Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Deer Tick @ 9:30 Club, 11/30/17

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 the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

Rhode Island's finest, Deer Tick, just released their first newness in four years this past September, and now they're taking their act on the road to bring some of those new sounds to good folks hither and yon. 

The band's Twice As Nice tour will roll in to DC on 11/30, stopping at the 9:30 Club. The band will forgo an opener and play both a quiet-is-the-new-loud/loud-is-the-new-loud set. In other words, for Deer Tick fans it's kind of a big deal. 

 You're in luck, too, because I just happen to be giving away a pair of tickets to this very show. Talk about nice, eh? To win the tickets, drop me a line and tell me how much you'd like to see Deer Tick on this special tour. Piece of cake, right? Make it good, y'all. 

FINE PRINT: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Tuesday, 11/28/17. 





[posted 11.15.17]

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Video of The Day #368: Boy Azooga

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.

From Cardiff comes the prismatic, percussion-centric odyssey of Boy Azooga and their dandy "Face Behind Her Cigarette." The new Heavenly Records signees, led by mastermind Davey Newington, let loose a heck of a racket with this unrelenting fiend of a track. It's a far out, fuzzed-up vintage space funk nugget with an absolutely diabolical monster beat. The video's green screen hijinks play into the throwback feel, and are appropriately kooky. Very nice, very nice indeed.  





[posted 11.14.17]

Monday, November 13, 2017

Video of The Day #367: Makeup Girl

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.

Take a lovely little visual tour of this here city of ours in Makeup Girl's video for "Something New," won't you? It's a sharp-dressed mannequin's point of view (and questionable choices) we follow along on a sunny blue afternoon in the District of Columbia as the hazy, dreamy fuzz pop of these DC dudes cuts loose. 

If you're in town tonight, head over to DC9 to see Makeup Girl in person (with Shame).  





[posted 11.13.17]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Cut Copy @ 9:30 Club, 11/29/17

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 the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

Having seen Australia's Cut Copy a time or two, I can assure you that seeing them live is a heck of a good time. Their evocative, textured songs are great for getting lost in, and for cutting a rug to. 

The band is currently on the road here in the States, touring new record Haiku From Zero, and one of their stops just so happens to be here in DC. You could win a pair of tickets to the 9:30 Club show, my friend. 

To win the pair of tickets that I have up for grabs, simply send me a message letting me know just how much you'd love to see Cut Copy live. Best entry gets the goods, so make it count!  

FINE PRINT: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Monday, 11/27/17.    







[posted 11.13.17]

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Singles Club: Bee Bee Sea + Krief + Slow Magic

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.

With a twitching, shaky intensity, Bee Bee Sea is rather hard to ignore. This Italian outfit harnesses a chaotic, uninhibited sort of rock and roll, as gleeful as it is shambolic. "Sonic Boomerang" is a party and a half, and requires listening to at high volume.    



Patrick Krief was once part of the dreamy Canadian ensemble The Dears, and continues making dreamy noise these days as Krief. "Ordinary Lies" is a spectral, levitating concoction, swells of immense, bittersweet loveliness ebbing and flowing so very elegantly.  



I'm a fan of the "Sunset Edit" of Slow Magic's "Belong 2 Me," because it's got the added bonus of Peter Silberman of The Antlers on vocal duties. Those shadowy, supernatural vocals fit perfectly with the song's eerily ethereal energy. There's something unfulfilled here, and a sense of expectation heightens each note.  



[posted 11.12.17]

Good Cover Version: Widowspeak Does Neil Young

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.

Capturing more than a little of the original's moonlit magic, Widowspeak add their own wonderful witchery to Neil Young's "Harvest Moon." Underneath all the gauzy vocals and guitar lurks no small amount of yearning, burning embers. Well done indeed by these New Yorkers.    



[posted 11.12.17]

Singles Club: Cones + HOLY + NVDES

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.

With "Later," California boys Cones wanted to harness "that moment in a breakup when you finally start to find peace, but some of that bitterness is still hanging around." This sentiment has certainly connected with me, and with the shimmery, dappled sunshine dreaminess this duo creates it's easy to get lost in that maddeningly magical middleground.    



