The Sounds of Richmond, Vol. 8 

Our yearly streaming soundtrack for your RVA lifestyle.

Be sure to check out an exclusive mix by Richmond music Maven (and Style Weekly Calendar Editor Chris Bopst) available as a free download on our SoundCloud page.


“You Don’t Believe Me” — Christi

Straight-up, all-girl garage punk-and-roll produced by Bob Quirk. From a self-titled cassette put out last summer.

“Fashion and Drugs Remix” (featuring Dr. Millionaire and Cooley) — Octavion X

This blunted, hip-hopped sing-a-long by the Richmond yarn spinner known as Dr. Millionaire is a remix of one of his most popular club thumpers.

“Cocaine” — Sleepwalkers

A catchy little indie-pop ditty about the joys of doing blow to get out of bed – because, as the Monsanto ad told us in 1977, “Without chemicals, life itself would be impossible.” From last year’s full length, “Greenwood Shade.”

“Crazy Rhythm” — Joe Enroughty and his Royal Virginians

A 32-bar swing show tune written in 1928 for the Broadway musical “Here’s Howe” and performed here-and-now by Richmond’s premiere big band dance orchestra. Side trivia: The tune also was featured in Steve Martin’s “The Jerk.”

“Whisky Drunk” — Alison Self and the Lonesome Lows

A Patsy Cline-inspired putdown of late-night booty calls from the local queen of honky-tonk, Alison Self, taken from last year’s “Cowboy Coffee.”

“The German Three” — Cut the Architect’s Hand

Feeling-good-about-bad-thoughts metal from the band’s pulverizing album “Blood Eagle” released in 2013.

“Astrobelt” — Sam Reed Syndicate

Upbeat ’80s-style funk by Miss Reed, who you may recognize as the dynamo frontwoman from the Photosynthesizers and Beast Wellington. This comes from the full-length “This is Love” produced by DJ Harrison that arrives this week via Jellowstone Records.

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“Donna” — Big No

This unreleased, foreboding song inspired by the character of Donna from “Twin Peaks” would make David Lynch proud. It features searing guitar work by frontman and evil genius Nathan Grice, who recently killed at Hardywood with his Julee Cruise cover band during “The Great Southern” weekend.

“Batteries in My Pocket (It Burns)” — Brown Piss

From the local experimental noise collective CNP, Brown Piss provides the answer as to why your urine is discolored with abrasive, bathroom-clearing bliss; taken from their split with Flood Beast.

“No Parking” (fourth movement of “Undertones: Aural Memorial for the African Burial Grounds) — Afrikan Arkestra

Our longest track is a live recording of the mesmerizing final movement of composer Ashby Anderson’s musical exploration of Richmond’s dark past. Recorded this month on site at the African Burial Ground in Shockoe Bottom, the narratives are provided by Sekou Shabaka.

“Peep Hole” — Noah-O and Kleph Dollaz featuring Garnett Goldin

From the new album, “All Souled Out,” this track was produced by Kleph Dollaz and recorded at Kleph’s home studio in Randolph nicknamed the Klubhouse. Noah-O, one of the most active players in the local hip-hop scene, says about the “Peep Hole” lyrical analogy: “You can’t hide behind a closed door and view the world, you have to go out and experience life for good or bad, it’s meant to be lived.”

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“1984” — Trillions

Catchy, in-the-red sounding indie rock from this year’s full-length, “Superposition” recorded and engineered at Montrose Studios by Avers’ Adrian Olsen.

“Publicist” — Warren Hixson

A brand new track from the next, as-yet-untitled album by Warren Hixson sung from the perspective of today’s working publicist: “I’m your publicist, I’ll get you something that you’re gonna miss. ... We work together, for our mutual benefit.”

“Holy River” — Lobo Marino

Lovely, folk drone music from these off-the-grid world travelers featuring field recordings from India; this song was recorded in Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia and comes from last year’s album, “City of Light.”

“Sweet Little Serenade” — Kings

New-school R&B from Kelli Strawbridge and friends with a dirty, low-fi vibe and sweet backing harmonies. From their self-titled debut on Jellowstone Records.

“East vs. West” — Lady God

A brand spanking new track from the B-side of this trio’s upcoming single “Lady God #2,” available in July. Recorded earlier this month at Sound of Music Studio by John Morand. Special appearances by “some serendipitous radio interference by the church of who-knows-what on [guitarist] Skye Handler’s amp.”

“Slumber Sequence” — Positive No

Released as an extremely limited single’s club 7” on Negative Fun Records, “Slumber Sequence” features precise jangle-pop that erupts at each chorus. Positive No has just completed recording their debut full-length titled “Glossa” which is set for release this fall.

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“Vampire” — Avers

A psychedelic “spaceship dance party for all your friends” taken from the as-yet-untitled sophomore Avers album (the first song recorded after their debut, “Empty Light”). It was released a few weeks ago via the Onion’s A.V. Club.

“Casual Dracula” — Horsehead

The title track from the fifth full-length by these local roots rockers was recorded quickly at Scott’s Addition Sound.

“Innocents” — Gouda Mayhem

A recently recorded instrumental track featuring Chrissie Griffith on bass, guitarists Natalie Quick and Paul Ivey and timekeeper Ian Browning, recorded live at Sound of Music by John Morand.

“Kipple” — Brief Lives

Old-school style fist pump featuring relatively new Richmond transplant Valient Himself on vocals; this was recorded by Chris Compton at Broadscope Media and taken from last year’s “VHS” extended-play cassette.

“Pookie’s March” — Trio of Justice

The combative, jazz-inspired title track from last year’s debut by Reggie Pace on trombone, Devonne Harris on percussion and Reginald Chapman on tuba and bass trombone recorded and mixed by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Recording.



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