Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year, Y'all!

It's been a bit of a rough year, so I'm incredibly happy that 2013 is on the way out. Bring on 2014! My resolutions and I are ready to have a great time in the coming year. 

I know I posted a bunch of versions of "Auld Lang Syne" last year, but it's just the perfect New Year's song, so here we go again. I hope you'll love each and every version of the Bobby Burns classic herein. 

I'd like to hereby wish y'all every happiness over the next year, and all the best for a happy, healthy, and super fabulous New Year! And of course, I wish us all plenty of amazing music to listen to. If you're out and about tonight, be sure to get yourself home safe and sound.  

And now, the tunes!
   










The Week In Shows: 12/31-1/5

The last day of the year is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I may or may not be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

I don't know about y'all, but I am pretty pleased to be seeing the end of 2013. It's just about time to get pretty excited about 2014, and as good as 2013 was in terms of music, I have no doubt 2014 will be even better. Tonight's the big night in terms of party time, so shows are a bit (ok, really) scarce. But...let's take a quick look at the abbreviated offerings around town, shall we?

TUESDAY, 12/31/13

-Peaches O'Dell & Her Orchestra (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 1/2/14

-Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots + Skypunch + Gringo (Velvet Lounge)
-Deathfix (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage)

FRIDAY, 1/3/14

-Catscan! + Mobius Strip + The Dead Women + Electric Grandmother (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Weathervanes (Hill Country)

SATURDAY, 1/4/14

-Yo No Say + Electric Fireworks + Swim Grandma (Velvet Lounge)
-Ex Friends + Boardroom Heroes + You're Right? (Comet Ping Pong)
-Andrew Cedermark + Typefighter + Tree River (Paperhaus)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Week In Shows: 12/23-12/29

The weekend before Christmas is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I'll be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

It's (almost) Christmastime in the city! Time for holiday parties and present opening. I don't know about y'all, but I'll be hoping Santa leaves some winning lottery tickets in my stocking. In the meantime, there might be a show worth leaving your holiday festivities for...let's take a look at the abbreviated offerings around town, shall we?   

WEDNESDAY, 12/25/13

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

THURSDAY, 12/26/13

-Fall Seattle, Emma, Marc Train Home (DC9)
-Southpaws + The Senecas + Myrrh Myrrh + W?KE (Velvet Lounge)

FRIDAY, 12/27/13

-Gogol Bordello + Man Man (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Sub-Radio Standard + Morning Brigade + The Walking Sticks (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 12/28/13

-Gogol Bordello + Man Man (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Tennis System + Smoke Green + Myrrh Myrrh (DC9)
-The Ha-rang!# + The Raw Feels + Marilu Weisner (Dupond Dupont) (Velvet Lounge)

SUNDAY, 12/29/13

-The Felice Brothers + Justin Jones (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Cotton Candy + Talk It (Galaxy Hut)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Crossing The Pond: Life Model

There's something about Glasgow. Indeed, Scotland as a whole is pretty amazing, but Glasgow is a cut above. As you might expect for a happening city, the scene in that dear green place is pretty vibrant, and has been since (at least) the days of Orange Juice and Josef K. Life Model is the latest Glaswegian outfit to catch my ear, and their reverence for the past translates so very well to the present day.

The reference that most comes to mind when listening to Life Model's single "Glazed" is the ethereal, seductive noise of Lush. Indeed, Life Model has plenty of that wonderful, shimmering fuzz and lovely, breathy vocals. Much of the guitar work reminds me of the early 90s (most probably a combination vibe of debut lp Charlatans/Leisure-era Blur in feel), another rather appealing quality to the band's work. I like what I hear very much, and consider them to be very much worth your time. 


Guest Best Of: Starring Matt Klimas (The Low Branches, The Snowy Owls)

Y'all know that my Best Of 2013 is a little ways away (I promise, it'll be earlier than last year's roundup), but to get you in the end of year mood, I thought I'd ask a few musician friends for their picks for the best records of this year. I'm also nosy/curious, and just wanted to see what they'd choose. After all, as I said last year, a person's record selections say a lot about them.

