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Paperhaus – Go Cozy

Paperhaus‘s Alex Tebeleff is a superconnector in our city’s music scene. While not fronting his psychedelic four piece rock band or crafting experimental synth sounds under his solo moniker Black Lodge, Tebeleff is a prolific curator of shows through his DCDIT label at The Dew Drop Inn, Smith Public Trust and of course his own house. Many fondly remember spots like The Dunes, The Lot at Atlantic Plumbing, and the first Paperhaus because of the parties Tebeleff threw and all the familiar faces you’d see there. Now Tebeleff’s new crib has retaken the Paperhaus name for more house shows starting in August, and the band is back too with a new album Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask? dropping October 6th on Misra Records. The lead-off single’s music video, full of cameos by DC musicians and proponents, even gets its name from Homero Salazar Andrujovich’s shoegaze project Go Cozy. Superconnected.


Podcast for April 20th, 2016


Set up in Tony’s new “music show room” home studio, the Hometown Sounds gents go through listener feedback and give you tips to catch up on your podcasts in the car and the shower.

The Harry Bells – Mathilda [Roosevelt Island EP]
Paperhaus – Silent Speaking [single]
Tanner Carlton – We Don’t Have the Time
Wylder – Swells [Rain and Laura]
Maryjo Mattea – Getting Over You [Four Minute Symphonies]
CrushnPain – Enjoined [All Mountains EP]

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Paperhaus – Silent Speaking

Psychedelic indie rock band Paperhaus has undergone many changes in their 7 year history as a DC band. After recently vacating their eponymous house where they ruled the DIY/DIT house show scene, core member Alex Tebeleff rejiggered the lineup to include Deleted Scenes’ Matt Dowling and Rick Irby, who also goes by the solo moniker Jau Ocean, and took the band to Philly to record under producer Brian McTear. The first single in this new era is “Silent Speaking”, and Pree’s Ben Usie made a lyric video for it that should utterly creep you out if you have Ommetaphobia (google it, I just did). Come get trippy at the Black Cat tonight as Paperhaus celebrates the release of this single and also Blight Records’ CrushnPain’s new EP All Mountains, with support from Nag Champa.


Paperhaus – So Slow video

Didn’t you get the memo? Apparently March is Ben Usie month for DC music videos. Impose Magazine premiered the newest Usie-directed music video from Paperhaus yesterday, joining the ranks of Usie’s recent creations for Young Rapids and his own band Pree. Usie’s videos are always colorfully inventive, but “So Slow” could leave you scratching your head. The video, filmed in south Louisiana, features Dorian Phibian of Cloudheavy Recording Collective preparing for a big show that may never come. Paperhaus has no shortage of shows to perform, as the band continues its push for indie rock stardom with prominent spots at SXSW and a neverending US tour supporting their recent self-titled release.


Paperhaus – Cairo video

Indie rock quartet Paperhaus have their sights set on the national stage. After Stereogum premiered their new single “Cairo” back in August, today the hugely influential site Brooklyn Vegan debuted its accompanying music video. No surprise that DC’s go-to music video creator Nigel Lyons takes the reins here, delivering a woozy, colorful romp through the 6+ minute spaced-out odyssey, with an appropriate amount of destruction thrown in. Refreshingly, despite this well-deserved push for wider recognition, Paperhaus is still firmly rooted in #DCDIT, hosting shows at their house and promoting the thriving house show scene. Paperhaus opens for Brooklyn’s Landlady at the Black Cat backstage on Monday October 13th. Hold tight for their long-awaited debut full-length album coming February 2015.


Podcast for May 13th, 2014 feat. Alex Tebeleff

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Paul & Tony invade the Paperhaus to talk to Alex Tebeleff and hear some of his favorite tunes of the moment.

Deleted Scenes – You Get To Say Whatever You Want
Krill – Steve Hears Pile In Maiden and Bursts Into Tears
Young Rapids – Odd Numbers
Yonatan Gat – Escorpião
Br’er – Dozen Dream
Marian McLaughlin – Before You Leave
Outputmessage – Goldilocks Zone

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Paperhaus – All Through The Night / The Lot @ Union Kitchen

DC has always enjoyed a thriving DIY house show scene, and the last few years its undisputed king has been the Paperhaus. The house holds the indie rock band of the same name, perhaps not a cunning masterplan but as it turns out a very good way to attract positive attention to both ‘hauses. Musician and booker Alex Tebeleff puts together diverse bills of both locals and touring acts at both Paperhaus and these days at Columbia Heights events space The Dunes. Last summer and fall the nexus of DC indie music, food trucks and good times came together at The Lot at Union Kitchen, an open air party curated by Tebeleff and others. Videographer Zambia captured the scene and assembled this fun video, and what else could the soundtrack have been but “All Through The Night” from Paperhaus’s 2013 EP Lo Hi Lo? For some true DC DIY spirit, come to the Paperhaus tonight for Philly’s Son Step, St. Louis’s Sleepy Kitty and DC bands Lies About and Greenland. Enter around back & bring some money to help the touring bands get to their next gig!

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Top 5 Videos of 2013 #5: Paperhaus – Helicopters

DC, all this week Hometown Sounds counts down the top 5 music videos of 2013. DC bands made a ton of amazing videos this year and my long list of nominees was quite long indeed, but now it’s time for the best of the best!

2013 was a banner year for the indie rock band Paperhaus. They released a 4 song EP Lo Hi Lo in May and Kickstarted a cross-country tour to extend the popularity and name-recognition of their DIY house venue to audiences everywhere. They also made this fantastic music video for the single “Helicopters”, a romantic fantasy journey filmed primarily in the Paperhaus venue and featuring tons of notable DC cameos, including Mary-Alice Farina as the love interest and The North Country frontman Andrew Grossman as the villain. The band and venue continue to thrive, culminating in show organizer and band member Alex Tebeleff booking a blowout show with Here We Go Magic at the house a couple of weeks ago, with the ‘haus boys opening of course. We are very lucky to have these guys making DC music awesome.


Paperhaus – All Through The Night video

While on their recent tour, indie rock band and DIY house show mavens Paperhaus recorded a live version of All Through The Night, from their newest EP Lo Hi Lo, for the New Orleans based video series Salvaged Songs, the newest project of DC expat Vanessa Degrassi of Pree, Frau Eva and her solo moniker Parsely. Enjoy!


Paperhaus – Helicopters video

Indie rock stalwarts Paperhaus, deep into their Kickstarted tour, just released a brand new music video for Helicopters, the lead off track of their EP Lo Hi Lo that doesn’t come out for another agonizing month. Their close ties to the DC scene manifest in this charming video, from the extras in the party scene to the grand cameo by Andrew Grossman of The North Country to the Paperhaus DIY venue itself. Show your continued support of these house show hosting gents by picking up advance tickets to their hometown show at Rock & Roll Hotel on June 7th with hot hot openers Shark Week and Young Rapids.