The motto for the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, “Standing Up for Real Jazz,” smacks of rigid definition—the Jazz-as-Ideology school. But festival curator Paul Carr doesn't just wave the banner of purism: He builds a case for it. The first day alone features 21 different performances of solid, swinging, straight-ahead jazz (with an opening-night performance by Giacomo [...]
Posts Tagged ‘The Apes’
The Penetrators don't get too many requests for autographs these days.
But Travis Jackson wanted something else from the early Syracuse punk band, who in the late '70s and '80s made little noise outside of upstate New York (and whose 1981 video for "Shopping Bag" was rejected by MTV). A couple years ago, Jackson reached out to Penetrators [...]
If you are still unfamiliar with Heavy Breathing, a band that stems from The Apes, then this new song "Wander Longer" is an epic summation of why you should get down with these people.* Whatever they do, it tends to involve the grooveness of funk and the rockness of punk, and the end results are [...]
Heavy Breathing, the bizarre spawn of stoner-rock psychedelic organ group The Apes, has released the first video from its debut album, Body Problems. It's a mash-up of '70s porno, horror flicks, and pervy animation that is, yes, even weirder than the videos The Apes put out back in the day. The video's scavenged quality and [...]
Whether the title is a statement of unambition or just something cool-sounding, Midnight Kids' Basement Dreams leaves few doubts about the D.C. band's M.O. The group features three members of disbanded local faves the Apes, and contains many of their signifiers: Mean, muscular riffage, swirling organ powered by black magic, lyrics forged in the crucible [...]
R.I.P. the Apes. When the psych-rock quartet dissolved last year, D.C. lost a great band, but also a pretty good stand-up routine. You could also count on them to drop a pitch-shifted booger-themed monologue in between songs. Midnight Kids—which includes three former Apes, along with bassist Kalani Tifford and singer LouLou Ghelichkhani—is a more sophisticated [...]
The Apes are dead; long live Midnight Kids.
Check out this clip—full of all the psychy power sludge you'd expect from the band's members—from the group's live debut at the Black Cat last month. (Hat tip: @allournoise.)