It's time for some more Richmond around these parts, I do declare. So let's visit with one of my most very favorite Richmonders/Richmond musicians, Mister Matt Klimas. It's not at all a surprise to me that this list is full of awesome. If you're not yet familiar with Matt's work with the prettiness of  The Low Branches and/or the pretty noise of The Snowy Owls, please rectify. And now, the good word (in no particular order).

Windhand - Soma
Most satisfyingly steady and brooding metal album I've ever encountered – from RVA dream doomers.

Black Hearted Brother - Stars Are Our Home
Sprouting from the roots of Slowdive, it's the Beach Boys in a blender, launched into outer space.

True Widow - Circumambulation
Stunning in it's spareness, enveloping in it's thickness.

Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
Wry, jagged, and quirky hooks wrapped in guitar jangle and crunch.

Lorde - Pure Heroine
My faith in pop music has been restored.

Hayden - Us Alone
One of the most perfectly produced songwriter albums I've heard in years.

Yo La Tengo - Fade
The masters get me every time.

Cate le Bon - Mug Museum
Sparks of Television, flashes of Bowie, and a voice of gold.

Whirr - Around
Viva the slowcore/shoegaze revival.

My Bloody Valentine - mbv
Speaks for itself.

Guest Best Of: Starring Will Simpson (Dangerosa)

Y'all know that my Best Of 2013 is a little ways away (I promise, it'll be earlier than last year's roundup), but to get you in the end of year mood, I thought I'd ask a few musician friends for their picks for the best records of this year. I'm also nosy/curious, and just wanted to see what they'd choose. After all, as I said last year, a person's record selections say a lot about them.

It's no secret that I like it loud, and DC noisemakers Dangerosa certainly know how to lay it down all sorts of loud. Theirs is fabulous noisy psych-influenced clamor, with hauntingly witchy cooing to boot. The wonderful (and wonderfully tall) Will Simpson of said Dangerosa happily had plenty to say when asked about his 2013 favorites. Read on, friends, read on. You're about to see a really varied list (as well as a tie for #5!), and I like it. As an added bonus, Will created a Spotify playlist for all you Spotifying types. Enjoy! 

1. King Krule: 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
King Krule (aka Zoo Kid, aka Archy Miller) had me at hello. His self-titled EP has been in my heavy rotation since 2011, and I eagerly awaited 6 Feet Beneath the Moon once initial tracks began to leak out. King Krule dances that fine line of Sixties Staxx era soul, indie rock, and downtempo house with a voice and viewpoint that belie his moniker.

2. Deafheaven: Sunbather
If you are a long time indie rocker who has dabbled on the edge of metal during your share of road trips, this album will tug at you from many angles. Guitars are beautifully reverbed and layered with some of the most accessible screamed vocals ever. Laid over pulsing, bass heavy beats, think Gorgoroth meets My Bloody Valentine.

3. Unknown Mortal Orchestra: II
The first few bars UMO released grabbed me with their late 60’s guitar sound and repetitive but catchy songs. Their second album does not disappoint. Frontman Ruban Nielson weaves his unique vocals of over well placed finger picking -- a break from some of the distorted guitar found on the first record.

4. Ducktails: The Flower Lane
This solo project from Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile is a fun, trippy,psych-pop album, that is unafraid to flirt with the strange. A favorite track, "Planet Phrom," does just that, fantasizing about life on a new planet "with my alien wife."  I mean what else do you need (aside from some of the best sounding keyboard lines of 2013)?

5. Toro Y Moi: Anything in Return
Probably my favorite musical offering from South Carolina since Eric Bachmann wrote "South Carolina."  This album is a feel good dance party on a double vinyl that gets it full of energy, with samples that range from disco to house to sultry vocals. Definitely great for a Friday evening, whether heading out or chilling out.

