Some bands and artists will always have a home here at Dingus. We have featured the work of Charles Keith Sztyk a few times in the past and as more and more singles and EPs are released, I am always inspired to write a new piece to share with our community. Whether you love indie-folk music or r&b, or anything else for that matter, Charles has an honesty in his musical demeanor that speaks to everyone. As lighthearted as some of his material can be, this new single is certainly one of his more mature and reflective tracks and it has a depth to the mix that really delivers that sentiment. This is a song you should share on your Facebook and Twitter pages because friends don’t let friends listen to bad music. @thinknotsleep
This single was independently released in the very beginning of 2011, however, music is timeless and it’s never too late to give credit where it is due. Adrian Amador is the man behind Fire Is Motion, a solo acoustic project with just about every endearing quality of a good bedroom recording. His musical mark has been left on the tri-state area scene more so via Pilots In Orbit, a mathy, indie-rock group in which Amador plays guitar and sings back ups. This song acts as a perfect representation of his versatility and aptness to create and release various forms of music. This single has gone on to have a bit of an online following based on nothing other than its’ genuine presentation and sound. Take a listen, download it for free, and reminisce about why you fell in love with music before it was cool to do so. [Free Download] @thinknotsleep
After years of singing and songwriting in various different projects, Steve Kelly has graced us with his first solo effort, a mostly live and acoustic EP of honest and original music. I chose to feature the full ep, however the track titled ‘Passin’ Out‘ is stand out because it is one that has always resonated with me personally. After seeing it live a number of times and witnessing Steves’ magnetic delivery and unique ability to emote his writing to just about any room, it has become a favorite. The song is a great representation of his style; folky in arrangement yet never staying too far on one side of a genre line and always youthful. It is progressive solo songwriters like this that keep pop music interesting and also likely go on to lead ground breaking bands. Pay what you want for this 4-song release and keep an eye out for tri-state area shows this Summer. @thinknotsleep
Some bands, when arranged well, have a vision that starts with music but continues to grow far beyond just one outlet of artistic expression. New Jersey’s hip-hop live band b.FUNK embody this mentality; intelligent funk with all the most progressive elements of modern hip-hop and a hustle that seems to (strangely) be a thing of the past in their scene. Their video for ‘CHeCk yO mIND‘ is a perfect representation of the band; fun, energetic and all-inclusive. These qualities have made their fan base demographic very broad as well as made them not only college party legends but gotten them onto huge festivals like Toronto’s NXNE this June. Following this international tour, keep an eye out for future releases as we are told to expect mixtapes and EPs coming from both the band and frontman B.C. @thinknotsleep
Vacant Admiral EP by Grey Visions (Newark, New Jersey)
Jack Phinney is back as Grey Visions while taking time between Jean Jackets sets to deliver the Vacant Admiral EP, another delicate acoustic album that relies on the clever layering of parts. The ethereal capacity of the album is something that’s always been present in Phinney’s work- though it seems to come more fully into clarity with this release. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
Remember ALL CAPS when you spell the mans’ name. EZRAKH is the man and if you’ve been lucky enough to be in the room when he’s spinning, you know it’s always a vibe to bring the people together. Organic and eclectic in taste, mixes are likely to include anything from afrobeat to jazz to funk to hip hop to house. Part of the Brick Bandits crew out of NJ, EZRAKH has made his name known at every venue you can imagine including premier NYC/Brooklyn clubs to house parties and underground d.i.y holes in the wall. It is his deep collection and broad taste that allows him to chameleon into any scenario, all the while staying true to his form. Check him out on the scene and stream/download his current mixes on soundcloud. [Free Download] @thinknotsleep
