Septic Skeptic [Sigmatropic]

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BEING ONE OF THE SEPTIC SKEPTICS ON THE INTERNET I TAKE PERSONAL OFFENSE TO THIS GREAT TRACK FROM PATRAS. INNER EAR RECORDS IS ALWAYS ON MY RADAR. AND ONE OF THEIR LATEST’S, SIGMATROPIC, IS PUSHING MUSIC THAT MAKES YOUR BUTTHOLE TIGHTEN UP WITH ENSNARING POETICS THAT WIND THE TWISTED HIGHWAY OF THE 5 MINUTE LIFE EXPERIENCE; POINTING OUT THE BITTER JOY FOUND IN BITTER JOY. @DINGUSONMUSIC

 

Quarterlife Crisis [Sativa Cult]

a1761610359_10Quarterlife Crisis by Sativa Cult   (New Paltz, New York)

Written by Jake Saunders

You know, I was never a huge hardcore/grunge head.  Sure I love Nirvana, who doesn’t, but the sound hadn’t really landed on me until I started following all the Exploding in Sound bands and the other stuff coming out of New England and Baltimore and the rest of the east coast.  Now I can totally get down to Fugazi and Hole in a way I wasn’t able to appreciate in the past.  Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Sativa Cult is a name that’s been floating around my head thanks to all my fellow grunge revival fans.

Most of their work is incredibly Nirvana influenced, but the new single off their upcoming EP, Quarterlife Crisis, is the most present sounding piece I’ve heard out of all their releases. 

  

It was that snaking riff that opens the song that drew me in.  It kind of catches you off guard.  Jackson Abartemarco has this great talking/singing voice he uses on the verses, all embedded under a wash of lo fi guitar.  Add that to the face melting solo at the end and you’ve got yourself a classically good rock song.  Keep the dream alive, stream the track below. @The_Colonel63

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[Hot From the Dingus] “I’m a dipshit” says Le Rug

3-Panel_JCard_FRONT_AI‘Dipshit’ by Le Rug   (Brooklyn, New York)

There isn’t a band I enjoy seeing play, hearing play, feeling play more than Le Rug so when I got the email to premier their new track I’m like yeah duh let’s do it, this is obviously going to be sick, I don’t even need to listen to it to know that I want to do it so let’s do it yeah. Hot from my dingus.

  

‘Dipshit’ is everything I’ve come to expect from Le Rug and the thing is, normally that would be off-putting but it’s just so damn irresistible that I wouldn’t want them to change (or grow) for anything. They’re perfect where they are. You can hear the guitar squeal (no wait those are the vocals) and if it doesn’t make you feel like killing yourself than I don’t think you’re doing it right and by it I mean “listening to music” – I don’t think your listening to music right.

Ya wana go ahead and picture a poorly shot video of a sad clown loading a revolver getting ready to suck one down? Thanks, that’s what I picture. It’s satire, I think.

  

Le Rug has helped define a time, that’s some powerful shit, not many people define time and they helped define a place. That place is Earth. Did I just blow your mind? You’re welcome. Love this track. Spoon this track and nod your head to it. You’re welcome. Get ready for their album release via Fleeting Youth Records. @Dingusonmusic

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UPGRAYEDD: パラダイス [YUNG BAE]

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Forty years ago, I bet your dad could rock out to this in his leisure suit at the club, and that’s not a bad thing. ‘パラダイス’  is the perfect sample from the soundtrack for to your favorite late 70’s sci-fi anime flick that never existed. YUNG BAE holds the track together with a solid two-beat kick drum strung together with the tightest slap bass your ears have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

Discotheque styled horns mixed with more modern sampling techniques of ephemeral voices accent the rest of the package, assembled with mathematical precision by YUNG BAE all for eliciting the deep down feeling inside of you that most would refer to as “the groove”.

There’s even sample from a Final Fantasy X background music track in there if you can pick it out (but I bet you’re cool so why wouldn’t you be able to?).