5. Kurt Vile: Waking on a Pretty Daze
Some of the best written songs of the year. You can hear echoes of Bob Dylan and Lou Reed (R.I.P.). This album really takes the Kurt Vile sound -- at least in this particular project -- to the next level. Paired with purposeful solos over jangly guitars, the songs highlight Vile’s breathy vocal styling perfectly, while keeping just a touch of rock and roll attitude.

6. The Besnard Lakes: Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
A couple years ago, my wife AvĂ© (also Dangerosa’s lead singer and bassist), introduced me to this band from Canada with a sound that is both present and distant. With cascades of reverb and delay from husband and wife combo Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas have garnered two Polaris Prize nominations. In this album, The Besnard Lakes play up their atmospheric sound, plumbing their depths with an eight track album that washes from one track to the next.

7. Darwin Deez: Songs for Imaginative People
Slacker rock with a pop sensibility and guitar riffs that are just fuzzy enough to let you know this man has listened to some J. Mascis in his day. Gotta thank Chang, our guitarist, for this one.

8. The Appleseed Cast: Illumination Ritual
This mostly instrumental band from Lawrence, Kansas via Southern California brings a cornucopia of pedals and effects to their well crafted guitar riffs and intricate drum sounds. Yes, this list makes it clear that I dork out on pedals.

9. Chance The Rapper: Acid Rap; The Mixtape
There is just something about Chance’s flow. The way he can bring an energetic, fun point of view to tracks that reference everything from mainstream rap’s conspicuous consumerism to the growing rash of youth violence currently gripping his hometown of Chicago, to hashtag rap about more drug use than even Keith Richards could shake a stick at. With a mix of jazzy loops, rock rhythms, ragtime piano lines, shout outs to Tribe, and filter sweeps over 808 beats, the production buttresses the mixtape without getting in the way of the many lyricists who guest appear. Points for "Everything’s Good (Good Ass Outro)."

10. Still Corners: Strange Pleasures
This is one of the go to “electric relaxation” albums of the year. Like a warm bath in a moog with bubbles made of reverb with a touch of Cocteau Twins.

Honorable Mention: Small Black: Limits of Desire, Local Natives: Hummingbird, Doldrums: Lesser Evil, Foals: Holy Fire, Jagwar Ma: Howlin’, Suuns: Images Du Future, Javelin: Hi Beams, Dent May: Warm Blanket.




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Guest Best Of: Starring Jason Russo (Hopewell, Common Prayer)

Y'all know that my Best Of 2013 is a little ways away (I promise, it'll be earlier than last year's roundup), but to get you in the end of year mood, I thought I'd ask a few musician friends for their picks for the best records of this year. I'm also nosy/curious, and just wanted to see what they'd choose. After all, as I said last year, a person's record selections say a lot about them.

I've been a fan of Jason Russo for years. After all, he's part of the Mercury Rev extended family, and his two main projects, Hopewell and Common Prayer, just so happen to be rather fantastic (and more than rather worth your while). Here's what my favorite wearer of white got his kicks from this year, and as an added bonus, some other stuff that's been happening in his 2013. Oh, and by the by, watch this space as Common Prayer's latest just might make my list this year. Without further ado, here's the cream of 2013's crop, according to Mister Russo.

Wooden Wand: Blood Oaths of the New Blues - came out in January – def the best thing to be released in a good long while. Support this band.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away - It's just comforting to hear his voice. Like an nice uncle.

Nitemoves: Themes - Rory helped us make parts of our new record. He is definitely a genius. A term I don't use lightly.

My Bloody Valentine: m b v - y'know..

"Other than that we've been cooking dinner and listening to: Air Supply's Greatest Hits, Journey's Greatest Hits, Steve Winwood: Back in the High Life / Higher Love/ Valerie, Don Henley: End Of The Innocence / NY Minute, Van Halen 2 , Peter Gabriel and Mr Mister (Kyrie). The most important (re) discovery of the year has been Supertramp: Breakfast In America. One of the finest records ever committed to vinyl."

