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3/26 – Deerhoof, Perfect Pussy, Wume, Eula at Ottobar

Lord knows why it is so hard for me to blog in a timely manner.  So here I am, WWE Raw on in the background, words spilling out of my laptop to play catch up on the last few show write ups. So here goes something.

The first band at this Ottobar show was Eula.  I actually started the night thinking the band was Eola, and was quite surprised by the full-band rocking treat.  They definitely had a cool thing going, and I plan on checking out more of them sometime in the future.

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Next up were locals, Wume.  They played a cool mix of synths/sequencing and live drumming.

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Perfect Pussy were third. This was my third time seeing them.   I was impressed with their stage presence as they ripped through their noisy set (I was told the band was all sick at the same time).  My only complaint would have been that the vocals were low in the mix.  The first time I saw them in Baltimore, at Metro Gallery, the distorted vocals were way more in your face.

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Last up was Deerhoof.   I had heard of this band, but had never heard them.  Sometimes I would get them confused with other “deer” bands.  They were really impressive.  Their drummer was going off on his set, and was extremely intense (he also had a nice rambling speech in the middle of their set).  Their frontperson, was a lot of fun to watch.  She jumped around, shredded on her ax, and looked like she was having a lot of fun.  As with Eula, I definitely need to check out their back catalog.

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All in all, it was a great night of music.  Several styles and locations were represented (Baltimore, NYC, San Fransisco) and the bands had a diversity of genders that was refreshing.

All photos by me (from my Instagram)

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Hexenjagd – Dragged to Hell 17

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Dragged to Hell 17 features 22 rock and roll tracks from some amazing female voices that are currently kicking ass. The tracks run the gamut from indie folk to noise-punk.  1 hour and 10 minutes long. Image was taken by me of the only Afghan girl that I saw in 9 months.

SoftSpot – The Cleansing Hour
Which Magic – High Already
the Courtneys – Insufficient Funds
Body/Head – Everything Left
SLUTEVER – No Offense
NUDITY – BADD TEEETH
Jail Solidarity – Cries and Hues
Manic Sheep – You Lie, You Choke the Rules We Trust
Pleasure Leftists – Passage on a Ghost Ship
Shannon And The Clams – Into A Dream
Potty Mouth – Damage
White Murder – Safety in Numbers
Speedy Ortiz – Tiger Tank
the Stargazer Lilies – Sad Colored Tears
SISU – Light Eyes
Veronica Falls – If You Still Want Me
Joanna Gruesome – Satan
Young Trynas – Be Gone
GOAT – Run To Your Mama
Hunters – Brat Mouth
Magik Markers – Mirrorless
Perfect Pussy – III

Beyond Inversion: A Benefit for Rachael’s Women Center in DC (Compilation Release)

Beyond Inversion was released by label Accidental Guest Records (a local to my area, label ran by Sean Grey, who also partly runs Fan Death Records, another favorite label of mine) late last year, and features 23 tracks from across the spectrum of punk and post-punk music.  There is seriously too much goodness on this compilation (I can’t imagine me liking any other comp as much, for at least the next year) to go through it all.  First off, it is a benefit release.  Bandcamp lists this for info on the benefit:

all proceeds will benefit Rachael’s Women’s Center in DC, a nonprofit agency which provides resources and opportunities for homeless and formerly homeless women. A silkscreened poster accompanying this release will also be available for purchase, with proceeds also going to Rachael’s Women’s Center.

About Rachael’s Women’s Center:

To provide homeless and formerly homeless women with opportunities to develop their independence, sense of self and hope by:

Providing safety, shelter, food, showers and laundry in a nurturing, homelike environment;

Helping women to reach their potential through intensive case management and programs that empower them to take control of their lives and advocate for themselves.

Rachael’s also reaches out to individuals living on the streets, enabling and encouraging them to access services and benefits available to people who are homeless.

