. . . I was never that good at the words anyways - bn

. . . you're not punk and i'm tellin everyone, save your breath i never was one - bs

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Playlist - 12/21

Luther - Two Anglers / Gameday Regulars - Heavy Bikes / Rocky Votolato - The Light and The Sound / Lucero - And We Fell / The Sidekicks - Grace / Jawbreaker - Chesterfield King / Adam Faucett - Blood is Blood / Cat Power - Metal Heart / Placeholder - Resent / We Are Augustines - Chapel Heart / Jeffrey Foucault - Cold Satellite / American Princes - Providence, RI / The Magnificent - BBQ & Grasshoppers / Signals Midwest - The Weight & The Waiting / Chris Bathgate - Salt Year

DPDC Friday Playlist - 12/21

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Centro-matic 24 Song Free Sampler

You're probably familiar with 'em, but Centro-matic is and has been consistently putting out incredible albums for a decade and a half (not to mention Will Johnson's solo and South San Gabriel releases).

If you don't have their stuff already and are looking to get into the extensive, and wholly worthwhile catalog, here's a good place to start.

Listen below or go to the bandcamp page for the full download.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Special Friday Playlist - 12/14 - 2011 Revisited

All of this year end list making, has me mulling over and revisiting several albums that, in retrospect, were notably absent from my Best of 2011 list and probably deserved inclusion (not that I'd want to bump anything from the original list, which you can find here).  So I thought I'd devote today's playlist to songs from those albums. Hope you enjoy.

DPDC Friday Playlist - 12/14 - 2011 Revisited

Tracklist: (Album)
Frank Turner - I Am Disappeared (England Keep My Bones)
Centro-Matic - All the Talkers (Candidate Waltz)
John Moreland & The Dust Bowl Souls - Christmas Lights (Everything the Hard Way)
Fucked Up - Queen of Hearts (David Comes to Life)
Wild Flag - Future Crimes (S/T)
Arliss Nancy - Wrong or Right (Dance to Forget)
Lydia Loveless - More Like Them (Indestructible Machine)
The Holy Mess - Goodbye 3713 (S/T)
13 Ghosts - Gimme Back (Liar's Melody)
Joyce Manor - Constant Headache (S/T)
Nothington - Far to Go (Borrowed Time)
Young Statues - Bumble Bee (S/T)
Those Darlins - Be Your Bro (Screws Get Loose)
Samiam - 80 West (Trips)
The 65's - No One Cares About Your Tears (Strike Hard!)
Mount Moriah - Lament (S/T)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

2012 Best Songs from the Rest

Since I struggled so much in narrowing down my favorite albums list, and under the dangerous assumption that you aren't completely over year end lists (mine and everyone else's), I've decided to rattle off some of my favorite songs of the year from artists/bands who didn't quite make the "Best of" list.  Some of these are  the hands down greatest of the year.

DPDC Best Songs from the Rest 2012

John K. Samson - When I Write My Master's Thesis (Provincial)
Glocca Morra - Ya'll Boots Hats? (Just Married)
Torche - Kicking (Harmonicraft)
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - Centreville (There is a Bomb in Gilead)
You Blew It! - Terry vs. Tori (Grow Up, Dude)
Waxahatchee - Be Good (American Weekend)
A Giant Dog - Cowboy (Fight)
Paws - Pony. (Cokefloat!)
Sam Russo - Factory Rain (Storm)
Cat Power -Ruin (Sun)
Bob Mould - Silver Age (Silver Age)
Bohannons - The River Above (Unaka Rising)
Grass Giraffes - Backstories (Transporation EP)
Dr. Dog - How Long Must I Wait (Be the Void)
Slingshot Dakota - Gossip (Dark Hearts)
Chuck Prophet - Castro Halloween (Temple Beautiful)
The Sparklers - Gunfire & Confetti (Crying at the Low Bar)
Royal Headache - Really in Love (S/T)
Dikembe - Apology Not Fucking Accepted (Broad Shoulders)
Teenage Bottlerocket - Go With the Flow (Freak Out!)
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball (Wrecking Ball)
The Whigs - Tiny Treasures (Enjoy the Company)
Sundials - Completely Broken (When I Couldn't Breathe)
The Mountain Goats - Amy aka Spent Gladiator
Best Coast - The Only Place (The Only Place) 

DPDC Best Albums of 2012

So I'm actually managing to get this list up a little earlier than anticipated, considering I was originally targeting next week. The list was both easy and difficult to compile, in that there were tons of incredible full-length albums released this year, so many in fact it was incredibly hard to pare them down to a Top 30 (which is incidentally the arbitrary number I decided to go with).

The Menzingers album is my definitive favorite with the rest in loose order of preference. As suggested all are must listen/have, and there are probably 30 more albums that in most years would've made the primary list. See the Top 30 and accompanying playlist (which a track from each) below.

DPDC Best of 2012

1. The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
2. American Aquarium - Burn.Flicker.Die
3. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
4. Red Collar - Welcome Home
5. Cory Branan - Mutt
6. Downtown Struts - Victoria!
7. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
8. Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
9. The District Attorneys - Slowburner
10. Wood Ear - Steeple Vultures
11. Arliss Nancy - Simple Machines (Song on PL from previous EP, Simple Machines not on Spotify)
12. Titus Andronicus - Local Business
13. Swearin' - Self Titled
14. Alone at 3am - Midwest Mess
15. Truckstop Darlin' - Hope and the Heart it Breaks
16. Luther - Let's Get You Somewhere Else
17. The Evening Rig - Nothin' to Hear Here
18. Arms Aloft - Sawdust City
19. Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
20. Lucero - Women & Work
21. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
22. Langhorne Slim - The Way We Move
23. Title Fight - Floral Green
24. Apologies I Have None - London
25. Fistful of Beard - Until We Know Better
26. Bedford Falls - Elegant Balloons
27. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
28. Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky
29. Cheap Girls - Giant Orange
30. JKutchma & The Five Fifths - Pastorals

It was tough to leave off releases from Hop Along, Nude Beach, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Bob Mould, Paws, Teenage Bottlerocket, Hot Water Music, Lower Dens, Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil, Sam Russo, Waxahatchee, The Holy Mess and many more.

Check out the previous "Quarterly Reports" that cover some of the omitted albums.

DPDC 3Q2012 Quarterly Report
DPDC 2Q2012 Quarterly Report
DPDC 1Q2012 Quarterly Report 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Favorite EPs/7"s of 2012

While I plan to post my "Best of 2012 Albums" list next week, listening to Joey Kneiser's EP over the past couple of days had me thinking of some of my other preferred shorter run stuff that doesn't qualify for full album status, and I thought I'd wet everyone's appetite for the full list (to the extent you had one) with that.

I've also included a playlist with a track from each.

DPDC Favorite EPs of 2012

In no particular order . . . (except I absolutely love the new Two Cow and Restorations 7"s, plus Moonlight for a Graveyard Heart).

