SASHA LORD * PRESENTS

Saturday, August 2nd - Sitali and Machines On Vacation$12, 10pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong
RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/813459431999077
Sitali (DC)Backed by Machines On Vacation as string + brass sections, Amadou Kouyate on kora, and JuJu House on drumshttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Sitali/229051255638
Machines On Vacation (DC)http://www.facebook.com/MachinesonVacation
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Saturday, August 2nd - Sitali and Machines On Vacation
$12, 10pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/813459431999077

Sitali (DC)
Backed by Machines On Vacation as string + brass sections, Amadou Kouyate on kora, and JuJu House on drums
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sitali/229051255638

Machines On Vacation (DC)
http://www.facebook.com/MachinesonVacation

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Friday, July 25th - Alma Tropicalia and Black Masala$12, 10pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong
Advance tix available: http://almatropicaliablackmasala.eventbrite.com
RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/1452815718308692
Alma Tropicalia (DC)Psychedelic Samba and Brazilian Funkhttp://www.facebook.com/AlmaTropicaliahttp://almatropicalia.bandcamp.comhttp://www.almatropicalia.net
Black Masala (DC)Eclectic Jazzy Big Brasshttp://www.facebook.com/BlackMasalahttp://blackmasala.bandcamp.comhttp://www.youtube.com/user/BlackMasala
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Friday, July 25th - Alma Tropicalia and Black Masala
$12, 10pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

Advance tix available: http://almatropicaliablackmasala.eventbrite.com

RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/1452815718308692

Alma Tropicalia (DC)
Psychedelic Samba and Brazilian Funk
http://www.facebook.com/AlmaTropicalia
http://almatropicalia.bandcamp.com
http://www.almatropicalia.net

Black Masala (DC)
Eclectic Jazzy Big Brass
http://www.facebook.com/BlackMasala
http://blackmasala.bandcamp.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/BlackMasala

