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Podcast for August 22nd, 2019

Paul visits Philadelphia, while Tony deals with a precarious olive oil bottle.

Near Northeast – Draw the Sun [Cabin Sessions]
Baughman Dynasty – Gun in My Hand [single]
Shining Blade Theory – Guillotine [Live in the Studio]
Swoll – Unwound [Unwound]
Night Train 357 – Cosmic Cruise [single]
Coven Tree – No Land [Coven Tree / Tadzio Split]

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Near Northeast & Takunda M. – Dardanelles

To craft a new album with their Nashville-based musical friend Takunda M., indie folk band Near Northeast retreated to two cabins in the Blue Ridge Mountains for focus and inspiration. The resulting album Cabin Sessions comes out August 23rd, and in advance you can and should fill your ears with the advance single “Dardanelles”. Near Northeast were smart to bring along their regular visual collaborator Kip Radt to film the sessions, as the setting is so damn gorgeous in this music video that you’ll need to get out of town and book a weekend there ASAP. Not THIS weekend though, because then you’d miss out on the album release show at new arts hotspot Cheshire in AdMo this Saturday. Hosted by arts event boosters PAKKE, the event features an art exhibit from Working Artists, a DC collective of visual artists who have created unique works of art based on a song of their choosing from the album. Come early to hear a discussion of the collaboration between visual and auditory artists led by Hometown Sounds podcast co-host & the guy who writes all the posts here, Paul Vodra. Get advance tix while you still can!


Near Northeast – Shelter (Tiny Desk Contest)

For four years now NPR Music has sponsored the Tiny Desk Contest, inspiring bands all over the world to film themselves playing a song live in front of a desk to win a chance to play Bob Boilen’s legendary space. Every year Hometown Sounds rounds up our faves of the entrants from the DC area, hoping that one of our own worthy bands will win the nod. Today’s feature is Near Northeast, the gorgeous experimental chamber folk band supported by Etxe Records. They spent the winter behind closed doors crafting new songs like “Shelter”, their 2019 Tiny Desk Contest entry shot and edited by longtime video collaborator Kip Radt. Mark your calendars to hear Near Northeast’s new jams Sunday May 5th at the Pie Shop with fellow DC band Swoll and Philly’s Son Step.

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Near Northeast – Mostly Just Sand (Tiny Desk Contest)

In case you’re new to this game, every year Bob Boilen and his NPR Music crew invite submissions of live performances (behind a small desk, of course) for the immensely popular Tiny Desk Contest. Since we love music videos so much at Hometown Sounds, we dig deep and highlight the best submissions created by the DC music community. This is the third entry from indie folk band Near Northeast, and their first submission “What To Say” in the midst of 2016’s epic Snowzilla remains tops in our hearts. “Mostly Just Sand” comes from Near Northeast’s 2015 debut album Curios, and this live rooftop version includes an unexpected and yet very DC contribution at the end. Boss move to use this take.

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Podcast for January 17th, 2018

Paul recaps his recent DJ night, while Tony wants to be a nerd rap mogul.

Lauren Calve & Run Come See – Ain’t Gonna Change My Mind [single]
Hiphopmcdougal – Let Me See That Sushi Roll [El Returno]
Carol From HR – Hurrd (Believe It) [LIVE! from Washington DC]
Chopteeth feat. Head-Roc – Free DC [Bone Reader]
Near Northeast – Clusters [Etxe Records at 10 Years: A Compilation]
The Bitter Dose Combo – It’s A Sin

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Near Northeast – Indali

True Mirror, the long-awaited sophomore album by indie folk group Near Northeast, is now available for purchase through the adventurous local label Etxe Records. The album release show is this Friday May 5th at St. Stephen’s, and like all good shows in 2017 part of the proceeds go to support those in need. The band incorporated tabla and sarod, traditional Indian instruments, on the album and especially its beautiful and whimsical debut single “Indali”. Waves are the impossible-to-miss theme and connective tissue of the single’s music video, connecting found footage of frolicking on a beach vacation to immense terror and devastation wrought by tsunamis in the Indian Ocean and Japan. This band knows well how to bridge the delightful and serious into powerful art.


Podcast for April 26th, 2017

Paul protects his personal space at a recent show, while Tony fears rogue flying mic stands. Plus a recap of our last Millennium Stage show with Olivia Mancini & The Mates!

The Obsessives – Surfer Rosa [The Obsessives]
The Duskwhales – Good Times [Sorrowful Mysteries]
Near Northeast – Indali [True Mirror]
Caz Gardiner – It’s Gonna Be Alright [It’s Alright]
Airøspace – Dusk [Nocturne]
Aztec Sun – The Struggle [single]

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Near Northeast – Just Do Your Thing (Live)

Indie folk band Near Northeast have kept us waiting patiently for a new album after their auspicious 2015 debut Curios (still a pay-what-you-want download!). Yesterday the quartet of Avy Malik, Kelly Servick, Austin Blanton and Antonio Skarica announced they’ve signed to Etxe Records for their next pair of simultaneous album releases, True Mirror and Indali Variations 1​-​8, coming on May 5th. Etxe Records (pronounced et-CHAY) was formed in 2008 by members of the post-punk band Girl Loves Distortion and has released challenging acoustic music by Teething Veils, The Red Fetish and others. True Mirror is the more traditionally-shaped album coming to CD, while its companion Indali Variations 1-8 explores ambient variations on True Mirror‘s closing track, showing up on trendy cassette. Grab both physical releases at their dual album release show Friday May 5th at St. Stephen’s, and dig into this spirited performance of the new single “Just Do Your Thing” recorded live at House Studio earlier this year.

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Near Northeast – COL (Tiny Desk Contest)

‘Tis the season for the annual Hometown Sounds spotlight into the best DC area submissions to NPR Music’s annual Tiny Desk Contest. Submissions closed last night, and we’ve found some great gems to share with you.

Indie folk band Near Northeast took great advantage of last year’s blizzard for their 2016 contest entry, playing “What To Say” in the middle of the snow. This year they seized on the climate of protest in our city to play a show at Capital Fringe on Inauguration Day with a community of artists, musicians, actors, and activists. Their new song “COL” derives its name from the lowest point of a ridge or saddle between two peaks, typically affording a pass from one side of a mountain range to another, and reflects on our current situation. Be on the lookout for their long awaited sophomore album coming out this spring.

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Near Northeast – Millennium Stage preview


It’s impossible to understate the contribution to the DC music community provided by the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage series. For nearly two decades now, these free post-work shows bring performers large and small, far and near to a diverse and attentive audience full of kids, senior citizens and other people you don’t usually see at DC music venues. Not only are all shows professionally live-streamed online to those that can’t make it, but their vast archive of performances is an untapped trove of amazing music.

DC indie folk band Near Northeast are so excited about their upcoming show that they’ve prepared a special collaboration. The band, comprised of Avy Malik, Kelly Servick and Austin Blanton, originally formed after accidentally meeting while backing an Indian classical singer & dancer at a performance at the Kennedy Center in 2013. At their Millennium Stage show on Friday August 26th, they revisit the fusion of East and West that brought them together with a collaborative performance featuring Soumya Chakraverty (sarod) and Debupriya Nayak (tabla), and a new composition called “Indali”.

The band shot this short video below during recent rehearsals for the show to give you a taste of the styles they explore. If you’re new to this band currently capturing a lot of buzz in DC, watch their excellent music video for “Under the Pines” and grab their 2015 debut album Curios for whatever price you like. RSVP for the Millennium Stage show & don’t miss it!