How about a little twerking underneath the mistletoe this year? Below, listen to A Very Decent Christmas, featuring some pumped up holiday jams by Diplo, DJ Snake, Gent & Jawns, Juyen Sebulba, Astronomar, Kennedy Jones, and more. Our favorites? “Frosty Bounce,” “Turn Up Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and Mitch Murder’s soulful slow jam ballad, “Don’t Let Me Spend Christmas Alone,” featuring Santell.
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Two days ago the War On Drugs announced details about their new album, Lost In The Dream. With it came word of a tour, and a hometown album release show here in Philly on at Union Transfer on Tuesday, March 18th, the day of the new album’s release. “Red Eyes” was named “Best New Track” by Pitchfork, writer Jeremy Larson sums it up succinctly:
Fighting against something between heartbreak and keeping the car running, Granduciel sings, “I would keep you here, but I can’t,” with that same kind of heroic melancholy that Petty and Dylan mastered back in the day.
Below, download “Red Eyes.”
British singer and songwriter Charlotte OC – the “OC” is short for her last name, O’Connor – sounds a little like Kate Bush and Alicia Keys, with a touch of Stevie Nicks and Florence Welch thrown into the mix. It all adds up to an impressive debut EP from the 22 year old, highlighted by “Color My Heart,” an arresting song that showcases the singer’s big, confident vocals. Charlotte’s EP is out now. Below, for 24 hours only, download “Color My Heart.”
Singer-songwriter Kwesi K recently did a Daytrotter session that you can listen to here. He performs four songs, including a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” as well as “Fold,” a song that’s been getting a lot of airplay on XPN. Kwesi plays Melodies Cafe in Ardmore on Friday, December 20th. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, download “Fold” for free.
In the spirit of #GivingTuesday – which takes place today – WXPN is spotlighting the great work of various organizations and businesses throughout the community. We have a day for giving thanks, days for giving gifts, and now we have a day for giving back! Start your giving season with a pledge to WXPN here.
Our friends at WMMR recently began their week long annual Camp Out For Hunger at XFINITY Live! at the Sports Complex in South Philly during which they are collecting donations for Philabundance’s mission to fight hunger and malnutrition in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley. During Camp Out for Hunger, WMMR Morning Show hosts Preston Elliot & Steve Morrison literally live in an RV for the week, broadcast live, and accept donations of non-perishable foods. Go here for more information about Camp Out for Hunger and how to donate food. Camp Out for Hunger ends Friday, December 6th. Go here to find out more about #GivingTuesday.
On Wednesday, January 22nd the lead singers of three established indie-rock bands and one indie-rock band on almost hiatus are coming together at Union Transfer to pay tribute to one of the founding members of The Byrds, Gene Clark.
Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles), Victoria Legrand (Beach House) and Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) will be performing Clark’s classic album, No Other, originally released in 1974. Clark wrote or co-wrote many of The Byrds’ best songs including “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” “Here Without You,” “The World Turns All Around Her,” “She Don’t Care About Time” and “Eight Miles High.”
Clark started The Byrds in 1964 after he met Roger McGuinn and along with David Crosby, Michael Clark and Chris Hillman, set off on a path to change rock influenced folk music in the Sixties. Clark released his first solo album in 1967, while he was still in The Byrds. When he released No Other, it was considered to be a commercial and critical failure. Musicians however, have clung to it’s folk-rock songwriting and arrangements for years. Songs like “Silver Raven,” the eight minute epic “Some Misunderstanding,” and the soulful “Lady of The North,” give the album its lasting resonance. “What it adds up to,” writes Thom Jurek in AllMusic “is a sprawling, ambitious work that brought elements of country, folk, jazzed-out gospel, blues, and trippy rock to bear on a song cycle that reflects the mid-’70s better than anything from that time, yet sounds hauntingly timely even now.
Joining the band in the tribute will be Iain Matthews of Fairport Convention, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, with members of Lower Dens, Celebration, Cass McCombs’ band and Mt. Royal rounding the lineup out. Beach House had this to say about the album on Pitchfork:
Though we generally love all of his music, we are most infatuated with his 1974 record, No Other. It feels like a special moment in Gene Clark’s songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels overbearing: the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark’s very unique lyrics, voice and spirit become the central focus. It’s one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Every song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.
Go here for more information and tickets to the show. Below, listen to several songs from the album.