Category Archives: video

Incredible Change – Branching Out video

Did you know that Ra Ra Rasputin frontman Brock Bass has a solo project? Now you do! Incredible Change features a mellower vibe than the New Order-speed dance music from Ra Ra, assembled by a who’s who of DC music including Deena OH, Miyazaki’s Eddie Rodela and the soon-departing Colonel K aka Patrick Kigongo. Today The Vinyl District premiered the intriguing new video for “Branching Out”, shot by Bass and Deanna Toema and produced by Grammy-award winning engineer Drew Doucette, showing Bass wandering through a colorful and slightly tilt-shifted Rock Creek Park. Incredible Change’s debut self-titled EP is a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp, and your next chance to catch them live is this Sunday night at DC9 with fellow synthpopers Pleasure Curses and AAA.

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KLAUSS – GIve Me All Your Money video

Gunther & Tammy will teach you how to dance to K L A U S S.
KLAUSS is the duo of Charlottesville’s Colin Killalea and DC resident Curtis Fye. Their lo-fi 2013 debut full length album Totems is a trippy & moody listen that you can download for free on Bandcamp, but hey, chip them a buck or two if you do. It’s cool.

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Young Summer – Taken video

Singer Bobbie Allen’s dream-pop project Young Summer builds anticipation for her new full length album Sirens, dropping August 26th, with a music video for “Taken” that premiered yesterday. The languid, clear vocals and 80s-style synths on display here make the song’s theme of lost love in the song even more heartbreaking. The single came out earlier this year with a cover of The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” on the flipside. Director Allister Ann’s kaleidoscopic desert video showcases Allen’s poise, beauty and sparkly fashion sense.

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ROM – JERRY PRINCESS TASTE VIDEO

By Tony Porreco

ROM (formerly The Dead Women) have caught the bug for making videos. The band put out their new record soda christ not much more than a month ago, and they’re already releasing a second music video.

While their last video for “Nuisance” followed a boxer pushing the boundaries of gender, coordinated movement is the big idea explored here in the new video for the song “Jerry Princess Taste”, which also happens to feature backup vocals from Wye Oak‘s Jenn Wasner.

The juxtaposition of highly stylized dance maneuvers over a punk rock number makes for a fun watch; it’s like watching a ballroom dance class being DJed by Joey Ramone. Also, this is a video oozing with snazzy, high quality production values, so take a break from the low-res cat vids you’re sneaking in at work and enjoy the craft of a well-made video. 

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Wytold & Christylez Bacon – Doin’ It Right video

Electric cellist Wytold and out-of-this-world beatboxer Christylez Bacon are frequent collaborators with impressive results. Their latest is a live rendition of the Daft Punk song “Doin’ It Right”. On Wytold’s Bandcamp page, the song serves as a placeholder for an album of Live Covers, and I’m looking forward to more.

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Asheru & The Funk Ark – Funky DC video

Jazz keys master Will Rast‘s afrobeat ensemble The Funk Ark made a big entrance with their 2011 album From The Rooftops on Thievery Corporation’s Eighteenth Street Lounge label. The mostly instrumental album featured a stand-out collaboration with Sitali and Asheru called “Funky DC”, a verbal tour through DC’s neighborhoods and landmarks. The languid and trippy funk tune showed up again last year on Asheru’s debut full length album, Sleepless In Soweto, providing an anchor to Ash’s beloved hometown amongst songs recorded in and about South Africa. A distinguished long-timer in the DC rap scene going back to the late 90s with The Unspoken Heard, Asheru also serves as the Director of Arts Integration at Ballou Senior High School in Southeast. All that preamble sets the stage for this kick-ass new music video for “Funky DC”. Ballou High School’s swank marching band kicked off May’s inaugural Funk Parade in the U Street neighborhood that surprised just about everyone with its success and popularity, and Asheru grabbed the opportunity to film this video with the talented youngsters live at the event. This could be the most DC music video ever. We are already looking forward to next year’s Funk Parade!