Two Cow Garage - Geri/Shaking an Accent
Restorations - A/B
Joey Kneiser - Moonlight for the Graveyard Heart
State Lines - S/T
The District Attorneys -  Jr.
Tedo Stone - Happy EP
Dave Hause - EP Series (Pray for Tuscon, Heavy Heart, Time will Tell, Resolutions, C'mon Kid)
Rejectioneers - 25 EP
Through the Sparks - Alamalibu
Elway - Hence My Optimism
Real Friends - Everyone that Dragged you Here
Todd Farrell - Where Fake Cowboys Go to Drink
Prawn - Ships
Occult Detective Club - Alright Gentlemen
Denney and the Jets - S/T

Let me know what's missing, I'm sure there are several.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Joey Kneiser - Moonlight for The Graveyard Heart

The new EP from Joey Kneiser (of Glossary) "Moonlight for The Graveyard Heart" is out officially today via This is American Music. Pardon the expression, but like everything he touches it's golden. Stream it below and head over to their site to pick it up for $4. While you're there you should also grab his previous release "All Night Bedroom Revival" if it's still available (I believe it's free).  If you're without Glossary's stuff it's waiting for you at their bandcamp page so please don't waste any more time.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Playlist - 12/7

Two Cow Garage - Geri / Dillinger Four - Shiny Things is Good / Fake Problems - Born & Raised / The Hold Steady - Sequestered in Memphis / Cymbals Eat Guitars - Keep Me Waiting / Tegan and Sara - I Won't Be Left / The Heat Tape - Rich Man / Hop Along - Sally II / Aloha - Moonless March / White Wives - Hungry Ghosts / Descendents - Hope / East Cameron Folkcore - Hollow Men / Great Lakes, USA - LF, DW / Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Codeine / Graham Lindsey - If I Ever Make It Home

DPDC Friday Playlist - 12/7

Friday, November 30, 2012

New Two Cow Garage!

I'm about a week late to the game on this one, but a perennial favorite Two Cow Garage just introduced a limited release 7" (400 copies) with two brand new songs, "Geri" and "Shaking an Accent,"  both of which are fuckin GREAT, on Last Chance Records. Listen below. Turn It Up. Head over to Last Chance to purchase the record here, before it's too late, if it's not already.

Friday Playlist - 11/30

Elway - Passing Days / Superchunk - My Gap Feels Weird / Glossary - Devil's in the Details / Chuck Prophet - Castro Halloween / Joshua Black Wilkins & The Forty Volts - Jaded / The Living Daylights - The Recovery / Off With Their Heads - Drive / Run, Forever - Sun Bruised / Blacklist Royals - Gina / Swearin' - Here to Hear / The Swellers - The Best I Ever Had / Garden Variety - Rode (for Justin) / Phoenix - Lasso / Joie De Vivre - Salt / Lauderdale - Big Fish

DPDC Friday Playlist - 11/30

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Playlist - 11/16

Cheap Girls - All My Clean Friends / Kite Party - Runner / Best Practices - Future Cougar / Rocky Votolato - Streetlights / Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil - She Has Her Moments / The Menzingers - Casey / Joyce Manor - Video Killed the Radio Star / Jawbox - Static / The Arrivals - Simple Pleasures in America / Forgetters - Les Arrivistes / Austin Lucas - She Did / Future Virgins - Troubled Heart / Title Fight - Calloused / District Attorneys - I Can't Make the Distance You'll Have to Meet Me Halfway / The Wooden Birds - Two Matchsticks / Restorations - Broken Vacuum / Japandroids - Adrenaline Nightshift / The National - Lemonworld / Timeshares - Damn Near by Beer / War Jacket - Part of the World I Like

DPDC Friday Playlist - 11/16

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Playlist - 11/9

Titus Andronicus - Ecce Homo / Two Cow Garage - Your Humble Narrator / John Moreland - Christmas Lights / Lydia Loveless - More Like Them / Samiam - Bad Day / Real Friends - Anchor Down / Against Me! - I Was A Teenage Anarchist / Slingshot Dakota - Michael Jordan Saved My Life / Braid - Urbana's Too Dark / Johnny Foreigner - Salt, Pepa and Spinderella / 500 Miles to Memphis - The Regret / Lauderdale - Wasted Life / Title Fight - Stab / Will Johnson - Closing Down My House

DPDC Friday Playlist - 11/9

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Playlist - 11/2

Rural Alberta Advantage - Drain the Blood / Crazy Arm - Little Boats / Joyce Manor - Constant Headache / Fistful of Beard - White Bluff / Rejectioneers - Murderers / Glocca Morra - Ya'll Boots Hats? (Die Angry) / Truckstop Darlin' - Don't Walk Away / CSTVT - Bike Notes / El Cantador - The Brakes / Black Wine - Through the Foam / Arms Aloft - Skinny Love / Tommy Stinson - Meant to Be / Wild Flag - Electric Band / Sam Russo - Tinned Peaches

DPDC Friday Playlist - 11/2

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Playlist - 10/26

Frank Turner - To Absent Friends / Arliss Nancy - Wind and Sirens / Helium - Honeycomb / American Gun - Heart Locket /  Red City Radio - Drinking Yourself into the Future / Father John Misty - I'm Writing a Novel / Cory Branan - The Freefall / Centro-Matic - Calling Thermatico / Propagandhi - Gifts / The Holy Mess - Goodbye 3713 / Grass Giraffes - Backstories / Failure's Union - The New Walk Home / The Weight - Johnny's Song / Caitlin Rose - For the Rabbits

DPDC Friday Playlist - 10/26

Friday, October 19, 2012

DPDC Quarterly Report 3Q2012

Time for another summary of the best of the past three months of music, according to me. So take it for what it’s worth, but these are albums I think you should pick up.  It’s going to be incredibly tough narrowing down a year end list of favorites for 2012. Descriptions are brief because the list is long.

Follow the link below or use player at the bottom of the post to listen

You can check out the lists for the first half of the year here and here respectively.

JKutchma & the Five Fifths – Pastorals: Well as I predicted last time around Jason Kutchma (of Red Collar) makes it on this list with his more twangy and soulful offering.

The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten: You know what Gaslight Anthem sounds like. I’d probably wedge this album somewhere between American Slang and 59 Sound in terms of feel.

Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet on Sky:  The original trio reunited in 2005 and they have graced us with 3 nearly perfect albums since. I sincerely think this one is the best yet, and arguably their best to date period.

American Aquarium - Burn.Flicker.Die: Similar to previous albums but i'd say they've expanded and improved their sound. More rock-y and melodic. Really earnest and clever songwriting. It's just damn good.

Downtown Struts - Victoria: Heartfelt punk rock, that's really catchy in a good way, with a nostalgic nod to bands like American Steel. Dueling vocals make me think a more poppy Dillinger Four.

Bob Mould - Silver Age:  Bob Mould is rockin' out again. Best stuff since Sugar, maybe better than than those albums.

