Once upon a time, I had a radio show that only played bands currently performing in the district. That show is super dead, so we’ve resurrected it (with way more words and far less radio) in the form of this column. Everyday I’ll review a song from a band playing in D.C. that night. The rules are, 1. I can only listen to the song once and 2. I only have until the end of the song to finish my review.
WHAT SO NOT – JAGUAR
This song sounds like the band took all of the most popular tropes from house/electronic/whatever and smashed them together into one song. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but it did make me roll my eyes (although, this video did come out in 2013). This sounds like commercial party music. According to the YouTube comments, apparently Buzzfeed used this song in one of their videos so I feel very validated right now. It’s fine I guess. It’s whatever.
You can see What So Not at U Street Music Hall. I hope you have a lot of fun pretending to be in a Buzzfeed video.
THE NIELDS – EASY PEOPLE
I don’t know what a Nield is, but I’m ready to find out. I’m glad this song is “for me,” how polite. Oh god I’m so bored. It’s not like this is the worst song I’ve heard or anything. I guess it’s kind of soothing, it’s just also very boring. I’m sure these people are very lovely (I mean, they could also kick small puppies on the regular, I don’t know), but this is really not my jam. Also this music video is super weird. Whose random home videos are these? Actually, I don’t want to know.
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE – SHELTER FROM THE ASH
Damn. That band name is kind of awesome. It has a very apocalypse/armageddon/bible vibe to me. Like, before you die you are visited by the SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE (or is that The Ring? I don’t know what I’m talking about). Okay. This music is kind of apocalypse-esque. Especially with the monotonous repetition of, “Take shelter from the ash.” I dig all the discordant sounds, like that intense weird electric guitar and the relatively chill (but still foreboding) acoustic guitar. This is definitely death music.