Boston - "Cool The Engines" [FLASHBACK]

Boston - "Cool The Engines" [FLASHBACK]

Sounds Like: Motherf#$%ing OUTER SPACE!; Eight million guitars at once delivered to your face; the 70’s after it had an accident with a Tardis; mighty fine podcast intro music.

Why You Should Care: All of this has happened before…

Fridays are for flashbacks (or something) and so we’re delivering a DOUBLE FLASHBACK, as that is simply how we roll. This isn’t the first time we’ve posted this track, and much to the chagrin of the team, it won’t be the last. But since we’ve kicked off posting tracks again, just different this time, it seemed appropriate.

What you’re about to put in your ears is either one of the greatest achievements in the history of recorded music or THE GREATEST. Hyperbole aside, in 1986, 70s rockers Boston were well past their prime (when WERE they in their prime, really?) yet saw fit to drag their van-tastic sensibilities kicking-and-screaming into the latter half of the 80s without a hint of irony. Third Stage was supposed to be some sort of statement. But much like the 70s as a whole, its message hilariously missed its own point, as much as it illuminated a few reasons why the 70s were so “groovy” in doing so.

One man. One woman. Learning how to commit. Who the #@#@ is Hollyann?


Everyone Dies In The End - "There Are Bigger Things Happening Here Than Me And You"

Everyone Dies In The End - "There Are Bigger Things Happening Here Than Me And You"

Sounds Like: Mogwai; Godspeed You! Black Emperor; The Besnard Lakes; the view from a glorious sci-fi mountaintop; Coldplay with teeth.

Why You Should Care: Like long walks on the shores of Lake Mordor? Never-ending tracking shots scored by existential dread? Then Everyone Dies In The End may be the band for you. Featuring veterans of Richmond’s hardcore/metal scene (full disclosure: I’ve known/been friends with drummer Jason “Tink” Steed for going on 12-13 years now), EDITE dish out film-score-worthy sonic epics that balance their sense of drama with a clear love of – no make that exaltation of – volume, volume, VOLUME.

The Twitter-bustingly titled lead track “There Are Bigger Things Happening Here Than Me And You” is a slow atmospheric burn that creeps along until exploding into a dark, metal fury at around the six-minute mark. It’s epic. It’s loud. And it tells you everything you need to know about this up-and-coming band from Richmond, VA. So turn it up and get triumphant...that’s sorta the point of rock n’ roll, right?


Ultimate Painting - "Ten Street"

Ultimate Painting - "Ten Street"

Sounds Like: The Velvet Underground after they hit the Pavement, a late 60's cool that never, ever goes out of style

Why You Should Care: A dirty secret of almost everyone/anyone who is played in a band is that sometimes the most fun to jam out on the music that you were raised on, and on their debut record Ultimate Painting’s James Hoare (of Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (of Mazes) deliver on that basic tenet in spades. “Ten Street”, the second single from the upcoming record, is positively steeped in Velvety goodness, delivering a driving, psychedelic, guitar-hook heavy jaunt that all comes crashing down to the beat of a drum and one lonely piano in the end like some groovy bad trip. Does it sound familiar? Hell yea. Can you get it out of your head? Not a chance.


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!