Category Archives: video

Kill Lincoln – Ignorance Is Bliss

Congrats and happy album release day to Can’t Complain, the first full length from ska legends Kill Lincoln in 7 years. “Ignorance Is Bliss” is the album’s first music video, and it accurately reflects the social distance we all must practice. The original idea for the video involved a “giant dance party with all our friends”, but KL still made a fantastic, energetic vid thanks to the high jumps of dedicated hypeman Drew Skibitsky. Tune in at 8 PM tonight for the live listening party!

BONUS! Kill Lincoln also recently posted two live videos from Tokyo and Fest 18, and now we miss live music more than ever.


Model Home – REV

Experimental rapper NappyNappa’s collaboration with producer Pat Cain as Model Home has generated 17 self-released EPs and one full length album One Year, so you’ve got some catching up to do on their Bandcamp page. In advance of an album release on Max D’s Future Times label this fall, the advance single “REV” gets a digital single release with an exclusive b-side and this intense music video directed by Cain.

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Outputmessage – Wake The Fuck Up

“excuse me
is this thing on?
i have a public service announcement for you

it seems we have a situation here
everybody’s walking around
looking down
at their phones
there’s some strange shit going on

look up
come on
look up!
open your eyes
open your eyes


tear gas
don’t you see?
we’re under attack


don’t you see?
this isn’t reality tv
ha ha ha ha ha ha
this is reality


open your eyes

our people are dying in the streets
our people are dying in the streets”

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Cecily – Clumsy

Back in June we were honored to hand off our #DCmusic podcast to two fantastic hometown musicians of color, rapper Ardamus and soulful R&B singer Cecily for cool dialogue and song picks. Since then Cecily debuted the music video for “Clumsy” on no less than BET. The video is sensual and emotional, with director Torell Shavone beautifully showcasing Cecily and her video co-stars. “Clumsy” is the first single from Awakening Pt. 1, Cecily’s 2019 EP she describes as “the story of my awakening to Love – of learning to work on myself so I don’t unintentionally hurt my loved ones, of learning to forgive myself so I can love myself without condition, of surrendering to the beautiful flow of love in my life. These are stories of learning how to choose trust, patience, compassion, honesty, and kindness. These are stories of choosing love over fear, and I hope these songs serve as a reminder to you to do the same.”


Clones of Clones – Mine

Indie rock band Clones of Clones was already a studio-only band well before the 2020 lockdown, so no release shows were canceled in the run up to their new EP Super Available that dropped July 10th. Instead, CoC often delivers insanely pretty visuals for their music videos, as is the case for the EP’s first single “Mine”. Animator Tezo Don Lee, originally from South Korea and now residing in London, applies the soft tenor of singer Ben Payes to a lipsticked, neon-haired lounge singer in surprising, seductive style.


Des Demonas – The South Will Never Rise Again

We originally shared this over the weekend, but didn’t want the Monday crowd to miss out. Des Demonas singer Jacky released the unofficial music video for the anthemic protest single “The South Will Never Rise Again”, from their 2017 debut self-titled album, with this note:

This “unofficial” video for “The South Will Never Rise Again” is based on footage from what was going to be the video but has now recently been put together by our friend Jonathan Howard:
“For all my friends out protesting against injustice and the senseless killings of black people, be safe, take care of each other, fuck the police! posting this video without my bandmates permission. this is an old song off our first record, not posting it for cool points or to make any money from it. At a time when there’s counter protests by MAGA wankers and a president who may be trying to divide and conquer the nation just so he can have power here’s a song saying you can lynch us you can shoot us, you can harm us BUT we won’t take it in the chin. You are not going to win. FUCK YOU!
PS I Spoke to mum mums earlier today and she told me not to post this video until the protests are over, to avoid escalating and also as hope for reconciliation between the victims and the perpetrators…mothers eh?”


Frass Green – The Band Is Breaking Up

Frass Green, one of the absolute snazziest bedroom pop bands in DC, is about to release their new EP Death Of Pop on May 29th. The first single “The Band Is Breaking Up” is also Frass Green’s music video directorial debut, a curious collage of music and COVID-19-related footage that further marks this strange and jarring time in all our lives. All proceeds from the pre-sale of the EP go to Thrive DC, an organization providing for people experiencing homelessness and need in DC, so smash that Buy button now and maybe, just maybe, their show at Comet Ping Pong on Sunday September 6th with Flowerbomb and Eyelids will actually happen.


DCCOLLABO2020 – Message In A Bottle

A classic song that takes on new meaning in the time of coronavirus quarantine, The Police tune “Message In A Bottle” gets the cover treatment from DCCOLLABO2020, a new project featuring singer-songwriter Laura Tsaggaris, drummer Ben Tufts, Patrick “The Hammer On Bass” Thorton, Wes Lanich on keys and audio/visual producer Tim Lyons. DCCOLLABO2020 was born out of a desire to create, connect and share music during the period of social distancing as a response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. Contact if you’d like to learn more, and grab the track on Tsaggaris’s Bandcamp page.

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Reed Appleseed – I Guess I’m Going To A Party (Tiny Desk Contest)

In singer-songwriter Reed Appleseed‘s 2020 NPR Music #TinyDeskContest entry “I Guess I’m Going To A Party”, he sings about the awkwardness of attending a social event just to please one’s partner. It’s a wistful and melancholic throwback to pre-quarantine life, and we wonder how the song’s narrator is getting along these days.

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Lightmare – Pica Taco 25 (Tiny Desk Contest)

Six piece soulpunk band Lightmare squeezed in this entry just under the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest deadline. “Pica Taco 25”, a new song presumably inspired by the local Taqueria Mexicana chain, is captured in this Zoom video that must have been challenging to synchronize with the tempo and intensity changes. Creativity finds a way!

On the song’s title, Lightmare responded:

Funny story, the title of the song was the automatically populated title on one of our phones when we recorded the first take. After searching for the right new title to capture the real message of the song—the ongoing battle with depression and trauma—we realized nothing felt adequate, so we chose to leave the title where it dropped.

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