Monday, December 16, 2013

Guest Best Of: Starring Brian Miles (Ttotals)

Y'all know that my Best Of 2013 is a little ways away (I promise, it'll be earlier than last year's roundup), but to get you in the end of year mood, I thought I'd ask a few musician friends for their picks for the best records of this year. I'm also nosy/curious, and just wanted to see what they'd choose. After all, as I said last year, a person's record selections say a lot about them.

My next guest is no stranger to being talked about here. Ttotals is one of my favorite bands, and those dudes are for sure two of my favorite people. They also happen to love not only making music, but listening to music. I've seen the record collection of Mister Brian Miles, and I can tell you, friends, that it is not to be fucked with. Brian knows his music, and he's as stoked to turn people on to what he loves as I am. We've got a few favorite 2013 records in common, it should be noted. I'll go ahead and let him spell it out for y'all.

"Here is my infinite eight of 2013. These are just my humble opinions and you should take them with a grain of salt. There are so many great records and bands in the world and these are the sounds that have caught me this year. I try really hard to turn people on to good records and sounds. Sometimes you can't tell a motherfucker anything. Do not be that person, okay? Open your heart and ears and you might just find something you like.

1. Hookworms - Pearl Mystic (lp): This record has not wandered far from my turntable since I got it. Wow, this beauty just haunts and bangs my brain so good that I flip it back over and put the arm down and start from the beginning time after time. I always hear something different ever time I hear this piece of wax and indulge in the grooves.

2. Roky Erickson - The Evil One (reissue lp): This is a reissue, but some of us were not lucky enough to be of age and/or record bin savy enough to get it the first time around. These songs have stood the test of time. Killer in 1981 and still killer today. Roky even still performs these really great songs live. I feel he is way more comfortable with his solo stuff then the Elevators songs these days. Just the mention of a few songs will just put everything in to perspective; "Two-Headed Dog," "Walk Like a Zombie" and "Don't Slander Me." You get the picture.

3. Destruction Unit - Deep Trip (lp): These guys are from Arizona? Bullshit! Well they are. How does something this good come out of the deserts of Arizona? These dudes must have some awesome blaze and not only from the sun, if you know what I'm sayin.

4. Night Beats - Sonic Bloom (lp): When I first saw this record I thought it was called Sonic Boom. Which I was like, whoa, kick ass!, when it came in the mail. I met my mailman with open arms, ran inside, stuck it on the ole kenwood and quickly discovered it was called Sonic Bloom. Which makes it so much better and made a lot more sense. Good to see these Seattle boys branching out with some Fender Rhodes and sax. A little Black Lips and Stooges vibe here, very nice.

5. Brujas del Sol - Moonliner (download): Just got turned onto this band via Pat of Creepoid and the Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor guys. Real killer band from Columbus, Ohio. Deep grooves abound. Sit back and let the sounds wash over you. Real awesome late night driving vibes. Gonna be a hit in the van this coming year. Turn it up!

6. Moonrises - Frozen Altars (download): Steven Krakow's new group. If you've never heard of this gent, you need to familiarize yourself pretty quick. Fronts Plasticcrimewave in all its different incarnations and does the killer Galactic Zoo Dossier zine. Moonrises reminds me of a Linda Bruner-fronted Can or lighter, ether-filled Acid Mothers. If this statement doesn't entice you to listen, well, you are reading the wrong list. Damn good.

7. Cosmonauts - Persona Non Grata (download): Was not quick enough for the lp(sold out). Diggin the bell like guitar tones here on this 2013 offering from these Califonia sons all the same. Don't get me wrong I dig the super garage fuzz of their early outings, but this is killer. Sounds like they have matured a little in my humble opinion, and let the golden sun's rays drip through them guitars and amps. This one makes me feel all warm inside and yearn for summer's sun.

