We snarked when posting this lo-fi smartphone collage music video from indie soul band Oh He Dead last month. But the truth is, we adore the vid for “Show Me Love” because it shows the silly fun of being in a touring band with your friends. Oh He Dead aren’t afraid to get goofy, flip the bird A LOT and assemble it into a music video to share with the world. Plus, doesn’t hurt that the song is a straight up groove banger, either. Tix are going going going for Oh He Dead’s “Fancy” New Years Eve Celebration at Pearl Street Warehouse with Color Palette, so solidify those plans now.
Everyone in DC showing love to indie soul band Oh He Dead today. In advance of their [already sold out :((((] album release show Friday night at Pearl Street Warehouse, the Washington Post’s Going Out Guide published a feature on the band’s history and unlikely rise this year based on their viral Tiny Desk Contest entry “Lonely Sometimes”. The album’s final pre-release tease is the single “Show Me Love”, and the band blew all their earnings on crafting this sublime, artistic, and profound music video from a big-name director. Set aside some quality time to fully take in this mangnum opus.
Paul reveals his favorite musical instruments, while Tony discovers a pricey new ketchup.
Oh He Dead – Lonely Sometimes [single]
Terrill Mast – Exo [EEP]
Ehmji – L.T.M. [Facades Never Last]
DuPont Brass feat. Jake Vicious – Funk You [House Music Group Compilation One: DMV Roots]
Distant Creatures – Absolved [Whorl]
Garrett Gleason – Fidgeting with Large Gestures [Guitar Songs]
Indie soul band Oh He Dead’s submission to NPR Music’s 2019 Tiny Desk Contest is a new jam called “Lonely Sometimes”. This recording at the Lily Pad by Brian Knox gives the song a big, echo-y vibe consistent with its classic soul roots. Cynthia Johnson and Andrew Valenti’s band continues to grow in style and popularity in DC’s music scene. They next return to the scene of their 2016 debut breakout show at this year’s Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday May 4th.
We’re going to start out our 8th year of covering DC’s music videos with a soulful bang. Oh He Dead grabbed our throats last year with the Alt-J-esque tune “Blood In The Water”, the title track from their too-brief debut EP. To tease a new release hopefully coming soon, the band just premiered this deft music video for new song “This Time Around”, showcasing Cynthia Johnson assured vocals and biting lyrics with well-timed guitar licks from musical partner Andrew Valenti. The widescreen vid from director Colin Faust delivers a no-cuts wandering performance from Johnson through a series of rooms that make us ponder the purpose of this strange undulating work space.
As we said on yesterday’s podcast, it’s hard not to chuckle a bit at the band name “Oh He Dead”. The band’s core duo of Cynthia “CJ” Johnson and Andrew Valenti mix their distinct but complimentary voices with some truly lush instrumentation on their debut single “Blood in the Water”, the title track from their new 3 song EP. The song’s title refers originally to the feeding frenzy of sharks, but here music video director Scott Kenney transports the tension to basketball, with a sole player dribbling and shooting at Jones Point National Park in Alexandria. Grab your tickets now for Friday night‘s show opening for 10 piece New York ensemble Hollywood Anderson & The Hits at the 14th St. Busboys & Poets.
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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