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This is a thread where all DC residents past and present can post information about the music scene in the city and any interesting or important upcoming events. Anyone who has lived here knows that there is a) a lot going on and b) not enough coverage to prevent a lot of frustration from missing shows that nobody knew about. Hopefully this thread will become valuable.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 10 February 2004 21:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

I can get everything rolling with a few contributions:
anyone wanting to get into the free improv scene here should sign up with the DC Improv yahoo group, which has listings for a lot of events in the area. They bring in a lot of good artists like Sabeer Mateen, Susie Ibarra and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.

The only electronic night i have ever been to is called Matter and it is held at the Blue Room on 18th street. I am not sure if it still exists, as i havent seen it listed for a while. The Djs played a lot of techno, including all the requisite hip german stuff, but whenever i went, there were 20 people there, and everything was being played at lounge volumes. it was a bit sad really, though the bar has a good beer selection.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 10 February 2004 21:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

At Recessions (18th and L St) on Fridays and Saturdays, sometimes local rappers come and rap over karaoke. I saw it once, and they were really good, considering.

Chris H. (chrisherbert), Tuesday, 10 February 2004 22:10 (11 years ago) Permalink

cool. keep em coming.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 04:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

I grew up in DC, but I don't live there anymore. I'm visiting in mid-March with my friend. She wants to see live music. Any suggestions? I was thinking of seeing British Sea Power at the Black Cat, but that's kind of boring. Anything more local to recommend?

Debito (Debito), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 04:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

Matter at the Blue Room ended a couple of months ago. In its place there's a rotating cast of weekly Sunday nights. I'm listing them with some of the other less club oriented regular DJ events around town:

SALT (listed first, because it's my night, dammit)
synthfunk, indiepop, dancehall, grime, electropunk, hip hop, industrial, hits
DJ's Sad and Lonely
1st Wednesday monthly
Cafe Saint-Ex

<>
indiedisco and beyond
DJ Will Eastman
generally 3rd Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

Confusion
disco, new wave, funk, postpunk, hiphop
DJ's Serpico, William Alberque, Cullen Stalin, Sad
generally 4th Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

Yellow Fever
reggae, groove, soul, hip-hop, dub
DJ's Yellow Fever
Tuesdays biweekly
Cafe Saint-Ex

Spilt Milk
rock, disco, funk, mod, punk, soul
Tuesdays biweekly
Red

Blowoff
indie house?
DJ's Bob Mould and Richard Morel
Saturdays
9:30 Club

Taking the Piss
jingle-jangle indie pop & psychedelic
occasional Fridays
Marx Cafe

We Fought the Big One
UK post punk, shoegaze, guitar pop, indie dance
DJ's Brandon Grover and Rick Taylor
1st Friday monthly
Marx Cafe

The Wag
60's garage soul & trash
DJ Mark Zimin
1st Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

The Mousetrap
brit pop, indie
DJ Mark Zimin
generally 2nd Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

Cold
coldwave, darkwave
2nd Sunday monthly
the Blue Room

Atmosphere
post punk, UK indie, dream pop
3rd Sunday monthly
the Blue Room

The Melting Pot
everything, 1964-1980
DJ Neville Chamberlain
Thursday biweekly
Cafe Saint-Ex

UH-HUH!
rock and roll
DJ Johnny
Sundays
Cafe Saint-Ex

Groove
soul, mod, garage
DJ Beat Neat-O
Thursdays biweekly
Cafe Saint-Ex

I'll work on a whole separate list of the club/hip hop/EDM events...

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 14:55 (11 years ago) Permalink

and here's what counds like a good upcoming special event:

24 Hour Access: 24 Hour Psycho

February 28, 2004 at 5:30 p.m.
A first for the Hirshhorn---the Museum will open the Douglas Gordon exhibition for twenty-four consecutive hours. 24 Hour Psycho (1993), the artist's video installation that stretches the Hitchcock classic into a twenty-four-hour experience, is the inspiration for this all-night happening. Launch the leap year with this unique, drop-in event, which will also include music, gallery discussions, and a "Meet the Artist" interview with Douglas Gordon conducted by Hirshhorn Director of Art and Programs and Chief Curator Kerry Brougher on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Ring Auditorium. "24 Hour Access: 24 Hour Psycho" is made possible through the generosity of Aaron and Barbara Levine.

