Tonight in DC the Black Cat has Tereu Tereu, Pomegranates, and iCarlos, I’m Pregnant. In Philly Johnny Brenda’s has The Ting Tings while the M Room has Bound Stems, Sunfold, and Darkroom. Enjoy!
mp3: The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go
mp3: Pomegranates – In The Kitchen
mp3: iCarlos, I’m Pregnant – Birthday
mp3: Bound Stems – Happens To Us All Otherwise
Setting Sun began in 2001 in a San Francisco apartment by the one and only Gary Levitt. On June 10th Levitt released the third album from Setting Sun called Children Of The Wind out on Young Love Records. Collaborating on this album is label mate Erica Quitzow(who is the band Quitzow…more on her later) who plays all of the strings on the album. Quitzow, Levitt, and friends recorded Children Of The Wind entirely in their 19th century Victorian house. Out of their unique home recording environment comes a sometimes grand, sometimes hushed, sometimes eerie expanse of folk based songs. Though the production swirls from one emotion to the next, the one constant is Gary Levitt’s coarse yet fragile vocals (the closest I can relate to them is Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow). They sound good. As for the album as a whole, Children Of The Wind first came across as disjointed, but as I spun it ’round a few more times, I found the underlying current of Levitt’s spirited delivery powerful enough to hold together this diary of mystery and sentiment. Photo by Amber S. Clark
mp3: Setting Sun – How Long
mp3: Setting Sun – Morning Song
Calexico will be releasing their new album, Carried To Dust, on September 9th, and we’ve got the first track released for all you lovely readers to digest. Calexico wasn’t really on my radar until Martin Wenk joined Nada Surf on tour earlier this year, but now I’m definitely paying attention now. The new song is really cool; musically lush and complex with lots of building layers. Keep an eye out for the full album when its not seventy-bajillion degrees outside.
Mp3: Calexico – Two Silver Trees –> Website –> Buy
Many may recognize Albert Hammond Jr. as the guitarist from The Strokes. He’s also a pretty friggin great solo artist in his own right, and he’s just released Como Te Llama on July 8th via Black Seal Records following up his solo debut, Yours To Keep. Como Te Llama was recorded over 5 weeks at Electric Lady Studios and features a string quartet on many tracks and the bonus piano of Sean Lennon on the track Spooky Couch. Clearly Hammond Jr. has taken his song writing to that infamous ‘next level’, broadening his vocabulary of sound, yet not losing touch with what has got him to this point. This album continues his sound of music to crank loud on your hi-fi stereo exposing you to some deep 60s rock combined with the sheer joy often felt when listening to the Steve Miller Band or Matthew Sweet. Photo by Lane Coder
mp3: Albert Hammond Jr. – The Boss Americana
mp3: Albert Hammond Jr. – Rocket
mp3: Albert Hammond Jr. – GfC
Tonight in Baltimore Metro Gallery has The Extraordinaires, Vinny Vegas, Tavo Carbone, and The Garbologists. You have plenty of options if you’re in DC tonight. The Black Cat has Hymns and Timberwolf Diversion. The 9:30 Club has The Ting Tings. The Velvet Lounge has The Death Set and The Mae Shi, and finally DC9 has Sunfold.
mp3: Hymns – Time Told Me
mp3: The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
mp3: The Death Set – Had A Bird
mp3: Sunfold – Between The Worlds
mp3: The Extraordinaires – The Warehouse Song
Welcome to our newest writer, Corey. Heres his take on last Thursday’s Jukebox The Ghost and friends show.
This weekend’s best dish
Last night I went down to the Ottobar for one of the best lineups I’ve seen in a while. Jukebox the Ghost headlining supported by Laura Burhenn of Georgie James, Gary B. and the Notions, and Honor by August. The night started out mellow with Honor By August opening up to a small crowd still filing in, which picked up and got their feet tapping for the catchy tunes of Gary B. and the Notions. The crowd then got to relax for a bit with the smooth sounds of Laura Burhenn and Tom Hnatow. By the end of their set there was a sense of calm before the storm with people ready to hear the great Jukebox the Ghost. Their performance was nothing short of amazing, packed full of energy and even including four new songs!
Read on to fully devour the show
You can love me already, and me? Too young to go steady.
Image by Blu