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1/15/19 - Special Guest: Maryjo Mattea

This week on DC Music Rocks, Maryjo Mattea, an artist who captivates audiences with her uniquely melodic songwriting and hauntingly beautiful voice, stops by for a chat.  The episode also features great tracks by Raheem DeVaughn, Color Palette, Serenity Karima, and Two Dragon and a Cheetah.

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Maryjo Mattea Bio/Links:

Interview Video Link: https://youtu.be/lsshtoeZtvE

Fun Fact: Maryjo was one of the first guests we had back in the early days of DC Music Rocks. She won, by popular vote, a performance spot at our 9:30 Club Festival and one of the prizes with that win was to come back! You can find her 2016 episode here: https://www.dcmusicrocks.com/episodes/august-16-2016-special-guest-maryjo-mattea

Washington, DC-based songstress Maryjo Mattea captivates audiences with her uniquely melodic songwriting and hauntingly beautiful voice. Mattea’s music, which has garnered comparisons to Neko Case, Alanis Morissette, and Liz Phair, is the perfect hybrid of polished pop and raw rock. In addition to performing original music and more as a solo artist and with a band, she is also a member of the grunge-garage rock duo, Two Dragons and a Cheetah, electro-rock group, Color Palette, post-rock ensemble, Endless Winter, and occasional bassist for synth-pop band, Loi Loi.


Bringing the songs to life on the records and the stage are Scott Manley, Joshua Hunter, and Eamonn Donnelly. Scott Manley (drums) moved to Washington, DC within months of Mattea in 2011. Prior to arriving in DC, Manley received a degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in orchestral percussion, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and held down the beat for LA-based band, Moving Picture Show. Joshua Hunter (guitar), plays with Mattea in not one, not two, but three bands: Maryjo Mattea, Color Palette, and Endless Winter. He previously played guitar with dance-rock ensemble, Dance for the Dying (DC) and hard rock band, The Elegy Machine (Phoenix). Before re-locating to DC in 2015, Eamonn Donnelly (bass) was bassist for Chicago-based group, The Kickback. Donnelly's creative talents extend beyond the musical realm; he is also a gifted graphic designer and photographer.

Website: www.maryjomattea.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryjomattea

Instagram: www.instagram.com/maryjomattea

Twitter: www.twitter.com/maryjomattea

YouTube: www.youtube.com/maryjomattea

Bandcamp: http://maryjomattea.bandcamp.com

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/maryjomattea

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Vj7uSCee79u0ZR1TxH5J8?si=waxauX-ATO6VmZvISjDpsw 

Maryjo Mattea
Maryjo Mattea

FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Don’t Come Easy, by Raheem DeVaughn (R&B)

  2. The Other Side, by Maryjo Mattea (Pop, Pop Funk)

  3. Chelsea, by Color Palette (Pop, Electro)

  4. ***Party, by Serenity Karima (R&B, Funk)

  5. Wind Me Up, by Two Dragons and a Cheetah (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

1) NEW RELEASE PLAYLISTS!
We’ve started our 2019 New Releases Playlist.  Follow it to always get free deliveries of the absolute newest music.  We add to it every week!
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/3rrpdTIRTQNqXAnGuwzOP3


Our 2018 Playlist is now complete with 244 Songs and more than 15 hours of music!  A great resource for songs you haven’t heard too much and to find ideas on who to nominate for the Wammies!
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k


2) THE 2019 WAMMIE AWARDS!
The Wammies are back!  What’s different? How does this work?

The Process To Decide Wammie Winners:
-In January, nominations are accepted online from the general public.  
-In February, the Top most nominated releases/artists in each award category will become finalists and will move on to be scored by a select panel of judges comprised of regional music industry professionals.  
-The finalist in each award category with the highest combined score from the judges will win the Wammie Award!

Wammie Award Eligibility:
-Must have been a release in 2018, from January 1st, 2018 till December 31st, 2018.
-Artists must be from the Washington, DC region.  This map can be found on our Wammie Awards FAQs page.
-Artists must have a release, that’s widely available, on at least 2 of the main commercial music platforms outlined in the FAQs.

How can I participate?
The public nomination process is the important piece our region is involved in. It is your voice that nominates, recognizes, and celebrates these musicians and artists!  Visit our nomination forms online and nominate as many artists and releases as you’d like for each of the categories. Share on your social media pages which artists you nominated and tag them!  Spread the word! Remember, those with the most nominations from the public in each award category will become a finalist in that category, so the more people and artists involved, the more inclusive the awards show will be!

