We realize that our first release will set the expectations for all releases that follow. With this in mind, our initial E.P. reflects a wide breadth of influences. If the next release were a horror movie soundtrack, it could be anticipated by this E.P. If the next release were a cover of the entirety of Neil Young’s Tonight’s The Night, this could be anticipated by the E.P. as well. Somewhere between these extremes lay the post-punk heart of Various Eggs.

 

[Cool looking flyer for Sundays show, made by one of the folks from Music Bones, I think]Various Eggs are bringing their scattered brand of art rock to the Velvet Lounge this Sunday. They’ll be trying out a new song or two that they have been working on since the November 2013 release of their first mini-album, “Don’t Expect Much From Others.” And, of course, they’ll be doing some songs from that release as well.
When Various Eggs set out to make “Don’t Expect Much From Others,” they wanted to make a record that reflected their wide range of influences. You can pick up on their love of shoegaze, of stoner doom metal, of new wave romanticism, of avant-garde classical, and of post punk in the brief seven tracks on the album. In reviews, the songs have been described as everything from “acoustic baubles” to “nightmarish freak outs.” Despite the wide sonic canvas on which the songs are painted, they are all united by a theme of disappointment, which precipitated the title “Don’t Expect Much From Others.” Some reviews have guessed that the album is a break-up record, but Various Eggs will let us decide that on our own.
Since the release of “Don’t Expect Much From Others,” Various Eggs have been plugging away at recording new songs. This weekend will be the first time they have been aired. If you haven’t checked out “Don’t Expect Much From Others” it is available at http://variouseggs.bandcamp.com/.
Joining them on Sunday is an excitingly diverse lineup which includes the minimal blues rock drum/guitar duo Music Bones and the Thai electro/rock stylings of Skyline & Anti Band.

Facebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/334029920085670/Various Eggs:https://www.facebook.com/VariousEggsSkyline & Anti-Bandhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/SKYLINEANTI-BAND/264467367074Music Boneshttps://www.facebook.com/MusicBonesVarious Eggs Dates:Saturday July 26, 2014 at The Grog and Tankard in Stafford, VA Doors: 7:00 PMSunday July 27, 2014 at The Velvet Lounge in Washington, DC Doors: 7:30 PM, SHOW: 9:00 PM

[Cool looking flyer for Sundays show, made by one of the folks from Music Bones, I think]

Various Eggs are bringing their scattered brand of art rock to the Velvet Lounge this Sunday. They’ll be trying out a new song or two that they have been working on since the November 2013 release of their first mini-album, “Don’t Expect Much From Others.” And, of course, they’ll be doing some songs from that release as well.

When Various Eggs set out to make “Don’t Expect Much From Others,” they wanted to make a record that reflected their wide range of influences. You can pick up on their love of shoegaze, of stoner doom metal, of new wave romanticism, of avant-garde classical, and of post punk in the brief seven tracks on the album. In reviews, the songs have been described as everything from “acoustic baubles” to “nightmarish freak outs.” Despite the wide sonic canvas on which the songs are painted, they are all united by a theme of disappointment, which precipitated the title “Don’t Expect Much From Others.” Some reviews have guessed that the album is a break-up record, but Various Eggs will let us decide that on our own.

Since the release of “Don’t Expect Much From Others,” Various Eggs have been plugging away at recording new songs. This weekend will be the first time they have been aired. If you haven’t checked out “Don’t Expect Much From Others” it is available at http://variouseggs.bandcamp.com/.

Joining them on Sunday is an excitingly diverse lineup which includes the minimal blues rock drum/guitar duo Music Bones and the Thai electro/rock stylings of Skyline & Anti Band.

Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/334029920085670/
Various Eggs:
https://www.facebook.com/VariousEggs
Skyline & Anti-Band
https://www.facebook.com/pages/SKYLINEANTI-BAND/264467367074
Music Bones
https://www.facebook.com/MusicBones
Various Eggs Dates:
Saturday July 26, 2014 at The Grog and Tankard in Stafford, VA Doors: 7:00 PM
Sunday July 27, 2014 at The Velvet Lounge in Washington, DC Doors: 7:30 PM, SHOW: 9:00 PM

The Deli's Bands of the Month 2014

We are in a poll for Deli Magazine’s next artist of the month.  If we win, we get a link on their home page for the remainder of the month.  Check us out there?  Maybe vote for us?

