[Indie] Emily Wolfe – Ghost Limb

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Emily Wolfe
Ghost Limb

Sometimes it’s difficult to understand exactly why we live in a world where genre is such a predominant consideration.

Like many others, it’s not occurred to me to premeditate all my record buying. I generally like to casually peruse a store: have a purchasing ponder, a quiet consideration, a vinyl vs disc dilemma. In fact, the only place I rush is home, to ascertain whether newly procured record-in-hand lives up to all expectation. But to be reductive: efficiency triumphs and the genre riddled record shop remains. Without the ‘locate indie here’ directive I may find myself fumbling through a dub step section; and that people, is a place I never wish to be.

We procrastinate, but the point is poignant enough: I don’t know where Emily Wolfe should be placed within our label loving social scenario. The genre dilemma is readily avoided in worldwide webspace. We can attach many a tag to the track, but ultimately new release Ghost Limb is an accolade to authentic sentiment and subject. Emily Wolfe is considerably honest, and if we were all honest all of the time, we definitely wouldn’t sound the same on any two days. So if you’re relying on Emily Wolfe’s previous release Swoon for direction, look away now.

(Disclaimer: For those of you whose heads are swimming with questions like ‘is she really indie though?’ we are succumbing to the social norm and will attempt to categorise).

Ghost Limb (released October 7th) is a starkly haunting and head turning effort, combining the straight forward matter of classic rock, with something a bit more sultry. Featuring the sort of raw riff the mid-nineties would be proud of, Ghost Limb resonates with palpable passion. Whilst the subject matter speaks to the perils of consumerist society, there’s a grabbing grittiness lurking beneath the unblemished but believable vocal.

Save the pop passé stamp, this is a more vintage rock, meets femme sincerity, sort of affair.

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[Alternative R&B] JMSN – Street Sweeper

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JMSN
Street Sweeper

The multi-talented musician Christian Berishaj a.k.a JMSN has the voice of an angel. Here we have a track titled “Sweet Sweeper”, where he gives us a sneak peek of his upcoming self-titled album. Incorporating retrograde R&B vocals with new-generation electronic sound production, JMSN is definitely one of the frontrunners of this genre, along with big names like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. Talk about a butter-smooth voice; it’s one of those tunes you can listen to all day and not get tired of. The feels are so strong with this one.

So do yourself a favor, put this record on and we’ll cry our eyes out together. Also, brace yourself because JMSN album is coming out 12/9. It’s one of those albums you do not want to miss out on.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October Round #1 2014)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaPlaying out your personal music library is a natural occurrence.  Sometimes we just can’t help it, right? We love something so much we can’t get enough of it, until that one last “repeat” where all that love seems to drain right out of our ears. And then it hits us like the plague. The boiling point where ALL of the music we have spent so many years collecting just seems lame and embarrassing, yet we cant find anything good enough to replace it. You know we’ve all been there, whether you like to admit it or not. But you know what? Good riddance! Nothing better than starting anew. It’s not like we wont go back to those songs years from now and totally fall in love all over again as we reminisce on the good times. But for now, just walk away and don’t look back. The Indie Dojos got you covered on rebuilding the library you will one day get sick of again.

BøRNS 
10,000 Emerald Pools
Flake
We Are The Night
FreeSwim
By Your Side
Open Swimmer
Sugar Bowl
Fictionist
Cut
Ánders
You Didnt Need My Love
Andrew Judah
Better & Better
Wonder Wonder
Shark
Sylas
Shore
Gordi
Nothings As It Seems

 

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Fictionist – Fictionist [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

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Somewhere in the bubbling cauldron of brilliance that is Fictionist, we’re offered an incandescent soundscape that’s inescapable, causing us to stop what we’re doing and simply enjoy. While we can’t pinpoint what moment caused this almost chemical reaction, we can assure you that the quest to finding that moment is just as good as if you actually found that moment in this 10-song, wildly satisfying journey.

Harnessing numerous musical influences, from classics like Pet Shop Boys and Peter Gabriel, to the more modern pop masters like MGMT and Passion Pit, Fictionist has a sound that’s spawned from pieces of many, yet maintains a personality on its own with ease and accessibility.

With a new album coming out October 7th, this Utah-based five-piece have yet to gain the recognition they deserve, but we have a feeling this latest collection of tunes will help give them the adoration that is inevitably coming their way. Yes, we’re giving high praises to this LP, but it’s definitely earned.

Kicking the album off with a level of audible addiction is a lackadaisical journey that floats along a well-defined bassline, coupled with only slow, rhythmic percussion work, grainy vocals, and simplistic piano work. “Cut String Kite” is the perfect song for a laid-back Sunday, or a lengthy road trip, either way, fully encompassing you in its attractive progression.

“Miss You” boasts glowing synthesized tones which expertly accentuate the lead vocals, all of which caress a crawling bassline that gives this song a painfully familiar vibe. On the other end of the spectrum, “Free Spirit” is defined by its danceable percussion and bass, coupled with glowing synths provide what we can only imagine is one hell of fun part of their live performance.

While this is an album that can be listened to start to finish with ease, we can’t say that you won’t have to mess with it once you start listening. Don’t get us wrong, you won’t have to skip any songs, but you will have to hit repeat on a few. They’re simply that good.