Holy Mess - Cande Ru Las Degas: Less sloppy and frantic than their self-titled album. While I can't completely decide if that's for better or worse, it doesn't matter this album's great. For fans of bands like The Menzingers and Elway.

The Evening Rig - Nothin' to Hear Here:  I love this band.  They've picked up right where they left off with "Is Doin' Stuff." Do you like the Replacements?

Bedford Falls - Elegant Balloons: Guess you'd call this power pop. If you're into bands like Cheap Girls or Failure's Union, this'll be right down your alley. 

Nude Beach - II: Seen a lot of comparisons of Nude Beach to early Elvis Costello and 'Let it Be' era Replacements (which seem pretty apt) and to Tom Petty (which i get less). At some point newer bands and albums start becoming timeless in their own right, right?

Grizzly Bear - Shields: I've never really totally understood the fascination with this band and struggled to get into 'em.  With this album, no longer. Seems 'louder' (all relative) and less meticulous but somehow more cohesive.

Joel Plasket Emergency - Scrappy Happiness: Jangly heart on the sleeve indie rock with some classic and southern rock tendencies.

Title Fight - Floral Green: If Jawbreaker had been/become a hardcore band, I feel like they would've put out albums like Title Fight's "Shed" and "Floral Green." Certainly no complaints here. 

Bohannons - Unaka Rising: This is American Music has delivered yet another fantastic album from a largely unheralded band deserving of more attention.  Fundamentally Bohannons are southern rock . . .  with metal, blues, stoner, classic, and punk rock influences, which is to say this album is all over the map. It's eclectic, but in in heavy, fast, rock n roll way, rather than an experimental, pretentious, self indulgent one.

Sundials - When I Couldn't Breathe: Reminiscent of early Weezer albums, with a little more of a pop punk feel, which for me is a good thing.

In addition to those above there's a large laundry list of exceptional albums released in recent months  from Cat Power, Band of Horses, The Whigs, Will Johnson, Teenage Bottlerocket, Patterson Hood, Diiv, Dikembe, Jason Molina, Some Dark Holler, You Blew It!, Spider Bags, The XX, Chuck Prophet, Jr. Juggernaut, Two Gallants, Calexico,and Divine Fits. All of 'em are represented on the playlist so hope you've got some time on your hands.

On top of all of these Luther, The Pollies, Hostage Calm, Paws, Fistful of Beard, Bad Books, The Mountain Goats etc. have already come out with must have offerings in October.

Friday Playlist - 10/19

Loved Ones - Player Hater Anthem / Drive-By Truckers - Women Without Whiskey / Have Gun Will Travel - Now I Lay Me Down / Elway - Aphorisms / Lucero - Last Night in Town / Ladyhawk - The Dugout / Nightlights - Are You The Keymaster? / Arkells - On Paper / Make Do and Mend - Keep This / Fistful of Beard - In the Casket / The Arteries - Mutual Friends / Restorations - When You're Older / Defiance Ohio - Hairpool / The Thermals - Pillar of Salt / Tim Barry - 222

DPDC Friday Playlist - 10/19

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Very Full Docket of Late October DC Shows

Beginning tomorrow there is a crazy run of great shows to close out the month of October. So if you live, or will be, in DC (and don't have a 4 month old) you should take advantage. Almost too much to choose from, feels like feast or famine around here most of the time . . .

Thursday 10/17 
OFF! @ Black Cat 
Divine Fits @ 9:30 Club 
Hold Steady @ U Street Music Hall 
Davey Brown @ Velvet Lounge

Friday 10/19:
Hey Rosetta! @ Rock & Roll Hotel 

Saturday 10/20: 
Father John Misty @ Black Cat 

Sunday 10/21: 
Cheap Girls w/ The Front Bottoms @ DC9
The Flatliners & Dead to Me @ Black Cat (Opening for Lagwagon) 
Langhorne Slim @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Kopecky Family Band @ Iota

Monday 10/22 (couldn't we have combined or staggered these shows): 
Laura Stevenson and The Cans w/ The Wild @ Black Cat
Cat Power @ 9:30 Club

Tuesday 10/23:
King Tuff @ Black Cat
Milo Greene @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Franz Nicolay @ Iota

Wednesday 10/24:
Titus Andronicus w/ Ceremony @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Thursday 10/25 (wow what a night):
Dinosaur Jr. w/ Shearwater @ Black Cat
Sharon Von Etten w/ Damien Jurado @ 9:30 Club
Those Darlins @ DC9 

Friday 10/26:
AC Newman w/ The Mynabirds @ Black Cat
Old 97's @ 9:30 Club

Tuesday 10/30:
Heartless Bastards @ Black Cat

Wednesday 10/31
Freelance Whales @ 9:30 Club
Crooked Fingers w/ John Vanderslice @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Monday, October 15, 2012

Titus Andronicus - Local Business - Preview

NPR has offered up a stream of the new Titus Andronicus album 'Local Business,' which is officially due out next Tuesday 10/23.  It's a bit more melodic and less sprawling than 'The Monitor.' Actually upon first listen it's damn good and might be their best to date. Hear for yourselves below.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Playlist - 10/12

The Hold Steady - Magazines / The Pollies - Rebel Man / Constantines - Young Lions / American Aquarium - Abe Lincoln / Luther - The Concrete Sound / Alkaline Trio - San Francisco / Paws - Pony / Titus Andronicus - In a Big City / The Riot Before - We are Wild Stallions / Plants and Animals - Bye Bye Bye / Dear Landlord - Landlocked / Cory Branan - Karen's Song / Chase Fifty Six - Hey Bartender! / Bruce Springsteen - Used Cars

DPDC Friday Playlist - 10/12

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Playlist - 10/5

Alone at 3am - Takes the Pain Away / You Blew It! - Terry vs. Tori / Through the Sparks - Warring Arms / Carpenter - Just Another Friday Night / Best Coast - Boyfriend / Fake Problems - Songs for Teenagers / Avail - Fix / Bohannons - The River Above / Wess Floyd - Hot Headed Rebels / Downtown Struts - Postcards / Todd Snider - Incarcarated / Campaign - Old Haunts / The Replacements - Left of the Dial / Chuck Ragan & Austin Lucas - Hold My Bed

DPDC Friday Playlist - 10/5

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Playlist - 9/28

Gaslight Anthem - 1930 / Jawbreaker - Do You Still Hate Me? / Jr. Juggernaut - Wailing West / Heartless Bastards - Parted Ways / Banner Pilot - Western Terminal / The Menzingers - I Can't Seem to Tell / The Living Daylights - Wasted on the Rain / Glossary - At Midnight / A Giant Dog - Cowboy / Okkervil River - Black / Kid Dynamite - Bookworm / Jawbox - U-Trau / J. Tillman - Steel on Steel / The Wrens - Everyone Choose Sides / Laura Stevenson & The Cans - The Pretty One

DPDC Friday Playlist - 9/28

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bandcamp Roundup 9/25

In the past year or two, I've stumbled across plenty of great bands, either directly through, or via reference to their bandcamp pages, and alot of times I haven't had an occasion to feature them on a Friday Playlist because of my heavy reliance on Spotify.  Accordingly I thought I'd start profiling a few of these bands/albums every so often. If I had the luxury of more time or was more dedicated I'd do a write up for each, but this approach will have to do for now.

