The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Nothing, Denison Witmer and The Roots

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Space-rocking Philly shoegazers Nothing stopped by for a Key Studio Session recently.  Recorded in front of a live audience and several glowing candles, the resulting four tracks will have an effect on you similar to that of a planetarium; the songs are dreamy, hypnotic and transcendental.  The Bands in the Backyard crew were also on site and captured an atmospheric video of “The Rites of Love and Death”; watch the video below and head over here to download the full session.  Check out Nothing’s upcoming tour dates on their Bandcamp.

“Television” is a poppy, clap-happy track from Cambridge, MA band You Won’t.  The indie-pop duo of Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri released their debut album Skeptic Goodbye earlier this year on Old Flame Records and, as you’ll hear in the song below, they have a knack for catchy hooks and insightful lyrics.  Download “Television” below; You Won’t play Johnny Brenda’s on November 30th.  Tickets and information are available here.

If you still haven’t gotten your fill of Halloween vibes yet, check out these two tracks from Philly goth-rock outfit Night Sins.  The trio released their debut LP New Grave last week on Avant! Records and made the melodic (though still quite gothic) songs “Playing Dead” and “The Eternal Giver” available as free downloads.  Night Sins will play Kung Fu Necktie on November 13th with Cult of Youth and Hot Guts; go here for tickets and more information.

Funk It music blog unearthed this 1996 audio documentary featuring The Roots last week.  It was included in a multi-part project called “The Music Makers” produced by Philadelphian Steve Rowland and follows the now-legendary hip hop group on tour immediately after the release of their album Do You Want More?!!!??!  You can stream a few clips of the documentary below, and then head over here to download the complete episode.

On the brink of releasing a new LP in February 2013, Lancaster-born singer-songwriter Denison Witmer has unveiled an EP called The Ones Who Wait Part 2 and you can download “In Your Hands” below.  Witmer, who has been spending time in Philadelphia and Brooklyn as of late, will return to his hometown for a special holiday show at Live from The Cellar on Friday, December 14th.  More information about the show can be found here.  Download “In Your Hands” below and then check out Witmer’s contribution to The Voice Project with Devin Greenwood here.

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