Friday, February 24, 2017

Video Of The Day #231: The Rakes

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.

For some reason, I've been sentimentally remembering bands of old. Bands that are no longer with us, and bands that for a brief, shining moment were the apples of my eye. Before they dropped off into the music ether, that is. The Rakes, for example, were massive favorites of mine in the early Naughties. 

The electric jolt of "Strasbourg" really demonstrates just what made The Rakes so magnetic to yours truly. Put front fellow Alan Donohoe's alternating shoutiness/smooth velvetiness alongside those relentless, buzzing guitars and the end result is just over two and a half minutes of magic. I listened to this song more times that I could ever possibly count. Those were the days, my friends. Those were the days.    





[posted 2.24.17]

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Video Of The Day #230: Tashaki Miyaki

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.

Directed by James Franco, the video for Tashaki Miyaki's breathless, swaggering "Girls On T.V." takes the idea of a midnight neon cowgirl and runs with it. The mesmeric, mockingly narcissistic ("I didn't hear a word you said/but I love Kurt Cobain" etc.) vocals and down and dirty strumming are right at home against the dizzying light effects. And really, who hasn't wanted to stroll down the LA streets wearing a psuedo-Nudie suit and strands of lights? Get in the mood for the band's upcoming release (The Dream is out April 7) with repeated listening/viewing.   






[posted 2.23.17]

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Video Of The Day #229: Gurr

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.

I've talked about a Gurr video before, and this video for "#1985" deserves some attention as well. These Berlin-based babes pull together some taut, wiry, rough around the edges jangle with some impeccable pop undertones, making this an altogether irresistible listen. But the video, with its sarcastic look at our collective selfish social-media over-sharing, is pretty dynamite too.    






[posted 2.19.17]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Japandroids @ 9:30 Club, 2/28/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to several upcoming 9:30/IMP shows.

Everyone's favorite French girl French-kissers from Vancouver, Japandroids, are touring their latest record, Near to The Wild Heart of Life, and are stopping in DC for not one but two shows at the 9:30 Club. The first night, 2/27, is sold out. But don't despair, my little rays of sunshine.  

I've got a pair of tickets to their 2/28 show at the 9:30 Club, and they can be all yours! To win, tell me your favorite Japandroids song and the why behind this favoritism. 

Fine print: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Sunday, 2/26/17.

Best of luck to you, my little loves!




[posted 2.19.17]

The Week In Shows: 2/20/17-2/26/17

A faux spring kind of Sunday morning 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 was a rough week, friends, but the appearance of a fake spring for a few days does wonders. It also makes for excellent show-going weather! And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the DC metro.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!

MONDAY, 2/20/17

-Woodgrove + Nevin Kight (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 2/21/17

-Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears + Dams of The West (9:30 Club)
-Death by Unga Bunga + Plastic Nancy (DC9)
-Foster Carrots + Sun Organ + Clasp + Aerial View (Comet Ping Pong)
-John Doe (X) (Jammin Java)

WEDNESDAY, 2/22/17

-Hamilton Leithauser + Lucy Dacus (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-River Whyless + Mail the Horse (DC9)
-PALM + Horse Lords + Dove Lady (Songbyrd Music House)

THURSDAY, 2/23/17

-Vallis Alps + Matt Maeson (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Pissed Jeans + Hand Grenade Job (Black Cat)
-George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Howard Theatre)
-No Joy + Raindeer + Shinji (Metro Gallery, Baltimore - Worth the Drive)

FRIDAY, 2/24/17

-The Griswolds + Dreamers + Wylder (U Street Music Hall - SOLD OUT)
-Tove Lo + Phoebe Ryan (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Julie Byrne + Baby Bry Bry (Songbyrd Music House)
-BOAT BURNING's "Music for Hallways" (MLK Library)

SATURDAY, 2/25/17

-Cryfest Cure vs. Smiths Dance Party (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 2/26/17

-MUNA + Lo Moon (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Leopold and His Fiction + Wanted Man + Kid Brother (Black Cat)
-Greenland + Two Inch Astronaut (Galaxy Hut)
-David Duchovny (Birchmere)


[posted 2.19.17]

Friday, February 17, 2017

Singles Club: RAAVE TAPES + French Vanilla + Imaginary People

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

In the brash vein of Death From Above 1979, Aussies RAAVE TAPES wreak more than a little havoc in their "2 U xoxo." A diabolically perfect storm that's perfect for blasting through your speakers.  



From the land of movie stars comes French Vanilla, fiery and tempestuous art punk with a much-needed feminist edge. "Anti-Aging Global Warming" is full of dissonant art punk, with a lean, off-kilter rhythm and insolent lady vocals.  



There's a definite theatrical quality to Imaginary People's "Fresh Kill," not to mention a bit of macabre brazenness. With scene-stealing vocals and a sense of impending doom, this is quite a spine-chillingly good show from these New Yorkers.  




[posted 2.17.17]

Video Of The Day #228: Tempesst

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.

Get inspired for your weekend with the seriously sassy dance moves in this cheeky little clip from Tempesst. Channeling vibes from both the 70s and 80s, the band's self-directed video boasts a solid sense of humor. As for the song itself, the psych pop "Sunflower Lady" is one of those "notice me, o beautiful one" efforts, an outlandish ode to a modern day Helen.   







