[Folk] RY X – Berlin


With RY X’s Berlin EP on Dumont Dumont coming just around the corner on August 28th, we had to make sure to provide some coverage so you guys would put this release on your radar.

There are not too many times you hear a vocalist as captivating as RY X, but today is one of those days. The vocal harmonies glide over soft finger picking so effortlessly. It’s almost painful it’s so damn good. The power and tone in his vocal structure reminds us somewhat of Patrick Watson, hitting high pitched notes with grace and ease that you just don’t hear all that often.

The EP is available on Spotify right now. We highly recommend heading over and indulging in the vocal intricacies that are RX Y.

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[Folk] San Fermin – Daedalus (What We Have)

San Fermin
Daedalus (What We Have)

There’s something about summer time that really makes us appreciate the banjo more. While we’d love nothing more than hearing some delicate plucks of those twangy southern strings on their own, we’re of course elated to hear the overwhelming depth in musical soundscape that is “Daedalus (What We Have).”

Woodwind, horns, impeccable vocal harmonies and of course the powerfully smokey vocals of San Fermin’s lead singer provide a spiritually uplifting indie folk tune. While you may feel like these cats dwell somewhere in the deep south based on the rich soulful sound they procure, you’d be wrong in that assumption. This Brooklyn based outfit is far from the Mississippi backroads, even though their sound may beg to differ.

The rich and brooding sounds have to be amazing to see live, which is why we recommend you catch these guys live. Every fiber in our being is suggesting that it would be an amazing show.

09/06 Richmond, VA – Fall Line Festival
09/07 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09/20 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
09/25 Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal Festival
09/27 Cincinnati, OH – MidPoint Music Festival
09/28 Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09/29 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater Pub
09/30 Chicago, IL – Hideout
10/01 Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl
10/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
10/04 Toronto, ON – The Drake
10/13 San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/15 Los Angeles, CA – Echo
10/16 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
10/18 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
10/19 Seattle, WA – Barboza
10/20 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
10/24 Washington, DC – DC9
10/25 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10/26 Boston, MA – Café 939
10/27 Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre

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[Folk] Josh and Mer – The Tithe LP


New music Tuesday just keeps getting better and better. This time around we’re coming at you with heart shaped googly eyes over the latest LP from Portland based indie folk duo Josh and Mer.

Josh and Mer have already captured our hearts and ears again and again with their heartwarming folk sound. The intricate finger picking, the gloriously paired harmonies, and their carefully selected lyrics have been more than enough to make us continually want to see more and more out of these two.

Thankfully, today is the day we finally here more. With the title track from this LP, “The Tithe,” we’re taken back a notch with beautiful simplicity. This track offers up that classic familiarity that we’re all used to from folk tracks. Nothing is overdone, and no one is trying to hard. The beauty lies in the easily relatable lyrics, warm-n-fuzzy vocal harmonies, and soft strumming of an acoustic guitar.

Another one of our favorites in the album is “Constant” which displays the duos’ ability to utilize vocal harmonies as a percussion instrument in accompaniment to woodwind, piano notes, and subtle tosses of a tambourine. The soft progression varies significantly from their previously released track, “From the Sea,” which offers the listener a much more pop infused robust folk sound. The harmonies are of course still immaculately put together, however, we get a taste of a slightly more uptempo tune with this release. While it is a more upbeat selection from the album, it’s much more acoustically driven than what was previously released on Planet Music.

As a whole, “Tithe” will take you on an thought provoking journey filled with emotional rife fit for any lazy sunday afternoon spent thinking about that special someone in your life. It calls on associations of Simon and Garfunkle, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, and Angus Stone, and with damn good reason. Press play, and have a listen for yourself.

Theres A Sadness
All Was Right
From The Sea
Mind Control
Butterfly In A Case
The Tithe
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2013 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaThere comes a point in most peoples lives where extreme responsibility becomes our only reality. We lose track of what makes our soul smile as we are drowned by the million “adult” things we have to do in one day and before we know it….we are old. There is the saying that time flies when you are having fun, but time also flies when you don’t take that moment to breath. Think about it. How many times a month do we say…”I cant believe its “insert month here” already.” A lot….So, if you need a little assistance breaking free from your daily madness, use the Indie Dojo as an excuse to escape.  It’s provides a good 30 to 45 minutes of fresh music to soundtrack the moments we should enjoy cause sometimes, zoning into our own little world is all we really need…

Holy Holy
Impossible Like You
Alcoholic Faith Mission
Running With Insanity
Moody and The Mellow
The Fly On The Window
Antum Opic
Bad Company
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2013 Round #2)


Things never go as planned nor do things ever stay the same. Sometimes the reality of that sucks and sometimes it can be extremely awesome. Whatever it is, we all come to accept change at some point in our life. But, if you aren’t ready for that point of acceptance, come meet us here, at this spot, every Tuesday. We’ve got a weekly playlist to share, where the only things a-changin’ are last weeks awesome songs being replaced with this weeks awesome songs.

