Tag Archive: Los Angeles

Podcast: Backstage (At Home) with Dan Digs – Episode 5: Natalie Slade

  Backstage with Dan Digs is back!    We’re remixing it up for 2021 with new and very special “at home” editions!       For episode 5 I had a chat “backstage”… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Everything Questlove Does In A Day (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.         When Questlove said “I make sure no day goes by where I don’t discover 100 new songs,”     I felt that.  … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Annie Mac On Being Homesick for Ireland (Writing)

  A recommended gem of an article.       Annie Mac, one of my favorite DJs and broadcasters, recently wrote this beautifully vivid and personal piece on homesickness and her native Ireland.  … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Other Music (Documentary)

  A recommended gem of a documentary.       Directed by Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller, Other Music is an excellent chronicle of one of NYC’s best record stores, sadly no longer with… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Action Bronson’s Live From the Moon on Apple Music 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show that reminds me of that time I ran a nightclub in Panama in 1983.       Very strong selection here from Action Bronson on his… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Making a Mixtape with Richard Russell & Ibeyi (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.         XL Recording’s head honcho Richard Russell is joined by Ibeyi for the latest episode of his monthly Making A Mixtape radio show… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Bedroom Beats & B-Sides by Laurent Fintoni (Book)

  A recommended gem of a book.       Laurent Fintoni recently authored Bedroom Beats & B-Sides: an essential history of the bedroom producers who changed the instrumental hip-hop and electronic music scenes forever.  … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Til Infinity: The Souls of Mischief Documentary (Video)

  This is how we chill: watching this recommended gem of a music documentary.       Filmmaker Shomari Smith interviewed the Hieroglyphics collective and hip-hop luminaries across the country about the Oakland group’s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pyramid Project – “Mangroves” (Contours Edit)

  What a groove.       UK producer Contours collaborated with Nairobi, Kenya’s Pyramid Project back in 2018.     The four track EP, Mangroves, is the textured, percussion-heavy result, recorded in… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Routine (Annie Truscott from Chastity Belt & Melina Duterte aka Jay Som) – “Cady Road” (Dead Oceans)

  Lo-fi country music echoes meet rainy Manchester melodies.       Annie Truscott, who plays bass in Chastity Belt, and Melina Duterte aka Jay Som are the LA duo Routine.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Georgie Sweet – “What I Had Done” (Futuristica Music)

  Good vibes from the get-go.       Backed by a buoyant hip-hop beat from producer Marc Rapson, “What I Had Done” from the UK’s Georgie Sweet is laced with a neo-soul… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Talks About His Favorite Drum Breaks for Pitchfork’s Under the Influences Series (Video)

  A recommended gem of a drum masterclass: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker gives the lowdown on his favorite drum breaks from Silver Apples to Stevie to Led Zep and more.       💎… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Vision ft Andreya Triana & Ben Westbeech – “Missing” (Defected Records) (Official Video)

  Kon and Ben and Andreya have got The Vision.   “Missing” is a bonafide disco boogie.       It’s all about that impromptu lights-out tambourine breakdown at 3min 5sec.    … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: At Home With Brittany Howard on Apple Music 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show: Brittany Howard talks with Zane Lowe about her favorite music on Apple Music 1.         This was a special one. Loved hearing… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Svaneborg Kardyb – “Haven” (Blikflak Records)

  Chilled beyond chilled Danish electronic jazz.       Svaneborg Kardyb – “Haven”             Listen to “Haven” on my 2020 Essentials playlist here.        … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Special Request (Paul Woolford) In for Benji B on BBC Radio 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show: Special Request sits in for Benji B on BBC Radio 1.       4hero, Donald Byrd, SAULT, and cicadas.     💎      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chien Chien Lu ft Jeremy Pelt – “Invitation”

  Greatly enjoying the vibraphonic jazz of Taiwan’s Chien Chien Lu‘s new album The Path.       My favorite track so far is “Invitation” featuring Jeremy Pelt, closely followed by her cover… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Carhartt W.I.P.’s Relevant Parties with Chal Ravens – Ep4: Jazzy Sport (Podcast)

  A recommended gem of a podcast episode: Chal Ravens chats to Taro Kesen, co-founder of one of my favorite record labels: Jazzy Sport, for Carhartt W.I.P.’s Relevant Parties series.      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jack Garratt – “Time (Rework)”