From my perspective (which is hopefully not misinformed) Bandcamp is a really nice platform for both artists to promote and sell their stuff (at prices they set), while owing a relatively small cut to the site, and fans to discover new music and buy it from bands they're already aware of.

Some of these albums are recent releases, some are older, just click through the tracks to hear them all.

Adam Hill - Discount Spirits
RIYL: Twangy Paul Westerberg, Exile or Let It Bleed Era Stones, Marah

Brandon Butler (ex Boy's Life, Canyon) - Helo 
RIYL: Tom Petty, Have Gun Will Travel, Limbeck

White Lung - Sorry
RIYL: Riot Grrl Stuff, Cloud Nothings, Dum Dum Girls, 80's hardcore

Typefighter - Fall Winter Fall
RIYL: Fake Problems, Tiny Engines Bands

Fistful of Beard - S/T
RIYL: Tim Barry, Cory Branan

Monday, September 24, 2012

Glossary Fall Show Dates - Oct 1 in DC

I'm a little late in relaying it, but Glossary is out on the road this fall, for some shows of their own and some dates supporting the Drive By Truckers, and they are gonna make it through DC this time around!  Next Monday, October 1 in fact.

As is probably readily apparent from the site, I think Glossary is absolutely one the best and most under-appreciated bands around, and has been for over a decade. Do yourself a favor and go see them, buy their albums, buy some other stuff and provide all of the support you can.

Fri Sep 21 – Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s w/ Some Dark Holler
Sun Sep 23 – Louisville, KY @ Zazoo’s w/ Slithering Beast
Mon Sep 24 – Columbus, OH @ Tree Bar w/ Shane, Micah
Tue Sep 25 – Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern
Thu Sep 27 – Albany, NY @ Valentine’s
Fri Sep 28 – Coram, NY @ O’Brien’s Pub
Sat Sep 29 – Last Green Fest in Brooklyn, CT
Sun Sep 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Urban Saloon (back room)
Mon Oct 1 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
Wed Oct 3 – Knoxville, TN @ the Well w/ Mercer and Johnson

With Drive-By Truckers:

Fri Oct 19 – Memphis,TN @ The New Daisy
Sat Oct 20 – Lexington, KY @ Busters
Sun Oct 21 – Bloomington,IN @ The Bluebird
Tue Oct 23 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
Wed Oct 24 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Thu Oct 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Playlist - 9/21

Japandroids - Younger Us / The Whigs - Tiny Treasures / Uncle Tupelo - Factory Belt / Red Collar - American Me / Title Fight - Like a Ritual / Cheap Girls - Communication Blues / Lemuria - Keep Quiet / Langhorne Slim - The Way We Move / Todd Farrell - Ain't My Year / American Aquarium - Savannah Almost Killed Me / Drag the River - Br00tal / The District Attorneys - Madison Row / Middle Brother - Mom and Dad / The Sparklers - To Catch a Plane

DPDC Friday Playlist - 9/21

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Playlist - 9/14

Superchunk - Learned to Surf / Bedford Falls - Prick / Ben Nichols - Tobin / Arliss Nancy - Wrong or Right / Young Statues - Athens / Paul Westerberg - AAA / PJ Bond - Solitude / The National - Abel / Damien Jurado - Reel to Reel / Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil - Sunday School / The Downtown Struts - Always Heading West / Ann Beretta - Vengeance / Centro-Matic - Biology Tricks / The Men - Open Your Heart / AA Bondy - Vice Rag 

DPDC Friday Playlist - 9/14

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Playlist - 9/7

Alkaline Trio - As You Were / The Evening Rig - The Hilltop Pines / Bob Mould - Silver Age / The Weakerthans - Benediction / Johnny Foreigner - Our Bipolar Friends / Lauderdale - Fireworks / The Menzingers - Burn After Writing / Kite Party - Buried in Dogs / Fucked Up - Queen of Hearts / The Mendoza Line - Mysterious in Black / Justin Jones - As It Turns Out / The Dopamines - Public Domain / Oakley Hall - Lazy Susan / Songs:Ohia - Two Blue Lights

DPDC Friday Playlist - 9/7

Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Playlist - 8/31

American Aquarium - Burn.Flicker.Die / Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless / Ha Ha Tonka - Close Every Valve to your Bleeding Heart / Lucero - Bikeriders / Make Do and Mend - Oak Square / Tigers Jaw - Crystal Vision / The District Attorneys - California Fire / I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House - Walkin' / Samiam - Capsized / Title Fight - Where am I? / The Hold Steady - Banging Camp / Banner Pilot - Saltash Luck / Trampled by Turtles - Wait So Long / Matt Mays - City of Lakes

DPDC Friday Playlist - 8/21

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

American Aquarium - Burn.Flicker.Die - Out today

Today is the official release date of American Aquarium's new (Jason Isbell produced) album Burn.Flicker.Die on Last Chance Records.

Assuming you are familiar with their sound, this album takes all of the impressive stuff they've done previously and somehow improves on it. That is to say it's really fucking good. If you haven't heard them, might as well start with this album and work your way back through the catalog.

Go here to buy Burn.Flickr.Die and their previous releases. Check out their tour dates too, live show is not to be missed. They'll be coming through DC on September 9 7th for a FREE show at Hill Country Live downtown.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Playlist - 8/24

Attack in Black - Broken Things / Richard Buckner - Believer / Constantines - Soon Enough / Nude Beach - Some Kinda Love / John Moreland & The Black Gold Band - Thought You Were Different / Superchunk - Seed Toss / Wood Ear - Leghold / Cheap Girls - Ft. Lauderdale / Blue Mountain - Let's Go Running / Dear Landlord - Park Bench / Matt Pryor - Polish the Broken Glass / Gameday Regulars - Hearts and Bones / The Rural Alberta Advantage - Drain the Blood / Deer Tick - Mange

DPDC Friday Playlist - 8/24

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Davey Brown - Live EP

I got an email from Davey Brown introducing me to his live EP, and suggesting I give it a listen, since he perceived we have similar [good] taste.  Well I did, and if the stuff on this album is any indication, his assessment is pretty damn on. It also turns out he's from DC and the EP was tracked at Rock n' Roll Hotel.

It's fairly easy to rattle off references to the usual suspects of influences here; Lucero, DBT, outlaw country stuff, punk rock guys "gone country" like Tim Barry, Chuck Ragan, Jon Snodgrass etc. You'll notice that didn't dissuade me from doing so, and those comparisons are certainly relevant.

