Sara Curtin – V D A Y (NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission)

It looks like Snowzilla forced stir-crazy musicians everywhere to record their submission to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest while thoroughly snowed in a couple of weekends ago. That’s what Sara Curtin did, enlisting fiancé Brenden Chaney to film this solo version of seasonally-appropriate “V D A Y”, an old song thoroughly reworked for Curtin’s outstanding 2015 album Michigan Lilium. Curtin & her full band join with two other powerhouse DC women musicians, Lauren Calve and Marian McLaughlin, at Songbyrd in AdMo on Friday February 12th.

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Kitchen Noise – The Host (NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission)

This is the best time of year to be a music video blogger. Bob Boilen’s now annual Tiny Desk Contest encourages so many musicians to set up the video cameras and polish off long-gestating new songs, and we’re excited to bring you the cream of the crop from our hometown. Kitchen Noise has been the off-and-on solo folk project of Cory Foley-Marsello for a few years, but now he’s recruited a full band to give his songs the depth they deserve. KN’s only album release, Ceramics, was way back in 2012, so check out the new material, including “The Host”, at the rescheduled album release show for Aaron Tinjum & The Tangents at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Sunday, February 21st along with producer extraordinaire Louis Weeks.

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Near Northeast – What To Say (NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission)

Snowzilla’s thick white blanket is quickly retreating to towering, near-unmeltable mounds blocking sidewalks and lesser-used lanes of traffic, and super-hip indie folk trio Near Northeast seized the opportunity during the storm’s aftermath to film their submission to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest, which ends tomorrow. “What To Say” is currently unreleased but distinctly memorable from their recent live sets at Black Cat and Luce Unplugged. Avy, Kelly and Austin intend to record a sophomore album later this year, so in the meantime, pay what you want for last year’s excellent full length Curios and keep your eyes peeled for more live shows in March.

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Podcast for January 28th, 2016

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After finally digging out from Snowzilla, Tony tells of his days working with two very different DC musicians and Paul recounts a classic 70s teen violence movie. Also, Tony’s got Paul’s jorts needs covered, and sweet DC music to make the medicine go down.

Tracklisting:

Rex Riot – 24 Hours [Bando Bootlegs]
Tigers Are Bad For Horses – Messenger [TABFH]
The Galaxy Electric – Temporal
Skyline Hotel – Oh My Dear [Sparks of Light]
Warm Sun – Damaged [Blizzard]
Ooh Child Ensemble – Gettin’ Over feat. yU & Drew Dave [Rebirth]

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Debrider – Wrapped Around Your Finger

After departing as vocalist for dream-rock band A MARC Train Home, Lia Pisa-Relli contemplated quitting music altogether, but luckily she changed course to learn guitar and go solo instead. Taking the ominous name Debrider, Pisa-Relli released her debut pay-what-you-want EP Blind and Bloodshot last summer, and now prepares for a full length release Widowed with an advance music video release, the woozy, sexy and sparkly “Wrapped Around Your Finger”.

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Wall of Trophies – Everything

Singer Brittany Jean and producer Will Copps release Heliograph, their debut album as Wall of Trophies, in just a few days. If you dug the album’s title track from the last episode of our podcast, then the School of Seven Bells-influenced duo’s debut music video should make you even more excited for this release. “Everything” settles into a cool dream-pop vibe that slowly builds to a dynamic climax, reflected in the cathartic storyline and message of the music video. Even though Will is currently stationed abroad, Hometown Sounds is excited and hopeful for a DC area album release live show in the future!

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Stranger in the Alps – The Mann Gulch Fire (NPR Tiny Desk submission)

Now that the calendar has rolled over to January, the new annual tradition of NPR All Songs Considered’s Tiny Desk contest has returned to spur rising, striving artists to create live music videos behind a desk of their choosing. This leads to much creative interpretation, such as this early entry by Steve Kolowich’s folk group Stranger in the Alps. I won’t spoil the twist, so enjoy this rendition of the beautifully narrative song “The Mann Gulch Fire (The Wag Dodge Escape)” from their 2013 album Honey If You’re Lucky.

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Podcast for January 12th, 2016

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It’s been a while, but Paul & Tony are back in 2016 with riffs on “peak dad-ness” and Tony’s history as a real bruiser on the roller rink. Plus an unexpected and lighthearted tribute to the artistic legend David Bowie, and of course a fresh dose of DC music!

Tracklisting:

Jack On Fire – Beat The Rich [We Sass You Shake Yr Ass]
Hothead – How It Goes [Hothead]
M.H. & His Orchestra – Calderwood [Calderwood single]
Wall of Trophies – Heliograph
Pree – Cloak [Cloak single]
Heavy Breathing – Body High [Airtight]

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The Cornel West Theory – RAFIQ

Hip-hop group The Cornel West Theory dropped “RAFIQ”, the second video from their newly released album The T.A.B.L.E. The incendiary lyrics are strangely juxtaposed with against the 1989 Razzie-award winning movie Harlem Nights, starring Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy and directed by Murphy, creating a sharp constrast between Hollywood’s vision of black culture and violence in the 1930s and its representation today in rap music. The Cornel West Theory are a fearsome live act, so don’t miss their next show at the MLK Library on Thursday February 4th with Time Is Fire and The Black Sparks, presented by the DC Punk Archive.

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Ace Cosgrove – Baby Need Clothes

Gaithersburg, MD rapper Ace Cosgrove assuredly found his style on his most recent mixtape Baby Need Food. The production by Robbie Anthem imparts the lush sound of a full band, which Cosgrove excellently translated live with a large group of musicians at his breakout performance at last year’s Landmark Music Festival. The mixtape’s first music video, “Baby Need Clothes”, directed by Perry, pairs Cosgrove’s lyrics about living life positively with visuals of quality father-daughter bonding over Vietnamese noodles and shopping. It’s an intensely personal music video showcasing Cosgrove’s maturity that bodes well for his continued rise.

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