Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #37 - Clinic

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Clinic

WHAT: Free Reign II

WHEN: March 2013

WHERE: Domino

WHY: The men, the myth, the masks. When it comes to kooky, you can’t do much better than Clinic. They’ve done it record after record, cleverly reworking their sound but always retaining that certain eccentricity that could only belong to them. Free Reign II is diabolically, masterfully weird, an upside-down, inside-out fun house of sonic tomfoolery. Throbbing beats and some knob-twiddling fit in well with the usual aural oddities running rampant. Clinic proves once again that Liverpool is more than just mop tops with matching suits; It’s also surgical masks and matching scrubs.

MY JAMS: “You II” “King Kong II” “Miss You II” “Seamless Boogie Woogie, BBC2 10pm (rpt) II” “See Saw II” “Done And Dusted II”







[posted 2.25.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #38 - Lorde

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Lorde

WHAT: Pure Heroine

WHEN: September 2013

WHERE: Lava/Republic/Universal

WHY: While I can’t remember what I was getting up to when I was a teenager, I can tell you I certainly wasn’t writing killer songs. But that’s just what the Kiwi phenom has done with Pure Heroine, and like pretty much every other blogger out there I’m all sorts of impressed. Her matter-of-fact, blunt but honeyed vocals hold nothing back, coming across both exposed and incredibly self-possessed and even powerful. Her lyrics are incredibly careful and aware, and pair perfectly with the beats in each song. While only time will tell in terms of staying power, this is a pretty prodigious effort for such a young artist. Dang, y’all. This girl just gets it.

MY JAMS: “400 Lux” “Royals” “Ribs” “Glory And Gore” “Still Sane” “A World Alone”







[posted 2.25.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #39 – Veronica Falls

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Veronica Falls

WHAT: Waiting For Something To Happen

WHEN: February 2013

WHERE: Slumberland

WHY: I simply adored their self-titled LP, and was impatiently awaiting the follow-up. It took a couple years, but with Waiting For Something To Happen, Veronica Falls did quite well staving off the notorious sophomore slump, showing instead growth and added depth to their already mighty fine sound. Still dynamic, their songs are a bit lighter (just a touch) and a bit more mature, but no less appealing. Mind you, listening to this record still makes me imagine a gray, misty day along the English coast, but perhaps now a ray or two of sunshine peeks through the gloom. Extra love to the Lush-meets-Belle & Sebastian-meets-New Order wonderfulness of “If You Still Want Me,” my favorite song on the record.

MY JAMS: “Broken Toy” “If You Still Want Me” “My Heart Beats” “Daniel” “Last Conversation”







[posted 2.25.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #40 – Gringo Star

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Gringo Star

WHAT: Floating Out To See

WHEN: October 2013

WHERE: My Anxious Mouth

WHY: Mix bands like The Kinks and The La-De-Das with a little puff of psychedelia and some good old raucous, rakish Southern charm, and you end up with those irrepressible Atlantans Gringo Star. Latest effort Floating Out To See is another collection of fun, shimmy-worthy nuggets full of good times. I must issue a warning, though, several of these songs are likely to get stuck in your head, so be prepared to find yourself humming “Find A Love” or “Going Way Out” without even realizing it.

MY JAMS: “Find A Love” “Going Way Out” “Taller” “100 Miles” “The Start”





[posted 2.25.14]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #41 - Running

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Running

WHAT: Vaguely Ethnic

WHEN: August 2013

WHERE: Castle Face

WHY: Sometimes you just need a little Running in your life. They snarl, they riff, they rage. With no-nonsense, crushing ferocity, Running’s Vaguely Ethnic gleefully melts eardrums hither and thither and back again. There’s plenty of substance to this record, in addition to all of that beautiful noise (though there’s plenty of that to be had). It’s one of those records that might just give you the distinct pleasure of feeling both like a badass and a music snob listening to. An album to be played frequently, and at maximum volume, glares from neighbors notwithstanding.