NOTE:  
The FAQs page for The 2019 Wammie Awards contains all official details. This short overview is simply a supplemental resource.
http://www.wammiesdc.org/faqs/
To Nominate, click here:  
http://www.wammiesdc.org/nominations/


NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK

MUSIC

  • Make Up Girl - In Time
    6 Song Rock EP - RIYL Tame Impala, The Strokes, Frank Ocean

  • Lionize - Cyber Attackers
    2 Song Hard Rock Release - RIYL Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin

  • Raheem DeVaughn - Belongs 2 You
    R&B Single - RIYL Dwele or Floetry

  • Color Palette - Dear Prudence
    Pop Rock Single, cover of a Beatles song

  • Melodime - Roll-2
    4 Song Rock EP - RIYL Zac Brown Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, Tom Petty

  • CoralBenders - Jellyfish Yell
    Rock Single - RIYL The Growlers, Thee Oh Sees, Pixies, Brian Jonestown Massacre

  • Bobby Thompson - On The Ground
    Hard Rock Single - RIYL Ben Harper, Gov't Mule, Eric Clapton

  • Nelly’s Echo - Holly Would
    Pop Single - RIYL Jason Mraz, Sting, Aloe Blacc

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HOT SHOWS LIST THIS WEEK!!

Go see a show! Research shows that it reduces stress and makes you happy!

Jan 18 - Fri
Robbie Schaefer @ The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA (Folk)
Wanted Man @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC
Elizabeth II @ Union Stage in Washington, DC

Jan 19 - Sat
The Fuss @ The Soundry in Columbia, MD
Human Country Jukebox @ Haydee's Restaurant in Washington, DC
Jonny Grave @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC
The 5:55 @ Whitlow's On Wilson in Arlington, VA

***Our calendar is the only place to find exclusively DC’s local music scene! Check out all your show options! https://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar/

Jan 20 - Sun
Rare Essence @ The Hamilton in Washington, DC
Two Ton Twig @ Whitlow's On Wilson in Arlington, VA

Jan 24 - Thu
Queue @ Pie Shop in Washington, DC


GREAT RESOURCES & LINKS

LOCAL MUSIC CALENDAR

DC ARTIST DATABASE

ALL OUR PLAYLISTS

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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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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)**


WE'RE LOOKING FOR ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?


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10/30/18 - 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. We Won’t Last The Night, by Prinze George (Indie/Indie Electronic Pop)

  2. The Madness, by Pressing Strings (Folk/Rock)

  3. Imagination, by Dupont Brass (Hip Hip/R&B)

  4. Mr. Sanity, by Clones of Clones (Rock)

  5. Clapback, by RDGLDGRN (Pop/Hip Hop)

  6. Prior to Rain, by Teddy Chipouras (Folk/Americana)

  7. Sunburn, by Color Palette (Pop/Electro)

  8. Hot Bottom Feeder, by Clutch (Hard Rock)

  9. Hey Wait, by Blue Skies and Death (Pop/Synth Pop)

  10. Chasing Daylight, by Eli Lev (Indie/Singer-Songwriter)

  11. Home Team, by Melodime (Rock/Alt-Country)

  12. Heart of a Pessimist, by be steadwell (Pop/Soul)

  13. Bound to Be Something Good, by The Colonies (Rock/Indie Rock)

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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)**


WE'RE LOOKING FOR ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS

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9/12/17 - Special Guest: EXNATIONS

Thanks to Taylor of the pop group, Exnations, for coming by the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Never About The Money, by EXNATIONS (Pop, Alternative Pop)
  2. Balance it all, by Night Train 357 (Hip Hop)
  3. High Class Girl, by Spencer Joyce (Indie/Indie Rock)
  4. Daylight, by Color Palette (Pop/Rock)
  5. Burn Blue, by Flasher (Rock)
  6. Voodoo Dollhouse, by Catscan! (Indie/Electronic Rock)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parklife DC article about DC Music Rocks Festival:
http://parklifedc.com/2017/09/06/music-park-dc-music-rocks-festival-930-club-9217/

The DC Mayor’s 202Creates September celebration of the creative economy is here. All September, there’s going to be events all over the city!  Go attend an event!  Events are listed on the website, and if you know of an event that’s not listed, certainly contact them through the website.  
http://www.202creates.com/

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Edjacated Phools - Check Out The Vibes (13 Song Full Album)
Sub-Radio - Steady (Single)
Pleasure Train - Pleasure Train Vol II (4 Song EP)
The Electric Grandmother - Cancelled (17 Song Full Album)
Caustic Casanova - Pantheon, Vol. 2 (2 song Single)
Lionize - Nuclear Soul (11 Song Full Album)
Soldiers of Suburbia - Rollercoasters (Single)
More Am Than FM - Oh The Places I've Been (5 Song EP)
Surprise Attack - Live At Groove (4 Song Live EP)
The Woodshedders - Talisman (11 Song Full Album

