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Unlocked: Read the Young Statues guide to what’s good (and familiar) about Athens

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Carmen Cirignano of Young Statues | Photo via runforcoverrecords.com

For the final installment of Young Statues’ Unlocked spotlight, frontman Carmen Cirignano shares some of his favorite places in Athens, Georgia where the band recorded its new album, The Flatlands Are Your Friend. He also describes why and how his favorite spots remind him of home in Philly.

I spent six weeks away from Philadelphia recording this record. Luckily I got to do it in a place that is now starting to feel like a second home: Athens, Georgia.

Athens, like Philadelphia, is an amazing city with a rich cultural history. Naturally, there were a lot of similarities. Here are a few of my favorite places that reminded me of home while in Athens. Continue reading →

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Download “Slow Train” by Streets of Laredo

Streets Of Laredo | photo courtesy of Streets Of Laredo
Streets Of Laredo | photo courtesy of Streets Of Laredo

Streets Of Laredo are an indie folk band based in Brooklyn via New Zealand. Formed by siblings Daniel and Dave Gibson along with Dave’s wife Sarahjane, the band’s new album, Volume I & II, on the Toronto based label Dine Alone Records, is a 70′s folk rock influence collection of ten songs with soft touches of Arcade Fire like flair. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Why Jersey’s Young Statues took measures to make “Flatlands” feel like a home away from home

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Young Statues | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Carmen Cirignano hopes putting on his band’s new record can provide a very certain kind of feeling.

He relates it to taking a trip to his grandmother’s house. Whenever he visited her, he’d feel a certain way and have very distinct memories. It’s an idea of being somewhere familiar that’s not exactly home.

“I wanted a cohesive, kind of flowing record that made sense from the beginning to the end and felt like a tangible thing, in a way,” Cirignano says. “I wanted people, when they listened to it or put it on, to be able to go somewhere, go to a place, wherever that place is to whoever listens to it. It could be different for everybody. I wanted it to have that feeling, like it was something as a whole rather than just a collection of songs.”

Cirignano, frontman for Young Statues, is sitting at an outside table at Old City’s Ole Café, having just driven downtown from his home in Prospect Park. He’s joined by bassist Tom Ryan, who has just driven in from across the bridge in New Jersey. They’re both joined by Ryan’s sister’s small dog, who remains mostly quiet as the two discuss the past and present history of the band. Continue reading →

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Download “H.S.K.T.” by Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sylvan Esso | Photo courtesy of the artist.

One of our favorite new bands of the year is Sylvan Esso, the duo of singer Amelia Meath & electronic musician Nick Sanborn, Their self-titled album on Partisan is undeniably seductive and filled with fresh sounding, intimate songs. What began as a one-song collaboration between Meath and Sanborn ultimately turned into a full blown recording project. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: James Brown documentary debuts Monday on HBO, DEVO releases live album, and Led Zeppelin shares remix of “Stairway to Heaven”

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via mickjagger.com

A new documentary on the late, great “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown- “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown”, will debut on HBO this Monday, October 27th @ 9pm. It was produced by Mick Jagger. Read more and watch the trailer after the jump. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Follow Young Statues into the studio in a new documentary (PREMIERE)

Matt Weber and Tom Ryan of Young Statues in the studio | via Instagram
Producer Drew Vandenberg and Tom Ryan of Young Statues in the studio | via Instagram

To the non-musician, the process a band goes through to make an album may not seem like hard work.

Those unfamiliar recording may think that the songs are always fully realized before the band enters the studio — that musicians can just go in, nail their various parts in a few takes, then move onto the next song. It seems like making an album should come easily and naturally.

But talk to any musician about recording for more than a few minutes, and you’ll know this isn’t the case in the least bit. You’ll hear stories about spending a whole day recording one guitar solo or drum fill, or singers scribbling down lyrics just minutes before the song they’re writing is to be recorded.

Making music isn’t easy. That’s why Young Statues knew that, to record their sophomore LP The Flatlands Are Your Friends, they wanted to travel somewhere to both limit distractions and feel more inspired. So the band spent three weeks recording in Athens, Georgia at Chase Park Transduction Studios, where frontman Carmen Cirignano had also retreated to years prior and wrote Young Statues’ debut album. Continue reading →

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Indie rockers Circadian Rhythms release groovy new single “Easily” off upcoming EP

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Photo via Circadian Rhythms Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CircadianRhythmsPA)

Upbeat indie rockers Circadian Rhythms have just released their new single “Easily” off their upcoming EP A Passing Thought via Soundcloud, and it’s not one to miss. The Philly-based seven-piece create a lovely, vintage-pop sound with an array of instruments ranging from organ to clarinet, a groovy bassline and easy breezy vocals. The atmosphere of the song is intoxicating, sort of like stepping outside on the first day of spring. Have a listen to “Easily” below. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: NPR streams Flaming Lips’ “Beatles Tribute Album”…Watch trailer for new, R.E.M documentary and David Bowie and Neil Young have special releases planned for Record Store Day

Wayne Coyne (Photo : Getty/Frazer Harrison)
Wayne Coyne (Photo : Getty/Frazer Harrison)

The Flaming Lips tribute album to the Beatles does not come out until October 28th, but NPR is currently streaming the album in it’s entirety. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new, previously unreleased Diego Garcia song, “Jenny And Juan”

Diego Garcia | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Diego Garcia | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

This Saturday night, October 25th, Diego Garcia returns to Philly to the Tin Angel. The last time he visited town was when he played the XPoNential Music Festival this past summer in July. During his set at the festival, accompanied by his guitarist, Diego performed material from his 2011 debut, Laura, and his latest release, Paradise, that came out in October, 2013. With stand out songs like “Laura,” “You Were Never There,” and “Sunnier Days” in his catalog, now we have a “new” song from Garcia to add to that body of work. Continue reading →

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Introducing the soulful sounds of Leon Bridges

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Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Fort Worth, Texas soul and R&B singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is a name you want to put on your radar. The soul, R&B and gospel influenced musician caught the attention of Austin Jenkins from the band White Denim in a bar in Fort Worth. Jenkins, along with White Denim’s drummer Josh Block are currently working on a debut record by the 25 year old Bridges. According to the Fort Worth Weekly: Continue reading →

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