[MP3 Playlist] The Trap Dojo: Volume #8

It’s Tuesday and that means relentless 808′s to the face from some of the biggest names in the Trap game. Starting with a Festival worthy remix from Party Favor of Birdy Nam Nam‘s track “Jaded Future”, sampling some catchy rap lines with massive booming synths. Aylen remixes the classic James Bond “007 Theme” and features some epic samples from the movie and re-works this one flawlessly. Next is “Swerve” from Baauer off his most recent EP titled Dum Dum, and he murders this one with all sorts of funky sounds. Loud Flavor brings the most unique track on this playlist that you don’t want to miss titled, “Here They Come”. This remix from Savant has it all, from filthy Trapped out drops to massive Dubstep infused wobbles that keep you guessing throughout the whole track. This morning San Diego representers Kicks N Licks sent over their newest release and it features some filthy 808′s mixed with some hard rap samples for an all around good time. Cardo releases this LoveTrap tune on Fools Gold Recs. and its got some sexy melodies that hit at all the right times its titled, “My Old$chool”. The trap Dojo wouldn’t complete without some tuneage from ƱZ, and he remixes Foreign Beggars track “Goon Boys”. 12th Planet and Antiserum team up to deliver an extremely massive Trap Step tune titled, “Bass Salt” that your neighbors should love. Cheers.

To DOWNLOAD todays entire Trap Dojo, CLICK HERE. 

In case you missed the last couple weeks, click on the links below to check out these massive posts.

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Birdy Nam Nam
Jaded Future (Party Favors Gettin Wasted Remix)
007s Theme
Loud Flavor
Here They Come
Blood Command
High Five For Life (Savant Remix)
Kicks N Licks
Keep it Raw ***Free Download in Description***
My Old$chool
Foreign Beggars
Goon Bags (ƱZ Remix)
12th Planet & Antiserum
Bass Salt
Dem Franchize Boy
Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It (MitiS Trap Remix)
Somebody To Love (Blitz Gang Remix)
Burst! (ƱZ Remix)
Wildfire (Alex Young Bootleg)
Kanye West
Love Lockdown (DJR Bootleg)...   {{FREE DL}}
DJ Belly
Make Dat Ting Clap
Intro (KO Remix)
Major Lazer
Original Don (Dj Sliink Remix)
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[Indie] Lost in the Trees – Villain (I’ll Stick Around) (Video)

In 2010 we received All Alone in an Empty House from North Carolina natives, Lost in the Trees. Today, it’s A Church That Fits Our Needs, and it’s wonderful. It’s been likened to the intense abstract nature of Radiohead and the sentimentality of Bon Iver‘s For Emma, Forever Ago. The album is no doubt emotionally intense and riveting. The depth of each track is quite expansive and it simply gets a listener thinking. “Villain” is an excellent example of these notions. It’s straight forward in it’s poignancy and really gets on a provocative level of abstract tenderness. The video here captures well the air of the track. It’s interestingly beautiful and intriguing. But just don’t take my word for it, watch it and see for yourself.

Get your copy of A Church That Fits Our Needs now via ANTI-/Trekky Records!

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Interview with Vacationer, Part 1

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Good As New


On Vacationer‘s blissful electro-pop album, Gone, we are transported to another place. Maybe it’s a sun-soaked beach, a glimmering ocean, or a majestic mountain. Maybe it’s a Berlin club, the Eiffel Tower, or a highway across America. Wherever it is, there we are eased into shaking off the chains of worry and stress, and allowed to unwind and let go, relax and indulge. If we need a trip, Vacationer will take us there.

Vacationer is made up of Philly-based frontman Kenny Vasoli and Brooklyn’s electronic outfit Body Language. One cool Wednesday evening, I met with Vasoli few hours before the band’s set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I had been a longtime fan of his work — he previously fronted a band called The Starting Line, a Drive-Thru Records group on the forefront of the pop-punk scene during the early 2000s — and was a little fangirl-dazed upon first meeting him. But he was nothing but cool, humble and animated, exactly as I remembered him from my teenage years. Geeky 15-year-old me would never have thought that I’d be talking to Vasoli about a new electronic project 10 years later. It’s funny to think that things like this come full circle, but there we were.

