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12/31/18 - The Best Songs Brian Obsessed About in 2018

In creating the shows in 2018 we shared more than 300 songs, and listened to hundreds more. So what were the best of the best? We’re happy to share! These are Brian’s top 13 which he listened to on repeat in 2018, and a playlist of the top 57 in case you like what you heard and want to dig deeper. We hope you find some new tunes you love! Just a brief intro and then it’s all music for you to enjoy!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Greens, by be steadwell (Pop/Soul)

  2. Stronger, by Juxt (Hard Rock)

  3. Cups to the Floor, by Rare Essence (GoGo/Hip Hop)

  4. Bartenders and Bourbon, by Fellowcraft (Rock/Blues)

  5. Petrified (Live), by Chris Cassaday (Folk/Folk Rock)

  6. Vapor, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock/Grunge)

  7. The Imagineers, by Crys Matthews (Folk/Americana)

  8. Forgiveness, by Sol Roots (Blues/Funk)

  9. Long Way Back to Shonto, by Eli Lev (Indie/Indie Rock)

  10. Snow Day, by Tony Craddock, Jr. (Jazz/Gospel)

  11. Private Room (feat. JusPaul), by Footwerk (Hip Hop/Alternative Hip Hop)

  12. Crank It Up (Long Live Rock n’ Roll), by Lindsey Buckingham Palace (Hard Rock/Classic Rock)

  13. Come and Get It, by Pebble To Pearl (R&B/Funk)

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BRIAN’S TOP 57 FROM 2018


PATREON

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HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   ** Chad Lesch** ** M4TR (Music 4 The Revolution)**


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11/20/18 - All Music Episode

We have so many artists and songs we've been wanting to share that we took a week without a guest or news so we could concentrate on playing more music!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Red Line, by AZTEC SUN (Funk/Soul)

  2. Callout to the Nation, by M4TR (Rock/Hard Rock)

  3. State Radio, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock/Grunge)

  4. Roman, by Better Homes (Hard Rock/Alternative Rock)

  5. Challenger Deep, by Sydney Franklin (R&B/Soul)

  6. Anymore, by Alex Vaughn (R&B)

  7. Gravelly Point, by Mackenzie Fisher (Indie/Singer-Songwriter)

  8. The Adventurer, by Jason Masi (Rock/Acoustic)

  9. Hold On, by Lori Williams (Jazz/Neo-Soul)

  10. Dark Days, by Color Palette (Pop/Electro)

  11. Be Better, by Nah. (Indie/Psychedelic Rock)

  12. The Weekend’s Coming, by Vegas With Randolph (Pop/Power Pop)

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PATREON

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   ** M4TR (Music 4 The Revolution)**


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7/31/18 - Special Guest: Black Dog Prowl

This week on DC Music Rocks, Black Dog Prowl, one of Washington, D.C.'s hardest hitting rock bands, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Tired All The Time, Curse Words, Caustic Casanova, and FuzzQueen.

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Black Dog Prowl Bio:

Black Dog Prowl

Black Dog Prowl is considered one of Washington, D.C.'s hardest hitting rock bands. The four-piece showcases original material ranging from the slow, down-tuned to a fast-paced kick in the teeth. If one insists on drawing a line to the familiar, BDP has drawn sonic comparisons to the likes of Soundgarden, Torche, and Nirvana.

The band has built their reputation on a powerful live show, playing and headlining notable DC area venues like Black Cat, Rock & Roll Hotel, Velvet Lounge, and The Fillmore Silver Spring, as well as touring internationally in Mexico and Chile; and sharing the stage with renowned acts like Steel Panther, Candlebox, The Answer, and The Parlor Mob. 

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Bone Dry, by Tired All The Time (Punk, Post-Punk)

  2. Vapor, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock, Grunge)

  3. Escape From Promixa-B, by Curse Words (Punk, Punk Rock)

  4. The Space Needle, by Caustic Casanova (Hard Rock, Psychedelic Metal)

  5. Angry Angry, by FuzzQueen (Rock, Indie Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

RESULTS FOR SINGER SONGWRITER AT 9:30 ON AUG 18:
Congratulations to Justin Shapiro and Maryjo Mattea who will be joining us on stage at the festival!  Thanks to the more than 500 people who voted! All four of these finalists are so good! We’re such huge fans of Crys Matthews and Abby Sevcik, We hope you’ll add them to your playlists, like their pages, and check them out at one of their shows!  

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Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • NAH. - Vitamin D
    (Indie Single - RIYL Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, Pond, Hospitality)

  • Young Summer - Save The World
    (Indie Single - RIYL Beach House, Grace Slick, if Lana Del Rey and Adele had a baby)

  • Clutch - Hot Bottom Feeder
    (Hard Rock Single - RIYL Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Motorhead, Black Sabbath)

  • Colourtheory - Missin’ Ur Face
    (Hard Rock Single - RIYL Alkaline Trio and Foo Fighters)

 

Videos

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 4 - Sat
Emily Henry @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD (Pop/Singer-Songwriter)
DuPont Brass @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Funk/Brass Band)

Aug 5 - Sun
Makeup Girl @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Rock/Pop)
Lori Williams @ City Winery in Washington DC (Jazz)
Better Homes & Unsullied @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (Rock/Hard Rock)

Aug 6 - Mon
Annie Stokes @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC (Folk)

Aug 9 - Thu
Karen Jonas @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (Country/Folk)


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


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3/6/18 - Some of Brian's All Time Favorite Jams - All Music Episode

We're on Spring Break here at DC Music Rocks.  Brian's put together an episode of some of his favorite tracks which he'll be jamming out to during this vacation, we wanted to share them with you too!  Turn it up for this one!  