http://hirshhorn.si.edu

The following music (presented by Signal 66) will be played:
5:30 ˆ 7:00pm DJ Sandwich Man
7:00 ˆ 8:00pm Band Chessie
8:00 ˆ 8:30pm DJ Debut
8:30 ˆ 9:15pm Band The Hipnotix
9:15 ˆ 9:45pm DJ Beat Neat-o of Groove
9:45 ˆ 10:30pm Band Rose
10:30 ˆ 11:00pm DJ Neville Chamberlain
11:00 ˆ 11:45pm Band The Phobes
11:45 ˆ 12:15am DJ Neville Chamberlain
12:15 ˆ 1:00am Band Sounds of Kaleidoscope
1:00 ˆ 1:30am DJ Happy Family
1:30 ˆ 2:15am Band Sons of Disobedience
2:15 ˆ 2:45am DJ Neville Chamberlain (tentative)
2:45 ˆ 3:30am Band Gully Jimson

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 14:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

Wed. 2-11

Habib Koite from Mali at the National Geographic Grosvenor
Hall--Habib's got a nice live cd out--He trys to meld styles from
different parts of Mali, and while he's not a big fave of mine he's
definately not bad

Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache at the K. Ctr. Eisenhower Theater--A
wonderful percussionist, bandleader, and sideman (not to mention a
college professor) who is very charismatic and entertaining with his band

Los Hombres Calientes from New Orleans at the Clarice Smith Center-An
interesting bunch from New Orleans who blend that city's jazz with
flavors from throughout the Caribbean. I believe WPFW's Jim Byers is
hosting and leading a chat with them as well.

Muzsikas at the Freer-Hungarian vocal combo
________________________________________________________________

Sat. 2-14

Sanchez and Richie Stephens at the Crossroads-Jamaican lovers rock for
Valentines Day
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Sun. 2-15

Haj Youness, Casablanca, Moroccan oud player and the Voice of Wisdom
Orchestra at 2 p.m. at the Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
Lecture Hall

La India and Sonora Caruseles at the Washington Hilton, 1919
Connecticut Ave. NW salsa
__________________________________
Tues. 2-17

Peru Negro at the Kenn. Ctr- Excellent Afro-Peruvian veteran combo--if
you like Eva Aylon or Susanna Baca this outfit's blend of soaring
melodies, strumming, and funky drumming (on instruments including
wooden boxes and donkey jawbones) will be up your alley
__________________________________
Other cool stuff:2-11-Super Furry Animals
from Wales at 930;2-12( & 2-13) jazz singer Jane Monheit at the
Birchmere; 2-13-Atmosphere at 930;2-14 Black Dice at Ottobar;Jazz
singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at K. Ctr.;Carmaig De Forest at Roots Cafe;

To get on my DC African/Latin/World whatever events ocassional e-mail thing, contact me at ritmika@hotmail.com The above comes from that...

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 16:05 (11 years ago) Permalink

For more DC events there's an improv jazz e-mail list, a few salsa ones, the Take Me Out to the Go-Go website, Dccaribbeanconnections.com, a few dc dancehall only sites, a zydeco/cajun e-mail list and website, and the Taking the Piss djs listed in Brian's post also do a reggae dub and more dj night.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 16:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

this is getting even better...!
are there any TechnoTechno nights out there?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 20:08 (11 years ago) Permalink

Since the demise of Filler/Matter there aren't any techno techno nights that I know of - house owns DC. You may want to check for special events being put on by the 'DC Skillz' crew. Cubik (nu-Buzz) has been getting in a few techno-oriented DJ's, including Green Velvet a couple months ago, but now that they're compressing their lineups into the main room they haven't been as thematically strong as before.

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:08 (11 years ago) Permalink

DJ Neville Chamberlain

Which reminds me...any news regarding a new location for the Metro Cafe?

j.lu (j.lu), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:10 (11 years ago) Permalink

They were working on a location in the old MetaTrack studios, behind the 7-11 on Rhode Island Ave at 14th St, to be a bar/upstairs small theater. No live music, though, and not to be called Metro. Originally supposed to open in October but it slid Then Cherry Red, who was supposed to be the theater tenant, disbanded. Since then nobody seems to be able to get any answers about what's going on.

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:28 (11 years ago) Permalink

So are Mathew Dear, Michael Mayer, Soundmurder or Dizzee coming to town and/or where could you hear their music?

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:39 (11 years ago) Permalink


you can get e-mails about DC area events from:

dc-improv-announce-owner@yahoogroups.com

salsanews@aol.com

the blow_up@hotmail.com

bw_zydeco@yahoo.com

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:47 (11 years ago) Permalink

We've played plenty of Matthew Dear and Michael Mayer at my night, SALT, and we did a listening party for the Dizzee album last week. Haven't tried to play Soundmurderer, though - got a sort of cease and desist after playing Venetian Snares a couple months ago. We're doing a listening party for the new Telefon Tel Aviv and Neubauten at our next night.

