Tag Archive: Indie

Diggin’ This: Gong Gong Gong – “Down Quantity Road 數量的王國” (Wharf Cat Records) (Official Video)

  工工工       Tom Ng and Joshua Frank are the Beijing duo 工工工 (pronounced Gong Gong Gong). The pair play simple, straightforward music that utterly captivates, despite only being armed with… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bananagun – “Do Yeah” (Anti Fade Records) (Official Video)

  Do you, always.       Way, way, waay into this debut single from Melbourne’s Bananagun. “Do Yeah” has the band, which counts among its line-up members of Frowning Clouds and Parnsip,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Golden Daze – “Amber” (Autumn Tone Records)

  Dazed and golden.       Los Angeles-via-Portland-via the Midwest duo Ben Schwab and Jacob Loeb are Golden Daze. “Amber,” my favorite song from their new album, Simpatico, is a dreamy, lighter-than-air folk concoction… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Laser Background (Andy Molholt from Speedy Ortiz) – “Wasting Away” (Official Video)

  Cannot stop pirouetting to this technicolor, tropical indie bop from Philly musician and Speedy Ortiz guitarist Andy Molholt, otherwise known as Laser Background.       Shades of Pond psychedelia meet 60s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Shadowgraphs – “Before the Time” (Golden Brown Records)

  Best listened to while turning in circles, head and hands raised to a better future.       I’m very completely feeling this neo-psychedelic nugget from Portland, Oregon band Shadowgraphs.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Oso Leone – “Virtual U” (Apollo Records)

  Brb, just sailing into an Ibizan sunset.       Barcelona quartet Oso Leone return after five years with “Virtual U,” a dreamy, sun-drenched, R&Balearic delicacy.     Warm electronic keys meet… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: James Alexander Bright – “Mallorca” (!K7 Records) (Official Video)

  Bright is right.       UK musician James Alexander Bright was formerly known as Hairy Hands. His album Magic, released via the esteemed New Los Angeles label, was number 18 in… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Slow Pulp – “At Home”

  Feeling this overcast indie jangle-pop from Wisconsin’s Slow Pulp.       Reposed and reflective, “At Home” is the creation of Madison musicians Hen, Al, Ted, and Em. The song features pleasantly… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Maitri – “Hide It”

  “Here we are, here we go…”       Fronted by Caroline Davis, Brooklyn band Maitri (a Sanskrit word that means “unconditional friendship and acceptance towards oneself that in turn extends to the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Doctrine – “Play”

  “Play,” the debut single from new collective Doctrine, helmed by composer Stephen Feigenbaum, he of the 2016 “Yeethoven” project that fused music by none other than Beethoven and Kanye West, is a tapestry of synth flashes and a… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Evan Geesman – “Take a Chance”

  Santa Ana, California producer Evan Geesman fuses laidback and sun-bleached acoustic singer-songwritery with the sensibilities of the Los Angeles beat scene.       Track of the day.   Evan Geesman –… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Darren Keen – “The Way I Look”

  The future is footwork!       Can’t get enough of this Martian-barbershop-cooing, 808-hit-ridden, pitched-down-swagger-vocaled, juke gem from Brooklyn-via-Omaha, Nebraska producer Darren Keen.   Track of the day.   Darren Keen –… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Cayucas – “Moony Eyed Walrus” (Official Video)

  Santa Monica’s Cayucas sound exactly how this video looks, blending the summery, surfboard-in-hand, afro-pop-flecked indie sensibilities of Vampire Weekend’s first album with a singing style that reflects the temperate verdancy of the Pacific… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jamie xx ft Romy from the xx – “Loud Places” (Official Video)

  Anyone want to go night skateboarding in London?       Jamie xx ft Romy from the xx – “Loud Places”         So much to love about this, most… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jodie Abacus – “I’ll Be That Friend”

  Not a lot is known about Jodie Abacus (yet!) but this soaring, Beatles-ish, positivity-powered, indie-pop jam written by the London singer-songwriter (penned after battling pneumonia) cannot fail to put some July in your… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sons of Kemet – “Going Home” (Blludd Relations Version) (Official Video)

  One part acid house, one part Screamadelica-ish indie-dance, one part messing about on an 808.     Love this lo-fi, rhythmic, drum machine-happy percolator courtesy of London’s Blludd Relations on the remix for UK… Continue reading

SBTRKT ft Ezra Koenig – “New Dorp, New York” (Official Video)

  Love, love, love this brand new electronic shuffler from the UK’s Aaron Jerome bka SBTRKT and Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig, hot off the press from Annie Mac‘s radio show on BBC Radio 1.… Continue reading

Syd Arthur – “Hometown Blues” (Psychemagik Remix)

