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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

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 (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.

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
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 (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,, 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? (, 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:


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, 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
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.

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 . 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

lots of good music coming in February and into spring...

curmudgeon, Saturday, 31 January 2015 15:41 (2 months ago) Permalink

Both the Eddie Dean article & my bounce beat one mention strippers. Some things never change I guess

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 February 2015 17:07 (1 month ago) Permalink

DC folks, on FEb 7th from 6 pm to 2 am there's going to be a weird "audiovisual arts festival" event in Montgomery Co. at the "Pike & Rose" complex. It's free but you have to RSVP online or something? anyway, (self promo alert) Matmos is going to play. So now you know, sort of.

the tune was space, Sunday, 1 February 2015 17:54 (1 month ago) Permalink

woah thanks, sounds cool.

I'm thinking about going to Joe's Noodle House before it if anyone wants to meet up

breakfast josiah (los blue jeans), Sunday, 1 February 2015 18:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

casa ruby benefit at st stephens next friday w/hemlines (!), jail solidarity, crimson waves & stuff

my lil org gonna be tabling too

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 2 February 2015 21:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

Tereu Tereu too

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 February 2015 21:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

that's Feb. 13th not the 6th btw

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 February 2015 21:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

Soul singer-songwriter went to school and lived in DC for awhile. The Rolling Stones and many other covered his songs. He was also the uncle of Robert Owens of local group Hardway Connection

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 16:34 (1 month ago) Permalink

Lots of rock benefit shows happening

2-7- *Radio CPR benefit @3:30pm w/ Romantic States, Mattress Financial (mem. Two Inch Astronaut), The Creature People (mem. Pygmy Lush, Big Hush) @ La Casa, 3166 Mt Pleasant St NW;

Paperhaus (album release), Loud Boyz, Baby Bry Bry & the Apologists, and DJ Ayescold @ 9:30 Club (DC Music Download's 3rd Birthday & Benefit for DC Punk Archive - 7 PM show);

2-13- Casa Ruby Homeless Shelter Benefit with Tereu Tereu, Hemlines, Crimson wave, Jail Solidarity, Jack on Fire @ St. Stephen's Church;

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 February 2015 19:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

i will be at all of those and tabling at the last, ppl should come

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 5 February 2015 20:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

So Eric Thievery Corp & club-owning magnate Hilton is selling Patty Boom Boom (the building) on U Street cuz he can't make money there he says on 99 folks dancing to Irie sounds. He wants to just do it now as a dance night at the 930. Cloak & Dagger, that will take the place of Patty boom Boom is billed as a Gibson-like drinking joint

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 February 2015 15:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

Oh Clinton Yates weighed in on this too:

When Patty Boom Boom announced that it was closing over the weekend, a very specific feeling came over me. I couldn’t help but get the sense that the very specific brand of entertainment provided there was simply going away. As the most popular U Street outpost for reggae and available late night beef patties, as far as bars/clubs went, it was the most authentic on the strip. Its closing means that the nouveau-urban lounge/speakeasy has officially taken over as the standard style for nightspots along that corridor, not the annoying exception.

But when, two days later, Rhino Bar said they’d be shuttering, a larger realization came over me: The days of the no-frills, regular-folks bars that allow you to dance and have fun are nearly done in D.C. (Somehow, Rumors is still standing.) Everything’s got to be upscale American, or tapas, or whatever. Even though Patty and Rhino had entirely different constituencies and styles, their overall appeal was basically the same.

You knew what you were getting when you walked in. Nothing special. And you could tell neither place was trying to be.

I dunno, while all this is kinda true it just means the outliers and the exceptions and the fringes may have to go elsewhere in the region

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 February 2015 16:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

Did anyone go to that Prava fest w/ Matmos out in Rockville? How was it?

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 February 2015 16:20 (1 month ago) Permalink

Wish I coulda gone to today's lunchtime event

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 February 2015 18:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

And I really wanted to meet Hoos and see the bands at last night's St. Stephen's benefit, but the Stylistics and others at the 70s soul jam at DAR were calling out to me, and I had to hear them hit those falsetto notes.

Next time, really.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 February 2015 14:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

Last night went well!

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 14 February 2015 17:12 (1 month ago) Permalink

Nice. Raising money for a good cause

curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 February 2015 18:33 (1 month ago) Permalink

So the Wammies got so lazy in proofreading their ballot that they did this pop-rock instrumentalist nomination, combining two people into one:

Ian Kid Congo Svenonius

curmudgeon, Sunday, 15 February 2015 18:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

So Wammies "fixed' the ballot making both Ian S and Kid Congo pop-rock instrumentalist nominees. But doesn't Ian S. mostly just sing these days? The Wammies left a bunch of worthy folks off the ballot: WAMA still does not acknowledge that go-go bounce beat bands exist, and metal bands are hard to find. At least two of City Paper jazz writer Michael West's favorite musicians for 2014, Tom Williams and Antonio Parker, are nowhere to be found. Also absent are a number of blues musicians who have played at Westminster Church’s weekly blues gigs, including Stacy Brooks, Memphis Gold, and David Cole, to name a few. Also noticeably absent from the ballot are such critically acclaimed D.C. rockers as Tereu Tereu, Thaylobleu, and Paperhaus, as well as rapper Fat Trel and electronic music duo Protect-U.