MY JAMS: “Thanks For The Input” “Wanna Weekend” “Why Can’t You Be In Running “Controversial PR” “Raven’s Ca$h” “Employment Vow”







[posted 2.25.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #42 – Jagwar Ma

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Jagwar Ma

WHAT: Howlin

WHEN: August 2013

WHERE: Mom & Pop Music

WHY: Deliciously out there, fantastically phantasmagorical, and intriguingly obtuse. And that’s only just scratching the surface of Jagwar Ma’s Howlin. Full of beaty, kooky psychedelic tropicalia blues, Howlin is a veritable feast of sound. Some songs might have been played during the Madchester glory days of the Hacienda (“Uncertainty,” in particular), while others (ok, most of them) are pure psych-coated hodgepodges, occasionally peppered with extra beats or 60s girl group shimmy for good measure (see: “That Loneliness”). A heck of a listen by these Aussies, and very much recommended.

MY JAMS: “The Throw” “That Loneliness” “Come Save Me” “Let Her Go” “Man I Need”







[posted 2.25.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #43 - GEMS

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: GEMS

WHAT: Medusa EP

WHEN: November 2013

WHERE: Never Age

WHY: Cliff Usher and Lindsay Pitts have been on my radar since their Birdlips days. Years later, settled in the DC area and reinvented as GEMS, the pair has come a long way since their Birdlips days. The Medusa EP sees them trying their collective hand at slinky, sophisticated silks of dream pop songs, and not surprisingly they’re quite good at it. While the entire EP is a treasure, title track “Medusa” and “Sinking Stone” are worthy of extra special notice, and the hypnotic, molasses heavy undulations combined with Lindsay’s ethereal, wistful chanteuse vocals turned them into two of my favorite jams of the entire year. I’m expecting big things from them in 2014.

MY JAMS: “Medusa” “Sinking Stone”







[posted 2.25.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #44 - Generationals

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Generationals

WHAT: Heza

WHEN: April 2013

WHERE: Polyvinyl

WHY: There’s an exuberance to the music of Generationals, a wonderful, joyful lightness. It’s something you almost can’t put your finger on, but it’s there, all over their Heza lp. To me, it’s the sound of a road trip though Southern backroads, windows down and hot breezes blowing against bright blue skies. The Louisiana boys capture the light-filled sultriness of summer and pour it into their music, and the result is album that’s lively and punchy and one heck of a good time.

MY JAMS: “Spinoza” “Say When” “Put A Light On” “I Never Know” “I Used To Let You Get To Me” “Durga II”







[posted 2.25.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #45 – The Phoenix Foundation

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: The Phoenix Foundation

WHAT: Fandango

WHEN: May 2013

WHERE: Memphis Industries

WHY: I swear, y'all, there’s something in the water down in New Zealand. So. Many. Good. Bands. Take The Phoenix Foundation, for example. They stand out from many of their countryfolk, as theirs is not a sound that could be a part of the Flying Nun roster in the 80s (well, ok, that's actually in there somewhere too). They jangle, mind you, but in a lush, oft dramatic way. Fandango is glossy, gorgeous, and gets better with each listen.

MY JAMS: “Black Mould” “Thames Soup” “Supernatural” “Walls” “Sideways Glance”






[posted 2.25.14]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #46 – M.I.A.

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: M.I.A.

WHAT: Matangi

WHEN: November 2013

WHERE: Interscope

WHY: By this point, what is there to say about M.I.A.? You kinda know what you’re going to get with one of her records, which is just fine by me. Matangi is full of that firecracker brazenness she’s known for, along with plenty of big ole beats to get the kids dancing. The shock value might not be there, but there’s a lot to be said for being expectedly badass, and there’s some ridiculously awesome songs to be found here.

MY JAMS: "Come Walk With Me" "Bad Girls" "Double Bubble Trouble" "Y.A.L.A."







[posted 2.25.14]


Sunday, February 23, 2014

THE FASHIONABLY LATE TOP 60 OF 2013: #47 - SPECTRALS

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Spectrals

WHAT: Sob Story

WHEN: June 2013

WHERE: Slumberland

WHY: The more I listen to Spectrals, the more I kinda sorta love Spectrals. Second record Sob Story (on the splendiforous Slumberland) is a thing of beauty, filled with off-kilter, oft lovelorn indie nuggets with a decidedly pop tilt, definitely a little reminiscent of Elvis Costello et. al. More than a little infectious, these charming songs are hard not to love. 

