ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 02-22-12

Stuff to read:
• Chris Richards reports on BB King and Mick Jagger at the White House [Washington Post]. Those guys were there celebrating the blues in honor of Black History Month. Also, Obama sang a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago”: this link has video of Obama singing, plus the setlist from the evening and a photo gallery.

“This music speaks to something universal,” the president said before introducing King. “No one goes through life without both joy and pain, triumph and sorrow. The blues gets all of that.”

• ALERT: DC GETS SNUBBED! Slowcore heros Codeine are doing a reunion tour this spring, but they won’t be playing anywhere close to the District. The reunion tour’s closest stops are Brooklyn (6/29 at the Bell House) or New York City (7/15 at Le Poisson Rouge). Seriously? New York gets two dates and DC/Balt doesn’t get any? Sigh. Check out the tour dates to plan your roadtrip.
• Ken Avis at CapitalBop has a lengthy retrospective on Jazz Samba by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd.
• DCist tells you what to do: This week in hip-hop and the Weekly Music Agenda.
Preview: Women in Jazz Festival [Washington CityPaper].
Band Profile: Steve Cooper on Spirit Animal [the Vinyl District] – playing the Black Cat on Monday 2/27.
• Heavy Uber Alles brings you six heavy tunes every Tuesday. This week’s edition features New Orleans bands, in honor of Mardi Gras.
• Would you ever by teeny-tiny records at a teeny-tiny record store? [the Awl]
• DC writer Marc Masters reviews Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem‘s Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity for Pitchfork.
• Live Reviews: We Love DC on the Dead Milkmen at the U Street Music Hall.

Audiovisual stuff:
• Loosely DC related: Download the new single from Mynabirds, the new project of ex-Georgie James‘ Laura Burhenn (a former DC resident). [Washington CityPaper]
• Tittsworth points us to a free track from Canadian duo Dooze Jackers.

Stuff to win:
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to Galactic at the 9:30 Club on 2/23 (contest ends Thursday 2/23 at noon)
• The Vinyl District is giving away a signed vinyl copy of All the Details by Doris (featuring Paul Adelstein of Private Practice). Winner must have a North American mailing address. (contest ends Tuesday 2/28)
• DC 50/WDCW is giving away tickets to Jim Jones with Nyemiah Supreme at U Street Music Hall on 3/5 (contest ends 3/1 at noon).

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Friday 02-17-12

Are you sick of reading the name Sharon Van Etten here and everywhere else in DC’s news this week? Dude, her show was LAST SATURDAY; shouldn’t we have moved on to other things by now?! Thankfully, while there is one more SVE mention below (sorry!), we’ve also got a lengthy roundup of reading about bands coming through town in the next week– plenty of new shows to discover to get your mind off of Ms Van Etten. Thanks for another great week! Have a great weekend, and remember you can add this blog to your RSS feed with

Press about shows for the week ahead:
Washingtonian’s music picks for the next week. TBD on CD release shows this weekend.
• Washington CityPaper’s Guide to the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. DCist also has a preview, and the Michael J West at the Washington CityPaper interviewed Afro-Blue’s Integriti Reeves, who is performing at the Fest on Sunday. West also reviewed Lena Seikaly‘s new album Lovely Changes.
Article: Kristen Paige-Kirby on Duke Ellington [Express], for whom the “Discover Ellington” festival is this weekend at Strathmore. Paige-Kirby also interviews Brian Stokes Mitchell, who performs tonight.
Mike Joyce on Kim Waters‘s album This Heart of Mine [Washington Post] – at Blues Alley Friday through Sunday, 2/17-2/19.
CD Review: Catherine Lewis on Since Antarctica‘s new EP Aurorae [Washington Post] – at Jammin’ Java on Saturday 2/18.
Writeup: Mike Paarlberg on Dead Milkmen [Washington CityPaper] – U Street Music Hall on Saturday 2/18.
Writeup: Steve Kiviat on Homayoun Shajarian [Washington CityPaper] – Lisner on Sunday 2/19.
Interview: Dave Malitz on Ben Lee [Washington Post]. Lee is at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Monday 2/20.
CD Review: Geoffrey Himes on Otis Taylor‘s new album Contraband [Washington Post] – at Blues Alley on Wednesday 2/22 and Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Thursday 2/23.
Writeup: Reese Higgins on the Twilight Sad [Washington CityPaper] – Rock & Roll Hotel on Thursday 2/23. Dan Miller does an album review of the group’s new No One Can Ever Know [Washington Post].
Chris Kompanek on Saul Williams‘s album Volcanic Sunlight [Washington Post] – at the Black Cat on Thursday 2/23.

Other things to read:
CD Review: David Dunlap Jr on Adam WarRock‘s album You Dare Call That Thing Human?!? [Washington CityPaper].
• Live reviews: Stephen Brookes on the Emerson String Quartet at Strathmore [Washington Post]. Joe Banno on baritone Florian Boesch at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater [Washington Post]. Anne Midgette on Conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center [Washington Post] – this program repeats Saturday 2/18 and Sunday 2/19.

Things to listen to and/or watch:
Joan Soriano stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk concert.
Video: Sharon Van Etten at the Black Cat [All Our Noise].

Free stuff:
• The Rogers Revue has tickets to Disney On Ice at the Verizon Center on 2/18 (contest ends today).
• the Vinyl District has tickets to Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) at the 9:30 Club on 2/20 (contest ends 2/20 at noon).
• DC 50/WDCW has tickets to Jim Jones with Nyemiah Supreme at U Street Music Hall on 3/5 (contest ends 3/1 at noon).