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2015 – Best of the Rest Part 1

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There were 20 more albums that I really wanted to highlight (well, loads more, but I had to limit it).  These were all pretty noisy numbers, with shoegaze and noise rock making appearances.

Dilly Dally – Sore
Helen – The Original Faces
Pinkshinyultrablast – Everything Else Matters
Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born to Lose You
Potty Mouth – Potty Mouth EP
Pleasure Leftists – the woods of heaven
METZ – II
Static Daydream – Static Daydream
Tamaryn – Cranekiss
American Wrestlers – American Wrestlers

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Mix Tracklist:

Dilly Dally – Ballin Chain
Helen – Allison
Pinkshinyultrablast – Land’s End
Swervedriver – Last Rites
Potty Mouth – The Bomb
Pleasure Leftists – Burning Down
METZ – Nervous System
Static Daydream – Another Rainy Night Without You
Tamaryn – Softcore
American Wrestlers – Holy

Photo of Pleasure Leftists by me

 

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!

Favorite Sets of 2013

In chronological order, one image for each of my 20 favorite live music sets of 2013.  All images are from my Instagram account.

1/29 – Quicksand at Black Cat

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2/9 – the Evens at 2640 Space

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4/18 – Dead Mellotron at Club K

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4/25 – GOAT at Black Cat Backstage

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5/22 – Future Islands (mainly unreleased songs 90 minute set) at Metro Gallery

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5/29 – Roomrunner (record release show) at Metro Gallery

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6/7 – Celebration at Metro Gallery

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6/30 – Locrian at Metro Gallery

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7/27 – Potty Mouth at La Casa

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9/1 – the Art Department (surprise set) at ScapeScape

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9/5 – Pharmakon at Hopscotch

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9/5 – Merzbow and Wolf Eyes (surprise collab set) at Hopscotch

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9/6 – Magik Markers (improv set) Three Lobed Records Day Party at Hopscotch

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9/7 – Wing Dam SPAZZSCOTCH Day Party at Hopscotch

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9/7 – BAMBARA DAY-DREAM Day Party at Hopscotch

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9/7 – Matmos at Hopscotch

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10/2 – Dan Deacon (brand new songs set) at the Crown

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10/11 – Neutral Milk Hotel at 2640 Space

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11/13 – Chelsea Light Moving at the Ottobar

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12/1 – Animal Collective at 930 Club

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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