VOTD: Blood Orange - ‘Time Will Tell’
When was this made, the ’80s? I mean no, but kinda yeah. We’ve got the all-white jumpsuit and piano combo plus mirror choreography. I’d say we’re there. Blood Orange’s video for “Time Will Tell” is just gloriously nostalgic. It’s all about reliving the glory days when Prince could release a whispery love ballad like this one and the whole world would worship the ground he walked on (not that they’ve stopped). Blood Orange captures those fond memories perfectly with the video for “Time Will Tell” and it’s over the top choreography. Because, really, what more do you want with this jam?
Blood Orange’s new album, Cupid Deluxe, which features “Time Will Tell” as the closer, is out now.
Happy Music Monday! Curl up with our playlist dedicated to what’s on heavy rotation in our heads.
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WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: City Paper’s Bacon & Bourbon Festival
Throw away your plans on Tuesday December 10! Because we have something way better than whatever you just threw away! Mark your calendar right now for the Bacon and Bourbon Festival presented by the Washington City Paper.
With over 20 participating Distilleries, and nearly as many restaurants, and live bluegrass music, this party is sure to be the talk of the town once it has come and gone. Being held at the LongView Gallery in Shaw Howard, the event will cater to your sophisticated love of great bourbon, and your carnal love of the only food group that really matters. BACON. Also I forgot to mention there’s going to be a mechanical bull. So if the beauty of great bacon, great bourbon, and a real live mechanical bull (yeah I know that’s an oxymoron) doesn’t catch your fancy. Then honestly we’re all probably glad you’re not coming.
Purchase your tickets here!
U STREET HAPPENINGS: The Fainting Goat Tavern
You may have passed this soon to be hot spot on your walks up and down U street, but the “coming soon” declaration outside the window of the Fainting Goat Tavern is inching closer and closer to reality. Located on U street, this new bar and restaurant will be open in about a week according to its designer, Lauren Winter from Edit Lab at Street Sense.
This new place takes the space of the former Urban Essentials space at 1330 U St NW. Owner Greg Algie hopes for the tavern to be the kind of place that locals hang out at 2-3 times a week. It will feature 12 beers on tap and one prosecco on tap. As for the food, it will be relatively simple food done well. The kinds of things that you could probably make yourself but just don’t have the energy or the time for.
The space has three floors: the bottom floor is the kitchen and private dining room, the main floor is a bar with high tops and other seating, and the top floor will be half dining room and half bar area. The owner hopes to embody an earthy, chill atmosphere throughout all three floors.
The name comes from how Greg would act when he and his buddies went out to the bars. He would act like a fainting goat, hence the name Fainting Goat Tavern.
So keep your eye out for the opening of this new spot within the next week or so and bring your friends. Maybe stop by after work for a pint and a bit to eat before hitting the night scene on U street.
VOTD: M.I.A. - ‘Y.A.L.A.’
MIA is one hell of a Mamma; and a conspiracy theorist, an artist, musician, and metaphysical philosopher to name a few things. If there is one human I could chill and chat with (other than the child of Alec Baldwin and Zach Galifianakis) it would be this badass chick. She seems like the type of girl I could go to an industrial metal concert with, fly with to South America in pursuit of DMT, and upon our return home, discuss Machiavellian ethics over a free-trade mug of coffee. Thank you MIA for NOT straddling a large concrete ball naked and gyrating for all eyes of the world to see. Thank you for serving as an empowering role model for women of the future by expressing your intellect and creativity through music.
The song Y.A.L.A you always live again is bursting with political and social commentary like every song MIA produces and speaks to the overused, misused, and misunderstood term Y.O.L.O., you only live once. MIA was raised in a Christian household and on her own explored the Hinduism expressed lyrically, musically, and visually in her songs.
In Y.A.L.A. she references the Hindu concept ‘Karma’ lyrically and visually. She seems to suggest that life decisions should be considered with the concepts of YALA, an incarnation of Karma, instead of the principles of YOLO. The cycle of life, death, and rebirth never ends until we leave behind the system of Samsara on earth and ascend to Moksha.
MIA proposes that with YOLO comes a mentality unfettered by consequence: drink, smoke, snort, rave, spend, eat, and waste on repeat. MIA asks us to delve into the crevices of lifestyle and revaluate. How do you live with the surrounding world and maybe more importantly, yourself?
SHOW PREVIEW: Los Campesinos!
How would one go about taking the very essence of a party, and bottling it into danceable – nay, the MOST danceable – music? Ask Los Campesinos!, a Welsh indie pop sixpence much the richer with inescapable grooves, endearing accents, and singalong choruses that will get stuck in your head and heart for an eternity. These guys just keep getting better with every album, and their latest No Blues is no exception. As the title might suggest, it’s impossible to feel sad listening to them. 2011’s standout single “By Your Hand” is probably the happiest song ever, despite being about a failed relationship with a drunken prom tease. LC! know how to have fun no matter what. That’s probably why their slow-building, fast-burning punk guitar epic “You! Me! Dancing!” was featured in a Budweiser commercial – great times are waiting, indeed. So grab some friends and see this sparkling, relentlessly upbeat group of wunderkinds at Ye Olde 9:30 Clubbe on January 23rd. It may just end up being the best show you’ve ever seen.