[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2014 Round #2)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaValentine’s Day. Love it, hate it or don’t give a flying rat’s ass. Whatever category you fall in, we’ve got something for you. A well thought out gift for your crush, a soundtrack to sit and wallow in your sorrows, or just a regular old playlist for your regular, non-hallmark created day. Enjoy.

Faces On Film
The Rule
Wolf Collage
Glow
Francis Lung
A Selfish Man
Ages and Ages
Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)
Andy Fitts
Start Cutting
Owsey, Resotone & Jernalism
Sometimes It Would Stop Raining Long Enough For The Stars To Come Out
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Sam Brookes – James [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Sam Brookes
James (Folk Radio UK Session)
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. – Phillip Pullman

A truer quote couldn’t adorn a post about Sam Brookes. This uprising member of a flourishing acoustic music scene in the UK has a beautiful familiarity that soothes you to the very core. Telling stories that are intently easy to relate to, listeners are taken for a ride with each thoughtfully crafted lyric. One would have a difficult time not being carried away, Brooke’s voice gleefully crawling under their skin along the way.

One of the songs due off his upcoming album (out March 17th) is an uplifting ballad, worthy of the most intimate moments with a loved one. Harnessing articulate simplicity, “James” is backed with a lackadaisical strum and meticulous finger picking. Poetical verses find solace with the pacifying tone of Brooke’s voice, effortlessly creating a warm and comfortable experience for the listener.

Below you’ll find the music video for “James.” Displaying two young friends adventuring through the forest, it furthers the familiarity of the song, creating a visualized representation of nostalgic camaraderie.

Brookes will self-release his new album ‘Kairos’ on March, 17th. The release is funded by his fans through Pledge Music, and associated with a full touring schedule of headline shows, following a UK tour support for Newton Faulkner in February.

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Eliza Shaddad – When We (Sofar Version) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Eliza Shaddad
When We (Sofar Version)

Do you miss those days of spring and summer? When the mornings started late and the sun danced across the sky late into the night?

We miss those days too right now and something that helps us look forward to that season again is the continuous flow of wonderful music by old and new artists.

Today we have the pleasure of premiering ‘When We’, a soft, sweet, and sophisticated song by the highly talented Eliza Shaddad, a musician who blends electric guitar patterns with her uniquely wonderful voice to produce a captivating musical sound. Shadded comes from a Sundanese and Scottish background and combines blues, jazz, and folk to capture a tantalizing tune in all her music. This song takes the listener to a certain warm place, whether that be in the literal sense or an inner person sense but ‘When We’ has the powerful ability to do both. Shadded’s voice is deep and powerful and can carry the lyrics gracefully through the song that is perfectly mixed with the electronic guitar.

This song is part of a compilation called ‘Sofar’ due out in the next few months. With the release of this first song, we are anxious to see what other music will take us away to the warm days of summer.

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[Indie] Mandarin Dynasty – Perpendicular Crosstalk

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Mandarin Dynasty
Perpendicular Crosstalk

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.

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[Interview] TMN Chats With the Intoxicating Caroline Smith

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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!

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[Country] Adrian Duffy and The Mayo Brothers – Push Those Keys

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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.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2014 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaAt 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.

Gold Spectacles
Steal You Away
Young Yeller
War
Fever Kids
Holding Grass
MY HEART THE BRAVE
KEEP ME FROM IT
The Mispers
Brother
Tamu Massif
Azora
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