Thursday, June 30, 2016

Otherwise Engaged: Fear of Men

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

Pretty, precocious, and powerful. That's Fear of Men, when you get down to it. On the road touring their most recent long player, Fall Forever, the English trio tonight visits DC9, and if you're within driving distance you should probably be there. Catch their noir gloom pop for yourself, I doubt you'll be disappointed.  



[posted 6.30.16]

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

On The Road Again: Tacocat

How can you not love Tacocat? The adorable punkish kittens are heading out on the road in a few months for a long, thorough slog across the US of A. And you should most certainly go see them, buy some merch, and give them hugs.  

TACOCAT TOUR DATES

07.08.16 - Seattle, WA - West Seattle Summer Fest
07.12.16 - Portland, OR - Jackpot Records in-store (FREE, All-ages)
07.14.16 - Chico, CA - Duffy's
07.15.16 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (tix) *
07.16.16 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones *
07.19.16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (tix) *
07.20.16 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar (tix) *
07.21.16 - Long Beach, CA - Fingerprints Records in-store (FREE, All-ages)
07.26.16 - Colorado Springs, Co - Black Sheep
07.28.16 - Ft. Collins, CO - Surfside7
07.29.16 - Denver, CO - UMS (tix)
08.01.16 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
08.11.16 - Seattle, WA - Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series
09.20.16 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
09.23.16 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
09.24.16 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
09.25.16 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
09.26.16 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room
09.27.16 - Cleveland, OH - Mahall's
09.29.16 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
09.30.16 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace
10.01.16 - Asbury Park, NJ - Wonder Bar
10.02.16 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.03.16 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
10.04.16 - Washington, DC - DC9
10.05.16 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
10.06.16 - Nashville, TN - East Room
10.07.16 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
10.08.16 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot
10.11.16 - Boise, ID - The Olympic
10.12.16 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall

* - w/ The Regrettes



[posted 6.29.16]

Video Of The Day #140: Parquet Courts

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.

Puppets. Yes, puppets. But not the warm, fuzzy, Jim Henson-lite kind of puppets. That really wouldn't do for a bitchin' new Parquet Courts video. Oh no. Instead, you've got puppet band members and puppets behaving badly. Oh, and yet another glorious, dry and wry burst of sonic excellence. So good, y'all. So very good.  



[posted 6.29.16]

Singles Club: The Cult of Dom Keller

I'm sorry, work, I have to stay home tomorrow because I have to spend the entire day listening to this new Cult of Dom Keller song.

"Shambhala is On Fire" offers an interesting twist to the Cult's sound, with the band's usual murky, dark side psychedelic depths penetrated with an unrelenting backbeat and vocals that boldly make it out of the depths of the drone. "We are all seduced by lies," they proclaim, though one could also make the case for seduction by the truth that is the music of The Cult of Dom Keller.   




[posted 6.29.16]

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Live Review: Plattenbau @ Comet Ping Pong, 4/3/16

"Much less of him and a bit more of me." So went the soundcheck of Plattenbau's set at Comet Ping Pong a few weeks back. At the time, the comment was funny, but it ended up being a smidge of inadvertent foreshadowing. 

I was a happy little clam, getting to see Plattenbau twice in one weekend, thanks to seeing them earlier at the 2016 installment of Macrock. I had put up little resistance to their spiky, gnarly post punk racket, and was pleased to have the chance for more before they popped back over to their Berlin home base. 

Their set began as I had hoped, all lean and wiry and fierce. I was in my happy place as the trio played, exuding such a dynamic muscularity (even with the sound issues that plagued the set). The songs were taut and aggressive, though stopping short of ramming it down ones throat. Staccato gloominess shot through with nervy, energetic bursts filled the room as the band scythed through their setlist. And then, it was all over. 

Happily, it wasn't the band-ending bust-up I had feared, but the skirmish caused the show to wrap up several songs ahead of schedule. Even with the abbreviated set, Plattenbau was great. Should you get the chance to see them, I strongly encourage you to do so.  