Video:
Alex Vaughn - Gotta Have It
https://youtu.be/iiHR8BYKoqE

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

Fri Sep 15
Nelly’s Echo @ Rockville Town Square in Rockville MD

Sat Sep 16
Christos DC & Many More @ H Street NE Festival in H St in NE DC

Sun Sep 17
Drive TFC on Boomerang Pirate Ship in Georgetown in NW DC

Wed Sep 20
Human Country Jukebox @ Madam’s Organ in Adams Morgan in NW DC

Thurs Sep 21
Backbeat Underground @ Gypsy Sallys in Georgetown in NW DC
Vintage #18 @ Backyard BBQ at the National Building Museum in Chinatown in DC



Exnations

 

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Exnations DC Music Rocks

It sounds exaggerated to say that EXNATIONS’ love of creating music knows no bounds, but that is quite literally case. Sal Mastrocola (vocals/guitar/synth) resides in Brooklyn, just a few state boundaries away from Dan Ciarrocchi (guitar) and Taylor Hughes (drums, synth) in the DMV . Through the miracles of file sharing, home-recording software and caffeine, they present “Never About the Money," their latest single that came to life from multiple East Coast cities. Drummer, Taylor Hughes says, “We were never all in the same room during this process, Sal recorded vocals in his bedroom, Dan recorded guitars with Chris Freeland(Future Islands, Wye Oak) and drums were done with JK Royston out of his studio in Richmond, VA. We’re literally all over the place”. The band plans to release an EP in the coming months in addition to playing shows throughout the East Coast to support its release. 

All your links/URLs:

Websiteexnations.com

Facebookfacebook.com/exnations

Twitter: @exnationsband

Instagram: @exnations

Exnations DC Music Rocks
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Poodell, The Poodle, as discussed at the end of the interview with Taylor!

Poodell, The Poodle, as discussed at the end of the interview with Taylor!

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we are shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. EXNATIONS is a pop trio with connections to northwest DC. It sounds exaggerated to say that EXNATIONS' love of creating music knows no bounds, but that is quite literally the case.  While Sal resides in Brooklyn, Dan and Taylor are in the DMV region. And through the miracle of file-sharing, home recording software, and caffeine-

Taylor:     So much caffeine.

Brian:     So much caffeine, they present their latest single that you just heard, Never About the Money. I first stumbled across these guys back, last year, I just, I became an EXNATIONS fan, and I've been following them ever since. And it is such a treat to now have you hear live with me. Taylor, this is awesome, thanks for being here.

Taylor:     I feel like I've known you forever, but through the internet.

Brian:     Right? I was gonna ...

Taylor:     Internet is a weird place.

Brian:     It really is, but it's an amazing place, I love it, very cool. Alright so, right off the bat, talk about EXNATIONS. It's a three state deal, like how did EXNATIONS come together?

Taylor:     Okay, well, I had met Dan, the guitar player, long time ago on the internet of all places.

Brian:     Excellent.

Taylor:     We've been Facebook friends for forever, we've been kind of in the same circle. He was in a band called Parks Landing a while back, and I'd always liked the work he'd done. And when I was going through a line up change, Dan was one of the first people that came to mind.

     So I met up with Dan and we clicked right off the bat. And we're like, "We need to find a singer." And he hit up an old college friend, Sal, to see if he'd be interested, or know anybody who'd be interested in doing this project. And Sal was interested, so the next week probably, I went up to Brooklyn, I met him in a record shop in Brooklyn.

Brian:     Wow.

Taylor:     And about an hour of just chatting and looking at records together, I was like, "I want him in my band. I'm not gonna meet with anybody else while I'm here," because I was supposed to meet up with someone. I went over my time with Sal, and I was like, "This is the man, I want him," so that's kind of how it started.

Brian:     Wow, very cool. And now, the name EXNATIONS, where does that come from?

Taylor:     Well originally, we were going to be called Nations, and we realized that was a really hard name to pull off, because when you Google Nations ...

Brian:     So true, you would never win the SEO or the search engine optimization battle on Google to find your band in the keyword, Nations. This is so true.

Taylor:     Yeah. So we thought the EX was cool we had all come from different bands before, so it was kind of all these ex band members making one new thing, I.e., nation, so it just kind of rolled into the same name, and that's how it was born.

Brian:     Nice. So the exes were your influence on your name, that's really ... It's sort of, there are so many ways to take that, but I really dig it. That's fun.

     Alright, and now, you're DC, where are you from? You're local here.

Taylor:     I am local. I was actually born in Baltimore. I spent the shortest stint of time in Georgetown, I was working at Madewell in Georgetown. But I actually moved back to Baltimore, but I still frequent this area because I love it so much.

Brian:     And then more about the DC connection then ... Well okay, so a little bit of time in Georgetown, and then here quite often?

Taylor:     Yeah, and my previous members of EXNATIONS, who I originally met you with, they are actually from DC. So that was kind of like the big DC connection. I was here with them.

Brian:     Cool, so it's a whole generation of DC going on here, in a way.

Taylor:     Yes.

