[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2015 Round #2)

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There comes a time in the season where the thought of stepping foot outside is terrifying. But unlike Summer FOMO, we have absolutely NO guilt in holing ourselves up when the temperature drops to ungodly degrees. Really though, what is the point of going outside when we have a sweet Indie Dojo to cuddle up to?

Oyster Kids
Creepy
Kyler Slater
Black Eyes
Lewis Del Mar
Wave(s)
Kalle Mattson
Hotline Bling (Drake Cover)
Figaro
Brain Operator
Stahsi
Solo Hunter.
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2015 Round #1)

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We have officially kissed summer goodbye. It’s time for beanies, beards, and sad but sweet “I’ve been holed up in a log cabin writing songs by a fire place” tunes. While we’re over here, knitting you a scarf of Indie Dojo’s to roll you right into the seasons of change. ‘Cause, we’ve got your neck

Habitats
Boogie Waltzer
Hollow Wood
Oh My God
Luke Sital
Singh
Chelou
Youre So Good
Ghostly Kisses
Such Words
Aidan Knight
All Clear
Valley Maker
By My Side
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Solomon Grey – Choir To The Wild [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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If you haven’t fallen in love with Solomon Grey yet, it’s only a matter of time. Their latest EP Selected Features dropped earlier this month, and it’s been garnering support from publications across the globe. Amongst many reasons for the fawning adoration of both critics and fans alike, is the fact that this London-based duo Joe Wilson and Tom Kingston can’t be placed into a neatly wrapped, genre-specific label.

A testament to that versatility can be found in a deep listening session through Selected Features, which showcases elements of larger-than-life, cinematic soundscapes, obscure hip hop vibes, and soulful grooves. Even though you won’t find it on the EP, “Choir to the Wild” had us enamored on first listen truly capturing the Solomon Grey’s genre-melding style.

That oh-so-gorgeous song not only highlights the stunning vocal harmonies between these two, but also the ability to encapsulate listeners with understated, and uncomplicated instrumentation. And, we’re admittedly giddy to showcase that, as we bring you an intimate look at their show at Sofar London on May 27th, 2015. Take a look below, but be warned – you’ll be helplessly lost for a few, brief minutes.

If you find yourself in London on November 11th, we strongly suggest you catch this duo live. Click here to pick up some tickets, before it’s too late.

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Ciaran Lavery – Shame [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Shame

Another week has come and gone, and we’re once again looking ahead to a few days doing the things we love, with the ones we love. Some may choose to head out for a night on the town, some may choose to stay in, drink and book in hand, and spend a quiet night at home. For those of you who align with the latter, we have quite the tune for you.

Despite some eye-opening statistics, a lot of you might not be familiar with Aghagallon-based Ciaran Lavery. Little did you know, this uber-talented singer/songwriter has racked up millions of plays on Spotify, and was dubbed as a “Next Hype” by Zane Lowe of BBC Radio one, of course, before he left.

Today, we’re bringing you an intimate look at “Shame,” which showcases Lavery’s heartfelt lyrics and understated guitar work with a lovely section of strings. While the studio recording doesn’t include the strings you’ll see in the video below, it does add an illustrious depth to the already breathtaking track.

Truly singing from the inside out, Lavery’s vocals are sure to hook you in after first listen. If you’re lucky enough to run into this quickly rising musician, make sure to take a moment to tell him what you think. You might just give him a new insight into his own works.

Once I’ve let someone in to hear them, they aren’t my songs anymore. People come up to me and say the strangest things like, ‘This song meant a lot to me’, or they tell me what they think the song is about. And maybe it’s not, but their version is usually better than mine, so I usually agree with them.

Before watching the video below, make sure to scan this list of upcoming shows to see if you can catch any of them. If you can, we highly recommend doing so.

10/16 Glasgow – Nice N Sleazy
10/17 Newcastle Upon Tyne – The Cluny 2
10/18 Leeds Games Room – Brudenell Social Club
10/19 Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
10/20 Birmingham – The Kitchen Garden Cafe
10/21 London – The Islington
10/22 Brighton – The Hope & Ruin
10/23 Bristol – The Louisiana
10/24 Cardiff – Four Bars at Dempsey’s
10/25 Manchester – Castle Hotel

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2015 Round #5)

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Change can happen in the blink of an eye, often as a reminder to appreciate what we do have, rather than pine over what we don’t. You never know what might be different in 5 seconds, 5 minutes, 5 hours, ’cause in this world, anything is possible. So, live in the moment. Take a minute, find your grounding, focus on a couple things you are grateful for (like this Indie Dojo for example) and soak it all in. Who knows what the next second might bring.