8. Nest Egg - Demonstrational Cassette Volume 1 (download): Psych and krautrock deep grooves from Asheville, NC. Formed out of the ashes (or is it a side project) of a couple of Soft Opening guys. Hope it's not the end of Soft Opening, but if it is, this is the right place to pick up from and lock into and push forward even more. Hope to hear more from 'em.

The Week In Shows: 12/16-12/22

A pretty darned chilly Monday afternoon is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I'll be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

Cue one of the reasons I dislike winter: lots of cold weather. I don't like it, not one bit. But sometimes, there are things to see and do that require venturing out into the cold. Shows are a little thin on the ground this week, but some of the shows around town might just be worth the potential cold nose. You just might see me at the shows with stars. Brrr. 

MONDAY, 12/16/13

-Show Pony + Two Inch Astronaut (Galaxy Hut)**

TUESDAY, 12/17/13

-Margot MacDonald (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 12/18/13

-Humble Fire + Greenland + Louis Weeks (DC9)

THURSDAY, 12/19/13

-Dillon Francis + Anamanguchi + gLAdiator + PENTAMON (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Paint Branch + More Humans + Big Hush (Black Cat)
-The Deadmen + Kalen & The Sky Thieves + Jackfields + Avers (DC9)
-Dinosaur Bones + Honest Haloway (Living Social)

FRIDAY, 12/20/13

-Lenorable + A Place Both Wonderful and Strange + Cavale (Velvet Lounge)

SATURDAY, 12/21/13

-Crushed Out (Gypsy Sally's)

SUNDAY, 12/22/13

-Thee Drive-In + Gulley Jimson Quartet (DC9)
-Puff Pieces + Argos (Galaxy Hut)

Guest Best Of: Starring Landis Wine (White Laces)

Y'all know that my Best Of 2013 is a little ways away (I promise, it'll be earlier than last year's roundup), but to get you in the end of year mood, I thought I'd ask a few musician friends for their picks for the best records of this year. I'm also nosy/curious, and just wanted to see what they'd choose. After all, as I said last year, a person's record selections say a lot about them.

It's no secret I have a crush on the music scene in Richmond. They're pretty spoiled down there, but thankfully it's not too far away to keep tabs on the scene. White Laces is probably one of the best RVA bands around, making a sharp, swirly noise that is rather hard to ignore (to help guide your mind, they recently played shows with Fuzzy favorites Weekend). The next list of must-haves from 2013 comes from White Laces' own Mister Landis Wine, he of guitar and vocal duties. It's an extensive, eclectic list, and you might see one or two of these on my list as well. Let's see what caught the eye of Mister Wine:

Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus 7
Dean Blunt - The Redeemer
My Bloody Valentine - m b v
Tim Hecker - Virgins
Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Jai Paul - Jai Paul
The Field - Cupid’s Head
Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
DJ Rashad - Double Cup
Danny Brown - Old
Body/Head - Coming Apart
Bill Callahan - Dream River
Disclosure - Settle
A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord
The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat
Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
Kanye West - Yeezus
Pure X - Crawling Up the Stairs
Rashad Becker - Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. 1

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Guest Best Of: Starring John Harouff (Dead Professional)

Y'all know that my Best Of 2013 is a little ways away (I promise, it'll be earlier than last year's roundup), but to get you in the end of year mood, I thought I'd ask a few musician friends for their picks for the best records of this year. I'm also nosy/curious, and just wanted to see what they'd choose. After all, as I said last year, a person's record selections say a lot about them.

