Revolution Records: Supporting the DC Music Scene

Nayan Bhula in the front room of his store, Revolution Records in Van Ness
Nayan Bhula in the front room of his store, Revolution Records
– photo by Tyler Sonnichsen

Van Ness-UDC is a bizarre Metro stop. Thousands of people pass in and out of it every day; the apartments in the neighborhood are among the most popular housing for young professionals in the district, and the city���s only public university hosts thousands of commuter students daily. Other than that, Van Ness offers no tourist attractions or utilities that one couldn���t get elsewhere. So, as Nayan Bhula and Fred Burton faced all of these questions upon opening Revolution Records, the good incentives won out.

���The biggest [positives] for us were the availability of this second-floor space, and the price,��� said Bhula. While still far from a steal, the property value would be much easier to maintain than that in more of a cultural hotspot like Dupont Circle or U Street. Regardless, Bhula and the Revolution staff of six have taken advantage of what they do have. The store���s 10% discount for anyone carrying a college ID, for example, has meshed well with the UDC commuters.

Despite the inevitable trials and tribulations that any independent music store faces, especially in a town like DC, Revolution has grown considerably in customer base and presence within the local music scene.

Bhula and Burton play together in local indie-rock trio Gist. On the legs of their latest album ���Diesel City,��� released under their own production company Red Stapler Records, the duo, along with bassist Finley Martin, have taken on the challenge of balancing their touring and promotion with running and maintaining the store. Continue reading →

This Week in Music…

Picks for the week of Saturday, February 11 ��� Thursday, February 16.

Sorry we’re late with this week’s picks—our “This Week in Music” writer, Ryan Kailath, is out of town and we had a little trouble picking up the slack. Don’t worry, he’ll be back next week. Make sure and check our venue listings page for a more complete musical calendar.

Saturday Feb 11 >>

Undertow Orchestra

Undertow Music has put together a unique combination of a few of their best singer/songwriters and they’re performing together on the same stage as The Undertow Orchestra. This superband features Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel (of American Music Club), David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion), Will Johnson (of Centro-matic). Jesse Harris will be opening the show at IOTA Club & Cafe.

A couple of DC’s finest, Metropolitan and Greenland will be performing at Galaxy Hut.

Sunday Feb 12 >>

Britain’s Supergrass are coming to the 9:30 Club this Sunday. Read the FULL STORY HERE. Pilotdrift is opening the show.

Rolling Stone refers to Rory Block‘s music as, “Some of the most singular and affecting Country Blues…” She’s performing at The Barns at Wolf Trap this Sunday.

Monday Feb 13 >>

Wu-Tang
Wu-Tang

The first all-member Wu-Tang tour in years, featuring every living member, is coming to the 9:30 Club this Monday. The first show was sold out so they’ve added a second show which still had tickets availble at the time of this post. This is music history in the making as well as our PICK OF THE WEEK.

Tuesday Feb 14 >>

Brandi Carlile is making quite a name for herself and her “rootsy bell-clear voice”. She’ll be performing at Jammin’ Java this Valentine’s Day with the area’s own Gibb Droll at Jammin’ Java. Free MP3: “Fall Apart Again” by Brandi Carlile

Wednesday Feb 15 >>

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks are bringing their West Coast jive ‘n’ jazz to The Barns at Wolf Trap this Wednesday night. “Dan Hicks is fly, sly, wily, and dry.” — Tom Waits.

Thursday Feb 16 >>

DC’s own Alcian Blue is back on our list this week with a show at Black Cat. Also there that night will be Ceremony, and A Place to Bury Strangers.

There’s a jam packed line-up at DC 9 this Thursday lead by The Apparitions with Catfish Haven, These United States, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and The Receiver at DC 9. Free MP3’s: “Electricity And Drums” by The Apparitions, “Madaline” by Catfish Haven, “The Business” by These United States, “House Fire” by Someone Still Love’s You Boris Yeltsin

Thursday will also be a happy day for Death Metal fans. In Flames, Trivium, Devil Driver, and Zao are at the 9:30 Club.

Supergrass Rides Road to Rouen Through DC on Sunday

Supergrass
Supergrass – photo courtesy Parlophone

Britpop was one of the most bizarre cultural phenomena to occur in most of our lifetimes. It attacked, circa 1993, with a massive wave of bands that issued a cluster of trademark albums and subsequently conquered the UK, and in select Gallagher-related cases, the US charts as well. However, certain bands, like Supergrass, releasing their sensational debut ���I Should Coco��� in 1995, caught the tail end, and so they found themselves clumped together with a movement that their frantic energy and sense of humor simply transcended. Most pointedly, they���ve survived a number of ���waves��� of British music, gained critical praise consistently through five albums, and most relevantly, amassed and maintained a dedicated audience over here. This Sunday night, they���ll be playing to the longtime faithful and newcomers alike in a much-anticipated show at the 9:30 Club.

Indeed, Gaz Coombes and the boys, despite being dubiously hailed as ���everyone���s second-favorite band��� and ���the world���s ugliest band,��� have been producing consistently vibrant and altogether unique British Rock music for more than ten years now. Some thought they were throwing in the towel with last year���s Supergrass is 10: The Best of 1994-2004 compilation. But, like the ���Grass has done so consistently, they threw in a hook (well, tons of hooks, in a different sense) last year with the intricate, expansive Road to Rouen. Of course they���re not throwing in the towel anytime soon. They���ve been around for more than ten years now, but Gaz Coombes still has yet to even turn 30.

