stay sweet

This first month of the year packed quite the punch and things are showing no signs of slowing down. We've got two great shows lined up next week - click the flyers to RSVP.

On Friday, January 23 at the Communiverse with Baltimore babes Et Al. and Boy Spit pairing up with local lovelies Passing Phases and Nice Breeze.

Then the very next night, Big Hush share the stage with Wildhoney, on tour supporting their debut full-length album Sleep Through It on Deranged Records. The bill's filled out by Expert Alterations and Myrrh Myrrh.

The final lists from last year were slow to trickle in, but GoldFlakePaint bestowed its honors upon the Wholes EP, naming it one of their Favorite Tapes of 2014, pointing to the release's "tight instrumentation and seemingly effortless harmonies bundled with powerful songwriting." Echo Bay caught the band live on VHS in the wild performing an unreleased track titled "Walk On" at the Rocketship show, check it out!

If you missed the Daytrotter session by Adam Torres, make sure to take a listen to his new material and updated renditions of old favorites.

And finally, I'll leave you with some photos from last week's show at The Beehive, featuring Emperor X, Sitcom, Trunkweed, and Br'er. Thanks to everyone who came out and to Alex Schelldorf for the pics!

Emperor X




steady pulse

2015 is upon us and we've already got some great shows lined up for the first half of the month (click the flyers to RSVP).

Big Hush join Don Giovanni fuzz-rockers California X on Sunday, January 4 at the Rocketship, with support from local rockers Aloners and The Rememberables - this one's sure to get your new year into gear the right way.

On Sunday, January 11 at the Beehive, former DC resident Emperor X comes back to thaw your heart with his warming electrofolk after DC darlings Br'er put the freeze on with their frigid dark ambient pop. Baltimore surf punks Trunkweed and bedroom beat-master Sitcom round out the bill.

Swings, formerly known as Anchor 3, have been hitting the 4-track hard as of late and will be unleashed their new album Detergent Hymns c/o Quiet Year Records at their homecoming show on Friday, January 16 at the Commune. New York scuzz punks Soda Bomb and spazz rockers Colorful Kid join DC favorites Makeshift Shelters for this high energy show.

And those of you in the midwest will have a few chances to catch Pool Holograph! For more info on these dates, keep up with their facebook page.

But that's not all - expect more fun live events and the unveiling of the next DZ TAPES release later this month!


grip the greats

Packing up all your belongings and moving to another place makes for a great time to reflect on where you've been and where you're going. When thinking about my favorite music from this past year, I ran into trouble trying to narrow down the myriad choices of fantastic releases from 2014. But during the process of transitioning my record collection from its Ikea Expedit shelving unit into milk crates I came to the conclusion that showcasing the albums I loved so much that I actually forked over cash for them is more in line with the spirit of what music means to me. So without further adieu here's my list, complete with pictures and in no particular order:

My 10 Favorite 2014 Records & Tapes That I Actually Bought

Spray Paint "Clean Blood, Regular Acid" (Monofonus Press)

Alex G "DSU" (Orchid Tapes)

Two Inch Astronaut "Foulbrood" (Exploding In Sound Records)

Angel Olsen "Burn Your Fire For No Witness" (Jagjaguwar)

Blank Realm "Grassed Inn" (Fire Records)

Tonstartssbandht "Overseas" 2xLP (Company Etc)

Mannequin Pussy "Gypsy Pervert" (Tiny Engines)

Ricky Eat Acid "Three Love Songs" (Orchid Tapes)

Thee Oh Sees "Drop" (Castle Face Records)

Big Ups "Eighteen Hours Of Static" (Dead Labour)

Best Witches "Tour Tape" (Self-Released)
Jon McCallum "Surf Nazis Must Die" OST (Strange Disc Records)
Dura "Silver/Lawns" (Wounded Knife Records)
Pinkwash "Your Cure Your Soil" (Sister Polygon Records)
The Beds "Ride Again" (Ranch Records)
The Effects "Blister b/w Old Soul" (Self-Released) 
Parasol "Not There" (Lost Sound Tapes)
Jerry Paper / Andy Boay "Jerry Paper / Andy Boay" Split (Hausu Mountain)
The Rebel "The Shingles Collection" 2xCS (Monofonus Press)
Olive Drab "The Big Sleep" (Bird Tapes)

Before signing off, I'd like to thank the Washington City Paper for their nod to Big Hush, including the Wholes EP on their list of The Best Local Albums of 2014. Lastly, there were a lot of great releases I haven't bought yet and therefore could not include on this list, but one final shout out goes to all the independent artists and labels for making my world a much more enjoyable place. Cheers to another year of great music. ♥ Brett