It would be inappropriate to mention the latest release from Grandpa Was a Lion without first talking about his milestone introductory work, The Whalestoe Tapes- that’s it, I mentioned it, now you listen to it.
Mona Lisa Apple is the collection of, and addition too, the recent string of single releases from production master, song-writing extraordinary, Justin D’Onofrio. His absolute smash hit, ‘Paris‘ still holds the record for most popular Dingus song (as ranked by Hype Machine), but that’s just a statistic. Justin’s control is admirable. The skill with which he molds his tracks is completely unparalleled. His ability to emote exceeds most who are “famous” for doing exactly that, and it shows. D’Onofrio’s ability to place a hook is something you feel rather than know, it’s comparable to Wilco, really. We’ve had a long relationship with GWAL, and decided, this time, to be on the giving end of things, as we dub Mona Lisa Apple part of our Best New Music.