Author Archive for Leor Galil

Revolution Strummer: Bells Of’s Ferocious Debut Recordings Collected Dust for Three Decades

How Bells Of helped shape D.C.'s punk scene in the mid-'80s.

Periphery’s Juggernaut Albums, Reviewed

The Bethesda prog-metal outfit goes a little too guitar hero.

The Sleigher: Vjuan Allure’s “Rude Off 2013″

HO HO WHO: Globetrotting DJ and producer Vjuan Allure.
TURNT UP FOR TINSEL: Dance music poster-boy and avid BlackBerry user Diplo clearly doesn't think much of Clement Clarke Moore's timeless poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas": The dude's Mad Decent label recently dropped A Very Decent Christmas, a Yuletide-themed compilation of Frankensteinian EDM (and a little [...]

The Sleigher: The Ghost in You’s “Baby Please Come Home” and “Evergreen”

HO HO WHO: Lo-fi Philadelphia emo singer-songwriter Billy Polard, who records under the name The Ghost in You.
IN THE NAME OF DARLENE LOVE: Darlene Love's soulful Yuletide knockout "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" has been an Xmas classic since it first came out on 1963's A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. It's also [...]

Vinyl Destination: Bob Brown Left the Folk Scene Decades Ago, But His Old Records Might Beckon Him Back

On a Saturday afternoon in February, a middle-aged man walked into Adams Morgan’s Red Onion Records with his three kids. He asked owner Joshua Harkavy if the shop carried any albums by Bob Brown, a D.C. folk musician from the 1970s. Harkavy happened to have one in stock. He grabbed a mint-condition copy of Brown’s [...]

The Sleigher: Agoraphobic Nosebleed, “Merry Chrystmeth”

HO HO WHO: Cult grindcore favorite Agoraphobic Nosebleed was founded by Pig Destroyer guitarist Scott Hull in Springfield, Mass., back in 1994. The band's new "Merry Chrystmeth" is a one-sided holiday flexi-disc packaged with the January 2013 issue of popular U.S. metal magazine Decibel.
FROZEN CORPSE STUFFED WITH DOPE: This isn't Agoraphobic Nosebleed's first wintertime rodeo: Last year [...]

Listen: Halloween Crust-Metal Jams From Ilsa’s Forthcoming Intoxicantations

Earlier today, NPR premiered "Fluid Bound," a new song from local crust-metal quintet Ilsa. The track is from the band's forthcoming full-length, Intoxicantations, a title NPR's Lars Gotrich says is "a little hokey, like a B-movie with a lot of blood and bare-chested women, but still a line every metalhead or pulp comic-book writer will wish [...]

The Long Wait for New Music From Long Walks on the Beach

Last summer, D.C. resident Fritz Kramer released a wonderfully sunny piece of lo-fi bedroom-pop under the name Long Walks on the Beach, sparking some buzz for the project with the song "Literally Crazy For You." The tune was to be included on a forthcoming EP titled Singles. And then, nothing happened.
Then, last week, a charming new [...]

Ted Leo on The Tyranny of Distance, Ten(ish) Years Later

In May 2001, Lookout! Records released The Tyranny of Distance, the sophomore album by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. Until then, the project had been a solo project by Leo, a D.C. scene veteran and former frontman of mod-punk act Chisel. Leo had just entered his 30s when he began making Tyranny at National Recording Studio [...]

When the Creators of Veep Vetted Magrudergrind

Sunday marks the premiere of Veep, the HBO comedy series that stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the vice president of the United States, and in the coming days there will no doubt be a slew of stories recalling the show's filming in the area. The Baltimore Sun had one great tale involving a scene filmed at Ottobar: Veep [...]