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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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

cool. keep em coming.

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

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

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

I can't do tomorrow anyway, too behind at work.

El Tomboto, Friday, 12 January 2018 04:24 (four months ago) Permalink

Another time. I’m gonna still try to head over to Kennedy Center for free 6 pm Jupiter & Okwess Congolese gig.

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 January 2018 14:47 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/music/article/20989131/motherland-connection-gogo-goes-to-africa

Alona on Team Familiar and BYB trips to Nigeria and Ghana,

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:28 (four months ago) Permalink

seeing on Facebook that old-school DC rockabilly,honky-tonk country, and country-swing guitarist/singer Billy Hancock has died.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 January 2018 19:23 (three months ago) Permalink

https://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2018-01-24/the-rise-of-dmv-hip-hop

Chris Richards from the Post with DC rappers Ras Nebhu and Sugg Savage on Kojo

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 13:08 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/01/30/dc-area-record-label-cuneiform-gone-hiatus-may-not-come-back/

Silver Spring jazz and avant-garde rock label isn’t making money streaming

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 00:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Eddie Dean's Washington Post Magazine cover story on Elkton, MD's Zane Campbell, a rough-edged country singer who once had an anti-folk, punky phase where he lived in NYC

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style/wp/2018/02/01/feature/this-hillbilly-madman-is-country-music-royalty-so-why-havent-you-heard-of-him/?utm_term=.58f7cdaf63eb

Missed this a few years back about him in 2015--

https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/music/zane-campbell-brings-a-hard-edge-to-traditional-country-music/2015/10/08/ea06f626-6852-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_story.html?utm_term=.7d14b3617d99

Campbell is also featured in the new book “Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line,” a look at the fertile, underappreciated music scene where Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware meet. Written by three academics — Henry Glassie, Clifford R. Murphy and Douglas Dowling Peach — the lavishly illustrated book of interviews, history and analysis comes with two audio CDs featuring 58 tracks of unadorned but memorable field recordings. Zane sings lead on four tracks, and the others showcase his aunt, uncle, brother and their neighbors

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:41 (three months ago) Permalink

Bohemian Caverns may still be sitting empty on U Street but you can still see jazz in the DMV-- at Sotto, Alice's, Marvin , Mr. Henry's and more


https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/dcs-jazz-scene-is-making-a-comeback-but-youll-find-it-in-unexpected-places/2018/01/31/48fab2cc-efdc-11e7-b390-a36dc3fa2842_story.html?utm_term=.fa9d6ec5c128

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:44 (three months ago) Permalink

Zane rules! I bought some of his art from his brother's antique store/woodworking shop in Elkton.

Heez, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 18:27 (three months ago) Permalink

Wow...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 05:44 (three months ago) Permalink

http://imsodmv.com/video_listing/potsie-major-f-killa-cal-bossman-scoop-malikdopedrummer-count-doe/

New video for this late 2017 DC rap track that pays some homage to DC go-go & has great percussionist Malik the Dope Drummer on it

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 February 2018 03:43 (three months ago) Permalink

reading folks on twitter alleging that 930 club ticketfly service fees have gone up...and are higher than Black Cat's. That doesn't seem to be stopping folks --so many IMP shows at 930, Anthem, UHall etc plus other promoters and clubs and halls...Lotsa $ to do it all

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 February 2018 16:42 (three months ago) Permalink

https://daily.bandcamp.com/2018/02/08/dmv-artists-list/

Teta Alim in Bandcamp on DC rap & rap hybrid sounds from Sugg Savage, G.U.M.P., NappyNappa, Odd Mojo, Reggie Pr1me

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 February 2018 06:31 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/a-sisterhood-of-drummers-80-strong-keeping-time-to-a-brazilian-beat/2018/02/08/b0bd1710-0b7f-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html?utm_term=.18112b265fdc

Batala Washington

Batalá Washington maintains its unique status, says Alison Rodden, the group’s musical director.

“There are over 35 Batalás around the world and here in the U.S. there’s about to be 10,” Rodden says. “We were the first one that was 100 percent women.”

A fixture at city marathons and street fairs, Batalá has played internationally, led both big Women’s Marches in the District and opened for the Rolling Stones in 2012.

“How many people can say, ‘I opened for the Rolling Stones?’ ” says Carol Freitas, one of a handful of Brazilians in Batalá.

