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Check ‘Em Out: Tattoo Money

“For those unfamiliar with Tattoo, he’s an artist to watch. He approaches Hip Hop with an alternative, almost indie perspective that gives his sound a unique feeling.” – EARMILK

“The startling track, both intimate and anthemic, could perhaps best be described as feminist-folk-rap.” – BlackBook

Brooklyn-based, alternative hip-hop artist and songwriter, Tattoo Money, announces his debut untitled EP. The lyric driven EP was inspired by his surrounding world, using only one guitar, one synth and a drum machine. Untitled is due out August 11th, 2017.

Today, Tattoo Money shares his latest video, “Caffeine On An Empty Stomach” via EARMILK, who uncovered the deeper meaning of the video and track, stating, “Throughout the video, different groups attempt to put Tattoo into a stereotypical box. Whether it’s Timberlands or a bottle of Hennessey, groups try and force products onto the emcee as if he should accept them because of his looks. As the video goes on, he runs away from all of these forces before confronting them with his music at the finale.” Last month, lead single, “Black Girl Magic,” premiered on BlackBookwho stated, “The startling track, both intimate and anthemic, could perhaps best be described as feminist-folk-rap.”

Tattoo Money (also known as Pete Armour) was born in Brooklyn before hipsters, bike lanes and artist lofts. Hip-hop was at the core of his upbringing. but Armour’s treasured music collection always included rock bands, such as Cold War Kids, Avenged Sevenfold and Arctic Monkeys. Playing around with the dichotomy of growing up in Brooklyn during the hip-hop golden age, and being into rock and metal, Tattoo Money is an authentic fusion of modern youth culture, creating something new out of a distinct variety of influences.

For Tattoo Money, fitting in has never been part of the agenda, nor was it attainable.

“When I showed up to play hip hop shows they always thought I was an R&B singer. When I show up to play at rock shows (with a guitar on my back, mind you) I always get asked if I’m DJ’ing.”

Tattoo Money writes songs about relationships. Relationships of all kinds – with lovers, exes, friends, enemies and his relationship with New York City. Performed live, these songs aren’t just his songs, these songs become everyone’s songs. The energy transferred in the room between the crowd and the performer is what Tattoo Money feeds off of – for him, it’s all about vibes and connection. With a focus on narrative, Tattoo Money’s minimalist instrumentation and style drives focus to the meaningful stories and personal experiences within the music. EP tracks such as “Black Girl Magic” and “Caffeine On An Empty Stomach” display Tattoo Money’s way of incorporating his personal hardships into meaningful change. The first track hopes to uplift black women and the future of amazing black women during this difficult time, while the second hopes to push beyond the boundaries of black stereotypes.
UNTITLED – TRACKLISTING

01. Caffeine On An Empty Stomach
02. Barrington Levy
03. Levels
04. Black Girl Magic
05. Liars

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Newest Love: Argonaut & Wasp

Argonaut & Wasp is an indie dance band from Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by the sounds of the kick drum, the electric guitar, the bass, and the synthesizer, the group creates fashionable music for fashionable crowds.

Check out “Paradise” and fall in love like I did.

“Trey and I were attending lots of DJ sets at the time (which is one of our favorite evening activities). Anyways, we would show up at all of these hip Brooklyn venues and everyone would be glued to the walls, everyone just standing there – lost in a state of confusion. We decided to capitalize on this feeling, this need for a rhythm and the need for a beat. We rushed home one of these evenings – grabbed a cowbell, picked up the guitar, and got to work.” — Argonaut & Wasp

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Check ‘Em Out: argonaut&wasp

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After the recent release of their latest single “Loser Like You”, Brooklyn-based dance rock crew argonaut&wasp are set to release their new EP Ha! Fiction.

Ha! Fiction’ is a colourful, imaginative EP born out of change, struggle and big ideas. Having relocated to New York City a year ago, the move meant a bigger workspace, more rent and a new perspective on music.

This transition brought changes greater than we could of predicted…the sight and sounds of NYC changed our perspective on music, why we do it and how we listen to it. This EP is a reaction to all of that. And as we scramble to make sense of it, we realize it’s just what we make it.” – argonaut&wasp

Throughout the EP there are clear nods to greats like Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, The Clash and Daft Punk, as the band takes the listener on a imaginative, lyrical journey. Their disco-infused single “Loser Like You” is a taste of an EP that is guaranteed to be a whirlwind musical journey, free flowing with funk-driven guitars, quirky vocals and thoughtful lyrics.

