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VOTD: London Grammar- ‘Nightcall’
There’s nothing I love more than a great cover. My newest obsession? London Grammar’s ‘Nightcall’. The bands latest single of their debut album If You Wait is a cover of a song by French producer Kavinsky and was originally released as part of the Drive soundtrack a few years back. The British trio was able to turn a synth-pop tune into a hauntingly beautiful ballad, making ‘Nightcall’ something entirely their own.
The video, which was released last week, is the perfect accompaniment to the song: it’s powerful, captivating, and slightly sinister. London Grammar takes us to a desolate field, where we can’t felt but feel vulnerable. The eerie piano intro begins as the camera moves through a series of still images, all of which are spooky but enchanting. If you’re like me and are absolutely obsessed with the ‘Nightcall’ video and London Grammar in general, not fear, there’s new stuff coming your way. Be sure to check out London Grammar’s EP Nightcall, which will be released with a re-edit of the title track on December 8th .
REASONS TO COME EARLY: Ex Hex
DC Punk comes full circle with the eruption of local all-ladies punk band Ex Hex. The band features Mary Timony of Autoclave, a short lived DC all-girl punk band who released a few albums on Dischord Records. They have been pretty mysterious since their recent signing to Merge Records, with only one song, “What Kind of Monster" (incidentally a cover of a song by another all-girl punk band, Slant 6), available for streaming. Expect an EP in March and a full-length out sometime in 2014, but catch them opening for the Hives on December 10 to satisfy your Riot-Grrrl cravings until then.
VOTD: Icona Pop - ‘Just Another Night’
At the moment, Icona Pop slays and will continue slaying the American music scene after their upcoming tour with the queen of publicity, Miley Cyrus. This is a strategic move on Icona pop’s part because they’ll reach new audiences and a wise maneuver of Miley because maybe she’ll glean some knowledge from these composed talented Swedish chicks.
This video follows around two women, played by Caroline and Aino, who are caught in a love triangle with one very hot dude in the black and white streets of Paris. The saga ends on a positive note even though it is not a 15 minute slideshow of single steamy French men. Definitely a soon to be Icona Pop classic - check it out!
SHOW PREVIEW: RDGLDGRN
If you went to Warped Tour this summer, your ears may have been blessed with the auditory miracle that is RDGLDGRN. These Reston dudes recorded their breakout record at Sound City Studios in LA where music giants from Neil Young to the Chili Peppers have cut legendary tracks since 1969. RDGLDGRN combines reggae, hip-hop, the unique DC go-go sound, and indie rock to create some unique tunes. Their first album, RDGLDGRN, features Dave Grohl on the drums and producer artist extraordinaire Pharell Williams co-writing on ‘Doing the Most’. Red on guitar, Gold on bass and vocals, and Green on vocals and guitar; these guys know what they’re doing.
The DC go-go sound evolved out of funk, R&B, and early forms of hip-hop which also features a syncopated, dotted rhythm. Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers are recognized for cultivating most of the go-go trademark sound. Having RDGLDGRN shout out to music specific to their roots while giving it a new and marketable sound gives them even more potential for future success. No matter what kind of music you are into, these guys stand out among their peers and cannot be overlooked.
U STREET HAPPENING: Lake Shaw Ice Rink
Picture this: you feel like heading to the local ice rink to skate with some friends…but wait. There isn’t an ice rink in the neighborhood…yet! Imagine how cool it would be to have an outdoor ice rink for the community to call it’s own. The Lake Shaw Ice Rink has plans to open at the site of the Old City Farm and Guild, on the 900 block of Rhode Island Ave NW.
The rink aims to be a hub for the community and bring aspects of the local culture, history, and even food and drinks from neighborhood restaurants to the ice.
The Lake Shaw Ice Rink is currently being crowd funded and the project needs your help! There are a few incentives that go along with the donations that include:
- $10 = 1 free skate
- $25 = 3 free skates
- $100 = unlimited free skate for a month (per person, non-transferable)
- $250 = 1 season pass
- $500 = 2 season pass, 2 tickets to opening and closing events
- $1000 = 2 hour private event for up to 100 people Sunday thru Thursday subject to availability, 4 tickets to opening and closing events.
So this holiday give a little something back to your community! The ice rink needs your help and think of all the great times that will come out of having one in the community.
VOTD: Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas - ‘Instant Crush’
Remember as a child when someone gave you the REAL version of The Little Mermaid, or maybe a childhood field trip brought you to see Aida on Broadway (totally not drawing from personal experiences here…). Your sweet dreams of ‘happily ever after’ were somewhat dashed. Thus began your understanding of a tragic sort of love.
The latest video from Daft Punk and King Of Cool Julia Casablancas is about to bring up all of those old feelings.
Two star-crossed wax museum figures fall in love (or so we think from their deep emotionless stares) attempt to overcome rude children, creepy night staff, and their own frozen figures to be together. Spoiler Alert: they do, and it ain’t a happy ending.
Watch and let out a long romantic sigh for the pair, and also for Julian doing his cool guy solo dancing as he croons through this Random Access Memories infectious hit.