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Episode 418: Lizzo's 'Cuz I Love You'

Episode 418: Lizzo's 'Cuz I Love You'

On her third album and major label debut, Cuz I Love You, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and liver of her best life Melissa Viviane Jefferson aka LIZZO is doubling down on the Prince vibes and in the process may be making the world a better place for us all. On this episode of Discologist special guest Philip Basnight joins us to discuss what makes a perfect pop album, the power of positivity, and why it’s Lizzo’s world now, we’re just lucky to be living in it.


Episode 362: Dirty Computer - Janelle Monáe

Episode 362: Dirty Computer - Janelle Monáe

Even in the darkest of timelines, Janelle Monáe has always been the most triumphant of superstars, and five long years, Janelle Monáe is finally returning to music to claim her throne.. Featuring the likes of Grimes, Brian Wilson, and everyone in between, Dirty Computer lets its freak flag fly higher than fuck, and the results represent a landmark achievement in pop, hip-hop, funk, and whatever the hell else Monáe feels like proving she's better than the rest of us at. 

PLUS! The Australian psych scene is on the rise again and Turtle Skull may be leading the charge. Check out a dank new track "Eden" from their upcoming self-titled EP. 


"Doubt" — Joywave

"Doubt" — Joywave

Sounds Like:

The catchy melodies of BORNS and Coast Modern meets the bass lines of Tame Impala  

Why You Should Care:

Some musicians take their videos seriously, but none take as much pleasure in crafting stranger-than-fiction videos as Joywave does. Their debut album How Do You Feel Now? was heavy on the dark synths on songs like “Destruction” and “Somebody New,” but their videos show a complete other side of the band. The video for “Tongues” starred a colony of nudists being hunted down with a clothing gun. “It’s A Trip!” is a sun-soaked, jet-ski romp through the Bay of Miami with the band as they progressively age and shrivel away on the water. Content track “Doubt” is no different here - Director Olivier Gondry keeps the concept relatively simple, but strange. With just one spotlight and a pitch-black set, the band members’ faces are manipulated and melded into one another.

Joywave will be performing in DC this Friday, March 2, at U Street Music Hall.


"Your World” — thanks.

"Your World” — thanks.

Sounds Like:

The catchy melodies of BORNS and Coast Modern meets the bass lines of Tame Impala  

Why You Should Care:

The slinky bass line that kicks off the song should immediately hook you, but if not, maybe the lyrics will. LA-based indie-pop duo thanks. released "Your World" to the world a few months ago, a song that waxes indignant about seeing someone become a completely different person before their eyes. The song combines psychedelic synths, a catchy cadence, and of course, that bass line.


"Everybody's Lonely” — Jukebox the Ghost

"Everybody's Lonely” — Jukebox the Ghost

Sounds Like:

A modern pop homage to Queen that breaks away from the modern pop message

Why You Should Care:

Let's get it out of the way - yes, Jukebox the Ghost has never sound Queen-ier than on "Everybody's Lonely." Not surprising for a group that has been holding "Halloqueen" cover shows for the last three years? But Jukebox the Ghost deserves more credit than that - for ten years, they've been crafting reliably catchy piano-pop songs that everyone may have heard on a TV commercial or at an H&M at some point. But there aren't many radio-friendly piano-pop bands with a voice as soaring as Ben Thornewill's.


“Forever” — Matt and Kim

“Forever” — Matt and Kim

Sounds Like:

Matt and Kim of the Sidewalks era, angry about the state of the world in 2018

Why You Should Care:

Long-running indie pop duo Matt and Kim know how to bring the energy through their upbeat anthemic sound, both on their records and on tour. Known for their dynamic live shows full of balloons, confetti, and notorious onstage antics (that led drummer Kim Schifino to a torn ACL on stage last year), Matt and Kim have shown an ability to constantly produce songs that put a smile on your face and send out good vibes. “Forever,” a collaboration with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, who provides guest vocals, is the first single from a yet-to-be-named sixth studio album.