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Be Your Baby, by Katie Hargrove (Pop)

  2. WDYG (Where Did You Go), by All The Best Kids (Hip Hop/Pop)

  3. Vapor, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock)

  4. The Remedy, by Dr. Badlove & The Remedies (Hip Hop)

  5. Simple Reunion, by The Jones (Hard Rock)

  6. Pa Ra Ra, by Aztec Sun (Funk)

  7. Send Me, by Stone Driver (Hard Rock)

  8. Mrs. Piano, by Kenny Sway (R&B)

  9. The West Texas Blues, by Fellowcraft (Rock)

  10. Gotta Have Your Love, by Area 301 (Hip Hop)

  11. Annabelle, by Carter Lou & The Project (Rock)

  12. Red Flag, by Cassie Urbany (Rock)

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PATREON

Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**



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12/12/17 - Special Guest: Aaron Miller, of DC Sound Company 'Gold Pants Rentals'

Thanks to Aaron Miller, of Gold Pants Rentals & bassist for local cover band The Perfectionists, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Chemical, by The CooLots (Rock, Soul)
  2. Confetti, by allthebestkids (Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop)
  3. Purple, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock, Grunge)
  4. Magdela, by Prah Dukt (Hard Rock, Alternative)
  5. Revolution (The People Will Rise Again), by AZTEC SUN (Funk, Soul)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE LISTEN LOCAL FIRST HOLIDAY PLAYLIST!
We collaborated with the team over at Listen Local First and put together a holiday playlist of exclusively DC region artist’s holiday music.  It’s about 4 hours long!  Finally, a way to celebrate the holidays without those same old tired Holiday Tunes!  It will play at local businesses as well as events around town for the holidays.  We hope you’ll use it at your get togethers as well!  
www.dcmusicrocks.com/playlists

SHIRTS!
DC Music Rocks T-shirts and Long Sleeve Shirts are up on our website and available through Amazon, they make a great gift idea for your musician friends and family for the holidays!  Men’s, Women’s, and Youth sizes are even available in the T-shirts!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/shirts

SPONSOR PROGRAM LAUNCHED!
It’s a great opportunity for local businesses!  If you have ideas on who would make great sponsors, please do reach out to us!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/sponsor


NEW MUSIC


NEW VIDEOS

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Dec 15 Fri
Soldiers of Suburbia & His Dream Of Lions @ Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA
“Cool Yule W/ Mark G Meadows” @ Kentland’s Mansion in Gaithersburg, MD
Throwing Plates @ Mason Inn just north of Georgetown in NW DC

Dec 16 Sat
Killer Deluxe @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
Two Ton Twig & The VA Southpaws at Rock N Roll Hotel on H St in NE DC

Dec 20 Wed
French Admirals @ Slash Run in Petworth (in NW DC)

Dec 21 Thu
The 9 Holiday Holiday Extravaganza @ The Kenndy Center Millenium Stage by Foggy Bottom (in NW DC)


Patreon

Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
--Daniel Warren Hill  --David Mohl



Aaron Miller of Gold Pants Rentals

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Without music, life would not be fair. Born in CT, grew up in NJ, live in DC. I started and run a PA rental and sound services business called GoldPants Rentals. I'm the bassist in local cover band The Perfectionists. I'm the operations manager for a full service storage company called MakeSpace Storage.

I'm a self-taught live sound engineer, and have taken some studio recording/mixing classes with local engineer Howard Rabach. I'm also self-taught on bass, guitar and ukulele...but classically trained on the piano. I have a melodica that’s a ton of fun to play. I recommend any keyboardist picking one up; it’s like $40 and a sure-fire way to annoy a significant other.

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Aaron Miller started and runs a PA rental and sounds services business called Gold Pants Rentals. He was born in Connecticut, grew up in New Jersey and now is living in DC. Aaron's the bassist for the local cover band The Perfectionists, so he knows what it's like to be a performer and that live, that performance side of things. He's also a self-taught live sound engineer, and has taken some studio, recording and mixing classes with local engineer Howard [Rivuck 00:00:36]. Also he's self-taught on bass, guitar and ukulele, but he does have classical training in the piano. Holy smokes, Aaron. That's a lot of stuff, man. And I've worked with this guy. I've played shows with The Perfectionists, with his band, I've also worked with him as a sound guy, and he's just overall a freaking amazing guy. So thank you for being here with me today, man.

Aaron Miller:     Well gee thanks. Thanks for having me.

Brian:     Absolutely. Not so talk about, we brought up some things here, so what is it ... talk about Gold Pants Rentals and what makes it special.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah, so I started the company because well for a few reasons. One I had recently been laid off from my day job and I really wanted to build a business, and build another stream of income so I wouldn't be caught with my pants down, so to speak.

Brian:     Not with your gold pants down?

Aaron Miller:     My gold pants down, yeah. If you dig deep enough into my Facebook profile, you will find the picture to which my business name refers.

Brian:     Oh my God, don't tease me like that. Okay, got it.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah, you're going to have to do-

Brian:     So you're going to have to share that.

Aaron Miller:     ... some serious, serious Facebook stalking.

Brian:     Okay.

Aaron Miller:     I started the business, I was looking for a niche, and my band we, as a cover band, we play venues that typically don't have any sort of PA or sound engineer, or if they do it's very minimal. Usually half the channels are broken, like it's tough to put on a good show if you don't have the right gear, and I was chatting with Miles, because he owns-

Brian:     Seven Drum City.

Aaron Miller:     ... Seven Drum City, and he said, "Yeah, I get requests for a PA all the time and I just can't take it off my walls and rent it out, but I think that that would be something that people would be interested in." So I did some more research. I put together a basic rig, and just sort of hit go, and people for whatever reason keep hiring me, which is great.

Brian:     Yeah, and what is forever ... you said for whatever reason, what makes Gold Pants special? What is it even?