When We Were Small
The Janks
Separation From Your Body
The Dreamer
Birds and Arrows
Stay (Rihanna Cover Le Mouv)
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[NEW] John Mayer – Wildfire (Feat. Frank Ocean)

Paradise Valley
John Mayer
Wildfire (Feat. Frank Ocean)

While this pairing may seem out of the ordinary at first, John Mayer and Frank Ocean are no strangers to collaborating with one another. Those well acquainted with last year’s highly praised channel ORANGE may recall that Mayer laid down the guitar work for two of the album’s tracks, “Pyramids” and “White.” Now, Frank returns the favor by lacing this terse ballad with his soothing, effortless vocals. The track is a little too short for our tastes, but we’ll take whatever we can get from the duo.

Beware of the title by the way, as it’s easy to mistake this for a remix to the single that Mayer dropped a month back. While that track will play as an introduction to his upcoming sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, this one will be used as more of an interlude. For those interested in hearing the project in its entirety, it’s currently streaming for free on iTunes prior to its release on August 20th.

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[MEGA SUMMER PLAYLIST] Volume 1 – Indie Rock/Folk


As summer starts to wind down, it’s important that we make the most out of the few sun soaked weeks that we have. Here at Music Ninja, you know we care about you having the best possible music to jam out to, but we felt with chillier weather approaching, we really needed to dial it up a notch.

With that in mind, we have created four summer time mega playlists for your listening enjoyment. The first consists of all indie rock, folk and alternative. The second will be all hip hop, the third is alternative, and the fourth will send your summer off in style with all EDM.

We hope this makes the last section of your summer the best that it can be. So press play, through on those Wayfarers, and get ready to enjoy some amazing music.

- TMN Staff

Golden Youth
We Are Alive
Gentlemen Hall
Sail Into The Sun
Young Dreams
Young Dreams
Vampire Weekend
Painted Palms
Los Encantados
St Tropez
Cold War Kids
Miracle Mile
Your Soul
Farewell Luna
By The Morning
The 1975
Imaginary Friend
The Thick and the Thin
Bruno Merz
When You Found Me
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Wont Back Down (Tom Petty Cover)
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
In The Open
Josh Shroeder
Bluebird Avenue
Beach House
Patrick Watson
Adventures in Your Own Backyard
Opus Orange
Out Of The Shadows
Sky Barbarick
Island Of Mine
Andy Shauf
Two Little Clouds
Hung On Tight
Mazzy Star
Whole, Wide, World
Still Parade
Hotel Mexico
A.I. In Dreams
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advanced falconry
Old Man Canyon
Phantoms and Friends
Plaid Dragons
Dog Physics
Johnny Swim
Surfer Blood
Weird Shapes
Field Mouse
Kings of Leon
Eliza and the Bear
Trails and Ways
Como Te Vas
I Will
Wild Combination
Whole Lotta Truth
Smith Westerns
Iwan Rheon
Bang! Bang!
Wild Nothing
The Body In Rainfall
San Cisco
San Cisco
Fred Astaire
Whole, Wide, World
Someone New (Roosevelt Rmx)
Open Arms
The Naked And Famous
Hearts Like Ours
Wild Combination
Great Expectations
Roadkill Ghost Choir
Beggars Guild
The 1975

The 1975

Time (Radio Edit)
Midi Matilda
Just My Imagination (Temptations Cover)
Join the Riot
Queen Marmalade
New Desert Blues
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Nightwater Girlfriend
Pacific Air
Float (RAC Mix)
Part Time
I Want to Go
Hunter Hunted
Keep Together
Spectral Park
Lappel du Vide
Ha Ha Tonka
Colorful Kids
TV On The Radio
Ways To Go
Franz Ferdinand
Right Action
Little Comets
Cant Afford It All
Oliver Wilde
Frankie Rose
Gossip Culture
Waiting (feat. Quincy McCrary)
Bear Mountain
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
If You Didnt See Me (Then You Werent On The Dancefloor)
Widlife Control
Analog or Digital
Percy and the Gunslingers
Gunslinger Shuffle
Mason Jar
Of Monsters and Men
Mountain Sound
The Concept
On Our Way
Put a Light On
The Stroll
She & Him
Never Wanted Your Love
Kurt Vile
Never Run Away
Ski Lodge
Just To Be Like You
Falling Outta Love
I Wont Be Long
Demon To Lean On
Young Man
In A Sense (From Beyond Was All Around Me)
Parade of Flights
Were The Kids
Walk the Moon
Beach Fossils
Taking Off
Portugal. The Man
Purple Yellow Red and Blue
Strange Talk
Picking Up All The Pieces
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