Dizzee's supposedly coming back for a bigger tour in the summer, but I'm not sure if he'll hit DC or not. I don't know of anything regarding Dear or Mayer, but if they came I imagine it would be at 5ive, unless it was a one-off somewhere else.


Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 14:49 (11 years ago) Permalink

why is the electronic dance scene here so seemingly mediocre? I used to be proud that there were all of these famous artists from the area (deep dish, BT, Saeed and Palash, etc.) but they all seem to only sleep here. i guess i just have different ideals. I like the fact that Danny Tenaglia travels 'round the world and still has a weekly in NYC (or at least used to... i dont know what he is up to now)playing everything from Basic Channel to Salsoul. When was the last time Deep Dish played here?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 12 February 2004 14:59 (11 years ago) Permalink

Deep Dish is around every once in a while at Nation, but it seems like just another stop on the tour. And I guess they have even less incentive to be around since the end of the Yoshitoshi store. Saeed and Palash pop up from time to time, but not as much as a few years ago. I can understand that maybe it's not seen as the most exciting place to have a weekly or monthly, but you'd think there'd be some more visibility. Thievery Corporation have achieved a similar level of success, and you can't swing a Gucci belt without hitting something they're involved with around town. They enjoy playing to thousands on tour and then to a hundred people in a small room.

What's odd it that it seems to be only the EDM scene that really tries to escape the city - the most successful go-go and indie artists are, if anything, too tied to DC.

Is it odd that the most interesting and boosterish electronic dance DJ in DC over the last year has been Bob Mould?

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 15:33 (11 years ago) Permalink

im confused... the Bob Mould? I didnt know he was living in DC.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 12 February 2004 15:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

Yes, Bob Mould. He and Richard Morel started a DJ night called Blowoff as a monthly at the Velvet Lounge last year, now it's weekly at the 9:30 Club backbar. It falls somewhere between esoteric electronic lounge and shirtless gay dance party, usually within the same night.

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 16:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

Yea, Bob has his own blog and either there or at a separate website he posts his playlists. He used to do his thing at the Velvet Lounge and moved it to the 930 Club. There was a feature article about him in the City Paper and in the Post weekend section. Brian, your choice of music sounds more interesting to me.

The DC go-go artists have seemingly given up on being national and international acts (go-go hasn't crossed over) although Chuck Brown gets flown to Japan periodically to play.

Dischord indie rockers are always playing worldwide but such gigs just never get much local press here. Q and Not U are also booked to play that big fest coming up in California over the summer(Coachatella or something). Black Eyes toured Europe awhile back.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

I'm really looking forward to the Black Eyes show coming up, March 26th. The whole last half of March is pretty sharp at the Black Cat, hopefully we'll be able to get some of the acts playing to come DJ afterwards at Saint-Ex.

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:53 (11 years ago) Permalink

And I guess they have even less incentive to be around since the end of the Yoshitoshi store.

Why did they locate it in Georgetown? You can only make so much money from selling prog to white hats from GW. Better to be on U st with a big deep house section. They never seemed to have their shit together anyways. They cheated me out of $40 once but totally inadvertantly. I had my revenge during their clearance sale I guess.

As for Q and not U, I tried to see their last show at the Black Cat and ended up waiting in line for an hour by myself. As I was waiting, the show sold out. That is all. They need to play here more often.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 12 February 2004 18:55 (11 years ago) Permalink

According to their website Q and Not U are laying low and recording a new cd now. Black Eyes are playing the Warehouse Next Door near the new Convention Center Friday February 20th. Solomon Burke and Anthony Hamilton are offering different generation takes on soul that night at the sit down and keep your mouth closed Birchmere.

I always wanted to check out the Grits & Gravy dj night at Bar Nun... Years ago I saw DC rappers Opus Okuben playing with a live band at the now defunct Metro Cafe. Wow, they were great. Now they just mostly play Europe, sometimes with Ny jazz guy Steve Coleman. They were at Black Cat around New Years Eve but I missed them.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Friday, 13 February 2004 04:38 (11 years ago) Permalink

I like going to out-of-the way places like Chick Hall's Surf Club in Bladensburg (Chick Hall plays awesome honky tonk and surf guitar!) or Lamonts in Pomonkey, MD. Jim Bennett and Lady Mary sing Malaco records style bluesy soul there.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Friday, 13 February 2004 04:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

Anybody know anything about DC 9, a live music/DJ venue at 1940 9th st nw that looks to be replacing Metro Cafe in the club ecosystem? It's opening tonight, and their website is at www.dcnine.com, but doesn't say anything about who's behind it.

