Monthly Archives: June 2012

Mustafa Akbar – Call Me video

DC music video of the day! Mustafa Akbar a.k.a. Mustabar is well known as a frequent collaborator with just about all of the talented bands on the Fort Knox Recordings and Eighteenth Street Lounge labels. He’s also the gracious host of the annual Mustock festival at his home in Lignum, VA. His project with Rex Riddem, Nappy Riddem, plays a show tonight at Monserrat House with local ska band The Chariots. But before it all, Mustafa Akbar put out a couple of soulful solo albums, and today’s video comes from his 2009 release That Day.

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Jukebox The Ghost – Victoria video

Today’s DC music video of the day comes from former locals Jukebox The Ghost. They relocated to Philadelphia a while ago but they made a big splash when they formed in DC. They just released a new fantastic new album called Safe Travels, totally deserving of your hard earned dollars. They’ll be in town to show off their new music at the 9:30 club on June 29th. Check out the video for Victoria, from their 2008 debut album Let Live & Let Ghosts.


Christylez Bacon – Reinventing Hip Hop video

Tonight is a great night to check out the Black Squirrel‘s tap room in Adams Morgan for a diverse and all-local lineup. The show features folk rocker Jules Bland, jazz performers Mark G. Meadows and Stephen Synk, and headliner Christylez Bacon, a Grammy-nominated hip-hop beatboxer who must be seen to be believed! Check out this video from last year’s TEDxPennQuarter conference and you will know what I’m talking about.


Wale – The Break Up Song video

Our DC music video of the day today comes from Wale, the rapper with the highest profile in the DMV today. The song comes from Wale’s free 2010 mixtape More About Nothing, and the video features the voice of our first black President. No, not Barack Obama, of course I mean Oscar winner Morgan Freeman.


Empresarios vs. Nate Dogg – Regulate Mis Amigos video

With summer’s heat comes the killer all-day pool parties around town. Tomorrow the Capitol Skyline Hotel hosts the Mother Trucker Pool & Food Truck Party, bringing DC’s best food trucks out to play. Providing the bumpin’ soundtrack to the festivities are the top tier talent on the Fort Knox Recordings label, including All Good Funk Alliance, Nappy Riddem, FK5 vs Thunderball and the Empresarios. To get you warmed up for this, check out the video for the John Bowen mashup of the new Empresarios track Para Mis Amigos with the classic track Regulate by Warren G & Nate Dogg. Plus download the track for free!

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Artomatic Radio panel tonight

I’ll be one of the panelists in Artomatic‘s Music Development panel series tonight, focusing on Radio and the Indie Release. Other panelists include Mary Sue Twohy from Sirius XM, Grant Random from DC 101, Bryan Calhoun from Sound Exchange and Rhome Anderson from WPFW, and it’s all moderated by Jem Bahaijoub from Imagine PR. If you are in an up & coming band, the information available at this panel could be crucial to getting airplay for your music and growing your fanbase. Registration is free, and so is Artomatic. See you there!

Presto Bando – Walking in the Air video

Tonight’s show at the underground house venue Paperhaus has a fantastic mostly-local lineup: Presto Bando, Les Rhinoceros, Imperial China, and Tampa Florida’s Alexander and the Grapes. Today we feature a video from DC Setlist‘s Holiday Video 2011, Presto Bando covering the song “Walking In The Air” by Howard Blake from the 1982 animated short film The Snowman. Cute stuff. Head over to their Bandcamp page to download two free EPs before coming to the show tonight!


Is and Of The – How We Used To Drift video

Today’s DC music video comes from 20 year old college student Drew Bandos, a.k.a. Is and Of The. The experimental electronic musician recently released an EP called Handpainted Glow on the prestigious Mush Records which is really fantastic. The video for the lead off track, How We Used To Drift, by Kevin Sawicki & Alex Igidbashian, is as kaleidoscopic, ambient and interesting as the song.


Lyriciss – The Agenda video

DC music video of the day! DMV rapper on the rise Lyriciss just released another video from his free EP The Balance on local hip-hop label Inner Loop Records. If you look closely, you can read the lyrics for the song scrolling in the background of the video, which seems totally appropriate for a rapper named Lyriciss.

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These United States – Get Yourself Home video

DC music video of the day! They’ve moved on from our fair town, but HTS remembers These United States with much love. If you missed out on seeing this band mix rock with a healthy dose of twang, be sure to catch them live next time they’re passing through town. Today’s video for Get Yourself Home (In Search of the Mistress Whose Kisses are Famous) comes from their 2008 album Crimes.