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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