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Podcast for March 28th, 2018

Tony contemplates compulsive hand washing, while Paul reveals his stance on the popular sparkling beverage of the day.

Tracklisitng:
Bad Moves – Cool Generator [single]
CrushnPain – Bacchus Step [Tendrils Vol. 1]
Bound – Hold [No Beyond]
Odd Mojo – Sticky Notes [Channel Yo Mojo]
BRNDA – House Show [thanks for playing]
Woodgrove – Broken Glass (Oracular Rhythm : Repetitive Hymn) [squintyoureyesandseegod]

NOTE: We said on the podcast that Blight Records released the CrushnPain track, and that is incorrect. We regret the error and will give ample consideration to seppuku.

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Bad Moves – Cool Generator

If the world worked the way it should, Bad Moves would be crushing FM radio with their approachable pop-punk songs. The supergroup featuring the Max Levine Ensemble’s David “Spoonboy” Combs, Katie Park of Hemlines, Daoud Tyler-Ameen of Art Sorority for Girls and Emma Cleveland of Bad Moves are back with “Cool Generator”, the lead single from their upcoming full length album on Don Giovanni Records. The band has a lot to say about the lyrical content of this song:

We’ve often introduced this song as being about how the art and fashion produced by marginalized people, people of color and queer people specifically, are the source material most often appropriated by the mainstream entertainment industry. And yet, those communities themselves are the most likely to be at risk — of poverty, police violence, mental illness, et cetera.

The New York Times Popcast did a great interview recently on the subject of rap stars being targeted by the criminal justice system, which gets at some of the same ideas that originally inspired us. Kenneth J. Montgomery, a criminal laywer, talks about the entertainment narrative of the “young black dangerous guy,” and he says, “Everybody benefits off of that, except the people that generate it.” Basically, there are cultural producers who are happy to profit off of a criminalized version of black identity for its entertainment value, while doing nothing to protect those cultural generators from a system that disproportionately targets them.

As far as synthesizing that complicated social dynamic into the lyrics of a power-pop party jam, we did our best. It’s a song about how certain people take the markers of culture and benefit from them without being put at risk, and how, when we consume a commoditized version of culture uncritically, we ignore the social precarity of the people who generate it in the first place.

Watch the VHS-grade music video courtesy of the multi-talented Combs and make plans to catch their post-SXSW tour kickoff show at Union Stage on April 18th.

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Top 5 Videos of 2017 #3: Bad Moves – The Verge

Baby Pony Food Productions are masters at crafting great music videos. The directing team of Ben Epstein and David “Spoonboy” Combs showed up in the #3 slot in our Top 5 Videos of 2015 with “Sun’s Early Rays”, the first in the action-twisted trilogy by The Max Levine Ensemble. For 2017 the duo used a simple and mesmerizing motif of pouring water for the debut single “The Verge” by Combs’s pop supergroup Bad Moves. The waitstaff at Torrie’s diner in Shaw handle the refilling chores in gorgeous slo-mo, giving the viewer ample opportunity to contemplate what the hell is going on in this establishment. The quartet of Combs, Daoud Tyler-Ameen, Katie Park and Emma Cleveland head to the studio early next year to lay down a full length album for Don Giovanni Records, and we simply cannot wait.

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Bad Moves – The Verge

In the future, maybe not too far off, experts say that wars won’t be fought over oil, politics or religion, but instead over the most basic resource to humanity, water. In that regard, the wait staff at Shaw’s southern diner Torrie’s is remarkably generous with their dispensation of nature’s healthiest beverage, and we say bravOH. What’s worse than going thirsty during a delicious salty meal? Power-pop supergroup Bad Moves provides the soundtrack here with “The Verge”, the melody-powered anthem of good times right around the corner and the standout song from 2016’s self-titled debut EP on Don Giovanni Records. Catch David Combs, Daoud Tyler-Ameen, Katie Park and Emma Cleveland on tour now, stopping in DC late Sunday night at Comet Ping-Pong.

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Podcast for November 30th, 2016

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The guys recap their second Kennedy Center Millennium Stage show, and Paul crunches numbers on the podcast while a song makes Tony nostalgic for a middle school video game.

Tracklisting:
Bad Moves – Shitty Tomorrow [Bad Moves EP]
Jack On Fire – Pussy Generation [single]
Last Train Home – Tonight [Live at Iota]
KTW – Downeast [Longitude]
K-Murdock – Big Brains feat. SAMMUS [Hero Musik Vol. II]
GoldLink – Fall In Love feta. Ciscero [single]

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