[posted 6.26.16]

[photo copyright Megan Petty]

Crossing The Pond: Land Lovers

Not all dream pop is created equal, and it must be said that the dream pop made by Land Lovers is pretty dang dreamy. 

This Irish outfit taps into a particularly swoon-worthy pop sound, the kind that is so easily lovable and accessible, and the kind that is so very difficult to kick out of your head. There's nothing fussy in their songs, just an inescapable undeniability.  




[posted 6.26.16]

Good Cover Version: Moving Panoramas Does Elvis Presley

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.

Covering Elvis can be tricky, but the ladies of Moving Panoramas have done something rather special to one of the most classic of all the King's classic songs. The Austin lasses keep it simple, blending their alt-gaze dreaminess with the inherent pop prettiness of "Can't Help Falling in Love." It's pretty darned magical when you get right down to it.  




[posted 6.26.16]

On The Road Again: Ash

Somehow, I'm not quite sure how, it's been 20 years since Ash released their dynamic, dynamite record 1977. That record was in constant rotation during the formative musical years of your humble narratress, and I'm floored that it's already celebrating 20 years. 

To really give us Ash-ites what we want, the band is joining the ranks of those bands who are playing full albums during shows, and happily some of those shows will be here in the US. Jump for joy, my fellow fans! Dates below. Don't miss this run of shows. 

ASH TOUR DATES

21st Sep - Roxy, Los Angeles, CA
22nd Sep - Independent, San Francisco, CA
23rd Sep - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
24th Sep - Rips, Phoenix, AZ
26th Sep - Stubb’s Jr, Austin, TX
28th Sep - Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
30th Sep - Shelter, Detroit, MI
1st Oct - Mod Club, Toronto, ON
3rd Oct - Middle East, Boston, MA
4th Oct - Rock n Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
5th Oct - Foundry, Philadelphia, PA
6th Oct - Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York, NY



[posted 6.26.16]

Video of The Day #139: Royal Canoe

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.

Who amongst us isn't a sucker for some sweet synchronized dance moves?! If you're a fan of the quirky dancing, I recommend Royal Canoe's clip for "Somersault." The song itself is a kicky, catchy little pepper of a song, making it a great choice for synchronized dancing (or just dancing in general). Color me a fan of these Canadian cuties.  



[posted 6.26.16]

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Week In Shows: 6/27-7/3

A bummer of a post-Brexit Friday 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!

I'm so bummed by this UK out of the EU thing, I have to say. But do let's think of happier things. Like the good shows we can go see here in the DC metro area. The holiday weekend is coming (the last one for a little while), which means the week is a bit light, but make sure you get out there and have you a darned good time this coming week/end. Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 6/27/16

-Quasi + Saqqara Mastaba (Rock & Roll Hotel)

WEDNESDAY, 6/29/16

-Pinegrove + Ratboys + Half Waif (DC9)
-Mayer Hawthorne (9:30 Club)

THURSDAY, 6/30/16

-Dead Kennedys + The Welch Boys + Walk The Plank (9:30 Club)
-Fear of Men + Puro Instinct (DC9)

FRIDAY, 7/1/16

-Flag + War On Women + The Dirty Nil (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 7/2/16

-We Were Promised Jetpacks + Prism Tats (Jammin Java)
-Mousetrap Dance Party (Black Cat)



[posted 6.24.16]

Otherwise Engaged: BRONCHO

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

Someday, BRONCHO, someday. My favorite Oklahomans are in town this weekend, and once again I have to miss them. Please o please go and pack out DC9, and show these sweet little rock and rollers a good time. They'll definitely show y'all one in return.  






[posted 6.24.16]

Video Of The Day #138: Jarvis Cocker

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.

Admittedly, I'm pretty much horrified by the state of affairs in the world today. Don't even get me started on this Brexit nonsense. I believe no one has captured the sorry situation better than the one and only Jarvis Cocker. This French tv performance is a doozy, and really sums up the view from the 99%. Jarvis speaks the truth, y'all. 



