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“Blood and Chalk” - EMA

“Blood and Chalk” - EMA

Sounds Like:

A voice from beyond the grave, a scraping, harrowing ballad

Why You Should Care:

Erika M. Anderson, who records under the name EMA, describes her new record Exile in the Outer Ring as a concept record about life in the struggling outer suburbs. In concert and record, the Outer Ring as she depicts it is a placeless American white trash dystopia of strip malls, opioids, online surveillance, DUI arrests, and political paranoia.

The harrowing “Blood and Chalk,” written originally for a soundtrack for a teen horror movie, is the record’s highlight — a scraping, haunted ballad for the generation of kids who grew up in the shadows of Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails and Eminem. It’s not an industrial track; Anderson plays thudding guitar and sings with only minimal electronic processing over droning keyboards. But something about it is lifeless and mechanical, in a very deliberate approach, from the funereal drumming to the scorched-earth singing.


Episode 328: Best Of 2017

Episode 328: Best Of 2017

It's likely that we'll look back at 2017 as the year almost everything fell apart, downerism ruled the land, and we came very close to being broken as a people. 

But we didn't break. We made it. And on this final installment of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast for 2017, we're discussing the music that lifted us up, dropped us down, and sometimes even showed us the way, but never, ever let us down.

Thanks for tuning in all year. We'll see you soon. Until then be good to your ears, but be better to your people...


Episode 308: Aromanticism - Moses Sumney

Episode 308: Aromanticism - Moses Sumney

Moses Sumney has a voice from out-of-this world, and soul as deep as an ocean. On his debut LP, Aromanticism, the Los Angeles singer/songwriter swimming in a genre agnostic sea and coming back to land with one of the most unique, and best, albums of 2017. Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) and Marcus K. Dowling (Decades, Capitol Wrestling) join Kevin in the basement to discuss this modern masterpiece.

PLUS! Aaron Abernathy's latest Dialogue (out 10/16) takes a hard look at the world we live in today and offers up some soulful answers in response. Get a listen to "Children Of The City," the first single from this modern masterpiece and #BeAPartOfTheDialogue.


Episode 256: The El Mansouris - The El Mansouris

Episode 256: The El Mansouris - The El Mansouris

First there were whispers. Then there was a video. And finally, after years of waiting there was a debut album. And just like that, Washington, DC "supergroup" The El Mansouris were gone.

Tune in as we dive deep into a minor masterpiece by a band that barely existed, but left a hell of a mark in the short time they had. 

PLUS! Tidal Talk is BACK, and now living in our darkest timeline where Net Neutrality is on its last legs and Justin Bieber is the only state approved music for the masses.

OK. That last part isn't true YET, but seriously guys...it's starting to look bleak out there.

PS. We've also got seven minutes of fresh PAIN from our friend Seán Barna for ya.


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 187: RIP Above The Bayou

Episode 187: RIP Above The Bayou

 

A few years ago in the small town of Washington, DC, Maddy Wolpow-Gindi and Quinn Meyers (along with the steady hand of friend Jordan Grobe on sound) set out to host a few rock shows at their shared space above a Cajun restaurant known as The Bayou.

Over the course of two years that space which started out just hoping to turn out "a few rock shows" turned into one of the most vibrant and vital music venues the nation's capital has ever seen.

But all good (great) things come to an end, and so it was that the last bittersweet notes rang loud from Above the Bayou's withered bay windows out into the streets of DC in May of this year. 

Dead is dead, and the past is the past, but there are always stories to be received from those who were there.

This is theirs.