In our latest podcast we head straight into the danger zone…of completely blown expectations. The gang takes on Neuroplasticity, the latest from “doom soul” purveyor Cold Specks, and the results aren’t quite what Kevin expected. PLUS! All of the Sturgill Simpson gushing this week isn’t over, as Kevin and Adam recall Simpson’s barn-burning performance at the legendary Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA. All of this and brand new way to get in touch with us to reward those who stick with us to the end of Episode 78 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.
For all of the acclaim – and rightfully so – that Simpson’s album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music has received this year, so much attention has been paid to drug references and science fiction metaphysics, it’s easy to forget that at the heart of Simpsons songs, both Metamodern and 2013’s High Top Mountain, lies the same themes that have informed country music since its inception. Loss. Regret, bad love and even worse hangovers; it’s all there mixed in with the brighter sides of life.
Last week, Simpson and his stellar band turned the Birchmere into a dusty, boozy honky-tonk with a heart. Whether a knowing wink to the current climate around Country music, or simply something he just felt like knocking out, a near faithful cover of the Willie Nelson classic “Sad Songs and Waltzes” early on in the set made it clear that Simpson thinks, and thinks A LOT, about not just what his music means, but the tradition from whence it sprang.
In our latest episode we cross the streams and break the laws of time and space to bring Andre back from far away lands and discuss In Tongues, the debut album from ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR. Emotions, thoughts, space jams, and probably lots of booze await you good listener as we dive, for better or for worse, into the latest record from one of the hardest working bands we know.
Since his 2010 debut Man of Few Words, Durham, North Carolina based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brett Harris has been garnering accolades everywhere he goes. Part of the reason for that is that besides his own work and time on the road as a member of the dB’s, he has been a core member of the Big Star’s Third touring company since its inception. Part tribute, part exploration, and all rock n’ roll, the Big Star’s Third tour has brought together some of the world’s best musicians to bring to the masses some of the greatest pop/rock music ever made.
This Saturday Brett, along with his friends Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Pat Sansone (Wilco), Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Chris Stamey (The dB's), Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, Lesa Aldridge and more are bringing the magic of Third to DC at the legendary 9:30 Club. We caught up with him in advance of the show to ask him a few questions about the tour, the music of Big Star, and what effect it’s had on his own songs.
This week Kevin and Adam take a road trip…to Clarendon, VA. In our latest podcast we sit down with David Schlank, proprietor of CD Cellar - one of the few record stores left standing in the DC area - to talk about out how they have weathered the digital storm, what he sees as the future of retail music and much, much more. Live from the record store, it’s ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast Episode #76!
On Saturday, August 16th, Vienna’s famed Jammin’ Java will host the Fourth Annual Ben Tufts and Friends fundraiser for the Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund. With a promised SEVEN HOURS of music from the best of the regional scene and more, it’s sure to be one of the most memorable events of the year. With his brother Dan and friends, Derek Evry, Ryan Walker, Jasmine Gillison, and Aaron Mason in tow, Ben stopped by the basement yet again to talk in depth about the Craig Tufts Memorial Fund, share stories of how he and his friends met, the music they’ve created together over the years, and much, much more.