All of that said, if you are fond of any of the newer contingent of similarly inspired artists that often turn up on the site (Alone at 3am, Truckstop Darlin', Arliss Nancy, John Moreland etc.) you should check out Davey's EP and support the guy.

On initial listen I was particularly into "John Grady" and "The Whiskey Talkin" (the latter of which has a heavy 'mats influence and reminds me alot of The Evening Rig).

It's always a welcome occasion when I come across good DC stuff. So, here's to hoping more local acts send me their music.  I'm sadly somewhat out of touch with the city's 'scene' (cringe) these days, especially when you consider I have its moniker attached to the site name.

Listen to Davey Brown Live EP below . . .

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Playlist - 8/17

Nothington - The Ocean / Truckstop Darlin' - South Carolina / Chuck Ragan - Seems We're OK / Spider Bags - Friday Night / The Wild - Together Underground / Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - Centreville / Wrinkle Neck Mules - Liza / The Living Daylights - Wasted on the Rain / My Morning Jacket - Outta My System / American Aquarium - Hurricane / Limbeck - The Sun Woke the Whole State / Austin Lucas - Life I've Got

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Playlist - 8/10

Follow the link or use the player below to listen . . .

The Holy Mess - A Song for Tim Browne to Sing / Gasoline Heart - Backbooth / 500 Miles to Memphis - Fireflies / Bangers - Every Night's a Date Night / Dinosaur Jr. - Watch the Corners / Through the Sparks - Angel Fix / Red City Radio - The Benefits of Motion / Sharon Van Etten - Serpents / Patty Hurst Shifter - For the Record / Hot Water Music - Freightliner / Dikembe - Apology not Fucking Accepted / Lauderdale - The Grant / Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose / Kasey Anderson - Sooner/Later / Delta Spirit - Tear It Up

DPDC Friday Playlist - 8/10

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tiny Engines Full Catalog on Bandcamp

Carolina based label Tiny Engines has aggregated its full collection of tremendous releases on a single bandcamp page.

You should go there, listen, and support this label and its bands. A lot of their stuff gets a lot of attention on this site for good reason. I'd particularly recommend Restorations, Red Collar, and Signals Midwest but it's all well worth your while.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Playlist - 8/3

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Centro-Matic - Calling Thermatico / Downtown Struts - Postcards / Todd Snider - Play a Train Song / The Horrible Crowes - Behold the Hurricane / Restorations - Linear Notes / Shovels & Rope - O'Be Joyful / Blacklist Royals - Love in the Backseat / Grass Giraffes - Backstories / Glossary - Bend with the Breeze / The Whigs - Hot Bed / The Lillingtons - War of the Worlds / The Loved Ones - Pretty Good Year / Tedo Stone - Eastwood / Wess Floyd - Hot Headed Rebels / We Were Promised Jetpacks - It's Thunder and It's Lightning 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Playlist - 7/27

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Pixies - I Bleed / Jon Snodgrass - Brave with Strangers / John K. Samson - When I Write My Master's Thesis / Damien Jurado - Arkansas / Lifetime - 25 Cent Giraffes / Wilco - I am Trying to Break Your Heart / How Dare You - Horizon / Neutral   Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945 / Richmond Fontaine - Winner's Casino / Elway - Note to Self / Sons of Bill - Santa Anna Winds / Red Collar - Dodge K / Duquette Johnston & The Rebel Kings - Roll Baby Roll / Two Cow Garage - Sally I've Been Shot / Dawes - Time Spent in Los Angeles / Glossary - Head Stones and Dead Leaves / Latterman - Good Morning, Here is Jan / State Lines - 5's on the Elephant

DPDC Friday Playlist - 7/27

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Playlist - 7/20

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Japandroids - Fire's Highway / Arliss Nancy - Owen / Alkaline Trio - Cooking Wine / Spoon - Trouble Comes Running / American Aquarium - Ain't Going to the Bar Tonight / Austin Lucas - Life I've Got / Local Natives - Airplanes / The Riot Before - Words Written Over Coffee / The Weakerthans - Benediction / Todd Farrell - Hey Julie / Arcade Fire - Modern Man / Jessica Lea Mayfield - The One That I Love Best / Grand Champeen - Sparks / John Moreland & The Black Gold Band - Alright, Let's Go / LaGrecia - Baseball Ghosts / The Gaslight Anthem - Orphans / Hey Rosetta! - Another Pilot / Horse Feathers - Curs in the Weeds / Smoke or Fire - Integrity / The Dexateens - Naked Ground

DPDC Friday Playlist 7/20

Friday, July 13, 2012

Todd Farrell - Where Fake Cowboys Go to Drink EP

If you aren't listening to Todd Farrell, my unsolicited but sound advice is that you should be, particularly if you like Lucero and/or any of Mike Cooley's Drive By Truckers stuff.

Check out his debut self-released EP "Where Fake Cowboys Go to Drink" and you'll surely want to head over to his bandcamp page to pick it up for just $5.

Friday Playlist - 7/13

Follow the link or use the player below to listen . . ..

JKutchma & The Five Fifths - Teenage DMZ / Great Cynics - In the Valley / Vivian Girls - Where Do You Run To / Signals Midwest - Milkcrate / Band of Horses - Laredo / The Menzingers - Good Things / The Sparklers - Gunfire & Confetti / 13Ghosts - Gimmie Back / Wild Flag - Future Crimes / Lucero - Smoke / Dillinger Four - Who Didn't Kill Bambi? / Cymbals Eat Guitars - Definite Darkness / Cat Power - Ruin / Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil - Alabama Daydream / Titus Andronicus - Theme from "Cheers" / The Flatliners - Monumental / Maritime - Guns of Navaronne / Calexico - Cruel / Waxahatchee - Be Good / Tim Barry - 222

DPDC Friday Playlist - 7/13

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

DPDC Quarterly Report 2Q2012

As promised in March, in conjunction with the 1st Quarter Report, it's time for the second installment of this "feature" of the site, where I provide a run down of recommended full-length albums released in the past three months with an associated playlist. The following are some of my favorites from April, May and June of this year (as well as some I missed from the first 3 months).

Since i'm a bit pressed for time these days and there has been such a wealth of good stuff coming out this year, i'm primarily just gonna go with lazy comparisons as descriptions. Should give you a decent enough idea of what to expect of the album, plus you have the playlist to fall back on

Follow the link below to listen

DPDC 2Q2012 Quarterly Report

Japandroids - Celebration Rock: Don't know how these guys just came across my radar. Great anthemic fuzzed out rock.  Like a revved up Husker Du meets the Hold Steady (no they're not from Minneapolis. Vancouver actually).

Red Collar - Welcome Home:  If you are into Gaslight Anthem, Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus or any highly Springsteen influenced modern day rock you will enjoy this.  Also, frontman Jason Kutchma's "Pastoral" as JKutchma & The Five Fifths, released early July is sure to be in the 3Q post.

