[Indie] Sharon Van Etten – Taking Chances

Sharon Van Etten
Taking Chances


Smooth, mellow, and everything seductive is the way I would describe Sharon Van Etten’s new track ‘Taking Chances’. The song off her upcoming album ‘Are We There Yet?’ out May 27th, Van Etten offers us a relaxed look into her music. The song carries piano, drums, and a little guitar that intertwine with her voice to provide a magical story of love and taking chances on it all. Van Etten’s voice is soft and strong with a bit of darkness behind her singing. A beautiful song to play while sipping on a cup of coffee welcoming these fresh spring days.

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[Deep House] Pete Tha Zouk & Mitch lj – Monsoon (Rashid Ajami Remix)

Pete Tha Zouk - Monsoon (Rashid Ajami Remix)
Pete Tha Zouk & Mitch lj
Monsoon (Rashid Ajami Remix)

The day after St. Patrick’s Day – or as I like to call it St. “Drink All Day” – is always going to be a fuzzy night we almost never remember. However, the hangover that follows the next day is just enough to remind you of the consequences of drinking one too many Irish Car Bombs. Well, you’re in luck because we have the perfect tune from Rashid Ajami to remedy your pounding head.

Ajami takes us one level deeper with his rendition of Pete Tha Zouk & Mitch Ij’s track, “Monsoon.  As soon as it starts, you immediately transcend into a trance-like state of mind that only intensifies as the layers become heavier and the synths become creamier. The melancholic melodies resonate a certain level of depth and darkness in which you are thrown into an involuntary state of introspection. Ajami transforms this song into an enchanting, exotic, and elegant form of art. Not only does this deep house track have a tropical vibe going on, but the accompanied video is equally as enticing. Watch as the colors blend with the beautiful beats and let your mind cure itself of that gnarly hangover.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2014 Round #3)


After a night of drinking green beer and Irish car bombs, loud noises and playlists are probably not the most appealing thing. But thanks to the internets, the Indie Dojo will still be here tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

Hold Me Down (feat. Revier)
James Young
Timothy Bloom
Stand In The Way (of My Love)
Novo Amor
From Gold
Lucy & the Caterpillar
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[Mashup] Big Boi – Part Time Hater (Feat. Kid Cudi & Stevie Wonder)

Part Time Hater
Big Boi
Part Time Hater (ft. Kid Cudi & Stevie Wonder)

Believe it or not, we’ve finally made it to the ninth and final installment of Big Boi‘s “Mashup Mondays” series. We’ve seen some pretty ambitious efforts so far, yet each single track leaves us even more amazed than the week before. This time Big Boi and DJ Dungeoneze team up to blend together the Kid Cudi-assisted “She Hates Me” with Stevie Wonder‘s “Part-Time Lover” to create the cleverly titled “Part Time Hater.” The previously morose single comes off as far more upbeat after its recent facelift, embedding more optimism in the song’s lyrics, which is reflected in the “glass half full” shown in the track’s artwork. If anything, the tune is worth a listen simply for the fact that you’ll never hear Cudi singing quite like this ever again.

There’s no accompanying video this time, but feel free to download the track above, and check out several other standouts from the series as well.

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[Chill/Pop] Roosevelt – Small Hours (John Martyn Cover)

Small Hours

Cologne upstart Roosevelt has been a blip on our ambitious radar for over a year, notably behind this writer’s favorite EP of 2013 Elliot, but today he’s peeled back yet another layer of production prowess, offering a smooth cover of John Martyn’s 1977 classic “Small Hours” which begs the attention of an entire blogosphere. Roosevelt cuts the original running time down significantly, routing his cover with a syrupy sweet downtempo melody and a focus on perhaps one of the most beautiful chorus line we’ve consumed in eons. “Keep on Lovin’ while your love is strong/Keep on lovin’ til your love is gone…away” may be simplistic on paper, but such a highly emotive vocal sang by Roosevelt stirred our pot in the perfect direction and adds an entire new dimension of depth to the ambient original. “Small Hours” is being pushed as a single on Joe Goddard’s tastemaking imprint Greco-Roman, and judging by the fact that we adore most anything from their camp, we were plenty excited that they were the genius music minds behind its release. So stream Roosevelt’s cover of “Small Hours” above, slink back somewhere comfy and let this absolutely gorgeous tune point you in the right direction.

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TMN Talks Cyborgs, Hall and Oates and Daft Punk with El Ten Eleven [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

El Ten Eleven
Nova Scotia

ETE - 12.14.13 - EL REY - DEBI DEL GRANDE - LA RECORD 1Over the years, we’ve come to learn that there are two types of interviews. One interview is very cut and dry, making sure to stick to all the necessary press points set out by a publicist or label. The other is completely non-conforming conversation that goes every which way except for what you planned. The latter is always more entertaining, and when it comes to El Ten Eleven, that’s the one you should expect.