MY JAMS: "Let Me Cave In" "Sob Story" "Milky Way" "Limousine" "Something To Cry About" "Keep Your Magic"







[posted 2.23.14]


THE FASHIONABLY LATE TOP 60 OF 2013: #48 - USELESS EATERS

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Useless Eaters

WHAT: Hypertension

WHEN: February 2013

WHERE: Jeffrey Drag

WHY: Fuzzy, fuzzy scuzz. I can't get enough. Fortunately, bands like Useless Eaters exist so as I can get my fix. Hypertension totally caught me by surprise, and sometimes I like surprises. It's rough, rowdy, rambunctious, and full of good dirty fun. These dudes know how to throw down, it would appear. For noisy times, it's Useless Eaters time.  

MY JAMS: "A New Program" "Moody Bitch" "Addicted To The Blade" "Life On A Grid" "Hypertension" "Malfunction"







[posted 2.23.14]


Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Week In Shows: 2/24-3/2

A ridiculously beautiful Saturday 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!

It feels like Spring out there today, so I'm going to pretend it's not going to be cold again within the next few days. The shows are also heating up, which is great for lovers of live music. Below you'll find some recommendations for your calendar for the coming week, and you just might see me out and about, at anything that's starred. There's a lot going on in these last few days of the cruelest month! 

MONDAY, 2/24/14

-Water Liars + Outer Spaces (DC9)
-Rabid Flash Mob + Bellicose (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 2/25/14

-Two Cow Garage + Mittenfields (Black Cat)
-Last In Line + Braceface + The Good Fight + Matt Tarka (Velvet Lounge)
-Lord Dying + Fortress + Earthling (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 2/26/14

-Augustines + My Goodness (U Street Music Hall)**
-Cheap Time + The NVs (DC9)

THURSDAY, 2/27/14

-Milagres + Alarms & Controls + Malatese (DC9)
-Caroline Smith + Ayo Awasika (Jammin Java)
-Band of Horses (Lincoln Theatre)
-Nice Breeze + Harness Flux + Dave Jones (Wonderland Ballroom)

FRIDAY, 2/28/14

-Josh Ritter (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Hiss Golden Messenger + Dead Professional (DC9)
-Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks + Endless Boogie (Black Cat - SOLD OUT)
-Pontiak + More Humans + Joy Buttons (Paperhaus)
-The Avett Brothers + Old Crow Medicine Show (Patriot Center - SOLD OUT)

SATURDAY, 3/1/14

-Josh Ritter (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-GEMS (U Street Music Hall)
-St. Vincent (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

SUNDAY, 3/2/14

-St. Vincent (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Red Light Distraction + Cat Jack + Flaming Ice (Comet Ping Pong)
-Touche Amore + MeWithoutYou + Seaheaven + Caravels (Black Cat) 


[posted 2.22.14]

Friday, February 21, 2014

THE FASHIONABLY LATE TOP 60 OF 2013: #49 - Ell V Gore

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Ell V Gore

WHAT: Sex Static EP

WHEN: June 2013

WHERE: Bad Actor

WHY: I almost don't know where to start. Ell V Gore is like nothing else I've heard this year, let alone in a good long while. This four-song EP is filled with taut, tense, sexy shit - which makes sense, if you consider their underground sex party background. At times sounding almost macabre, these Toronto deviants (led by Ell V) fell from the trees of bands like Bauhaus, Wire, and The Birthday Party, but bring some electric, frenetic energy to the dark demon of a party. One of the surprises of the year for me. 

MY JAMS: “Smack Me Up” “Death Strings (Los Angeles)”







[posted 2.21.14]


THE FASHIONABLY LATE TOP 60 OF 2013: #50 - Speedy Ortiz

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Speedy Ortiz

WHAT: Major Arcana

WHEN: July 2013

WHERE: Carpark

WHY: "Grunge as we know it is long since gone. But every now and then, along will come a band that follows the creed "Grunge is dead! Long live grunge!" And for that (and other things, of course), I love them.

