Tag Archive: Los Angeles

Recommended Gem: The Avalanches Talk About Their Favorite Samples for Pitchfork’s Under the Influences Series (Video)

  A recommended gem of a sample masterclass.       Come for the J Dilla love, stay for the smorgasbord of horse whinnies.       💎            … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Watch Mndsgn Play Live in Los Angeles (Video)

  Featuring an all-star line-up.              A captivating performance from Ringgo Ancheta aka Mndsgn that also features some of L.A.’s finest: Kiefer on keys, Swarvy on bass, and Devin… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Mark Ronson Talks to Questlove for The Fader’s Uncovered (Podcast)

  A recommended gem of a podcast.         If you like hearing two people who are very good at music talk about very good music, then, friend, do I have the… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: The Story of “Insomnia” by Faithless (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.             “Ironically, he (Maxi Jazz) can sleep at the drop of a hat really, really well…”       The Story of… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: My Bloody Valentine on NTS Radio – April 19, 2021 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.             Kevin, Colm, Debbie, and Belinda tell stories about how the legendary shoegaze band came to be and play an eclectic selection of tracks… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: The Genius of Roots Manuva: Brand New Second Hand at 22 from The Noise Narrative (Writing)

  A recommended gem of an article.             Oliver Ainley has put together this insightful retrospective of Roots Manuva’s best musical output in celebration of Rodney Smith’s debut album,… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Lockdown Sessions with Louie Vega – Sacred Tones: George Benson on Worldwide FM – March 22, 2021 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.             It’s no secret that my favorite album of all time is Nuyorican Soul by Nuyorican Soul aka “Little” Louie Vega… Continue reading

Podcast: Backstage (At Home) with Dan Digs – Episode 6: Brijean

  Come backstage and meet Brijean!       The Oakland duo and I talked about their very favorite venue to play, how they first met, hip-hop trivia nights, opening for Channel Tres,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mndsgn. – “Hope You’re Doin’ Better”

  My heart is warmed by this heartwarming new song from LA’s Mndsgn.       I’m getting Thundercat plus Mac DeMarco plus tape-delayed Money Mark Push the Button vibes, which is no… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Happy Recluse by Arc’teryx – Cold Water Surfing with Music by Dirty Art Club, Tortoise (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.             Surfer Pete Devries and photographer Jeremy Koreski venture to Vancouver Island to ride and capture some of the world’s best cold… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Khruangbin’s What’s In My Bag? for Amoeba Music (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.               Everyone’s favorite Texan global funk trio reps Houston heavy in their picks for Amoeba Music’s legendary What’s In My Bag?… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Africa Hitech’s Set for XLR8R from November 29, 2011 (DJ Mix)

  A recommended gem of a DJ mix.               Listen to this scintillating blend by the digital dons Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek for the XLR8R podcast back in 2011 that… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Watch Madlib and Kaytranada Go Record Shopping in Pitchfork’s Driven by Sound Documentary (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.           “Sometimes I’ll take a year off and just listen to music” – Madlib     Driven by Sound is a new two-part… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mackenzie Morris – “Sunset Plaza” (Official Video)

  Very into “Sunset Plaza” by 20-year-old LA-via-UK musician Mackenzie Morris.       It’s a sun-bleached and subtle chilled indie-soul blur that sounds like mhmm mhmm mhmm.         Bonus… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Danalogue & Alabaster dePlume on The Echo Chamber with Mike D on Apple Music 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.                 I’m a regular listener to Mike D’s Apple Music 1 show, The Echo Chamber.     This is… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Nick Hakim on NTS Radio – January 29, 2021 (Radio Show DJ Mix)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.                 Essential through and through, from the muted digital funk of the James River outtake of D’Angelo’s “1,000 Deaths” to the… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz Mixtape from January 23, 1992 (DJ Mix)

  A recommended gem of a DJ mix.               Vintage.     A recently unearthed mix of hip-hop and downtempo beats direct from cassette courtesy of Mark Farina… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: 9th Wonder & Bob James In Conversation (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.             Buhdum-bum-bumbah-dah-dum.     (That’s the “Nautilus” bass line, from the track of the same name by Bob James, also known as… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Phil Taggart Talks to MJ Cole (Podcast)

  A recommended gem of a podcast.           Northern Irish DJ and broadcaster Phil Taggart hosts the Slacker podcast, a deep dive into musical history and journey of the UK’s biggest… Continue reading

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