[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2015 Round #3)


Change ain’t easy. Never has been, probably never will be. But without change, life would be mundane. Music would literally sound the same and seriously, no one wants that. We already get a little feisty when that one song sounds exactly like this new song. So, here’s our advice…Ninja roll through any change life may bring. It will work out for the best in some form or another i.e. this here Indie Dojo. We promise you it doesn’t sound like last weeks or the week before. Trust us. Change is good.

Coast Modern
Hollow Life
Bad Sounds
Pom Poms
Camel Power Club
Lawrence Taylor
Bang Bang
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[Denver Giveaway/Event Preview] The Music Ninja Presents: Teen Daze w/ Cemeteries, Shark Dreams @ Lost Lake Lounge – 10/22

Denver Event Giveaway
Teen Daze @ Lost Lake Lounge, 10/22

Perhaps our favorite single common thread around the staff at TMN is the ability to showcase artists in our favorite cities across the U.S. We’ve been able to bring some of our absolute favorite artists’ live shows over the years as presenters, and this Thursday (10/22) in Denver, we’re incredibly proud to bring another very special show to the Mile High City with Teen Daze. Fresh off of the release of  another excellent and critically applauded LP addition to the enigmatic producer’s catalog (he uses only his first name professionally), Morning World, Teen Daze will no doubt bring with him another excellent incarnation of an expanding live show to Lost Lake Lounge. We’ve been able to gradually witness Teen Daze’s steady evolution from his earliest work, which was often times lumped in with the ‘chillwave’ movement, to an artist whose rhythms and melodies have taken center stage and allowed the Western Canada based producer to offer a more engaging, and even dance-oriented concert experience. Needless to say we’re chomping at the bit for another chance to see Teen Daze in such an intimate venue.

The night’s opening flavor kicks off quite tastefully as well with Portland via Buffalo ambient-pop experimentalist Cemeteries. Also coming off of an extremely well executed LP, Barrow, which had us drawing up comparisons to the current arc of post-punk revivalists and darkwave flag bearers including The Soft Moon, and A Place To Bury Strangers. Just excellent stuff really. Rounding out the bill is newly formed Dream-Pop troupe Shark Dreams, who thus far have released only one demo and have our curiosity piqued with their worthy entry into the world of singles.

Of course, when we present a show, we’d rather not just talk about it, but get our savvy readers in on the fun as well, so we’re giving away not one, but two pairs of tickets to this Thursday night’s show. As always, entering our contest is beyond simple. Just “like” Teen Daze, and The Music Ninja’s Facebook pages, and comment below on why you’re excited or deserve to win. That’s it! We’ll notify our winners Thursday afternoon, the day of the show at 12:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Stream our preview playlist below to get your ears ready, and good luck!

For those of you looking to secure a ticket, don’t fret either as tix are still only &10.00 for this one. Snag them here!

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 18+, so tell all your friends to increase your odds of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Lost Lake Lounge door.
– You must find a TMN representative and let them buy you a drink (perhaps a Red Bull for our non legal friends?)

Teen Daze
Teen Daze
Morning World
Teen Daze
Brooklyn Sunburn
Luna (Moon of Claiming)
Summer Smoke
Shark Dreams
Frozen Love (DEMO)
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[Electronic] Stephen – Fly Down

Fly Down

The current age of music is truly remarkable. An artist can independently release their work, instantly take the world by storm, transforming a hopeful musician armed with only a Soundcloud profile, and their music, into an internationally recognized persona. That quick rise to recognition often comes before an artist is prepared for it, which leads to painfully long hiatuses for those newly-developed fans. Stephen is a shining example of that, as he returns from a three-year break from the world of music.

We don’t know the specific reason why Stephen took a break, but what we do know is – he’s back. About a month ago, he dropped “Remembering Myself” onto a group of unsuspecting fans and bloggers alike, which ultimately saw over seven hundred thousand plays. Shortly after that, “Fly Down” was released, which only took one listen for us to drop everything and get a post written.

This is the second preview from his upcoming album, and it’s quite the spectacle of the passion and drive . Inventive production? Absolutely. Painfully beautiful vocals that carry a raw and real message? Definitely. Gorgeous piano work? You betcha. It’s simply captivating and thought-provoking, carrying listeners on a three-minute thrill ride.

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[Electro-Pop/Dance] Tori Kelly – Should’ve Been Us (Lincoln Jesser Remix) [TMN Premiere]

Tori Kelly
Should've Been Us (Lincoln Jesser Remix)

For years now we’ve been falling head over heels for L.A. native Lincoln Jesser‘s smooth, saccharine-sweet brand of downtempo synth-pop. Whether we were gleefully consuming the majority of Jesser’s thoughtfully crafted singles & covers, or devouring his debut LP Modern Color with the careful listening precision it truly deserved; it’s safe to say the multifaceted producer has carved out a soft spot within our Ninja hearts.

