Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Xmas Gift Guide 2016: Crosley Vinyl Cleaner

It's beginning to look a lot like the time of year that requires a lot of gift giving. We all know that not everyone is easy to shop for, so I'm racking my brain to help you help yourself and find a great gift for the music snob that maybe already has everything...but maybe not this.

Perhaps many of your vinyl-hoarding friends already have something like this, but if they don't, you'll really put a smile on their face. The Crosley Vinyl Cleaner does just what the name says: it cleans up vinyl records. Help your friend (or heck, yourself) keep your records in good playing condition by popping them into this baby. 

[posted 12.6.16] 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Week In Shows: 12/5-12/11

The first Saturday in December 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!

There are but 28 days left in the super crazy year known as 2016. While we're getting ready to say adieu to these infamous 12 months, might as well get out and see some good shows. Without further ado, I present a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week. Here's a look at some suggested shows if you're in the DC metro. And if you happen to see an asterisk by a show, I'll be there. You should too.

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, 12/5/16

-Andy Shauf + Chris Cohen (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-The Jezabels + Surf Rock is Dead (Rock & Roll Hotel)

TUESDAY, 12/6/16

-Curtis Harding + Wanted Man (Black Cat)
-Delta Rae (The Hamilton) 

WEDNESDAY, 12/7/16

-Rainbow Kitten Surprise + Amasa Hines (Black Cat)
-Goodnight, Texas + Bombadil (Jammin Java)

THURSDAY, 12/8/16

-Boat Burning + Tone + The Orchid (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Jai Wolf + Jerry Folk + Chet Porter (9:30 Club)
-The Mystery Lights + Warbly Jets + pearie sol (DC9)
-Futurebirds + Loamlands (U Street Music Hall)
-Olivia Mancini & The Mates + Run Come See + Elena & Los Fulanos (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 12/9/16

-We Were Pirates (Hometown Sounds at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage)
-Dragonette + Gibbz (U Street Music Hall)
-American Wrestlers + Varsity + YUM (DC9)
-Xenia Rubinos + Kristy la Rat (Songbyrd Music House)
-Flasher + Swim Team + Post Pink (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 12/10/16

-Reverend Horton Heat + Unknown Hinson + Nashville Pussy + Lucky Tubb (Black Cat)
-Aztec Sun (Songbyrd Music House)
-The Wag Dance Party (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 12/11/16

-Shooter Jennings + Jason Boland (9:30 Club)
-Matt Pond P.A. + Moving Panoramas (DC9)
-Gosh Pith + Sulaiman Azimi (Songbyrd Music House)
-Jaguardini + Ships At Sea (Galaxy Hut)
-Positive No (instore at Red Onion)

[posted 12.3.16]

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Video of The Day #200: The xx

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 return of The xx makes yours truly a very happy lady, my friends. Dig into this here clip for "On Hold," starring not only The xx but the small town of Marfa, Texas (though no Marfa Lights, sadly). The drama of high school teens, shot sublimely, is just right to go with the moody, broody synthery and boy-girl vocals of the song. Love, love, and love some more. 




[posted 11.30.16]

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Xmas Gift Guide 2016: MusicIQ

It's beginning to look a lot like the time of year that requires a lot of gift giving. We all know that not everyone is easy to shop for, so I'm racking my brain to help you help yourself and find a great gift for the music snob that maybe already has everything...but maybe not this.

When I lived in Richmond, going to music trivia night every week was a high point - and a point of pride. One of my teams was a frequent winner, and who doesn't love being able to show off their music knowledge and drink delicious adult beverages at the same time? With MusicIQ, you can bring the music trivia to your place, which means you can throw on your snuggie, cuddle up with your pet or your inner circle or your significant other and wow them all with your music-loving brain. A great gift for any music nerd/snob. 

[posted 11.29.16]

Video of The Day #199: Temples

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.

My swooning over Temples continues, with a little gushing in order for the band's colorful, kooky clip for "Certainty." Naturally, the video is the antithesis of certainty, making it a splendidly abstract visual feast for the Kool-Aid kaleidoscope of the song. 





