Friday, June 19, 2009

This Week's Mix

What? Oh why yes, I still do, in fact, do these. Lets get to it then shall we.

Starfucker - Medicine
Phoenix - Lisztomania
Akron/Family - The River
John Vanderslice - Sunken Union Boat
Deer Tick - Easy
The Thermals - Now We Can See
Apostle of Hustle - Soul Unwind
El Ten Eleven - Jumping Frenchmen of Maine
Miike Snow - Burial (DJ Mehdi Remix)
The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa (from

Note: All tracks above, unless otherwise noted, were obtained legally and with artist's permission via KEXP. Please see here for more information.

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Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Local Weekend: Kicking June Off Right Part II

Caught your breath yet from Friday night? Saturday and Sunday are no let down. Let's get to it.

Two one-day festivals Saturday dominate the scene. The Metro Gallery in Baltimore is the place to be for Rufustival. Local acts galore fill this line-up along with a few out-of-towners. Set to play: A Place to Bury Strangers, Dirty Projectors, Chairlift, Thrushes, Eureka Birds, The Sky Drops, Pianowire, Baby Aspirin, The Water, Ecstatic Sunshine and Wye Oak. This show is highly recommended. Get there early and stay late.

mp3: A Place to Bury Strangers - My Weakness (from band)
mp3: Dirty Projectors - Stillness is the Move (
mp3: Chairlift - Evident Utensil (MGMT Remix)
mp3: Thrushes - Heartbeats (from band)
mp3: The Sky Drops - Now Would Be (band website)
mp3: Ecstatic Sunshine - Anagram (
mp3: Wye Oak - Family Glue (from band)
mp3: Eureka Birds - The Still Life (from band)

The Roots are hosting a picnic on Festival Pier in Philly for a hometown throw down with huge names on the bill. Stop by to see Santigold, The Black Keys, TV on the Radio and the one and only Public Enemy.

mp3: Santigold - Your Voice
mp3: The Black Keys - I Got Mine (live)
mp3: TV On the Radio - Dancing Choose (Prefuse 73 Remix)
(all songs linked from

Outside the massive amounts of bands and people, The Tower Theater is hosting Stephen Colbert's musical arch-nemeses The Decemberists. Performing with them is Brit-pop royality Robyn Hitchcock. Elsewhere in Philly Saturday, Art Brut takes on Satan in their new album and will entertain the crowd at Johnny Brenda's with Cymbals Eat Guitars. Definately a fun show. And the Tin Angel is hosting Chapel Hill's The Old Ceremony.

mp3: The Decemberists - Hazards of Love 1
mp3: Art Brut - Weird Science
mp3: Cymbals Eat Guitars - And The Hazy Sea
mp3: The Old Ceremony - Til My Voice if Gone
(all songs linked from

Jersey band The Black Hollies are taking their show to two venues this weekend. Saturday they hit up the Rock & Roll Hotel, while Sunday you can find them at Johnny Brenda's.

mp3: The Black Hollies - Paisley Pattern Ground (Ernest Jennings Records)


A little less action for the end of the weekend. The Hold Steady hold court at the 9:30 Club. DC9 has Disappears and Dangerosa. Up In Philly, Kung Fu Necktie has Dark Meat with Popo and Nymph.

mp3: The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy (Vagrant Records)
mp3: Dark Meat - Freedom Ritual (Vice Records)

Lastly, spoken word at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington will never be so much fun as when Henry Rollins brings it to Delaware. I should see if tickets are still available.

Hope you enjoy. And don't forget about the bands still lingering from Friday.


