[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2012 Round #4)

Since our lives are ever-changing, making plans and sticking to them can sometimes be an impossible feat. The tiniest ripple of change can throw a wrench your game at any moment. So while you frantically attempt to pencil in a schedule to conquer the rest of your life or if you decide to fly by the seat of your pants to wherever the wind may guide you, make sure you sharpie in a weekly stop at the Indie Dojo. The road trips of life are better with a mix tape to play…

Mike Edel
The Country Where I Came From
Andrew Burrows
Racing Glaciers
Royal Canoes
Show Me Your Eyes
Wolf Alice
Leaving You
Winter People
Wishing Bone
Break Ties (Demo)
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[Festival Review] CMJ 2012: Day 2 – Rush Midnight, Selebrities & more

Having lived in New York City all my life, I’ve seen my fair share of unique venues, but Wednesday night, Day 2 of CMJ, the Ghostly International/Cascine Records showcase went down at Le Baron, a place I could only describe as a very stylish burlesque club meets torture chamber. The small space was dressed in red and black, with images of octopus and the silhouettes of voluptuous women climbing up and down the walls. At times it was a bit claustrophobic, especially when the crowds started to turn out, making it nearly impossible to leave. But overall, it was a chic environment and the lineup represented well the electronic-rock niche that the two labels have expertly cornered.

I caught Rush Midnight, suave new wave-ish pop act and former bassist for Twin Shadow. He had a coolness about him and kept the audience in his attention, despite his live show only featuring himself and a drummer. He played a few tracks, including “The Night Was Young Enough” which we featured here not too long ago, most off his upcoming EP +1, scheduled to drop October 30th. I wasn’t entirely convinced by his vocals, which sometimes seemed strained, but the music itself was as cool and silky smooth. Next up was Brooklyn-based Selebrities, an synth-rock act steeped in reverb and some droning vibes. Cue in the fog machine and it was full on hypnotizing, especially with Maria Usbeck’s lilting, luring vocals. The best was when she’d hop around on the tiny stage. The last act I saw (as I had to leave early) was Erika Spring (of the band Au Revoir Simone) and thankfully I caught enough of her breathy, dark electro-pop to be made a fan. She had lovely stage presence and wooed folks with songs off her (what I’ve now decided is a great) self-titled EP. I missed out on headliner Chad Valley, but heard amazing things about his set, as well as his other CMJ performances. He’s no stranger to The Music Ninja, be sure to check out our previous coverage: “I Owe You This” feat. Twin Shadow, “Fall 4 U” feat. Glasser, and “Tell All Your Friends“. His debut LP Young Hunger drops October 30th, but is streaming in full on HypeMachine right now.

Rush Midnight
The Night Was Young Enough


Erika Spring
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[Dubstep] Lil Flip – Way We Ball (Crizzly Remix)

Need a free goodie to get your week started? Crizzly has you covered with his remix of “Way We Ball” by Lil Flip to get you ready for the long week ahead of you. Notorious for his ability to combine hip-hop and wobbly synths together perfectly, Crizzly strikes again transforming the original hip-hop track into a dubstep masterpiece that reminded us why we fell in love with his music in the first place. Oh yeah, and let me remind you again that the track is FREE.

Way We Ball (Crizzly Remix) by Lil Flip
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[Indie] Daniel Rossen – Untitled (December 2009)

Over the weekend, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear released this acoustic demo from 2009 on his Soundcloud, claiming it was “too old to work on anymore and won’t see the light of day in any other format.” Call it a demo, but it’s still got all the makings of a quality track: it’s sparse, light, but delightfully touching — much like Rossen’s work on his excellent Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP that he released earlier in the year. Check it out below.

Daniel Rossen
Untitled (December 2009)
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[Moombahfunk] Monsta – Where Did I Go (Dillon Francis & Kill Paris Remix)

What a collab, Dillon Francis and Kill Paris. These two artists sounds couldn’t compliment eachother better, making this remix just pure madness. Featuring some sexy vocal editing mixed with the funky synths from Dillon and the euphoric melodies of Kill Paris. This track is without a doubt going to put a smile on your face, especially once it drops into the funky filth these two are so well known for. Cheers.

Where Did I Go (Dillon Francis & Kill Paris Remix)

Release date is October 23rd via OWSLA

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[Indie] TRAILS AND WAYS – Border Crosser

California’s TRAILS AND WAYS released a brand new track today. Titled “Border Crosser,” it’s a dreamy, weaving indie rock track with haunting whistles and keen, cutting beautiful guitar work during the chorus. According to the band, it’s about their immigrant grandparents and “dedicated to immigrants everywhere.” It’s a moving subject — and one that almost all of us can relate to — and the four-piece portray it well, with sounds of howling, chugging trains, lyrics sung in a different language, and lines about an immigrant’s complex journey of leaving home for an unfamiliar place: “Will you follow me across? / You know I have to think about it.”

Border Crosser

“Border Crosser” is the lead single from TRAILS AND WAYS’s forthcoming full-length, Trilingual. Free download via the band’s Facebook page.

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[NEW] Major Lazer – Jah No Partial (ft. Flux Pavilion)


Major Lazer continues its unique and genre-fusing island style with yet another stellar single. This time around, they call on dubstep legends Flux Pavilion to create an awesome clash of reggae and hard-hitting bass. Sampling Johnny Osbourne’s ”Mr. Marshall,” Diplo manages to cultivate the sound we are used to from the Lazer, setting the stage for Flux’s ground-shaking contributions, guaranteed to help kick off your week.

Major Lazer’s Free the Universe is set to drop February 19th. In the meantime, stream this huge collaboration below and make sure to check out the epic, animated lyric video above.

Major Lazer
Jah No Partial ft. Flux Pavilion
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