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Episode 209: Avers - Omega/Whatever

Episode 209: Avers - Omega/Whatever

Warner Music exec Mike Jbara is leaving the entertainment monolith to join "HD music" firm MQA. Is there new music format the future of music, or just another Ogg-Vorbis in the also-ran annals of history.

Richmond, Virginia's Avers is back Omega/Whatever, the follow up to 2014's head trip of a debut, Empty Light. Did they survive the sophomore slump? All signs point to HELL YES!

Mild High Club. Great band. Questionably great pun. We've got a the heady title track off of their upcoming album Skiptracing (out 8/26 on Stones Throw Records) for you to toke on.  


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 192: William Tyler - Modern Country

Episode 192: William Tyler - Modern Country

Noah Berman (Louis Weeks) and Ian Taronji (The Lucky So & So's) are both formidable guitarists with connections to the DC scene. Kevin is also a guitarist, minus the formidable. Together the three are going full wonk on the instrument that has, in no small part, shaped their lives.

William Tyler is a guitarist. He is not connected to the DC scene. He also is not a hack. His new album Modern Country aims to prove that and then some.

Remember that time the band Avers rocked the f@#@ out of 2014 with their album Empty Light? Well, they're back, and we've got the first single off of their upcoming sophomore LP, Omega/Whatever, for you to shove in yer earholes and enjoy.

Any questions?


2015 Landmark Music Festival

2015 Landmark Music Festival

While Washington has had its share of “festivals” – Trillectro, Sweetlife, Virgin Mobile Fest – we’ve never, until this past weekend, really had something that’s specifically for D.C.

Staged in West Potomac Park adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial, the inaugural Landmark Music Festival brought the scale, along with the uniformity, of other more seasoned fests like Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza. That’s not surprising, as Landmark was thrown with veteran production company C3, now the third-largest production company in the U.S.,  working in conjunction with the Trust for the National Mall, who aims to fund their ongoing Landmark Campaign

The National Mall faces more than $400 million in deferred maintenance on top of hundreds of millions of dollars in needed updates and sustainable improvements. Landmark Music Festival is helping us to build awareness and raise funds to meet the needs of our country’s most iconic, beloved and visited national park. – Landmark Trust’s MacKenzie Babb

The hope, of course, is that the iconic, beloved draw of the park itself will transfer completely to an event that is eventually regarded in much the same light. That's a mission that even the most jaded of music fans SHOULD be able to get behind, and as to the future success of the Landmark Festival, that remains to be seen. This year though, this is how things shook out.


Episode 111: Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Episode 111: Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

On this week’s podcast, Kevin, Carrie and Patrick explore the often hilarious, and hilariously verbose world of Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett and her debut LP sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit. But not before dishing all of the dirt on Jay Z’s Tidal, the newest player in the streaming landscape. Artist owned and curated, will Tidal, with its “hi-fi” stream and no free tier subscription, follow through on its promise to save the music industry, or is it just more of the same with megastar backers.

PLUS!! Richmond, Virginia’s AVERS has been hard at work on their sophomore album and we’ve got the first single, “Vampire” for you to put in your ears, where it belongs! Get ready to tune in and rawk out on Episode 111 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


The Trillions - "What When Where"

The Trillions - "What When Where"

Sounds Like:

An outtake from Big Star's Third, sent from the future; Feels. Deep, deep, feels; Proto-Avers. 

Why You Should Care

If you're thinking to yourself "Wait a minute! This song...it's not NEW! This song came out in 2012!" then you would be absolutely correct. But good music never goes out of style, especially when you're talking about the pop sensibilities of Richmond, Virginia's the Trillions. (Their new record, Superposition, will be out January 31, and we’ll probably write about that one, too.)


Best Of 2014: The Lists - Kevin's Picks

Best Of 2014: The Lists - Kevin's Picks

2014 was a huge year for music makers and music lovers alike. Established bands hit their stride, newcomers changed the game and across the board musicians from the biggest to the smallest delivered some of the best music we’ve heard at ChunkyGlasses since we started this damn thing almost five years ago. Before calling it quits for 2014 and taking a break, it’s time for one last list, one last roundup, and a whole lot of thank-you’s.

To all of the amazing artists we talked about, interviewed, or just put in our ears -  thanks  for thinking we were worth your time. That goes double for the ones we didn’t get to.

To the site staff and contributors and sitters in – your insights, opinions and differences in tastes keep this whole thing interesting for me. Hopefully it does the same for our readers and listeners (if not we’ve got an email address for that). Special thanks goes out to Paul for gChat support and Andre for the heady vibes he brought to the podcast.

Biggest thanks though is to our readers and listeners. We’d still do it without you, but the idea that once in a while people listen to and maybe even care what we say – even if it’s only eleven of you – warms our curmudgeonly hearts greatly.

With all that out of the way, I give you 2014 through my ears. 

See you soon. 

Keep your lawn safe.

- Kevin


Episode 71: Avers

Episode 71: Avers

Last year when the members of the Richmond, Virginia six piece AVERS got together to jam, they had no expectations for anything except to have a good time and make some noise. All members of already well established bands, J.L. Hodges (Farm Vegas), Alexandra Spalding (Hypercolor), Tyler Williams (The Head And The Heart), Adrian Olson (Hypercolor), James Mason (The Mason Brothers), and Charlie Glenn (The Trillions quickly realized off-the-charts creative chemistry between them, and inside a month they had knocked out the material for what would become one of 2014’s best releases, Empty Light.

Before their recent show in Washington, DC at the Rock & Roll Hotel, Kevin and Quinn sat down with this “super group” to talk about the creation of that album, their accelerated creative process, what the future holds for this nascent powerhouse of a band and more.