First/Last-The Dig

October 5, 2012

“The Dig’s sound has been developing ever since the band’s two singers Emile Mosseri and David Baldwin started making music together when they were eleven years old. After meeting California native Erick Eiser, the three songwriters have been writing tunes and playing in different bands since they were 16 years old. Anchored by sharp guitars, a woozy synth backdrop and airtight vocal harmonies, the new album Midnight Flowers which is produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, The Apples In Stereo, Swans, Antony & The Johnsons) came out on May 29, 2012 on Buffalo Jump Records. It recalls styles ranging from T. Rex to Brian Eno to The Everly Brothers.”

The band rolls into town next Wednesday at GarfArt on a bill with The We Shared Milk and The Dirty Feathers in support of their latest release, “Midnight Flowers“. My thanks to David Baldwin (Guitars, Vocals), Emile Mosseri (Bass, Vocals) and Mark Emiglio (Drums) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • David Baldwin: I’m not sure if I bought it but the first album I remember owning is Jimi Hendrix, “Are You Experienced”.
  • Emile Mosseri: Simply Red, “A New Flame”.
  • Mark Emiglio: The ‘Untitled’ Collective Soul album. Yes, I was popular. Why do you ask?
  • Your last album bought?
  • David: The last album that I bought was Here We Go Magic, “A Different Ship”.
  • Emile: Father John Misty, “Fear Fun”.
  • Mark: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • David: That’s a tough one. Either John Lee Hooker’s “That’s My Story” or “Rubber Soul”.
  • Emile: Yeah that is tough. Neil Young, “After The Goldrush” or “Sail Away” by Randy Newman.
  • Mark: Wilco, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”. Probably…Wait! Okay. Sure.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • David: The single version of ‘I Like To Move It Move It’. I bought it from a friend in 5th grade thinking it was a full album, but it was just 7 different versions of that one song.
  • Emile: I bought the Jerky Boys Movie Soundtrack for this one Collective Soul song and it wasn’t on the album.
  • Mark: The single version of “I Like To Move It Move It”. It was just 7 different versions of the same song, so I sold it to some 5th grade chump that sat next to me to at the lunch table.
  • First concert attended?
  • David: Bush with Veruca Salt.
  • Emile: The Beach Boys at Jones Beach. I was 11 years old and Uncle Jessie came out and played drums and my balls exploded.
  • Mark: Weezer. Unless you count The Newsboys…? That was child abuse.
  • Last concert?
  • David: NY Philharmonic.
  • Emile: Divine Fits.
  • Mark: Eagles of Death Metal.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • David: Paul McCartney at Citi Field.
  • Emile: Paul Simon and David Byrne at Webster Hall.
  • Mark: Radiohead. Hands down and legs up.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • David: Honey Nut Roasted at the Living Room in Providence Rhode Island, February 27th, 2004.
  • Emile: Rambling Brook Junction in 2000. They were terrible.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • We always get to hang out with Emile’s family whenever go to Pittsburgh, which is great. They’ve let us stay with them every time we’ve gone there in the in the past 10 years. We’ve also had some pretty fun shows there. We had a great time playing Mr. Smalls with Portugal, the Man a couple years ago.

Thanks, fellas. Lovin’ the latest album for sure. How two buddies from grade school are still friends and even bandmates is beyond me?