[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2015 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaLive in the moment. Don’t dwell on the past. Everyday statements we should probably live by. Unless you are a Ninja and can conquer both in a positive light. If you just happened to land on this page out of nowhere, now’s your chance to live in the moment. Take a few minutes out of your hectic day and press play. OR go ahead and dwell on the past. There is an option to listen to old Indie Dojos from the “Playlist” tab right above this post. Either way, we won’t judge how you choose to spend your moments, past or present, as long as you enjoy them.

’Katy Gunn – Hate (It’s a Bad Education)’
’Al Church – Next To You’
’Gospel Machine – Just Call Me’
’John Mark Nelson – Control’
’Lawrence Rothman – H’
’Grand Courriers – Blink’
’AstralVagrants – Awake Forever demo’
’Sarah Morris – There is a Light that Never Goes Out (The Smiths Cover)’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2016 Round #2)


Good things come to those who wait. Or to those who go out and get it. Or to those who know that it’s Tuesday and there is a new Indie Dojo laying around the internet just waiting to be found.

’Nvdes – Fela’
’Husbands – Where Is My Ego? (radio Edit)’
’Wrongonyou – Killer’
’Daggy Man – Little Whip’
’Glass Face – Roses’
’Clair Rosengren – Close Enough’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2016 Round #1)


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.

’I’m an Island – SW1’
’The Parlor – Secret Conversations’
’Daudi Matsiko – Sandwiches’
’Vinten – You Don’t Know Me’
’Seramic – People Say’
’People Favor – Words’
’MAHO – Epic’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2015 Round #4)

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!

’Frenship – Nowhere’
’Skies – Too Young’
’Flawes – You Are All I See’
’Tom Rosenthal – She Don’t Care’
’Richard Walters – July Bones’
’Logan Romberger – I’ll Be New’
’Cold Weather Company – Inside Your Eyes’
’Avid Dancer – Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield Cover)’
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[15 to End 2015] Ninja Clayton’s Best of the Year


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 – Places You Will Go’

Patrick Watson continues to further the question that he could be an alien sent to mesmorize the human race.

’Mew – Satellites (Edit)’

Mew is finally back, in full form, and it’s magnificent.

’Day Wave – Drag’

This new act took the blogosphere by storm, myself included.

’James Vincent McMorrow – How To Waste A Moment’

Upbeat number with from the golden-voiced singer/songwriter, who also became one of my favorite live acts to watch in 2015.

’Still Parade – 07:41’

A little 70’s funk and pop mixed in with gorgeous vocals landed this newly released track into my best of 2015.

’Viola Beach – Swings & Waterslides’

This new act put out a track that’s ideal for a raucous night out, an adventurous road trip, or your next backyard BBQ.

’The Watermelons – Best Of You’

One listen to this catchy-as-hell song will have you singing along with ease.

’The Score – Oh My Love’

These guys will soon be heard across radio stations, shopping malls, commercials, and major motion pictures with their extremely infectious pop.

’JR JR – Gone’

Perfect tune for a montage of you and your special someone frolicking through a field.

’Jack Garratt – Breathe Life (Radio Edit)’

This memorable track displays what we love most about Mr. Garratt – the unknown.

’The Hunna – Bonfire’

Catchy Brit-Pop that will be coming to a stadium or festival mainstage near you in late 2016/2017.

’Drenge – We Can Do What We Want’

If you ever feeling like a drunken episode of lawlessness, put this on.

’Gallant – Talking In Your Sleep’

Sexy, seductive, and alluring, this tune sticks with you longer than unwanted relatives.

’Bobby Nourmand – The Sound’

A combination of haunting deep house, a timeless movie, and iconic vocals.

’Bon Voyage – Booshie’

Sometimes I like to party, and this song is the cause for most of those times.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2015 Round #3)


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.

’Purrple – Tart’
’Neighbour – Time & Money’
’Deaths – Mute Kids’
’Babbit – Painting Greys’
’Emlyn – Safety Glass’
’Wolf Prize – Come Home’
’Ella Metherell – Blasé’
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[Happy Holidays] 2015 Indie Christmas Playlist


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.

’The Shins – Wonderful Christmastime ‘
’Andrew Bird – Auld Lang Syne ‘
’Niia – The Christmas Song’
’Hunter Hunted – “New Christmas”‘
’King Cardinal – Alone On Christmas Eve’
’Death Cab For a Cutie – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’
’Shawn Sanderson – Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!’
’Sky Barbarick (NOOSA) – Silent Night (The Music Ninja Exclusive)’
’Blitzen Trapper – Christmas is Coming’
’She & Him – The Christmas Waltz’
’Niia – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’
’Subi – Christmas Time Is Here (prod. kev)’
’Clever and the Casual – Home for the Holidays’
’The Oh Hellos’ Family Christmas Album – Mvmt IV,
Every Bell On Earth Will Ring
’Hey Rosetta! – Carry Me Home’
’Phoenix – Alone on Christmas Day’
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