Tag Archives: Verses Records

Presenting Super! Silver! Haze! at the Millennium Stage

The monthly #DCmusic collaboration between Hometown Sounds and the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage goes supersonic in January as we present Super! Silver! Haze! on Thursday January 18th at 6 PM.

Super! Silver! Haze! features Brendan Canty (composer, film maker, audio engineer) on drums and percussion instruments, Doug Kallmeyer (Verses Records label collective organizer, composer, sound designer, audio engineer) on bass guitars, keyboards and loopers, and Monica Stroik (Verses Records art director, Visual designer, multimedia artist) on video. Collectively the group represents decades of composition, performance and international touring experience coupled with modern, visual technologies.

“The sound travels between quiet string and ambient key pads to immense drones with psychedelic riffs and pounding beats. Vivid, large scale visual projections are manipulated in real time as an integral component of each composition resulting in an immersive, cinematic experience.”

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Thursday January 18th!

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Tag Cloud – Measured Mile

WORLD PREMIERE!

Thanks in large part to Rhizome, the experimental music scene in DC is thriving. Open minded audiences are flocking to the Takoma Park house venue for mind-altering jazz and ambient sounds both improvised and meticulously planned. The crew at Verses Records, led by Dennis Kane and Dave Harris, began 2017 with a pair of charity benefit compilations with 40+ tracks each, including some of our faves like Yoko K and Super Silver Haze, and that was just the warm-up. The label also dropped beautiful releases by The Hunted Hare, Gel-Sol and James Wolf, before capping off the year with the fourth album by Tag Cloud, released today digitally and on limited edition CD. Pattern Recognition is 5 ambient excursions of varying length by Chris Videll, who also collaborates as BLK TAG with James S. Adams (BLK w/Bear, Stylus) and Zschwishenzug with Gary Rouzer and Phong Tran (Halo Valley, The Shouts from the Sea). Today we are excited and honored to premiere Tag Cloud’s new music video for “Measured Mile”. As with James Wolf’s recent video, Dennis Kane helms the visuals here, mixing colorful analog static with J.G. Ballard-esque cityscapes. This ambient beauty is exactly the peaceful excursion we could all use in 2017.

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Podcast for October 18th, 2017

Paul’s having trouble snoring, while Tony cooks up a lightning round of questions.

Tracklisting:
Ardamus – Her Lips, Her Kiss [single]
Sara Curtin – Or So It Seemed [Or So It Seemed]
Mr. Daywalker – Porcelain [Warmth]
Peyote Pilgrim – Steve McQueen [Americana Hotel]
The Southern Ocean – Stay [The Essence of Absence]
James Wolf – Refuge [That]

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James Wolf – Refuge

Some find the moon comforting, or majestic, but experimental violinist James Wolf is haunted by it. The middle piece of his newest collection, That, is titled “Refuge” but provides no such sanctuary in its unsettled sounds. Wolf composes ethereal soundscapes solo and also contributes to the ominous mood of post-rock band The Orchid. DC’s avant-garde label Verses Records, patron of Wolf’s first solo release on se lève from 2015, helms this release as well, with label head Dennis Kane behind this music video that begins with the moon and includes many unexplained and evocative images. Pre-order That now before its release on October 27th.

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The Hunted Hare – Mild Horses

Some of DC’s best musical exports these days are thoughtful ambient and post-classical pieces, and homegrown label Verses Records leads the way. After last year’s excellent collaboration with viola da gambist Amy Domingues entitled Gut + Voltage, Dennis Kane delved into his own solo project of minimalist looped solo guitar. Mirroring his own bout of depression that perhaps many of us also felt over the last year, Kane produced the full length album Nothing Is Always. Verses Records releases the album Tuesday June 27th under the moniker The Hunted Hare, and last week premiered this music video for the melancholy track “Mild Horses”. As with much in this genre, meditative patience is rewarded.

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Podcast for June 22nd, 2017


Tony recounts his high-flying weekend at the Firely music festival, while Paul kicks back and eats a muffin.

Tracklisting:
Loi Loi – 1985 [single]
Bencoolen – Spotlight [single]
Uptown XO – Spirit That Never Dies [4pac “The Spook that sat by the booth”]
Bacchae – Cursed Life [Down the Drain]
Lisa Said – Some Dudes [Estranged]
The Hunted Hare – Malleus [Nothing Is Always]

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Podcast for March 16th, 2017

Tony heads to Texas, while Paul sets the record straight.

Tracklisting:
Will Eastman – Froggie [Hilo]
Venn – Surreal [Venn EP]
Dulio – Nostalgia Web [single]
The Sea Life – Red Eyes [The Sea Life]
Vegas with Randolph – Women in Airports [single]
Yoko K – Lou [We Stand: An International Compilation In Support of Planned Parenthood]

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Podcast for January 3rd, 2017

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Paul DJs mashups at a burlesque show on New Year’s Eve, while Tony makes full use of an Olive Garden gift card.

Tracklisting:
Furniteur – Redundant Buzz [single]
Tarica June – Four Unit (My Life) [Stream of Consciousness Vol. 1​.​5 EP]
Stephen Redhead – Cap Heights [Exxxactly]
American Television – Explosions in This Guy [Reaction EP]
KPH – Thorns [Patreon]
Super!Silver!Haze! – The Fastest Way From Here To There Is Not A Straight Line [Code Red: An International Compilation to Benefit the ACLU]

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