What Happened to DC?October 18, 2006 at 9:53 pm | Posted in indie 7", Music | 5 Comments
My 7″ Single Collection: Vol. 4
Back in the mid 90’s Washington, DC had a pretty vibrant indie scene. I use to live in Washington back in the heyday of of Go! Records, Simple Machines and TeenBeat records. During a recent visit there, I noticed how much things have changed here. Arlington has been white-washed into corporateland. Where there use to be Go!, the Sugar Shack, Bardo, Amdo-Rodeo and Galaxy Hut, and many excellent Vietnamese restaurants, only Galaxy Hut still stands. Now you will find Whole Foods, Crate & Barrel and a bunch of the same generic stuff you can find in any city. The changes also got me reminiscing about the Indie Rock Flea markets that Go! would put together in the parking lot of some old car dealership. All the indie labels would come and sell their stuff while bands like Edsel, Lorelei, Racecar, and Eggs would play in the swealtering summer DC heat.
Since I was visiting Washington, DC, I thought I would tie in my recent visit to the excellent DC band the Ropers. This split 7″ everyone has a secret daydream… was put out by Brilliant Records out of Richmond, VA and Giant Pool Ball out of Germany. The Ropers had one song and the Tribbles had two on the flip side. The Ropers broke up after releasing a few eps and on one full length. Sweet Lord I Know has not appeared anywhere else except for this single. After the Ropers broke up, part of the band went on to form the excellent Still (not to be confused with the Stills) and put out a full length on pulcec.
Ropers – Sweet Lord I Know mp3 Tribbles – Mercury mp3 Tribbles – Liberty 5-3000 mp3