[posted 6.24.16]

Singles Club: Fort Not

Well hello, Fort Not.

Legend has it that this dynamic duo "emerged out of the fumes of gin and tonic during a hot west coast summer night," and you can hear both the west coast (California, of course) and probably the booze in this nugget. 

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is not a Stones cover, but it is a heck of a scuzzed, stoned and dethroned doo wopping piece of fuzz. The song speaks to restlessness and lovesickness in the catchiest, most rough-around-the-edges kind of way. It's a dandy little gem, this song, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from this Scandinavian pair.    





[posted 6.24.16]

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Whither Festivus: Macrock 2016 Recap

A little while ago, your humble blogstress ventured out to Harrisonburg once more to indulge in a weekend of music and mountains, better known as Macrock. I adore this little festival, because it's reliably full of solid local bands, and I never fail to stumble upon some great music that was previously unbeknownst to my ears. This year was no different, happily.

Arriving in Harrisonburg felt like leaving a weight behind. The friendly confines of the mountain city instantly put me in a good mood. After picking up my press badge from some of the incredibly friendly staffers, I took up a perch at the Artful Dodger, where I soaked in some rad tunes. Up first was Bless, purveyors of a sassy, jittery little jangle with just a hint of raunch. I was impressed, both with the sounds and the expert hair-tossing. The rambunctious grit with the occasional exaggerated vocal really grew on me, I must say. A solid beginning indeed. Next up was Plattenbau (pictured), who definitely ended up being my favorite discovery of the weekend. I was instantly on board with the trio's mighty fine, angular post pinkishness, with a whole lot of shredding and snarling.

After taking it easy on Friday, I pulled a longer shift on day 2. My day started with the late afternoon, melodic jangling sweetness of Charlottesville's Borrowed Beams of Light (pictured). Adam Brock, formerly of Invisible Hand, has a winner with this power poppy, easily digestible good times. "All of our songs are about the Apocalypse," says Brock, so let's call them pre-Apocalypse pop. Music to while away the End of Days to. I next took in locals Flyying Colors, who ask the question "What is life if not a continuous experiment in drone pop?" Indeed. Their sound was rather dreamy, rather mesmeric. Music to lose all track of time to.

I inadvertently caught several DC bands I wasn't yet familiar with, the first of which was fresh-faced duo Dove Lady. The twosome was a little all over the place (in a good way), causing quite a racket with their irreverent, exuberant punk outbursts. I next popped over to the Dodger once more to see Pete Curry (dreamy Richmond bedroom chill songsmithing) and Go Cozy (DC's dreamy heart-palpitating prettily fuzzy noise). Zooming back to Court Square Theatre, I caught Crown Larks and their very rambling, very organized chaos. Dissonance was peppered into their tumultuous thrum, occasionally feeling almost tribal. One Chicago band was followed by another, as ONO took the stage and took the cake. Theirs is true performance art, with a singer whose voice could melt mountains (and who is adept at quick changes from hazmat suit to wedding gown). Political, historical, and fantastical, I hadn't ever experienced a band like ONO before.

The expression about saving the best for last actually applied to my Macrock weekend, as my final band of the weekend was the divine Shana Falana (pictured). The lovely Miss Falana and her beau Mike (banging the drums so well) created such a beautiful, dynamic sound together. Shana's vocals can easily transition from floaty and gossamer-like ethereality to throaty and powerful. The Artful Dodger was packed to the gills, and the crowd was captivated by the show-stealing Falana. "That was rad!" someone proclaimed enthusiastically at the end of the set, which both perfectly sums things up and can't even begin to express how great the two were. It was a splendid way to end the weekend. Talk about going out on a high note.

If you've never been to Macrock, especially if you're not at all familiar with it, I strongly encourage you to give it a spin. The little festival that could, it's a long-running, small but mighty festival that truly celebrates independent music and is well-supported by a dynamic little city. Oh, and the setting ain't too shabby. Hope to see you there next year. 

