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

Friday, January 24, 2014

Favorite songs from 2013

A little late on this, but here’s a list of some of my favorite songs from 2013:

Adam Lempel & The Heartbeats: "You Belong With Me"
Bad Sports - "Terrible Place"
Big Eyes - "Losing Touch"
Dent May - "Born Too Late"
Telekinesis - "Power Lines"
Passing Phases - "Walk Around"
Bleached - "Next Stop"
Mikal Cronin - "Shout It Out"/
Bye Bye Blackbirds - "Like A Thief"
Pure Bliss: "Thine Eyes"
The Shirks: “Action Men”
Daft Punk w/Paul Williams: “Touch”
Paperhaus: “Helicopters”
Savages: “Strife”
Pretty & Nice: “Mummy Jets”
Alpine: “Hands”
Brendan Benson: “Purely Automatic”
Julianna Barwick: “One Half”
Joy Buttons: “Rotten”
Matt Duncan: “The Keys”
Jacco Gardner: “Clear The Air”

Listen to these songs on Spotify, if you like: 2013 Music