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Sasha Lord and Chris Rudy Present…Friday, July 18th - 80s Karaoke Performance Art Competition Backed by the Harikaraoke Band$12, 10pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong
RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/1419056468382827Please register with Chris Rudy at chrisrudyphoto@gmail.com or through Facebook messaging (found on the event page), spots are almost gone!
The true artists of karaoke aren’t the great singers, but the great performers. This event is meant for those who take their karaoke performances to the next level. Costumes, choreographed dance moves, backup dancers, backup singers, props, audience participation; all these are weapons you can employ to crush your rivals and claim a pair of brand spanking new Dr. Martens shoes! The contest is limited to 25 performers, who must sign up with one song choice ahead of time. Message Chris Rudy with your name, song choice, and proposed performance concept. We reserve the right to pass on contestants who do not bring a strong performance idea. Contestants are limited to one song, so make it count!Contestants will be judged by the audience. Every audience member will receive number scorecards that they will hold up after every performance, and the total will be tallied. The person with the most points at the end of the night wins a pair of Dr. Martens shoes ($400 value). 2nd and 3rd place will receive gift certificates to Comet Ping Pong. The audience voting means it behooves the performers to bring as many friends as possible. Featuring the HariKaraoke Live Karaoke Band, the contestants may pick from these 80’s songs: 9 to 5 - Dolly PartonAdd It Up -Violent FemmesAfrica - TotoAlone - HeartAnother One Bites the Dust - QueenBad to the Bone - George ThorogoodBette Davis Eyes - Kim CarnesBig Bottom - Spinal TapBillie Jean - Michael JacksonBlack Velvet - Alannah MylesBlinded Me With Science - Thomas DolbyBlister In The Sun - Violent FemmesBon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or AliveBorn In The USA - Bruce SpringsteenCenterfold - J. Giles BandCome on Feel The Noise - Quiet RiotCrazy Little Thing Called Love - QueenDon’t Stop Believing - JourneyDon’t You Want Me - Human LeagueElectric Slide - Marcia GriffithsEvery Breath You Take - The PoliceFaithfully - JourneyFight For Your Right - Beastie BoysFree Fallin - Tom PettyGet Here - Oleta AdamsGhostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.Hit Me With Your Best Your Shot - Pat BenatarHome Sweet Home - Motley CrueHow Will I Know - Whitney HoustonHysteria - Def LeppardI Hate Myself For Loving You - Joan JettI Love Rock n Roll - Joan JettI Melt With You - Modern EnglishI Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2I Wanna Be Sedated - The RamonesI Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney HoustonIce Ice Baby - Vanilla IceIslands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly PartonIt’s The End of The World - REMI’m Gonna Walk (500 Miles) - The ProclaimersJessie’s Girl - Rick SpringfieldJust Like Heaven - The CureKeep Your Hands To Yourself - Georgia SatellitesKiss - PrinceLike a Prayer - MadonnaLike a Virgin - MadonnaLivin’ On a Prayer - Bon JoviLove Shack - B-52sManic Monday - The BanglesMy Prerogative - Bobby BrownMy Sharona - The KnackNothing Compares to You - Sinead O’ConnorOpen Arms - JourneyPYT - Michael JacksonPanic - The SmithsPour Some Sugar On Me - Def LeopardPride and Joy - Stevie Ray VaughanPull Up To The Bumper - Grace JonesPurple Rain - PrinceRappers Delight - Sugar Hill GangRock Lobster - B-52sRock With You - Michael JacksonRoxanne - The PoliceSafety Dance - Men Without HatsSaving All My Love For You - Whitney HoustonSeparate Ways - JourneyShould I Stay or Should I Go - The ClashSledgehammer - Peter GabrielStop Draggin My Heart Around - Tom PettySummer of ‘69 - Bryan AdamsSweet Child O’ Mine - Guns n RosesTempted - SqueezeThriller - Michael JacksonTime After Time - Cyndi LauperTotal Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie TylerWalking On Sunshine -Katrina and the Waves\What I Like About You - The RomanticsWhat’s Love Got To Do With It - Tina TurnerWith Or Without You - U2You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DCYou’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - The Righteous Brothers (May only be sung in Navy uniform ala Top Gun)Contestants who choose the same song will be pitted head-to-head against each other. Admission is $12 for performers and audience alike. If at the end of the contest there is a tie, the contestants will face off in gladiatorial combat – err, have a sing-off. Please post any further questions on the event wall so everyone can learn from them. Or, if it involves possible strategy that you don’t want revealed, please message Chris Rudy. Good luck, may you live long and the Force be ever in your favor!
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Sasha Lord and Chris Rudy Present…
Friday, July 18th - 80s Karaoke Performance Art Competition Backed by the Harikaraoke Band
$12, 10pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/1419056468382827

Please register with Chris Rudy at chrisrudyphoto@gmail.com or through Facebook messaging (found on the event page), spots are almost gone!

The true artists of karaoke aren’t the great singers, but the great performers. This event is meant for those who take their karaoke performances to the next level. Costumes, choreographed dance moves, backup dancers, backup singers, props, audience participation; all these are weapons you can employ to crush your rivals and claim a pair of brand spanking new Dr. Martens shoes! 

The contest is limited to 25 performers, who must sign up with one song choice ahead of time. Message Chris Rudy with your name, song choice, and proposed performance concept. We reserve the right to pass on contestants who do not bring a strong performance idea. Contestants are limited to one song, so make it count!

Contestants will be judged by the audience. Every audience member will receive number scorecards that they will hold up after every performance, and the total will be tallied. The person with the most points at the end of the night wins a pair of Dr. Martens shoes ($400 value). 2nd and 3rd place will receive gift certificates to Comet Ping Pong. The audience voting means it behooves the performers to bring as many friends as possible. 

Featuring the HariKaraoke Live Karaoke Band, the contestants may pick from these 80’s songs: 

