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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 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

cool. keep em coming.

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

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

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

Not all of DC is becoming condos-- this hand-dancing joint on Benning Road NE is going to survive, after death of longtime owner back in April. New mgmt...

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/music/blog/20832296/chateau-nightclub-reopens

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:41 (three months ago) Permalink

The "Celebration of Life" for recently deceased local rapper Swipey (Douglas Myron Brooks) was today in DC. Haven't seen any updates re possible arrests for the killer of this 18 year old

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 September 2016 18:38 (three months ago) Permalink

RIP from cancer, keyboardist (and bass player and backing vocalist and songwriter and producer) Byron BJ Jackson who was in Rare Essence for years and more recently in Team Familiar. He also sang backup for and cowrote a song with Meshelle Ndgeocello, and backed Debarge and a gospel go-go group and others. He was 51.

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 September 2016 23:02 (three months ago) Permalink

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/music/blog/20833396/funk-up-the-grass-on-chip-pys-locally-grown-music-series

Some funk players and some bluegrass ones playing together on a locally recorded Youtube show

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 September 2016 17:26 (two months ago) Permalink

http://www.afro.com/go-go-community-mourns-byron-bj-jackson/

curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 September 2016 13:46 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/09/09/live-nation-will-book-shows-at-mgm-national-harbors-3000-seat-theater/

So am curious how that DC taxpayer paid for Mystics games/Wizards practices arena in SE will get any concerts, when there's gonna be this one, along with DAR, Eaglebank, Echostage and that planned IMP one on SW

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 September 2016 16:25 (two months ago) Permalink

It won't. Echostage and DAR are going to have big problems when the IMP venue opens (the MGM venue will pull from DAR and Warner Theater as well). The Wiz/Mystics venue is clearly never going to attract more than a handful of concerts a year.

controversial but fabulous (I DIED), Saturday, 17 September 2016 04:44 (two months ago) Permalink

it'll be like lisner, essentially.

dc, Saturday, 17 September 2016 11:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Probably even less events than 1800 seat Lisner.

So I was able to go to the new museum of African American History and Culture (as part of preview for Smithsonian volunteers) and saw some go-go related stuff up in the music room including Chuck Brown clothes and hat, an EU conga and some globe posters. Also, DC resident for awhile Bo Diddely, and the Bad Brains. Hmmm, I think Marvin Gaye too.

Dcist.com mentioned a bunch of old-school Chocolate City related items there (link over on the ILE Brad Pitt DC thread)

curmudgeon, Monday, 19 September 2016 18:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Jacques "Saxman" Johnson Sr died. He played in the US Army band for years, plus blues, soul and jazz bands (including w Lil Margie of the Jewels) at Westminster Church and elsewhere. He was also the father of musicians Jacques Jr., and Meshell Ndgeocello.

I think he was 77.

Speaking of older DC musicians, Little Royal (aka James Brown's half-brother) is still in the hospital.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh no, Little Royal has passed away.

If you dig down into this link for the City Paper's "People" issue, you will find my q and a with the singer known as James Brown's half-brother

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/special-issues/people-issue/article/13044834/the-people-issue-2013

I saw him perform at Westminster Church SW on Mondays 2 or 3 times. So sad. A great guy.

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 September 2016 12:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Check Little Royal out in this 1972 video from a regional tv show called Soul Street

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 September 2016 12:45 (two months ago) Permalink

More sad news. 33 year-old Karlston "Ice" Ross, bassist with the Chuck Brown Band, the Jo-Go Project and others, has passed away from some health complications.

A tough week for DC musicians.

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 September 2016 14:42 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.gofundme.com/teenaramathemusica

Fundraiser for Teenarama the musical, about the Teenarama tv dance show for Black dancers in DC that was on from 1963 to 1970. It started when Black dancers weren't allowed on the Milt Grant dc tv dance show

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 October 2016 00:49 (two months ago) Permalink

And now another one. Robert Goldstein at 66 from cancer. He was the Urban Verbs guitarist from the late 70s on (Eno produced their demo) and worke at NPR as a music librarian and did more too

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/08/497108776/remembering-robert-goldstein-nprs-music-librarian-and-our-friend

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 October 2016 17:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I'll be in DC next week to catch the Preoccupations show (the band formerly known as Viet Cong, whose throbbing post-punk eponymous album was my favorite release last year) when they play the Rock & Roll Hotel on Sunday, 10/16.

