Music Park: Memory Tapes @ Carpark Sweet Sixteen Basketball Picture Disc, 7/24/15

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Dayve Hawk of Memory Tapes (Photo courtesy Carpark Records)

Carpark Records released its limited edition 12″ picture disc in honor of its 16th anniversary today!

Among the featured bands on the Carpark Sweet Sixteen Basketball Picture Disc is Memory Tapes, which performs at DC9 on Sunday, July 26. Memory Tapes shared their contribution to the 16th anniversary pictures disc — “Go Play Outside” — premiering it on Tiny Mix Tapes.

Tiny Mix Tapes called the song “an incredibly warm slice of mandarin computer-juice, with a distinct flavor of summer sloth and citrus.”

Listen to “Go Play Outside” by Memory Tapes on Soundcloud:

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Memory Tapes’ Dayve Hawk said of the contributed track, “It’s been a rough year, and Carpark have always been very supportive, so I was happy to contribute to their anniversary compilation. At the time, I was looking after my youngest daughter and after making off with the mic she ended up singing on the track.”

The disc costs $16, and all proceeds go to the Little Kids Rock charity. You can order the disc now through Carpark Records.

The track list follows:

Side A
1. Young Magic – NETS
2. Montag – Drop A Dime
3. Safety Scissors – Orange Roughy
4. Jayson Gerycz – Dribble Dribble
5. Young Magic – All Net (Celebration Dance)
6. TEEN – Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball
7. Thomas J Duke – Manute Bol
8. Jake Mandell – 2008
9. Signer – Roll, Pick, and Roll Again
10. Skylar Spence – Turnover
11. Sadie Dupuis – Theme from Babadook
12. Montag – Basket Case
13. Ear Pwr – I Would Rather Be Shopping
14. Jason Urick – Double Dribble
15. Memory Tapes – Go Play Outside
16. Lowt Ide – Your Turn

Side B
17. Skylar Spence – Practice
18. Dan Deacon – 1 Wand from the 9 Piles
19. So Takahashi – Dribble Commander
20. Jimmy Whispers – Mugsy Bogus
21. Chandos – Traveling
22. GRMLN – Buzzer Beat
23. Toro Y Moi – Space Jam
24. Greg Davis – Paxson
25. Ear Pwr – Beyond the Arc
26. Dog Bite – Hoops
27. Adventure – Ewww
28. Speedy Ortiz – Basketball (Demo)

Buy the disc, and go see Memory Tapes at DC9 on Sunday.

Memory Tapes
w/ Computer Magic and School Dance
DC9
Sunday, July 26
Doors @8:30pm
$10-12
All ages

Food Park: Healthy Breakfast Series w/ Ezekiel Emanual @ Masseria, 7/25-26, 8/1-2

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Zeke Emanuel tests the menu for this weekend’s breakfast series at Union Market’s new Masseria restaurant. (Photo by Travis Vaughn)

One of the most anticipated new DC restaurants, Masseria (1340 4th St. NE, DC), will be teaming up with a renowned healthcare pundit for a healthy breakfast series over the next couple of weekends.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, healthcare pundit, will run the breakfast series on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, and Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 42-seat Masseria, the first standalone restaurant in orbit of Union Market, by Nicholas Stefanelli.

As guest chef, Zeke will produce breakfasts built around his goal of “wholesome living.” His menu will consist of nutritious foods appealing to both health food advocates and political wonks, reflecting his values in healthy and affordable eating as detailed in his books “Healthcare, Guaranteed” and “The Ends of Human Life.”

A percentage of the proceeds from the breakfast series will benefit Martha’s Table, DC Central Kitchen and the Good Food Awards. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis by emailing reservations@masseria-dc.com.

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EDENS Director of Culinary Strategy Richie Brandenburg and Zeke Emanuel. (Photo by Travis Vaughn)

Don’t Miss: Cosmicide (Opening for Interpol) @ Echostage, 7/28/15

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Brandon Curtis, formerly of Secret Machines, is making music again with his latest band Cosmicide. As Brandon has been a touring keyboardist with Interpol, he’s coming to Echostage on July 28 to open for the New York post-punk outfit.

A few weeks ago, Cosmicide introduced a video for a new song, “A New Disaster,” on Noisey, giving us a taste of things to come. You can watch the video for “A New Disaster” on YouTube above.

Although Cosmicide has not yet released a full-length album, the band published a single, “Talos’ Corpse,” in 2014. Brandon took some time off from Cosmicide after the death of his brother Benjamin, who worked alongside him in Secret Machines, and while touring with Interpol.

Listen to “Talos’ Corpse” on Soundcloud:

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Working with London’s Duly Noted Records, Cosmicide may offer more sparkling neo-psychedelic pop in the near future! Meanwhile, Cosmicide open for Interpol on Tuesday, July 28, at Echostage as Interpol wind down their tour in support of fifth album, El Pintor.

Tickets are available online.

