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i really really want to go to friday night's performance with dimbiman, akufen, dear, tc, but i have no ride. is anyone going?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Friday, 16 April 2004 05:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

tech house & techno

resident DJ's Milo & Daedau

every Friday starting tonight

at Saveur
2218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Glover Park, DC

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 14 May 2004 19:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nice. i need to take a night off and check it out.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Sunday, 16 May 2004 18:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


What's happening this summer? I don't think the Fort Reno schedule has been announced yet. I'm excited about the D.C. Caribbean Carnival and the related shows happening in a few weeks. Also, the Smithsonian Folklife Fest is gonna be featuring Latin and Haitian music. Anything new folks to tell me about dancehall, electronica, hiphop and go-go wise?

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 03:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sorry I didn't catch your April 16th post, Aaron. If I'd noticed, I would have offered you a ride.

I'm excited about a few DC-area shows coming up in the month of June. MF Doom w/Talib Kweli at the 9:30 Club, Sunday June 13. Madvillain has finally clicked for me, you have to listen to it as a series of vignettes ... looking forward to the show. I've seen Decembrists and Neko Case before, so I'll probably skip their shows the next two nights in order to check out Acid Mothers Temple at the Ottobar in Baltimore, Thursday the 17th. Two good acoustic shows at Iota in Virginia the next week: Iron & Wine, Tuesday the 22nd, and Devendra Banhart Thursday the 24th. I'm from Florida orig., and really looking forward to hearing Sam Beam(Iron & Wine)'s voice live.

Dare, Monday, 7 June 2004 16:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

schedule is much tighter now as i work monday, tuesday, thursday, friday and saturday but i would love to go to some shows with more advance notice. and thanks for the retroactive ride offer :-)

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 7 June 2004 22:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Are there any new go-go bands that anyone likes? Are go-go bands just doing covers of rap hits mostly these days?

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 03:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No Fort Reno free indie rock shows schedule posted the last time I looked.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 17:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the fake accents are playing the black cat backstage tonight. we... i mean... THEY... are a pretty awesome fun indie rock quartet. some of their stuff sounds like one or more of the following:

the fall
early superchunk
the wedding present (fast strummy guitar)
the strokes

and theyre all TOTALLY nice awesome kids. and this hardcore band, kudzu wish is opening.

ALL FOR $5!!!

so, if you wanna party like its 1995, come to the black cat backstage tonight.

peter smith (plsmith), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 17:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
hey so coming up in the next couple of months...
scissor sisters, faint w/ tv on the radio, mouse on mars w/ junior boys. i am going to try to attend most or all of the above.
also, my band might be playing with avant-hop groop Dalek sometime in September, i will give heads up when date is confirmed.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 30 August 2004 09:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
So is there any d.j. in d.c. playing the stuff Paul kennedy is spinning in NYC:

bubblecrunk, grime, ragga, favela funk, 2step, neukÖln, soca, ardkore jungle, lover's rock +

steve-k, Sunday, 9 January 2005 00:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I missed Mathew Dear at club 5. Did anyone go?

Also, anyone been out to the Crossroads or other joints that feature dancehall?

steve-k, Sunday, 9 January 2005 00:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Are the Medications the most exciting Dischord band these days?

I've listened to that latest Q and Not U cd and imho their punk-funk w/ falsetto vocals pales compared to the circa '81 stuff, and even to the best DFA singles.

steve-k, Sunday, 9 January 2005 16:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yo Aaron, and other D.C. folks, what do ya think?

steve-k, Monday, 10 January 2005 06:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink


steve-k, Thursday, 13 January 2005 16:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(x-post on all this)

At my night at Saint-Ex, SALT (1st Wednesdays monthly), I generally play a fair amount of grime, dancehall, crunk, and german goodness. But that's only around half the playlist, and we vary quite a bit month to month. We've going to have another grime focus night coming up (our 4th!), this summer Dizzee and Wonder were there after their DC show.

Matthew Dear was very disappointing. Tracky techno with little personality, and the bass was a little overwhelming (and not in a good way). It had nothing on the Jake Fairley live set at Andalu a couple of months ago.

I'm pretty happy with the new Q & Not U, but I haven't heard The Medications yet.

And in case anyone doesn't know, Kingpin burned down. It's maybe the only place in the city I'd ever been where you knew anyone could have a great time anytime. There were a lot of good DJs that played there, too, though not as recently.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Thursday, 13 January 2005 16:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Cool re: your d.j. night, but for me alas, Wednesdays are not good. Oh well.

Thanks for the other stuff.

