Friday, May 27, 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: SPORTS

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: SPORTS

What: All of Something

When: November 2015

Where: Father/Daughter

Why: There's something so very charming about this record. An overall youthful energy pops through the entire long player, balanced against solid, crunchy instrumentation and a wry, feisty vocal talent. Lean and wiry and alive, this punchy, sometimes deceptively happy group of songs really hits the spot.  

My very favorite jam: "Saturday" and "Getting On In Spite Of You" and "Harder" and "Get Bummed Out" and "GDP"





[posted 5.27.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: The Spook School

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: The Spook School

What: Try to Be Hopeful

When: November 2015

Where: Fortuna Pop

Why: Full of lovely, fuzzed to high heaven shambles, this is a record to bring a smile to ones face. These Edinburgh noisemakers unleashed a record that brings together 90s era college rock with hints of the Glasgow School and pure pop, and the result is undeniable.   

My very favorite jam: "Speak When You're Spoken To"




[posted 5.27.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Small Black

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Small Black

What: Best Blues

When: October 2015

Where: Jagjaguwar

Why: Each song on Best Blues has its own heartbeat. Synth-driven and expansive, this is music to envelop broken hearts, bleeding hearts, and hearts on fire. The Brooklyners cast a beautiful shadow with this one. 

My very favorite jam: "Boys Life"




[posted 5.27.16]

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Shark Week

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Shark Week

What: Beach Fuzz

When: May 2015

Where: Paper Cup Music

Why: It's nigh on impossible not to fall under the spell of DC swamp surfsmiths Shark Week and their sweaty, sassy jangle. Plaintively cooing vocals and a bounty of scuffed up fuzz make this a charming collection of songs that sound like summer but more than hit the spot all year round.  

My very favorite jam: "Desire" and "Waste Of Time" and "Honeybee" and "Minute Song" and "Weekend"




[posted 5.24.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Shana Falana

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Shana Falana

What: Set Your Lightning Fire Free

When: April 2015

Where: Team Love

Why: I don't know how it's possible, but there's a glow to this record. A beautiful, heavenly aura that emanates from each song. Falana's lovely dream pop-psych is at once heart-stoppingly pretty and forcefully inspiring. I crush harder with every listen. 

My very favorite jam: All of 'em! 




[posted 5.24.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: SEXWITCH

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: SEXWITCH

What: SEXWITCH

When: September 2015

Where: Echo

Why: Music to cast a spell to. Or perhaps to be put under one yourself. Psych band TOY joined up with Natasha from Bat for Lashes, and sonic rabbit holes were summarily fallen down. A magical, mesmeric menagerie of noise awaits you here.  

My very favorite jam: Pretty partial to this magic carpet ride as a whole.  




[posted 5.24.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Sextile

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Sextile

What: A Thousand Hands

When: August 2015

Where: Felte

Why: Dark and unexpected, the strange brew that is LA at night creeps into the Sextile sound and oozes out from every pore. At times a touch disorienting, this unpredictable and engaging noise pulls together dynamic, brooding 80s Brit synth with touches of industrial havoc and plain old howling at the moon. All told it's a sound that's well and truly entrancing.   

My very favorite jam: "Can't Take It" but also "Smoke In The Eye" and also "Shattered Youth" but then there's also "Into The Unknown" and "Visions of You"




[posted 5.24.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Sauna Youth

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Sauna Youth

What: Distractions

When: September 2015

Where: Upset The Rhythm

Why: A true gem of a record, Distractions is filled with the wiry, restless sonic antics of young England. An abundance of chunky riffs and just the right amount of abrasion in these perfunctory ditties will keep this on heavy rotation, as does the underlying (and irresistible) catchiness of the songs.  

My very favorite jam: "New Fear" and "Modern Living" and "Abstract Notions" and "Try To Leave" and "Creeping"




[posted 5.24.15]

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Week In Shows: 5/23-5/29

A very gloomy, wet, and chilly Preakness Saturday afternoon seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

It's been a really rough week on a personal level, and I'm still incredibly bummed out. The show, or shows, go on, however. And there's a lot to see through the greater DC metro this week. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk (though not this week, as I'm still in mourning). Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


MONDAY, 5/23/16

-Palehound + Ursula + Snail Mail (DC9)

TUESDAY, 5/24/16

-Islands + Lushlife (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing + Frenchy & The Punk + Andrew O'Neil (Black Cat)
-BORNS + Coast Modern + Beau (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Foul Swoops + Eureka California + Witching Waves + Governess (Third Floor Loft)

