Tag Archives: Sister Polygon Records

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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Priests – The Seduction of Kansas

Wow, this is not the Priests we remember from such post-punk bangers as “Doctor” and “And Breeding” from their epic 2014 EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power. Great bands are capable of startling evolution, and Priests, now a trio with the departure of Taylor Mulitz to play full time in Flasher, enlisted high profile producer John Congleton to help craft their second full length album The Seduction of Kansas with a new sound. Its title track is the debut single, a sexy dance punk number that still retains singer Katie Alice Greer’s acerbic wit in the lyrics. She also directed this music video with cinematographer Drew Hagelin, well-known on this site for helming vids from Pearie Sol and Bat Fangs. “The Seduction of Kansas” is truly gorgeous and quintessentially Lynch-ian with strange choreography and creepy hotel location, not to mention drummer Daniele Daniele’s resemblance to Sherilyn Fenn’s iconic character Audrey Horne. Keep your eyes peeled to grab tickets for Priests’s big hometown show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday June 15th.

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Pearie Sol – Love Is For The Loving

Perry Fustero plays in the Sister Polygon oddball wing of DC punk music, both in the bands Gauche and Teen Liver and helming his solo project Pearie Sol (geocities lol). In sharp contrast to Sol’s dolled-up debut music video “Alley” from 2016, “Love Is For The Loving”, also directed by Drew Hagelin, is somber in black and white with mournful lyrics and alienating storyline. Grab Sol’s self-titled EP on Bandcamp and stay tuned for Gauche’s new music video coming next week.

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Podcast for September 14th, 2018

Paul laments the closing of his college radio station, while Tony gets shaken down by Facebook.

Tracklisting:
Ultra Beauty – Get Pure [S/T]
Escape-ism – What Sign Was Frankenstein? [The Lost Record]
Pet Parade – Paw Paw [Heart Full of Honey, Handful of Smoke]
Max Gowan – Wishing Bone [Exit Line EP]
Saba Abraha – Do’s & Dont’s [Sweet Mirage]
Jasmine Gillison – In My Chest [Little Light]

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Podcast for February 28th, 2017

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Paul watches some classic 70s British sci-fi, and Tony pops the question on stage.

Tracklisting:
Coup Sauvage & The Snips – Hamburg [Heirs to Nothing]
My French Roommate – LUV DG [MFR]
Two Dragons and a Cheetah – Lessons [Something, Something​.​.​. Poetry and Light]
iworkmusic – Good Morning [The Growth]
MetroSongs – Shady Grove feat. Faith Hayden [single]
Park Snakes – Fire Of Our Love (CrushnPain Remix) [Park Snakes (Deluxe Edition)]

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Hand Grenade Job – New Year

Hand Grenade Job sounds like a young, cheeky punk band you’d see at a DIY basement show, and the duo of Beck Levy and Erin McCarley do draw some inspiration from that scene. But their minimalist sound, which they dub “post-Americana”, is decidedly more mellow and thoughtful. Pre-orders of their new album Devotionals, coming out on cassette via Sister Polygon Records, went up on their Bandcamp page today, as did the second music video from it. “New Year”, directed by Levy, is a sped-up meditation on raising children and making art in the face of an uncertain future. Being a mom sometimes means you’ve got marker all over your face. Their album release show is Thursday February 23rd at the Black Cat with Pissed Jeans.

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Hand Grenade Job – July

Hand Grenade Job describe their lo-fi sound as “post-Americana”. The duo of guitarist Beck Levy and drummer Erin McCarley have strong punk and indie rock backgrounds from bands like Pygmy Lush, Turboslut and Governess, but their vibe on the new single “July” channels their love of John Fahey’s American Primitive Guitar. Their debut album Devotionals comes out in Februray on Sister Polygon Records, the DIY label run by members of neo-punk band Priests, and yesterday the band released the debut single’s music video. Levy directed and filmed the video in simple handheld style, suggesting a narrative of feminist awakening.

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Priests – Pink White House

Early in Priests‘ new music video for “Pink White House” the entire band is led in 80s style aerobic video workout by drummer Daniele Daniele, and believe me that things only get weirder from there. Frontwoman and video director Katie Alice Greer “wanted to do something playing on the notion that pop culture repackages your identity and sells it back to you for ‘entertainment'”, and that’s reflected in vignettes of each band member facing a dark reflection of their personal affectation in true camp style. Priests new full length album Nothing Feels Natural drops January 27th on their own Sister Polygon Records, and the nationwide tour wraps up at the Black Cat on March 11th.

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Flasher – Destroy

Flasher is evidence of the thriving, unstoppable energy in the DC punk and post-punk scene. Taylor Mulitz of Priests, Daniel Saperstein of Bless and Emma Baker of Big Hush are friends and roommates whose cross-pollination led to the 7 intense tracks on Flasher’s self-titled debut EP, self-released on Bandcamp and cassette earlier this year and now getting the 12″ vinyl release it richly deserves via Sister Polygon Records, the label absolutely blowing up the DC scene backing Cigarette, Gauche, Sneaks and of course Priests. Drew Hagelin of Cigarette and The El Mansouris directed “Destroy”, the debut music video from Flasher, setting the trio in outdoor urban landscapes that are both distinctly DC and unique in videos. The chorus of this pop song will linger in your head all weekend.

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KAG – Diana Ross

It is a beautiful, unseasonably warm day today. Are you stuck in your office doing work while this beautiful day passes into history? Yeah, us too. Why don’t we go for a (weird, ominous) bike ride with Katie Alice Greer? The Priests frontwoman’s solo project KAG recently released a collection of experimental sounds called EP A, and also directed a few music videos to accompany it. “Diana Ross” is far from a disco song, but there is a pulsing beat and swirly vocals that echo 70s clubbing. The video feels more like a desperate escape from some unseen horror rather than a delightful ride through a summery day.

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