Opening track “Paisley” features a sun-kissed bassline paired with fun, care-free lyrics that call for dancing. It’s an introductory track that perfectly encapsulates the band’s musical style — gooey and groove-filled sounds given weight by lyrics inspired by big changes and growing pains – and sets the pace for what’s yet to come.

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J. Views – “Into the Light” (ft. Wild Cub)

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NYC Album Release Show
Thursday May 19th @  Rough Trade, Brooklyn (Tickets)

Conceptual artist and musician J.Views is set to release his ground-breaking interactive album 401 Days on Friday May 20th with a special NYC album release show Thursday May 19th at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Following the release of his critically-acclaimed single  “Don’t Pull Away” (featuring Milosh of Rhye), the Brooklyn-based artist shares breakout singleInto The Light” ft. Wild Cub, and announces details of a special edition vinyl package complete with a lush 40-page collector’s edition hardcover companion piece.

401 Days is an interactive album that was made in real time as J.Views shared every demo, lyric line, melody, on the way to completing the songs, inviting fan participation in the step-by-step making of the album over the course of 401 days via his Cannes Lion Winning website. You can track the creation of any song – including the new-wave-inspired, synth-driven new single “Into The Light” ft. the rapturous vocals of Nashville-based Wild Cub –  through the website:  from its inception (I started a beat that I really liked, based on a Karate Kid sample,” shares J.Views) through various steps of the creative process and on to completion.

The album – featuring collaborations with Gotye, Manu Delgado, Kelli Scarr, and the  first-ever heartbeat controlled music video – emerges from the digital realm and into the physical in a breathtakingly detailed vinyl package and book, following up J.Views’ Grammy-nominated art for his 2012 “Rivers and Homes” LP.

The physical incarnation of 401 Days includes the full album specially mastered for vinyl by Matt Colton (James Blake, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno), and a stunning hardcover companion piece. The 40-page book is an art project unto itself. Made of globally-sourced materials “to achieve a very specific crunchiness that also exists in the music” explains J.Views, it includes map coordinates from the varying locations in which the songs were created and select images from the artist’s’ 401-day journey.

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The Grammy Nominated New York-based songwriter, producer, and visual artist creates multilayered songs that blend raw elements with electronic music through his use of analog tapes, recordings of nature, and often, sounds sent by his audience. J.Views’ work has been presented in Victoria and Albert Museum London, The New Museum New-York, and 
Digital Art Festival Taipei. The DNA Project and #AlmostForgot interactive video were developed by Hello Monday, known for their work with NASA, The Guggenheim & more.

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Newest Love: Surf Rock is Dead – “Equinox”

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With ambient drum beats and wistful vocals, Brooklyn-duo Surf Rock is Dead (SRiD) arrive with a collection of blissful tunes that hit you like a bittersweet wave of nostalgia, kind of like that last hangover of the summer. Screaming with all the spit and grit of their new found east coast home, combined with laid back California-vibes, the washed out duo are gearing up to release their forthcoming EP, starting with their effervescent debut single, “Equinox.”
Inspired by the seemingly mundane- like skating or zoning out in the shower, and the not so mundane, like Tony Hawk’s haircut in the 80s – the duo’s music is a gorgeous dichotomy. It’s equal parts slacker rock and urgently upbeat pop that adds colour to everyday moments with their heavy hooks and euphoric melodies. ​

Listen: Surf Rock is Dead – “Equinox”

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Listen: Lazyeyes – “Islip”

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“An ode to the Long Island town, “Islip” starts off with heavy-sounding bass before morphing into an upbeat, jangling number with hooky guitars and rolling drums. There’s a fuzzed-out Kiwipop surf vibe to it all as well, with just a hint of darkened eyeliner.” – Exclaim

Lazyeyes is a three-piece shoegaze / dream-pop band from Brooklyn, New York formed in the summer of 2012. The band released their debut self-titled EP the following January 2013 which was immediately heralded by The Deli Magazine as “Best Psych / Shoegaze band in New York”. After a sold-out record release show at legendary Williamsburg venue Glasslands, the Lazyeyes EP garnered widespread acclaim from numerous underground music bloggers. Best New Bands described their single “Wait” as, “an excellent example of the group’s ability to erupt at an expansive, pyrotechnic level all the while sharply delivering pop-laden hooks.” Purple Sneakers called the EP “a moody and anthemic record, equal parts shoegaze and dream pop.” Soon after, tracks from the EP were featured on BBC Radio, XM Radio & various other FM stations worldwide. The band was founded by guitarist / vocalist Jason Abrishami (The Twees), who was joined by Paul Volpe (Triple Cobra) on bass and Jeremy Sampson (Eastern Hollows) on drums. The band plans to tour behind their up & coming EP which they just releases the first track, “Islip” from. The band will be playing at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Friday September 26th.