Alone at 3am - Midwest Mess: As I've written several times previously on the site, to me they sound like a cross between TMFW/Nobody's Darlings era Lucero and a rootsed-up (if that's a term) Hot Water Music (particularly in the rhythm section). I think I'd now say I also hear splashes of Glossary and Limbeck type sound in there. All of these are of course good things.

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory: Maybe a less esoteric, and more lo-fi melodic punk rock, Sonic Youth?  The Albini production touches are quite evident and suit the sound.

Cory Branan - Mutt:  Very apt album title. Stylistically it's all over the place, but it all works and works well. Some stripped down acoustic stuff, some rockers, some pedal steel, some elaborate instrumentation new to his sound, some Waits, Some Springsteen, songs that sound like Calexico or newer Iron & Wine, some that just sound like classic Cory Branan, with great guitar work and near perfect lyrics.

Lumineers - S/T: I'd honestly be amazed if you haven't heard this thing, if not you should, it really is great. One of those rare situations where the hype is to be believed. RIYL: Dawes, The Head & The Heart

Hot Water Music - Exister: After an 8 year hiatus, HWM is back with a new album, and while I don't love it quite like I do some of their back catalog (especially Fuel for the Hate Game and No Division), I still do. Now if only I could get to a show.

District Attorneys - Slowburner: Really just fun, sincere music. Guess I'd characterize it as jangly indie pop meets southern rock.  RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, Futurebirds, Paul Westerberg

Lee Bains II & The Glory Fires - There's a Bomb in Gilead: Former Dexateens guitarist Lee Bains and company really deliver with this thing, blending  southern soul and rock influences into one tight and intensity filled package. I hear everything from Skynard to the Stones to the Stooges, not to mention the Band, Allman Bros, Al Green, Otis Redding, etc. Of course given their Alabama roots Truckers comparisons are inevitable.

Royal Headache - S/T: Garage rock with classic soul and late 70's, early 80's punk inspiration. Like the Buzzcocks fronted by Sam Cooke or Otis Redding. Released last year in their home country of Australia, but re-issued for the first time in the States this year.

Apologies, I Have None - London: Former 2 piece British folk-punk band historically labeled with predictable Against Me! comparisons (not a bad thing) has a evolved with a full band, studio produced, album that to me sounds a lot like Frank Turner meets 90's emo-ish bands (a la Saves the Day, Grade, etc.)

Lower Dens - Nootropics:  Like a darker moody more psychedelic and ?better? version of Baltimore neighbors Beach House.

Wood Ear - Steeple Vultures:  Heart on its sleeve rock n' roll with underpinnings in Springsteen, 90's indie like Pavement and Dinosaur Jr.,  and Uncle Tupelo and lineage.

Dr. Dog - Be the Void: Yet another album of bouncy orchestral indie rock that unabashedly channels The Beatles (McCartney in particular) and other 60's classic rock staples. You'd think this formula would get old and tired but it just doesn't.

Torche - Harmonicraft: I've heard this referred to as sludge pop, bubblegum metal, doom pop etc., to me it's just solid heavy guitar driven rock. RIYL: Earlier Soundgarden and similar era subpop releases, Helmet, Queens of the Stone Age.

Truckstop Darlin - Hope and the Heart it Breaks: Really finds a nice balance between 90's alternative and country/southern rock (really lame description i know).  Good songs, steel guitar, drinking music. RIYL: Drive By Truckers,  Screaming Trees, Two Cow Garage

I also am pretty fond of new albums from Sun Kil Moon (this one's pretty much solely Kozelek and nylon strings again), Langhorne Slim, The Only Sons, Hiss Golden Messenger, Hospitality, Diamond Rugs, Tennis, Joe Pug, Best Coast, The Great Unknowns, Joyce Manor, The Pines and I'm sure more I'm missing . . . let me know.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Playlist - 7/6

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Kite Party - Welcome to Miami / The Apache Relay - American Nomad / Teenage Bottlerocket - Go With the Flow / Dave Hause - Heavy Heart / Todd Farrell - Take it Slow / The War on Drugs - Arms Like Boulders / Luther - Two Anglers / Lucero - She's Just that Kinda Girl / Parkas - You Get What You Pay For / Catfish Haven - Tell Me / Deer Tick - Baltimore Blues No. 1 / Braid - Killing a Camera / Have Gun, Will Travel - Now I Lay Me Down / Califone - 3Legged Animals / Phosphorescent - Heaven, Sittin' Down

DPDC Friday Playlist - 7/6

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New Release - JKutchma & The Five Fifths - Pastoral

2012 has already given us a stellar album  "Welcome Home" from Durham, NC's Red Collar which was released in early June.  Roughly a month later frontman Jason Kutchma and collective band The Five Fifths has released an album of its own, "Pastoral," via Last Chance Records (Austin Lucas, Glossary, American Aquarium) that adds a little more twang and classic soul inspiration to the blue collar punk inspired rock n roll of Red Collar efforts.

I'd strongly recommend you take a listen below and purchase the album.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Playlist - 6/29

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Centro-matic - All the Talkers / Against Me! - Russian Spies / Restorations - A / Truckstop Darlin' - Don't Walk Away / Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings / Futurebirds - Yur not Dead / Jessica Lea Mayfield - Our Hearts are Wrong / John Moreland & The Black Gold Band - Pretty Much Empty / The Hold Steady - The Weekenders / Paul Westerberg - Let's Not Belong Together / Cory Branan - Hell Bent and Heart First / Cloud Nothings - Fall In

DPDC - Friday Playlist - 6/29

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Evening Rig - Kickstarter campaign for new album "Nothin to hear here"

If you've previously visited this site, you know I'm a big fan of Minneapolis's The Evening Rig. Well after a several year hiatus it appears they're ready to release a new album "Nothin' to Hear Here," and in order to do so they could use our help.

They've set up a kickstarter site where you can pledge your support/funds, and they're offering some pretty good stuff in return (in addition to what's sure to be a fantastic album).

Check out the video (including a track from the album) and letter from the band below, and follow the link to contribute.

Evening Rig - Kickstarter

Anyone who's asked us about new music over the past few years has heard the same three words in response: "Any day now..." Well friends, Any day actually IS now. After four years, we're finally ready to release our new record Nothin' to Hear Here and we want you to be part of it.

Right now records are being pressed, CDs are being burned and tracks are being uploaded. This, along with the expensive process of recording and mastering, costs a decent chunk of money. That's where you come in.

We're going into full-on pledge drive mode, like MPR or PBS, but we're offering Rock and Roll, not A Prairie Home Companion or Masterpiece Theatre, however awesome those both may be.

Just want to pitch in? Hit us with a High-Five Dollars and feel free to redeem it whenever you see us. We won't leave you hanging.

Want us to drive to your hometown and rock out in true garage band style? Drop $2.5k and we'll pack up the truck, hit the road and shake that structure so hard your neighbors will either celebrate you as a hero or not talk to you for weeks. Either way, you win.

