Episode 86: Ex Hex - Rips

Episode 86: Ex Hex - Rips

In our latest podcast, George Washington University's recently launched D.C. Vernacular Music Archive promises equal representation for punk (duh), go-go, folk, bluegrass, and more in what could potentially end up one of the District’s best records of its musical history. Quinn Myers and Tori Kerr stop by the basement to weigh in on the exciting new project’s origins and more.

PLUS! We review the unpossibly cool debut album from DC’s very own Ex Hex! Will Rips shine a new light on the DC scene? Does it really matter if it does? Is it a shoo-in for best album of 2014? All of these questions and more will be answered on ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast, Episode 86!


Episode 85: The Cowards Choir

Episode 85: The Cowards Choir

In 2009, DC-based musico Andy Zipf decided it was time for a change, and thus The Cowards Choir was born. What was initially a “solo” project (there were always collaborators) has developed into a full-fledged band featuring fellow DC-area stalwarts Ryan Walker on bass, Ben Tufts on percussion and Adam Neubauer on drums, and October 4th, the quartet released their latest effort, Cool Currency.

Fresh off the release of that EP (and we do mean fresh…as in the morning after the release show), Andy and the guys stopped by the basement to talk about, the making of Cool Currency, the evolution of The Cowards Choir to date, their upcoming slot at the Magnificent Intentions Music Festival, and more.


JEFF The Brotherhood w/Diarrhea Planet @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 10/10/14

JEFF The Brotherhood w/Diarrhea Planet @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 10/10/14

Jeff the Brotherhood jams. Diarrhea Planet shreds. The difference may seem slight – but go see both of them live and it’ll shine through in buckets of sweat and glistening guitar tech.  

Both bands are from Nashville and are signed to Infinity Cat, a label that Jake and Jamin from Jeff the Brotherhood have run for the past 12 years now. Both bands make loud, gritty rock that incites mosh pits and beer guzzling “fuck yeahs!” from largely male fan bases. On paper, they're almost the same band, but at the 400-head capacity Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday night, the difference in energy and fan base was overwhelming. So much so that each set felt like a different concert.


Episode 84: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Episode 84: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

In this week’s “bonus” podcast, we take Weezer’s latest album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, to task with the help of DCist music editor, Tori Kerr. Is it the new Pinkerton, or is it just the same old latter day Weezer that we’ve grown to know and (some of us, maybe) love. PLUS we discuss the impact of Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent release on his fanbase, independent musicians and more. All of this and an ACTUAL bonus commentary from Weezer SUPERFAN Thor Slaughter (check the Show Notes) on Episode 84 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


Episode 83: Magnificent Intentions Music Festival

Episode 83: Magnificent Intentions Music Festival

In this week’s podcast, Kevin sits down with Ryan Walker and Brian Pagels of DC’s The Beanstalk Library to discuss their latest grand idea, the upcoming Magnificent Intentions Music Festival. Taking place at Arlington, VA’s legendary IOTA Club & Café and spanning THREE DAYS (Oct. 17-19), this ambitious event features some of the best, and most diverse musical acts the DC area has to offer. Tune in to find out everything you need to know about the fest, The Beanstalk Library, the burgeoning DC scene and more on Episode 83 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


Episode 82: Lauren Calve

Episode 82: Lauren Calve

In this week’s episode we sit down with up-and-coming singer/songwriter Lauren Calve. Soulful, storied and powerful are just few of the words that come to mind when talking about her debut EP, Between The Creek and the Tracks, and Lauren filled us on the inspirations for her music, the unique recording experience (in a barn!!) that produced her debut, and much, much more. So tune in and meet an artist that you’re going to be hearing a lot about soon on Episode 82 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.

 


Episode 81: Tweedy - Sukierae

Episode 81: Tweedy - Sukierae

In our latest episode: We review the new album Sukierae from Tweedy. Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer may have the most appropriate band name ever, but does that familial familiarity translate to record? Is it nepotism, genius or somewhere in between?  PLUS! Rawk feuds, U2 proposes a new music format that will “save the industry” and snacks - oh so many snacks - on Episode 81 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


Sylvan Esso @ The Howard Theatre - 9/13/14

Sylvan Esso @ The Howard Theatre - 9/13/14

Saturday. The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC. Two young musicians whose resumes – work with bands like Mountain Man, Megafaun, The Rosebuds, Feist and more – each run a mile long take the stage armed with only a microphone and a laptop rig. What spills out over the next hour is some of the most inventive, exhilarating, forward thinking and humanizing music of 2014. Maybe of the past decade.

Consider this: Sylvan Esso’s debut album was recorded in a living room. By two people. It combines elements of electronic music, folk, soul, indie pop and more, all coalescing into a simultaneously sparse, yet lush, groove that speaks as much to the listeners heart as it does to their ass.


Episode 80: Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams

Episode 80: Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams

In our latest episode we review the latest release from alt-country/pop superstar Ryan Adams, taking some detours through the late 80’s and artist/press relations along the way. PLUS! U2 just dropped a new record in your iTunes. Happy? Sad? What does it all mean?!! We try and get to the bottom of it in Episode 80 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


Episode 79: Ty Segall - Manipulator

Episode 79: Ty Segall - Manipulator

Love him or hate him, Ty Segall has proven to be one of the most prolific and consistent artists working in music today, and on his latest effort, Manipulator, he airs out the garage a little to produce his most polished work to date. Does it work? Is it the “album of the year” as many have claimed? Kevin, Adam, and Quinn get to the bottom of these questions PLUS consider the art of the ridiculous band name on Episode 79 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!