Entries tagged with: Dischord Records
by Andrew Sacher
Beauty Pill was formed back in the early 2000s by Chad Clark, who formerly fronted the great DC/Dischord eccentrics Smart Went Crazy. Beauty Pill released two EPs, followed by their 2004 debut album, The Unsustainable Lifestyle (all on Dischord), but then never got around to following that up and had to take several years off after Chad was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy. Fortunately, Chad made it through two surgeries, is well enough to make music again, and returned last week with the long-awaited followup to their debut. The new album's called Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are and it came out on their new label home of Butterscotch Records (order yours).
The new album has Chad and co. in great form, some of it picking right up where they left off and other parts covering new ground. You can stream the whole album below, and also watch the video for the track "Dog With Rabbit in Mouth Unharmed" (premiering in this post), which is sung entirely by Chad's bandmate Jean Cook.
Beauty Pill will also begin a tour this week, which includes a three-night run in Virginia and then comes to NYC on May 8 at The Bell House with Grooms (who also have a new album out this year) and The Flag. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the album stream and new video, below...
Long in the works, Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990, is premiering as part of the DOC NYC fest in NYC tonight (11/14). Expected to attend: Scott Crawford, producer Jim Saah, film subjects Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace), Tom Lyle (Government Issue), Bert Queiroz (Untouchables, Double-O, Youth Brigade), and Jenny Toomey (Tsunami, Simple Machines Records).
What better way to prepare than with an advance listen to Fugazi's soon-to-be-officially-released First Demo? Full Soundcloud stream and more info below...
The group's sound could be described as clean, heavy, and warm, with lyrics focused on politics. Soulside was one of the first DC bands to bridge the hardcore emo sound of "revolution summer" (see Rites of Spring) and move into a sound of post punk deconstruction. Scott McCloud's SG sound greatly influenced the sound heard from Ian MacKaye's SG in the band Fugazi. [Last.fm]Soulside, the Dischord-signed DC post-hardcore band who were around from 1986 to 1989 before they broke up and three of its members formed Girls Against Boys, have reunited. They've already announced a hometown show for 12/20 at Black Cat with Moss Icon (sold out) and have a second Black Cat show happening a day later (tix on sale Fri), and they've now scheduled a NYC show too. They'll play Saint Vitus on December 18 with a special guest TBA. Tickets for the Vitus show are on sale now.
UPDATE: 2nd Saint Vitus show added.
Watch a live video from 1989, below...
Though Fugazi will probably never get back together, they continue to release an exhaustive amount of material from their heyday. The latest nugget to come out via Ian MacKaye's Dischord records is a release of their first ever demo, which was recorded in 1988 and is simply being termed First Demo. Ten of the eleven songs on the release were on a cassette distributed at early Fugazi shows, but one of the songs, "Turn Off Your Guns," has never seen the light of day...
Now, some 26 years later, Dischord is releasing the entire demo including the one song ("Turn Off Your Guns") that wasn't included on the original cassette. The record has been mastered by TJ Lipple and will be available on CD and LP+Mp3.Meanwhile, head to Dischord's web store to pick up a remastered copy of Jawbox's 1992 Novelty on vinyl. "It features a free MP3 download, which includes the 10 original album tracks plus two extra songs from the "Tongues" 7". This pressing is on clear-colored vinyl and includes revised artwork."
This release will also coincide with the completion of the initial round of uploads to the Fugazi Live Series website. Launched in 2011, the site now includes information and details on all of Fugazi's 1000+ live performances and makes available close to 900 concert recordings that were documented by the band and the public.
In other early Fugazi-related news, the most recent New York Times Magazine cover is inspired by a flier for a DC Fugazi show in 1989, as Poynter points out (original Fugazi flier below). The cover, about the growing Libertarian movement within the republican party, uses the association between classic DC hardcore and politics to great effect. The story apparently compares Rand Paul to Pearl Jam, Ron Paul to Nirvana, and Ted Cruz to the Stone Temple Pilots, which sounds entertaining regardless of your political orientation. The story, which also heavily involves libertarian MTV VJ Kennedy, is here.
