Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Hump Day Video Interlude - 'Ladybird' by Beach Baby

Ed. note: This video may be not safe for work (NSFW).

I have a hard time recalling the last time I was this blown away by a debut single. Ra Ra Riot, maybe? This single by Britain's Beach Baby has it all - the post-modern, post-Spectorian take on guitar-driven, Wall of Sound rock, not to mention the gauzy, the gauzy, perpetually vernal vocal harmonies of Local Natives or pre-POP-ETC Morning Benders.

This London-based quartet, who met at the artistically minded Goldsmiths' College, are blazing a trail across Europe and garnering significant airplay in the US. No word yet on a US tour or an album release date, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we hear something. In the meantime, enjoy the video (in a manner that won't get you sacked).

Ladybird by Beach Baby on

Monday, March 30, 2015

New Music Monday - 'Coughing on the F Train' by Bombadil

Last week Bombadil released "Hold On", their fifth studio album, on Ramseur Records. The Durham-based folksters, now reconstitued as a duo, have another disk chocka-block full of the percolating harmony-driven ditties on which they have built their reputation.

They'll be swinging through Iota Club & Cafe on Saturday, April 25, with Darlingside. Don't miss it. For now, enjoy this homage to mass transit and the confusing nature of life in the big city, Coughing on the F Train. 

Hold On by Bombadil on

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Single Mothers at The Black Cat - April 2

Photo by Ben Pobjoy courtesy of Beggars Group USA

Hide your kids and hide your wife! Like the social phenomenon which gave them their name, London, Ontario-based punksters Single Mothers are coming to DC to contribute to the moral decay of America and the downfall of its civilization. To the chagrin of Phyllis Schlafly, Single Mothers will be headlining the Black Cat Backstage with openers Dirty Nil next Thursday, April 2. Doors open at 7:30, and tickets are $12.

Single Mothers (the band) sound like a nihilistic sibling to The Hold Steady, or a manic next-generation Dischord band. Their album Negative Qualities, which came out last October on XL imprint Hot Charity, is 10 songs and 25 minutes of incandescent musical brutalism. From a profile in Pitchfork's Rising series to sets at CMJ last year and SXSW earlier this month, this is a band that is poised on the brink of stardom despite their best efforts. You can check out our interview with lead vocalist and sometime songwriter Drew Thomson just prior to their last show in DC. Don't miss it...and don't forget the earplugs.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Free Music Friday - 'April Showers' by ProleteR

ProleteR on MetroMusicScene

Spring has sprung, a fact to which legions of sneezy people are attesting. What better pick for an for Free Music Friday than April Showers, the opening cut from ProleteR's "Curses From the Past?" This French musician and producer seamlessly blends jazz and hip-hop into a mix that's both retro and timeless.

Like its brother and sister songs in the Free Music Archive, April Showers is licensed under Creative Commons. Remember to spay and neuter your pets, phrase your answer in the form of a question, and do whatever you can to support the people and institutions who provide this great music to you.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

TBTV - 'Spicks & Specks' by The Bee Gees

We're cranking the dials of the Wayback Machine to 11 for today's Throwback Thursday Video, landing in 1966 to discover a new single from Britain's Gibb brothers. Spicks and Specks, the second single and title track of the album released in November of 1966, features a harmony adapted from Pachelbel's Canon in D Major.

This tune might be familiar to Walking Deadheads out there, as it was featured at the end of last week's episode, "Forget".