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Marmoset's Favorite Albums of 2015


Holy moley, 2015 was a crazy good year for new music.

From the early moments of spring to the last days of winter, this entire year was packed with some of the most innovative releases to date. New sounds came out, many artists pushed boundaries and with one more revolution around the sun, some damn good music was shot out into the universe. 

No doubt, the toughest part of such a good year in music is narrowing down our favorites into one comprehensive list -- a list to fully express how many times our minds were blown. 

Enter the Marmoset Deliberation Chamber. Once we entered and the doors were sealed, we cried, laughed and argued, which led to more laughing while crying...and one person even peed their pants. After hours of this ever intensifying cycle, we emerged bleary-eyed and only a little whiskey drunk, with ink on paper and our list in hand.

If you're into streaming, we created a Spotify playlist of our favorite 25 albums of 2015 (plus 15 honorable mentions) to make your listening experience easier. Over 30 hours of some of the best music 2015 had to offer. Listen here.

Now, onto the list...

1. Carrie & Lowell // Sufjan Stevens

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Firmly placed at the top of our list is the quiet, yet immensley powerful new album from Sufjan Stevens. It seems like he took a couple years to fully let these songs marinate and emerge in their raw and vulnerable state. Moving along like a fever dream haze, each song keeps a bare-boned feel, with guitar and hushed vocals leading the way. Drawing from a deep well of emotion, each song is incredibly personal and keeps digging deeper into a healing silence. There's an innate human connection in how intimate and inventive this album is. At one point or another, Carrie & Lowell was on repeat in all of our headphones at Marmoset HQ, especially of Behind the Scenes Phenom, Kaitie Todd and Artist Relations Manager, Brandon Day. Marmoset Co-Founder, Ryan Wines says he actually wept the first couple of times he listened to it.

Listen to Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens on Spotify.

2. Currents // Tame Impala

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This is the breakup album that will make you rethink what a breakup album is. Each song is an exercise in meticulous attention to detail, with some of the group's catchiest hooks to date. From open to close, songwriter, Kevin Parker produces spacey and infectious grooves within each densely-arranged track. Moving from riff-heavy guitar jams to keyboard and disco beats, this album tests how far a song can go before venturing out to space and into chaos, right before reeling back into one dancey body of work. Music Supervisor, Eric Nordby and Studio Manager, Katie Seaton have a choreographed duo dance routine mapped out to the entire album. It's that good.

Listen to Currents by Tame Impala on Spotify.

3. Multi-Love // Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Multi-Love is a series of colorful outbursts packed into one psychedelic freak-out of an album. Portland locals and general weirdos Unknown Mortal Orchestra have created one of our favorite records this year with their pop-laden, 60's inspired bizarro-funk. Multi-Love requires multiple listens. Every second counts and features a treasure trove of effects, layered into subtle tracks that are newly discovered with each listen. Don't worry though, UMO enthusiasts Director of Music Production, Rob Dennler and Artist Relations Badass, Steve Schroeder are drawing out graphs and notations to each moment in the album. There is a method behind the madness of this album -- a loose and enigmatic method, but a method nonetheless. And it's one worth getting to know.

Listen to Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra on Spotify.

4. To Pimp A Butterfly // Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar's dense masterpiece explores the complex relationship between power, politics, unrest and civil movement within personal snapshots that feel both raw and vulnerable. Bridging together future-jazz flurries (from contemporaries Thundercat and Kamasi Washington) with hard-hitting beats, this album moves like a tapestry of sound and ingenuity. Digital Team Lead, Shane Geiger and Community Ambassador, Stirling Myles have been geeking out to this album for the entire year, since there's so much to dig through between its perfect balance of artistry and arrangement. You will return to this one again and again. Watch the intense and stirring music video for "Alright" below. And don't miss Kamasi Washington laying down the brass during the outro of the last track.

Listen to To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar on Spotify.

5. Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit // Courtney Barnett

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Courtney Barnett has one again blasted us out of the room. Her new release Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, says a lot with simplicity. Her music is charged with a gritty punk rock ethic, machine line drums, jangled and distorted guitar and a lyricism that feels more like a conversation with a close friend. Her stories are delivered more by talking than singing and unwind into a literary mosaic of pop-culture pieces and anecdotes. We sometimes catch Community Ambassador, Bob Werner and Project Coordinator, Allison Soule mouthing the lyrics while working at their desks. All throughout this album, there's a hint of humor, making for an entertaining study into a generation. 

6. Darling Arithmetic // Villagers

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It's safe to say that Licensing Coordinator, David Katz has played this album at least 2,015 times. It makes sense, because from the very first track, you're completely taken in by its beauty. This ethereal folk record is colored with brushstrokes of gentle guitar, plodding piano and subtle electronic hues that create a serene, pastoral soundscape. Let's get emotional.

Listen to Darling Arithmetic by Villagers on Spotify.

7. Viet Cong // Viet Cong

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Dissonance never sounded so good. The self-titled release from the Calgary-based ensemble Viet Cong mends together pop songs with sharp angles and jagged textures -- never giving listeners a moment to settle. Yet, around each turn, there are pockets of harmony that are equally surprising and jarring at the same time. On any given day, you'd probably hear this blasting out of Director of Music Production, Rob Dennler's studio. It's really gets him pumped. And if you looked closely enough, you'd probably see him air drumming along to the odd time signatures like the music nerd that he is.

Listen to Viet Cong by Viet Cong on Spotify.

8. The Epic // Kamasi Washington

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To put the music of Kamasi Washington into words is like trying to convey what a color sounds like, or what noise the astral plane would make. Washington's jazz odyssey is something that feels like it was written in a space / time vacuum and brings tidings from the future. Dense arrangements come in and out of wonderful chaos, landing into thick, funky grooves. Some jazz critics are already calling it the greatest jazz recording in 30 yeares. It's THAT good. Rumor has it that Co-Founder, Ryan Wines has this album as his alarm clock. Oh, and he may or may not sleep in sunglasses.

Listen to The Epic by Kamasi Washington on Spotify.

9. Cool It // Sam Cohen

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If you were to look at Sam Cohen's music as a series of watermarks, you'd trace the amazing history he's had in bands like Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds, all the way to the high tide that would be his more recent solo efforts. Cool It is a culmination of Cohen's entire catalog of influences spanning from psych-pop bliss to lo-fi prog-rock synth goodness. This album will leave the goofiest smile on your face -- just ask Producer, Tim Shrout and Music Supervisor, Emilee Booher. There's a bright array of sound that comes out of each track, acting as a great, cohesive introduction to Cohen's matured and promising songwriting. There may not be a cooler record on the list. Seriously.

Listen to Cool It by Sam Cohen on Spotify.

10. T R A P S O U L // Bryson Tiller

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Every Friday afternoon is "Hip Hop Friday" at Marmoset HQ. This means that Digital Team Lead, Shane Geiger fills the studio with some of the most innovative hip hop coming out these days. Bryson Tiller's T R A P S O U L always had a way of turning heads. Equal parts raw trap beats and smooth R&B vocals, there's something hypnotic that happens when the two meet. Tiller's album is nothing short of genius and blurs the line between common binaries of genre.

Listen to T R A P S O U L by Bryson Tiller on Spotify.

11. Goon // Tobias Jesso Jr. 

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To listen to Goon is to read direct passages from the diary of Tobias Jesso Jr. Heartfelt and straight to the point, these classic-sounding, piano-based ballads of love and love lost toe the line between Paul McCartney's bounce and Randy Newman's whimsy. Licensing Coordinator, David Katz and Project Coordinator, Jessica Cassady went to see Tobias live this year and came back changed. There's a charm to this album where you don't have to dig too deep to hear someone's vulnerable experience. Honest and free-from lyrical pretentiousness, Jesso Jr.'s debut is a remarkable one and embraces a good cliché every now and then.

Listen to Goon by Tobias Jesso Jr. on Spotify.