“Forever” is classic Matt and Kim – full of handclaps, synth drum lines, and piano- based melodies – brought into the era of political protest. With a chorus of “I don’t want to live forever in this world of shit,” Matt and Kim reflect and share their perspective on the current state of affairs. Followed by lyrics like, “Things can’t stay, can’t stay like this”, their desire to rally people together to move beyond current challenges becomes clear. Matt and Kim write that this song and the upcoming album are a way for the duo to reflect on how “2017 was not a great year for us” and to “get stuff off our chest”.

Matt and Kim will perform at the 9:30 Club on May 2nd.


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.


Perfume Genius @ 9:30 Club - 5/15/2017

Perfume Genius @ 9:30 Club - 5/15/2017

With one critically-acclaimed album after another, Mike Hadreas has channeled the struggles of love, hate, and fitting in with society, giving a voice to those that feel disenfranchised and voiceless. In that regard, his fourth and latest album as Perfume Genius, No Shape, is no different, but is brimming with much more positivity and love than any of his previous releases. It’s no surprise, then, that his performance at 9:30 Club was a confident show of force that ran the entire emotional gamut, from anger and loneliness to unbridled joy.


“Say My Name” - Tove Styrke

“Say My Name” - Tove Styrke

Sounds like:

A song sauntering along in the summer sun

Why you should care:

Tove Styrke’s album Kiddo was widely regarded as one of the better pop albums of 2015. Full of radio-ready pop hooks that still allowed her to carve her own niche in the music landscape, songs like “Borderline” and “Ego” found sizeable audiences around the world, especially in her native Sweden.


Kero Kero Bonito @ U Street Music Hall - 11/5/16

Kero Kero Bonito @ U Street Music Hall - 11/5/16

There are bands whose appeal can span generations. Thankfully, Kero Kero Bonito is not one of those bands. It’s music crafted exclusively for millennials’ ears. You can conclude as much after listening to a song like “Graduation”, where singer Sarah Midori Perry sings “Today's my graduation, so long to education / Didn't learn a thing anyway.” But like other artists signed to unique pop label PC Music, Kero Kero Bonito has found a passionate audience for their quirky and very niche take on bubblegum pop, one that takes cues from J-pop, dancehall, and video games. And judging by their performance, they know exactly what they are doing and the audience they’re going for.


Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

Jenn Wasner has spent the better part of the past decade slaying as one half of indie powerhouse Wye Oak. Earlier this year, she released her long-in-the-works solo project, If You See Me, Say Yes, under the name Flock Of Dimes.

Predictably, it TOO, slayed.

Before a recent tour stop in the nation's capital, Wasner joined us to talk about how Flock Of Dimes came about, creating versus destroying, relocation, and the power of small actions on the world around you. 

Did we mention how much Jenn Wasner slays?


Episode 152: Benji Hughes - Songs In The Key Of Animals

Episode 152: Benji Hughes - Songs In The Key Of Animals

The Eagles (and Glenn Frey) are dead. Long live the Eagles…unless you’re THAT a-hole.

Pop weirdo Benji Hughes follows up 2008’s A Love Extreme by packing more fun per square inch than should be legally allowed on his Merge debut, Songs In The Key Of Animals.

Hailing from Austin, TX, Casey Chandler aka Galapaghost is keeping it real, and real mellow on his latest album I Never Arrived and we’ve got a track for your a$$.

Get hype for our diss track response to the B.O.B./Tyson flat earth feud. It’s dropping the same day as Frank Ocean’s album.


"Come" - She-Devils

"Come" - She-Devils

Sounds Like:

Modern, indie Nancy Sinatra; lo-fi surf rock

Why You Should Care:

Audrey Ann and Kyle Jukka came together in the summer of 2014 – following Ann’s high school partnership with Majical Clouds’ Devon Welsh (and the Clouds’ Matthew Otto also mixed and mastered She-Devil’s new EP). Their new EP is a beautiful exercise in minimalism, and the first single, “Come,” proves that atmosphere and simplicity can often outweigh advanced musicality.