Do you like to headbang but don’t necessarily dig metal? Comet Ping Pong has a three-band bill that might be just what you need. Hume, Dope Body and Buildings all play hard-hitting songs that are various degrees of heavy but without full-throttle mayhem. Baltimore’s Dope Body almost gets there, especially when goes heavy with its grunge-funk combo. Hume and Buildings are two of D.C.’s most precise bands, playing constantly snaking songs that veer in all sorts of wild directions while maintaining a hard-driving momentum.
Hume's been writing and recording in upstate New York for the last month. The band is about to embark on a month long tour with Dope Body. On that tour the band will be selling a limited edition of 200 CDs - hand screened and numbered. Here are a few pics:
Hume and Dope Body are playing Comet Ping Pong on August 12th. You can grab the new demos CD there!
Bedbedbedbedbed 12" EP
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The long delayed America Hearts and Cotton Candy split 7" will be available this Thursday. We're really excited these finally came since the band is one of our favorites in DC.
America Hearts are playing a release show of sorts at the Black Cat Backstage tomorrow (Thursday) with 'Allo Darling. So if you're in DC, definitely swing by to pick up your copy. Otherwise, we'll have the vinyl up for sale on the website by Friday of this week.
In the meantime, stream "Wihte Socks" by America Hearts, which also is featured on the 7":
It's been a while since we've posted a mix. Luckily, Sockets released a ton of great music this spring and summer (and will continue on through the fall of this year!). So, here are some summery vibes to get you through:
1. "What Circle Where" by Macaw (taken from CELADON LP)
2. "More Than The One Thing" by Skeletons (taken from PEOPLE LP)
3. "Bedbedbedbedbed" by Deleted Scenes (taken from BEDBEDBEDBEDBED 12")
4. "Inverse Fireworks" by Hume (taken from INVERSE FIREWORKS 7")
5. "A" by Buildings (taken from DEMOS 2010 CDR)
6. "The Push" by Bluebrain (taken from BLUEBRAIN RECORD STORE DAY 7")
Photo by Laura Rotondo
Deleted Scenes will be releasing a limited edition 12" EP on Sockets Records in July. "Bedbedbedbedbed", featured on the EP as well as the band's forthcoming album Young People's Church of the Air (also out on Sockets!), was featured on SPIN.com this morning. The indie club banger can be streamed here.
The band will be touring in July, so make sure to check them out in a city near you!
07-01 Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar
07-02 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
07-03 Tampa, FL – New World Brewery
07-05 Athens, GA – Caledonia
07-06 Atlanta, GA – 529
07-07 Durham, NC – Pinhook
07-08 Nashville, TN – The End
07-09 St. Louis, MO – Heavy Anchor
07-10 Omaha, NE – O’Leaver’s
07-12 Madison, WI – Project Lodge
07-13 Chicago, IL – Pancho’s
07-14 Ypsilanti, MI – Woodruff’s
07-15 Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks
07-16 Washington, DC – Black Cat
07-20 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
07-21 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
07-22 - Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery
07-25 - Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
07-26 - Burlington, VT – Monkey House
07-29 - Philadelphia, PA – Danger Danger Gallery
Macaw's full length debut, Celadon, was reviewed in today's Washington City Paper. If the review convinces you, then definitely grab a copy (it's an extremely limited edition)! The record is available at this link for $15ppd.
Also, the City Paper is offering the track "What Circle Where" as a download. So, you know, cop that after you're finished reading the piece. Here's a snippet from Joe Warminsky's review:
Anybody who has heard the dreamy, evocative track “Five Minutes at the Rainforest Cafe”—which has been kicking around for a couple of years—could be forgiven for thinking Macaw songs have the potential to float off into stardust. But the rest of Celadon proves Kemp knows when to ground himself.
A few awesome bands took over Million Man Tire here in DC last Friday. Here are some photos from the show, all taken by Marian McLaughlin: