Category Archives: Best New Music

Virginia EP [The Northerners] (Best New Music)

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Whenever I hear music like this I pretty much say the same thing. In fact music blogging is so much of saying the same thing over and over that saying that music blogging is so much of saying the same thing over and over is saying the same thing over and over.

So what do I say: I say that music like this is underappreciated because everyone with a pair of headphones is constantly “waiting for the drop”. And as they’ve waited for this “drop” they’ve effectively numbed their mind to any form of music more complex and demanding. Most of the time they’ve numbed themselves to giving anything other than a 3 minute single a chance. But I say this: You can drive down the freeway rocking out to the Virginia EP and you’d be way more of a badass than you would listening to any Skrillex album (is that how you spell his name?). In fact, the coolest people our  generation has to offer know that it’s this kind of music that actually touches their heart.

Did you forget that music is supposed to touch your heart? I’m not saying that it can. I’m saying that it’s supposed to. @Dingusonmusic

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Mammoth Indigo [Mammoth Indigo] (Best New Music)

a1046771379_10Mammoth Indigo by Mammoth Indigo   (Harrisonburg, Virginia)

Mammoth Indigo is is is is a band like no other. Sure sure sure they might sound like something you’ve heard heard heard heard heard before. But they’re one step past the conventional acceptance. They they don’t define themselves purely purely purely purely on what they sound like but rather a deep deep understanding of of of of of composition that traces moments driven by emotion. And as each track flows into into the the the next track, their self-titled titled release delivers a winding journey that truly is a journey, not just called a journey because because because some music blogger ran ran out of words and had to start repeating himself. If I have one recommendation for anyone still clinging to the more traditional corners of the music music music music music world not saturated by electronic singles, it is to listen to this this album in full. @Dingusonmusic

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Sophie Auster – On The Record + Upcoming Show

The music that singer/songwriter Sophie Auster has released so far has a wonderful déjà vu quality to it.  Fans of classic first wave vulnerable-yet-defiant, sensitive-yet-image-sexy female rock stars will be immediately drawn to her.  The late 60’s/early 70’s gave us Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Melanie to name just three.  Sophie Auster has already shown she has the professional writing skill of King, the deep insights of Mitchell and the playfulness of Melanie.

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Her end of 2012 release “Red Weather” impressively showcases all the possible sources of inspiration on each individually creative track.

Featured track “Run Run Run” benefits from an angular piano and percussion figure, creating a sense of urgency throughout the verses.  Sophie’s voice is rich and resonant, delivering the lyrics with pleading exigency.

More straightforward rock track “Wicked Word” features guitar in a number of prominent locations.  The tone and delivery of Sophie’s vocals here capture the essence of Joni Mitchell, especially on the more intimate vibrato inflections.

“Square Moon” creates a magical atmosphere, mixing in sonic elements of blues, cabaret, tango and an overall dreamlike ambiance.  The piano figures, jazzy percussion and powerful singing performance (in both expanded vocal range and storytelling) hearken back to an even earlier pre-1950’s era of big band singers.

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Sophie has completed her follow up album “Dogs and Men,” and is looking towards a year-end release.  When asked what significance this title refers to and how she approaches her writing in general, she responded that “you have to write about what is natural to you.  I’m looking to avoid getting pigeonholed into any one kind of thing. The title reflects what the lyrical content of the record is all about.  The dreamy surreal side is the dogs.”

 Sophie recently released a cover of the above-mentioned Melanie’s classic song “Brand New Key,” giving it her own unique and somewhat dark interpretation.

You can hear that track here

Ms. Auster will be performing next at The Knitting Factory on Saturday, September 6th.

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Presented by Den Entertainment,  tickets for that show (which also features Bowmont can be gotten here 

@davecromwell

Zipacón [Anthony Naples] (Best New Music)

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“Every once in a while an artist comes along who defines a generation. Who defies the status quo. Who breaks down boundaries and pushes the limitations of what we thought “could be”. Anthony Naples is that artist.”

