The Month of October

October 25, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

This past month has blown by for me between shooting music every weekend for DC Music Download, models and actors for Model and Talent Zone, and working my big boy job as an audio engineer. After seeing a lot of really good local DC bands, there are three that really stuck in my head that I've shot this past month. I've setup a Spotify playlist with the bands I mention in the post so that you can listen along while reading (with the exception of Lost Civilizations, but I've got a video of them farther down in this post). If you don't have Spotify, its an excellent free and easy program that you should download if you like music even in the slightest bit. I'll keep adding bands to this playlist as time goes on. So what are the three bands that really stuck with me? The Fed, Dance For The Dying, and Lost Civilizations.
The Fed @ The Black Squirrel 10.5.12 I saw The Fed at DC's Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival on the first night of the three day massive music festival at Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan. These guys were the perfect match of blues and punk rock. These guys started the weekend off just right for me! They brought a lot of energy (possibly the most out of all the bands I saw that weekend), their mix of blues and punk pulled at my heartstrings, and their songs were oddly catchy even though blues or punk (not pop punk) isn't really synonymous with the word catchy.
When I went to the Red Palace to cover Dance For The Dying for their EP release show of their recently debuted Puzzles for the Traveler, I realized quickly that it wasn't a show rather more of a party. DFTD is a post-punk band, inspired by goth and pop of the 80's and 90's, with keytar and melodica too. Pretty much a dance party that puts on a show. Frontwoman, M.C. Wolfe, passed out glow sticks, popped balloons full of glitter, and even came out amongst the audience while singing. Dance For The Dying @ Red Palace 9.29.12
Lost Civilizations @ Mellow Mushroom 10.7.12 Lost Civilizations came completely out of left field out of all the bands and shows I've covered so far. LC is an experimental free jazz group. For those of you who don't know what free jazz is, it is the avant-garde version of an already rebel genre consisting of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation, and the swung note. With free jazz, like any avant-garde art form, you will either be immediately moved by it or you will absolutely hate it. The only two things adding to the sound being produced were a saxaphone and an electric cellobass. The saxaphone fluttered through a multitude of notes and partial melodies while the cellobass laid down a very processed and reverberated bassy/ethereal/aural bed while sneaking in a bass harmony very seldomly. Unfortunately my built-in microphone in my camera didn't catch the wide spectrum of sound produced by LC and the feel of being there live isn't well translated, but I do have a video of their performance below. But I do have to say it was a very other earthly experience. The low and eerie frequencies filled the gut while being cut by chaotic notes from the alto sax.

Lost Civilizations @ Mellow Mushroom 10.7.12

 

So what's next on tap? Supposedly there will be quite a few shows this month that I'll be covering, but which I'm not sure yet. I do however know that tomorrow I will be at Black Cat covering the Mynabirds for DC Music Download, and that show will be headlined by A.C. Newman. Mynabirds are a collective of musicians fronted by Laura Burhenn, originally from DC but now located in Omaha Nebraska. A.C. Newman is the solo project of lead singer/songwriter of The New Pornographers. The show is tomorrow (Oct 26th) on the mainstage and doors open at 9PM. If you've got the evening free, come stop by to see what should be a good show and say hi!


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