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Gallo & Hull Join Forces at JB’s July 7

Truthfully, I love nothing more than unexpected collaborations. Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. Jack White and Loretta Lynn. Kanye West and Justin Vernon. Whether or not you’re a fan of one or all parts, these musical oddities typically bear bad ass fruit. And now, the same goes for Gallo & Hull - at least, that’s what we can only expect from their special gig tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The pair - that is Toy Soldier’s Ron Gallo and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jordan Hull - met years ago after a clash with some strange folks during an early dawn in Memphis, causing Gallo and his crew to seek refuge in Hull’s Nashville home. It was there they connected over a mutual admiration for blues, soul, and vintage rock ‘n’ roll (plus, of course, their respective sonic creations), fostering the framework for a beautiful friendship that spanned numerous tours through the years. And, last fall, they took that up a notch when they started work on their Midweek Mountain Getaway split in Philadelphia, where Hull set up camp on Gallo’s couch for a few weeks. Supported by Boston’s Boy Without God and local pop-rock outfit the Fleeting Ends, Gallo & Hull should prove to be one hell of a collaboration. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $10, 9pm, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia

mp3: "Crystalline" by Otherness

Otherness is a 1995 EP by the Cocteau Twins.

Otherness is also a collaboration between Elephant & Castle and Man/Miracle.

That's about all we know, but enjoy this mp3 "Crystalline," a chilled out, 80s-meets-psychedelic track.

--Whitney Phaneuf


Cassettes Won’t Listen - Perfect Day Video

Originally the bedroom noodling of Los Angeles producer Jason Drake, Cassettes Won’t Listen has evolved into a full-scale project that is and has been gaining momentum from the start. The video for the new song "Perfect Day" juxtaposes images of frantic runs through the desert and being trapped in what looks like a hotel room against the bright synths and Drake’s clear voice. Shot entirely on an iPhone 4, it’s a DIY masterpiece. Cassettes Won’t Listen released a new album, titled EVINSPACEY (it did have a “K” at one point but the namesake wasn’t too pleased about that), this past June and is available to purchase on iTunes. A show at the Echo is also in the works for July 14th, so check it out if you want a fun night on the horizon. - Taylor Lampela



Interview with The Fed: DC Deli's Band of the Month (July)

From being well fed on vegetarian meals to repping rock of the Federal City, DC’s The Fed were the recent front-runners of our band of the month poll, so we just had to find out more about what makes these guys popular in our scene. Cory Chimka (vox,/guitar), Ben Burdick (vox/guitar/bass), Kevin Brown (drums/vox), and Keith Fishcer (guitar) come together to tell us the story of their journey from open-mic nights to packed rooms in West Africa, their latest EP, and DIY spirit. Check out the full interview here

The Fed's latest EP "Birth of the Pipesnakes" is available now through iTunes, local DC record stores, and www.thefedmusic.com.

Interview with The Fed

- by Dawn Reed

From being well fed on vegetarian meals to repping rock of the Federal City, DC’s The Fed were the recent front-runners of our band of the month poll, so we just had to find out more about what makes these guys popular in our scene. Cory Chimka (vox,/guitar), Ben Burdick (vox/guitar/bass),  Kevin Brown (drums/vox), and Keith Fishcer (guitar) come together to tell us the story of their journey from open-mic nights to packed rooms in West Africa, their latest EP, and DIY spirit.


Deli: How did the band start?

Cory Chimka: Kevin & I taught elementary school together for a few years in Columbia Heights.  At the time, James from Red Rocks had a little bar in Adams Morgan called Staccato Music Hall & Lounge.  Ed from Slow Learners used to have us out to play with them.  It was smokey, loud and sweaty.  Those were great parties.  Ben lived at 13th & U and Kevin & I used to run into him at shows, and he invited us to open mics he was hosting at Solly's. Before long we were all playing together.  We were playing shows with Keith's other band Bells & Hunters, and Keith started playing with us too.

Kevin Brown: I remember Cory and I would go down to Staccatos on Tuesday nights with our guitars and play at the open mic.  I was always so nervous - but it didn't take too long before we rescued my old kit from my cousins house and started the band in Cory's basement. We started playing live shows almost immediately and would play out anywhere and everywhere.  Sometimes there would be hundreds of people - and there was that fateful night when we played to the bartender. Man, those were good times.   

Where did the band name come from?

CC: Well, we all feel a close connection to the federal city.  I am a strong advocate for statehood. There are some reference to being spiritually "fed" in there.  Also, when we first started playing in my basement, my wife Jill would make us these amazing vegetarian meals while we were underground playing tunes and drinking beer, so we were always quite literally fed.

KB: Cory designed the logo on a napkin and handed it to me in the hallway at school. That afternoon, I created a couple of simple digital versions and everyone was pretty happy with the one that we still use to this day.

What are your biggest musical influences?

CC: I love the Clash, the Replacements, the Misfits, the Rolling Stones, Lucero, Whiskeytown, the Smiths.  I'd say I'm most influenced by Guided by Voices.

KB: I grew up listening to hip hop mostly but I would say that the bands that evoked turning points in my musical taste and style would be the BEASTIE Boys, Sublime and then later - Phish.  

Ben Burdick: Hendrix, Stones, Albert King, SRV, Wilco, MMJ, list goes on.