AND: Did you know that one of Propagandhi's earliest shows was opening for Fugazi? It's true! And though we may never get to see Fugazi live again, Propagandhi are on tour with War On Women and RVIVR, and that tour hits Webster Hall this Sunday. Tickets are still on sale and we have a pair you can win at Facebook.
by Andrew Sacher
Dischord Records "supergroup" Alarms and Controls (featuring members of '90s-era Dischord bands Circus Lupus and The Crownhate Ruin, and others) released their debut LP Clovis Points last month, and just came to NYC for their first show here at the BrooklynVegan/Exploding In Sound party at Death by Audio last night (12/12). The band is made up of veteran musicians, and from the way they play, that's instantly clear. They mix fidgety post-punk and dissonant post-hardcore in a masterful way, with tons of complexities that came off as a natural part of the band's sound, rather than a show-offy way to win over fans. Still, Chris Hamley's fretwork was pretty amazing to watch and a highlight of the show.
If you missed Alarms and Controls last night, or just want to see them again, they'll be hanging around for another NYC show at Cake Shop tonight (12/13) with Life Size Maps and Poor Lily. 8 PM doors, $10 admission.
The rest of the BV/EIS party was great too, with Slow Warm Death kicking things off with the heaviest and most intense set of the night, the blues of Slothrust, Toronto's PUP showing that if their new label home of SideOneDummy helps them get on bigger stages they're absolutely ready for it, and poppy Brooklyn punks Chumped ending with the most flat-out fun set of the night.
Chumped also play their last show of 2013 at Lulu's tonight (12/13) with Broadcaster, American Hellfire Club, and Remnants (first show). It's free and there's free pizza with every beer. 8 PM start. Chumped also open for Iron Chic in February.
Stream some Alarms and Controls below...
by Andrew Sacher
Alarms and Controls is the new-ish band formed by Chris Hamley and Vin Novara of '90s-era Dischord bands Circus Lupus and The Crownhate Ruin, respectively (among others). It certainly sounds like the kind of thing that could've come out on Dischord in the '90s, with stop-start rhythms and off-kilter melodies not far removed from Shudder to Think or The Dismemberment Plan. And like many of the other current projects from Dischord vets (The Evens, Deathfix, etc), it's a similarly rewarding listen to their earlier bands. Alarms and Controls' debut LP, Clovis Points, was produced by Jawbox frontman J. Robbins, and it will be out on Dischord (and co-released by Lovitt Records) on November 19 (pre-order).
The album's first single, "Khmer Avatar," makes its premiere in this post, and you can listen to it, along with the album artwork, tracklist, and the band's list of tour dates (none in NYC), below...
Red Hare at House of Vans in August (more by David Andrako)
Post-hardcore supergroup Red Hare, whose lineup features three members of DC hardcore band Swiz (including original Dag Nasty vocalist Shawn Brown), released their debut LP, Nites of Midnite, earlier this year via Dischord. The first pressing of that LP has since sold out, but it's being re-pressed on blue vinyl with updated cover art (below). The band also just made a video for its single "Be Half," which features live footage from the Baltimore stop of their spring tour with Coliseum. The video makes its premiere in this post, and you can check it out below.
Red Hare just kicked off another tour with Coliseum in LA last night (10/6), which continues on the west coast through next Monday (10/14). All of those dates are listed, along with the new video and cover art, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Washington, DC's Deathfix, the new project of Brendan Canty (of Fugazi, Rites of Spring), Rich Morel (of Blowoff with Bob Mould), Devin Ocampo (of Smart Went Crazy, Faraquet, Medications) and Mark Cisneros (of Medications), who we caught at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012, are set to release their self titled debut album on February 18 via Dischord Records, the home of most of the members' past projects. The members may all have backgrounds in heavier bands, but from the sound of the album's single, "Transmission," Deathfix are pulling from the lofty harmonies and melodic ramblings of '60s psychedelia. They even break out into a Stoogey sax solo at one point. Pretty great stuff. You can stream that track below.
Deathfix will support the new record with a tour that brings them to NYC on March 16 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/11) at 10 AM.
A list of all tour dates and that song stream below...
Government Issue, who were previously supposed to share the bill with Dag Nasty, have moved to a newly added second night (!) on 12/29, this time with headliner Scream! Tickets are on sale for that as well.
Both shows are in celebration of the forthcoming Salad Days documentary, which chronicles the evolution of DC punk.
Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring was an American post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s, known for their energetic live performances. A part of the D.C. hardcore punk scene, Rites of Spring increased the frenetic violence and visceral passion of hardcore while simultaneously experimenting with its compositional rules. Lyrically, they also shifted hardcore into intensely personal realms and, in doing so, are often considered the first "emo" band, but Rites of Spring itself rejects any association between themselves and emo genres. -[Wikipedia]
Emo is a bit of a dirty word for the great Rites of Spring, who fused hardcore with melody and clean vocals across a pair of releases (an LP and a 7") before their dissolution. Members of the band famously went on to do lasting work in bands like Silver Jews and Fugazi in the years following, but Rites of Spring had already left its indelible mark.