Before I saw Dawn Richard last night with just a 100 or so others at the Howard, I was out in Silver Spring at Bump n Grind seeing the below with 30 some people max:

Maybe if I had posted this earlier, y'all would have joined me in seeing some awesome photos of Chuck Brown, RE, Familiar Faces and more. I got to get Chip to do this again. Maybe at the DC Salon, that every 2 month event at the Shaw library which tonight is having a panel discussion on DC 70s soul from 7 to 9.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:04 (1 month ago) Permalink

Hmmm, looks like he would have preferred not talking about Chris Brown; but other than that his interest in being both a Marvin Gaye activist and romance type is of interest

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 21:25 (1 month ago) Permalink

P.A. Palace, a longtime seller of live and studio-recorded go-go CDs, has confirmed to Arts Desk that its Iverson Mall location in Temple Hills, Md., has closed.

The go-go purveyor will continue to sell new and old recordings via download and mail order “for years to come,” a representative wrote in an email. The business used to have stores in the Forestville Mall and Prince George’s Plaza, but after more than two decades in business, its last physical outpost is gone. "We may reopen somewhere in the future, but there are no immediate plans as of yet,” the store's representative wrote.

P.A. Palace sold many of the CDs in its store at reduced rates to customers and to others in bulk. Go-go fans have long loved getting live go-go concerts recorded off bands' power audio (P.A.) soundboard on record, tape, and CD, and P.A. Palace has catered to that need. Its list of recordings includes the likes of the Junkyard Bard's Nov. 7, 1988 show at Hillside Firehouse and Northeast Groovers on May 31, 2014 at Icon.

But now, many fans just want digital downloads, and others are satisfied with YouTube videos of shows. In addition to the recordings it sells, P.A. Palace has its own free app and maintains a digital go-go radio station and a go-go news blog.

For those who still want to buy go-go in person on CD, the nearby Kemp Mill Music in Temple Hills sells live and studio go-go releases. Kemp Mill's Armando Cruz hopes his store gets some of P.A. Palace's old customers,but he acknowledges that the patrons of each business tend to stay loyal to their respective outlet.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 17:35 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

aw man :(

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Wednesday, 4 March 2015 19:59 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

The Ibiza club in DC has had its issues and reportedly was gonna be sold, but for now (shhh, don't tell DC P*lice & L*quor Board and future nearby condo residents) has hosted the bounce beat Kingz on the 10th and will again on the 17th.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 March 2015 14:46 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Also, glad to read Black Cat is going with earlier weekday start times. Being able to use the metro to leave there (or whatever mode of transportation) while still seeing a band's full set is a good thing, not just for us old folks and whomever has to get up early the next day, but for all.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 March 2015 14:49 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Wonder if Rare Essence and the other DC bands and rappers on that Sx SW bill in Austin last night managed to impress the right people and fans alike? So much going on there

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:17 (1 week ago) Permalink

Neither Kid Congo nor Ian S won a Wammie btw. Shocking I know. Some bluegrass guy Frank Solivan won a bunch of awards. Plus I saw on Facebook some others noting how they were winning for like the 5th year in a row. Why do I even pay attention. I am a trainwreck spotter I guess who won't look away.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:15 (1 week ago) Permalink

Fire damaged the nearby Quarry House says the article. Oh no, I've seen rockabilly bands there.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 March 2015 15:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

No cover songs...Too bad, was all ready with my reggaeton versions of "Stepping Stone" and "1, 2 X U"

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

"Quarry House Benefit Concert Tomorrow night at Jackie's Restaurant." This was posted late Friday night I think, so I guess "tomorrow" means today Saturday but it might mean Sunday. Rockabilly bands and more

There's an indiegogo benefit link page too. See the Quarry House FB page

curmudgeon, Saturday, 21 March 2015 15:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

The fire was in the building portion above the Quarry House (which is in the basement), so the Quarry House got smoke and water damage.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 21 March 2015 15:41 (1 week ago) Permalink

I haven't read anything about the last-minute benefit gig that took place Saturday night. Hope they raised some bucks. The employees are without work for a bit I guess (with some concerned that the old-school buildings like the one that burned are destined to be torn down and turned into condos which could make it difficult for Quarry House to stay open).

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 March 2015 13:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

In my 20s I did not like 2amish events and I like 'em even less now. Saturday night/Sunday morning I went to Fire Station 1, a rented out restaurant/bar in Silver Spring for Ivory Coast danceclub/afropop act Serge Beynaud. Security presence at the gig included cops with bulletproof vests on and they were packin.' Btw, crowd was mostly 20-something African immigrant gals (dressed up in heels and such) and some African immigrant guys in afro-chic pastel jackets. Security looked bored most of the night. Until Serge came on at 2:15am most of the crowd was bored as well, looking at phones and only ocassionally dancing to the pre-gig dj sounds. Glad the wife and I stuck out for Serge though.

