Sunday, May 31, 2015

Good Cover Version: William Alexander Does The Troggs

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.

I don't know about y'all, but I absolutely love the classic 60s British Invasion gem "With A Girl Like You." The Troggs really nailed the sweet thang give the people what they want hey ladies vibe with that little number, and it's long been one of my favorite songs of that era. So I was tickled to see young lad William Alexander try his hand at this fine specimen, and I must say he's done it justice and then some. Scuffed, plaintive boy vocals and a bedroom recording feel give this song an easy, casual charm. Plus, it's always good to know some of the younger generation has good taste in their covers. Definitely worth a few listens, especially as the days warm up and the living is easy.  






[posted 5.31.15]

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Video of The Day #46: Nada Surf

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.

Today's video is all about nostalgia. Nostalgia for those halcyon, glory days (or not so glory days, as the case may be) of high school. The one and only Nada Surf made one of the definitive high school videos for their bitingly sarcastic little ditty "Popular" way back in 1996, and I remember it being in steady rotation on MTV. Back when music videos were a thing MTV used to do. Nada Surf-er Matthew Caws puts in a great appearance as the somewhat kooky teacher type, and the extras have the whole student cliches down pat. Man alive, I love this video. 



[posted 5.30.15]

Monday, May 25, 2015

Remix Fix: Emmy The Great/Tom Vek

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else's song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It's a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they're better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

What better song to celebrate the opening of pools across the country than this slinky, sultry remix of Emmy The Great's "Swimming Pool" by Tom Vek? The vocals are luscious, and the song itself feels a bit hedonistic as it builds tension to a heady crescendo. Perfect for listening to while lounging suggestively by your favorite pool. 








[posted 5.25.15]

On the Road Again: Basement Jaxx

When I heard the news that dynamic dancefloor duo Basement Jaxx was coming to the US this summer, I could scarcely believe my ears. It's been a long time. 

Somehow, the twosome has released seven albums, and they even garnered a Grammy nod in the process. Expect heaving dancefloors when these two Brits come to town. If you've got dancing shoes, this is the show to wear 'em to. Dates and a little ditty to practice to below. 




Friday June 26 : San Francisco @ Public Works*

Saturday June 27 : Denver @ Beta*

Sunday 28 : Los Angeles @ The Hollywood Bowl #

Tuesday June 30 : Washington DC @ 9:30 Club

Wednesday July 1 : New York @ Central Park Summerstage



* DJ date only

# with Bootsy Collins and Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One)






[posted 5.25.15]

Singles Club: Porcelain Raft

To sleep perchance to dream perchance to listen to Porcelain Raft

The professional wanderer's latest single is a study in delicate, decadent dreaminess, all gossamer, sugarspun swirls of dreams remembered and the sleep-laden stupor of waking dreams. It's a gorgeous, ethereal gem, perfect for the hazy summer days to come (and just about any other day, too).
   





[posted 5.25.15]

Video of the Day #45: The Bad Years

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.

I enjoy a good, random ramble around cities, so when I got an eyeful of LA's The Bad Years doing just that, I was into it. Sami and Aaron spend the entirety of the clip goofing off and looking too cute for words, backed by their pretty excellent fuzzed-out, jangly, sultry lo-fi pop racket. The video and the song both give off serious Southern California vibes, in a rather idyllic, laid-back kind of way. Looks and sounds so good one look and listen just won't do.   








[posted 5.25.15]

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Good Cover Version: Tennis System Does A Flock of Seagulls

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.

Oh man, that hair. A Flock of Seagulls mastered the art of insane 80s hair, along with the whole synthpop thing. "Space Age Love Song" is actually one of my favorite songs from the decade that saw hair like this in vogue, and LA 'gazers Tennis System just released their take on this little gem. It's a pretty fine cover, taking the song into dreamspun, heavy breathing sultriness and giving it an ethereal lightness while also making it a little bit sexy. And who knows, you might even feel inclined to get up to what is being gotten up to in the clip. 







