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Speedy Consuela – Sukka Suited video

Untangling the web of connections between artists in the Fort Knox Recordings family is a fun parlor game. Fort Knox Five, the label’s flagship funk act, is Jon Hovarth, Steve Raskin and Sid Barcelona (new album out next month!), but Raskin & Barcelona made stylish downtempo as Thunderball on the ESL label for many years. Versatile guitarist/sitarist Rob Myers’s solo excursions go under the name International Velvet. Raskin also put together a family project with his sister Joyce, wife Johnna and Joyce’s husband Matt White called Speedy Consuela. Though a rumored full length album did not materialize, a handful of tracks appeared on the occasional FKR compliation series “The New Gold Standard”. Despite being originally released way back in 2006, Speedy Consuela just premiered a new music video for their debut single “Sukka Suited”. Directed by the aforementioned Rob Myers and shot in the Rock & Roll Hotel’s stylish Mao Room, the video is a swanky mod tribute to this throwback party anthem from the mid-aughts.

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Young Rapids – What R U Saying video

DC’s homegrown record label Chimes Records pulls out all the stops for their first major release, the long awaited second album by dead-and-back-again experimental indie rockers Young Rapids. Pretty Ugly‘s new single, What R U Saying, is the first out of the gate for a music video, and Ben Usie from red-hot DIT venue The Beehive delivers this super trippy and colorful visual interpretation of the song. I have no idea what is happening but I like how it makes me feel. Catch these feels for yourself this Saturday at the Rock & Roll Hotel when Chimes Records shows off its all-DC roster of bands, including Go Cozy, Den-Mate and of course The Sea Life. Hit the ATM first and take home some sweet sweet vinyl.

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Young Summer – Severing Ties video

Oh Bobbie Allen aka Young Summer. Your dreampop-styled heartbreak songs just rip our guts out sometimes. The DC-based songstress has spent a lot of her breakout year of 2014 touring extensively, so don’t pass up the rare chance to see her headline a hometown show. Tonight’s the night as YS caps off an early night of dreamy DC synthpop with openers PLOY and Pleasure Curses at U Street Music Hall. To get in the swaying, romantic mood for tonight, watch YS’s new video for “Severing Ties” from the 2014 album Siren.

Okay we’ll say it. We love you, Young Summer.

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Podcast with Chunky Glasses

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Need more of Paul & Tony talking about the DC music scene? We recently stopped by the production studios of the Chunky Glasses Podcast, a.k.a. “The Basement”, to detail our origin story and thoughts on the current DC music scene. Chunky Glasses, our brothers in podcasting, focus on both local and national acts with learned criticism from the likes of DCist music editor Tori Kerr, WRGW programming director Quinn Myers and head honcho Kevin Hill. Their episode interviewing The Cowards Choir was a fantastic listen.

Grab episode 92 of the Chunky Glasses podcast for more Hometown Sounds on your Thanksgiving travel, or better yet subscribe in iTunes!

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Bearshark promo code!

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Bearshark, the recently retired post-rock/indie band that kicked off yesterday’s episode of the Hometown Sounds podcast, has a special offer for DC music fans! Head over to their website bearsharkmusic.com and use the promo code “hometownsounds” to get 20% off everything on the site! This includes their two essential EPs, 2011’s Gorilla Defense and the new Canyonlands EP, as well as a limited edition print from the new EP and this totally sweet USB drive/bottle opener!
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And Now, A Brief Hiatus

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I confess, postings have gotten pretty sporadic around Hometown Sounds lately. Real life is doing a bang-up job of getting in the way of my passion for spreading the word about DC music. Rather than half-ass my way through this difficult period, unfortunately it’s time for me to step away for a bit and fix a ton of bugs for the day job. See you again real soon, DC.

-Paul

Junior Marvin & Nappy Riddem at the Hamilton

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True reggae fans already have tickets to The Hamilton Friday and Saturday night, but it’s not too late for you to get in on the action! Junior Marvin, one of Bob Marley’s original Wailers, celebrates his legacy by performing two classic Marley albums in their entirety. Friday night Marvin and his Force One band perform Marley’s final album Uprising in its entirety, while Saturday night they give the same tribute to the breakout album Exodus.

Red hot DC reggae band Nappy Riddem open both nights with their funky spin on the island vibes. Get into the spirit with a new remix from the Riddem boys of Mamaye by Novalima (FREE DOWNLOAD here!)

Rex Riddem and Junior Marvin made a video message about these shows as well:

Your only choice is: Friday, Saturday or both?
Junior Marvin's Force One with Nappy Riddem
Photos by John Shore

Tribute to DC Podcast for April 8th, 2013

Songs both from DC and about DC.

Tracklisting:
See-I – Homegrown
The Nighttime Adventure Society – Washington DC
The NRIs – Across the River
Ugly Purple Sweater – DC USA
The Shirks – DC Is Doomed
Tuscadero – Mt. Pleasant
The Funk Ark – Funky DC feat. Asheru & Sitali
The Go-go Posse – DC Don’t Stand For Dodge City
Oddisee – I’m From PG
Tabi Bonney – Beat Rock feat. DJ Flexx
M.H. & His Orchestra – Washington DC

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New Music Stream Address

NOTE: NOT AN APRIL FOOL’S JOKE

Over the weekend my ShoutCast hosting provider HostingMemberCenter.com decided to move my music stream server to a new address. This has entailed a fair amount of work on my part in recreating the playlists and notifying various directories. The embedded web player and direct standalone player links at streamlicensing.com/stations/hometown are currently the best ways to listen to the Hometown Sounds stream. In a couple of days the links in iTunes Radio, TuneIn and Grace Digital will catch up. If you’ve bookmarked the stream in your favorite media player, please delete your bookmark and recreate it. The new IP address of the stream is 198.154.106.104. Please email me at dj@hometownsoundsdc.com if you have any trouble listening to the stream!

Thanks,
Paul

Podcast for March 25th, 2013

Tracklisting:
Paperhaus – Helicopters
RDGLDGRN – I Love Lamp
Bells & Hunters – She Wants To Roll
The Silver Liners – Criminal
Mariner Project – Chill
Dangerosa – Exhiliration Comes Next
Suns of Guns – 5000 Watts
The Shirks – Sex Gear
Myrrh Myrrh – Might As Well
Mynoni & Friends – Oh Brother
Deathfix – Dali’s House

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