Category Archives: video

The Cornel West Theory – I’ll Die For This Shit video

Hype for the new full length Coming From The Bottom by hip-hop thought leaders The Cornel West Theory keeps on building. Yesterday they dropped a new video for “I’ll Die For This Shit” featuring Queen Helene AKA Golden Athena of Les Nubians on vocals. The video, directed by drummer Sam Lavine, involves both lyrics and badass visuals of Queen Helene, Rashad Dobbins and Tim Hicks. And if you really want to follow along, they helpfully put all the lyrics in the details section of the YouTube page. Don’t miss your next chance to see the Theory live at the Ceremonies of Dark Men multimedia live performance event as part of the 5×5 Project along with poet Major Jackson and sounds from King Britt at the Hillyer Arts Space on Friday December 12th. Admission is FREE so RSVP now at http://www.the5x5project.com/event/codm-in-multimedia/.

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Diamond District – A Part Of It All video

The excitement for hip hop trio Diamond District’s long awaited sophomore album March On Washington hasn’t died down since its release in October. Today Mello Music Group announced an official remix album March On Washington Redux featuring mixes from Oh No, Apollo Brown, L’Orange and lots more, teasing the December 16th release with a stream of Black Milk remixing “Ain’t Over”. Oddisee, Uptown XO and yU also recently dropped this visually appealing video for “A Part Of It All”, each talented MC taking a verse while laser light streams past at about the speed of their verbal gymnastics.

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Asheru – No Matter Where You Go video

Hip-hop MC Asheru continues his worldwide DC ambassadorship with this new music video “No Matter Where You Go”. Ethiopian-American singer Wayna adds smooth flavor to Ash’s calm and assured delivery on this thoughtful and positive track from the 2013 album Sleepless In Soweto. The lush, colorful visuals come from Asheru’s tour stops in Costa Rica back in August, shot by Federico Peixoto of Gafeto TV Producciones.

Tereu Tereu – Spanish Lynx video

Tereu Tereu‘s Ryan Little created the visuals himself for the melancholy electronic track “Spanish Lynx”, the wrap up song from TT’s 2013 excellent album Quadrants. Yesterday Little’s occasional publisher the Washington City Paper premiered the abstract, washed-out video, filmed on Little’s HTC Thunderbolt phone. Tonight Tereu Tereu kicks off a refreshingly diverse lineup at the Black Cat mainstage with The Deadmen supporting the CD release event for instrumental heavyweights Black Clouds. Get there early!

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Wanted Man – Pardon Me If I Stare video

This week seems to belong to Wanted Man. The bluesy garage rock group released their debut self-titled EP (name your price download!) just in time for their show tonight opening for Natural Child at the Black Cat. And today our compatriots at DC Music Download posted a ripping 3 song live set captured live at Thomas Orgren’s Persona Non Grata studio. Is everyone paying attention now? Here’s their newest music video for “Pardon Me If I Stare”, directed by Michael Hindert.

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The Walking Sticks – One Sweet Thing video

The video we’ve all been waiting for is here! Yesterday young dream poppers The Walking Sticks unveiled the product of their recent live video shoot for “One Sweet Thing” at DC9. Superfans learned the choreography for the song from YouTube and wore fuzzy Silent Disco-esque headphones to show off their moves on stage. The result is goofy, sometimes awkward and contains a surprising amount of ass (worker bees beware!) for the sweet and fluffy song from their newest EP Pop Dreams, now freely available for your downloading pleasure. Don’t miss the EP release show this Saturday night at Rock & Roll Hotel with PLOY and Lean Quatifah.

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The Very Small – Said and Done video

What’s not to love about a hot dose of melody-driven power pop? Despite their name, The Very Small deliver big time catchy riffs and sweet harmonies on “Said and Done”, the first single from their sophomore album Zoomed Way Out released earlier this year. Robin Smith and Aaron Mann channeled their love of 90s rock into their first self-titled album back in 2009, then went on hiatus after the departure of an original band member. Adding bassist Zack Berman brought the band back to life, and now they complete a short tour through Brooklyn and Baltimore with a hometown show this Sunday night at the Velvet Lounge in DC with Model Stranger and Time Columns. Check out this joyous music video PREMIERE for “Said and Done”, easily capturing the essence of having fun and rocking out with your friends. That’s what being in a band is all about.

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SmCity – New Spiritual video

One of the biggest cliches of living in DC is the first question asked when meeting someone new: “So what do you do?” It’s easy to think that everyone here lives for their day job to an unhealthy degree. Most people ask that question to discover if you’re important enough to network with, but I find that asking “What do you do after your day job?” leads you to the truly interesting folks: actors, writers, musicians and dedicated bloggers (heh). If we’re lucky, we don’t hate our day jobs too much. On rapper Simeon “SmCity” Booker’s new single “New Spiritual” featuring BJ the Chicago Kid, he rhymes about the daily grind of the day job and the struggles of ex-cons who have hurdles to landing one. SmCity’s new full length album Empire Falls drops December 3rd on Twenty20 Music & Films, and you can preorder it now for only $5.

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Sara Curtin – Summer video

Singer Sara Curtin has carved out a well-respected niche as half of folk duo The Sweater Set with Maureen Andary, playing endearing folk and pop music with ukulele and banjo. Now she gears up for the release of her solo full length album Michigan Lilium with this music video for “Summer”, and boy is it sultry. Shot in an shadowy empty apartment in Columbia Heights, the video features mesmerizing belly dancer Ebony Qualls dancing slowly with sparklers while Curtin croons with an enduring, classic style at once delicate and assured.

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She Keeps Bees – Owl video

Can DC claim She Keeps Bees as our own? Singer Jessica Larrabee hails from Wheaton MD and met partner Andy LaPlant working as a bartender in Brooklyn. Their sultry blues sound is often compared to The White Stripes, Cat Power and Sharon Van Etten, who contributed vocals on the duo’s latest album Eight Houses for the Future Gods label. Yesterday Stereogum premiered their newest video for “Owls”, a moody and mysterious track with a groovy bari sax hook and powerful vocals. Video director Lizzy Brooks puts actress Laura Cohen on a surreal trip through the woods and a dinner party, heavily referencing a silent experimental film from 1944 called At Land which featured the composer John Cage.
Also: She Keeps Bees, what a great band name.
If this taste leaves you hungry for more, check out their just-released live session with WAMU’s Bandwidth.

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