Brian:     Wow. Alright, and now, talk about you on the personal side now, outside of the music thing, what's life like for you outside of that?

Taylor:     I have a poodle who's named Poodle.

Brian:     No, no, you have a poodle named Poodle, for real?

Taylor:     Yes, yes I do.

 You guys can check him out on Instagram. His username is Poodell

Brian:     And that way you can never forget what type of dog he is.

Taylor:     Exactly.

Brian:     Because if you're wondering, Poodle is a poodle. Oh my god, that's funny.

Taylor:     In a bow tie.

Brian:     Oh no, alright, I'm gonna go stalk you on Instagram for that, that's really funny. Alright, and what else, so there's a poodle.

Taylor:     There is the Poodle.

Brian:     Okay.

Taylor:     I like to skateboard, I like to just generally goof off. I watch a lot of really really bad TV on purpose.

Brian:     Okay, like what? When you say really bad TV, what does that mean?

Taylor:     I just finished the new version of 90210 the other day.

Brian:     Really?

Taylor:     I put myself thought the trauma of terrible TV. One Tree Hill? Been watching it nonstop since 2004. And I love it, it's like something comforting about how horrible it is, I love it.

Brian:     Oh, man. And to every body out there who loves those shows, we show appreciate you too, but that's really funny.

Taylor:     We should talk about it, like I do love it.

Brian:     Reach out and talk to her about 90210 and One Tree Hill for sure. Oh, man, that's funny.

    Alright, so now back to you as a performer then, talk about the funniest moment that comes to mind when you think about performances and EXNATIONS.

Taylor:     Yes, okay. So this is a fairly new story, it happened over the weekend. I was at Shadow of the City in New Jersey, it's a festival that Jack Antonoff from Bleachers put together, and since we're super close in sound, I thought it'd be a good idea to promote the band there. So I grabbed a bunch of postcards and went in there, and we were right up front on the stage, and I was passing out some postcards or whatever. And this girl just came up to me after I gave her a postcard, right then and there, she came out to me, number one ...

Brian:     Came out to you meaning, so she's a lesbian? Came out to you.

Taylor:     She's a lesbian. I guess I just scream lesbian because ...

Brian:     That's something important that people want to tell you, okay, that's funny.

Taylor:     Yeah, so she came up to me, and she just came out to me, grabbed my face, and kissed me. Like tried to kiss me, and I backed away, I was like, "Ah!" I backed away really quickly. And when she could tell that I was visibly uncomfortable, she tried to give me $6. That's really weird.

Brian:     I don't know whether to take that as a complement because she even almost wanted to pay you for the kiss, or whether that's an insult because it's only freaking six bucks, what the heck.

Taylor:     Well the way that I took it, I was worth more than $5, and worth more than $1, so she combined them and gave me the most ultimate gift that she possibly could put together in her inebriated state.

Brian:     Oh, alcohol was involved, now I get it.

Taylor:     Oh yeah.

Brian:     Okay. Oh man, I love that. Alright, so now, so what's something in your music collection that might surprise us?

Taylor:     I am a huge, huge pop fan. Buried beneath all of the Sonic Youth and ...

Brian:     Wait a minute, but you are a pop artist?

Taylor:     But I mean like pop pop, like Taylor Swift, Spice Girls, yes.

Brian:     Yes, okay.

Taylor:     Yes, I love, love, love top 40s pop. And I'm so open about it. I used to have it as like a guilty pleasure kind of thing, but now I'm so open and honest about the pop that I hold dear to my heart.

Brian:     So favorite Spice Girl's song, it's time to admit it.

Taylor:     Am I gonna basic if I say, If You Wanna Be My Lover?

Brian:     You gotta be with my friends.

Taylor:     Yeah, I had all the Spice Girl Barbie dolls as a child. Still have them, still have them, guys.

Brian:     Oh, that is excellent, I love it.

     Alright, so now, go back to the beginning now. When you started performing then, what's your first memory with music? How did music enter your life?

Taylor:     I was five, and I actually asked for a drum kit. I always knew that I wanted to play drums, and my parents hated that. They're like, "We cannot give this rambunctious five year old a drum kit, like we cannot do it." So they took me to the music store and got me an electric guitar with no amplifier, and closed the door.

Brian:     And how old were you when this happened?

Taylor:     I was five.

Brian:     Wow, okay.

Taylor:     So I had this Fender Strat that I would take to elementary school with me, that was pretty much the same size of me, because we had show and tell at school.

Brian:     Right. Oh, excellent.

Taylor:     So I would always take my guitar that was bigger than me, and play them, I think Mary Had a Little Lamb was my strong suit at the time.

Brian:     Oh my goodness.

Taylor:     Yeah, it was pretty long.

Brian:     So it started with guitar. And now ... and you know I realized we didn't even mention, so what do you play in the band? And what does everybody else play in the band? Who are the members now?