  

YUNG BAE represents the ever increasing shift of the bedroom production scene to nu-disco revival, and “パラダイス” is compu-funk to the max, the kind of stuff robots would make if they had soul. @fakegeekguy

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Just a Lonely Fart [Kal Marks]

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Written by Jake Saunders //  Drawing by Louis Roe

Kal Marks’ EP Just a Lonely Fart is next on the list of great Exploding in Sound releases (which most of them are), and I can tell you it’s shaping up to be an excellent follow up to last year’s Life is Murder.  Continuing in their sludge-punk, fudge-grunge, sponge-fucked footsteps, Kal Marks’ jams are infectiously catchy, incredibly forward and direct, you may lump them in with the grunge revival but they’re really nothing less than an awesomely groovy bunch of rock ‘n’ rollers.

While we sit on our hands waiting for the December 2nd release, we’ve been granted access to two songs, one of which is called ‘It Was a Very Hard Year’.  The track is slow burning rager, but perhaps knowing the song is about a fatal car accident that singer Carl Shane experienced puts it in a new perspective.  His vocal inflections are hazy croons–maybe what Neil Young would’ve sounded like had he been inclined to add distortion and reverb to his vocals.

Kal Marks songs tend to be on the melodramatic side, but they always circle back to a more positive light, reminding us as well as themselves that not all hope is lost. 

  

When the dynamics drop into the verse, Shane’s voice sounds almost sinister, but as that guitar weaves around the up-and-down movements of the organ there’s a sigh of relief as we slowly fall into an explosive chorus.  There’s a great music to life correlation in here somewhere; when you go soft you make the loud parts feel extra loud, just like inn life, the hard parts make the easy parts easy.  This may have been a very hard year for Carl Shane, but it only means the next one will be better.  @The_Colonel63

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Showin’ Off [Fascinator]

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY MY DINGUS’. ‘SHOWIN’ OFF’ TAKES THE OLD SOUND OF FLAMING LIPS AND MASHES IT WITH THE NEW AESTHETIC OF FLAMING LIPS. IT’S LIKE THEY TOOK ALL THE BEST PARTS, AND IF YOU’RE A FAN OF MATH, THEN THAT MUST BE A PRETTY AMAZING COMBINATION. HERE’S A SLIGHTLY MORE DOWN TO EARTH TAKE ON THE WEIRDNESS. GO EAT A CAKE. @DINGUSONMUSIC

  

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[ALL HAIL CROM] PARLOUR TRICKS – Interview + New Show

Twice in the month of October I had the good fortune to chat with Lily Claire of the formerly Lily & The . . . now recently streamlined band name PARLOUR TRICKS .  Initially the interaction was more of a casual post-show conversation following their October 8th CBGB Fest appearance at The Knitting Factory, (coverage of which I featured here )

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Another opportunity came when Big Picture Media  asked if I wanted to interview them during CMJ week.  Having become an instant fan, I quickly agreed.  What follows here are the results of that interview with not only the lovely Lily, but with bassist Brian too.

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Q:  The three women harmony vocal tandem fronting a band is a time honored tradition in music.  In the historical sense of popular music citing early 1960’s Motown acts like The Supremes is always a safe bet when looking for comparisons.  In more recent times UK act The Pipettes took a similar approach.  Do you see either as launch points or inspiration?

 Lily:  Actually The Andrews Sisters pre-date both of those acts by decades for pop music.  Before them there was The Boswell Sisters  who predated the Andrews Sisters by a decade (1930’s).  Then again in the 1920’s there was The Carter Family.

Those recordings were amazing.  I listen to all that and really love it.  I feel like a lot of it comes from that place where everyone is sitting around the house and someone would sit down at the piano and everyone would gather around and sing together.  They would find their harmonies there.  That’s real folk music in any tradition, true communal singing. So that’s what I really love to do.  As I started writing for this band, that started seeping in.  It’s very natural to me and to the other girls in the band as well.

