STREAM: Some Pulp - “Tell Me Ur Mine”

Local garage rock group, Some Pulp deliver their new single “Tell Me Ur Mine”

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INTERVIEW: Nathaniel Rateliff, Tonight In The Entry

Missouri-bred and Denver-based Nathaniel Rateliff just released his second full-length album, Falling Faster Than You Can Run, and he’s putting it all on stage in Minneapolis tonight. Many of the ideas surrounding this album were sparked and spun while Rateliff was out on a solo tour (seriously solo, all alone) so we’re excited to see how it has all evolved from road to studio and back to the road.

MFR spoke with Rateliff as he was cleaning his bathroom in preparation for tour (“real rockstar shit” as he put it). We talked about staying energized on tour, hiding in the mountains to make music, and vanquishing the shit he holds on to by releasing music. You can read this thoughts below.

You’re about to go on a massive tour. What’s your favorite part about tour?
I love hotels.

Not sleeping in the van?
Yeah, and I’ve done that plenty of times too. I did sleep in the van when I went out alone. I had a mattress in there, which is actually pretty cool. Except for when you have to meet people and you realize you haven’t showered in a couple of days. I’m still a country boy at heart, even though I live in the big city of Denver. I still miss living in the country, and that whole life.

Do you ever try to take a more rural route on tour rather than hitting the big cities?
I really want to do that in Ireland and some of the other places I’ve been in Europe. I have done that in the Highlands in Scotland, but I’ve never done it in the states. It could be really cool. We did the Barnstormer tour with Daytrotter and it’s kind of like that. These barns in Maquoketa and weird little towns. There’s not a lot going on. People always like it because there isn’t a whole lot coming through those small towns.

Is it hard to stay focused (or energized) when going out on a long tour leg like this one?
Energy is a big thing. Especially if you party too much and don’t get enough sleep and you’re dehydrated and you feel like shit. You spend all day trying to get to a show and then when you get there you have how ever many hours to kill and no place to go. Sometimes you’re tired from the drive all day, so it can be hard to find the energy. One way to do it is to get kind of drunk but you can only do that so much. If you’re not putting anything good in you it wears you down.

You wrote a lot of the songs from Falling Faster… while you were on the road—is it common for you to spend a lot of time writing during tour?
I have little ideas on the road that I try to record with whatever I have. Then I come back home and go through all of those ideas and try to write it all down. Tour can definitely be pretty lonely so it’s good inspiration.

What is your favorite part about the whole album release process?
I love being in the studio. It’s one of my favorite things to do—to be recording. You can’t really do it the ways the Beatles or the Stones or any of those bands did it. They hung out in the studio and wrote all the time. I’ve always fantasized about that but that was a different time. Studios are expensive to maintain and the gear is even more expensive.

Your production teams for Falling Faster… and In Memory of Loss were completely different, right?
Yeah, on In Memory of Loss I worked with Brian Deck in studios in Chicago. We talked about more recordings—I was sending him ideas early on—but then when it came time to actually record I had a very limited budget and no label backing me up. I was like, “I’m going to make this fucking record if it kills me”, and my buddy Gregory Alan had worked with his friend Jamie Mefford a bunch of times and was told me to make a record with Jamie because he loves my stuff. So I called Jamie and said, “Hey man, how’s it going? I need to write a record and I have all of this material.” and he was like, “Well cool, let’s work it out.”.

I rented a studio here in Colorado called Hideaway studio, it was kind of up in the mountains. The band and I went on tour and when we returned we just went to that studio for ten days and recorded the bulk of the album there. Some of it was done at my house, some of it was done in Jamie’s apartment. Then we kind of picked at it and mixed it and added bits and pieces for a month.

Your music is raw and honest and sort of cuts to the heart. How did the way you recorded this album play into that?
When we all sat down and we wanted to record the plan was to keep it raw. Jamie and I would go through different takes and think, “this one sounds really good, but it’s really emotional, let’s use that one”, so that was kind of the plan the whole time. Music should be moving so we tried to capture that the best we could. You do a lot of takes. I wasn’t trying to get myself worked up in some emotional frenzy, but I don’t really need help there anyways. I’m kind of a wreck.

Is it hard for you to release music publicly when it is such an honest process?
No. It’s sort of my way of dealing with shit. Unfortunately I’m not very good at communicating. It’s like my way to vanquish all of the shit that I’m holding on to. There are definitely songs that I’ve started to write and said “nobody needs to know about this” so I let the song be what it is or not finish writing it.

Interview by Laura Yurich
Nathaniel Rateliff
w/Caroline Rose
Wednesday, April 16 2014
8p // $12 // 18+
7th Street Entry

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CONTEST: Win Tickets to See Tokyo Police Club at The Varsity Theater 4/18

It’s Tuesday, and we’ve got another pair of tickets for ya. Tokyo Police Club will be swinging through Minneapolis this Friday, April 18th with their pals Geographer and Said The Whale. The tour kicks off in Grand Rapids tomorrow, following the release of their new album Forcefield. Along with the new album, the guys have recently released a new video for the single, “Hot Tonight”(Catch it below) to go along with their vintage-arcade themed video game, also titled “Forcefield.” You can play it by following the link here. Yes, it’s addicting. No, we’re not sorry.

Now that you’ve had all the fun, send your answer to the following question to for your chance to win a pair of tickets.

What’s your favorite arcade-style video game?

