Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Singled Out - Hey Marseilles' True Love Will Find You in The End

The boys from Hey Marseilles (one of our favorite bands), turns in a lovely Valentine's Day present for us all.

This sweet and gentle cover of Daniel Johnston's True Love Will Find You In The End is infused with hopefully lyrics and a gorgeous chamber folk sound (drumbourine and trumpets anyone?).

It's free (no email sign up or anything), but why not drop the band some cash and pick up their most excellent To Travels and Trunks or the equally fantastic 7-inch Elegy?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Concert Review - Summer Camp at U Street Music Hall

Summer Camp's Elizabeth Sankey making it look easy

We broke out of our routine Thursday to check out the very excellent British dance pop band Summer Camp at U Street Music Hall.

So glad I did, because they put on one helluva a show.

Supporting their 2011 album Welcome To Condale (on Moshi Moshi), the duo took the time to make new fans and impress old ones with energetic, hour long set. They even bounced back from some minor technical difficulty, beating off the front row hecklers with some niceties.

Welcome to Condale is a solid album. The problem sometimes is that it's hard to make a bunch of spare synth noises come to life live. But trading out their 808 for an exceptional drummer and filling the space with Jeremy Warmsley's guitar and Elizabeth Sankey's gorgeous wailing really made it happen.

Take the track I Want You. The stalker dangerous lyrics sound sparse and hollow on the album, which works great. But they reinvented it, making it louder and harder. It simply came alive and standing still was not an option.

Hopefully we'll see them back on these shores soon.

Many Thanks to Chris Vinyard at Big Hassle Media for the tickets

Thursday, February 9, 2012

What We're Watching: We Were Pirates' Better Off With Out You

DC has so many great bands, and I'm going to try and feature more of them. Especially music from friends, cos what's the point of having a blog if you can't do that?

We've always liked We Were Pirates, and their new album Change is top notch. I'll put a review up in the next few days, swear it.

Until then, check out the video for the band's first single "Better of Without You." Zombies need love too.

Side note, any one else thinks Mike (the lead singer) looks like a younger Britt Daniel from Spoon?