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Reed Appleseed – I Guess I’m Going To A Party (Tiny Desk Contest)

In singer-songwriter Reed Appleseed‘s 2020 NPR Music #TinyDeskContest entry “I Guess I’m Going To A Party”, he sings about the awkwardness of attending a social event just to please one’s partner. It’s a wistful and melancholic throwback to pre-quarantine life, and we wonder how the song’s narrator is getting along these days.

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Lightmare – Pica Taco 25 (Tiny Desk Contest)

Six piece soulpunk band Lightmare squeezed in this entry just under the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest deadline. “Pica Taco 25”, a new song presumably inspired by the local Taqueria Mexicana chain, is captured in this Zoom video that must have been challenging to synchronize with the tempo and intensity changes. Creativity finds a way!

On the song’s title, Lightmare responded:

Funny story, the title of the song was the automatically populated title on one of our phones when we recorded the first take. After searching for the right new title to capture the real message of the song—the ongoing battle with depression and trauma—we realized nothing felt adequate, so we chose to leave the title where it dropped.

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Two Ton Twig – Beltway Wolf

Time for another #DCmusic entry in NPR Music’s #TinyDeskContest. This one is a new tune in the arsenal of bluegrass/folk band Two Ton Twig, a ripping song called “Beltway Wolf”. Give them a follow on Facebook to keep up with their periodic live streams.

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Shannon Gunn – Nature (Tiny Desk Contest)

We don’t get to post very many jazz music videos, so kudos to trombonist Shannon Gunn for her 2020 NPR Music #TinyDeskContest entry. Her new song “Nature”, in Gunn’s words, “celebrates nature in all its energy and glory”, “originally inspired by the old hymn ‘For the Beauty of the Earth.'” Featuring Kelton Norris on drums, Karine Chapdelaine on bass, and Chris Barrick on vibraphone, this take was the winner even with Barrick’s brief sheet music snafu.

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Drew Beckman + The Boundary Boys – Hellfire (Tiny Desk Contest)

Drew Beckman, DC’s only queer cowboy singer, put together this entry to the 2020 NPR Music #TinyDeskContest in the innocent time before our COVID-19 lockdown. “Hellfire”, a brand new song backed by The Boundary Boys, is about “diving headfirst into sin and enjoying every second of it.” Damn, remember sinning? Those were the days.

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Tim Hicks x Dirty Church – Jim Vance (Tiny Desk Contest)

Today’s #TinyDeskContest entry is pure DC. Rapper Tim Hicks of the funk/hip-hop band The Cornel West Theory grabbed our attention with his new solo album Bullets and specifically the historical ode to legendary NBC4 news anchor “Jim Vance”. While on lockdown, Hicks filmed this flawless and fiery delivery of the track while accompanied by Zsameria on Hula Hoop, Zoie Bilhah Agostino Hicks on Bow & Arrow and the menacing Henok Yohannes Hicks on Nerf Gun. Hicks writes “Washington D.C. is the next untapped market for great music. It would only be right for the next winner of the NPR Tiny Desk Concert 2020 to be from the city where NPR Headquarters is based!!!”

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Near Northeast & Takunda M. – Flowers (Tiny Desk Contest)

We’re one week before the extended deadline falls on NPR Music’s 2020 Tiny Desk Contest, so it’s time for Hometown Sounds to focus on the worthy entries from the DC area. Indie folk band Near Northeast has led our coverage for the last four years, and their ambitious 2020 entry makes good use of the limitations of our current situation. Their most recent album Cabin Sessions is a collaboration with Nashville resident Takunda M. Since the DC-based band members can’t get together right now to record a song in person, they used videoconferencing to bring in Takunda’s voice for the haunting song “Flowers”. We’ve watched a lot of musical livestreams in the last month on YouTube, FB Live, IG and Zoom, and this one really shows what’s possible with some organization and teamwork.

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Say Solos – Lose You (Tiny Desk Contest)

Kudos to WAMU’s Kojo Show for highlighting some of our area’s prominent entries to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest. The show and accompanying post on DCist highlighted a couple that flew under our radar, including this electronic live looping wizard Say Solos. Crafting sexy downtempo jams with his smooth R&B voice backing beats from TF Woo, we hope this feature gives his music career a well-deserved boost. “Lose You” comes from the just-released EP Three Tune Kid.

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1 Identity – In Your Feelings (Tiny Desk Contest)

We aren’t done yet with our review of DC’s finest Tiny Desk Contest entries for NPR Music. Today’s feature is Oxon Hill r&b and funk band 1 Identity. A taste of office drama starts the vid, before the band launches into the jam “In Your Feelings” featuring frontwoman Alena Budd’s soulful vocals and guitar licks. See the full 1 Identity Band next at the Pie Shop on Friday May 31st for “Punk, Funk & Pies For The People” along with High-Brid and M4TR.

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Born Dad – My Band Gets Me Boyfriends (Tiny Desk Contest)

Born Dad is a band full of queer musicians that just want to sing and joke about their experiences and identities. Their power move for this Tiny Desk Contest entry for NPR Music was recruiting enthusiastic go-go dancers to group house-party up the irony-dripping single “My Band Gets Me Boyfriends”. You’ll have to make it all the way through May to see Born Dad play next at Rhizome in Takoma Park on Tuesday May 28th with Gabbie Rotts and Company Calls.

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