ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 06-20-12


• Planning Guides: DCist’s Weekly Music Agenda and This Week in Hip-Hop. Washington Post Going Out Guide rounds up rounds up outdoor music and movies this week.

• NPR intern Emily White never owned any music to begin with [NPR]. This sparked a huge discussion. Then David Lowery from Cracker responded to Emily’s article [The Trichordist]. Then the Dismemberment Plan‘s Travis Morrison responded to Lowery’s letter saying that music piracy is nothing new [Huffington Post].

• Former Capitol Records/EMI present Joe Smith has donated ~238 hours of artist interviews– including Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Simon, BB King, Bob Dylan, and Paul McCartney– to the Library of Congress [Rolling Stone]. The LoC has digitized the recordings and will make them available in the reading room.

• Interview/preview: We Love DC talks to Eli Maiman of Walk the Moon. Performing on Friday night at the Black Cat.

• Preview: David Malitz on Banding Together [Washington Post], a law firm battle-of-the-bands at the Black Cat tomorrow night.

• CD Review: Fiona Apple: Idler Wheel. Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post].

• CD Review: Neneh Cherry and the Thing: the Cherry Thing. Reviewed by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork]. (Yesterday we pointed you to a review written by Sarah Godfrey at the Washington Post).

• Interview: Philip Runco talks to Santigold [Brightest Young Things].

Neal Schon flaked out on the Silverdocs panel he was supposed to be on after the Journey documentary screening [DCist]. Oh, and Michaele Salahi.

• The Washington CityPaper picked up the commentary I wrote yesterday about BYT’s ridiculous “write a suicide note to win Morrissey tickets” and talked to BYT managing editor Logan Donaldson. Donaldson’s response is fair, but it’s somewhat negated by this response on the initial BYT post, from Assistant Editor Stephanie Breijo. I’m not going to repost the link, but I will copy/paste her text:

Hi, all–

In defense of this post and with full disclosure I’m writing to say that I, a BYT staffer fully in support of this giveaway prompt, have lost two people–with whom I was very close–because they committed suicide. One of my closest friends in high school OD’d in Los Angeles after a fight with her boyfriend. One of the first boys I ever kissed joined the Air Force and after a long tour in Iraq hanged himself over the side of a boat (in a very public place, no less).

Suicide is very real and it is TERRIBLE. I have experienced suicides first-hand but I’m writing to say that this does not place me above humor. Is it morbid? Entirely. So is Morrissey.

I have a newsflash for all of you: You are going to die. Everyone you love is going to die. Everyone you have ever met or interacted with is going to die, and this includes myself, the author of this post, and all its contestants. The fact that others choose to bow out before their time is sad but it is their decision. Sometimes all you can do is laugh, no matter how shitty the circumstances may be.

A quick google search will show you we are not, in fact, the only online publication discussing suicide in this fashion, in this week alone:

To Catherine Lewis of Showlist DC–I am truly sorry if we have offended you. But if you cannot see the humor in this, you probably shouldn’t be reading our site or, quite honestly, caring what we write about. It is our site. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. No one is pressing a gun to any reader’s head (perhaps more suitable for a Nirvana giveaway of some sort?). No one is being forced to read, nor are they being forced to participate.

That being said, we appreciate your input nonetheless.

Wishing everyone the best for the remainder of your days (however many you may have left),

Stephanie Breijo
Assistant Editor

So, to summarize, (1) it’s OK because Vice did it first. Also, (2) it’s OK because someone at BYT knows someone who committed suicide. And finally, (3) BYT apparently has more than one person on staff with the title of “Editor”. Who knew there was any actual editing going on at BYT?!

Anyway – BYT has changed the text of the contest. It’s no longer “write a suicide note to win tickets”; it’s now this:

TO WIN: Since there is no longer any truth to there being a light that never goes out (oh, song title puns!), and Morrissey has (has not? whatever) announced he’ll be retiring in 2014, why not string together a couple of paragraphs using only Morrissey’s lyrics. Okay, you can use The Smiths too. If you must.



• Rohan Mahadevan’s song of the day is the Hundred in the Hands, “Keep It Low” [DCist].

• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is Deleted Scenes, “Bedbedbedbedbed”.

• DC Music Live points us to a new Owen Danoff song, “Never Trust a Man”.

• Listen to Lorelei, “Hammer Meet Tongs” [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen to Tittsworth, Rez, and Des McMahon‘s Juicy Jorts EP [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen to “Higher Bodies” by Heavy Breathing [DC Music Download].

Live Reviews

• Megan Buerger on Santigold at the 9:30 Club [Washington Post].

• Metal Chris recaps all the bands he saw at Maryland DeathFest, with his own photographs and videos []. (That link is to the main post; you can also go directly to his writeups on the festival’s Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday lineups).

• Liz Gorman on Destroyer at the 9:30 Club on 6/16 [the Vinyl District].

• Photos of the DC Record Fair at the Fillmore on 6/17: from the Vinyl District and Bethesda Magazine.

• Anne Midgette on violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Hauschka at the Birchmere on 6/18 [Washington Post].

• Fuzzy Logic on the Dandy Warhols at the 9:30 Club on 5/29.

• Alan Pyke on Raul Midon at the Howard Theatre [Brightest Young Things].

• Brightest Young Things on Ramona Falls at the Red Palace.

• Marie Eff on Keane and the Mystery Jets at Strathmore [Brightest Young Things].

• Josh Stewart on JEFF the Brotherhood at the Red Palace [Brightest Young Things].


• Brightest Young Things is giving away tickets and a meet-and-greet with Childish Gambino at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore on 6/23 (contest ends today).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to The Great American Festival featuring Eve 6, Ozomatli, and more, at the National Harbor on 6/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• DC101 is giving away tickets to see Everclear, Sugar Ray, the Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground at Wolf Trap on 7/25 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• 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 System of a Down with the Deftones at the Verizon Center on 8/7 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see OAR at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 8/10 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Linkin Park and Mutemath at Jiffy Lube Live on 8/11 (contest ends 8/5).

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