Aaron Miller:     Well I've researched my competition and I think we occupy this sort of niche between the really, really high-end pro shops that will drop a stage in the middle of a field and Paul McCartney can play there, and then guys who will just put up an ad on Craigslist and just keeping renewing it. Hey, you know rent my rig, come visit me and I'll set you up with gear. I wanted something with a professional feel but also more of a home-y type of touch. So you can go to my website, you can rent all my gear through my website.

Brian:     What is the website?

Aaron Miller:     Goldpantsllc.com

Brian:     Got it, okay.

Aaron Miller:     I don't know why Gold Pants was taken, but otherwise ...

Brian:     And while you're at it, check out what goldpants.com is, but then go to goldpantsllc. Got it, okay.

Aaron Miller:     All my prices are upfront. Service fees and rental fees, and I just try to be really upfront and you know what you're getting. Once you know that, I deliver. I'm going to be there early, I'm going to have everything you need. If something does break, I'll have a replacement there. I'll take care of you, I'll make sure your show goes on.

Brian:     So it's like a full service thing but it's not at a huge incredible price. It's a good deal.

Aaron Miller:     I think it's a very good value for what we provide, yeah.

Brian:     That's amazing, man. Alright, and so now gold pants, tell the story. We don't have the picture, but tell the story. Were you wearing gold pants? Why is it called Gold Pants?

Aaron Miller:     Alright, so I don't drink a lot, which ends up making me a very lightweight when I do drink, and I don't know maybe 10 years ago, I went to a New Year's Eve party. The New Year's Eve party was 70's themed, and my girlfriend now wife, at the time she married me, whatever reason, she married me.

Brian:     Because you're an amazing dude, and she's an amazing woman. I love it.

Aaron Miller:     She was wearing a set of gold tights. She looked spectacular in them. I thought I would look even more spectacular in them-

Brian:     Oh please tell me you put them on.

Aaron Miller:     I surely did, and-

Brian:     Stop it.

Aaron Miller:     Yes.

Brian:     Oh, that's awesome. Okay.

Aaron Miller:     So when I did something so dumb as to start my own business, I thought I would name it after that dumb thing I did in my twenties.

Brian:     Oh my God, that's amazing.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah.

Brian:     And now it's turning out that both of those ended up being smart things that you did.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah, like-

Brian:     You started a business and you put on some gold pants and came up with a name for your business.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah, I think so.

Brian:     I love it. Oh my God, that's amazing. What's your DC region connection? You said you was some from New Jersey. When did you get here?

Aaron Miller:     Well I went to GW. New Jersey's greatest export is college students, because we all want to leave.

Brian:     Okay, got it.

Aaron Miller:     So I went to GW. I got a job at the now defunct DC Snacks. We were such a stoner company. We would deliver ice cream and cigarettes to you at 2 in the morning. From there I went to another DC institution, Georgetown Cupcake. I handled their local deliveries, and then I ran their national shipping business.

Brian:     Holy smokes.

Aaron Miller:     Then I started delivering flowers for a company called H Bloom, and from there, yeah-

Brian:     So basically you've been at all these different businesses, but how long ago did you get to DC?

Aaron Miller:     I guess-

Brian:     What year would have that been?

Aaron Miller:     ... in 2005, fall of 2005.

Brian:     2005.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah.

Brian:     Wow. Amazing time, and now look at you. You got this wife that looks great in gold pants apparently, and-

Aaron Miller:     Not as good as me.

Brian:     ... this cool business. Not as good as you, though.

Aaron Miller:     No.

Brian:     Yes, we did establish this. My God, if we ever do an event, you're going to have to wear the gold pants one time, just I don't know, for old times' sake. That's amazing. Alright, now talk about you on the personal side. What do you do as hobbies or outside of all this work that you do?

Aaron Miller:     Well, you know it's when I'm done for the weekend, I really like to unwind with my wife Caroline. We binge watch Netflix a lot. I mean I know-

Brian:     Excellent.

Aaron Miller:     ... that's pretty-

Brian:     What are you watching?

Aaron Miller:     ... standard. Right now we're watching Mindhunters which is-

Brian:     I've heard such good things.

Aaron Miller:     ... amazingly creepy. It'll give you bad dreams, so yeah-

Brian:     Oh man, alright. Got it. So Mindhunters for nightmares, got it. Okay.

Aaron Miller:     So then on a lighter side we're watching Maron, which is Marc Maron's, I guess it's sitcom, or his show about his, you know, sort of a great comedian, not a great guy really. Just you know show the-

Brian:     I got it, yeah. Oh man, amazing. So a little bit of Netflix. Any other stuff that you do to kind of wind down as you're ... is it just a lot of relaxing?

Aaron Miller:     A lot of relaxing. Can I mention that I do Crossfit now? I totally do Crossfit.

Brian:     You do Crossfit now? I love it.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah.

Brian:     Yeah, there's a lot of ... I feel like there's people that love Crossfit and hate Crossfit. Which one are you?

Aaron Miller:     Oh I hate it. It is the worst.

Brian:     But it's so good for you.

Aaron Miller:     I am so sore all the time. It just hurts.

Brian:     I love it. Well you're looking trim, dude. So I love that-

Aaron Miller:     Oh, well thanks.

Brian:     ... you're doing it, man. This is good stuff.

Aaron Miller:     But one of the rules is that I have to mention it in every conversation, so-

Brian:     Yes, one of the first rules of Crossfit is that you talk about Crossfit.

Aaron Miller:     Exactly.

Brian:     Yes. I love it. Alright, now if you could offer ... one of my favorite questions to ask. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Aaron Miller:     Just do it.

Brian:     Just do it.

Aaron Miller:     Just like Nike, you know, but actually just do it. I was always talking about starting a business. When I finally just pushed myself to spend some money and do it, it all tumbled forward.

