[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2013 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaIt’s the holiday season, which usually means we’re melting our credit cards from overuse and finding nothing but fuzz in our emptied pockets. Buying for everyone on your list can definitely get exhausting, so why not take some time to yourself before/during or after braving the world of mass consumerism. You won’t need your wallet and you won’t have a million people in your bubble. Sounds like total bliss…doesn’t it? We think so. So….go ahead, hit play. We’ll take the “showering with gifts” from here..

Body Language
Im a Mess
Connan Mockasin
Im The Man, That Will Find You
Dinosaur Bones
Spins in Circles
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
They Told Me
Crazy In Love (Beyoncé Cover)
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[Indie Rock] The Careful Ones – When We Were Younger

The Careful Ones
When We Were Younger

If we were going to make an 80’s movie based on this tune, we would definitely be calling up John Hughes and John Cusack. Since we don’t have a time machine or a few million dollars laying around, we’ll sit back and enjoy the music video that’s been put together for this coming of age gem.

“When We Were Younger” is the first single from The Careful Ones‘ upcoming album, The Foxes and the Hounds. Playful acoustic guitars welcome us in to the love laced lyrics, eliciting strong feelings of wanderlust. In the video representation of this simplistically beautiful tune, those feelings are reinforced, making us yearn for warmer weather and sandy beaches.

As a whole, this tune encapsulates the experience of past summer loves, something that every person has experienced in this journey to becoming an adult.

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[Acoustic] Jaymes Young – Moondust (Stripped)

Jaymes Young
Moondust (Stripped)

Just a man and his guitar. Sometimes that’s all it takes to produce a masterpiece. We learned a few things from Jaymes Young during our last interview with him. First, he and his guitar have been attached at the hip for nearly a decade, and second, “Moondust” was one of his favorite creations from his well revered Dark Star mixtape. This “stripped” version of the single is exactly what it sounds like, breaking the song down to its very core elements. There’s an argument to be made here that this newer revision in its raw form may actually resonate better than the original, but I’ll leave the debate up to all of you. In the meantime, just appreciate the fact that we now have two versions of this spectacular tune.

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[Good Lord] James Vincent McMorrow – Red

James Vincent McMorrow
Red Dust

Call it a man crush. Call me a fan boy. Whatever you want to label my affinity with James Vincent McMorrow’s heavenly voice is fine with me. I’ll calmly dodge your verbal arrows as I enjoy the other worldly experience that is listening to him sing.

In one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2014 (in my eyes, at least) we’re offered up another sampling of what’s to come from this Dubliner. With a slow strike of a bass drum, haunting vocal samples and some understated piano keys, James once again is able to take us away from all of our troubles, slowly melting away the week with his incredible voice.

Post Tropical is out on January 14th, and is guaranteed to be nothing short of sensational. With a voice like that, it’s hard to think that it would be anything less.

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Haunted Hauses – Hunters [TMN PREMIERE]

Haunted Hauses

It seems like this is the generation for people to strive for what they really want in life. Spending your free time working on your passion has become the rule these days, rather than the exception. That’s exactly what we’re showcasing today with Haunted Hauses. This Brooklyn based indie pop four piece began as a collective of friends including Leif Huckman (Ex Cops), Autry Fulbright (Trail of Dead) and Eric Rodgers (VHS or Beta). In between rehearsals and tours with their current bands, these fellas wrote and recorded songs in their spare time.

“Hunters” is the single from their upcoming debut EP. You can hear influences from all of the other projects these guys have been a part of, featuring a playful psych pop feel, with light fluttering synths. The large, tribal style drumming from Ian Longwell (producer and collaborator) creates a cinematic journey that effortlessly carries the powerful vocals.

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SORNE – I Miss You (Bjork Cover) [TMN PREMIERE]

I Miss You

We all have our inspirations. Whether it be a music blogger inspired by previous music journalists gracing the pages of Rolling Stone Magazine, or a musician intrigued by an experimental, curious Icelandic female vocalist, we all have them. It’s in these inspirations that our art forms are molded, giving us passion and drive to both pay homage to our heroes, as well as create something that’s truly our own.

At the young age of nine, SORNE witnessed something that would later inspire his music, seeing Bjork perform with the Sugarcubes on SNL. Fast forward a few decades, and this Florida based artist has tipped his cap to his northern European inspiration. Armed with his voice, some chopsticks, his desk and a canvas, SORNE has created interpretations of some of his favorite Bjork tunes.

Today we’re excited to premiere his cover of “I Miss You.” Mimicing the iconic organ chords, SORNE utilizes his voice in their place. With repetitious bouts of percussion hits, he maintains the classic feel of the original, while dialing down the tempo to create a sultry and unique rendition.

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Wake Owl – Candy [TMN PREMIERE]

Wake Owl

Maybe it’s those sultry guitars that are welcoming us in. Maybe it’s that smooth, playful bassline. Whatever it is, Wake Owl has us fully entranced in their retro inspired sound, bringing back memories of yesteryear with their classic musical stylings.

No, we can’t say we were even alive for what most would call Yesteryear, however, we are pretty well versed in musical composition throughout the years. “Candy,” displays qualities that will warm your mother’s heart over, while still maintaining a current relevance. This playful pop tune, riddled with love drenched lyrics, effortlessly tells a story to the listener, bringing them in with every verse.

Coming up on their debut LP, The Private World of Paradise, the aptly named “Candy” is quite a treat. Recorded at National Freedowm studios under producer Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen), the album is due out March 4th, 2014 by way of Vagrant Records. Make sure you put a notification in your phone, as this is one you won’t want to miss. Until then, you can curb your sweet tooth by picking up “Candy” on iTunes.

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