A Calendar Life
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.
Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE Thanksgiving, but maybe we should stop trying to fit all our gratefulness into one day and spread it out over 365 days x how ever many years we decide to inhabit this planet. It shouldn’t be that hard to find one thing we are thankful for in every new day, right? There’s got to be a kabillion things, big or small, we can list off that we might not even thing of. So starting today and everyday, appreciate something that makes you smile. Today, we are grateful for unsigned musically inclined individuals, because without you, the Indie Dojo wouldn’t exist. And that….that would be a sad Tuesday.
’Twin Forks – Cross My Mind’
’Day Wave – Nothing At All’
’Waterstrider – Twice (Little Dragon Cover)’
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 That’s Capsized’
’Ruu Campbell – Crossroads (Heartsong)’
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.
’Twin Hidden – Join Hands’
’HUGH – I Can’t Figure You Out’
’Alex Highton – You Dont Own This Life’
’Leon Bridges – Coming Home’
’Public School – Don’t Wake Me Up’
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’
’Northeast Party House – Horror Hud’
’Spelles – Bird In A Cage’
’Backyard Dreaming – Emotional Connection’
’Cambio Sun – Mad As They Come’
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?
Do you like Bob Dylan?
Do you like Fleetwood Mac?
Do you like The Lumineers?
Do you like Mumford & Sons?
Do you like Jack White?
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!
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.
’Pin Tweaks – Girl On The Wire’
’The Rebel Light – Strangers’
’Wonderson Slater – The Day’
’Castanets – Out For The West”‘
’Spooky Black – dj khaled is my father (bonus) (prod. Psymun & Spookyblack) *VIDEO IN DESCRIPTION*’