Monday, August 31, 2015

Spring music: 2015

Here's a collection of songs, artists and albums I have shared to a friend's music share email thread, which are unabridged excerpts from my emails and in follow-up to an earlier post from March, 1, 2015:

August 28
Okay, I finally had to pull away from the new Weeknd album, but hot damn is that some good shitttt.  
Thankfully, there's another great album from half of the Black Keys.  Dan Auerbach's band, The Arc, just released "Yours, Dreamily," and it's very, very good so far (and different enough from the Black Keys stuff that he could really take this in a good direction): 

August 25
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness (full album)

August 21
I see your Drake and Flo, and I raise you The Weeknd + Lana Del Rey:

August 18
That's some great recon, Matt.  Nice work, and thanks for sharing.  He's got a great voice.
Speaking of great voices, as I've shared before, I've been getting a lot of new music into my daily listening, and I've been so very impressed with this song by Meg Mac: Roll Up Your Sleeves.  Man, her voice is just so pure and joyful. 

August 13
New Nathaniel Rateliff album just up now on NPR's First Listen:
Best song, IMO, is S.O.B.
Sold out show in DC come November at RnR Hotel (tix on resale for $100!!). BOOOO. 

August 12
Nice! Love the YG for sure.
Any Youth Lagoon fans out there?  He's putting out a new album soon, and he's also coming to 9:30 Club on Nov 1. Here's a good song from that forthcoming album:
A few others I've been enjoying recently:

August 4
Yo Sarah - that DJ Ayes Cold is smooth AF.
Some dope new tracks I've discovered on this weekly Spotify playlist (30 great songs, updated with a new set of 30 every Monday morning):
The Knocks - Dancing With Myself (AMAAAAAAAAAZING SONG)

July 22
Dope track, Matt.  Thanks for sharing.

Here's a newer track by an artist I wasn't familiar with, but will guaranteed put some pep in yo step: Years & Years - Shine

July 9
There's a new Ratatat album out, Magnifique, and NPR did a First Listen:
prettttttttttttttttttttttttttttttty damn good.

June 26
This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Mother F**ker by Maroon 5

June 25
The Game - "100 (Feat. Drake)"

June 22
After an incredibly long wait, Leon Bridges is releasing his album tomorrow (coming to DC at 930 Club in October, too!):

June 18
Miguel put six songs (some new, some previously released) from his new album, WILDHEART (June 29) up on Spotify:

June 17
Raury is back with a new song: Devil's Whisper

June 3
Epicfresh new album by Donnie Trumpet and Chance The Rapper:  SURF. Additional details and featured artists here:

May 27
how about the new single by The Weeknd "The Hills" oh my goodness no he dint:
he will be at Sweetlife. hopefully he plays that shiiiiiiiiiiit. 

May 27
Damn that Raury would be SICK to see live.  I'll be camping out in the 'Doah this weekend, but I know a few friends who are pumped to attend SweetLife on Sunday.
A$AP Rocky dropped his new album this week.  After a first listen, I am really enjoying “Wild for the Night.” 
A few other great singles out right now are “Hood Go Crazy” by Tech N9ne, and one of my favorite songs right now is “This Could Be Us” by Rae Sremmund

May 20
Song of the summer right here: Fetty Wap - Trap Queen

May 19
Been outta the game for minute, but back in it today with the new Shamir album drop:
Available on Spotify and elsewhere.  Great first listen and quite different. Been getting reviewed a lot lately (NY Mag, New Yorker, etc). 
LMK what you think.

May 4

April 30
FINALLY: one of my favorite singer/songwriters and a real crooner, Leon Bridges, has released another song (his fourth): River. It's the latest release from his debut album, Coming Home

April 29
really digging the new Alabama Shakes album, Sound & Color (on Spotify).  Title song:

April 15
Check the new Kanye before it's pulled:

April 8
The new Lord Huron album dropped:

April 2
Favorite song off that new Wale album gotta be The Bloom (AG3):
Anyone else been listening / have a favorite?  The Jerry Seinfeld narration is priceless.

April 1
That new Wale album dropped last night.  Two good songs:
Also, loads of Jerry Seinfield making jokes throughout the album.  Check out the whole album on Spotify.