Taylor:     I'm the drummer. I also play synth and dabble in bass in the studio, I don't play bass live or anything.

Brian:     Okay.

Taylor:     Dan is the guitarist, and he does vocals. And Sal is the singer, guitarist, and he also does some synth.

Brian:     Got it. And so it's three pieces going on?

Taylor:     Yep.

Brian:     That's it, and you're the drummer, nice. Along with synth and some other things.

     Well so then your earliest ... I'm gonna switch gears. If you could offer, and this is just my favorite question, and I just want to jump to it because I'm excited about it. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Taylor:     This is geared towards all the ladies that are playing music, and it's something that you'll experience time and time again, especially when you go to a music store, stand your ground. Don't let people try and school you on something you already know. Does that make sense? I feel like I get the ...

Brian:     Yeah, what's an example? It seems like you have experience with this. What comes to mind?

Taylor:     Oh yeah. I almost feel like I'm being tested sometimes with the guys in the industry. They don't really believe that you know what you're talking about, or that you can play, you always kind of have prove yourself time and time again. So when you're at the music shop, and you're going in there for something specific, and they try and explain to you what you're looking for ...

Brian:     Don't take that.

Taylor:     Don't take it.

Brian:     Tell them you already know. I love it. Alright, all the ladies out there, you heard it, stand your ground in the music store.

Taylor:     Do it.

Brian:     I love it. That is really cool. And for those folks who liked the song and want to follow you and the upcoming EP you said that's gonna be released, where do they go to follow EXNATIONS?

Taylor:     You can find everything at exnations.com. We're on Spotify, Apple Music, super easy to find.

Brian:     Fantastic. And exnations.com, and then are you social media as well?

Taylor:     Oh yeah, you can find all of that right on EXNATIONS. And more importantly, for social media, you have to go to instagram.com/poodell.

Brian:     Spell that, what is that, P ...

Taylor:     It's P-O-O-D-E-L-L, that's my poodle's Instagram.

Brian:     Oh my god, your poodle has an Instagram. Oh god, I don't know what to say, I don't know whether to be really excited or just laugh hysterically.

8/15/17 - Special Guest: Aztec Sun, DC's 'Funk w/ Soul' Band

Thanks Stephane and Ray of Aztec Sun for coming by the studio this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Wine Slow, by Da Flame (Reggae/Pop)
  2. Miami is Nice by The Electric Grandmother (Pop/Indie Pop)
  3. You Make Me Smile by AZTEC SUN (Funk/Soul)
  4. Surreal by Venn (Indie/Shoegaze)
  5. Don't Worry by Coot Wilson (Country/Americana)
  6. Rain by Color Palette (Pop/Electro)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

--We're celebrating passing 600 followers on Instagram and twitter!  Thank you so much for all your tags, likes and follows!  

--Thanks to DC's Office of Cable Television (OCTFME) for having Brian on as a guest to talk about DC Music Rocks in filming an episode of The 202 this past Friday!  Stay tuned, we'll be sure to share the episode once the link is up!

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Roof Beams - Charon (11 song Album)

Videos:
Soundproof Genie - Don’t Panic (It’s Just a Color)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mctEON5Zp-w

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Aug 18
Pebble To Pearl @ Capital Riverfront Concert Series at the Yards Park Boardwalk, SE DC
Aztec Sun @ Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street NE, DC

Sat Aug 19
Den-Mate @ DC9 on U Street, NW DC
Allthebestkids @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown, NW DC

Tue Aug 22
Annie Stokes @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown, NW DC

Wed Aug 23
Ras Slick @ The Hamilton in Metro Center, NW DC

Thu Aug 24
Black Dog Prowl @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD



Aztec Sun

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Since it’s inception in late 2012, Washington DC-based band AZTEC SUN has hypnotized the ears and feet of the District’s live music aficionados. No matter the scale of the venue, this ensemble maintains an upbeat and retro groove steeped in 70's Funk and Soul, Jazz, Afro-funk and Motown-era pop. Their infectious songwriting and energetic live performances have yielded rewards for the group - such as being named Best Local Original Band by the Washington City Paper and sharing the stage with international and national touring acts such as two-time Grammy Award winning keyboardist Shaun Martin (from Snarky Puppy), Burning Spear, The Suffers, Pimps of Joytime, Naughty Professor, Alanna Royale, and Major and the Monbacks.

AZTEC SUN marked the end of a fantastic 2016 year with the release of their debut studio EP, Set You Free. The self-produced and live-tracked project is both a preview of a full-length album planned for 2018 and an example of the band’s incessant desire to challenge its own rhythmic and melodic versatility. With an EP under their belt, an ever-growing fan base and a passion for spreading feel-good music, AZTEC SUN will seek new audiences to entertain and opportunities to push their brand of “Funk with Soul” in the new year.

