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Nappy Nappa – Goodday

It’s three in a row now for young DC rapper Nappy Nappa and music video director Zak Forrest. “Goodday”, the Black Moses produced intro track to Nappa’s debut EP New Balance on Babe City Records, is full of deft lyrics in front of its smooth production. Much like Oddisee’s newest video “NNGE”, you can expect beautiful and glossy urban landscapes framing their subjects in Forrest’s videos. The backdrop of “Goodday” should look familiar to anyone who’s hunted for free street parking in the revitalized neighborhood near the 9:30 Club.

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Podcast for March 16th, 2017

Tony heads to Texas, while Paul sets the record straight.

Tracklisting:
Will Eastman – Froggie [Hilo]
Venn – Surreal [Venn EP]
Dulio – Nostalgia Web [single]
The Sea Life – Red Eyes [The Sea Life]
Vegas with Randolph – Women in Airports [single]
Yoko K – Lou [We Stand: An International Compilation In Support of Planned Parenthood]

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Nappy Nappa – Hellraiser / Nightriders

Director Zak Forrest doubles up on songs for the second video from Babe City Records‘ first DC hip-hop artist Nappy Nappa. Both “Hellraiser” and “Nightriders” are dark and menacing tracks, far different in feel than Nappa’s happy-go-lucky debut video “Do My Dance”. “Hellraiser”, produced by Mr. Dickerson and featuring Spvck La Boost, is a prime time dance floor banger, while the Invisibae-produced “Nightriders” turns the BPMs way down as Nappa’s droning lyrics bounce around wickedly in the back of your head. The video tours through a disused industrial park and an underground dance party, showing off Nappa’s crew with generous and beautiful shots of fire. Grab Nappa’s debut EP New Balance on cassette while it lasts.

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Nappy Nappa – Do My Dance

DC’s Babe City Records, the home of indie rock and shoegaze from the likes of The Sea Life, Go Cozy and Witch Coast, is a surprising promoter of young rapper Nappy Nappa. But Nappa’s outlook on life is goofy and positive, a far cry from many street-level DMV rappers, and fits well with the fun DIY party vibes of Babe City. Nappa’s debut release New Balance is out now digitally and on cassette, and last week the debut music video dropped, for the Black Moses produced “Do My Dance”. Director Zak Forrest captures Nappa twisting lyrics and drinking Buds with his bud in a field.

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Podcast for February 15th, 2017

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Tony introduces us to his keychain of wonders, while Paul wishes he could still give music as gifts.

Tracklisting:
Turtle Recall – DC Tour Company
Run Come See – On and On [single]
1432 R Soundsystem – Want It Bad [Extended Family Comp 1]
Channels – Backpfeifengesicht [Backpfeifengesicht / Airstrip One]
Nappy Nappa – Shameless feat. Jelani Kwesi [New Balance EP]
Thoughts On Standby – Walked Into The Ocean And Never Stopped [single]

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The El Mansouris – The Greys

The El Mansouris are likely the only band ever to have headlined the 9:30 Club before actually publishing a single song. The band, composed of Alex Braden, Drew Hagelin, Fiona Kohrman, Margot MacDonald and Sam Raymond, have buzzed about DC playing shows for a couple of years now, teasing an album that is finally almost here thanks to DZ Tapes and Babe City Records. Sadly, the self-titled album‘s release also brings the band’s demise, as members move away and onto other projects. Their last hurrah is this Friday at Smith Public Trust, along with the swan song of another much hyped band, The Young Rapids. Watch bassist Drew Hagelin’s video for the single “The Greys” and catch this band one last time.

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Podcast for January 19th, 2017

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Paul invents new magazines, while Tony invents a new restaurant.

Tracklisting:
The El Mansouris – The Grays [The El Mansouris]
Sarah Stardust – Supernova [Sarah Stardust]
Railsplitter – Tiger Papers [Tiger Papers]
PHZ-Sicks – Hurt [single]
Flash Frequency – Omni (live) [single]
Teething Veils – Here’s to to the State of Donald Trump [single]

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Podcast for April 5th, 2016

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Tony shows off his new favorite app, while Paul bitches about how a certain U Street music venue is doing business.

Tracklisting:
Babeo Baggins – Stay With Me (Lykke Li cover) [Love Songs For Tough Guys]
Javier Starks – Baby [Indigo Child: “D”-EITY (All Ears)]
Fellow Creatures – Breathe Easy [Fellow Creatures]
Brushes – Whatever, Again [whatever, again]
Teen Suicide – Living Proof [It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot]
Go Cozy – Our Best Reflections [Glaziao]

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Den-Mate – DC Junkie

The best place to see Julia Hale front the Babe City Records crew as Den-Mate is front & center. That’s where noted videographer Michael Andrade captured this performance of “DC Junkie” at the Luce Unplugged concert seriess at the Smithsonian American Art Museum last November. That’s where you should be tonight when Den-Mate headlines an album re-release show at the Black Cat along with Baltimore’s Sitcom and label-buds Witch Coast. As work continues on recording new material with Hale and her backing band, Babe City opted to remix Hale’s initial GarageBand demos from 2013, showing a more electronic angle than the loud and brash sound Hale leads now. With releases from Foozle, The Sea Life, Witch Coast, BRNDA and Young Rapids, Babe City is doing great work to broaden the popularity of their flavor of the DC music scene.

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BRNDA – Snacks

Sometimes Dave wears a dress. Sometimes Leah wears a tie. Sometimes Johnny wears a full suit. Sometimes Alex wears a totally sweet hot pink blazer. BRNDA infuses the post-punk aesthetic with a hugely welcome dose of wackiness, as balloons, streamers and painted banners cover the debut music video for “Snacks” and render the well-known DIT venue Paperhaus almost unrecognizable. “It’s a party!” Dave howls, and BRNDA’s high-energy performances always make it party-time, with or without snacks. BRNDA’s new album Year of the Manatee is out now on Babe City Records, and their next show is at the newly relocated Bathtub Republic on Saturday September 19th with Puff Pieces, Positive No and Teen Liver.

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