Looking for something tangible in between? We've got stuff there too. New albums, old Albums, T-shirts, personalized songs... there's something for everyone.
We're really excited for you guys to finally hear what we've spent the last few years working on. We think you're going to like it, we know we do.

Your Friends in Rock,
The Evening Rig

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Playlist - 6/22 - Solstice

Since summer officially started this week, here's a playlist to kick it off.

Follow the link, or use the player, below to listen.

The Hold Steady - Constructive Summer / Best Coast - Summer Mood / Slaid Cleaves - Song for June / Fake Problems - Heck Yeah Summer / Cheap Girls - Gone All Summer / Laura Veirs - July Flame / Pavement - Summer Babe / The Copyrights - Stuck in Summertime / The Flatliners - July! August! Reno! / The Rural Alberta Advantage - In the Summertime / The Cave Singers - Summer Light / Avail - August / North Lincoln - My Summer Spent Indoors / Sparklehorse - Knives of Summertime / The Drams - September's High

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Playlist - 6/15

Still trying to get acclimated to fatherhood, so haven't been able to do much with the site. Here's a playlist for the week. Initial track title sums up my prevailing condition these days.

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DPDC Friday Playlist - 6/15

The Evening Rig - Half Asleep / Japandroids - The House that Heaven Built / Ladyhawk - S.T.H.D / The Weight - Sanchez / Hot Water Music - Jet Set Ready / Superchunk - Skips Steps 1 & 3 / Mount Moriah - Lament / Juniper Tar - Done & Gone / Blacklist Royals - Howling at the Moonlight / The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy / Jawbox - Cooling Card / Jr. Juggernaut - Coming in Backwards / The Lawrence Arms - Fireflies / Arliss Nancy - Owen / Deer Tick - Mange

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Playlist - 6/8 - Time to get sentimental

Our first child Riley was born very early on Tuesday morning.  So I thought I'd cap off a long, but incredible (and really indescribable) week, with a short playlist.

These are the songs that played, at random from a set of albums with mutual appeal to my wife and me, the first time I held my son.

Rural Alberta Advantage - Good Night (right after birth) / Damien Jurado - Museum of Flight / Lucero - All Sewn Up / The National - England / Sharon Van Etten - Magic Chords / Glossary - Nothing Can Hurt You Now / Band of Horses - Part One / Cat Power - Good Woman / New Pornographers - Challengers / The XX - Islands

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DPDC - Friday Playlist - 6/8 - Riley & Dad

Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Playlist - 6/1 - Misc

No theme this week, just some good songs. Follow the link, and/or use the player (thanks to a new feature of spotify) below to listen.

DPDC Friday Playlist - 6/1

Restorations - Neighborhood Song / Sons of Bill - Siren Song / The Whigs - Hot Bed / Deerhunter - Desire Lanes / Red Collar - Choices / Apologies, I have none - Clapton Pond / The National - Lemonworld / Heartsounds - The Song Inside Me / Lemuria - Fingers / The Dexateens - Makers Mound / The Loved Ones - The Inquirer / Attack in Black - Broken Things / 500 Miles to Memphis - Barfly / Glossary - Shaking Like a Flame / Banner Pilot - Expat / Torche - Kicking / Alone at 3am - Burn the Town / Rural Alberta Advantage - Drain the Blood / Off With Their Heads - Drive / Laura Stevenson & The Cans - The Pretty One


Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Playlist - 5/25 - Upcoming DC Area Shows

Due to the impending (and of course eagerly anticipated) birth of our son in June, I likely won't be attending them, but there are a number of really good shows coming to the DC area in the next couple of months.

I've compiled a list of some of them with dates for today's playlist. Follow the link below to listen.

DPDC - Friday Playlist - 5/25 - Upcoming DC Shows

Tracklist (Show Schedule):
Rocky Votolato - Red River (Tonight 5/25 @ Red Palace)
Great Lake Swimmers - Your Rocky Spine (5/27 @ Red Palace)
Dawes - Fire Away (6/1 @ Black Cat)
Cheap Girls - Ruby (6/7 @ Golden West, Baltimore)
The Bouncing Souls - Say Anything (6/12 @ Black Cat w/Menzingers)
The Menzingers - Lilith Avi (6/12 @ Black Cat opening for Bouncing Souls)
Langhorne Slim - Restless (6/13 @ Rock n Roll Hotel w/ Ha Ha Tonka)
Ha Ha Tonka - Up Nights (6/13 @ Rock n Roll Hotel w/ Langhorne Slim)
Cory Branan - Survivor Blues (6/19 @ Golden West, Baltimore)
Lydia Loveless - Can't Change Me (6/19 @ Black Cat opening for Scott H. Biram)
Lucero - Sixteen (6/22 @ Rams Head Live, Baltimore)
The District Attorneys - California Fire (6/29 @ Rock n Roll Hotel w/ Modern Skirts)
Futurebirds - Ski Chalet (6/30 @ Black Cat)
Tim Barry - Texas Cops (7/7 @ Red Palace)
These United States - Honor Amongst Thieves (7/7 @ Black Cat w/ The Henry Clay People)
The Henry Clay People - Working Part Time (7/7 @ Black Cat opening for These United States)
Alberta Cross - Lucy Rider (7/12 @ Rock n Roll Hotel)
Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On (7/17 @ Rams Head Live, Baltimore)
Gaslight Anthem - Orphans (7/20 @ U Street Music Hall w/ Dave Hause)
Dave Hause - Pray for Tuscon (7/20 @ U Street Music Hall opening for Gaslight Anthem)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cory Branan - Mutt - Out Tomorrow Listen Today

Tomorrow Cory Branan will release "Mutt," his first full length album in 6 years, on Bloodshot Records (though he did put out a split/joint EP in 2009 with Jon Snodgrass of Drag the River).

You can stream it in advance here via AOL Spinner Listening Party.

Upon a single listen i can pretty much guarantee "Mutt" will end up near the top of my best of 2012 list, same great songwriting with expanded instrumentation and song arrangement from previous efforts.

Also if you haven't previously, check out his recent Nervous Energies session.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Playlist - 5/18 - Sounds of the City

People love writing songs about 'the city,' gettin to it, getting out of it, love/hate/hope for it, its gravity, oh and definitely the lights of it.  Here are a few . ..

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DPDC Friday Playlist - 5/18 - Sounds of the City


Centro-matic - Huge in Every City
Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City
Drive By Truckers - Zip City
The Weakerthans - One Great City!
Banner Pilot - River City Blackout
The Evening Rig - City Lights
Arcade Fire - City with no Children
Glossary - These City Lights Shine
The National - City Middle
Jeffrey Foucault - City Flower
Spoon - All the Pretty Girls Go to the City
The Hold Steady - The Sweet Part of the City
Two Cow Garage - The City of Youngstown
American Aquarium - City Lights
The Lawrence Arms - Key to the City
Lucero - Sounds of the City
Frontier Folk Nebraska - City Lights
Deep Dark Woods - Big City Lights
The War On Drugs - Come to the City
Magnolia Electric Co. - Leave this City
Rocky Votolato - The City is Calling
Dawes - Take Me Out of the City

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New to Me - Wess Floyd - 'Foxhole Confessions'

I was just introduced to the music of Wess Floyd this week, and have to say I'm a little disappointed in myself for not discovering him sooner.

