Last month we featured Chill Moody and his band in this Key Studio Video Session video recorded at Milkboy Studios. Recently, Out Of Town Films captured Chill and his producer Dilemma from Sigma Sound Studios. Watch the video below.
The Brooklyn trio Bear In Heaven played last night at the First Unitarian Church. Their excellent indie electronica pop sounding new album, I Love You, It’s Cool, is out on Dead Oceans Records. You can download the song “The Reflection of You” below.
Spiritualized and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros will perform a Free At Noon double-header at World Cafe Live on Friday, May 11th. (Meanwhile, over at World Cafe Live At The Queen in Wilmington, Dar Williams will performa a Free At Noon concert.) Tickets become available to the general public here after tomorrow’s FAN concert featuring The Walkmen. For earlier access to Free At Noon tickets, sign up for WXPN’s weekly email newsletter—you’ll be able to RSVP on Thursday mornings, immediately after the performing act has been announced.
As always, check back with The Key on Friday afternoon after the show for additional coverage, including a recording of the full performance.
Last month, experimental electronic performer Julia Holter made her debut Philadelphia appearance at the new Underground Arts venue. Before arriving at the show, she stopped by XPN2 to record a studio session, re-imagining the heady layered tapestries of her RVNG Int’l Records debut Extasis as solitary, stunning pieces sung over a Rhodes keyboard. Now you can stream the session and hear Holter’s interview with XPN2′s John Vettese, where she talks about adapting her complex music for solo performances, gives insight into her songwriting process and shares the difficulties of gardening near her Los Angeles home.
[UPDATE 5/3/12: Click HERE to stream our session with Stevie Jackson!] A couple weeks ago, Belle and Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson brought his solo acoustic tour to Philadelphia for an intimate, sold-out performance in the Joseph Priestly Chapel at the First Unitarian Church. The next morning, he and his guitar paid a visit to WXPN studios. The resulting session and interview with Eric Schuman will air on XPN2 tomorrow, but you can get a taste now with three videos of the performance.
There’s “Try Me,” a peppy number from the recent LP I Can’t Get No Stevie Jackson; “I Follow The Moonglade,” a new song from Paper Laced With Gold, Jackson’s upcoming theatrical production written in collaboration with lyricist Maggie MacDonald of The Hidden Cameras; and a delightful rendition of the Belle and Sebastian classic “Seymour Stein.”
Watch the videos below, and tune in to XPN2 tomorrow at 3 p.m. for the entire session, and to hear Stevie and Eric discuss new and inventive approaches to songwriting, the craft behind Belle & Sebastian’s cover versions of songs, and the way Jackson felt like Elton John when writing music for MacDonald’s play.
Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh