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Did you ever date someone to find out they had “unfortunate” taste in music? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a dating app that eliminates the time wasted getting to know people who have bad taste in music? Well, now there is. it’s called Dealbreaker.
How about an app that tells us if our favorite songs could make us happy or sad? There’s one of those now, too. It’s called Are You Happy Now?
These two apps, along with 23 others were created last weekend, May 18-19 at Philly’s first ever Music Hack Day sponsored by The Echo Nest, a “music intelligence platform company that provides music services to developers and media companies.” Music Hack Day was held at Drexel University’s ExCITe Center and gathered together programmers, designers and artists to conceptualize, build and demo music applications. In addition to the Dealbreaker and Are You Happy Now hacks, other projects included The Melodic Twit, a tool that determines if a tweet is positive or negative, then auto-tuned with a voice on top of a musical backing track; All That Philly Jazz, a tool that maps Philly’s historic jazz clubs and places around the city, and an app to create a radio station based on the personalities of the characters from Arrested Development. You can view the complete list of Music Hack Day Philadelphia projects here. An overview of the event on the Echo Nest blog is here.
In advance of her forthcoming For Loud City Song LP, Julia Holter has shared a new video for lead single “World.” The video is a beautiful pairing of sped-up montage footage showing Holter walking through her hometown of Los Angeles and the hushed, barely-there musings of the musician. Visually, it’s like an experimental film that was discovered with missing pieces. It feels like a narrative, but parts of the story aren’t there and it never resolves, leaving the viewer feeling unsettled. That feeling becomes even more unsettling when Holter leaves us with the question “How can I escape you?”. For Loud City Song will be released through Domino Records on August 19th. Julia Holter will be in town on July 11th with Jessica Pratt at World Cafe Live upstairs; tickets and information can be found here. Watch the new video for “World” below.
Japanese Guy perform at PhilaMOCA tonight. The less-talked about side project of a Fleet Foxes member, Japanese Guy is the experimental / noise endeavor of Skyler Skjelset with Andrew J.S. and Chris Icasiano. The trio released their self-titled debut in January of this year after recording the 8 song album in northwestern Washington last spring. They’ll be joined by the local avant-garde / experimental projects of Nick Millevoi and Air is Human; tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Japanese Guy perorm “Glass Cave” and an untitled track live.
The Chester County-based folk group Tin Bird Choir performed in a stripped down two-piece configuration for this weeks’ installment of the WXPN lunchtime buskers’ series at The Porch at 30th Street Station. The band mixes poppy harmonies with the acoustic troubadour tradition, and is releasing its Kickstarter-funded second record next month. The band’s CD release party will be June 15th at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville. Watch a video of them performing below, and be on the lookout for next week’s installment of the series featuring The Districts.
Grammy-winning and critically revered American folk performer Patty Griffin makes a Philadelphia appearance next month, headlining Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center. Griffin is on tour in support of her seventh record, American Kid, released this month on New West Records, and this week we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show on Wednesday the 6th of June. Just leave a comment below with your favorite Patty Griffin song and we’ll announce a winner next Thursday afternoon the 30th.
Ground rules: you have to leave your first and last name in the comments, and you have to enter an email where we can contact you if you win (the e-mail will not be made public). Below, watch Griffin performing “Wild Old Dog” at The Living Room in New York last month.