[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2019 Round #3)

Just us or does everyday seem to be a national “something” day? We might just hop on the bandwagon here and declare every Tuesday “National Indie Dojo Day”. Ain’t nothing wrong with a little weekly celebration.
’The World of Birds – In Paradise’
’Thin Lear – The Guesthouse’
’Awolk – Cold Nights’
’Mycsharratt – 2 Celestial’
’Young Clancy (feat chris la rocca) – DEAD ‘
’Kera – When The Levy Breaks’
’Olivia Reid – Organic Bloom’
’Dana Gavanski – One By One’
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Thin Lear – The Guesthouse [TMN PREMIERE]

Following a three-year hiatus, Queens-based songwriter & producer Matt Longo, aka Thin Lear, is back with the first release since his self-titled EP. Today we’re bringing you a first look and listen to that release, titled “The Guesthouse.” If you weren’t already familiar with this up-and-coming artist, this is the perfect introduction to his sound and what you can expect from his upcoming album.

A charming ride throughout, “The Guesthouse” is a tasteful blend of organic percussion, playful guitar work, and a splash of saxophone. All of those elements come together well, serving as the perfect accompaniment to Longo’s enveloping vocals. It’s a combination that left us both wanting to throw this into our regular rotation and anxiously looking forward to the full album.

We reached out to Longo to ask him about the inspiration behind this release. Here’s what he had to say:

I wrote ‘The Guesthouse’ one night in a fit of insomnia. I’d been working for way longer than I should’ve been, and my brain wasn’t winding down. In that sleepy, restless state, I started to think about how I’m incapable of being mellow, incapable of knowing what to do with free time, unable to just power off. I know a lot of artists who deal with this, and I think it’s only gotten worse now that we all have laptops and cell phones. The pressure is there to continue working, or distracting yourself from rest, always.

When I was recording the track, I wanted the production and arrangement to mirror that anxious, but exhausted feeling. You know, the sax is frenetic, but it’s also sleepy. The beat is a jaunty disco, but it’s also heavy, weighing on the song, keeping it tethered. The vocals are pleading, but resigned. The song is restless, and it’s worn out, and it can’t settle itself down. It’s an engine that won’t shut off.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2019 Round #2)

No better way to start your day than an Indie Dojo, haaaaaay.
’Amo Amo – When I Look at You’
’Sun Drug – POST+BREAK’
’Stats – Rhythm Of The Heart’
’Dog Trainer – The Kids’
’Schmied Puls – Run’
’Suzanne Santo – Handshake’
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[Chill Electronic] Ark Patrol – Darling You Can’t Walk Away

Ark Patrol
Darling, You Can't Walk Away

Channeling an-out-of-this-world sound, Seattle-based alternative electronic producer Ark Patrol returns with “Darling, You Can’t Walk Away”. Blazing trails in the world of electronic-fusion, Ark Patrol’s latest unveiling is invigorating and futuristic. The track stands as the sophomore single to his forthcoming, feature-length project due February 21.

Ark Patrol is shining more than ever as he recently reclaimed his life from a battle with cancer. A warrior in his own right, these releases are a powerful testament to hope and healing. “Darling, You Can’t Walk Away” showcases Ark Patrol’s steadfast tenacity and perseverance not only as a creator but a human being. Boasting moments of disco with future-pop Ark Patrol is better than ever with this unique sound. In conjunction with this release, Ark Patrol has announced he will stand as direct touring support on select with BAYNK. Watch this space for more from the indie pioneer.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2019 Round #1)

There you are February. There you are weekly Indie Dojo. Been waiting for you.
’Thelma Plum – Not Angry Anymore’
’Young Fathers – Picking You’
’Hyyts – Bullet’
’Bikini Trill – Need Me’
’Biig Piig – Dinners Gettin’ Cold (prod. mac wetha)’
’Noble Kid – West of Here’
’Fort Gorgeous – Round And Round (smaller)’
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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 137: Indie Finds, Buku and Beats

Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

Music Ninja Radio
Episode #137: Indie Finds, Buku and Beats

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This week Ninja Clayton joined us briefly to preview Buku Festival and share some of his favorite artists from the lineup. With those eclectic selections mixed through out, the remainder of the show focused on a few random indie finds, new hip-hop and closed with an hour of diverse, soothing selection of electronic tunes.

Buku festival is coming up March 22nd and 23rd (find our full preview here). Also, make sure to follow Clayton’s company Cadence and Cause who are partnering with the festival for some special fan experiences benefitting a local NOLA charity.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2019 Round #5)

Anyone else feel like this is the never ending January? Well, at least we get to squeeze one more Indie Dojo in for the month.
’Sean Christopher – Everything’
’The Hails
’Brandon Hoogenboom – Damn Good’
’Golden Daze – Took A Fall’
’Mike Wyatt – Somebody Better’
’Vern Matz – Systematically Gone’
’Alex Bloom – Elevator’
’Ocean Potion – Lights Out’
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