Friday Fixat10ns: Spring in Step

Spring In Step from ecgarbi on 8tracks.

These here are walking songs.

“The stones were sharp,
The wind came at my back;
Walking along the highway,
Mincing like a cat.”
― Theodore Roethke

Simple Song – The Shins Springy, green and kind of saccharin. Perfect for going places in warm weather.
Fitz and the Dizzyspells – Andrew Bird Bird’s folksy songs are always pretty lush. This one’s got a quick tempo.
Go Your Own Way- Fleetwood Mac You can walk your own way.
Cool, Calm & Collected – The Rolling Stones Three adjectives which very accurately describe walker’s ego.
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies An entrance song.
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley Okay, not specifically about walking but the beat and swing to it make it work.
I Walked – Sufjan Stevens “I walked as you walked”
I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li Following = walking
Robin – Tennis The melody sound familiar? Tennis is apparently a fan of Disney’s Robin Hood. Mi piace the Italian version.
Walk On By  – Dionne Warwick Soulful walking.
I’m Waiting For the Day –  The Beach Boys The DRUMS!

D.C. Ramblings: U Street

In my year off from school, while I was working in the city, I spent a lot of my nights on U Street, and if you’re willing to make the trip it’s well worth it. U Street is farther away from Dupont Circle than Adams Morgan, but if you take the GUTS bus to Dupont, it’s probably faster to just walk instead of taking the metro to Gallery Place, and having to change to the Yellow Line. No matter how you decide to get there, you need to at least check out U Street at least once before you graduate.

Since coming back to Georgetown, I like to think that I’ve become a little more classy in my drinking habits. Of course this is a matter that I question every time I write these posts seeing has how all my anecdotes relate to drinking in some manner, but The Gibson (on 14th St, right up from U St and next to Marvin’s), may be my saving grace. It can be a little tricky to find because the unmarked door looks like it may be locked, but if you dare to venture in you will be greeted by a hostess at the far end of a narrow and dark corridor. It’s a little intimidating at first, but it leads to a dark, smoky speakeasy — one of the last vestiges of prohibition left in the city. Great for intimate dates or small groups of close friends, the dim lighting is perfect for stimulating conversation. If you start to get claustrophobic, there’s also a patio in the back. The drinks tend to be a little on the pricey side, but you’re paying for the experience.

If you’re not feeling that classy, or you woke up on the side of your bed where you keep you non-prescription wayfarers, head up 14th Street from The Gibson, and you’ll find Busboys and Poets. Its a great spot to grab a few drinks, a bite to eat, or check out some eclectic reading material before checking out other places on U St. It’s also a great place to hang out – there are a lot of tables in the front of the bookstore, it has a full bar and of course the occasional poetry reading.

This next place on U Street is one of the best late night nosh spots in the city. Before I explain about this place, I want it put on the record that my mother’s chili is amazing. But, sorry mom, Ben’s Chili Bowl may give your steaming ambrosia of meat and beans a run for its drachmas (and seriously, they have a Chili Burger, what more can you ask for?). It’s also open until four in the morning on Friday and Saturday.

Other worthy mentions: U Street Music Hall and 9:30 Club for dancing and live performances, and Lost Society.

Photo: http://thecityfix.com/blog/tip-of-the-helmet-bird-names-for-bike-crossings-and-capital-bikeshare-swag/

Best Bets: Live Jazz and Rare Vinyls

 

FRIDAY:

Take in the smooth jazz piano sounds of Johnny O’Neal (who played the role of his primary influence, Art Tatum, in the Academy Award-winning film Ray) tonight at Twins Jazz (1344 U St. NW). Tickets cost $20, but it’s well worth the price to hear O’Neal’s tender ballads and expert piano-playing. For a preview, check out this video.

