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New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: Shoegaze Heaven

Shoegaze Heaven, our highly anticipated (by me) latest playlist is now available on Spotify and Apple Music. I have been waiting for the “cold” months to post this one because these tunes, these bands, no matter when I listen, give me the coziness, darkest, warmth that I need; emitting balance and centeredness with the ether and uncertainty that lies ahead. And it feels fucking good. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had Is the Is Are by DIIV on repeat this year…also OSHIN…also Deceiver. And bands like Chapterhouse have this effect of being inside an abandoned, blue-tinted, cob-webbed, mansion with the windows open all around. It’s great. Cinematic, etherial, time-altering. Great for season affective disorder (for me) because, just like my beloved bands on the emo spectrum (emotive, imaginative), this whisks me and my spiked hot apple cider up and carries us clear into our fuzziest daydreams.

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Follow @indiedigs and listen to Shoegaze Heaven now on Spotify and Apple Music

LOVE Y’ALL HAPPY FOOD & FRAMILY DAY. Thx 4 reading.

-CJ

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New On Mixcloud: New Digs, the radio broadcast.

Hey folks!

Been a minute since we’ve made a radio episode. Decided to get things back going again and host our New Digs October playlist. You can listen to it now on Mixcloud. Stay tuned.

IndieDigs presents New Digs October Radio on Mixcloud.

Follow IndieDigs on Mixcloud, and listen to playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. 🙂

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New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: 00s R&B

20 years ago, my family reunited in Philly. It was summer, and my mom, dad, brother and I went to this outdoor concert that was hella black, and epic, and Jill Scott performed and we got to meet her!! It was insane – I think Mary Mary was there. Also, Jill Scott was my first concert, at 13, girl. my brother took me…that was probably at the Mann? And I pretty much listened to Who Is, Ajuswaneseng, and Juslisen for the entirety of my middle-school career and learned nearly everything I understand about love from these two!! damn. Carl Thomas, Avant, Jagged Edge? JOE. ALICIA. ASHANTI. excuse me?! I cherish this era of R&B, who doesn’t at this point? But it meant a lot in our house and we loved to boogie around and shake our little butts and sing along in the car, and get in our feelings, and reflect, and feel grateful.

Today’s my Dad’s birthday!! So, to honor that, I’m posting this playlist of 00s R&B favorites. Enjoy!

Listen to 00s R&B now on Spotify and Apple Music.

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.digs culture Interview Music

4 Questions with Taylor Made By the God

Renaissance, Man. Caught up with Johnny Taylor III, a.k.a. Taylor Made By The God on his latest release Valley Drive.

Listen closely to Johnny Taylor’s debut full-length album under his new moniker Taylor Made By the God and you’ll notice the voice on Valley Drive is of someone who’s done the internal work. This is hard to do for many in general, let alone this year, and to make it happen when you’re coming from the ground up with the goal to remain a wholly independent artist, you need to know how to preserve. As a filmmaker, who has spent most of life working multiple jobs to aid my creative efforts, I understand, and Taylor delivers an overview of how it’s going with point-blank insight.

When COVID hit it unlocked something. That time away from work created more space to produce.

There’s something very chic and very boutique about Valley Drive and Taylor the artist, and I’m not just referring to the fact that Taylor is also a literal fashion designer (see: Look At her Dance and Signature Garment). It’s a cinematic record, which leaves much anticipation for what’s in store for Taylor Made Television, and at 27 minutes, it’s a sharp read. But what I love most about Taylor’s music is the space left for contemplation, outstanding on tracks like Exactly and 6 Months Later.

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I made this album with some of the best energy around, so when you get away take Valley Drive. 

Airy from the Intro, we land on an old school track to set the course, welcome a little distraction, remain on track, take stock of our unique place in our space, try to heal some lingering wounds, and “arrive” at a harmonious Outro into whatever’s next that at any other point in time might feel like an ominous end to such a self-assured record, but in this case? fits perfectly for “these times”.

ID: Tell us about the process of making this album.

JT: I just took my time. Living more in the moment helped a lot. Life outside of work got tough to balance. When I got right I got back. I love film, so I’m always producing like it’s for a premiere. Writing became natural with going through life. I recorded most of the album in West Chester before the pandemic. When COVID hit it unlocked something. That time away from work created more space to produce. Re-recorded some of the album, added some songs & gave it the art it deserved. I made this album with some of the best energy around, so when you get away take Valley Drive

ID: What’s up next? 

