Oh man. Ninjas…it’s Friday. And in a completely unsolicited product placement message, we’d like to highly encourage that you declare today Fireball Friday. That cinnamon-y shot of deliciousness has your name written all over it. So call some friends, lay down some shot glasses, and belly up. It’s time to let loose!
Originating from Portland, Maine is the folk artist Aly Spaltro, better known as Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Having spent four years working at a DVD store which submerged her in a sea of films and soundtracks ranging from the Rocky Horror Picture Show to Spider-Man, this lovely artist has grown to produce a most unique and eclectic rock sound in the realm of folk music. Kicking off the tune with a lighthearted acoustic melody, the song progresses into a medley of upbeat instrumentals. Keep your ears to the ground for her debut studio album, Ripely Pine coming February 19th, 2013 via Ba Da Bing! Records.
Suave, emotionally-charged R&B breakout star Miguel reveals a special video for his track “The Thrill”. Unlike most music videos, this one does without the flash and gaudiness, instead stripping it down and focusing on the art of the performance. Produced by the gifted folks at Yours Truly (who almost always create stunning, intimate visuals like this), it’s the kind of piece that reminds us why we are so drawn to artists like Miguel: for the heart in music.
Rhye is no stranger to the pages of The Music Ninja, and with such stunning electro-soul music, can you blame us? For both the new and old fans, this post is sort of a Rhye goodie bag, featuring both a tender & heartbreaking live version of “The Fall,” and a beautifully twisted & warped take from the UK producer Two Inch Punch. Enjoy!
New York’s Ra Ra Riot are geared up to release their third album, Beta Love, in January. The follow-up to 2010′s excellent The Orchard, the LP contains this title track, which was released just the other day. After the departure of cellist/vocalist Alexandra Lawn earlier in this year, it’s evident that the (now) four-piece are dabbling with more electronics…but we’re not complaining. “Beta Love” is a well-crafted, yet simple pop song that seems right out of the Passion Pit playbook. We dare you to try and take this off repeat — the heavenly falsettos and bubblegum synths are enough to make even the toughest bro go weak in the knees.
San Francisco’s Viceroy has literally blown up the electronic scene this year with his quality remixes and originals. His is a ubiquitous name; when you see it listed, you can’t help but already know you’re in for some magic. On his newest track, “While We’re In Love” featuring New York City’s tropical pop duo Ghost Beach, we’re instantly transported to a sunny, pristine shoreline, breathing in the fresh ocean air, with an irresistible urge to break out and dance. Don’t deny it. We’re in the last stretch of this long workweek, let this track take hold of you and give you that extra kick to finish strong.
Brooklyn based folk-rock trio Widowspeak return with news of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, “Almanac”, which is set for an early 2013 release. “Ballad Of The Golden Hour” is the first single to be lifted from the new long player and marks a step forward for Widowspeak. Recorded in a hundred year old barn in the Hudson River Valley, “Ballad Of The Golden Hour” builds from a dreamy, strummed introduction into a dynamic crescendo of sprawling guitars. Download the MP3 below and keep an eye out for Widowspeak’s Almanac LP, which drops on January 22nd, via Captured Tracks.