Cosmicide
Opening for Interpol
Echostage
Tuesday, July 28
Doors @7pm
$48.60
All ages

Food Park: Alex McCoy @ Food Network Star — 7/19/15 (S. 11, Ep. 7)

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A row of food trucks at the 2012 DC Curbside Cookoff (Photo by Alex Levine)

Hot Slap Tacos!

If you’ve been watching Food Network Star this season, you have encountered the phenomenon sparked by the team of Chefs Alex McCoy and Dom Tesoriero. In the last episode Sunday, the two paired together for a food truck challenge, and things got heated! But more on Hot Slap Tacos in a minute.

First, let’s recap the beginning of the episode. Food Network Star, Season 11, has featured Chef Alex from DC, and we’ve been cheering him on to win the competition. The last episode (#7) on Sunday, July 19, featured a challenge where contestants operated food trucks.

Prior to that, the six remaining contestants engaged in a smaller challenge, where Food Network Star host Bobby Flay directed the chefs to make a version of their favorite brunch, but to make it portable. The winner of this mini-challenge would get an advantage in the bigger challenge — a typical scenario in Food Network Star.
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Music Park: Sharkmuffin @ Above the Bayou — 7/20/15

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Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch of Sharkmuffin (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)

Along the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. NW, several restaurants and bars catering to the local George Washington University crowd dot the street. On the north side, a New Orleans-themed place called the Bayou offers food and live music.

But to the left of the Bayou, you can open a door and walk into a residential building that seems a bit out of place for the upscale surroundings. It’s not exactly a tenement, and it’s not that you would feel unsafe there at all, but it’s odd.

I strode into the creaky building Monday night, walking past young adults eating edamame and drinking PBR along several flights of steps in order to climb to the top of the building for a visit to Above the Bayou, an apartment that has become a firm part of the DC DIY scene hosting “house concerts.” That night, the bill included DC bands Rom and Cool People and New York City bands Lost Boy ? and Sharkmuffin. I came specifically to see Sharkmuffin, a girl punk-inspired duo with some great surf guitar.

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Ticket Giveaway: Faith No More @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/2/15

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Faith No More (Photo by Dustin Rabin)

In May, Faith No More released their first studio album in 18 years — Sol Invictus. The reconstituted band is touring in support of that album with a stop at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, August 2, and Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to the show!

For your chance to win these tickets, simply leave a comment on this post using a valid email address by 5pm on Friday, July 24. In your comment, share your favorite song by Faith No More! One entry per email address, please.

The San Francisco alt-metal band started work on the album after the successful tour, The Second Coming, which took them on the road for the first time in more than 10 years. Sol Invictus was recorded in an Oakland studio owned by Faith No More bassist Bill Gold and features the last lineup of the band including drummer Mike Bordin and keyboardist Roddy Bottum along with guitarist Jon Hudson and vocalist Mike Patton.

Watch Faith No More perform new song “Superhero” for the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show on July 12, 2015:

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Bill Gould points to the self-produced sound of the new record as reflecting that of the band’s early days. “Hypnotic and gothic, we’re coming back to where we were with our first album,” he said in a press release, “Siouxsie and the Banshees, Roxy Music. Then Patton’s being Patton, crooning, screaming, with a bit of soul underneath it all. We’ve always taken strange influences and smashed them together.”

We ‘80s kids might best remember “We Care a Lot” but Faith No More really hit the alternative charts a little later in the late ’80s and early ’90s with hits like “Epic,” “Midlife Crisis,” and “A Small Victory.”

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket.

If you don’t win, tickets are available online. Swedish hardcore quartet Refused open the show.

Faith No More
w/ Refused
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, Md.
Sunday, August 2
Doors @6:30pm
$40-55
All ages

Music Park: Free Song From Dot Dash (Touring Soon!)

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Dot Dash (Photo courtesy the band)

DC power pop quartet recently released their fourth album, Earthquakes & Tidal Waves, and they are giving away a free track to readers of Parklife DC.

Released in March, the album comes preceded some spring tour dates from vocalist and guitarist Terry Banks, guitarist Steve Hansgen, bassist Hunter Bennett, and drummer Danny Ingram. They plan to tour some more later this summer (see below for dates).

You can listen to and buy the full album, which sounds quite sunny and upbeat, from Bandcamp:

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You also can directly listen to the single “Rainclouds” and download it as a free MP3:

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Earthquakes & Tidal Waves was recorded in Kernersville, NC, and produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Game Theory, Dinosaur Jr., Wilco). It was released by Canadian indie label The Beautiful Music.

