THE LIST for July 29, 2016: Walk On

THE LIST for July 29, 2016: Walk On

After two long weeks, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions have come and gone.  The speeches are done, the balloons are deflated, and the pundits are finally, mercifully silent. As we scan the aftermath of these twin carnivals of political excess, one truth becomes abundantly clear...none of these career politicians (except Uncle Joe) know how to pick an entrance song.

This week's List is humbly submitted as a non-partisan alternative to the middle of the road pop selections that typically pass for entrance music for our foremost politicians. Yes, some of these selections may be a bit "on the nose" and many would send members of the punditocracy directly to their respective fainting couches...but great leaders make bold choices and what better way to set the tone for your campaign than with a masterful walk up song. - Paul/Eduardo/Kevin/Patrick


Episode 204: Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

Episode 204: Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

Freetown Sound, the latest LP from Blood Orange (aka singer/songwriter and composer Dev Hynes), was already one of the most anticipated releases of 2016 when it dropped. But nobody could have been prepared for the seemingly infinite amount of sonic truths, social commentary, and emotional revelations set free with each successive listen.

 Great albums are easy to spot coming down the pipe. Important albums only come along when they’re most needed. Freetown Sound is both.

Come hang out with Kevin, Marcus K. Dowling (Getting Over) and Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) for a spell to get to the bottom one of the best albums of the year.

And speaking of "best albums"..

Aaron "Ab" Abernathy's Monologue, a potent mix of old school funk, jazz, and good old-fashioned songwriting, is coming soon. Whet your appetite with the first single from this remarkable album, "Favorite Girl".


Seth Bogart @ Comet Ping Pong - 6/16/16

Seth Bogart @ Comet Ping Pong - 6/16/16

Asses were slapped by leather jackets, strange advertisements for fake products were played, and inflatable objects were waved around on stage: Just another night in Seth Bogart’s world.

Seth Bogart doesn’t do concerts. He does performances. ‘The Seth Bogart Show’ was part-concert, part-kitschy public access show parody, part-funhouse, and a full-on art piece that concertgoers won’t normally get from anything other than a Katy Perry- or Lady Gaga-like arena show.


Episode 203: Sarah Jarosz - Undercurrent

Episode 203: Sarah Jarosz - Undercurrent

A 2003 case against Ticketmaster has finally reached a settlement, which means that you, and you, and you, and YOU get vouchers to a whole mess of free shows. Orrrrrrrrrrr not.

In just a few short years, singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz has manged to become a heavy-hitting mainstay on the folk, bluegrass, and Americana scenes. On her latest release, Undercurrent, Jarosz has built on the foundation she laid on 2013's critically lauded Build Me Up From Bones, to produce an instant classic of modern folk.

State Champion is a band. That rocks. That's the pitch. 

Now push play. 


Brand New and Modest Mouse @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - 7-12-2016

Brand New and Modest Mouse @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - 7-12-2016

At first glance, Brand New and Modest Mouse might seem like unusual touring partners.  Both fall loosely into the “alternative” rock genre, and both have large, strong followings of loyal fans.  Yet the crossover of those fan groups might be somewhat limited and divided by age – Modest Mouse has been around for nearly a decade longer, meaning that they have built up a somewhat older following than Brand New’s millennial core.  Both bands are in a bit of a comeback phase right now – Modest Mouse released Strangers to Ourselves, their first album of new material since 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, last year, while Brand New recently released the singles “Mene” in April 2015 and  “I Am a Nightmare” in May 2016, their first new releases since Daisy in 2009, with a new album to follow soon.


"The Glowing Man" - Swans

"The Glowing Man" - Swans

SOUNDS LIKE:

A noisy post-rock assualt on the senses.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

Micheal Gira reconvened Swans after over a decade on hiatus in 2009 with a new lineup, one of the strongest in the band's 34 year history.  That lineup has now released four albums – 2010's My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, 2012's The Seer, 2014's To Be Kind, and finally, this year, The Glowing Man


Episode 202: Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows

Episode 202: Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows

Warner Music has delivered what may be a crippling blow to small record record stores everywhere. But does it matter? 

Since 2006, Richmond, Virginia's Inter Arma has been setting the heavens on fire with an unholy mastery of metal that promises as much doom as it does unrepentant beauty. On their latest album they're upping the ante and have produced not just the best album of their career, but one of the finest albums of 2016. #SPOILERS

Don't know Xenia Rubinos? We've got you covered. Get a taste of her latest album Black Terry Cat. Thank us later.


Steve Gunn @ Black Cat - 7/10/2016

Steve Gunn @ Black Cat - 7/10/2016

Since his self-released, self-titled first album came out in 2007, Steve Gunn has been extremely prolific, putting out a full-length record (and often more than one), either alone or in collaboration with other artists, in each year since. In June he released Eyes on the Lines, his first album for Matador Records, and as one of the strongest and most varied of his career so far, it shows an artist continuing to grow in his craft. Gunn and his band are currently touring in support of the album, and they recently came to play DC at the Black Cat backstage.


Arbouretum @ Metro Gallery (Baltimore) - 7/8/2016

Arbouretum @ Metro Gallery (Baltimore) - 7/8/2016

Baltimore’s Arbouretum released their fifth album, Coming Out of the Fog, in early 2013, and after a year of touring in support of it, announced in 2014 that they were going on “indefinite hiatus” while members pursued other projects.  For many bands, that’s a death knell, one from which they never return, but fans didn’t need to worry.  Frontman Dave Heumann released his first solo album, Here in the Deep, last year, a record that was very obviously his work while still exploring new directions.  Meanwhile, the band returned tentatively, playing a couple of local Baltimore festivals in 2015.  This year, however, the band announced a full return, with a show at the Metro Gallery and a new album in the process of being recorded.


