Monday, January 27, 2014

Meet The People’s Temple

The People’s Temple was the name used by Jim Jones for his cult. The People’s Temple is the name used by a band of psych rock makers from Michigan. I come to tell you, friends, just why you should become a follower of the Midwestern version of The People’s Temple.

To listen to The People’s Temple is to step foot outside of your current reality and into another time and place. Theirs is heavy, turbulent psych with serious attitude, definitely chasing the ghosts of fellow Michiganian (via the Motor City) forefathers MC5 and The Stooges, though they don’t spare a little bit of delirious jangle either, tinged with just a touch of sleaze. They wail, shout, and create pummeling noise with the best of the psych rock crop. More For The Masses, the LP that I haven’t been able to stop listening to for months, is spilling over with sweet sonic devotions. It’s a dizzy, upside-down and backwards and forwards romp through kaleidoscopic shades of psych, and I’m a sucker for it.

Brothers and sisters, I strongly encourage you to drink this Kool Aid.

[posted 1.27.14]

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Singles Club: Ponctuation

O, Canada. Sometimes the exports are terrible (y'all know who I'm talking about). But sometimes, the exports are mighty fine. One such import from Canadia that's caught my ear lately is Ponctuation, a fiercely French-singing outfit out of Quebec.

Scuzzy as you like, "27 Club" shambolicly cavorts and careens around somewhat snotty, somewhat bored French vocals. There's definitely some strut here, and the pervasive jangle makes for a catchy little number. It's a song that doesn't quite snarl, it sneers. And I like it.

[posted 1.25.14]

The Week In Shows: 1/27-2/2

A freezing cold Saturday morning 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 must say, friends, that I don't really find this Baltic weather we're currently dealing with conducive to much apart from curling up in bed and hibernating. Below freezing = bad. But the shows must go on, I suppose, and I must get out of bed. Here's a look at some recommendations for the coming week. It's possible I'll brave the sub-freezing temps for some good music, and you should definitely do the same.

MONDAY, 1/27/14

-Mammoth Indigo + Dangerosa + Static Scene (Velvet Lounge)**
-Brandon Boyd + Sons of The Sea (9:30 Club)
-Lee Baines III & The Glory Fires + Turf War (DC9)
-The Del Arcos + Lime Twigs (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 1/28/14

-Jason Isbell + Holly Williams (9:30 Club)
-Sylvan Esso + Ploy (DC9)
-Foul Swoops + Malportado Kids + Olivia Neutron John (CD Cellar - Arlington)

WEDNESDAY, 1/29/14

-Bluebeard + James Walker + Cartoon Weapons (DC9)
-Dawn of Midi + Geometric Shapes (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 1/30/14

-Spirit Animal + Honest Haloway + Motion Lines (Black Cat)
-Bill Cosby (Strathmore)
-Gambles (Jammin Java)

FRIDAY, 1/31/14

-Neutral Milk Hotel + Elf Power (Constitution Hall - SOLD OUT)
-Drunk Tigers + Railsplitter + Sunset Guns + Collapser (Velvet Lounge)
-Bill Cosby (Strathmore)

SATURDAY, 2/1/14

-Black Clouds + Tone + Highway Cross (Black Cat)
-Hospitality + Soccer Team (Rock&Roll Hotel)
-Dot Dash + History Repeated + The Gumbas (Comet Ping Pong)
-Classic Albums 1994 (Iota)
-The Nighthawks (Jammin Java)

SUNDAY, 2/2/14

-Maria Taylor + PJ Bond (Rock&Roll Hotel)

[posted 1.25.14]

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Guest Best Of: Starring Nick Furgiuele (Gringo Star)

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 think we can all agree that Gringo Star is one of the best dang band names around. They're also one of the best bands at purveying a swinging 60s-psych rock jangling shimmy shake, especially when on stage. The lovely Mister Nick Gurgiuele (singing/multi-instrumentalizing) had a busy year, with the Gringos taking frequent roadtrips, but still managed to send me a list of some of his favorite records of 2013. Read on, friends. Read on.

Shantih Shantih - Something Else to Drink
The Harlequins - Sex Change
J Roddy Walston and The Business - Essential Tremors
Turf War - Cheers to The Years
Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics - It's About Time

[posted 1.15.14]

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Week in Shows: 1/14-1/19

A gloomy, rainy Tuesday 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 may or may not be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

I'm still in serious hermit mode, so you may or may not (more likely the latter) see me out and about this week (if you do, it'll be the shows that are starred, as always). However, there's a few shows that I think are worthy of attention. So without further ado, here's them there shows.

TUESDAY, 1/14/14

-St. Lucia + Panama Wedding (Black Cat - SOLD OUT)
-Suburban Living + Pet Parade (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 1/15/14

-Cate LeBon + Kevin Morby + Pree (DC9)
-Ave Marie + Queer Rocket + Rebecca vs Mexico (CD Cellar - Arlington)

THURSDAY, 1/16/14

-Broncho + Brass Bed (Black Cat)**
-Roomrunner + Pure Junk + Peals (Fillmore)

FRIDAY, 1/17/14

-Speedy Ortiz + Grass Is Green + Two Inch Astronaut + Collapser (The Dougout)
-Teen Mom + The Can't Tells + The Mean Season (The Dunes)
-Rhett Miller (The Hamilton)
-Tereu Tereu + Drunken Sufis + Raw Feels (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 1/18/14

-Olivia Mancini & The Mates + Who Needs A Pulse + Walking Sticks (Black Cat)
-Sir Sly + Pleasure Curses (Rock&Roll Hotel)
-Ravagers + Creep Crusades + The Sniffs + American Television (CD Cellar - Arlington)

SUNDAY, 1/19/14

-Coup Sauvage & The Snips + Teen Liver (Black Cat)
-Title Tracks + The Tender Thrill (Galaxy Hut)
-Afrika Bambaataa + DJ Maseo + Fort Knox Five + DJ Underdog (U Street Music Hall)

[posted 1.14.14]