Saturday, March 28, 2015

Single Mothers at The Black Cat - April 2

Photo by Ben Pobjoy courtesy of Beggars Group USA

Hide your kids and hide your wife! Like the social phenomenon which gave them their name, London, Ontario-based punksters Single Mothers are coming to DC to contribute to the moral decay of America and the downfall of its civilization. To the chagrin of Phyllis Schlafly, Single Mothers will be headlining the Black Cat Backstage with openers Dirty Nil next Thursday, April 2. Doors open at 7:30, and tickets are $12.

Single Mothers (the band) sound like a nihilistic sibling to The Hold Steady, or a manic next-generation Dischord band. Their album Negative Qualities, which came out last October on XL imprint Hot Charity, is 10 songs and 25 minutes of incandescent musical brutalism. From a profile in Pitchfork's Rising series to sets at CMJ last year and SXSW earlier this month, this is a band that is poised on the brink of stardom despite their best efforts. You can check out our interview with lead vocalist and sometime songwriter Drew Thomson just prior to their last show in DC. Don't miss it...and don't forget the earplugs.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Free Music Friday - 'April Showers' by ProleteR

ProleteR on MetroMusicScene

Spring has sprung, a fact to which legions of sneezy people are attesting. What better pick for an for Free Music Friday than April Showers, the opening cut from ProleteR's "Curses From the Past?" This French musician and producer seamlessly blends jazz and hip-hop into a mix that's both retro and timeless.

Like its brother and sister songs in the Free Music Archive, April Showers is licensed under Creative Commons. Remember to spay and neuter your pets, phrase your answer in the form of a question, and do whatever you can to support the people and institutions who provide this great music to you.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

TBTV - 'Spicks & Specks' by The Bee Gees

We're cranking the dials of the Wayback Machine to 11 for today's Throwback Thursday Video, landing in 1966 to discover a new single from Britain's Gibb brothers. Spicks and Specks, the second single and title track of the album released in November of 1966, features a harmony adapted from Pachelbel's Canon in D Major.

This tune might be familiar to Walking Deadheads out there, as it was featured at the end of last week's episode, "Forget".

Friday, March 13, 2015

Free Music Friday, Pi Day Edition - C-Sections by Matheatre

Tomorrow is Pi Day (3/14). What better pick for Free Music Friday than a musical about calculus? This album, C-Sections, by Matheatre, is the first in a series of humorous and educational albums about Newton and Leibniz's mathematical study of change.

Matheatre is touring the United States this spring. Check their website for a list of tour dates, or head on over to their Bandcamp page to purchase their other works. These include Log: A Rhythm, Calculus: The Musical!, and Be Rational.

C-Sections is licensed under, you guessed it, Creative Commons. Remember to look both ways before crossing the street, stow your bags in the luggage compartments overhead or underneath, and support the people who make this great music freely downloadable.

Monday, March 09, 2015

New Music Monday - 'Again' by Faith Healer

This deliciously retro track comes to us from Faith Healer, a bedroom music project of Edmonton's Jessica Jalbert. The single is from her forthcoming album "Cosmic Troubles", due on 3/31 from Mint Records. The song has has a "Laura Veirs and The Flaming Lips covering Boston" vibe to it, and the album features a gauzy, diffident air reminiscent of shoegazy female-fronted bands like Ivy and Lush.

No word yet on tour dates, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we know something.

Faith Healer by Randee Armstrong

Photo courtesy of Mint Records and Randee Armstrong