Brian Miller, Friday, 13 February 2004 22:59 (11 years ago) Permalink

For those complaining about lack of real techno in DC -- a freak occurance has Titonton Duvante playing this Thursday at Mantis on Columbia Road. I'm pretty sure there is no cover.

Michael Minnich, Wednesday, 18 February 2004 23:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

fuck how did i miss this post!!! Tombot (another techno techno fan) and I were sitting in a bar two blocks away bitching! damn! Is Mantis generally cool or is it usually the Wallpaper models I see inside (heh not that that is a bad thing I am just too ugly)?

anyways, wednesday night P Brotzmann is playing with Hamid Drake and William Parker. Its at Twins on U st (btw 13th and 14th?) at 8pm.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 1 March 2004 18:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

I received an e-mail about DC/9 which I think I deleted! It's run by some guy who did a one-off indie-rock dj thing at a sports bar in Chinatown I think. It was called Exit something i think. I'm not sure whether it will cover the same variety of entertainment that Metro Cafe did. My question is isn't the location of DC/9 where a mostly African-American house dance club used to be. Maybe I'm wrong and this isn't a new sign of gentrification--indie-rock replacing house.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Monday, 1 March 2004 19:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

Anybody been to the dj nights at Bar Nun? Their ad lists a hiphop/r'n'b night and a "grits n gravy" night. The latter was the subject of a Washington City Paper article many years back.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Monday, 1 March 2004 19:43 (11 years ago) Permalink

I went to Mantis to check out their new basement DJ space this past Friday, and it's very impressive. Holds maybe 100 people, good soundsystem, DJ near the entrance, bar down part of one side and some low sofas in the back past the bar. Dark, a little blue light, and a disco ball. Sort of a mini-Red. They're open Wednesdays - Saturdays, but I can't find a schedule online. It's grabbing the expected upscale house crowd, but they're definitely serious about booking talent.

DC 9 is in the original Asylum space, I'm not sure what it was between then and now. Half the music I've heard played there has been great indie/hip hop/disco, the other half has been too much midrange compressed guitar and singers that sound like they're in beer commercials. Which is a better hit rate than most places, but the DJs seriously can't mix or sequence their tracks.

Brian Miller, Monday, 1 March 2004 20:06 (11 years ago) Permalink

were people dancing? it sounds like a good space if a little small (meaning i would prefer 250 people, not 500). how is the list of EDM events coming? ;-)

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 1 March 2004 23:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

There were only a few people dancing, but I left pretty early. The flow of the space is a little screwy, so I can imagine it not working too well when packed. Then again, few places do.

List of EDM events is not so good. Seems like no place is doing well with regular nights and lineups are changing like crazy. And Cubik is filling the main room at Nation with the level of talent that would have played the front room at Buzz.

Brian Miller, Tuesday, 2 March 2004 03:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

ugh. i feel like there needs to be a fucking organization or something. can we negotiate a lease for a K St office for the new headquarters of Futurists Against Crappy Techno?

how long have you been in DC? what is the reason for the instability?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 03:47 (11 years ago) Permalink

WPFW djs and others formed a group that brings avante-jazz and other improv music to town, so Aaron you'll have to put together a group to do the same for techno and other electronic-based sounds!

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 14:24 (11 years ago) Permalink

How come the Ottobar in Baltimore books more hiphop than DC clubs?

Is the below show which is at the Ottobar coming to DC?

Thursday March 25th
DEFINITIVE JUX PRESENTS:
Murs
The Perceptionists
(Feat. Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, DJ Fakts One)
RJD2, C Rayz Walz
Hangar 18, SA Smash and more
Doorsat 8pm/ Show at 9pm- ALL AGES

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 15:43 (11 years ago) Permalink

One more thing. Last summer the DC govt Commission on the Arts sponsored an event called Fete del la musique in which they had free music all over town. The selection of genres involved wasn't wide enough. I want to try to find out how to widen the selection for this summer.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 15:46 (11 years ago) Permalink

get a new Commission? ;-) Steve is the WPFW crew = Transparent productions? I would love to promote again. I did it in college. I need to get to know all the venues around town first though. Its going to take a long time. In about 3 years, start looking for flyers with Kevin Saunderson's name on them.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 17:15 (11 years ago) Permalink

Transparent Productions is the improv crew. Not all of 'em are WPFW djs though some are--Bobby Hill and Larry Appelbaum, others?...

