Monday, August 3, 2015


The Degenerettes on the Charles St. stage
Scape Scape was a festival showcasing a good swath of Baltimore's musical talent that happened June 4th - 6th.  I was involved in the event on the production side, and while I was there I taped a lot of audio.  After two months of combing through it and getting permissions it has been distilled into a brief mix of ten tracks to enjoy with this wonderful weather.  Featuring tracks from newer artists like Black Sage and older mainstays like Arbouretum, the event was a nice way to revisit favorites and experience new sounds.
Black Sage
 Lexie Mountain and Duncan Moore freaked everyone out, and The Creepers worked out some personal issues of guilt and redemption.  Raindeer closed their set with "She Made Me a Killer".  DJ Mighty Mark (who's "Real EP" is coming out soon) hit us with a bunch of great tracks in the first 5 minutes of his set, which you can hear below.  Ed Schrader's Music Beat absolutely crushed it headlining the second evening, and graciously has allowed me to post a new unreleased track called "Dunce" from that evening.  Curse ruffled us up with dark industrial, and then Nerftoss smoothed us out with chill, chopped beats.  Chiffon gathered everyone together at the end of the show and made us all hug it out.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

Just to be clear: this is a fairly random selection presented in the order in which they played.  I only recorded performances from the Charles St. stage when I wasn't working, which basically meant the second half of the day.  More good music was presented than anyone could capture, and my thanks goes out to all the people who were behind the show as well as the artists for sharing this awesome music.  Art stolen from Okan Arabacioglu.  Engineered by Andrew McClymont and Ryan O'Hara.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Scottie B. drops "SPLACE SCAPE BMORE CLUB MIX"!!!!!

Scottie B, co-founder of Unruly Records and Professor of Bmore Club, just dropped an
absolutely sick mix to hype us all up for Splace Scape.  This mix manages to pack a million old hits and a whole bunch of new takes on that club sound all in 35 minutes of sheer mania.  Proving that Bmore club is still vital, with deep roots, this mix is what you will be listening to for the next week.  Splace Scape (thrown by Space Is the Place Records) happens at the Metro Gallery this weekend during Artscape and features an overstuffed roster including L-Vis 1990, Normaling, Rod Lee, DJ Booman, Bond St. District and of course Scottie B.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

WildHoney - "Sleep Through It" (video)

Wildhoney is a great new-ish band from Baltimore making noise-pop shoegaze.  They're on tour this Summer all over the USA (click for dates), and a couple days ago they released a video for the new track "Sleep Through It".  I have heard this band a few times but this track has really gotten my attention.  The video is a good one, with a mash of color saturation and high contrast filters that very much matches the dreamy, fuzzy feel of the song.  Enjoy!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

WUME - Ostinaut (video) & Live Vid!

WUME is the collaboration of April Camlin on drums and Al Schatz on synths.  Their music is sometimes dancey, sometimes full of math, and always enjoyable.  April, a member of Baltimore art collective WHAM City, moved to Chicago and met Al.  Now back in Baltimore they are honing their sound and about to release their first LP on EHSE records called "Maintain".  The release party is May 24th at the Metro Gallery.

The band just released a couple of videos.  The first below is a video by their Chicago-based video-artist and friend Andy Ortman for the track "Ostinaut".  It is pretty trippy with some great analog-synth visuals.

The second video just got released today.  WUME played a show at the Metro Gallery just last month and I was there to catch it on video!  Here's a couple of tracks from that performance, starting with "Ostinaut" and followed by "Gold Leaf".  Go to the record release May 24th at Metro Gallery!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Horselords "Macaw" / Dan Deacon "When I Was Done Dying"

Sometimes a music video is a collaborative effort.  Weeks ago a couple of great videos were released, and if you haven't caught them they are worth watching.  Alt-kraut-psych-jammers Horse Lords released a video for the track "Macaw" off of their LP "Hidden Cities".  With video from 8 different artists, mostly from Baltimore, it is a rare visual exploration into the layered sounds of Horse Lords.

Dan Deacon released a video made in association with Adult Swim for the track "When I Was Done Dying".  Nine animators flex their superior talents in a dizzying array of vignettes, all more or less following Deacon's lyrics.  A great video for a great song.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

OCDJ - Live @ The Crown (audio)

OCDJ continues to be one of my favorite forces in Baltimore, and its great to be able to share another mix from this chip-tune cowboy!  Dan Gaeta, a.k.a. OCDJ, the self-described purveyor of "candy crunk" mashups, took a turn at the regular party Kahlon.  A regular affair at The Crown in Baltimore, the crowd was an enthusiastic one and the music was addictive. This set has a few new ones, a few you'll remember from the last mix OCDJ was gracious enough to allow me to post, and a couple of classics.  Since we're all snowed in let's listen to square-waves that will shake the snow off!  Recorded January 31st, 2015.