[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2016 Round #3)

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The same music doesn’t work for everyone. We all come across that song that makes us say “Seriously. What the hell is this?” But you know what, SOMEONE out there likes that song. And that someone might say the same thing about a song you absolutely love. Like with everything, we all have our own tastes, which is why the Indie Dojo is the perfect solution. Skip through the ones you hate and repeat all the ones you do. There is something out there for everyone and if not in this week’s, there is always next.

’BF/C – Temple’
’Gizmo Varillas – Give A Little Love’
’Ja Ja Nene – Here Today Gone Tomorrow’
’Hush Moss – It Takes A Lot’
’Dives – Fresh Air (ft. AJ the Aged One)’
’Dhana Bhutan
Close’
’Marly Luske – Organ and Nylon’
’Daniel Trakell – Wasted Light’
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[Album Review] Viola Beach’s Self-Titled Debut LP

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I’ve written out and deleted at least twenty opening lines while trying to kickstart this album review. From inspirational messages, to thoughtful condolences, to moments of fear and frustration, my blinking cursor seems to disapprove of just about every set-up I can dream of.

Here’s the thing – I absolutely adored Viola Beach. From the very first time I heard “Swings and Waterslides,” I knew these youngsters were onto something big. It was just last summer. The days were growing shorter, but these four lads from Warrington gave my aging bones something to hold on to as winter’s chilly winds blew across Colorado. Release by release, I was continually drawn to their highly engaging, pop-structured tunes, each giving way to wide-spreading grins, incessantly tapping feet, and the urgent sense to spread the word about this budding talent.

’Viola Beach – Swings & Waterslides’

Earlier this year, as most of you know, Kris, River, Tomas, Jack and their manager Craig were taken well before their time in a tragic car accident. I certainly don’t feel like highlighting that evening, though, as even in death, these talented souls have far more to offer than just a mournful headline and story.

We are tremendously proud of everything the boys achieved in such a short space of time,” the band’s families said. “Craig, Jack, Kris, River and Tom shared a huge passion, talent, and dedication to music.

We believe the best way to celebrate our sons’ lives is to release an album of their songs.”

If you followed along with the releases that preceded that night, you’ll know that they were rife with proper amounts of energetic percussion, playful guitar work, and anthemic lyrics that paved the way for happy, dancing feet across the globe. Just one trip through “Boys That Sing” should be more than enough to have you proudly belting out the chorus as you prance around your living room, whether or not you actually know how to sing. That certainly seemed to be the case at Glastonbury a few weeks back, when Coldplay covered that very song on the main stage.

 

While those three releases were more than enough to cement a lifelong legacy, we have a few more to add to our beloved collection. That brings us to today. As honored as I was to premiere Viola Beach’s debut song, I’m doubly honored to provide one of the first album reviews for them.

’Viola Beach – Boys That Sing’

“Swings and Waterslides,” “Cherry Vitmo,” and “Boys That Sing” aside, this collection has hits spilling out from every seam.

Take “Like A Fool,” for example: Led by a sportive guitar riff, it immediately welcomes you in, taking you by the hand to the eventual chorus, which could be reserved for the night after your next break up. (Not that we’re wishing that upon you–but it happens, and it’s always good to have songs to get you through it.)

“Drunk” brings an expertly crafted blend of emotive nuances and danceable rhythms, offering an interesting juxtaposition. While the lyrics are melancholy, its healthy rhythmic backbone maintains a pace that’s will undeniably have people nodding their head along with the ripping guitar breakdowns and heavy snare work.

One of my favorite tunes in this collection is definitely “Really Wanna Call,” which beckons comparisons to legends like Paul Simon, and modern marvels like The 1975, The Wombats, or St. Lucia. While it will never see stadiums full of the singing fans it so rightfully deserves, it will always carry the weight that other anthems in its class do.

The collection is destined for greatness, regardless of the fact that Viola Beach won’t see so many of the world’s stages they was bound to play. Instead, their greatness will be held in the headphones and speakers of adoring fans across the globe, with more and more discovering how truly incredible these guys were.

Help embrace and share the legacy by picking up their album through the band’s own label Fuller Beans Records.

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[Indie] Pageantry – Vicious Wishes

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The close of the weekend definitely calls for a healthy dosage of dreamy encapsulating indie rock to help ease us into the inevitable start of yet another work week. Luckily for us, we stumbled across Denton-based Pageantry, and have subsequently added this lil’ beaut into our Sunday rotation.

“Vicious Wishes” soars with textural layers of piano, guitar, and soft, rhythmic percussion, giving listeners a chance to escape the worries of day-to-day minutia for a full five minutes. It seemingly teeters perfectly along the narrow line between spacey psych rock and hip-swaying indie rock, somehow perfectly pulling in elements of both. We don’t know whether to lie back in our favorite recliner and get lost in our own minds, or whether we should get up and dance around. Maybe we’ll alternate as we hit the repeat button. Problem solved.

If you’re digging “Vicious Wishes,” make sure to follow these cats on facebook.

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[Event Preview] Enchanted Forest – Black Oak Ranch – 7/22 – 7/24

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It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that we love to get down, let loose, and imbibe quite often. However, we also understand the importance of taking care of the temple and making sure our ninja minds stay fine-tuned and on point. With that in mind, Enchanted Forest and its healthy dosage of sweet grooves in a life-altering collective social environment is calling our name next week.

