There’s no mystery around the fact that we’re huge fans of Meg Myers. Spawned out of an affinity for her music, and some rather quirky interview responses, she’s always held a little piece of our ears and hearts here at TMN. Today reinforces why we’ve come to love this LA based indie rocker, as we feature her newly released single, “Go.”
Harnessing classic women of rock like Joan Jett and Heart, Meg’s softly sung lyric float over twangy guitar riffs and eerie piano chords. The chorus of “Go” is anything but soft, breaking into a frenetic bout of power chords coupled with intense screaming that would make any punk lover proud. We’re once again left impressed by the ability to combine to vastly different soundscapes into one track, culminating in something that’s both raw and beautiful.
“Go” drops later this month (2/11) on her upcoming EP, Make a Shadow.
Oh how we love to talk about our favorite artists whilst being able to hook up our amazing contingency of Music Ninjas with some perks in the process. Singer/songwriter Caroline Smith has seen a consistent musical symbiosis take place over the last few years; from early in her artistic career being embraced by the indie/folk community before recently being the focal point of one of our favorite press quotes of the year by the Star Tribune: “Goodbye, sweet, cuddly indie-folk songbird. Hello, sexy, glam R&B singer”. Her last LP Half About Being a Woman released back in October, and we just could not manage to shake those beautiful tunes for months afterwards, especially our personal favorite “Magazine” (which you can and should stream the Audiotree session for below). So in advance of Caroline Smith’s impending Half About a Woman album release tour, which kicks off in just three days, we wanted to team up for another ticket giveaway for our Denver family!
Caroline Smith invades one of our absolute favorite rock-bars in the Mile-High City, The Hi-Dive, this Friday, February 7 and we’d love to get you a pair of tix to the show. Entering is beyond easy. Just fill out the mailing list form below, “like” the Caroline Smith and The Music Ninja Facebook pages, and we’ll contact you via e-mail. There are a few rules, of course:
– You must be 21 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
– You must shout “I Love The Music Ninja” upon entry.
Good luck, ninjas!
It’s a winning combination of future and classic sounds this week, which makes for the perfect mixed bag of candy for your ears. It’s just the type of music which might make a big victory even sweeter, or help ease the pains of a thrashing of epic proportions.
Whatever side of the fence you were on, it’s impossible not be a fan of this new fun-packed remix from dojo favourite Lindsay Lowend. The feverish master of bass has molded an 8-bit slow jam from Anamanaguchi’s ‘Prom Night’ and it sure knows how to show you a good time. If people are yet to take notice of this producer, this is the track to change the game. We’ve talked about them before, but West Australian duo Slumberjack are definitely ones to watch as well, dabbling in that infectious sweet sound coming out of Oz right now. This teaser for their new remix of ‘Hanging On’ was just too good to refuse, but will leave you desperately wanting more, so make sure to cop the full track out now. Cashmere Cat’s Wedding Bells EP is no doubt one of the best releases of the year so far, and French beatmaker Phazz has gone in with a remix that is crazy good. Taking signature Cashmere vibes and smashing them together with breathtaking melodies makes for one hell of mix, and we are just itching for this one to be released. But wait, there are more crazy beats and breaks are coming straight at you from dynamic duo AO Beats and Manila Killa, and we will not be held responsible for any damage incurred after the uncontrollable body moving that ensues. Luckily, we can slow things back down with this sultry wonder courtesy of a newly surfaced name in EMOJI KING. Though not much is known about this mysterious producer (or side project), one thing for sure is that he/she has already set plenty of hearts on fire with this one, ours included. These mad vibes continue from the likes of Tajan, Mr. Carmack and Mawhs, before we switch things up in a chill house direction. This comes courtesy of an alluring deep remake of the Galantis single ‘Smile’ from Denver duo Action 52. The smooth vocals from the original delve into some very soulful territory, forming a dangerous combination with the irresistibly hypnotic groove layered throughout.
