[Indie] Leo Stannard – Why Don’t We

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Leo Stannard
Why Don't We

That moment during your coffee shop session when you allow yourself to be distracted from your smartphone, and crooned to by the tune of a classical guitar and the husky voice of its owner instead – That’s the moment I have every time I hear Leo Stannard’s, “Why Don’t We”. With hints of Landon Pigg x John Mayer, the Leicester native brings out the light and shade in his vocals, putting listeners at sheer ease. It’s a challenging decision to determine which version of the track we like more, so we’ve supplied both acoustic and studio versions to remedy any possible remnants of stress you might have before the weekend.

The 18 year young, acoustic and indie singer/songwriter is currently unsigned, but rest assured that his status is merely temporary. Leo Stannard’s second EP Notions, featuring “Why Don’t We” drops on the 1st of October. Don’t miss it.

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[Indie Folk] William Fitzsimmons – Fortune (Acoustic)

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William Fitzsimmons
Fortune (Acoustic)

Chicago-based singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons has recently released his Acoustic Sessions EP, in which consists of the unplugged version of four songs off his “Lions” album. Among these gems we have the acoustic version of “Fortune”, where Fitzsimmons gives an excellent display of his musical genius through minimal instrumental.

Taking away the electric guitar, the fast-paced drums, the harmonizing female vocals and replaced them with melodic acoustic fingerpicking, the bearded musician provides a stripped-down, naked and more emotionally driven version of the song. His under the breath singing is similar to Joshua Radin‘s whisper-rock style, but it surely amuses us how much this tune contributes to the audience with just his voice and a guitar. His voice is too soothing for words so go give it a listen, but we definitely want to see what other tricks William Fitzsimmons got hidden in that giant beard of his.

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[Deep House] Xavier Rudd – Follow The Sun (Alex Cruz Remix)

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Alex Cruz-Follow The Sun ft. Xavier Rudd (Bootleg)

If you’re carefully calculating a playlist for your Labor Day adventures, look no further. First off, the original tune “Follow the Sun” is perfect for any road trip, camping trip, or even flight to a far off destination. Xavier’s gritty folk vocals give an intense life to the lyrical interpretation, which is brought to fruition with the subtle strumming of an acoustic guitar and a few whimsical notes off the harmonica.

While some of you out there might not be too keen on the folkier side of music, rest assured that we have you covered with an electronically inspired interpretation of this summertime tune. Coming out of the Netherlands, Alex Cruz has laid this tune over a sexy, smooth deep house bassline, letting a chopped up sample of the guitars dance perfectly over hallow kicks.

Leaving the vocals relatively untreated, this remix maintains the original integrity, coupling it only with a lively beat and some repeating shakes of a maraca.

Download this booty and upload it into your playlist for Labor Day. We garuantee it will illuminate whatever adventure lies ahead.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaCommunication is key and sometimes we suck at it. Music, however, seems to be a universal language that soothes the soul, melts the heart, fuels the fire, and calms the storm. If you happen to be one who sucks at the whole communicating thing, try saying it with a song. Better yet…..try it with a whole entire playlist.

Rare Darling
Cold Sweat
Daniel Wilson
Killed Ya
Jordan Riddle = Suffocate
Balancer
under the same sky
Neda
The Sound
Jake Weary
Mountainside
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[Alternative] Love & Valor – Truly Dear

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Love & Valor
Truly Dear

I’ve got an absolute gem to share with you all tonight. Coming to us from Burlington, North Carolina is a new quartet by the name of Love & Valor. They’ve had a fair share of covers in the past, however “Truly Dear” is their first original piece and I am absolutely blown away by it. According to the band’s Facebook page, each member contributes to the writing process, in melody and lyrics, and the result is a collaborative effort that may just change your own perceptions on modern folk music. This indie love ballad is sure to resonate with you long after the song has ended and I cannot help put keep this song on repeat. It is masterfully gorgeous and I can’t help but share it with my fellow Ninjas.

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2014 Mega Summer Playlist Vol I: Indie Rock & Folk

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As the calendar slowly turns another page, bringing to most what is considered as the last month of summer, we can only hope to make the best of what’s left of this incredible season. For most of you out there, you’ve probably hit a festival or two. For some, you just simply enjoyed being outdoors, doing what you love. Whatever it is you have on deck for the next month, we have you covered as far as tunes go.

To celebrate the last three months of incredible music, we’ve once again banded together as a clan, calling on ninjas all over the world to give us their favorite tunes from the summer months. Just as we did last year, we’ve created you four top-notch playlists, starting this week with our Indie Rock and Folk selections.

The 2014 Mega Summer Playlist Vol I: Indie Rock & Folk is stacked top to bottom, ranging from laid-back vocalists singing over a singular instrument, to fast-paced garage rock bands, who will get you out of your seat, to everything in between. Press play and get ready for over 100 songs of greatness.

