Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Mogwai @ 9:30 Club, 12/10/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

It is my humble opinion that any real music lover should see Mogwai live at least once in their life. 

Happily, seeing as the Scots noisesmiths are currently on tour, that's possible for a good many people. On the road in support of newest record Every Country's Sun, Mogwai is spreading the good word that is their complicated and evocative, wonderful tangle of post-punk noise far and wide. Including here in DC.

If you're interested in seeing Mogwai when they come through and play the 9:30 Club on 12/10, here's your chance to win a pair of tickets. Just email me and tell me how much you'd like to see them live. I'm a sucker for a good story, so make it count. 

FINE PRINT: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Friday, 12/8/17.    



[posted 11.22.17]

Video of The Day #374: MGMT

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 can't actually believe it's been 10 years since the first MGMT record was released. They're onto number four, now, and "Little Dark Age" is part of the newness. I adore the video, which has a very camp, 1970s Euro horror flick feel. The visual theme fits quite nicely with the song's spooky, suspicious slow-motion synths. Enjoyable to listen to and look at.   



[posted 11.22.17]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Video of The Day #373: SeRvo

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.

The video for SeRvo's "Tree" is the stuff nightmares are made of. Unless, of course, you're into the idea of being sacrificed at the stake to some unknown deity by mask-clad members of a secret society (or straight up cult). The song itself is a spooky, sinister mess of menacing psych snarl, capable of sending shivers up the spine. The Rouen outfit lays the noise on nice and thick with "Tree," so be sure to stay awhile basking in these flickering flames.    





[posted 11.21.17]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Gary Numan @ 9:30 Club, 12/9/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

The iconic Gary Numan really doesn't need much of an introduction, so I'll keep it short. Numan is touring his latest recorded work, Savage (Songs From a Broken World), and will be bringing his tour to DC to play some of his voluminous material (and show the whippersnappers what showmanship is all about). 

Really, if you haven't seen the man do his thing live, you really should go see him on this tour. 

For DC area fans, I've got a pair of tickets to give away. Email me and tell me why seeing Gary Numan would make your day. Make it good, y'all. 

FINE PRINT: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Thursday, 12/7/17.    



[posted 11.21.17]

Monday, November 20, 2017

Singles Club: AUTOBAHN + Ezra Furman + Salad Boys

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

The sound of a lit fuse, AUTOBAHN's "Execution/Rise" is a study in combative, willful noise. With a nod to the phoenix, the song's message is described by the band as "a reference to being punished for one's sins, but rising again." A masterstroke of unexpectedly hip-shaking, industrial psych rebellion.   



"I know the past is the past," Furman sings, "but then the present's nothing without it." A new standard for Americana, Ezra Furman's "Love You So Bad" creates memories from memories, love among the everyday. Strings reminiscent of The Magnetic Fields and some serious pop chops meld perfectly with Furman's flair for flamboyance. This is an incredibly relatable, not to mention lovable, little ditty indeed.  



"Exaltation" is nothing if not sonically idyllic. With their latest single, New Zealand's Salad Boys have moved past salad days and into more serious territory - but not without keeping their sound pitch perfectly pastoral. So much heavenly jangle, so little time. 



[posted 11.20.17]

Video of The Day #372: SAENTS

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.

Mondays very often call for sounds as savage and wolfish as "Blood." Cure your case of the Mondays with SAENTS and this feral, howl-at-the-moon blues rock. The song's video features a bevy of old footage, tweaked and manipulated to match these bruising sounds. 







[posted 11.20.17]

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Singles Club: Cock & Swan + Dream Police + PINS

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

Seattle's Cock & Swan hits a bewitching bullseye with "Flock Descending," a lusciously dark, noir synthpop treasure. Full of shadows, this  mesmeric slow burner is a standout.  



It's seriously hard to believe Dream Police is a side project. But when not doing good things with The Men, good things happen with Dream Police. New song "Revenge" is a nice and sleazy, wee hours of the night ditty, a shady spectacle that I just can't get enough of. 



As a nice middle finger to the upper classes, PINS gets a little snarly on "Serve The Rich." The video was filmed during an anti-Conservative march in Manchester, and is rather self-explanatory. As is the biting cut of the song itself.   