Links

Websitewww.AZTECSUNBAND.com

Facebookwww.facebook.com/AZTECSUNband

Twitter & Instagram: @aztecsunband

Spotifyhttp://bit.ly/setufree 

iTuneshttp://bit.ly/AZS_itunes

Bandcamphttp://bit.ly/AZS_bandcamp

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. And since it's inception in late 2012, the Washington, D.C., based band, Aztec Sun has hypnotized the ears and feet of D.C.'s live music aficionados. So, no matter the scale of the venue, this ensemble maintains an upbeat and retro groove steeped in '70s funk, soul, jazz, Afro-funk, and Motown era pop. It's like all my favorites. Those are five of the favorites, it's so good. Their infectious song writing and energetic live performances have yielded rewards for the group such as being name "Best Local Original Band" by the Washington City paper. I've got the group, they're here with me now. They're on the show. And with an EP under their belt and an ever-growing fan base, and a passion for spreading feel-good music, Aztec Sun will seek new audiences to entertain and opportunities to push their brand of funk with soul.

     I first came across these guys because I caught them at the Halloween show at Black Cat was the first time I ever saw you guys live. And you did a Michael Jackson cover. I'm a huge fan of your original music and I was loving all of your original music. And then you played Michael Jackson and that's when you ended up in my heart, guys. Oh my god, because then it's Michael, and Motown era, and it's like all my favorite words in one. I've been such a fan. So guys, thank you so much for being here.

Steph:     Thank you for having us.

Ray:     Thanks for having us Brian, yeah.

Steph:     I've been a fan of the show.

Brian:     This is wonderful. Now, talk about how the band came together.

Steph:     So the band came together through Craig's List. It was-

Brian:     No way! Craig's List?

Steph:     Craig's List.

Brian:     Wow! Okay.

Steph:     Yeah, you can find a lot of stuff on Craig's List. The old lead guitarist, Galen, put out on a post on Craig's List and was looking for a drummer, bass player, and a funk singer. So, three other people showed up and we started jamming together at the old One World Studios. Decided that we wanted to become a band and then just starting getting opportunities to gig. I think our first gig was in our friend's apartment living room, or something. And from there, house parties. Then started pitching ourselves to small bars, and here we are.

Brian:     Wow. Where was the first bar you ever played? What was the first venue?

Steph:     I think we were opening for ... The Bend at Eastside Shuffle. We were opening for them at Acre 121.

Brian:     Wow!

Steph:     That was our opening.

Brian:     Yeah. Old school.

Steph:     Old school.

Brian:     Yeah, back in the day. I love it. Now, what about the name Aztec Sun. Where does that come from?

Steph:     The name Aztec Sun. A lot of our band is collaborative. Now we are eight people and so you just have to be collaborative, otherwise, the whole thing falls apart. And so we just wanted to find a name that represented sort of the sense of community that we felt, 'cause we're all sort of in some way foreign to D.C. but have made D.C. our home. We wanted something that invoked just string colors, just light, and different cultures and things like that. So we came up through kind of throwing different nouns at a wall and actually a Google spreadsheet-

Brian:     Ha ha-

Steph:     Seriously. Google, Craig's List, Internet. Yeah, just trying to see what stuck and we ended up with Aztec Sun and that kind of made the most sense to us and five years later here we are, still a band.

Brian:     So, when you say Aztec Sun, is there an image that comes to mind, or what do you see when you see Aztec Sun? You picked those words, what did it mean? Why those? Was it something special? What was it?

Ray:     To me it means, it represents a good time, a party. You know, people are coming to see us, they're probably gonna see all eight of us or nine of us are on stage laughing at each other, smiling, doing synchronized dance routines. But it's just pretty much like a party atmosphere. That's kind of what it reminds me of. And then kind of community, you know, we're friends with people who come see our shows, and we're all friends outside of the band. So, it's a fun community.

Brian:     Yeah, I gotcha. Now, what's your D.C. area connection? Where do you live? What's your connection to the city?

Ray:     I live in Bloomingdale.

Steph:     I live in Meridian Hill, [inaudible 00:04:19] Hill/Adams Morgan.

Brian:     And how long have you been in the city?

Steph:     I've been in the city now for five years this time around, and then before that in middle school and high school I was here for about 10 years.

Brian:     Got it.

Ray:     I've been in D.C. for about 10 years.

Brian:     Wow, a little while. And I just realized they're on the radio, so they can't see you. Tell them with your voices, your name and what you play in the band. We forgot to do that.

Steph:     I'm Steph. I'm the lead singer and the rhythm guitarist, and spiritual guru.

Brian:     We'll come back to spiritual guru. All right. Gotcha. And Ray.

Ray:     I'm Ray Lem. I play lead guitar and some rhythm guitar. And I am the band's resident comedian.

Steph:     Yeah. Accurate.

Brian:     Got it. Yeah, if you saw the picture for this episode, if you haven't seen it go look at the picture because it's a perfect shot of Ray with the evil little grin-

Steph:     He does that all the time. It's a problem.

