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Must Watch! 360° Video from The Zolas for “Swooner”

Photo credit: Steve Bays

Photo credit: Steve Bays

“The four piece pop band from Vancouver are upbeat and undoubtedly having lighthearted fun with their music, and the song is layered in sugary harmonic vocals and melodies for you and your friends to get dark (or drunk) to.” VICE’s Noisey

“a danceable exploration into experimental indie pop” Culture Collide

Vancouver indie-pop darlings The Zolas have released a cutting-edge video for their fuzzed-out, guitar-driven pop anthem “Swooner”, which just reached #2 on the Canadian Alternative Chart this year. The interactive live video was shot on four GoPro cameras mounted in a special 360° tripod that allows the viewer to pan around the room and explore different viewpoints. Make sure to watch on Chrome or Firefox!

The Zolas’ Swooner LP, released this year via Light Organ Records, dives headlong into vibrant, experimental pop, showcased by stirring modern production, highlighted by flashes of grungy hard-panned guitars, Prince-like synth flourishes, eurodance vocals and electric pianos. The band is heading out on a North American tour in June, including a stop at NXNE Festival and Pemberton Music Festival.

Tour Dates:

6/13: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
6/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
6/15: Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
6/16: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
6/18: Toronto, ON, Canada @ NXNE Festival
6/20: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
6/21: Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
6/22: Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
7/14-17: Pemberton, BC, Canada @ Pemberton Music Festival

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Video: Menace & Lord – “Sun, Moon & Stars , Pt. 1” (Part 1 of 3)

“We wanted to make a collection of songs that are a soundtrack to the times you lose yourself in the moment…whether it’s in the club, in the sunshine with friends or staring up into the night sky.” – Menace & Lord

Each has individually enjoyed a colorful, successful career within the electronic music industry, but now Kris Menace and Simon Lord have teamed up for an all-new music project simply dubbed Menace & Lord.

In step with their new direction, the pair will release an album on September 15th, and the debut single from the album is the title track “Sun, Moon & Stars, Pt. 1”.

The music video was directed by Rolling Stone Awarded Meeto Worre Kronborg Grevsen from Denmark who says: “When I was first presented to Menace & Lord, I was completely astonished by the feeling of the tracks. For me, they had a sense of magic like the feeling of being in love for the first time. A feeling of the universe coming together around you and a feeling of coexisting with another person and daydreaming. We wanted to create a love story, and we quickly decided to let the video universe evolve over more than one video to get deeper sense of the story and atmosphere.  It’s always a task to make a story fit within a music video, because making a music video is to the create a visual emotion to the music, and often a story is told by words and within a narrative structure that has to make sense somehow.  But I think we found a way to create a sense of a story without making it depend on words and the narrative structure. You should feel the videos rather than understanding it perfectly. And I love the chemistry between the actors.”

This is just the first video of three that will be released for the debut album Sun, Moon and Stars. The next two music videos are just as visually breathtaking as this one, and will be released in the coming months.

Again, from Meeto, “‘Sun, Moon & Stars, Pt. 1’ is the initial video of the trilogy and it should set the atmosphere for all three.  It’s centred around the first meeting and the magic of feeling another person for the first time.  It’s a happy beginning but we put some drops of melancholy in there as well. The sense of nothing last for ever.”

Menace & Lord are defining an all-new path in the electronic music scene so keep an ear out for the revolution.

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Interview: Youngblood Hawke

Youngblood Hawke has a shiny brand new self-titled debut EP out TODAY! The quintet’s anthemic new single “We Come Running” is iTunes’ official Single Of The Week and is available for a FREE download.

Click here to go download it.

You can also buy the EP here.

MA: What do you think about the success of “We Come Running”?

YBH: It’s unexpected!  We felt really close to the song and knew people would connect with it on some level, but the response has been overwhelming!  We couldn’t be happier with how people are responding!

MA: What’s the first thing you want to do when the debut EP is released? (That’s TODAY!)

YBH: Sit in the sun for a second… open a beer, deep breath.  Drink it.  Chill out for like 15 more minutes, then head back into the studio and keep writing!  Can’t stop!

MA: What’s been your summer theme song?

