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American Television – Standing Still

DC pop-punk band American Television always bring their A-game to music videos. Even the humble lyric video gets elevated by these creative chaps, as with their newest single “Standing Still”. A song about getting stuck in the glory days while the world continues on, the vid features a birthday party devoid of guests but full of delicious cake. The AMTV sound may be more LA than harDCore, but like many who live here, they have a lot to say about the troubled state of society today. AMTV’s debut full length album Watch It Burn drops January 24th on Wiretap Records.


Podcast for August 8th, 2018

Tony laments the loss of pay phones, while Paul shares some advice for band names.

Den-Mate – Sick [Loceke]
La Roche – Dust [Thaum]
Dot Dash – Unfair Weather [Proto Retro]
Maimouna Youssef – GPS [single]
American Television – Death Defier [Death Defier]
IMKA – The Unspoken Agreement [single]

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Podcast for January 3rd, 2017


Paul DJs mashups at a burlesque show on New Year’s Eve, while Tony makes full use of an Olive Garden gift card.

Furniteur – Redundant Buzz [single]
Tarica June – Four Unit (My Life) [Stream of Consciousness Vol. 1​.​5 EP]
Stephen Redhead – Cap Heights [Exxxactly]
American Television – Explosions in This Guy [Reaction EP]
KPH – Thorns [Patreon]
Super!Silver!Haze! – The Fastest Way From Here To There Is Not A Straight Line [Code Red: An International Compilation to Benefit the ACLU]

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Top 5 Videos of 2016 #1 American Television – Explosions In This Guy

Here we are folks, this is big finish to our year in music videos, and taking the 2016 crown is American Television. These guys charmed the hell out of us with their 2015 debut music video “Optimist”, and their 2016 EP Reaction showed that 90s style pop-punk can still be relevant and fun as hell. “Explosions In This Guy”, a play on the bro-approved post-rock band (so much fist-pounding when I saw them at 9:30 in May), is our favorite music video of the year, and it’ll only take you a minute and a half to find out why. Director Brad Howard, who also gave us the recent romantic video by Cinema Hearts, presages the ridiculous creepy clown scare of Autumn 2016 with this brief tale of a bad day in the life of a children’s entertainer.

There’s going to be a lot more benefit shows in 2017 as DC struggles to adapt to the changing atmosphere. Start making plans in 2017 with American Television’s show to raise money for the International Rescue Committee at the Velvet Lounge on Saturday January 14th with Railsplitter and Washers. And we’ll be back in January to continue our mission to show you and everyone how DC rocks. Thanks for listening!


American Television – Explosions In This Guy

Congrats to the fine pop-punks of American Television for the inclusion of their song “Better Living Through Chemistry” on Attention: A Wiretap Records “Instant” Compilation Summer 2016. The LA based record label has assembled no less than 40 tunes for whatever price you want, and this band is definitely due some national attention. Their recent music video for the cheekily-named “Explosions In This Guy” tells quite a sordid tale in only a minute and a half, thanks to documentary filmmaker Brad Howard. Songbyrd hosts the AM guys in late September at the Upstart Festival 2016 along with The Queers, The Split Seconds and a bunch more fun bands. Show your support by grabbing their recent EP Reaction and saving a few bucks on advance tix to the festival!


American Television – Optimist

A lot of concert goers in DC never make it past the usual well known spots like the 9:30 Club, Black Cat, DC9, etc. When one does decide to branch out and try something new, St. Stephen’s Church is a likely choice due to its scrappy DIY spirit and long punk rock tradition of hosting fundraisers for Positive Force and other organizations. The bands that typically play shows there are enthusiastic about their craft in infectuous ways, which leads me to the new DC pop-punk band American Television. Even though they only have one song up on Bandcamp, that didn’t stop them from making this music video for “Optimist”, a still-unreleaesd track from their forthcoming EP. The band’s unbridled excitement to play a show this Saturday 8/15 is obviously no joke as they practice, flyer well known DMV record shops and beef up at the gym. This killer all-ages Saturday night show includes Baltimore’s Canker Blossom along with locals Rememberables, Six Foot Machine and Boardroom Heroes.