Indie Christmas Playlist 2014

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It’s that time of the year again, ninjas. Snow is covering the ground (well, not here in Denver, surprisingly), the lights are up, we’re all scrambling to figure out what to buy our friends and family, and the same damn music is being played at every store, restaurant, and public space.

While we have to give credit to the timeless classics from the likes of Andy Williams, Elvis Presley, and Perry Como, it’s always nice to change things up with some more modern takes on these timeless songs.

This time around, we’ve crafted a playlist of some brand new holiday songs, and a few of our favorites from the past few years. If you can manage to wrangle control of the family stereo at dinner this year, throw this playlist on. You might even play a new favorite for you Mom and Dad.

Happy holidays from all of us at The Music Ninja. We hope you enjoy good food, good company, and good tunes.

Hey Rosetta!
Carry Me Home
Good Lovelies
Under The Tree
Marika Hackman
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Noosa
Silent Night
Kashka
In the Snow
Roses & Revolutions
Its Christmas Time
Billie Martin
Winter Song
Sophia and the BBs
4 Granted
Mr Little Jeans
Dear Santa
Sleeping at Last
Christmas is All Around (from Love, Actually)
My Morning Jacket
Ill Be Home For Christmas (feat. The Head and the Heart)
She & Him
The Christmas Waltz
Okkervil River
Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas (Cover)
Cafeine
Love Disease (Christmas in New York)
Big Picnic
Christmas Day
Kid Astray
The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole Cover)
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2014 Round #3)

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We are seriously running out of gift buying time. The clock is tick, tick, ticking it’s way out of hands. If you find yourself out of money, out of time, out of patience or a combination of all three, you’ve come to the right place. The Indie Dojo’s got the remedies. Broke? No worries, cause we’re free. Running out of time? Not a problem, we’ve already put it together for you. Lacking patience? It’s ok. We hear music has a sort of soothing quality to it. Magical, right? So take a deep breath and forget about all that other crap, ’cause as always, the ninjas’ got you.

Icelandia
Magic
Flower Drums
Dont Wait (Feat. St. South)
Allman Brown
Sons And Daughters (feat. Liz Lawrence)
Cypher
Child (Prod. by Golden Vessel)
Lontalius
Happy (PHARRELL WILLIAMS COVER)
Kodiak Deathbeds
Cross That Line

 

 

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2014 Round #2)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaRunning away from Christmas jingles? We feel ya. They started bombarding us with that crap the day after Halloween. TOO SOON. Just too soon. It’s cool though. You can ninja your way right out of the tinsel and jingle bells with a good ol’ Indie Dojo. Happy Indiedays!

David Vertesi
Loud Talker
The Walking Who
With Roses
Tei Shi
See Me
Cash+David
Bones
sales
getting it on
Gengahr
Bathed In Light
KASHKA
Salmon Arms (Acoustic)
Austin Basham
Running
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JP Cooper – When the Darkness Comes [TMN PREMIERE]

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When the Darkness Comes

It’s always difficult to pull ourselves out of bed come Monday morning, especially if we just came off an epic weekend. Well, we found ourselves in that situation this morning, but it wasn’t as difficult to jump up and get on our computers. You can probably guess why, but if not, we’ll fill you in. It’s because of “When the Darkness Comes.”

Following up on the successful release of “Satellite,” neo-soul singer/songwriter JP Cooper once again displays his musical dexterity, providing listeners with a delightful taste of his sparkling talent. Set to uplifting tempo of soaring piano chords, short bursts of brass, interspersed guitar strums, and haunting gospel-style hums, “When the Darkness Comes” surges with truly radiant songwriting ingenuity.

The impassioned lyrics remind of us of other timeless pieces, glowing with the undeniable energy of Cooper’s embracing tone, range, and cadence. In a slight state of awe, we’re left saying, “2015 should be one hell of a year for this Manchester-based talent.”

And it will. “When the Darkness Comes” drops in January on an EP that boasts the same name, and we’re pretty damn sure it’s going to make some waves. Make sure to pre-order your copy by clicking here.

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

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It’s about that time of year where everything seems to fly by. It’s like we blink and the end of the year is here. There is almost no stopping our tailspin into the point of no return. Unless, you take the time to slow yourself down. Step out of the dust and into your Indie Dojo Zone. It won’t stop the clock per say, but it might give you a change to ninja yourself into minute of clarity.

Son Little
The River
Matthew and Me
Golden Charms
Howard
Money Cant Buy
Remi Miles
I Want You
Jay Brown
We Are The People
Bjear
Cold
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Still Parade – Hunter [TMN PREMIERE]

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Hunter

We know we don’t typically do premieres at 9AM on a Sunday morning, but this glowing beaut from dream folk outfit Still Parade was just too fitting to pass up.

If we can speculate, we will safely assume that most of you had a great night out on the town last night. With that being said, you’re going to need some cooling, calming, and peaceful tunes to slowly come out of your self-induced coma. On the other hand, you could have called it an early night, looking forward to getting some stuff done around the house today. Either way, “Hunter” is the perfect start to the last day of your weekend.

Released today as a stand alone free download, this tune is a gift to everyone that has supported them over the past year or so. Take it as an early holiday gift, and what a gift it is. In true Still Parade fashion, we once again have found ourselves slowly drifting into a state of sheer, unadulterated bliss, to the tune of airy synths, rhythmic percussion and Niklas’ stunning vocals.

As with most of their releases, we fully expect “Hunter” to follow suit, garnering hundreds of thousands of plays and the unwavering adoration of the blogoshpere. And, we’re once again thrilled to be kicking things off.

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Rob Bravery – A Calendar Life [TMN PREMIERE]

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There’s no doubt about it. When looking at the calendar, a lot of anxiety tends to pop up around the end of the year. For some people, it could be the stress of the holidays. Or maybe it’s the fact that another year has come to pass them by. Regardless of what the reason is, we’re always looking for ways to escape, if even for just a few blissful minutes.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by one of the aforementioned situations and in need of slowly drifting away into the calm, look no further. Bristol-based folk singer/songwriter Rob Bravery is ready and willing to lend a helping hand, and is doing so through his dreamy tune “A Calendar Life.”

Riding along with a lackadaisical strum of an acoustic guitar, one can’t help but get completely lost in Bravery’s stunning vocals. His tone is delightfully warming, beautiful on its own and even more so when accentuated by the soft humming harmonies in the background. While the song may take on a glowing, tranquil and beautiful persona, the video illustrates a much different interpretation, displaying quite the lonely scene. Perhaps it’s an interpretation of his time in Berlin, or perhaps it’s meant to be from the present, looking back at those times. Whatever it is, it’s downright entrancing, encouraging us to press play again and again.

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