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

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To have an open mind is to be willing to experience all the new glorious things. And since the world of  ”indie” music is like digging your hand into a bag full of glorious musical treats we have never heard before, we must be ready to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly. Basically, what we are saying is…Go into every Indie Dojo with open ears and open hearts. If you hate the song, skip right over it. If you love it, dig deeper into the world that inspired the inspired. It’s a beautiful, vast musical world out there, but if you go in with ears wide shut, you might miss out on the next “can’t take this off repeat EVER” song…….and you know we all love finding those gems.

Glimmer of Bloom
Wake Me Up
Eliza Hull ft. Texture Like Sun
Used To
Albert
NEVER MIND THE FINE PRINT
Satchmode
Hall & Oates
Jackal and the Wind
Boat Thats Capsized
Ruu Campbell
Crossroads (Heartsong)
Denuo
Erase It All
Jake Morley
Falter
Tom Francis
Rise

 

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

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Mother Nature is all about the weather extremes this week. Whether she is dumping snow in the middle of November or allowing you to get away with wearing Ugg boots and scarves in 70 degree weather, she’s all over the place. No matter the conditions though, sleet or snow, rain or shine, the Indie Dojo will be right here, every Tuesday morning (or any other day of the week you happen to land on us) just waiting to warm you up or cool you down. Unless your electricity happens to go out or something…..then you’re on your own, buddies. We’ll just promise to be here when you get back.

WULF
Fire
Twin Hidden
Join Hands
Movie.
Tusk Vegas
HUGH
I Cant Figure You Out
The Districts
Lyla
Alex Highton
You Dont Own This Life
Leon Bridges
Coming Home
Public School
Dont Wake Me Up

 

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

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Halloween has come and gone, which only means we are about to be bum-rushed by a plethora of holidays. The excitement of travel plans, massive food consumption, and money spending can all be a little overwhelming, so when things start to tailspin into a blur of pumpkin spice, turkey stuffing, and peppermint dreams, kick your feet up to an Indie Dojo. Don’t worry, the holidays will still be here. You can take them on whenever you are ready.

Hollow Coves
The Woods
bird
go back
Northeast Party House
Horror Hud
Spelles
Bird In A Cage
Backyard Dreaming
Emotional Connection
Cambio Sun
Mad As They Come
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[Indie] Love & Valor – Love & Valor EP

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We first fell in love with Love & Valor back in August with their debut single “Truly Dear”. The reception on that (over 10,000 plays) inspired the North Carolina quartet to go and record a full-length EP, and it’s an absolute must buy. Instead of doing the usual track-by-track review, I’m going to try something different here.

Do you like Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes?

Sweet Jane

Do you like Bob Dylan?

Pretty Girls

Do you like Fleetwood Mac?

Truly Dear

Do you like The Lumineers?

Truly Dear

Do you like Mumford & Sons?

Shake

Do you like Jack White?

Hold Me On My Way

If you answered yes to any of those, there’s a song for you on this album. All six together make one of the most unique projects we’ve heard all year and we can’t stop listening. If you want to stream it in its entirety, check it out here!

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

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Living in the present is not the easiest thing to do. We tend to let all the things we need to do, the things we did, or the things we should be doing run circles in our head. Most of the time we probably end up missing out on all the cool shit that is happening right in front of us and that’s gotta change. Yeah, training our brains to embrace something new can be a difficult. So, lets start simple. Sit back, chillax and let the indie dojo soundtrack your NOW. Not your potential tomorrow, not your “in the dust” yesterday, but this minute (or 30) in time you just now became aware of. Enjoy.

