The Cornel West Theory – G.O.D.video

The Cornel West Theory stands out as the most prominent overtly political hip-hop group in DC. Most rappers in our city, despite geographical proximity to the decision makers in our government, choose to focus on more street-level and mundane issues. Naming your group in honor of prominent Democratic Socialist activist Dr. Cornel West guarantees thoughtful and hard hitting lyrics, and the Cornel West Theory always delivers. Their new album Coming From The Bottom drops “when you least expect it”, so get ready with this confrontational music video for “G.O.D.” attacking the US’s reliance on drones. Footage from Terminator 2 and classic G.I. Joe animation drive the point home unmistakably.

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Kali Uchis – Know What I Want video

Kali Uchis, born in Columbia but raised here in the DC suburbs, has a fashionable and personal style akin more with LA than DC. Even at only 20 years old, Uchis prefers to assert creative control over her artistic product. She frequently directs her own music videos, including “Know What I Want”, premiered yesterday by Fader. The reggae-influenced track, produced by Bunx, comes from Uchi’s new EP Por Vida, featuring collaborations with Tyler The Creator and Diplo, due out in early 2015. In the meantime, grab Uchis’s free 2012 mixtape Drunken Babble and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Magnificent Intentions Festival Podcast for October 13th, 2014

Ryan Walker and Brian Pagels from The Beanstalk Library take over the Hometown Sounds podcast to play songs from the Magnificent Intentions Festival at Iota Oct. 17-19. magnificentintentions.com

Tracklisting:
Justin Jones – Love Lies
The Jackfields – Hung By The Heels
YUM. – So Far
The Fire Tonight – Freedom
Roof Beams – Always
lowercase letters – unattainable
Carolyn Crysdale – More Courageous

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Ex Hex – Waterfall video

My complaint about most DC rock bands is that they take themselves and their music far too seriously. The ladies of DC’s newest sensation Ex Hex are a breath of fresh air. Laura Harris, Betsy Wright and Mary Timony, veterans of many notable DC bands, are clearly having a blast rocking out together and their enthusiasm is infectious. “Waterfall”, the b-side from their debut 7″, gets the music video makeover from underground cartoonist M. Wartella, and it’s instantly one of my favorites of the year. The band flies around in a funky UFO zapping coolness into the likes of Kid Congo Powers, The Make-Up’s Michelle Mae, Alec MacKaye and Francy Graham from Chain & The Gang. If you’re still wondering what costume to wear on Halloween this year, take some notes from this video.

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Champagne Fever – Cheerios video

Sometimes the DIY/DIT shows in DC are public, open to all, listed on Showlist DC and suggested by Facebook’s events. And sometimes they’re not. Tonight lovers of DC’s synthpop and electronic boom can catch a stellar lineup including Outputmessage, Pleasure Curses, gypsy jazz singer and DC ex-pat Mary Alouette and newcomers Champagne Fever at a new location called Myster HQ. But only if you’ve already been invited, or know the right people to ask. Even if you aren’t in the know, or have other plans, Champagne Fever’s debut single “Cheerios” can help your Friday along. Doug Waters and Tyler Cole make up Champagne Fever and their EP FTLT isn’t out yet, but that didn’t stop them from enlisting Zambi to direct this video that is gorgeous, rocking and a touch silly. Get that chorus stuck in your head and download it for free on SoundCloud.

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Rachel Levitin – Secret’s Safe video

WORLD PREMIERE!

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Journalist and frequent We Love DC contributor Rachel Levitin has honed her singer-songwriter chops over the last few years through frequent appearances with Justin Trawick’s We Are The 9 showcase. Her new single “Secret’s Safe” debuted on last week’s episode of Justin’s podcast The Circus Life and released just a couple of days ago on Amazon and iTunes.

Since we are such fans of music videos, Hometown Sounds snagged the opportunity to premiere the music video for “Secret’s Safe”. The song was inspired by a beach trip to Kitty Hawk NC, so director Mike Shubbuck took Rachel and his camera to the beach at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Rachel says, “I was at a bachelorette party Saturday night but woke up bright and early at around 3:45 AM to get cleaned up and picked up by Mike before driving to Annapolis. By the time we got there at about 5:45, 15 minutes before the park’s scheduled opening time, there was a line of cars at least 10 deep waiting to get into the park. We were a little shocked by it was one of the last weekends of the summer so that made sense. Once we got through the line, we just started shooting along the shore line with the rising sun behind me. Mike got all the great views as the pinkish-red orb in the sky came up along the blue sky and water line while I was looking at the Bay Bridge or kids playing in the sand. One of my favorite parts of the shoot was that kids who were playing by their parents stopped for a good 15 minutes and listened to me perform the song a few times.”

Rachel Levitin’s debut 7 song EP, produced by Dave Mallen of Innovation Station Music and Metro Music Source, is due for release in early 2015.

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Paperhaus – Cairo video

Indie rock quartet Paperhaus have their sights set on the national stage. After Stereogum premiered their new single “Cairo” back in August, today the hugely influential site Brooklyn Vegan debuted its accompanying music video. No surprise that DC’s go-to music video creator Nigel Lyons takes the reins here, delivering a woozy, colorful romp through the 6+ minute spaced-out odyssey, with an appropriate amount of destruction thrown in. Refreshingly, despite this well-deserved push for wider recognition, Paperhaus is still firmly rooted in #DCDIT, hosting shows at their house and promoting the thriving house show scene. Paperhaus opens for Brooklyn’s Landlady at the Black Cat backstage on Monday October 13th. Hold tight for their long-awaited debut full-length album coming February 2015.

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DTMD – Who’s Next video

Here’s one we missed from earlier this year. Producer Dunc and rapper Toine, previously makin’ dollas together as DTMD, made their mark on DC hip-hop in 2014 with notable solo albums, Dunc’s Cycles and Toine’s Antoine Jameson. Before those, back in March they dropped a quick 4 song EP called 3 & Out and this fun video for Who’s Next, featuring godlyMC and Cortez.

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Astra Via – The Great Reheater video

Jarrett Nicolay.
DC.
Olivia Mancini.
NY.
Astra Via.
Echo Birds EP.
Catchy guitar riffs.
Chunky drums.
Sweet harmonies.
New video.
They forgot about it.
Random footage.
No shows yet.
New music coming soon.
Happy Monday!

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Kev Brown & Hassaan Mackey – Dope/Hassaan Be Rappin

Here’s a couple of dope videos presented as one to kick off this weekend. In-demand beatmaker Kev Brown from Landover MD teams up with Rochester NY’s Hassaan Mackey on two tracks “Dope” and “Hassaan Be Rappin” from their upcoming EP That Grit out November 4th. This is the first full length collaboration between these two long time members of the Low Budget Crew, released in conjunction with Ill Adrenaline Records. The rhymes and beats are thick here but I’m most impressed by Mackey’s beard and wicked dreads.

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