Music Park: Cloud Nothings @ Rams Head Live — 10/30/17

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Cloud Nothings brings its punk energy to Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Oct. 30, 2017 (Photo by David LaMason)

Originally created as a home recording project, Cloud Nothings, the brainchild of Dylan Baldi (guitar/vocals), is definitely one of the most dynamic bands around. There’s a hard edge to many of their songs, especially after their first, self-titled LP, but they are layered with hooks that were impossible to avoid at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore on Monday.

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Don’t Miss: GEMS (Opening for Autre Ne Veut) @ U Street Music Hall, 10/23/15

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GEMS brings their ethereal, dream-pop sound to the U Street Music Hall on Friday, October 23rd. They open for Autre Ne Veut.

Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher comprise GEMS. Currently based in LA, they are originally from DC.

Now they return to DC with their first full-length album, Kill the One You Love, set to be released on October 30th via Carpark Records. They previously released an EP, Medusa, in 2013.

Having had a chance to preview the album before its release date, it is easy to predict their upcoming show will be one to remember.

Their first single, “Living as a Ghost”, premiered via NPR, who said, “GEMS is that special group for me, a former hometown band about to be discovered by everyone else.”

“Living as a Ghost”

Other songs currently available, “Soak” and “w/o u”, show off the dramatic, hopeful lyrics and melodies that define GEMS.

“Soak”

GEMS has been compared to other bands like Beach House, the xx, Sleigh Bells and Purity Ring, but Stereogum says, they have planted “a flag in distinct territory of their own, a winsome mishmash of ‘90s pop/alt-rock/R&B sounds.”

Tickets are available here.

Pre-order the album, Kill the Ones You Love, via iTunes and Carpark Records.

 

GEMS (Opening for Autre Ne Veut)
w/ Mazed
U Street Music Hall
Friday, October 23
Doors @ 7:00pm
$15
All ages

“w/o u”

Music Park: Kill the One You Love from GEMS, 10/30/15

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GEMS (Photo by Kristen Wrzesniewski)

Dreampop duo GEMS debuted a new single via All Songs Considered on NPR Monday, announcing the release of their first full-length album, Kill the One You Love, due out on Oct. 30 via Carpark Records.

The single, “Living as a Ghost,” is a soaring evocation of the search for fullfullment with sweeping synths countered by a slightly melancholy backbeat.

Listen to “Living as a Ghost” on Soundcloud:

Originally from DC, bandmates Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher recently moved to Los Angeles. But they clearly kept some connections here, as evidenced by their upcoming release on DC-based Carpark. GEMS have not yet announced a tour, but we predict they return for a show sometime this year.

“Living as a Ghost” is “the culmination of a process that we in DC have watched. They are a twosome meant for each other, with Usher’s guitar and electronic production punctuating Pitts’ soaring, swirly shimmer,” said NPR’s Bob Boilen.

The album is available for preorder on Carpark Records’ website.

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:

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

Music Park: Carpark Records 16th Anniversary @ DC9, 3/7/15

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Jimmy Whispers is among the acts playing at DC9 on March 7 in an anniversary show for Carpark Records

Carpark Records, based in DC and Brooklyn, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this month with a special series of concerts, including one at DC9 on Saturday, March 7.

The first show actually will take place with nine artists at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on Friday, March 6. The DC show will feature five bands, including Lexie Mountain Boys, Greys, Chandos, Adventure and Jimmy Whispers. The final anniversary show will be held on March 19 at Saw Dive in Austin, Texas, as part of SXSW.

Carpark Records made a trailer to announce the anniversary shows, but it may give you a bit of a headache to watch it:

The first 50 guests at each of the anniversary shows will receive a free Carpark Records anniversary T-shirt by American Giant.

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The folks at Carpark Records love basketball, and they are excited that they can make “Sweet 16” references to their 16th anniversary. So in addition to the concerts, Carpark Records will mark its anniversary with a Sweet 16 basketball-themed picture disc to be released on May 26.

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