Category Archives: video

Ras Nebyu – No Love

“Don’t throw a party”. When has that plea from a young man’s departing parent ever worked? Ethiopian-American rapper Ras Nebyu is young and defiant in his recent music video for “No Love”, the silky smooth single from 2015 produced by Casita Del Fresco. The head of the unforgettably named “Washington Slizzards” crew just dropped his third mixtape Slizzatrism, available to stream on Spotify and SoundCloud. The mixtape’s tongue-twisting title refers to the crew’s philosophy, “the art of finessing good energy to work in one’s favor via pure intent, meditation and the acknowledgement of the ancestors”. Just don’t acknowledge the ancestors when they want to kill the party vibes.

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RDGLDGRN – Karnival

DC’s RDGLDGRN gained prominence fusing rap and rock with hits like “I Love Lamp” and “Lootin’ In London”, but the colorful trio are far from done stretching their musical boundaries. Latin and Caribbean influences are front and center in “Karnival”, the lead-off single and music video for RDGLDGRN’s new release currently in the crowdfunding stage. The PledgeMusic campaign to produce both an EP slated for a November release and a full album in spring 2017 includes the usual physical copies of the album and shirts, but also goes up to include a music video cameo, Six Flags day trip with the band and more. These talented musicians are charting a path to sustainable success by running their own record label, Deuce Day World, and continuing to grow their fan base across the country and the world by opening for Dirty Heads on their fall tour.

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Catscan! – Aminal Planet

Catscan! They love cats! They made this video! For “Aminal Planet”! From their 2015 album Challenger Deep! Using super awkward 70s footage of people dancing with kittens! What could be better!

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Miguel Carlo – Brown Sugar

This one stretches the geographical rules of the Hometown Sounds credo, but it’s too good to keep to ourselves. Miguel Lacsamana, known in DC under his producer name Micah Vellian and as one third of Volta Bureau with Will Eastman and Bernard Farley aka Outputmessage, left town last year for New York City to, among other things, produce podcast theme songs for Gimlet Media. Farley recently recruited Lacsamana, Brian Christensen, Luisa Lacsamana and Laughing Man’s Brandon Moses to form a new creative collective called Fugue House. Their first project is this music video for “Brown Sugar”, a D’Angelo reinterpretation under Miguel’s new alias Miguel Carlo, directed by Farley and starring Shy Harrington. He’s shot some of his own music videos in the past, but this beautiful fetishization of America’s favorite drug (caffeine) deserves the label “leveling up”. Shout-out to M.E. Swing’s Roasters, cooking up the hard stuff that every junkie needs.

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Tone – Antares

When I hear the name Brodown Throwdown, instrumental post-rock is not the first musical genre that jumps to mind. But that’s a big chunk of what the Rock & Roll Hotel’s Concert Hall is serving up for their contribution to the annual H Street Festival blowout. The Hotel’s upper floors have the expected lineup of hip DC DJs, while the stage presents FREE live sets from excellent bands like Foozle, Time Is Fire, Drop Electric, The Escape Artist and Tone, who bring us today’s music video. Norm Veenstra and Gregg Hudson’s instrumental ensemble recently released their seventh full length album Antares through both TminusONEmusic and Dischord, and it’s second single, the title track, gets this music video from Monica Stroik based on video projections for performance of Joan Belmar’s artwork from last December.

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Janel Leppin – Wedding Song

Janel Leppin is DC’s preeminent experimental cellist. That might sound rather niche, but I’ve seen Janel, frequently paired with husband/guitarist Anthony Pirog, perform with a wide variety of musicians. This past weekend Janel & Anthony took time out from the Sonic Circuits festival, a natural home for their often challenging music, to play a couple of John Lennon songs for an audience of baby boomers at a tribute show at the Hamilton.

Leppin started her own record label, Wedderburn Records, earlier this year to put out two long-simmering releases, an album recorded in 2012 under the moniker Mellow Diamond and an EP called Songs for Voice and Mellotron, recorded in 2015 when Leppin had injured her elbow, leaving her unable to play the cello. NYC filmmaker Mónica Savirón created this video for the subtle romantic ballad “Wedding Song” using discontinued Eastman Plus-X Negative 16mm film, hand processed with coffee and beer instead of chemical developers. The lyrics suggest a wonderful life ahead while the video presents powerfully wistful nostalgia. Bravo.

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K.A.A.N. – Chill Bill

This is the 4th video we’ve featured this year from rapper Brandon Perry’s moniker K.A.A.N. (Knowledge Above All Nonsense). A look at his SoundCloud and YouTube feeds shows this young talent just can’t stop slinging song after song up online with determined regularity. His newest is Chill Bill, his unmistakeable rapid fire rhymes over the well-known track with the whistle sample from Kill Bill originally from San Diego’s Rob $tone. The_Faiz_Phase again mans the camera as K.A.A.N. spits fire about police brutality from a smelly alley somewhere in Maryland.

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The Remembrables – The Stranger

Oh Emma. Why you gotta do my Remembrables boy wrong? He seems like a good dude. He has a jacket and the requisite amount of stubble. He probably has a job with an important sounding title. Works long hours. You two swiped right, chatted, had drinks, probably made out in the back of an uber. Could you tell that our boy likes to hit the sauce a bit hard? Probably a smart move, Emma. Block and avoid a messy situation. The rest of you though, head to the Black Cat Backstage this Sunday night to see this fuzzed-out indie punk band play their first show since recording new material, opening for Tenement and Dusk.

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Be Steadwell – Leo

One take, no edits, no lip syncing. Be Steadwell quite literally keeps it real on her newest track “Leo”, released last Friday. It’s a self-diagnosis and rallying cry for her own creativity, and Steadwell’s talent and charisma keep me hooked as the song flows deftly over her own produduction, including adorable kitten meows. Stay tuned after the song for Be’s commentary on the song, and mark your calendars for November 15th when her fall tour hits the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

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Black Alley – Bad Girl

Black Alley is the cultural mixing bowl that DC desperately needs. Combining R&B, go-go and a whole lot of rock, they musically compliment just about any crowd and scene in the city. Tomorrow they play a coveted slot from 4-5 PM at the FREE 202 Arts & Music Festival at Canal Park alongside Sugar Bear & EU, Chopteeth and no less than George Clinton & P-Funk. If you miss this, you’ll be sad about it all winter. Get hyped with Black Alley’s fashionable music video for “Bad Girl” from their 2012 album Soul.Swagger.Rock.Sneakers.

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