Monthly Archives: March 2012

Is and of The – The Past Inside The Present video

DC music video of the day! Drew Bandos is a young student from Philadelphia studying here in DC and putting out some amazing electronic music under the name Is And Of The. He’s signed to the heavyweight Mush Records label, home of acts like Boom Bip, Daedelus, Aesop Rock and cLOUDDEAD, so you know you’re in for some challenging and appealing beats and sounds. Is And Of The’s recent EP Handpainted Glow is on sale at the Mush Records online store for only $3, and we’d strongly suggest getting it while you can for that cheap price! Check out this Facebook event for a mysterious Is And Of The show somewhere in Foggy Bottom Saturday evening, along with Pittsburgh acts Legs Like Tree Trunks and Plots. Here’s the awesome video for The Past Inside The Present, from the Handpainted Glow EP.


Ardamus – My Kinda Party video

DC music video of the day! Singer-songwriter Justin Trawick founded The 9 Songwriter Series in 2008 to pool the talents of local musicians and bring the artform to larger venues and crowds. Tonight the series makes a major expansion into hip-hop MCs at the Velvet Lounge. One of the featured rappers is Ardamus, a veteran of the DC hip-hop scene. With his frequent production collaborator The Metaphysical, Ardamus raised his profile with the well-received album When Nothing Goes Right. Ardamus has a huge library of albums and mixtapes available for free or cheap at his Bandcamp page. Today we’ve got the video for My Kinda Party, from his 2009 free mixtape A Day In The Life Of Modern Day Living.

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Fort Knox Five – Shift video

DC music video of the day! Tonight is another chance to see DC’s top dance music DJs Fort Knox Five. They’re bringing hometown cred to a hot lineup at U Street Music Hall including breaks heavyweights Krafty Kuts and Deekline. Today we present the Fort Knox Five video for Shift, their collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa & Mustafa Akbar, from the 2009 Fort Knox Recordings compilation album The New Gold Standard 2.

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Thunderball – Stereo Tonic video

DC music video of the day! The Thunderball trio of Steve Raskin, Sid Barcelona and Rob Myers go way back on Thievery Corporation‘s ESL Music label, putting out 12″s as early as 1997. Nowadays you’ll find Thunderball’s members cooking up sounds in Fort Knox Five, Liftoff, See-I and other groups on Fort Knox Recordings. Today’s video for the song Stereo Tonic goes back to Thunderball’s 2001 stylish & sexy album Scorpio Rising, and it’s directed by the sitar king Rob Myers. Fantastic!

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The Cornel West Theory – Iron Emptiness video

DC music video of the day! The Cornel West Theory makes hip-hop unlike anyone else in DC, throwing together spoken word, jazz, electronic and other influences to create an energizing sound driving their amazing live performances. Tonight they headline a show at the brand new Monserrat House, also featuring New York’s Happy New Year and locals Redline Graffiti. The show is curated by Sasha Lord, who puts together the amazing bills at Comet Ping Pong. We featured their video for Patriotic Me a while back. To wake you up out of your Monday doldrums, check out the video for Iron Emptiness from the Cornel West Theory’s 2009 album Second Rome.

Monserrat House flyer

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Recommended Shows This Weekend

Here are the Official Hometown Sounds recommended local music shows this weekend.

Andrew Leahey & the Homestead, the Petticoat Tearoom, and Tom McBride – Rock & Roll Hotel (check out DC Music Download’s Meetup Group for this!)
the Weathervanes, Whiskey Parade, the Reserves, and Orchard Wall – Black Cat Mainstage

Electric Eel Shock, Hot Cha Cha, Thee Lolitas, and Caustic Cassanova – Black Cat Mainstage
Rebel Lion (Reggae) @ The Blue Banana [3632 Georgie Ave NW]

Deathfix, Les RhinocĂ©ros, and Many Arms – Comet Ping Pong
Washington Women in Jazz Festival‘s Vocal Showcase – featuring Howard Alumnae – Christie Dashiell, Jessica Boykin-Settles, and SAASY, with Amy K Bormet (piano), Karine Chapdelaine (bass), & CV Dashiell (drums) – The Hamilton

There are tons more options at Showlist DC. Don’t be afraid of a little rain!

Caustic Casanova – Short Commute, Live Forever video

DC music video of the day! Caustic Casanova bring the loud rock to a great lineup at the Black Cat Saturday night, along with HotChaCha, locals Thee Lolitas and headliners Electric Eel Shock. They just released an album, Someday You Will Be Proven Correct, produced by DC legend J. Robbins from Jawbox, so you know it’s quality. Check out the debut video from the album, “Short Commute, Live Forever” and see them live this weekend!


Vandaveer – Woolgathering video

DC music video of the day! Another classic video by DC’s favorite crooners Vandaveer. Woolgathering comes from their 2009 album Divide & Conquer.


More Humans – Mason Dixon video

DC music video of the day! New local label Cricket Cemetary is the home of a rock band you should get to know better, More Humans. Their 2011 EP Demon Station got props from a number of respected sources and they created a sweet music video for their song Mason Dixon. These guys are definitely a band to watch!

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The Jet Age – I’m Starting To Wonder video

DC music video of the day! The Jet Age plays a fantastic and high profile show tonight at the Rock & Roll Hotel, opening for the influential band The Wedding Present. We recently featured their video for the song I Want You from their most recent album Domestic Disturbances, and today we’ve got the video for I’m Starting to Wonder, from their 2010 album In Love.