[posted 6.23.16]

[all photos copyright Megan Petty]
          

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Otherwise Engaged: The Cure

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

There are a few bands that every music lover with any modicum of good taste really ought to see at least once in their life. The Cure is one such band. I saw them in the 90s, so many moons ago, and it was an incredible gig. If you've yet to see Robert Smith and company, get thee to Merriweather Post this evening. And even if you've already seen them, go again. It's never enough (see what I did there?). Wednesday, I'm in love.  



[posted 6.22.16]

Monday, June 20, 2016

Singles Club: Steady Holiday

When I saw "Ennio Morricone" and "Nina Persson" used to describe the sound of Dre Babinski, AKA Steady Holiday, I thought "yes, please."

As it would happen, both counts are true. "Superstar" has the effortless cool and ever-so-slightly kitsch slink that hallmarks many a Morricone composition, while Babinski's vocals echo the whispered purr of Persson with an added tremor of fragility. This is quite a wonderful little song, indeed. 



[posted 6.20.16]

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Video of The Day #137: The So So Glos

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.

We've all been there, stoic and absorbed in trying to be invisible whilst taking public transportation. In this clip from The So So Glos, a mundane trip on an NYC subway car takes a deliriously enjoyable turn thanks to a bevy of breakers (the most impressive W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew) doing all manner of serious moves on a moving train while the breakneck jangle of the Glos rolls the good times along. Ladies and gentlemen, this is "Dancing Industry." And it's a jolly good time indeed. 





[posted 6.19.16]

On The Road Again: Methyl Ethel

Yes indeed, Fall is already shaping up to be an incredibly excellent gig-going season, my friends. I don't know about you, but my October dancecard is already looking spectacular.

New favorite Aussies Methyl Ethel have joined the future party, as they're due to bring their delicious, sun-drenched, pop-psych entanglements to the US for a good number of shows. Color me all manner of excited.    


METHYL ETHEL TOUR DATES

10.01.16 - Mac Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB*
10.03.16 - WECC - Winnipeg, MB*
10.04.16 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN*
10.05.16 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, Il*
10.07.16 - Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI*
10.08.16 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON*
10.11.16 Virgin Mobile Corona Theater Montreal, QC*
10.12.16 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA*
10.14.16 - Warsaw - Brooklyn NY*
10.15.16 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA*
10.16.16 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington DC*
10.18.16 - Masquerade - Atlanta, Ga*
10.19.16 - Gasa Gasa - New Orleans, La *
10.21.16 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX *
10.25.16 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ *
10.26.16 - The Irenic - San Diego, CA *
10.28.16 - The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA *
11.02.16 - Neumos - Seattle, WA *

*Supporting Preoccupations



[posted 6.19.16]

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Otherwise Engaged: Dungen

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

I've had the pleasure of seeing Dungen live, albeit briefly, and it was an incredible experience. Top-notch, kaleidoscopic prismed, melodic psych with a Swedish accent, this will be a show to lose all sense of reality to. So be sure to venture over to the Rock & Roll Hotel tonight and take in some mindbendingly good sounds.   



[posted 6.18.16]

Good Cover Version: Fjord Does Neil Young

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.

Canadians covering a Canadian! In which the timeless, righteous Neil Young is given a complete reinvention by Quebecers Fjord. This rejigging of one of Young's best songs (so says me) renders it completely unrecognizable, with cold as ice, silky, sauntering beats and gossamer vocals taking the place of Young's gruffness and guitar. Young purists may disagree, but I think it's rather a lovely tribute to a fucking great song.  




[posted 6.18.16]

The Week In Shows: 6/20-6/26

A lovely, sunny, and not terribly hot Sunday afternoon 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!

