Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Caribbean – Imitation Air video

DC’s music scene is often dominated by young acts frantically chasing the buzz of popularity. The Caribbean, 15 year veterans of making breezy, laid back and lyrically-focused indie rock in DC, stand in stark contrast to that accepted wisdom. They seem in no hurry to get where they’re going, content to experiment with synth sounds and Michael Kentoff’s falsetto vocal delivery. “Imitation Air” is the first single from their 6th full length album Moon Sickness, released last month on Portland’s Hometapes label. Longtime producer Chad Clark, also of the band Beauty Pill, described the music video for Imitation Air:

“There’s a door. We don’t know what’s beyond the door. We don’t know whether it leads outside. The door is a Schrödinger’s cat. We don’t know whether the door represents decimation or liberation. The door glows with promise or menace; we don’t know. You begin to argue amongst yourselves in slow motion about what to do about the door. With a lot of debate, one by one, the trio members open the door and exit to … we never find out what it is.”

Mark your calendars for Saturday March 29th when The Caribbean supports the CD release show for Hometown Sounds faves The Jet Age at Comet Ping Pong.


Under The Counter – The Ides of March


The monthly comedy + jazz + indie rock night Under The Counter returns to The Dunes in Columbia Heights this Friday night!

Jokes from Nate Johnson, Tom Sherman, Michael J. Foody & Erica Johnson, hosted by Ruth Rasby
Power pop from Black Checker
As always with Jonathan Parker‘s Too Big To Fail Octet, this week featuring Linsay Deming!

Have you wondered what Hometown Sounds podcast co-host Tony Porreco looks like in person? Or in the bath? Wonder no longer, thanks to the new video flyer!

(The show’s organizers live in the DIY music space The Bathtub Republic, FYI)

RSVP on the Facebook event

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Thomas Blondet feat. Leyla Chatti – Tu Va Partir

DJ and producer Thomas Blondet‘s resume includes many keywords of DC’s nightlife history: Buzz, Pollen, Fever, Club Red. The record label he founded with ESL’s Farid Nouri, Rhythm & Culture, has a well-respected catalog of lounge, house and world-influenced cuts, including Blondet’s just released full length album Futureworld. The newest single from that album, the sexy “Tu Va Partir” with French vocals from local Leyla Chatti, features remixes from Zeb and Double A and a music video shot by Mauro Demony of Dub Africa at Local 16. Catch Blondet’s regular Rhythm & Culture DJ night every Sunday at 18th Street Lounge.


PHZ-Sicks – Black Women video

Presenting a welcome contrast from the usual treatment of women in rap videos, Woodbridge’s PHZ-Sicks steps aside to let the beautiful black women in director John Ledbetter‘s music video for “Black Women” take the spotlight and sing the positive messages in the lyrics. Grab the single from iTunes or cop the whole full length album The Moment from Bandcamp.


Outputmessage – Goldilocks Zone video

Hey, remember when we played the hot new track “Asteroids” by producer Bernard Farley’s Outputmessage moniker on the newest episode of the Hometown Sounds podcast? Well forget all about that, so old news. The new news is the FREE debut single “Goldilocks Zone” from Farley’s full length album The Infinite Void, scheduled for release March 25th. The new single has a more delicate house vibe than the deep space excursions on Farley’s recent Asteroids EP, despite the title’s reference to the placement of planets capable of supporting human life. The music video, directed by Farley himself, takes the song right into the dark club with multicolored lights illuminating Farley as the lone dancer to the groove. Now I’m looking forward to the new album even more.


Podcast for March 4th, 2014

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Big Air – Sound of a Barking Dog
Smoke n’ Mangos – One Bottle Short
The Girls Upstairs – Hope
Stranger in the Alps – Honey If You’re Lucky
Black Checker – Bagel Girl (Bad Domes Remix)
Man & Woman – Do It Right
Outputmessage – Asteroids
Pentamon – Virgil
PLOY – Young (The Silver Liners Remix)
All Good Funk Alliance & Copycat – Fakin’ The Funk

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