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DJ DOG DICK “THE LIFE STAINS”


TODAY IS MY FRIEND MAX EISNEBERG’S BIRTHDAY. MAX MAKES MUSIC UNDER THE NAME DJ DOG DICK AND HAS BEEN DOING SO FOR A LONG TIME. HIS FREAKED OUT MIX OF RAP, POP AND NOISE PREDATES MOST AND IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING. I MET HIM IN THE SUMMER OF 2005 AND WE TOURED TOGETHER IN THE FALL OF 2008. MAX’S LONG-AWAITED DEBUT RECORD “THE LIFE STAINS” CAME OUT A FEW WEEKS AGO ON HOSS RECORDS AND IT IS A REALLY EXCITING COLLECTION OF NEW AMERICAN MUSIC.

I AM NOT GOING TO LIE, I APPROACHED THIS RELEASE WITH A BIT OF TREPIDATION. I HEARD RUMORS THAT THE RECORD WAS LESS IN LINE WITH THE CLASSIC BLOWN OUT “WOLF EYES MEETS NO LIMIT” DOG DICK STYLE AND CLOSER TO SOME SORT OF OUTSIDER POP CROSSOVER MOVE. BUT THEN I SAT DOWN AND ACTUALLY LISTENED TO THE RECORD. I’M LISTENING TO IT AS WE SPEAK. NOT ONLY DOES IT RETAIN THE CLASSIC SPIRIT OF DOG DICK, BUT IT FLESHES OUT THE STORY.

MAX’S MUSICAL HISTORY IS REALLY REPRESENTED HERE, BOTH MUSICALLY AND SONICALLY. HIP HOP, NOISE AND WEIRDO POP COME TOGETHER TO CREATE WHAT I’VE BEEN CALLING NU AMERICANA, WHICH IS LESS OF A GENRE AND MORE OF A FEELING. DOG DICK UNDERSTANDS THAT RAP MUSIC IS AMERICAN MUSIC AND THAT IT BELONGS IN THE MIX WITH ALL THE OTHER GREAT AMERICAN MUSICS, PAST AND PRESENT. THIS INCLUDES STYLES BOTH ACCESSIBLE AND FRINGE. “THE LIFE STAINS” IS A SINGULAR IN THE BEST WAY.

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