4.20.2015

infestdc mixtape

The long wait is finally here, and I'm proud to share with you the latest DZ project, the InFestDC mixtape. This 70-minute compilation features 22 choice cuts recorded live at DIY shows around the District, and showcases talent from DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and more.


Featuring live tracks by:
TWO INCH ASTRONAUTSWINGS 
WILDHONEY MANNEQUIN PUSSY / BIG UPS
NEONATESROMANTIC STATES JAIL SOLIDARITY
WITCH COAST / THE OBSESSIVES / ET AL.RADIATOR HOSPITAL
LAUGHING MAN  TEEN LIVERHEMLINES SITCOM
POLYON / MATTRESS FINANCIAL TRUNKWEED
PASSING PHASES / MERIDIAN NICE BREEZE

In 2014, a group of DC musicians, artists, and other community members teamed up to throw the first In It Together Fest, a four-day celebration of DIY culture held at 17 venues around the city. The inaugural fest raised over $2500 for two amazing local non-profit organizations, We Are Family and Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center. This year, we're aiming to raise the bar quite a bit, and in preparation for the next In It Together Fest we've put together a mixtape, limited to 250 copies professionally dubbed on slime green cassettes, All proceeds from this tape and this year's In It Together Fest are going towards one or two local non-profit organizations To Be Announced.


We hope you'll take the time to check out this awesome archive of DC's vibrant DIY show culture, and mark your calendars for the next In It Together Fest, July 31 + August 1!

4.09.2015

sneak peek

There's a lot of fun things coming up in the near future, and to kick things off here's a sneak peek of DZ16~


More about that later, but for now here's whats going on with the fam:

Big Hush are back at it this Friday, April 10 at 453 Florida Ave NW, playing alongside Wing Dam from Baltimore, Big No from Richmond, and a new project called Howling Void, featuring from members of Pygmy Lush and Sad Bones (click flyer for details).


On Sunday, April 12 at Hole In The Sky will be the first of a new installment of monthly anti-brunch shows featuring emerging local talent. Come out to the first gig and catch long-time favorites Two Inch Astronaut perform with supergroup Polyon, and be sure come on time to catch the first show by sludgy stoner fuzz rockers Green God (click flyer for details).


A little further down the line, and a bit north of here, Romantic States will be playing two different "last show" events at The Foxhole and KEITH in Baltimore. More recently, Gumshoe and Pop Perfect had some nice words for their self-titled release. Only a handful of copies are left in the store, so be sure to pick one up before they're all gone~
"[I] was immediately attracted to the way the music finds experimentation within it's lo-fi, stark song arrangements...It has become an album that I find myself continually returning to." – Gumshoe
Wednesday, April 22 at The Foxhole with Bellows, Sharpless, and Soft Cat (click flyer for details).


Saturday, May 9 at KEITH with Quitter, The Spirit Of The Beehive, and Soft Bats (click flyer for details).


Last but certainly not least we have Adam Torres performing "Voices From The Top Of The Mountain" live on The Trundle Sessions. The track is the first off the upcoming Nostra Nova re-release, due out on vinyl April 21 by Misra Records.


A full stream of the album can be found over at The A.V. Club. Enjoy the album and pitch in for a pre-order if you can! There will be more news from Adam in the coming months, so be sure to stay tuned for that and a big announcement from DZ HQ and the DC DIY show scene soon~ ✌

3.27.2015

high ceiling

Big Hush are kicking off the weekend with a gig at American University on Saturday, March 28 featuring the newest Ian Svenonius project ESCAPE-ISM, Chris Moore and The Rememberables, and Video Love from Paris (click flyer for details).


On Sunday, Foozle bring their jangly pop-punk to the Pinch and join Brooklyn cyberpunk dreamers ONWE and bedroom pop shoegazers Nicholas Nicholas (click flyer for details).


Next weekend, the real fun begins at the 18th annual MACROCK independent music festival in Harrisonburg, VA. On April 3 and 4 a bunch of awesome bands will be shaking up this small college town - the list includes Spray Paint, Two Inch Astronaut, WEED, Swings, Elvis Depressedly, Crying, Rozwell Kid, and more.

DZ TAPES will be posting up at the label expo with the first sneak peek of our newest release, alongside other new goodies from In It Together Fest and Red Table Press. If you're in town for the festival, make sure to stop by our table for your chance to pick up a copy of DZ16 before it's public release. For more info on the label expo, click the image below.


Until then, I'd like to leave you with this beautiful live recording of "Shining Hour" by Adam Torres on KUTX Austin. Adam's got a lot more fantastic music in store, so stay tuned for additional greatness to come in the near future.