12. Many Moons // Martin Courtney

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All 10 tracks in this debut offering from Real Estate's frontman, Martin Courtney, feel like an easy stroll down a windswept boardwalk, or like drifting off to sleep in your favorite comfy chair. There's a ton of space to sink into with every melody and texture, washing in and out of focus and lulling the listener into a meditative state. Maybe it's the secret ingredient in what makes our Community Ambassador, Bob Werner so calm and chill. One dose of Many Moons a day keeps the mental traffic away.

Listen to Many Moons by Martin Courtney on Spotify.

13. Volume 1 // Magic Sword

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If you haven't seen a live performance from the mysterious duo Magic Sword, make it the next one you see -- whether or not you're a fan of sci-fi fantasy, you'll be a firm believer after the first song. Their debut offering Volume 1 is a force, where intergalactic tales of epic wars meets the Drive soundtrack. The two band members -- who choose to remain anonymous-- are creating some of the most engaging synth-pop on our roster, combining keytars, hard hitting drum machines, glowing light up swords and some sweet saxophone solos to craft their own brand of dark electro-pop. We're all huge fans over here and during their legendary performance at our recent Hott Summer Nights party, Co-Founder, Ryan Wines and Senior Project Manager, Victoria Semarjian could be seen right in front, swinging their own blue glowing Swords of Power.

Listen to Volume 1 by Magic Sword on Spotify.

14. Sound & Color // Alabama Shakes

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It's exciting to be able to follow one of your favorite bands and watch them grow and experiment in new and different territories. Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color has gone in an imaginative direction and we couldn't be more blown away. Treading away from their roots in blues-rock and picking up pysch-rock and garage punk in the process, they have emerged with an exploratory record that sheds any attempt to pigeon-hole them into a specific sound. Change can be unexpected and sometimes challenging, but for devout fans like Financial Affairs Nerd, Matthew Lemine, and Studio Manager, Katie Seaton, the change is good and welcomed. 

Listen to Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes on Spotify.

15. Another One // Mac Demarco

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Much akin to his general, casual demeanor, Another One is a fitting title to Mac Demarco's newest release this year. However, there is little casual about Demarco's music -- there's a lot of intention behind the unique and warbly tones and textures behind his own brand of indie-pop. A little Jimmy Buffet influence makes its way onto this album, giving a easy breezy beach feel to each song, immediately bringing visions of drinking Cuba Libres on a sun-bleached coast to mind. Demarco's melodies are catchy as ever and his music is approachable and literally draws you in -- like on the album when Demarco himself shares his address and an invitation to coffee. We're thinking that Director of Music Supervision, Eric Nordby and Community Ambassador, Andrea Feehan might be the first to take him up on his offer.

Listen to Another One by Mac Demarco on Spotify.

16. B'lieve I'm Goin Down // Kurt Vile

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Kurt Vile's long, illustrious career and impressive catalogue of releases show time and time again what solid albums he's able to come up with. As a followup to one of our favorite albums from 2013, Wakin' on A Pretty Daze, he came out with another collection of confident indie-pop in 2015. Drawing from influences like Dylan, Petty and Henley, B'lieve I'm Goin Down offers another strong series of songs that effortlessly stop you in your tracks and keep you coming back for more. The only thing we're waiting on is Marmoset Producer, Tim Shrout's cover of Vile's track "Pretty Pimpin'" -- the music video for it below.

Listen to B'lieve I'm Goin Down by Kurt Vile on Spotify.

17. Dark Place // Jessie Baylin

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There's a little of everything in Baylin's newest record, Dark Place. Each song pulls from its influence to create a larger, eclectic album that still manages to feel cohesive at the same time. There's a little '90's synth-pop, a little straight up rock and even some '70's country that makes an appearance. Music Supervisor, Nicole Wilson shared this album with us and we can't stop listening to it. 

Listen to Dark Place by Jessie Baylin on Spotify.

18. Portraits // Maribou State

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Electronic duo Maribou State manage to make digital music that feels like a hike in the woods, with the city nowhere in sight. Portraits is a dance record full of piano, strings samples, and a slew of soulful guest vocals. There's a very human feel within all of the drum machine beats, providing a warm, earthy tone that we can't get enough of. The only downside to seeing them live is the slight possibility of witnessing the awkward dance moves from Community Ambassador, Stirling Myles at the show.

