The Beatles and classics like that.

Jake: I would say the first album, Chumpfrey, draws on a lot more of the influences that you mentioned first. We all think that was more of an accessible sound, a little more pop influenced, than some of our more recent stuff. We’ve really been striving to come with different sounds and go in more of an experimental direction while maintaining the influences that are still with us.

TMN: How did that process of putting together something as cohesive as Anatolia compare with the experiences behind Chumpfrey? Was that shift a conscious effort? 

Sven: Yeah, I think it was kind of a conscious effort. The Anatolia EP was an attempt to go with a little more of an atmospheric and visceral sound focused more on the composition, which is just writing a song that doesn’t have any recurring parts. It was kind of a journey from beginning to end. We’ve been messing with the idea that we want to have one piece of music as an album with all the songs bleeding into each other. So, we kind of tried to create transitions that connect the songs to make one larger piece of music—basically like a twenty minute song.

Jake: It was definitely more of a concept album for us and it also marked our transition from college, house-party type of music into a more identifiable sound. Continue reading

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[Event Preview] CRSSD Festival – San Diego 3/14-3/15

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Spring is around the corner, which means that it’s almost festival season! As one of our first stops, TMN is going to the CRSSD festival in San Diego. Taken place at the Waterfront Park on March 14 and 15, CRSSD fest features some of the frontrunners and up-and-comers in today’s electronic music. Powerhouses including Empire of the Sun, Chromeo, Odesza, Flight Facilities are headlining the festival at the “Ocean View Live” stage, while deeper acts like Kaytranada, Thomas Jack, Bakermat and Bixel Boys will try to win the crowd at “The Palms” stage.

The three-stage set up will definitely give a refreshing feel to all festival-goers. Thousands will gather at Waterfront Park and dance their pants off while overseeing the beautiful city of San Diego. With its popularity rising at such a high rate, CRSSD festival is representing sunny San Diego by stepping its game up. We are very excited to be able to witness the very first debut of the festival, as there will be many more in the future.

Make sure to check out this playlist we put together in advance to the festival. If you’re a fan of electronic dance music, and want to have a good time with laid back vibes all around, go to CRSSD festival and we promise you will not be disappointed!

Slow Magic
Still Life
Something New (Amtrac Remix)
Drive Me Crazy (featuring Vic Mensa)
ODESZA
White Lies (feat. Jenni Potts)
Bakermat
Teach Me (Original Mix)
Gabriel Rios
Gold (Thomas Jack Remix)
All Youre Waiting For (Feat. Nancy Whang)
Theophilus London Feat. Jesse Boykins III
Tribe (Bixel Boys Remix)
FoFo
Flight Facilities
Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Lido Remix)
George Maple
Talk Talk
Goldroom
Embrace

 

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