The Cameo Gallery performance space and the restaurants nearby were buzzing with noise and chatter that night, leaving us a little perplexed at first as to where to conduct the interview. But finally, we found a quiet, albeit odd, spot: a bench right outside the venue. Leave it to us to make the sidewalk a professional place of business.

While most of Brooklyn seemed to walk by us and stare, we talked at length about the band’s beginning, the new venture into electronic music, their Downtown Records debut Gone, his favorite vacation and more. So, without further ado, here is Part 1 of my interview with Vacationer:

TMN: So, forgive me for starting the interview this way [laughs], but I have to tell you that I was a huge Starting Line fan in high school. As a teenager I grew up on everything Drive-Thru Records.
KV: That’s beautiful.

Are you ever hesitant to talk about that band when discussing Vacationer?
I’m not really hesitant about it, but I don’t wear it on my sleeve. I don’t list it as credential. I like for this [Vacationer] to stand on its own.

Can you take me through a timeline of how Vacationer began?
The point of transition for me was after I went to Bonnaroo in 2011. I had two new Person L demos that I was really excited about. One was sort of a Talking Heads-influenced, rolling beat dance song, and the other was a Thom Yorke, Eraser-era electronic-backed song. I gave them to some friends of mine, like Anthony in Circa Survive and the Manchester Orchestra guys, and also sent them to my manager, Matt, who used to play guitar in The Starting Line. But he said the demos weren’t speaking to him, which made me re-evaluate what kind of output I was doing. I really like making music with Person L, but it’s so frantic in its focus.

Were you a fan of electronic music at that time?
Well, even before that I was listening to tons of electronic music and really getting into the whole shoegaze electronic scene. I was heavily into Beach House and The Radio Dept, and all their sweet-sounding soft records. I wanted to do something like that for fun. I didn’t know where it would lead to, I just knew that I wanted to make something that’s not loud and not me yelling my head off [laughs]. Something easily facilitated in just one room, where I wouldn’t need a bunch of players, just a few people helping me with beats and whatnot. That’s where the inspiration really came into play.

Then I asked Matt if he knew anybody in Brooklyn that might want to co-write and produce new music with me. He sent me a list and some links to artists like Penguin Prison, MDNR and Body Language. Body Language was the one I was really stoked about so I asked him what their deal was. Turns out they worked out of their own studio and had written with Passion Pit. I love Passion Pit! So I went up to Brooklyn and we started messing around with some stuff. I wanted to do electronic music that was somewhat organic. Inspired by this one Four Tet song, we put together a four-on-the-floor kickdrum and simple bass line, and after awhile the song turned out to be Gone‘s “Great Love”. It was really cool and I was so excited to do something electronic. I watched Body Language work and it was such an eye-opening and learning experience. They seemed to be excited about the way I sang and did my melodies. Every other weekend we did sessions together and after a few months we had enough material for a record.

That’s amazing that you all were able to come together right away.
It was a real wonderful work of coincidence that we were able to communicate and produce so well and so quickly. I really didn’t know what it would be like since it was the first time ever I was stepping into the electronic world. I was afraid, but after the first session they really got an idea of what I liked and would email me loops and clips that they put together. I’d be like “These are awesome!” and throw a mic on my guitar and play along with them. I’d then throw on some vocals and additional loops on the clips, which would prepare us enough for our next Brooklyn session.