My goodness, here were are more than halfway through the month, meaning we're now more than halfway through 2016. Wild. Good shows are ever present around here, and there's no shortage of social outings to make involving music this week. I do believe this is the most sold out shows in one week I've ever seen. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 6/20/16

-Mutual Benefit + Florist (DC9)

TUESDAY, 6/21/16

-Violent Femmes + Ava Mendoza (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Oh Wonder (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Pup + Rozwell Kid + Pkew Pkew Pkew (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Mark Lanegan + Sean Wheeler (Rock & Roll Hotel)

WEDNESDAY, 6/22/16

-The Cure + The Twilight Sad (Merriweather Post Pavilion - SOLD OUT)
-Wye Oak + Teen (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-Natural Child + Burnt Seeds (DC9)

THURSDAY, 6/23/16

-Tone + RLYR + Psychic Teens (DC9)
-Sam Lewis Band + Rosedale (Gypsy Sally's)
-Kevin Morby + Jaye Bartell (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-BRNDA (American Art Museum)
-Two Ton Twigs + The Dupont Brothers (IOTA)

FRIDAY, 6/24/16

-Pere Ubu + Obnox (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Anthony Pirog & Jarrett Gilgore + Other Colors + The Marian McLaughlin Trio (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Low Anthem + River Whyless (U Street Music Hall)
-Polyon + Handsome Foxes + Almost People + Curse Words + Cory Call & Stephen Lee (Velvet Lounge)

SATURDAY, 6/25/16

-Broncho + Dead Professional (DC9)
-Mitski + Japanese Breakfast + Jay Som (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Black Mountain + Majeure (Black Cat)
-Ladyhawke + Psychic Twin (U Street Music Hall)

SUNDAY, 6/26/16

-Guns N Roses + Alice in Chains (FedEx Field)
-Mystery Lights + Teen Liver (Black Cat)
-Hemlines + Worriers + Mikey Erg + Art Sorority for Girls (DC9)
-Sleep + Windhand (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)



[posted 6.18.16]

Video of The Day #136: Thrushes

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.

Yet another of those beautiful bands from Baltimore, Thrushes scratches many an itch with their gorgeous "Two Ships." Lovelorn lyrics sung with a haunting forlornness, lyrics that verbalize things I've been wrestling with on a personal level. The steady, ever present churning noise. And a crescendo of racket nearly two minutes long (given aural life in the video with scenes of the band playing amidst a backdrop of strobe lighting, naturally). Simply wonderful all over the place.   





[posted 6.18.16]

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Otherwise Engaged: Tame Impala

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

One of these days, heaven help me, I'll see Tame Impala. I am positively dying to see the Aussie psych experimental wonderland tomfoolery live and in the flesh. It just won't be happening tonight. If you're inclined to venture out to Merriweather, though, by all means you absolutely should. Especially seeing as M83 is also on the bill. Swoon.  




[posted 6.16.16]

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Singles Club - Premiere Edition: The Dirty Clergy

Winfield is a small northwestern Alabama town, about an hour or so down the road from the legendary Muscle Shoals. As it happens, Winfield also happens to be the home of The Dirty Clergy, a band which I have no doubt is well aware of the musical history that part of the state has played a part in.

Given how close I hold the Heart of Dixie to my heart, it makes my day to be able to premiere this little ditty by these Alabama boys. "Gold" is a mighty fine little number, calling to mind that molten moment in the 80s when rock could at times be pure and rebellious, sounding good on the radio while sounding even better when played to legions of adoring fans in packed, sweaty clubs. When rock dudes could wail and still call upon a tender, velvet falsetto to really woo the ladies. The song calls to mind the down home Americana of The Boss and The Coug, with a hint of Bolan swagger thrown in for good measure. 

"Gold" can be found on the band's soon-to-be-released Rattlesnake long player.   




[posted 6.14.16]

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Untitled Interview #220: Starring Plattenbau

Hands down, Plattenbau was my favorite discovery out of this year's Macrock. The Berlin-based trio kicks out a scuzzed-up, wiry, electric post punk racket, kicky and abrasive in equal measure. 

