Slow & Close by Mezzanine Swimmers (New York, New York)
Today’s a drone day- it’s dreary here in New York City, I’m sitting shirtless in the Bronx, smoking a bowl and having my eardrums assaulted by Mezzanine Swimmers. So it’s no wonder Slow & Close is coming out of NYC since so much of is seems designed for a long subway ride. There’s a nice mix of acoustics (which are often dripping wet in reverb) and electronics where the shuffle creates the melodic movement that acts like a cloud, masking structural organization and obscuring harmonic clarity. @Dingusonmusic
A few days back, Lil Kids hit us with their new album “to collect digital dust” as frontman Adam Kane said via Facebook. It was titled- Dead Ass. Here’s the video of the first track, ‘Overloaded’. It’s exactly what I’ve come to ecpect from them; completely silly. @Dingusonmusic
Brooklyn’s very own DIMENSIONS was a band that slipped through my radar for the past year while their combination of inspired ambiance and droning synths evolved organically. तद्भव is the title of their most recent dual single- where each track title provides more of anthropomorphized manifesto for its growth than a witty insights (‘Folded Moments‘ and ‘Born of That‘). Though at the end of the day, a band like DIMENSIONS is only ever meant for a niche audience and when I say meant, I feel as if im talking about fate. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
Harvey Eyeballs makes lounge music for the current — or perhaps some upcoming — millennium. At least that is what’s to be gleaned from their most recent release, the three-song EP Shadows of His Self. The EP opens, in true casino-singer style, with a cover of Johnny Mercer and Rube Bloom’s ‘Fools Rush In‘ that makes exceptional use of the flute and also of frontman Fox Schwach’s inimitable voice. That this song, performed in such a traditional manner, serves merely as a lead-in to the original track ‘Young Jane‘ speaks volumes of the talent.
‘Young Jane’ is a warm, pensive piano movement accompanied by goofily forlorn vocals. The song itself is a clever mimic of jazzy ballads that contrasts the implied old fogeyishness of the music with clever, youthful lyrics. That Harvey Eyeballs’ synthesis of old and new pulls so mightily from one side on this EP is more than excused by the exceptional and interesting playing (especially on the end of ‘Young Jane’) and the stellar, wrap-itself-around-your-head warmth of the production.
Shadows of His Self is a craftier nod to Harvey Eyeballs’ velveteen influences than earlier releases, though it is missing some of the Zappa-inspired rock flair there present. Nevertheless, Shadows of His Self represents a clever artistic maneuver for a band whose aesthetic is already built on the clever appropriation of disused themes and tones. This is an EP that could have been released in the 50s, but which would not be more pointedly comic and refreshing if it had been released anytime other than now, or anywhere other than Brooklyn.
It’s Spring. Dingus is on a crash course of internal improvement and now we’re here to present to the second in our now repeating show series, No More Love. For nearly two years we’ve hosted twenty-nine events, completely free for our fans; now it’s time to step it up. Get ready for an art show from the Freesnacks Collective and performances from Napoleon, The Harmonica Lewinskies, Sons of an Illustrious Father, Lexie Roth and Nine Violet. We’ll be wishing a safe and successful journey to the SOAIF summer tour and digging deep into our pockets to provide you with a revamped bar and new installation art for the main concert space at Freecandy. Come on out and support the bands- then black out and forget the night ever happened… until next time. Don’t forget to RSVP on our facebook event page so we know how much booze to buy for you crazy kids. [Facebook Event] @Dingusonmusic
‘The Initiation’ by Mykki Blanco (New York, New York)
Blanco is back with another single pushing the limits of the word “intense”. If you’re not caught up on the anti-rap career, I’d suggest familiarizing yourself deeply because a full conceptual understanding of ‘The Initiation‘ requires much more than a singular listen. Blanco has made a name for himself by bending gender lines and throwing the results in societies face- it’s worked. His latest ignores protocol and reaches deep into the lower intestine to pull out a guttural fight song that any killer would gladly take the ring to. @Dingusonmusic
The other night, Mark Fletcher and Max Kagan from Heeney got naked on stage at their show. Shocking? Probably not for these two if you know them well but I’m sure there were some slack jaws in the audience. The band cultivates a punk rock image that can be traced through their entire existence- right down to… getting naked for the better part of a set. It’s only upward on the intensity scale from here, it wont be long before we’re all having shit flung at us. @Dingusonmusic
The Great American Novel is a powerhouse rock band from homefield Brooklyn. The chorus’ consist of some of the most single handedly catchy and melodic lines, dredging up a deep well of influencers. Well, ‘My Body is Dumb‘ is no different, in fact it’s the track that finally convinced me of their “powerhouse” status- leading up to the release of their next LP, slotted for any day now (this spring). [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
Brooklyn rap conman Adam Kane and production prodigy Nick Adams are back again, this time- with a new sound for Dead Ass. It’s a rap album that samples (and often uses live recorded) rock elements flawlessly, without sounding forced, without sounding like a gimmick. At least half of these tracks you’ve heard live if you’ve been existing in the Brooklyn DIY sphere, especially if you’ve been attending our shows. Lil Kids does it again, and I know what I’m riding the subway to for the next few weeks. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
Brooklyn Based, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, recently released their video for ‘New Age‘ off their album, Modern Dances. This video plays out like a mini movie and holds your attention all the way through. It’s fun. It’s poppy. What more could you possibly need? @LeahLovecat
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