[posted 2.17.17]

Good Cover Version: Yumi Zouma Does Oasis

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

(What's The Story) Morning Glory? was one of my most favorite records as a starry-eyed teenage girl. It's safe to say I was infatuated with Oasis, and infatuated with those songs. Naturally, my ears perked up when it came to my attention that New Zealand's Yumi Zouma was going to be covering this classic in its entirety for SOUNDS DELICIOUS. Their treatment of "She's Electric" takes the song from the cheeky chappie, almost nursery rhyme puppy love shenanigans to smoldering shoegaze pop with incandescent lady vocals. Very well done indeed.     




[posted 2.17.17]

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Video Of The Day #227: Lea Porcelain

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.

If "Bones" is any indication, Lea Porcelain's debut record (due out this summer) is going to be fantastic. Reminiscent of the softer edges of early New Order, the song's cinematic synth machinations find a fitting visual home in the gorgeously shot video. 






[posted 2.16.17]

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Video Of The Day #226: Honeyblood

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.

"Babes Never Die" is the kind of song that, had it existed back when yours truly was an undergrad, would totally have been one of my life anthems, soundtracking those endless late nights when I should have been hitting the books and too often ended up having some kind of adventure with friends. Glasgow gals Honeyblood light a firecracker with this one, an effervescent yet defiant effort, and the video captures not only the dizzying rush of the song itself but the whirlwind of touring as well. Really rather recommended.   





[posted 2.15.17]

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Singles Club - Valentine's Day Edition: Magnetic Fields + Beach Boys + Daniel Johnston

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

When you get right down to it, your humble blogstress is a little bit of a softie. I am not immune to love, despite the best efforts of my cold black heart. In celebration of that crazy little thing called love, I wanted to share with you three of my most favorite love songs from The Magnetic Fields, The Beach Boys, and Daniel Johnston. I find these songs to be so poignant that they've all been known to bring a tear to my eye. They all capture the whirlwind that is love - from all-consuming passion to the occasional awkwardness. As with the best music, these three call to mind memories and a cavalcade of feelings. Enjoy, and make sure you've got a hanky handy.
  






[posted 2.14.17]

Monday, February 13, 2017

Video Of The Day #225: Misty Coast

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.

The dreamy, gossamer psych pop of Norway's Misty Coast is rather hard to resist. Ethereal and delicate, "Heavy Head on A Body" is quite the little charmer. The video for the song sees the duo adventuring through an unidentified Asian city (Tokyo, perhaps). Crowded urban scenes and countless neon signs prove a counterbalance to the spun sugar kiss of the song. Simply lovely.   





[posted 2.13.17]

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Singles Club: Strand of Oaks + Jesus & Mary Chain + Ela Minus

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

Y'all know how smitten I am with Strand of Oaks, and with "Rest of It" Mr. Showalter lets loose on some good old, hard to resist Americana-infused honest rock and roll. A nice little jam to kick out, if I do say so myself.
  


Just in case you haven't heard, the legendary Scots that launched hundreds of bands, The Jesus & Mary Chain, will be releasing a new record in March. "Always Sad" continues their string of perfectly fuzzed 60s pop noise and serves as a lovely little appetizer to get you ready for what's to come.




Gabriela Jimeno, AKA Ela Minus, describes her "Ceremony" as being "about getting bored of the unceremonious world we live in." While I would agree with her that her inspiration is right on, it's hard to be bored with this delightfully fizzy, sweetly synthy nugget.



[posted 2.12.17]

Newsworthy: 2/12/17

Have you heard the word? Here's a few items of interest you may want to know about.

It's a big day for Prince fans, as Warner Brothers has (finally) allowed his music from the WB era to be shared via streaming services. Everything should be available by 5 PM Pacific Time today. From Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang: 


"Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Bros. and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy. Warner Bros. is thrilled to be able to bring Prince's music to his millions of fans around the world via streaming services, fittingly on music's biggest night. We'd like to thank Prince's estate, Universal Music Publishing, the Grammy Awards and all of the streaming services for their great collaboration in making this landmark event possible.

"We're also pleased to announce our plan to release the remaster of Prince's most iconic album,
Purple Rain, along with two incredible albums of previously unreleased Prince music and two complete concert films from the Paisley Park vault on June 9.

"When we make any of Prince's music available to fans - from the hits to unreleased gems - we are committed to upholding Prince's high creative standards and we know fans will be thrilled when they hear these albums and see these films."



Vancouver vixens The Courtneys announced they'll be extending their North American tour (with Jay Som), which is pretty good news. These ladies are the first non-New Zealand act signed to Flying Nun, meaning they're pretty special indeed. Full dates listed here.

3/14: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
3/16: Calgary, AB @ Broken City
3/17: Edmonton, AB @ Brixx Bar & Grill
3/18: Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina
3/19: Winnipeg, CA @ The Good Will
3/20: Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
3/21: Madison, WI @ The Frequency ^
3/22: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry ^
3/23: Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club ^
3/24: Chicago, IL @ Schubas ^
3/25: Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's ^
3/27: Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz
3/26: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison ^
3/28: Allston, MA @ The Great Scott ^
3/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right ^
3/31: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle ^
4/1: Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
4/2: Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
4/4: Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
4/6: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake City ^
4/7: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^
4/8: Boise, ID @ Neurolux ^
4/10: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir ^
4/11: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt ^
4/12: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile ^
4/14: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
4/15: Los Angeles, CA @ Resident

^ - w/ Jay Som



And finally, with political vultures circling all over the place pretty much all the time, Boston's Run for Cover Records is pledging to continue their good works with their Rally for Change initiative. Having raised over $30,000 for crucial organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU last year, the label is going to donate 25 cents from each purchase through their RFC webstore to a charity, giving to a different group each month to spread the love. Head on over and peruse the shop to help do good and make your ears happy while you do it.



[posted 2.12.17]