[posted 5.23.15]

Singles Club: Dave Monks

I used to really, really dig Tokyo Police Club (and still do), so I was obviously pretty excited to get an email about Dave Monks

For fellow TPC fans, Monks' first single, "Gasoline," is quite different from the boisterous, quirky eccentricities that hallmark Tokyo Police Club songs. Delicate piano cameos and some acoustic strumming provide a backdrop for a clear, penetrating voice opining about love. It's a more grown up Monks here, as he sings "I just need someone to rely on." 

A release date of June 16th will be here before we know it, so make sure to get your hands on the full record when it comes out. 







[posted 5.23.15]

Video of the Day #44: Pet Sun

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.

Y'all know I love a good kitschy video, and Pet Sun has obliged me with their clip for "Never Quit." The excellent stoner sludge of the song plays perfectly against the somewhat silly vibe of the video, with the brightly colored drip effects, crazy ghost cameo, and band members pulling funny faces. Loving the song, loving the video, loving these dudes. 







[posted 5.23.15]

Crossing The Pond: C Duncan

Glasgow is quite a place, and it's quite a place to find some quite good music. Such as C Duncan. A true bedroom recording, Duncan's forthcoming long player Architect was recorded in a bedroom in a Glasgow flat, and if "Garden" is any indication, it's going to be a heck of a record.

"Garden" is bursting with energy, and the song romps along through lush, cascading shimmers of noise that at times call to mind shades of Tame Impala and Temples. The classically-trained Duncan clearly has a knack for putting a song together. Architect is out soon on FatCat, and I don't know about y'all, but I'm quite forward to it.  





[posted 5.23.15]

Good Cover Version: Miracles of Modern Science Does Foo Fighters

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.

Many a Foo Fighters song has been a pretty big deal over the past couple of decades, and "Everlong" was probably one of the biggest of big deals. I still remember watching the wacky video for the song, and I still get a kick out of the Foos silliness. New Yorkers Miracles of Modern Science decided, after watching the Foos do Letterman, that they wanted to try their hand at "Everlong," and their version is rather enjoyable. It's a folksy, stringsy (yes, there's a violin and a cello in there somewhere) interpretation that sounds lively and buoyant, and it's none too shabby. 

As an added bonus, you can grab the cover free of charge. AND you can check out MOMS on a little 7-date jaunt mid-June (if you happen to live in Philly, DC, Charlottesville, Louisville, Chicago, Columbus, or Pittsburgh). 








[posted 5.23.15]

The Week In Shows: 5/25-5/31

An absolutely lovely Saturday morning three day weekend kickoff 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!

It's a holiday weekend, and I know how y'all like to indulge in pools and booze. Just remember not to drink and swim. In any event, shows! Go to some! It's a little thin this week, seeing there's a holiday and all, but there's some quality outings to be had. Here's some picks for the next few days. And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week. And here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 5/25/15

-Nice Breeze + Jack On Fire (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 5/26/15

-Stronger Sex + Grand Vapids + Sealab (The Pinch)

WEDNESDAY, 5/27/15

-Patrick Watson + The Low Anthem (9:30 Club)

THURSDAY, 5/28/15

-Mittenfields + Heavy Lights + Sealab (Velvet Lounge)
-Cartoon Weapons + Time Columns + Motherknuckle (DC9)
-Fidlar + Metz (9:30 Club) (Extra Recommended!)

FRIDAY, 5/29/15

-People's Champs (Tropicalia)
-Purity Ring + Braids + Born Gold (9:30 Club - both shows SOLD OUT)
-Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + Teen Men (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Highballers (Hill Country Live)
-Hudson Mohawk (U Street Music Hall)
-Coup Sauvage & The Snips + Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists + Hemlines (St. Stephen's)

SATURDAY, 5/30/15

-Brnda + Daddy Issues + The Pretty Greens + Cool People (Babe City)

SUNDAY, 5/31/15

-The Sea Life + Swings + All People + Pope (Black Cat)
-The Tallest Man on Earth + Madisen Ward + The Mama Bear (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Sweetlife Festival (Merriweather Post Pavilion)



[posted 5.23.15]

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Video Of The Day #43: Taffy

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.

