Author Archives: Hometown Sounds

Mountain Jew – While I Was Stuck In Jersey

What if the Front Bottoms were a ska band that liked doing covers of trap and pop-punk songs? Easy, then you’d get Takoma Park band Mountain Jew! We introduced the fine listeners of our biweekly podcast to these young party rockers back in January with “We Only Know What We’ve Been Told”, their contribution to The Art Takes Action Mixtape from VoidLife Records. Today’s music video for the melodica-heavy song “While I Was Stuck In Jersey” comes from their 2016 name-your-own-price release The Shooman EP. It’s awkward and charming and fun as hell, and I definitely want to learn all the words and sing along to this live. Mountain Jew’s full length album Mountain Jew Fails Gym Class drops in May.

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Dawkins – At Intermission

Over the weekend experimental jazz group Dawkins premiered their second music video at a sold-out party at Dupont Underground, hosted by uber hot music outlet OTHERFEELS. DJ and visual artist Flash Frequency, recent producer of the debut music video from Will Eastman’s amazing full length album Hilo, marries the beautiful abstraction of Dawkins’ song “At Intermission” with some peaceful aerial drone footage that’s a positive delight to behold. Anticipation runs high for the debut EP by Dawkins, out this spring.

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Bad Moves – The Verge

In the future, maybe not too far off, experts say that wars won’t be fought over oil, politics or religion, but instead over the most basic resource to humanity, water. In that regard, the wait staff at Shaw’s southern diner Torrie’s is remarkably generous with their dispensation of nature’s healthiest beverage, and we say bravOH. What’s worse than going thirsty during a delicious salty meal? Power-pop supergroup Bad Moves provides the soundtrack here with “The Verge”, the melody-powered anthem of good times right around the corner and the standout song from 2016’s self-titled debut EP on Don Giovanni Records. Catch David Combs, Daoud Tyler-Ameen, Katie Park and Emma Cleveland on tour now, stopping in DC late Sunday night at Comet Ping-Pong.

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Nappy Nappa – Goodday

It’s three in a row now for young DC rapper Nappy Nappa and music video director Zak Forrest. “Goodday”, the Black Moses produced intro track to Nappa’s debut EP New Balance on Babe City Records, is full of deft lyrics in front of its smooth production. Much like Oddisee’s newest video “NNGE”, you can expect beautiful and glossy urban landscapes framing their subjects in Forrest’s videos. The backdrop of “Goodday” should look familiar to anyone who’s hunted for free street parking in the revitalized neighborhood near the 9:30 Club.

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Alex Vans’ Bad Business – Turn It On

You must admire the commitment of Alex Vans to the yacht rock style: for his band Bad Business’s new single “Turn It On”, Vans took the bros out on an actual yacht to perform the soft rock song. Things get wacky as costumes from the Village People and everyone’s favorite dinosaur come out, but the smooth groove never lets up. Horrible at business, sure, but aces at the happy hour after.

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Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm – Believe Her

Singer-songwriter Sara Curtin recently founded a new record label called Local Woman Records, and the first artist on her roster is Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm. Known in this town from her work with the band Wild Coast, Kaeley recently relocated to Seattle to better manage the medical treatment for the chronic infection Lyme disease. Though unable to work desk jobs, she continues to make music and offset her medical bills through crowdfunding support on her Patreon page. KPH’s debut solo EP is appropriately called Hi From Pillows and you can get it by pledging your support of this talented and tenacious musician. “Believe Her” is its first single, dedicated to the many survivors of misdiagnosed medical conditions in their struggle for healing. This music video, the first directed by Conor Whelan, will be used by international organization MEAction to raise awareness about the millions of people (of all genders) around the world who are impacted by difficult-to-diagnose illnesses like Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME or Chronic Fatigue) and the consequences that accompany not being believed by doctors and other people in power. Let’s not allow the greed and cowardice of those in power today prevent those like Kaeley to live a fulfilling and productive life.

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Oddisee & Toine – NNGE

“This is for the county and the area surrounding DC, Maryland and Virginia, know i’m witcha”. Producer and rapper Oddisee moved away from DC years ago, but he refuses to let the deep roots wither and die in assimilating into his new Brooklyn digs. His newest must-listen album The Iceberg on Mello Music Group is a well-timed bomb of defiance and resistance to our current political climate. “NNGE”, short for Never Not Getting Enough, gets verbal assist from DC rapper Toine, who grew up in the same neighborhood as the Sudanese-American Oddisee. Video director Zak Forrest, who also recently helmed both videos by Nappy Nappa, captures both rappers living it up in their native Prince Georges County, with landmarks and local food as visual anchors showing that Oddisee will never give up on the DMV. Grab tix to Oddisee’s world tour stop at the 9:30 Club on 4/20 before the inevitable sold out sign makes you cry.

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Presenting Olivia Mancini @ Millennium Stage

DC’s finest podcast Hometown Sounds is excited to present Olivia Mancini and the Mates at our next #DCmusic showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Olivia Mancini’s sense for melody will make any songwriter jealous. Versatility is her true charm – she can stretch the boundaries of musical genres without sounding as if she’s out of place. Olivia Mancini is one of the few female live acts coming out of Washington, D.C. that is equally appealing to a male audience as well as a female audience. Olivia Mancini‘s folk-pop roots combined with her true Rock ‘n’ Roll aesthetic embraces every sense of American culture.

Olivia Mancini has been touring the U.S. and Europe for more than 10 years, performing her original songs as a singer-songwriter, or with her bands, Olivia & the Mates, and Astra Via. Olivia Mancini has performed with top acts like The Hold Steady, STARS, Matthew Sweet, and Melissa Ferrick. Her music has appeared in Gossip Girl, Entourage, ER, and Live wih Regis and Kathy Lee. With years of grassroots development, and now a collaboration with accomplished producer, Jarrett Nicolay (Virginia Coalition), audiences will be seeing her in a light brighter than ever imagined.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Sunday April 16th!

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Podcast for March 16th, 2017

Tony heads to Texas, while Paul sets the record straight.

Tracklisting:
Will Eastman – Froggie [Hilo]
Venn – Surreal [Venn EP]
Dulio – Nostalgia Web [single]
The Sea Life – Red Eyes [The Sea Life]
Vegas with Randolph – Women in Airports [single]
Yoko K – Lou [We Stand: An International Compilation In Support of Planned Parenthood]

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Nappy Nappa – Hellraiser / Nightriders

Director Zak Forrest doubles up on songs for the second video from Babe City Records‘ first DC hip-hop artist Nappy Nappa. Both “Hellraiser” and “Nightriders” are dark and menacing tracks, far different in feel than Nappa’s happy-go-lucky debut video “Do My Dance”. “Hellraiser”, produced by Mr. Dickerson and featuring Spvck La Boost, is a prime time dance floor banger, while the Invisibae-produced “Nightriders” turns the BPMs way down as Nappa’s droning lyrics bounce around wickedly in the back of your head. The video tours through a disused industrial park and an underground dance party, showing off Nappa’s crew with generous and beautiful shots of fire. Grab Nappa’s debut EP New Balance on cassette while it lasts.

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