We’ve admittedly never heard of this self proclaimed “Smoooooooooooth” Encinitas-born three piece, but after one listen to Mandarin Dynasty’s “Perpendicular Crosstalk,” we’re ready to put them in our road trip playlist posthaste.
What starts off as a noisy build up, masking the laid-back nature of the tune, breaks into a bevy of quickly strummed, south of the border style acoustic guitar. Welcoming in a delightfully rough around the edges harmony, the vocals aren’t as sunny as the sound would indicate, yet it still has a sweet, summer-time vibe that has us grinning ear to ear.
Boasting a simplistic, yet infectious nature, we’re sure you’ll be into this gem. Press play above and see for yourself.
Half About Being a Woman
Live (89.3 The Current, Caravan Du Nord)
The incredibly talented Caroline Smith will be kicking off a lengthy U.S. tour this Friday at one of our favorite rock bars in the Mile-High City (wow, does that name carry a different significance nowadays), The Hi-Dive; on the heels of one of our favorite LP’s within the last year, Half About Being a Woman. Luckily the multi-faceted singer/songwriter was just as cool as her music, as we had the fortuitous chance to talk about her creative process, drink of choice while performing, Wayne Newton and a whole lot more. And for our friends residing in Denver, if you missed our show preview, which came complete with a free ticket giveaway, it’s not too late to enter here. Read the entire transcript below.
The Music Ninja: We caught you at the beginning of quite the ambitious U.S. tour, including some pretty big markets like Boston and Philly. Are there any specific cities or venues that you’re excited to be playing on this jaunt?
Caroline Smith: I’m always excited to play New York. We have quite a few fans there and I love to pretend that I live there, even just for a day. I’ve been obsessed with living in NYC since Sex and The City was airing season 3 (le saison d’Aiden). That would have made me in 6th grade. I never got to move there, hopefully someday, so I feel extremely fortunate that I have a career that brings me to Manhattan a few times a year and it’s always something I look forward to.
TMN: You’ve played in Denver before with The Good Night Sleeps in 2012. How is your view of Denver’s budding music scene in comparison to the last time you had the chance to play the Mile High?
CS: Well, our label/management is out of Denver so I feel like Denver is kind of a second home to us- I mean, I practically dial 303 into my phone every day. The boys and I have always loved Denver and we have a lot of really close friends there, just from playing amazing spots like Leon Art Gallery. It’s weird to me that we don’t play Denver more! So I’m super pumped to get back and be a part of the music scene. Hopefully we won’t be away for another 2 years!
Finish our interview with Caroline Smith after the jump!
ADRIAN DUFFY & THE MAYO BROTHERS
Push Those Keys
Alright, ninjas. Before you get ready to load up your verbal barbs for our comment stream, take a step back. There’s something beautifully simplistic about a great country song. It’s almost a rite of passage to appreciate a boastful story-teller carefully intertwining their folk-inspired tales over acoustic guitar chords and piano keys.
While this song could easily be played in any pool hall either side of the Mississippi, this very American sounding tune is actually from a few Londoners, Adrian Duffy and The Mayo Brothers. No joke. While you were thinking about cracking open a six pack of Bud Lights to this soulful tune, you’d actually be better off opting for a Newcastle. With inspirations from the likes of Merle Haggard, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, The Band, Little Feat, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, these cats have a familiar sound hailing from across the pond.
Call us crazy, but we’re into this tune. It may be pop-country, but we’re into it. Sit back and let it take you for a ride.
At this very moment in time you could be happy, sad, tired, pissed, ecstatic, indifferent, smitten, irritated, energized, sick, confidant, confused…..the list goes on and on. Whatever emotion you may be experiencing as you stumble across this page, we ask that you put it aside for a moment, hit play, and let the Indie Dojo set the mood for you. If you are instantly irritated, we won’t be offended. We understand that not everyone likes all the same things we do and still love you for who you are. If you are instantly smitten, we love you too and want to remind you that we are here every Tuesday. Either way, we are glad you stopped by.
Steal You Away
MY HEART THE BRAVE
KEEP ME FROM IT
Oh how we love to talk about our favorite artists whilst being able to hook up our amazing contingency of Music Ninjas with some perks in the process. Singer/songwriter Caroline Smith has seen a consistent musical symbiosis take place over the last few years; from early in her artistic career being embraced by the indie/folk community before recently being the focal point of one of our favorite press quotes of the year by the Star Tribune: “Goodbye, sweet, cuddly indie-folk songbird. Hello, sexy, glam R&B singer”. Her last LP Half About Being a Woman released back in October, and we just could not manage to shake those beautiful tunes for months afterwards, especially our personal favorite “Magazine” (which you can and should stream the Audiotree session for below). So in advance of Caroline Smith’s impending Half About a Woman album release tour, which kicks off in just three days, we wanted to team up for another ticket giveaway for our Denver family!
Caroline Smith invades one of our absolute favorite rock-bars in the Mile-High City, The Hi-Dive, this Friday, February 7 and we’d love to get you a pair of tix to the show. Entering is beyond easy. Just fill out the mailing list form below, “like” the Caroline Smith and The Music Ninja Facebook pages, and we’ll contact you via e-mail. There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 21 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
- You must shout “I Love The Music Ninja” upon entry.
Good luck, ninjas!
Be sure to be on the lookout as we had the chance to sit down with the super-talented artist over the weekend and will run her full interview in the coming days. Check out the rest of the tour dates for Caroline Smith’s U.S. tour and stream the Audiotree Session of her track “Magazine” after the jump!
Railway (Daniele Di Martino Edit)
There has been a trend of stunning deep house music coming from Germany of late, and Daniele Di Martino has added to that list a hauntingly beautiful edit of an indie cult hit from Boy. It’s not often that gorgeous indie originals can retain their same essence after undergoing the remix treatment, but there is a certain element to the production behind this that still makes it all seem impeccably pure. True to this style of music, the vocals have taken on a deeper flavour, and together with the melancholic strings layered throughout there is somehow a feeling of real solace. This in combination with the percussion-induced head bopping makes this track a treasure just waiting to be discovered. You’re in luck though because we’re happy to share it.
We can’t predict the future, it’s unhealthy to dwell on the past, and we should never overlook the present. Sometimes we need to just sit and chill awhile. Drown out the clutter and engage ourselves in the moment. And that is is why we are glad you’re here. Take a second to focus on something other than everything else. We’ve got a sweet little playlist to help you color your silence.
Whats That?(Gimme That)
Workin Woman Blues