John Masters

John Masters


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John Masters

Title
Music Blogger / Editor, Recording Artist (Harness Flux, Metropolitan)
Bio
Music Blogger at Trigger Cut. http://facebook.com/triggercut
Musician (member of @HarnessFlux, @MetropolitanDC).
Website
Expertise
music performance, music writing / blogging, music blogging
Interests
indie rock, alternative rock, noise
Location
Los Angeles, CA

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Simon Burgess submitted media.

John Masters

Cool sounds here, reminds me of Modest Mouse and then goes into a more goofy They Might Be Giants sort of vibe. I think it could do well with fans of quirkier indie rock. 

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Painful and Slow by Marcelo Quinonez ft. 33trees

John Masters

Nice bass lines and grooves here, I like the production and the vocal fits in well with the whole vibe. Cool hooks too -- good work overall!

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Good Gracious Love by JRtheBand

John Masters

Sounds a lot like Train or that type of genre of rock, almost jam band vibe but more of a pop appeal. Not entirely stuff I listen to a lot but works well for what it’s going for. 

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John Masters

A very Rush style sound — not entirely my cup of tea but every well executed for the genre. 

Jeremy R submitted media.

Footprints In The Sand by JRtheBand

John Masters

Good sounds, good production on the instruments etc.  Heavily out front vocals definitely give it a singer songwriter sort of vibe, makes sense for the genre. 

Nathan Engel submitted media.

Flatirons by Miles on End

John Masters

The horn section reminds me a lot of Calexico and more old style western indie rock. Good production. A nice chill vibe overall. Nice build up into a more driving section. 

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Reverie by Honey Beard

John Masters

I like the sound, has a very Washed Out sort of vibe to it.  Definitely some nice reverb-y ideas going on.  A hint of the 80s in there too, with some good hooks.  Well executed overall.  

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Spit It Out by Lost In The Attik

John Masters

Nice dark groove going on here, creepy double vocals are cool -- nice punk mix of all the instruments jangling together.  Maybe some horns in there too?  Almost has an early Butthole Surfers feel that I don't hear that often anymore with a cool meltdown at the end.

Ilya Shkipin submitted media.

Visions by Lost In The Attik

John Masters

I dig the lo-fi punk feel of the opening with the sample.  Reminds me of Nick Cave and/or Birthday Party.  I like the distant and echo-y guitar sound as well -- works well with the gritty punker genre. 

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John Masters

Nice guitar sound, somewhat on the folky side -- not sure what that other instrument is, maybe a violin?  Not entirely my cup of tea but well executed for the genre.

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Screens (Official Music Video) by Cult Fantastic

John Masters

Interesting upbeat vibe -- the emoji stuff is pretty funny!  Looks like a lot of LA locations too, where I live. The sound of the song itself reminds me of old Fishbone or RHCP.  Pretty good internet satire. 

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John Masters

I like the production, nice retro rock sound -- vocals and overall vibe gives me a Modest Mouse sort of feel. Definitely fits in with the dream pop sort of style.  Nice keyboard pop riffs as well.

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Completely by Matt Rath

John Masters

Its got a singer-songwriter sound not unlike John Mayer or Ed Sheeran or Dave Matthews -- not entirely my cup of tea but well produced and well executed for the genre.   

Tom Crowell submitted media.

Closer by The Pulltops

John Masters

Nice power pop sound, maybe a cleaner version of the Replacements -- I like the back and forth sort of swing it has to it, pretty decently catchy stuff.

Tom Crowell submitted media.

When I Was Young by The Pulltops

John Masters

Nice sound not unlike Foo Fighters or maybe a more polished Replacements -- well put together and produced for the genre.  Very triumphant and powerful tune. 

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Futureproof by Kaptur

John Masters

Nice production, reminds me of The Strokes a bit at first -- pretty driving, good guitar action in the middle.  I like the breakdown sort of sonic sound towards the end. Cool artwork too!

Ned Gartside submitted media.

John Masters

Good sound, very 90s vibe sort of a mash up of a Bjork or The Sundays with a more shoegaze Slowdive sort of sound. 

Ilya Shkipin submitted media.

Sharpie Head by The Laytcomers

John Masters

Nice punk rock sound, reminds me of old Erase Errata, Times New Viking and other raw bands of that era.  Has a bit of a British feel too, almost like The Fall.  I dig the stumble of ithe whole sound and the driving bass riffs. 

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Gorgeous by The Blemish

John Masters

Nice production values, big beat and vocoder type action is good. Vocals are definitely on par with Mars and other pop acts right now.  Nice drops as well into the hooks.  Not necessarily my genre but done well.

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I told you by Jose Otero

John Masters

Nice production on this pop track -- would probably do well with the R&B soul genre, but not necessarily my cup of tea.   Decent hooks, almost a male Adele sound if that makes sense?  John Legend-ish 

Jen Baron submitted media.

John Masters

Not a bad tune I like the melody and synth parts that go with it -- not usually a huge fan of pop songs but this would fit in well with the current hits / genre

Human in Bloom submitted media.

John Masters

Nice relaxed and chill vibes to the song -- cool effects in the video with the way things are projected on to people.  Reminds me of some older 90s electro/grunge stuff like Filter or Helmet. etc.  

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Hero's Departure by Giulio Taccon

John Masters

Nice piano work!  A very triumphant and lively tune.

Mike Simmons submitted media.

Un-Miserable by The Doom Tomb

John Masters

Immediately I could head a strong Michael Stipe / REM vibe -- pretty good hooks and I like the shortness of it -- good tune!

Mike Simmons submitted media.

Youth Approximately by The Doom Tomb

John Masters

Nice vibes on this soft rock track -- vocals fit in well with the dreamy pop feel.  Sounds similar to The Shins and other indie rock stuff in that vein.  Fits in with a SoCal rock ideal.

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I`m Goin`Under by Mind`s Eye

John Masters

Well produced for this kind of rock style, vocals are a highlight, nice and clean.  Pretty catchy lyrics as well.  Felt like it could maybe use some more guitar in the mix.  Does fit in with the rock scene its going for.

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Zero Gravity by Martin Tillman

John Masters

Quite a space-y intro with a big build up, makes you want to see what comes next.  Piano sounds very film soundtrack-esque.  Almost a David Lynch Twin Peaks feel but not as dark.  Good vibes overall and would work well for an uplifting film.

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Blithe by Tw*nkles

John Masters

Not entirely my genre, but well done for that R&B vibe -- sounds sort of Rihanna-ish to me but more fresh.   I like the hook but it could possibly be a little more pronounced -- piano gives a good touch to the vocals and the vocals are very strong.  Beat is nice and chill, good tune!

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To Tennessee by Working Class Hussys

John Masters

Not a bad track, a bit more raucous and rambunctious than I like but probably works well in the genre. 

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Anomalies by Stereodyssey

John Masters

Reminds me of early Boards of Canada and even a little bit of Aphex Twin.  A tad more melodic than BOC would normally sound, I like the little glitches and breaks. Got a nice xylophone sort of vibe to it.

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John Masters

Nice production value, sounds sort of old school 80s goth-y but not too on the nose.  Synth riffs (I assume?) are pretty good and hooky.  Interesting lower register backup vocals, very Leonard Cohen style. Noir video makes sense for this vibe as well.

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No One I Know by Claus Zinger

John Masters

Production sound is good, vocals could be a little more prominent but I imagine that's the style you're going for.  Nice vibes though, a sort of psychedelic feel over more straight bass/piano lines.  Video is nice and arty.  Not bad at all!