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Q And Not U – Last Show at Fort Reno

The DC music community is reeling from this morning’s sad announcement of the cancellation of the historic Fort Reno summer concert series headed by Amanda MacKaye. Discovering those shows several years ago was my inspiration to create Hometown Sounds, and I make it a point to attend as many of the shows as I can every summer, no matter who’s on stage. We normally don’t feature live videos for the DC Music Video of the Day, but this exception is more than worth it. Q And Not U were an integral part of DC’s post-hardcore Dischord style, and their final performance at Fort Reno back in 2005 drew a massive and enthusiastic crowd. It’s pretty amazing that such a quality video exists of The Rapture’s Harris Klahr, Title Tracks’ John Davis and Washington Post music critic Chris Richards playing a scorching version of A Line In The Sand from Q And Not U’s 2000 album No Kill No Beep Beep. Here’s hoping Fort Reno isn’t dead yet!

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Redline Graffiti – Junior June video

Redline Graffiti are a DC band on the rise, championed by the Washington Post’s Chris Richards for his “District Sounds” series and the Washington CityPaper’s Luce Unplugged Community Showcase. Their new EP The Drill features styles from electro-rock to jazz to the soulful ballad Junior June, providing the audio & inspiration for their debut music video. Merge Of Maximum created an impressive video on the theme of parenting. Keep a lookout for this band!

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ROM – NUISANCE VIDEO

By Tony Porreco

We’re still on a bit of a break over here at Hometown Sounds, but I’m stepping in to lend a hand to do one of the things that Hometown Sounds does best, and that’s featuring music videos from DC artists.

Today’s video is not only a feature, it’s also a premiere. And it’s from a band you haven’t heard of, but it’s also a band you might know. Here’s the story. There WAS a band called The Dead Women. And they’ve changed their name. Meet ROM. That’s their new band name. You’ll be hearing that a lot over the coming months, because they’re a band that’s on nothing but the up and up.

It’s for a track called “Nuisance” which is on their forthcoming full length release soda christ, which is available Friday May 30th on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify.

The video’s a wild ride: There are secrets. There’s intense physical training. There’s transgender exploration. And above all, the sharp visuals are set against the itchy post-punk that ROM does so well.

The piece was conceptualized and shot by William D. Ashton, whose credits include some impressive directorial work on Drop Electric’s videos for their tracks “Brooklyn’s Nightmare” and “Waking Up to the Fire”.

Ashton provided the following insights regarding his inspiration for his inspiration for the video’s concept:

I guess I keyed in on the fact that the song is called “Nuisance.” This made me think that maybe the biggest nuisance is the things we keep hidden inside ourselves; the things we do behind closed doors. We all have attributes or interests or desires that aren’t necessarily accepted by society, yet they are still a strong part of who we are. Often we are afraid to reveal these sides of ourselves because they could be perceived as taboo or weird. The nuisance, then, is these hidden sides trying to push to the surface.

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Deleted Scenes – Landfall video

This morning indie rock band Deleted Scenes premiered a new music video for “Landfall”, a more contemplative track from their melancholy masterpiece Lithium Burn. The AV Club got the honor of premiering the dark narrative video, and they proceeded to spoil the whole thing in their short post (which I won’t link to here). This is the most egregious example of a trend that’s been really pissing me off lately with music video posts, namely explaining the whole thing before the viewer even sees it. It’s not so bad when it’s just a silly video of an out-of-control dinner party with Ian Svenonious, but in this case director Ben Usie of Pree and DP Nigel Lyons crafted an excellent short film that deserves an unspoiled first view by everyone. Shame on you AV Club.

Rant over. Deleted Scenes roll into town on Thursday May 22nd to celebrate their album release at the Rock & Roll Hotel with our buddies at DC Music Download. Get your tickets before they sell out!

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