Way back in February, Richmond, VA's Lucy Dacus released her debut album, No Burden.
No Burden happens to be one of the best albums of 2016 to date.
This is what happened when we talked to Lucy and her band the day after her album came out.*
*we included a sweet track from one of Lucy's fellow Richmonders Clair Morgan too because AWESOME, that's why.
Music has always been the lifeblood running through multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook's veins for as long as he can remember. In 2015 he fully dialed in to that guiding presence for the first time in his life, and the result was the magnificent Southland Mission. Mission mined a deep history of American gospel and blues to deliver songs of beauty, hope and rejuvenation, that didn't just honor what came before them, but weaved themselves into the very fabric of the rich tapestry of the culture that's at the root of our modern experience.
We (finally) caught up with Phil before his recent show here in Washington, DC to talk about his past, the music he loves, and how a goofy kid from Wisconsin found enlightenment at at an early age in the most unlikely of places.
This podcast can be the instrument to mend a broken heart or to straighten out your life through the sincere testimony of one righteous dude. A must!
Independently, Sam McCormally and William McKindley-Ward are longtime staples of the DC music scene. Together they are FELLOW CREATURES!
Following the demise of their previous band - the beloved Ugly Purple Sweater - both were looking for a different direction for their music. They found it in electronic experimentation coupled with masterful songwriting and the result is a mind-blowing, self-titled LP that defies categorization.
In advance of the release, Sam and Will stopped by the basement to chat with Kevin and special guest Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds) about the making of Fellow Creatures, life in the DC music scene, and much, much more.
Above The Prairie, the latest release from Minneapolis folk auteurs The Pines, is a sonic tapestry rich with atmosphere that transports the listener to a land that is as recognizable as it is just down the road from nowhere. David Huckfelt and brothers Benson and Alex Ramsey just kicked off their tour for Above The Prairie, and stopped by the basement before a recent DC stop to talk about the inspirations for the album, working with Native American author, poet, and activist, John Trudell, and what it’s like to create worlds from nothing but heart and imagination.
DC’s Stronger Sex is back with a new track, an expanded lineup , and approximately 4.7 times the awesome.
If you need us, we'll be selling plasma and our first born to try and snag some Bey tickets.
This week on the podcast we’re checking in with multi-instrumentalist / producer Nick Sanborn. Hot on the heels of Sylvan Esso’s massive tour supporting their spectacular self-titled debut, Sanborn is back with the EP Penumbra, his latest project under the name Made Of Oak. An atmospheric collection of rhythmic adventures that draw as much inspiration from the natural world as they do from the machines with which they were made, Penumbra soundtracks the smaller, quieter moments in life, then sends them crashing into the club. We talk to the Nick about the genesis of Penumbra, the magic of mystery in music, Kendrick Lamar and more in an inspiring and enlightening hour with one of music’s brightest and most forward thinking artists.
PLUS! Phil Moore of Bowerbirds is back with his new project TUSHKA. A deft mix of electronic music, and R&B that straight up jams, “The Program”, is the first single off of his upcoming album is here, and ready to move you.
Your holiday week begins NOW on Episode 143 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
This week on the podcast we’re sitting down with Tracy Wilson and Kenneth Close of Richmond, VA’s POSITIVE NO! Each longtime veterans of the indie music scene in their own rights, the couple joined forces in 2011 in the wake of a tragedy – Wilson was hit by a car crossing the street – and began work on the songs that would eventually become the 2013 EP Via Florum.
Now they’re back with their debut full length entitled Glossa¸ years of experience, and a WHOLE lot to talk about. Tune in for a personal, insightful, and often hilarious conversation with two rock and roll survivors for whom the torch will never go out – it’s Episode 142 of ChunkyGlasses: The podcast with POSITIVE NO!