Vance Joy
Riptide
Young Rising Sons
High
DWNTWN
Til Tomorrow
The Griswolds
Beware the Dog
Absolutely Free
Beneath The Air
Jeremy Loops
Skinny Blues
Kid Astray
Taking You With Me
Noosa
Sail
Nate Eiesland
Drifting
Mainland
West Coast (Coconut Records Cover)
ESCAPISTS
Eyes
Husky
Im Not Coming Back
I Am the Sky
Half A Man
Cold Weather Company
What Do I Do
Sean Oneill
Vienna
PHOX
1936
The Oh Hellos
Second Child, Restless Child
GEMS ≠ Scars
Washed Out
Dont Give Up
Gardens & Villa
Bullet Train
Tokyo Police Club
Hot Tonight
Young Rising Sons
King Of The World
OK Go
The Writings On the Wall
Colony House
Silhouettes
SALES
vow
Somos
Dead Wrong
Bad Suns
We Move Like The Ocean
Friendly Fires & The Asphodells
Before Your Eyes
Future Islands
Seasons (Waiting On You)
Tennis
Mean Streets
Jack + Eliza
Hold The Line
St. Vincent
Digital Witness
Hospitality
Rockets and Jets
MISUN
Eli Eli
The Black Keys
Fever
MYNGA feat. Cosmo Klein
Back Home (Original Mix)
Field Mouse
Two Ships
Tycho
L
White Reaper
Half Bad
Jack and Eliza
Secrets
We Were Evergreen
Daughters
The Holidays
Tongue Talk
Real Estate
Talking Backwards
Frankie Animal
Obsession
Wolfgang
Black River
Kishi Bashi
Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
Magic!
Rude
Bleachers
Shadow
Carla
Heart Trips
Bad Suns
Salt
Gold
Bears
Oslo Parks
Twin
White Reaper
Cool
Sonic Avenues
In Your Head
HAIM
My Song 5 feat. A$AP Ferg
Alt J
Left Hand Free
Mexico City Blondes
Fade
Panama Wedding
All Of the People (RAC Mix)
Panama Wedding
Uma
Noosa
Wildfire
Only Real
Cadillac Girl
Lowell I Love You Money (from We Loved Her Dearly out Sept 16)
Bruno Merz
Into The Air
Tennis
100 Lovers
Prelow
For The Team
Tennis
Never Work For Free
Lana Del Rey
West Coast
Tin Gardens
Crossed My Mind
Brett
Golden
Brett
Chalon
Anders
I Wish (You Were Mine)
Spoon
Do You
Decorations
Girls
Bad Suns
Dancing On Quicksand
Death From Above
Trainwreck 1979
S
Vampires
La Sera
Running Wild
Tacocat
Crimson Wave
The Tins
They Arent Evil
Avi Buffalo
So What
Generationals
Gold Silver Diamond
Noosa
Walk On By
St. Lucia
Forgiveness
Coasts
Oceans
Coasts
Tonight
Wooderson Slater
The Lake
The Rentals
Thought Of Sound
Jenny Lewis
Just One Of The Guys
Fake Laugh
Nothing But Good
WOODS
Tambourine Light
WOODS
Leaves Like Glass
Lana Del Rey
Shades Of Cool
Coldplay
Magic
Bob Mould
I Dont Know You Anymore
Wye Oak
Logic of Color
Hospital
Revelation
THE CLOCKTOWER
Take A Chill Pill
Niykee Heaton
INFINITY
Young Man
Five
Hundred Waters
Xtalk
Black Honey
Sleep Forever (Demo)
Real Estate
Crime
The Raa
Terrified
The Careful Ones
For A Moment
Foxes in Fiction
Shadows Song
Metronomy
Im Aquarius
Ruu Campbell
The Call(Heartsong)
Axel Flovent
Beach
Nick Hakim
The Light
Nick Hakim
Cold
Smallpools
Killer Whales
COMPNY
Begging Me To Come Back
Model Aeroplanes
Innocent Love
High Tyde
Karibu
Bombay Bicycle Club
Luna
Phantogram
Fall In Love
Broken Bells
After the Disco
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[Festival Review] TMN Dives Into Denver’s Underground Music Showcase

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The UMS Main Stage (Photo Credit: Robert Castro Ultra5280)

If you’re wondering whether or not Colorado’s music scene is embodied solely by bass-heavy barons devastating Red Rocks on a regular basis, or the constant national and international accolades given to Beta Nightclub year after year, you can stop that right now. While much of the Mile High City’s music scene’s notoriety falls into those two aforementioned venues, The UMS flexed it’s mighty indie muscle two weekends ago, showing the city, the state, the nation, and the world that a handful of tiny venues deserves just as much attention.

Taking over one of Denver’s most prized neighborhoods, The UMS flooded the numerous dive bars, galleries, and restaurants that adorn the colorful South Broadway stretch. In a meticulous blend of some well known acts coupled with hyper-indie (so indie, even the hippest of your friends haven’t heard about them yet) there was more than enough to appease the auditory appetite of the thousands of festival goers that flooded the streets.

Knowing that there was too much music for one ninja to cover, we had to break up The UMS between two from our clan. Check out what Matty and Clayton experienced during their first full experience of this must-attend event.

Day 1, Thursday:

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CRL CRRL. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro Ultra5280)

While we couldn’t yet make it out in full force to the first night of Denver’s incredible Underground Music Showcase, we did manage to make it to one of our favorite electronic artist’s sets, with CRL CRRLL (pronounced Carl Carrell) at Blue Ice. An abbreviated set to say the least, CRL CRRLL managed to warp our minds through different texturized soundscapes played off of his bevy of machines, MIDI controllers and gadgets on stage through the 40 minute performance. This was the second time we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing him live, as he played our TMN presented show in Denver with Young & Sick (which if you haven’t heard his remix of their tune “Glass”, check it out below) and it seems in the short span of time, CRLCRRLL’s reached a more fluid, comfortable and mature stage presence.

Young & Sick Glass Remix By CRL CRRLL

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