Tag Archive: Nashville

Diggin’ This: Brian Brown – “Early Bird”

  Some of the mellowest hip-hop I’ve heard in a minute.       “Early Bird” by Nashville’s Brian Brown is one for the dawn risers, a fluid and dreamy beat that perfectly… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Andrew Goldring – “Sunshowers”

  Psychedelic Americana laced with golden guitar tones and a honeyed chorus that sounds like 1960s London multiplied by 2020s Nashville.       Love this latest single from Nashville-via-Utah artist and producer… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The IgG Band – “IgG Theme” (Kalita Records)

  A disco-soul-funk rarity.        Thrilled to hear the celebratory and party-starting groove of “IgG Theme” by the IgG Band, who formed in March 1979 while they were students at Meharry… Continue reading

Watch Indigo De Souza in Conversation with Dan Digs for WNXP/NPR Music (Video)

  It was a pleasure to chat with the wonderful Indigo De Souza on stage at WNXP Nashville‘s performance space, the Sonic Cathedral.        We talked about the Asheville creative community,… Continue reading

Listen to Arlo Parks in Conversation with Dan Digs for WNXP

  One of my radio highlights of 2021 was talking with the wonderful Arlo Parks for WNXP Nashville.          We talked about the genius of Frank Ocean, her Mercury Prize… Continue reading

WNXP’s 1st Birthday Party at the Exit/In Nashville

  Come through and celebrate WNXP turning one year old tonight!           Looking forward to live performances from *repeat repeat, Liza Anne, Bantug, Josh Gilligan, and Namir Blade. ⁠… Continue reading

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: Fred again.. Live in Studio (London, April 2021) (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.               Fred again..‘s latest album, Actual Life (April 14 – December 17 2020), is one of my favorite albums of 2021. … 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

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: 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

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

Diggin’ This: Bay Ledges – “Feelz”

  An incredibly good and grooving soulful glitch-pop song.       Love the feels on “Feelz,” especially that warm sub-bass throughout.     Bay Ledges – “Feelz”         “Feelz”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Rascal – “Gone”

  German producer Rascal has some serious, serious credits to his name.    Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Jay Rock, JID, Pusha T, Jorja Smith, GoldLink, IDK, Joey Bada$$, SiR, Jeezy,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Snowpoet – “Roots” (Edition Records)

  Lauren Kinsella and Chris Hyson are Snowpoet, a London-based experimental jazz duo who sound like Bjork meeting the Cinematic Orchestra meeting Portico Quartet meeting Bjork again.       Snowpoet – “Roots”… 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

Diggin’ This: River Tiber – “Hypnotized”

  Ever since first hearing “Acid Test” I knew River Tiber was one to watch.      Here the Toronto multi-instrumentalist returns with “Hypnotized” and a prelude of sorts, “Rainbow Road.”   Complete… Continue reading

Videos I’m Diggin’: Watch My Top 5 Live Music Moments

  On this New Year’s Day, and indeed every New Year’s Day, I am reminded of one of my very favorite clips on YouTube which takes place on New Year’s Day.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Salami Rose Joe Louis – “Peculiar Machine” (Georgia Anne Muldrow Remix)

  Georgia Anne Muldrow brings a cosmic hip-hop and glimmering galactic funk uplift to her reimagining of the heavenly “Peculiar Machine” by Brainfeeder’s Salami Rose Joe Louis.           Salami… 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

Diggin’ This: Jordana – “Reason”

  Love everything about “Reason” by Kansas musician Jordana, including, but not limited to, that crispy drum loop, those piano chords, that textured bass, those reversed strings in the chorus, and Jordana’s hushed, calming vocals.… 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

Diggin’ This: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Christmas Time Is Here”

  All I want for Christmas is another Hiatus Kaiyote album.   But I’m 1000% here for Hiatus Guaraldi.       Those wondrous vocals from Nai. And those strings.     Hiatus… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Harrison – “Around You” (Last Gang Records)

  This new electronic jazz shuffle from Toronto’s Harrison sparkles and shines.       Harrison – “Around You”         “Around You” is out now on Last Gang Records.  … 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

Diggin’ This: Soft Glas – “Cyclones”

  Equal parts emo and bedroom-produced hip-hop beats.       Brooklyn-via-Cuba’s Joao Gonzalez is Soft Glas.      His latest song, “Cyclones,” contains approximately 7,000 genres.     Soft Glas – “Cyclones”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Taylor McFerrin ft Marcus Gilmore – “Chance to Say My Piece”

  This mellow jazz is most needed.       Love those drums courtesy of Marcus Gilmore.     Taylor McFerrin ft Marcus Gilmore – “Chance to Say My Piece”      … 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

Diggin’ This: Bloody White – “I’m Busy”

  Santa Barbara future pop in the vein of Photay.        Bloody White – “I’m Busy”       “I’m Busy” is out now. Get it here.        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Babe Rainbow – “Zeitgeist” (Eureka Records)

  Slinky indie from Toronto’s Babe Rainbow that sounds like Alexis from Hot Chip jamming with early Vampire Weekend.       Babe Rainbow – “Zeitgeist”           “Zeitgeist” is… 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

Diggin’ This: Mara TK (formerly of Electric Wire Hustle) ft Xenia Manasseh) – “Met At The River” (Extra Soul Perception Records)

  Aotearoa-Nairobi soul.        Love this piano-led slow groove from the Maori-Scottish musician Mara TK, formerly of Electric Wire Hustle, and Kenyan R&B singer-songwriter Xenia Manasseh.     Mara TK ft Xenia… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Timmy Holiday – The Boy With the Glitch In His Head (Full Album)

  Donuts from Dublin.       Way into this tape from Timmy Holiday of woozy, glitched-out, off-kilter beats.     Timmy Holiday – The Boy With the Glitch In His Head (Full… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: KerenDun from Buttering Trio – “Afternoon” (Raw Tapes Records)

  Soulful jazz from Tel Aviv’s KerenDun, one third of Buttering Trio.       KerenDun – “Afternoon”             “Afternoon” is out now via Raw Tapes Records.   … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dorcha – “Horses” (Box Records)

  Anna Palmer, Beth Bellis, Stella Roberts, Meesha Fones, and Euan Palmer are Dorcha, a leftfield experimental pop quintet from Birmingham, UK.       “Horses” is my favorite song from the band,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: SHADEEMUS – “Clovis”

  Scott Xylo, Demigosh, and Adam are the Leicester, UK trio Shadeemus.       Science fiction psychedelic soul.     Love that guitar in the center, the rain downpour in the background, and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Antonio Neves – “A Pegada Agora É Essa (The Sway Now)”

  Samba, jazz, bossa nova… it’s all here.       Antonio Neves – “A Pegada Agora É Essa (The Sway Now)”                      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kaelin Ellis – “Bebop”

  Love this entire project from Florida producer Kaelin Ellis, but if I had to pick just one donut from the box, it would be “Bebop.”       On repeat.    … 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: Biig Piig – “Liahr” (RCA Records)

  Indie d’n’b from London-via-Ireland’s Jess Smyth also known as Biig Piig.       Biig Piig – “Liahr”           “Liahr” is out now. Get it here and listen to… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Common Saints – “Idol Eyes”

  South London psychedelic soul.       Only just been released. Already feels like a classic.      Common Saints – “Idol Eyes”           “Idol Eyes” is taken… Continue reading