Episode 185: Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial

Episode 185: Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial

Copyright law is a fickle beast. Will Toledo and Matador Records found out just how fickle when they found out despite their good faith efforts, a (killer) track off of Teens Of Denial that quoted a classic The Cars song wouldn't pass the copyright muster, resulting in the physical release of the album being pushed back to June and all copies being destroyed. 

This kinda thing could be catastrophic to an artist's career, but given the circumstances, who really gives a f$%$?*

That's our podcast. Plus a little Promised Land Sound for good measure. Dig it.

*Circumstances = Teens Of Denial is one of the best rock records of 2016, maybe of all time


Episode 184: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Episode 184: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Is Apple aiming to kill music downloads in the near future? Are we ready to go "full digital" or is this just an idea that's not ready for prime time?

You might have heard that Radiohead is back. Their new album is called A Moon Shaped Pool. We're talking about it. 

Go-go, the soul of Washington, DC, may be out of the spotlight in 2016, but it will never die thanks to Rare Essence keeping on keeping on and their new album Turn It Up.


The Posies - "Secret" Show (Washington, DC) - 5/10/16

The Posies - "Secret" Show (Washington, DC) - 5/10/16

The Posies were one of the premiere power pop groups of the 90s, having released three classic albums on a major label (as well as two independent albums bookending those releases) during the decade. After the release of Success in 1998 the band went on hiatus, and it looked for a time like they were done. But they returned in 2005 with Every Kind of Light, and though their releases have become more sporadic (the follow-up, Blood/Candy, didn’t come out until five years later), that has only led to word of new activity by the group being cause for even more excitement.


Ghost @ Hippodrome Theatre (Baltimore, MD) - 5/8/16

Ghost @ Hippodrome Theatre (Baltimore, MD) - 5/8/16

Swedish band Ghost is one of the most interesting acts to come out of the heavy metal genre in a long time, and the world is starting to take notice. The band released their third album, Meliora, last year, and this February took the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for their song “Cirice” from it. The band played the first date of their “Black to the Future” tour at The Fillmore in Silver Spring last fall, and this past weekend they returned to the area for a Sunday evening show at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.


Episode 183: Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats

Episode 183: Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats

Since 2001, Fruit Bats' Eric Johnson has proven time and time again why he has become one of the 21st Century's most revered songwriters. After a brief "retirement" where he released music under his own name - 2014's excellent EDJ - Johnson has revived the Fruit Bats name and delivered Absolute Loser, one of the strongest and most personal albums of his career.

Before his recent show here in Washington, DC, Johnson stopped by the basement to talk about his new record, the worth of a name, almost two decades in the constantly shifting music industry, and much, much more.

Dig it. Dig it the most.


Strawbs @ Sellersville Theater (Sellersville, PA) - 5/7/16

Strawbs @ Sellersville Theater (Sellersville, PA) - 5/7/16

Over a career spanning nearly five decades, Strawbs have come to be known as one of the preeminent British prog rock bands. Though they peaked in popularity, like most of their peers, in the 1970s, and have gone through on and off periods since (going on hiatus for several years in the 80s and the early 2000s), they have found a new era of success in recent years. These days, the band tours in two formats – an acoustic group, dubbed Acoustic Strawbs, made up of core members Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert, and Chas Cronk, and a full electric lineup, which adds a keyboardist (currently Dave Bainbridge, of Celtic prog group Iona) and a drummer (currently Tony Fernandez, who has played with the group on and off since the 70s, and also drums for Rick Wakeman). The band has largely stuck to acoustic tours when coming to North America in recent years (the last electric shows here were in 2008) due to the cost of touring, but finally this year the full electric band has returned to the US.


Woods @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 5/5/16

Woods @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 5/5/16

It’s been just over a decade since Woods released their first album, How to Survive In/In the Woods, and in that time the band has gone from home recorded tape releases to becoming one of the most preeminent bands in the admittedly niche psych folk genre today. The ever-prolific group released their ninth album, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, earlier this year on their own label, Woodsist Records, and the album shakes up their sound a bit, adding horns and along with them, touches of jazz and funk, and forgoing the long instrumental jams for which the band has become known. Last week, the band brought this new album to DC at the Rock and Roll Hotel.


Episode 182: Colin Stetson - Sorrow

Episode 182: Colin Stetson - Sorrow

Henryk Gorecki's 3rd Symphony, often referred to as the Symphony of Sorrow, is one of the most popular pieces of classical music ever composed and with good reason. Sonically dense, and often brutally minimalist in construction. 

In other words a perfect fit for saxophonist Colin Stetson's frequently off-kilter sensibilities.

WIth little help from friends like Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire) and Greg Fox (Liturgy), Stetson has crafted a work that is as reverent of the original as it is audacious. Colin Stetson's Sorrow is music for grown ups that challenges, moves, and satisfies in the way few pieces can

Join us along with our friends Chad Clark (Beauty Pill) and Louis Weeks as we dive deep into this stirring modern classic from one of the most versatile and innovative artists working today. 


"Don't Hold Me Now" - New Madrid

"Don't Hold Me Now" - New Madrid

SOUNDS LIKE:

The Police on acid; cosmic spaz; slow burn punk

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

For their latest outing, this Athen's, GA based quartet has shed some of the clean lines and jangle of their 2014 debut Sunswimmer in favor of a more...enlightened sound. magnetkingmagnetqueen gets pretty far out (see the 11 minute + track "Guay Lo") but tracks like "Don't Hold Me Now" find the band striking a perfect balance between slacker indie-pop and some seriously heady sonic explorations. 


