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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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

cool. keep em coming.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 04:22 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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

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

indie house?
DJ's Bob Mould and Richard Morel
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

coldwave, darkwave
2nd Sunday monthly
the Blue Room

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

rock and roll
DJ Johnny
Cafe Saint-Ex

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 (thirteen 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.

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 (thirteen 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 The above comes from that...

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

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

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

DJ Neville Chamberlain

Which reminds me...any news regarding a new location for the Metro Cafe? (, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:10 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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


Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:47 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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, but doesn't say anything about who's behind it.

Brian Miller, Friday, 13 February 2004 22:59 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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
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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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.

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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 . 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Kids get off of my lawn....

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 18:28 (three months ago) Permalink

Yes! No surprise they are getting some grief for this in the comments.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:09 (three months ago) Permalink

lol okay 500 tickets already sold and no venue, 30 days out. good luck, fuckers

a Warren Beatty film about Earth (El Tomboto), Sunday, 18 December 2016 04:45 (three months ago) Permalink

They'll probably have to do it at Breitbart's place

curmudgeon, Sunday, 18 December 2016 16:38 (three months ago) Permalink

2016 go-go bouncebeat awards poll ballot

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:10 (three months ago) Permalink

separate links included for jazz, metal, go-go, punk, danceclub/electronic, weird/experimental, hiphop

alas no old-school dc soul or southern soul (Hardway Connection; Young Senators Reloaded) and nothing from various immigrants like Ethiopians or elsewhere (Maracuyeah does get a mention under danceclub)

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 December 2016 17:23 (three months ago) Permalink

Finally saw Granny & the Boys at Showtime Lounge. Not bad (actually quite good), but still not Hardway Connection at Lamont's either.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 December 2016 16:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Long before Granny and The Boys began playing soul songs at Showtime, Eddie Jones and The Young Bucks delivered their own idiosyncratic take on rhythm and blues 52 weeks a year at now departed clubs like Eugertha’s, Faces, and Gwen’s Majestic. Jones has been playing guitar and singing with various versions of the Bucks since the late 1960s, in addition to performing gospel pieces with a number of different ensembles and working as an occasional sideman for Bobby Womack and Peaches & Herb. Jones and the Bucks now play together infrequently, except for their annual January gig at Westminster Church. There, Jones frequently tells tales of old-school Washington and brings on his siblings as guests to hit the high notes and harmonize with him. ... Eddie Jones and The Young Bucks perform at 6 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. tonight Monday January 9

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2017 16:40 (two months ago) Permalink

RE wowed 'em in NY at Globalfest. Videoclip I saw sounded great. Pareles liked them in the NY Times too.

Fader and others are all about DC rapper Shy Glizzy changing his name to Jefe. New tunes out too.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Eddie Jones and special guests were great doing the old-school soul at Westminster Monday. I can never convince soul record collecting geeks to go there because to them it won't sound exactly like 1965 does on their hi-fis (plus no vinyl scratchiness). Whatever, their loss.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:03 (two months ago) Permalink

So this DC music playlist has Paperhaus, Anthony Pirog, Cigarette and other mostly current dc rockers. Plus old-school DC outsider wacky rockers Butch Willis and Jonny Cohen. No go-go, rap, r'n'b, club, south of the equator immigrant sounds though

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:46 (two months ago) Permalink

The Howard U gospel chorus was so great on the ABC TV tribute to the Smithsonian National African American history and Culture museum, last night (recorded awhile back at Kennedy Center). Big Tony and some of Troublefunk did their best in their brief spotlight backing Dave Grohl on a go-go-ized take on "Crosstown Traffic."