Brian:     There it is. So just do it, and that's where Gold Pants came from. Has other things come from that too? Is that where The Perfectionists came from? You've been playing music too. Yeah, the music. You've been playing classically trained piano. Talk a little bit about the music.

Aaron Miller:     Sure. So I started playing piano when I was six, did the classical, all the scales and all that. You know, I can play For Elise with the best of them. I got bored with that. I started taking some jazz lessons. I don't know if you know this, but you can actually play piano in a marching band. I did that.

Brian:     How do you do that?

Aaron Miller:     Well they have a pit, so I'm not being dragged around.

Brian:     Oh okay. I was going to say-

Aaron Miller:     Yeah.

Brian:     ... the pit orchestra. Yes, I did know that.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah, so I was technically a part of the percussion section and that was in high school-

Brian:     Sure, excellent.

Aaron Miller:     ... so I got to wear a wonderful uniform.

Brian:     Oh man, but then you play bass now.

Aaron Miller:     I do.

Brian:     When did that happen?

Aaron Miller:     So I took ... GW has a music program, and you can take lessons for non-majors. So I wanted to take more piano lessons, and I guess I wasn't very good at it, because my teacher said, "Hey, one of my other students, he's starting a band. Why don't you play bass for him? You said you had a bass, right?"

Brian:     Wow, so you got kind of bumped into doing some bass.

Aaron Miller:     But I love the instrument. I started listening to Victor Wooten, and he's just incredible.

Brian:     Phenomenal bassist.

Aaron Miller:     And it's like, "Oh, the bass can do that." And then you start listening to bass lines in all the Beatles songs, and it just ... it's just a wonderful instrument. I love playing it.

Brian:     [inaudible 00:10:31] there's a lot of bass. I love that, man. Now last thing, folks if they want to find out more about the stuff that you're doing, we talked about Gold Pants, and where are the places they go online to find that stuff?

Aaron Miller:     Facebook. Yeah, all Facebook. I am on it way too much, so you should go there.

Brian:     Facebook. So it's facebook.com/ ...

Aaron Miller:     Goldpantsrentals.

Brian:     Goldpantsrentals.

Aaron Miller:     Or perfectionistdc.

Brian:     Or perfectionistdc, that's the band.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah.

Brian:     Very cool, and Seven Drum City.

Aaron Miller:     Of course.

Brian:     And the other, the business partner there. Great, great things happening there.

April 11, 2017 - Special Guest: Pablo Anton, Guitarist of Black Dog Prowl

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PABLO ANTON

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Bio

Pablo Anton is a Mexican rock guitarist based in DC, with over 15 years of experience playing live and recording with different musical projects. He was part of the rock music community in Mexico City for 10 years before relocating to DC in 2013, playing recurrently in different venues and rock bars across the city with different bands. After arriving in DC, he founded and released an EP with the short-lived band Hundredth Nomad, and is now currently the lead guitar player for Black Dog Prowl.   

 

Black Dog Prowl is a four-piece band that showcases original material ranging from the slow, down-tuned to a fast-paced kick in the teeth. If one insists on drawing a line to the familiar, BDP has drawn sonic comparisons to the likes of Soundgarden, Torche, and Nirvana. The band has built their reputation on a powerful live show, playing and headlining notable DC area venues like Black Cat, Rock&Roll Hotel, Velvet Lounge, and The Fillmore Silver Spring, sharing the stage with renowned acts such as Steel Panther, The Parlor Mob, The Answer, and A Thousand Horses. Aside from frequently playing shows around the DMV area, they have also toured internationally in Chile and Mexico, as well as different cities across the East Coast such as Hoboken, NYC, Philadelphia, Richmond and Baltimore.

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     Pablo Anton is a Mexican rock guitarist based in DC with over 15 years of experience playing live and recording with different musical projects. He was part of the rock music community in Mexico City for 10 years before relocating to DC in 2013. He is now the lead guitar player for Black Dog Prowl, and Black Dog Prowl is a four-piece band that draws sonic comparisons to the likes of Soundgarden, Torch, Nirvana. It's just a powerful sound that you heard there. The band has built a reputation on powerful live shows. Aside from frequently playing shows around the DMV area, they also have toured internationally in Chile and Mexico, as well as cities throughout the East Coast. I've shared the stage with Pablo a couple of times, and this man is a prodigy on guitar. Listeners, it is [crosstalk 00:00:53] with great pleasure that I introduce Pablo Anton. Here he is.

Pablo:     Thank you.

Brian:     Now you were just going to talk about it. You were just touring in Mexico. Talk about that a little bit.

Pablo:     We were. Yes. We did a two-week tour in Mexico. We flew there on March 21st and then we played a show at Caradura, which is sort of like the Rock & Roll Hotel equivalent of Mexico City. We were there. We were supposed to tour with ... Well, we were there touring with two other bands, one from Costa Rica named Akasha and another one from Mexico City as well named Driven. This all happened the weekend after the Vive Latino Festival, which is like the Lollapalooza down there.

Brian:     Oh.

Pablo:     These two bands had just played there and then were going on a two-week tour of the country, and so we joined them. The show in Caradura in Mexico City was just amazing. We had the opportunity of having my very dear friend and one of the best musicians I've ever played with, Tonio Ruiz, join us on stage for a song. That was definitely [crosstalk 00:01:59].

Brian:     Wow. For those who don't know who Tonio Ruiz is, how would they recognize him?

Pablo:     Tonio Ruiz is the lead singer and guitar player from a nu-metal band in Mexico called Qbo. If you haven't checked it out, you definitely should.

Brian:     [crosstalk 00:02:14]. Powerful stuff. You were down in Mexico for a total of ... How long was the tour?

Pablo:     It was a total of two weeks. We had four shows, and in between ... We had two shows one weekend and then two the other, and in between we rented a hangar at an old airport field where we shot our new video for our latest single, Shame, which I am hoping will be ready soon.

