21 years ago and four albums into their career, Richmond, Virginia Hardcore legends Avail released what many consider to be their masterpiece, Over The James. The album was a love letter to the band’s hometown, and more importantly set the bar for an entire generation of musicians to follow. On this episode of Discologist, we’re discussing Avail’s legacy, their eye for a great cover, and more. So tune in and turn it up as we celebrate 21 years of Avail’s Over The James !
PJ Sykes is a man of many talents - Photographer, political activist, cat-dad, musician - these are but a few of the many hats he wears. But this week we’re talking with him about a role he’s filled for over seventeen years now - label head.
Founded in 2001, Cherub records has been the home of not just PJ’s music, but eccentric releases from the Richmond, Virginia scene and beyond. Tune in as we take a tour through his musical past with bands like Kids Techno, A New Dawn Fades, Graceland Grave Robbers, and his recently put on hiatus project, Hoax Hunters!
A indie-folk tune for lonely folk
Why You Should Care:
Twain is the solo project of Spirit Family Reunion and The Low Anthem guitarist Matt Davidson. With a move from NYC to Richmond, VA, Davidson has taken a DIY approach to his solo releases, putting music out on Bandcamp. Now on Austin label Keeled Scales, Twain is set to release his album Rare Feeling on October 20.
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.
Way back in February, Richmond, VA's Lucy Dacus released her debut album, No Burden.
No Burden happens to be one of the best albums of 2016 to date.
This is what happened when we talked to Lucy and her band the day after her album came out.*
*we included a sweet track from one of Lucy's fellow Richmonders Clair Morgan too because AWESOME, that's why.
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!
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.)
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?
Continuing our unintentional extended coverage of the Richmond scene, Kevin sits down with Hoax Hunters front man and renowned concert photographer PJ SYKES to find out all there is to know about their upcoming debut, Comfort & Safety as well has his “side job” as a renowned concert photographer.
Recently tapped to be the official photographer for Merge Records 25th anniversary festival this week, PJ has built a career out of doing what he loves, and after listening to his stories, we’re betting you’ll be compelled to do the same. All that plus a Cheesy Western and a bowl with on this latest episode of ChunkyGlasses, The Podcast!