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:45 (three months ago) Permalink

DC's The Experience Band and Show performs on street corners and now in clubs too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gykyTv7tg-A

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 05:24 (three months ago) Permalink

There was a benefit in Frederick last night for guitarist Dmitri Penny Callas who used to play Benny’s Rebel Room on 14th Street and other long gone joints. I never heard of him till I read this John Kelly from the Washington Post article

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/oh-what-a-night-maryland-musicians-will-raise-money-for-ailing-friend/2018/02/06/969f19e6-0ab7-11e8-8890-372e2047c935_story.html?utm_term=.52ea95c0d445

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Hank Dietles bar fundraiser after it got burned down from cigarette butts

https://www.gofundme.com/HankDietlesOFFICIAL

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 February 2018 06:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Longtime DC gogo band vocalist and solo singer Michael Muse is joining the old-school soul group the Stylistics and singing with them tonight at DAR Constitution Hall.

Also tonight is Janel Leppin and many more at Black Cat

[/i]An All-Star music and art show for Janel's weavings is happening at the Black Cat on February 16th at 8:00 pm, $10

The Messthetics, Janel and Anthony, Antonia, Low Ways Quartet, Blacks' Myths, Kim Sator, GL Jaguar, Katie Alice Greer and Janel Leppin, Praxis Cat, Knife Wife and more![/i]

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 February 2018 17:12 (three months ago) Permalink

Longtime DC gogo band vocalist and solo singer Michael Muse is joining the old-school soul group the Stylistics and singing with them tonight at DAR Constitution Hall.

Also tonight is Janel Leppin and many more at Black Cat

An All-Star music and art show for Janel's weavings is happening at the Black Cat on February 16th at 8:00 pm, $10

The Messthetics, Janel and Anthony, Antonia, Low Ways Quartet, Blacks' Myths, Kim Sator, GL Jaguar, Katie Alice Greer and Janel Leppin, Praxis Cat, Knife Wife and more!

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 February 2018 17:12 (three months ago) Permalink

Raheem Devaughn has a new band called the Crank Crusaders and they all do a go-go version of Miguel's "Skywalker" that's on DC radio and on Soundcloud

Just recently discovered a new DC Haitian band called Swag Muzik who do konpa, kizomba, and r'n'b. They have a video on Youtube

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 18:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Backyard Band playing in Ghana today! They’re there for 5 days I think

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 19:47 (two months ago) Permalink

https://wamu.org/story/18/03/07/d-c-may-lose-funk-parade-verge-cancellation/

Property developers won’t help fund it as much this year— the Parade needs 60 grand more to hit the $200,000 they need. Gentrification also means less spaces for stages

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 21:29 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youcaring.com/funkparade-1121941

Fundraising for Funk Parade

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 March 2018 04:25 (two months ago) Permalink

So now DC is finally suing the Howard Theatre Restoration Board years after they should have looked into the board, developer Ellis, & Blue Note's handling of the theatre

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/district-suit-alleges-mismanagement-at-howard-theatre/2018/03/07/b9619ab4-224d-11e8-badd-7c9f29a55815_story.html?utm_term=.c10deef118a2

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 March 2018 04:35 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/music/blog/20995599/the-scene-report-des-demonas-dupont-brass-and-more

Short blurbs from me on recent releases by Dupont Brass, Des Demonas, Dogo du Togo, and Veronneau

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 March 2018 21:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Events DC did not have any go-go bands at the S x SW showcases. The rappers they had were all Md residents.

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 March 2018 17:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Funk Parade 2018 is back on, thanks in part to $25 thousand from Mayor Bowser and DC government

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2018 15:18 (one month ago) Permalink

City Winery opens in the old Love club on Okie Street NE at the end of April. The neighborhood has changed. They'll be narrowly booking mainly acts that appeal to over 50 mainstream white folk-rock fans

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 April 2018 16:54 (one month ago) Permalink

TroubleFunk recorded a Tiny Desk today.

Meanwhile Events DC told me they didn’t have a go-go band at S x SW this year because the stage they used was too small.