Originally from Dothan (I believe) in south Alabama, Floyd has ended up in Nashville, by way of Auburn, and his most recent album "Foxhole Confessions," which came out late last year, is full of impressive rock n roll songs that unabashedly draw inspiration from, and pay homage to, his hometown(s).

There's clearly more than a hint of Replacements and Springsteen influence here and many of his songs have an anthemic quality, full of "whoa whoa" type choruses that evoke a more southern Craig Finn and Hold Steady.

Also, if you've heard The Evening Rig, there are definitely some parallels that could be drawn.

You can preview and pick up "Foxhole Confessions" and his earlier release "The Daisycutters EP" here, and I'd recommend you do so.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Advance Friday Playlist - Wed 5/9 - Coastlines

Headed out on a brief vacation tomorrow, so i'm posting this week's playlist in advance. Follow the link below to listen.

Advance Friday Playlist - 5/9 - Coastlines

Nothington - The Ocean
Band of Horses - Islands on the Coast
Wavves - King of the Beach
Sun Kil Moon - Last Tide
Against Me! - The Ocean
Dear Landlord - Three to the Beach
Okkervil River - Lost Coastlines
Joey Kneiser - The Big Ocean
Richard Buckner - The Ocean Cliff Clearing
The Holy Mess - Sunset on the Coastline
Jets to Brazil - Sea Anenome
Have Gun, Will Travel - Ship to Shore
Damien Jurado - Never Ending Tide
Broken Social Scene - 7/4 (Shoreline)
The Draft - The Tide is Out

Monday, May 7, 2012

(Relatively) New & Recommended - Wrinkle Neck Mules - Apprentice to Ghosts

Unfortunately I didn't notice until last week, but Richmond's Wrinkle Neck Mules released their newest (and 5th full length) album, "Apprentice to Ghosts," in February on Lower 40 Records. It's yet another great effort from a consistently impressive band.

Head over to their site to check out (several songs streaming) and purchase the new album and the back catalog. I think "Wick's Have Met" is my favorite WRM album, but I'm a fan of 'em all. These guys really are what twangy country rock should be and are way too far under people's collective radar.

RIYL: Latter day Uncle Tupelo, SonVolt, Chris Knight, Hayes Carll, Ryan Bingham, Deadstring Bros.etc.

Also for any of you who are in Atlanta, they're coming to The Earl on Thursday May 24.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Playlist - 5/4 - The Places I've Lived

Was born in the midwest, raised mostly in the south, consider Atlanta my home, but now working on just over a half decade in DC.

Follow the link below to listen . . .

DPDC Friday Playlist - 5/4/12 - The Places I've Lived

Damien Jurado - Kansas City
Superchunk - Train From Kansas City (Shangri-La's cover, Neko Case has also covered this song)
Townes Van Zandt - Colorado Girl
Spraynard - The Denver Broncos vs. The Denver Broncos
Broadway Calls - Denver
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Alabama Pines
The Deep Dark Woods - Shores of Alabama
South San Gabriel - Alabama Crusade
Blacklist Royals - Tennessee Blues
American Aquarium - Tennessee
Rocky Votolato - Tennessee Train Tracks
New Found Glory - You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania
The Wonder Years - Keystone State Dude-Core
Centro-matic - Atlanta
The Only Sons - Slowdown Georgia
Ryan Bingham - Long Way from Georgia
Yuck - Georgia
Into It. Over It. - Washington, DC
The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
The Clash - Washington Bullets

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Great Site for Show Audio (patchndent.com)

Today I discovered, via a post from This is American Music re: a newly added Glossary set, Matt Redmond's patchndent.com, which provides recorded audio for a ton of great shows (primarily in Athens).

Check out the Glossary show and a couple more recently posted sets and visit the site for more.

Glossary 4/21/2012 @ The Old 280 Boogie - Standard Deluxe - Waverly, AL

Lee Bains III &The Glory Fires 4/5/2012 @ The Georgia Theatre –Athens,GA

Matt emphasizes on the site, and I agree wholeheartedly, that "the best way to keep sites like [his] going is to support your local music. Go to the shows,buy the [albums] and spread the word about your favorite bands!"

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Playlist - 4/27 - Bonnaroo 2012

While i'm not the biggest multi-day outdoor music festival fan, and certainly won't be attending myself, there are a decent number of good bands playin Bonnaroo this year, that i figured would make good fodder for a Friday playlist. Follow the link below to listen.

DPDC-Friday Playlist-4/27-Bonnaroo 2012 

War on Drugs - Arms Like Boulders
Dawes - That Western Skyline
Phantogram - 16 Years
Shins - So Says I
Trampled by Turtles - Wait So Long
Hey Rosetta! - Another Pilot
Avett Brothers - Will You Return
Bad Brains - Sailin' On
Kurt Vile - Jesus Fever
Delta Spirit - Empty House
The Cave Singers - Falls
Alabama Shakes - I Found You
Black Lips - Veni Vidi Vici
Gary Clark Jr. - Don't Owe You a Thang
Flogging Molly - Swagger
Caitlin Rose - For the Rabbits
Glossary - Your Heart to Haunt
Bon Iver - For Emma
Deep Dark Woods - The Place I Left Behind
The Misfits - Astro Zombies
The Antlers - Sylvia

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Alone at 3am - Midwest Mess - 5/8 Release

Suburban Home is at it again, adding another great band to its already stellar roster, with the upcoming release of Alone at 3am's "Midwest Mess."  The album is scheduled to come out on May 8, although it appears you can already download it at their bandcamp page here

I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this band's first two releases, "City out of Luck" (2008) and "Cut Your Gills" (2010), in September of last year,  and I've been anticipating this release since I read they'd joined Suburban Home and were in the studio.  This month I was fortunate to get an advance listen of "Midwest Mess" and it does not disappoint.

It's somewhat apropos that guitarist/vocalist Max Fender laments on their track Burn the Town, "all the good songs have been sung, all the youth has been wasted on the young," since while maybe Alone at 3am doesn't "sing" the most original songs, they do write damn good ones, that you should be listening to.

I still maintain, as I wrote in a previous post, that to me they sound like a cross between TMFW/Nobody's Darlings era Lucero and a rootsed-up (if that's a term) Hot Water Music (particularly in the rhythm section). I think I'd now say I also hear splashes of Glossary and Limbeck type sound in there. All of these are of course good things.

"Midwest Mess" definitely has my endorsement, and I'd recommend their other albums as well.

You can listen to "Weekends at the Cape" from the album below