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

Remember The Lightning



20/20 cover (Written by Ron Flynt)

Recorded by Elmer Sharp in 2012/2013

Bass by Michael Cotterman

Voice/Guitars/Drums by John Davis

At some point in the past, I started to get really into the "DIY" series of compilations that Rhino released in the early 1990s. I still maintain that series is one of the best-assembled primers for various aspects of punk, what with its good taste in power pop, as well as willingness to explore the corners of the NYC, Boston, L.A., and UK scenes (among others) for good finds. One of their power pop comps introduced me to the L.A. band 20/20 and their anthem, "Yellow Pills." I tracked down a CD that included the first two 20/20 albums and, whoa, it was so good. Although "Yellow Pills" is what pulled me in, it was songs like "Cheri," "Backyard Guys," "Nuclear Boy," and "Remember the Lightning" that kept me there. Now, those songs mean as much to me as just about any other song I've ever heard. On tour in 2010, Title Tracks played our version of "Remember the Lightning" at just about every show. We recorded a version at our Daytrotter session, too, but here's a different one that we recorded a little more recently. - JD

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Telepathic Love



Wipers cover
Recorded in 2012 by Elmer Sharp and John Davis
All instruments by JD

The first version of this Wipers song that I ever heard was actually a cover of it. It was the Nation of Ulysses' version of the song from a Greg Sage/Wipers tribute album that came out in the early 90s. The great NOU version led me to the even greater original version. Title Tracks started playing this at shows on our U.S. and European tours in 2011 and was always one of our favorite songs to play. I remember a show in Bremen, Germany show where I asked the crowd before we played our cover of the song, "you all like the Wipers, right?", to which a voice from the crowd responded "yes!" with that priceless, exasperated German inflection that makes you feel like an idiot for asking such an obvious question.