Here’s what the Washington Post once said about the band:
“Everything we’ve ever read about Dot Dash plays up the group’s collective resume: Singer/guitarist Terry Banks was in St. Christopher and the Saturday People before teaming up with bassist Hunter Bennett in acclaimed indie-rock band Julie Ocean; guitarist Steve Hansgen played bass for hardcore legends Minor Threat and Government Issue, and then the mod group Modest Proposal; drummer Danny Ingram co-founded harDCore band Youth Brigade. Very impressive. But we’re more interested in the music, a retro cocktail that recalls the yearning indie-pop of Sarah Records; the ’80s neo-Byrds jangle of R.E.M., Orange Juice and other seminal college radio artists, and the tight, throbbing basslines and slashing guitars that evoke the Jam and the Clash.”

Catch them in concert at an upcoming show!

Dot Dash
Saturday, August 29
w/ The Fleshtones
Creative Alliance
Baltimore, Md.
Show @8pm
$12-18
All ages

Wednesday, Sept. 16
w/ Tommy Keene
Metro Gallery
Baltimore, Md.
Show @8:30pm
$12
All ages

Thursday, Sept. 17
w/ Tommy Keene
Bowery Electric
New York City
Show @8pm
$15
All ages

Friday, Sept. 18
w/ Tommy Keene
Iota
Arlington, Va.
Show @9pm
$15
All ages

Around Town: THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead @ Angelika Pop-Up, 8/12/15

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The Damned bassist Stu West and Captain Sensible in Japan, 2012. (Photo by Shiego Kikuchi)

Perennial U.K. punk rock favorites The Damned come by DC regularly to perform at the Black Cat. Well, now you can review nearly 40 years of the band’s history in an authorized documentary, “THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead,” which screens at the Angelika Pop-Up (Union Market, 550 Penn St. NE, DC) on Wednesday, August 12.

Anchored by vocalist Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible, The Damned certainly have weathered quite a bit since their first show on July 6, 1977, as they race toward their official 40th anniversary show at The Royal Albert Hall in May 2016. U.S. film screenings of the documentary officially begin July 28 in Southern California, and then the movie travels across the country, much like the band would were they on a tour. Continue Reading

Don’t Miss: Sharkmuffin @ Above the Bayou, 7/20/15

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“First Date” by Sharkmuffin

The do-it-yourself scene for house concerts in DC has been exploding lately, bringing some good talent to town that we otherwise might not see so soon.

Case in point: Sharkmuffin, a female punk duo from Brooklyn, are coming by tonight to perform at Above the Bayou (2521 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC), the living space that is indeed above the Bayou (2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC), the New Orleans restaurant and bar at the border of Georgetown and Foggy Bottom.

Vocalist and guitarist Tarra Theissen and vocalist and bassist Natalie Kirch will bring their rapid-fire punk rock songs and surf guitars to DC tonight in the run-up to the release of their debut album, Chartreuse, due on August 7 via State Capital/Little Dickman Records. So far, they have released two Eps and a self-titled 7”. Check out the video above for the first single “First Date” from Chartreuse.

If you like what you hear from Sharkmuffin, check out their selections on Soundcloud and make plans to go to Above the Bayou for a free show tonight!

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NYC band Lost Boy? and DC trio Rom join Sharkmuffin tonight! No need to buy a ticket; simply come on down. (Donations of course are welcome for the bands.)

Sharkmuffin
w/ Lost Boy? and Rom
Above the Bayou
Monday, July 20
Doors @730pm
Free
All ages

Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Dodgers and Mets, 7/17-7/22/15

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Major League Baseball’s All-Star break is over. Now back to reality and the second half of the season.

The Nationals are poised for a run at the NL East Division title. Let’s do this!

The Nats play the Dodgers and Mets over the next six days. They have a 2 game lead over the aforementioned Mets, so that will be a huge series.

This Sunday is Star Wars Day.

Come cheer for your Nats.

For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.

 

Friday, July 17 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Enjoy Spanish-inspired sandwiches and seasonal soups from Pepe Food Truck by José Andrés at Nationals Park. On Friday and Sunday, the truck will be stationed inside the ballpark near the Right Field Gate.

Saturday, July 18 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Daisies, Eagle Scouts and other groups are invited to Nationals Park for the third Scout Day event of the season. Groups will participate in a parade on the field before the game. For more: nationals.com/groups.
  • As fans enter the ballpark, Peet’s Coffee will provide complimentary samples of Peet’s Iced Coffee outside Center Field Gate on N Street SE. Available while supplies last.

Sunday, July 19 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Join the first-ever STAR WARS™ Day at Nationals Park. The first 25,000 fans to enter through ALL GATES will receive a Washington Nationals edition R2-D2 Can Cooler, courtesy of ThinkGeek. Fans can enjoy special menu items, entertainment and STAR WARS™ characters roaming the ballpark. DJs will be in Center Field Plaza and Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk, spinning music from the movies. In addition, there will be several STAR WARS™ activation stations on the concourse, each with characters and photo backdrops to create lasting memories of the day. Come dressed in your favorite Star Wars attire. However, adults are not allowed to wear masks that cover their face. Young children under the age of 10 can wear masks when accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. Any props resembling weapons will not be allowed into Nationals Park (this includes lightsabers and toy guns).

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