Just hours before Yellow Ostrich parked their van on 37th and O Street NW, Fiona and I scrambled to find something — anything — for Alex Schaaf, Michael Tapper and Jon Natchez to play. A slight miscommunication had resulted in the band planning to stop by Georgetown to record a plugged-in studio session before their soundcheck at the Black Cat with us waiting on the other end to film an acoustic takeaway show. Easy fix, right? Not quite. They didn’t have the equipment to play acoustic, and we didn’t have the equipment to go electric. Hoping to salvage the afternoon, we rounded up the best instruments we could find, and thankfully, the flexible trio was willing to stretch the definition of both ‘best’ and ‘instruments’ far enough to rework a few cuts from their album The Mistress live on air. Read More »
Last week, self-described madman Justin Scott, singer and bassist of Mercies, dropped by to update us on his life-after-Georgetown. Read More »
Even after schlepping an upright bass, two guitars, and a kick drum to the blustery heights of the Village A rooftops, Benyaro’s Ben Musser and Bobby McCullough still didn’t quite have all of the accompaniment that they desired. McCullough, on the upright bass, tapped a tambourine with his left foot and Musser, on guitar, managed both the kick drum and a maraca stuffed in the laces of his other shoe. Alas, we humans are given a mere two hands, and so it was that Musser had to create his own sound effects to replace the crash of the cymbal.
When it’s time to get to work, those fleeing a chatty roommate or fighting the temptation to curl back up in bed might mistakenly seek refuge in Midnight Mug. Yes, that promised land nestled among the stacks where rivers flow with caffeinated beverages and chocolate chip bagels rain down from the sky at 85¢ a piece—and where you will be greeted by the latest and loudest hits from Girl Talk and Kanye.* But last weekend, we have to admit that it was us disrupting your studies with a performance from the Alexandria-based folk band, The Last Monarchs. After parading past the guard desk, stuffing an upright bass and cello through the doorway, and being led down the stairwell to Lau 2, the acoustic sextet serenaded the blessed souls who actually start doing their homework on Saturday afternoons. For a bit, conversations halted and iTunes libraries were paused as the band played a short three-song set over the drone of the milk steamer complete with a mini-string section, tambourines, harmonicas and handclaps before returning you to your reguarly scheduled jams.
As we gear up for winter, fighting off hordes of empty calories, ironically infinite finals, and ravenous commercialism, and above all dumping tinsel and bulbs on anything that now seems just too dreary, Fluorescent Sense helped spruce up the back stairwell of Healy Hall in a lively performance for your listening pleasure. Read More »
Last saturday was our Open Mic. What we originally thought was going to be a somewhat shoddy event turned out to be a fantastic display of the diversity of talent our student body has. Time and time again Georgetown students have shattered the stereotype that we aren’t artistically inclined, and we have the video to prove it. Please email me at email@example.com if you want your video taken down or altered in any reasonable way.