Rachael’s Women’s Center is a place of hospitality and hope for women who are homeless. When given the chance to heal in a caring and challenging environment, women can be enabled and empowered to bring forth their forgotten and lost potential. The Center asserts the right of all women to be treated with respect and dignity. We believe that in a non-judgemental and supportive environment that all women can find meaning, self-respect, hope, personal power, and love regardless of race or life experiences. In this environment we maintain that all women can evolve into more independent, self-reliant individuals who can more effectively contribute to the communities in which they live.

Rachael’s Women’s Center
1222 11th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202)682-1005
Fax: (202)682-8648
www.rachaels.org

Next up, the music.  Here are some of my highlights from the record.  Perfect Pussy offer up another slice of noise punk goodness (much needed after such a short EP).  Bret Lanahan (drummer of Roomrunner) proves he is equally as bad ass on both sides of the drum kit, with an excellent solo blast.  Hive Bent lends Tomgirl, a personal favorite of mine from their last release.  Clean Girls also gave a track I already had, but a good one.  Roomrunner have a demo of the mythical ESPN Zone.  Scott Russell’s A Guide to Rational Living track Careful kills it.  Technicolor Teeth makes shoegaze but not really.  Stillsuit, love the name (huge Dune nerd), and this song is bananas; free-jazz noise freakout punk?  Jail Solidarity brings the heaviness.  Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz fame) shows that she can rock it 90s style solo or with her band.  Ok, enough ruminations on these tracks.  My descriptions definitely don’t do these songs justice.  GO LISTEN/SUPPORT THIS ALREADY!

Perfect Pussy/Big Mouth/Multicult/Hive Bent at Metro Gallery

I decided to do a couple of things with my blog this year.  One is write more.  The other is write more about the shows that I go to.  I used to do this quite a bit on an old blog, and decided I needed to get back in the habit.  I haven’t decided if this will be the format every time, but at least for now I am going to write about the bands in the order they played, with pictures intermingled of each band.

The first show that I attended in 2014 was at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore (one of my personal favorites in the DC/Baltimore area) on January 8.  The bill was loaded with noise-rock, noise-punk, punk… Big guitars, loud drums, distortion… Exactly what I usually look for in seeing live music.  I hung out for a little bit waiting for the music to start and then with a cold one in my hand, I proceeded to take a spot near the stage to catch some music.

Hive Bent were up first.  They were the only band on the bill that I had already seen,  and this time was as enjoyable as the last. After a couple of equipment issues at the beginning to the set (guitar string breaking and a bass pedal swap out), they played their brand of loud, heavy, and noisy rock and roll.  The around 30 minute set length was indicative of the rest of the night, where even the headliner played a short set.  I personally was excited to hear Rick and Tomgirl, two of my favorites from the U Neutral EP.

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Second up was Multicult, a local three-piece who have been on my radar for a while, but I had yet to see live.  Their seven song set included both tracks off of their excellent single from last year.  I would describe their music as crushing, precise, and mathematical.  The bass and guitar riffs were fast and so much was going on in each track.  I decided to grab their Spaces Tangled vinyl and look forward to listening to that soon.

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The third band was Big Mouth.  I didn’t know anything about them before the show, but was excited due to how excited Stph of Hive Bent was on stage earlier that they were opening for them.  The band (who hadn’t played in three months I overheard them say) was pretty on point.  Riff-heavy punk rock with a frontwoman who spent most of the set in the crowd bumping into people and singing into their faces.  It was a lot of fun, and I would definitely like to see them again. One note, the guitarist had a broken foot, and she tried her hardest to rock, playing some songs sitting and some with her foot propped in a seat.

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And lastly, the headliners took the stage.  Perfect Pussy are Dragged to Hell alums (their EP was on my Favorite Releases of 2013 list and I also featured a short writeup (one of the first rock based ones for this site, but definitely not the last) of the EP).  Meredith and company weren’t just noisy punks on record, they were also some noisy punks on stage.  She led the boys through a few sonic blasts of noise with a boundless energy.  I think the buzz they have received lately is well warranted, and I hope they are around for a lot longer.  I also look forward to hearing what is the next step in their sound.  Will they continue their sonic annihilation? Their punk/noise combination is one I recommend for anyone that likes their music noisy.  Perfect Pussy’s set was also the shortest of the night, clocking in around fifteen minutes.  And while I would have liked a little more time, I left the show fully satiated, as their set was extremely intense.  All in all, it was a great way to start off my live music attendance for 2014.

