When the folks at Noisey premiered the new music video for “Dirty Ben Franklin” from Ex Friends, they asked the Philly punk four-piece what the deal was with the title. “Did you not pay attention in American history class?” the band replied. “The man was filthy.” But while the video doesn’t literally depict any of Franklin’s, er, indiscretions, it’s pretty nasty all the same – while friends guffaw and drink at a bougey dinner party, the band is out back digging a shallow grave for a reveler that was, in the course of things, killed. Watch it below; the song comes from a digital single available today from Paper and Plastick Records; download it for $1 here. Ex Friends’ Rules For Making Up Words is out on P&P on November 19th.
With over two decades of sonic shape-shifting and mind-bending under their belts, stalwart Psychedelphia act Bardo Pond is back this fall with a new full-length record called Peace on Venus. If you’re not familiar with the band, this brief history by Julie Miller should bring you up to speed, but suffice it to say they’re championed by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, have an extensive discography – Venus is their ninth record, not counting singles, EPs, or the CD-R series of jam sessions they released in the aughts – and Isobel Sollenberger’s flute playing is out of this world. You’ll hear it prominently featured on this new single, “Taste,” along with the roaring guitar amplifiers of the Gibbons brothers (John and Michael), stretched out over five minutes. Listen below; Peace on Venus is out on October 29th via Fire Records.
It’s not hard to understand how XPN artist to watch Daughn Gibson caught the ear of so many people; once you hear his voice, it makes sense. His transcendent well-deep baritone blends strikingly with his unique mashup of electronic music, 70s rock and contemporary country. Gibson and his band recently visited NPR affiliate KCRW to play “You Don’t Fade” off of his recent sophomore release of Me Moan. Now, the Carlisle, Pa. singer/songwriter is going on a short tour around the UK, finishing up in London on September 5th. Check out Gibson’s Morning Becomes Eclectic studio performance below.
Spontaneous is Heyward Howkins‘ middle name as the mellow Philly-based singer/songwriter just shared a new iphone demo of “Our Brothers” via Soundcloud today, not long after his surprise release of Be Frank, Furness. Despite admitting on Facebook that the track was just written last night, “Our Brothers” is an excellent example of Howkins’ down-to-earth melodies and clever lyricism. Listen to the casual demo below (and download it if you enjoy). Also watch a live take of “Rare Earths,” which is expected to be a track from Howkins forthcoming November LP.
Philadelphia indie rock oddballs Laser Background announced this week via Twitter that their anticipated album called Super Future Montage will come out September 24th on La Societe Expeditionnaire. The Delaware Water Gap label has also released albums by noisepop crew Soars, haunting folk outfit Lewis & Clarke as well as the debut from Philly’s Strand of Oaks. Following the release, Laser Background will travel the U.S. on tour, kicking off with a LP release show at Johnny Brenda’s September 25th. Check out future show dates and venues here. Find more information and tickets for the September show with Caged Animals and Darwin Deez, visit the venue’s website here. Get ready for the debut release by listening to “Disappearing Ink” off the new album below.
Ahh, music festivals. There are so many reasons to <3 live festivals, from the constant performances all around you, to stumbling upon your new favorite groups, to the energy and vibes of everybody else, excited to be outside, watching their favorite bands.
Yet music festivals aren’t just great places to catch sets—they’re also unique breeding grounds that allow myriad artists, who might not necessarily perform together otherwise, to come together, spurring new or unique collaborations. From Bob Dylan joining Joan Baez at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival—to Bon Iver joining Kanye more recently at Coachella—we love being surprised by artists not afraid to try something new. In honor of the Made in America festival hitting town this weekend—here are 9 dream collaborations we’ve love to see live—and a rough guess at the probability of each. Continue reading
In case you were wondering, as I was, what could possibly be up with the recent photo of Ape School‘s Michael Johnson sitting on a crescent moon in front of a green screen…well, here’s your answer. The image came from the shoot for the band’s new music video, “Fly Your Bullshit to the Moon,” wherein the prep school uniform-clad Johnson sings the jangly number from outer space as all manner of psychedelic weirdness happens around him (seas of eyeballs, mouths spitting mouths, etc.). Check it out below, see Ape School tonight when they open for Mac DeMarco at MilkBoy, and download the band’s ever-expanding Quitting Time EP (now six tracks long!) at Bandcamp.