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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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Friday 03-09-12

Notes from last night:
Last night, I stopped by the modestly-attended free-jazz show of Denis Beuret (trombone, electronics) + Elliott Levin (sax, spoken word) + drummers Weasel Walter + Marc Edwards. I’d never been to The Dunes in Columbia Heights before, but I’m now in love with the space– it feels like the performance is happening in a living room, since the space/gallery is nestled in an apartment building in a very residential part of ColHts. Not surprisingly, Walter completely stole the show– he’s hilarious to watch, and his chatter after songs was entertaining as well, although the quartet did not deliver the 17 additional tunes that Walter initially promised. It was disappointing that the crowd started leaving less than halfway through the group’s hourlong set, which ended at 10:45 (not that late, even for a school night!), but so it goes. Spot the metalhead: Walter himself was wearing a Malignancy T-shirt.

Press about shows for the week ahead:
• Week/weekend planners: We Love DC. Washingtonian’s picks for the next week. Washington CityPaper’s jazz picks. DCist’s This Week in Jazz. Capital Bop’s Weekend in Jazz. TBD is hankering for springtime.
Article/Interview: Moira McLaughlin on Jon Anderson of Yes [Washington Post]. At the Hamilton on Sunday 3/11.
CD Review: Geoffrey Himes on Paul Kelly‘s album Greatest Hits: Songs From the South, Volumes 1 && 2 [Washington Post]. At Jammin’ Java on Sunday 3/11 and Monday 3/12.
CD Review: Mark Jenkins on John K Samson and the Provincial Band‘s album Provincial [Washington Post]. The Weakerthans frontman is at the Black Cat on Tuesday 3/13.
CD Review: Mike Joyce on Enter the Haggis‘s album Whitelake [Washington Post]. At Rams Head Tavern on Tuesday 3/13 (look ahead: the band returns to this area on 9/7 at the Birchmere).
Preview: Joe Colly on Four Tet [Washington CityPaper]. At U St Music Hall on Tuesday 3/13.
CD Review: Moira McLaughlin on Elliot Brood‘s new album Days Into Years [Washington Post]. At DC9 on Thursday 3/15.
CD Review: Geoffrey Himes on Darrell Scott‘s album Long Ride Home [Washington Post]. At Jammin’ Java on Thursday 3/15.

Other stuff to read:
CD Review: Joe Warminsky on Garvey the Chosen One‘s Money Train [Washington CityPaper].
Quick Spin: Marcus J Moore on Chelsey Green and her song “Pizzicato” [Washington CityPaper].
• Washington CityPaper posted Steve Kiviat’s preview of the Zieti show at Bossa yesterday. The show was last night, but the article is still worth reading if you’re interesed in Ivorian afropop.
• We don’t like celebrity gossip. But this is both music- and DC-related, so we feel kind of obligated to include it. According to the Huffington Post, Journey‘s Neal Schon is going to tie the knot with Michaele Salahi. Apparently the rest of Journey approves. “[My] band mates Ross and Jonathan met her 15 years ago, so they have known her,” Neal says. “They love having her out there because she brings so much energy.”
• Live reviews: Stephen Brookes on the Cygnus Ensemble‘s tribute to Dina Koston at the Library of Congress [Washington Post]. Anne Midgette on NSO‘s Bartok program [Washington Post]. We Love DC on Korallreven at the Black Cat.

Audiovisual stuff:
• Check out a song from Latristic, the project from ex-Casper Bangs Rob Pierangell. If you like what you hear, download the whole album for free.
• Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.

Stuff to win:
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to see Gomez at the 9:30 Club on 3/12 (contest ends today at noon).
• The Vinyl District is givina away a pair of tickets to Rob Zombie, Megadeth, and Lacuna Coil at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 5/13 (contest ends today at noon).
• is giving away a pair of tickets to see Rammstein at 1st Mariner on 4/25 and a pair of tickets to see Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper at Jiffy Lube Live on 6/30 (contest ends today at 5 PM).
• is giving away a pair of tickets to Iced Earth and Warbringer at the 9:30 Club on 3/13 (contest ends Monday 3/12 at 4 PM).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Loney Dear‘s Hall Music on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Tuesday 3/13).
• 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 Thursday 3/15).

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