The Deli's Poll

http://washington.thedelimagazine.com/snacks

…spraying cake batter about the kitchen while screaming vulgarities…

With their review for the new DIE ANTWOORD album, AllMusic has set the bar for writing music reviews that color outside the lines . Some choice highlights from the review:

"Primal scream therapy is fine, but there are days when dropping trousers, turning up the rave music to a deafening levels, and spraying cake batter about the kitchen while screaming vulgarities in the Afrikaans language is the only solution.”

"Coming on strong with that quirky, kewpie doll hook from singer Yo-Landi Vi$$er and those wonderfully dumb, wonderfully wicked lyrics from rapper Ninja, the opening "Ugly Boy" is the first sign that the drugs are all good on the South African duo’s/electro-freakshow’s third album."

http://www.allmusic.com/album/donker-mag-mw0002679429

All of the live performance tracks from Various Eggs on one playlist

http://variouseggs.tumblr.com/post/72089392304/various-eggs-dont-expect-much-from-others-1

variouseggs:

Various Eggs Don’t Expect Much From Others

1. Biggest Fish
2. Summon Us All Up
3. Interstitial #1 (Thank You G.B.)
4. Girls
5. Disposing of “The Need”
6. Interstitial #2 (Duet)
7. I Wish The Best For You

Julie Bosak: Vocals
Tricia Kupec: Drums
Justin Poroszok: Bass
L.J….

97.3 WRIR - Richmond Independent Radio

I (LJ) co-hosted a radio show on WRIR on Saturday morning.  Here is a link to the playlist:

Talking about the best and worst of music in 2013: 15 Pretty Good Albums From 2013

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Notes on 2013:

If I had to pick one album from 2013 as the very best, it would be The Knife’s uncompromising, restless Shaking the Habitual. 

My big find for this year would be Chelsea Wolfe.  I’ve grown a little obsessed with her as I had with Sharon Van Etten last year and Anna Calvi the year before.

2013 was an amazing year for hip-hop with great stuff from Kanye, Chance the Rapper, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Deltron, Danny Brown, El-P & Killer Mike and J. Cole.  Actually, I’m amazed at how hip-hop heavy my year end list is.

Of the people on this list, I’ve gotten to see Scout Niblett, Parquet Courts, Queens of the Stone Age, Nick & The Bad Seeds and Low live in 2013.

For best lyrics, I would choose either “Male Gaze” by Pissed Jeans or “Gun” by Scout Niblett.

According to iTunes, my most listened to song from 2013 was “Jubilee Street” by Nick Cave.  Second most listened to from 2013: “Tooth for an Eye” by The Knife.

Without further ado, here is my list (in a slightly particular order):

  1. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
  2. Kanye West – Yeezus
  3. Scout Niblett – It’s Up to Emma
  4. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
  5. Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
  6. Anna Calvi - One Breath
  7. Danny Brown – Old
  8. Body/Head - Coming Apart
  9. Pissed Jeans – Honeys
  10. James Blake – Overgrown
  11. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
  12. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
  13. J. Cole - Born Sinner
  14. True Widow – Circumambulation
  15. Subrosa – More Constant Than The Gods

Other stuff worth checking out from 2013:

  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
  • Inter Arma – Sky Burial
  • Goldfrapp - Tales of Us
  • Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Pain Is Beauty
  • King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  • Major Lazer – Free The Universe
  • Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  • Low – Invisible Way
  • Julia Holter - Loud City Song
  • El-P/Killer Mike - Run the Jewels
  • Various Eggs - Don’t Expect Much From Other
    ( ^ ;) shameless self promotion)

Talking about the best and worst of music in 2013: Please pay more attention to Anna Calvi.

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Please pay more attention to Anna Calvi.  Well, pay attention to her music.  Ignore her interviews, which all play out like a distracted child who has been scolded repeatedly to “sit still and pay attention to the nice man.”

Watch Calvi on stage with her pulled back hair.  Her lipstick. Her high heels.  Her satin blouse. Her dirty Telecaster.  Can someone tell me how that ‘guitar solo’ is being made in “Cry”?  I’m not sure I will ever have a setting where that sound will make sense for my own music, but it feels important to know the what and why of this.

Pitchfork said some pretty terrible things about One Breath, which was released in the Fall.  The funniest of which was that Anna Calvi is one step away from Leona Lewis on the song “Cry.”  Leona Lewis.  Watch the clip below and tell me when Leona Lewis was ever such a bad ass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnhdFOHrix4