Louis Weeks

Episode 302: Faunaphor (Louis Weeks & Noah Berman)

Episode 302: Faunaphor (Louis Weeks & Noah Berman)

Together or apart, long time musical collaborators Louis Weeks and Noah Berman have been creating some of the most forward thinking pop music of the past few years. When they started working on their latest project, it was familiar, yet different, and called out for something new. Out of this new collaboration, Faunaphor was born along with an exciting new phase of these old friends careers.

At the beginning of the Summer Louis and Noah joined Kevin in the basement to talk about And There I Was, the debut album from Faunaphor, what comes next and the inescapable pull of John Wick.


"in a library, in the summer (when I read I fall asleep)" - Faunaphor

"in a library, in the summer (when I read I fall asleep)" - Faunaphor

Sounds Like:

A markedly more serene Louis Weeks and Noah Berman

Why You Should Care:

DC-based keyboardist Louis Weeks and guitarist Noah Berman have been creating music side by side for a few years now, but today, they are debuting music under a new moniker – Faunaphor. The vintage synths and sparse percussion paired with dissonant piano chords making their presence at any given moment makes this a slight departure from the pair’s previous work, but Weeks’s vocals are as calm and assured as ever here. Faunaphor’s debut album And There I Was is due later this year.


Kingsley Flood @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 11/19/16

Kingsley Flood @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 11/19/16

If there’s one thing the band Kingsley Flood knows about, it’s change.

In 2012, their album Battles took them back and forth across the country and all the way to the mainstage at the legendary Newport Folk Festival. It was an album that dealt with the everyday struggles of an “everyday guy”, and the songs reflected front-man Naseem Khuri’s struggle with issues of equality, a running theme in most of the band’s work.


Ryley Walker @ DC9 - 10/26/2016

Ryley Walker @ DC9 - 10/26/2016

Ryley Walker released his third album of psychedelic folk rock, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, earlier this year. The album continues his John Martyn-meets-Van Morrison-meets-The Grateful Dead retro sound with eight new nostalgia-laden tracks. Walker has been touring in support of the album since, and last week he made a stop at DC9.


Episode 224: Bon Iver - 22, A Million

Episode 224: Bon Iver - 22, A Million

WAMU's Bluegrass Country is on the chopping block and up for sale. Help save it, and by doing so, save a little bit of us all.

Bon Iver returns after a five year hiatus, and the results are polarizing. We're choosing sides in the war of 22, A Million.

Ever wonder how to make great, kinda weird, super-intellectual pop music that actually works? Louis Weeks has the answers that you seek. All of them.


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. 


Episode 172: Fellow Creatures

Episode 172: Fellow Creatures

Independently, Sam McCormally and William McKindley-Ward are longtime staples of the DC music scene. Together they are FELLOW CREATURES!

Following the demise of their previous band - the beloved Ugly Purple Sweater - both were looking for a different direction for their music. They found it in electronic experimentation coupled with masterful songwriting and the result is a mind-blowing, self-titled LP that defies categorization.

In advance of the release, Sam and Will stopped by the basement to chat with Kevin and special guest Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds) about the making of Fellow Creatures, life in the DC music scene, and much, much more.


Episode 147: Best of 2015 - Part 2

Episode 147: Best of 2015 - Part 2

2015 was a huge year for music, so obviously we had to make a huge podcast to wrap the whole thing up. In part two of our year-end blowout, Quinn, Paul, and Kevin share the music that gave them the most feels in 2015, then offer up some thoughts on the year to come, pull back the curtain a little on how to make a podcast, and do a dramatic reading of The Force Awakens for your pleasure.*

We’ve reached the end, but it’s only the beginning, so sit back, relax, and get your ears ready because here comes our final podcast of the year. It’s Episode 147 of ChunkGlasses: THE PODCAST – BEST OF 2015 EDITION - PART 2!

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Episode 145: Best of DC 2015

Episode 145: Best of DC 2015

The end is nigh! The end of the year that is. This week on the podcast we’re kicking off our year-end closeout with a mega-sized wrap up of all that 2015 was here in our hometown of Washington, DC.

Joined by Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds), Bryce Taylor Rudow (Random Nerds) and Quinn Meyers (WRGW radio/ATB), Kevin and the gang take a look at some of the bands that moved them the most in 2015, flashback to 2014 to see how far we’ve come, and look forward to the future of what is fast becoming one of the most vibrant, diverse, and essential music scenes in the country.


Louis Weeks @ The Howard Theatre - 5/28/15

Louis Weeks @ The Howard Theatre - 5/28/15

Last week the Howard Theatre saw one DC-based musician reaching the end of his long road while two other groups began their own journeys.

Fellow Creatures kicked off the night with their hypnotizing mix of electronica, prog and pristine harmonies. While the duo (expanded to a four piece live) of Sam McCormally and Will McKinley-Ward has yet to put out an album proper (their upcoming debut album is being co-produced by none other than Louis Weeks himself), they’ve amassed an impressive collection of songs that continue to morph and mutate when performed live. Where those songs finally end up remains to be seen, but seeing them worked through in front of a live audience provides a wealth of thrilling, unexpected moments.

DC’s best/worst kept “secret” band, The El Mansouris took the stage next. An unexpected supergroup of DC-area musicians (including Fiona Kohrman, Margot MacDonald, Alex Braden from Young Rapids, Sam Raymond, formerly of Rival Skies, and Drew Hagelin of Cigarette),  The El Mansouris have only a few performances under their belt. But if the highly polished set they delivered is any indication, they’re already a tight unit with a clear identity. Just like Fellow Creatures, harmonies play a large role in The El Mansouri’s Music, but the group steers clear of any technical fireworks in favor of a more populist blending of indie rock and folk that charms one minute and provides sonic pyrotechnics the next. This was the largest stage on which the group had performed to date, and they took full advantage of the space, surrounding themselves in glowing orbs of canvas-dimmed light, providing a simple yet effective ambiance that underlined one of the few things we know about the band at this point: They mean business.

Also in the “means business” column: Louis Weeks.


Episode 117: Louis Weeks Returns!

Episode 117: Louis Weeks Returns!

This week on the podcast, Louis Weeks returns to the basement with his friend/collaborator Noah Berman in tow to talk about their upcoming release, haha! Recorded with a live band and greatly expanded instrumentation, haha builds on the the fantastical foundation laid down by 2014’s Shift/Away, and launches Weeks’ musical horizons into the stratosphere. 

Tune in to hear Louis and Noah tell all about how the album was made, what it’s like transitioning from being a largely solo musician to the leader of a seven piece band, bass drops, and get a taste of one of 2015's best albums. It's all happening on Episode 117 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


Episode 102: Steve Kolowich of Stranger In The Alps

Episode 102: Steve Kolowich of Stranger In The Alps

On the just-released Pattern Matching, the sophomore album from DC-based indie-folk outfit Stranger In The Alps, main man Steve Kolowich and friends have built upon the foundation he laid with 2013’s Honey If You’re Lucky to produce a record that is as willingly playful with its songwriting and use of language as it is with the boundaries of the genre which it operates in. For our latest podcast Kevin sat down for an in-depth discussion with Steve to discuss the making of the album, the art of songwriting, the DC scene through his eyes and much, much more.  It’s a double-sized, music-nerd extravaganza on Episode 102 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


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 96: Best of 2014

Episode 96: Best of 2014

2014 was a huge year for great music, so in like fashion we’ve got a HUGE podcast to finish the year out. Paul, Adam, Quinn, Tori, Brian, Carrie and Seàn join Kevin in the basement to talk about their favorite songs, albums and artists of the year, and what everyone is looking forward to in 2015. PLUS! One last round of “Prince is a dick” to decide once-and-for-all if Prince really is…well…you get the picture.

So strap in loyal listeners as the ChunkyGlasses gang takes on the year that was on Episode 96 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast – Best Of 2014!


Episode 87: Louis Weeks

Episode 87: Louis Weeks

In our latest podcast, Kevin sits down with multi-instrumentalist/producer/songwriter Louis (pronounced 'Loo-E') Weeks to talk about his stellar debut album Shift/Away, what all this music stuff really means, the house show scene in DC and much, more. You thought we were music nerds before? You ain't heard nothin' yet. Tune in and get turned on to one of 2014's best new artists - DC or otherwise - on Episode 87 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!