There are a couple other D.C. threads floating around right now.

washington dc record stores?

steve-k, Thursday, 13 January 2005 17:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hey d.j. Brian Miller:

Please get in touch with me before Monday. I need to talk to you about a City Paper thing...-Steve

steve-k, Friday, 21 January 2005 14:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Got your email, Steve - I'll be sending you a list of responses this weekend.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 21 January 2005 14:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Also, if anyone's interested, The Arc@de F!re is going to be doing a low key post-9:30 club show DJ set at S@int-Ex on Sunday the 30th.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 21 January 2005 14:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
yo yo yo! I still dont have a computer etc etc etc but...
1. everyone go to SALT tommorrow! Dammit!
2. the dc scene is exceedingly small. a year of drinking too much at esl, local 16, asylum, pharmacy bar, st. ex, and i might know everyone who is not too famous to be in dc all the time like me.
3. i have switched jobs and have a relatively more flexible schedule so (brian, anyone) please call when someone like jake fairley comes thru.
4. german techno can be found at CD Warehouse in Georgetown of all places. Since I happened in a few weeks ago, I have bought or been given copies of the new superpicther mix, the new triple r mix, the new lawrence record, the new lali puna, the new t raumschmere (spelling obv wrong), and poker flat volume 4 (fucking uptempo tech/micro/whatever comp of year so far methinks). Go spend money there.
6. That being said, anyone who wants to venture to Baltimore for vinyl: let's coordinate. It gets lonely eating hot dogs at the train station ;-)
5. Is anyone else here proud of Raheem DeVaughn?
6. Sounds of Kaleidescope might be the most consistent local band not famous yet. I am biased though because I know some of them, but maybe I'm not. The CD Release party at the black cat should be good though I wont be there :-(

much luv dc massiv

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 19:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I wanted to recommend my friends Manhunter, who are fucking awesome and have a record coming out on Ghostly in the fall. They're playing tomorrow night at Alchemy and at the Warehouse Aug. 5. Also whatever, lame though it may be I gotta hype my own band, the Fake Accents - we play around pretty often, did Ft. Reno a few weeks ago, and will be at the Warehouse Aug. 22, plus July 12 at the Talking Head if you feel like going to Baltimore.

DC is small, but I like it - and there's a ton of folks who go to shows and do nifty stuff that aren't part of the scene per se. It could use some fuckin record stores though - we've got some sorta OK ones but seriously, for a city of this size it's ridiculous. Luckily the gf lives in Bmore so I'm there all the time, powering the capitalistic engine that drives this great country.

Zack Richardson (teenagequiet), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 20:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i expect the people who arent part of the "scene" are doing a LOT of nifty things as drinking at a bar all the time makles it difficult to get things done. yet ill probably go to yellow fever after work tonight anyways :-( ;-)

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 12 July 2005 18:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Aaron, I'll totally go to Bmore for record shopping once I've gotten situated in DC. (I don't live there now, will be back.. soon.. once I have job/place to live). But I am really curious to know what's happening outside of "the scene," which.. in my encounters with it.. has always been rather uptight + hostile.

daria g (daria g), Tuesday, 12 July 2005 20:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Who is uptight and hostile? People involved in the political world, or elsewhere?


What do "Fake Accents" sound like?


I listened to Raheen DeVaughn's finally released cd in Tower and was impressed. I wonder if he'll get any national r'n'b exposure.

I haven't made it to Fort Reno this summer. What have been some fave shows?

I did make it to Fort Dupont for the first time in ages. I saw old-school soul act the Dramatics.

steve-k, Sunday, 7 August 2005 16:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Go-go club Deno's has finally closed for good. I missed the fishfry Deno had down there last weekend as a farewell to his hand-dance and go-go customers.

Has anyone been to any of those dance clubs opening up on NY Avenue--'Avenue' and I forget the name of the other ones. The "Going Out Gurus" on Washington write about such places...

steve-k, Sunday, 7 August 2005 19:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

No one whose name I remember, unfortunately, but it has just been my bad luck that every time I've been at a gathering involving DC or Baltimore indie scene, people have been unfriendly and standoffish. Nowhere else have I gone to a party and had the "host" just kind of stare at me and not make the least effort to be welcoming, or had some smug fuck tell me my taste in music sucked.. Christ, I had a friend who was a big scenester in DC and she was still freaking out all the time about making sure her hairstyle was cool enough and her belt white enough to be in the orbit of the Make*Up.

I don't worry about appearances like I used to, but I worry about encountering bad attitudes and bad vibes when I move back to DC. I am going to try hard to keep an open mind, though. Also to see different kinds of shows, not just whoever's at Black Cat, Fort Reno, etc.

dar1a g (daria g), Monday, 8 August 2005 00:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Some things never change. This old guy remembers those 'coolness' issues in the Dc scene back in the '80s. Don't worry about it. Seeing different kinds of shows has always kept music fresh and vital for me.

steve-k, Monday, 8 August 2005 12:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

steve - the fake accents are (is) a band, comprised of zack, me (i just subtly changed my normal ILX handle...), washington post going-out-guru dave, and our favorite friend mai. we're ripping off a lot of good bands these days. zack should chime in with his two cents, but if youre curious, come out and see us at the warehouse on the 22nd.

petesmith (plsmith), Monday, 8 August 2005 12:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Where's a good place to see Go-go live? I've just moved into the area and can't make heads or tails of the listings in any of the papers.

ng, Monday, 8 August 2005 13:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The band that I play the drums in, the Franchise, is playing at the Black Cat next Tuesday (8/16)--not that anyone cares.

The Mad Puffin (The Mad Puffin), Monday, 8 August 2005 13:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

We all care! Is your band pop, or psychedelic, or country, or industrial, or Gang of 4 sounding or what?

The most complete go-go listings are at the Take Me Out to the Go-go website. Uh, various go-go clubs have have had violence take place in or near them, and the shows start real real late at night. Sometimes go-go bands play at non-go-go clubs. Chuck Brown has done shows at the Warner Theatre and he's playing a birthday party for himself at the 930 Club on Aug. 27th.

steve-k, Monday, 8 August 2005 13:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Should I go see "Edie Sedgwick" at Fort Reno Thursday night? Is this Justin Moyer outfit art-school brilliance or nonsense or neither?

steve-k, Tuesday, 9 August 2005 02:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

And in case anyone doesn't know, Kingpin burned down.


It's maybe the only place in the city I'd ever been where you knew anyone could have a great time anytime

yes. has it reopened?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 03:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

From Dischord:

Dischord News and DC band and label updates:

We'd like to express our appreciation and gratitude to the many
people who have written us to express their support and outrage over
Nike's misappropriation of the Minor Threat Imagery for their
skateboarding demo. We would also like to acknowledge the people at
Nike skateboarding for their apology and prompt removal of all
offending posters and web-ads. The members of Minor Threat continue
to work on a creative resolution to this matter and will have more to
say when an agreement is finalized.

French Toast have returned home from a very successful European tour
in support of their debut album, "In A Cave."
Medications are heading to Europe in November. The Evens are headed to Japan to play shows in September and will
head to Europe in October.

steve-k, Tuesday, 9 August 2005 16:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

from the's Fritz H.

Kingpin, which caught fire on Christmas Day, remains closed while its owners deal with insurance issues. In the meantime, members of the Kingpin staff are taking over the top floor of Wonderland in Columbia Heights on Sunday nights and resurrecting a bit of the old Kingpin vibe.

steve-k, Tuesday, 9 August 2005 16:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i have only been to ft reno once for antiques/monopoli. monopoli was cool but the combination of rain, biting bugs and the fact that i had already been there for a few hours had me leaving a half hour into their set.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 18:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I have been to Fort Reno a few times, including the very very rainy final Dismemberment Plan show. But haven't gone this year for some reason.

(And in answer to steve-k's question, the Franchise is mostly geeky rock with an 80s flavor, more They Might Be Giants than Gang of Four. For more information than you could really ever want, see or

The Mad Puffin (The Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 19:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Should I go see "Edie Sedgwick" at Fort Reno Thursday night?

"HIS LOVE IS REAL BUT HE ISN'T!! HIS LOVE IS REAL BUT HE ISN'T!!" I couldn't name a high-concept act that I genuinely like.

This year at Fort Reno I saw the Evens and Q and Not U. There's a note on my calendar for Mary Timony and Medications on the 15th, but we'll see if I make the effort to actually go there. (, Tuesday, 9 August 2005 20:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink


What do "Fake Accents" sound like?

you should listen to a madonna interview, that oughta give you a pretty good idea.

bandwise though, people have told me at various points that we reminded them of the fall, unrest, archers of loaf, pavement, the pixies, the stones, polvo, superchunk, the stooges and the velvet underground. i agree with some of those more than others, but overall i would say that i tend to write spiky, strummy, distorted pop songs, and dave usually goes for rocking fall/velvets-worshipping one riff wonders. thanks for asking, by the way.

in any case, as pete noted, if you're interested you should come see us at the warehouse the 22nd. if you can't, we're also gonna be at the black cat sept 9. if you make it to either, please say hi, it'd be rad to meet some dc-area ilxors. i'd actually been debating proposing a dc-area FAP, but you know, apathy and all that, so this'd be an acceptable substitute.

Zack Richardson (teenagequiet), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 01:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'll be out of town on the 22nd but I'm sure other ilxors will be around. I think I can make the show on the 9th. I read elsewhere that the Future of Music Coalition is taking place on the 9th and they're having members of the Mekons play from 6 to 7 that night at the Kennedy Center Millenium stage. That could be interesting(especially if Langford has a drink or 2) and make for a nice full night of rawk....

steve-k, Wednesday, 10 August 2005 03:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Should I go see "Edie Sedgwick" at Fort Reno Thursday night?

