Why is it that we always go for the negative before the positive? For example: Your boss want’s to talk to you. “Fired!” is probably your initial thought. You immediately retrace every step you took in the past week to figure out if you slipped up on your job somewhere. You slowly “sad charlie brown” your way into their office and all they want to tell you is how great of a job you are doing. Imagine that! We are so used to grabbing onto the dreadful, we completely overlook how simple things can be. Let’s change that. We can start with this playlist. You might despise the indie genre or maybe last weeks playlist swore you off the Indie Dojo for life. Both of those things are negative as shit. So hit the play button with a positive finger….and give it a chance.
Our friends over at Red Brick Songs recently put together a fun summertime playlist featuring tracks from their roster that relate to our personal favorite season of the year. If you’re not familiar with Red Brick Songs, you need to wise up and start paying attention. This Toronto based indie label finds some of the best folk and indie rock we’ve laid ears on. In fact, one of our favorite projects in the past few years was their Casablanca Sessions songwriter retreat from last summer. They seem to have an ear for amazing music, and we couldn’t be more appreciative.
This selection includes sunny songs from the likes of Los Encantados, Andy Shauf, Library Voices, Teen Daze and more. Press play, lie back, and enjoy the warm tunes.
In The Summertime
Jason Haberman & Golden Weekends
The Right Time
Two Little Clouds
Carl Johnson (Library Voices)
Beyond The Beach
PS I love You
Familiar with the daytime heavy eyes? Those moments when you swear you have 50 pound weights hanging off each one of your eyelashes and no matter where you sit or stand, you find yourself wiping a quick drool from the side of your mouth? Where no triple shot coffee, no energy drink, no cold splash to the face can give your eyelids the strength of bodybuilder to lift that dead weight? And all you want to do is feel your head on your sweet, sweet pillow…Until we look at the clock and realize there is 10 hours still left in our day. We know the only real cure is sleep but maybe, just maybe if we turn up our music to levels beyond extreme, it might just work. Cause a ninja’s gotta do what a ninja’s gotta do…
Owls Of The Swamp
“Lying to You” is the second single on the upcoming album Birthdays from songwriter Keaton Henson and it’s a heart-breaker. A tune from the winter months planted in a warm summer, it is the perfect accompaniment to a slow, sweet-smelling summer rain. “Lying to You” supplies keen reminders of the darkness from an overcast dawn. In many ways, though, the song delivers you from strife and replenishes an appreciation for the beauty of loss and of sadness as only a soft voice and a six-string guitar can elaborate. Henson urges us not forget the lows that make the highs of summer so wonderful.
It’s weird how it can feel like everyday is Groundhog’s Day. Repeating the same routine day, after day, after day…..after….day. But really, when we look back in time, things are never really the same. All the little unnoticed changes during our day to day living pile up to be one giant movement. Take the Indie Dojo for example….It might be here every Tuesday for weeks on end, but not one song nor artist will ever be the same. And by collecting all those little changes week by week, you have probably already expanded your music library annnnd music knowledge to epic proportions. So while these changes may be small in the whole scheme of things, they are still changes worth appreciating..
Dreams Of Cannibalism
This Frontier Needs Heroes
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Fire & Fortune (Pete Flood remix)
Jason Haberman & Golden Weekends
The Right Time
TRAILS AND WAYS
Como Te Vas
It’s not officially summer until we’ve heard new music from Trails and Ways (well, technically it’s not really summer until June 21st). Last year’s “Nunca” served as one of our favorites of 2012, and we have a feeling “Como Te Vas” will have the same impact on us in 2013. Trails and Ways’ music has always had a way of transporting you off to a distant land, which is due in large part to the influences the band has gained from their own extensive travels in countries like Brazil and Spain. It might also explain the name of the group’s upcoming EP, Trilingual, which is set to drop this Tuesday, June 11th and also includes other outstanding singles like ”Border Crosser” and “Mtn Tune“.
Got to love those days when you stumble upon a new artist or group who just captures your ears and heart with their musical beauty.
I discovered the band Johnnyswim today, a duo from LA made up of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez. The two began working together back in 2006 and found they had a passion for the same folk, soul and rock music. And when they put their vocals and instrumentals together, the heavenly Johnnyswim was born. Even more sweet, the two are also a couple. That may add to the melodies and addiction in their music.
They released a beautiful 5 track EP called “Home” a few months back full of songs of adoration, hope and overall, love. The first song, “Heart Beats” is a vivid song, with strong guitar playing and strong vocals from Amanda. The song tells the story of how strong a heart beat is, that the bumping in one’s chest brings back the memories that one tries to push down and forget. But we all know, a heartbeat won’t ever let you forget. My favorite song on this is “Paris in June”, perfect for this lovely summer month. It is a delicate song, again with peaceful guitar melodies and vocals by Abner, intertwined with the beautiful voice of Amanda. Favorite line: “A penny for your thoughts and a rose for your past.” The other three songs are just as light and airy, and there are some other languages strewn in the soulful pieces. These two artists have a gift and an ear for music and we can’t wait to hear more.