Now in the grand tradition of the recent Lungfish and Void LPs, comes Rites of Spring's six-song demo remastered from the original tapes, available via Dischord Records on 10". Some history behind the release:
Before they even played a show -- the band recorded a six-song demo tape at Inner Ear with Don Zientara and Ian MacKaye... After the dissolution of their previous band, Insurrection, in 1983, Canty, Picciotto, and Fellows joined with Faith guitarist Eddie Janney and began writing new songs. Unfortunately, just as they became ready to play out, Fellows announced plans to relocate to Los Angeles, effectively ending the band before it even got started. Before the bassist departed, the group decided to go to Inner Ear to document the handful of finished songs that they had written. At this point, not only had they never played a show, Rites of Spring hadn't even settled on a name (on the tapes, Zientara listed the sessions as Insurrection II)...Stream the first track to emerge from the Rites of Spring demo below, the demo of "By Design," alongside the tracklisting and album art. Look for it via Dischord Records on October 23.
The sessions were notable for being the first time that anybody had heard Picciotto sing. At the time, few bands had access to a PA system during practice and the volume of the other instruments often blotted out vocals. Shortly after tracking was completed, Fellows hit the road and the recordings were mixed in his absence, hence the Beatles-inspired "Mike Fellows is dead," gag at the end of "By Design." ...there was no plan to officially release the recording, so the completed songs were dubbed onto cassette tapes and given out to friends, who passed them along to others... These six songs capture Rites of Spring in its earliest stages. Once the band started playing out, the songs gained velocity and intensity (see the 7-minute plus version of "End on End" that closes their LP), but many of the elements that defined their music - frenzied energy, sharp melodies, and introspective lyrics -- were already very much in place.
Dag Nasty, 2012
In celebration of the forthcoming Salad Days documentary, the Black Cat in Washington DC will host an evening of DC hardcore/punk on 12/28 that will include the reunion of the original Can I Say lineup of Dag Nasty!
PLEASE JOIN US ON DECEMBER 28 AT THE BLACK CAT FOR A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT!Ticketing info for the show is forthcoming. No word on whether this reunion will blossom into something larger (meaning more dates) or be a single one-off. The show also features Government Issue who reunited in 2010 and has done so on occaision since then.
Scheduled to appear:
Dag Nasty (and their original "Can I Say" lineup of Shawn Brown, Brian Baker, Roger Marbury, and Colin Sears)
Black Market Baby
and special guests!
This is a night to celebrate the filming of 'Salad Days' and the enduring legacy of these bands and this fine city!
In this fiercely divided election year, The Citizens Band is releasing Grab A Root and Growl, a musical call to action for those discouraged by the increasingly vitriolic campaigns across the country. Over 16 tracks of classic interpretations and original songs, the band declares war on apathy, and seeks to remind the country why democracy matters.The Citizens Band currently has snippets of Grab A Root and Growl streaming at their webstore, where shockingly you can preorder your copy as well. In addition to the upcoming release on this election year, Citizens Band will also take to the streets with shows in NY and LA in the coming months. Look for the band to play Los Angeles on 9/19 at Avalon and a four day residency in NYC at Abrons Arts Center 0n 10/24 - 10/27 (tickets). The Abrons Art Center site lists members of The Citizens Band (including Karen Elson, Zoe Kravitz, Nina Persson, Rain Phoenix and many many others), but not contributor Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think, etc). No word on if he'll be in attendance at the NYC or the LA dates.
While we're on the subject of Dischord Records alumni, a reminder that the members of Ian Svenonious' great late-'90s mod band Make-Up will reunite to play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror on 9/23. In addition, the band will also play a one-off date in their homebase of DC at The Black Cat on September 20 (tickets).
Your donations will offset the upcoming costs of editing, animation, graphics, mastering, color correction, sound editing, travel and more. We have a daunting task ahead of us--and yet we're so passionate about telling this story that we're anxious to share it with the world as soon as we can. We hope SALAD DAYS will see a Q3 2013 release and we have high hopes for its festival run. Thanks in advance for your support--we can't do it without you!Best of luck to Salad Days who is currently at close to 6k of their 32k goal with 29 days left to go. Head below for a video on the project and to kickstarter to contribute.
