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Sometimes experimental musicians are too serious for their own good.  Somewhere between unlocking new dimensions of texture in sound and redefining the definition of noise, artists may lose the sense of fun that may have attracted them to music in the first place. Kallie Lampel of Tortilla Pass is not an artist that takes himself too seriously.  Maybe it’s just because he’s still a college student, but while making his own brand of experimental electronics he’s not afraid to name his tracks things like “Peanut Leap Cascade” or “OOOoooOOoo”.  This sense of lightheartedness can be heard in the undeniable fun of some of his tracks like the Gold Panda-esque “Luna Tribe” and the remix of Boards of Canada’s “Roygbiv”.  I had the chance to chat with Kallie and in between talking about Orange Juice and emoticons we covered his influences, hopes for Tortilla Pass and his sanctuary of like minded musicians at his school.  Read the entire interview below, left largely unedited…

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Only a few years ago it was still rare for people under the age of 20 to get their music out there.  Sure we’ve always had Britney Spears’, Jackson 5’s and Justin Bieber’s but for the past two years there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of music being heard coming from teenagers.  A few of the biggest indie musicians from this past year have been 17 year old Archy Marshall (King Krule) and the teenage dominated rap collective Odd Future.  With tools like ableton and fl studio, musicians of all ages can make music and this has clearly been to the benefit of the blogosphere.  Some of my personal favorite acts from this year include the 16 year old Florida duo Glamstick, 17 year old Beat Culture and 15 year old beat-maker Hollow Pigeons… oh, and of course Terry and I are only 17.  Last night, I chatted with Ryan of Hollow Pigeons and shared our common love for the PS1 jrpgs and about being an internet musician while being only 15.  As usual the chat was left largely unedited…

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The first time I listened to Sat. Nite Duets I couldn’t get enough of their unique blend of rock, experimental and humor.  It was obvious listening to their music that the guys of Sat. Nite Duets liked making music together and weren’t afraid to goof off.  The place for humor in music is something that the indie-world has always struggled with.  Some critics find no place for anything but seriousness with music and let’s be honest, that’s no fun.  When I chatted with Joe of Sat. Nite Duets we talked about having fun with making music, the band’s influences and other rad musical things which of course I’ve left largely unedited and uncut.  Check out the full interview below and ‘peace be to you’.

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When I received an email from Michael Weis a couple weeks back I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Kentucky 3-piece.  While most e-mails we receive are flashy and include photos and press releases, Weis’ email was simple and incredibly modest.  “When you have a second, could you listen to our music at the link below,” opened Weis, and of course I did listen.  Immediately I was impressed with their EP, Nostalgia Trip 2011.  Opener, ‘Old Shows’, is sure to remain a consistent part of my summer playlist and the entire release shows off a band that can sound incredibly unique and also familiar.  The band recently got blogged by WAWSTSF and I was lucky enough to get to talk to Michael last week.  After the jump I’ve posted the full, mostly unedited interview.

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We first introduced you to Michael Uzowuru about a month ago.  Since then he has started to get the recognition he deserves for his work after producing Domo Genesis’ celebratory 4/20 track, “Cashmere”.  I highly doubt Michael’s climb is going to end here, so I thought it would be a good time to catch up with him.  We talked about beginnings in the music world and the success of his friends in Odd Future.  Once again, to keep the informal nature of our conversation, I have barely edited the text of the interview, which you can read after the jump…

-TC

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While Brooklyn has been dominating the indie music scene for some time now, Seattle will forever remain a haven for interesting and fresh music that is always willing to experiment.  The latest band to emerge from this scene is the hard to pin down quintet, Yuni in Taxco.  When I was first introduced to Yuni it was hard not to fall for their infectious and sunny rock songs, and I know I’m not the only one who has felt this way seeing how they have attracted attention from Seattle radio station KEXP.  I recently talked with Ross of the band and the conversation can be read after the jump (no grammar or spelling has been corrected to keep with the conversational tone of the interview).

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When I asked Joseph Denney, brainchild behind the up and coming act Spirit Spine, if he wanted to do an interview, I don’t think either of us were expecting for the talk to be a genuine conversation and less a formal interview.  Over skype we talked for nearly two hours sharing music tastes, talking about our favorites and about how the internet has let us young people get our ideas out there.  It was a awesome talk for both of us and obviously I had to cut a lot from the conversation to keep it relatively short and filled with the real information that we shared.  Since we chatted over skype chat we weren’t using our best grammar and all of that has been left unedited.  Check out the full interview after the jump.

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