Tour dates:
10/17 – Provo, UT @ Velour Live Music Gallery
10/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Living Room – Williamsburg (Big Picture Media Official CMJ Showcase)
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop (CMJ Music Marathon)
10/25 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (CMJ Music Marathon)
10/25 – New York, NY @ Pete’s Candy Store (CMJ Music Marathon)
11/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room

Cut String Kite
Not Over You
Free Spirit
Lock and Key
Statue In The Stone
Miss You
Cant Get Enough
Give It Up
Leave the Light On
City At War
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[Event Review] Interpol – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre – 9/27

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Interpol
Ancient Ways

Every so often a band comes along and takes hold of both your ears and heart; their entire catalog consuming your soul while simultaneously strengthening its hypothetical grip on its listener over time. Such is the case for this writer with one of New York’s most treasured musical exports of the last decade: Interpol. Needless to say, when the now five-piece post-punk indie revivalists, who are on the heels of their fifth full length album El Pint0r (and second without longtime bassist Carlos Dengler), checked the city of Denver as a stop on their latest tour; The Music Ninja would surely have sent at least one willing representative. And what a delicate, mystical and inspirative performance they delivered on a most beautiful Saturday night at one of our city’s most intimate and sonically tuned venues, The Ogden Theatre.

The crepuscular ensemble  strutted out one by one to the Ogden’s stage amidst a dark, smokey shroud until finally lead vocalist Paul Banks assumed his position in front of the mic stand and say “hello” much to a raucous Denver crowd’s collective ecstasy. Interpol’s chosen live visual aesthetic was akin to a film noir; with gloomy lighting and minimal visuals playing off of their unique, highly recognizable sound  -while their crowds diversity (which on this night was completely sold out) never ceases to amaze. From older fans strictly of the group’s first two LP’s Turn On the Bright Lights and Antics, to younger, chic listeners of the so-called hipster persuasion and everything in between; the mass was undeniably in attendance for one reason. A rather stripped down but just as lively version of El Pintor single “My Blue Supreme” was the chosen opening vehicle for an eager audience to board before swinging it up once again for a reminiscent delivery of perhaps this writer’s single favorite Interpol tune, “Evil”. As the night wore on, Paul, Daniel, Sam, Brandon and Brad undoubtedly fell into an incendiary groove. The troupe found themselves sleekly cycling between intimate crowd favorites like “Narc”, and “NYC” as well as El Pintor fare including “Same Town, New Story”, “Everything Is Wrong”, an astounding live rendition of “My Desire” and an upstart encore performance of “All the Rage Back Home”.

While we’ve heard the division of Interpol aficionados arguing over their lack of recording polish since the departure of said Carlos D; their live show certainly carries with it the same intriguing edge on which their legions of fans built such strong opinions in the first place. All in all, it was a great performance from a band still retrotting the steps on its identity and their live show hasn’t struggled nearly to the level some critics would suggest. Don’t miss Interpol on the rest of their tour with remaining North American tour dates below, and stream the El Pintor single “Ancient Ways” above.

10-02 Dallas, TX – Southside
10-03 Houston, TX – House of Blues
10-03-05 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10-07 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
10-09 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
10-10-12 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
11-06 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
11-07 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
11-08 Miami, FL – Fillmore
11-10 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
11-11 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
11-14 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
11-15 Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theatre
11-17 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
11-18 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus
11-20 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
11-21 Boston, MA – House of Blues
11-22 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11-24 New York, NY – Terminal 5
11-29 Washington, D.C – 9:30 Club

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[Beautiful] RHODES – What If Love

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RHODES
What If Love (Live Demo)

This may be the most beautiful song I have heard for quite some time.
Rhodes ‘What If Love’ is a hauntingly hopeful song, off his upcoming EP ‘Home’ out Oct. 19th, that asks the ultimate question regarding love; what if love is a feeling to believe in, and is that so wrong? Rhodes shows a divine intimacy that hits the heart of any listener. With everyone trying to put the definition of love and being in love in a box, Rhodes asks us to simply remember that love is a grand and beautiful feeling that we all need to remember to believe in. With his voice and a piano, Rhodes opens his heart to touch the hearts of his listeners, asking them to just feel and believe in that silly little thing we call love. With one of the most gorgeous voices, Rhodes will lead you down a musical path that there is no return from, prepare your heart and your head.

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Glass Caves – Go [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Glass Caves
Go

Known for their relentless touring tactics, this super-charged UK rock act has been not only taking their own country by storm, but also garnering tremendous success with the blogosphere as well. The best part? Glass Caves have done that with just a few songs, one of which, we’re featuring today.

Coming off their debut album, “Go” is featured as the first song in the collection, and what a song to kick things off. Simply put, this is a three minute thrill ride which is carried by flawless and intricate guitar work, cymbal-heavy percussion, and encompassing chorus driven by the powerful, yet grainy vocals. It boasts instant nostalgia, which is saying a lot for a band getting ready to release their first album (10/27).

The music video for “Go” takes a classic approach, displaying the bands energetic persona as they shred through verses and choruses, instantly connecting the viewer to what the live show would be like. Luckily for some of our readers, you won’t have to wonder for long. Head over to their facebook page and see when you can catch these guys live.

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