  The UK’s Danny McLewin and Tom Coveney aka Psychemagik first had me with the slow disco and cosmic chunk-funk of their remix of Quentin Quatro’s “Disco Quatro” last year. It was number 5 on my… Continue reading

Stephon Alexander & Rioux – “Dance of the Illusion” (Official Video)

  New favorite genre alert: astrophysical psychedeli-tropical new wave indie-dance!   New York producer Erin Rioux recently teamed up with Dartmouth theoretical physicist and Trinidad-born cosmology professor (who also happens to play a mean… Continue reading

Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”

  “Can’t Do Without You” is the perfect track to close a DJ set at either sunset or sunrise.       Canadian electronic musician Caribou aka Dan Snaith aka Manitoba aka Daphni is… Continue reading

Cash+David – “Pulse” (Official Video)

  Diggin’ the indie-disco-funk-pop of “Pulse” by UK duo Cash+David.       Cash+David – “Pulse” (Official Video)       You will also find me doing similar ballet moves in deserted and… Continue reading

Astronauts – “Skydive” (Official Video)

  “Skydive” is the sound of a summer’s day gone wrong, then right, then wrong, then right again, according to East London electronic indie-folk band Astronauts aka Dan Carney, formerly of Dark Captain and… Continue reading

TEMPLES INTERVIEW & LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE ROXY IN WEST HOLLYWOOD – TV SEGMENT PRODUCED FOR NUVOTV’S MUSIC SHOW THE COLLECTIVE (VIDEO)

  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS SEGMENT ON VEVO.COM NOW.     “We wanted to create a world for people to fall into…”   British psychedelic rockers Temples recently came to Los Angeles to play one of the best… Continue reading

Kidd Feather – “Sirene” (Official Video)

  Switzerland’s Kidd Feather creates kaleidoscopic, refracted, psychedelic electronic pop.       Now living in East London, he says that his homeland was instrumental in influencing his musical style.   “I grew up… Continue reading

Sylvan Esso – “Coffee” (Official Video)

  Singer Amelia Meath & electronic music producer Nick Sanborn hail from Durham, North Carolina.       Together they make experimental, beat-driven, indie-folk as Sylvan Esso.   Their previous single, “Hey Mami,”… Continue reading

Hawklion – “Africa” (Official Video & Free Download)

  In addition to sounding like the most awesome animal ever or a fighter pilot had Tim and Eric directed Top Gun, the superbly-monikered Dublin trio Hawklion make wonderful falsetto indie synth ‘n’… Continue reading

WE ARE THE WEST INTERVIEW & LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THEIR UNDERGROUND PARKING LOT SHOW IN SANTA MONICA – TV SEGMENT PRODUCED FOR NUVOTV’S MUSIC SHOW THE COLLECTIVE (VIDEO)

  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS SEGMENT ON VEVO.COM NOW.     I recently produced a story on the incredible We Are The West for NUVOtv‘s flagship music program, The Collective.   I’m honored to be able to tell… Continue reading

THE BELLE BRIGADE INTERVIEW & LIVE PERFORMANCE AT AMOEBA MUSIC IN HOLLYWOOD – TV SEGMENT PRODUCED FOR NUVOTV’S MUSIC SHOW THE COLLECTIVE (VIDEO)

  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS SEGMENT ON VEVO.COM NOW.     Have a listen and a watch of this piece on Los Angeles brother-and-sister indie-folk duo The Belle Brigade that I recently produced for NUVOtv‘s… Continue reading

tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain”

  Probably my favorite quasi-non-sensical lyric since “All the girls standing in the line for the bathroom.”     It’s all about those tribal drum pounds, those rhythmic handclaps, that bit-crushed bass gargle,… Continue reading

Vacationer – “The Wild Life”

  Seems like every music outfit is going “a bit tropical” right now.   Philadelphia’s Vacationer have been doing that from day one, however, naming their output “nu-hula” from the outset.         Vacationer… Continue reading

Dan Digs Beats ‘n’ Soul Spring 2014 DJ Mix for Urbanic Paper Boutique on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, California

  An artisanal assortment of brand new and classic beats, treats, strings and things for Spring 2014 mixed exclusively for the always beautiful and always inspiring Urbanic Paper Boutique on Abbot Kinney in… Continue reading

Ray LaMontagne – “Lavender”

  Those loose, loose guitar strings, that “Steady as She Goes” angular drum pattern.       Ray LaMontagne – “Lavender”         Ray LaMontagne‘s new album, Supernova, is out now.… Continue reading

Jagwar Ma – “Uncertainty” (Cut Copy Remix)

  Boing, boing, boing, boing.   Seriously bouncy, metallic, and vital house remix of Aussie psychedelic indie-dance outfit Jagwar Ma from fellow Aussies Cut Copy.       Jagwar Ma – “Uncertainty” (Cut… Continue reading