OK Badlands
Cheap Tuesday
Ivy Nation
The Mile Road
Hoonch
Top
MKAI
Loop (Single Edit)
Riley Pearce
Brave
Wyvernlingo
Subside
Saint Sister
Madrid
TWINKIDS
Dreamer
Garden City Movement
The Best Of Times?
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James Vincent McMorrow Discusses “How to Waste a Moment,” Remixers, and Breakfast in America [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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There shouldn’t be any doubt in any of our reader’s minds with regards to our unwavering affinity for Mr. James Vincent McMorrow, or JVM, as so many of you lovingly call him. Dating all the way back to April of 2011, we’ve been enamored with his unique, intoxicating, and highly addictive vocal tone and style, continually waiting for each and every new release.

After seeing JVM a few times in different cities across the states, we were finally able to catch up with him and have a quick chat about his marathon of touring, the upcoming album, and, of course, breakfast food in America.

TMN: Hey James. Thanks for sitting down with us tonight. Is this your first time in the Mile High City?

JVM: Yeah. Is that what you call it? Mile High City?

TMN: Yep. We’re 5,280 feet above sea level. You just performed at Mishawaka, which we’ve somehow never been to. How was your experience up there?

JVM: Yeah. Saw a Bear. Played by a roaring river. It was cool…it’s a strange little V. It’s a narrow strip of land because you have the river here, and the road here (gesturing with his hands), and you have this little bar there. Beautiful bar, actually – really good food and nice people. It felt a little bit like playing in Austin, at Stubbs…if you’ve ever been there. Outdoor. Dirt floor. Rickety stage. It was really atmospheric. Once it got dark, it was real cool.

This is the fun period. We’ve done 150 shows since the last record came out. This is the end of the cycle. It wasn’t ever on my bucket list, to play the Mishawaka, but it really cool. It was a co-bill with a band called Dawes, which we don’t overlap crowds a whole lot. My crowd is very different from their crowd. So, that means there’s a lot of people there that are like – “impress me.” Which, I love. It’s cool.

TMN: Over the past few years, you’ve done quite a bit of touring through the states. We’ve had the pleasure of catching you at Coachella and in New York. What have some of your highlights been?

JVM: My highlights are like – in the last two years – playing two nights in the Sydney Opera House. That’s just not something I ever expected to happen. It’s such an iconic place. Selling out two nights there was a real moment for me – a real marker – to a level we had never been before. We had done shows in Australia in January for like 700 people, and we were like “we’ll be back.” Then we came back and sell it (Sydney Opera House) out in super quick time.

Coachella was cool, even though it was a stressful tour to me. That tour was amazing because we sold everything out. Even though crazy stuff was was happening to us logistically, every show was amazing. It was so much fun. It felt like the 70’s or something – shit would go wrong and we couldn’t fix it, so we would just have to roll with it. That whole tour was a whole moment.

There’s a festival in Ireland called Electric Picnic, and we headlined on Saturday night. That was really special for me, because that’s a big festival for an Irish person.

Those are the ones that jump out to me.

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[Folk] Conner Youngblood – Birds of Finland

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The Birds of Finland

Every time we hear a new song from Texas-based Conner Youngblood, we have to stop and ask ourselves, “Why isn’t this kid blowing up right now?” Not to discredit the success he’s already experienced, especially given the reach of tracks like “Australia” and “The Warpath.” But, in our eyes, Conner Youngblood should be a household name. He’s been a long-time favorite of ours, both within TMN HQ, and individually amongst writers, and it can’t be too much longer before droves of others are proclaiming the same.

There’s a certain casual, unassuming, and welcoming vibe from Youngblood’s music. It’s not pretentious. It’s not overly complicated. It’s just…good. “Birds of Finland” shows us that again, as we experience a blend of experimental and familiar. We’re welcomed in by strange, vocoder-filtered vocals, oriental-style strings, and understanded piano keys. The song transitions into a powerful, building folk song, highlighted by that voice we’ve come to know and love through the years.

“Birds of Finland” can be found on his upcoming EP, Generation of Lift, due out October 9th.

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