Daniel Higgs (of Lungfish) will be doing a July residency at Brooklyn venue Zebulon, where he also did a residency last year, and just played last month. The residency kicks off Monday (7/2), and continues every Monday in July. Each show will feature different guests, which have not yet been revealed. Daniel Higgs' most recent release is the The Measure of Mystery cassette, which came out earlier this year.
In related news, Dischord has announced that they will continue repressing Lungfish albums on vinyl with 1992's Talking Songs for Walking and 1997's Indivisible, both of which are due out this August. Exact re-release dates to come.
A list of all dates and a live video of Daniel Higgs performing "Return" off his new cassette in Spain from this past March are below...
Lungfish, photo by Jessica Kourkounis
Frankly, I am dumbfounded at the embarassment of riches that Dischord Records have in their quiver. Besides releasing some of the most seminal records in punk rock & indie, the label recently revealed its staggering Fugazi live series (many of the volumes are up for sale now), and then a release of Void rarities, and now, Dischord have announced A.C.R. 1999
From their inception in 1988 until their hiatus in 2006, the Lungfish music band released 11 full-length albums and played concerts across the United States and in Europe.... [but] volumes of Lungfish material never saw the light of day. The 1999 A.C.R. session offers a rare glimpse into some of this elusive material and by extension, into the Lungfish creative process. These 10-songs were recorded and mixed by Craig Bowen at Baltimore's A.C.R. Studios but never released. After the session the band decided to continue writing new songs - ultimately recording at Inner Ear Studios what became Necrophones (2000).Six songs on A.C.R. 1999 were re-recorded for release as part of Necrophones, while another four never saw the light of day until now.
Stream the "new" Lungfish song "Screams of Joy" for the first time ever below, alongside the tracklisting and the album art. Look for the LP via the venerable Dischord Records on May 14th.
In related news, Daniel Higgs (of Lungfish) recently released the The Measure Of Mystery cassette via Gnome Life Records. Order your copy now, and stream some excerpts from that release below too.
"Salad Days: The HarDCore Punk Revolution" will be the most comprehensive, honest and insightful look at the DC punk scene from the early 1980s to the decade's end. The film will include exclusive archival photographs, concert footage and interviews with dozens of bands, artists, label owners, zine publishers and others who helped mold and nurture DC's underground community during this inspired decade of music.Featuring appearances from names like Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Alec Mackaye, and more, the documentary is scheduled for a 2013 release. Check out a pair of teasers from the movie below and look out for it next year.
In related news, as discussed Bad Brains: Band in DC, a documentary that details the band's roots in the DC hardcore scene and beyond, played at SXSW last week. So far, no plans to screen it in NYC but you can catch the band at one of two now-sold-out NYC shows.
The Irving Plaza show will ALSO feature an appearance from DC's Scream who played a show at Knitting Factory in 2010.
Bad Brains are also playing Bonnaroo this year.
Fugazi by Jem Cohen
After letting audio tapes for more than 800 shows languish in a closet for years, Fugazi has begun putting them all on its Web site, with the first batch of 130 shows going up next Thursday.The Fugazi Live Series is now in beta and officially launches on December 1st.
In keeping with its commercial principles of low prices and trust in fans, the shows' suggested price is $5 each, with a sliding scale of $1 to $100, for the cheap or the philanthropic.
As a career-spanning archival project, the Fugazi Live Series has few equals, putting the band in the unlikely company of acts like the Grateful Dead and Phish. And for Dischord, Fugazi's self-run label, it has taken more than two years and tens of thousands of dollars, said Ian MacKaye, one of Fugazi's two singer-guitarists and a co-founder of Dischord.
Void were clearly ahead of their time. Although the Columbia, MD band were short-lived and their output was similarly small, Void's negative blueprint were the catalyst for legions to come, signifying one of the first moments when the chaotic urgency of hardcore mixed with metal. Void's split with The Faith is a certified classic (get it if you don't have it already), but the band had little other recorded material available for release save for the Condensed Flesh 7" and a few appearances on comps like the seminal Flex Your Head. Until a recent house-cleaning/excavation at 3819 Beecher St in DC revealed otherwise:
While organizing the Dischord archive, we came across the 4-track of Void's first recording session. This was done with Steve Carr at Hit and Run Studios in November '81 and never released (though there has been at least one bootleg made from a cassette of the original mix). The master tape was nowhere to be found, so the tape was remixed by Ian MacKaye and Don Zientara at Inner Ear earlier this year. It was like digging through a treasure chest! Hearing embryonic versions of what would become Void classics as well as songs that didn't make the cut made it clear just how driven this band was to capture their own sound.Sessions 1981-83 was scheduled for release on 10/24 on Dischord Records but is currently shipping. Check out three versions of "Dehumanized" from November 1981, December 1981, and June 1982 that are all available on the release and are streaming below. Order your copy today.