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 January 2017 15:01 (two months ago) Permalink

HU! (chanted as if I was a Howard student)

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 January 2017 15:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice Alona W article on Go-go drumming great JuJu House creating compositions for the symphony-- tonight

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 January 2017 19:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Monday the 23rd--

6 pm to 9pm -3 sets $5 Little Margie Clark (from old-school DC girlgroup the Jewels that toured with James Brown) with veteran DC keyboardist Bobby Felder and band at Westminster Church in SW DC near Arena Stage

9pm at Galaxy Hut- Anna Connolly and band

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 January 2017 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Little Margie show was fun. Good band with her . Nice rendition of "Chain of Fools."

Anna C was folky but covered a Shellac song and had Joe Lally from Fugazi on bass.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 15:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh, Don Zientara, longtime Dischord engineer, performed solo after Anna C.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 15:23 (two months ago) Permalink

The Rhythmic Imagination in
African Music [Lecture]
Thursday, January 26, 2017
from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Montpelier Room
James Madison Building - 6th Floor
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20540

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 15:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Its free. A Princeton Professor from Nigeria is talking

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 15:24 (two months ago) Permalink

CP also has an interview/review rave of Priests re their new album that has various (mostly or all local) musical guests on it

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 17:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Fader is writing about BYB cover of "Cranes in the Sky." Team Familiar was also covering this.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 20:21 (two months ago) Permalink

For as much as I love love love Katie Alice Greer’s lead vocal evoking every bit of Siouxie and the Banshees, I’ve heard that song before, and my forebears used it to fight Ronald Reagan. Rushing to crown the same music that didn’t “defeat” Reganomics as protest music is too fast and casual a move in the face of the Orange World Order.

Marcus Do#ling review

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 January 2017 18:07 (one month ago) Permalink

On Twitter, White Ford Bronco singer Gretchen Gustafson says the band donated the money they made from the show—$5,000—to Planned Parenthood.

The 90s cover band's show being one for Congressional Republicans at that meeting in Philly

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 January 2017 18:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Wish I knew what time Kid Congo was reading. There's a book/literary fest--AWP Conference at the Convention Center today through Sunday I think; and this is in association with that.

Friday, Feb 10 | 6pm - 2:30am

The Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
Admission is FREE for DISCVRY

⟴ Ana Božičević, Kendra DeColo, Elisa Gabbert, Dan Hoy, erica lewis, Kid Congo Powers, Ciona Rouse, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Abraham Smith, Sampson Starkweather, Janaka Stucky

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 February 2017 19:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Missed that.

But last Sunday I saw the Valentines Soul Jam at DAR Constitution Hall with the Stylistics, Dramatics, Harold Melvin's Blues nOtes, the Intruders and Cuba Gooding Sr. A fun time (even if the groups no longer have all the original members from the early 70s). Stylistics had the best falsetto, harmonies and dance moves. Blue Notes and Intruders were good too. Around 2,000 people there.

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 12:38 (one month ago) Permalink

RIP from cancer Spyda the DJ, a DC Caribbean music spinner

curmudgeon, Sunday, 19 February 2017 05:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Guess I should listen to that Priests album again (which does sound better than their earlier stuff), but a local Ethiopian group I saw on Facebook live, seemed more innovative an exciting to me. Maybe its just me. I dunno-- I heard Siouxsie & the Banshees the first time around.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:36 (one month ago) Permalink

Iota in Arlington may get knocked down

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:53 (one month ago) Permalink

So many random old and young DC rappers getting bits of quick crossover media attention.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Wow, Amanda asking for Fort Reno donations early (on Fort website), instead of last minute like usual--

February 13, 2017

Happy New Year everyone,

As I keep my hopes up for lots of work cancelling snow falling in the coming weeks, my thoughts turn to preparation for summer concerts.

The 2016 season went very well by all accounts. However, when all was said and done, we didn’t raise the funds we hoped we would.

To put on eight shows this summer we will need at least $6000 to cover expenses and retain a small seed for next year. We are exploring our fundraising opportunities but in the mean time, I am asking now for folks to give what they can to support the concert series.

2017 is the 49th year of free music in Fort Reno Park, help us get to 50 (and beyond)! We have 100 days to raise the needed funds. In other terms that is: $60/day - 6 people giving $10/day.