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Listen: Lazyeyes – “Islip”

 

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Free Download: B Riddimz – “Rookerie Ruins” (M!NT Remix)

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Listen/download: B Riddimz – “Rookerie Ruins” (M!NT Remix)

There are very few DJs and producers nowadays who began their careers by teaching themselves how to play multiple instruments by the ripe age of 14, but the exception lies within this aspiring musician who has come a long way since his move to Brooklyn earlier this year.

Effortlessly incorporating his instrumental zeal over trapped out rhythms and melodic beats, Cody Yozipovic aka M!NT reveals a brand-new remix of B-Riddimz’s original track called “Rookerie Ruins.”

The Canadian-bred, Arizona-to-Colorado raised artist is a dedicated composer, music producer & multi-instrumentalist who encompasses a wide range of experience over almost every genre of music which goes to show in his latest production. The remix comes from a track by fellow Brooklynite B-Riddimz, who broke into the music scene as a drummer for Brooklyn-based bands Brooklyn Gypsies and Technicolor Lenses. Yesterday Run The Trap premiered both the original and the remix, noting how B-Riddimz is “no stranger to the game as his productions are dripping with taste of a guy who’s played instruments for a long time.”

Following the release of his debut music video “Flashlights” earlier this summer, Do Androids Dance gives credit to the young producer noting how “M!NT has been on a roll lately, producing a steady stream of soulful bass music, and it doesn’t look like his output is slowing down at all.” Case in point — in addition to releasing his sophomore EP Pay It Forward this fall, M!NT plans to top off the year’s events with a slew of new productions and upcoming tour dates along the West Coast, including four memorable performances at Burning Man, all while scoring his first major documentary film.

M!NT’S UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

8/15 @ SPARC w/ Freddy Todd & Kraddy – San Francisco, CA
8/20 @ The New Parish, Wormhole Wednesdays – Oakland, CA
8/23 @ 1Up – Reno, NV
+ More Dates TBA

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Check ‘Em Out: Streets of Laredo

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Brooklyn-based, New Zealanders’ Streets of Laredo have announced their first full-length album, Volume I & II on Dine Alone Records, out October 7th.  Destined to be a soundtrack for all things Fall, this album is a sing-a-long collision of jangling harmonies, stomping percussion, horns and guitars.  Take a listen to their debut track “Slow Train” below. The band also premiered a teaser trailer documenting life on the road; check it out here.

Founded by close-knit family members Daniel, Dave and Sarah Jane Gibson and inspired by the fervor and madness of the 70’s folk-rock circuit, Streets of Laredo was born out of trying to escape the mundane everyday working life. Older brother Dave tells the story, “Both Dan and I had done the hard yards in bands in New Zealand but we were worn out and a little lost by it all. And broke. I was running this t-shirt company and Dan walks in one day to tell me that he’s finished with music and he’s gonna go get a real job. All of a sudden my ‘big brother’ instinct kicks in and rather than see this young songwriter throw it all away, I gave him a job doing t-shirt orders, and we started working on demos and writing songs together, pretty much day and night from then on in.”

Refining their sound and songs one holiday weekend at a beach house on the New Zealand coast, the Gibsons started to fashion a sound that was equal parts folk storytelling and psychedelic madness.  With just one home-town show under their belt, a handful of demos and a whole lot of hope, they took the plunge and decided to move halfway around the world. Fast forward to the summer of 2012 and Streets of Laredo in a rehearsal space in Brooklyn NY with a guitar, a drum-machine and no money, trying to figure out what comes next.

Quickly adding fellow countryman Thom Darlow and local Brooklynites Sean McMahon and Andrew McGovern to the mix, this now rambling, multi-instrumental, seven-piece started to craft a dance-inducing mix of vocal hooks, beats and wild sounds that saw the New York music scene embrace them as their own – building a firm reputation in the music halls of Brooklyn and the Lower East Side for playing danceable, crazy songs that kept fans coming back for more – not to mention seeing the band feted as a must-see act at both CMJ and SXSW.

A quick trip back to New Zealand saw the band record the bones of ‘Volume I & II’ – ten songs inspired by their old life in NZ and their new life in NYC – in an old converted Auckland theatre where, courtesy of friendships and favors, they locked down that distinctive Streets of Laredo sound.