[posted 11.19.17]

On The Road Again: Diet Cig

Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

Sweet and sour sasspots Diet Cig are still touring in support of their debut record, Swear I'm Good at This, and 2018 kicks off with a heaping helping of new live dates for Alex and Noah. The new dates will be their first as a four-piece, with members of The Spook School and Plush providing additional noisemaking. For a good time, get out there and check out Diet Cig. 

DIET CIG TOUR DATES

Jan 29 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place # ^
Jan 30 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison # ^
Jan 31 - Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar # ^
Feb 01 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge & #
Feb 02 - Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin & #
Feb 03 - Minneapolis, MN @ University of Minnesota & #
Feb 05 - Lawrence, KS @ White Schoolhouse #
Feb 06 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge & #
Feb 07 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge #
Feb 08 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
Feb 09 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux & #
Feb 10 - Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt & #
Feb 11 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey #
Feb 12 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater #
Feb 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop #
Feb 15 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst & #
Feb 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room #
Feb 17 - San Diego, CA @ You Are Going To Hate This Fest 3 #
Feb 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley (w/ Bully)
Feb 19 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress & #
Feb 21 - Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder & #
Feb 22 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links & #
Feb 23 - New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge & #
Feb 24 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade & #
Feb 25 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight & #
Feb 26 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre & #
Feb 27 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle & #
Feb 28 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel & #
Mar 01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere & #
Mar 02 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall & #
Mar 03 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church & #

# = w/ The Spook School
^ = w/ Lala Lala
& = w/ Great Grandpa



[posted 11.19.17]

Singles Club: Dan Rico + Hovvdy + Small Reactions

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

With a very T. Rex-esque kind of grimy glam swagger, Dan Rico's "Flesh & Bone" hits the spot. This Chicago fellow plays up the pop along with the grit, and the result is rather addictive.  



Austin duo Hovvdy's ode to anxiety, hindsight, and understanding, "Late," is a testament to the twosome's shared love of quiet music. There's some intensity, though, in "Late," a soft insistence that commands attention.  



Georgia boys Small Reactions are back with a heck of a new song. "Dinner Song" is played with an urgency, and this breathless pop tart treasure hits the sweetest of spots with a marriage of 60s jangle and 80s angularity (with some modern day bombast thrown in for good measure). Pure dynamite.  



[posted 11.19.17]

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: I Was Britpopped

We've all seen the onslaught of ads telling us that holiday shopping season has officially begun. Pressure to open they wallet as some kind of duty aside, presents are fun. And giving is a pretty great thing to do, so I've pulled together some ideas to bring a little seasonal joy to the life of your favorite music lover.

What to get the Britpop enthusiast in your life? May I suggest the new book I Was Britpopped? Written by Jenny Natasha and Tim Boniface-Webb, this tome covers the golden era of the 1990s when the UK was churning out some of the most memorable (and, in truth, not-so-memorable) music of the time. 

So good an idea is this here book that yours truly has it on her own holiday wish list (hint hint).



[posted 11.19.17]  

Crossing The Pond: BE GOOD + The Night Café + Party Hardly

Much great music is made on the other side of the Atlantic. Here your hostess indulges her love of all things Brit to bring you some songs you should be listening to from the British Isles.

Oxford has quite a reputation for education among all those dreaming spires, but "awkward pop" music? Absolutely. BE GOOD brings some serious late night slink to the party with their jam "Nightbus," a song rife with come hitherness and all manner of potential misbehavior.     



Liverpool's The Night Café makes a heck of a pretty noise with their single "Turn." This is a song all aquiver with youth and young manhood, defiant and spunky and totally irrepressible. Raucous yet polished, who knows what lies in store for this bunch after their forthcoming headline tour in early 2018. 



New Party Hardly single "Living In Moths" takes inspiration from the depressing pit of despair that is the modern news (and the newspapers that peddle it), and the Leeds outfit's droll, fuzzy snarkpop plays up the absurdity of it all with a snide panache. 



[posted 11.19.17]

On The Road Again: Moon Duo

Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

Brit and Irish friends, this one's for you. If you haven't yet seen the fantastical psych wonderland that is a Moon Duo live show, you're in luck. This dynamic duo is coming to play you many wonderful songs, and if you're in the path of these 2018 dates you should definitely go to a show. Or several. 

