Marika Hackman – Wolf [TMN PREMIERE]

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Marika Hackman
Wolf

London based youngster Marika Hackman is back with another release from her upcoming EP, Sugar Blind. Produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J), this EP marks a significant stride forward in Marika’s songwriting. Due for release December 9th on Dirty Hit Records, “Wolf,” has us swooning; echanted with her brooding tone.

The ominous repeating vocal samples set the tone for this wickedly dark tune. With subtle guitar pics, eerie synths and downlplayed percussion we find ourselves getting beautifully lost in this gem. Aptly named, this haunting journey comes to fruition through Marika’s non-traditional vocals, which illustrate quite a cautionary tale.

If you’re in the the UK next month. Make sure to catch her live at one of these five shows. And, once you’re done picking up tickets, pre-order Sugar Blind and receive an instant download of her track, “Cinnamon.”

Dec 10th – The Hope, Brighton
Dec 11th – Lexington, London
Dec 12th – Portland Arms, Cambridge
Dec 13th – Gullivers, Manchester
Dec 14th – The Birdcage, Bristol

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[Psychedelic] Temples – Mesmerise

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Temples
Mesmerise

“Mesmerise”. If the title hasn’t given you a clue as to what type of band this is, perhaps these following song titles will: “Colours to Life”,  “Prisms”, and “Ankh” (meaning, key of life).

If you’re thinking of a British band that rocks just the optimal level of late sixties/early seventies sounds, you’re right. Formed in Kettering, Northamptonshire last year, Temples, is best known for their psychedelic vibes. We’re pretty certain we haven’t captured too many fans from the 60’s on our site, but we know that Pink Floyd, The Doors, or The Beatles have not gone unnoticed in your music escapades.  So Temples could be just right up your alley for a break away from the current electronic or indie scene.

Their debut album Sun Structures will be released in less than four months, on Februrary 10th, 2014, while “Mesmerise” will be released on Heavenly Records, January 13th, 2014.

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[Psych-Pop] Au.Ra – Spare the Thought

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Au.Ra
Spare The Thought

We’re not sure how we could have missed learning about the London-based duo, Au.Ra when they had introduced their noteworthy debut single, “Sun” last November. But we’re glad we came across their new track, “Spare the Thought” this week. The track exudes a mellow, psychedelic–toned intro that that fans of Washed Out are sure to appreciate. It’s a definite tune that you could see yourself unwinding to as the sun burns out and the waves collide.

Comprised of Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles, this musical pair’s tracks can now be purchased on a 7″ from LebensStrasse Records .

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[Folk] Micky P Kerr – Dreamers Club EP

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Hailing from Leeds, this shaggy haired troubador has been playing acoustic shows since he was merely 20 years old. Equipped with an accoustic guitar, Micky P Kerr slowly crafted a sound that we would come to know and love today. Buried within his soft, intricate folk stylings are meticulously crafted lyrics, often carrying resemblance of early protest songs in their structure and soundscape.

Coming up on November 28th, Dreamers Club EP, is set to release as the first concept EP in a set of two recorded at Green Mount Studio in Leeds. The soon to be released four track gem features songs ranging in different folk compositions, giving you a full story in just four short songs.

First up on the EP is the title track, “Dreamers”, which boasts a charisma that beckons on Simon and Garfunkle. Scrupulously combining soft finger picking and pitch perfect humming, Kerr creates a marriage between guitar and vocals that encapsulates what can be so enchanting about just a man and his guitar.

“Lazy Ambition,” takes on a personality that would be apt for a smokey 60’s music festival, offering up boisterous saloon style piano chords which couple with his sing-a-long style lyrics. The tempo is picked up from the previous, offering up a joyfully danceable tune.

“The Increase of Insanity,” takes a more serious tone, with Kerr displaying a spoken word style song. In this thought provoking gem, we hear those early protest folk stylings really shine through.

In closing, we have “I Don’t Know,” which brings it all back together with deep interpersonal reflection being brought to life with playful instrumentation. It’s the perfect cap to four intensely tied together songs, all showcasing different abilities in Kerr’s musical repertoire.

Take a listen below, then preorder the EP on itunes so you can have it in your hands the day it comes out.

Dreamers Club
Lazy Ambition
The Increase of Insanity
I Dont Know
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[Electro Pop] Carousel – Into the Night

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Carousel
Into The Night

It seems like just yesterday we were sitting inside a Denver pizza joint with Carousel. After speaking with this Berklee College of Music product, we watched as they entertained what was a rather scarce crowd. We can assure you that the talent level far demanded a much larger crowd than what was there that evening.

Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of watching Kevin and Jackson perform, seeing their crowds continually grow. With their synth heavy, infectious pop, these two keep capturing the hearts of listeners world wide.

Today, we’d like to ask you to through on your white wash jeans, tropical button up and Ray Bans, and get ready for a slice of 80’s pop. Staying true to form, these fellas have once again crafted something overwhelmingly catching, providing us with dance inducing rhythms, a wicked guitar solo and Jackson’s soft sung golden vocals, telling tales of brooding eyed romance.

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[Denver Giveaway] Active Child – Larimer Lounge, 11/21

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Active Child
She Cut Me

There’s no denying the intense talent of Active Child. Through the brain of Patrick Grossi, we’re able to be transported to an entirely different world with his musical imagination.

This act is definitely on our live show bucket list, which is why we’re overwhelmingly excited to head to the Larimer Lounge in Denver this Thursday to check it out. We’ve had Rapor on repeat, getting ready to embark on this other worldly journey, and now we’re ready to give you a chance to win two tickets to the show.

Entering is beyond easy. Just fill out the form below, and we’ll contact you via email. There are a few rules, of course:
– You must be 18 to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
– You must shout that you love “The Music Ninja” from atop a mountain. We will settle for nothing less.

Good luck, ninjas! Contest ends Wednesday at 5pm ET.




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

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Sometimes shit just doesn’t go your way and sometimes there is nothing you can do about. Just remember, no matter how bad it get’s, Ninjas don’t cry over spilled milk. They listen to awesome playlists…

CS Buchan
Leave it all Behind (feat. Katie Buchan)
Say Hi
Love, Love, Love
Yujen
Try It Over
Minor Alps
Buried Plans
Foreign/National
Paris
The Cool Of Your Temple
Jared Bartman
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