Will his performance wake people up to the world to the type of (awful) person that Trump really is? Probably not, so we made a playlist that has the power to save us from our darkest timeline...hopefully.
As we prepare to gather and celebrate the diversity of the people of our country with the opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture here in DC this weekend, we should consider that this joyous (and long overdue) occasion is falls in the same week that two unarmed black men - Terence Crutcher and Keith L. Scott - were shot dead by police officers for no other reason than the color of their skin.
This, sadly, in 2016 especially, is nothing new. But let us not numb ourselves to the realities of our current state here in America as we watch the riots and protests in Charlotte and shore up our emotional mettle to prepare for the NEXT report of such a killing that will surely come in future weeks, if not the next. Let us understand and revel in the fact that this is wrong. This is sickening. This is injustice. And it has to stop.
Summer was hot as hell, but Fall is almost here. This week we're giving you the musical tools to kick back, cool down, and ease into the soon to be barren landscape of Winter.
Did that sound depressing? Never mind...brown liquor season is nigh!
Check out new releases from Kishi Bashi, Against Me!, Frank Ocean (if you weren't on Apple Music) and Paul's personal fave, DAWES.
The Olympics have come and gone and proved to be yet another example of the good that can happen when we come together as a people to celebrate and respect everything that makes us great.
Unless you're Ryan Lochte.
As you may or may not know, it's been a really hard week for the greater South Louisiana family. Yet another historic storm with record-shattering rainfall -- this time in and around my stomping grounds of Baton Rouge, LA -- ravaged and nearly drowned our fair capital city in floodwaters this week. There's not a single family unaffected in some way. Most are safe, but the scope of damage and displacement is historic and near-unfathomable. Louisiana still needs all the help they can get. (Please consider chipping in even a few tax-deductible bucks toward a great organization and a cause very near to my heart.)
It was a wild week out there on the campaign trail, and nothing goes better with batshit crazy than SONG!
This week we proudly present one man's journey from the pinnacle of privilege, to the precipice of Presidency, and ultimately straight into our...hearts...forever.
This week we're presenting to you songs of sport, victory, and defeat. Shit's about to get REAL in Rio when the 2016 Summer Olympics kick off tonight.
To all of the athletes around the world who are headed to Brazil to take place in this moment of global unity we offer, not just the gift of song, but these words of universal wisdom:
After two long weeks, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions have come and gone. The speeches are done, the balloons are deflated, and the pundits are finally, mercifully silent. As we scan the aftermath of these twin carnivals of political excess, one truth becomes abundantly clear...none of these career politicians (except Uncle Joe) know how to pick an entrance song.
This week's List is humbly submitted as a non-partisan alternative to the middle of the road pop selections that typically pass for entrance music for our foremost politicians. Yes, some of these selections may be a bit "on the nose" and many would send members of the punditocracy directly to their respective fainting couches...but great leaders make bold choices and what better way to set the tone for your campaign than with a masterful walk up song. - Paul/Eduardo/Kevin/Patrick
This weekend is gonna be hot AF here in DC, so we made you a playlist...about heat...because heat.
Yea...we're smart like that.
This week we published our 200th episode of Chunky Glasses: The Podcast. It was a long road full of...well...mostly beer, but the point is we got here by staying true to our "vision", just doing what it is we do, and believing in the power of weird.
In the spirit of that weirdness, this week's playlist is a look inside what has driven the podcast over the years, either directly - you may recognize some of these songs from our outro - or indirectly. In other words here's a glimpse into my head, a view that our crew knows well, that offers the clearest look at how and why we do what we do. - Kevin
In the musical West Side Story, as tensions and temperatures rise, Riff advises the Jets to be "cool" in a jazz fugue for the ages. Nothing cools like jazz. As political tensions and summer temperatures rise all around the country, we all need some jazz to cool our own jets. As you begin your sweat-soaked commute or a sweltering evening at home, here are 15 hand-picked tracks to air condition your soul. So smear the condensation from your drink on your brow, light the mosquito-repellent candles, and be cool. - Patrick
Things to put in your ears
Many people know John Carpenter as the director of such classic films as Halloween,The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. However, currently Carpenter is touring the country (he makes a stop at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC on 7/12), to showcase his equally influential musical work. Today's list includes some of Carpenter's best compositions for film, selections from his recent Lost Themes albums, and compositions inspired by, or in conversation with, Carpenter's work. So, enjoy The List for now and go see the master himself if he's coming to your town.
Things to do with yourself/others
It's a holiday weekend here in DC and outside of watching things go BOOOOOOM there's some slim pickings, but here's our bets for the best way to spend your precious time.
- Flag at the Black Cat
DC is a town that loooves it's punk rock. These guys (Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, Dez Cadena and Stephen Egerton) are some of the true originals. It doesn't get any louder than this
- The Sweater Set at Lubber Run Amphitheater [FREE]
Individually Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary make beautiful music. Together they make beautiful-er music. Any chance to see them perform is a chance you really have to take.
- Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples at Wolf Trap
We don't need to explain this to you, do we?
- Flasher, Post Pink and Puff Pieces at Comet Ping Pong
A band made of other DC bands, plus the amazing Puff Pieces in the back room of a pizza joint. We'll leave the sign up list on our desk.
- Inter Arma with Withered and Genocide Pact at DC9
Metal. From Richmond, VA. GET SOME.
Thursday July 7
- Humble Fire, DAIS, and Stranger in the Alps @ DC9
Homegrown DC rock at the best small room in the city.
Welcome to our new weekly column that is exactly what is says it is. A list. Specifically this week a Spotify playlist that might feature songs that have been rocking our earholes, oldies but goodies that needed a good revist, or, in the case of today's list, a theme.
THINGS TO PUT IN YOUR EARS
Last night we got word that one of bluegrass's greatest pioneers, Dr. Ralph Stanley, passed away at the tender age of 89. Stanley achieved noteriety playing with his brother throughout the Appalachians during the 50's and 60's, but it was the 2000 Cohen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou, featuring a solo rendition of "Oh Death" by Stanley that launched him, and bluegrass, back into the public eye where it remains to this day.