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Podcast for June 6th, 2018 feat. Matt Byars of The Caribbean

This week The Caribbean‘s Matt Byars dials in to to hype the upcoming Seventh Stanine Music Festival on June 16th at Rhizome!

Tracklisting:
Jon Camp – A Sizable Step [Stifled Hair​-​Trigger]
Battles feat. Kazu Makino – Sweetie & Shag [Gloss Drop]
Beauty Pill – Dog With Rabbit In Mouth, Unharmed [Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are]
Oh He Dead – Blood in the Water [Blood in the Water]
Saturday Night – Fish in the Pond [Saturday Night]
Glue Factory – Lay Around [S/T]

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Presenting the Beauty Pill Symphonette at the Millennium Stage

Your friendly neighborhood #DCmusic blog and podcast Hometown Sounds is very proud to present the Beauty Pill Symphonette on Sunday June 24th for our June showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Beauty Pill is a Washington, DC band led by singer/guitarist Chad Clark. The band includes Basla Andolsun (bass), Jean Cook (voice/monome), Drew Doucette (guitar) and Devin Ocampo (drums). The band sprang from the DC punk scene, distinguishing itself with detailed arrangements and technological experimentation.

The band recorded a suite of songs in view of the public, as a commissioned art exhibit. The result is an album called Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are.

For this Kennedy Center show, the band will incorporate a horn quartet, expanding to a 9-member ensemble Clark calls Beauty Pill Symphonette. They have only done this once before for a special 2016 performance at the Smithsonian Museum Of American Art.

“The horns bring a glow to the notes,” says Clark. “It’s subtle, but I love the sensation of it. The purpose of music communication. You’re communicating an idea or a feeling or a sensation. We value all three equally.”

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on June 24th!

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Top 3 Videos of 2015 #2: Beauty Pill – Dog With Rabbit In Mouth Unharmed

This has been a delightfully resurgent year for Chad Clark and his quintet Beauty Pill. After recovering from long and well-documented struggles with health, Clark released the full length album Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are just in time to play one of the final shows at Arlington’s exciting but problematic venue Artisphere, the location Clark choise to record the album in its early days of 2011, before it closed for good. Clark enlisted director Jeff Sheven to create videos for 3 singles from the album, all sharing similar visual themes of focusing on the singer’s face. We could have chosen the better known singles “Steven & Tiwonge” or “Afrikaaner Barista”, but instead the #2 DC music video of the year is the first that came out, the atmospheric “Dog With Rabbit In Mouth Unharmed”. The song and video work together so well, allowing us to focus on singer Jean Cook, whose assured vocal contributions to Beauty Pill refuse to be dominated by Clark’s unique delivery. Beauty Pill’s amazing record made it onto so many year-end best-of lists, so if you haven’t already, it’s time to get to know it well. They’re back at the Rock & Roll Hotel on February 6th.

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Beauty Pill – Afrikaner Barista

Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are is full of unique sounds and Chad Clark’s distinctive lyrics, but “Afrikaner Barista”‘s funky bassline groove makes it my favorite song on the album. Beauty Pill tapped acclaimed music video director Jeff Sheven for the accomapnying visuals, and a theme emerges with the third video for “Afrikaner Barista”. The videos focus on the faces of the songs’ singers, first Jean Cook with “Dog With Rabbit In Mouth Unharmed” and Clark on “Steven & Tiwonge” and this one. Clark’s eyes are just hypnotic as he sings while abstract and sometimes concrete images play over his face. Read more about the music video collaboration over at the blog Death & Taxes.

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Beauty Pill – Steven & Tiwonge

Today NPR Music premiered the newest video from Beauty Pill‘s transcendent new album Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are. “Steven & Tiwonge”, a lyrical work of speculative fiction about a transgendered person pursued by the Malawian police, thankfully did not get a literal music video interpretation, which could easily have been overwhelmingly bleak. Instead director Jeff Scheven shot more abstract, mood setting visuals along with singer Chad Clark’s mesmerizing deadpan delivery to focus the attention on the interplay between lyrics and sounds. So great to see Clark and his collaborators getting the long overdue attention this music deserves.

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Beauty Pill – Dog With Rabbit in Mouth Unharmed video

DC’s music “scene” has always been, and will always be, fragmented and disjointed, but we are lucky to have a few “elder statesmen” to class the place up. The usual suspects cast a long and highly visible shadow over DC, but Beauty Pill‘s Chad Clark has faded from attention somewhat during his well-documented illness and recovery. Clark’s legacy goes back to the late 90s with the locally influential Dischord band Smart Went Crazy, and his production roles for such bands as The Dismemberment Plan, Fugazi, Georgie James and Mary Timony (heard of a new band called EX HEX?) went a long way to shape what the whole country thought of DC music. Beauty Pill’s last DC show was in July of 2007 at Fort Reno, and any longtime resident can tell you how much has changed around here since then, especially musically. That’s why last week’s release of Beauty Pill’s long-gestating album Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are, and its well-deserved avalanche of hype, is such a triumph for DC as well as Clark and his bandmates. Beauty Pill’s ethereal and sometimes experimental new tunes might sound oceans away from DC’s well known punk history, but Clark’s ethos, determination, creativity and empathy represent the best of what DC should be known for. Watch Beauty Pill’s new music video for “Dog With Rabbit in Mouth Unharmed”, featuring singer Jean Cook’s swirly and distorted face, directed by Jeff Sheven.

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