Brian:     So there's a new music video coming.

Pablo:     There's a new music video coming soon.

Brian:     Actually, you can say it was filmed in Mexico too.

Pablo:     Yes, and it features me.

Brian:     And it features Pablo.

Pablo:     Yes.

Brian:     There it is. Yes. I love it. Now we touched on it earlier, but let's talk about being an immigrant, an immigrant musician, and being an immigrant in DC. Talk about that a little bit.

Pablo:     Yeah, for sure. As I was saying, I've been in this city for four years. I moved here for a job, for an office job, four years ago. I'm also an economist, and so I got an offer to work here for sort of like a multilateral and working in financial inclusion issues. When I moved here, I was actually kind of disappointed. I used to live in New York before moving here. I have to say, my perception of DC was very narrow and colorblind.

      I thought that everybody was just like ... With all due respect, just like a bunch of bureaucrats that worked either for the federal government or for public institutions or multilaterals, and there was no culture. There was no artist community or something that made the city interesting. At first, I was kind of hesitant of moving here, but then when I finally moved here, I discovered, out of chance really, out of a friend of a friend who told me about Flashband, my life changed completely and so did my perception of DC.

Brian:     Well, first, I got to say that, yes, I don't think you're way off in that people's perceptions about DC, that I don't think you're the only one who has that perception, because there is this, it's only a government town and all the people here are either working for the government in some way, shape, or form, and that maybe culture isn't a thing. That's one of the things that we talk about on this show is that actually that's so wrong, because the music community here is incredible.

Pablo:     I know.

Brian:     All these great minds do it, and so Flashband, you said? You heard about it through Flashband. For those who don't know what Flashband is, talk about that.

Pablo:     The founder of Flashband, Neal, hates when I call it this, but it's basically like speed dating for musicians. It's like [crosstalk 00:04:49].

Brian:     So it's speed dating for musicians. What's that like? Talk to me.

Pablo:     Well, they basically jam you in a rehearse space with five other musicians for 15 minutes, and then you have to switch to a different rehearse space. Then you just have to jam and meet as many musicians as you can. Then at the end of the event, they make you select your bandmates, like your temporary bandmates, out of all of those small jam sessions that you have. Then after that, you have to come up with a three-song set list with two covers and one original song. Then you have to go on stage and present it at a Flashband showcase. I did it only once, but it was-

Brian:     The whole process takes like ... It's a month, right? Or it's something like that? [crosstalk 00:05:32].

Pablo:     Yeah, I think it's like three weeks only, and then-

Brian:     Awesome. Speed dating for musicians. Okay. Being an immigrant then, you came from Mexico, from Mexico City?

Pablo:     Yes.

Brian:     You came up.

Pablo:     Well, I came to the US to study my master's degree at Columbia University in New York. Then from Columbia, that's when I got the job offer to move to DC and came down here. I didn't know what to expect, but I was really ... After I was introduced to the DC music community through Flashband and I found it, and I started my own band, and I started having shows, and I started meeting more musicians in the community, I was just blown away by just the massive support that this organic movement in the city has. It's sort of like a grassroots movement where all of the different bands that are involved are open to sharing and to promoting and to supporting one another to ... Yeah, for the benefit of everybody. That's just something that I found that's so amazing and so impressive compared to what the music community's like in Mexico City, which is where I come from.

Brian:     That's because Mexico City's community is different?

Pablo:     Yeah, well, the situation down there is pretty different, because basically the media in general is basically controlled by two large, massive media corporations that are down there. The type of music that they promote and the type of events that they promote is basically more attuned to like pop music in general, so there's not a lot of promotion of local artists that want to venture into different subgenres like rock or metal. That's definitely an issue when you're trying to be like up-and-coming artist in Mexico City.

      There are [crosstalk 00:07:20] some outlets that are sort of like similar to this radio station, for example. We also have like a state-owned radio station that has other shows, like alternative music shows where you can find an outlet for the type of music that you do and you want to promote, but those, because there's only a few of them, those also become basically controlled by just a small group of people. If you're not a part of that small group of people, if you're not in connection with somebody that's part of that small group of people, there's really no way for you to promote yourself and promote your art. A lot of the venues down there also don't ... They don't give preference to original acts. Most of the bars down there basically prefer to have cover bands at their shows, [crosstalk 00:08:11] because it gets more people in and it's more money for them.

Brian:     That's probably true. That's true of many cities, and DC is evolving in that way, because there's more and more great original music played around town, but there's still a cover scene here. Cover bands are still ... They're coming into town. Now you're playing guitar for Black Dog Prowl. You said there were other bands, and now you're playing for Black Dog Prowl? How did that transition happen?

Pablo:     Well, after I did Flashband with my Flashband buddies, Jen and Zach, we started an original band called Hundredth Nomad that we had for around a year and a half. With that band, we started growing, and we started having more local shows. We started getting to be a little bit known and spread the word around. Then unfortunately, that band broke up about a week ago. No, sorry, about a year ago.

Brian:     A week ago.

Pablo:     No, no, not a week ago, not a week ago. It broke up in June.

Brian:     Okay.

Pablo:     Last June. Then when we broke up, a couple of months later, Josh from Black Dog Prowl approached me and told me that they had a show lined up in Hoboken, New Jersey, and that they needed a guitar player to fill for them. I said, "Yes, I'm not doing anything, so that'd be a great idea. I'll do it. I'll learn the songs." I was already a Black Dog Prowl fan. I met them two years before then at a show at DC9. I went to see a show by one of my favorite bands that's called The Answer, which is a rock band from Northern Ireland. They were playing with DC9 on a Tuesday night.

Brian:     Wow.

Pablo:     The place, it didn't have a lot of people there. I think we were like maybe 15 or 20 people in the audience, but then ... So Black Dog Prowl opened for The Answer at that show, and they really ...

