Posts Tagged ‘Beautiful Swimmers’

Baltimore-Set Documentary 12 O’Clock Boys Opens Friday at West End Cinema

If you missed it at AFI Docs last year, be merry: 12 O'Clock Boys opens at West End Cinema this Friday.
The 2013 film directed by first-timer Lotfy Nathan takes a look at a posse of risk-taking dirt-bike riders in a poverty-stricken section of Baltimore. At its heart is a young kid, Pug, who yearns to join the [...]

Genre Dysphoria: The Best D.C. Music of 2013

With Chuck Brown in his eternal resting place and Ian MacKaye settled down and playing only occasional dates with The Evens, how has D.C. music moved on?
In 2013, the answer was clearer: This is a hip-hop town, at least more than it was before. The area now has three significant hip-hop exports: trap-rap up-and-comer Fat Trel, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Our Suburb, Future Times Holiday Show, and Lenorable

An idyllic community. A teenage romance. Tragedy that lurks behind the clapboard houses and neighbors’ friendly smiles. This isn’t Our Town but Our Suburb, playwright Darrah Cloud’s homage to the Thorton Wilder classic, which premieres at Theater J this week. The suburb is Skokie, Ill.—Cloud’s hometown—and residents are grappling with an infamous attempted neo-Nazi march. Read more >>> The [...]

ToDo ToDay: Nebraska, MGMT, and Beautiful Swimmers

Fans of ’70s cinema will find a home in Nebraska. From the opening studio card (a retro Paramount logo) to the star (Bruce Dern), everything about Nebraska seems designed to evoke the era of New Hollywood. Dern plays Woody, a quiet but cantankerous retiree who is duped by a misleading sweepstakes notice into thinking he has won a [...]

On Another Continent, Beautiful Swimmers Chat About D.C.

D.C.'s Ari Goldman and Andrew Field-Pickering, aka idiosyncratic DJ and production duo Beautiful Swimmers, did a swing through Europe in late August, including shows in Germany and an appearance at the Dekmantel Festival in Amsterdam. At that gig, they recorded a video interview for Fact magazine, commenting on the limits of D.C.'s nightlife culture ("We don't [...]

Arts Roundup: Wale’s Issues Edition

Chris Richards' front-page Wale story burrows into the rapper's insecurity. [Post]
NPR debuts Beautiful Swimmers' forthcoming Son. [NPR]
Despite setbacks, AFI Docs was largely a success, Ann Hornaday reports. [Post]
Also: A review of Jose Antonio Vargas' immigration documentary Documented, which debuted recently at AFI Docs [Post]
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces two more funding opportunities [...]

Beautiful Swimmers Have a “Son” on the Way

After months of sorting out pressing-plant issues, D.C.'s Beautiful Swimmers are set to release their first full-length album, Son, in the coming weeks on their Future Times label. The digital version will drop July 2, says Andrew Field-Pickering, one-half of the DJ/production duo, and although there isn't a specific date for the double-LP vinyl release, [...]

Arts Roundup: My First White Girl Edition

D.C.'s Beautiful Swimmers will drop their debut LP, Son, on July 2. [Resident Advisor]
The congressional committee overseeing the Eisenhower Memorial will consider legislation that could reform the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. [Washington Times]
A tiny library comes to F Street NE. [DCist]
Ex-Bad Brains group The White Mandingos drop a video for "My First White Girl." [Couch Sessions]
Madame Tussauds [...]

ToDo ToDay: Wu-Tang Wednesdays! Forward Festival!

Yo, if you follow the Wu-Tang Clan on Facebook you know that certain days of the week are already reserved for specific categories: Tuesdays are for “Wu-Mamis,” under-30 females of various ethnic backgrounds who take selfies while wearing Wu-Tang T-shirts. Wednesdays are for music, which is the Wu-Tang Clan’s core competency. So it’s subculturally appropriate [...]

A Future Times Man in London

"I can't buy every record. Which has long been my least-favorite fact about life," deadpans the gloriously bearded Andrew Field-Pickering during this chill video interview with Fact magazine inside London's Phonica Records. The Future Times producer/DJ  is back from a European jaunt in support of his excellent album House of Woo (released under the name [...]