[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2019 Round #2)

No better way to start your day than an Indie Dojo, haaaaaay.
’Amo Amo – When I Look at You’
’Sun Drug – POST+BREAK’
’Stats – Rhythm Of The Heart’
’Dog Trainer – The Kids’
’Schmied Puls – Run’
’Suzanne Santo – Handshake’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2019 Round #1)

There you are February. There you are weekly Indie Dojo. Been waiting for you.
’Thelma Plum – Not Angry Anymore’
’Young Fathers – Picking You’
’Hyyts – Bullet’
’Bikini Trill – Need Me’
’Biig Piig – Dinners Gettin’ Cold (prod. mac wetha)’
’Noble Kid – West of Here’
’Fort Gorgeous – Round And Round (smaller)’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2019 Round #5)

Anyone else feel like this is the never ending January? Well, at least we get to squeeze one more Indie Dojo in for the month.
’Sean Christopher – Everything’
’The Hails
Stay’
’Brandon Hoogenboom – Damn Good’
’Golden Daze – Took A Fall’
’Mike Wyatt – Somebody Better’
’Vern Matz – Systematically Gone’
’Alex Bloom – Elevator’
’Ocean Potion – Lights Out’
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Kita Menari – Pretty Sure [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

“Pretty Sure” is the first experience I’ve had with Micha de Jonge’s project Kita Menari. And, I’m pretty sure I’m in for the long haul after one listen through. It’s quite charming, drawing on associations of The 1975 and Passion Pit, yet still maintains a well-defined originality and authenticity.

Today, we’re going one click past the single, bringing you a first look at the accompanying music video. Inspired by Natalie Imbruglia’s video for “Torn” Jonge wanted a similar look and feel, including the crew behind the shoot in the final product.

The end result is organic, entertaining, and the perfect pairing for this enveloping tune. Have a look for yourself.

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[Event Preview] BUKU Music + Arts Project – New Orleans – March 22-23

Nestled right in the heart of New Orleans, BUKU Music + Art Project is a wildly unique festival experience. It has the culture of a boutique event, coupled with the organization and production of a large-scale event, topped off with a diverse and eclectic line-up. On top of all of that, it’s in one of the best cities for dining, partying, and history. Unlike other festivals, located in remote forests and deserts across the US, this is one event you can definitely plan a full trip around.

We went down last year for the first time and couldn’t quite find the words for our experience. It’s culturally relevant, musically intriguing, brimming with top-notch art, and has a world of opportunities after the lights go off. It’s unlike anything else out there.

With that being said, it should come as no surprise that we’re heading back down this year. As we’ve seen in years past, the lineup is artfully crafted, boasting a thoughtful collection of all sub genres of dance, a dash of Top 40, some killer hip hop artists, as well as guitar-heavy emo rock, with Mayday Parade and Dashboard Confessional.

If you’re still on the fence, we recommend tuning in to Music Ninja Radio on BFF.FM this Friday from 4-7PM PST. We’ll be dedicating the first half of the show to everything BUKU.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2019 Round #4)

Hey. It’s another Tuesday, which sounds pretty whatever, UNTIL you remember there’s a brand new indie dojo waiting for ya. Here to make things a little less ‘eh. You can thank us later.

’Spooky Mansion – I’m The Moon’
’Ghost Soul Trio – Pantherland’
’Good Morning – Escalator’
’daste – SOBER’
’Mavica – Plastic Hearts’
’Leah Noble – Slow Burn’
’Milkbar Collective – Body is a Temple’
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Various Blonde – Smoke [TMN PREMIERE]

Brought to life by multi-instrumentalist Joshua Allen and drummer Mark Lomas, Various Blonde is Kansas City’s best kept secret. Cooked up in 2009, this outfit has taken on many forms, working with a revolving cast of musicians and producers. Most recently, the pair has teamed up with LA-based producer and bassist Brandon Eugene Owens, who has performed with acts like Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill.

My first experience with “Smoke” brought up associations of one of my all-time favorites, Absofacto, another uber talented multi-instrumentalist. Personally, that was all I needed. From there, I spent more time with it, digging into the complex soundscape and subtle nuances. It’s a dark and cosmic ride,┬áspun up with so many rich textures and layers. The heavy bassline, dark and haunting synths, quick-hitting hi-hats, and Allen’s alluring vocals, all come together to create an enveloping experience.

Have a listen below, and then head over to Various Blonde’s channels and support.

Facebook | Soundcloud | Spotify.

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