YBH: Brett Dennen – Must be Losing My Mind.  Soul and bass grooves for days.

MA: I just interviewed your labelmates The Royal Concept. Do you know their song, “Gimme Twice”?

YBH: Sounds rad!  Just listened!  Picked up on the Phoenix influence.  Solid jam!

MA: What’s your favorite food to eat in a hurry?

YBH: Fast food?  Um, those Natural Valley nature bars.  Oat’s N Honey booooy!

MA: What are you most looking forward to right now? (It can be anything; something in the next hour, the next few days, weeks, years…)

YBH: I most looking forward to traveling.  Im so anxious to get out there and start playing for different crowds.  See new things!  Meet new people!  Also, I’m going to Subway in about 17 minutes.

MA: What’s your next goal…no matter how big or small?

YBH: My next goal is to chase down and shatter Usain Bolt’s 100m world record.

MA: What song from your new album do you think fans will love the most (that hasn’t been heard yet)?

YBH: I can’t wait for people to hear “Dreams” or “Apache Heart.”  Haven’t locked in a name yet.  It shows a different side of us.  Its funky, eery, dancy and has an surprise guest feature!

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Newest Love: Eyes Lips Eyes

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OMG, you need to listen to this right now. I love it…and not just because of the use of the cowbell, either.

The foursome Eyes Lips Eyes are gearing up for the arrival of their EP, What You Want (If You Want) due out August 21 via Roll Call Records/ILG. Listen to the new song “Don’t Blow It,” streaming now at Spinner, who proclaims, “Eyes Lips Eyes are going to make your day. It’s like LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads had a baby.”

Go Listen: Eyes Lips Eyes – “Don’t Blow It”

Co-produced by the band alongside John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Nada Surf) and mixed by Mike Roskelly (Kaskade), the 4-song release features upbeat, hook-laden songs that recall late seventies post-punk mixed with the unbridled night out energy of The Strokes. A full-length album is in the works for release early next year.

Eyes Lips Eyes has been building a steady following since their debut project Blue Red – an ambitious year-long project that saw them self-releasing one song and a correlating video every month for 12 months. The release earned them acclaim from the likes of FILTER, Buzzbands.LA, and CNN, with the latter naming them one of their “Artists to Watch” at this year’s SXSW.

Eyes Lips Eyes was originally forged in the midst of Provo’s (Utah) dance party scene, which shaped their live show into the high-energy, garbage can-banging performances they have become known for. In a few short years, they have performed all over the country, sharing the stage with acts like Modest Mouse, Spoon, The Raconteurs and more.

In 2010 the foursome, consisting of Tony Hello (vocals), Spencer Petersen (guitar, vocals), Aaron Hatch (bass, vocals) and Thomas Carroll (drums), relocated to a warehouse in Downtown Los Angeles. Nicknamed “The Cube,” the band lives, rehearses, and records much of their work here, in true DIY fashion.

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Must Listen: The M Machine’s Remix of Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk”

Go listen to it now!

Go here for a download of Passion Pit – “Take a Walk” (The M Machine Remix)

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Video: Mati Zundel – “Senor Montecostes”

“In Zundel’s electronic music and in this song “Señor Montecostes” you can hear the sounds of South America but also the sounds of Africa in the cumbia dance rhythms, the sounds of Detroit and some dubstep.” – Bob Boilen, NPR Music

“ZZK is the first label to push the sound of Argentina from the villa (ghettos) to the uptown.  ZZK is a big part in bringing this to the attention of the people.” – Diplo

Mati Zundel’s is the first proper album release since Waxploitation (Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley, The Causes Compilations) joined up with ZZK Records out of Buenos Aires. If you’re unfamiliar with ZZK and Mati, they’ve been pioneering a new type of experimental dance music that fuses everything from dancehall to dubstep with música tipica of South America. If you’re looking for a good background on what’s going on down in the Argentine experimental dance scene, DJ Rupture’s feature in Fader a few years back is a good place to start. And for more info on Mati, check out NPR’s piece where they named him one of the favorite new artists of 2011 (read HERE).