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(all pictures are taken by me and from my Instagram account)

Favorite Releases of 2013 (everything else)

I am going to keep the descriptions short and sweet.  These 20 releases made up my other favorites that aren’t from Baltimore, or dark/electronic.  A very East Coast heavy list, with Massachusetts having a strong showing. In no particular order, the rest of my favorites (and a mix).

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1. ovlov – am: catchy noise rock is what these brothers deal in
2. Exit Calm – The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be: second album of soaring British shoegaze; vocals are up front unlike a lot of their peers
3. The Courtneys – The Courtneys: probably what I sang along to the most this year in traffic was from these Canadian Keanu Reeves enthusiasts
4. BAMBARA – DREAMVIOLENCE: noise powered pedal theatrics from this NYC band; their day time set at Hopscotch this year was easily among my top five favorite for the year
5. The Polyphonic Spree – Yes, It’s True: the only kickstarter project I supported this year; I have drank their Kool Aid for over a decade, and this one didn’t let me down
6. Sebadoh – Defend Yourself: one of my favorite bands of the 90s return to form; I am glad I was able to see them on tour for this
7. Locrian – Return To Annihilation: I was lucky enough to see them on their short tour for this album; their set’s mix of ambient metal synths and guitars let me wanting more

8. Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors: I always thought I wouldn’t like them because they would be too harsh; this release is just the right combo of noise and songs (also another killer band I was able to catch this year)
9. Weekend – Jinx: beat driven shoegaze release
10. Veronica Falls – Waiting For Something To Happen: pop from London; another sing along fest

11. The Stargazer Lilies – We Are The Dreamers: ethereal shoegaze release from Soundpool alums
12. Placebo – Loud Like Love: another strong release from a mainstay in my favorite list; I am not sure if this will convert anyone, but is a treat for fans of the band
13. Chelsea Light Moving – Chelsea Light Moving: I like all the post-Sonic Youth bands but only wanted to include one; CLM made the cut since I listened to this the most, and also really enjoyed the tracks when I experienced them live
14. Kal Marks – LIFE IS MURDER: Guitar heavy Boston band featuring a vocalist with one of the most unique voices I have heard in rock music in a long time
15. Paint Branch – I Wanna Live: the only DC based band on this list; which is sad, I spend a lot of time every week in that city; smart, vocal driven pop from ashes of Q and not U
16. Krill – Lucky Leaves: another reason Massachusetts kicks ass with its music scene
17. Palehound – Bent Nail: another release that has a 90s vibe to it; nice mix of acoustic and electric parts and also singing about a range of topics including pet carrots
18. DJ Dog Dick – The Life Stains: NYC based noise artist releases a instant noise pop classic; beats, singing, basslines, and melodies abound
19. PERFECT PUSSY – I have lost all desire for feeling: probably the noisiest of all of these releases, shoegaze ones included; too short at four songs and they leave you wanting more
20. Potty Mouth – Hell Bent: this band of punk rockers put on one of the funnest sets that I attended this year at an all ages event at an alternative worship place; much ass was kicked

the image of Locrian synth player/singer Terence Hannum at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore was taken by me

Perfect Pussy – I have lost all desire for feeling

Oftentimes I stick to the theme of this blog, Dark and Noisy, by focusing more on the dark side of things.  This release is of the other kind, the noisy kind.  This too short EP of four tracks is pure sonic bliss.  Everything is distorted, buried, noisy, and loud.  My type of rock and roll.  Its shoegaze like, punk like, noise rock like; basically just loud, fast, and noisy tunes! They are on tour, and I will be attending the DC show on 12/9, which I look forward to; the rest of the bill includes Jail Solidarity and this will be Fell Types last ever show… $3.50 digital or $7 for a cassette.