Brevity isn't usually my bag, as y'all know all too well. Especially when it comes to certain year-end lists. I should, in future, follow the example of Mister John Harouff (known in musical circles as Dead Professional). He'll tell you he's a little behind with new music, but has put together a nice little list indeed from this year. Check back with me in a few weeks, and you might even see something of John's on my list. In the meantime, make sure you've got yourself acquainted with Dead Professional. And now, John's picks from 2013:

Caveman : Caveman
GEMS : Medusa EP
Jonny Fritz : Dad Country
Bombadil : Metrics of Affection

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Guest Best Of: Starring Grant Widmer (Generationals)

Y'all know that my Best Of 2013 is a little ways away (I promise, it'll be earlier than last year's roundup), but to get you in the end of year mood, I thought I'd ask a few musician friends for their picks for the best records of this year. I'm also nosy/curious, and just wanted to see what they'd choose. After all, as I said last year, a person's record selections say a lot about them.

I'm currently reading a biography about Huey Long, the notorious/legendary Louisiana politico, so it seems somehow fitting that the first installment of this year's guest postings just so happens to arrive via that very same state. Generationals, out of the one and only Big Easy, have themselves released a mighty fine lp this year (spoiler alert: it will be on my very own Best Of list), and Mister Grant Widmer has settled upon some selections of his own. Read on to see what got Grant's attention this year, and be sure to give the Generationals good time release Heza some attention as well.

Nick Lowe - Quality Street
Splashh - Comfort
Brass Bed - The Secret Will Keep You
Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
James Blake - Overgrown
Lorde - Pure Heroine
Haim - Days Are Gone
Mac Demarco - II
Mikal Cronin - MCII


Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Week In Shows: 12/9-12/15

A Sunday morning during a Winter Storm Warning is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I'll be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

Cue one of the reasons I dislike winter: winter storms. I prefer my snow on postcards, and my ice in cocktail glasses. My advice to all is to keep inside and keep warm today! Looking ahead to this coming week, here's my recommended show adventures. It looks like a pretty tame week, which is just fine by me (quality v quantity). I'll be attending the starred events. Make sure you get out there and support the scene, both local and touring, even though (baby) it's cold outside. 

MONDAY, 12/9/13

-Frontier Ruckus + Dolfish (DC9)
-Nice Breeze + Aru + Teething Veils (Velvet Lounge)
-Perfect Pussy + Fell Types + Jail Solidarity (Black Cat)
-Olivia Mancini + Antoinette Goroch (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 12/10/13

-The Hives + Ex Hex (9:30 Club)
-Pompeya + Loveskills (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 12/11/13

-Billy Woodward + The Beat Stylists (DC9)
-Muscle Worship + Mittenfields + Static Scene (Velvet Lounge)**
-The Ar-Kaics + Passing Phases + The Tender Thrill (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 12/12/13

-Highway Cross + Ancient Sky + Crimes (DC9)
-Shat Shorts + Copstabber + Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Velvet Lounge)
-Wild Child + Holiday Mountain (Black Cat)
-Hometown Sounds + Showlist DC present Heavy Breathing + The Jet Age + Tereu Tereu + Screen Vinyl Image (DJ set) (Tropicalia)**
-American Babies (Gypsy Sally's)

FRIDAY, 12/13/13

-Goblin + Zombi (9:30 Club)
-Cavern + Corpse Light + Cleanteeth + The Osedax (Velvet Lounge)
-Chain & The Gang + Guerilla Toss + Blanche Blanche Blanche (Comet Ping Pong)**
-Betty Who + Ploy + Pleasure Curses (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 12/14/13

-Middle Distance Runner (Iota)
-The Woodshedders (Gypsy Sally's)

SUNDAY, 12/15/13

-Lauryn Hill (9:30 Club)
-Diarrhea Planet + No Regrets Coyote + Bella Russia (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Torches + Two Ton Twig (Galaxy Hut)
-Brazos + Ski Lodge + The Droids We're Looking For (DC9)
-Andrew Dice Clay (Fillmore)

Live Review: Augustines @ 9:30 Club, 10/29/13

Different name, same damn fine band. The band formerly known as We Are Augustines recently claimed the more concise name Augustines, and took to the road with super likeable Scottish band Frightened Rabbit. The DC stop, a doubleheader, was their last night together, and a celebratory atmosphere overtook the 9:30 Club. I took in the second of the two shows, and was pleased as punch, as always, to get to see Augustines live. 

