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

indie-dojo-music-ninjaClarity. A state of mind we all so often disregard. Take a moment to free yourself from all the stress, worry, sorrow, unhappiness, whatever cloudy storm might be all up in there. We find that music really helps. And what do you know…..Here’s a little diddy just waiting to be played.

Friendship Park
Not A Word (free download)
Elephant Stone
Knock You From Yr Mountain
Walking Shapes
Feel Good
Polarsets
Drive Over The River **FREE DOWNLOAD**
The Flight
The Idol And The Idle
Watercolours
LAST NIGHT
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[Indie] PHOX – 1936

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1936

As we prep ourselves for those classic summer adventures that live in infamy, if even just for the upcoming winter, we’re always on the lookout for songs to populate our cars, campsites, and backyards with undeniable charm and whimsy. Most assuredly, you have some delightful indie rock and folk selections that have warmed your hearts for years, and today you’re about to find another one of those timeless classics to bob your sunglass-adorned head to for years to come.

Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, PHOX has a sound that holds on tight, encouraging you to slow down, listen, and enjoy. Highlighted by soulful vocals from lead singer Monica Martin, this band boasts a sound that’s worthy for the best indie flick. “1936″ showcases their sound perfectly, creating an etherial soundscape comprised of intricate finger picking, percussive slaps of an acoustic guitar, and an accompanying banjo that adds the playful nature that we all look for during the summer months.

Simply put, we’re enamored with “1936,” and we will be for years to come. We’re pretty damn sure you will be too.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2014 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaSpontaneity can be such a beautiful thing, yet we get so wrapped up in our schedules, jobs, tasks, whatever, we  sometimes forget to free up time for the wonderful unknown. Sure, its hard to break free from our security and predictable moments, but we could be missing out on something that will forever change our world for the better. So might we suggest starting off small. Like….Be spontaneous and dig deeper into an artist featured on the Indie Dojo. Who knows what might happen! You can like them so much you decide to scope out a show in your area, meet the person of your dreams in the front row, and ride off into the sunset with a mutual love for the same band. Hey….it’s totally possible. A beautiful world can be created in the simple spontaneity.

The Acid
Basic Instinct
Husky
Im Not Coming Back
Meadowlark
Ive Got You
Hopium
Cut
Little May
Dust
Low Roar
Vampire On My Fridge
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Ruu Campbell – Crossroads [TMN PREMIERE]

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Crossroads(Heartsong)*Ruu Campbell

Ruu Campbell has a cinematic quality about his music, which can most likely be attributed to a long and storied career comprised of years of genre-jumping. From a major label deal with Dreamworks at 15, to work with Leftfield, to dabbling in EDM for a short bit with trance outfit Younger Brother, to collaborations with British jazz and electronic collective the Cinematic Orchestra, each experience along this epic path has helped mold this intriguing musician. The pinnacle of the lengthy musical adventure: Heartsong, his debut LP, which will release in August of this year.

Captivation awaits. Seemingly coming straight out of a classic US Western film, “Crossroads” walks along a dusty road, carried by finger-picking, the loud hum of a standing bass, and Campbell’s understated and absolutely radiant vocals.  Pressing play on the track above will not only take you into a film-quality soundscape worthy of a classic Clint Eastwood tip of the cowboy hat, but it will also completely consume you, if only for two minutes and fifty seconds.

I want to share beauty with you as a listener, and I’m so happy that I can do it.
- Campbell

Calling on comparisons of other brilliant songwriters who boast the same ability to encapsulate you in a listening experience (think Nick Drake, James Vincent McMorrow, and Ry X), this seasoned musician is bringing more than enough to catch the blogosphere’s attention with this album. We know the world will be shortly behind, admiring the incredible breadth of talent that is Ruu Campbell.

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[Gorgeous] Nick Hakim – The Light

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It seems like ages ago that we were writing up Nick Hakim’s stunning tune, “Cold”. In all reality, it was just last month, but in internet time, that seems like an eternity ago.

This DC-based indie soul artist flaunts effortlessly between genres, infusing classic vocal interpretations with jazz piano work and future soul style atmospheric elemental layering. In “The Light,” we’re given a glimpse into a delightfully seductive ballad, which lightly drifts though understated vocals coupled with light percussion work and engaging piano chords.

Coming off his newly released EP, Where Will We Go Pt. 1, this is the type of song that’s perfect for a lonely night at home, or a special night with that special someone. We’ll leave it up to you to decide when you choose to enjoy it.

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[Folk] Ruu Campbell – The Call (Heartsong)

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The Call (Heartsong)

This morning I was woken up by severe thunderstorms. Literally every thirty seconds I would hear the loudest thunder, and lightning even hit my neighbors house. I got on facebook, and I received a message regarding this track. The sun came out as I hit play, and it was a pretty unique moment. It’s almost like Ruu Campbell‘s song made the weather from dark to beautiful. As I am listening to “The Call”, I feel at peace. “The Call” took my mind away from things I have been going through, and I am completely focused on how wonderful this song is. No more negative feelings about what I could have done, or how I am feeling in general. Ruu Campbell washed away all of that negative energy with one track, and I am impressed. Now that Ruu Campbell made me feel better, I am going to run to the beach and get some sun. Ciao

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2014 Round #3)

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You know what’s the worst? After-Vacation Blues. Whether you have a couple days off work or a couple weeks of traveling, the days of not being obligated to do anything but chillax are the most glorious moments of your life. And then you are abruptly pushed back into reality. We know. It sucks and there is no easing into it, ever. So if you need help jumping back into the real world, let the Indie Dojo help. We might not bring you back to vacationland, but we can definitely give you a playlist to help take your mind off the harsh reality you are about to jump into.

Birds of Chicago
Cannonball
Poor Remy
Wrecking Ball
Black Handed Kites
Up
Jim Guthrie
Wish I Were You
Imaginary Family
The Bird Watcher
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