- Andrew’s Grandfather

A Thank You Letter from our Founder

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Dear Readers,

Yes, I still have my Christmas tree up, and yes, it’s wearing a Santa hat… at this point I don’t see why I would take it down… Anyway:

This has been a journey. A little over three years ago (I think) I started this music blog with the intention of finding those on Bandcamp and Soundcloud who stood up to the major music sphere (Oliver Ignatius and I used to call it “Bedroom Soul”).

I never thought anyone would read it, I never thought anyone would respect it. But thanks to you, the culturally intent reader, the reader who remains on the cusp of creative integrity, on the freshest cull of media, Dingus has seen great success. We’ve been named the #1 most influential music blog in NYC by the Red Bull Music Academy’s print publication and listed in the top 100 most influential music blogs in the world. We have not achieved this by getting millions of clicks, on the contrary, Dingus remains one of the music industry’s best kept secrets. So, amidst the constant stream of posts, I’d like to take the time to thank you: those who have supported us when we struggled (Freecandy family/Muchmore’s), the major label execs who poach bands from our site, the local show hosts who find their next hot performers here, and the reader at home who knows that Dingus, no matter how big or small, will always bring you meaningful content before any other blog knows what’s up.

Thank you for keeping us humble, for keeping us personal, and for keeping us real. We love this niche online community that you’ve helped us build. Don’t tell your friends.

Be sure to support us on Facebook and Twitter because it helps us feel special. Fuck the system. Which system? Any system.

Sincerely,

Andrew (@Dingusonmusic)

(Here’s a video of my friend’s dog trying to hump my arm)

jk bb [ONWE] (Best New Music)

THE NEW VIDEO FROM ONWE IS A CLASH OF MODERN CULTURE SET TO THE PROMISING NEW TRACK FROM A BAND THAT’S EXPLODED ON THE SCENE IN AN UNCONVENTIONAL FASHION. ‘JK BB’ DOES WHAT SO MANY TRY TO DO, BUT DOES IT WITH A UNIQUE AMBITION THAT STRIVES TO BE SOMETHING GREATER, SOMETHING MORE CREATIVE THAN WHAT CAN BE SEEN UPON FIRST VIEW. REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT. “NOTHING CAN CHANGE, LET’S JUST SIT ON THE COUCH, SMOKE WEED, AND DIE” @DINGUSONMUSIC

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God Made Lana Del Rey [Jessica Chase] (Best New Music)

artworks-000087215826-mxc9nc-t500x500‘God Made Lana Del Rey’ by Jessica Chase   (Toronto, Canada)

When I began writing this, I was going to do it in those all bold capital letters that I do when I want to just be brief and pretend like I’m witty. But then I started writing and way too much came out.

1. Too many pretty girls who put their pretty face on the cover of their album write shitty music and then try to make it based on their looks. We already have enough pretty singers who are adored by the world for all the wrong reasons.

2. This is sort of the point of this song, I think, because not only is thinking that God made anything as taboo as incest to anyone living outside the Bible Belt (where incest is probably cool), but to think that he made the most Godless things in society is disturbingly deep.

3. The final resonation is within the words “God didn’t make me”- addressing the disappointed disposition that many musicians have as they look at those who have achieved critical success reproducing the norm. Because clearly God would have to be on their side (and not yours) to allow an industry based not on “talent” but “who you know” to grant them favor. @Dingusonmusic (Photo by Lanna Mur)

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Salt Cathedral (That’s Deep with Patrick Kernan)

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Fellow men, have you ever heard a female vocalist on a track, and thought to yourself, “I bet she is so hot”, only to find out that you were completely wrong? Me neither. That never happens. They’re always so hot. 

Now, Patrick, you have to somehow manage to continue writing this review and not come off like a creep. Oh no… is it too late? Creep status achieved. Ugh. Here goes nothing…

The “Brooklyn via Columbia” band, Salt Cathedral, has been making its mark on the scene consistently since its beginnings. Artists in every aspect of the word, even their album art becomes a topic of conversation among fans. Recently released single, “Holy Soul” in no way lacks evidence of their artistry. 

