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Drowned in Sound: Oscar and the Wolf - Entity

-- The 60's --
The 13th Floor Elevators
Janis Joplin
-- The 70's --
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
-- The 80's --
The Dicks
Marcia Ball
The Butthole Surfers
Joe Ely
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Nanci Griffith
-- The 90's --
Lucinda Williams
Arc Angels
Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
-- The 00's --
Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
Sara Hickman
I Love You But I've Chosen...
The Octopus Project
Okkervil River
Bruce Robison
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...

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Interview with JDVBBS: DC Area Deli's Artist of the Month (February)

JDVBBS' first album is exciting and engaging. So much so that he’s the Deli DC’s Artist of the month for February. His tracks expose a wide variety of influences, interests, and skill. It’s a superlative introduction, and we can’t wait for more. We had to know how he did it. Here he explains how a boy from the suburbs has so much control over urban sound. 


Interview with 

- by Natan Press

JDVBBS' first album is exciting and engaging. So much so that he’s the Deli DC’s Artist of the month for February. His tracks expose a wide variety of influences, interests, and skill. It’s a superlative introduction, and we can’t wait for more. We had to know how he did it. Here he explains how a boy from the suburbs has so much control over urban sound.

What is your musical background? What are your musical and artistic inspirations, generally?

I started playing piano when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I would try to emulate what I heard on the radio and then play it when I got to my cousin's house. I was in band and chorus in high school and majored in music at James Madison University studying classical tenor, accompanying different ensembles and directing an a Cappella group.

I try to draw from all of those influences when creating and then I'll rap when I see fit (which is almost all the time)

Where does the name JDVBBS come from? Where does the album name subURBAN come from?

J-Dub (or something very similar) was something that my high school friends used to call me. I didn't go to college with any of my friends from high school so when I got to JMU one of my dormmates started calling me Juicy J (Stay Fly was a hot record at the time) and it spread like wildfire. Obviously that wasn't a route I could take so I went back to my roots. subURBAN stems from the idea that I make urban music influenced by the suburbs in which I grew up. I'm not one to perpetrate how rap, rapping and rappers should appear and I think that title states that fairly clearly. I even used a birdseye view of the suburb I grew up in.

What got you into hip-hop? Why did you decide to become an emcee? What is the inspiration behind the lyrics? What are you trying to say?

 I think 8 mile had a huge impact on the young listeners of hip-hop at the time. I appreciate dudes like Rakim, Wu-Tang, Biggie, people before my ear really knew what I was listening to but I was raised on records like Life and Times Vol. II, Flesh of My Flesh and the Marshall Mathers LP. I rapped and wrote bars on the low starting in high school but never really did anything with it outside of freestyling at parties and recording goofy songs at my house in college and one day it was just like "I know what I'm doing, I should do more of this."

Do you produce your own beats? If not who does? What is the inspiration behind the music? What are you trying to express?

 On this album I produced everything (More than a woman was a beat from a friend that I reworked). I knew what I wanted to do with this one and I really wanted to show me off as well as use the songs I sampled in a brand new way. The samples are fairly recognizable (some more than others) but I wanted to re-invent them in a style that fit me a little better and provide a familiar yet fresh take on music. I hope there's a little bit of something for everyone on this album.

 What's next?

 As far as what's next I've got a lot of the next full-length project already written. I'm also a huge fan of covers so I wanna do a bunch of those as well. Expect a lot of music from me in 2014. 










Druglord release new album 2/22!

Richmond’s doom metal power-trio Druglord is releasing a new album, Enter Venus, on February 22nd (STB Records). The cover art alone makes me so happy. Druglord is streaming a track so you can preview the sonic assault (or buy the digital album), but there are THREE (3) versions of this release (follow link for a temporary full stream of the album as well) including a very limited edition with clear vinyl (with “dopesmoke” green splatter) and custom artwork. Garrett Morris, of Richmond metal legend Windhand, produced the record, and there’s pretty much nothing more appropriate to listen to on Valentine’s Day. So listen to it.  --Natan Press


Dumb Waiter play Gallery 5 for New Turks send off.

Richmond’s Dumb Waiter is not the usual math-rock band and they’re not simply a jammy fusion group either. Where most math bands aim to excite (or confuse) with surprising changes, Dumb Waiter adds an unexpected element of sound. The saxophone is central to their sound, and gives every track a jazzy vibe. On their debut, Is This Chocolate, they switch from sing-songy, to dancy, to epic, often within the same song, and fans of metal or fusion or inventive and proficient indie combos will find a lot to like throughout the album. You can see their instrumental acrobatics live on February 16th at Gallery 5 in Richmond, VA, as they, and fellow Richmond band Night Idea, send of drum and bass duo New Turks on their tour of the east coast. –Natan Press


Mittenfields and Positive No at Galaxy Hut on 2/16.

DC’s Mittenfields and Richmond’s Positive No will play Arlington’s Galaxy Hut on Sunday, February 16th. Mittenfields’ sound is incredibly comforting for those feeling lost in an indie world increasingly full of solo or dueling synths/computers. Their three guitars are the focal points of a kind of sound-craft almost forgotten since its heyday with 90’s indie-rock. Positive No doesn’t shy away from noisy guitars either, and being composed of members who’ve been rocking Virginia since the 90’s, they carry that legacy incredibly well. The combination of fuzzy guitars, pounding drums and melodic but casual female vocals recall the best of the 90’s indie/alternative I grew up with in Boston, like Throwing Muses, Helium, The Blake Babies and The Breeders. This will be a great show for those of us who love the electric guitar, and Galaxy Hut will provide the sort of intimate setting you may not be able to see these band in again. --Natan Press



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