Brian:     Wow.

Pablo:     They blew my socks off, like after that ... I really didn't even enjoy The Answer after that. After seeing them, I was like, "Okay, I'm done. I'm going to go have a beer. This is too much." I became a fan ever since. I approached the guys at the end, and I became friends with them. Things just naturally evolved from there.

Brian:     Wow. That's really cool. It's always fun to hear the stories about how this music community is so ... It's so vibrant, and there's a lot of movement that happens, like you have been in multiple bands. The more you get connected with the scene, the more you start to see the different musicians and how they jump, and they have different generations of bands and stuff come through. It's pretty incredible. Now, one of the things I always like to ask on these interviews is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Pablo:     To who?

Brian:     The question is open-ended, and it's up to you, sir.

Pablo:     Say no to drugs.

Brian:     Say no to drugs.

Pablo:     I don't know, like [crosstalk 00:10:56].

Brian:     Okay, [crosstalk 00:10:56] have experience with that?

Pablo:     No, no, no, that's not what I meant. Nevermind. I was trying to tell a joke.

Brian:     Okay. Say no to drugs. That's a positive public service announcement from Pablo. Excellent.

Pablo:     Oh, if you mean advice as a musician in DC, I've actually given this advice to people. All of the time, I'm just meeting people that are here for bureaucratic jobs. Then when I tell them that I'm in a band, they're like, "Oh, dude, I used to have a band when I was back in high school or back in college. Those were the days. I haven't played in a while though. I really miss it." My advice is just get out there and do it. If you were ever a musician, or if you are a musician, then you have the same illness that I have, which is that if I'm not playing music, I'm not complete. I don't feel completely happy and fulfilled.

      If you have that same craving that musicians like me have, then you should definitely do something about it. The great thing about a city like DC is that there's multiple options for you to explore. If you want something that is low commitment or high commitment, and be in a band and tour, there's a wide spectrum of things that you can do. The lowest one, which would be Flashband, you should reach out and open a profile on Flashband. That's the way to get started.

Brian:     Awesome. If folks want to find out more about you and Black Dog Prowl, where is the best place to ... Where do they find you? Where do they go?

Pablo:     We have all of the typical social media accounts, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. They're all @blackdogprowl. We also have a website where you can go to see all of our videos and stuff, which is www.blackdogprowl.com.

December 6, 2016 - Special Guest: Dave Mallen

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  2. Come On Over - Joshua Rich (Pop/Solo Piano)
  3. Leave the Light On - Ken Francis Wenzel (Rock/Roots Rock)
  4. Talk to Me - Dan Fisk (Pop/Acoustic)
  5. Silence Comes Easy - Hari Vasan (Indie/Alternative)
  6. Nearly Broken - Rachel Levitin (Pop/Rock)
  7. Dance Across the Sky - Kipyn Martin (Folk/Americana)
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DAVE MALLEN

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BIO

DAVE MALLEN DC MUSIC ROCKS

Dave Mallen is an award-winning Producer/Engineer, Multi-instrumentalist, and Music Business Consultant. In 2006, he founded Innovation Station Music, a "one-stop-shop" recording studio known for its highly collaborative and personalized approach to music production. Dave has also helped dozens of DC area artists forge a path to success in the music industry through customized strategic planning. In 2009, he co-founded the Metro Music Source, a series of meetups, panel discussions, and showcases that has provided local musicians and industry professionals with numerous opportunities to network, learn, and collaborate.

In recognition of his work with the local music community, Dave Mallen received a 2013 WAMMIE nomination for "Most Supportive of Washington DC Music”. He is a voting Member of the Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), and holds a Masters Certificate from the Berklee College of Music in Music Business and Technology. He performs live with many of the artists he produces, and is the keyboardist for the band Ken Wenzel & Cross Kentucky. Dave is currently building a new, state-of-the-art recording studio in Northern VA -- set to open in March 2017. Info on this project can be found on Dave's Indiegogo page, www.supportdavesstudio.com.

Studio Website: www.innovationstationmusic.com

 New Studio Crowdfunding Site: www.supportdavesstudio.com

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnovationStationMusic

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DAVE MALLEN DC MUSIC ROCKS

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     Dave Mallen is an award-winning producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and music business consultant. In 2006, he founded Innovation Station Music. It's a one-stop shop recording studio known for its highly collaborative and personalized approach to music production. Dave's also helped dozens of D.C. area artists forge a path to success in the music industry through customized, strategic planning.

                  In 2009, he co-founded the Metro Music Source, which is a series of meet-ups, panel discussions, showcases, that provided local musicians and industry professionals with numerous opportunities to network, learn, and collaborate. In recognition of his work with the local music community, in 2013, he was actually nominated Most Supportive of Washington, D.C. music.

                  He's a voting member of the Recording Academy, the Grammys, and holds a Master's Certificate from the Berklee College of Music in Music Business and Technology. He performs live with many of the artists he produces and is the keyboardist for the band Ken Wenzel & Cross Kentucky. You'll hear them later. Excited to share them. Dave is currently building a new, state of the art recording studio in Northern Virginia. It's set to open in March of 2017.

                  Guys, I stumbled across Dave ... Shout out to Eric "Soup" Campbell, he's a phenomenal bartender over at Hamilton. Just an all around amazing guy. Introduced me to Dave and I'm so thankful, Eric, for that introduction. The stuff that Dave is doing is just absolutely phenomenal. Listen, it's with great pleasure that I introduce Dave Mallen. Thanks so much for being here, Dave.

Dave:     That's my pleasure. How are you doing? Here we are. Yeah, no I got to give a shout out to Soup, as well. He's a guy that really gave me a boost in the local music scene. I'm from Jersey, originally, a small town in Jersey. Came to D.C. in 1995 for college, and Soup was one of the first guys I met and was just a great friend. He worked at all the local haunts here, and just found a way to get me playing in the D.C. scene. I can't say enough about him.

