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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.

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Ex Hex – Hot and Cold video

Since wrapping up the brief but insanely catchy project Wild Flag with Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony assembled a new band with drummer Laura Harris of The Aquarium and Besty Wright called Ex Hex, after the title of Timony’s third solo album in 2005. Ex Hex has generated a lot of excitement in the music scene recently, signing to Merge Records and blowing lids at SXSW last week. The 7″ single for “Hot and Cold” is out today, as is a brand new music video directed by Lara Gallagher, featuring Chain & The Gang’s Ian Svenonious and his luxurious mop-top in a dinner date ruined by the precocious band.

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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

Lowercase Letters – The Electric Slide

Many years ago, before I came up with this idea to DJ DC music, I DJed weddings for my music fix. It was stressful and a lot of work, but I had some really fun times making big crowds dance to cheesy pop music. But the first song on every Do Not Play list was always Marcia Griffiths’ 1989 song Electric Boogie, what we all know as The Electric Slide. Seems like an odd choice for a cover by Lowercase Letters, but their injection of soul and fun makes for an entertaining cover in House Studio DC‘s $5 Music Video series.

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SOJA – When We Were Younger video

Homegrown reggae stars SOJA (originally Soldiers of Jah Army) couldn’t be more excited to play their biggest DC area show yet, tomorrow evening at Wolf Trap with The John Butler Trio and Alice Smith. From last year’s full length release Strength To Survive comes a brand new music video for the song When We Were Younger. The touching video, featuring footage of the band members in their earlier days, comes from vocalist/guitarist Jacob Hemphill with a dedication to the memory of his father and musical inspiration William Hemphill. Head over to Wolf Trap’s ticketing page and help make this show a sell-out homecoming for this fantastic band.

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New Rock Church of Fire – Untitled Song video

They couldn’t come up with a name for this song, but New Rock Church of Fire did enlist Morgan Hungerford of DC’s Panda Head Magazine to shoot a video for it. It’s a few years old, but still a fun little video. If you haven’t checked out last December’s Issue 7 of slick style mag Panda Head, what are you waiting for?

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Paperhaus – Helicopters video

Indie rock stalwarts Paperhaus, deep into their Kickstarted tour, just released a brand new music video for Helicopters, the lead off track of their EP Lo Hi Lo that doesn’t come out for another agonizing month. Their close ties to the DC scene manifest in this charming video, from the extras in the party scene to the grand cameo by Andrew Grossman of The North Country to the Paperhaus DIY venue itself. Show your continued support of these house show hosting gents by picking up advance tickets to their hometown show at Rock & Roll Hotel on June 7th with hot hot openers Shark Week and Young Rapids.

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Harmonic Blue – Silver Spoon video

Harmonic Blue is a band with one foot in Baltimore and one in DC, and their debut music video for Silver Spoon provides ample footage of both cities. Their sound blends blues, jazz funk and rock for a pleasant, laid back vibe. Silver Spoon comes from their pay-what-you-want 2012 EP Villa Borghese.

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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

Or listen on SoundCloud:

Subscribe to the Hometown Sounds podcast in the iTunes Store

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

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