Monthly Archives: November 2013

Screen Vinyl Image – Autumn Songs mix

Hometown Sounds is almost 2 years old! We are teaming up with Showlist DC, the best concert listing aggregator in town, to throw a party! Thursday December 12th make your way to Tropicalia at 14th & U Streets NW to see Heavy Breathing, The Jet Age and Tereu Tereu, plus DJ sets from Screen Vinyl Image and yours truly! Buy your tickets in advance for only $10 through ShowClix and RSVP to the Facebook event.

Screen Vinyl Image just released a new DJ mix on SoundCloud for your travels from autumn to winter. Stream it while you pretend to work today, or download it for your long drive to eat turkey with your family. Happy Thanksgiving DC!


We Were Pirates – Kill Me (Pt. 3) video

Ok DC, I know it’s almost Thanksgiving and you’ve already checked out of this week, but we’ve got a lot to cover in this post. The excellent Calvin & Hobbes documentary Dear. Mr. Watterson is now out in theaters and video-on-demand at home, either through iTunes or directly from the filmmakers through VHX. You probably know that HTS fave We Were Pirates composed the score for this film, available for streaming and purchase at Bandcamp. Well the talented Mr. Mike Boggs also directed a music video for the score’s song Kill Me (Pt. 3), an eventful walk in the woods for a familiar-looking bird watcher. The fine folks at This American Life also used a song from the score in this past weekend’s episode, 512: House Rules. And mark your calendars for December 9th when WWP plays a hometown show on the rooftop of the W Hotel. Whew! Got all that?

And props to Mr. Boggs for rocking a fine Movember ‘stache.


Podcast for November 26th, 2013

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Simone & The Spectrum – Keep On Talking
Juneau Sky – Moon Without a Sun
The Urban Cartel – Feel Good
Roofwalkers – Catapult
Alarms & Controls – Megalodon
Sansyou – Best Ones Choose You
ShowPony – Claws Clause
Nitemoves – Polypel
Moonlight Mask – What’s That? (Gimme That)
Thomas Blondet feat. Carol C – Un Amor

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Joy Buttons – Fuck Up video

Do you need some DC hardcore to shake off these cold Monday blues? Well Joy Buttons is here to help. The local supergroup, comprised of Paperhaus’s Brandon Moses, Typefighter’s Ryan McLaughlin, Deleted Scenes’ Matt Dowling, Lightfoot’s Erik Sleight and Pray for Polanski’s Dan Ramspacher, just released their debut EP Arkhipov over on Bandcamp. $5 gets you 5 bursts of intensity, and at less than 3 minutes each, none overstay their welcome. The video for “Fuck Up”, directed by Aviv Rubinstien, isn’t too explicit or anything, but I’d wait until your boss is in a meeting to view it.


The Cowards Choir – Where The Hand Don’t Hold Me Down (Live on The Cirus Life)


Our week featuring videos from Justin Trawick’s The Circus Life podcast comes to an end today. Circling around to where we began, today we’ve got another video from Andy Zipf’s new band The Cowards Choir featuring Ryan Walker, Ben Tufts and Adam Neubauer. “Where The Hand Don’t Hold Me Down” comes from their debut EP Reunion, a generous pay-what-you-want download courtesy of NoiseTrade.

The Cowards Choir is one of 5 bands playing at The Circus Life’s live event Saturday night at the Rock & Roll Hotel, including The Sweater Set, Black Masala, M.H. & His Orchestra and Justin Trawick’s own group. This is your last chance to enter to win a pair of tickets! Just leave us a comment below with your favorite DC band or musician. The contest ends at 4 PM this afternoon, so get on it. See you at the show!

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Jasmine Gillison – I Get It (Live on The Circus Life)

Justin Trawick’s podcast The Circus Life is blowing up! In advance of the big show this Saturday night at the Rock & Roll Hotel, Justin and all-things-technical man Sean Russell are featured in a story in this morning’s Washington Post Express. The photo alone is worth the click! All this week we’re featuring live performance videos from the show, and today it’s singer-songwriter Jasmine Gillison’s turn, performing her signature tune I Get It.

And don’t forget that Hometown Sounds is giving away a pair of tickets to the live show on Saturday featuring M.H. & His Orchestra, Black Masala, The Cowards Choir, The Sweater Set and Justin Trawick’s own group. To enter the giveaway, just leave us a comment below telling us your favorite band or musician in the DC area. There’s only one more day left to enter, so don’t delay!

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GoRemy – Metro Song (Live on The Circus Life)


We heart Justin Trawick’s The Circus Life podcast and all this week we’re featuring videos of the live performances from the show. If you lived anywhere close to DC back in 2009, you surely remember The Arlington Rap, Remy Munasifi‘s breakout hit skewering the bit of the diamond over the river. Remy continues to pump out satirical rhymes on his YouTube channel, including this acoustic ditty about the joys of riding the Metro.

The Circus Life takes their show to the stage of the Rock & Roll Hotel this Saturday night with a stacked lineup including The Cowards Choir, Black Masala, M.H. & His Orchestra, The Sweater Set and Justin Trawick’s own group. Hometown Sounds has a hot pair of tickets to this show to give away, so tell us your favorite band in the comments below and you’re entered to win!

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M.H. & His Orchestra – The Train (Live on The Circus Life)


The Circus Life Podcast week on Hometown Sounds continues with a live video of M.H. & His Orchestra performing “The Train”, from last year’s debut album The Throes. This band certainly sounds like no other in DC, and I speak from personal experience that they put on an epic live show! Check them out live this Saturday night at the Rock & Roll Hotel when The Circus Life records a live podcast episode, along with The Cowards Choir, The Sweater Set, Black Masala and the Justin Trawick Group.

And don’t forget to enter our ticket giveaway below! Just leave us a comment telling us your favorite band in DC and you’re entered to win a pair of tickets. The contest ends this Friday, and stay tuned all week for more great videos from The Circus Life!

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The Cowards Choir – Maybe I (Live on The Circus Life)


Justin Trawick is a singer-songwriter with a lot of great ideas and energy. His “We Are The 9” songwriter showcase tours all up and down the east coast, and his new weekly podcast The Circus Life has quickly made its mark in the DC music scene. The next step is to take the podcast to a live audience with a taping this Saturday evening at the Rock & Roll Hotel, featuring no less than 5 top-notch DC bands: The Sweater Set, The Cowards Choir, Black Masala, MH & His Orchestra, and Justin’s own group. And you can win a pair of tickets to this musical blowout! Just leave a comment below naming your favorite DC area band and you are entered to win. The contest ends this Friday afternoon at 3 PM.

All this week we’ll be highlighting some of the videos of live performances in the show’s short history. First up is Andy Zipf’s new band The Cowards Choir, featuring Ryan Walker, Ben Tufts and Adam Neubauer, with their song Maybe I from the debut EP Reunion. Get a true glimpse of what a professional recording studio really looks like.

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The Joads – Good Deal Gone Bad video

Hey, remember that podcast we put out a few days ago? Remember that awesome song by The Joads, “Good Deal Gone Bad”, and how we mentioned there’s a music video for it? GUESS WHAT! Here is that music video. It’s a surprisingly dark tale of addiction, guns, money and public transportation mishaps, lightened by its uptempo singalong soundtrack. The Joads’ “ramshackle surf blues” hits the stage tonight at Takoma Park DIY hotspot Electric Maid in a crazy variety show including young, not-at-all-racist punk band Dagos and The Georgetown University Improv Association. There’s absolutely no better way to get this weekend started off right!