9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Add It Up -Violent Femmes
Africa - Toto
Alone - Heart
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
Big Bottom - Spinal Tap
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Black Velvet - Alannah Myles
Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive
Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen
Centerfold - J. Giles Band
Come on Feel The Noise - Quiet Riot
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
Don’t You Want Me - Human League
Electric Slide - Marcia Griffiths
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Faithfully - Journey
Fight For Your Right - Beastie Boys
Free Fallin - Tom Petty
Get Here - Oleta Adams
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
Hit Me With Your Best Your Shot - Pat Benatar
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
Hysteria - Def Leppard
I Hate Myself For Loving You - Joan Jett
I Love Rock n Roll - Joan Jett
I Melt With You - Modern English
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2
I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
It’s The End of The World - REM
I’m Gonna Walk (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
Jessie’s Girl - Rick Springfield
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Keep Your Hands To Yourself - Georgia Satellites
Kiss - Prince
Like a Prayer - Madonna
Like a Virgin - Madonna
Livin’ On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Love Shack - B-52s
Manic Monday - The Bangles
My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
My Sharona - The Knack
Nothing Compares to You - Sinead O’Connor
Open Arms - Journey
PYT - Michael Jackson
Panic - The Smiths
Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leopard
Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Pull Up To The Bumper - Grace Jones
Purple Rain - Prince
Rappers Delight - Sugar Hill Gang
Rock Lobster - B-52s
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Roxanne - The Police
Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
Separate Ways - Journey
Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Stop Draggin My Heart Around - Tom Petty
Summer of ‘69 - Bryan Adams
Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns n Roses
Tempted - Squeeze
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Walking On Sunshine -Katrina and the Waves
\What I Like About You - The Romantics
What’s Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
With Or Without You - U2
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - The Righteous Brothers (May only be sung in Navy uniform ala Top Gun)

Contestants who choose the same song will be pitted head-to-head against each other. 

Admission is $12 for performers and audience alike. If at the end of the contest there is a tie, the contestants will face off in gladiatorial combat – err, have a sing-off. Please post any further questions on the event wall so everyone can learn from them. Or, if it involves possible strategy that you don’t want revealed, please message Chris Rudy. Good luck, may you live long and the Force be ever in your favor!

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Comet Ping Pong and Sasha Lord Present…SUMMER TEEN TAKEOVER SERIES
Sunday July 6th - Curated by Forrest Hainline of School of Rock Silver Spring with School of Rock BandsSchool of Rock Silver Spring House Band, Camps, and Lunar Trip$3, 1-4pm and All Ages at Comet Ping PongSaturday July 12th - Curated by Mary TimonyUnion of Sgt. Teddy, NOX, and The Accidentals$5, 1-4pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong- Note: all shows will be at a lower sound level- Special brunch pizzas available- Special brunch drinks just for the parents to enjoy!
RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/1436858336574104
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Comet Ping Pong and Sasha Lord Present…
SUMMER TEEN TAKEOVER SERIES

Sunday July 6th - Curated by Forrest Hainline of School of Rock Silver Spring with School of Rock Bands
School of Rock Silver Spring House Band, Camps, and Lunar Trip
$3, 1-4pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

Saturday July 12th - Curated by Mary Timony
Union of Sgt. Teddy, NOX, and The Accidentals
$5, 1-4pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

- Note: all shows will be at a lower sound level
- Special brunch pizzas available
- Special brunch drinks just for the parents to enjoy!

RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/1436858336574104

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Thursday, June 26th - Fermata: On/Off featuring Christine Sun Kim, Transmissions, and Peals$12, 7pm and All Ages at Artisphere Black Box Theater
RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/622291357846592
Artisphere, along with Sasha Lord, presents a special one-night experiential sensory event featuring three connected performances based on sound, each showcasing a unique approach. Born deaf, sound artist Christine Sun Kim explores and questions sound ownership through her work, which takes the form of performance and visual works. This performance, which she will conduct with help from Transformer’s E11 participating artists, will mark the end of her residency Upside Down Noon in Artisphere’s Works In Progress Gallery. Transmissions invites attendees to move throughout the space as an ensemble of eight musicians situated at stations throughout the room collectively sustain one note of transition to another, each for 20 minutes. The immersive sonic meditation is the brainchild of Pat Noecker (aka RAFT and formerly of Liars and These Are Powers) and will feature Ted Zook, guitarist, playing processed bass cello; Norm Veenstra of Tone playing monotone + duotone guitars; Alex Braden of Bella Russia performing microKorg, guitar loops + effect; Margot MacDonald, vocalist, performing in voice and live looping; Jerry Busher, appears on albums by Fidelity Jones, The Spinanes, French Toast, Allscars, Alfonso Velez and John Frusciante, playing Casio keyboard samples, hybrid acoustic/electronic drums and Milena Aradski classically trained violinist, playing the violin. Peals is the Baltimore duo of William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger). As exhibiting artists in Fermata, the two have crafted a sound that is markedly different from their primary bands’ more aggressive tone to create a work with an ethereal emphasis on texture. For On/Off, Peals will perform a live set that transitions seamlessly from the preceding Transmissions set.
For tickets + more info: http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Music/ON-OFF-Featuring-Christine-Sun-Kim-Transmissions-and-Peals.aspx
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Thursday, June 26th - Fermata: On/Off featuring Christine Sun Kim, Transmissions, and Peals
$12, 7pm and All Ages at Artisphere Black Box Theater

RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/622291357846592

Artisphere, along with Sasha Lord, presents a special one-night experiential sensory event featuring three connected performances based on sound, each showcasing a unique approach. 

Born deaf, sound artist Christine Sun Kim explores and questions sound ownership through her work, which takes the form of performance and visual works. This performance, which she will conduct with help from Transformer’s E11 participating artists, will mark the end of her residency Upside Down Noon in Artisphere’s Works In Progress Gallery. 

Transmissions invites attendees to move throughout the space as an ensemble of eight musicians situated at stations throughout the room collectively sustain one note of transition to another, each for 20 minutes. The immersive sonic meditation is the brainchild of Pat Noecker (aka RAFT and formerly of Liars and These Are Powers) and will feature Ted Zook, guitarist, playing processed bass cello; Norm Veenstra of Tone playing monotone + duotone guitars; Alex Braden of Bella Russia performing microKorg, guitar loops + effect; Margot MacDonald, vocalist, performing in voice and live looping; Jerry Busher, appears on albums by Fidelity Jones, The Spinanes, French Toast, Allscars, Alfonso Velez and John Frusciante, playing Casio keyboard samples, hybrid acoustic/electronic drums and Milena Aradski classically trained violinist, playing the violin. 

Peals is the Baltimore duo of William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger). As exhibiting artists in Fermata, the two have crafted a sound that is markedly different from their primary bands’ more aggressive tone to create a work with an ethereal emphasis on texture. For On/Off, Peals will perform a live set that transitions seamlessly from the preceding Transmissions set.

For tickets + more info: http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Music/ON-OFF-Featuring-Christine-Sun-Kim-Transmissions-and-Peals.aspx

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Guerilla Toss - "367 Equalizer" (Stereogum Premiere) →

via Miles Bowe at Stereogum:

Guerilla Toss plays at Comet Ping Pong with Peoples Drug and Sneaks this coming Wednesday June 25th!

RSVP + more info on Facebook + Tumblr!

THE LE SIGH: Track: Sales - "Vow" →

SALES makes intimate pop that will never get old.

Over the last 10 months, SALES have been releasing singles on soundcloud as a steady build to their first full-length record (TLS covered their "Renee" / "Tonka Time" 7" earlier this year). SALES’ newest track “Vow” is also a slow build in itself; it hangs at the same relaxed pace throughout, thanks to a boomerang guitar line and Lauren Morgan’s gentle voice. As Lauren sings, she bounces on top of each word and never reaches her full volume, like you’re hanging out and playing music in her room but don’t want to annoy the roommates. Jordan Shih provides deceivingly subtle backing on drums, also never making more noise than absolutely necessary. The Orlando duo toes the line of folk, indie pop, lo-fi and minimalism and refuses to commit to one genre, which is part of SALES’ intimate appeal. “Vow” tackles the confusion of intimacy, as well: “Looked at you too long at last / Fell apart in the lows of a laugh.” To cap off the 3-minutes, liquid guitar riffs flow over Jordan’s steady rhythms giving the perfect finishing touch.

SALES plays Comet Ping Pong THIS Wednesday 6/18 with Go Cozy and a DJ set from The Sea Life. RSVP + more info on Facebook + Tumblr!