I don't often get the chance to post about Japanese shoegaze, but I'm pleased to be doing so now. This dizzying assault on the eyes comes to us from Taffy, an outfit with a sound that's half shoegaze and half mid-90s Britpop. Gleefully marauding guitar riffs play against sugary sweet lady vocals to rather enjoyable effect, and this clip for "dr K" offers up a great impression of what this band can do. I'm definitely more than a little intrigued.  






[posted 5.20.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #1a: The Horrors

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: The Horrors

WHAT: Luminous

WHEN: May 2014

WHERE: XL Recordings

WHY: My fandom for this English outfit has been steadily growing over the past few years, but after listening to this record lord knows how many times, it's safe to say I'm a fangirl. It was actually quite appropriate of The Horrors to call this spectacular record of theirs Luminous, because that word can very easily be used to describe it. Every song on it is a masterstroke, thoughtfully composed and positively running over with elegantly epic, grandiose swirls of impeccable, polished, and flat out gorgeous rock. Faris Badwan's vocals, once they've snared you, are impossible to resist, and the smoldering, smoky delivery of his really shines on Luminous. It's a lush record filled with sensuous shadows, and a record that I find nigh on impossible to resist (not that I'd ever feel like putting up much of a fight, mind you).  

My jams: All of 'em




[posted 5.20.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #1b: Sturgill Simpson

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Sturgill Simpson

WHAT: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

WHEN: May 2014

WHERE: High Top Mountain Records

WHY: The first time I heard Sturgill Simpson's voice I about had to pick my jaw up off the floor. This man has a holy hellfire gorgeous voice, a voice out of time, like he should have been coming out of Nashville in the 70s but instead he's in the here and now (and thank heaven for that). For everyone who has bemoaned the drivel that is popular country music these days, this record is enough to restore your faith. A play on the title of that classic Ray Charles record Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, on Metamodern Sounds in Country Music Simpson effortlessly croons his way through not nearly enough modern country classics, turning trials and tribulations into nigh on perfect songs. It doesn't hurt that he throws in an unexpected, tear-jerkingly tender cover of one of my favorite 80s synth pop songs "The Promise." As far as I'm concerned, Sturgill Simpson can do no wrong. This one's going to stick with me for a good long time.  

My jams: All of 'em




[posted 5.20.15]

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Week in Shows: 5/18-5/24

An overcast Monday morning 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!

It's the week before Memorial Day, and I know some of y'all are getting excited about pools being open. There really is nothing like the sweet smell of chlorine in the morning. In any event, shows! Go to some! Here's some picks for the next few days. And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week. And here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 5/18/15

-Downtown Boys + Gauche + Sneaks (Black Cat)

TUESDAY, 5/19/15

-Dead Heavens + Polyons (DC9)
-Buffy Sainte-Marie (The Hamilton)
-TV on the Radio + Bo Ningen (Echo Stage) (Extra Recommended!)

WEDNESDAY, 5/20/15

-Follakzoid + Amos Piper (Black Cat)
-The Caribbean + Mattress Financial + Talk It (DC9)

THURSDAY, 5/21/15

-William Fitzsimmons + Denison Witmer (U Street Music Hall)
-Black Masala + Tipsy Oxcart + Ottomania (Tropicalia)
-Red Sword + The Netherlands + HellPie + Showpony (Velvet Lounge)
-Body Language + Lightwaves (DC9)

FRIDAY, 5/22/15

-Pleasure Curses (American Art Museum)
-The O's (Hill Country Live)