A few questions:

1) We're planning dinner at The Star and Shamrock around 8 PM. I am Jewish on my mom's side and my last name is O'Neill so this place seems perfect... If anyone wants to come out, feel free!

2) I am hoping the show won't sell out saving me $10 in online ticket fees. If you think that is unwise, please let me know and I'll suck it up and buy them in advance.

3) Anyone going to the show?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 10 October 2016 05:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh, that's who the Preoccupations are. I heard that album last year. Sorry, I dunno whether it will likely sell out. I do know that the club and its booking agent steve dc lambert sometimes post on their Instagram pages, "Low ticket alerts" ...

Not sure if I'm going. Maybe not...

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 October 2016 17:02 (one month ago) Permalink

I kinda liked the opener's (methyl ethel) record from last year.

def get some pie next door at dangerousy delicious pies.

dc, Monday, 10 October 2016 22:05 (one month ago) Permalink

http://wamu.org/news/16/10/10/pop_star_bruno_mars_expected_to_open_new_maryland_casino

opening in December

The 3,000-seat venue (which can swell to 4,000 without the chairs) will be booked by Live Nation, the multinational entertainment company that also owns ticket giant Ticketmaster.

...

MGM National Harbor is billing itself as a luxurious getaway, with restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs and a high-profile sculpture installation by musician Bob Dylan. Meanwhile, room reservations start in the $300s, and the cheapest tickets to see Bruno Mars cost $150 — not including transaction fees.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 02:39 (one month ago) Permalink

http://bandwidth.wamu.org/on-the-first-album-from-d-c-s-feedel-band-the-future-of-ethio-jazz-is-now/

My interview/review of 1st Feedel band album that's out now. They are modernizing Ethio-jazz on some tracks (w/ mixed results). They are also backing old-school Ethiopian pianist Girma Beyene Friday night. He used to live and play music in DC. After his wife died, he quit music for awhile (she was his musical inspiration he said) and just worked in DC area as a gas station attendant. Later he moved back to Addis, and eventually started playing music again.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 October 2016 15:58 (one month ago) Permalink

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/article/20837636/blagden-alleys-last-remaining-artist-is-being-priced-out

Bittersweet article on Bill Warrell, who founded DC Space, ran District Curators, and was the last artist left in Blagden Alley.

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 October 2016 15:46 (one month ago) Permalink

http://www.dclibrary.org/node/54368

Go-go and punk photo exhibit till Nov. 30 at MLK Library

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 October 2016 20:42 (one month ago) Permalink

RIP Gogo Lorenzo at 53. He was riding a bike in Capitol Heights and got hit by a car.

He was in go-go bands way back when but was best known for his rapping on "You Can Dance (if you want to)"

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 October 2016 17:38 (one month ago) Permalink

2 docs about late DC guitarist Danny Gatton are due in 2017, here's an article about one of 'em

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/music/blog/20838324/after-two-decades-filmmaker-virginia-quesada-is-close-to-finishing-her-danny-gatton-documentary

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 October 2016 17:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Will tha Rapper

or Innanet James

Your fave current DC rapper

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 October 2016 17:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw a story online where Seth Hurwitz of IMP/930 is bragging that when he created current 930 Club his goal was to make it the Orioles Park at Camden Yards of nightclubs, and that his new 6,000 seat venue at the Southwest Wharf will do the same for bigger halls. Plus he he praised the Wharf developer a bunch. Yawn to latter, and will have to wait and see about former. He says the building will host at least 50 events a year.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:57 (one month ago) Permalink

DC is almost as cool as Europe says Dutch born dj who lives in Sterling , Virginia...

Martyn speaks highly of D.C.’s growing dance-music scene, particularly the Future Times and 1432R labels, and the roving-party series known as ROAM. He recently DJed at one in September.

“The crowd was just so healthy. It was so nice to see people really into the music and not really about posing or just taking pictures of themselves, just generally enjoying the music and generally enjoying the atmosphere and the other people,” he says. “It was just really cool to see that. It almost felt like a European party, you know? That’s something that I hadn’t experienced in D.C. before. … It was less sort of institutionalized clubbing, and more sort of, freedom. That’s obviously a very good time for people to play their music.”

http://bandwidth.wamu.org/for-martyn-semi-secret-star-dj-of-northern-virginia-the-circle-expands-in-life-and-in-music/

curmudgeon, Monday, 31 October 2016 17:16 (one month ago) Permalink

WAMU's Ally S covered "Wind Me Up Maria" the go-go musical too. Its running this weekend and Thursday through Sunday the 12th.

https://wamu.org/news/16/11/03/with_wind_me_up_maria_go_go_music_comes_to_georgetown

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 November 2016 15:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Anyone vote yet? Columbia Heights looked crazy so waiting in line in Ward 6 atm.

los blue jeans, Friday, 4 November 2016 22:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Actually the line is pretty long here too, just hidden inside the gym.

los blue jeans, Friday, 4 November 2016 22:53 (one month ago) Permalink

voted day one; took like 45 min.

dc, Saturday, 5 November 2016 00:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Me and the Mrs. saw "Wind Me Up Maria" Saturday night.

Nice shoutouts to Chuck Brown and the greatness of go-go, but sub-plot re 22 year-old UPS guy and naive 17 year-old guy; and the other plot re macho promoter and his stolen wallet were not effective. The show was sold out and has received lots of press attention, but it needs some big rewrites.

Good music & acting but some flawed, awkward story lines (plus males leads were all too creepy). It's there through next weekend

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 November 2016 04:07 (four weeks ago) Permalink

http://www.tmottgogo.com/rest-in-musical-harmony-go-go-legend-ivan-goff/

Another death. EU keyboardist, arranger and producer Ivan Goff

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sadly, various folks who promote gigs at C*met P*ng P*ng or whose bands have performed there, are getting hate mail and anti-Semitic tweets and more from the right-wing extremists pushing a conspiracy theory about the owner of that pizza place.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 November 2016 20:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

woah. curmudgeon, what's your take on the city after the election? have any thoughts about how it's affecting the job market? i'm moving to your fair city in a few weeks. gonna be looking for work as a librarian/archivist.

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Thursday, 17 November 2016 20:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A federal government job hiring freeze that the president-elect wants (and that sort of exists now) won't help you, but there are still city government jobs, jobs with non-profits, lobbyists who work with Dems, big law firms, suburban area jobs, etc.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 November 2016 20:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ty

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Thursday, 17 November 2016 20:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Good luck. As in Bush years, will just have to ignore or use free speech to oppose those in power. Not expecting any of them to care about local DC, or the music and arts that we post about here.

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 November 2016 15:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What a sad year. RIP 83-year old Diz Russell, last surviving singer of Sonny Til & the Orioles, died in Md. He wonderfully warbled r'n'b, and was a musical pioneer in late 1940s, early 1950s. I saw him sing a handful of times in recent decades, most recently at Mr Henry's in DC this year.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 November 2016 18:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/music/blog/20845197/legendary-orioles-vocalist-diz-russell-has-died

Doo-wop/r'n'b singer with the Regals, the Orioles (led by Sonny Til), and the Legendary Orioles. He also owned optical stores, record and book stores in DC

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 17:53 (six days ago) Permalink

The uh gospel Marxist socialist situationist Make-up who had previously reunited circa 2012-2013, are doing so again in 2017 at the capitalist music fest Primavera in Barcelona.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 December 2016 20:12 (four days ago) Permalink

I'm being tongue in cheek there. Ever since I read that article suggesting that some punk bands don't want to play corporate fests (or just corporate fests alone as compared to punk only ones in DC or Baltimore) and based on the "Marxist" spiels from Ian S of the Make-up, I just figured it was worth mentioning this. The Priests are also gonna be there. Hope they both get a good payday out of it.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 December 2016 21:12 (four days ago) Permalink


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