Category Archives: video

Griefcat – Marseille (An Ode to Bidets)

Here’s a cheery song to worm into your ears on another locked-down Monday. Songwriters Annie Nardolilli and Louisa Hall are surely bummed that the release show for their debut full length album as Griefcat at Pearl Street Warehouse is postponed, like everything else. But no one could have foreseen the sudden scarcity of humble toilet paper and the surge of interest in alternatives. “Marseille (An Ode To Bidets)”, the album’s first single and music video, is a delightful tour through the French toiletry’s unfamiliar benefits. Video director Tia Shuyler goes full Marie Antoinette with powdered wigs and gauzy cinematography. As the duo have promised music videos for all the album’s songs, we are ever grateful for the anticipation.

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The North Country – Island

Andrew Grossman, frontman of The North Country, turns his full band into a multi-layered solo project for The Quarantine Sessions. The first offering is “Island”, originally from the 2017 album In Defense of Cosmic Altruism, a mellow ballad given new meaning in our lockdown days. It’s nice to see the reappearance of the logo from the 2015 album There Is Nothing To Fear, and we wish it were true.

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Beauty Pill – Pardon Our Dust

Finally, we have some good news to share. At long last, experimental pop band Beauty Pill (one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 of the 2010s!) have signed with Brooklyn label Northern Spy Records and posted the new 4 song EP Please Advise on Bandcamp for pre-order. All formats are covered, including cassette, CD, regular black vinyl and limited edition “bone” colored vinyl. The album comes out May 8th, but you’ll want to get that pre-order in ASAP, because today Bandcamp is waiving their fees and directing all proceeds to labels and musicians.

Today’s new music video is the EP’s first single “Pardon Our Dust”. The music comprises an intriguing mix of crisp electronics and warm brass, hearkening back to Beauty Pill’s performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage back in 2018 that featured the Beauty Pill Symphonette. We heard an early version of this song then, with mastermind Chad Clark on vocals. Now the singing comes from new band-member Erin Mitchell Nelson, who also performs as a classically trained dancer. Video director Meredith Bragg captures Nelson’s sublime grace mixed with interesting visual quirks that one expects in a Beauty Pill video. Nelson is a company member at Taffety Punk Theatre Company, which just last month remounted the play “suicide.chat.room” that featured Beauty Pill’s score Sorry You’re Here.

As you read the song’s lyrics in this video, you’re probaby wondering what Matt Damon is doing in this song. We’d direct you to timestamp 17:54 in Beauty Pill’s Millennium Stage show for Clark’s explanation. Instead of feeling like we’re all locked up at home with nowhere to go, let’s instead live inside our own hearts.

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Free Soil – Black

WORLD PREMIERE!

It’s been quite an intense week, right? The race for the Democratic presidential nomination winnowed down to the insurgent versus the establishment, the dreaded coronavirus haunts public gatherings and airplanes, and we all re-learn to wash our hands.

In the midst of all this, we’d like to introduce you to Free Soil, the new group on the experimental label Verses Records. Taking their name from a short lived political party in the early 1850s (motto: “free soil, free speech, free labor, and free men”), this anti-fascist, non-partisan band seeks to “provide documented demonstration in the form of audio/visual presentation both in media and live events”. For now, the quartet is withholding their identities to “prevent retaliation from government, state, corporate, and fascist entities who serve to provide false information in benefit of special interests”.

Their debut release “Black” is an absolute gut-punch on the fraught subject of fascism. An automated narrator iterates through the 14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism, documented years ago in an article by Dr. Lawrence Britt. The video, compiled under the Fair Use Act, showcases the dangers of our current political climate and bad actors. Eschewing monetary compensation, Free Soil endeavors for a grass-roots campaign to disseminate this powerful work, with downloads enabled through Vimeo or at this link.

Free Soil plan more releases soon with works concerning government and corporate corruption, gun violence, colonialism/imperialism, climate change, and current social issues. Their live presentation promises a sensory overload, incorporating gut rattling sonic dynamics, challenging video content and hypnotic strobes and lighting. Don’t miss them next on Wednesday March 18th at the VFW 9274 in Falls Church along with DC’s Luna Honey, Fix Your Hearts and NYC post-metal acts Kayo Dot and Psalm Zero.

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Venray – No Place

Perhaps you’re familiar with DC’s reputation for “doing the standing still” at shows. Garage rock duo Venray clearly want you shake your money maker, and have provided visual inspiration in the un-official music video for “No Place”, the new single from their upcoming EP dropping later this year. It’s a fun romp through some classic TV footage. Show off your dance moves tonight at Songbyrd as Venray opens for DC’s Caustic Casanova and A Deer A Horse from NYC.

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2DCAT – Delaware Is Burning

Today is Super Tuesday, with Virginia voters casting their ballots for the Democratic candidate for President. Synthwave duo 2DCAT is looking ahead to September 15th, the day that residents of Delaware cast their ballots in a primary challenge for Senator Chris Coons by political newcomer Jess Scarane. Their new music video, the title track from their recently released EP Delaware Is Burning, minces no words about 2DCAT’s animosity towards the junior senator from “The First State”. The band’s trademark style of presenting 80s-era sci-fi dystopia in a small CRT-shaped vintage television fits their aesthetic perfectly. Donate to Scarane’s senate campaign and get the new EP for free!

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chicx guapx – whoops

We think you are really going to dig this fun, snappy indie pop song “whoops” by chicx guapx. The band is new, having played their first show in mid 2019, but their self-titled EP co-produced by Tommy Sherrod is immediately captivating. And this music video featuring band members wearing convincing pug masks really seals the deal. The EP sells for a whopping $420.69 on Bandcamp, so maybe just stream this one for a while.

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Too Free – No Fun

Today is Thursday, the day before dance trio Too Free’s debut full length album Love in High Demand drops via Sister Polygon Records. And two days before Saturday night’s album release party at U Street Music Hall, embedded inside the REV909 DJ night dedicated to French Touch and Indie Dance from the early 00s. Now’s the time to watch the band’s second music video for the single “No Fun” and revel in the joyous dance moves from singer Awad Bilal. Pretty fun after all.

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Time Is Fire – Poor Is Poor

We’re pretty damn excited for the release of In Pieces, the debut full length album by DC band Time Is Fire on Electric Cowbell Records. Fronted by Iranian expat Kamyar Arsani with production from Brendan Canty of The Messthetics and Fugazi, the band whips through post-punk and dance rock styles while delivering necessary doses of truth and inspiration. “Poor Is Poor”, the new single in this music video debuting today, shows the fierce intensity of this powerful quintet in live performance with infectious grooves and Arsani’s signature headgear. Lyrics of bleakness tinged with hope: “We are not privileged to dream on / And we fail and we break and then they all clap / And sometimes, my dear, we just rise”. Grab tix now for Time Is Fire’s album release show Thursday February 27th at DC9 along with Baltimore’s Quattracenta and poet/performance artist Bahloul.

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Makeup Girl – Those Eyes

Lovable indie rock band Makeup Girl are back with a new music video and we are captivated. Directed by Ethan Gandler, “Those Eyes”, from their name-your-own-price EP In Time from late 2018, starts with a bang when actor Alex Melvin makes a surprising high-speed abduction wearing a ridiculous fake mustache. And it only gets weirder and more fun from there. Friday February 21st is your next chance to see Makeup Girl live at the Pie Shop along with three other classy DC acts, Stray Fossa, The Colonies and Child Ivory.

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