MOON DUO UK/IRELAND TOUR DATES  

Jan 26th - Button Factory, DUBLIN
Jan 27th - Black Box, BELFAST
Jan 28th - Crane Lane, CORK
Jan 30th - Hare and Hounds, BIRMINGHAM
Jan 31st - La Belle Angele, EDINBURGH
Feb 1st - White Hotel, MANCHESTER
Feb 2nd - District, LIVERPOOL
Feb 3rd - Brudenell, LEEDS
Feb 4th - XOYO, LONDON



[posted 11.19.17]

Singles Club: Alex Bloom + Crater + Pinkshinyultrablast

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

Influenced by the production stylings of Beatles and Beach Boys records, on "One More Shot" Alex Bloom manages to capture something timeless. A reminiscence of Bloom's first heartbreak, the song carries a sense of lovelorn disappointment. It's a tender, sweet effort, and shows a heck of a lot of promise.  



Pacific Northwest twosome Crater keeps it supple and serpentine with their electropop "Novocaine." An underlying darkness cuts through the sugary synths, making this sparkler a work of substance and style.  



Russian shoegaze exporters Pinkshinyultrablast keep things interesting on new effort "In The Hanging Gardens" by adding some sumptuous synth play to their noise, with much success. It's a shimmering, radiant sound indeed.   



[posted 11.19.17]

Good Cover Version: Day Wave and Hazel English Do Interpol

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.

Interpol's Turn On The Bright Lights was a big, big part of a certain time in my life, and it's a treat to hear one of the biggest songs from that record given such a lovely reinterpretation. Frequent colleagues Day Wave and Hazel English joined forces vocally for the first time to give "PDA" a daydreamy, Left Coast jangle that nods to the angular New York finesse of the original while giving it a certain golden California something.    



[posted 11.19.17]

Video of The Day #371: The Velveteins

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.

"Strange Side of The Street" is a bit on the dreamy side, with delightful waves of fuzzy, scuzzed-out surf rock jangle capped with a bit of an instrumental freakout at the back end. The video for this gem from Edmonton's The Velveteins, dedicated in loving memory to Jerry Garcia, sets the action smack in the middle of some California sunshine - art imitating life, in a way. All the thumbs up for this one.     



[posted 11.19.17]

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Video of The Day #370: New Candys

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.

Coming across like some kind of vintage avant garde film, the video for New Candys' "Tempera" may lead to a serious case of visual (not to mention aural) fixation. As the Venetian psychsmiths create foggy, sinister sinews of luxurious noise, the video's simplicity makes both the song and video somehow feel more intense. Very highly recommended.  






[posted 11.18.17]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Priests @ 9:30 Club, 12/1/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

It's always something special when the homegrown bands headline the 9:30 Club, and that's exactly what's happening on 12/1 when the much-buzzed art punks Priests bring their snarly swagger to the club.

If you've got a hankering to see Priests do their thing here in DC, keep reading. You see, I have a pair of tickets to the show that could be all yours. Just email me and let me know you want to go to the show. I consider style and substance, so make it good, y'all. 

FINE PRINT: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Wednesday, 11/29/17.  



[posted 11.18.17]

The Week In Shows: 11/20/17-11/26/17

A so very autumnal Saturday afternoon in November 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!

Hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week, isn't it? The year is winding down with alarming speed all of a sudden. I wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving, and hope you enjoy some turkey/tofurkey with folks you care about. Gigwise, it's a lot thinner on the ground than it was last week, which is probably good because of all the impending food comas to come. And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area. Bonus: catch yours truly at any show with an asterisk next to it.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!

MONDAY, 11/20/17

-Nice Breeze + Elisa Flynn + Anna Connelly (Galaxy Hut)
-Ron Gallo + Naked Giants + GYMSHORTS (DC9)
-The Strawbs: Chapter & Verse (Jammin Java)

TUESDAY, 11/21/17

-Modern English + The Veldt (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Moonchild + OG Lullabies (U Street Music Hall)

WEDNESDAY, 11/22/17

-The Mattson 2 + Foots x Coles (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 11/23/17

-HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Y'ALL! 