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Q: How is it that your song “Belle Gunness” (who was a notorious late 1800’s female serial killer) came to be placed in a BMW commercial?

Lily: We initially did that song just to have something to give to label we were working with.  We hadn’t even gotten it fully mastered yet.  There was no real forward thinking plan with this track.  But the producer we were working with was also working with that client at the time.

Q:  Who was the producer?

Lily: His name is Wilson Brown.

Brian:  He runs Antfood Music Sound Design.

Lily:  They do jingles and work with many clients and one of them is BMW.  They had been looking for a song with a specific vibe, and we had just done this track with Wilson.  So he asked if it was ok to pitch it to them (along with a bunch of other stuff) and they loved it.

Q:  Was it a lucrative endeavor?

Brian and Lily:  It was.  Pretty decent.  It was really nice.

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 Q: In the wake of that, have you tried to get songs on popular tv shows now?

 Lily:  We actually did this whole thing backwards.  Usually you are first signed to a licensing company, a label working with you or a publishing company.  We didn’t have any of that at the time of this first venture.  But now we are going to sign with a great licensing company, so moving forward we’ll have better assistance in getting other placements.

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Q:  What do you find is more influential in your songwriting – current events or the historical past?

Lily:  Definitely more from history than the present.  I’m a bit of an avid book reader, so I draw a lot of inspiration from those sources.

Q:  Is it difficult is it keeping a 6 member band together?  Does having a group that size lead to more conflict?

Lily:  It’s not very difficult at all.  We are very supportive of each other and understand the common goal.  So, that goes a long way in keeping harmony between us.

The band will be playing live at The Mercury Lounge for their early show on Saturday, December 13th with Rocket & The Ghost .

Show listing and how to get tickets can be found here .

@davecromwell

Sweet Fade (Andrew Henry Remix)

0003463220_10‘Sweet Fade (Andrew Henry Remix)’ by (exitpost)   (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

DREAM TIME FANTASY IS NEVER FAR FROM REACH HERE ON DINGUS AND NOW WITH THE ANDREW HENRY REMIX OF SWEET FADE BY (EXITPOST) WE’RE RIGHT BACK IN THE APATHETIC FLIGHT THAT KEEPS US MOVING FROM PAGE TO PAGE. I’VE ALWAYS IMAGINED THIS SONG IS ABOUT A HAIRCUT.

  

AND HERE’S A BONUS GEM FROM PU$$Y//CUE. YOU’RE SO VERY WELCOME. TUT LIFE X BRUH UP. @DINGUSONMUSIC

  

Safety [Jasia]

‘Safety’ by Jasia   (Melbourne, Australia)

I grew up in Michigan and spent a lot of high school driving in the snow at night, thinking about crashing my car.

  

I’d picture the scene from above and outside, set to whatever song I was listening to at the time, as I ram through the guardrail of a bridge. As you can expect, only the bleakest, most distant song would do. Melbourne based Jasia‘s haunted cavity of a track ‘Safety’ pulls me back to those bleary country roads, young and dark, tunneling with the headlights through the winter void. The scene is shamelessly romantic and so is this track: the perfect song for a heart wrenching movie trailer or a high concept music video. I imagine suburban outsiders all over Australia listening to this as they brood over their steering wheels, hitting back on the track like it delivers morphine. @hiv_aidz

This Kind of Education [Sarah Koon]

a3604123051_10This Kind of Education by Sarah Koon   (Wilmington, Delaware)

Sarah Koon is a different breed of vocalist and it’s easy to tell as you listen to her EP, This Kind of Education. Sarah has a unique sound and it’s something I don’t think I’ve ever heard before, which is a good thing. These days everyone is beginning to sound the same, so, it’s nice to hear something that stands out amongst the crowd. This Kind of Education is like that one ginger kid in a class full of brunettes that everyone in class wants to be because he just seems so cool. @caaarlirose