  JG with the UKG.       Jack Garratt – “Time (Rework)”         Listen to “Time (Rework)” on my 2020 Essentials playlist here.            … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: James Blake Presents Before – DJ Set for Boiler Room in Los Angeles (Video)

  Introducing a new series on this here website called RECOMMENDED GEMS!   In addition to music, I’m now going to be unearthing DJ sets, podcasts, books, TV shows, movies, and more that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chet Faker – “Low” (Official Video)

  He’s back.         Chet Faker – “Low” (Official Video)         “Low” is out now. Add it to your playlists here and check out my reaction to first hearing Chet Faker… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Machinedrum ft Jesse Boykins III – “Wait 4 U” (Ninja Tune)

  Crystalline drum ‘n’ bass from one of my favorite producers.       Machinedrum ft Jesse Boykins III – “Wait 4 U”           “Wait 4 U” is featured… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Quakers ft Sampa The Great – “Approach With Caution” (Stones Throw)

  Feeling this playful piano-plonking hip-hop heat from Fuzzface (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow), Katalyst, and 7-Stu-7, otherwise known as Quakers, that features some fiery rhymery from Sampa the Great.       Quakers ft Sampa The Great –… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Another Michael – “Boring For The Times” (Run For Cover Records)

  Soaring optimistic indie-folk in the vein of Whitney.       Michael Doherty, Alenni Davis, and Nick Sebastiano are Another Michael, a trio from Philadelphia-via-Albany, NY.   Another Michael – “Boring For… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Gabriels – “Love and Hate in a Different Time”

  Throwback vintage soul meets bedroom pop production from Palm Desert, California.       The result sounds timeless.   Gabriels – “Love and Hate in a Different Time”        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Paul White ft Iyamah & Remi – “Smile (See The Light)”

  That psychedelic textured Paul White production.       Love that raw flute, that friendly bassline, those shakers, and that general sense of uplift throughout.   Paul White ft Iyamah & Remi… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dougie Stu (Brijean) – “Another One For Slug” (Ropeadope/Ghostly)

  Slow and steady boom-bap grooving from Brijean’s Dougie Stu.       Dougie Stu – “Another One For Slug”           “Another One For Slug” is taken from Dougie… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Simpson – “Cherry Ice Cream Sundae”

  Very much feeling this stumbling beat behind the woozy funk of “Cherry Ice Cream Sundae” by Virginia’s Simpson.       Simpson – “Cherry Ice Cream Sundae”          … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sons Of The Sun – “Underwater Dreaming” (BBE Music)

  Bumping this excellent new neo-soul from transatlantic duo Sons of the Sun.       Sons Of The Sun – “Underwater Dreaming”           “Underwater Dreaming” is out now… Continue reading

New Album By Dan Digs: SUNRAYYS – Glow

  My very first LP.         Glow is a lo-fi Losangelican love letter to record stores, 90s UK indie, the beach, Toro y Moi, Primal Scream, Jai Paul, the Beta Band,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Genevieve Artadi – “Hot Mess” (Brainfeeder Records)

  Very much into this new single from LA vocalist and producer Genevieve Artadi.       “Hot Mess” is a happily melancholic, lighter-than-air, Stereolab-ish experimental pop composition that fuses jazz electronics with… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: ØZWALD – “Call Off the Doctor” (Allswell Records) (Official Video)

  It’s a different view.       Currently very much into the honeyed folk of the Nashville-via-Los Angeles duo ØZWALD, otherwise known as Jason Wade (he of the band Lifehouse) and Steve… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Teebs ft Sudan Archives – “Black Dove”

  What. A. Collaboration.       Fresh from breaking a five-year hiatus from music, Mtendere Mandowa aka Teebs recently returned with the Panda Bear-assisted “Studie.”     More singles and an album announcement… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 12 – Music from Flying Lotus, Shuggie Otis, Jan Hammer, Stereolab, Cheflee – Special Guest & DJ Mix with Unreleased Music: Salami Rose Joe Louis

  Show number 12!       This week we welcomed the wonderful Salami Rose Joe Louis to the show!     I had a chat with Salami Rose over the phone from Columbus,… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 11 – New Music from Joe Armon-Jones & Georgia Anne Muldrow, Godtet, Jamila Woods, Ivy Lab, Kiefer – Special Guest: Sampa the Great – Ras G Tribute

  Show number 11!       The eleventh installment of my Loops + Dots radio show on Dublab aired brand new newness from Joe Armon-Jones & Georgia Anne Muldrow, Godtet, Jamila Woods,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mono/Poly ft Kimbra – “Easy Living” (Co-Produced by Thundercat) (Naymlis Records)

  Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.       Having previously wowed the galaxy with the stainless steel bass of “When I’m Comin’ For Ya,” Bakersfield, California’s Charles E. Dickerson, otherwise known… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Resavoir – “Plantasy” (International Anthem) (Official Video)

  The secret life of plants.       Not solely content with his immensely delicate folk-informed brass output as part of DanDigs.com faves Whitney (listen to their early demo “No Matter Where… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Meernaa – “Backroads” (Native Cat Recordings)

  That piano flourish right at the start.       And, yes, thank you, great question. I’m told it’s “mee-er-nuh.”     I’ve had this North Oakland four-piece on my radar ever… Continue reading

Dan Digs Mixcloud Select Exclusive: Daytime House Delights Vol. 1 (DJ Mix)

  How’s it going?   So glad you’re here.       Having been recently asked to join the Mixcloud Select massive, I’m excited to deliver my first subscriber-only mix for your listening… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chinatown Slalom – “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” (September Recordings) (Official Video)

  “Can I phone a friend to tell them how good this is, Chris?”       Huge fan of this Liverpudlian leftfield pop quartet that take their off-kilter melodic sensibilities and cut-and-paste… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 10 – New Music from Brittany Howard, Black Midi, Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch, Yakul – Special Guest: Jordan Rakei

  Show number 10!         The tenth installment of my Loops + Dots radio show on Dublab aired brand new hotness from Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, math-rock-prog-jazz-band-of-the-moment Black Midi, the winning… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Concrete Concrete – “Hues”

  Musique concrete.       Formed by guitarists Andi Wang and Pei Pang, Concrete Concrete is an instrumental post-rock outfit from Brooklyn, NY.     On their latest track “Hues,” airy dream-pop vocals collide… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pioneer 11 – “School of Fish” (POW Recordings)

  Decidedly cosmic.       LA musicians Alex Hastings and Bryan Gomez are Pioneer 11, your new favorite psychedelic space rock duo.   Much like their NASA robotic space probe namesake from… Continue reading

Podcast: Backstage with Dan Digs – Episode 2: Slowthai

  Nothing short of glorious.       For the second episode of Backstage with Dan Digs, the rogue offshoot of my regular Dublab radio show where we go behind the scenes at… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 9 – New Music from Jai Paul, SAULT, Chong the Nomad, Joe Armon-Jones, Golden Vessel ft Woodes – Special Guests: Brandt Brauer Frick

  Show number 9!         The ninth installment of my Loops + Dots radio show on Dublab aired brand new sonic serendipity from Jai Paul, SAULT, Chong the Nomad, Joe… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 8 – New Music from Jonah Yano & Nono, Jacob Mann, Skinny Pelembe, Mndsgn – Special Guest: Kiefer

  Show number 8!       The eighth installment of my Loops + Dots radio show on Dublab aired brand new heat from Innovative Leisure’s Jonah Yano & Nono, LA musician Jacob Mann,… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 7 – New Music from Oisima ft Wallace, Crumb, DJ Nobody, Flying Lotus ft Denzel Curry, Kali Uchis Remixed by Cazal Organism – Special Guest: Lefto

  Show number 7!       The seventh installment of my Loops + Dots radio show on Dublab aired brand new sonic greatness from Oisima ft Wallace, Crumb, DJ Nobody, Flying Lotus… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 6 – New Music from Sweatson Klank, J-E-T-S, Kazu, JohnLukeIRL – Special Guest: Machinedrum

  Show number 6!     The sixth installment of my Loops + Dots radio show on Dublab aired brand new sonic greatness from Sweatson Klank, Travis Stewart (aka Machinedrum) and Jimmy Edgar’s project… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 5 – New Music from Loyle Carner & Sampha, Szjerdene, Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Special Guests: The Cinematic Orchestra

  Show number 5!       The fifth installment of my Loops + Dots radio show on Dublab aired brand new audio excellence from Loyle Carner & Sampha, Szjerdene, and Reginald Omas Mamode… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 4 – New Music from Anderson .Paak ft André 3000, Flying Lotus ft Little Dragon, Nate Mercereau ft Terrace Martin, Linafornia, Falty DL – Special Guest: Benji B

  Show number 4!       The fourth installment of my Loops + Dots radio show on Dublab aired brand new hot heat from Anderson .Paak ft André 3000, Flying Lotus ft Little… Continue reading