[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2018 Round #3)

Just like life, the Indie Dojo is full of surprises. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Unlike life, the Indie Dojo allows you to skip though the bad and repeat the good. Sounds like the Indie Dojo wins today.
’Country Line Runner – Hard To Find’
’Arvoau – Islands’
’Caamp – Misty’
’BLACKPAW – Chasing Blue’
’Ralph Castelli – Shot Down’
’James Lloyd Smith – A Postcard’
’Ben Stitt – Fade’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2018 Round #2)

Out of the millions and millions of songs floating around in the interwebs, here’s a few chosen ones for your listening pleasure. And don’t you fret, there’s a lot more where these came from.
’Sam Evian – Where Did You Go?’
’Tyson Kelly – Girl, You’re So Money’
’Famous Yesterday – Make You’
’Elias Abid – Wayside’
’Sean Olson – Yellow Birds’
’Neil Frances – these days’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2018 Round #1)

Seriously, how is it July already? Guess time flies when you have a weekly Indie Dojo to look forward to.

’Night Flight – Parade’
’Jonathan Elyashiv – Wire Days’
’Gabrielle Marlena – Easier Love’
’Harvey Trisdale – Fit To Be Found’
’Ben Zaidi – Lake Morey.’
’Katie Herzig – Beat Of Your Own (Delicate Version)’
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[Event Review] Stars – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO

’Stars – Asleep (Smiths Cover)’

Even writing this, it’s hard to believe that Canadian synth-pop stalwarts (and quasi Broken Social Scene offshoot) Stars are nearing their twentieth year in existence. Once supplying some of this writer’s favorite sugary sweet, heartfelt pop tunes, Stars have managed to carve out one of the most endeared fan bases in any stretch of music, and last week, your Ninja faithful were privy to another stirring performance from our Northern friends. Stars, who are touring on the heels of 2017’s excellent There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light, and a pair of exciting singles to pace the first half of 2018, trotted out to rapturous applause before diving straight into aforementioned LP’s lead single “Flourescent Light”.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2018 Round #4)

There’s nothing like hearing that one song that brings you back to that one amazing summer. Make summer memories last with the help of an Indie Dojo. We’ve got plenty to go around.
’The Bones of J.R. Jones – Know My Name’
’Dillon Thomas – Ease Your Mind’
’Karl Fitzgerald – Sunshine Loneliness’
’Maja Lu – Slideshows’
’Julian Skiboat – Dangerous’
’S A Lewis – The Abyss’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2018 Round #3)

Let’s be real. Some of these Indie Dojos you’re gonna love. Some of them not so much. But the fact that you try is all that really matters. Makes us appreciate you that much more. Thanks for listening.
’Oscar Browne – choking’
’The Golden Age Of TV – Television’
’Gosh – Isle Of Pines’
’Fur – Not Enough’
’Dead Sullivan – Kyle’
’Cigarettes After Sex – Crush’
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[Interview] TMN Gets To Know Zach Maxwell

It’s no secret that unearthing new and exciting artists is the main vein running through the pages of TMN. Sometimes an album strikes you just the right way, providing our ears with a dose of dopamine, while also signalling a wealth of untapped potential. One such artist and album is Zach Maxwell and his recent Music for Life EP. A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Maxwell’s music manages to flit around the edges of multiple genres while offering a completely unique scope to listen through. Recently, Maxwell has been converting his recordings into a live setting behind a highly buzzed about residency in Denver at the eclectic Your Mom’s House venue; building loads of Mile-High hype over the past year.

Zach Maxwell will be playing the final show of his residency this Saturday, June 16th at Your Mom’s House, and we had the chance to sit down and get to know the burgeoning artist a little better before this weekend’s show. Read our interview with Maxwell below, and be sure to listen to Music For Life streaming on all major platforms.

The Music Ninja: First off, thanks so much for taking the time to sit down and chat with us a little bit. We’ve had the chance to listen to Music For Life a few times through, and more layers seem to reveal themselves with each passing listen. With this being your first official release more than a single, can you speak to the writing and recording process? Was your process any different trying to make a cohesive multi-track statement, or were things pretty routine when it came to getting the individual tracks in order for Music For Life?

Zach Maxwell: Thanks so much for the kind words about Music for Life! I’m glad that more and more layers are revealing themselves in subsequent listens.  It’s interesting, the process for making this EP was super nonlinear for me. Before I decided to release this EP, I spent a few years just making music that I wanted to listen to.  Just flowing with whatever vibe I was feeling on whatever day I happened to be making music. After a few years, I had 100’s of songs to choose from and realized it was probably time to put some of them out in the world! In listening to all the material I had made, certain songs seemed to fit together as a unit more than others.  I wanted my first release to be something that was more of an offering to the listener as a complete unit with a message versus a bunch of songs that I happened to like and put together. Additionally, my friend and longtime music Veteran Jayson Jackson helped me curate the songs and put together something that worked together. So the process was more working backward than thinking from the get-go that I was going to put a collection of music together.

’Zach Maxwell – Are You?’

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