ShowlistDC Music Notes: Friday 08-17-12

I’m back!

Hey all – I’m (finally) back on the grid. Thanks so much for all of your feedback and words of encouragement after my request for feedback last week! I’m still working out what direction these Music Notes should take, but I think that my plan is to publish twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) through the end of August, then decide how frequently to publish in September going forward. I’ve also gotten some requests to send these Music Notes out as a daily email, for those who don’t use RSS, so I’ll be working on that too. So stay tuned! And remember that any thoughts or suggestions are always welcome, either by posting a comment here or via email, Thanks for reading!

Weekend/Week-Ahead Planner

Planning Guides:
• Washingtonian’s music picks.
• DCist’s This Week in Jazz.
• Washington CityPaper’s Jazz Setlist.
• DCist’s This Week in Hip-Hop.
• DC Music Download’s Weekend Hits.
• DC Music Download’s roundup of music fundraising events.
• ShowlistDC’s list of recently-added and changed shows.

Today – Friday, 17 August
• Preview/interview: Stephen Deusner talks to Lorelei. Tonight at the Black Cat. It’s the CD release show for their new album Enterprising Sidewalks, which has been reviewed all over this week: by Joe Warminsky [Washington CityPaper], by Mark Jenkins [Washington Post], and by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork].
• Two previews/interviews on Christian Scott: Sriram Gopal [DCist] and by Marie Gullard [Washington Examiner]. There’s also a CD review of Scott’s new album Christian aTunde Adjuah, reviewed by Geoffrey Himes [Washington Post]. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at Bohemian Caverns.
• Preview/interview: Rudi Greenberg on the Dirty Projectors [Washington Post Express]. Friday and Saturday nights at the 9:30 Club. You can listen to Friday’s concert from home, courtesy of NPR.

Saturday, 18 August
• Preview/Interview: Marie Gullard on Lori Williams [Washington Times]. At Blues Alley.
• Preview/Interview: Emily Cary on Charles Covington Jr. [Washington Times]. At the Kennedy Center‘s Millennium Stage.
• Preview: Nancy Dunham on Mary Chapin Carpenter [Washington Times]. At Wolf Trap.

Sunday, 19 August
• CD Review: Boo Hanks and Don Flemons, Buffalo Junction. Reviewed by Geoffrey Himes [Washington Post]. At the Hamilton.
• Preview: Nancy Dunham on Alan Jackson [Washington Times]. At Wolf Trap.

Monday, 20 August

Tuesday, 21 August
• Preview: Jonathan L Fischer on Foul Swoops [Washington CityPaper]. At the Black Cat‘s Backstage.

Wednesday, 22 August
• CD Review: Shovels and Rope, O’ Be Joyful. Reviewed by Catherine P Lewis [Washington Post]. At the Hamilton.
• Preview: Christopher Porter on Andrew Morgan [Washington CityPaper]. At the U Street Music Hall.

Thursday, 23 August
• Preview: Marcus J Moore on Raheem DeVaughn [Washington CityPaper]. At the Howard Theatre.


• Local venue news: Enterprise Jazz Club will move from its current spot on Georgia Ave NW to an as-yet-to-be-determined new location [Washington CityPaper].

• Local venue news: the Kennedy Center got a new organ [Washington Post].

• Anne Midgette on neglected composers whose work is rediscovered on CD [Washington Post]. Midgette also rounds up readers’ responses to her piece.

• RIP The URL now forwards to [Washington Post].

Archie Moore from Black Tambourine remembers Yesterday & Today and Vinyl Ink [the Vinyl District].

• Interview: Steve Kiviat talks to the Very Best [Washington CityPaper].

• Interview: Sriram Gopal talks to Emmylou Harris [DCist].

• Interview: Valerie Paschall talks to Shark Week [DCist].

• Interview:’s Q&A with the Milk Carton Kids.

• Chris Porter on Chain & the Gang [Washington Post Express].

• CD Review: 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story. Reviewed by Sarah Godfrey [Washington Post].

• CD Review: Antony and the Johnsons, Cut the World. Reviewed by

• CD Review: Blackberry Smoke, the Whipporwill. Reviewed by David Malitz [Washington Post].

• CD Review: Corb Lund, Cabin Fever. Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post].

• CD Review: Jukebox the Ghost, Safe Travels. Reviewed by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork].

• CD Review: Shark Week, EP. Reviewed by Nida Masiulis [DC Music Download].

• Song review: David Malitz on Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” [Washington Post].

• Book reviews: Michael Lindgren on Go-go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City by Natalie Hopkinson and The Dozens: A History of Rap’s Mama by Elijah Wald [Washington Post].


• Here’s a roundup of Hometown Sounds DC’s local music videos of the day:
      – Eva Cassidy, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (8/16)
      – Heavy Breathing, “U the One I Want” (8/15)
      – Uptown XO, “Errybody” (8/14)
      – Head-Roc, “Black Love Superstars” (8/13)
      – Tabi Bonney, “On Jupiter” (8/10)

• Here’s a roundup of DCist’s music videos of the day:
      – Deep Time, “Clouds” (8/16)
      – Imperial China, “Redux” (8/15)
      – Marina and the Diamonds, “How To Be a Heartbreaker” (8/14)
      – Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)” (8/13)
Sebadoh, “Keep the Boy Alive” (8/10)

• New local music video: Heavy Breathing, “U the One I Want” [DC Music Download].