SATURDAY, 5/23/15

-The Autumn Defense + Hollis Brown (The Hamilton)

SUNDAY, 5/24/15

-Chain & The Gang + Puff Pieces (Capital Fringe)
-Bob Dylan 74th Birthday Tribute Show (Jammin' Java)



[posted 5.18.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #1c: Cult of Dom Keller

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Cult of Dom Keller

WHAT: The Second Bardo

WHEN: March 2014

WHERE: Cardinal Fuzz

WHY: The Second Bardo's spot at the top was assured from the moment I set ears on it early last year. For the second time, I was powerless to resist the noisy, sprawling psych mess made by my favorite Cult. The nine songs here are delightfully overpowering, filled with unforgiving waves of sheer howling noise (and even when they're in a slower tempo, these songs don't let up). The Cult of Dom Keller is probably my favorite English psych band right about now, and after listening to The Second Bardo they might become yours. Crucial listening for one and all. 

My jams: All of 'em




[posted 5.18.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #1d: The Brian Jonestown Massacre

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: The Brian Jonestown Massacre

WHAT: Revelation

WHEN: May 2014

WHERE: A Records

WHY: If you were aware that a Brian Jonestown Massacre record was released last year, I'm sure you were aware that it would probably end up right here, at the top of my list. Revelation is another of the BJM records that's come out after Anton Newcombe's move to Berlin, and there's a definite shadowy undercurrent of Berlin stories behind the traditional psych nuances. Newcombe and his compatriots fill the record with what they do best, exceptional musicianship and exceptionally diverse psych rock. The back-to-back, sinewy slow motion molasses of couplet "Memory Camp" and "Days, Weeks and Moths" are especially noteworthy, and definitely get this girl's heart rate going a little faster. 

My jams: "Vad Hände Med Dem?," "What You Isn't," "Unknown," "Memory Camp," "Days, Weeks and Moths," "Duck and Cover," "Food for Clouds," "Nightbird," "Xibalba," "Goodbye (Butterfly)"





[posted 5.18.15]

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #5: Amen Dunes

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Amen Dunes

WHAT: Love

WHEN: May 2014

WHERE: Sacred Bones

WHY: When I first heard Love, I wasn't sure just how I felt about it. But I kept going back to it time and time again, and one day it hit me just how much I loved it. There's a beautiful isolationism to these songs, a sort of broken loneliness that really speaks to the way I was feeling for a long time. It's what I like to think of as a dusk/dawn record, for those times you're awake and the light is muted with the sun either coming or going. Love is powerful, and so too is Love

My jams: "White Child," "Lonely Richard," "Splits Are Parted," "Sixteen," "Lilac In Hand," "Rocket Flare," "I Know Myself," "Everybody Is Crazy," "I Can't Dig It," "Love"






[posted 5.14.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #6: Temples

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Temples

WHAT: Sun Structures

WHEN: February 2014

WHERE: Fat Possum

WHY: This one, ladies and gents, was preordained to be on my list. I've been keeping an eye on Temples for a while now, and the emergence of Sun Structures from over the water was a happy time indeed. These English psychsmiths look the part, and more than sound like one of the new guard of modern psych rock. While they do nod to the past at times, the cosmos Temples inhabits knows neither time nor place. These songs are a little bit of everything, the more sounds the merrier. Surely the appeal of Sun Structures knows no bounds. 

My jams: "Shelter Song," "Sun Structures," "The Golden Throne," "Keep In The Dark," "Mesmerise," "Colours To Life," "A Question Isn't Answered," "The Guesser," "Test Of Time," "Fragment's Light"







[posted 5.14.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #7: The War on Drugs

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: The War on Drugs

WHAT: Lost In The Dream

WHEN: March 2014

WHERE: Secretly Canadian

WHY: Admittedly, I wasn't immediately taken with the charms of The War on Drugs. But these days, I'm not really sure what took me so long. Lost In The Dream is one of those records that is pure lightning in a bottle. There's magic in it. It's gorgeous, and it's the kind of record that effortlessly makes you fall in love with it. Much like another Philly dream weaver, Strand of Oaks, TWOD incorporates a little bit of chilled 80s nostalgia into the mix, adding to an already timeless feel. If this one somehow passed you by, you might want to stop what you're doing and get to listening.  

