Author Archive for Joe Warminsky

The Sleigher: Run the Jewels, “A Christmas Fucking Miracle”

HO HO WHO: Jaime Meline and Michael Render, aka El-P and Killer Mike. Together they are Run the Jewels, whose self-titled album is one of the year's most beloved, at least by people who readily embrace crotchety, late-30-something rappers.
JEWELS FOR ANY SEASON: "A Christmas Fucking Miracle" is the last track on Run the Jewels, and [...]

The Sleigher: Dr. Dog, “Oh My Christmas Tree”

HO HO WHO: A generally loveable, somewhat ramshackle Philly indie-rock band that once made one of the best videos ever to use old people as extras.
FEED THE WORLD, LET THEM HEAR YOU CLICK AT CHRISTMAS TIME: The piano-based "Oh My Christmas Tree" is one of four songs on a special EP written and recorded by [...]

DMV Beats: Fat Trel, Early Reed and Friends, Head-Roc, PHZ-Sicks, Dunson, and Lyriciss

Fat Trel
Now that Fat Trel is a major label signee, let the new, flashier music commence. Trel's new track, "She Fell In Love," isn't really about love—it's about lusty times in Florida. There's the girl he bedded in Miami. Then there's the girl he met in Orlando after a show. By song's end, he's remembering [...]

Listen: Maxmillion Dunbar’s Woo Daps

It's been about nine months since Future Times' Maxmillion Dunbar released House of Woo, a convivial combination of the D.C. DJ/producer's experimental inclinations and his rhythmic proclivities. This week he circles back to some of those songs with the free Woo Daps, a remix/mixtape project that plays like a stand-alone release.
Although four-on-the-floor dance beats [...]

DMV Beats: Prinz-D, Lyriciss, Nike Nando, Run the Jewels, Yung Gleesh

Regular DMV Beats readers should already be familiar with Darius "Prinz-D McCall, who calls himself the First Deaf Rapper (I gave him shine here and here, in particular). His profile continues to grow, though: In mid-October there was an in-depth piece on WAMU-FM, and then a few days ago Spin magazine made him the cornerstone [...]

Jay Simon on Must Have Records, Songcraft in Dance Music, and His Next Release

Fans of D.C.'s Future Times crew know Jay Simon as a DJ who operates with an instantly gratifying combination of smoothness and verve; his sets never veer from the idea that house music—whether it's a cut from 25 years ago or from last week—is dance music. Simon also has started a label, Must Have Records, [...]

DMV Beats: Oddisee, Maimouna Youssef, Black Cobain, Al Bundy, and Asheru

Oddisee doesn't do many videos. He dropped one recently for "After Thoughts," but he doesn't actually appear in it. So the rapper/producer's new video for "Own Appeal" was kind of a surprise. It offers a glimpse into Odd's work routine: "The outside environment really plays a huge part in what I make," he says at [...]

The Sonic Circuits Continuum

One of D.C.’s truly mind-expanding institutions, the annual Sonic Circuits Festival of experimental music—and film and dance—is a six-day affair this year, anchored again at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. The fest kicks off Oct. 1 with a free “improv round robin” show with about a dozen artists at the Union [...]

Listen: New Music From Sunwolf and Tereu Tereu

Two songs from Sunwolf's new EP, Angel Eyes, are already loose in the wild, and there's a good chance that you can hear the other four at tonight's record-release party at the Velvet Lounge with North Carolina's Schooner and D.C.'s Harness Flux. (Word has it that the vinyl version of the EP will be on [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 16: Vices as Devices

The festival guide recommends DC Shorts' Showcase 16 for viewers over 18, but its surfeit of naked flesh feels incidental, not prurient. Yes, there is naughty action onscreen (the gay-porn documentary, however, is not the one that shows erect cocks), but the topic really worth discussing–stay with me here—is craft. The films about total strangers [...]