City Paper is not for tourists
D.C.’s Dischord Records turns 30 this year, and to casual observers, it may seem to have eased into semiactivity in recent years: a few singles in 2009, one album—-OK, one very good album—-in 2010. But the punk label’s actually been quite busy: It’s been steadily rereleasing its catalog; its co-owner, Ian MacKaye, told me recently that his band the Evens is gearing up to play shows again (in fact it played one Monday); and this week, Dischord has a pair of free events planned with Transformer Gallery.
Tomorrow! MacKaye is part of a panel discussion titled “Built to Last: Truths & Myths of Sustainable Cultural Production,” which sounds like a long way of saying that the topic is the Do-It-Yourself ethos—-something MacKaye spoke to me about last month. That’s at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday! The program “A Day of Dischord” begins at 1 p.m. with sets by Dischord bands the Andalusians and the Aquarium. Then at 5 p.m., the gallery is screening the Fugazi documentary Instrument. Transformer Gallery is at 1404 P St. NW.
A disclosure! Two members of Medications—-Mark Cisneros and Chad Molter—-and one member of the Aquarium—-Jason Hutto—-used to work here.