3 years! I want stuff NOW ;)

I've been complaining to friends for 2 or so years that I wish someone would book all of the Afropop and Latin acts that play for free in Central Park in NY each summer, in DC... So I'll have to form my own group to do this...

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 18:53 (11 years ago) Permalink

I asked excellent local DJ Milo (Filler, Matter) about nights, and he said the DJ at the Mantis basement on Wednesdays plays tech house, but that's about the closest - no BANGIN TECHNO nights.

There's the once.twice festival coming up in Baltimore next month-

April 15th - 17th, 2004
Baltimore's 4th Annual
once.twice:festival of sound and video art feat.
AKUFEN . DIMBIMAN . AGF . CHRISTOPHER WILLITS .
DABRYE . SUE COSTABILE . MATTHEW DEAR .
GHISLAIN POIRIER. NAUTICAL ALMANAC.JIMMY EDGAR
MYLENA BERGERON . CAROLINE HAYEUR .
SCOTT PAGANO + more TBA

once.twice also runs the occasional Treatment night at Sonar, the last one in November featured Magda and Sammy Dee.

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 3 March 2004 20:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

milo is nice. i have talked to him a couple of times. that fest sounds fun. why does baltimore seem to have a better scene than DC?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 4 March 2004 04:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

Baltimore: city in decay + large warehouse/manufacturing base = cheap venues. Cheap venues + art students + laissez faire police/health/fire department = good scene.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Thursday, 4 March 2004 06:53 (11 years ago) Permalink

So is Nation (Buzz people) afraid to book some of those folks coming to Baltimore, and is 5 too small, and is the 930 too booked up with bands to consider those artists (and also unwilling to face police/fire dept. scrutiny)?

On a different note, any musicians (d.j.'s?) who wanna perform for free outdoors or maybe at Carter Barron or other locations during the June 18-21st 2nd annual Fete de la Musique DC should call 202-724-5614 or e-mail jose.dominguez@dc.gov . There will also be meetings at the DC Arts Commission, 410 8th St. NW , 5th Fl. on Mon. 3-15 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 and on Thurs. 3-18 from noon to 1.

I'm trying to encourage them to expand the musical horizons of this event...

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 4 March 2004 16:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

Nation needs to take in a huge amount of money at the door just to break even for a night, so they don't have a lot of incentive to book artists that won't appeal to their existing crowd. There would have been a better shot there in the Buzz days when they would let a different promoter/collective take over the patio, but now they're really only booking the main room.

Five is a great venue, nearly perfect, but the different promoters that do nights there only really book house, d+b, and reggae. There was the electroclash/breaks night there, too, but that's over and has turned into a retro night.

9:30 Club, as you mentioned, is a live music venue. They'll have the occasional DJ, but it always comes off as a bit out of place.

It costs a lot of money to run a club in DC due to the scarcity of suitable spaces. In a town with 8-foot ceilings in 95% of all buildings, there’s going to be a lot of competition for the remaining few with large open spaces. Permitting, safety codes, and accessibility standards are pretty tightly enforced, which means you have to sink a lot of money into a space before you can do anything with it. This goes for bars, dance clubs, live music clubs, and pretty much everything. And don't even get me started on ANC's and "voluntary agreements".

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Thursday, 4 March 2004 18:24 (11 years ago) Permalink

Ghostly International showcase at Warehouse Next Door, April 1. Not sure who's playing.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 5 March 2004 00:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

The indie-rock stores keep dropping one by one. What's left? The below is from an e-mail from Now...

"After over 4 years in business, the owners of Now! Music and Fashion
have decided to close permanently, so we can move on and pursue
other opportunities. We've had a blast talking to you about music,
putting on instore performances, and participating in the local
community. But the best thing about running a record store has been
the opportunity to meet you. Many thanks to our loyal customers and
friends we've made along the way.

We will be having a going-out-of-business sale beginning this
weekend. All clothing and music (except consignments and bargain bin
stuff) will be on sale for 30% off the regular price."

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 05:45 (11 years ago) Permalink

CD Warehouse in Georgetown (M and 30th), despite its location and hideous clientele, is really outstanding. This weekend I picked up Books' Lemon of Pink, Ghost's Hypnotic Underworld, Arthur Russell's Calling Out of Context, and M83's Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts.