[posted 11.29.16]

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Singles Club: ATTU

Don't let the deceptive naive romanticism of ATTU's "Staying Together" fool you. As sweetly jangling as the song is, the North Londoner's bittersweet bedroom pop tart is an ode to the "feeling you're trying to make things work but you keep getting in your own way." 

It's a sentiment I know I can relate to, and I know you can, too. With "Staying Together," ATTU hits a nerve, in a rather prettily poignant way. 





[posted 11.27.16]

On The Road Again: EZTV

After a brief Thanksgiving break, New York's EZTV is kicking off the last leg of their pretty darned thorough fall tour. 

Their tour, in support of new record High In Place, has already seen the band take their jangling, somewhat isolationist brooding pop racket to cities both home and abroad, and the last clutch of dates can be found below. Given that the dates below also feature Ultimate Painting, this is probably something to consider making time for, ladies and gents. 

EZTV TOUR DATES

November 27 - New Orleans, LA - Saturn Bar
November 28 - Austin, TX - Barracuda
November 29 - Dallas TX - Double Wide Bar
November 30 - Memphis, TN - Bar DKDC
December 01 - Columbia, MO - Café Berlin
December 02 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
December 03 - Detroit, MI - El Club
December 04 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
December 05 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
December 06 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
December 07 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom



[posted 11.27.16]

Singles Club: Shana Falana

There is a certain magic about some songs. A certain way of transporting you to a special place of sheer happy abandon. For me, Shana Falana's "Cool Kids" is one such song.

The enchanting technicolor bubblegum dreampop of the song is both uplifting and inspiring. A song for the misfits, the outsiders, and "the ones you forgot," "Cool Kids" flies the flag for otherness in the most gloriously lovely way. By far one of my favorite songs of the year. 





[posted 11.27.16]

Video of The Day #198: Young Mammals

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.

Sun, surf, and sassy dance moves. What else do you need on a Sunday? I don't need much else. Mind you, the excellence of the song for which the video was made certainly doesn't hurt. With "Jaguar," from the newly-released long player of the same name, Houston-ites Young Mammals crystallize a heck of a heavy pop surf nugget, self-aware and real and impossibly catchy. The lighthearted video takes the edge off, though the song's still a doozy.   





[posted 11.27.16]

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Video of The Day #197: Feel Freeze

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.

So, true confession: I haven't seen Stranger Things. But if you have, Feel Freeze's nostalgic penchant for 80s vibes in the icy kiss of "Wet My Tongue" might be right up your alley. For me, the video appeals from both an aesthetic and sonic sensibility. Brooding, shimmering twilight synthery is well done indeed by these Danes, and feels both ethereal and haunting. The song makes for a great listen, and the bonus is an interesting video accompaniment. 

  




[posted 11.26.16]

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Week In Shows: 11/28-12/4

The Friday afternoon after a somewhat gluttonous and delightful Thanksgiving 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!

Many of you are probably still in a turkey-induced haze, what with all that tryptophan floating around in your system. Between naps and second/third helpings, why not think about what shows you'll go to over the next week? Say farewell to November and hello to December with these suggested shows. Without further ado, I present a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week. Things are starting to pick up now that we're past Thanksgiving, and there's a lot of good shows to be had. And if you happen to see an asterisk by a show, I'll be there. You should too.

