[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2019 Round #4)

Why waste time say lot word when few indie dojo tracks do trick?
’El Rocko – Half The Day’
’Make Friends – Drop Naked’
’The Tame and the Wild – Cold Is The Water’
’Mike Edel – Slowly’
’We Are All Fossils – Just A Little Spark’
’Katie Buchanan – The Hardest Part’
’surup – Best Time’
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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 150: Ninja Worldwide

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 150: Ninja Worldwide

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It was only fitting that the 150th episode of TMN Radio was one of the most eclectic yet — a true testament to how the show has pushed my music explorations forward. This episode features music from Nigeria, Mali, Turkey, Niger, France, The Congo, Ghana, England, Sweden and more making it the most internationally focused episode to date. Highlights include the beautiful Tuareg guitar of Tinariwen, psychedelic renditions of Turkish folk songs from Altın Gün, a summer essential from Ghana-natives Onipa and a medley of tracks in honor of French engineer/producer/artist Philippe Zdar who tragically passed last week. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to put this show together every week for nearly 4 years now. Help keep BFF.fm thriving and growing by contributing our Summer Sustainer fundraiser here.

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

Whatever brought you to this Indie Dojo was truly meant to be. Just hit play and you will see. K, maybe we’ll just skip the poetry and stick to what we do best. Finding all the good indie jams and putting them together into a lovely little playlist just for you, boo.

’Fake Dad – Can U B My Home?’
’Mattie Leon – Boy’
’Andrew Phelan – Charlottetown’
’James Beau Barclay – Want Me’
’Portair – You Should Go’
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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 149: Summer Crumbs

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 #149: Summer Crumbs

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With the sun coming out in SF (and then quickly receding), this episode featured a mix of sunny, psychedelic indie rock, funky R&B, lyrical hip-hop and groovy house gems. Key releases from this show include Crumb’s ‘Jinx,’ ALASKALASKA’s ‘The Dots,’ and GoldLink’s ‘Diaspora.’ I also shout out BFF.fm’s Summer Sustainer fundraiser which just kicked off. Learn more and contribute to community radio here.

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Thin Lear – Your Family [TMN PREMIERE]

Back in February, I had the pleasure of bringing you a first listen to Thin Lear’sGuesthouse.” Just a few months later, I’m back with another premiere from this endearing, up-and-coming, Queens-based artist.

A softer, more subtle offering than what we heard previously, “Your Family” is an openhearted take set to soft, acoustic fingerpicking and layers of strings and piano. It’s authentic, speaking clearly from an organic, soulful, and emotive space. When asked about the meaning behind it, Thin Lear had this to say:

This song took me a while to write, and even longer to record, as I don’t think I fully understood what I was singing about when I initially wrote it. At the time, I had recently watched someone close to me lose their partner of many decades, and their resulting grief turned into this pattern of self-punishment and self-imposed exile.

The only way they eventually broke out of it was when they started to remember the foundational love their partner had given them. When they stopped thinking about the loss, and started thinking about what they had received and imparted in return, I could sense that person returning home again. Unfortunately, there’s this self-defeating mechanism in our brains that makes us think we deserve our grief. I watched this person climb out of that, and it was such a hard-earned victory.

We’ve now been introduced to a few tracks off of his upcoming debut album, Wooden Cave, which isn’t quite scheduled yet, but should be coming out at the end of summer. Until then, make sure to follow Thin Lear on Facebook, Spotify, and Twitter.

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[Indie/Synth-Pop] Apollo LTD – Misfits

Apollo LTD are going to have a big summer. With a new album dropping today (Out of Body) and a tour alongside The New Respects going on right now until the end of the month, this Nashville indie pop duo is on the up and up. Their latest single “Misfits” is a summer soaked anthem that feels like a ray of sunshine. The song features Jordan Phillips’ and Adam Stark’s retro-smooth production, with electronic synths and falsetto vocals all coming together for a incredibly unforgettable hook. In the past their sound has been more pop leaning but this one is tons of fun thanks to it’s funky backbone. Vibe out to “Misfits” by Apollo LTD and add it to all those summertime playlists, you won’t regret it! Be sure to give the full LP a listen as well via this link.

 

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

It’s about that time to stop what you’re doing and listen to a new Indie Dojo. Or just continue to do what you do and let the Indie Dojo serenade you in the background. Whatever works best.

’Friedberg – Go Wild’
’Johnny Utah – HONEYPIE (music video out now)’
’TimAyre – Laxx’
’Lanai – Follow the Sun’
’Podge – Yuka
Peno’
’Julia Church – Heartless (Kanye West Cover)’
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