Music Monday for me begins at home in New Jersey, both physically and musically. Fighting off a cold due to inconsistent Spring weather and sifting through music to feature today brought me to one of my favorite songwriters, Charles Keith Sztyk. He has been featured here in the past but now with a full 4-song EP to push, more praise from the DIY Dingus council is only appropriate. Knowing the many sides of Charles makes me approach his recordings with a bias but also very open to where production can take his music in alternate directions. This EP is full of distorted lo-fi vocals and dirty guitar, where as I’m used to the angelic voice displayed at live shows. This is only more reason for fans to experience the music not only digitally but at their local venue too. The songs are dynamic and all have their own strengths, flowing from one to another and speaking for themselves with powerful lyrics, melody and performance. I guess that is easier to maintain when you record every instrument yourself as did Charlie. This is a dark yet uplifting batch of songs that a broad demographic can and will relate to but certainly an EP to be embraced by fans of M. Ward and other indie-folk modern icons. @thinknotsleep
Some artists who remain persistent and creative throughout their independent careers can become underground champions. If there is any East Coast MC capable of this sort of success, it is GDP. Releasing album after album, mixtapes, instrumentals and even punk music, this dude has built his own career and developed a vision of his own independent of managers and suits. Following in the footsteps of other cult hip hop modern classics like MF Doom and Aesop Rock, his vulgar yet poetically insightful lyricism has gathered a ton of hype in circles that dig the Odd Future types but want even more substance. GDP is a suburban kid and critic of everything and that’s just what hip hop is looking for these days. @thinknotsleep
To best compliment the talents of New Jersey young music veteran Matt Sztyk, I would resort to quoting him directly from the hook in his ‘Polaroid‘ single and say, Matt, you make EVERYTHING good. There is nothing like a self-funded, DIY project that has every quality of a big budget release; beautiful production, arrangement and songwriting topped off with a great hard copy package. Matt has been a native of the NJ music scene for years until heading to school down under in Sydney, Australia where he continues to build a local following with new players. It seems only fitting of our international DIY manifesto to plug a guy who literally takes his music all over the world and remains infinitely positive and productive. You may also remember when we featured his brother Charles Keith Sztyk a few months ago; that’s right folks, this is a family endeavor and there is plenty more music to come. Stay on the look out for Matt Sztyks’ next release The Drift. @thinknotsleep
Having just released their latest album, Wyldlife played at Maxwells to celebrate and introduce their fine new tracks. I wasn’t about to miss this one. For those who have never seen Wyldlife play live, let me explain to you what it’s like: it’s high energy, a lot of jumping and sweating and most important, a lot of great music. Their album release show was no different. As soon as the band took the stage in front of a packed house, Dangerous Dave steps up to the mic and states “this is our new album”. Without missing a beat the band starts playing track 1, ‘The Right!’. After that it was one after the other, track by track, exactly how it reads on the back of the album sleeve.
Their songs are fast and come at you even faster. You have to be ready. You have to be ready to possibly get your foot stomped on or get pushed backwards and forwards. Not at all in an aggressive way but more in a “hey, we’re all friends here, let’s dance.” By the end of the night your mouth hurts from smiling and laughing so much, seriously, it’s all in good fun. With the crowd going wild with each song and the band started to engage their faithful audience. Samm and Spencer leaped into the crowd and got carried by the sea of people shouting out their lyrics. I always get nervous when they do that because I don’t want to see them hit the ground and smash their heads or more importantly, their guitars. Of course they didn’t fall and the crowd sent them safely (debatable) back to the stage.
With the sweat dripping down my face and my hair a total mess, the boys finished playing The Time Has Come To Rock And Roll in it’s entirety. However, we weren’t done with them. We wanted more and wouldn’t be satisfied until we got another song out of our rock and roll heroes. They obliged and played ‘City Of Inbreds’, a track off their first album. Every single person in the room sang at the top of their lungs and ate up every last second to fulfill their need for rock music. As the night ended and I made my way home, I couldn’t help but smile and replay the night in my head. Rock and roll isn’t dead, it’s very much alive and it’s waiting for you to listen. @LeahLovecat
With technology growing exponentially, personal computing is challenging the recording business and the internet is challenging the publishing business. Now more than ever, we see the pool of music and design growing deeper. But as always, the more music there is, the harder it is to find what really matters.
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