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Two Door Cinema Club

It has been more than two year since Two Door Cinema Club released their outstanding debut album Tourist History, and yesterday they released their newest album Beacon, for real. Last week they released it on Soundcloud, for everybody to stream it and pre-order it. Anyway, Beacon might not be as fresh and catchy as their debut album was, but it sure is a great album as well. Sleep Alone is playing on the radio's all over the world, and might be the best track of the album. Next Year is very catchy as well, where Alex Trimble opens a capella, one of TDCC's most known quality. Another great track on the album is Wake Up, with very danceable drumlines and a catchy chorus. Someday could have been a track on Tourist History for sure, it really reminds me of Cigarettes in the Theatre, Undercover Martyn and Something Good Can Work.

In general, Two Door Cinema Club's new record is a lot more laidback than their debut album, which really was the bomb. Maybe we expected too much from the new record, but it hasn't really convinced me, although it really ain't a bad album, not at all. It is necessary for bands to reveal other and better sounds as well, but I think Two Door Cinema Club already found their best sound (on their previous album). Anyway, give the new album a chance, maybe I'm the only one who loved their old sound more than the new sound.

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MTown

I ran across this cool hip hop artist called MTown. He just released Summer's Midnight Memories II, a brand new mixtape! It's a mixtape with 13 original songs. This guy has the beats to make it! Very cool, enjoy! 

You can download the mixtape here!

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Holy Other

We are a bit late with this one but here is it anyway, the album we all have been waiting for! Holy Other released Held last week! A very very good LP with a good variation of styles. In some songs you can find a little poppy touch and in others you'll find this cool minimal/dnb touch. I love this album so much and I hope you will do to! You can stream some songs underneath! Holy Shit!

Interview: Baby Monster

 

It only has been a few days since we've done our latest interview (with The Great American Canyon Band), and here we are again with another one, this time with LA-based Baby Monster. If you don't know Baby Monster yet, we highly recommend you to listen to their latest EP City of Lovers and their debut album Baby Monster from 2011!

To begin, could you introduce yourself and the co-members, and tell us when you started the band?

Daniel: We started Baby Monster at the end of 2008, right after Marty moved down to Los Angeles from Oregon. I had already been living in LA for a while and met Marty a few years before that while recording his old band. Between the two of us, we play all of the instruments, while Marty sings, and I occasionally do background vocals.

Your new EP "City Of Lovers" is absolutely great, especially the self-titled song, what were your influences when you wer writing these songs and what are your thoughts about it now?

Daniel: Thanks! The "City of Lovers" EP actually came together quite differently than everything we had worked on before. Marty was back in Oregon for a majority of the time we were making the record so we were both writing completely on our own and then later combined our ideas, resulting in this EP. I was listening to a lot of Hall & Oates, George Michael and Talking Heads during that time but I'm not sure if that necessarily comes through in our music.

Marty: I remember listening to the Pretty Things album "SF Sorrow" quite a bit, and that Wire song "Heartbeat". Also, Magnetic Fields, and a lot of New Order and Talking Heads as well.

Could you tell us what the song "City of Lovers" is about?

Marty: I guess the goal was to write a song about cities and the different identities people create for themselves within their own city.

Are you planning to release some new tracks sooner or later?

Daniel: Yes, definitely.. Already working on new tracks.

Are you planning a tour in Europe, or maybe go see the world?

Daniel: No plans to tour at the moment, although we'd eventually like to get back to the UK/Europe again. Possibly spring/summer of 2013?

If you could be the supporting act of a band, can you think of a particular band you would like to go touring with? In other words, do you have figureheads in music?

Marty: I don't know, but I'd like to play at some county fairs and casinos. Heart just played the other night at the county fair and it looked like fun. I'd be ok with opening for Heart at the County Fair.

Daniel: New order or Hall & Oates

You've got a very unique sound, do you guys have some influences from other bands you like? And how do you write your songs?

Daniel: I think a big part of our sounds comes from Marty's voice; it's very distinct and recognizable. We both share a lot of the same musical influences so we're almost always on the same page with each other when it comes to what's good and what sucks. When we're writing, we're just making music that sounds good to us, like, something we'd actually listen to. A lot of our songs are written in different ways; some have music that is written around the vocals and melody, while others have the vocals written to an instrumental track. Since we produce our own music, we often go back to a song and recreate a totally new production for a track to see if it improves the song.

Marty: Yeah, like for example: with City of Lovers, we originally had a much different song, but we weren't quite satisfied with it. Danny had three or four alternate productions of the song lying around and I thought one of them was the perfect direction. so, that became the version we worked off of and eventually released.

And how did you made up that band name, does it have some personal background or something like that?

Daniel: It was actually the name of a song we both worked on for Marty's old band.

In Belgium you are an upcoming -and to us a very promising- band, is this the case in your country/city (Los Angeles) as well or are you already big out there?

Daniel: We're huge over here!! Hah... that would be great if you had absolutely no way of checking if that's true. That's really cool to hear that people in Belgium are into the music.

Marty: I'm not really sure what people think of us over here. But, sounds like it's time to move to Belgium!

Two years ago you played in Brussels (Botanique), could you tell us something about that? How was that experience and are you planning to come back to Belgium soon?