This week on the podcast we’re sitting down with DC’s Jonny Grave in advance of his Third Annual Halloween Circus at taking place at the Black Cat in Washington, DC this weekend. Part bluesman, part historian, and all heart, Jonny shares his love of music, DC, history and much, much more. First though, fresh off two days at this year’s Future Of Music Coalition Policy Summit, Kevin shares some brief thoughts on the conference, the organization, and what it all means to you, (especially if you’re a musician). And finally, following a hot tip from Random Nerds’ Bryce Taylor Rudow (@brycetrudow), we’re playing a track from Columbia, MD rapper K.A.A.N.’s most excellent mixtape, Abstract Art.
Grab a beverage and loosen yer ears, because you’re about to get rocked by Episode 139 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast featuring Jonny Grave!
This week on the podcast we’re getting meta as we invite Futurebirds down to the basement to talk about Futurebirds, a little bit about us, and much, much more. Out on tour now in support of their most excellent new album Hotel Parties (you can hear our take on it here), these road warriors have seen it all and dish some honest takes on life on the road, making it in the modern music industry and the often strange relationship between critics and musicians.
Plus Typefighter may be dead, but Ryan McLaughlin soldiers on with his new band Polyon! Their upcoming EP Blue – out 11/13 – is a loud, feedback drenched reminder that McLaughlin is one of the best musicians DC has to offer, and we’ve got the first single “Reserve” for you to make the rock with right here, and right now.
Get comfortable, check your facts, and settle in for yet another delicious hour in the basement, here comes Episode 138 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
This week on the podcast we’re going full wonk as Kevin and Marcus Dowling sit down with Future Of Music Coalition CEO Casey Rae to try and save the music industry! With their 15th Annual Policy Summit just around the corner (October 26-27th) it was about time that Casey dropped by the basement to fill us in on the important work done by his organization, talk the literal future of music, and much, much more.
Plus! You’ve seen PJ Sykes covering Hopscotch Music Festival in our pages, now hear a brand new single from his band Hoax Hunter’s upcoming EP, Clickbait.
Put on your thinking cap, and get ready to learn everything you need to know about how to save the music industry in 90 minutes or less on Episode 136 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
Washington, DC based BRNDA's infectious "snack-punk" can be hard to classify… and even harder to get out of your head. Hot off the release of their sophomore release, Year Of The Manatee, Dave Lesser (guitar), Leah Gage (drums) and Jhn Whytefoot (bass) pay a visit to the basement to talk about the history of the band, where their uniquely fearless music fits into the current DC scene, how to make it as a modern artist in a modern world, and much, much more.
PLUS! Kevin shares some thoughts on this past weekend's inaugural Landmark Music Festival, and Dirty Ghosts are back with Let It Pretend, the follow up to 2012’s Metal Moon and we’ve got “Cataract”, the album’s first single for you to shove in your ears and verily be rocked.
Get ready for a serious, and seriously fun, conversation with one of the most exciting bands going in DC today on Episode 134 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
This week on the podcast, our friends Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray are back on the best coast which can mean only one thing: PODCAST TIME. After months of hard work, their upcoming follow up to2014’s Lean Into The Wind is almost ready! Erin and Chris sit down with Kevin for a supremely heady chat about their new album and why it’s their most ambitious project yet, Erin’s fledgling foundation Musica Feminista, and what it means to be outspoken activists in an industry that far too often rewards silence over basic social responsibility.
Plus! We’ve got a new track from the darkly elegant Frog Eyes album, Pickpocket’s Locket, for you to put in your ears. Grab a seat and get comfortable, because here comes one of the best episodes of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast to date.
This week on the podcast singer/guitarist/composer Marian McLaughlin returns and is bringing her collaborator Ethan Foote with her to talk about their upcoming album, Spirit House. Equal parts folk, chamber music, and magic, Spirit House is the evolution of the work Marian began on 2014’s Derive taken in directions she only hinted at previously. In this return to the basement, Kevin sits down with the duo to discover more about the albums inspirations, its many collaborators and how it changed the people who made it.
