Posts Tagged ‘Devin Ocampo’

For the First Time in His Life, Chad Clark Is Right on Time

The Beauty Pill frontman tells the stories behind the band's first LP in 11 years.

Beauty Pill’s First LP in 11 Years: “The Album Is Saturated With Details, With Color”

"There’s a lot of information in the music, and I just felt we should lay it out.”

Dischord to Release Deathfix Debut in Early 2013

D.C. band Deathfix will release a nine-song LP on Dischord Records in early 2013, the label announced today.
It marks the official debut of the punk-rock "supergroup," which has been around longer than some might realize: Founding members Brendan Canty (formerly of Fugazi) and producer, DJ, and songwriter Rich Morel formed the band in 2009, later adding Medications members Mark [...]

Beauty Pill’s Art-Project Resurrection

Photo Slideshow: Beauty Pill's "Immersive Ideal"

It was nearly 1 p.m. on the eighth day of Beauty Pill’s public experiment in creativity and captivity when Morgan Klein, a photographer and friend of the band, looked up from his laptop and announced the sad news: Amy Winehouse was dead.
“That’s terrible,” the group’s leader, Chad Clark, said genuinely. She [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Get Neophonic

Controversy continues to rage over Stan Kenton, the jazz big-band leader who would have been 100 years old this week. The uproar stems not only from his daughter’s allegations that Kenton, who died of alcoholism-related causes in 1979, sexually assaulted her as a child; the pianist and composer remains artistically controversial, too. Was his “neophonic” [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Old Is New

Not everyone gets to play with their heroes. The guitarist Glenn Jones fulfilled that dream back in 1997, when his post-rock band Cul de Sac made a collaborative record with the father of American Primitive music, John Fahey. The D.C.-born Fahey died in 2001, and 10 years later Jones is paying him back for inventing [...]

Beauty Pill’s Immersive Ideal: Near Misses

It's Thursday, and Beauty Pill is working on "Near Miss Stories"—the band's only song that addresses the illness that nearly killed frontman Chad Clark in 2007 and 2008. "You’re in a desperate situation," says Clark, explaining the lyrics. "You’re in a shipwreck, you’re out at sea, holding onto a piece of wood. You’re at the [...]

Tonight at Story/Stereo: Devin Ocampo Sings Devin Ocampo

For the past year, The Writer's Center in Bethesda has been home to the free  series Story/Stereo, which pairs readings by local writers with performances by local musicians. This week the musician is Devin Ocampo, the D.C. music vet and post-punk force of nature known for his work with bands like Medications, Smart Went Crazy, Faraquet, [...]

Mike Watt on Jamming Econo, and D.C. Bands on Their Favorite Vans

Mike Watt is surely the world's foremost philosopher on the Ford Econoline.
"The boat, man, it’s the center of the touring universe," says the bassist and singer, who played in the great post-punk band Minutemen and has toured the country in at least four Econolines.  "Without that you don’t get from the last show to the [...]

The New Medications Record Is Awesome. So Why Can’t the Band Book a Tour?

In the coming weeks and months, Devin Ocampo is counting on people repeating a sentence I've been hearing fairly regularly for some months now: "You've got to listen to the new Medications record."
Completely Removed, the Dischord group's second album and first in five years, drops Monday in Europe and stateside on April 20. Highlighting the [...]

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