Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: This Is for Not Taking Me to the Mount Eerie Show! Edition

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Good morning! Check back later in the roundup for the heavy stuff. Here's some local music endorsements:

  • Carolyn Malachi, subject of this week's One Track Mind, isn't the only artist I can think of who combines forward-thinking soul with an apparent love for cyberpunk (or at least sci-fi). I don't know if she's the next Janelle Monae, to use the blog-crit parlance, but I do know that her new EP, Lions, Fires & Squares, is really, really worth your time. Especially if you're into songs about mermaids and spacemen attending couple's therapy.
  • Cool video of Bluebrain's recent iPod dance project.
  • New EP from Lightfoot—it's lovely, rainy-day Americana.

On to the news! Classic D.C. punks Dag Nasty are releasing a new LP of old recordings. Arena Stage is looking for proposals for staged readings of Edward Albee plays for its upcoming festival celebrating the playwright's oeuvre. There will soon be more good movies to watch instantly on Netflix, which means you are less likely to settle on an awesomely bad one! reports WaPo's Monica Hesse. Decoy will paint two murals—the design involes John Phillip Sousa and a lot of pink—around Capitol Hill. And TBD's Sarah Godfrey reports that local go-go shop P.A. Palace has launched a 24-hour Internet station.

The Washington Post Magazine follows up with Jeff Nelson, who in addition to being a former member of Minor Threat and a co-owner of Dischord Records, is also obsessed with D.C.'s Buffalo Bridge—that's why he was the subject of a WaPo Mag story 10 years ago. The last time he was in Washington City Paper's pages, it was on the occasion of his selling of a Minor Threat test pressing on eBay for $6,000. According to this weekend's WaPo piece, he's also employing eBay as a research tool—it's brought him rare documents, and new friends, which also has something to do with his gum collection. I think.

Lastly, the Examiner's Harry Jaffe has discovered street art. Have a great day!

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