So no matter the outcome from the big game, there’s no way anybody can intercept the vibes flowing from this week’s playlist. Peace out.
Prom Night (Lindsay Lowend Remix)
HANGING ON (SLUMBERJACK REMIX)
Wedding Bells ( Phazz Remix )
slow it down bb ❤
Be With U
Smile (Action 52 Remix)
Isla (Sebastian Carter Remix)
Crave You (TEEMID & Daniela Andrade Cover)
If U Got It (The Magician Remix)
Nothing You Can Say (Original Mix)
Never Can Say Goodbye (Felix Jaehn Remix)
Let Go (EMBRZ Remix)
In 2011, Yuck‘s penchant for grunge and 90’s nostalgia, saw their debut offering Get Away released to an acclaim so high it was hard not to reach for the bandwagon. Ex-frontman Daniel Blumberg seemed to be steering them back into an age of raw, lo-fi sentiment. The era where abrasive authenticity was aplenty and euphoric indie rock: embraced and prevalent. Yuck’s beginnings were certainly an accolade to grunge times past. Post-Daniel departure, the question on the lips of all anticipatory Yuck fans: have the wheels left the wagon?
The exit of a frontman and co-writer/producer leaves a hole, it also leaves room for reinvention. What better to shovel into this gap than a guitar laden wall of sound, some introspection and a dream-pop, fuzzy soundscape wide enough to once again throw your hopes into.
Following their aptly titled second album Rebirth, Yuck release a preview of surprise spring EP Southern Skies. Far from 2011, fresh track “Athena” continues to evidence the band’s transition into ethereal realms. Yuck look set to front a whole new resurrection, this time turning their attentions to the British mid-nineties movement of shoe gaze. Meeting all specifications, “Athena” embodies the fuzzy form and introspection of My Bloody Valentine circa Loveless. Vocals are softened and often indistinguishable; blending with the noise-pop backdrop, in a non-abrasive and flawless fashion. Dreamy soundscapes eventually leading to a heavier more climactic closure. Whilst retaining elements of their pensive past, Yuck’s last UK tour saw Max Bloom take the wheel, steering in a direction that featured tight live performances, complete composure and a promising new form.
“Athena” can be heard above. Taken from forthcoming Spring EP, Southern Skies.
The Bellows (free download!)
Don’t you just love when you get to a show early, not knowing who the opener is, and end up being wildly impressed with what you’re witnessing? That’s exactly what happened this week when we went to check out Bad Suns at the Marquis Theater in Denver. We showed up a bit earlier than we wanted to, but we’re sure glad we did. Catching Bear on only their second live show, we were instantly hooked by their impressive sound.
Hailing from the Mile High City, this brand-spankin-new post rock outfit knows how to put on a show. Their lead singer switches back and forth between softly sung lyrics, and big, boisterous choruses. The guitar work was something to be noted as well, articulately providing a melodic, heavy and enticing backbone to their tracks.
The only song on their soundcloud happens to be one of our favorites from their live set. “Bellows” is an emotional ride driven by calculated guitar work, driving drums and powerful vocals. While the production isn’t top notch, it’s to be expected from such a new endeavor, who is most assuredly paying for studio time on their own dime. Regardless, the song still carries an impressive heft, leaving us wanting to hear more.
Man Hands (Preview)
Mike Mago authored perhaps one of this writer’s single favorite dance tracks of 2013, “The Show” which saw more remixes in the house and deep-house scene than almost any other tune. Now the Amsterdam native has once again managed to grace us with another highly addictive original dubbed “Man Hands”, albeit a preview, out on Spinnin Deep, this February 24. Mago’s utilization of premier vocal hooks and recurrently hypnotic house melodies shine brighter than ever on “Man Hands” and we’re waiting like one of Pavlov’s dogs to wrap our ears around some more tracks from the BMKLTSCH RCRDS boss. Stream the preview of “Man Hands” above.