Episode 181: Bob Mould - Patch The Sky

Episode 181: Bob Mould - Patch The Sky

Is the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame an institution that's past it's prime. At this year's ceremony Steve Miller certainly seemed to think so.

Legendary rock icon Bob Mould is back with his latest collection of rockers Patch The Sky. Need we say more?

Detroit based producer and MC Black Milk (Curtis Cross) and his band Nat Turner are back with The Rebellion Sessions. We've got a taste of these tasty jams to wet your appetite.

RIP Above The Bayou. Long live Above The Bayou!


The Residents @ 9:30 Club - 4/29/16

The Residents @ 9:30 Club - 4/29/16

In 2010, San Francisco-based weirdo art collective The Residents commenced on a massive 40th anniversary project, dubbed the Randy, Chuck & Bob Trilogy.  In it, they commenced on a trio of themed tours – the first, dubbed The Talking Light tour, in 2010, themed around ghosts and death; the second in 2013, the Wonder of Weird tour, themed around love and sex; and finally, this year, the Shadowland tour, themed around birth and rebirth.  On Friday evening, the band returned to the 9:30 Club to perform this final part of the trilogy for their Washington, DC fans (the first part was also performed there; the second, at Sixth and I).


Episode 180: Bleached - Welcome the Worms

Episode 180: Bleached - Welcome the Worms

With spaces for the arts becoming scarcer and scarcer in Washington, DC and other cities, should we turn to abandoned office parks in our suburbs for answers? 

California trio Bleached is back with Welcome The Worms, their strongest release yet. At least according to some of us.

Electronic musician Tim Hecker takes a trip into the inner-space on his new album Love Streams and we've got a taste for you. 


Bob Mould @ 9:30 Club - 4/27/16

Bob Mould @ 9:30 Club - 4/27/16

Bob Mould has been a mainstay of the punk and indie rock scenes for several decades now, having put out a consistently steady stream of new music since Hüsker Dü’s first album in 1982, Land Speed Record, crammed 17 songs into 26½ minutes. Although much of the world associates him with the Minneapolis, MN scene that Hüsker Dü came out of, Mould spent a decade living in the District before moving to San Francisco a few years ago, making any show that he plays here now like a homecoming. On Wednesday night, he made a return to the 9:30 Club, where he had DJed a frequent dance night called Blowoff for much of his time in the area, in support of his 12th solo album, Patch the Sky.


Peter Murphy @ State Theatre - 4/23/16

Peter Murphy @ State Theatre - 4/23/16

Not many musicians can lay claim to starting a whole new genre of music, but as the frontman of influential post-punk band Bauhaus, Peter Murphy became known as one of the founders of gothic rock. The band released their debut “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” nearly four decades ago, a single which has been widely recognized as the first goth record, and with it began a movement that, despite ups and downs, has lasted through to this day. After Bauhaus split in 1983, Murphy went solo while the other band members went on to form Love and Rockets (Bauhaus had a brief reunion in the middle of the last decade that resulted in a single album, Go Away White, before the band split in acrimony). Murphy has released ten solo albums in the intervening years, including his most recent, Lion, which came out in 2014.


Murder By Death @ 9:30 Club - 4/22/16

Murder By Death @ 9:30 Club - 4/22/16

Bloomington, Indiana’s Murder By Death may be from the Midwest, but their musical sensibilities are steeped in the Southern Gothic tradition, and they are one of the primary bands that have come to epitomize the genre over the decade and a half of their existence.  The band released their seventh album Big Dark Love on Bloodshot Records early last year, and since that time they have been touring relentlessly for it.  The band made their second DC stop for the album (following a previous date last March at the Black Cat) at the 9:30 Club on Friday night, marking their biggest headlining show in the District so far. 


Episode 178: Beyoncé - Lemonade

Episode 178: Beyoncé - Lemonade

Saturday night, Beyoncé premiered the short film “Lemonade” on HBO. It was powerful, aggressive, political, and vital. Minds were blown.

Then she dropped the album.

Now we're here with special guests Briana Younger and Marcus Dowling to talk about it.

Oh yea...we’ve got a new track from J-Zone’s killer new album Fish-n-Grits too.

Pretty cool, eh?


Operators @ DC9 - 4/19/16

Operators @ DC9 - 4/19/16

The third time’s a charm for Operators.  The first time that the band attempted to play DC last year, they arrived at the venue only to discover that a water main break had forced the city to shut down businesses on the entire block.  The second time they were scheduled to play here, the entire tour had to be cancelled due to visa issues.  Finally on Tuesday evening, the band made it to play before a sold out crowd at DC9, but it wasn’t without the risks.  


Tempest @ Sellersville Theater (Sellersville, PA) - 4/16/16

Tempest @ Sellersville Theater (Sellersville, PA) - 4/16/16

Celtic rock band Tempest has been delivering their brand of high-energy electrified folk music for nearly three decades now.  The band released their first album in five years, The Tracks We Leave, last year.  The core of the band remains two founding members who it might be a surprise to find playing Celtic music – imposingly tall (yet exceedingly good-natured) Norwegian-born frontman Lief Sorbye, and Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo.