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New Digs – June

We’re celebrating Black Music Month on New Digs w/ a list of throwbacks & recent tracks from artists we’ve featured this past year.

Here are all the artists to watch for June 2020.

Dua Saleh - cat scratch
Taylor Made by The God - Herhythm
Terry Presume - The Story of You and I
The 1865 - Buckshot
Linda Diaz - Green Tea Ice Cream - Satl Remix
Kibi James - Hi, How Are You?
A-Lex - Already Rich
Magnolia Park - Hangover Heaven
Teamonade - goin thru it
Meet Me @ The Altar - Garden
Bloodbather - Disappear
Maneka - My Queen
Pretty Boy Aaron, Bruhnice, Sabz - Nicotine

Check out the June 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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.digs Activism ART culture Film

Black Lives Matter: 6 Recommend Indie Films to Watch Right Now that Explore Black Identity.

#1: Dear White People, dir. Justin Simien

What’s it About? “Four black students attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over an “African-American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America while weaving a story about forging one’s unique path in the world.” – via Letterboxd.

#2: Girlhood, dir. Céline Sciamma

What’s it About? “Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.” – via Letterboxd.

#3: The Last Black Man in San Francisco, dir. Joe Talbot

What’s it About? “Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.” – via Letterboxd.

#4: Sorry to Bother You, dir. Boots Riley

What’s it About? “In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.” – via Letterboxd.

#5: Moonlight, dir. Barry Jenkins

What’s it About? “The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.” – via Letterboxd.

#6: Medicine for Melancholy, dir. Barry Jenkins

What’s it About? “Waking from a one-night stand that neither remembers, Micah and Joanne find themselves wandering the streets of San Francisco, sharing coffee and conversation and searching for a deeper connection.” – via Letterboxd.

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.digs Activism Book culture

Black Lives Matter: 6 Recommended Books to Read Right Now.

All of these are on my bookshelf and they’ve all made a positive impact on my life; be it opening my eyes to our history, finding greater representation of blackness in the pages, or finding myself represented in the stories. I hope that by passing these along it creates opportunity for greater understanding and encourages continued dialogue around race, feminism, visibility and history, among many other imperatives.

Here are six books to read right now:

#1: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What’s it About? “Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time.” – via GoodReads

# 2: The New Mind of the South by Tracy Thompson

What’s it About? “This ground-breaking, thought-provoking exploration upends stereotypes and fallacies to reveal the true heart of the South today—a region still misunderstood by outsiders and even by its own society.” – via Goodreads.

#3: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

What’s it About? “This landmark book is a founding work in the literature of black protest. W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963) played a key role in developing the strategy and program that dominated early 20th-century black protest in America. In this collection of essays, first published together in 1903, he eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind. He also charges that the strategy of accommodation to white supremacy advanced by Booker T. Washington, then the most influential black leader in America, would only serve to perpetuate black oppression.” – via GoodReads.

#4: Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? by Touré

What’s it About? “Journalist Touré turns his ear to 100 prominent black Americans to create a provocative look at the state of race in America.” – via GoodReads.

#5: Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

What’s it About? “In this poignant, hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder and Catch, reveals how saying YES changed her life – and how it can change yours too.” – via GoodReads.

#6: You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain by Phoebe Robinson

What’s it About? “A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson.” – via GoodReads.

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.digs Music Playlist

New Digs – May

This month’s the one-year anniversary of launching Indie Digs!!!! 🎉🎂😭

THANK YOU so much for rockin’ with and supporting this blog.

Okay! *drumroll* The New Digs playlist for May is now live! featuring the dynamic Hayes Peebles back with his latest track “Loneliness”.

Here are all the artists to watch from May 2020:

Maggie Miles - Deserve This
Terry Presume - Momma 
SOPHIETHEHOMIE - fall
Ncognita - Clap Clap 
A-Lex - The Hook Up
Charlotte Sands - Dream About You
Winter - Here I Am Existing
Hayes Peebles - Loneliness
Attic Fowler - Crushed Ice
Tiffany Goode, Planet Vness - Forward Movement
Jess Day - New Shoes
Mélodie Lauret - quad j'entends les gens
holyrain - Watch God Work

Check out the May 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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Music Playlist

New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist – #Mood: Mope//Hope

Our latest Mood mix is here to get us all through the coming week(s)!!!

Mope//Hope is “A playlist for those oscillating #quarantine emotions, with an electro-pop twist.” says curator Jen (@designjenquinn). And it’s definitely encouraged me to set some light goals starting this week to take more deep breaths, stretch, and take at least two quick walks outside. Find us on Instagram @indiedigs and let us know how you’re doing?

Listen to #Mood: Mope//Hope now on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow @indiedigs to stay up to date on new playlists, concert announcements, and what’s next.

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.digs Music Playlist

New Digs – April

April New Digs playlist is here, featuring Nashville duo Twen with their latest track “Thrice“.

Here are all of the artists to watch this month:

Purr - Giant Night
Saintseneca - Winter Breaking
NTE - Buscabulla
Twen - Thrice
Patricia Labor - Sleep Talk
Egyptian Blue - Four Is The Last Four
Los Siberianos - Nieve Bonaerense
herbal tea - Garden
Riarosa - Change
Ditch Days - Baltimore
Bathe Alone - Champagne
Vasudeva - III

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

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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.digs Music

RSD Round Up, Pt. 1: Top 5 Record Shops, plus New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist

On what would have been Record Store Day, 4/18 I posted a video in our Instagram stories featuring some favorite records from my home collection, particularly to spark joy! #mariekondo, And celebrate my top five record shops from all the places I’ve called home. ICYMI, here’s links to those record shops – all of which are open online! + Instagram post and the playlist. See you all on the rescheduled date, June 20th! 🙂

5 Recommended Record Shops w/ Online Stores:

  1. Waterloo Sunset Smyrna – Smyrna/Atlanta, Ga (my hometown! ✨)

2. Goodboy Vinyl – Wilmington, DE

3. Creep Records – Philadelphia, PA

4. Generation Records – New York, NY

5. Antone’s Record Shop – Austin, TX

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Music Playlist

New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: A Grand Scene for a Pandemic

A true product of the 2000s emo / pop-punk scene, I grew up listening to stories about coming to terms in the wake of destruction. It seems as though our generation was built for this. Y2k, and then came everything, and here’s…now…

The evergreen lyrics of Thursday, MeWithoutYou, The Early November, Brand New…and nowadays Drug Church, Prawn, The World is a Beautiful Place…offer deep examination into our interpersonal relationships, wrestling with reality vs expectation, and the possibility of a greater force to be reckoned with. At this point, I need these bands to help remind me what this era can mean for the world, what we have to do to make things right, and how we can support each other through the warnings we have ingested through headphones for the last two decades. And ya know, I had to throw a few light bops on 🍬

Here’s A Grand Scene for A Pandemic (homage to the Norma Jean track 😉). Listen on Spotify & Apple Music.

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Music

Show: MeWithOutYou : Brother, Sister 14 Year Anniversary Tour 6/13 @ Union Transfer

Brother, Sister is my favorite album from MeWithOutYou. Gonna be sick to see this album played in full at Union Transfer this summer:

Go: http://tiny.cc/8388kz

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Comedy

Comedy: Fred Armisen 5/21 @ White Eagle Hall

Catch Fred Armisen’s “Comedy for Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome” live at White Eagle Hall on May 21st: https://bit.ly/2VU5mBG