[Event Preview] Red Bull Sound Select Showcase at Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO – 2/27

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Red Bull Sound Select brings an extraordinarily diverse and eclectic lineup this Thursday for their first ever Denver showcase helmed by Shigeto, RUMTUM, Inner Oceans and Kitty Crimes. Kicking off at 8:00 p.m. at our favorite indie venue in Colorado, The Larimer Lounge, the Denver Sound Select showcase treats its listeners to a free night of texturally differing music from Detroit based producer Shigeto offering up a headline set sure to be dripping with his unique partiality to sultry, melodic two-step electronica while being supported by some of Denver’s most innovative and recognizable musicians. The local triumvirate consists of constantly evolving beatsmith RUMTUM, an artist with whom his live show draws its listener directly to its heart with slick, chilled out instrumentation; the haunting, synth-fuled minimal indie-pop of Inner Oceans and M and the Gems frontwoman Maria Kohler entrancing us with her hip-hop project Kitty Crimes providing more than enough fluent cyphers for the entire night. This all-embracing night of music is more than stoking our fire for awesome live shows, while simultaneously heralding the Mile High City as a flourishing music hotbed of all genres, so we wanted to ring it in with you Ninjas. The show is free with an RSVP here, and if that’s too much for you, it will be only $5.00 at the door. Just make sure to arrive early as there are an unlimited number of RSVP’s made available and it will be first come, first serve until capacity. We’ll see you there Denver friends!

In anticipation of their peformances, stream “Miss U” by Shigeto, “Ruby Dime” by RUMTUM, “Ready Your Ghost” from Inner Oceans and a throwback: “Penny Mastered” from Kitty Crimes below.

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Miss U
Ruby Dime
Ready Your Ghost (Demo)
Penny mastered
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2014 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaComplaining. We all do a lot of it. Probably enough to last us a lifetime and then some. So let’s try something different today. Let’s go a whole 24 hours without one complaint. Turn everything around with a positive twist and it might not be has hard as you think. To help serenade you through your challenge, we’ve got an Indie Dojo ready and waiting to throw a little sunshine and rainbows in your subconscious. Just remember, if you don’t like a song, don’t put that negativity out there. Either find something you like about it or change it and move on. No time wasted on something that can easily be changed…

Sylvan Nesso
Hey Mami
Fickle Friends
SWIM
We Were Evergreen
Daughters
Caitlin Park
Baby Teeth
Stay Bless
Always
Luca
Im Afraid

 

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[Pop/Electronica] Lily Allen – Air Balloon (Digital Farm Animals Remix)

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Air Balloon (Digital Farm Animals Remix)

It’s been a few months since we had a chance to check in and hear some new music from one of our favorite breakout artists of 2013, Digital Farm Animals, and behind a worthy individual debut EP Bugged Out, the London based electronic-pop artisan has admirably authored us up a first entry into the world of remixes by taking on bubbly pop vocalist Lily Allen and her newest single “Air Balloon”. If you’ve had a chance to weave your psyche into Digital Farm Animals’ production index, then the opening, dream-wavey synth line will serve as a comforting landmark amongst a sea of poppy percussion, while those vocals serve as the perfect vessel to progress the tune’s very catchy evolution. Just purely intoxicating stuff really. Digital Farm Animals’ remix of “Air Balloon” will come as part of Lily Allen’s congruently titled EP, which you can pre-order here and also features two remixes from Taiki & Nulight along with the original recording. Add a little funk-lean to your step this Monday and stream DFA’s revision above.

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COLOR WAR – SOS (Absofacto remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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SOS (Absofacto remix)

Brooklyn based electronica duo Color War is getting a Midwest treatment on their sultry tune “SOS,” by way of Ann Arbor born, Absofacto. The original song, off their forthcoming album It Could Only Be This Way (out March 4, 2014 via Four Horsemen Records), boasts a textured melody driven by 80′s style synths. Its deep, industrial feel definitely offered some unique opportunities to take the track in another direction via remix, which is exactly what Absofacto did.

Layering in rich atmospheric hiss, coupled with a groovy tempo, this interpretation still maintains enough of the dark, emotional vibe from the original. However, by adding in some clashing drum patterns, and some classic Absofacto synth work, we’re offered up a completely different look that’s presents a lush and dreamy soundscape for the listener

Between working with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Hollow and Akimbo, we’re not sure how Absofacto had any free time to get this done. However, we’re certainly happy he took some time out of that busy schedule to knock out this beauty of a remix.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2014 Round #3)

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There are some days when things just don’t go our way. From the moment we wake up till the time we fall asleep, it’s like someone is playing one never-ending, detailed ass trick on us. If today happens to be one of those days, you’ve come to right place. We’ve got a planned daily playlist, every Tuesday, at the same time. ┬áJust in case you need a little grounding in your life.

Heroes of Heartache
Reverse Lullaby
Soulmates Never die
Boko Maru
Yellerkin
Solar Laws
Yuko Nishiyama
Heart of Daisies
Sam and Raw
Charmer Feat. Beth Garret
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Life Leone – Graceland to LA in the School Bus [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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There’s something about Life Leone that screams Americana. Maybe it’s the gritty vocals, maybe it’s the heavily distorted guitars, maybe it’s the catchy-as-hell lyrics. Whatever it is that gives us this feeling of red white and blue familiarity, it just got taken up a notch with the release of this video.

Premiering today, this Lucerne Valley based outfit continues their nostalgic rock and roll persona with a continuous filming of their trip from Graceland to LA. Set to their tune “Lonely Teacher,” off of their EP Comes Crashing In (July 2nd), night turns to day, and day turns to night as we witness a cross-country trip in an old school bus.

That, my ninjas, is as American as it comes. Open a PBR, press play and enjoy.

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[Hazy] Oliver Wilde – On This Morning

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On This Morning

‘On This Morning’ is the shape-shifting, unorthodox new track from Bristol based artist Oliver Wilde.

Confidently categorizing Wilde would seem like a reductive and unfair exercise. Whilst ‘On This Morning’ possesses the woozy introspection of shoe gaze and a back bone of laptop-pop, Wilde hasn’t subscribed to any formulaic blueprint. Instrumentalisation is woven and chameleon-esque in its fluid changeability. Analogue recordings and experimental visions are harnessed with the usage of household items and the imagination to assert that what’s more important is the effect created, rather than the component used to make it.

Wilde’s bedroom proves the liberating environment this track pays homage to, in its cerebral escape from generic song structuring. Made for late night musings and moulded from twilight tinklings, this understated record was crafted for keeps.

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