Four writers, four artists you need to know.
As Dr. Cox once said on the easy-target show Scrubs, “People aren’t chocolates. Do you know what they are mostly? Bastards. Bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.” And it is with that in mind that I regret to inform you that Aaron Martin, one of D.C.’s most overlooked jazz elders, and Luke Stewart, an integral part of D.C.’s music and creative scene, had their instruments stolen out of their studio space at Union Arts last week.
Fortunately, the non-bastard-coated-bastard demographic of the city has helped support a Kickstarter the two have launched to help recoup some of their losses, and I highly encourage you to do the same.
To quote their Kickstarter page directly: “It is because of you that we are able to do what we do.” -Bryce Rudow
Baio “Sister of Pearl”
Ideally, the announcement of a festival line-up is not the place to discover that the bassist of my favorite band is about to come out with his own album. But props to the All Things Go Fall Classic for introducing me to Baio, the solo-project of Vampire Weekend’s, Chris Baio. The early single, “Sister of Pearl” is taken from his full LP, The Names, coming out late September. And for the most part, it sounds like a new Vampire Weekend single. But when have you ever been disappointed by a new Vampire Weekend single?
“Sister of Pearl” is single-handedly bringing me out of my end-of-summer blues with bouncy piano, plucky guitar and all-around uplifting charm. But the real departure from Vampire Weekend is found in Baio’s vocals that reminded me, quite suddenly, how much I miss 80s, Bowie-esque pop.
Keep on dancing, Chris Baio. I will see you in the fall. -Lindsay Hogan
Low “No Comprende”
Low’s new album, Ones and Sixes is a pretty cool followup to their last album, the Jeff Tweedy-produced The Invisible Way. “No Comprende,” the first single from the album is a great representation of what’s going on throughout the record: significant but subtle electronic touches with a more nervous energy than the occasionally blissed sounds that crept into their last handful of releases. Ones and Sixes is heavy in the way that Low can be heavy, (as evidenced in the brutally slow spaghetti-western midsong breakdown here on “No Comprende”), and weird and tense in the way that Low has always been weird and tense. Great new song from a great new album from a great old band. -Matt Byrne
Dam-Funk “Glyde 2nyte”
Any track off of Dam-Funk’s Soundcloud page is irresistible. “Glyde 2nyte” is the latest song dropped leading up to the release of the album Invite the Light and is another example of Dam-
Funk’s ability to churn out gangsta-funk dynamite like nobody else since the subgenres pioneers of the early 90s. “Glyde 2nyte” is, as Dam-Funk puts it himself, a fly rollercoaster. Put the track on in a room full of people and the scene unfolds like the “Dancing for Different Cultures” sketch of Chappelle’s Show. Regardless of who is in the room, toes start tapping and asses start shaking. I like to blast it with my windows down when I’m cruising through the city. Maybe the looks I’m getting are because people don’t normally associate “gangsta” with “white guy driving a Subaru Forester” but I’d like to think it’s because I look as fly as Dam-Funk’s music makes me feel.
The track hits you with Dam-Funk’s hallmark funktronica with layered vocals that keep you grooving throughout the song. At the three minute mark, the song moves into an R-Kelly-esque
sequence where Dam-Funk guides you on how to “Glyde 2nye.” I recommend trying to avoid following
Dam-Funk’s directions at this point in the track if you are driving, as they almost caused me to get into a traffic accident on Florida Avenue. Dam-Funk is constantly updating his Soundcloud with new music, so check it out for “Glyde 2nyte” as well as the latest and older additions. Invite the Light will be released on September 4th. -Leon Hontz