The D.C. area’s musical history is strong enough that it should have a record label dedicated solely to digging up the region’s lost gems. But two recent D.C. archival releases found fresh homes far outside the DMV.
Los Angeles’ Post Present Medium, run by Dean Spunt of art-punks No Age, teamed up with Portland’s Mississippi Records to put out Chalk Circle’s “Reflection.” This all-female punk band existed from 1981 to 1983, but the group’s off-kilter tunes were out of step with the D.C. scene then. Save for a few songs on obscure comps, this is the band’s first real release.
Father’s Children, above, has released some albums, but the 1972-1973 early tapes that make up “Who’s Going to Save the World” were never given to the band, because its managers didn’t pay the studio bill. The Chicago-based Numero Group rescued this collection of Islamic-fueled psychedelic funk — informed by Adams Morgan’s grime — because nobody in D.C. was able to do so.
Photo courtesy Father’s Children