March 31
SICK FUCKING BRACKET. pardon my french, but god damn.
I've been geeking out and the worst match up is Gorgeous vs. New Slaves.
Thanks, Chris.  You made my week.

March 27
happy birthday to one of our own, Cristina Nigro. you are straight marvelous, and i, for one, am excited to celebrate you today! 
those other six days of the week? well, the beautiful soul band Ephemerals already took care of summing them up:
Six Days a Week - Ephemerals

March 26

March 24
it's like being in the room when Quentin Tarantino queues the music and yells "ACTION!"

March 23
I'm completely blown away by Gilligan Moss - Hemlock.  Something a little different that should get your feet tapping and heads bobbing.  Enjoy.

March 18
That Little Daylight is dope, James.  Kudos brother.
Here is a beautiful Kendrick song that was, unfortunately, not included on the new album:  Untitled.
And a new artist to toss in the mix ... was tipped off from my cousin in NYC after seeing him open for Kindness (the duo is coming to U Street Music Hall tomorrow night).  This is likely Pell's top track: Eleven:11 but others are good.  Check him out.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DC Travel Tips

After living in DC for four years, I've been meaning to post some travel tips, but I have not been able to sit down and compile until now. Alas, here is a list (though not exhaustive) of places in DC that I have come to love:

- La Colombe (best neighborhood coffee shop, in my opinion)
- Lost & Found (best neighborhood bar, in my opinion)
- Ivy & Coney (great dive bar)
- A&D Neighborhood Bar (good spot, never too crowded)
- Dacha (beer garden)
- Garden District (beer garden)
- Wunder Garten (beer garden)
- Right and Proper (brewery with awesome food, a few blocks away, but worth the walk)
- Compass Coffee (great ambiance w/WiFi)
- Dolci Gelato (good for gelato fix)
- Blue Jacket Brewery (awesome brewery on DC Waterfront)
- The Royal (awesome new spot)
- Boundary Stone (another favorite brew pub)

- Seasonal Pantry ($$$$ best restaurant in DC I still haven't tried, chef Dan O'Brien is friend)
- Rogue 24 ($$$$ chef RJ Cooper is James Beard Foundation award winner)
- Blue Duck Tavern ($$$ highly rated, long time champ in the dining scene)
- Table ($$$ best all around, very seasonal)
- Corduroy ($$$ fancier dining, date spot, but not pretentious, well-priced and respected chef) 
- Le Diplomate ($$$ superb french)
- Sequoia ($$$ all around good spot)
- Oyamel ($$ fancy mexican, great tacos)
- Red Hen ($$ great seasonal, hip spot)
- Tabard Inn ($$ must-do brunch, but all meals good)
- Little Serow ($$$ superb Thai food)
- Provisions ($$ good small plates/meat selection)
- Tico ($$ awesome ceviche and fish entrees)
- Thai Crossing ($$ most authentic Thai)
- St. Arnolds, Granville Moores, and Brasserie Beck ($$$ Belgian spots, superb mussels/beer)
- Toki Underground ($ ramen, way out there though)
- El Camino ($ next door to Boundary Stone, great spot)
- Busboys and Poets ($ easy brunch, great environment, decent Bloodys
- El Rey ($ strictly for tacos and cheap beer)

- Shaw
- Bloomingdale
- Logan Circle
- DuPont Circle
- U Street NW
- Adams Morgan
- Yards Park (DC Waterfront)
- M Street, Georgetown
- H Street NE
- Capitol Hill
- Eastern Market
- Barracks Row

- Hirshhorn Museum (modern and contemporary art--my favorite museum in DC)
- National Gallery of Art (classic in West Building, modern in East Building, and amazing gift shop connecting both)
- American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery (one of the best stops for art and presidential history in DC)
- Air and Space Museum (fun if interested)
- National Museum of Natural History (great museum, superb artifacts/exhibits)
- American History Museum (great source of all things USA both historical and recent)
- National Mall: Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, MLK, and U.S. Capitol (self guided tours are best)
- War Memorials: Vietnam, Korean, WWII, Disabled American Veterans (newest)
- Ford's Theatre and Lincoln Museum (very new museum, all about Lincoln's assassination)
- National Building Museum (BEST GIFT SHOP IN DC)
- National Zoo (PANDA BABIES)