Author Archives: Hometown Sounds

Seán Barna – A Love Aside (NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission)

Singer Seán Barna followed the path of too many DC musicians and moved to LA a while back, but recently he surprised us by returning. This newest song “A Love Aside” came from his experiences out there, and the lyrics embedded in the YouTube page for this Tiny Desk Contest submission are worth getting to know. Comet Ping Pong next hosts the emotive songwriter on March 18th opening for My Son Bison and The North Country.


Justin Trawick – The End (NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission)

Troubador Justin Trawick stays as busy as possible with The 9 Singer-Songwriter Showcase, his weekly podcast The Circus Life, and his own performances with his backing band The Common Good. His twangy vocal delivery and signature trucker hats are unique in the DC music scene, and his hard work never seems to get the love it deserves. Hopefully the fine folks at All Songs Considered will notice Trawick’s submission to this year’s Tiny Desk Contest, the wistful ballad “The End”. Come help celebrate Trawick’s birthday, rescheduled from January’s blizzard, at Iota on Friday February 19th.


Podcast for February 9th, 2016

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Tony teases some of his new bite-sized music and Paul gets spooked by an accidental video call through Facebook. Not enough? Then our new DC music should satisfy you!

We Were Pirates – Matter [single]
Ménage À Garage – Die in a Fire [The Demo EP]
Big Moth – Vulnerable [Big Moth EP]
See-I – The Chase (Sol Power All-Stars Remix) [Knowledge Shine Bright Remixed]
Igloo Two – Massive Miner [ep]
Stronger Sex – K in a Sunbeam [single]

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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.


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.


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


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.


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”.


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!


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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