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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

Or listen on SoundCloud:

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New Contributor at Hometown Sounds: Tony Porreco

Hey Hometown Sounds Readers!

My name is Tony Porreco, and Paul recently asked me if I’d like to become a contributor to Hometown Sounds.   (I said yes, of course.)   I’m a D.C. native who’s been back in the area for a couple years after having done school at the University of Delaware (M.A., B.A.).  It’ll be unsurprising to read then that I became interested in the D.C. music scene last year on account of my also being a musician who plays guitar in the local band Black Checker.

I’ve become pretty passionate about the D.C. scene, and I get out to local shows fairly frequently (~1-2 a week).  Likewise, I’ve been working hard the last several months to document the performances of D.C. musicians by way of video and photo.  I curate and manage a YouTube channel containing videos from the shows I attend, with the goal of generating new exposure for artists making music in D.C.

Live Picks!

Now I’ll say a bit about the writing I’ll be doing for HTS, which is going to involve a regular column called Live Picks!    Good shows deserve good turnout, so in each installment, I’ll be selecting an exciting band/artist with an upcoming show that week and doing an in depth profile of (a.) the artist, (b.) their work, and (c.) why you should go see them.  Really, what I’m aiming to do for HTS readers is pair music journalism with a sense of urgency and purpose: Music writing is something that shouldn’t be done in a vacuum for its own sake, independent of real-life happenings, and I think that’s especially true at the local level where you have the opportunity to see these acts perform.  So, if I’m writing someone up, it’s because they’re both compelling AND playing at a venue near you.

Look for the first installment soon.

New Contributor at Hometown Sounds: Laura Wiederhoeft

Born in Wisconsin to a pianist and a Dylan fan with a healthy classic-rock record collection, I’ve been fed a steady diet of musical tunes since day one. I’m drawn to anything with a rootsy vibe, thanks to early exposure to folk and a deep loyalty to the Oklahoma indie and Americana I enjoyed in college. My stint as a jazz singer infused my taste with strains of the blues, and my own classical training gives me an appreciation for practiced talent and innovative composition. I’m especially excited about experimental music and new approaches to old styles. More than anything, I admire anyone who creates unique sounds.

I moved to Petworth from the prairies of the snowy Midwest in June 2012. Even though I’m new to the DC arts scene, I have an appetite for all things local. I prefer living room shows and dark, divey bars to arena stages, and I’ve even been known to haunt open mics in hopes of hearing something fresh. In addition to hosting shows at my cozy rowhouse in Northwest DC, I’m looking to meet artists from all walks of life in the metro area and expand my ear. My penchant for local music means I’ll be prowling the venues in search of new artists to support and new tunes to plug in to.

Caustic Casanova – I Hate Everyone I Want To Like video

Arlington’s Galaxy Hut, the best place in the DC area to see an intimate show and choose from an amazing beer list, hosts two hard rocking bands tonight. We featured openers North of Canada in a Hometown Sounds Podcast last year, and headliners Caustic Casanova‘s music video for Short Commute, Live Forever placed in our top 5 music videos of 2012. Here’s an older video of theirs, for I Hate Everyone I Want To Like from their 2008 album Imminent Eminence.

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