• New local music video: Tabi Bonney, “Top Notch Material Girls” [Washington CityPaper].

• New local music video: X.O., “Errybody” [Washington CityPaper].

• Music video: Kane Mayfield, “Beautiful Drug” [Washington CityPaper]. The song is from his new Rhymes By Kane: Thievery Corporation Edition.

• Listen to some new tunes from the Dismemberment Plan [DCist].

The Zombies stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.

• Listen: Hometown Sounds DC’s podcast for 8/12/12.

• Listen: DC Music Download’s August 2012 podcast features favorite local tracks and concerts from 2012 so far.

• Listen: K-BETA, “Pakistan” [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen: Kev Brown, “Ode to South Africa” [Washington CityPaper].

• Watch: Maimouna Youssef, “Meet Me in Brazil” [Washington CityPaper].

Live Reviews

Trillectro Festival: reviewed by Marcus J Moore [Washington CityPaper], by Megan Buerger [Washington Post], and by Arielle Hixson [DC Music Live].

• Brandon Wu’s photos of I:Scintilla at Spellbound DC [Washington CityPaper].

the Zombies and the Left Banke at the Howard Theater, 8/9/12: Reviewed by David Hintz [DC Rock Live] and by We Love DC.

Sebadoh, Sentridoh, and Circle of Buzzards at the Black Cat, 8/10/12: Reviewed by David Hintz [DC Rock Live] and by

Marina and the Diamonds at the 9:30 Club, 8/14/12: Reviewed by Mark Jenkins [Washington Post] and by Rachel Sanford [the Vinyl District].

• Stephen Bradley on John Heart Jackie at the Velvet Lounge [Washington Times].

• Stephen Bradley on Pomegranates at DC9 [Washington Times].

• Valerie Paschall on the crazy things that Travis Morrison said during the Dismemberment Plan shows last weekend [DCist].

• David Hintz on Stereosleep and the Resistance at the Black Cat, 8/14/12 [DC Rock Live].

• We Love DC on Linkin Park at Jiffy Lube Live, 8/11/12.

• on Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group at Wolf Trap, 8/12/12.

• Baynard Woods on Janes Adiction at the Lyric in Baltimore [Baltimore CityPaper].

• Here’s the setlist from Aloe Blacc‘s show at the 9:30 Club, 8/10/12 [].

• Stephanie Taylor on ABBA at Wolf Trap [the Rogers Revue].

• Denise A Levien on the Temptations and the Four Tops at Wolf Trap [the Rogers Revue].

• Denise A Levien on Steve Miller Band at Wolf Trap [the Rogers Revue].

• Brian Ossip on System of a Down and Deftones at the Verizon Center [DC Music Live].


NEW The Vinyl District is giving away an autographed copy of 10 Years‘s Minus the Machine. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends today).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away tickets to the Dirty Projectors at the 9:30 Club, 8/18 (contest ends today at noon).
• DC101 is giving away tickets to the Rockstar UPROAR festival with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, and more. Show is at Jiffy Lube Live on 9/2 (no indication of when this giveaway ends).
• DC101 is giving away tickets to Ben Harper‘s acoustic show at Wolf Trap on 9/4 (contest ends 8/26).
• DC101 is giving away front row tickets to DC101′s Kerfuffle with the Offspring, Sublime, Rome, Garbage, etc., at Jiffy Lube Live on 9/15 (contest ends 9/3).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Gotye at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 9/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Tuesday 05-22-12

Today’s New Releases (with locally-penned reviews)

Beach House: Bloom – Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times]. This album came out last week, and last week we linked you to reviews by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork] and Chris Richards [Washington Post].

Dope Body: Natural History – Reviewed by Aaron Leitko [Pitchfork].

Grass Widow: Internal Logic – Reviewed by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork].

Kimbra: Vows – Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post] and by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].

John Mayer: Born and Raised – Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post].

Joey Ramone: …Ya Know? – Reviewed by Timothy Bracy [Washington Post].


Planning Guides: Washington Post Going Out Guide’s best events this week and guide to free events this week and Memorial Day Nightlife Agenda. Brightest Young Things’ Shows to get pumped for this week.

• You missed it: David Malitz reports on the secret The Make-Up reunion show at Comet Ping Pong this weekend [Washington Post].

• Local band news: Magrudergrind was on Veep this weekend! Check out a clip of their performance [Metal Injection] (best description ever? they sound “like being operated on by a chimp with a hard-on and a hacksaw. radical stuff!”) and the Washington CityPaper’s review. And if you’ve forgotten how this all came about, here’s the Washington CityPaper’s interview with the band about how it all came about in the first place.