So I don't think DC's gone utterly down the pan. Close, but not gone yet.

paul c (paul c), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 15:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

You found those "used" or "new" in Georgetown? The one time I was there I didn't see much in there. Wow, that's quite a haul. I'm actually as guilty as anybody in buying stuff online rather then local stores. The last time I tried to go to Now (in early january), it was closed despite its hours being listed as open.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 17:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

They were new. But not outrageously priced. Between 14.99-18.99 (Ghost - M83).

They're also stocking the Ellen Allien album and remixes, Coloma's Finery. I think I even saw that Damon Album demo double 10" there, too!

paul c (paul c), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 17:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

Hey, I was the one that got Coloma and Ellen Allien in there! I walk by it on my way home from work, so I stop in every couple of days. They're stupendously nice and will go as far as setting up new accounts with distributors to get special orders. I email them a list of upcoming releases I want and they'll have them for me the day they're released. They can be a little slow on imports, but they usually track them down.

Melody on Conn. Ave. is very underrated - I always thought they were better than DCCD for keeping up with current releases and pointing customers in the right direction. Good international and classical sections, too.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 18:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

Weird day and time, with little publicity for this

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:43 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I got there in the middle of the panel discussion, and thhen saw an hour Team Familar set. Fun stuff, enjoyed mainly by visiting tourists, little kids and scattered others. Go-go covers og Miguel, Elle Varner, Temptations, Luther, Stevie Wonder and more. D. Floyd on sax and rapping, other vocalists whose names I don't know, guitarist Frank Scooby Sirius Marshall using a credit card as a pick (and his falsetto on some songs), the always great tGo-Go Mickey on percussion, and Lil Kim on vocals too.

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 June 2015 10:19 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

http://bandwidth.wamu.org/looking-for-d-c-s-most-interesting-music-try-the-library/

There was a punk basement library gig last night, and there's a Fringe music show by the r'n'b-rock hybrid group Coolots at the entrance to MLK Library at lunch today. The article covers more details on the 2 sets of gigs, including the worthy folks who have already done some

http://bandwidth.wamu.org/looking-for-d-c-s-most-interesting-music-try-the-library/

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 June 2015 10:22 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Oops with the double link

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 June 2015 10:22 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Soul musician Little Royal who goes for a James Brown-like approach, once featured in Washington City Paper's People Issue, performs at Westminster Presbyterian Church in SW DC tonight for 3 sets between 6 and 9 pm for $5. Show up anytime and you'll get your money's worth. Royal has had a stroke but he still puts on a decent show with his band. Downhome food for sale in the basement

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 June 2015 14:01 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Classic or Dud (or just sad)-- Wonderland bar folks naming their new Brookland bar with a name of a historic African-American New Orleans Bar, and not even being aware of such a historic music-associated bar. Apparently there were many Dew Drop Inns.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/going-out-guide/wp/2015/06/17/dew-drop-inn-to-the-new-brookland-bar-from-the-owners-of-wonderland-ballroom/

The Hideaway might have made a great name, but "I always liked Dew Drop Inn," McGovern says. "I saw one in North Carolina when I was 12, and I've been fascinated by it ever since. I think it was the first pun that I really got. And it's a good American name."

http://www.offbeat.com/articles/the-dew-drop-inn-past-present-future/ the New Orleans one

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:39 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2015/06/17/after-echostage-deaths-dancesafe-surveys-club-conditions/

Interesting that DC Police are not trying to shut Echostage down (they blame nightclubs in some parts of town for gun-related violence but not this megaclub for a Molly related death).

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 June 2015 16:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

http://bandwidth.wamu.org/your-band-sucks-author-jon-fine-i-got-a-job-that-was-a-big-failure/

Jon Fine discusses his book with Washingtonian‘s Andrew Beaujon at Busboys & Poets in Brookland June 23. He was in B Magnet

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 June 2015 17:17 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

In the world of twitter and instagram, this past Saturday night's Northeast Groovers reunion go-go gig, playing with Backyard band (whom had special guests)was a big deal; elsewhere not so much

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 June 2015 19:21 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

do they post those online?

Heez, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

Good question. I saw in my FB news feed that someone posted a link to the Ike Turner one, so maybe they do at some point afterwards

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 14:22 (1 week ago) Permalink

http://www.fortreno.com/

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 16:59 (1 week ago) Permalink

jfc

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 18:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

Why is the organizer surprised that the same police request is being made this year as last year? Am I missing something?

skip, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 18:09 (1 week ago) Permalink

The National Park Service and United States Park Police recognize the importance and value of the Fort Reno concerts to the community. The NPS and USPP met with the concert organizer in February to review last year’s series and discuss planning for 2015.

