Welcome to the first round of Indie Dojos in the new year! The next 52 weeks will be nothing but fresh jams & new discoveries. Yeah, we’re pretty excited too.
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Here it is. The last Indie Dojo of 2015. Take a moment to soak in all the wonderfulness of the past year. If you need to go back for a refresher, we’ve got all the past Indie Dojos easily accessible. If you want to move right on into something new, we’ve got you too.
So cheers to the year behind us and to the new year ahead. And as always, thank you for coming back for more. See you on the other side!
Even though I’ve been writing for TMN over the past five years, I certainly don’t expect any of you to have me or my musical tastes pegged. In fact, I’d much rather you see this site as a whole, enjoying the eclectic blend that all the ninjas bring to the table. But, if you have paid attention, you’ll know that I love nothing more than hunting through submissions, SoundCloud, BandCamp, tweets, and smoke signals to try and find the best and brightest emerging artists.
2015 brought a few new acts to the scene that I simply couldn’t get enough of, a few of which made it into this year-end playlist. In addition to those, my musical world was blessed with albums from artists who haven’t released something in quite some time, including one band that surfaced after a six-year hiatus.
My 15 favorite tracks are listed below in no particular order because that would be painfully difficult and time-consuming. Instead, I’ve compiled them in a way that should provide you with an enjoyable listening experience, start to finish. If you’re unfamiliar with any of them, I’ve included a one-sentence description that should help highlight what to expect.
Patrick Watson continues to further the question that he could be an alien sent to mesmorize the human race.
Mew is finally back, in full form, and it’s magnificent.
This new act took the blogosphere by storm, myself included.
Upbeat number with from the golden-voiced singer/songwriter, who also became one of my favorite live acts to watch in 2015.
A little 70’s funk and pop mixed in with gorgeous vocals landed this newly released track into my best of 2015.
This new act put out a track that’s ideal for a raucous night out, an adventurous road trip, or your next backyard BBQ.
One listen to this catchy-as-hell song will have you singing along with ease.
These guys will soon be heard across radio stations, shopping malls, commercials, and major motion pictures with their extremely infectious pop.
Perfect tune for a montage of you and your special someone frolicking through a field.
This memorable track displays what we love most about Mr. Garratt – the unknown.
Catchy Brit-Pop that will be coming to a stadium or festival mainstage near you in late 2016/2017.
If you ever feeling like a drunken episode of lawlessness, put this on.
Sexy, seductive, and alluring, this tune sticks with you longer than unwanted relatives.
A combination of haunting deep house, a timeless movie, and iconic vocals.
Sometimes I like to party, and this song is the cause for most of those times.
It’s the holidays! We’re supposed to be full of love and joy and gratefulness. BUT THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO and in so little time that we find ourselves swirling around in bah humbugs and stress-ridden shopping. And in the snap of a finger, it’s all over. NOTHING worth stressing over, that’s for sure. So let’s do us all a favor and remind each other to take a step back from the hectic, consumer-ridden craze and enjoy the moments we are able to spend with those closest to our hearts. Money can’t buy us love, but kicking back with our favorite people while listening to a free Indie Dojo…priceless.
The holiday season is in full swing, with Christmas’ velvet red hat peeking right around the corner. By now, most of you have had your fill of Bing Crosby, Mariah Carey, Dean Martin, and Elvis, and for obvious reasons. Yes, they are timeless classics sung by musical greats, but they’re also classics from a very small pool of selections. With this in mind, we scoured the internet to collect some newer Christmas tunes from acts you listen to on a daily basis, and some from acts you might not have heard just yet. Some just popped up in our feed this year, some are favorites from years past.
If you can convince your parents or grandparents to let you take the musical reigns at your holiday gatherings, throw this on. Who knows, maybe your family will find a new favorite from this mix.
Lastly, happy holidays to all of our fans out there. We wish you a happy and healthy season filled with great food, great booze, and great memories with your loved ones.
Every Bell On Earth Will Ring
Some people are better at certain things than others. That’s just the way life goes. Like the exquisite library of artists we’ve have accumulated in our indie dojos. While most of us only dream of being as talented as those we lend an ear to, we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves for not being able to belt a note or strum a guitar. If anything, we are AWESOME at listening to the Indie Dojos. Bonafide Pros. And without us bonafide pros, what is an artist really? It takes 2 to tango friends, and we are more than happy to let those with musical talent take the lead.
You know those days you start off with good intentions? You roll out of bed walking on sunshine, ready and willing to face the great day ahead. And then good ol’ life happens. You spill your coffee all over your white shirt, you forget your lunch at home, you get honked at by the road rager behind you, or yelled at by incredibly grouchy people at work. And they just keep rolling along, plowing you down any chance they can get. Pretty soon you want to just curl up in a cave, never to see the outside world again. But then you remember we are here, to remind you “when life gives you lemons, hit play on an Indie Dojo”. We promise it will help get your mind of that other crap for a while.