FRIDAY, 11/24/17

-The Nighthawks + Skip Castro Band (State Theatre)
-The Pietasters + Bumpin' Uglies + The Players Band (9:30 Club)

SATURDAY, 11/25/17

-TK Echo + Glue Factory + Mick Barr (Comet Ping Pong)

SUNDAY, 11/26/17

-Dougie + We Capillaries (Galaxy Hut)
-Soccer Team + Penguin + Santics (Black Cat)

[posted 11.18.17]

Friday, November 17, 2017

Video of The Day #369: Helen Kelter Skelter

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.

The trippy, jarringly bright visuals for Helen Kelter Skelter's "Guud" make for quite a strong dose. It's up to you whether you chemically enhance the experience, though you don't really need to. The song itself is a hulking, heady listen, a far out and fantastical romp through heavy psych with a kick from the OK state.  





[posted 11.17.17]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Deer Tick @ 9:30 Club, 11/30/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

Rhode Island's finest, Deer Tick, just released their first newness in four years this past September, and now they're taking their act on the road to bring some of those new sounds to good folks hither and yon. 

The band's Twice As Nice tour will roll in to DC on 11/30, stopping at the 9:30 Club. The band will forgo an opener and play both a quiet-is-the-new-loud/loud-is-the-new-loud set. In other words, for Deer Tick fans it's kind of a big deal. 

 You're in luck, too, because I just happen to be giving away a pair of tickets to this very show. Talk about nice, eh? To win the tickets, drop me a line and tell me how much you'd like to see Deer Tick on this special tour. Piece of cake, right? Make it good, y'all. 

FINE PRINT: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Tuesday, 11/28/17. 





[posted 11.15.17]

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Video of The Day #368: Boy Azooga

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.

From Cardiff comes the prismatic, percussion-centric odyssey of Boy Azooga and their dandy "Face Behind Her Cigarette." The new Heavenly Records signees, led by mastermind Davey Newington, let loose a heck of a racket with this unrelenting fiend of a track. It's a far out, fuzzed-up vintage space funk nugget with an absolutely diabolical monster beat. The video's green screen hijinks play into the throwback feel, and are appropriately kooky. Very nice, very nice indeed.  





[posted 11.14.17]

Monday, November 13, 2017

Video of The Day #367: Makeup Girl

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.

Take a lovely little visual tour of this here city of ours in Makeup Girl's video for "Something New," won't you? It's a sharp-dressed mannequin's point of view (and questionable choices) we follow along on a sunny blue afternoon in the District of Columbia as the hazy, dreamy fuzz pop of these DC dudes cuts loose. 

If you're in town tonight, head over to DC9 to see Makeup Girl in person (with Shame).  





[posted 11.13.17]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Cut Copy @ 9:30 Club, 11/29/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

Having seen Australia's Cut Copy a time or two, I can assure you that seeing them live is a heck of a good time. Their evocative, textured songs are great for getting lost in, and for cutting a rug to. 

The band is currently on the road here in the States, touring new record Haiku From Zero, and one of their stops just so happens to be here in DC. You could win a pair of tickets to the 9:30 Club show, my friend. 

To win the pair of tickets that I have up for grabs, simply send me a message letting me know just how much you'd love to see Cut Copy live. Best entry gets the goods, so make it count!  

FINE PRINT: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Monday, 11/27/17.    







[posted 11.13.17]

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Singles Club: Bee Bee Sea + Krief + Slow Magic

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

With a twitching, shaky intensity, Bee Bee Sea is rather hard to ignore. This Italian outfit harnesses a chaotic, uninhibited sort of rock and roll, as gleeful as it is shambolic. "Sonic Boomerang" is a party and a half, and requires listening to at high volume.    



Patrick Krief was once part of the dreamy Canadian ensemble The Dears, and continues making dreamy noise these days as Krief. "Ordinary Lies" is a spectral, levitating concoction, swells of immense, bittersweet loveliness ebbing and flowing so very elegantly.  



I'm a fan of the "Sunset Edit" of Slow Magic's "Belong 2 Me," because it's got the added bonus of Peter Silberman of The Antlers on vocal duties. Those shadowy, supernatural vocals fit perfectly with the song's eerily ethereal energy. There's something unfulfilled here, and a sense of expectation heightens each note.  



[posted 11.12.17]

Good Cover Version: Widowspeak 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.

Capturing more than a little of the original's moonlit magic, Widowspeak add their own wonderful witchery to Neil Young's "Harvest Moon." Underneath all the gauzy vocals and guitar lurks no small amount of yearning, burning embers. Well done indeed by these New Yorkers.    



[posted 11.12.17]

Singles Club: Cones + HOLY + NVDES

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

With "Later," California boys Cones wanted to harness "that moment in a breakup when you finally start to find peace, but some of that bitterness is still hanging around." This sentiment has certainly connected with me, and with the shimmery, dappled sunshine dreaminess this duo creates it's easy to get lost in that maddeningly magical middleground.    



Listen to this one loud, y'all. Swedish stargazer HOLY (Hannes Ferm) has tapped into all things wacky and wonderful with his new nugget "Heard Her," a prismatic pendulum of psych rock with a bounty that knows no bounds. Listen more than once, as you'll definitely hear new sounds each time you do. Keep an eye on this celestial PNKSLM signee, without a doubt.   



The more I hear from NVDES, the more I like. With "D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing)," the LA outfit recruited REMMI to provide salacious, nasty gal vocals that get good and steamy against big, throwback beats. And really, don't we all need someone who can hit the spot? It's sass with style, and it's catchy as all get out.   



[posted 11.12.17]

Video of The Day #366: Escape-Ism

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.

Local legend Ian Svenonius is at it once again, making some serious sonic sturm und drang with his Escape-Ism venture. This is Svenonius flying solo, and in "Walking In The Dark" his ghoulishly catchy, spookily sinuous undulations are peppered with thunderstorm effects for a kooky kick. The video's mod noir effects in black and white are just perfect to go along with this gem.    



[posted 11.12.17]

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Sweet Little Rock & Roller Collectibles

We've all seen the onslaught of ads telling us that holiday shopping season has officially begun. Pressure to open they wallet as some kind of duty aside, presents are fun. And giving is a pretty great thing to do, so I've pulled together some ideas to bring a little seasonal joy to the life of your favorite music lover.

Does your favorite music loving lady or gent love stuff? As in, are they more of a maximalist and not so much a minimalist? If so, they may be the type to appreciate one of these super cute collectible figures. 

Funko has several vinyl figures on offer, my favorite is the Jimi Hendrix model. Joey Ramone, Lemmy Kilmister, and several members of Guns N Roses are also available to delight your friends and loved ones. I'm pretty much obsessed with their David Bowie as Jareth from Labryinth figure, if anyone is interested... 

For those with an interest in punk with DC roots, look no further than this fantastic Press Pop statuette of H. R. from Bad Brains. I love the fact that this one isn't your traditional statuette, and that it captures H. R. in motion. Press Pop also has a ridiculously awesome Public Enemy action figure set for sale.

Pop! Rocks (Funko) also has all manner of options in their range of vinyl figures. I'm a fan of 1970s Elvis, resplendent in white jumpsuit, but you could snap up Tupac, Johnny Rotten, a Blue Meanie...and so much more. 

Happy hunting, my little elves. 

[posted 11.11.17]

Video of The Day #365: Maps & His Mothball Fleet

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 Veterans Day here in the US, so today's video pick comes from FL's favorite vet, Maps & His Mothball Fleet. "A Lot Becomes a Little" is a lovely piece of 90s-infused lo-fi jangle. The song is full of questions and seeking answers, always searching for something. It's a sentiment that applies to the album Fighting Season as a whole. The video itself is a rather pretty thing to look at, full of scenic shots and meaningful glances.   





[posted 11.11.17]

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Mixtape Mania

We've all seen the onslaught of ads telling us that holiday shopping season has officially begun. Pressure to open they wallet as some kind of duty aside, presents are fun. And giving is a pretty great thing to do, so I've pulled together some ideas to bring a little seasonal joy to the life of your favorite music lover.

While the Millennials among us may not have experienced the multitudinous joys of mixtape making, that's not to say they still can't get a kick out of the mixtape itself. Suitable for all age groups, this bunch of mixtape-centric goodies should make any music fan feel like a kid again. 

Witness the cuteness of a personalized mixtape pillow!

What about having a beverage out of some adorable mixtape glasses?

