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THIRD MONDAYS-February 2011

THE ECLECTIC EIGHT

1. WARPAINT

This psychedelic all-girl quartet came together in 2004, then went on to release their first LP, Exquisite Corpse, in 2007. Their initial LP garnered much praise and attention, eventually landing them a record deal. They followed that up in 2010 with the release of The Fool. Take a listen to one of their songs, Undertow here.
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2. !!! (also called chk chk chk)

This is a dance-punk band from Sacramento, CA. They are comprised of former members of various other local bands from Sacramento who were part of the dance punk scene there during the late 90s. Since their formation, they have released several albums and at numerous festivals, even securing a slot in this year’s Coachella. Take a listen to the band’s music here.

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3. THAO WITH THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN

Thao Nguyen, a Falls Church, VA native, started dabbling in music while she was a young kid learning the guitar. During her college years while working on her solo EP she met drummer Willis Thompson, and soon enough they added two other musicians creating the group as we see it now. The band’s music is classified as alternative folk but they do draw inspiration and sounds from country, early soul and jazz. Take a listen to their music here.

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4. KELE (of Bloc Party)

Kelechukwu “Kele” Rowland Okereke is a Nigerian-English singer-songwriter. He is the lead singer of the band Bloc Party but also performs as a solo artist.  After the band took a hiatus in 2008, Kele released his first solo effort called The Boxer in June 2010. I listened to two of his tracks called Tenderoni and Everything You Wanted and instantly loved them. Watch the video for both here:

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5. NOUVELLE VAGUE

This french music group came to be in 2003, creating music that mixes new wave and bossa nova. They often have various singers collaborate with them on their albums to create unique songs and introduce new styles to their albums. Take a listen to their music here.

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6. AFROBETA

This Miami duo came together in 2006 creating avant-garde dance music. By 2009, they had managed to create quite a strong buzz and this coming year in 2011 they are slated to perform at the legendary Glastonbury Festival. Take a listen to their music here.

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7. Mumford & Sons

This is an English folk rock band that formed in 2007 and since then has gained much critical praise and grown a pretty strong fan base. Take a listen to them here.

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8. LAURA MARLING

She is a folk singer-songwriter. She use to be part of the original line-up in Noah and the Whale but embarked on her own musical journey in 2008. Take a listen to some of her music here.

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Hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of THE ECLECTIC EIGHT.

Selamawit

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EVENT: “Handkerchiefs, Heels, & Hangovers… A Night At The Cotton Club”

WHO:www.YEBIES.com

WHAT: “Handkerchiefs, Heels, & Hangovers… A Night At The Cotton Club”

WHERE: |201 Lounge| 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE Washington D.C. 20002

WHEN: February 19, 2011 (9PM-3AM)    Happy Hour (9PM-11PM)

Why: To unite the new tastemakers, trendsetters, and socialites of the DMV and neighboring cities around an evening full of drinking, dancing, and music for a great cause. We’ll also raise money for our teacher’s scholarship at the Cape Mount Association; helping to pay tuition for future teachers in Liberia, West Africa.

Video- Cotton Club Prerequisite

For details on how to win free tickets or donate go to http://yebies.blogspot.com/2011/02/handkerchiefs-heels-hangovers-night-at.html

Mark your calendars and please do make sure to make out to this great event and support YEBIES !

Selamawit

Sonic Goodies: Maverick’s The First Step

Meet Maverick. He is a DMV-based, Baton Rouge raised, music producer. He recently released an instrumental album called, The First Step and I instantly loved it. My personal faves being Chocolate City Shuffle, Road to Perdition, and Popular Passion. Actually when I think about it I like parts of almost each track on the release. They seem simple but have little nuances, weaving in various samples to make this a solid first effort. Take a listen for yourself here.

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Sonic Goodies: Africa Africa Africa pt. 4

In the past I have often talked about the greatness that is Afrobeat and the monthly parties hosted by the Lunchboxtheory duo and even posted few of their previous mixtapes. Well coupled with last month’s party, they finally have blessed us with yet another one to kick off 2011 right. Here’s a little description to go with the mixtape:

DJ Underdog lives up to every promise his fans request, “Africa Africa Africa 4” mixes Afrobeat, Soulful House, worldly percussion, rock, funk, oddball sound effects, a touch of African lounge, Latin Jazz, and some hints of tropicalia with moombahton. DJ Underdog chose to collaborate with long time friend and acclaimed moombahton producer DJ Cam Jus, on a guest mix toward the end.

“This is Africa Africa Africa 4! A Musical collage of many peoples. . .it comes from Africa and all walks in between, from the South Seas and from Asia.”

“This mixtape is personal because I am genre less when it comes to moving the crowd” says Underdog. Indeed, conceptual continuity is the order of the day! Vibe with these musical treats – and please don’t tell the children that no known species of reindeer can fly!! DJ Underdog cooked this tight to get you in the right mind, and should be back quite soon with some African psybeat delicatessens.

We’ve been asked for some smooth mixes, here’s a part of our answer…

[LISTEN HERE]

Hope you enjoy the mixtape and make sure to check out their website to learn more about their events!

Selamawit

Sonic Goodies: Singles Awareness Day Mixtape

There is an awful lot of people making an awful lot of money off of a superstitious holiday in February that we all have come to call Valentine’s Day. I sound a bit cold and cynical but let’s be real, you spend an absurd amount of  your hard earned money on impressing your significant other and reassuring them they matter to you…or well some of you do…and let’s be real, you probably should have been doing that all along. And for the rest, it’s become a day where the whole world feels the need to remind you that you’re single, but also that maybe you should be upset about it..and for those in this group it’s really become Singles Awareness Day. So in honor and also as a way of say a big F-U (…literally when you see the album artwork!) to the holiday by celebrating your singledom, Modi of DCtoBC has put together their annual S.A.D. mixtape containing 31 of the smoothest tracks covering all the aspects of love, infatuation and heartache.

Download Here!

Also, Rock Creek Social Club is throwing their usual Tuesday party at Recess in DC but extending the holiday and making it a Singles Awareness Day Party. If you’ve ever been to this weekly Tuesday party then you know how much fun it is, but I have a feeling this Tuesday will definitely be one not to miss!

Selamawit

ART PICKS-February 2011

MISS VAN

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ORPHAN ELLIOTT

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ROBIN WILLIAMS

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Please do support the artists and their work by visiting their respective sites and checking out any future exhibitions their work may be displayed at. Hope you found some inspiration from February’s edition of ART PICKS!

Selamawit