Sessions 1981-83 features the entire Hit and Run session along with the first Inner Ear Demo (including the Flex Your Head cuts and the songs that ended up on the Condensed Flesh 7"), two out-takes from their second Inner Ear session, and a couple of live recordings including one that I think must be the last song they ever played.
Void still has one unreleased LP in Potion For Bad Dreams, which the band recorded for Touch N' Go before their demise. The LP is reportedly been shelved indefinitely.
Stream "Dehumanized" times three below, alongside some video.
Bells at Cake Shop, photo by Caspar Newbolt
BELLS (mems Jawbox/Oxford Collapse) will play Bruar Falls on July 30th as part of a "rock and roil CRAB BOIL" at the venue. The show, headlined by Mcdonalds (who you can read more about here), will also feature a solo appearance from Bells member/cellist Gordon Withers. Gordon, who you may know for his cello Jawbox covers, now also plays with with J. Robbins in Office of Future Plans and with Zac Barocas in BELLS. Moonmen On The Moon, Man are also on the Bruar Falls bill which features a meal as described in the name of the show.
Office of Future Plans has three shows coming up, but still none in NY. They're listed below.
BELLS released their debut There Are Crashes EP last year, and are currently writing new material. Stream that EP and the Gordon Withers Jawbox covers LP below.
Enrique Cardenas: Is the legend of the guitar god dead? Are there any young guitarists that will make an impact in 2009?
Sasha Frere-Jones: The last three "guitar heroes" I saw were women: Marnie Stern, Kaki King, and Marissa Paternoster of the the Screaming Females. And the only old-fashioned guitar solos coming to mind are on Chris Brown and Braid Paisley albums.
Heartonastick: Paternoster's hard to see, impossible to take your eyes off.
Screaming Females are on tour with Throwing Muses. They play Music Hall of Williamsburg together tonight (3/12).
Lissy Trullie is everywhere lately. One of those places is opening for The Soundtrack of our Lives at Bowery Ballroom tonight (3/12) (not sold out).
"Opening up was Garrett from Texas is the Reason's new band, Surrounding Areas. It sounded like a slowed down possibly, at times, country influenced, Texas. Good but not spectacular...
...Finally, Bluetip came up and just blew everyone away. They sounded so tight and just so damn anthemic. They played almost every song I wanted to hear (besides Castanet) and really just fucking rocked it." [ThePunkGuy]
by Black Bubblegum
The recently reformed Bluetip (featuring members of the mighty Swiz) have lined up a handful of dates including one at Mercury Lounge on August 24th. Tickets are on sale. Let's hop in the time machine, courtesy of the world's most accurate encyclopedia:
Bluetip was a rock band from Washington, D.C. It was formed in 1995 by ex-members of Swiz, and released four albums, an EP, and a number of singles before splitting up in January 2002.The reunion is based on the 1996 lineup of Jason Farrell, Dave Stern, Jake Kump, and Joe Gorelick.
Bluetip's music is a fairly accessible brand of 'post-hardcore' punk rock, but without the bleak introspection of many of their Dischord labelmates.
Following the demise of Bluetip, Jason Farrell and Joe Gorelick went on to form Retisonic, who are also on hand for the show. Retisonic was captured by Punkcast a few years ago. The Netherlands (the band, not the country) and The Surrounding Areas, a band constructed Frankenstein-style from pieces of Texas Is The Reason, Walking Concert, and Jets To Brazil, will jumpstart the evening.
Walking Concert figurehead Walter Schriefels has reformed Rival Schools.
Bring your questions regarding the parallels between the worlds of independent music and book publishing, sustainable models for truly independent companies, and anything else that’s on your mind.ALSO: Evens are on tour, Joe Lally is going on tour, Q & Not U are looking for live footage, and President (Harris ex-Q and Not U) is playing with Antelope (Dischord Records) at Glasslands in Brooklyn on November 27th. All tour dates below....
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2007