Tag Archives: Dischord

The Messthetics – Touch Earth Touch Sky

In advance of The Messthetics‘ sophomore album Anthropocosmic Nest dropping this Friday on Dischord Records, the instrumental trio released the album’s first music video “Touch Earth Touch Sky”. In case you’re new here, Fugazi’s drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally joined guitar wizard Anthony Pirog in 2016 to hammer out complex time signatures and wailing guitar solos on their debut self-titled album. “Touch Earth Touch Sky” shows a more melancholic mood akin to cinematic post-rock legends Explosions in the Sky, with a video from director Dan Sharnoff fitting the song’s vibe with manipulated tour footage through dark colored lenses. Trust us, grab tix while you can for The Messthetics’ album release show Wednesday September 11th at the Black Cat with Janel Leppin and Mock Identity.

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Podcast for August 7th, 2019

Tony meets his number neighbor, while Paul’s beard grows bigger.

Tracklisting:
The Messthetics – Better Wings [Anthropocosmic Nest]
Magazine Beach – Far Out [Far Out / Beach Breath]
Eli Lev – To the Stars [single]
Sol Power All-Stars – Take Heed feat. Denise Henderson [We Push On]
Broadlight – Overexposed [Awash]
Keith Butler Trio – Longbridge [Greener Grasses]

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Podcast for July 25th, 2019

Tony hits the beach, while Paul gets meta with follow-up.

Tracklisting:
Hammered Hulls – Written Words [S​/​T]
Peter Mayburduk – Apart! Together [single]
Cecily – Clumsy [Awakening Pt. 1]
The 5:55 – The Edge [The Five Fifty Five]
Bumper Jacksons – I Sing the Body (Live) [Live at Wolf Trap]
The Andalusian – Dance to Flame [Kairos]

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Podcast for January 21st, 2019

Tony and Paul discuss Black Mirror, choose your own adventure books, and of course all the hot new #DCmusic.

Tracklisting:
Priests – The Seduction of Kansas [The Seduction of Kansas]
Manila Killa feat. Sara Skinner – All 2 U [single]
Aaron Abernathy – I Want You Again [Epilogue]
Ex Hex – Cosmic Cave [It’s Real]
TK Echo – Fade My Mind [S/T]
Gauche – Conspiracy Theories [single]

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Teen-Beat – Dischord. Arlington, VA

This video [Teen-Beat catalog #535] is a little unusual, so let us explain. Record labels are the glue that binds musical creativity together into a product that can stand the test of time. The DC area in general, and Arlington in particular, greatly benefited from two independent labels that did amazing work documenting and organizing their scenes. Teen-Beat is a record label founded by Mark Robinson of the band Unrest in 1984. It has since moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, but in its DC heyday featured indie rock bands such as Tuscadero, Phil Krauth and Jonny Cohen’s Love Machine. This video was shot and scored by Robinson at Dischord House, the Arlington home of Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson’s label documenting the punk, post-hardcore and rock output of DC for decades. It’s a brief and intense glimpse into the creative space that’s shaped our city’s musical legacy, and it moves pretty fast so get ready with that pause button. Remember, do not attempt to visit Dischord House.

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Red Hare – Little Acts of Destruction

The venerable Dischord Records keeps the spirit of punk music alive in DC. Their latest release is the sophomore album Little Acts of Destruction by Red Hare. This cred-filled quartet of Shawn Brown, Dave Eight, Jason Farrell and Joe Gorelick have many well-known band names on their resumes, including Swiz, Fury, Bluetip, Garden Variety, Retisonic and of course Dag Nasty. Plus the album was recorded by J. Robbins of Jawbox and Channels. The album’s furious title track recently got this music video from Farrell, featuring an animated war between animals.

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Podcast for April 11th, 2018

Paul gets blindfolded and kidnapped, while Tony hunts down a giant chicken.

Tracklisting:
Tony Porreco – Academic Passion
Handsome Hound – Austin [Mountain On Fire]
Young Summer – Crash [single]
The Duskwhales – Hospital Dreams [Hospital Dreams]
The Beanstalk Library – Easier [single]
Red Hare – Affirmation [Little Acts of Destruction]

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Podcast for February 14th, 2018

Paul reminisces about busking, while Tony encounters a new variant of skateboards.

Tracklisting:
DuPont Brass – I.L.M. [Eclectic Soul]
OG Lullabies – Wanderlust [CRUESCONTROL]
Coral Benders – Colours [Terra Foma]
Peter Maybarduk – Failed States [single]
Blue Plains – Sharks [Falling Sky]
The Messthetics – Serpent Tongue [The Messthetics]

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The Aquarium – Performer

The dynamic keys-n-drums duo The Aquarium, featuring Jason Hutto of Soccer Team and Warm Sun and Laura Harris of Ex Hex, was seriously one of our fave DC bands of the mid aughts. They put out a catchy AF full length self-titled album on Dischord in 2006 and a two song 7″ follow-up in 2009. And now, 9 years later in 2018, the A-side of that 7″ “Performer” just got a brand new music video. Stephen Guidry-White of The Torches shot this footage at the Hosiery in spring of 2009, and then, well, it got shelved or something, who really knows. Like a time capsule miraculously rediscovered, the band and director finished it up and dutiful DC music archivists Dischord Records recently released it. What other unfinished music videos lurk in the dark corners of aging hard drives?

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Podcast for October 20th, 2016

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Tony bumps into a classic Dischord musician, while Paul reveals his Halloween plans.

Tracklisting:
Fort Knox Five – Cinco to the Brinco feat. Empresarios (Farid’s 22 & P Remix) [Pressurize the Cabin Remixed]
Ardamus – Almost There [After I Replace You EP]
Trusty – Dear Diary [The Fourth Wise Man]
Sister Ex – Kalifornia Song [single]
Nitemoves – Tacit Blue [Nitemoves]
Wytold – Giant Squids [Fireflies, Fairies & Squids]

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