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  • No Trivia: The future of Baltimore club is getting sampled in a crappy J. Lo song

    No Trivia: The future of Baltimore club is getting sampled in a crappy J. Lo song
    -A tragic optimism has taken over the Baltimore club scene these past couple of years. Everybody is finally getting pretty damned realistic about the possibility of a local producer or DJ blowing up properly and "making it," which is to say, we're all just painfully aware that it's probably never gonna happen. As a result, the music has become daring once again because it's got nothing to lose. Think: the supercut qualities of DJ AngelBaby mixes; the darkwave elements of Matic808; the post-whatever-you-got weirdness of Schwarz; James Nasty taking a hip-hop producer talent for sampling to club music and slicing slivers of past hits and refashioning them J. Dilla-style; Mighty Mark's futuristic ear bending club music back until it touches Detroit techno and ghettotech. I could go on.
  • The Short List 9/17/14

    The Short List 9/17/14
    WEDNESDAY: Club K presents a bill of local experimental musicians including Patrick McMinn, Liz Meredith, Alex Strama, Miki Wakai, and Yoko Murakami. Punk vets Stiff Little Fingers headline Baltimore Soundstage with The So So Glos and Dot Dash. Don’...

    Mencken's Music

    Mencken's Music
    H. L. Mencken was a lifelong musician. In his preface to “Happy Days,” he writes that he spent half a century boasting that he could read music by the age of 6. But, upon finding a bill for the family’s first piano, he discovered that he...

    Hey Hey, Woody Guthrie

    Hey Hey, Woody Guthrie
    In March, when I drove from Austin to Baltimore, I visited Oklahoma for the first time. Even compared to North Texas, the Oklahoma landscape seemed empty of vegetation and buildings. The huge sky over the brown-grass hills seemed to contain little but...

    No Trivia: In praise of 92Q Labor Day weekend; August's best music

    No Trivia: In praise of 92Q Labor Day weekend; August's best music
    Holiday weekends in Baltimore mean local rap-and-R&B station 92Q opens up a little bit and allows its DJs to go nuts. For all intents and purposes, Labor Day or Memorial Day or Fourth of July becomes the centerpiece of days-long mixes with DJs rotating in...