Through our fiscal sponsor, The Washington Peace Center, all donations are tax deductible. Please use their PayPal for credit/debit transactions. If you prefer to write a check, make it payable to The Washington Peace Center and put “Fort Reno Concert Series” in the memo. Mail the check to:

The Washington Peace Center
1525 Newton Street NW
Washington, DC 20010

I am very grateful for all the support for 2016, look forward to seeing everyone in July.


curmudgeon, Friday, 24 February 2017 17:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Sunday I went to the District of Dance, hand-dancing and soul music event at Anacostia High which had a panel discussion, 4 bands and a dj. Plus free food.

Monday night I went to the Gogo as DC History panel at MLK Library.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 05:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Interesting q from audience member at end of go-go panel re how DC 12 year olds are listening to DC rapper Shy Glizyy and other rap but not go-go. Audience member suggested go-go acts need to figure out how to adapt that into their sound, while Andre of RE blamed radio for ignoring them most of the time, and industry for not embracing them.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:59 (one month ago) Permalink

At least one year, probably 5! To raise $620,000 to rebuild and reinforce Carter Barron stage which is a lot for the National Park Service apparently (but not much in the scope of federal govt budget)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 March 2017 15:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

They may have more shows at Fort Dupont as a result

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 March 2017 16:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Missed all the DC Music Download Fest gigs and panels. Heard that the BYT editor was kinda arrogant at the Sunday panel regarding what he would or would not listen to if sent to him.

I did go to an interesting but poorly advertised Wash. Perf. Arts sponsored panel discussion on culture and stereotypes which included a Kronos Quartet member, a DC oud player, a Smithsonian museum ethnomusicologist of Tex-Mex heritage, and Multiflora Prod. promoter plus moderator James Early who had been involved with Folklife Fest, Folkways records and various Smithsonian museums.

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 March 2017 18:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have long criticized the Wammies for not being inclusive enough--so many artists in so many genres never get recognition. I think they should just end it. Its hard to do such a member only ballot approach (just ask the lame Grammys). Alas, their normally held in February Awards are postponed (with no new date scheduled), but the Board of Directors issued a statement that they are going to revamp and modernize the event. The WAMA prez has some health issues now, and no name or names appeared on the letter from the Board.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 March 2017 14:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love this Bad Moves tape. Also got the Bless and Governess tapes and they both seem pretty good on first listen.

Jalapeño Coladas, Friday, 10 March 2017 08:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I like the song or so I've heard from Bless and from Governess, still need to check out all these tapes.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hard-living guitarist who learned from bluesmen at Smithsonian folklife fest, Danny Gatton, punk rock and more and made his own guitar sounds in DC till 1984, and after that in Austin, Texas

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curmudgeon, Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

RIP Ms. Xela , DC rapper died in a car accident

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 March 2017 13:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Maxx Kidd, owner of old-school go-go label TTED, and '70s soul songwriter has died

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 00:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

good read, would love to hear that lost soul singles collection.

Heez, Monday, 20 March 2017 18:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Some of the songs are on Youtube I think (or at least some other songs from the groups that are on the comp)

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 March 2017 18:59 (one week ago) Permalink

Buck Hill could have been a jazz big name playing in NY and touring, but he instead stayed in DC working as a Postal Service letter carrier by day, sax blower by night

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 03:54 (one week ago) Permalink

So the Washington Post has an article on the big new Anthem hall that IMP is building in the SW waterfront and the article brushes over what used to be there. Old man me screaming at clouds says don't forget that the Channel Inn (old-school r'n'b), Zanzibar (afropop, r'n'b and more) and H20(Latino salsa, go-go and more) used to be there (and that Anthem will not likely offer anything for those audiences)

Here's my 2010 piece for those curious about the old days. Don't feel like linking to that Anthem article

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 March 2017 16:37 (four days ago) Permalink

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