Before you head out into the holiday madness to get in line with all the humans of mass consumerism, download the dojo and grab your headphones. You will find yourself floating through the crowds of Grinches. It will be like looking at the world through rose colored glasses, except way more ninja.
Onward & Soldiers
After writing music for nearly three years, Nashville singer-songwriter Thad Kopec has released a full-length called Heart Of Man. The collection is an impressive offering of earnest and captivating folk rock, highlighted especially by the distinct, impassioned timbre of Kopec’s voice. While most of the songs are worth multiple listens, “Red Wolf” might be its very best. With a very palpable feeling of sorrow and longing, coupled with wincing strings & brass, it seems to have that “spark” — the kind that makes acts like Iron & Wine and Fleet Foxes so successful at tugging at the heartstrings.
Stream and purchase Thad Kopec’s Heart Of Man via his Bandcamp.
As a music fan, it’s important not only to hunger for new artists and songs, but to also appreciate the classics because let’s face it: without people like the Beach Boys, Janis Joplin or Bob Dylan, what would rock sound like today? I actually wouldn’t want to know. This year, legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of their hit album Rumours. To pay tribute to that record and the longstanding influence of that band, a number of modern day acts such as Yeasayer, Liars and Julia Holter have come together to put out a covers album called Rumours Revisited.
Today, I wanted to spotlight one of its tracks done by English folk trio The Staves. Their rendition of “Songbird” is simply lovely and enchanting, one to unwind to and one that certainly does its original justice. Check it out below and grab a free download:
Austin you never cease to surprise us. Blurring the lines between bickering Americana and indie pop, local band The Lennings have risen from Austin music scene through their melodically rich instrumentation of acoustic guitar and banjos and with the captivating vocals of lead singer Jason Lemming (a.k.a. Jason Jinyma). Their style provides a window into a world of harmonics and genuine lyrics proclaiming to focus on “finding the beauty and absurdity in the mundane and inanimate.”, which they do. Last fall, their cover of “You’re The Only That I Want” (by Grease) made its way to the big screen featured on the NBC show Parenthood last fall. And just last night’, their soft and powerful single ‘B-12′ from the upcoming album Inside will also appear on MTV’s “Underemployed” this Saturday (12/8) night at 8/7PM Central
To celebrate the much deserve exposure we are honored to have for you the free download of their cover ‘You’re The Only That I Want’.
Youre The One That I Want (Cover) (TMN Exclusive)
‘B-12′ along with the entire album will be released this week December 7th and if you are in Austin, make sure you attend their Album Release Show @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, 801 Red River, Austin, TX 78701.
The holiday of constant carols and jingles is here, and while we will surely be inundated with so much Christmas music this time of year, Sky Barbarick comes to the rescue. We are honored to present you a wonderful and refreshing version of a Christmas classic. Sky, whose vocals have captivated the world through her indie project NOOSA, has delivered a seemingly delicate and soft rendition of “Silent Night”. If you are already coming up with a modern Christmas playlist for the holidays, look no further and download this free track today.
Sky Barbarick (NOOSA)
Silent Night (The Music Ninja Exclusive)
We previously posted a collection of original tracks from from the The Casablanca Sessions of Red Brick on Lake Couchiching where we featured two amazing and genuine tracks from Sky Barbarick, you can listen to them here.
Today marks the beginning of the end (of the year). 4 more dojos to fill you ears for the last 4 weeks of 2012. The countdown is on.
Trouble Around My Soul
Dan and The Wildfire
Minttu & Olli
If you’ve been paying attention to our site for the last three months, you’ll know that we have the utmost admiration and respect for what Red Brick Songs conducted in Canada last summer for the Casablanca Sessions. If you haven’t been paying attention, then we’ll give you a quick rundown. Red Brick Songs sent a group of amazing indie and folk artists up to Lake Couchiching in Canada to essentially hang out and write songs. The end result was a group of tracks that have all been overwhelmingly impressive.
The most current release is from Nick Vallee from Folly and The Hunter and Rob MacPhee from Paper Lions. Nick’s ethereal vocals carry softly over soft strumming and slow building keyboards. There’s not much else to say other than get ready to hit repeat. This one is a keeper.
Nick Vallee (Folly & The Hunter)
Set This House On Fire