The band released their self-titled long player earlier this year, which you should definitely check out. And while you're giving it a listen, why not get to know Brandon, Lewis, and Tobias a bit better? Read on.      

Fuzzy Logic: How do you do?
Tobias: Alright. The sun's up.

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
Brandon: B-52s - "Private Idaho."
Tobias: Really can’t remember. Just went through a Youtube-medley-skip-after-30sec-looking-for-somethin’-good.
Lewis: "One Hour of Cisco CallManager Default Hold Music" I was zoning out to on Youtube the night before.

FL: Playing music is:
Brandon: exciting and calming.
Tobias: frustrating, necessary and awesome.
Lewis: rarely great.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
Brandon: Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic
Tobias: The Strokes - Is This It
Lewis: Prob Nirvana or Pumpkins, I'll say Melancollie

FL: Beatles or Stones?
Tobias: I don’t like either but I do dislike the Rolling Stones.
Lewis: Beatles.

FL: What’s your first music memory?
Tobias: First music memory must be horrible Disney songs. I sometimes went out of the room when they started to sing. But the first pleasurable music memory is when my dad and his friends put on Nirvana. Think I was 5-6.
Lewis: Rockin out to the Boss with my brother.

FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this week, of ever):
Tobias: The Strokes - Is This It, Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures, Sonic Youth - Sister/Daydream Nation/EVOL

Brandon: Animal Collective - Sung Tongs, Gun Club - Las Vegas Story, tune-yards - WHOKILL, Vieux Farka Touré - S/T, Two Tears - Little Tea

Lewis: Tops - Picture You Staring, The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes, Portishead - Dummy, DFA 1979 - You're a Woman I'm a Machine, Eden Ahbez - Eden's Island, too many to mention. . .

FL: Favorite music-related movie?
FUBAR.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
Tobias: If you had a sip it’s going down.

FL: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
Tobias: Maybe I had a good dream so I think about that for a while.
Brandon: Is there anything I have to do today?
Lewis: Ah fuck I'm awake again.

FL: Little-known Plattenbau fact?
Tobias: Our first demo was recorded with the help of a vacuum cleaner as a mic-stand.
Lewis: We're not German.

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
Lewis: Sounds that Swing in London found me some real faves.

FL: What was your first show, either in a band or as a fan?
Brandon: A middle school talent show I'm sure.
Tobias: Some local punk show when I was 15.
Lewis: I think the first time I played was with my brother and friends playing a Sepultura cover at a birthday party when I was 13.

FL: Your boots were made for:
Brandon: Winter.
Lewis: Stalking.

FL: Shaken or stirred?
Brandon: Beer.
Tobias: Wheat beer.

FL: What’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on, and where to?
Brandon: Berlin - USA.
Tobias: Yup, same.
<-> Lewis: London - Auckland.

FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?
Brandon: Disappointed.
Tobias: Alone on stage with a drum machine and funky synths but probably just being a poet.
Lewis: Filmmaker.

FL: Favorite spot in Berlin?
Brandon: Tempelhofer Feld, the old airport that's now a park.
Tobias: The roads from Frankfurter tor to Kottbusser tor, so fun to ride a bike late at night as fast as you can.
Lewis: Imren Grill.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
Tobias: A noise-pop band playing 2 minute songs of Bach.

FL: Best song ever written?
Tobias: Google knows.

PLATTENBAU...

As a movie:
Lewis: A synth-punk opera about our former drummer Lucas.

As a drink:
Brandon: Tap water.
Tobias: With a straw and no ice.
Lewis: Also known as council pop.

As a weather event:
Brandon: Light rain with spots of sun poking through the clouds.

As an obscure vintage LP:
Lewis: Maybe a record called Body of Desire about a fictional pair of peeps from California who called themselves Plattenbau. đŸ™„

As a moment in history:
Tobias: Three dinosaurs randomly meet figuring out how to play drums 3 hours before the asteroid hits earth.
Lewis: 1453 as the Ottomans raid Constantinople.

