If anyone is keeping tabs (and I doubt that anyone is), the effect that the mid-90s DC indie scene had on me should be pretty obvious. Artists from Simple Machines, Dischord, and Teenbeat find their way onto the monthly mixes from time to time. My music taste is intangibly connected to this period, which played a significant role in my life (often literally). But regardless of personal connection, I can’t help but think that much of that period sounds as relevant today as it did then.
Teenbeat records was one of my absolute favorites. I was borderline obsessed with their NYC-based offering, Versus, and loved exploring music pre-internets via their affordable priced sampler series, which are all awesome and well worth the low price, if you were wondering. Through Teenbeat, I even developed my first (and to this date only) crush on girl that I had never seen or met based only on her handwriting in mailorder correspondence. Just thinking about Teenbeat, I put on Versus’ 1995 singles collection, Dead Leaves and am overcome with nostalgia.
So anyway, back in 2005, Teenbeat organized a series of shows to memorialize the label’s 20th anniversary, and reunited mainstays of their catalog — many of whom had not performed together for 5-10 years. I would have liked to have motivated myself for a DC trip to enjoy this moment, but alas my NYC>LA move was poorly timed. But then today I randomly stumbled over live recordings from the anniversary shows by the incredible Boston-based archivist music blog, Bradley’s Almanac:
Night 1: Unrest, Larry Crane (of Vomit Launch), Tracy Shedd
Night 2: Unrest, Eggs, +/-, True Love Always, The Fontaine Toups
Night 3: Versus, Tuscadero, Flin Flon, Aden, Hot Pursuit (+ Versus set continued)
: Unrest – Make Out Club (live) :
: Versus – Blade Of Grass (live) :