Mont Oliver
19
Nathan Ball
Echo
LANKS
Green Light
Pin Tweaks
Girl On The Wire
The Rebel Light
Strangers
Wonderson Slater
The Day
Castanets
Out For The West
Childhood
As I Am
Spooky Black
dj khaled is my father (bonus) (prod. Psymun & Spookyblack) *VIDEO IN DESCRIPTION*

 

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[Festival Review + Playlist] Photos & Songs from Treasure Island 2014, SF 10/18-19

_MG_1990As regular festival attendees, the Ninja staff has definitely learned to appreciate a well-organized event and last weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival proved once again to be one of the best in the business. With no overlapping sets and plenty of room to dance, TIMF, even in its most well-attended year to date, felt like a paradise for festivalgoers who, with the current popularity of live music, have become accustomed to the more stressful aspects of music festivals. Treasure Island’s 2014 lineup featured masterful curation of diverse genres encouraging attendees to check out acts they might not have otherwise.

Check out a playlist of memorable songs to go along with some amazing photos of MØ, Chet Faker Outkast, Alt-J and more from Treasure Island Music Festival below. If you were in attendance last weekend, we hope this brings you back!

Day 1

Why we loved it: Electro-pop vocalist MØ has been on our radar for quite some time now. As a performer, she has an undeniable energy with a voice that translates incredibly well live. Due to an eye infection, she was rocking an eye patch during her set, which actually ended up making her look even cooler on stage. TIMF2014_4 TIMF2014_5TIMF2014_6


Dont Wanna Dance
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[TMN Exclusive Interview] A Conversation with Ásgeir at Treasure Island Music Festival

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At this point, it’s far from a secret that Iceland produces some of the most uniquely talented musicians in the world. Acts like Sigur Ros, Bjork and, more recently, Of Monsters and Men have solidified the international awareness of Iceland’s magical music scene. Although each artist brings something vastly different to the table, there does seem to be a sort of ethereal, mythological nature that ties them all together.

In 2012, Icelandic folktronica artist Ásgeir emerged in his home country with his debut album, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, which broke the record for best-selling debut in Iceland surpassing some of his immensely successful predecessors. The ten-track project features Ásgeir’s phenomenal oft-falsetto Icelandic vocals over folky guitar and subtle electronic elements, most notably employed in the bouncy ”Leyndarmál” (later adopted in English as “King and Cross”). With his album owned by nearly 1 in 10 people in Iceland, Ásgeir took to spreading his music to a broader audience by releasing a fully English-translated version titled In the Silence earlier this year taking him around the world touring.

We had a chance to catch up with Ásgeir’s after his incredible set at this year’s Treasure Island Festival to discuss his musical background, home country and plans for the future. Give the conversation a read below and make sure to keep Ásgeir on your radar.

TMN: Tell us a bit about your first experiences with music and how you got started.

Ásgeir: I started playing guitar when I was about 6. My first guitar was a classical guitar and my parents are classically educated so I went to school pretty early playing classical guitar. Pretty soon after that, I started having an interest in writing songs. Then, I started listening to rock and grunge music. I eventually wanted to play electric guitar and started forming different bands. It pretty much started with my family who had a lot to do with encouraging me.

 TMN: What were some of the artists that you were listening to a lot growing up?

Ásgeir: I went through different periods. From 6 to 11, it was all Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Metallica and that kind of stuff. At the same time, I was playing classical guitar and I didn’t really feel connected to the instrument until I grew up more at 13 or 14. At that time, I started listening to more folk artists. I got my first acoustic guitar with steel strings and that’s where I kind of found country music. Johnny Cash was one of my favorites and an Icelandic artist Mugison. Sigur Ros was always one of my favorites as well as Sufjan Stevens and Kelly Joe Phelps.

 TMN: Icelandic artists tend to have a very distinct, unified sound. How has that played into your music and why do you think that is?

Ásgeir: A lot has to do with just the music in Iceland and what we grow up listening to, which inspires us. I grew up in the northwest side of Iceland in a really isolated small town and I was always really close to my environment as well. I can’t really put my finger on what it is that connects us and makes the music how it is. But there’s definitely an Icelandic vibe and sound that comes from our unity. I think its just how small of a nation we are, how few people live there and everything like that.
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