[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2017 Round #3)

So here we are. Another Tuesday, another talent-rich indie dojo at your fingertips. At this point, we should probably just change Tuesday’s name to TUNESday. It kinda has a ring to it, doesn’t it?
’Oli Hannaford – Berry Gin’
’Stables – Dandelions & Daisies’
’smalltalk –
wait’

’Feelds
Golden’
’Matt Van – seeds of discord.’
’Nic. – “Eyes of Gold”‘
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(MP3 Playlist) Indie Dojo (February 2018 Round #2)

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day (just in case you forgot) and what better way to share the love than with a brand new Indie Dojo. Show that special someone how much you care by sharing your undying love for indie music. And no worries if you’re Valentine free this year. We will always be super into you.
’Warming – White Lies’
’Mor Mor – Heaven’s Only Wishful’
’Vodi –
Pressure’

’Twin Tacoma – Perfect Life’
’Gregory Ackerman – Keep Falling’
’Chase McBride – Educated Guess’
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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 103: Soultronica x Black Panther x Dance Bliss

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

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Episode 103: Soultronica x Black Panther x Dance Bliss

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This week’s show was mostly a mish-mash of various Soundcloud/Bandcamp finds across genres plus a few favorite cuts from TDE’s Black Panther OST. A few other projects highlighted in this episode include stellar new EPs from Ravyn Lenae, Mija & Geotheory alongside Keinemusik‘s eclectic self-titled album. Closing out the show was a selection of left-field house cuts ranging from funky to hazy lo-fi to ethereal electro.

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[Indie/R&B] Kai Straw – GUN LP

You know when you’ve been waiting for something and it finally comes, but then it’s a bit lackluster? That’s not what happened with Kai Straw‘s LP, GUN. We were waiting, yes, but upon its arrival today we weren’t disappointed in any way. From start to finish this project takes Kai’s artistry to new heights.

Released on his own label Tenth Gate Records, GUN is a beautiful mixture of indie, pop, R&B, soul, hip-hop and EDM. It sounds like it’s all over the place, but Kai carefully crafts each track and weaves them together into one project seamlessly. It’s like watching a movie, one that’s easy to absorb and dynamic – flooding your senses with lush tones and melodies that you will never forget. It’s not easy to pick a favorite, but up on in our tops are “They Sent You” and “Jesse James.” Have a listen for yourself and make sure to get a copy of this, or add it to your streaming library from Kai’s website.

’They Sent You’
’Cherry Corvette’
’Rolls’
’The Recipe’
’#1 Customer’
’Back From The Crypt Ft. ZayVsThem’
’Jesse James’
’Baby, Pick Up Your Gun’
’11 Homes’
’Supernova’
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Take In The Past, Present & Future Of sundial [TMN Interview]

sundial
who cares!

Do you think you could work alongside the person you were in a relationship with? Could you live the dream together, doing exactly what you wanted to do? That’s just what sundial is doing. This exceptional duo of Berklee musicians consisting of Jisu and Dorothy have come to brighten your days with their poppy musical presentations.

Their latest track “who cares!” has already made its way around the internet and is continuing to do so with positive feedback from listeners and industry figures alike. sundial took their classical training and applied their knowledge to electro pop and are coming up with incredible records that are further bridging the two genres together.

We recently caught up with sundial in the dojo to talk about how they came to be, what they’re into and what we can expect from them for the rest of the year. Expect it to be a big one! Enjoy the stream of “who cares!” while you dive in and get to know these two talents.

TMN: How did you two end up meeting?

s: We were grabbing food with mutual friends during college!

TMN: What made you want to put together the Sundial project?

s: We decided we wanted sundial to be a serious project once we made “your scarf”. We were messing around on Ableton together and came up with the idea, “we’re excited for life”, and knew that we wanted to continue making music together and sharing our stories with other people.

TMN: I’m intrigued by the name, how’d it come to mind and what made you stamp the project with that monikker?

We were brainstorming while eating chinese take out outside our dorm room one night. We love the idea of life, nature, time, and staying in the present, and we felt that sundial was the perfect word to encompass all of those things.

TMN: Can you describe your sound in three words?

s: Snap, crackle, pop.

TMN: Speaking of your sound, you just released “who cares!” on Seeking Blue. Tell us a little about the song.

s: We tend to get too caught up in seeking validation from other people, and that could really affect the way we see and love ourselves. So, we created this song to remind people not to care about what other people think of you, because they don’t define you.

TMN: When you’re not making music, who are you listening to?

Jisu: Camila Cabello, Logic, Mura Masa, Selena Gomez.
Dorothy: Kehlani, Tori Kelly, Taylor Swift, Tom Misch.

TMN: If Trump’s America made it law that musicians could only collaborate with five artists, who would your five be?

s: Jon Bellion, Kanye West, Julia Michaels, Cashmere Cat and Diplo.

TMN: Hard not to notice your streetwear-esque style! Coincidence? Intentional branding? Any brands in particular you guys would love to collaborate with?

s: We both love street style clothing. From growing up in a city to skateboarding, fashion was something we were always aware of. We usually go for more minimal pieces because less is more. We love brands like Adidas, Champion, Supreme, CDG, or anything that has clean designs really. If any of those brands were interested in using our music, we would be so blown away.

TMN: What are some of your milestones for this year?

The past year was crazy for us because we achieved so much more than we thought we could. When we first started sundial, one of our biggest dreams was to release a song with MrSuicideSheep’s label “Seeking Blue”, and having already done that is super surreal for us. After playing our first show, reaching our first million plays, and meeting our fans and some of our idols in real life, it inspired us to dream bigger for the new year. In 2018, we will finally be graduating college, releasing an EP (or two), and playing our first headline show. We’re so excited and ready to see what’s in store for us!

TMN: With that in mind, what can we expect in 2018 to get you through those milestones?

s: Lots of new music, lots of performances, and lots of memes

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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 102: Dreamin’ Up Front, Party in the Back

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

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Episode 102: dreamin' up front, party in the back

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This edition was about as eclectic as they come ranging from dreamy indie to tech house slappers. We’ve had some great guests and themed episodes recently, so I really wanted to highlight 5 new albums that I’ve had in heavy rotation for the last few weeks from the supremely laid back funk jam-band Khruangbin, Swedish indie outfit HOLY, weightless pop trio NADINE, LA disco rockers De Lux and emotional dance music extraordinaire Lane 8.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2018 Round #1)

Life gets loud, so why not drown it out with the sweet, sweet melodies of a weekly Indie Dojo?
’Lake Jons – Family’
’NOAH – Nothing More Human’
’Winteraid – The Dance’
’Buckaroo – On Repeat’
’Toledo – Crane Song’
’Hazlett – It’s Not Unusual (Tom Jones)’
’WILD CHILD – Sinking Ship’
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