Posts Tagged ‘Ian Svenonius’

Six Degrees of Separation from Ex Hex

One of D.C.'s biggest sonic exports of the year has connections to Fidel Castro, Azealia Banks, and Beavis & Butthead.

Photos: Chain and the Gang @ Comet Ping Pong

 
Chain and the Gang at Comet Ping Pong, Sept. 20th.

Photos: Olivia Neutron-John @ Meeps

Olivia Neutron-John, LP Release and video premiere at Meeps, Sept. 18th.
 
 

Photo: Chain and the Gang

Listen to a New Chain and the Gang Song, Watch a New Chain and the Gang Video

When Ian Svenonius, per his anti-gentrification salvo "Devitalize," has turned back D.C.'s tide of cool bars, soaring property values, and, um, sanitary sewage infrastructure, will the rest of us also dress like we stepped out of a mid-'80s Kix concert? Spiv and his Chain and the Gang bandmates look appropriately trashy in the new, awesomely green-screened video for "Devitalize," [...]

An Appetizer-Sized Rumination Upon the New Ex Hex Video

Above is the new food-oriented video for "Hot And Cold," a nifty power-pop tune by the D.C. band Ex Hex, featuring a cameo by Ian Svenonius. Below is the food-oriented video for "The One Thing" by INXS, an Australian band led by Michael Hutchence. The question must be asked: Is Svenonius sexier than Hutchence?

Ian Svenonius Wants to Devitalize Your Neighborhood

This new Chain & the Gang song is an anti-gentrification anthem, right? "I wanna devitalize the city/I wanna devitalize the air/I wanna devitalize just about everywhere," chants songwriter/vocalist Ian Svenonius on "Devitalize," a track that premiered today on Vice's Noisey outlet.
The song is from the band's forthcoming album, Minimum Rock 'n' Roll, out on Svenonius' Radical [...]

Chain & the Gang to Release New Album in April

Ian Svenonius' conceptual vehicle Chain & the Gang plans to release its fourth album, Minimum Rock 'n' Roll, on April 15. The LP will be released on the frontman's new record label, Radical Elite, and it's apparently the debut of a new genre, too: what Svenonius calls "crime rock."
Here's how Svenonius describes the genre and [...]

When D.C. Punks Were Prizefighters

In an exhibit two summers ago at Georgetown's Addison/Ripley Fine Art, a little slice of D.C. music history might have gone over the heads of some gallery-goers.
The history could be found in a series of images by local painter and photographer Dan Treado. His photos, part of a 1987-1988 project called "All My Friends Are [...]

Ian Svenonius Is a Movie Director Now

D.C.'s resident renaissance man of punk Ian Svenonius is wrapping up a busy year with an even busier weekend ahead: His band Chain & the Gang plans to play some songs from its upcoming album at Comet Ping Pong Friday, and his new film What Is a Group? premieres Saturday night at Meeps in Adams [...]

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