Brian:     I want to call him, I feel like we need to get him a shirt that says Mr. Smiles. Because, he just, whenever I've seen you guys play he's always up there and he's grinning like a ... it's wonderful.

Steph:     He's always looking for the camera that's pointed at him. It's great.

Ray:     And make a funny face.

Brian:     And Steph, you said spiritual guru. What do you mean?

Steph:     Yeah. I think I have the immense pleasure and honor to be surrounded by a bunch of friends that like my crazy ideas and will listen to them and decide that they'll follow them. So, in some way I just become sort of like a spiritual guidance for us. But, yeah, that's me.

Brian:     I mean, your ideas have been great so far now. Talk about you guys outside of the music then. On the personal side, hobbies, what to you do aside from music?

Ray:     Me, I spend a lot of time with my girlfriend Amy. Hi if you're listening.

Steph:     Shout out to Amy.

Brian:     Amy, we appreciate you too.

Steph:     Absolutely.

Ray:     Other than that I practice a lot. But I like drinking beer. I like watching Game of Thrones. I love learning new dad jokes.

Brian:     Dad jokes?

Steph:     Oh yeah.

Brian:     All right. Steph's gonna talk and then I want you to share a dad joke?

Steph:     Do you want a dad joke now, it's probably worth it.

Brian:     You ready?

Ray:     Yeah. Sure.

Brian:     Tell me a dad joke.

Ray:     Did you hear about the hungry clock?

Brian:     No.

Ray:     No? It went back for seconds.

Brian:     So, that's not dad jokes, that's bad jokes.

Ray:     Ohhhh! You know what's so funny, everyone says that and I don't believe them.

Steph:     But we laugh all the time. You know, it's start-

Brian:     It's the accent. He's speaking with an accent. It's ze bad jokes, it's the dad jokes. Yeah, yeah.

Steph:     Oh man. He hits us with those all the time and it feels like, ahhh, but now we're always either waiting for them or doubled over in laughter.

Brian:     There's another, hold on. Steph, tell us about you outside and then we'll come back to the second.

Steph:     I work in HR outside, which I guess it makes it easier to corral people, we hope, knock on wood. Yeah, so I work in HR. I spend a lot of time with my girlfriend Rachel.

Ray:     Hi Rachel. Shout out to Rachel.

Steph:     And I play soccer. I actually injured myself on Sunday, pulled my hamstring, which is a recurring injury. I like making music. I also watch Game of Thrones. We're often sharing conspiracy theories about that.

Brian:     About Game of Thrones.

Steph:     And just chilling. A thing I used to do in my high school French is go somewhere and do nothing.

Brian:     What position do you play in soccer?

Steph:     I've played every position except keeper, but right now I'm playing striker.

Brian:     And striker, for those who don't follow soccer is up front.

Steph:     It's the forward, the one who tries to score the goals.

Brian:     Got it. The guy who tries to score. Story of your life?

Steph:     Ohhh!

Ray:     That was a bad joke.

Steph:     That was a mean joke.

Brian:     All right. And one more while we're on this. Ray, give us another one.

Ray:     How do you find Will Smith in a snowstorm?

Brian:     Okay.

Ray:     Look for fresh prints. You're laughing, it has to be funny.

Brian:     It is. I really enjoy it.

Ray:     Yes, it worked.

Brian:     I love it. So, now, what do you guys have in your music collection that might surprise us?

Steph:     You know, I'm a huge fan, so, my girlfriend and I like to take long road trips and when we do we listen to a lot of music, cause that's a huge thing share. And I'm a huge fan of '90s pop music, because for some reason there's a very thin line between '90s pop music and R&B. And so there are a lot of tonalities that I really enjoy. So probably you'd be surprised that my first two CDs were two copies of "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears.

Brian:     Two copies? Two! Britney Spears. Will you cover. Will you ever do a cover Britney Spears.

Ray:     We have covered her.

Steph:     We covered [crosstalk 00:09:09]

Brian:     Have you? Oh my god.

Steph:     We made it kind of like old-timey soul kind of thing. Yeah.

Brian:     Ah, that's amazing. I love it. All right. Ray, what about you.

Ray:     People who know me would know this, but I really like bluegrass a lot! A lot of bluegrass. I like Del McCoury, Sam Bush, and a lot of new guys like GreenSky, MilkDrive. Who else have I been listening to? Yeah, there are some more.

Brian:     While I'm thinking about it, shout out to Two Ton Twig, the bluegrass band in D.C., if you haven't checked them out.

Ray:     Whoa, good stuff.

Brian:     They were at the 930 club this past weekend. Whoa, so good. Love Two Ton Twig. So now, one of my favorite questions to ask everybody when they come on the show is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Steph:     No context?

Brian:     No context.

