Archive for August, 2012

Jazz Setlist, Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Go Down, Mose

Thursday, Aug. 30
"Mose Allison," I wrote about a year ago, "is exactly the kind of guy the Pixies would write one of their most joyful songs about ... Onstage, he’s clearly delighted to once again sit behind the keys, and every note sounds with grace and aplomb as he finds new ways to attack 75-year-old [...]

The Sugar Man, Found

Rodriguez’s story is one in a million. Probably literally.
The little-known folk singer—who performs tonight at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue—released two albums in the early '70s that both flopped. Though it’s unclear how a copy of his first record, Cold Fact, made it to South Africa, and became one of the best-known albums of the [...]

Harry Taussig’s Fate Is Only Twice, Reviewed

Eric Clapton may be forever known as "Slowhand," but he’s got nothing on the epically unhurried fingerstyle guitarist Harry Taussig, who plays slow and records even slower. After 47 years, Taussig has finally released his second album.
To be fair, Taussig recorded his first, Fate Is Only Once, in less than an hour. Although not many [...]

Listen: Tangie the Great Knows All About Crazy

On the surface, this new Tangie the Great pop-rap track, "Why," seems to be a straight-up apology from a lady who unfairly dumps her mental issues on an unfailingly patient dude. "I know I put you through so much shit/But you don't trip/I make it so it's so much work/But you don't kirk," the Twitter-friendly [...]

Mike Birbiglia Talks Sleepwalk with Me and Mike Daisey

Mike Birbiglia is not timid about his personal life. After working the door the DC Improv and struggling as a comedian, he found his voice by telling stories with a gentle, sincere tone. In one of these stories, Birbiglia describes how his bizarre, potentially life-threatening sleepwalking problem became a catalyst for important changes in his [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Cynthia Connolly, Superheroes

Kriston Capps leads this week's arts section with a profile of artist Cynthia Connolly, DIY lifer and curator of Artisphere's "Beyond the Parking Lot" exhibit. (Fun fact: Know the Minor Threat sheep? Yeah, she made those.) In theater, Chris Klimek meditates on superheroes, which have been highly visible in movie theaters and on D.C.'s stages lately. [...]

ToDo ToDay: Rodriguez at Sixth & I

Until recently, Sixto “Sugar Man” Rodriguez, a folk singer from Detroit, remained unknown to most Americans. But now, Rodriguez and his 1970 album Cold Fact are finally getting a little shine in this hemisphere, thanks to the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which explains how his politically charged, anti-establishment music became the soundtrack of the 1970s for [...]

One Track Mind: Young Rapids, Day Light Savings

Standout Track: No. 9, “I’m So,” a refreshingly ambitious indie rock song that builds to a knockout climax. Guitarist and drummer Joe Bentley begins the song with a Greg Dulli-like come-on of weariness: “Taming the squall in my mind/ Up to my neck in rough tide/ Nobody sells what I need/ Taking more time to [...]

Arts Roundup: Little Munchkin Lambie Pie Edition

H Street sitcom creator: “In terms of where they’re from, their background, their ethnicity — we didn’t have any of that. We just started casting.” Sure about that? Also, the show better include that burglar with the bad English accent. [Post]
"Aw, little munchkin lambie pie – I know you tried." Why Fringe festivals produce too much [...]

Spit and Image: The Death and Life of Cities, According to Cynthia Connolly

In some ways, Cynthia Connolly has been preparing for her show “Beyond the Parking Lot” since the early 1970s. That’s when Connolly, the visual-arts curator at Arlington’s Artisphere, first heard Joni Mitchell’s pop treatise on urban blight and environmental despair, “Big Yellow Taxi.” You know: “They paved paradise, put up a parking lot.”
“In L.A., it [...]