Listen to this one loud, y'all. Swedish stargazer HOLY (Hannes Ferm) has tapped into all things wacky and wonderful with his new nugget "Heard Her," a prismatic pendulum of psych rock with a bounty that knows no bounds. Listen more than once, as you'll definitely hear new sounds each time you do. Keep an eye on this celestial PNKSLM signee, without a doubt.   



The more I hear from NVDES, the more I like. With "D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing)," the LA outfit recruited REMMI to provide salacious, nasty gal vocals that get good and steamy against big, throwback beats. And really, don't we all need someone who can hit the spot? It's sass with style, and it's catchy as all get out.   



[posted 11.12.17]

Video of The Day #366: Escape-Ism

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.

Local legend Ian Svenonius is at it once again, making some serious sonic sturm und drang with his Escape-Ism venture. This is Svenonius flying solo, and in "Walking In The Dark" his ghoulishly catchy, spookily sinuous undulations are peppered with thunderstorm effects for a kooky kick. The video's mod noir effects in black and white are just perfect to go along with this gem.    



[posted 11.12.17]

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Sweet Little Rock & Roller Collectibles

We've all seen the onslaught of ads telling us that holiday shopping season has officially begun. Pressure to open they wallet as some kind of duty aside, presents are fun. And giving is a pretty great thing to do, so I've pulled together some ideas to bring a little seasonal joy to the life of your favorite music lover.

Does your favorite music loving lady or gent love stuff? As in, are they more of a maximalist and not so much a minimalist? If so, they may be the type to appreciate one of these super cute collectible figures. 

Funko has several vinyl figures on offer, my favorite is the Jimi Hendrix model. Joey Ramone, Lemmy Kilmister, and several members of Guns N Roses are also available to delight your friends and loved ones. I'm pretty much obsessed with their David Bowie as Jareth from Labryinth figure, if anyone is interested... 

For those with an interest in punk with DC roots, look no further than this fantastic Press Pop statuette of H. R. from Bad Brains. I love the fact that this one isn't your traditional statuette, and that it captures H. R. in motion. Press Pop also has a ridiculously awesome Public Enemy action figure set for sale.

Pop! Rocks (Funko) also has all manner of options in their range of vinyl figures. I'm a fan of 1970s Elvis, resplendent in white jumpsuit, but you could snap up Tupac, Johnny Rotten, a Blue Meanie...and so much more. 

Happy hunting, my little elves. 

[posted 11.11.17]

Video of The Day #365: Maps & His Mothball Fleet

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.

It's Veterans Day here in the US, so today's video pick comes from FL's favorite vet, Maps & His Mothball Fleet. "A Lot Becomes a Little" is a lovely piece of 90s-infused lo-fi jangle. The song is full of questions and seeking answers, always searching for something. It's a sentiment that applies to the album Fighting Season as a whole. The video itself is a rather pretty thing to look at, full of scenic shots and meaningful glances.   





[posted 11.11.17]

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Mixtape Mania

We've all seen the onslaught of ads telling us that holiday shopping season has officially begun. Pressure to open they wallet as some kind of duty aside, presents are fun. And giving is a pretty great thing to do, so I've pulled together some ideas to bring a little seasonal joy to the life of your favorite music lover.

While the Millennials among us may not have experienced the multitudinous joys of mixtape making, that's not to say they still can't get a kick out of the mixtape itself. Suitable for all age groups, this bunch of mixtape-centric goodies should make any music fan feel like a kid again. 

Witness the cuteness of a personalized mixtape pillow!

What about having a beverage out of some adorable mixtape glasses?

Why not break out this mixtape game at your next gathering?

Welcome friends to your crib with this sassy personalizable mixtape welcome mat!

And finally, share the gift of the moving read from Rob Sheffield, Love is a Mix Tape.

As an added bonus, why not revive the art itself and make your favorite folks their own personal mixes? Long live the mixtape! 

[posted 11.11.17]