DC, I’ve got a killer music video for you today. But it’s crazy (psycho even!), very NSFW and you’re probably at work now, so be cool about it. Keep a spreadsheet open and your fingers above Alt+Tab and check out this new video from Honest Haloway. Singer Tim Kratzer was once in local indie rock band The Vita Ruins, but now he makes spaced out dance music with the help of drummer Charlie Karim. Psycho Bitch comes from their FREE 2011 EP The Towns. This video debuted yesterday on YouTube, but didn’t last long there due to lame content restrictions. LAME! Let’s hope Vimeo is cooler. After a bit of a hiatus, the bands is back recording new material, and your next chance to see them live is Saturday March 9th at Velvet Lounge.
The most interesting inauguration party this weekend is definitely M Central, a big arts festival and bash at a pop-up gallery space at 700 H Street NE. It’s organized by the No Kings Collective and the New America Foundation, with music presented by my friends at Listen Local First. Sunday night’s Inauguration Eve party features local heavyweights US Royalty and Shark Week, joined by The Dig and Low Cut Connie with DJ sets by Soul Call Paul. Get $20 advance tix at Eventbrite, because you know this party will sell out at the door if not before! Check out the always informative CityPaper for more details.
The Fort Knox Recordings guys like throwing big takeover parties at U Street Music Hall on holiday weekends, and the inauguration this weekend takes it to the next level. The local FKR gang of Empresarios, Nappy Riddem, All Good Funk Alliance and Fort Knox Five is joined by DJ Nu-Mark, well known scratching innovator, producer for Jurassic 5 and frequent collaborator with DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist. The huge assortment of DJ talent assembled is mind blowing! For extra hype, Fort Knox Five created another “Remint”, this time remixing 60s classic “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield.
Downtempo kings Thievery Corporation begin their three night sold out takeover of the 9:30 Club tonight. Sounds like a great reason to play another gorgeous video by the ESL bosses. Today’s video for Take My Soul, from 2011’s Culture of Fear album, features the soothing vocals of Thievery’s most frequent vocal collaborator LouLou Ghelichkhani.
Singer songwriter Tom Goss brings the gay and music communities together in DC like no one else. Today we feature the video for Lover, from Goss’s 2009 album Back To Love, about a gay soldier killed in Afghanistan and the partner he leaves behind.
DC, here’s a classic for you. New Rock Church of Fire made a lot of fans with their powerful live shows and their 2009 album Of The Wild. They were even immortalized in hamburger form at DC9. But NRCOF have been relatively quiet lately, with only occasional shows and a split 7″ with VA Beach punk band Mas Y Mas in 2011, and now their website appears defunct. I suspect we haven’t heard the last of these guys! Here’s their debut music video The Sword.
Just yesterday singer songwriter Drew Gibson released a brand new music video for Elmira. Directed by Tobin Herringshaw, the video is simple, direct and beautifully shot. Elmira comes from Drew’s second album The Southern Draw.
Bad Domes is the moniker of laptop performer Rich Strayer. Using software called Audiomulch, Strayer triggers a huge collection of recognizable samples to create a live mash-up performance. In case the idea in your head of a laptop performer wears taped-up glasses or checks Facebook all night long, watch this 80 second long video distillation of the last Bad Domes show at DC9 in December. This guy brings the party more than anyone I’ve ever seen. This Saturday Bad Domes is scheduled to destroy the main room at the Rock & Roll Hotel, and you can join in for the low price of free! More money for drinks!
New 14th & U hotspot Tropicalia is turning into a great spot to see both forward thinking DJs and live bands with world and reggae bents. Tonight they host Fort Knox Recordings artists Nappy Riddem, fresh of the release of a new remix package Angle It from their debut album One World Sovereignty. I featured the Dub Architect remix of DTA in this week’s Hometown Sounds podcast, and to celebrate tonight’s show the boys are giving away the new K. Sabroso Remix of Angle It.
Grab the download link at their Facebook page and come out to the party tonight!
The Highballers are easily my favorite twangy band in town. If you prefer sassy to sappy, and need some swagger with your drinking, The Highballers are for you. This Saturday at Iota in Clarendon they celebrate the release of their debut album Soft Music and Hard Liquor on Woodshed Records, with song titles like I Take Pride In My Drinking, Doing Time In Pennsylvania and A Cowgirl Who Understands. Here’s the music video for their debut single I Didn’t Mean To Get Drunk, which I think sums up this band perfectly.