• Time Machine: Read this 1979 Geoffrey Himes article on disco [Washington Post]. [N]o music since the earliest rock ‘n’ roll has inspired the kind of backlash that disco has suffered. At rock concerts now, it seems every fourth person is wearing a t-shirt with an obscene, anti-disco slogan on it. Meanwhile, backstage the performers are dreaming up new put-downs of disco for interviewers. If one listens to the records, however, disco hardly seems worth all the fuss. It’s simple, harmless dance music that’s unlikely to either ruin or revolutionize popular music. Most of the music is mediocre; the best of it has the irresistible energy of any perfected pop form. The most important pop music of any era, however, is seldom the music that sells the most. Disco is not the music of this era that will last.

• Local girl dates Justin Bieber: OK, not exactly “dates”, but Justin Bieber invited Cady Elmer of Poquosan High School (Hampton Roads area of Virginia) to the Billboard Music Awards [Washington Post].

• Watch: High school filmmaker Hannah Hoffman made a 30-minute documentary on Sockets Records [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen/watch: Yann Tiersen stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.

• Local listening: Columbia Nights featuring Sarai Abdul-Malik, “In the Glow” [DC Music Live].

• Local listening (and preview): America Hearts‘ “A Whole Lotta Love” (not a Led Zeppelin cover) [DC Music Download]. At the Black Cat on Thursday.

• Local music video of the day: Tabi Bonney‘s “Castle on a Cloud” [Hometown Sounds DC].

• Local venue news: the discrimination lawsuit filed by Enterprise Jazz Club against its owner has been dropped [Washington CityPaper].

• Celebrate Chuck Brown: There’s an online petition seeking Chuck Brown Day and a Go-Go Museum [DCist].

• Anne Midgette on the deaths of Herbert Breslin (Pavarotti’s manager) and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (German singer) [Washington Post].

Live Reviews

• Erica Bruce’s photos of Fishbone at the State Theater [Washington CityPaper].

• Jonathan Fischer’s mini-review alongside Erica Bruce’s photos of The Make-Up at Comet Ping Pong [Washington CityPaper].

• Anne Midgette on Julian Wachner and the Washington Chorus present “The Essential Wagner” at the Kennedy Center [Washington Post].

• Bryan Patton on MeWithoutYou at the Black Cat [Brightest Young Things].

• Jeb Gavin on James Morrison at the 9:30 Club [Brightest Young Things].

• Marie Formica on La Sera and Beach Week at the Red Palace [Brightest Young Things].

• Ross Bonaime on the Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys at Merriweather Post Pavilion [Brightest Young Things].


• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Electric Guest‘s Mondo on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Wednesday 5/23).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to the sold-out Radiohead show at the Verizon Center on 6/3 (contest ends Sunday 5/27).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to Dave Matthews Band at Jiffy Lube Live on 6/16 (contest ends Sunday 6/3).
• Metal Injection is giving away tickets to the Rockstar Mayhem Fest featuring Slipknot, Slayer, and Motorhead at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/29 (contest ends “randomly” as the concert date approaches).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see 311 and Slightly Stoopid at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/28 (contest ends Sunday 7/22).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see OAR at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 8/10 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).

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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Thursday 03-15-12

We don’t know about you, but we’re already tired of all the tweets and articles about SXSW, and the festival hasn’t even really gotten going yet. We’re going to try to keep the SXSW coverage to a minimum here.

Stuff to read:
• the Washington CityPaper has a lengthy article about the Enterprise Jazz Club‘s strange legal saga.
• DC’s Jay Bulger won the grand jury prize in the documentary category at SXSW for his film Beware of Mr. Baker, about Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker [Washington Post]. Here’s a profile on Bulger and how he weaseled his way into Baker’s life from the Post a few weeks ago.
• You’re not at SXSW but you’re still rooting for the local bands: David Malitz talks about why Hume, Bluebrain, Nadastrom, and Oddisee should get the biggest buzz of the local acts at the festival this year [Washington Post].
• We’re glad you’re still here: There were no layoffs at the Washington CityPaper yesterday, but unfortunately, employees are all taking a 5% pay cut [DCist].
• Apparently concert poster analysis is becoming a daily thing at the Washington CityPaper. Yesterday they featured U Street Music Hall‘s minimalism. The day before, it was Windian Records‘ possible racism. Oh, and by the way, the CityPaper alerted us yesterday that Windian now has a new poster design. (What art will the CP feature today?!)
• Interview: the show was last night, but you can still read Michael J. West’s chat with drummer Andrew Cyrille [Washington CityPaper].
• Video: Arlington reggae group SOJA made their late-night debut Monday night on The Tonight Show, and ARLnow has the video.
• Concert guides: the Washington CityPaper’s This Week in Jazz. TBD tells you to keep it green this St Patty’s Day weekend.
• DC writer Marc Masters and NC writer Grayson Currin have published their latest column The Out Door [Pitchfork]. This installment touches on how collaborations cross borders.
• Live review: Charles T Downey on the Takacs Quartet at the Kennedy Center [Washington Post].

Stuff to win:
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Red Hot Chili PeppersI’m With You on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends today).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Die Antwoord‘s TEN$ION on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Monday 3/19).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of the Big Pink‘s Future This on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Wednesday 3/21).

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