WEDNESDAY, 5/25/16

-The Effects + Des Demoanas + Santics (Black Cat)
-Lincoln Durham + The Jones (DC9)
-Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros + Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Wolf Trap)

THURSDAY, 5/26/16

-Stereoriots + My Darling Fury + End Year (IOTA)
-The Monkees (Warner Theatre)
-Good Old War + Joshua Hyslop (Jammin Java)
-Paperwhite + Cheerleader (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 5/27/16

-Kill Lincoln + Caustic Casanova + Psychic Subcreatures (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 5/28/16

-Christopher Paul Stelling (Jammin Java)
-Kabob-o-Taj + Show Pony + Dumb Waiter + California Accent (DC9)

SUNDAY, 5/29/16

-Rom + Flower + Shirt/Pants + Humble Fire (Velvet Lounge)
-Benjy Ferree + Teen Liver (Black Cat)
-RJD2 (9:30 Club)
-Faye + Flowerbomb + Kids Claws (DC9)

[posted 5.21.16]

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Video Of The Day #130: Moby

There's a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

As some of you already know, I lost my beloved cat Bear Bryant over the weekend. I won't go into too much detail, I don't want to bum anyone out, but it was unexpected, and I'm incredibly crushed by his death. This Moby song has been popping in and out of my brain over the past few days, and really fits in with my current frame of mind. Here's the video, which is also a bit sad in its way. 




[posted 5.18.16]

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Royal Headache

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Royal Headache

What: High

When: December 2015

Where: What's Your Rupture

Why: I keep thinking of Royal Headache as the modern Aussie version of bands like The Undertones and Thin Lizzy, as they churn out jams that capture a youthful, firecracker spark that marries braggadocio and swagger with impossibly catchy hooks (especially "Electric Shock"). It goes deeper than that, as at times there's a bit of a snarl, as on "Garbage," when the band shows they've got a heck of a bite, and they can also get a bit tender to boot ("Carolina"). There's also something a bit throwback to their overall sound, which adds to the easy appeal of the record. I found it hard not to immediately love this one.   

My very favorite jam: "Another World" and also "Garbage" and probably "Little Star" and "Electric Shock"




[posted 5.14.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Protomartyr

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Protomartyr

What: The Agent Intellect

When: October 2015

Where: Hardly Art

Why: It's pretty fucking great the first time you hear it. But the funny thing about The Agent Intellect is that it gets better each and every time you listen to it. This wiry, at times cautious yet steadily aggressive post punk gorgeousness from the Motor City pulls no punches, the songs perfectly measured and calculated to exact the maximum return. In a pinch I'd call it a modern classic.   

My very favorite jam: All of them.




[posted 5.14.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Post War Glamour Girls

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Post War Glamour Girls

What: Feeling Strange

When: October 2015

Where: Hide & Seek Records

Why: One of the year's most pleasant surprises to my ears was this long player from the deliciously moody Leeds outfit Post War Glamour Girls. Theatric, expansive, and loud, Feeling Strange is a cohesive set of ten songs that speak to both the gloomy, sturm und drang times in which we live while also hitting moments of bliss (from a sonic standpoint). Strong lyrics and gruff, gripping vocals play perfectly against the intense barrage of riffs and powerful rhythm section. Oh so highly recommended listening.   

My very favorite jam: Pretty much every one has been a favorite, so let's just say the whole shebang.




[posted 5.14.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: A Place to Bury Strangers

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: A Place to Bury Strangers

What: Transfixiation

When: February 2015

Where: Dead Oceans

Why: I'm sure none will be surprised to see APTBS on this list, perennial favorites as they are. Transfixiation is a good representation of the band, especially when taken as a performance vehicle. The songs here capture the chaotic, furious electricity and energy the band brings to their gigs, noise unrelenting and ear-splitting and just this side of completely shambolic. Continuously evolving and tweaking their sound, the constant remains the devastating, knee-shaking fire of the band's hellfire sonic assault. For the uninitiated it's a trial by fire, and for the loyal followers it's a welcome addition to a dynamite discography.  

My very favorite jam: "Straight" and "Deeper" and "We've Come So Far" and "Now It's Over" and "I'm So Clean" and "Fill The Void" (can't narrow it down beyond that)





[posted 5.14.16]