Just two weeks after releasing the synth-heavy "Lonely Planet," Largo, Md., native Oddisee is back with a brand new video for "After Thoughts," the scenic opener from his forthcoming instrumental album, The Beauty In All. While "Lonely Planet" was more electronic than Oddisee's recent compositions, "After Thoughts" is a bit more serene. The video blends assorted [...]
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In 2011, Oddisee struck gold with Rock Creek Park, a mostly instrumental, samples-based album that derived its moods and themes from D.C. geography. Though the Largo native spent years as a hip-hop producer and MC, Rock Creek Park passed muster with old-school R&B fans and rap heads alike.
Don't expect more of the same from Oddisee's latest material, [...]
While some rappers are flaunting cash and jewelry, many of their listeners are working dead-end jobs. They’re suffering through broken relationships, not throwing money at strippers; they’re paying bills, not collecting debts. Chances are, Cane had those listeners in mind when he made his new mixtape, Lucid Dreams, a 15-track collection of common-man rhymes [...]
For eight years, the annual DC Loves Dilla concert has paid homage to revered hip-hop producer James "J Dilla" Yancey, who died in 2006 of a rare blood disease. The concert usually ropes in locals and former Dilla collaborators alike: For last year's edition at Fillmore Silver Spring, alt-jazz pianist Robert Glasper improvised an impressive [...]
The Library of Congress unveils its National Recording Preservation Plan, which outlines 32 recommendations for how public and private institutions can archive America's audio recordings—in a way other than merely posting them on YouTube [Library of Congress]
What's that? Musicians still don't want to play music in D.C.? Well, carry on then! I see the status [...]
When news of Donald Byrd’s death was finally confirmed by major news outlets on Monday, it had been four days since his nephew by marriage, the jazz pianist Alex Bugnon, had announced his passing on Facebook. Byrd—a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who was the founding director of Howard [...]
Donald Byrd, a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts jazz master who spent several years in Washington as founding director of Howard University’s Jazz Studies program, died at his Delaware home on Feb. 4. He was 80 years old.
After nearly a week of rumors, scads of unconfirmed reports, and a Facebook announcement [...]
The Village Voice's annual Pazz + Jop list of the year's best albums and songs isn't the only way to measure a given city's musical impact on the wider culture, and it's certainly not the best method. But this year's poll, which included ballots from hundreds of critics, certainly tells you something about how much (or [...]
Winter Fresh Releases
Let's be honest, 2012 was a down year for D.C. hip-hop. There were many decent local rap releases to choose from, but not many stellar ones. Oddisee's People Hear What They See was certainly the best of the bunch, but he lives in New York now, so can we still call him "local?"
For the 2012 City Paper Critics' Poll, we asked local critics, bloggers, and fans to tell us about their favorite moments in local music this year. This post has been updated to include input from Reese Higgins and DCHeavyMetal.com's Metal Chris.
Packed into the Ethiopian joint Asefu’s in July and riled up by an all-too-brief set [...]