After the recent release of his successful Ministry of Sound debut, “In My Place,” which echoed a club atmosphere more than we’d ever experienced with the production chameleon, he’s brandished the remixer hat for Tori Kelly’s “Should’ve Been Us” and we’ve got it before any other outlet. Again, we’ve become privy to yet another piece to Lincoln Jesser’s evolution as this time around the soundscape he’s crafted touches on numerous sonic aesthetics. Jesser imbues Tori Kelly’s boy-band hearkening original with a contemporary electronic hip-hop swing and pop sensibility that has us drawing up comparisons to pre-radio AlunaGeorge. Buzzy leads and pitched vocals give the tune’s strong melody all of the necessary breathing room to blossom into a blissed-out revision, and it delivers in spades. We’ve also gotten word that Lincoln Jesser’s already back in the studio working on more original material to follow on this latest angle to his rapidly developing sound. 

Stream Lincoln Jesser’s “Should’ve Been Us” remix above.

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[Indie Rock] The Hunna – Bonfire/She’s Casual

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It seems to happen when we least expect it. We spend hours sifting through music in dozens of different avenues, from SoundCloud, to email submissions, to random tweets from artists, and so on. We find tunes that we enjoy on a daily basis, casually putting them in our list for possible posts to happen in the following week. Every once in a while, though, maybe twice a year, we come across something that leaves us with a cartoonishly gaping jaw and trembling fingers, giving us the instantaneous urge to write it up. Ninjas and ninjettes, that’s exactly what we have here today.

The Hunna are a Hertfordshire four-piece consisting of Ryan (Vocals/Guitar), Dan (Lead Guitar), Jermaine (Bass) and Jack (Drums). This is more than likely the first time you’ve heard of them, given the fact that “Bonfire” and “She’s Casual” only came out two days ago. Upon pressing play, you’ll quickly realize this is a name that you’ll soon hear a lot more of in the near future.

First up in this two-track collection is “Bonfire,” which was produced by Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey, Halsey) and mixed by Dan Grech (Wolf Alice, Circa Waves). It’s frenetic, yet extremely polished, carrying the heft of a band that’s been writing songs for decades. Drenched in anthemic nature, it immediately insights the need to start singing along, which is incredibly rare for a debut release.

The B-side to this tune is “She’s Casual,” dials back the intensity a bit, showcasing an impressive lyrical ability and cadence that lures listeners in within seconds. The track then switches back and forth effortlessly, showcasing larger-than-life crescendos and calming breaks rife with playful hums paired with a steady kick.

With a debut release as impressive as these, we have to imagine that the live show is equally as impressive. Check out their tour schedule below the players, and pick up some tickets ASAP.

Shes Casual

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[Denver Event Preview] Autre Ne Veut @ Lost Lake – 10/16/15


When Arthur Ashin’s Autre Ne Veut project announced its followup LP to 2013’s excellent Anxiety in the form of the gleefully frantic Age of Transparency (which you can listen to in all of its glory below via Spotify), we perked up in preparation to devour every last piece as it was revealed. In advance of Age of Transparency’s October 2nd release a few weeks back, we had the chance to hear singles “Panic Room” & “World War pt. 2″ and even crafted an entertaining and lovely conversation with him last month, which all only served to stoke our flame for a live experience. Luckily for us, Autre Ne Veut’s just three dates into an album supporting North American tour, and for our Denver based Ninjas, TMN will be out in full force this Friday at Lost Lake Lounge for the show.

The night won’t be short of talent either, with an opening set provided by the talented, L.A. via DC duo of Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher, known simply as GEMS. GEMS have been carving an impressive sonic niche over the last few years, and with their debut on Carpark Records slated for an October 30th release right around the corner (pre-order here) we’re urging our readers to get there early for an amazing night of music.

Stream Autre Ne Veut’s latest LP, Age of Transparency, below, and for the rest of our friends around the country, check out the remaining tour dates underneath the Spotify player.

Oct 13 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Oct 16 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Oct 18 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Oct 20 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton
Oct 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Oct 22 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
Oct 23 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Oct 26 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2015 Round #2)

There comes a time in the season where the thought of stepping foot outside is terrifying. But unlike Summer FOMO, we have absolutely NO guilt in holing ourselves up when the temperature drops to ungodly degrees. Really though, what is the point of going outside when we have a sweet Indie Dojo to cuddle up to?

Oyster Kids
Kyler Slater
Black Eyes
Lewis Del Mar
Kalle Mattson
Hotline Bling (Drake Cover)
Brain Operator
Solo Hunter.
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