[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 90: Girl Power + Overheard at Campout

Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

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Episode #90: Girl Power + Overheard at Campout

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With the Dirtybird Campout vibes still strong, Friday’s show was half random new tunes and half tech-house slaps. The front side features a chilled out, moody vibe highlighting new projects from Yumi Zouma, Kelela, Blue Hawaii and Four Tet. The back side is a straight party with me reminiscing about the various phenomenal sets from Dirtybird Campout last weekend.

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[Event Preview] One Love Festival – Lake Perris, CA – 10/20-10/22

It’s tough to keep up with the seemingly endless supply of festivals. With only a limited amount of disposable income, it’s a challenge to pick and choose which ones are worth your time. The heavy hitters are always a good route, whether it be Coachella or Lollapalooza, but those come with a hefty price tag, and an endless sea of people all jockeying to get closer to the stage.

Lately, we’ve been checking out a few festivals that fall into the “Transformational” space. Aside from offering up a solid line up, they have a little more too offer — yoga, bonding ceremonies, healers, live painting, and more.

In a few weeks, we’re going to head out to Lake Ferris, California, which is about two hours outside of Los Angeles, for the One Love Festival. It covers all the bases mentioned above, delivering programming that goes well beyond music. Not to say that we’re not excited for a few of the acts playing — Moby, Mark Farina, and Alex Cruz are a few that we’ve highlighted. But, the thought of a deeper meaning to the festival experience is something we’re excited about, especially after hitting so many that are just about the music over the years.

To switch our usual routine up even further, we’re going to skip the camping, luxury hotel packages, and the AirBnB rentals, instead opting for a completely unique experience. It’s called the Lost Hotel, and it’s unlike anything that we’ve ever heard of.

You set the scene – each cube tent is a blank canvas. At the Lost Hotel we take an expansive notion of the word art. Surprise us. Shock us. Illuminate us. Do it however you please, and the floor, or at least one square cube of it, is yours. We’re specialized at vacation de-programming and, if needed, can help co-create a new story tailored just for you.

If you’re feeling lucky, or if you’d just like to help out with a great cause, our friends at Cadence & Cause have a handful of ways to get into the festival and support Fuck Cancer, a charity that helps with prevention, early detection, and emotional support for those battling breast cancer. From artist experiences with Alex Cruz, to the ultimate festival experience for four people, you have a chance to have the time of your life, all while helping something that affects us all.

While you’re checking that out, feel free to jam on the little playlist we’ve curated below, and get amped for your time out at Lake Ferris.

’Mark Farina & Homero Espinosa – Mistreated (Original Mix)’
’Xavier Rudd – Follow The Sun (Alex Cruz Official Remix)’
’Alex Cruz – Rubberband (ft. Tania Zygar)(short edit)’
’Rocket Heart Ft Katie Gray’
’Moby – Porcelain’
’Washed Out – All I Know (Moby Remix)’
’The Polish Ambassador, Mr. Lif, Ayla Nereo – Terra Bella – 01 Shine Bright’
’Karma Fields
’Liquid Love Drops and An
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2017 Round #2)

Life is all about discovery. Discovering what you like and what you don’t. What you love and what you won’t. Which is what makes the Indie Dojo a life staple. Discover your musical preferences all right here in a simple little playlist. Who knows how you will spread your wings and fly into the wonderful world of indie. Just look at the Indie Dojo as your oyster.

Come Around Sundown’
’Plastic Picnic
’Anthonie Tonnon
Two Free Hands’
’Sophie Lowe
’Yay Blynn
What The Hell’
’Lowland Hum – Friction’
’Marti West
Under the Weight’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2017 Round #1)

Some days get us good. They knock us down & take every last ounce of energy we own. Unfortunately, we don’t have any magical powers to make everything ok, but we do have a very fine temporary distraction we like to call the Indie Dojo. Find some time to take a listen. It might just be the temporary distraction you need.