Tokyo Police Club
w/ Geographer and Said The Whale
Friday, April 18 2014
8p // 18+ // $18 adv - $20 door - $30 Mezz/VIP
The Varsity Theater

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VIDEO: MaLLy - “City of Fear”

Local hip-hop artist MaLLy has released a new video for “City of Fear” on his new record, The Colors of Black. Stream the album here:

Posted 5 days ago

VIDEO: Lust for Youth - “Illume”

"Illume" is the second single from International, Lust For Youth’s fourth effort set to be unleashed on June 10 via Sacred Bones Records. This single demonstrates Copenhagen’s Lust For Youth’s departure from Perfect View's dancy lo-fi abrasiveness to a tribal pop blast from the 80s and we can't get enough of it.

Posted 6 days ago

STREAM: Lefse Records - “The Space Project”

Rad news for all you science geeks out there. Portland-based label Lefse Records announced it’s space-sound themed collection of songs for The Space Project earlier this year, and it’s now available to stream via NPR’s First Listen.

Featuring artists such as Beach House, Youth Lagoon, and The Antlers, all of the songs that make up Space Project were created using audio samples recorded by NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, which were launched back in 1977.

All 14 songs will be featured across seven separate 7” singles, to be released on Record Store Day on April 19th. Also available on vinyl, CD, and as a 7” box set.

Go here, to stream the album in full via NRP’s First Listen.

For more background on the project, see link here.

One small step for man, one giant leap for music-nerd kind.

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CONTEST: Win Tickets to see Daley w/ Aaron & The Sea at the Fine Line 4/12

Looking for a good excuse to get out this weekend? We’ve got you covered. UK songster Daley is bringing his "Days & Nights" tour to the Fine Line Music Café this Saturday, April 12 with local lo-fi/synth-pop artist Aaron & The Sea opening the show. If you’re looking for a chance to hear some smooth tunes and maybe dance the night away, send your answer to the following question to

Who would win in a dance off - Christopher Walken or John Travolta?

w/Aaron & The Sea
Saturday, April 12 2014
8p // 18+ // $15 adv $25 door
Fine Line Music Café

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STREAM: Step Rockets - “Heart Attack Again”


You can download this tune right here.

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VIDEO: Fort Wilson Riot - “Yes Indeed”


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INTERVIEW: Rob Oberdorfer of Ages and Ages, Tonight At Turf Club

Portland squad Ages and Ages are playing tonight at the Turf Club! These choral rockers are are fresh off the release of their second album, Divisionary (out now via Partisan Records). The entire album is full of memorable hooks and invigorating harmonies. Seriously, every song is interesting—that’s not an easy task.

MFR asked Rob Oberdorfer (bass, vocals) a few questions ahead of the show. He talked a bit about being on the road, Partisan Records, and George Michael. Check it below.

See you tonight!

You’re on a fairly extensive tour—including that stop in Austin for SXSW—how are you holding up?
We’re doing really well at the moment. We are in the middle of a string of sold out shows with Lake Street Dive, who are super nice (and a great band). It really helps keep spirits up to have these amazing audiences every night, and great people to hang out with backstage. SXSW was exhausting, but ultimately a really positive experience.

If you folks find yourselves out with a day off (or “non show” day), what do you try to do with your time?
Sleep. Exercise. Wash the van off of our malnourished bodies.. If we’re in a spot where we can, cooking a meal is always a treat.

I can’t wait to see these new songs live. Does the band have a favorite track from Divisionary to perform at this point?
We honestly love this music, and every song still feels fresh and exciting every time we play it in front of people. Different songs stand out night to night…and there’s some unpredictable cosmic shit involved in that. It’s not just about us and what we want to play—the audience helps steer the energy where it needs to go.

Tony Lash engineered, mixed, and produced Divisionary after mastering your first album, Alright You Restless. How did the decision come about to bring him closer to the fold this time around?
He’s a friend and we trust his ears. I do recording for folks myself, so I’m extra picky when it comes to people we work with. Both Kevin Robinson (Alright You Restless) and Tony Lash are really good at what they do. Tony made sense for this batch of songs because he is highly opinionated and focused. We needed help stripping down and rebuilding a couple of songs, and Tony helped a lot with that—both as an objective ear and tie-breaker. We basically went back to Tim’s bedroom demos and built some things up from scratch.

How do you handle your/the band’s personal connection to your music and deal with spotlight criticism (either good or bad)?
Well, it helps that Tim [Perry] writes relatable songs that invite the listener in, and the band is really the first audience in that sense. It’s easy to dive in. We find our places, our tone, our characters, which help add another dimension to the songs. The process helps us deepen that connection. As far as criticism, we make an effort to keep that stuff at arms length…positive or negative. We can never please everyone. The important thing is to keep our own intentions clear, and our standards high.

In our super saturated music world do you find the pressure to produce a “hit” annoying? Or is there no pressure at all?
Partisan [Records] doesn’t operate that way. They are really artist-friendly from that perspective. Of course, we want to get our music known and if pushing one or two songs as singles helps that is fine with us. We want to stand out from the crowd for being who we are, not from producing some contrived pop product. I don’t think we would be able to make authentic music if that was our focus.

How does the band feel in general about the stigma of “selling out”?
It can be a tricky balance these days, because the industry is in such flux and money is so tight. We need to get by like anybody, but our music is really geared towards rejecting the greed and shallowness of the culture at large. We have turned down some stuff that felt wrong.

Will you name one of your favorite guilty pleasure songs?
We were all talking the other day about what a great record Faith by George Michael is. Not the coolest record to have in your collection, but there are some great songs on there. Sometimes millions of teenagers get it right!

Interview by Laura Yurich
Ages and Ages
w/We Are The Willows
Wednesday, April 9 2014
8pm // 21+ // $10
Turf Club

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