Episode 201: The Mystery Lights

Episode 201: The Mystery Lights

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That's kinda what it's like listening to The Mystery Lights.

This is what it's like talking with them.


THE LIST for July 15th, 2016: A Peek Behind The Curtain

THE LIST for July 15th, 2016: A Peek Behind The Curtain

This week we published our 200th episode of Chunky Glasses: The Podcast. It was a long road full of...well...mostly beer, but the point is we got here by staying true to our "vision", just doing what it is we do, and believing in the power of weird.

In the spirit of that weirdness, this week's playlist is a look inside what has driven the podcast over the years, either directly - you may recognize some of these songs from our outro - or indirectly. In other words here's a glimpse into my head, a view that our crew knows well, that offers the clearest look at how and why we do what we do.  - Kevin


"VRY BLK" - Jamila Woods

"VRY BLK" - Jamila Woods

Sounds Like

Kehlani; Jhene Aiko; a proud declaration of being black wrapped in the sound of summer

Why You Should Care

Jamila Woods gained recognition singing the chorus of Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment’s song, “Sunday Candy”, but the Chicago-based singer/poet has just released her debut album of great R&B jams, entitled HEAVN, that should give her even more deserved attention. One of the standout tracks on the LP is “VRY BLK,” a song that is as clever in its wordplay as it is proudly defiant in the face of police brutality. Woods keeps Chicago in the mix, adding rapper Noname to the song for a breezy verse. As relevant as the lyrical content is today, the production values backing up her great voice makes this a quintessential summer song. But surprise - this summer jam actually has an important message.


Episode 200: Bob Boilen

Episode 200: Bob Boilen

Sixteen years ago, All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen didn’t just change the game with his podcast about the music he loved and nothing but, he pretty much INVENTED the game.

Now Bob has set his sights on the literary world with his new book Your Song Changed My Life. A collection of conversations that is “…less like a record and more like a stack of 45’s,” Your Song Changed My Life checks in with some of rock and roll’s biggest names, as well as a few up -and -coming greats to explore not just what makes these artists tick, but why music is so important to us all.

For our 200th episode we’re sitting down with Bob to talk about his book, his life as a journalist (and other things), what drives his love of music, and much, much more.

Whether you’re a fan of All Songs Considered, a creative looking for inspiration or just a lover of music, this podcast might change your life.


Oh Pep! @ Jammin' Java - 7/7/2016

Oh Pep! @ Jammin' Java - 7/7/2016

Melbourne, Australia’s Oh Pep!, the duo of Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs (Oh-livia and Pep-ita, get it?) get classified as folk-pop for lack of a better box to put them in, but their music belongs as much to the indie pop world as to the folk.  In fact, listening to their debut album Stadium Cake, released in the US by Dualtone Records last month, and you might be hard-pressed to hear any folk music in the full, multi-layered (and frequently electronic) arrangements at all.  Live, though, is a different story, as the duo strips the songs down to their bare bones with Hally’s vocals and acoustic guitar and Emmerichs’ mandolin and fiddle.  Suddenly, the folk categorization makes more sense, even if it still seems reductive.


Lawrence @ Songbyrd Music House - 6/26/16

Lawrence @ Songbyrd Music House - 6/26/16

The spirit of Sly and the Family Stone was alive and well at Songbyrd Music House thanks to the soulful sounds of Lawrence.

An eight-piece soul-pop band whose members largely comprise of Brown University alumni who met during college, Lawrence is fronted by and named after siblings Gracie and Clyde Lawrence. They released their debut album, Breakfast, in March and recently garnered rave reviews for their Bonnaroo debut. The time was right for them to make their way to DC for the first time and get the crowd dancing.


We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Jammin' Java - 7/2/2016

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Jammin' Java - 7/2/2016

Glasgow’s We Were Promised Jetpacks released their third and most recent album, Unravelling, in 2014, but it would be a mistake to think that they’ve been idle in the meantime.  The band has been touring relentlessly – most recently, after a run of shows opening for Tokyo Police Club through a series of Midwestern and West Coast dates, they embarked on a brief headlining tour of mostly East Coast shows.  Last Saturday, the group played the final show of that US run at Jammin’ Java in Vienna before returning home to Scotland.


THE LIST for July 8, 2016: Cool Your Jets

THE LIST for July 8, 2016: Cool Your Jets

In the musical West Side Story, as tensions and temperatures rise, Riff advises the Jets to be "cool" in a jazz fugue for the ages.  Nothing cools like jazz.  As political tensions and summer temperatures rise all around the country, we all need some jazz to cool our own jets.  As you begin your sweat-soaked commute or a sweltering evening at home, here are 15 hand-picked tracks to air condition your soul.  So smear the condensation from your drink on your brow, light the mosquito-repellent candles, and be cool. - Patrick


Fear of Men @ DC9 - 6/30/2016

Fear of Men @ DC9 - 6/30/2016

Brighton, England’s Fear of Men released their second album, Fall Forever, on Kanine Records at the beginning of June. Led by singer and guitarist Jessica Weiss, the band has expanded their dream-pop sound, expanding into darker territories lyrically and musically while still maintaining the edge which made their earlier album Loom one of the most talked about indie debuts of 2014. On Thursday evening, the band came to DC9.