Why not break out this mixtape game at your next gathering?

Welcome friends to your crib with this sassy personalizable mixtape welcome mat!

And finally, share the gift of the moving read from Rob Sheffield, Love is a Mix Tape.

As an added bonus, why not revive the art itself and make your favorite folks their own personal mixes? Long live the mixtape! 

[posted 11.11.17]     

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Eddie Argos Artwork

We've all seen the onslaught of ads telling us that holiday shopping season has officially begun. Pressure to open they wallet as some kind of duty aside, presents are fun. And giving is a pretty great thing to do, so I've pulled together some ideas to bring a little seasonal joy to the life of your favorite music lover.

This isn't the first year I've recommended some custom artwork by Art Brut's delightful Eddie Argos. But this year I'm putting my money where my mouth is, as I've actually ordered myself a custom piece from Argos, which I'll gush about when it arrives. 

This year, Eddie's done something really, really cool, which is to offer up vouchers that you can gift if you don't happen to know what record would make someone the happiest. If you know your special person's special record, you can go ahead and place an order here. Argos listens to the record while he paints, and does a brief review of the record, as well. You can also follow Eddie on Instagram to see what sort of things he's been painting. I do strongly suggest you order sooner rather than later (as in, no time like the present for this particular present). Really, though, what music lover wouldn't want a painting of their favorite album? 

[posted 11.11.17]   

The Week In Shows: 11/13/17-11/19/17

A rather chilly Saturday morning in November 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 cold out, friends. I know I always complain about the heat, and I'm probably going to complain about the cold at some point over the course of the next few months. But still, there's too many good gigs out there to stay home! And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area. Bonus: catch yours truly at any show with an asterisk next to it.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!


MONDAY, 11/13/17

-Foul Swoops + Aquarian Blood + Glue Factory (Black Cat)
-Shame + Makeup Girl (DC9)
-Pale Waves + Hazel English (Songbyrd Music House)
-Casper Skulls + Bottled Up + Kid Claws (Comet Ping Pong)
-Annie Stokes + Lucas Roy (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 11/14/17

-Bob Dylan & His Band + Mavis Staples (The Anthem)
-Merge Records 2017: A Listening Party (Songbyrd Music House)
-Silversun Pickups + Minus The Bear (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Howard Ivans + Machine Drift + Teething Veils (Galaxy Hut)
-Luna + Eleanor Friedberger (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 11/15/17

-Bully + Aye Nako (U Street Music Hall - win tix!)*
-Hot Snakes + Duchess Says + Suicide Pact (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-Soccer Mommy + Julian (DC9)
-National Symphony Orchestra (The Anthem - SOLD OUT)
-Guerilla Toss + PC Worship + Mock Identity (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Revivalists + Southern Avenue (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Elizabeth II + Little Coyote + Ménage À Garage (Velvet Lounge)

THURSDAY, 11/16/17

-The Drums + Methyl Ethel (Black Cat)*
-The Revivalists + Mt. Joy (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-The Frights + Vundabar + Hockey Dad (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Elliott Brood + The Shandies (DC9)
-Five of The Eyes + Larry (Velvet Lounge)
-Oliver Francis + Big Baby Scumbag (Songbyrd Music House)

FRIDAY, 11/17/17

-Yonder Mountain String Band + The Last Revel (9:30 Club)
-City of The Sun + Satellite Mode (Songbyrd Music House)
-Roxsplosion Presents: Rocket City Riot + Radar + Stereoriots (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Story So Far + Turnstile + Drug Church (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 11/18/17

-Arkells + Irontom (U Street Music Hall - win tix!)
-The Black Heart Procession + Sam Coomes (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Ballroom Thieves + Frances Luke Accord (DC9)
-Bleachers + Bishop Briggs + Amy Shark (9:30 Club)
-Take Me Out: 2000s Indie Dance Party (Black Cat)*

SUNDAY, 11/19/17

-Alex Lahey + Dude York (DC9)
-Hot Chip open-to-close DJ set (U Street Music Hall)
-Eyelids + Jay Gonzalez & The Guilty Pleasures + Humble Fire (Black Cat)
-Alex The Red Parez and The Hell Rojos + Fake Manners (Galaxy Hut)

[posted 11.11.17]