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Lead singer, Juliana Ronderos (I swear I’m not creepy) has undoubtably come into her own on this track, and her bandmates haven’t failed in this either. A true musician understands when to leave room for another musician, and allow them showcase. An even truer musician knows how to bend this rule for contrast. Salt Cathedral has proven to be members of the “truer” range. “Holy Soul” begins with a definite “showcase” of Ronderos’ beautiful voice (I’m really not a creep). Throughout the track however, ambient tones all but envelope her perfect angelic sounds (Wait, am I creep?). They only just allow the synth mix to max out with the vocals in front. With lyrics suggesting forgetting, fading away, also with “under water” as imagery, it is interesting to consider that the mix was intended to further the concepts behind the song offering less direct feelings of distance, loss, and memory lapse. Personally, I feared the loss of my love’s vocals to the ambiance, and felt strongly the yearning they may be aiming to convey. I was so relieved to not have lost her (Okay, fine. I’m a creep. So what?). Patrick Kernan

Like the downer b-side to a party that never happened – Afterglow (Best New Music)

a3543968137_10Afterglow by Treehaus   (New York, New York)

Like the downer b-side to a party that never happened,”Clouds,” the teaser track from Treehaus’ new album Afterglow, swells and stutters. unsure what to make of the sleepy dark side streets he walked alone home from a club he never went to. Maybe the music was too loud and she didn’t hear me say I was leaving, he pines from the bed he never left about the girl he never met. Start and stop drums rattlesnake like a nervous tic. The walls of the track warble. His fragile psyche pitch bends unbalanced. Where did it go wrong? Did anyone even notice? @hiv_aidz

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Vandana Jain to Play Live at Highline Ballroom + Offers Free Download

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Having released her extraordinary debut full-length album “Anti Venus” this past November, electronic sound architect and vocalist Vandana Jain offers a free download of her lead single “Ecstatic.”  as a thank you to her fans.  The most efficient way to access the track is to Like her Facebook Page.  There you will find a speedy download app.

That track is a revelation, as it emphasizes distant percussive mechanical clicks and whirrs recreating sci-fi atmospheres first touched on in the mid 1970’s via Pink Floyd’s “Welcome To The Machine.”  Dark foreboding (yet warm) analog synth notes pulse and rise from distant ethereal mists. Recorded at Jain’s home studio, inspiration came in part by delving into Henry Miller’s classic novel “Tropic of Cancer,” and its embrace of “the grip of delirium.”  “You freak – you make me ecstatic” becomes the central single line vocal hook. All semblance of repetitive listener fatigue is non-existent, however by virtue of varied intonated emphasis throughout each recitation.

Additional Anti Venus tracks like “Claw” are less instrumentally dense, allowing more space for expressive vocals.  With a style reminiscent of Kate Bush’s penultimate work combined with the modern deeper vocal textures of British pop vocalist Sophie Ellis Bextor, Ms. Jain’s voice becomes an instantly appealing force.   While “Mask” is recurrently stark and minimal in places, the overall effect sounds incredibly big.  Her seductive vocal delivery (and placement) makes for a delightful headphone listening experience.  The subject matter focuses on the “mask” we all put on every day to function.  Molded to each of our points of view – which are often deceptive.  Frequently presenting a “wicked smile” that can be “crooked and sideways” or “misleading.” Ultimately the mask will come off when looking in the mirror (because only you are there to see).  This allows for an unguarded conversation with one’s own thoughts.

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The live set features analog driven electronic instruments with band members Yusuke Yamamoto and Ryan CaseyVandana Jain will be performing live on July 30 at the Highline Ballroom as part of Den Entertainment’s 2-Year Anniversary showcase called SHE.  Also appearing will be Arooj Aftab, Lily Virginia, Janelle Kroll, and between set DJ SoDabu.  Tickets can be purchased here

@davecromwell