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Episode 258: Marquee Moon - Television [Discologist]

Episode 258: Marquee Moon - Television [Discologist]

In 1977 a fussy proto/post punk band from NYC dropped one of the most influential albums in rock n' roll history. Forty years later, we're talking about why this fidgety masterpiece not only influenced and defined a generation of musicians, but why it sounds just as vital and savage as it did way back when.

That's it. That's the pitch.

Are you in, or is you isn't?


Live Music: Hospitality @ The Black Cat - 4/19/12

As the midway point of 2012 rapidly approaches, it becomes more and more clear which bands stand out and are going to be the ones remembered in this, the final year of everything, and which ones are simply going to fall by the wayside…much like the totality of humanity. For me, one band that not only easily stands out, but sits at the top of the list is Hospitality. Given shape in the forge of intelligent, witty songwriting and an ancient miasma of old school NYC punk/new wave truth, Hospitality has taken the lessons that bands like Television, Blondie and Talking Heads laid down, and brought the gospel back to the masses  - surely a sign that the end times are upon us.

I kid but marginally so. It’s true that Hospitality is by far my favorite of the crop of bands that have “debuted” (they actually have been around since 2008) or released new records in 2012, but after their performance at The Black Cat last Thursday, which was the second time I’ve seen them in as many months, I have to say – it’s getting a little frustrating to be a Hospitality fan. To be clear, they delivered a GREAT performance, there just seems to be something…missing.


INTERVIEW: Amber Papini of Hospitality

Earlier this year, the New York band Hospitality released what is shaping up to be one of the years best records. With songs like "Friends", "Betty Wang" and our personal favorite, "The Birthday", the band is on the fast track to indie superstardom, and shows no time of slowing up anytime soon.  Tonight they'll make a stop at DC's The Black Cat opening for label mate Eleanor Friedberger and as great as their songs are on record, we're pretty comfortable with letting you know that you ain't seen nothing yet. 

A few months ago we had the chance to chat with singer/guitarist/songwriter Amber Papini a few months ago and she let us in on some of the history of the band, band crushes how making a their debut record took a mighty, mighty long time. Here's what she had to say.


I read that you guys actually wrote a lot of material for this record a while ago, and didn't quite get into the full-time band business until recently. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Yeah, sure. I wrote the songs over, I guess 2008 to 2009, and then we recorded in 2010. We started out…we recorded this EP in 2008 with [producer] Karl Blau, and wegot things going with that. And then in 2009 Brian got this opportunity to tour with White Rabbits, so he took that and it basically turned into like 2 years of him touring. So we were actually ready to be in the studio and record in 2009 but we just couldn't. It was between Brian's schedule, and then the studio’s that we wanted to work with schedule, and it just never happened so we just had to wait. And then when we did finally get in the studio, we were working with a guy who was sort of really busy. The same time he was recording us he was recording Sleigh Bells I think, so we were paying him discount prices and we were getting like… we had to do this very quickly and we really had to wait for the mixes.