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Cheerleader’s Carl Bahner releases remix of Aeroplane Mode’s “Aphrodite”

Carl Bahner | Photo by Nicky Devine | courtesy of the artist
Carl Bahner | Photo by Nicky Devine | courtesy of the artist

Carl Bahner, drummer of Philly indie-rock band Cheerleader, has released his own remix of Areoplane Mode‘s “Aphrodite”.

Released under the name “Bahner,” the mix takes the minimal pop of the original and takes it into the realm of house music while still emphasizing the soaring vocals of singer Jess Carvo. Bahner’s version grows off a steady bass pulse and jumping synths with samples of Carvo’s thrilling oohs and aahs. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: “Jimmy V” by Mary Lattimore

Mary Lattimore | Photo courtesy of the artist
Mary Lattimore | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia harpist, Mary Lattimore is releasing her new EP At The Dam on March 4th on Ghostly International. Classically trained since she was 11, Lattimore incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music, and has performed and recorded with Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Gunn, and others, and frequently collaborates with Philly producer and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Zeigler. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new song by Japanese Breakfast, “In Heaven”

Japanese Breakfast | Photo by Julian Master | courtesy of the artist
Japanese Breakfast | Photo by Julian Master | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast is the Brooklyn-based band from Michelle Zauner, who also fronts Philly indie punk four piece Little Big League.

After the release of several cassettes, Japanese Breakfast will release a new full length debut album, Psychopomp on April 1st on Yellow K Records. Recorded in Eugene, Oregon, the album was co-produced by Zauner with Ned Eisenberg. Continue reading →

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Mock Suns channel their inner tricksters on “Nothing Good Comes About Being Out At This Hour”

Mock Suns | photo by Chelsea Schryver | courtesy of the artist
Mock Suns | photo by Chelsea Schryver | courtesy of the artist

There’s nothing more rock & roll then sneaking out of the house when you’re 12. But it’s slightly funnier when you’re a bit older.

Philadelphia indie rockers Mock Suns have released a music video for their single, “Nothing Good Comes About Being Out At This Hour”. The song, which will be on their new album Stay True, brings together the sweet pairing of melancholy piano chords and sunny guitars before bursting out into a old-school psychedelic expanse. Continue reading →

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UNLOCKED: A conversation with Abi Reimold about creativity, context and ambition

Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

When I first talked with Abi Reimold back in the fall about her forthcoming debut LP, she wasn’t quite sure how it was going to make its way into the world. She was talking shopping it around, she was talking self-release. She just knew that, since writing and recording on it began in 2014, she wanted to get it in people’s ears sooner rather than later.

What came as a surprise was the reception: being named an Artist to Watch by Stereogum, being featured in The Fader, being picked up by an emerging Hudson Valley record label, Sad Cactus.

“I’m just so blown away and so hashtag-blessed to have these people pay attention to me,” Reimold says with a laugh. “I feel like James [Rettig] from Stereogum and Leah [Mandel] from The Fader, we connected personally and they were very sincere and encouraging. I’m just blown away by everything.”

With the fantastic new album Wriggling out now (get your copy here) and some serious activity planned for the winter and spring – including a headlining album release party at Johnny Brenda’s – I sat down with Reimold to have a conversation about her background, her process and her goals. Continue reading →

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Rest in peace, Sound of Philly guitarist T.J. Tindall

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T.J. Tindall | Photo by Steve Acito | courtesy of the artist

It’s with a sad heart that we’ve learned of the passing of guitarist Thomas Joshua Tindall. Inducted twice into the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Walk of Fame as a member of MFSB and the Salsoul Orchestra, T.J. Tindall played on numerous hits born out of the legendary Sound of Philadelphia. According to his publicist, he was 65 and died suddenly. Continue reading →

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Escort will accompany you to disco paradise, 2016-style

Escort | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist
Escort | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

The past decade or so has seen “disco” rehabilitated from a dirty, shameful word to a hallmark of hipster sophistication (and, in recent years, a resurgent, fully mainstream pop phenomenon) – and it’s not too far-fetched to suggest that Brooklyn’s Escort played a role in that transformation.  They’ve certainly been along for the ride.  Launched in 2006 as a studio-bound duo project – the brainchild of DJ/producers Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, Escort eventually expanded into a whopping seventeen-piece live ensemble: not so much a case of wanton, coke-addled excess as simply the number of players necessary to faithfully replicate their meticulously detailed, vintage-inspired string, horn and percussion arrangements.

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