Coming from a more indie rock scene, how would you say the creative approach is different when tackling electronic music?
It’s a lot less pressure for me because I don’t have to be the one to always come up with the initial idea. There are so many ideas being thrown my way from Body Language. And all it takes is that one idea and that’s enough for me to start, it’s the first puzzle piece for me to picture the rest of the song. The hardest thing for me is to stare at a completely blank page [laughs]. Once you have an idea, it’s like a word association game. It gives me a glimpse that I can take inspiration from.

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[R&B] Solange – Losing You & Sleeping in the Park

It has been awhile since we heard some new material from Solange Knowles, but recently she stepped back onto the music scene and dropped new two singles, “Losing You” and “Sleep in the Park”. Her lead single “Losing You” is a Blood Orange-produced light and vibrant pop track with a digital sound. This cross between ’60s girl groups sound and simple lyrics, give the danceable song a Jody Watley-esque vibe. On the B-side of this release is her grittier single “Sleep in the Park”. This Tim Anderson-produced track is filled with guitar rips, percussion, and funky vibe. Both catchy and infectious singles are available now via Terrible Records, the label founded by Grizzly Bear‘s Chris Taylor.

Losing You
Sleep In The Park
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[Live Review] Nick Waterhouse – Larimer Lounge, Denver

Being a Music Ninja requires us to see a ridiculous amount of live shows. From seedy dives, where you’re nervous to use the restroom, to sold out arenas, we’re out there each and every week. Sometimes a lot of the music blends together simply because we see so many live performances. This cannot be said for Nick Waterhouse.

We went to the Larimer Lounge to check out Waterhouse’s show. For those of you who haven’t been, the Larimer Lounge is a tiny venue in a not-so-good neighborhood in Denver. While it can be a little hairy to navigate in and out of the venue, they bring in some amazing indie talent. For this show, we not only got to review Nick Waterhouse, but also a band that he produces – Allah Las.

Allah Las played first, accompanied by Waterhouse at times, and had a California surf rock sound that warmed the crowd up nicely. The music was something you could envision listening to on the beach sometime in the early 60′s. While we would have been content with seeing just them, the show’s impressiveness only grew as Waterhouse took stage. As he went into the first track, people immediately started dancing. Now, for this time of venue, this isn’t something we normally would see. We were almost taken back by the atmosphere that was created. The swingin’ crooner style of Waterhouse filled the room of dancing people, and created an essence of a time that we’re completely unfamiliar with. That night, in that crowd, we were in a different era.

I’m always taken back by artists that can create an experience by going to a show. It’s one thing to see great music being played. It’s a whole different experience the music, the mood, and the intent of the music. Nick Waterhouse creates a scene that’s truly not to be missed.

Nick Waterhouse
Is That Clear
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2012 Round #20)

In the digital era there are only a few of us left that still fork out the money to buy a physical CD. You know, those round shiny things that playback music when placed in a computer and/or CD player? But back in the day, when that was the only format to get music in your ears, judging an artist by it’s cover was sometimes the way to go. There was no previewing of any kind. Even if  you had no idea who the hell they were, if the album art looked cool, you would be more than likely to purchase it and try it out. It was a gamble to say the least, cause this purchase could be totally worth it or a total crap shoot. But it was the element of surprise that made it a habit. So even though we miss out on the experience of the unknown with streaming albums and free downloadable playlists, ya gotta admit its kinda nice to have no financial obligations or buyers remorse lingering overhead. Just a world wide web full of more samples than Costco on a Saturday afternoon.

This Mountain
Hes My Brother, Shes My Sister
Tales That I Tell
Milano Sun
If You Go Home Alone
Year of The Buffalo
Tall Heights
I Dont Know, I Dont Know
Holly Miranda
Stand by me (Ben E King Cover)
Happiest Lion
Harvester, Golden Gowns of Glee



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Mean Lady – Bop Bop

Delaware’s Mean Lady return with news of a 7-inch single release on Fat Possum in November. Check out the lead track “Bop Bop”, which swells from an intimate folk introduction into a beautifully layered slice of experimental pop music.

Mean Lady
Bop Bop
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