Episode 92: Hometown Sounds

Episode 92: Hometown Sounds

This week we’re delivering a double-stuffed podcast just in time for Thanksgiving! It’s no secret that the DC music scene has been blowing up, and for the past three years one of the scene’s biggest supporters has been Hometown Sounds. Part internet radio, part blog, and part podcast, Paul Vodra and Tony Porreco have been working overtime to make sure the best and brightest sounds DC has to offer makes it to the place that’s most important: Your Ears.

Recently the pair paid a visit to the basement to chat with Kevin about the scene, podcasting, the ins-and-outs of music licensing and much, much more. So tune in, kick back, and loosen your belt as we serve up our latest episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast with the good gentleman of DC’s one and only Hometown Sounds. 


Episode 91: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

Episode 91: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

It’s been 20 years since we’ve heard from Pink Floyd, but now they’re back to bid one final goodbye and journey on down The Endless River. How does this this mostly instrumental album comprised of Division Bell “outtakes”, and musical vignettes stack up? Journey down the Floyd-hole with Kevin, Paul and Adam as they review the new album and revisit the long-history one of their all-time favorite bands on the podcast they were BORN TO DO - Episode 91 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!

 


Wanted Man - "Pardon Me If I Stare"

Wanted Man - "Pardon Me If I Stare"

Sounds Like:

A turbo-charged Southern Culture On The Skids; Hundred Visions if they ‘grew up’ in DC; a garage rawk assault on your good sensibilities; Elvis-cool punkabilly; the bar band that should have been in every fight scene in Road House 

Why You Should Care:  

Part noise, part swing, and all swagger, DC’s Wanted Man have risen up from the basements and back-rooms of the Nation’s Capital to do one thing, and one thing only: ROCK YOU.


Jungle Fire - "Firewalker"

Jungle Fire - "Firewalker"

Sounds Like:

The Budos Band scoring a Quentin Tarantino film.

Why You Should Care:  

No current band is exploring Afro-Cuban rhythms with the talent and precision of L.A.’s Jungle Fire, who released their first LP, Tropicoso, a few short weeks ago.  Formed in 2011 as a one-off, Jungle Fire built its reputation through well-received club dates and as an opening act for the likes of Shuggie Otis and Lee Fields. On its website, the band describes its sound as a "melting pot of Afro-Cuban rhythms, breakbeats, and 70s inspired funk." “Firewalker” demonstrates that an Afro-Cuban funk track can succeed as a dance club single. You cannot resist this beat.


Episode 90: Streaming and You

Episode 90: Streaming and You

Two weeks ago pop/country superstar Taylor Swift very publicly pulled her entire catalog from streaming music Spotify, and teh internets…well…it asploded. Some artists (like Swift) feel that they’re being “robbed” by this new format; some feel that streaming is not just the future, it’s the savior, of the music industry. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Who’s getting paid? How much are they getting paid? Where does the consumer fit into all of this?

Tune in as guests Ali Sternburg (Policy Council, CCIA) and Marcus Dowling stop by the basement and go full “wonk” on the truth, lies, and harsh realities of this technology that impacts musicians and music fans alike. It’s an impassioned discussion about a topic that’s near-and-dear to our hearts on Episode 90 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.


The Delines - "I Won't Slip Up"

The Delines - "I Won't Slip Up"

Sounds Like:

Cat Power’s The Greatest performed at 2 a.m. at a dive bar in Denver; Dusty in Memphis.

Why You Should Care:

Who can resist the simple promises of a lush whose main tactic is late-night seduction drowned in booze and blue-eyed soul? “I Won’t Slip Up” is one of the standout tracks from The Delines’ June release Colfax, which has received a handful of reviews, all of which were overwhelmingly positive.


Honest Haloway - "I Need An Audience"

Honest Haloway - "I Need An Audience"

SOUNDS LIKE:

A dancier The Vita Ruins. Cut Copy and Holy Ghost! meet Interpol and have a drink. Sad but not too sad to dance. Local. Fresh. Good.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:  

Music friends looking for something new to jam out to: Local act Honest Haloway just released a new track from the upcoming EP and will continue to do so, one per week, until the December 6th DC9 release party. The District may remember Tim Kratzer's previous band, The Vita Ruins. And while they will always hold a special place in fans' memories and are still fully streamable online, the new stuff is also very, very cool (and also streamable). Kratzer's familiar tale of bedroom solo project turned live act has recognizable elements and the same core feel as The Vita Ruins, but with more electronics, a dancier synth-pop groove, and a new lineup. Check it out and stay tuned, because they'll be releasing a new track from the upcoming EP each Monday between now and the release.


Dead Professional - "Hold Back"

Dead Professional - "Hold Back"

Sounds Like: 

Ryan Adams, Jackson Brown and Nick Lowe f@#@ed and had a kid...Dead Professional is that kid.

Why You Should Care:

We’ve told you about the smooth stylings of John Harouff aka Dead Professional before so we’re gonna keep this one brief. What was once but a man, has grown into a band, and now they're setting out to take over the world with their upcoming EP Hard, Hard, Hard (out 11/18 preorder HERE)

His latest single, EP closer “Hold Back” finds John and the boys in a crooning fashion, which, in the context of the EP is fitting. As the final statement in a song cycle that travels far down the road of love and regret, it’s main conceit, summed up in the line “If I could go back, I might”, is delivered with a wink and a knowing nod as the band swings off into the sunset, unquestionably to live, fight, and love another day.


Episode 89: Nels Cline

Episode 89: Nels Cline

You may know him as the shred-tastic lead guitar player for Wilco, but with his trio the Nels Cline Singers, and more recently an upcoming collaboration with jazz guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, Nels Cline has proven to be a major player in the jazz/avante garde world for over 30 years now. We sit down with the man who Rolling Stone listed as “the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time” to discuss his beginnings as a musician and music fan, his ability to effortlessly hop styles/genres, his work with the Nels Cline Singers and their latest record Macroscope, and much, much more. Tune in and catch a fascinating discussion with one of the greats on our latest episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


She Keeps Bees - "Owl"

She Keeps Bees - "Owl"

Sounds Like:

Style and substance echo better-known pal Sharon Van Etten

Why You Should Care:

Bare, stripped down and yet powerfully emotional, “Owl” puts Jessica Larrabee in the same genre as guest vocalist Sharon Van Etten. There’s no hiding the ache in Jessica’s voice, and paired with a simple mournful horn, the song is both compelling and lethargic, like a gray hung-over day, when memories of the night before shake you as palpable regrets, but movement, or escape, is impossible.