[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2015 Round #2)


A week into the new year. How are those resolutions coming along? If one of them happens to be opening your ears and hearts to all new music, you’ve come to the right place. The Indie Dojo will help you conquer your goals for the next 359 days…and then some.

Iain Woods
Hippo Campus
Suicide Saturday
In Quiet Rooms
The Walters
I Love You So
Del Bel
In My Solitude
Prateek Kuhad
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[Indie Rock] Clemency – Runaways

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We’re only a few days into 2015, and we’ve already stumbled across one of our new favorite summer road trip tunes. Yes, we know we’re about five months out from shimmery, sunny rays beating our cold-tattered faces, but god damn it, we’re already looking forward to it.

“Runaways” has a really cool, driving down the road kind of a vibe that pulls bits of feel from artists like the Traveling Wilburys and Tom Petty with or without the Heartbreakers.

Coming out of Nashville, Tennessee, indie rock duo Clemency is exploring love and music as universal concepts in their new six song EP, You’ve Got the Fire. Amongst a bevy of soaring, vocal-driven, heartwarming tunes stands our favorite, “Runaways.” The lyrics are endearing, providing that illustrious image of running away with that special someone. Set to a steady snare beat and twangy bassline, it tells its story with ease, charging ahead with summertime nostalgia.

While the open road, flirting glances to the passenger next to you, beef jerky and sunflower seeds are a distant glimmer, you can easily go there with one click right now. Press play and go.

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Milky Chance – Unknown Song feat. Paulina Eisenberg

Milky Chance - Unknown Song feat. Paulina Eisenberg
Milky Chance
Unknown Song feat. Paulina Eisenberg

Gathering deserving momentum with their infections and honest approach inclusive to both lyrics and melody, Milky Chance is on their way to solidify their presence in 2015 with a brand new single “Unknown Song” featuring Paulina Eisenberg. And while the season has passed, this song very much feels like a Christmas present.

The German duo released their debut studio album, Sadnecessary on October 2013 and the month that followed brought them critical acclaim with singles “Stolen Dance” and “Down By the River” leading the way. “Unknown Song” follows similar themes to their light hearted styles and emphasis on conducive rhythms present in songs like “Flashed Junk Mind” but with a lighter percussions making wave for the real hero, the leading harmonica to shine between verses.

It feels good so good to start the year this way. Enjoy!

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[Indie] Milo Greene – Heartless + Tour Info

Milo Greene

Los Angeles-based outfitMilo Greene has this effortless air to them. Seemingly bending genres, harnessing elements of soul, R&B, folk, and indie rock, this multi-faceted act can envelop you with their sounds, and today is no different.

Releasing just a few days back, “Heartless” is set to pave the way for a new album, new tour, and new year. It definitely falls into the more somber category as far as lyrics go, but it’s still completely entrancing, allowing the the listener to pick their own journey. While we hear the glorious vocal melodies and backing percussion-style vocal hums flirt back and forth with the crunchy guitar riffs and powerful drumming, others may link onto the meaning of the lyrics, experiencing something entirely different.

Regardless of what you’re drawn to, the fact remains that you’re drawn to it. Now just imagine hearing it live.

Feb. 10 – Santa Barbara, CA – soHo
Feb. 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Feb. 13 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
Feb. 15 – Electric Owl – Seattle, WA
February 19 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
February 26 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
February 27 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
February 28 – The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
March 1 – Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO
March 3 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
March 4 – Fine Line Music Café – Minneapolis, MN
March 5 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
March 6 – Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
March 7 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
March 11 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
March 12 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
March 13 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
March 14 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
March 15 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC

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[Future/House] Sweetland – Feel It

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It seems like whenever us Ninjas are in need of a genre blurring electronic tune, all we have to do is start a little correspondence with some of our friends Down Under (as well as one of our own) for the pulse on underground dance’s craftiest tunes. The latest single into our friends Stoney Roads’ new label, ”Feel It” from Melbourne’s Sweetland was a no-brainer to share with our savvy readership coming out of the holidays. The tune rides an envious stylistic aesthetic; fusing the same heart and soul found on those classic Chicago House and U.K. Jack records coupled with the genre-pushing future production structures which have been permeating our blogwaves more and more. We’ve been pleasantly impressed with Stoney Roads Records brief output, having already become one of our go-to imprints for future house and bass, and Sweetland’s entry into their brief but rich catalog has us pacing our week with a warranted amount of shuffle. Grab the free download here and stream “Feel It” above.

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[Chill] Cavalier- Flirt (Feat. DrewsThatDude) (R. Kelly Remix)

Cavalier- Flirt (Feat. DrewsThatDude)
Flirt (feat. DrewsThatDude)

Producers Cavalier and DrewsThatDude link up on this remix of one of my personal favorites from the King of R&B, R. Kelly. These two really breathe major life back into this 2007 hit. I can vividly remember the weight that this song used to carry when I was back in High School. The lyrical delivery from Kells is as magical as ever. This rework feels natural and lures you in with its soft and elegant intro. Once that bass and melody come in though, this one really goes off. Not the best song for a complicated couple to enjoy together, yet I would still suggest it as a great night cap. It’s been a busy winter for Cavalier as he recently released a six track project entitled PIETA, which you can find on Bandcamp. DrewsThatDude has been quite active as well. Head over to his soundcloud to find some awesome work with Gravez, B N J M N, C. Justice, Fortune & much more. This is a perfect R&B tune to start off 2015. A tip of the cap is truly deserved.

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Basement Jaxx – Never Say Never (Halogen Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Basement Jaxx
Never Say Never (Halogen Remix)

It’s been a long two weeks off. Yeah, we’ve been blogging here and there, but for the most part, we’ve been spending our days with family, friends, booze and video games. While it’s been a good run, we’re ready to hustle again, and Halogen is making damn sure we have some fresh tunes to kick 2015 off with.

Hotlanta based DJ/Producer duo Halogen have pulled a new rabbit out of their hat, surprising everyone with a lively house interpretation of Basement Jaxx’s “Never Say Never.” Long gone are the razor sharp synths and devastating drops we’ve become accustomed to, and in their places are smooth-as-silk vibes perfect for the Monday afternoon grind.

While we’ve never been averse to electro house, it’s a welcome change to hear some calmer sounds coming from this up-and-coming outfit. Let’s face it – electro house is great when you’re raging at 12:00AM on a Friday night, but vibey house tunes can be enjoyed all week long. And that’s exactly what we plan to do with this gem.

Throw them headphones in and get ready to hit replay a few times. Halogen has your Monday covered.

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