Keith Fischer: Anyone who knows me knows about my love for the 90s group blind melon.  my dad is a huge Stones fan so I grew up on all the classic stuff.  I’m a big fan of chris cornell, jack white, sublime, more recently I’ve been really into bands like monsters of folk and the avett brothers. The avetts are just amazing.

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

CC: I think Justin Townes Earl is great.  Around DC, I love Mobius Strip.  Mechetres are a great band as well.  I still listen to all the old Crispus Attucks records.  They're all excellent and timeless.  I wish more groups in DC were pressing vinyl. I would listen a lot more.

KB: I am living and working in Costa Rica right now, so I have been listening to a lot of Cumbia on the radio lately. I am also really fascinated with the Puerto Rican hip hop artist Calle 13.

BB: One of my favorite bands I've been on a bill with here in DC is Young Buffalo from Oxford, MS.  Really great tunes.  We also played a show with this metal band Machines who killed it, I highly recommend seeing them.  I've also been listening to Ben Kweller, Justin Townes Earle, and some Bass Drum of Death lately.

KF: lots of avett brothers. Also florence and the machine, i like the variety in her music.

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

CC: First record I bought was Stetsasonic's In Full Gear.  First concert, 1988 Summer Sizzler Tour with Public Enemy, Young Black Teenagers, and Digital Underground while Tupac was still a member.  It was at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh.

KB:  The first record I remember owning and playing over and over was Kenny Roger's single, The Gambler. My first concert: The Oak Ridge Boys. Ha.  I think I was 5.  I begged my parent to let me go to the Beastie Boys first national tour in 86 - but they said no.

 BB:  First real concert was BB King.  Can't remember my first album, but it was undoubtedly some bad 80's metal.

KF: aerosmith at jones beach theater in ny  summer 92. 4 non blondes opened.

What do you love about DC’s music scene?

CC: The DIY spirit

KB: ... and the people.  The people who come to our shows are really what makes it the place to be. We feed off of the energy they bring to room and the environment becomes electric.

BB:  Great venues like the 9:30 Club and Black Cat.

KF: There is something for everyone. I haven’t come across too many groups that sound the same or even have the same vibe. We recently played a festival where one act was spinning trippy house samples while adding her own vocals and percussion followed by a solo guitarist who used a loop station to build up these whole funky blues jams.

What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

CC: More bands, more venues, more shows.  Back in the day you could catch a punk show in the afternoon at the Wilson Center, then head down and see 5 or 6 bands at different places around Adams Morgan playing every different type of music. We need to build that again.

BB: I agree with Cory.  We always talk about how there are so many bars around DC but there are almost never any rock n' roll bands playing at them.  It'd be great to see more bars having bands on a regular basis.

Keith:  I think the venues and artists need to work together more to promote original live music in dc.

 What are your plans for the upcoming year?

CC: We just put out an EP, Birth of the Pipesnakes, and I am looking forward to playing as many shows as possible, getting out of town, just turning more people on to the record.

KB: Speaking of the record, you can order a vinyl copy on www.thefedmusic.com, download it on iTunes or even better - support your local record store in DC who is sure to have a copy on their shelf while supplies last!

 BB:   Hopefully playing some shows out of town.

What was your most memorable live show?

CC: For me, it was a show Kevin & I played in Lome, Togo when Kevin was living in West Africa.  We played with this crack band of Togolese musicians who blew my mind.  There was this great mix of people there, and it was so hot that all you could really do was drink cold beer and dance like crazy.  No one over there really plays Rock and Roll, so everyone went kind of nuts when we went on.  What a night.

KB: Jeez - that night was intense. There were all these super awesome Peace Corps Volunteers in the room who had been living in West African bush for years and they were hungry for some real, back home Rock and Roll. Definitely a night to remember.

BB:   Playing Kevin's (Owensboro, KY) hometown was pretty memorable.  The show was a lot of fun, but Cory and I ended up not having a good way back to the Nashville airport to head back to DC.  So we ended up on a 6-seater Cessna.  I knew it would be interesting when they asked how much we weighed and how much our guitars weighed before we got on the plane.

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

CC: Definitely Ed from Slow Learners.  He was the first guy to really encourage us to be a real band.  James from Staccato was always great to us.

KB: and of course the ladies, Jill, Megan and Erika who have been there and supportive every step of the way, putting up with our long conversations about music and shows and ready to tell us to shut it - or that we were indeed on the right track. We wouldn't have come as far as we have without them.

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

CC: 1976 Gretsch Broadkaster directly into a 1977 Traynor Mark 3, done.

KB: Just give me a pair of sticks and room to make some noise.

BB:  1951 Supro Student De Luxe lap steel.

KF:  I am the most non gear specific musician out there. I still play the same guitar and kit my dad bought me in high school. If it is there, I will play it.

 Why do you read The Deli?

CC: To see what the enemy is doing.  No, just kidding.  The Deli my number one spot to get turned on to bands in DC, so when I feel like getting a few pops and seeing a band on any given night, I can just walk down the hill and see someone I heard about first on The Deli.

KB: I also like to see success of our old friends from the scene.


The Fed's latest EP "Birth of the Pipesnakes" is available now through iTunes, local DC record stores, and www.thefedmusic.com.







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