“Success is the only thing I understand,” sings Philly’s Alex G on his introspective song “Harvey,” and you can tell he’s making strides to get there. After receiving a generous amount of press this year, Alex embarked on a long tour that took him around the U.S. and over to the UK; upon returning home, he released a new music video for “Harvey,” the single from his album DSU. Continue reading →
With a mixture of pride about our recent accomplishments, sadness about closing the book on 2014, and a constant craving for snacks, we arrive at the penultimate episode of the year for Folkadelphia on WXPN, airing at 10 p.m. tonight. What a ride. Thinking back on the year, it’s a blur of music. Seriously, no one can hope to hear that much music, right? Does anyone have a solid system for intake, choosing what to pay attention to, how much time to devote to a particular album, and then making a succinct decision about if it’s “good” or “bad?” If you do, please email me at fred(at)folkadelphia.com and reveal to me your secrets, magician!
That’s why the end of the year is crucial for me; it’s a time for me to look to others (critics and other curating robots) for direction, to potentially discover albums that slipped through the gaping cracks in the asphalt that I call my life. I could care less about “top” lists, so we will be side-stepping that format here. I talked about this idea, using the end of the year for discovery instead of reflection at length in the previous part of this write-up. Maybe I can do the same for you. Continue reading →
Last summer, Lauryn Hill (former front-woman of The Fugees) performed & recorded a 2 hour concert in Brooklyn, NY, and now that show has been turned into a pay-per-view film titled “Live from the Brooklyn Bowl”. Continue reading →
Philly electropop group Work Drugs released a new track for this holiday season called “Nicholas.” Utilizing waves of synthesizers and drifting vocals in the usual Work Drugs fashion, it keeps classic with drums accented with jingle jangle tambourines and sleigh bells. The song is an upbeat reminder of the important things and surely a nice break from the usual Christmas tunes that are repeated incessantly throughout December. Continue reading →
Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Philly indie rockers Mike Pays Heat released an EP last week called Headspace. When we first met the group back in September, after we took note of their quirky tunage and fun Youtube videos. Now, the group has collaborated with Modern Baseball bassist Ian Farmer to produce their new record, an exciting point for the band. Continue reading →
Americana five-piece The Tressels are continuing to rock the Philly music scene. The Delco-based group dropped their seventh album, Bury Me American, via Bandcamp last Friday. The six-track record is the final installation of their “American trilogy”, preceded by American Sunset and American Midnight. Chock-full of soaring guitar riffs and hearty sing-along anthems, Bury Me American finds lead singer Butch uses raw, raspy vocals to paint images of the country, supported by the band’s strong backbone of steady rhythms and chiming guitars.
Whether nostalgic and tinged with sadness, eminent in “Traces of Blood”, or anticipatory and excited, like in “Past Me,” the record is filled with musical imagery only truly understood through listening, and perhaps looking out on a beautiful American cityscape none other than Philadelphia. You can listen to the full album below, and grab a download at Bandcamp. The Tressels will be playing The Abandoned Christmas Village Barnival of Light Finale at The Trophy Tavern on December 29th. Continue reading →
The musician responsible for the sax solo in “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones and “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” by John Lennon has died. Bobby Keys passed away yesterday after a lengthy illness at his home outside Nashville. Continue reading →