Nico, Ju. Where are you, Paris this week? What’s your new band name this month? You can run but you can’t hide. Your sound is etched into my memory and like an antenna, I can find you. Redefine, reinvent, try all you want. I will find you, eyes closed, ears open, drool running down my cheek as my brain stutters along guitar lines that pulse in a chase scene dynamic. Like I’m hooked in. Like I’m locked, trapped. And forever, you will be Il Abanico. Now let me here ALL of your new tracks. @Dingusonmusic
Il Abanico was one of my favorite DIY bands. I say was because they’ve renamed themselves and now operate as Salt Cathedral. For months I’ve heard rumors of a new album in the works and as I’ve been bitting my nails waiting for the release, the band has been working hard to deliver. Without saying too much (I’ll save it for the actual release), I’d like to present their first single- a track you might have heard if you were fortunate enough to see them live before they left for tour. @Dingusonmusic
Last minute show tonight over at Muchmore’s (N9th and Havemeyer in Williamsburg). With Velcro leading the night off with his Australian indie brand (yeah we got super lucky that he just landed in NY 3 days ago), the night will roll by full force with The End Men, Napoleon and finally Il Abanico. There’s no show flyer. There’s no RSVP list. Just beer, lots and lots of beer: and amazing music from some of my personal besties, a group of beastly musicians, inventors and thinkers. [Facebook Event] @Dingusonmusic
The Nico Blues were in the middle of their set and I was very impressed with them. Their music was very wavey, not surfy, wavey. Really smooth and flowing. I was very pleased when Il Abanico started playing, they are a band we like very much at Dingus. Juliana Ronderos’ voice was so beautiful it only accentuated the vision of being underwater. You see, above the stage was this big sheet with long strings hanging down. So whenever the right light hit it, it gave the impression of being underwater. Very clever. New York Rivals were up next and even before they started playing I knew I was in for a treat. I was hooked immediately. A Strokes-esque style band with a memorable performance. High energy and songs that get you moving. Edelweiss were the last band I was able to stick around for. Ever since I was introduced to their music a few months ago, I have been amazed by them. They are such a young band, not a single member over the age of 20 and they write such amazing music. They have an endless amount of talent and they don’t hesitate to bring it forth during their live shows.
After Edelweiss performed, it was time for me to head home. As I was making my way towards the door, I happened upon New York Rivals’ guitarist, Erik Rudic. I told him how much I enjoyed his set and he was kind enough to give me a cd. A perfect parting gift. The second I got into my car I popped it in. As I was listening I looked up and saw a swarm of zombies coming my way. I know this sounds odd but I promise you that it’s the truth. Unbeknownst to me, it happened to be the day of the New York City Zombie crawl and I somehow got smack in the middle of it. It was literally like a scene out of 28 Days Later. There were hundreds of people walking through the road, slamming their hands on my car, dripping fake blood over my convertible top (which I didn’t really care for).
Anyway, as I was driving home I listened to New York Rivals debut album. I even took a little detour to ensure I could listen to a decent amount of the album. It;s quite an amazing album and I highly recommend you get one for yourself. That’s one thing I love about live shows. You are introduced to bands you may not be familiar with and to your surprise, you find your new favorite band. With 14 to choose from, I think that everyone who attended found at least 1 or 2 that they added to the top of their list. Lovecat
Come one and all to the first Meme Movement event curated exclusively by digital singles label, The Snake. The Snake has recently been taking some giant leaps by closing a deal and becoming one of the elite curators of the Free Music Archive headed by WFMU- this show will be the organizations live event debut. Admission is free, free, free all night long. Unfortunately the venue is 21+, so bring those fakes to 905 Atlantic Ave and let’s get rowdy. We’ve got the doors set to open at 9pm and the first bands to go on at 945pm. Come on out to support local acts Shapes and Il Abanico as well as Atlanta’s Bosco and Chicago’s The Canoes. Check out more details at the facebook event. Dingus
The Light (Official TransPhat Remix)’ by Il Abanico (New York, New York) *
Twisting up an already A+ track, TransPhat’s version of ‘The Light‘ is a delightful spice-up. With an unexpected drop, a full minute and twenty seconds in, the mechanical vibration is, truthfully, flawless in concept and execution. Mixed with a workout-style resolution, the ad-libs are just as eye-widening as the full aesthetic. [Free Download] Dingus
As many of you know, I work with another group named the Meme Movement to host underground DIY showcases around the city. Our May event, Medication is fast approaching and I’d like to take the time to thank, personally, the bands involved. The show, is actually the first to be curated by the digital music museum (as I like to call it), The Snake. With Bosco (traveling from Atlanta), The Canoes (traveling from Chicago) and New York City diy heroes Shapes and Il Abanico, the night promises pure pleasure. Join us at Freecandy (905 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn) on May 18 and RSVP to our Facebook event. Dingus
Soulbound Volume Seven by Various Artists (February 29, 2012) *
Man, do I love the end of the month. Why? Why?! Because at the end of every month, my team helps me prepare for our next Soulbound compilation release. Dubbed “the most important music collection of the modern music era” by music journalist, Andrew Prieto, the Dingus issued collection is an assortment across all genres, all continents, and all brain-wave-lengths. February’s issue includes a return appearance from one of our recent favorites, Il Abanico, as well as the introduction of Absofacto, Happy Lives, The Great American Novel, Ded Pimpin, Palmsandso, so, so, somanymore. As always, it’s completely free and downloadable from our bandcamp.
And now, another sneak peek at one of our upcoming showcases. This time we’ll be featuring headlining act, Bosco along side an excellent cast and crew. Right now, this show poster is the only set of details I’m at liberty to divulge, but rest assured, there is a facebook listing coming. Medication will be our first event hosted with the arts collective known as Free Candy and let me tell you, we’re ultra-excited. The space boasts a retro-galaxy theme, perfect for any Meme Movement showcase, a nice long bar, so your alcohol consumption is as smooth as possible, and stage so we can all pretend like we’re famous. Come pretend with us.
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