JT: I’m working on another project (Cæm 4 D.R.U.G.S.) for next year. Very different. Taylor Made Television just launched on Instagram. More on that soon. ALLNIGHT R&B Mix Vol. 2 on the way. More visuals & art work coming. Love You Right film in theaters soon. 

ID: Anything else you’d like us to know?

JT: Pay attention. 

ID: Finally! What tracks / albums have been on loop for you this year?

JT: Snoh Aalegra’s last album hasn’t left my rotation.

Ari Lennox bodied “Bussit”.

“Side PonyTail” by Big Bank Beisha.

“Palm Angels” by Armani Caesar.

“Hit Different” by SZA, because finally.

Noname’s “Song 33”.

I love Jhené Aiko’s “On The Way”.

Marsha’s contribution to The Game’s “I Didn’t Wanna Write This Song” gets me every time.

The Intro to Chloe x Halle’s “Ungodly Hour”

Victoria Monet’ “Jaguar”

Theophilus London “Bebey”

Brent [Faiyaz]’s last album

Freddie Gibbs “Alfredo”

& a lot of Griselda.  

Find / support TaylorMadeByTheGod: taylormadebythegod.hearnow.com

Listen to the October New Digs playlist featuring “Pointe Blank” on Apple Music and Spotify.

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New Digs – October

Oh man, this took me foreverrrr. First off, super thrilled about the fact that our featured artist this month is Taylor Made By The God (formerly ALLNIGHT), in celebration of the re-release of VALLEY DRIVE and you can stay tuned for an interview ON THAT! Right now, here is the much. belabored. list of tracks we’re into this month:

JUNGLEPUSSY / MAIN ATTRACTION
ZILCHED  / SIXTEEN
COACH PARTY / CAN'T TALK, WON'T
SHELLY / NATURAL
BABY ROSE / IN YOUR ARMS (DELUXE RELEASE)
ERIKA DE CASIER / NO BUTTERFLIES, NO NOTHING
TAYLOR MADE BY THE GOD / POINTE BLANK
LUCIA TACCHETTI, CASERO / LABERINTO
SLOW PULP / TRACK
AFLOAT, RYAN CULLEN / MOODY

P.S.A. This year has been tough and it’s been hard to stay motivated, but music helps. Remember to try and keep focus on your health, work towards your creative goals, check in with friends when you can, and when the positivity ain’t kickin’ in, try the ol’ putting on a record and dancing alone in your room!!!! 💖

Hopefully, this playlist brings some new tunes and good vibes into your day /week/ month/ year.

Happy Halloween 🎃

Check out the October 2020 New Digs playlist on Spotify and Apple Music and YouTube.

The goal of New Digs is to celebrate and elevate great new music, more often of the independent variety.

If you have an upcoming single or album you’d like us to review for New Digs, we’d love to hear it. Please follow Indie Digs on Instagram and/or Twitter and send us an email: indiedigs@dinosaurhawk.com

Happy listening!

CJ

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ART Book culture

Save the Strand

The strand is my favorite bookstore and it is at risk of closing, so I am leaving this here and pleading that y’all take an opportunity to shop on their website for your next book or holiday gift. The film section is out of this world, as is the sociology unit downstairs. I love getting lost in the YA section buying gifts for the kids in my life and reflecting on how I would stay forever in the school library picking which set of best friends I was going to read about next. Books are essential and shopping IRL at this place is an experience that I truly deeply miss not living in NYC, but I’m close and I go as often as I can and I do not want this place to close or my heart and millions of hearts will crumble. Consider shopping online at the Strand today and visiting when you’re in NYC for an affordable outing. It’s right off the Union Square stop.

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New Digs – September

Hey folks,

The New Digs playlist for September is up now on Spotify and Apple Music.

The debates were exhausting last night, and truly embarrassing.

Yeah, that’s uh, bout it. Here’s a link to VOTE.ORG.