Marty: Yeah! I remember we played in the cool basement room. it was one of the earlier shows on the tour and we hadn't quite figured everything out. In the middle of our song "Ultra Violence and Beethoven", like, all of our equipment shut down, and we had to finish it acoustically. Thankfully, the crowd was really supportive. After the show, this older fellow waited outside for a long time to get an autograph. We thought: "wow, what a dude", but then one of the workers tol us that the man was a regular, who stood outside of every show and asked for autographs. After that, I wasn't quite sure what to think of him.

Thank you so much guys! And good luck with Baby Monster in the future, but I think that will be alright if you keep going this way!

Daniel: Thanks!

 

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Interview: The Great American Canyon Band

It has been a while since we've done another interview, so here is one. This interview is with The Great American Canyon Band. I hope you guys like it, for me it was really fun to read and even a bit inspirational. Enjoy! 

 

The Music Beam: Not many people know who the Great American Canyon Band is, can you give a little introduction to our fans about the band and the name?

The GACB: We are dreamers who haven’t quite figured out the best way to go about our day to day in what most would consider a modern existence. We prefer old furniture and old cars and wish people still wrote letters by hand in their best cursive to correspond with friends and loved ones. We write songs to pass the time and take long walks to write the songs. As for the band’s name we hope you will forgive us for not deciphering it. Life truly lacks any real mystery these days and we do our best to not perpetuate that trend.     

The Music Beam: Which genre do you consider your music te be? Who influenced you guys when you were younger?

The GACB: We don’t necessarily feel we’re qualified to provide a specific nomenclature when it comes to genre in regards to our music or anyone else’s for that matter. Names and nouns used as descriptors and categorizers when discussing art are there to provide a classification system. I have no idea what genre Sigur Ros’ falls under, but can tell you that my listening experience with them is one of complete distinction. I love listening to London Calling by The Clash or anything by Hank Williams Sr. because I know I will always find myself feeling, learning something new with each listen. We did not write and record these songs to make a genre specific album. We just created what was inside of us at that specific time and agreed to deal with the results after.

The Music Beam: You are husband & wife, does that influence the way of making music? Maybe it brings out a little more passion, how did that work out for the band?

The GACB: Well I think the simple answer is yes. Krystal and I are soul mates. I told her I was going to marry her the third day I knew her and she claims to have known she was going to marry me 10 minutes after meeting. But we didn’t actually start making this record until we really hit a hard time in our lives. I won’t go into a lot of it, but we had made a lot of bad choices and ended up paying the price. Chasing a dream is not a solid way to make a living these days and we were essentially homeless for a while. The only place we could afford to live was in a house without running water; entire sections of the walls and floor missing, and there were only a few outlets that wouldn’t kill you. Writing, recording, and singing these songs became our escape. The songs essentially becoming the living, breathing manifestations of our unwavering connection and shared desire to keep going.

The Music Beam: I really like Tumbleweed, can you tell us what that song is about? 

The GACB: Well, Krystal wrote that song and we’ve never actually discussed what it’s about with each other. I do know where I was the first time I heard her sing it. I also know exactly what it meant to me the first time I heard her sing it, but I would feel awful if my personal interpretation ruined someone else’s. To us song meanings are often better left to the individual. I will divulge one tidbit though and that is the song’s first seed of inspiration sprouted while driving around the deserts of Southern California near the Salton Sea. And that the first time I heard the song, the lyric was not “from the desert to the shining sea”, but rather “from the desert to the Salton Sea”.  

The Music Beam: What are your plans for the future? Are you planning to tour for a while or maybe get back in the studio to make an album? 

The GACB: Honestly the plan is to just continue. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but life and the music business are funny in the way they interact. We’ve got our first LP finished and plan to release it as soon as we feel comfortable with our ability to promote it and touring is a huge part of that. So as soon as the right situations arise we will do as much of that as we can. For now though we are just going to continue to enjoy the process and make music and art without over analyzing it. We feel like the minute we start over thinking why or what we’re doing everything will change, and that’s not something we’re necessarily interested in doing.   

The Music Beam: If you want to say something to our fans, this is your moment. 

The GACB: Put down the road map.

 

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Yeasayer

After two years of touring and writing, Yeasayer are back, better than ever! Officially their new record Fragrant World isn't for sale yet, but with some help of Youtube and other blogs, we were able to listen to it. As I said before, they are back like they never stopped writing: their new album is as catchy and mysterious as the previous two they wrote. Tracks like Henrietta and Reagan's Skeleton was already hyped by a lot of blogs, but there are some other tracks on the album that are even better than those. For example Longetivity, where Chris Keating goes a little bit R&B (like Passion Pit did on their newest album Gossamer in their song Constant Conversations). Blue Paper reminds me a little bit of Hot Chip in their better years with the experimental touch from Yeasayer. In my opinion, closing song Glass Of The Microscope is the best track on the album, they used auto-tune in a special way like Bon Iver did on his track Beth/Rest, combining this with Yeasayer's usual sound, which gives a stunning result.

You probably will have to listen to the album twice or maybe more, it depends, but when you see the beauty of the album, you'll get addicted to their sound once more, enjoy!

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Purity Ring

After a year of releasing singles and being hyped by the most famous blogs, Purity Ring finally released their debut album! It sure was worth waiting, although the best tracks on the album are the singles they released earlier this year. In my opinion, the best tracks on the album are Fineshrine, Ungirthed and Belispeak.
In general, Purity Ring did a great job for their first album, they created a unique sound between dreampop from The Knife (most known from their hit-single Heartbeats) and the two-step beats from Burial and Four Tet.

For me this is the best release of the summer so far, but you have to judge it yourself, enjoy!

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