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Dino Malito

Throughout my many adventures of writing and music I have been lucky enough to stumble across treasures. Some I’ve had to dig for and some have been presented to me plainly and simply, as was this new EP from Dino Malito. Quite honestly, there is really nothing plain about it, more close to extraordinary. Getting to know Dino through his music has been a really nice experience for me. First with his band Serum from the late 90’s-early 2000’s to his current band Captain Black Heart and now with this solo offering. Dino and I had only come into contact with each other maybe about a year ago mainly because of Music-Survival-Guide. It’s just one of the cool perks I get from doing this wonderful thing.

On May 4th Dino will release his first solo EP through Domo Music Group. For a debut it is somewhat unusual as it is a collection of covers from Japanese New Age artist Kitaro. Nothing short of a sensation himself (Kitaro) being a Grammy and Golden-Globe winner for his compositions which use a variety of synthesizers and sounds. But for Malito, on this release, he has stripped down the walls and brought something peaceful, something of the earth and soil. Being a master of many a stringed thing he presents this tribute in such a reserved tasteful manner, bordering on perfectionist but pulling back ever so slightly before the true soul of the work becomes compromised or mechanical. This is a recording that makes you want to leave the chaos behind…of the world…of a hectic life. Music in so many ways heals. It’s something we can all relate to universally and that is truly beautiful. And there is plenty of beauty to be found in this small 5 track EP. What Dino set out to accomplish reminds me of a bit of my appreciation for John Wesley Harding who did something similar with his release, Trad Arr Jones, which was a tribute to Nic Jones, a London born folk singer. Harding compiled covers of Jones’ whimsical craft and presented them in such an irresistible way that I had to immediately hook myself on either of their works. And here, with Malito’s new EP, he may just do the same for anyone of us as this recording presents something truly magical. He even has the approval of Kitaro himself, “I was pleasantly surprised by these warm interpretations of my music…” So discover this with me as I peel back more layers of this wonderful release which is clearly from the heart of a truly talented individual. Thank you for sharing this with me…with us, Dino.

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Episode 9 is now up! And…it’s an absolute trip. We hung out with Alt-Pop monster TRYST and were literally laughing seconds in. We talked Music and influences, complained a bit, laughed some more, and…ate some weird macaroons. Give this a listen and share a laugh with us while you get to know a bit about this fantastic artist. Listen, Share, Repeat!

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M-S-G EP. 9 TRYST

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Episode 8
So psyched to share this Episode with you guys! I had the honor and pleasure of spending some time with Vinnie Dombrowski of Sponge last week before their gig at BlackThorn51 in Queens New York. We talked a bit about past and present Sponge, side projects, memories and more. These Detroit rockers are one of the best rock bands in the biz and proved it once again at the show later that evening. Vin gives no signs of stopping the amazing work he has been doing for the past 25 plus years. Give this a listen and share it along. Long live Sponge! Thanks Vin.
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MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Podcast Episode 7What an episode right here! Dave Alvin of Queens based 90’s rockers White Trash spent some time with us for an incredible interview last week. I’ve been listening to Dave’s music for a majority of my life. White Trash always possessed such a monstrous energy to me and Dave is such a consistently fantastic singer. This was a true honor for me. AND, it’s our longest episode yet! Filled with great banter and even better music. Get ready to crank this Mother! Listen, Share, Repeat!

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A Metal Monkey MSG Ep 6 02.23.18My pod partna, Monkey, returns as a guest again this week, but not to discuss his bands or people he has worked with but rather to showcase his debut solo record under the name, A Metal Monkey. The record is called “Demonstrations” and we have the whole thing here for you following some background info about it. Dig in, share it, enjoy it!

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M-S-G Episode 5 02.16.18
Last week I had the opportunity to sit down and talk, I mean…really talk with my friend Andee Blacksugar. After many years of knowing each other we finally got to have a conversation almost 10 years in the making. And the best part is…you get to be a part of it.
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A phenomenal and in depth interview. Andee reveals some tips and insider info as well as a little glance
behind the Blacksugar curtain.
We talk hard about music, songwriting, influences and much more!
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M-S-G Episode 4 02:09:18

This is the first of our Episodes so far that is guest free and the first “feature” episode. I dive deep into band, AAA Battery and singer Spookey Ruben. I had a blast doing this go round and it was also a big test for me as I had to make sure it was interesting enough to keep you guys listening to me! Aside from the great music here of course. LISTEN AND SHARE!

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