Here are all the wonderful artists with recent releases to watch for August 2020!!:

ABBY MAK / LIKE I USED TO
FLWR CHYLD & EMMAVIE / WALKING AWAY
NOLAN THE NINJA / GO'HEAD (FEAT. NOLAN)
LOYAL LOBOS / SI TE PORTAS MAL (BE BAD)
MANGO CAT / JOHATSU
WOLF & MOON / EYES CLOSED
ANNABELLE MAGINNIS / BLASTIN' PASTEM
INDIGO WAVES / SQUARES
NITE TIDES / FOREVER BABY
ULTRA MAJOR / PICTURE PERFECT
SLICK SHOES / THE WORLDS WERE MINE
CLARA LUCIANI / COMME TOI
LOS SIBERIANOS / LA MENTIRA TRAGICA 

Check out the September 2020 New Digs playlist on Spotify and Apple Music and YouTube.

The goal of New Digs is to celebrate and elevate great new music, more often of the independent variety.

If you have an upcoming single or album you’d like us to review for New Digs, we’d love to hear it. Please follow Indie Digs on Instagram and/or Twitter and send us an email: indiedigs@dinosaurhawk.com

Happy listening!

CJ

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New Digs – August

Hey friends. The New Digs playlist is refreshed for August!

The world continues to be a doozy, to say the absolute very least, so I’m going to keep the cover still for a while. A moment of silence of sorts as we continue to celebrate great new music coming out of humans through all of this 🙂

Listen to “New Digs” on Spotify and Apple Music.

Here are all the wonderful artists with recent releases to watch for August 2020:

Teenage Wrist - Silverspoon
Ela Minus - megapunk
Tkay Maidza ft. Kari Faux - Don't Call Again
C Smith - Overwhelmed
Ball Park Music - Cherub
Terry Presume - Don't Play Yourself
BlankFor.ms - 92 Senses
Kibra - Rain or Shine 
Death Valley Girls - Hold My Hand

Check out the August 2020 New Digs playlist on Spotify and Apple Music and YouTube.

The goal of New Digs is to celebrate and elevate great new music, more often of the independent variety.

If you have an upcoming single or album you’d like us to review for New Digs, we’d love to hear it. Please follow Indie Digs on Instagram and/or Twitter and send us an email: indiedigs@dinosaurhawk.com

Happy listening!

CJ

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #20 “Dear White People”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them. Black Lives Matter.

#20 Dear White People (2014)

Writer / Director: Justin Simien | DP: Topher Osborn | Music By: Kathryn Bostic. Starring: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner.

Well 👏🏾 Written 👏🏾

In Dear White People, we follow Sam, via the platform of her titular college radio show, and three of her colleagues as they unmask dark truths of their Ivy League experience.

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When this came out, it hit me like an anvil. Finally, someone from our generation is tired and said it

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This film gives each featured black experience a full voice, understanding, and a much needed and nourishing why.

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Simien explores how Coco experiences colorism,

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which drives her to blend in to crowds where she both stands out and fits in.

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What’s harder, being black enough for the black kids or black enough for the white ones? Being neither.

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Yeah, it’s confusing as fuck. 

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And then, just…everything happening with Troy 😰

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By the time it’s over, what remains is weight of their exhaustion and an ultimatum to move.

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So yeah, to be continued…

Here’s a list anti-racism resources and education tools: https://linktr.ee/indiedigs

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New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist – Power Pop Evolution

Our latest playlist Power Pop Evolution is now live on Apple Music and Spotify.

This genre is dear to my heart. Perfect for the upbeat summer we’re having lololol. But seriously do feel this adds a much needed level of brightness to these sunny daze. Who can resist The Cars, Big Star, The Feelies, Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads? Am I driving a Plymouth with the top down right now? Is my Jean jacket magic?

WHO AM I.

I learned a good number of the earlier bands through the soundtracks of my favorite childhood movies…

I’ll never forget seeing Letters to Cleo emerge from the crowd to sing directly to Cat in 10 Things I Hate About You and that solidifying in me the fact that music is the most personal special connective thing! And plus, they fuckin’ ripped. Outfits, hair, mood.

And thanks to that, I traveled down the rabbit hole to find That Dog…etc and during this playlist I came across even MORE bops I hadn’t met yet. Ain’t life grand.

Anyway, hope you have great days!! ☀️

Love,

CJ

Listent to Power Pop Evolution on Spotify and Apple Music. Find us on Instagram @indiedigs.