Steph:     Do it.

Brian:     Say more. What does that mean?

Steph:     It's just, I'll put it in the context of this band. I think we have a great opportunity and we realize this every so often, or will remember every so often that we can have fun with it and when we do have fun with it, that's what translates to our playing and it translates to the people who come and see us. So I think just doing it, just getting out there and playing, and getting on Craig's List and meeting up with other musicians, and just go do it.

Brian:     Go do it. Don't talk about it, do it!

Steph:     Exactly.

Brian:     I like it. All right, Ray, what about you?

Ray:     Mine is follow your passion. You know, if you really enjoy doing something, push for that. If you want to try to make that what you do for a living, do it, or if it's a supplemental thing. But music for me, I had kind of gotten into the game a little bit late, andnever-

Brian:     What does that mean? Got in a little bit late?

Ray:     I started playing guitar when I was 22.

Brian:     Stop it! Really?

Ray:     Yeah.

Brian:     Whoa!

Ray:     Yeah, about my junior year of college. God, I wasn't in high school at the age of 22.

Brian:     More bad jokes. We got more bad jokes.

Ray:     And it was so much fun, I just practiced and practiced. And one day I was like, I want to be in a band and try to do this, you know. So, just follow your passion and keep going.

Brian:     There you go. And for you, I mean, playing lead guitar and you got some killer, you're shredding the guitar on some of these solos. Was it, did you take lessons?

Ray:     A lot of it is both. I've taken lessons from this great D.C. guitar player named Max Raven. I've also taken lessons from one of the jazz greats in D.C., Steve Herberman. But the one thing about it is you can take lessons, but a lot of it is just like, you know, you just gotta shed, you gotta sit down and practice, with any instrument.

Brian:     Absolutely. God, that's amazing. All right. And for those folks who want to find out more about Aztec Sun and follow what you guys are doing, where do they go?

Steph:     Facebook.com/aztecsunband, basically @aztecsunband on most platforms, and then aztecsunband.com.

Brian:     Aztecsunband.com, got it. And do you have, is there one, sometimes people have a preference on one, they like one social media platform more than another. Do you favor one or do you use all three?

Ray:     As long as they come to the shows early ...

Brian:     So I guess that answer is they post a little bit everywhere.

Ray:     Yeah.

Steph:     Yeah.

Brian:     And they would love to see you.

Steph:     Outlook probably has the most tracks for us. Like Ray said, everything's a subterfuge to get you to the show.

August 30, 2016 - Special Guest: Color Palette

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Shark Week - If You Want To Stay With Me (For A While) (Rock/Punk)
  2. Drive TFC - 80 Days (Rock/Alt-Rock)
  3. Color Palette - Seventeen (Rock/Indie)
  4. Drop Electric - Flee The Circus (Rock/Shoegaze)
  5. Cruzie Beaux - Girlfriend (Rock/Electro-Rock)
  6. Pleasure Curses - Burn (Indie/Electro)
  7. Drive TFC - Surf's Dead (Rock/Alt-Rock)
  8. Intro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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Color Palette

Video - Bio - Photos

Color Palette DC Music Rocks Guest

Bio

Since their first release on June 1, 2015, Color Palette have garnered more than 100 press hits worldwide. Press highlights include features in NME Magazine, USA Today, NPR, and Impose Magazine. Locally (Washington, DC), they were nominated for three 2015 Washington Area Music Awards - (Best) Pop Rock Duo/Group, Pop Rock Recording, and Pop Rock Vocalist (http://www.wamadc.com/wama/wambal30.html).

Links

https://soundcloud.com/colorpaletteband

https://www.facebook.com/colorpalettedc

https://twitter.com/colorpalettedc

https://instagram.com/colorpalettedc/

https://youtube.com/c/colorpaletteband

https://colorpaletteband.com

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August 16, 2016 - Special Guest: Maryjo Mattea

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MARYJO MATTEA

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Maryjo Mattea DC Music Rocks

Washington, DC-based folk-pop-punk-rock songstress Maryjo Mattea captivates audiences with her uniquely melodic songwriting and hauntingly beautiful voice. She is often joined by a Pile of Dudes, and also plays in the acoustic Beatles tribute act, Doctor Robert and Penny Lane, (www.drandpl.com), electro-rock group, Color Palette (www.colorpaletteband.com), and the grunge-garage rock duo, Two Dragons and a Cheetah (www.twodragonsandacheetah.com).

Website: www.maryjomattea.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryjomattea

Twitter: www.twitter.com/maryjomattea

Instagram: www.instagram.com/maryjomattea

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The Premier Episode!

July 5th 2016

The world premier episode, and it was a blast!  There isn't an audio recording of this first show, it was only a live radio broadcast and will be fondly remembered by those that were there listening live!  Here's the songs and links to the bands that were featured, definitely a delight to highlight the huge talents featured in that very first show!