PLUS! Check out new track from The Low Lows Monk Parker off of his debut solo album, How The Spark Loves The Tinder, on Episode 130 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
This week on the podcast Kevin sits down with the Rainbow Lady and Guitarmony Gus (aka Kate Moran and Derek Evry) to talk about the Rainbow Rock Band! Grown up rockers in their own right, Kate, Derek and a whole host of other familiar names in the “IOTA scene” are giving back to the community in the best way they know how: PLAYING MUSIC! “Rocking the rainbow” at libraries, children’s hospitals, schools – pretty much EVERYWHERE – Kate and her crew are bringing joy and knowledge to kids throughout the DMV area and beyond with their smart, fun, and educational original songs. With their debut CD, Meet The Rainbow, released earlier this year they are poised to take over the world, Kate and Derek tell all about the group’s beginnings, deeper ambitions, importance of their mission and more. It’s a kid friendly, rated G for GREAT time in the basement on Episode 127 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast
This week on the podcast we’re talking to Washington, DC’s Sara Curtin! For years she’s been wowing audiences as one half of The Sweater Set, and more recently singing backup DC’s “supergroup” Justin Jones and the B-Sides, but now it’s time for Sara to stun on her own…again. Michigan Lilium, out July 24th, is Sara’s second solo album and in advance of her release show in New York City on July 17th, Kevin sat down with the illustrious singer/songwriter to talk about singing, family, cats, the DC scene, and, most importantly her fantastically adventurous and sublime new record.
Whether you’re just discovering Sara Curtin’s music or are a longtime fan, this is a chat you’re not going to want to miss on Episode 124 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
This week on the podcast, Louis Weeks returns to the basement with his friend/collaborator Noah Berman in tow to talk about their upcoming release, haha! Recorded with a live band and greatly expanded instrumentation, haha builds on the the fantastical foundation laid down by 2014’s Shift/Away, and launches Weeks’ musical horizons into the stratosphere.
Tune in to hear Louis and Noah tell all about how the album was made, what it’s like transitioning from being a largely solo musician to the leader of a seven piece band, bass drops, and get a taste of one of 2015's best albums. It's all happening on Episode 117 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
This week Kevin sits down with Beauty Pill front-man/mastermind Chad Clark to talk about their astounding new record Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are. Initially conceived of in 2006, the project was unexpectedly put on hold when Clark fell ill in 2007. Multiple life-saving surgeries and a new outlook on life later, Clark and his cohorts have crafted a rare, exploding-with-life masterpiece that sounds as big as the universe while managing to tackle smaller, more personal matters of the heart (often quite literally) with sophistication and ease.
Tune in for a deeply human, moving, and life affirming conversation on Episode 114 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.
*Photo courtesy of PJ Sykes
On this week’s podcast, Andrew Grossman and Michael Hernandez of DC’s The North Country stop by the basement the morning after a most triumphant show at Babe City to talk about their upcoming album There Is Nothing To Fear. A pastiche of early 2000’s indie rock (think Arcade Fire, Wilco, My Morning Jacket) mashed together with whip-smart observational lyrics and sublimely honest, observational, lyricism, Fear not only marks the arrival of a major musical force on the DC scene, but happens to be one of the best albums of 2015 to date.
Whether you’re already a fan, or just getting hip to The North Country, this is one conversation you’re not gonna want to miss on Episode 112 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
On the just-released Pattern Matching, the sophomore album from DC-based indie-folk outfit Stranger In The Alps, main man Steve Kolowich and friends have built upon the foundation he laid with 2013’s Honey If You’re Lucky to produce a record that is as willingly playful with its songwriting and use of language as it is with the boundaries of the genre which it operates in. For our latest podcast Kevin sat down for an in-depth discussion with Steve to discuss the making of the album, the art of songwriting, the DC scene through his eyes and much, much more. It’s a double-sized, music-nerd extravaganza on Episode 102 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
New York-based musician Laura Stevenson has produced three albums, most recently her breakout album, Wheel. In this interview, Aubrey asks her about life on the road, her upcoming work, and the recent transition to living with her band. Stevenson reveals some of the autobiographical influences in her writing and what her stripper song would be. You can catch Stevenson and her seraphim-like voice live this Wednesday at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue playing a solo acoustic show.