My jams: "Under The Pressure," "Red Eyes," "An Ocean in Between the Waves," "Disappearing," "Eyes to the Wind," "Burning," "Lost in the Dream," "In Reverse"






[posted 5.14.15]

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #8: Fat White Family

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Fat White Family

WHAT: Champagne Holocaust

WHEN: August 2014

WHERE: Fat Possum

WHY: Ah, the appeal of the agitator. The raw power of the rabble rouser. London's Fat White Family doesn't play nice, and the world is a better place for it. Landing somewhere between the salacious, raunchy sonic scintillation of Stranglers, Swell Maps, and the Nectarine No. 9, Fat White Family lampoons while they titillate. Playful in the not-quite-right way that The Black Lips have become known for, Champagne Holocaust is a warts and all kind of record, and it might just make you blush. And that's just the way it should be.  

My jams: "Auto Neutron," "Is It Raining In Your Mouth?," "Who Shot Lee Oswald?," "Without Consent," "Special Ape," "Wild American Prairie," "Borderline," "Heaven On Earth," "Bomb Disneyland," "Touch The Leather Redux"





[posted 5.12.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #9: Strand of Oaks

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Strand of Oaks

WHAT: HEAL

WHEN: June 2014

WHERE: Dead Oceans

WHY: I'm not quite sure why, but I've somehow never gotten into Strand of Oaks. I know, it's a major oversight. So here I am, learning from my mistakes and discovering just how amazing Tim Showalter is. HEAL is without question one of the most beautiful records from 2014, filled with songs that ache and songs that reaffirm just what it is to be alive. Like I said, it's beautiful. Showalter's tendency to recall 70s and 80s Americana adds to the nostalgic feel, though this is a record that's firmly at home in today's world. And it's a record that shouldn't be missed.

My jams: All of 'em






[posted 5.12.15]

Good Cover Version: Bo Ningen Does Archie Bronson Outfit

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.

I came across this gem whilst hunting for actual Archie Bronson Outfit songs to accompany their post on my Best Of 2014 list, which proved a happy happenstance indeed. The slightly mental "In White Relief" was one of my favorites from Wild Crush, and Bo Ningen's cover takes the mental to a whole different place in the spectrum. Prone to feeling a little mesmerizing, this version throws crazy riffs and wails into the mix, turning around the quirkiness and heading straight for stadium rock. It's a little bit nuts, and I absolutely love it.    






[posted 5.12.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #10: Alvvays

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Alvvays

WHAT: Alvvays

WHEN: July 2014

WHERE: Polyvinyl Records

WHY: For whatever reason, I just can't get it out of my head that Alvvays is the Camera Obscura of Canada. On this Chad VanGaalen-produced self-titled record, Alvvays proceeds to win hearts, one song at a time. I for one haven't been able to break up with the adorable, wistful "Archie, Marry Me," which probably ranks as my favorite (though that's a tough call). In any event, the perfectly lo-fi, cool as heck production and dynamite, fuzzy pop songs make this a must-have record. 

My jams: "Adult Diversion," "Archie, Marry Me," "Ones Who Love You," "Next of Kin," "Party Police," "The Agency Group," "Dives," "Atop a Cake"





[posted 5.12.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #11: Holy Wave

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Holy Wave

WHAT: Relax

WHEN: January 2014

WHERE: Reverb Appreciation Society

WHY: This one was penciled in pretty early in the year (as in the first time I listened to it). With Relax, the Austin psych collective really nailed it. The fuzz is mighty on this one, y'all, from the heady swirling haze of "Do You Feel It" all the way through to the humid, retro psych stylings of "Wet & Wild." I already dug Holy Wave, but this record really made a fangirl out of me. If it's not already on your radar, it needs to be. 

