Monthly Archives: July 2012
I will be seeing Milo Greene for the second time this week and first time as headliner. Never have I been more excited for a band to return to DC. Their debut, self-titled album has swept me away in a love affair (not to mention Marlana). Live, there is little and less that compares to Milo Greene’s beautiful on-stage harmony and synergy.
Coinciding with their album release and tour, Milo are putting out a series of music videos which sum up to a 36 minute short titled Moddison. The first two videos for Silent Way and 1957 are currently out via The Warner Sound studio. Each video will build on the story and won’t necessarily come out in their logical order; adding to the mystique. So far, this band can do no wrong. The two videos are visually stunning and complement the music perfectly. You will immediately be emotionally hooked into this story. Be sure to keep up each release and hopefully I will be seeing some of y’all at DC9 this Tuesday. Enjoy!
Milo Greene – 1957
Milo Greene – Silent Way
Drop Electric will haunt you. Their sprawling, grandiose soundscape digs deep into your inner mechanics. Chills reverberate through my body as their cinematic post rock tosses me straight onto the set of some indie-grunge Sundance short. Empire Trashed hits all ranges of emotions – serving up pain strained by frustrations for the main course; finishing with an inexplicable sensation elation and relief. I’m not one to suggest that Drop Electric will play with your emotions, but you won’t be upset with the end result regardless. This stunning video is produced by DC/NYC studio Dedalus Moving Pictures.
Drop Electric, a DC based band, just released four new tracks as a “sampler platter“. These four tracks show maturity and an added dimension coming off their 2010 hit debut Finding Color in the Ashes.
From all the reviews I’ve read, these guys are not one to miss live. Luckily, the District has two great chances to witness their face melting post rock. Drop Electric will headline the Capitol Groove Fest on July 28. In addition, they headline the STPP Fest Benefit @ Black Cat August 3, which also features RIF approved Conveyor.
Check out the Sampler Platter ATJ…
On the precipice of an era in music where the casual listener’s attention span can barely last a commercials length, there are albums being put out that hope to buck this unsettling trend. Albums that you don’t want to switch off. Albums that inspire and linger in the corners of your conscience. Alt-J is a breath of fresh air with majorly addictive qualities.
Described as “folk-step”, this group from Leeds pushes out a genre defying combination of emotionally charged music. I keep returning to An Awesome Wave, always leaving mystified and awestruck. Song to song, this debut album never shows its hand early; yet still manages to flow seamlessly forward. Hell, you’ll even have trouble predicting the next verse in many of these tracks.
Short instrumental respites effectively segment the album and provide logical transitions that connect effortlessly. Not to mention, they’re quite beautiful by themselves.
If you’re waiting for a weak/out of place track on this LP, you won’t find one. The first single, Breezeblocks, is well positioned as an energetic primer for the rest of album. Just an all-around great song that hints at the physical insanity to be delivered later by Fitzpleasure. A brief acoustic guitar interlude segues perfectly into the beautifully melodic Something Good. One of the softer tracks offered by An Awesome Wave, yet easily one of the strongest tracks.
Dissolve Me is one of those songs that you never expected to be your favorite. But after returning over and over again, the vocal harmonies and developed passion expressed through Joe Newman’s delivery are too much to ignore. I’m hooked. See ya later. Can’t wait to follow alt-J’s development and catch many, many live shows (hopefully).
alt-J (∆) – An Awesome Wave
Check out the wild video for Breezeblocks after the jump.