Author Archive for David Dunlap Jr.

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 [...]

Bobby Liebling Doc Set to Open in D.C. on—Nevermind.

Last Days Here has received a considerable amount of praise in the past year. This documentary follows Bobby Liebling, the self-destructive founder of legendary D.C. doom metal pioneers Pentagram. Yesterday's New York Times features a profile of the film, which follows Liebling as he struggles with an addiction to crack. The co-directors, Dan Argott and Demian Fenton, have given [...]

Comic-Book Rapper Adam WarRock on Living the GUG Life

Hip-hop has been populated by superhero (and supervillain) obsessives since its infancy, but few rappers indulge their love of comic books like Adam WarRock. For last week's Washington City Paper, I reviewed You Dare Call That Thing Human?!?, the second full-length from the artist born Eugene Ahn. Recently, I also interviewed him about how he [...]

Reviewed: Cassie Ramone and Kevin Morby’s The Babies

Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone has maxed out her credit, and the exact moment it happened occurs one minute and ten seconds into “Run Me Over,” the opening song on the self-titled debut (Shrimper Records) of her side-project, The Babies. Her Babies buddy, Kevin Morby, taking a break from his main gig as the bassist [...]

Reviewed: Fern Knight’s Castings

The title of Fern Knight’s 2006 release, Music for Witches and Alchemists, served simultaneously as a wonderfully apt description and an unambiguous product warning. If you prefer the mundane to the magical, move on: These are not the druids you’re looking for.
Since then, the group has relocated to Arlington from Philadelphia, and while Fern [...]

“It Was a Suicide Mission from the Very Start”: A Chat with the Endtables

Drag City's longtime fidelity to Louisville's underground has again paid off. The label just released an amazing anthology of the Endtables, the frenetic post-punk band that burst onto Louisville stages in 1978 and dissolved in 1980. We reviewed the disc last week, and I recently interviewed guitarist Alex Durig to see what he thinks about [...]

Reviewed: Dum Dum Girls’ I Will Be

With their self-deprecating petticoat name and the arresting, harmonized choruses of their debut I Will Be, the Dum Dum Girls have made a statement that’s both obvious and well-earned: This is girl-group music. It’s an ambition that tips its hat at a long and great continuum, ranging from the Shangri-Las through the Go-Go’s to the [...]

Tonight: Slumgum at Twins Jazz

Slumgum is a jazz quartet from L.A. with a name that only a beekeeper could love.  The young group’s sophisticated, elegant blend of modern classical music and avant-garde jazz belies its icky moniker.  The members formed Slumgum when they met as students at the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.  However, expect the band [...]

Justified and Ancient: David Dunlap Jr.’s Top Ten

Old Man, Take a look at my list, mine’s a lot like yours is.
My list does indeed employ genre quotas and, yes, heavy metal does have an actionable case against me this year.
Statistical Breakdown
•6 downloaded albums, 4 physical versions
•7 Americans, 3 Internationals
•1 artist my Mom had heard of, although, to be fair, I didn’t ask [...]

Dining Tips From Darkest Hour

Just because Darkest Hour didn't play a big, local CD release show doesn't mean that the Dark ones aren't still proud residents of the District. (I wrote about the band's new album, Deliver Us, in the latest issue of City Paper.) There is an entertaining article by CP contributor Nick Green in the [...]