As a denomination of currency:
Lewis: bout 10 euros.

As a place in Washington, DC:
Lewis: Freemasons HQ.
Tobias: Yes! Such an awesome building. They know how to build their stuff.

As a video game/character therein:
Tobias: A glitched out 90’s zombie game.
Lewis: Mortal Kombat.

As a campaign promise:
Brandon: "Maybe your life will get better - it can't get any worse!"
Tobias: haha ”god knows we’re close!”
Lewis: Vote Tesco.




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Good Cover Version: Mexrrissey Does Morrissey

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.

What could be better, on a Sunday, than a Spanish-language, mariachi cameoed cover of "Everyday is Like Sunday?" Mexrrissey does their best Moz impression here, and the nod and the wink to the Mozfather is a winner. The forlorn resignation is undercut with love, and I think this one will bring a bit of a smile to your face. Even on a Sunday like this one.  




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Crossing The Pond: Caro

Leeds is a hotbed for good music these days, it would seem. From the smoking hot Northeastern scene comes Caro, a trio that engages in all manner of interesting sounds. 

Incredibly polished for being so new, the two songs that are readily available are clever, deftly layered with the utmost care. "Admit/Resist" retains a charming fragility, while "Cold Comfort" is more controlled and assertive. Two incredibly appealing songs from a band to keep a beady eye on.   




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Singles Club: Mayflower Madame

What's that, you say, psychedelic dark wave from Norway? Yes please, says I.

Oslo's Mayflower Madame cuts a fine figure in the Euro psych scene, with sultry, pulsating sinews and seductive as all get out vocals. "Weightless" is a stunner, black-clad psych shimmy that grabs your attention and doesn't let go. 

Not, of course, that you'd want it to.   




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Video of The Day #135: The Cult of Dom Keller

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.

It's Sunday, so what better day to unleash the new video from The Cult of Dom Keller for their new song "Broken Arm of God?" All sorts of papal imagery is joined by footage of those crazy snake-dancing sects, making a heretically perfect aural representation of the band's sludgy and heavy psych assault. Hallelujah indeed, brothers and sisters.  






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The Week In Shows: 6/13-6/19

A very sultry Sunday 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!

I'm sure you've all got the 15th of June inked on your calendar, but as a reminder, this is birthday week! Please feel free to celebrate in all manner of Bachanallian, debaucherous ways. An abundance of good shows ought to help you feel festive, if nothing else. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


MONDAY, 6/13/16

-Flight of The Conchords (Wolf Trap)
-Pity Sex + PWR BTTM + Petal (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Caddywhompus + The Sea Life + Boon (Songbyrd Music House)

TUESDAY, 6/14/16

-At The Drive-In + Le Butcherettes (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-The Hunna + Mainland (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 6/15/16

-At The Drive-In + Le Butcherettes (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Whilk & Misky + Tigers are Bad for Horses (U Street Music Hall)
-Holy Ghost Tent Revival + Dirty River Boys (DC9)
-Ben Watt & His Band + Zachary Cale (Rock & Roll Hotel)

THURSDAY, 6/16/16

-Tame Impala + M83 + Okay Kaya (Merriweather Post Pavilion) 
-Beverly + Cinema Hearts (DC9)
-Atlas Road Crew + The Southern Belles + Bencoolen (9:30 Club)

FRIDAY, 6/17/16

-Kenny Rogers (Wolf Trap)
-Guerilla Toss + Sunwatchers + Crypto Jocks (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Skints + The Scotch Bonnets (Tropicalia)
-Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band (Warner Theatre)

SATURDAY, 6/18/16

-Dungen + Purling Hiss (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Chris Stapleton + Jason Isbell + Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
-The Jayhawks + Folk Uks (Lincoln Theatre)
-Fitz & The Tantrums + Finish Ticket (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Collider + Clair Morgan + Brandon Moses (Chinatown Coffee Co.)



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