For four days, festival-goers will be part of a once-in-a-lifetime musical and cultural experience, with more than 70 internationally-acclaimed live and electronic musical acts, including Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo, Hamsa Lila, PANTYRAID, Minnesota, Fanna Fi Allah, Autograf, Lila Rose, Thriftworks and more.

In addition to the lineup, Enchanted Forest is also home to what they call, “NorCal’s Sauciest Soiree,” where visitors are encouraged to “fully embody their highest and truest self.” That means inside this fairytale woodland setting are 50 workshops in yoga, dance, movement and flow arts instruction, led by globally-renowned teachers. Yoga not your jam? Maybe you’ll find something of interest at one of over 60 educational workshops and forums covering subjects around relationships and sexuality, science and spirituality, health, wellness, nutrition, and ancestral arts.

The forest is full of healing sanctuaries, foam dance floors and, of course, plenty of shade for comfy camping. Forewarning, if you’re trying to booze up, it’s maybe not the festival for you, as they have “Get saucy, not sauced” policy, which promotes a safe, alcohol-free environment. But, after marathon party sessions at festivals like EDC, Coachella, and Ultra, this could be a very welcomed break.

Before you dive into the playlist we curated for you, we also should mention that our friends over at Cadence & Cause have your chance to win two (4-Day All-Inclusive) Yogi Passes, a Saucy Spa Pass (in case you need a shower), and a $100 gift certificate for merch at the festival. Your entry will help impact a cause that really hits home to the show’s promoter’s – planting new trees in American forests – so events like this can continue to happen for a long time to come.

’Thirftworks – The Newter Shooter’
’Lynx – Picture (The Polish Ambassador Remix)’
’Wildlight – The Tide – Rain’
’pantyraid – Wanting Moves’
’Where are ü now – Ember Island cover(Minnesota remix)’
’Minnesota – Hold Up’
’Minnesota – Living Together’
’Doja Cat – So High (StéLouse Flip)’
’Owl City X Said The Sky – Fireflies (StéLouse Edit)’
’Champagne Drip – Open Your Eyes’
’Champagne Drip – Moonlight’
’Autograf – Dream.’
’Autograf – Metaphysical (ft. Janelle Kroll)’
’Autograf
Future Soup (ft. Patrick Baker)’
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The Mystical Music of the Islamic Sufis arrives at Enchanted Forest [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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For some, the gathering of like-minded, free-spirited individuals in the forest for 4 days of non-stop music, workshops, speakers, and art is enough to transform the soul. To show you another way to live, a more enriched, fulfilled way of seeing the possibilities all around us. But for others, this is not enough. To satisfy the desires of a diverse crowd, Enchanted Forest doesn’t stop there. They bring some of the most unique attributes of the festival scene into play, including a liberating #freethenipple campaign, 24-hour shower parties, a 100 percent alcohol-free experience, and a “Save The Planet” charity initiative with Cadence & Cause, where you can win 2 all-inclusive tickets to the festival simply by donating.

To top it off, Enchanted Forest brings with them some of the most well know and carefully selected musicians the festival space has to offer. Including a fascinating 8 member Qawwali group called Fanna Fi Allah.

Qawwali music is something that most of us from the festival world have never heard of. It is a cultural phenomenon in South Asia and has been around for almost a thousand years, so why are we introduced to it now?

We sat down with their founder Tahir to ask a few questions of this uniquely inspiring band before heading into the forest.

TMN: So, how long have you guys been around and where do you play most of your music?

Tahir: We have been touring for 16 years and actually only play about 5% of our music at American festivals. Most is spent in Pakistan, India, and the Punjabi cultures in South Asia and the Middle East.
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2016 Round #2)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaIn the midst of all the chaos, music sometimes provides a little relief, even if only temporary. Sometimes it’s necessary to kick back, relax and lose yourself in some indie goodness for a while. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Hit play on the Indie Dojo and let your mind travel to a more peaceful place, wherever that may be.

’Super Massive – POWER’
’Polar Bears Can Dance – Light and Sound’
’The Migrant – Belly of a Man’
’Simen Mitlid – Sleeping’
’Tom Speight – Falling’
’Matt Sucich – Montauk’
’Mesa Luna – Don’t Let Go’
’Sweet Jean – Everything Changes’
’Benjamin Longman – Steady’
’Fields – I’m On Fire (Cover – Live Acoustic from Coffee Hill Studios)’
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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Viceroy Shares his Favorite Summer Tunes

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When you earn the title of Sultan of Summer, it’s safe to say that you’re somewhat of an expert on all things warm-weather. We definitely know where we’ll turn if we’re looking for a refreshing cocktail recipe, the best beach destination, or a collection of the best summer tunes. That’s right – it’s our Resident Artist, Viceroy.

Of course, our pool playlists are brimming with tracks he’s produced, but we wanted to dig a little deeper and find out what he’s personally jamming to when he’s manning the BBQ or walking the beach. Take a look below and start getting those weekend plans in order. You’ll want to be outside to enjoy this nice little collection.

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