Monthly Archives: June 2012

Shudder To Think – Red House video

Frequent visitors to the Hometown Sounds DC Music Video of the Day feature know that I try to post videos for bands playing in town that night. There are a ton of great local shows that you should catch this weekend, including:
Death By Sexy @ Iota
The Grey Area (previously featured) and Koshari (previously featured) @ Fillmore Silver Spring
Jukebox The Ghost and Tereu Tereu (previouly featured) @ 9:30
Margot MacDonald @ Lubber Run Amphitheater in Arlington
Megaphone Barons (previously featured) and Glitterlust @ Red Palace
Honor By August @ Iota
Justin Trawick @ Lubber Run Amphitheater in Arlington
The Silver Liners (previously featured) @ DC9
Black Clouds @ Black Cat backstage
Brian Settles & Central Union @ Bohemian Caverns

But nothing comes together for a new DC music video feature. So I’ll go classic! Here’s Red House by Dischord alt rockers Shudder To Think, from their 1997 album 50,000 BC.

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Pree – Lemon Tree video

Local folk rockers Pree open for North Carolina’s Bombadil tonight at the Red Palace on H Street NE. May Tabol brings vocal stylings totally unlike anyone else in DC music, and the band has steadily evolved into solid live performers. Today’s video for the track Lemon Tree comes from their 2011 debut album Folly.


Head-Roc – UFCW Local 400 Anthem video

Today the Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicks off on the Mall, and Head-Roc, the Mayor of DC Hip-Hop, starts the party off right. Head-Roc is everywhere in this town, fronting his band GODISHEUS, writing for Huffington Post DC, and broadcasting on Capital Resistance Radio 97.5 FM. You’ve got two chances to see his “Black Rock Super Hero Music” set today, on the MONSTER Panorama Room sound stage at 1:30 PM, then again at the Good Hope and Naylor corner at 3:30 PM. Always championing causes close to his heart, he recently created a theme song and music video for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 chapter. I hope you get to enjoy the first day of the Festival instead of being locked in an office all day like me!


Andy Zipf – We Will Carry the Weight video

Tonight The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan hosts a singer songwriter showcase headlined by Andy Zipf. Zips breaks the mold of traditional singer songwriters by bringing extra energy and creativity to his live performances, and by making most of his music avaialble for free for limited durations. This includes his most recent release, 2011’s Jealous Hands (go get it now!). Today we’ve got a simple, no frills live performance of We Will Carry The Weight, from Zipf’s 2009 EP The Cowards Choir.


Drop Electric – Fevered Egos video

Last Friday soundscape architects Drop Electric dropped a “Sampler Platter” of 4 songs on their Bandcamp page. The new tracks show their progress from the ambience of their first album to the more electronic influences as the band evolves and changes membership. Here’s one of the new songs, Empire Trashed:

Our video of the day, Fevered Egos, comes from Drop Electric’s 2010 debut album, Finding Color In The Ashes (still a free download!).


Protect-U – U-Uno video

Saturday night the Velvet Lounge hosts a treat for fans of electronic dance music, a live improv set (first one ever!) by Aaron Leitko and Mike Petillo, better known as Protect-U. They’ve put out a number of limited edition releases on their own Future Times label, and their most recent single Motorbike was released by Mike Paradinas’s distinguished Planet Mu label. Here’s the video for U-Uno, from their 2011 single World Music.

You should also give a listen to a clip from Motorbike, it’s pretty awesome.

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Oddisee feat. Olivier Daysoul – You Know Who You Are video

There’s a brand new album by hip-hop producer and MC Oddisee, on the Mello Music Group label, called People Hear What They See. Oddisee recently moved to Brooklyn from DC, but he still frequently collaborates with and remixes plenty of DC musicians. Today’s video is a bonus acoustic cut from the album, You Know Who You Are, featuring Olivier Daysoul on acoustic guitar and soulful vocals. Tonight Monserrat House hosts a FREE listening party for the new album, featuring a live band!

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The Pietasters – Stone Feeling video

It’s really hot outside. But tonight the legendary DC ska band The Pietasters are playing a free outdoor show at Lee District Park in Franconia! So suck it up, drink some coconut water and go get your 90s skank on! Today’s video is Stone Feeling, from their 1997 album Willis.


Deleted Scenes – Bedbedbedbedbed video

Dreamy DC indie pop band Deleted Scenes have today’s DC music video of the day today. Last year they put out a popular album Young People’s Church Of The Air through awesome local label Sockets Records. Since then they’ve signed to Park The Van records and plan to re-release Young People’s Church Of The Air before releasing a new album next year. Check out the video for the single “Bedbedbedbedbed”.

Bonus! Check out the new Vacationer remix of Bedbedbedbedbed!


Akua Allrich – Hard to Get video

Tonight another summer music tradition kicks off at Carter Barron Amphitheatre with the Washington Post Going Out Gurus Weekend Concerts. The Jazz Night lineup features Jess Righthand Quintet, Jolley Brothers and headliner Akua Allrich. Akua is a seasoned DC jazz performer, incorporating neo-soul and R&B influences into her music. Tonight’s show is free and requires no tickets, and the weather couldn’t be nicer! Here’s the video for Hard to Get from Akua’s 2010 album A Peace of Mine.