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Bitter’s Kiss :: No One Will (Video)

Feb 1st, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , ,
Here’s another great track from the talented young Chloe Baker, aka Bitter’s Kiss. Much like her single “Love Won’t Make You Cry“, “No One Will” is a reminder of the rollercoaster ride that is young love. I remember the feeling of hopelessness I felt in ever finding true love again after my high school girlfriend broke up with me. As Chloe puts it “No one will ever love me again” – I must have said it myself at least a hundred times during the weeks and months that followed my disastrous break up. But despite the hopelessness of these lyrics, “No One Will” is a somewhat upbeat indie rock tune, though the feelings of teenage melancholy somehow shine throughout the track. Check out the rest of her self-titled EP here.
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Joel Ansett :: Turn To Gold (VIDEO) + Already In Love

Jan 6th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , ,
Folk-pop songwriter Joel Ansett is killing it right now. Fresh off glowing reception at Lyons, CO’s Folks Festival, receiving 5th place honors in their 2015 songwriter showcase, Ansett’s latest The Nature of Us is a tour de force, a charming blend of folk and R&B.
His music really speaks for itself. Grab the album on iTunes here, and in the meantime, check out the live version of “Turn To Gold” above, and listen to “Already In Love” below, two songs from the album that showcase the two sides of Ansett’s versatile sound.
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Bitter’s Kiss :: Love Won’t Make You Cry (video)

Dec 14th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , ,
Chloe Baker, aka Bitter’s Kiss, is a teenage singer/songwriter with enormous potential. Her self-titled EP came out earlier this year, and plays out like journal entries in a diary; a way to share with her audience the trials and tribulations associated with becoming of age in this modern world we live in. “Love Won’t Make You Cry” is a poignant list of all the things that love isn’t – to remind us of the potential of what young love can be. Check out the video for “Love Won’t Make You Cry” and stream a handful of tracks from her self-titled EP here.
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The Pretty Shady Stringband :: Death Is On Your Track

Aug 10th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , ,
If you frequent Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, these guys may be old news, but I’m guessing most of you haven’t heard of them. They don’t have any music available online, no proper website, no twitter account or Soundcloud. I swung by the market yesterday morning and found myself in front of “the original” Starbucks, not to order a venti frapp – god no! It was the bass slappin’, fiddle pickin’, banjo lickin’ Pretty Shady Stringband that I could not ignore. Check out “Death Is On Your Track”, from their new album Old Pike Place (available for $10 cash in an opened briefcase on top of an overturned milk crate — see above video).
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Here We Go Magic :: Falling (Video)

Aug 2nd, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , ,
Here We Go Magic recently announced their first LP release in three years, titled Be Small out on Secretly Canadian October 16th. And with that announcement came a slew of new tour dates, and the delightfully summery video to the LP’s first single, “Falling”. Check out their website for tour dates, and you can pre-order the LP here.
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Manatee Commune Remixes RAEZ’s “Sensation” + “Wake” NPR Tiny Desk Concert Music Video

Apr 17th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , ,
ND is back from hibernation with a P-H phat remix by my personal favorite artist out of the PNW, Manatee Commune. He takes the funky, soulful track “Sensation” by RAEZ feat. Sarsha Simone, and spins it into this beautifully textured, spacey dance jam. And did you happen to catch his music video submission for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest? So damn good.

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Q & A with Manatee Commune

Nov 6th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , , ,

Grant Eadie, aka Manatee Commune, has recently been dubbed “one of the most promising producers currently working in Washington State”, and I’d say it takes roughly a minute and a half of listening to “White Smoke”, track one on his April 2014 release Brush for you to be nodding your head in agreement. This is without a doubt my favorite album of 2014, and he is quickly becoming one of my favorite electronic artists to date. The music is incredibly ambient, euphoric, and atmospheric – it really takes you places.
He has also been dropping some killer remixes lately, most notably ODESZA‘s “Say My Name”.
What’s great about Grant’s sound, despite having only been in the game a few years, is that it has already become undeniably “Manatee Commune”, even in his remixes. It only takes a few seconds to pick out a Manatee Commune tune, and I mean that in the best possible way.

Here’s a short little Q&A sesh I had with Grant last week, along with a video of his Sarsha Simone “Sensations” remix, performed at the Nectar Lounge, Seattle on 10.23.14.

ND: First off, what have you been listening to recently? Any albums that you can’t get enough of as of late?

MC: Evenings, a super chill electronic artist on the Friends of Friends label, just released a new EP called Gardener that I’ve been way into. Also it kind of goes without saying that the new Caribou album is the best thing to happen to humanity in the last 100 years. Chrome Sparks’ EP Goddess has also been on my listening list for the last few months. It’s one of the most flawless albums of the year for sure.

ND: Which instrument was your first love affair? I absolutely love your use of the viola. When did that become a part of your arsenal of instruments?

MC: Viola was certainly my first love as an instrument. Had some of the highest musical moments in my life catching those sweet alto melodies in orchestra. Guitar was my next one in high school, and though I’ll never consider myself a guitarist, it’s definitely one the most relaxing instruments to just pick up and have fun with. I think my truest ‘love affair’ came with soft-synth designing and production though. Instrumentation is super important for understanding how individual parts function in a track, but I had never gotten my hands on fully composing parts for an entire production. The possibilities are limitless and that really struck me and still brings me back to producing everday.

ND: What usually comes first in your composing? Do you lay down the beats, guitar riffs, or play around with samples first?

MC: Oh man, I’ve been trying to figure this out forever. Inspiration comes from everywhere, whether it be emotional or I just have a sample that I’d like to drop into. Most of the time I start with something I’ve never done before. Grab new instruments, record some old guy I found on a record, stuff like that and just let my creativity have fun with it from there. I haven’t perfected the art of writing new music, and everyday I experiment with new ways to inspire myself. It’s an important personal goal of mine to stream line my ability to write new music without the anxiety of failing.

ND: I noticed that you kick off your shoes and play barefoot during your live performances. What’s that all about?

MC: Dude, I have no idea. I just always get this feeling of pressure before I play a show and the first thing I want to get out of is my shoes. Weird feels I guess, definitely helps to cool off though.

ND: What programs do you use to compose your tunes? And what about for live performances? How much of your live sets are built around the midi pad?

MC: Logic is my one true lover, I will always cherish her goofy software synths, muddy space designer, and confusing hotkeys. That’s what I do most of my recording and synthesizer design in. Ableton is my live DAW. I just drop audio clips into scene mode and hope for the best.

ND: So what’s next? Any new tunes or remixes on the way?

MC: Sylvan Esso remix is next up, hopefully releasing a couple singles in the next month or so. Trying to gather a bunch of vocalists to feature on some ideas I’ve got.

If you are anywhere near Bellingham, WA on November 16th, be sure to check out Manatee Commune open for Sylvan Esso at KUGS 89.3 FM’s 40th Anniversary Show.

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