SATURDAY:

If running in your underwear in February for a good cause sounds like something you’d like to do sometime, Cupid’s Undie Run is for you. The run begins at 319 Pennsylvania Av. SE, and participants will do a 1.1-mile loop around the Capitol, with the $30 registration fees and other donations benefiting the Children’s Tumor Foundation. All festivities, pre- and post-race, will be held at The Pour House, a Capitol Hill hot-spot during the workweek. Pre-race festivities begin at noon, before the 2 p.m. run. The run this year will be extra exciting, with rain, snow, wind, and near-freezing temperatures expected.

SUNDAY:

For the vinyl aficionados in the District, the D.C. Records Fair at the Riot Act Comedy Club (801 E St. NW) is sure to be the highlight of the weekend. Featuring six local DJ’s, plenty of drinks, and thousands of old records, the fair is moving for the first time to a larger location to accomodate its growing following. Past editions of the fair have been advertised as a great event to find exceptionally rare vinyls. For the super-rare music, show up at 11 a.m. for early bird shopping — regular shopping starts at noon for a $2 cover charge, but bring additional money for drinks and vinyls.

Friday Fixat10ns: Youth Knows No Pain

by Beth Garbitelli

Youth Knows No Pain from ecgarbi on 8tracks.

Weather has been abysmal, we lost to ‘Cuse in OT and people are still hating on our campus plan. Oh and midterms. Shake it off. We’ve got one thing on our side — time. Youth ain’t wasted on the young. Unleash your inner M.I.A and get your swagger back with this mix.

Youth Knows No Pain – Lykke Li Forget angst. Being young is the ultimate trump card as songstress Lykke Li has already figured out.

Golden Years – David Bowie As Mr. Bowie proclaims, ‘nothing’s gonna touch you in these golden years.’ Kudos if you know what movie this song is featured in.

School Spirit – Kayne West Healthiest ego in showbiz right here, everybody.  Kanye is a take “everything 10 steps at a time LOL!” type of guy. Just follow his example. Yep, that’s a direct quote from his Twitter.

Up, Up, And Away – Kid Cudi I can attest that this song is the best wake-up-and-walk-to-public-transportation song ever. To complete the picture strut confidently, sip a coffee beverage. and ignore/skip Cudi’s weird talking part at the end about the ‘man in the moon.’

Don’t Stop Me Now –  Queen Freddie Mercury! The man OWNS this song.

Call It What You Want – Foster the People ‘But what I’ve got can’t be bought’. That’s called swagger. Okay, random aside- this song’s reference to knives disturbs me, which reminds me of the lyrics about shooting kids in their song Pumped Up Kicks. So….yeah FTP, why are you telling people they better run faster than your bullets? A little creepy. Actually, a lot creepy.

Heart Of The City – Jay-Z Just, this whole song. ‘Sensitive thugs, ya’ll need hugs.’ That is all.

I Can’t Get Next To You – The Temptations In honesty, this song is about not being able to get that ONE thing you really want. It’s about being incomplete. But, all that aside, these dudes don’t seem to have an ego problem as evidenced by some of their claims. Its a good message to end on; listen to all these ego-boosting jams but maybe you can’t always get everything you want. You can still turn a green sky blue though.

Friday Fixat10ns: Magic in the Air

by Martin Hussey

FIXAT10NS: Magic in the Air from thehoya on 8tracks.

Some sort of magic has definitely been in the floating around campus this week, with temperatures soaring into the 70s on Wednesday, Georgetown’s walloping of UConn on Wednesday night and that yearly affair with the groundhog (where some strange form of groundhog magic predicted six more weeks of winter Thursday morning). To commemorate this excellent week in Hoya history, we’re starting the weekend off on a magical note as well, with 10 magical tunes designed to charm you  into relaxation.

Harry Potter and the Half-Dub Remix — Terabyte Frenzy The dubstep craze is remixing everything from Rebecca Black’s “Friday” to soundbytes from Family Guy. This is one of the few remixes that this grandma should have been dancing to.

Magic Spells — Crystal Castles The magical thing about this song is how they make a repetitive beat and no words still sound interesting after six minutes. Finger drumming is inevitable.

