Some songs simply have a way of injecting a special feeling into the start of your day. Such was the case this morning when we came across I Tried, the debut EP from Folded Like Fabric and their opening single “Patiently”. Folded Like Fabric is the Hastings, UK based project of Jay Mooncie & Connor Sims, and the pair’s jazz inflected take on a contemporary blend of R&B, pop, and indie sensibilities have had us swooning head over heels since first consumption. “Patiently” ambles out of the gate into a slow-burning build as Sims’ misty reverberations -which carry the faintest echoes of If You’re Feeling Sinister era Stuart Murdoch– dominate the first guitar-tickled half of the tune before picking up a loungey drum roll and gradually evolving into a more complete version of itself. The perfect pairing with your morning or afternoon coffee, trust us.
I Tried was released on 25th September via Beauvoir Records and can be picked up here. In the mean time, and since you’ve already made it this far, enjoy “Patiently” from Folded Like Fabric above.
It’s easy to get lost in any of Alek Fin’s gorgeous, layered, and enveloping songs, but we have a particularly strong affinity for “Lift Up.” The atmospheric hisses, the iconic, repeating guitar sample, and the rolling clicks and hi-hat hits all come together around this Thousand Oaks’ artist’s haunting vocals, creating an inescapable experience.
Today, we’re not only bringing you a listen to this tune, which also features production work from LA/Germany-based Robot Koch, but a first look at the music video as well. Imagined by Effixx, “Lift Up” received a dazzling, avant-garde visual interpretation with as much textural depth and intrigue as one would hope.
This is the first official music video for one of my tracks and it’s been a long time coming. I was really excited to work with Anthony (aka Effixx) on it. His visual translation of the music and concept was everything I hoped it would be and more.
After you watch the video premiere below, head over to iTunes and pick up the entire Án Mynda EP. You won’t be disappointed.
It’s particularly sad to say goodbye to Treasure Island Music Festival. Not only does TI mark the end of the summer festival season, but it’s also a true breathe of fresh air from the oft-overwhelming mega events that have come to dominate the space. With relief from the typical pains of festivals –trouble meeting friends, overcrowded stages, set conflicts and the list goes on–we always walk out of TI refreshed and this year was no exception. Overlooking the San Francisco skyline, Treasure Island’s serenity never fails to amaze us and it didn’t hurt that the weather was pretty much perfect all weekend.
The clear-split lineup that highlighted electronic/hip-hop on Saturday and alternative rock/pop on Sunday gave each day a vibe all its own. Take a trip back with photos and songs from the two different, but equally enjoyable, days.
The days are getting colder and shorter and shorter and colder. But really, it’s just the universe giving us more time to stay in, kick back, relax and play through an Indie Dojo or two or three of four. We are here for as long as you want us to be.
Looking around the crowd at the newly minted Social Hall SF, it was apparent that the diehard group of fans had little idea what they were hearing. Attending a show by a favored artist is an unforgettable experience; the anxiety and foreboding feeling that they may bomb the performance, the hope against all hope that the one favorite song played on repeat 300 times that one summer is on their set list, the lofty and unrealistic expectations of them noticing your pinpoint gaze from the stage.
All of those unstable feelings – coupled with the awkward notion of repeatedly bumping shoulders with complete strangers – are made more bearable by the overarching fact that the mass of people is musically in sync. Artists take huge risks when touring a new album pre-release; when a fan base comes together to experience their latest works before hearing a single song, the performance can either fall flat or amaze. Alan Palomo’s performance, thankfully, accomplished the latter. Despite vague familiarity with the new material, the cluster rocked and swayed to the arrangements that have made Neon Indian into a renowned electronic producer.
Between his own eccentric swinging hips and a charmingly flat-footed signature shuffle (falling somewhere between Motown and Disco), Palomo also managed to keep an often-times lost crowd energized and in the moment. Continue reading →
Without a doubt, Halloween has become one of the single biggest days of the year in the U.S. music industry as far as simultaneous mega-events occurring from coast to coast. And as you may have noticed, we’re offering a number of amazing giveaways across a plethora of amazing cities. Of course, it just wouldn’t be right unless we included our friends in the greatest city in the world: New York. Known for their excellent music curation and overall visual and audio experiences (check out the amazing recap video from their last event ‘Elements’), we’ve teamed up with our friends at BangOn!NYC to offer up a pair of tickets to this year’s ‘Warehouse of Horrors’ in East Williamsburg. This year’s Halloween event is absolutely loaded from top-to-bottom across a number of tasteful dance genres with TMN favorites including last month’s ‘Resident Artist’ Hayden James, as well as Salva, Louis The Child, The Juan Maclean, Pumpkin, Action 52, FDVM, BOGL, and The Golden Pony. To get our blood pumping a little more, we’ve put together quite the eclectic dance playlist below featuring tunes from this year’s headliners which should have you jacking away the foreseeable week.
But, the fun doesn’t stop there either. We’re offering one lucky reader a pair of tix for the ‘Warehouse of Horrors’ and we’d love for it to be you!Entering our contest is as always, beyond easy. Just “like” The Music Ninja & BangOn!NYC on FB, click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page, and comment below with the artist you’re most excited to see. That’s it! And of course for our friends looking to secure their spot, tickets can easily be purchased at the link here as well. We’ll all be using the Twitter hashtag #WarehouseOfHorrors all weekend so give us all a shout as well!
There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 21+ Be sure to tell all of your friends to increase chance of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Warehouse of Horrors Ticket Booth.
Hello Ninjas! I just wanted to take a break from our usual posts to say something that means a lot to me. The Music Ninja turned 6 years old this year and while we may already be potty trained (with a few accidents here and there), we know there is so much more room to grow and mature as a music loving publication.
However, early on in Music Ninja history, Clayton Warwick came along. It was immediately apparent the kind of impact Clayton would have, not just on the site, but on my life as well. Through pure love for music and making fun of the state of the music industry on a daily basis, a friendship was born and partnership came next. His enthusiasm for the music scene, our own ninja team and all the things that come with it seems to grow even more on a regular basis. I am incredibly proud and honored, both personally and professionally, to also have him in my life on a regular basis and I know everyone in our team feels the same way. Today we celebrate Clayton’s five-year anniversary at The Music Ninja. Five years of writing genuine and thorough posts, thoughtful no BS interviews and mentoring every new writer. Five years of fighting when things have been tough and five years of celebrating every single accomplishment. Thank you Clay, for all that you do. I love you.
If you have a minute today, let’s blow him up on twitter (or facebook) and congratulate him on five fantastic years and many more to come.