My jams: All of 'em







[posted 5.12.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #12: Lola Colt

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Lola Colt

WHAT: Away From the Water

WHEN: October 2014

WHERE: Black Tigress Records

WHY: Only one record in, Lola Colt is already one of my favorite psych bands from across the pond. On Away From the Water, the band unleashes their phenomenal sound, led by vocals that call to mind fellow spell caster Grace Slick, and songs that come alive with tantalizing bursts of fuzz and fury. It's a rather sophisticated psych palate, and proves to be a satisfying listen time and time again. 

My jams: "Rings of Ghosts," "Heartbreaker," "Driving Mr Johnny," "Moonlight," "Vacant Hearts," "White Horse," "I Get High if You Get High," "Away From the Water"





[posted 5.12.15]

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Week In Shows: 5/11-5/17

An overcast Mama's Day morning 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!

Happy Mother's Day to you and yours, friends. Make sure you do something nice for your mamas! In any event, shows! Go to some! Here's some picks for the next few days. And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week. And here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 5/11/15

-Palma Violets + Public Access T.V. (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Matt & Kim + Waters (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

TUESDAY, 5/12/15

-Mystic Braves + The Blank Tapes (Black Cat) (Extra Recommended!)
-Matt & Kim + Waters (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Lightning Bolt + Buck Gooter + Group Vision (Rock & Roll Hotel)

WEDNESDAY, 5/13/15

-Hop Along + Field Mouse (Black Cat)
-The Dear Hunter + Northern Faces + Mittenfields (Rock & Roll Hotel)

THURSDAY, 5/14/15

-Broncho + Strange Faces (Black Cat)
-Beach Fossils + Den-Mate + Big Hush (Rock & Roll Hotel)

FRIDAY, 5/15/15

-Honest Haloway + Galvanize + Motion Lines (Velvet Lounge)

SATURDAY, 5/16/15

-Spirit Animal + Greenland + Random Nerds (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Orchid + A Troop of Echoes + Show Pony (Velvet Lounge)




[posted 5.10.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #13: Death From Above 1979

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Death From Above 1979

WHAT: The Physical World

WHEN: September 2014

WHERE: Warner Brothers

WHY: I know I'm not the only one out there who thought this would never happen. I never thought I'd see the day that the lightning bolt that is Death From Above 1979 would reunite, let alone put out another killer record. But happily, that's exactly what happened, and The Physical World is a heck of a way to come back. Aggressive, prickly, more than a little confrontational, and loud as all get out. In other words, it sounds pretty much just as you might expect. These two dudes still aren't fucking around. And lord love 'em for that.  

My jams: "Cheap Talk," "Right On, Frankenstein!," "Virgins," "Crystal Ball," "White Is Red," "Trainwreck 1979," "Gemini," "The Physical World"






[posted 5.10.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #14: King Tuff

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: King Tuff

WHAT: Black Moon Spell

WHEN: September 2014

WHERE: Sub Pop

WHY: The first thing I thought when I listened to Black Moon Spell for the first time was something along the lines of what the fuck is how is it possible I'm listening to a new Marc Bolan record? I still can't help but think of T. Rex every time I listen to this King Tuff gem, which is pretty inevitable given the level of sassy shredding and gleeful naughtiness on display. It's more grit than glam, of course. As far as I'm concerned, it's next to impossible not to fall under the spell of this here record, and I wouldn't even bother trying not to. 

My jams: "Black Moon Spell," "Sick Mind," "Rainbow's Run," "Headbanger," "Magic Mirror," "Madness," "Demon from Hell," "Eyes of the Muse," Staircase of Diamonds," "Eddie's Song"






[posted 5.10.15]