The trio, prepping for the release of their second lp together in early 2014, made sure to pepper their set with some tantalizing new songs. Fraught with the same warmly impassioned, heartfelt glee as the band's first collection of songs, the new material fit right in, and proved rather delightful to the ears. They handled the new songs with the same infectious enthusiasm given to each and every song I've ever seen them play. 

Soon-to-be favorites mixed right in with current favorites like the romp of "Chapel Song," which, under the purpley blue lights, sounded perhaps more magnificent than ever. The plaintive "Juarez" was filled with bittersweetness, Billy McCarthy's voice roughly impeccable as always. They closed with my most favorite of all Augustines songs, the glorious "Book of James," which proved grittier and more rollicking than on record. It was a perfect way to end things, full of jubilation and promise and sheer joy. 

Their set, as blindingly brilliant as it was, had one flaw. It was much too short. Augustines is a band that I could happily take in night after night. For now, I'm (relatively) content with about once a year, especially when the set is as good as this.

  



[photo copyright Megan Petty]

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Week In Shows: 12/2-12/8

A Monday afternoon is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I'll be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

I don't know about y'all, but I'm pretty happy it's December. Black Friday nonsense is over, and the countdown to 2014 is on. As much as I hate the temps of winter, I'm all about a lot of what the season has to offer. Traditionally, this means some pretty killer shows. Let's see what's on tap, shall we? I just might be out and about this week, friends, let's say hi (show decisions still unmade as of press time). 

MONDAY, 12/2/13

-Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Birchmere)
-Short Lives + Mind Set (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 12/3/13

-Alarms & Controls + Soccer Team + Talk It (Black Cat)
-The Walking Sticks + Pleasure Curses + White Gold + Br'er (The Dunes)

WEDNESDAY, 12/4/13

-Jagwar Ma + Fascinator (U Street Music Hall)
-Savoir Adore + French Horn Rebellion (Living Social)
-Holograms + TV Ghost (DC9)
-Emmylou Harris (The Hamilton)

THURSDAY, 12/5/13

-Marco Benevento (U Street Music Hall)
-Hugh Cornwell + Dot Dash (Black Cat)
-The Walking Sticks + Peyote Pilgrim + Jack Tierney (DC9)

FRIDAY, 12/6/13

-Dark Star Orchestra (9:30 Club)
-Legs Like Tree Trunks + Cope Ascetic + Raised By Wolves (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Riverbreaks + Mission South + The Sea Life (Black Cat)
-Thee Lolitas + Musicband + The Brooklyn What + The Sniffs (The Pinch)
-Skelliton + Equiknox + Color School (Velvet Lounge)
-Here We Go Magic + Paperhaus (Paperhaus)
-King Krule + Tops (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)

SATURDAY, 12/7/13

-Dark Star Orchestra (9:30 Club)
-The Bottom Dollars + The Nuclears + The Mellish (DC9)
-Vinny Vegas + Beauchene Skulls + Bravenoise (Velvet Lounge)
-American Aquarium (Hill Country Live)
-The NRIs + Fire And The Wheel (Iota)
-Joseph Arthur & Mike Mills (Jammin Java)
-Matthew E. White + Dosh + Ivan Howard (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SUNDAY, 12/8/13

-Rock'n'Shop (Black Cat)
-Koshari + Eric+Erica (Galaxy Hut)
-Moon Taxi + The Shack Band (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-JD Samson & MEN + Ex Hex + Coup Sauvage & The Snips + DJ Dean (Comet Ping Pong)

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Week In Shows: 11/25-12/1

A Monday morn is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I'll be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

Y'all, I'm still recovering from last night. Not only the frigid temps but the ridiculously amazing set by Beasts of No Nation at the Black Cat. Hot. Dang. This week looks to be a bit slow, most likely because of that wonderful holiday of gluttony (and thanks) we all know and love. It's also the Iron Bowl, which is an even bigger deal than Thanksgiving (Roll Tide). I'll be taking it easy this week, though you still might catch me out and about.


