[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo Playlist (September 2015 Round #1)

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Breath in your last breaths of summer air, soak in your last rays of warm sunshine, hold on to every glorious summer memory as best you can. ’cause September is here. And if you ever need a reminder, the Indie Dojo will be right here, holding those songs that soundtracked your summer right here, in the place you last found them.

Viola Beach
Swings & Waterslides

Meeka Kates
Closure

Tamper
Red Socks Pugie (Foals Cover)

The Palms
Push Off

hjaltalin
We Will Live For Ages

Shy Kids
® o c k e t s

Yokota
Blindside
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[Video] Grease (The Movie) – One That I Want (Xavier Dunn Cover)

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One That I Want (Xavier Dunn Cover)

If you’re of the persuasion that none of the incredible singalongs from 1978 mega-musical Grease could be brought up to a beautiful, contemporary pace, well; we’re here to change that. After the success of his adaptation of A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin Problems” and Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type”, unsigned Australian producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Dunn has stepped up yet again, this time reviving that classic change-of-heart closing scene between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, “One That I Want” from the aforementioned Grease. Adding orchestral arrangements and slowing the cadence to a breezy stride for his own adaptation, Dunn once again impresses with a vocal-oriented and highly emotive rendition.

But, we don’t just have the tune for you today, as we’ve accompanied Xavier Dunn’s wistful cover with the visual piece as well. A modern twist on an old classic, Dunn’s music video splices together videos of protests and rallies from the 60’s up to the present to solidify his message of non-discriminatory love. With all of the recent breakthroughs we’ve had towards marriage and love equality in the U.S., there still lies a fight waged by millions around the world for basic human rights, and Xavier Dunn’s message couldn’t have come at a more serendipitous time. Stream Xavier Dunn’s “One That I Want” cover above or indulge another one of your senses and check out the official music video below. Happy Friday Ninjas, and peace & love.

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Passport to Stockholm – All at Once EP [TMN PREMIERE]

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It was a strange occurrence when I came across Passport to Stockholm. In less than a week, I’ll be wheels up, passport in hand, heading to Stockholm’s airport. Needless to say, I couldn’t help but dive into their upcoming All at Once EP, which left me grinning ear-to-ear at this serendipitous happening.

Members Barny (vocals), Tom (guitar/loop pedal), Mariona (cello), and Henri (beats), have been together for just over a year, but their sound reflects that of a polished, time-tested chemistry. Initially funded through a small, but passionate fanbase, the act has since worked with Gordon Mills Jr. (Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner), Nick Atkinson (Gabrielle Aplin, Saint Raymond), Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Lewis Watson) and Athlete’s Carey Willets.

The end result can be found below; a four-song collection rife with lingering lyrics, vastly rich soundscapes, and dextrous songwriting abilities. Starting off with the recently released, self-titled track, this London-based act delves into their textured mixture of electronic elements and classic instrumentation. The combination brings associations of legendary producers and singer/songwriters alike, calling on elements of Moby and Coldplay alike. Conversely, “Let Me Know” highlights the folkier side of their artistry, bringing in strong Celtic influences through Mariona’s cello work and Barny’s vocal cadence. However, while the track definitely has influences that have transcended decades and country borders, its modern styling rounds it out perfectly for today’s blogosphere scouring music nerd.

Once you’re finished having a listen through all four tracks, head over to the band’s facebook page to keep tabs on the release and upcoming shows. Word on the street is, their live act is not to be missed. Luckily for our readers across the pond, you can catch them at Weyfest on September 5th.

All At Once
Chemistry
Let Me Know
Wanted It More
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2015 Round #4)

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Yup, the end of summer is right around the corner. No need to cry about it though. We’re just gonna ease right into it. Seasons may change, but the Indie Dojo stays the same…as in every Tuesday, for many, many seasons to come.

Fake Shark
Cheap Thrills
Tongues.
You Never Knew Me
Mosquito Coast
Call My Name
Fivetwofivethree
Goners
Elderbrook
Travel Slow
Novah
Robot
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2015 Round #3)

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It’s so easy to fall into a funk. Nothing goes right, nothing feels right, and when its REALLY bad, nothing even sounds right. It’s horrible. But it doesn’t have to be that way forever. When you are down in the dumps, it never hurts to call on some of your friends or even better…an Indie Dojo. Cause, we’ll be here. In good music and in bad. You’ve got a ninja.

Ryan Egan
Between The Pages
Terribly Yours
Answered Prayers
BATTS
For That, Im Sorry
Rin McArdle
Stay On The Ground
JoshLubovich
Repetition
Lejón
To Hold Her
Laurie Cameron
The Girl Who Cried For The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Johanan
Go On (Let It Go)
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2015 Round #2)

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There is not a day in our existence that is absolutely predictable. Sure, you can get an idea of how your day might go, but in all reality, life is gonna do what life is gonna do. Unless its Tuesday. Then you can be 99.99% sure there will be at least 5 songs pieced together into a pretty little playlist right here, waiting just for you. Who knows what will happen in that remaining .01% of the unknown, but hey, at least you have some sweet new indie tunes to listen to.

Jamie Brooks
sea of thorns
Terence Ryan
Sweet Alchemy
Keenan OMeara
Rainstorms
From Indian Lakes
Runner (Ansible Remix)
Morningsiders
Dots
Benjamin
The Ocean Swears it Wont Be Easy
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2015 Round #1)

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Sometimes it’s hard to finish what you started. Some of you might not even make it through this playlist before you get the urge to get up and start something else. But, hey, we won’t hold it against you. There is some overachiever out there that will finish it just because we mentioned the possibility of not being able to. And you, the un-finsher, we know you’ll be back. And we’ll be right here waiting with a whole other list of songs to finish or not to finish listening to. ‘Cause that’s just what we do.

Júníus Meyvant
Color Decay
Jimi Charles Moody
Other Man
Stolen Jars
Kept
Owen Rabbit
Holy Holy
Lewis Del Mar
Memories
Rainy Day Women
Are You Coming Home?
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