According to accounts of their Road to Rouen tour thus far, the quartet���s been mixing in a healthy blast of punchy old numbers like ���Sitting up Straight��� and ���Sun Hits the Sky��� with plenty of the newer gems like ���St. Petersburg��� and ���Grace.��� Few know exactly which surprises the hirsute Oxford lads will be pulling out on Sunday night, but finding out will only be a fraction of the fun.

Considering Supergrass��� long-standing underlying fascination with both psychedelic and American Roots Music, Texarkana ambient avant-pop outfit Pilotdrift will be opening. Their website will completely blow your mind, if their music doesn���t already.

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Supergarass is playing the 9:30 Club this Sunday, February 12th. Doors are at 10 PM.

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Imagine Me & You

Movie Review >>

Imagine Me & You poster photophoto courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures

Imagine Me & You is a highly amusing British take on the love-at-first-sight romantic comedy, with a homosexual twist. Rachel (Piper Perabo) is marrying Heck (Mathew Goode) when she locks eyes with florist Luce (Lena Headey) and faster than you can say Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel���s got marital problems and a budding lesbian romance.

Imagine Me & You poster
Imagine Me & You
(Fox Searchlight)
Rated: R
starstarstar (out of 4)
Official Site
Trailer
Metacritic
IMDb

Curt dialogue and snappy one-liners never cease, while the film has enough ���aw!��� moments to satisfy the sentimental-needy. It���s not that much of a surprise as the Brits excel at this kind of comedy on television (���Coupling��� is a far funnier “Friends” knockoff) and in film (Four Weddings and Funeral anyone?). If you���re looking for a sure-fire date flick, you���re probably best off going British.

But Imagine Me and You runs into the same trouble most romantic comedies (especially American) do: its leads aren���t nearly as interesting as its costars. In particular, Goode, last seen in Woody Allen���s Match Point, proves he���s one of the best leading men out there ��� he truly inhabits the role of Heck, who is trying to avert crises in his professional and personal lives, right when everything should be falling into place. He���s got the sweet, high-paying job, the luxury flat, and the hot, hot wife, but what has he given up to achieve all that? (Or as David Byrne might say, ���Mah god, what have I done?���) In fact the movie might have been perfect if it focused entirely on Heck and the tall and gaunt Goode.

Heck���s best mate Coop is utterly hilarious in his chauvinism, but Darren Boyd subtly conveys that Coop is more talk than cad. And Anthony Head (you may remember him as Giles on TV���s ���Buffy the Vampire Slayer���) as Rachel���s world-weary father gets the lion���s share of throwaway lines: ���I love the smell of hot dogs in the morning. Smells like… hot dogs.���

The problem is writer/director Ol Parker has come up with some really interesting, fleshed-out male characters, but his women feel like cardboard cutouts. This wouldn���t be all that bad if the center of the plot wasn���t about two women falling in love. But for the most part, Headey and Perabo are eye candy; while their longing glances and awkward conversation show their initial attraction is strong, it���s a stretch to see this relationship advance because there���s not much to either one���s character and the actresses don���t seem all that interested in finding any depth. When Rachel and Luce finally get to physically exploring their growing passion (make-out city, here we come), it comes off like a couple of drunk schoolgirls experimenting.

It is surprising, though, how enjoyable the film is despite this central shallowness. Scenes involving quirky flower shop customers are side-splitting and Heck and Coop���s chumminess is reminiscent of Randall and Dante in Clerks. Plus Parker has a knack for setting up situations ripe with comedy, such as Rachel���s awkward attempt to watch a lesbian porn or a return-to-nature sex encounter between Rachel and Heck that takes a hilarious (and unexpected) turn. The end falls a bit into clich?�, but it���s well-executed clich?� and, more importantly for a good date movie, sweet.

Oh, and then there���s the gay thing, or there really isn���t. Seriously, it���s a nonissue ��� not one character seems to think there���s anything wrong with love between two women. There are no vulgar slurs or homophobic jokes. The only complaint comes from Rachel���s mother and it���s about the loss of potential grandchildren, but Rachel���s father settles that by explaining an alternative use for a turkey baster. You could replace Luce with a man and you���d have the same movie. To some extent the treatment of the gay relationship feels like a Brit reaction to U.S. homophobia; the film seems to jab America and whisper in its ear, ���What the bloody hell is wrong with you Yanks?���

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STARRING: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Anthony Head, Sue Johnston, and Darren Boyd
GENRE(S): Comedy, Foreign, Romance
WRITTEN BY: Ol Parker
DIRECTED BY: Ol Parker
RELEASE DATE: Theatrical: January 27, 2006
RATING: R
RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes, Color
ORIGIN: UK, Germany
LANGUAGE(S): English

Be Your Own Pet, Pash at Black Cat Poster

El Jefe Poster
�� El Jefe Design

Be Your Own Pet, Pash at Black Cat on Tuesday, February 21, 2006.

Poster was designed by El Jefe Design — “Always delivering heavyweight design”. Poster should be available for sale shortly on the artist’s site.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure emails are no larger than 1mb.


Low, His Name is Alive, Death Vessel at Black Cat Poster

Jan 7th El Jefe Poster
�� El Jefe Design

Low, His Name is Alive, Death Vessel at Black Cat on February 4, 2006.

Poster was designed by El Jefe Design — “Always delivering heavyweight design”. Poster should be available for sale shortly on the artist’s site.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure emails are no larger than 1mb.


Canadian Invasion, Lucky Day at Black Cat Poster

Dec 17 Poster Dihle
© Dirty Pictures

Canadian Invasion, Lucky Day at Black Cat on January 30, 2006. Poster was designed by Anthony Dihle of Dirty Pictures.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure emails are no larger than 1mb.