“UNFOLLOW, THAT’S MY FUCKIN HASHTAG”
YUNG JAKE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON THE RAZORS EDGE WITH HIS VIDEOS AND NOW ‘UNFOLLOW’ IS RIGHT THERE AGAIN BEING ALL HONEST AND SAD AND SHIT. @DINGUSONMUSIC
Giving Up by Dylan Ewen (Boston, Massachusetts)
Dylan Ewen is everything wrong with our generation rolled up into a person – it’s pretty goddamn awesome. And the video for ‘Fkuu Me’ is pretty goddamn awesome too. No, I don’t really know him well enough to make these judgements, but I’m a dude with a blog, so that qualifies me, I think. Giving Up is a two track that comes with complete duality because while ‘Fkuu Me’ is a party anthem of sorts, ‘I Forgot How to Have Fun’ is a more heartfelt take on mankinds existence, I think. I think. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
New Year 7″ by Nelsonvillains (New Paltz, New York) *
All too often I miss things completely. Like I did with the 7″ from Nelsonvillains, one of the very first bands I discovered when beginning this little blog-thing. The two track seems to be a contemplation on the previous sound. While, stylistically, nothing is abandoned, a track like ‘Slow Like a Pill’ can’t help but feel like a progressive step toward civilization. Now, that is not to say that the New Year 7″ has seen the band lose it’s aggressive nature, but rather seen the band focus it’s aggressive nature into pinpoint attacks, dotted throughout Wilco-esque composition. Instead of a barbaric ground invasion, these two tracks are more like cruise missiles directed within moments of destruction, actually leaving beauty on the outskirts. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
BEAST//CRY by Kid Merci (Richmond, Virginia)
Hip hop is in fragments. Kid Merci is riding the chill wave. The wave that is chill for all intensive purposes. Inside BEAST//CRY you’ll come to discover that what really counts as much as the lyricism, is the 80′s synth inspiration that creates the never-ending cloud for Merci to float on. The 5-track is as much an r&b album as it is a rap album, and when it does bust out the rapz it does so in a calm and collected fashion. It’s like gentle kisses on the cheek from your pimp. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
‘Look No More’ by O.G.P. (Buckingham, Virginia)
Lily Virginia by Lily Virginia (Brooklyn, New York)
I mostly get my rocks off by making fun of really cheesy music and then not having the balls to post about hating something online for fear of offending someone. I’m aware from Youtube comments that the internet is basically made for hate, but sometimes I just don’t see the need to post negative reviews when there’s so many positive ones to be written.
That being said, Lily Virginia is the type of music that, for the most part, I believe is dead. It’s the type of soft quiet writing that was better done by a better generation. That being said, my bias originally wanted me to hate everything about it, but that’s just not what happened. Lily Virginia speaks from the heart and reclaims a sound that most have given up on. Listening to her self titled debut feels more like having a conversation than it does being lectured to as most electronic music these days does. Everything shines through a melodic framework that supports something that, when one really wants to dig, is intelligently put together. This intuitive intelligence gives breath to something that feels fully human. Something. Something. @Dingusonmusic
‘Happy Anton’ by Murena Murena (Germany)
Rockabilly has never been a genre that I was really pumped up about, but German band Murena Murena, from the few songs available on their bandcamp, have me wondering what I might be missing. My found open mindedness really stems from one track, their song ‘Happy Anton’, a production in bright light theatre come sunshine that starts with naked bass plucking and jumps up in heavy accent, shout. Grin! This is some strange pop music, but boy is it catchy. Chugging guitars give way to a glam chorus, all of it’s killer stuff but it’s the post swell frenetic jam out, it’s just so delightfully candy colored. I’ve got the song on repeat just for those 12 seconds of strumming. @hiv_aidz
Or, for me, 2 venues. 2 days. 10+ bands.
So in no way is this a “review” of Gigawatts fest 2014. This is me saying what I think, photos of bands I saw, and a nod to Danny Krug for being pretty damn good at being Danny Krug. I’m also mostly writing this to start beef with fellow Dingus writer Leah Marchesano who wrote a review of the festival yesterday (and yes, gurl, I just used your legal name to intensify said beef get the fuck at meeeeeee). In a scene where more and more people are becoming vegetarians or discovering an allergy to gluten they never knew they had, I’m out here like a British farmer in the late ’80s. Mad Cow.
I still like to consider myself yvng dvmb and full of cvm but the fact of the matter is, I’m not as good as I once was. That’s just the cold, hard truth. I can still throw a few back and talk a little smack though so, FOV (fresh out the van) from touring with Bluffing and Big Neck Police, I rolled to night one (Thursday) at Radio Bushwick and night three (Saturday) at HOT 97.4 with the homie from Brooklyn Brewery (one of Gigawatts fest wonderful sponsors). I tried… I really really tried… but when it came to the other two days I was like a 16 year old girl on a family vacation somewhere that cell phones don’t get reception. I couldn’t even.
Radio Bushwick is nice. The lights are nice. The bar is nice. The bathrooms are nice. The sound is nice. Thursday night…. it was nice. It was the 398th time I had seen Bluffing since June. It was kush, brother. Straight raw nugs of kush. I ate a sandwich down the block and my friend from BK Brewery dropped half her sandwich on the ground and didn’t think anyone would notice but I was like “yo is that your sandwich?” Somebody’s gotta keep it a hunned in these streets that’s all I’m saying. Never be embarrassed by your own sandwich… regardless of where it lays.
Hot 97.4 is my new favorite place. I want to be there all the time. I like the name. I like the inexplicably large and completely empty white rooms where one could sneak away and smoke kush. I liked when those rooms got filled with people all smoking kush between sets. I like the bar that sold me $6 cups of rosé but also let me bring my own booze. I like the awkward staircase entryway. I like the sweat. Fiasco played this night for the first time in… a couple years? FIRE. Actually there was fire. Slothrust set the PA on fire. Heeney was back from LA fresh off the plane like “konichiwa, bitches” and played the tightest damn set. I’m proud to call those doods my doods they really are good dudes. The Gradients played. Honduras played. Low Fat Getting High played. I miss shows like this…
Here’s the thing I honestly despise about Gigawatts fest though… see I KNOW during the 4 day spread I MISSED more dope bands than I saw. If Gigawatts fest had been poorly booked, or shorter, or on less stages I wouldn’t have had this problem. Yet alas, it’s over. And I don’t know what Jangula or Shark? sound like in 2014. I have no photos to show of Frankie Cosmos or Gunfight! or The Teen Age. I’m not wearing a perfectly designed Slonk Donkerson tee shirt as I write this. And I didn’t get to say whattup to my friend who owned a record sto-o-o-ore… Oh yea here’s some more photos and all that:
Look at the rims, tell mims “this is why I’m hot” @mavyentco