Brian:     You know, I just realized...

Dave:     My mic was off?

Brian:     A little bit of a mistake with the mic there. What I do want to say is, thanks so much to Soup and thank you for being here. Tell us about you. Tell us about Dave.

Dave:     Well, you know, maybe you heard this, maybe you didn't, but I am from New Jersey, originally. I bring the small town feel to what I think is ... D.C. is a big city with a small town feel. It's one of the things I love about being here. I've planted my roots here, and I just feel that music, for me, is the way for me to connect with other people.

                  What I've learned about myself is that I'm all about the community. I'm all about making people feel as good as they can. When they're playing music and we're all playing music together, there's a magical thing that happens. I experienced it last week, actually. We had some guys wiring the new studio. One of them was up from North Carolina. We just had this amazing connection. She had played D.C. in the past, actually in a band that I was a super fan of, called Cecilia, back in the day.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Dave:     Turns out, we had all these things in common and we just started jamming together and had this musical connection. It reminded me that that's what it's all about. It's not about money, it's just about people connecting and making their lives a little bit better through music.

Brian:     That's amazing. I introduced you with a lot of different things that you're doing. Just give us a brief rundown. Run us down on those things that I was talking about.

Dave:     Right, well, so, just breaking it down, what I do during the day is I'm a producer engineer. I run Innovation Station Music, which is, at the moment, a small recording studio, about to be a lot bigger. The idea behind that was really to create a place where musicians could come and feel comfortable to create, collaborate. It's a highly collaborative environment. I play on a lot of the records, I'm constantly composing, writing, and bringing in different elements of my background in music, but also others. We're just trying to create the best music we can.

                  The twist on that is I wanted everyone to understand their potential. I'm unrelenting in making sure that we make sure that the music is the best it can be. Then, what do we do with it? Let's work together to actually chart a course for your music. I started, after my program at the Berklee College of Music, I learned about the industry, and I took it from there. Keeping up with the very latest trends of how people are consuming music. What are we going to do together to actually find some success with this music? There's so much music out there, as you know, how do you get heard and connect with the people? That's been the vision, from the beginning.

Brian:     Tell us about Dave, outside of the studio. There's that part. Do you have any hobbies? What's the personal side of Dave like?

Dave:     It's a trick question because I don't really do anything outside of the studio anymore. No, I love, actually, going out to the wineries out in Virginia. That's my happy place. We go out there, my wife, Emily, and I, and just sit and listen ... Of course, there's music involved.

Brian:     Of course.

Dave:     I can't escape it entirely.

Brian:     I'm sensing a theme here, okay.

Dave:     There's a theme. Just sitting there. I love wine, I love sitting out in the country, in the mountains. I wish that were a little closer and I could do that every day. 

Brian:     Got it.

Dave:     You know?

Brian:     Wine country and the incredible wife. That's the outside. What's one thing you love about the D.C. music scene?

Dave:     I have to say, I've traveled around, I've talked to a lot of folks about this. Everyone I've talked to has confirmed this. D.C. has a very cool sense of community. Obviously, I'm trying to push that, with the work that I do through the studio, through Metro Music Source, which you mentioned earlier. It's native to D.C. and it's natural. There's a spirit of camaraderie and service to others. This is the kind of thing that doesn't necessarily come through, when you hear about what's happening in Washington, politically. This is the underground indie artist scene. Everyone helps each other out.

                  I love to see ... There are tribute shows that are formed, just organically. I'm actually playing Jammin Java on December 23rd. There's a Christmas show that a guy named Todd Wright, who's an amazing singer-songwriter. You might know Todd. He's a singer, songwriter, producer.

Brian:     Yeah.

Dave:     He puts them on ... This is 14 years running.

Brian:     Holy smokes.

Dave:     It's a cavalcade of great local musicians. A lot of them don't live in D.C. anymore, they've moved away, started families, whatever. They come back every year from L.A., or whatever, because they just love the community here. If I had to say what I love about it, this is a place where people can feel like it's not competitive. At least that's my take on it.

Brian:     Yeah.

Dave:     It's a great community.

Brian:     Yeah. That's amazing. Tell us about the best success story that comes to mind.

Dave:     Wow, best success ... Every day, I have many successes and failures. I don't feel like I've hit the big time yet, per se. I don't even know if there is a big time anymore. My successes are, right now, related to my studio. The fact that I'm going to build a world-class studio in this area, with one of the top designers in the world, I pinch myself that this came from an idea that I had 10+ years ago to even do recording. Now I'm expanding. It's been a ton of work, it's nearly killed me, but I'm still standing.

                  Now I'm in excitement mode, because things are happening. I think that's the success is the staying power. Now, to know that I've got this ... I've talked to my wife about this concept of escape velocity. I don't know if you're familiar with this. It's basically the amount of energy required for anything to escape Earth's gravity.

Brian:     Sure, okay.

Dave:     I look at my life that way. I'm always trying to escape my own gravity. This studio, I've put the energy in, and I'm about to hit that escape velocity.

Brian:     Escape velocity.

Dave:     Yeah.

Brian:     That's cool. You've mentioned it now. Say more about this studio then. Where is it at in the stage? Is it coming? What's going on with that?

Dave:     Right now, it was over a year of design, painstaking design. Working with one of the top designers, Wes Lachot. He's built studios ... The Jimi Hendrix studio up in New York, Electric Lady. He's one rooms there. Chris Daughtry just did a room with him. REM's producer, Mitch Easter. I'm really excited to work with him and his team. Right now, we're halfway through the construction phase. We're looking at about another three months. Then a little bit of finalization and we should be up and running in March.