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2018 21:12 (one month ago) Permalink

That's Malik Dope Drummer Stewart (whom you should follow on Instagram)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Malik Dope Drummer Stewart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_JZR5hX0Sc&app=desktop

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 April 2018 16:27 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_JZR5hX0Sc

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 April 2018 16:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Friday the 13th-- Pretty Girls Crank Too (women in go-go event) with Beladona, Ms. Kim, Michelle Blackwell, Pretty Nikki, Lysette, Kee Kee and more at Paradigm Lounge in Upper Marlboro, MD

Messthetics at Black Cat

* Ezko at Songbyrd (rap)

* Backyard Band and TOB at Aqua in DC (go-go and bounce-beat go-go)

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 April 2018 16:31 (one month ago) Permalink

RE at 4 for free today Saturday at Freedom Plaza Emancipation Day Concert after parade

curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:59 (one month ago) Permalink

curmudgeon - sad news about Rory Felton

as god is my waitress (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 21 April 2018 22:33 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Betty Green has passed away (after being sick for awhile). She was the self-proclaimed bass-playing Grandmother from r'n'b/funk cover group Mother's Band and Show. For a brief period in the 80s they were managed by Jeff Krulik. The band frequently played gigs for the mentally impaired patients at St. Elizabeth's. There's a Youtube video of an indoor gig there. I went with Jeff to a Mother's Band outdoor on the grounds gig there, once. She was a sweet, nice person.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tony Java, a DC reggae/ dancehall promoter who did a Reggae Awards event circa 2005, has passed away too.

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 April 2018 19:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

WPFW interim PD K. Stitt just dumped the Saturday 4 pm to 6 pm soul oldies show "Baby Boomer Boogie " , hosted by onetime Roadhouse Oldies clerk Scooter Macgruder and soul music filmmaker Beverly Johnson. No announcement of what will replace the show. Rumors of other changes.

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 April 2018 14:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/music/blog/21003804/rip-rory-dc-felton

Go-go musicians talk to Alona W. about the influence of the recently deceased Rory DC Felton, go-go sax and cowbell player with Rare Essence and Little Benny & the Masters and others. He was recently killed

curmudgeon, Saturday, 5 May 2018 05:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

So Funk Parade needs help to better recruit DC high School marching bands (Ballou marched in first one in 2014, but not since. Eastern High has been in a few. But they only had Phelps this year) for next year, but I still had a good time. Eleanor Roosevelt High from MD step squad were great in parade, while on stages around U I saw a crazy set from bounce-beat and more band TOB, solid go-go from all female band Be'la Dona, old-school sax man Ron Holloway (he's played with both late nut Root Boy Slim and jazz cats like Sonny Rollins) ; Crush Funk Brass, Malik Dope Drummer, and jazz-go-go hybrid band Jo-Go Project (led by Elijah Balbed)

Funk Parade should also reach out to the old DC Caribbean Carnival crowd and get them involved. Plus they need to better reach the WHUR and other old r'n'b outlet types to get more old-school DC folks there. It was cool that some Howard graduates in caps and gowns stopped by.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2018 14:25 (six days ago) Permalink

Had a fun night Friday at Artes de Cuba at Kennedy Center too. They have art everywhere, a cool old car outside, and on Thursday nights through Saturday nights from 9:30 pm to 12 midnight a Noches Cubanas room on the atrium level with great free music and mojitos for sale (with cool Cuban movie posters and more on walls and other Cuban sculptures and art)

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2018 14:27 (six days ago) Permalink

It's that time of the year: Fort Reno

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1950118003/fort-reno-concert-series-50th-anniversary-fundrais

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2018 15:42 (six days ago) Permalink

Nice John Kelly article in W Post on the return of DC rockabilly musician Tex Rubinowitz. He's gonna perform at the sold-out Billy Hancock tribute on Sunday.

Hamil Harris, who wrote about gospel well for the Washington Post for years, just did a nice City Paper cover story on DC gospel quartets (who mostly perform out in PG County MD now) . I went to a big national act gospel show at Scripture in Maryland. Those bills are mentioned in article. I follow the promoter on Facebook now so I can keep up

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 May 2018 14:44 (two days ago) Permalink

DC based Palestinian oud player and singer Huda Asfour debuted her new album Kouni at Atlas last night. Wow. She had a guest string section, guest jazz horns, and others plus great video visuals behind her. Ambitious. Some was classic Arabic Music, some rocked, some jazzy ballad like

curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 May 2018 12:16 (yesterday) Permalink


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