One of the primary goals in permitting any event is to ensure public safety. These fees are standard practice for many permitted special events.

The National Park Service, U.S. Park Police and Fort Reno organizer Amanda MacKaye discussed the fee for police coverage in February, the spokesperson says.

This is the update to the WAMU Bandwidth story. Amanda therefore knew in February of this year that the NPS could be making the same request.

As for why she is surprised--She has a purist mentality based in part on all the years Fort Reno occurred without any attention from the NPS. Also, I know is that I attended a DC Music Salon at the Shaw Library all about Fort Reno concerts. Amanda just kept saying again and again how Fort Reno is just all about sitting on the grass and babies and dogs. She did not want to talk about details about how it was run. She did acknowledge that Fort Reno shows used to start in June, but she decided to do a shorter schedule because she thought it would make the shows seem more special and there would be less events to solicit volunteers for. She has her rules for how bands must submit music if they want to be considered--cds or vinyl only, nothing sent electronically...

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 21:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

Apparently pre-sequestration, and post-Fugazi, there were no payments made for Park Police security.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

The Smithsonian Folklife Fest starts today. One theme- this year--Peru. Its on a small area near the Museum of the American Indian due to new National Park Service rules. 11 am or so to 5pm and then evening concerts from 7 to 9. Eva Ayllon tonight

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:15 (1 week ago) Permalink

Amanda therefore knew in February of this year that the NPS could be making the same request.

I mean not "could be making" right but "would be making" if Reno were to be treated like literally anything else

Amanda just kept saying again and again how Fort Reno is just all about sitting on the grass and babies and dogs. She has her rules for how bands must submit music if they want to be considered--cds or vinyl only, nothing sent electronically...

― curmudgeon, Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:19 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

idk man just like willful naivete doesn't change the bureaucrat's rules

this whole thing smacks of special pleading "because DC punk" and it drives me crazy

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 19:15 (1 week ago) Permalink

they sent out the press release for demo submission in March, which would have been a GREAT time to ask for money/support/etc

controversial but fabulous (I DIED), Wednesday, 24 June 2015 20:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

NPS is charging permitted events $70 per hour per officer for police presences this year. Even if the cost seems extreme—Baldwin calls it “bordering on extortion”—the requirement itself does not. The Park Police say they documented 12 incidents at Fort Reno’s shows last summer that required its officers’ attention, ranging from illegal vending to drug and alcohol use.

The permit application fee is $120 per event. While this cost has also increased in recent years, this requirement is far less questionable than the one about cops. If Amanda MacKaye doesn’t have permits four months after she met with NPS officials about this summer’s series, blame rests with either a spectacular bureaucratic mishap or just bad planning (she won’t say).

Chris Richards and some others say folks should be more upset about the NPS fees, and keep trying to fight the NPS power. But it does not seem possible at this point.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

I do have some concern about security fees being used to restrict live events. Over the years the DC Police have allegedly charged insane overtime police fees for parades and other events that they have determined are in their jurisdiction (and not Park Police and NPS).

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2015/06/26/heres-whos-playing-fort-reno-this-year-if-fort-reno-happens/

those who have comfirmed have the \m/ in front

Alfajor
Boon
Delanos
East West Hwy
The Fuss
Hemlines
Incredible Change
\m/ J. Flax and the Heart Attacks
\m/ Jack on Fire
\m/ Magnetar Flares
Near Northeast
\m/ Notaries Public
\m/ Polyon
Proxy States
\m/ Rancho Notorious
Sara Curtin
\m/ Spirit Plots
Teen Liver
\m/ Two Inch Astronaut
Wanted Man

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 June 2015 17:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

Is there a listing anywhere of the historical Fort Reno lineups? I'd love to try to remember which ones I saw from like 1992-1997 in high school and college.

Did Jawbox or Shudder to Think ever play? They were two of my favorites but I don't remember ever seeing them there.

Walter Galt, Friday, 26 June 2015 18:56 (1 week ago) Permalink

Good question re lineups. I think Cynthia Connolly and someone else recently shared a '90s era flyer that listed Fort Reno gigs for a summer. I feel like I remember seeing Shudder to Think on it. Don't have access to FB at the moment to confirm.