Friday, June 05, 2009

The Local Weekend: Kicking June Off Right Part I

Another month has passed us by. Summer is starting. Time for great music to come through the area in massive quantities. This weekend is no exception. Friday is loaded with big names and your local favorites. Here is what's hapening:

So many huge acts are hitting the IA area this weekend. For those of you that cut your musical teeth around my time (late '80s/early '90s), a couple of shows may peak your interest. Jane's Addiction and Nine Inch Nails are on tour together. Maybe if was in my early 20's, I would hit this one up. I'm getting old. Catch them at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. Doing a double dip in the area is PJ Harvey. She is joined by John Parish for a show Friday at the Warner Theater in DC and Sunday in Philly at The Troc.

mp3: Jane's Addiction - Three Days (
mp3: Nine Inch Nails - Lights In The Sky (band website)

A little bit of the eclectic Friday and Saturday when Talking Heads frontman David Byrne brings his new world sound to the area. Set to open is DeVotchka. Nothing beats a band with a Sousaphone as a primary instrument. They are slated for The Mann and Wolf Trap.

mp3: DeVotchka - You Love Me (Anti Records)

If you haven't heard, Doves are coming to town. We are running a little contest for the 9:30 Club show Saturday. Can't make that show? The Troc hosts Friday. Set to open is Wild Light.

mp3: Doves - Kingdom of Rust (
mp3: Wild Light - California On My Mind (

Back before we started IA, Denali came out of Richmond and made a splash on the scene. Then they disappeared. Five years or so seems to have been long enough as they are back and playing two shows in the area. Friday catch them with Autocue and Robes at the First Unitarian Church in Philly. The Black Cat is the place Saturday, this time with KI:Theory and Pygmy Lush.

mp3: Denali - Hold Your Breath (band website)
mp3: Robes - The Breaks
mp3: KI:Theory - My Thoughts (band website)

Still haven't made up your mind? Here is more to choose from:

DC9 is hosting Natalie Portman's Shaved Head. The Rock & Roll Hotel has the loudest band pretty much anywhere A Place To Bury Strangers along with Caverns and True Womanhood. Over at the Black Cat, Dean & Britta perform with Cheval Sombre. Ohioans Like Bells join up with Baltimore's Kadman for a show at the Velvet Lounge. Cross the river to IOTA for Viva Voce and Cut Off Your Hands. Small venue for a great up-close experience.

mp3: A Place To Bury Strangers - My Weakness (from band)
mp3: True Womanhood - Cosmic Ray (
mp3: Like Bells - Atlas (Exit Stencil)
mp3: Kadman - Sorry (band website)
mp3: Viva Voce - Octavio (Barsuk Records)
mp3: Cut Off Your Hands - Oh Girl (

As for Philly, one more show of note. White Rabbits are in Fishtown at Johnny Brenda's with The Subjects and Busses.

mp3: White Rabbits - Percussion Gun (pitchfork)
mp3: The Subjects - Numbers (

That's Friday, plus a little more. Check back for the rest of the weekend. A couple of festivals to tell you about. Enjoy the music.


Monday, June 01, 2009

Contest: Doves in DC

Alright, this is a good one, so I will just get to the point. Doves are playing a show in DC on Saturday night at 9:30 Club with Wild Light. The show is sold out and everyone is trying to score some tickets. What most people do not know, is that Doves have teamed up with Gibson Guitar for a special pre-show party. What is that exactly? Well, here are the details:
What: Gibson Guitar Presents: Doves Take Flight - A Pre-Show End of Tour Celebration
When: Saturday 6/6 from 3PM to 5PM.
Where: Gibson Showroom at 709 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Additional Info:
Invite/Guest List Only.
Free Food and Free Booze.
Free Doves and Gibson swag.
Photo ops and an opportunity to get your Doves swag signed by Andy and Jez.
Astralwerks and Gibson have provided us with all sorts of great things to give away, including tickets to the show and the party. We will have 3 winners and the prizes are as follows:
Grand Prize: 2 tickets for show at 9:30 club and 2 invites for the Gibson Pre-Party .
First Runner Up: 2 invites for the Gibson Pre-Party.
Second Runner Up: Doves entire catalog on CD.
All you have to do to enter is send us an e-mail ( with your name. Winners will be randomly chosen and notified by Friday. Good luck!

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