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, 11/28/16


-Homeshake + Brushes + Today Junior (Songbyrd Music House)
-The Sounds + Zipper Club + My Jerusalem (9:30 Club)
-Calm & Crisis + Menage A Garage + Lanternfish (Black Cat)
-Nice Breeze + The Literals (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 11/29/16


-A People's Choir DC Sing-Along (DC9)
-David Dondero + Sean Barna + Loi Loi (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 11/30/16


-STRFKR + Gigamesh + Psychic Twin (9:30 Club - win tix!)
-Xylouris White + Marisa Anderson (DC9)
-PBR: Art and Soul Art Show (Songbyrd Music House - 21+)

THURSDAY, 12/1/16


-Greenland + Kid Claws + More Humans (Songbyrd Music House)
-Red Fang + Torche + Whores (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Windhand + Ilsa (Black Cat)
-Des Demoanas + Homosuperior + Chill Parents (MLK Library)
-Diana + Mozart's Sister (DC9)

FRIDAY, 12/2/16


-Dark Star Orchestra (9:30 Club)
-SLØTFACE + Kid Brother (DC9)
-The Soil & The Sun + Owel + Wes Swing (Songbyrd Music House)
-Drop Electric + The Last Rewind + Slow Lights (Gypsy Sally's)

SATURDAY, 12/3/16


-The Riverbreaks + Wylder + Bearcat Wildcat (Gypsy Sally's)
-Dark Star Orchestra (9:30 Club)
-The Districts + Tangiers (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Andie Case + Wild Coast (Songbyrd Music House)
-Time Is Fire + E + Insect Factory (Black Cat)
-Rapture New Wave Dance Party (Songbyrd Music House)
-An Evening with BJ Barham (Jammin Java)

SUNDAY, 12/4/16


-Thank You Scientist + Moon Tooth + The Tea Club + Megosh (DC9)
-Emmylou Harris (The Hamilton)
-Bad Moves + The Afterglows + Bless (Black Cat)

[posted 11.25.16]

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Xmas Gift Guide 2016: Light In The Attic's Lee Hazlewood Tee

It's beginning to look a lot like the time of year that requires a lot of gift giving. We all know that not everyone is easy to shop for, so I'm racking my brain to help you help yourself and find a great gift for the music snob that maybe already has everything...but maybe not this.

You really can't go wrong giving anything from Light In The Attic as a gift. These folks put out some of the best music from artists old and new (lest we forget, LITA released the first Black Angels long player). But I'm pretty smitten with this Lee Hazlewood tee, myself. For any fan of the late great Lee's mustache, buttered gravel tones, and just plain delightful songs, this tee is sure to be a hit at the holidays (or any other time of year). 


[posted 11.24.16]

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Xmas Gift Guide 2016: Eddie Argos Artwork

It's beginning to look a lot like the time of year that requires a lot of gift giving. We all know that not everyone is easy to shop for, so I'm racking my brain to help you help yourself and find a great gift for the music snob that maybe already has everything...but maybe not this.

I'm sure many of you remember the sardonic, self-deprecating and somewhat sarcastic cheek of Art Brut's irrepressible front fellow Eddie Argos. Not only is Argos a talent with a mic, he's a talent with a paintbrush to boot. Right about now, Eddie is doing custom artwork to warm the heart of any music fan - album cover art. To make this even better, you might just find a little review of the record in question on the back, penned by Argos. Not only that, but he's pledged to listen to the record as he paints. Honestly, there are few more awesomely music nerd-appropriate gifts out there. Also, I'll just put it forth that an Eddie Argos painting of the Super Furry Animals record Fuzzy Logic would be an excellent gift for your favorite blogette.


  
[posted 11.23.16]

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Xmas Gift Guide 2016: Concert Ticket Floor Mat

It's beginning to look a lot like the time of year that requires a lot of gift giving. We all know that not everyone is easy to shop for, so I'm racking my brain to help you help yourself and find a great gift for the music snob that maybe already has everything...but maybe not this.

I actually have an album of old ticket stubs, but this is such a great idea that I might have to liberate one to make this happen. Thanks to Lakeside Camera Photoworks, it's now possible to have a welcome mat that is a blown up image of the ticket stub from any of your favorite concerts. Your boots can walk all over your chosen ticket every day! 

If a floor mat isn't your thing, you can also turn that stub into a blanket or scale it down and slap it on a mug. Or, if you're feeling extravagant, order up a blanket/mat/mug combo to fully relive the glory of your favorite show. Sounds like a pretty darned good gift to me in any iteration.

       
[posted 11.22.16]