After two twenty minute interviews with Kristian and Tim, we’ve come to find out that a conversation with these two is much like a conversation with two of your good friends. The laughs are abundant, the random references flow naturally, and you could never plot out exactly how it’s going to go.

We had a chance to once again sit down with this instrumental duo, and what ensued was nothing short of one of our favorite interviews.

TMN: Hey guys, thanks for taking some time to sit down with us again. Strangely enough, this is the same place we spoke two years ago! Let’s kick things off by asking you a very serious question. Are you guys cyborgs sent from the future for the sole purpose of touring constantly?

K: How did you know that? WHO TOLD YOU?

T: Maybe. I haven’t really figured out what my purpose is.

TMN: Speaking of touring, you guys seemingly always have a heavy presence in Colorado. We’ve seen you guys listed in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and some mountain venues. Is this one of your favorite states to hit?

T: Definitely. There’s so many different places and generally speaking, except for the kid who shot out our window in Colorado Springs, everyone has been awesome in Colorado. Seriously, the venues, the people who work there are cool, and it has beautiful white mountains.

TMN: With all that touring, you guys have to be loaded up with some good tunes. Do you have anyone in particular you’ve been into as of late?

K: I just discovered a internet streaming thing from London called NTS, I think. They’re really good. They play electronic music. There’s a lot of electronic music in the van, and a lot of hip hop. No post-rock, ever. We used to listen to a lot of comedy, but we’ve gone through everything we could find.

Chris (Tour Manager) plays Flume a lot.

T: Yeah, Chris drives most of the time, so he controls the radio, which is cool because he has good taste in music. Today he was listening to like Ludacris and Mase. It was kind of a 90’s hip hop trip. Which those are like my two least favorite rappers in history of rap, but that’s what headphones are for.

TMN: One thing we’ve often heard is that the lack of music is actually quite nice when touring across the country in a van/bus. You guys just touched on listening to stand up comedy, but what do you do to pass the time?

K: I usually just try to sleep. I’m also working on a book right now. I try to work on it every day, but a lot of times I’m really tired and I think “I’ll just take a nap and work on it later.”

We have our little positions in the van. Chris will get in the driver seat, you’ll (Tim) will get in the passenger seat. I get on the back bench. You’ll (Tim) end up with your laptop open, working on Logic, and I’ll end up falling asleep. It’s kind of a standard picture of the van.

TMN: Let’s chat about “Transitions.” It’s been out for a little while now, and has had a really warm reception. Talk to us about the overall concept behind that album, and the kickstarter to get it funded.

T: We did do that, but just for vinyl. That was the second time we did that, and the first time we had done it with vinyl. It was crazy. I still think it’s a great way to pre-order music. Everyone wins. Especially for vinyl. It’s really expensive to get made, so it’s one of those things that’s great to see if people really want it. If they do want it, then you get some money up front.

Usually what happens is: we’ll be getting vinyl made, re-upping CDs that we sell, and then trying to leave for tour all at the same time, so whatever money we do have gets drained before we leave. And then you’re rolling around, trying to make money as you go because you’re completely broke. So, it’s nice to get the money up front because people were going to buy it anyway and we get it on time for the tour.

TMN: If we remember correctly, you guys did some really fun and different rewards. You did a lifelong guest list reward, a helliopter ride, etc.

T: We tried to make it cool and fun, not just music and merch.

K: No one bought it though (the hellicopter ride). It was really expensive. Not because we were trying to rip anyone off, it’s just expensive to rent a hellicopter.
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[Indie/Synth-Pop] Wye Oak – Glory

Wye Oak

Until now, we’ve only heard one track, “The Tower,” from Wye Oak’s forthcoming album Shriek. While the Baltimore duo’s resumé currently boasts three classically charming and dreamy indie rock records, “The Tower” is unlike anything we’ve heard in the band’s seven-year existence.

As Wye Oak move into the next chapter of their musical endeavor, they have decided to leave their guitars at home and plug in the keyboards instead. In an interview with SPIN last year, frontwoman Jenn Wasner explained how she and bandmate Andy Stack grew tired of their “indie folk” brand and needed something to help them get over the creative wall they had hit.

Their latest track “Glory” follows in “The Tower’s” footsteps of synth-infused melodies and bass-driven beats. Precision basslines and airy, elegant synth radiate over Wasner’s phasing vocals, while Stack unleashes a fury of sweeping electronic riffs, guaranteed to make your face melt.

Shriek is available April 29 via Merge Records.

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