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The Phenomenal Handclap Band

While I've been moving into my new house this week, I've been listening to a lot of '70s music ... mostly because it's what's on. Nonetheless, the Phenomenal Handclap Band, with its modest name, pays homage to motown, soul, and disco in a way that's not exactly new, but definitely enjoyable.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band - 15 to 20
The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Give it a Rest

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The Phenomenal Handclap Band's myspace

"You'll Disappear" live in NYC


Fanfarlo "The Walls Are Coming Down" music video

(credit: from The Guardian online)

Fanfarlo - The Walls Are Coming Down [highly rec'd!]

Pre-order Reservoir from the band's website
Fanfarlo's website/myspace

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Chain & The Gang

I saw these kids opening for M. Ward a couple of weeks ago, and found their anti-folk Dead Milkmen-like humor entirely endearing. "Deathbed Confession," in particular, is an excellent song.

Chain & The Gang - Deathbed Confession [download or die
Chain & The Gang - Unpronounceable Name

Buy Down With Liberty...Up With Chains! from K Records
Chain & The Gang's myspace

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Quick Update + Free!

I'm here to apologize for the lack of frequent posting on the blog for the past two weeks. I've been staying with my folks, attempting to unpack and repack and generally get myself organized but failing miserably.

As a side effect, I've been listening to too many podcasts (old episodes of This American Life, Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, and Free: The Future of A Radical Price by Chris Anderson available as a FREE audiobook on iTunes and Audible), reading too much Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and neglecting the immense quantities of new music in my inbox. Also, Chrome (the internet browser, not the operating system) is pretty wonderful.

This is not a plug for all or any of the above. Only it is.

In DC This Month (August 2009)

It's August: Congress is in recess, and you could say the same for DC's music scene and me. I won't be attending any of these concerts, unfortunately, as I'll be moving back to Ohio, again.

August 4 - Middle Distance Runner @ Jammin' Java
August 8 - Fiery Furnaces @ Black Cat
August 8 - Tracy Chapman @ 9:30 Club
August 10 - Jenny Owen Youngs @ Iota
August 10 - Nomo @ DC9
August 12 - Rosie O'Donnell is @ the 9:30 Club???
August 14 - Instrumental Analysis' surprise guest (who is it?) @ Rock & Roll Hotel
August 15 - Bat For Lashes @ 9:30 Club
August 16 - Iron & Wine, Grace Potter & The Nocturals, Justin Jones, and Old Crow Medicine Show @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 20 - Vandaveer + John Bustine @ Black Cat
August 21 - Justin Jones & The Driving Rain @ Iota
August 22 - Justin Jones & The Driving Rain @ Iota
August 25 - Vox Pop @ The Red & The Black
August 27 - Benjy Ferree @ University Cafe (Fredericksburg, VA)
August 28 - The Flaming Lips @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 29 - These United States @ Black Cat

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Modest Mouse "King Rat"

In anticipation of No One's First and You're Next EP (out yesterday), I've been re-listening to Good News For People Who Love Bad News obsessively, and so I was surprised to see this on my RSS feed:

According to Stereogum, Heath Ledger directed this music video before he died. Which explains why it's freakin' amazing! Proceeds from the video got to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Modest Mouse - King Rat [highly rec'd!]

Buy No One's First and You're Next EP from iTunes
Modest Mouse's website/myspace

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new Blitzen Trapper EP!

I'm not quite sure what to make of this track from Blitzen Trapper's upcoming EP, to be released on August 25th. And the music video? It has its odd moments, though these are nothing compared to the music video released for Jose Gonzales' "Killing for Love" last year (so creepy!). I'm glad Blitzen Trapper is making new music, but I'm not sure I'll be chilling out with the EP on my drive to Ohio like I did with Wild Mountain Nation. Furr, though, will probably make the cut.

"Black River Killer" music video

Thanks for Rock Sellout for the tip!

Blitzen Trapper -Black River Killer
[highly rec'd]
Blitzen Trapper - Furr [download or die!]

Pre-order Black River Killer EP from Sub Pop
Buy Furr from Sub Pop
Blitzen Trapper's website/myspace

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