The duke of do it yourself
“What do you expect with that hipster indie-rock bullshit?” That was the answer that someone on the Velvet Rope, a music-biz-gossip Web site, gave another person, who had inquired if Calvin Johnson, an architect of the Olympia, Wash., DIY aesthetic, was all he’s “chalked up to be.” During the past two decades, Johnson’s various groups—Beat Happening, the Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System—and label K Records have done much to proselytize a true punk ethos: that anybody can make music and that everybody should. He finally got around to releasing his first solo album, What Was Me, earlier this year. Johnson will appear at an all-ages show at 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, at Espresso Metro, 1024 K St., with Little Wings, the Ceramic Isles and the Feeling. The cover’s $5.