Speedy Ortiz might fall under what you'd call post-grunge. The classic elements are there, muddy, deliciously murky messes of instrumentation, dudes in hats, and a badass lady sounding sassy and snarly at the same time. (post)" Major Arcana sees Speedy Ortiz majorly kicking ass, and while the record definitely wouldn't have sounded out of place twenty-odd years ago, these folks are no mere nostalgists. Quality record.

MY JAMS: “Hitch” “No Below” “Fun” “Plough” “MKVI”







[posted 2.21.14]


Monday, February 17, 2014

The Week In Shows: 2/17-2/23

A federal holiday 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'm still over this weather. Slushy, dirty piles of snow do not happiness make. The weather people say things are gonna get warmer this week, so here's hoping. It's getting to be prime show-going time y'all. Let's just sit down and take a peek at who and what will be doing their thing in town this week. As ever, you can more than likely find me at the shows with stars by 'em (unless, of course, there is more evil snow and I hurt my back shoveling again). 

MONDAY, 2/17/14

-Earl Sweatshirt (9:30 Club)
-Lost In The Trees + All Tiny Creatures (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Two Inch Astronaut + Great Western Plain + Sunwolf (The Dunes)
-These Future Saints + Derek Evry (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 2/18/14

-Black Joe Lewis + Pickwick (9:30 Club)
-The Caribbean + Greenland (Black Cat)
-Russian Circles + Ken Mode + Inter Arma (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Into It. Over It. + The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die + A Great Big Pile of Leaves + Makeshift Shelters (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 2/19/14

-John Hammond + Jackson Edwards (Gypsy Sally's)
-Courtney Barnett + Kins (DC9 - SOLD OUT)

THURSDAY, 2/20/14

-Gardens & Villa + Waterstrider (DC9)
-Between The Buried & Me + Deafheaven + Intronaut + The Kindred (Empire)
-Chad & Jeremy (Wolf Trap)

FRIDAY, 2/21/14

-Heaven + No Evils (Comet Ping Pong)**
-Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes + The Cowards Choir + Margot MacDonald (Iota)
-The Sword + Big Business + O'Brother (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 2/22/14

-White Denim + The Districts (Black Cat)
-PUP + Typefighter + UnWed + Drunk Tigers (DC9)
-Brenda + The North Country + Lonnie Walker + Lilac Shadows (The Dunes)
-White Lies + Frankie Rose (9:30 Club)
-Sam Roberts Band + Clones of Clones (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SUNDAY, 2/23/14

-The Love Load + Iceberg Theory (Black Cat)
-Young the Giant + Cayucas (Fillmore)
-Skypunch + Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots (DC9)


[posted 2.17.14]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #51 - John Grant

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: John Grant

WHAT: Pale Green Ghosts

WHEN: May 2013

WHERE: Bella Union/Partisan

WHY: The more I listen to Pale Green Ghosts, the more vexed with myself I become for taking so long to get familiar with such a dynamite songwriter. That songwriter would be John Grant, a man who strikes me as a little Magnetic Fields, a little King Biscuit Time, and a little Divine Comedy, and a whole lot of something totally unlike anything else I listened to this past year. Obviously a strong songwriter, Grant has a gift for clever lines. My favorite line of the entire record is probably thus: "Etch-a-Sketch your way out of this one" from the fabulous "Blackbelt." From throbbing, sassy synths to simpler structure, Grant's earnest self-deprecation and lyrical wit is so very easy to fall for. Highly, highly recommended. 

MY JAMS: “Blackbelt” “GMF” “Why Don't You Love Me Anymore” “Sensitive New Age Guy” “I Hate This Town”






[posted 2.17.14]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #52 - The Palma Violets

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: The Palma Violets

WHAT: 180

WHEN: March 2013

WHERE: Rough Trade

WHY: In my world, there's a lot to be said for good old-fashioned loud as fuck rock and roll. The Palma Violets, current darlings of London, make such music. Noisy throwbacks, the lads from Lambeth sleazily grim and bear it on 180, posturing effortlessly and coming off nothing if not a good time. They're not exactly doing anything particularly "new," but they sure as heck know how to throw down some seriously fierce riffage.  