"HIS LOVE IS REAL BUT HE ISN'T!! HIS LOVE IS REAL BUT HE ISN'T!!" I couldn't name a high-concept act that I genuinely like.

I saw these guys at a basement show back in my college days. They're quite worth seeing. I remember during that song ("HIS LOVE IS REAL BUT HE IS NOT!") I turned to my friend and said, without irony, "Is this supposed to be about Jesus?"

Hurting (Hurting), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 03:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

xxpost The Fake Accents are awesome and keep getting awesomer. Go see them at the Black Cat backstage with two other great bands: Alcian Blue & A Cricket In Times Square. sept 8th. yeah.

anyone going to bmore to see zombi?

ebrecht, Thursday, 18 August 2005 14:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Awww man, I missed the Fake Accents again....Alcian Blue sounded kinda interesting from the review I saw.


steve k, Monday, 12 September 2005 03:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
There's some talk about DC music over on ILE on this thread:

Kevin Costner's Russian's Rusty: Washington DC Metropolitan Area Thread II

Steve K (Steve K), Wednesday, 26 October 2005 02:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
And now here as well maybe...

Robert Redford Is A Republican. DC Metro Area Thread 3.

curmudgeon steve (DC Steve), Saturday, 24 December 2005 02:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Do the Fake Accents still exist? Did anybody see Joe Lally from Fugazi playing in Baltimore? Do any go-go performers other than Chuck Brown record albums in studios, or do they all just releases those live pa mixtape cds?

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 24 December 2005 03:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"just release" that should say...

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 24 December 2005 03:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Joe Lee of Joe's Record Paradise
Melissa Avery of DC Rock and Roll
are proud to present
On January 15th Joe Lee (Joe's Record Paradise) & Melissa Avery are producing a tribute concert in honor of Link Wray. It will be held at El Boqueron II 1330 Gude Dr. Rockville MD (the club underneath Joe's Record Paradise)
Purchase tickets by calling Joe's Record Paradise 301-315-2235

Richard Harrington who presented the WAMA lifetime achievement award to Link Wray will also speak.
Rare film footage of Link from the 1950's!
Musical guests for the evening will include:
Former Link Wray side Men: Ricky Mitchell, Ed Cynar, Johnny Sneed

Jack Casady & the Triumphs - The Triumphs are the group Jack & Jorma Kaukonen played with when they were youngsters in DC, prior to playing moving to California and founding the Jefferson Airplane. The Triumphs opened for Link Wray in the local DC clubs in the early 1960's. The band will be comprised of Jack Casady,Ron McDonald, Johnny Sneed, and Joe Stanley.
It has to be some 45 years since a Triumphs performance has taken place.

Robert Gordon (played with Link Wray in the late 1970's early 1980's)

Eddie Angel (Tex Rubinowitz, Switchblade, Billy Hancock, the Planet Rockers, the Neanderthals, Eddie Angels Guitar Party, Los Straitjackets, etc.)

Billy Hancock (Saxtons, Fallen Angels, Roy Buchanan and the Snake Stretchers, Danny and the Fat Boys, Billy Hancock and the Tennessee Rockets etc....) w/Dave Chappell, Steve Wolf & Barry Hart

Joe Stanley (Saxtons, Roy Clark, the Orioles, Big Joe Turner, Sam Cooke, Little Anthony, Lloyd Price, The Drifters, Jackie Wilson, Dion and the Belmont’s, Freddie Cannon, Dale Hawkins, The Rainbows with Don Covay Marvin Gay and Billy Stewart, Charlie Daniels, Danny and the Fat Boys, the Dynaflows and Big four Combo, etc..)

Ratso & Switchblade

The A-Bones

Daryl Davis (Muddy Waters, The Jordanaires, The Coasters Pinetop Perkins, Johnny Johnson, Chuck Berry etc..)
Billy Miller

Jerry Dallman
and numerous others local acts

We will also feature a song from the Wray Children, a group that consists of Link Wray's children and grandchildren.

All of these musicians played at one time or the other with Link Wray in Washington DC.

curmudgeon (Steve K), Sunday, 25 December 2005 05:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

So many years back I saw Opus Okuben, 3 rappers with a band at the now-defunct Metro Cafe. I think they then moved to Europe. Apparently they're back around, as I got an e-mail that they'll be at Black Cat with Storm and other local DC rappers in January.

Other news--Joe Lally from Fugazi is according to the Dischord website working with Discord producer (and performer) Don Zientara on something. Last time I spoke with Lally he and his family had moved to Los Angeles.

Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Sunday, 25 December 2005 18:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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