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Whoa!: Walk Off the Earth – “Somebody I Used to Know” (Gotye Cover)

The unconventional, multi-talented five-piece musical phenomena, Walk Off The Earth, performed their hit cover of “Somebody That I Used To Know” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday.

Based in Burlington, Ontario, Walk Off The Earth’s brilliant 5-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” recently exploded on Youtube garnering well over 35 million views in under 2 weeks and is currently heating up the charts on iTunes. The massive fan response has drawn attention to their collection of innovative songs and videos spanning their last 5 years and generated an unprecedented flood of media interest.

For the past 5 years, Walk Off The Earth has built a massive following of dedicated fans from around the world through their unique and heartwarming approach to songwriting, filming and constant, open interaction with everyone their music touches.  With the massive popularity of “Somebody That I Used To Know,” new fans from around the world have fallen in love with the band’s organic, independent, sincere and honest original songwriting, cover interpretations and beautifully filmed videos.

The chemistry between the members of Walk Off The Earth is undeniable.  Marshall, Sarah Blackwood and Gianni Luminati’s individual vocal stylings mesh seamlessly with Taylor’s haunting harmonies and keys all the while soaring over epic melodic arrangements held together by Joel Cassady’s driving and prolific percussion work.  Their independent spirit, unstoppable work ethic and awe-inspiring creativity has catapulted Walk Off The Earth into new and uncharted waters with only bigger and better things on the horizon.

Controversy, questions and speculation about the authenticity of the video performance have been swirling from the moment the cover went online.  At the same time, Ellen Degeneres invited Walk Of The Earth to perform live on her syndicated daytime talk show in L.A.
Facts, Stats and Accolades:
  • Walk Off The Earth’s Youtube channel has over 60 million total upload views and counting
  • Walk Off The Earth’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is the most watched video globally on YouTube for the month of January.
  • Their cover saw the highest Billboard debut since April 2011 blasting into the charts at #14.
  • Hitting the iTunes charts internationally with singles and past albums, including #1 Canada/Sweden/Germany. Top ten in most major markets.
  • Walk Off The Earth has gained social media support from Adele, Gotye, Russell Crowe, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Whiz Khalifa, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Seacrest just to name a few.

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TV on the Radio

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Silly me never posted about it, but I’ve been looking forward to TV on the Radio’s arrival for months!!! They’ll be here May 11th for a show at Mr. Smalls. If you haven’t gotten your tix yet, what are you waiting for?!

The show falls on a Monday, but who cares? I will gladly go out on a “school” night to see them!

Click here to get to TicketWeb and order yours…hopefully they’re not sold out!

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Dear Science

Over the weekend I got the new TV on the Radio album, Dear Science. I’d heard wonderous things about it, and I knew I had to have it. ASAP.

And those wonderful things you may or may not have heard about it are absolutely true. Dear Science is the band’s 4th album, and in my humble opinion, the best yet. Ok Calculator was their first, and I think it was sort of like an experiment for them to really find the sound they wanted; their niche if you will. It was much different than their later albums to come. Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes came next. This is when their track “Staring at the Sun” brought them some attention. It was that song that first piqued my interest in what they had to offer the world.

Return to Cookie Mountain, nooo — not a Cookie Monster/Sesame Street movie, is the band’s third album, released in 2006. Probably one of their most known songs, “Wolf Like Me” appears on this album. Now the rest of the world is starting to wonder about these guys. Pitchfork names the album #2 out of their Top 50 albums of 2006. And they placed #5 on Metacritic’s list.

Now, bloggers and music reviewers from ALL OVER are talking about Dear Science. The album just dropped two weeks ago and according to Hype Machine, has been one of the most blogged about bands. This new album is also doing very well on Metacritic, too. It’s got a rating of 90 out of 100, the site’s highest rated album so far this year! “Golden Age” is quickly becoming a popular, well liked track from the album.

Here is a list of the tracks from Dear Science:

  1. Halfway Home
  2. Crying
  3. Dancing Choose*
  4. Stork & Owl
  5. Golden Age
  6. Family Tree
  7. Red Dress
  8. Love Dog*
  9. Shout Me Out*
  10. DLZ
  11. Lover’s Day

* = my favorites

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