MONDAY, 11/25/13

-Concert to Benefit Red Cross Phillipine Disaster Relief f/ Steve Bowes + Matt Tarka + Mantua Finials (Iota)

TUESDAY, 11/26/13

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Concert to Benefit Red Cross Phillipine Disaster Relief f/ Alexis and The Samurai + Andy Hawk and The Train Wreck Endings + Nick Bayard (Iota)
-MGMT (Constitution Hall)
-Amos Lee (Warner Theatre)
-Lamb of God (Fillmore)

WEDNESDAY, 11/27/13

-Watermelon + Paperhaus + The North Country + Gallons to Ounces (Black Cat)
-Temples + Myrrh Myrrh (DC9)

THURSDAY, 11/28/13

Take the day off, eat some turkey, and be thankful.

FRIDAY, 11/29/13


-Little War Twins + Satro + Miss Fridrich's Messy Ann Band + The Petticoat Tearoom (Black Cat)
-The Nighthawks (State Theatre)

-Elikeh (Tropicalia)

SATURDAY, 11/30/13

-Foxes (U Street Music Hall)
-Junior League + Walker's Run (Black Cat)
-Ra Ra Rasputin + PLOY + Bearshark (DC9)

-The Walkmen + Sunwolf + DJ Will Eastman (Union Market)
-Herman's Hermits (Ram's Head Annapolis)
-Drop Electric + Me and Karen + Black Hills (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)

SUNDAY, 12/1/13

-Animal Collective + bEEdEEgEE (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

-Spoonboy + Jason Anderson + Elizzadeath (Black Cat)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Untitled Interview #198: Starring Raimundo de Mussy (Pontiacs)

I've been banging the drum about Pontiacs for a little while now, and if I were you, friends, I wouldn't expect that to stop for a good long while. After all, my favorite Chilean psych rock brothers from another galaxy have just released a new LP (their third), and it's mighty fine indeed. You'll hear more about it from yours truly soon. 

In the meantime, I sent some burning questions to Chile, and have the following to share with you. Thanks to Raimundo de Mussy, we can all glean some insight into what makes the Pontiacs gentlemen tick, who among the Beatles and Stones they have time for, and the possibly not unexpected band they'd form a tribute band for. While you're reading, why not give a listen to new record Atacama Dreaming?
     
Fuzzy Logic: How the hell are you?
Raimundo de Mussy:
Doing fine, thanks.

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
RDM: "Soon" by My Bloody Valentine.


FL: Playing music is:
RDM: MIND BLOWING! An extraordinary intense experience in which all the players involved connect through rhythms and noises, an instance to express every corner of your real inner self and to let spontaneousness and creativity expand and do the all the job by itself.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
RDM: The Stooges - s/t.

FL: Beatles or Stones?
RDM: I'd make Lennon and Ringo play along with Keith and Brian Jones, the rest can go f*** themselves.

FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this month, of of ever):
RDM: 
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - s/t
Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse
Goat - World Music
A Place to Bury Strangers - s/t
John Maus -
We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
RDM: Half-full.

FL: Which of your peers do you think is making the best music these days?
RDM: Tame Impala, they made space rock and psychedelia popular again.

FL: What’s the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
RDM: God, I hate that fucking alarm clock.

FL: Little-known Pontiacs fact?
RDM: Our keyboardist can't play any other song besides ours!

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
RDM: Needle.cl

FL: Shaken or stirred?
RDM: Nevermind.

FL: Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
RDM: Buy yourself a record player, iPods suck.

FL: If you weren’t in a band you’d be:
RDM: Probably a vagabond.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
RDM: The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

FL: Best song ever written?
RDM: I'm quite proud of "Bulgaria," from our last LP.