Wednesday, June 25th - Guerilla Toss, Peoples Drug, and Sneaks$12, 9pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong
RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/1462329847341748
Guerilla Toss (Boston)Snarled Noise Punkhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Guerilla-Toss/294357483907927http://guerillatoss.bandcamp.com
Peoples Drug (DC)Featuring Laurie Spector of Foul Swoops/Dudes, Alex DB of Mary Christ, and Mary Regalado of Neonates/$40 Fuschia
Sneaks (DC)http://sneaksdc.bandcamp.com
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Wednesday, June 25th - Guerilla Toss, Peoples Drug, and Sneaks
$12, 9pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/1462329847341748

Guerilla Toss (Boston)
Snarled Noise Punk
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Guerilla-Toss/294357483907927
http://guerillatoss.bandcamp.com

Peoples Drug (DC)
Featuring Laurie Spector of Foul Swoops/Dudes, Alex DB of Mary Christ, and Mary Regalado of Neonates/$40 Fuschia

Sneaks (DC)
http://sneaksdc.bandcamp.com

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Artisphere and Sasha Lord Present…Friday, June 20th - Mother Falcon, The Family Crest, and The Sea Life$15, 7:30pm Doors, 8pm Show and All Ages at Artisphere
RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/704388492937212
Mother Falcon (Austin TX)Soaring Orchestral Soundscapeshttp://www.facebook.com/motherfalconmusichttp://motherfalconmusic.bandcamp.comhttp://motherfalconmusic.comMother Falcon from Austin TX is an organic collective of classically trained young musicians determined to push their artistry into new musical territory. The band has crafted a signature soundscape by blending rock, jazz and hip hop rhythms with swirling horns and strings that alternately lead and support equally inventive vocal arrangements, yielding an electrifying live show. Mother Falcon has received high praise from NPR Music and won the Austin Music Awards’ “Best None Of The Above” accolade for three years in a row.
The Family Crest (San Francisco)Boasting Over 400 Membershttp://www.facebook.com/thefamilycresthttp://thefamilycrest.bandcamp.comhttp://www.thefamilycrestfamily.com
The Sea Life (DC)Alternative Art Rockhttp://www.facebook.com/thesealifemusichttp://thesealife.bandcamp.com
For more info + tickets: http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Music/MOTHER-FALCON.aspx
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Artisphere and Sasha Lord Present…
Friday, June 20th - Mother Falcon, The Family Crest, and The Sea Life
$15, 7:30pm Doors, 8pm Show and All Ages at Artisphere

RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/704388492937212

Mother Falcon (Austin TX)
Soaring Orchestral Soundscapes
http://www.facebook.com/motherfalconmusic
http://motherfalconmusic.bandcamp.com
http://motherfalconmusic.com

Mother Falcon from Austin TX is an organic collective of classically trained young musicians determined to push their artistry into new musical territory. The band has crafted a signature soundscape by blending rock, jazz and hip hop rhythms with swirling horns and strings that alternately lead and support equally inventive vocal arrangements, yielding an electrifying live show. Mother Falcon has received high praise from NPR Music and won the Austin Music Awards’ “Best None Of The Above” accolade for three years in a row.

The Family Crest (San Francisco)
Boasting Over 400 Members
http://www.facebook.com/thefamilycrest
http://thefamilycrest.bandcamp.com
http://www.thefamilycrestfamily.com

The Sea Life (DC)
Alternative Art Rock
http://www.facebook.com/thesealifemusic
http://thesealife.bandcamp.com

For more info + tickets: http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Music/MOTHER-FALCON.aspx

Poster via Lindsay Johnson


Wednesday, June 18th - SALES, Go Cozy, and The Sea Life (DJ Set)$12, 9pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong
RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/671609339587204
SALES (Orlando) [10:30]$$$$$$$$$$$$$$http://wearenotsales.comhttp://www.facebook.com/wearenotsaleshttp://soundcloud.com/sales
Go Cozy (Silver Spring) [9:30]Heart-Melting Dream Pophttp://www.facebook.com/gocozyhttp://gocozy.bandcamp.com
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Wednesday, June 18th - SALES, Go Cozy, and The Sea Life (DJ Set)
$12, 9pm and All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

RSVP + more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/671609339587204

SALES (Orlando) [10:30]
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
http://wearenotsales.com
http://www.facebook.com/wearenotsales
http://soundcloud.com/sales

Go Cozy (Silver Spring) [9:30]
Heart-Melting Dream Pop
http://www.facebook.com/gocozy
http://gocozy.bandcamp.com

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