MY JAMS: “Best of Friends” “Rattlesnake Highway” “Last of The Summer Wine” “Tom The Drum”

mp3: Best of Friends (The Palma Violets from 180)


[posted 2.17.14]

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Newflash!: Win a Date With Diarrhea Planet's Evan Bird

We all know that I'm totally (more than) ok with objectification, especially when cute band dudes are involved, which means I am more than ok with this contest that the good folks at Infinity Cat are running. Just in time for Valentine's Day, no less! You, yes you, could win a date with the dishy Evan Bird of Diarrhea Planet. Here's what Infinity Cat has to say:

"Are you a Diarrhea Planet fan? Are you a real live woman? Have you ever wondered what the bonafide madmen of Diarrhea Planet do for leisure whenever they're not touring at such a grueling, ridiculous pace that endangers not only themselves but others in their proximity? If so, now you can be the envy of your peers by winning an exclusive romantic date with Evan from DP! In 5 sentences or less, explain your dream date with Evan, your t­shirt size for your Infinity Cat and Diarrhea Planet shirts included with the date, LP or CD preference, and any interesting or fun facts that would help persuade our panel of judges to select you.

Submissions will be reviewed and the lucky winner will be contacted with further instructions. Please send all submission emails to iketurnerofguitar@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is February 12, 2014. Winner will be notified via email by on Valentine's Day, 2014. Guaranteed to be the best Valentine's gift you'll get this year!


Applicant criteria: must be female, must live in Nashville (or willing to travel to Nashville), must have a vehicle or access to a vehicle as Evan does not drive, must be flexible, must have a sense of humor, must be willing to schedule date around said touring schedule, must love dogs, must be self­ confident, no drug addicts, no racists,­ all ages, races, religions welcome."


So get to it, y'all. I know I'm tempted to enter...






[photo by Emily Quirk]



[posted 2.8.14]


The Week In Shows: 2/10-2/16

Yet another 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'm pretty much over this weather. It makes me cranky. It also keeps me indoors, which means I miss shows. Which also makes me cranky. But this is Valentine's week, which means time to brave the cold because there's some killer bands coming to town. You'll see me at the Black Cat Friday, and if you have any sense you (and your Valentine) will be there too. Let's take a peek at who and what will be doing their thing in town this week. 

MONDAY, 2/10/14

-Chain & The Gang + Puff Pieces + Nic Fits (DC9 - DC9's 10th Anniversary Week)
-Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)

TUESDAY, 2/11/14

-Justin Jones + The Coward's Choir + Dead Professional (DC9 - DC9's 10th Anniversary Week)**
-Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Ane Brun + Linnea Olsson (Jammin Java)
-together Pangea + The Sniffs + The Rememberables (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 2/12/14

-Hunters + Bleeding Rainbow + Dudes (Comet Ping Pong)

THURSDAY, 2/13/14

-Supreme Commander + Beasts of No Nation + Joy Buttons (DC9 - DC9's 10th Anniversary Week)
-End Crimes + Thee Lolitas + DJ Baby Alcatraz (Black Cat - Benefit for Travis Jackson Memorial Fund)
-Steve Earle (The Birchmere)
-Yuck + Alvvays + Joy Classic + Sunclub (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Big Hush + Other Colors + Peg House + Howling Void (The Dunes)

FRIDAY, 2/14/14

-The Black Angels + Roky Erickson & Hounds of Baskerville + Golden Animals (Black Cat)**
-Dead Meadow + The Apes + Sunwolf (DC9 - DC9's 10th Anniversary Week)
-Roseanne Cash (Lisner Auditorium)
-Br'er + Presto Bando + The Jonathan Parker 8 (The Dunes)
-Supreme Cuts + The Lothario + Chomp Chomp (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Chad America's 15th Annual Valentine's Day Rock & Roll Dance Party (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 2/15/14

-Those Darlins + Diarrhea Planet + Paperhaus (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Cibo Matto + Salt Cathedral (Black Cat)
-The Autumn Defense + Dawn Landes + Future Monarchs (The Hamilton)

SUNDAY, 2/16/14

-Positive No + Mittenfields (Galaxy Hut)**
-Glasvegas + Ceremonies (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Jonathan Wilson + Blank Tapes (6th & I)


[posted 2.8.14]