Listen to Rituals by Maribou State on Spotify.

19. Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper // Panda Bear

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Avant-garde freak psych-folk group Panda Bear just released a beautiful, brightly decorative album of psychedelic bliss. Artist Relations Intern, Quinn Kennelly and Community Ambassador, Bob Werner have been repping this album hard around the studio all year. This is a powerful ode to passing on, yet it brings in a revelatory element, with tons of joyful pop hooks. Densely layered sonic textures sneak their way in there too, drawing up images of the Beach Boys playing in outer space. Float on.

Listen to Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper by Panda Bear on Spotify.

20. The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam // Thundercat

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It's not enough that bass virtuoso, Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat) gets to work on genre-bending albums with artists like The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, and Kamasi Washington -- he has to go and create one of the most insane R&B albums to date, too.  But to call it just R&B would be a huge disservice -- there's something different, something more with this piece of work. Rising to a prominent place in Co-Founder, Ryan Wines' list, this album stands completely apart from everything you've ever heard. Bringing in friends Kamasi Washington and Flying Lotus, The Beyond... moves beyond any genre as we know it, more like intergalactic journeys into the unknown. It's one of the few releases of 2015 that actually makes Marmoset Producer, Rob Dennler do the Cabbage Patch.

Listen to The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam by Thundercat on Spotify.

21. Coming Home // Leon Bridges

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At only 25 years old, Leon Bridges has become a household name -- and he's got the golden voice to back it all up. His monumental soul and doo-wop influenced debut, Coming Home draws inspiration from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and most notably Sam Cooke. This album serves to show that love ballads and a good doo-wop brass section will always give us shivers of excitement, no matter what era we live in. Music Supervisor, Nicole Wilson hasn't changed this vinyl on her turntable since first spin.

Listen to Coming Home by Leon Bridges on Spotify.

22. Ratchet // Shamir

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This album was introduced to the Marmoset gang during our weekly Listening Hour session by Original Music Producer, Katy Davidson. And oh man -- get ready for the most light-hearted, mind bending, beat-driven collection of songs in 2015. Business Affairs Coordinator, Beth Martin will attest to this. Borrowing from the likes of Michael Jackson and and the self-aware disco beats of Saturday Night Fever, it's impossible not to be lifted into a better mood while listening to Shamir's debut, Ratchet. This album shines with a bright optimism that is infectious and incredibly dancey. Try not to move your feet.

Listen to Ratchet by Shamir on Spotify.

23. Gone by the Dawn // Shannon and the Clams

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Much in the spirit of the west, Shannon and the Clams have forged their own path with their most recent album. Gone By The Dawn embodies the free spirit of the west, creating open and expansive landscapes with sweeping, dynamic peaks and valleys. Diving deep into introspection, the band emerges with honest and raw lyrics over their cavalier AM radio lo-fi goodness. Pairing perfectly with the spirit of the road, you might find this as the perfect soundtrack to Music Supervisor, Ron Lewis' epic cycling trips.

Listen to Gone By The Dawn by Shannon and The Clams on Spotify.

24. In Colour // Jamie xx

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This debut album by British producer Jamie xx is fittingly named -- spanning an entire spectrum of vibrant moods in just under an hour, led by quirky samples and bright, infectious hooks. In Colour moves like a collage of memories that weave in and out of focus, managing to rise to great anthemic heights and remain intimate all at the same time. Marmoset Executive Assistant, Kaitie Todd knows it from front to back. This is a great, dance-y electronic album through and through, bringing music with a pulse that transcends pressures of "cool".

Listen to In Colour by Jamie xx on Spotify.

25. Gentle Warnings // Jack & Eliza

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There's a lot of sound coming from just these two people. You wouldn't think that catchy pop music could be written without drums, but the lo-fi grittiness of the guitar in Jack & Eliza's music -- not to mention the duo's truly moving melodies -- lends a space for the harmonized vocals to have more room to play. Each song on Gentle Warnings is tightly orchestrated and bears a matured pop sensibility that runs a consistent course through the album. Sometimes you can hear Financial Affairs Coordinator, Matthew Lemine hitting some pretty sweet falsetto notes with his headphones on.

