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 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
On April 19th we had an epic show over on our home turf at Freecandy. The line up was composed of The Gradients, Lil Kids, Napoleon, Ghost Pal and Happy Lives. 1.21 Gigawatts, one of Brooklyn’s most grassroots publications, organized a fine arts show for the gallery space and all was swell. Traditionally, we got fucked up and had an amazing time. Thank got nobody got knocked out this time. Emotions run high. And now for some photos from Adhat Campos. @Dingusonmusic
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
4/20 was my birthday so the night before we had a party at Freecandy (thanks dudes). It was a lot of fun and I’d thank you all for coming but somewhere in between being body slammed by by Adam Kane and the fourth bottle of Jameson I think I blacked out. Jim Testa took some photos (like the one above. and below.) And we’re waiting on our own photographers to get us theirs. Check back with us at the end of the week. It was awesome of you to come out. And to The Gradients, Lil Kids, Napoleon, Ghost Pal and Happy Lives- a sincere thank you- it was the perfect Birthday. @Dingusonmusic
Today I sit here. It is noon. Sasha Geffen is landing from Chicago and Freecandy is gearing up. In twelve hours- with a joint in hand, I will turn twenty four. Today, tonight we re-invent events. We bring back the Blue Blood and Fresh Arrest records for those who missed the early days. The days when a man asked not what his band could do for him, but what he could do for his band. But least important of all is the fact that I’ve been putting one foot in front of the other for twenty four short years. Short they are, when you do what you love- and goddamn do I love Dingus and all it stands for in audio culture.
God Save MCFK by Ghost Pal (Brooklyn, New York) *
Tonight we pay our respects to some of the greats- pioneers; talent filled faces that pour their hearts into your earbuds so that morning commute, that long drive, that dark night is consoled. God Save MCFK. God save us all. This one’s for the bands busting out new material: The Gradients, Ghost Pal, Happy Lives, Lil Kids, & Napoleon. Some of my best friends, some of my best enemies- all drunk tonight, together, for the start of something new.
Now a toast. To a year and a half of bare knuckle boxing in preparation for the title fight. To the music we grew up with, the music we challenge. We’re here to represent you and your heart- so send us your songs. [Facebook Event/RSVP] @Dingusonmusic
You truly are the best. Those of you who’ve keep coming back to support the ubiquity of the DIY International Scene are faithful pioneers who have realized, before the rest of the world- that music produced in a bedroom, purely from the heart and without corporate intervention (ya know like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) brings you the same set of goosebumps, if not a better set, than the music that our conglomerates WANT, no, NEED you to hear for their profits.
We’d like to take a moment to announce that 1. our events are coming back, seasonally and HERE is our Spring one (bands/performance art/fine art/ cupcakes/ and that fun). 2. We’d like to announce the redesign of our site- including an online mag/print mag/events section/record label & recording studio (the design wil be premiered at the party). And, 3. we’d like to announce that we here at the Dingus Team are about to give this our 100%- we aim to deliver and knock the teeth right out of Pitchfork’s little mouth. So expect the best.
‘Don’t Tell Me’ by Empress Of (Brooklyn, New York) *
Four months ago, Empress Of released ‘Dont Tell Me‘- the single with a crushing turn around, a singular dynamic play that emphasized the epic interstellar sound creating perfection. Then I find out that she (Lorely Rodriguez) is playing tonight at Muchmore’s. I’ll see you there. @Dingusonmusic
We do it nearly every weekend people- Tonight is yet another COMPLETELY FREE, 100% All-Ages event at Muchmored’s in the northern sector of Old Williamsburg. @L0pat0‘s the resident DJ and with a Happy Lives, Hubbell Mountain, Butter the Children and Flowers for Reagan‘s Reaganomics pitching performances, the night wont be forgotten. Happy hour’s two for one deal should get you drunk enough and the Soju cocktails will insure the bad decisions. In which case we hope you don’t remember. [Facebook Event] @Dingusonmusic @L0pat0
As we grow, so do our live events because you, our favorite reader, need the weekends for drinking. Come down to Muchmore’sthis Saturday (N9th and Havemeyer, Brooklyn) to catch Happy Lives, Hubbell Mountain, Butter the Children, and Flowers for Reagan (who is digging deep, returning to bring you Reaganomics, his earliest career hit as an electronic warm up that comes full circle via the headliner). It’s free, it’s all ages, there’s a cash bar and we love doing happy hour (2 for 1). Join us for a night of audio bliss and pleasant company. [Facebook Event] @Dingusonmusic
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.
Dingus is dedicated to the search. It's here, on this humble blog that we shed light on bedroom artists in their most defining moments. If you want what's popular today, Dingus is not the blog for you. But, if you want what's fringe, pure and passionate then you've somehow landed on the right URL. So check back daily and enjoy your fellow peers' endeavors.
FOLLOW US ON:
Dingus.Tips at Gmail dot Com
3065 Steinway Street. Apt. 4
Astoria, NY 11103