Like Bob Dylan running late to a Ramones concert or Paul Simon getting blind drunk with Grizzly Bear, however you describe them the resulting songs and sound have had an instant effect on fans and critics alike.  Stay tuned for an upcoming US tour announcement!

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Listen: Streets of Laredo – “Slow Train”

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Video: Unicycle Loves You – “Falling Off”

Brooklyn’s Unicycle Loves You is gearing up to release their fourth album The Dead Age on June 10th (pre-order), and now the band has shared a new dark and psychedelic music video for “Falling Off.” The band filmed and produced every aspect of the video, superimposing some of their favorite cult films onto themselves, making for a unique counter-culture experience. In addition, Unicycle Loves You has rolled out the first phase of their summer tour dates (see below), stretching from the East Coast to the Midwest, with more coming soon.

Over the course of their first three records, Unicycle Loves You have transformed from a jangly power pop quintet (Unicycle Loves You) to a post-new wave quartet (Mirror, Mirror), to a garage-psych trio (Failure), into the fourth chapter in the evolution of the band: The Dead Age. Opening with an exhausted woman’s voice gasping “Oh my god!,” The Dead Age builds off of the heavier sound of Failure. Crafted meticulously, often pushing the tonal limits through a massive wall of sound, melodies explode into chaotic free-falls, where screaming guitars and mammoth-sized bass bend at the will of ULY, simultaneously paying homage to Mascis and Beefheart.

Scheduled for release on June 10th, The Dead Age was produced by Jim Carroll & mastered by Shellac’s Bob Weston. If Failure was their mission statement to add a dirty, unpolished edge to pop music, then The Dead Age is the sound of Unicycle Loves You completely dismantling it. Stand out tracks “Face Tattoo,” “Suicide Pizza,” Endless Bummer” and “Falling Off” are a few examples of a band that has fully forged their very own sonic aesthetic.

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The Dead Age Tracklist:

  1. Falling Off
  2. We Never Worry
  3. Suicide Pizza
  4. Silent Minus
  5. Face Tattoo
  6. JAWS
  7. Bad News Club
  8. Endless Bummer
  9. Any Daydreaming Morning
  10. Grownups
  11. X-ray Glaze
  12. The Dead Age
Upcoming Tour Dates
5/07 – Brooklyn, NY – Nitehawk Cinema (Album Listening Party)
5/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands (w/ NØMADS)
6/07 – Brooklyn, NY – Radio Bushwick (Album Release Show)
6/12 – Brooklyn, NY – The Gutter (Northside Festival)
6/16 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
6/17 – Boston, MA – T.T. The Bear’s
6/18 – Portland, ME – The Flask Lounge
6/19 – Winooski, VT – Monkey Room
6/21 – Kingston, NY – BSP (w/ Howth)
7/03 – Brooklyn, NY – Bar Matchless (w/ SWF)
7/11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird
7/12 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
7/14 – Chicago, IL – Township
7/17 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
7/19 – St. Louis, MO – FOAM
7/22 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
7/23 – Dayton, OH – Canal Public House

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Video: Blue Foundation – “Describe”

Shot in Denmark by filmmakers Cecile Evert and Simon Lundsgaard, they were inspired by Blue Foundation’s lyric, “… I can describe it all for you, if you got the nerves/guts to look into my eyes.”

 
The filmmakers enlisted Martin and Louise, a couple in real life, as well as in the video. “We chose them because it was clear to us that they have a very unique relationship. We saw a certain chemistry between them. Their love for each other is very strong and unique, and we expected it to shine through the lens, which we think it did,” says Lundsgaard. He continues, “Sometimes you can be afraid of things that you can’t define or describe. But if you look beyond the surface you will find something you recognize in yourself. That is what this video is about.”
 
Brooklyn-based electronic dream-pop duo Blue Foundation is made up of producer/singer Tobias Wilner and multi-instrumentalist Bo Rande. Best known for their songs “Eyes on Fire,” which appeared in the Twilight saga and was certified double platinum in the US, and “Sweep,” from Michael Mann’s Miami Vice, the band released their album In My Mind, I Am Free on their own Dead People’s Choice Records last year. The release was followed up in January 2013 by remix album In My Mind I Am Reconstructed, which is available via iTunes and other digital retailers.

Over the past several years, Blue Foundation has expanded their audience, embracing both the underground and the alternative mainstream. Along with the Twilight Saga and Miami Vice, the band’s music has been featured in TV series The O.C., So You Think You Can DanceCSI: Miami, and more. 

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