Not to pick on Amanda M. more, but at that DC Music Salon at the Shaw Library I went to regarding Fort Reno, I figured all kinds of specific old shows would be discussed. Especially since I had been to a DC Space oriented one where Cynthia and numerous folks there happily reminisced about old gigs there. But alas, when two guys mentioned at the Fort Reno one their memories of like 1971 or something shows, Amanda kind of shut 'em down saying "whatever particular bands played when is not important to me, just that local bands get to play for free in a park setting."

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 June 2015 20:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

Thank you to all the generous people near and far that have donated to the concert series this week.

We have been gifted enough funds to close the gap for this summer’s session and to seed us a fund for the future.

The website will re-launch with the official schedule and necessary information about the concert series soon

From Fort Reno website

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 June 2015 21:42 (1 week ago) Permalink

per my posting on the Rolling Outernational thread

Peruvian Amazonian chicha meets cumbia meets surf-rock group Los Wemblers were great for free this weekend at the Smithsonian Folklife festival on the national mall. I saw 'em twice. A fun dance band. On July 3rd they are playing a free 1 hour gig on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. That show will be streamed live on the K. Ct. webpage and video archived.

They are also doing daytime gigs July 2nd through 5th; and might have another free one added.

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 June 2015 18:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

Hey so I'm starting to play out with a seriously talented group of dudes and was wondering if anyone had any advice on good places to play for a band just getting going. We're booked at the Pinch thanks to friends letting us play with them, but are there other venues that are friendly to new bands? Also I know that house venues are great but how do you book something like that?

Heez, Monday, 29 June 2015 18:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

Re house venues--Paperhaus folks have Facebook page and probably other social media ways to contact them. Not sure how Babe City and others work. If you're rock DC9, Black Cat, etc. list on their websites I think how to submit music, etc.

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 June 2015 19:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

Thanks curm. Word is some people are better than others as far as inviting new acts

Heez, Monday, 29 June 2015 20:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

I am sure it is not easy for new acts

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 June 2015 20:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'm connected to a few diff house venue folks (Hot Tub House, Jam Jar, Heartbreak Hotel, my place the Lamont St Collective), if you're into that route I can put you in touch with folks in a few diff neighborhoods?

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:42 (6 days ago) Permalink

that'd be cool. should i message you with my info?

Heez, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:47 (6 days ago) Permalink

Tree House Lounge is the friendliest to new bands. http://www.treehouselounge.com/

It's run by Colin Hoss, formerly of the Grog & Tankard - which had previously been the place to go when you were pretty sure the audience was going to consist of your girlfriends and your roomates.

Also consider Solly's U St. Tavern http://sollysbooking.wix.com/sollys

Next tier up is DC9. IIRC the bookers for DC9 also handle a bunch of other venues, which is handy if you plan to gig a lot. http://dcnine.com/

Black Cat Backstage and Galaxy Hut are very nice but they have become stringent about your proven draw.

I've played all these places and had a great time.

Ye Mad Puffin, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:55 (6 days ago) Permalink

Thanks! I was thinking about Galaxy Hut next.

Heez, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:00 (6 days ago) Permalink

Email Lary at galaxy✧✧✧@gm✧✧✧.c✧✧. My band didn't get a gig there the last time we asked (I dunno whether they were being indie snobs, whether they just didn't like our music, or didn't trust our draw estimate), but perhaps you'll have better luck.

Ye Mad Puffin, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:13 (6 days ago) Permalink

Wha? galaxy✧✧✧@gm✧✧✧.c✧✧

Ye Mad Puffin, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:13 (6 days ago) Permalink

Cool. What style do u play?

Heez, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:22 (6 days ago) Permalink

Novelty / geek rock. But kinda on hiatus due to small children.

Ye Mad Puffin, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:43 (6 days ago) Permalink

Yeah half my band just had children in the past year. Makes getting everybody together very tough

Heez, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:47 (6 days ago) Permalink

ya heez you can shoot me an email here

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:31 (6 days ago) Permalink

or fb me facebook.com/justinjacobysmith

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:31 (6 days ago) Permalink

thanks hoos! just messaged you on fb

Heez, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:50 (6 days ago) Permalink

Re: Tree House Lounge. A tiny room that is very easy to fill. I think my old band was like the second or third act to play there.

Went there last month to see a band that includes some high school friends of mine (Age of Airships). Don Zientara from Inner Ear opened. He had engineered said friends' EP; it was nice to see him perform as well.

Ye Mad Puffin, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:06 (6 days ago) Permalink

Its more than just sequestration woes with the failures at Carter Barron and Fort Dupont.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 July 2015 13:48 (4 days ago) Permalink


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