This non-frequent posting thing just has to end, might as well end the loooong break on labor day weekend as Tuff Junior AND Mr Husband team up for a killer show at Nola tomorrow – that’s Saturday night Sept 2.
Tuff Junior is a post Old Indian project of frontman Cory Springirth and while we’re waiting for their EP, the few shows they’ve done in Frederick and the 2 online singles released on their bandcamp page have given a pretty good indication of the awesomeness that awaits.
Mr Husband – we’ve written about before so I’ll let the promo from Cafe Nola do the talking…
Mr. Husband is the songwriting and comedy persona of Kenny Tompkins. He is best known as co-founder of noteworthy indie-upstart Yellow K Records who released one of 2016’s most critically acclaimed albums “Psychopomp” by Japanese Breakfast. In his live band Tompkins is joined by Chris Morris of Cotton Jones on drums and Jasen Reeder of Page France on bass. The group is quickly making a name for itself with their unique live show which mixes in small doses of comedy, theatrics, and faux-self-help all centered around extremely well crafted songs. Mr. Husband is currently on tour in support of their debut “Plaid on Plaid” which was released on May 5th, 2017 via Yellow K Records. Continue reading Tuff Junior & Mr Husband Sept 2 @ cafe nola→
This is less a review and more of my stream.of.consciousness.notes from listening to Cheshi’s first EP about to drop on February 16th. I opt not for a traditional review. When I look at a Rothko painting – I just know that several complex reactions occur internally. The same would apply as I listen to this calibrated maelstrom from this band of Frederick based musicians, fronted by Ashli Cheshire and exponentially amped further by Matthew Jachowski on bass, Trevor Williams on guitar and vocals and Evan Owens on drums – having transitioned in over the past year from his now defunct band, Old Indian.
And I’m back in the clustered f’ed spires after spending time with family out west and I couldn’t be more pleased: Mason-Dixon Punk Art show (shows if you include the Gravel & Grind Q&A and the Guidos live show with Stephen Blickenstaff’s Atomic Mosquitos and Frederick’s own dRVIN bEATS went off spectacularly well last weekend.
The FNP just killed it with fantastic pre-show coverage of the punk art show (Still going on at Artist Angle all thru January) – in fact Lauren LaRocca went all out in speaking the cold hard truth about the arts scene in Frederick: in a word, art in Frederick is safe. Reading between the lines, it’s too safe – like sanitized safe – with no real edge. That’s not to say there aren’t rad artists doing amazing things -but even the rad artists here know Frederick as a whole isn’t all that at the moment. Exhibit #1: the painted bridge in Frederick’s Carroll Creek. But enough of the reality, the article is titled Frederick Goes Punk (for a short time, anyway). The shows I heard were a hit and Andy Stout (of Miss Lonelyheart and organizer of the show) was ecstatic about the turnout.
Merry Festivus, the loony festive season is upon us in full swing. 2016 crashing to a close, the year of catastrophe is over. Celebrity deaths will be a thing of the past – David Bowie can transfer to the great gig in the sky only once. Add to the list Prince, Phife Dawg, Leonard Cohen, Carrie Fisher, and the hits just keep on coming. Let’s pray trump can only get elected once…
All that said, one particular bright spot in Frederick: Area 31 and their heroic attempt to bring first run indie cinema to downtown. April 2016 will forever be etched in memory with their sold out screening of “Embrace of the Serpent.” People had to be turned away at the door (unfortunate that not everyone could get in, but chalk that under good problems to have). That was really a wild moment and gave a sense of the pent up demand for 1st run indie cinema in this part of the DMV.
Fast forward to Friday Dec 30th, Area 31 at it again, screening “Evolution.” Starts at 7:30pm, tickets available at Eventbrite.
Films and more films, Western Machines has been neglecting the music scene lately, it’s true. But indie/arthouse first run films are a rarity in Frederick, so gotta strike when it’s here. The very creepy and Sundance eye opening film “Eyes of My Mother” will screen tonight at Area 31 at 7:30. We’ll preview that in a moment, stay tuned as the melding of music and film will be perfect segue to intro a universe-wide premiere My Friday Anthem’s newest video…
Due to a UPS mishap (unbelievable that this could happen in the 21st century) “Love Witch” didn’t screen last weekend at Area 31 as originally scheduled. Instead, tonight Dec 2 at 7:30 -it’s attempt #2 to screen what the Washington Post described as “a smart and gorgeous homage to Technicolor horror.”
Area 31 has been attempting to bring first run indie/arthouse cinema to Frederick since last April, when they held their first screening, a wildly successful “Embrace of the Serpent.”
This is going to be a short post – we’ll try to return tomorrow with some interesting developments. Frederick residents Chad Wilkes and Will Pfrang are heading to Standing Rock in North Dakota to join in solidarity with the Souix tribe’s struggle to prevent an oil pipeline construction over their tribal lands. Historically disenfranchised, most if not all treaties signed over control and access of tribal lands have been broken by the US government and the US Army Corp since the 18th century. Visit Stand with Standing Rock for more info and ways to contribute.
We will return to give an update on this and more developments including the downtown Frederick hotel project possibly coming off the rails over funding. That and I totally missed last weekend’s reunion of Mathias and DJ Two Teks at Cafe Nola (how the f did I miss that one? oh yeah, sick kids, now I remember…)
Western Machines has been dark for a few weeks – still shellshocked about the election results. Dystopian future…now? We shall see, but for now, we’ll stick to positive things in Frederick, namely culture pushing Frederick forward. In fact, this next itme may prove to be the balm to soothe the election weary. Western Machines is one partner to Area 31 in their efforts to bring 1st run indie/arthouse cinema to Frederick with a really rad film released just last week. We proudly co- present to you: Love Witch!
What up Frederick, it’s been awhile. A lot has happened but nothing like hyperfocusing on the present: tonight Area 31 continues their righteous quest to establish 1st run indie cinema in Frederick by screening at 8pm Brady Corbet’s Venice award winning film about a sociopathic kid who learns lessons in becoming a fascist dictator in the 20th century. “Childhood of a Leader” is not to be missed, creepy and hypnotic, brilliant in it’s timeless allegory that coincidentally mirrors the sociopathic narcissistic candidacy of a certain GOP presidential candidate. Check out the FNP’s preview or for a bit more in-depth review, check out the Guardian’s take on it (nice byline: stunning origins of a future fascist). Continue reading Childhood of a Leader screening tonite + Skystage needs your help Mon & Tues AM→
Got to give a shout to Area 31 and their attempt to bring first run indie arthouse films to downtown Frederick, they’re showing a film by director Terrence Davies, to which count John Waters as a super fan -we’ll get to that in a moment but first let’s follow up on yesterday’s feature on the improvised-in-a-storage-unit all ages venue Junk Drawer. I got to go for a little bit but my kids were exhausted so I had to leave early -here’s a pic of Gloop during their set:
We’ll get to the Pharcyde and great live underground hip hop-ness descending on Frederick soon enough, but originally I wanted to title this: goddamn it! great bands I missed last week. Pittsburg band Yes Yes Yes A Thousand Times Yes played the tiny room at Guidos last Tuesday – and while I was aware of the show, I had to play family man (good alibi, wedding anniversary). Wasn’t until Friday am when I took a real listen to their bandcamp page – that’s when I said outloud: “GODDAMN IT!! THAT was a great band I missed.” Hence this almost-title. Leads me to muse, what other utterly epic shows have I missed since moving to Frederick? Continue reading Pharcyde / J Berd & Retro/Ricole on Saturday + Sunday Gravel & Grind Slo Rides→