     Yeah. We're doing a crowd-funding campaign, just for a tiny piece of it. Costs have gone up and I'm just an indie musician trying to do this, just like everybody else. We did an Indiegogo and if you want to check that out, just to see what's going on, or support, that would be great. That's www.supportdavesstudio.com

Brian:     Supportdavesstudio. Got it. We'll make sure we put that in the notes for this episode, as well, so you can get back to that later.

Dave:     Yeah.

Brian:     Check out the amazing things that are going on with the Innovation Station Music, and the cool things that you're doing.

Dave:     Yes. It's going to be a multi-room studio, fully soundproof. All the rooms will be connected with audio and video screens, so everybody can see one another, with great line of sight. Totally state of the art. I'm psyched.

Brian:     Wow. Sounds like a kid at Christmas, man. You've got this new thing that's coming along. I absolutely love it.

Brian:     What's one thing you have in your music collection that might surprise us?

Dave:     Oh goodness. Well, I don't know if it would surprise people who know me, necessarily, but I basically grew up in the 1950s. When I was a kid-

Brian:     You look so young, Dave. I find that so hard to believe, man.

Dave:     I know. Well, I use a special Korean skin cream.

Dave:     Anyway, I grew up listening to the records that my parents listen to. I would sit there and every morning, instead of watching cartoons, I would watch Ed Sullivan broadcasts that I had recorded on PBS.

Dave:     I would study what they were doing. I love '50s rock and roll. Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis, all that stuff.

Dave:     You know, of course, people love that. I literally felt like I was living in that decade.

Brian:     Wow.

Dave:     It influenced me so heavily.

Brian:     1950s rock. I love it.

Brian:     All right. The crazy thing about that is there's no new 1950s rock that's going to come out. That classic stuff is so good.

Dave:     Yeah.

Brian:     It almost never seems to get old. I love it.

Dave:     I think there are a lot of groups that are trying to throw back to that. You look at like a Nathaniel Rateliff, Ray LaMontagne is definitely throwing back to the '60s.

Dave:     There's some stuff. No one's going to ... Even you talk to the Beatles, the Stones were all influenced by these guys. That's where I get my inspiration.

Brian:     Do you have any rules, as a studio professional, that you follow? Are there any that you always break? 

Dave:     Well, I'll tell you, I run my studio very democratically. The one rule that I have, above all else, is to treat everyone with respect and as if they are ... They are, truly, the most important people to me, when they're in the studio or out of the studio. I don't ever want to think, "Well, this guy doesn't have quite as much talent as the other guy, so I'm going to give him less." No. For me, everyone gets my absolute best because you never know. It's a matter of disrespect, and you get that back too. I just feel like everyone's got such potential. I am the guy that wants to see everyone reach their potential.

Dave:     You treat everyone fairly and democratically, in that way. That's my big rule.

Brian:     Got it. Now, if folks want to find out more about you and the things that you have going on, where can they find you?

Dave:     My main studio website is InnovationStationMusic.com. 

Dave:     The crowd-funding site which, actually, has some great video stuff that I put together, and a lot of content about what we're doing, going forward. That is supportdavesstudio.com. Between the two of those, you can get a lot of information. On the Innovation Station Music website, you'll be able to hear tracks that I've produced. I don't know if there's any repeats of what we're going to hear here today, but you can hear a lot more on that site.

Brian:     Are you a social media guy too? Is there anywhere they'd find you there?

Dave:     Yep, I'm on Facebook. Just go to Innovation Station Music, you'll find me. Twitter, I'm @MallenMusic on Twitter.

August 2, 2016 - Special Guest Roxplosion

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Music From Today's Show

  1. DC Music Rocks Listener's Choice Track of the Week: Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents - Silver in the Foothills  (Rock/Folk Rock)
  2. Feral Conservatives - Round The Corner (Rock/Folk Rock)
  3. Wylder - Swells (Rock/Pop/Indie Folk)
  4. More AM Than FM - Kitchen (Rock/Punk)
  5. Black Dog Prowl - Shame (Rock)
  6. The Jones - The News (Rock)
  7. Black Dog Prowl - Vapor (Rock)
  8. More AM Than FM - Cause For Alarm (Rock/Punk)
  9. The Jones - Down On me (Rock)
  10. The Meer - Sand Machine (Rock/Acoustic Rock) -- Glory In Sound DC Music Blog

Live Music Venue Spotlight: Sehkraft Brewing


Special Guest: Roxplosion

Bio - Photos - Video

Photo Credit: Derek Evry

Photo Credit: Derek Evry

Bio:

An underground legend in the DC music community, Alec Berry, known in the scene simply as Roxplosion, is all over the region taking pictures at the hottest shows and coolest venues.  You've seen his photos featured on many of DC's websites, and many DC area musicians feature his photos as their social media profile photos.  When asked to describe himself, he says:

Photo Credit: Turtle Recall

Photo Credit: Turtle Recall

The details of my life are quite inconsequential, I am a computer nerd who is addicted to live rock and roll. My addiction is fed by my friends, many of whom are musicians, recording engineers, bartenders, bouncers, club owners, promoters, piano tuners, luthers, board jockeys, light jockeys, DJs, photographers, videographers, music teachers, poster artists— and rabid fans. In 2002, I brought a camera to a live show, the remaining details are... sketchy.

Thank you so much, Roxplosion, for joining us on this episode!  We here at DC Music Rocks appreciate the incredible art, talent, and generosity you continue to share with the DC Music Community!  Thanks for doing what you do!

Website: http://www.roxplosion.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Roxplosion

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roxplosion/

Link: Roxplosion Fest

Here are a few other photos he shared:

Photo Credit: Roxplosion

Photo Credit: Roxplosion

photo credit: Roxplosion

photo credit: Roxplosion

Roxplosion in action on left.&nbsp; photo credit: Matt Marinec

Roxplosion in action on left.  photo credit: Matt Marinec


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