Listen to Chrissy Tashjian of Thin Lips spin Philly guitar jams on WXPN

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Chrissy Tashjian | via xxthinlipsxx.bandcamp.com

It’s a month of Lame-O Records at South Philly venue Boot & Saddle, and it’s a month of Lame-O here at The Key. With the local DIY label putting together such a strong lineup of mostly-local artists we’re psyched on for their Thursday night gigs, we’re taking out some time each week to highlight the series on these pages and on the WXPN airwaves.

This week, Chrissy Tashjian — frontwoman of power pop punk four-piece Thin Lips — joined me on the XPN Local Show for a guest DJ set of songs that inspire her as a guitarist, tonally and emotionally and energetically. It’s music she listens to during her 9-to-5 as a contractor, she says, and it gets her through the day. It also happens to be music made by her friends, and Chrissy talks about that feeling of community and camaraderie, about the home that the label has made for her, especially as she prepares to go to Europe for the first time on a Thin Lips tour with Lame-O affiliates Modern Baseball, The Superweaks and The Pooches.

Chrissy also talks about the importance of The Attic Youth Center, which Thin Lips’ show at the Boot acts as a benefit for. It’s a center for a LGBTQ youth, and as Tashjian says, “It’s so hard being a queer person in your formative years…which are confusing for anybody, with the hierarchy of cruelty that is middle school and high school. [The Attic] is a really great space for people, a safe space.”

If you missed it, you can stream Chrissy’s entire guest DJ set and check out the playlist below.

Thin Lips – “Never Again”
Loose Tooth – “Pickwick Average”
Hop Along – “Texas Funeral”
Swearin’ – “Echo Locate”
Modern Baseball – “Just Another Face”
Cayetana – “Scott Get The Van, I’m Moving”
Queen Jesus – “Drop D”
The Superweaks – “Nevermind”

Thin Lips performs this Thursday night, January 19th, at Boot and Saddle with The Superweaks and The Obsessives; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

For more on the Lame-O Rock Residency, go here; previous installments of on-air Lame-O spotlights can be found here and here. Our Month of Lame-O wraps up next week with a Key Studio Session from Three Man Cannon, which can be heard Tuesday night at 9 p.m.

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