Love Sex Magic — Ciara (feat. Justin Timberlake) This 2009 dance anthem reminds me of junior prom. To some, that night was magical in itself. I find myself wondering, though, whether our DJ realized he was playing this song to a bunch of hormonal high schoolers.

The Ghost Inside — Broken Bells Ghosts are magical, right? Regardless, this is a great song, and the chorus is hypnotizingly entrancing.

Golden Age – TV on the Radio We’re in the age of miracles – we must be when it is 70 degrees on the first day of February.

Time to Pretend — MGMT A lot of you may have fallen out of touch with this song. Don’t. Plus, I feel like this song is increasingly relevant in my life as I near the time in my life where I “get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning news.”

Magic — Pilot Who can’t include this song in a list of magical music? This cheesy 70’s rocker still maintains an infectious chorus that populates the best moments in movies, TV shows and plays as in my head when awesome things happen to me.

Ghost! – Kid Cudi I couldn’t resist including Kid Cudi in this song, with his strange story lines about men on the moon and other such fantastical things. This song was also great in concert: Here’s a clip from the performance I saw live.

Do You Believe in Magic? – The Lovin’ Spoonful The second oldie about magic on this post. If you’re bored by the classic, I recommend the Aly and AJ version from the Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place.

I Believe – Simian Mobile Disco I believe in magic. Actually, I don’t. But some people do. If you believe in anything, it should be this song, with its weird beat that frames a pretty legit song.

Friday Fixat10ns: Stand Up

by Michelle Cassidy

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Between the first anniversary of the uprisings in Egypt and a lunchtime demonstration in Leo’s, it’s been a tumultuous few days both on campus and throughout the world. In the spirit of this omnipresent change, this week’s Friday Fixat10ns is filled with songs about protest, revolution, freedom and change. After the jump, a list of the songs and why they made the cut on this week’s playlist.

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Old Punk, New Scene – Text Message

Photo: Rita Pearson/The Hoya

by Rita Pearson

Text Message, an indie rock band made up of Georgetown students Joe Romano (COL ’12), John Romano (COL ’14) and Mike Jaroski (COL ’12) kicked off Saturday night’s show at the Rock N Roll Hotel. They opened for local bands the Electric 11’s and Blue Pintowith songs from their upcoming sophomore album, called Lake Opposite. They’re influenced primarily by alternative rock bands, such as Sonic Youth and the D.C.-based Fugazi.

“We’re trying to hit the right spots,” John Romano said. “There are a handful of music venues in D.C., like the Rock N Roll Hotel, that we try to play in. Unfortunately there aren’t many places around campus.”

“The D.C. music scene is nothing like the late 80’s or early 90’s, but I wouldn’t say it’s dead,” Joe said. “However, D.C. is transient – a lot of the bands are on tour, so people are always coming in and out.”

In the 1980’s and 90’s, D.C. was home to a thriving and influential punk scene. Venues like the 9:30 Club, Madam’s Organ, and The Bayou (a Georgetown nightclub that has since been replaced by the Loews Cinema on K Street) were central to the punk community. The U Street/Shaw neighborhood in particular played an important role in the burgeoning D.C. music scene. The Black Cat, a U Street club co-founded by Dave Grohl in 1993, has hosted bands like Arcade Fire, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Death Cab for Cutie. Text Message will be taking the stage at The Black Cat this Sunday.

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Friday Fixat10ns #1

4E’s Friday Fixat10ns #1 from thehoya on 8tracks.

Every Friday, 4E will post a playlist of 10 songs that have fixated us for the past week. Those fixat10ns will be posted on 4E both as a testament to the end of the week, but also in preparation for the weekend to come. This week, we have understandably been fixated to the construction and beginning of the blog.

So, in this first edition of Fixat10ns, 4E celebrates our inaugurat10n day with 10 songs celebrating the beginning. The initiat10n. The introduct10n. The commencement of a new tradit10n in the Georgetown blogoshpere.

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