Listen to Gentle Warnings by Jack & Eliza on Spotify.


Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)

Click on titles for easy access listening on Spotify

Ego Death by The Internet

Self Titled by Natalie Prass

Teaspoon to the Ocean by Jib Kidder

Have You In My Wilderness by Julia Holter

PC Music Vol 1. by Various Artists

Goes Missing by The Cairo Gang

Who Me? by Juan Wauters

Before the World Was Big by Girlpool

Synesthesiac by Jack Garratt

Abandoned by Defeater

Froot by Marina and the Diamonds

Unbreakable by Janet Jackson

Self Titled by The Domestics

I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty

If I've Only One Time Askin' by Daniel Romano

Black Diamond Pearl by 1939 Ensemble

Austin (EP) by Matthew Logan Vasquez

My Dreams Dictate My Reality by Soko

Making The Scary Jump Into Freelance: An interview with Filmmaker, Matt Johnson

Field Notes Interview #57: Matt Johnson, Filmmaker

When you watch any given film from Texas-based filmmaker, Matt Johnson, you're watching every ounce of his time and energy devoted to that project. Whether it's a wedding film in Dallas, or a travel film exploring the Oregon coast, Johnson places equal amounts of intention and thought in each piece. Matt's path as an artist is an intense one, guided by a personal and spiritual calling and it speaks in each of his films.

Keeping up with his inquisitive wanderlust, he's developed a travel drone film series that gives the audience a unique perspective a sense of place and landscape. We were floored by his recent film Pacific and how he paired beautiful aerial footage of our home turf with the atmospheric sounds from Josh Garrel's.

We caught up with Johnson when he came into town and we got a chance to dive into his artists path and what drives him and his compelling stories.

M: Why film? What compelled you to be a filmmaker? 

MJ: I've always enjoyed the emotions that a good scene generates. My parents have VHS tapes of me at 10 years old, directing my mother to hang some black trash bags in front of our fireplace to make it look like outer space. Once the set was properly dressed, I directed my brother and friends to have a lightsaber battle in front of it while John Williams' Star Wars theme played. There are multiple takes of me yelling "cut" and telling them to start over because the choreography wasn't up to my high standards. Video creation continued as a hobby, but it wasn't until I won a video contest my university was holding in 2008 that things really took off. Texas A&M's Division of Marketing and Communications hired me as an intern and I started making videos for them, and anyone else who wanted them. That trend has continued to this day.

M: What's the toughest decision you've had to make as a filmmaker? 

MJ: I had been at my university for around six years earning my bachelors and masters degrees. Graduation was rapidly approaching, and I realized that I really didn't have a plan to do anything other than film making. Even though many people have done it before, going freelance and starting my own business was terrifying. In college I had a comfortable excuse of "being a student", which kept me from having to commit to freelance video full time. At the same time, many friends of mine were graduating and still having difficulties finding jobs. They felt like their degrees weren't worth the paper they were printed on. I had to make a choice to either make videos or get a job doing something I didn't want to do. It was difficult, but only because it was unknown. After making the leap to freelance everything got a lot easier. I no longer had classes taking up the time that I could spend editing. It was a scary choice, but I'm happy I chose film making.

M: How do you feel music has a role in film?

MJ: Music, and sound in general, play a HUGE role in video. There are many studies out there showing that music provides emotion to a film. How many times have you been watching something and you feel yourself emotionally respond? The hero defeats the villain as the music swells to a crescendo. *Spoilers* Old Yeller dies while a really sad horn plays and we all cry. The emotions of a scene nearly always match the music and without it, video isn't really complete. Oh, and music is always great for montages. Any time there's a need to skip ahead in the story and they decide to do a musical montage I usually find it hilarious. Examples: Rocky's training scene, Remember the Titans, any '80s movie in general.

M: How do you feel music is misused in film?

