In exciting local music news, Kurt Vile announced further album details and a show at Union Transfer with Steve Gunn and Angel Olsen. Wakin On A Pretty Daze will be out via Matador Records on April 9th and will be a double LP (on blue vinyl!). The lead track, “Wakin On A Pretty Day,” is available as a free download on Matador’s website here – get ready for 9+ minutes of classic Vile-isms like “to be frank I’m fried / but I don’t mind.” Tickets and information for Kurt Vile & The Violators at Union Transfer on Saturday, May 18th, can be found here. Listen to “Wakin On A Pretty Day” below set to a video of images from this cover art documentary.
This week, we got not one but two brand new Folkadelphia sessions. Sunday gave us a mesmerizing, improvisational set from local harpist Mary Lattimore and producer / musician Jeff Zeigler (Arc in Round) ahead of their Valentine’s Day show at Kung Fu Necktie. Lattimore is releasing her debut full-length The Withdrawing Room in March but you can fall in love with her dreamy harp playing right now by downloading the live session below. As a bonus download, Folkadelphia shared a session with local singer-songwriter Abi Reimold. The four tracks are a sublime introduction to her striking vocals and sense of space and dynamics (though you may have already come across Abi on this compilation of local music). Stream “Battlefield” below and download the full set here.
Bringing their raging, aggressively accessible new tunes to the building this week, Pissed Jeans stopped by to record a Key Studio Session. The Philly punk quartet released their fourth studio album Honeys this past Tuesday (out via Sub Pop) and celebrated with a show at Underground Arts on Friday. Among the tracks they recorded for the session is “Bathroom Laughter,” a scratchy, screamy rager with one of the best music videos you’ll probably ever see. Learn more about the band in this interview with Key contributor Brian Wilensky. Below, download “Bathroom Laughter” and watch the video; the full session is available for streaming here.
Local trio of brothers Penrose are on the verge of setting forth their new LP Circe and released a free download of “Tango with Lucy” this week in anticipation of the full-length. Set in the shadowy streets and cafes of New Orleans, the song depicts a meeting with the devil while a carnival-esque tango plays in the background. Penrose will throw a record release show at Underground Arts on March 2nd with Levee Drivers, The Lawsuits and St. James and the Apostles. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Stream and download “Tango with Lucy” below.
Set against field recordings of trickling water and happy chatter, Philly’s GrandeMarshall shows his confidence on the new “Boathouse Row.” He was joined by local MC Asaad on the track and drops names like Demi Moore, Nick Cage and Crown Fried Chicken. GrandeMarshall was recently signed to Fools Good Records (A-Trak, Duck Sauce, Kid Cudi) and wasted no time in sharing another track this week after “Boathouse Row” (check out “Tastykake” here.) Stream and download “Boathouse Row” below.Abi Reimold, GrandeMarshall, Jeff Zeigler, Kurt Vile, Mary Lattimore, Penrose, Pissed Jeans