Author Archives: Hometown Sounds

Paperhaus – Told You What To Say

Doing It Together (DIT™) indie rockers Paperhaus truly pulled out all the stops in promoting their third full length album Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask? on Misra Records. Billboard helped rack up the play counts for their first single “Go Cozy”, and exclusive music video premieres on Tidal and Apple Music followed. “Told You What To Say” is the newest single, with a beautifully glitchy and brutalist video from three directors: photographer Chris Prosser, art director Corynne Ostermann and Flash Frequency, vet of gorgeous DC vids from Dawkins and Will Eastman. Paperhaus’s album release tour lands in DC at the Black Cat next Friday October 27th, with a choice lineup of Tony Kill, Go Cozy and DJ Alex DB.

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Podcast for October 18th, 2017

Paul’s having trouble snoring, while Tony cooks up a lightning round of questions.

Tracklisting:
Ardamus – Her Lips, Her Kiss [single]
Sara Curtin – Or So It Seemed [Or So It Seemed]
Mr. Daywalker – Porcelain [Warmth]
Peyote Pilgrim – Steve McQueen [Americana Hotel]
The Southern Ocean – Stay [The Essence of Absence]
James Wolf – Refuge [That]

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Mr. Daywalker – Porcelain

Mr. Daywalker, the nom de musique of Donovan Duvall, attempts to use mind, body and spirit to connect with others and understand their perspective through music. His EP Warmth lurks on streaming platforms waiting for discovery. Though primarily a drummer, Daywalker recorded all the instruments himself to fully capture his vision of spiritual sonic experimentation. His new music video “Porcelain” features two fine upstanding gentlemen desperately running to escape a mysterious creature, but stay tuned to the end for the twist. Check this guy out opening for Brooklyn psych-soul band Space Captain at the Black Cat on Wednesday November 8th.

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Sara Curtin – Wellish Home

Sara Curtin‘s angelic voice is the welcome focus of her new music video “Wellish Home”. Her clear tone and delicate enunciation draw listeners into the mysterious lyrics, searching her soft eyes for meaning. Director Brendan Polmer, in addition to drumming for Curtin’s band, has helmed music videos from local acts like Laughing Man, Mittenfields and Marian McLaughin, and here shoots Curtin singing alone in locales around Dupont Circle, including Dupont Underground and the dizzyingly long escalator to the metro station. Grab Curtin’s brnad new full length album Or So It Seemed now through her own label Local Woman Records and make plans to see her album release and tour kickoff show Thursday October 26th at the Black Cat with The North Country and PNMA.

Stronger Sex – Hassle

The 80s are strong with this band. Channeling the best of synthpop from that era, Stronger Sex are crooning their way across the country now, on tour with Hudson K for their “No More Battles of the Sexes National Tour”. The duo of Johnny Fantastic and Leah Gage tease the release of their new album There Is No Stronger Sex on BLIGHT Records with a new single called “Hassle”. We reveled in the nostalgia for 80s neon, diner burgers and arcade games in this gorgeous animated video from director Ian Mcdermot.

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James Wolf – Refuge

Some find the moon comforting, or majestic, but experimental violinist James Wolf is haunted by it. The middle piece of his newest collection, That, is titled “Refuge” but provides no such sanctuary in its unsettled sounds. Wolf composes ethereal soundscapes solo and also contributes to the ominous mood of post-rock band The Orchid. DC’s avant-garde label Verses Records, patron of Wolf’s first solo release on se lève from 2015, helms this release as well, with label head Dennis Kane behind this music video that begins with the moon and includes many unexplained and evocative images. Pre-order That now before its release on October 27th.

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allthebestkids – dreamastr

For all its many faults, 2017 will always be remembered as the year Kusama joyously took over Instagram in DC. The Hirshhorn museum’s mega-popular exhibit of artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors was the #1 hot ticket of spring, and required multiple Instagram posts to fully realize the jealousy of our peers. Funky hip-pop band allthebestkids went way further and somehow managed to shoot an entire music video in the exhibit, despite the crowds and gentle prodding of event staff. Though the song “dreamastr” appears on their 2016 album Go Out With A Bang, allthebestkids could have written this as the cosmic theme song for the gorgeous and whimsical exhibit. Catch them opening for Miami band Magic City Hippies at the Black Cat on Saturday night.

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Reagan Bombs – Boat

“Boat”, the second single from go-go-meets-techno project Reagan Bombs, may sound innocuous if you don’t know the slang of go-go. Boat, or love boat, refers to the mixture of PCP and marijuana, and also connoted a sub-genre of go-go from the 80s. DJ Jesse Tittsworth and filmmaker Scott Sanders provide their own version of this style in this dark and psychedelic club tune, with a subversive music video created by Sanders providing visuals for the dark trip into hallucinations. Grab their full length self-titled album on cassette or digital through local label Swedish Columbia.

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Podcast for October 3rd, 2017

Paul’s phone likes musicals way more than he does, and Tony reveals his favorite DC advice podcast. (It’s Advice! with Dave and Kat)

Tracklisting:
Light Beams – Feeling Good [Light Beams]
American Electric – Crazy Eyes [American Electric]
Aaron Abernathy – Children of the City [Dialogue]
The Red Fetish – Debridement [Non Sequitur]
Fellow Creatures – Frantik [three songs]
e v o l v – We’ll Make An Adjustment [Be Here Now]

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Derek Evry & Ryan Walker – Rainbow Connection

Clarendon’s only full-time music venue Iota hosts its last live performers this weekend, as redevelopment pushes out the long time home of NOVA songwriters and acoustic performers. We’ve seen the end coming from a long ways off, but that doesn’t ease the mournfulness for many performers and music fans who loved the size, feel and community that Iota fostered over its more than two decades. Saturday the live music starts at noon and goes deep into the night, with many surprises and emotional moments in store from Justin Jones, No Second Troy, Gist, The Cowards Choir, Jumpin’ Jupiter and much more. We don’t usually run unedited phone camera videos on this blog, but sometimes the power of rules is knowing when to bend them. Last weekend Derek Evry played a release show for his delightful new album Pop Perspective, and ended the show as he often does with his version of Kermit The Frog’s “Rainbow Connection” with help from The Beanstalk Library’s Ryan Walker.

Live Music Forever.

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