MJ: One of my biggest peeves is when a new movie comes out and it extensively features a new song from an artist just because it is new. In a less Hollywood sense, I find that I'm now recognizing most of the songs that other filmmakers are using in their videos. This isn't only because I listen to a ton of tracks on music licensing sites (although I do that), but it is because they are going to the page that lists the most popular tracks on the site and using them. This isn't like Google search results where everything past the first page is not relevant. If you go past the second page of music licensing sites there are some amazing tracks that not many people are using in their films. I even hear other filmmaker friends of mine complaining that there aren't enough options on music licensing sites, or that all the songs sound the same. Of course they do if you only go to the popular page! Go listen to the least popular tracks on the site, listen to songs that aren't favorites of the staff, hear an entire artists library, you'll find amazing songs I guarantee it.

M: How do you feel your films are different than others?

MJ: Oh man, this is a good question. Remember that I'm trying to make the best videos that I can, no matter what. I would say what makes my videos different from others is probably my rampant perfectionism leading to my desire to only post something when it is finished. At least in my mind, my videos are the best they can be. There's this electronic band called The Glitch Mob and their work is amazing. A big reason is they aren't a part of a major label and they have time to perfect their work without having to worry about deadlines to release their albums. I was listening to a podcast interviewing one of the members and he shared that they go through at least 300 revisions of each song before they are finally happy with them! I have the same mentality when I am creating. It may not take me 300 rounds of changes, but I always find myself with at least 10 revised versions before I am happy with the finished product. In the case of Pacific or my other travel videos, it's more like 20 to 30 revisions. Most of these changes are usually me altering a clip length by a couple frames, or straightening something; really tiny stuff that only I notice and am
bothered by. Eventually I have to just release what I'm working on or I would be editing it forever.

M: What's the most recent album you've listened to? 

MJ: I'm gonna be that boring guy and say that I don't listen to a ton of new music in my free time. About 90% of the music I listen to is on music licensing sites. When I hear music, my brain makes imagery to go with it, so it is nice to know that the songs I am listening to I can now use in a video. If you go to the newest releases on popular music licensing sites like Marmoset and I've probably listened to them. Otherwise, I spend a lot of time listening to Podcasts. My current favorites are Undisclosed, The Tim Ferriss Show, and The Adventure Zone.

M: How do you know when you're finished with a project?

MJ: This is so tough. How do I know when I am finished? Possibly when I realize that I can't make any more revisions. I am usually unhappy with most of my projects until they are about 98% finished. Let me explain my usual working style: I make a rough cut and revise it multiple times. Then I ignore it for a few days and work on something else. When I go back to it I see more things I would like to change. This whole process can repeat. Everything starts coming together after I do this a few times and I really begin to like the video. Eventually, I realize I need to move on to the next project and should send it off. That's about it. Of course then I'll watch it a few months later and see more things I should have fixed, but it is too late. In my head things are never finished, but for clients I usually have a deadline I try to stick with.

M: What makes a good story?

MJ: I would say a good villain. Or in a story where there isn't a specific villain, I would say it is critical that the main character have a strong adversity they are facing. People love Star Wars because of Darth Vader, The Avengers because of Loki etc. I re-watched The Imitation Game last night, a movie about cracking Germany's Enigma machine in World War II. This was such a good story because the problem was so complex for the main character to solve. The better the adversity the main character has to face, the better the film's story will be.

M: What's coming up for you as an artist?

MJ: I'm leaving on August 11th for Colorado/Wyoming/Idaho, for a week with my dad and brother. I'm bringing my video gear, but I don't know if I want to release another film so soon after my Pacific video. Otherwise, I'm going to be enjoying a month where I don't have any shoots before things get crazy again filming weddings most weekends.

Share your story and join the conversation at We'll feature shared work on our journal. Featured filmmakers will get some sweet swag.


Balto performed at our HQ and absolutely destroyed the place.

Back in April, Marmoset Band and shredders, Balto dropped by our HQ to perform some brand new songs and they blew us away. Finally, videos of this session have surfaced and we're excited to present their new track "Lost on the Young." Check out the performance in the video below and bear witness to how amazing this band is.

The session was produced and edited by Seth Mower and recorded by our very own Producer, Tim Shrout and filmed by Seth Pritchard, Andrew Rodriguez and Jordan Markus. Check out their new 7"/Digital EP release Call It By Its Name. "Lost on the Young" will appear on their upcoming full length the band is already in the works to get back in the studio to record. We're in for a treat, folks.


