The push is on to realize Marian McLaughlin‘s dreams to independently produce her second album Spirit House. The classical guitarist and experimental folk pioneer has 8 days left on her Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to record, mix, master and distribute her new collection of songs with string arrangements by longtime collaborator Ethan Foote. 2014 was a breakout year for Marian, with a gorgeous music video for “Before You Leave” and the prestige of a Tiny Desk Concert. With the help of her generous fans, even more success is possible in 2015.
On today’s episode 94 of the Chunky Glasses podcast, our good friend Kevin sat down for an illuminating talk with Marian. Hometown Sounds gets in on the Marian McLaughlin action today by showing you this intimate live performance of new song “Your Bower”, captured by ATV Beats, a video collective at American University. Use the Kickstarter to pre-order the album or help patronize the arts by contributing more!
Tony’s moving! But just up the street. Don’t worry.
Fort Knox Five – Ready Go feat. Raashan Ahmad
Motion Lines – The Yearbook
Dr. Robinson’s Fiasco – Whoa
Hartford Pussies – Tammy
Art Sorority For Girls – Lynda
Wanted Man – Pardon Me If I Stare
Liv, the popular club space above Bohemian Caverns, serves as the backdrop for director Jay Brown’s visuals for “Without A Clue”, the second single from yU and Slimkat’s team-up The 1978ers. It’s totally appropriate for this jazzy, thoughtful track featuring live trumpet, trombone and clever use of the vocal sample providing the title of the song. Grab The 1978ers’ debut full length album People Of Today on the Mello Music Group label for more goodness.
If today’s video doesn’t get you in the mood to boogie, you should seek medical attention promptly. Big brassy funk has always had a big following in DC, from See-I and Black Masala to Chopteeth and The Funk Ark. But did you know that the man in charge of horns for Prince & The New Power Generation now lives in DC? Philip Lassiter is his name and his prolific work ethic led to the impressive release of two full length albums in 2014. His debut music video, the adorably silly dancing showcase “Strut” comes from the latter album, DreamZzz, and if you liked that then prepare to pony up for his re-released debut album Philthy and fill your life with sweet sweet funk.
Hype for the new full length Coming From The Bottom by hip-hop thought leaders The Cornel West Theory keeps on building. Yesterday they dropped a new video for “I’ll Die For This Shit” featuring Queen Helene AKA Golden Athena of Les Nubians on vocals. The video, directed by drummer Sam Lavine, involves both lyrics and badass visuals of Queen Helene, Rashad Dobbins and Tim Hicks. And if you really want to follow along, they helpfully put all the lyrics in the details section of the YouTube page. Don’t miss your next chance to see the Theory live at the Ceremonies of Dark Men multimedia live performance event as part of the 5×5 Project along with poet Major Jackson and sounds from King Britt at the Hillyer Arts Space on Friday December 12th. Admission is FREE so RSVP now at http://www.the5x5project.com/event/codm-in-multimedia/.
The excitement for hip hop trio Diamond District’s long awaited sophomore album March On Washington hasn’t died down since its release in October. Today Mello Music Group announced an official remix album March On Washington Redux featuring mixes from Oh No, Apollo Brown, L’Orange and lots more, teasing the December 16th release with a stream of Black Milk remixing “Ain’t Over”. Oddisee, Uptown XO and yU also recently dropped this visually appealing video for “A Part Of It All”, each talented MC taking a verse while laser light streams past at about the speed of their verbal gymnastics.