Author Archives: Hometown Sounds

Thomas Blondet feat. Carol C – Un Amor video

DC’s musical legacy of lounge-y, “downtempo” music is as enduring as punk or go-go. If Thievery’s latest album left you a bit bored, veteran DJ and producer Thomas Blondet‘s new full length Futureworld has the goods you want. The music video for the arousing single “Un Amor” featuring Si*Sé singer Carol C was shot on location in Old San Juan in Puerto Rico, enhancing the worldly vibe of the single.


Heather Mae – Listen video

Self love can be a tough subject for everyone, and it’s rarely discussed openly. Singer-songwriter and We Are The 9 regular Heather Mae waited months for the right time to release her new music video for “Listen”, after completing her 31 Days of Self Love project. For the last month she’s posted Instagram pics of parts of her body that she has a hard time loving. “Listen” is her most personal and impactful song, made even more powerful by the videography of Sarah Stuart Walters. Read Heather’s blog post describing the song and the motivations behind it, buy the single on iTunes and sign up to stream her “Listen” Release Concert through Concert Window on April 22nd.


Drew Gibson – On Sunday video

It’s been a little while since we heard from singer-songwriter Drew Gibson. The release of his well-received sophomore album The Southern Draw preceded the passing of his father in 2012. His new batch of songs touches on that loss, of course, but also his whole family and the stories they have, including his uncle’s experiences in World War II. Drew’s Kickstarter campaign to make the album is past the halfway point with most of the fundraising complete, but there’s still more pledges required to help Drew create his third album. Head over to the Kickstarter page to see the excellent intro video and learn why the album is called 1532. Here’s the music video for “On Sunday”, a folksy ballad with a nice dose of organ from The Southern Draw.


Chain & The Gang – Devitalize video

Thank god Ian Svenonious, dean of DC punk-in-cheek band Chain & The Gang, is still around to put in perspective all the changes and over-development DC’s been through over the last few years. His own gang is an ever-changing lineup of sassy DC musicians, now including Ex Hex’s Betsy Wright, Francy Graham of Dudes and Anna Nxsty of Olivia Neutron-John. The new album Minimum Rock & Roll drops May 6th on Spiv’s label Radical Elite, and the fine folks at Dischord have your pre-order needs covered. Here’s the new video for “Devitalize”, directed by James Schneider who’s also helming the somewhat related documentary Punk the Capital.


Typefighter – You When You’re Older video

As a musician, it’s not easy to keep things fresh over time. Perhaps you join a new band that sounds nothing like your original band, like Typefighter‘s frontman Ryan McLaughlin playing guitar in the hardcore band Joy Buttons. It could also be an evolution of a band’s sound. Typefighter had a mellower, folkier sound in their earlier EPs, 2009′s i want to see you game, boys, i want to see you brave and 2011′s fall winter fall. Our first taste of their louder, more powerful and garage-ier sound came last July at the 9:30 Club, and they were quite excited to get their new music into the ears of fans. Their new music video, You When You’re Older, provides an interesting way to hear the change directly. After watching the video, check out our post nearly 2 years ago to hear the same song recorded live for the late SocialStudiesDC blog. Grab their new full length album The End of Everything on April 22nd courtesy Huge Witch Records and your tickets to their release show May 3rd at Rock & Roll Hotel, with Shark Week, Teen Mom and Sunset Guns.


Furniteur – Modern Love video

Visual artist Brittany Sims‘s new music project Furniteur will appeal to fans of synthpop in general and BRETT in particular, as BRETT-ers Kevin Bayly and Mike Toohey produced the woozy, 80s-drenched debut track “Modern Love”. The new single, already hyped earlier this week by DC Music Download and Bandwidth, gets an extra push today with a music video assembled by Sims herself of footage of 80s technology and beautiful women, the chocolate to “Modern Love”s peanut butter. Look for Furniteur’s debut EP soon on Bayly’s Prince Georges Records, and make your way to The Dunes Saturday night for their first live show ever, supporting Pleasure Curses and the album release of post-punkers Cavale.


The Raised By Wolves – Freddy Freaker video

The Raised By Wolves started with two high school friends, drummer/vocalist Dusty Durston and guitarist Ben Eskin, coming together after college to craft powerful pop songs influenced by 90s pop radio. Their debut album Sadie Hawkins came out last summer as a free download, and subsequently the pair assembled a full band to perform live. I caught them at DC Music Download’s anniversary blowout at the 9:30 Club a couple of months ago and was definitely impressed. Yesterday PureVolume premiered their debut music video for “Freddy Freaker”, a surreal and meditative film helmed by new director James Robertson.


Paul Pfau – Happy To Be video

Singer-songwriter Paul Pfau enlisted a group of fans to shoot iPhone footage at his sold-out gig at the Bright Box Theater in Winchester, VA on February 8th, 2014. Ukulele master Don Kim assembled the footage into this fun video for the upbeat single “Happy To Be”, the title track from Paul’s Kickstarted 2013 album. After you get this catchy song stuck in your head, visit Unrehearsed DC to check out Paul singing another song, “Keep It Going”, in a way-too-clean bathroom at Iota, featuring circus-living advocate Justin Trawick.


Deleted Scenes – You Get To Say Whatever You Want video

The spastic and passionate post-punk quartet Deleted Scenes are poised to unleash their new record, Lithium Burn, on April 15th on New Orleans’ Park The Van Records. Singer Dan Scheurman was inspired by Occupy Wall Street footage to pen the song “You Get To Say Whatever You Want”, and tapped Pree drummer Ben Usie to craft a music video using those raw, powerful protest images. Check out Spin’s premiere for more background on the song and the video.


Uptown XO – Who video

The Arlington-based vinyl label Cricket Cemetery originally focused on punk releases, but I’m pleased that Ian Thompson’s musical tastes and ambitions are broad. DC rapper and Diamond District member Uptown XO is the latest to get the deluxe vinyl reissue treatment, surprisingly for his 2008 mixtape Takeover 2. To hype the summer release, limited to only 100 precious copies [cough cough PREORDER], the lyrically boastful track “Who” gets the music video treatment from Blakk House Films.

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