Like what you hear? Check out the rest of their tracks at their Artist Profile.

Follow Along With Analog Photographer, Julian Martin In This Awesome New Short Film

When it comes to analog photography, what you see is what you get. And that's a thing of beauty for photographer, Julian Martin.

In the newest installment of the Analog video series about film photography, filmmaker, Matt Mangham follows a day in the creative life of Julian Martin. One of the most compelling elements in the film is the opening sequence, where we see Julian in his waking state, preparing himself for the day. The reflective tone of the film is embellished with the contemplative track "Enjoy The Calm" by Drew Barefoot.

Much like the subject, this film itself is a series of transparent and honest moments. What you see is what you get, indeed.

What do you think about this film? Comment below.

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Download Our "Soundtracks For Weddings" Mixtape

Guest DJ: Elena + Sofia Costa, Wedding Filmmakers

Everyone brings a unique story to their wedding day. Every story deserves it's unique soundtrack. Spanning the spectrum from organic to electronic, we compiled fifteen tracks that bring an imaginative lens to your next project in our Soundtracks For Weddings mixtape.

Inspired by the innovative work of The Costa Sisters and our interview with them, take your time and dig through these gems. Enjoy.


The Art Of Experimentation: Getting To Know Tom Filepp of Cars & Trains

Field Notes Interview #41: Tom Filepp, Marmoset Artist

There's a thousand little worlds that exist within every beat by Tom Filepp (aka Cars & Trains). Bridging the gap between organic and electronic textures, Filepp has forged his own unique form of music. Filled with glitches, beats, loops and subtle textures, each Electro-Folk has something new to discover with every listen.

Filepp's music is cinematic in nature as it brings up so many different images and provides such an expansive, sonic world to live in. His track "Intimidated by Silence" was placed in a recent film by Mike Collins. We sat down with Tom and got to know his writing process and his thoughts on how his music translates to picture.

M: When did you start writing music?

TP: Probably in my early teens, basically once I started learning how to play guitar. I wrote bad riffs that were played even worse. My folks got me a little Tascam 414 when I was about fifteen, that I used to record a lot of song ideas on. They were mostly one off riffs instead of full songs, although occasionally I would work out some little ditty with me hand drumming on my desk, with structure and all of that.

M: What does a day in the life of a working musician look like for you?

TP: That obviously depends whether I’m on the road or not. When I’m at home I’m all over the place—I could be working on tightening up mixes or producing a new song; it’s just as likely that I’m sketching out a new song on the couch with an acoustic, some humming, and my little field recorder. I do a lot of bouncing back and forth from my day gig as a developer, so there’s not 100% of a rhyme or reason unless I’m wrapping up a new album, or getting ready for tour. There’s not necessarily a ton of structure to how I go about my day on that front. When I’m touring it’s another story, especially when I’m touring in Europe, everything is like clockwork. I love touring by train so everything has to be planned pretty tightly.

M: What role do you feel music has in film?

TP: I think it’s really the glue that holds the whole concept of the film together, whether it’s some atonal swells and stabs for emphasis, or a driving beat. The right decisions with scoring make all the difference with a film, whether it’s a decision for it to be almost completely sparse, or to have it back to back pop songs.

M: How do you feel your song complimented Mike Collins' "ReStore"?

TP: I really like the way it subtly adds movement, while not getting in the way of the narrative. When the claps come in it builds enough to keep interest while staying secondary. I’m a big fan of how they use the bridge to change the feeling about halfway through, it keeps things moving, but changes gears enough to keep the pace interesting.

M: What's the last thing you listened to?

TP: I’ve been listening to a whole lot of the San Francisco based old-school thrash band Death Angel’s last record “The Dream Calls For Blood”. So good. Just saw them last week and it was fantastic.

M: What are you excited about for the future?

TP: I’m excited about trying to continue to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new things musically, whether it’s my new all instrumental cars & trains record coming out this year, or my new electronic sludge/shoegazer project True Deceiver. Looking forward to seeing what comes out of more experiments in the near future!