Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fall 2015 - Shows and Recording

Hi everyone. After taking almost a year off from shows, we're back and playing a few shows this fall. Even better, we're about to record a new album. We should be recording in September and October and we hope to have the new record out in the early part of next year. More info to come, of course. As of now, it should be nine or ten songs, some of which we debuted at our show the other night with the great Beach Slang. We can't wait to get in and make this record.

We also have two D.C. shows happening this fall, so far. We play Comet on Saturday September 26 with Mike Krol. We're back on Thursday October 1 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library for the latest in the series of basement shows that the D.C. Punk Archive has put on there. That show will be with BRNDA and Art Sorority, so it should be a good one. See you out there.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DJ Set at DCPL Punk Archive fundraiser

I probably should have mentioned this on here before it actually happened, but I was a guest DJ  the other night (along with Brendan Canty and Brian Baker) at an event to raise funds and bring in material donations to the D.C. Public Library's new D.C. Punk Archive. It seemed appropriate to play some D.C. music, old and new, so here's a list of what I played:

I ran out of time, but was going to play some Priests, Urban Verbs, Puff Pieces, Unrest, Joy Buttons, Deleted Scenes, Tsunami, Beauty Pill, Typefighter, and MUCH MORE but, oh well, time was tight. I'm really happy to see the work that the DCPL is doing with establishing this D.C. punk archive. They're really focused on eventual online accessibility of these materials, so it'll be great to see digitized versions of all of these fliers, posters, set lists, etc online in the future. I'll write more about this soon but, in my day job as an archivist at the University of Maryland, I've been putting together a collection of D.C. punk fanzines and we've been collaborating with the DCPL folks whenever we can. Anyway, more info on all of that soon.

Friday, October 10, 2014

October 18 and more songs

Our next show is on October 18 and is in D.C. We're playing with The Sea Life (whose song, "Transitions," is one of my favorites from last year) and Stronger Sex at The Lot. Show info can be found here.

I'm still working on new songs for the next Title Tracks record. A little over halfway there and I'm really happy with what's done so far. I'm hoping to record early next year and get the album out sometime shortly thereafter. Will keep you all posted, of course. Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fort Reno and new music

There was some drama, but we're happy to report that the 2014 Fort Reno concert series is still on AND Title Tracks will be playing it on Thursday July 24, along with The Effects (Devin from Medications/Faraquet's new band) and Myrrh Myrrh. Details over on the Shows tab. Thanks to Fort Reno's organizers for their work in getting this season together. When word got out that the season was canceled, I think it really reminded many people how much the series matters to them and to the city. The tradition is undeniable and seeing shows at Fort Reno just never gets old for me. I'm grateful that we have another season ahead, as well as a great batch of bands to watch this year.

A few months back, I wrote that Title Tracks recorded a couple of new songs for a single. Plans have changed and we're going to save those for an album that we hope to get out next year. In the meantime, I'm writing more new songs and I hope to record them by the end of the year. Will post updates here. Thanks and see you at Fort Reno later this summer. - John

So Sad About Us

Recorded by Nick Anderson in Fall 2010 at The Bastille
Bass by Michael Cotterman
Drums by Andrew Black
Guitar/Vocals by John Davis

Here's our version of The Who's "So Sad About Us." We started playing this in 2010 when we were asked to be a part of a British Invasion tribute concert, so we learned this and "The Kids Are Alright," though I think we only played the latter at the concert. We played "So Sad About Us" at some of the other shows we did that summer and fall, so we recorded it that fall when we made "In Blank." It was a bonus track on the Japanese edition, but wasn't heard elsewhere.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I Want You Mine

Sex Clark Five cover
(James Butler 51L Music BMI)

Recorded by Elmer Sharp in 2012/2013
Bass by Michael Cotterman
Guitar/Drums/Vocals by John Davis

I first heard the Sex Clark Five on one of the great "Teenline" CD-R compilations of obscure power pop that the Hyped 2 Death record label put out. I found many life changing songs on that series of comps, but the Sex Clark Five's song, "I Want You Mine," was my favorite. I especially like that this group of oddballs from 1980s Alabama created a sound that was mostly a lo-fi repro of British Invasion nirvana, but added that touch of jittery new wave that made it original. The SC5 also had a great Peel session cover of The Byrds' "She Don't Care About Time," which partially inspired me to do my own version on the first Title Tracks record. Now, here's my version of the SC5 song that I tortured many a bandmate with in the van over the years with countless repeated listenings. - JD