Your World’
’Fenne Lily
Three Oh Nine’
’Eustace the Dragon
’We Were Strangers – In The Inbetween’
’Malena Zavala
If It Goes’
’Boy Scouts
St. Francis Fountain’
Soaked Through’
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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 89: A Visit from Ninja Clay

Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

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Episode #89: A Visit from Ninja Clay

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Episode #89 was a true Ninja affair featuring selections from The Music Ninja’s editor and co-founder Clayton Warwick. Clay has been on a tear with quality premieres recently which made for a diverse segment including Malena Zavala, Vilde, Martin Luke Brown, Moncrieff and White Room. Also featured on this episode is Still Woozy’s latest dreamy pop ballad, a new single from De Lux and highlights from the latest batch of album releases including Moses Sumney, Injury Reserve, Galcher Lustwerk and Shigeto.

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Moncrieff – Symptoms [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]


For a debut release, “Symptoms” is one hell of a first look. Soulful, bluesy, and larger than life, it immidiately grabs a hold, refusing to let you go.

This is the first experience I’ve had with Moncrieff, and I’m sure some of you are in the same boat. Yet, it shouldn’t take you more than thirty seconds before you realize that you’ll soon be hearing more and more of this London-based raconteur.

“Symptoms” certainly displays an anthemic nature, one which alludes to sync deals lining up around the block. Set to the backdrop of haunting guitar riffs, big, booming percussion, and rhythmic claps, it’s a genuine thrill ride through-and-through. While the instrumentals are immensely powerful, they wouldn’t be as impactful without the most engaging part of this experience — the god damn vocals. Lyrics, resonance, and vocal tone combined — they’re just so, so good.

Symptoms is essentially a song for people who’s only religion is for making bad decisions”. There is something irresistible about being in a slightly unpredictable relationship. Somehow the highs and good times seem so much more vivid and defined. Not good for your health on many different levels but that doesn’t stop people from choosing it.

Though the track has been out for a month now, we’re bringing you the first look at the accompanying music video. Taking inspiration from Quentin Tarantino and neo-noir films, both of which have influenced Moncreiff’s songwriting, it’s as thrilling as the track itself. Which, says quite a bit.

Before you dive in, though, please note that he has two live shows coming up, which you should really check out, if you can swing it.

October 1st, London, Notting Hill Arts Club (Communion showcase)
October 3rd, New York, Rockwood Music Hall (Communion showcase)

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Malena Zavala – If It Goes [TMN PREMIERE]

Malena Zavala
If It Goes

This is, admittedly, the first time I’ve heard anything from Argentinian-born Malena Zavala, but it only took one spin through “If It Goes” to hook me in for the long haul.

Following up on her last single, “Should I Try,” this alluring songstress is offering up her newest single via your favorite neighborhood music blogger. “If It Goes” is a positively enchanting number, complete with soft, Latin guitar work, and subtle, humming basslines. Malena’s verses call on associations of early Lana Del Rey, showcasing a seductive style from the get go. Yet, as dreamy as those words are, paired up with luscious guitar notes, it’s her falsetto in the chorus that really gets me. I’m pretty sure you’ll agree.

Aside from a bevy on influences, including one of my all-time favorites, Devendra Banhart, this song was inspired mainly by her mother.

The song connects me to my South American roots through my mothers’ Latino feminine character which she passed down to me. That fire is one of my only perceptions of my roots and I had a definite fear of losing that growing up in a different country/ in a different culture. It wouldn’t be me if I lost it.

If you’re enjoying this tune as much as I am, I highly recommend heading out and supporting her live show.

September 22nd , London, St Pancras Old Church *
October 24th, Cologne, Artheatre **
October 25th , Hamburg, Mojo Jazz Café **
October 29th , Amsterdam, Sugarfactory **
October 30th , Utrecht, Club Nine **
December 8th , Manchester, The Castle **
December 11th , Bristol, Louisiana **
December 12th , London, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen **

* Supporting Westerman
** Supporting Blanco White

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