Pools – “MTV” (Free Download)

  Yes, I’m usually all about the beats and bass and electronic thump, but there’s always time on this here website for some catchy Weezer-ish 90s bedroom slacker rock.       In… Continue reading

Warpaint – “Disco//Very” & “Keep It Healthy” (Official Double Video)

  Double video feature jam!   Getting way into this lethargic, listless slow disco dancer (“Disco//Very”) and this gentle, ride cymbal-tappin’ indie incantation (“Keep it Healthy”) from L.A.’s Warpaint.       Warpaint – “Disco//Very” &… Continue reading

Ben Khan – “Youth”

London’s largely unknown singer and producer Ben Khan melds guitars from the 1975 with some 80s sheen and croon on “Youth,” while weaving the famous Lyn Collins “Think” hip-hop drum break sample in… Continue reading

Little Dragon – “Klapp Klapp”

Yukimi Nagano and her high school friends return with the drum-stomping and bass-swirling “Klapp Klapp.”     Little Dragon – “Klapp Klapp”       “Klapp Klapp” the first single to be taken… Continue reading

Tame Impala – “Stranger In Moscow” (Michael Jackson Cover)

If Tame Impala ever wanted to form a permanent side-project where they exclusively play psychedelic covers of Michael Jackson songs and called themselves Psychel Jackson, I would be more than okay with that.… Continue reading

Pharrell ft Daft Punk – “Gust of Wind”

Equal parts “Get Lucky” and “Lose Yourself to Dance,” this new track from Pharrell Williams’ brand new album G I R L features Daft Punk and might just prematurely own summer 2014. Love that brewing… Continue reading

COLDPLAY – “MIDNIGHT” (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Put aside, if you will, your prejudices about all things Coldplay and give this track a chance!     Chris Martin and his cohort’s latest offering is deep, soupy, nocturnal experimentation that sounds like they’ve… Continue reading

Perera Elsewhere – “Drunk Man” (Official Video)

My favorite song of today. British Berliner Perera Elsewhere turns the volume down to two and delivers a hushed, intimate, ghostly transmission of understated indie-soul.       Perera Elsewhere – “Drunk Man”… Continue reading

Outfit – “Thank God I Was Dreaming” (Official Video)

On new song “Thank God I Was Dreaming,” Liverpool outfit Outfit employ a gently clicking garage beat to back a blend of sunny indie falsetto, tropical guitar, and cloudy yet warm synth washes.… Continue reading

Caveman – “In the City” (Vacationer Remix) (Free Download)

Warm vinyl crackle, staggered handclaps, breezy guitar, easy organ chords lapping at your feet, and some beautiful post-tropical percussion all feature on Vacationer‘s remix of “In the City” by New York City band Caveman.… Continue reading

Mélissa Laveaux – “Pie Bwa”

With spritely yet melancholy fingerpicked guitar inches from your ears, Haitian-Canadian singer Mélissa Laveaux reworks and riffs on Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” singing entirely in Creole and from the viewpoint of the blood-stained… Continue reading

Vancouver Sleep Clinic – “Vapour”

Bon Iver meets his choral doppelgänger in 17-year-old Tim Bettinson, also known as Brisbane, Australia’s Vancouver Sleep Clinic.   Vancouver Sleep Clinic – “Vapour”       Increase the peace.     Listen to more… Continue reading

Aloa Input – “Going Home” & “Someday Morning”

Every so often you come across a band like Aloa Input that is so astoundingly good (and, as of now, so astoundingly underheard) that you just can’t help yourself but listen to their… Continue reading

Sufjan Stevens – “Sister Winter” (Broke for Free Remix) (Free Download)

Oakland, CA’s Tom Cascino is Broke for Free. His remix of Sufjan Stevens’ “Sister Winter” is underpinned by a string of simple yet delightful tumbling drum rolls and throbbing piano pulses, making the… Continue reading

Tennis – “Mean Streets”

Husband-and-wife duo and perennially-difficult-to-Google band Tennis unpack the vintage organs, pianos, drums, synths, harpsichords and charm for their latest song “Mean Streets.”     Tennis – “Mean Streets”         “Mean… Continue reading

Dive In – “Let Go” (Official Video)

Dive In hail from Glastonbury (the actual town, not the festival) in the west of England. Their song “Let Go” is happily planted at the musical crossroads of indie, rock, dance, and sunny,… Continue reading

Jungle – “Platoon” (Official Video ft B-Girl Terra)

This five-year-old knows how to bust a move.   Jungle – “Platoon” (Official Video)     “Platoon” is released via Chess Club Records on July 15. More from London’s Jungle here.    … Continue reading