District Mixtape: Mike Boggs

We Were Pirates

We Were Pirates

Mike Boggs is the creative force behind We Were Pirates. He plays shows under the name with other musicians, but crafted the whole of his EP “The Wolf” on his laptop with two mics and himself. Currently, We Were Pirates is focusing on a full-length album to be recorded in the studio built in Boggs’ garage. We were delighted when the life-long area resident agreed to prepare a mixtape for us! — Brittany

So, The Ode to DC mix consists entirely of songs I am fond of by dc bands, bands with members from DC, songs about DC or songs that are heavily influenced by the “DC sound”

I was born and raised in the DC area and aside from a few years spent living in Nashville, I’ve been around my whole life. Early on, I was pretty heavily influenced by the post hardcore sound (Fugazi, Rites of Spring, Jawbox, Dismemberment Plan, q and not u, etc…) that DC is known for fathering.

At this point, it seems like DC music doesn’t have much of a collective identity, and I kind of like that. When I played Fort Reno a few weeks ago the bill was a punk band (Police and Thieves), a psychedelic noise rock band (The Apes) and an minimalist indie-pop band (We Were Pirates). To me, this is a good thing. It tells me that people in DC are just making good music and don’t seem to be worried about whether or not it fits the DC music mold.

So, there you have it. I like DC music…and the music that DC music begats. At this point, though I’m kind of sick of typing “DC” and am kind of tempted to go back and replace all of the “DC”s to “District of Columbia” or “Washington, DC” or “the district” or anything but “DC”.

Listen to Mike’s mix at welovedc.muxtape.com
[update: Muxtape is down for the time being. Please go here for the playlist on imeem: Distict Mixtape]

Track List:
1. Barcelona, “Bugs”
2. Q and not U, “Soft Pyramids”
3. Foo Fighters, “Hero”
4. Mineral, “Palisade”
5. Fugazi, “Waiting Room”
6. mewithoutyou, “Torches Together”
7. Jonathan Fire*Eater, “These Little Monkeys”
8. Sunny Day Real Estate, “Every Shining Time You Arrive”
9. Cursive, “Sink to the Beat”
10. Georgie James, “Aftermath”

Brittany has tried to leave DC, it just never lasts. She has lived in Chicago, California, and China – but she always comes back home. Brittany is a drinks, nightlife, and style correspondent for We Love DC. Between columns, you can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, or standing by the bar. Email her at brittany(at)welovedc.com.

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