Posted this below elsewhere

Saw Serge Beynaud with Cameroon's P Brodaz doing a quick ten minute opening set. Well actually this morning,as he came on at 2:15 am with a dancer and DJ and performed till the cops shut the gig down at 3 am. He had some charisma and material that worked, although the show lost some energy mid-set when the folks who came onstage to dance were not as good as Beynaud's dancer, and the music during that section did not impress. The DJ beforehand was spinning a mixture of old and new Afrobeats, reggae dancehall and soca.

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 March 2015 13:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

Ha, stuck it out.

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 March 2015 13:41 (1 week ago) Permalink

Waiting until 2:15 for an act would certainly make me feel curmudgeonly

skip, Monday, 23 March 2015 14:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

We foolishly got there at 11. I have heard some folks say, "oh the audience wants it to start that late." The looks of boredom and the lack of lots of alcohol sales (except for champagne to 3 VIP booths), and the number of people who were there between 11 and 12:30 am tells me otherwise.

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 March 2015 14:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

Saturday gig at JVs with jazz and art-rock guitarists Harrison and Pirog doing DC rooted honky-tonk roadhouse sounds could be good (if it doesn't get too barband self-indulgent)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:36 (5 days ago) Permalink

I don't agree with everything he says, but this is still fun to read

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:49 (5 days ago) Permalink

Ian Hilton also confirmed that he and his brother, Eric Hilton, have signed a letter of intent for The Wharf. They have not identified a concept, however, and talks are in the very early stages.

“We’d love to do something there. If it ends up looking like the master plan, it’s going to be a really cool project,” Ian Hilton said. “But until we at least have the ability to do a hard hat tour, who knows what will happen?”

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 March 2015 19:52 (5 days ago) Permalink

curmudgeon speaks the truth on the Chief Ike's piece.

I spent a weirdly large portion of my young adulthood there, looking at things embedded in the lucite of the bar and generally letting the 90s spool out behind me. Measured out in shots of Jim Beam and warbly acid house.

It was rather better suited for djs than for rock bands. For a typical three-band bill, half the room would be taken up by the amps and drums of the bands yet to play. And then they would play, at floor level, to an audience of their girlfriends and roomates and co-workers, totaling a healthy dozen people.

Ye Mad Puffin, Friday, 27 March 2015 13:49 (4 days ago) Permalink

Lotsa comments posted on the Chief Ike's article. Some taking Al to task (at least 1 written by someone who worked there) and others grumbling about the rich kids in town now who just want to go to fancy restaurants.

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 March 2015 15:04 (4 days ago) Permalink

The Joel Harrison piece covers an even older period of DC history (talking about Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Evan Johns). For you tldr types:

Has anyone come up with an explanation for that whole era from Roy to Danny and Evan, these guitarists interested in such diverse types of American music?

I tried to put my fingers on it in my liner notes to Mother Stump. It took me a long time to try to figure this out, but Washington, especially back then, was both a Southern and a Northern town. You had bluegrass emanating up from the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Seldom Scene and the Country Gentlemen; you had the rocking country and rockabilly thing coming in from Southern Maryland; you had the African-American community with jazz and influences coming in from Baltimore and New York and Philly and the soul and funk sound; and under-girding all this was the blues. It was a town where all these different classes and cultures mixed even though it was a very segregated place, except the music wasn’t segregated. Free form radio was around back then so you could hear this music all the time. More than other places it was kind of a crossroads kind of town.

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 March 2015 15:16 (4 days ago) Permalink

Harrison also used to go to Fort Reno way back when.

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 March 2015 15:18 (4 days ago) Permalink

I always admired Gatton from a bit of a distance; I'm sure I have seen him but can't remember when or where. Charlie Byrd is a major fave too; last time I saw him may have been 1992 or so; he played "Blue Skies" and "Satin Doll" in the space in Reston that is now a skating rink. Somewhere around here I have his book of fingerstyle samba tunes.

Ye Mad Puffin, Friday, 27 March 2015 17:12 (4 days ago) Permalink

My interest in Gatton was also from a distance. Now Evan Johns & the H Bombs rockabilly group I liked. Wiki bio for him sadly says he had alcohol-related health issues, and has not done anything musically since the late 90s.

Charlie Byrd I know from my Dad talking about him, and then me getting into Brazilian music. I heard him discussed (and the music he recorded in Col. Hts) at a recent DC music Salon at the Shaw library.

As for the new guys in the article--

I am intrigued by guitarist Anthony Pirog. Cool that he plays punk house shows, duo efforts with a cellist, experimental jazz things, roots rock with Dave Kitchen Band, and this Saturday's thing at JVs.

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 March 2015 17:21 (4 days ago) Permalink

Fun time seeing Harrison, Pirog and others do rockabilly, blues, country and stuff Saturday at JVs. Their grizzled regulars, smelling of cigs and many budweisers, seemed to like it; as did the rest of us (not that there was a huge crowd-- 50 or so, which makes that small place seem full).

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 March 2015 15:57 (Yesterday) Permalink

I forgot this guy was still cranking out reviews of DC gigs

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:28 (2 hours ago) Permalink

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