By

Watch Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen recorded live to vinyl for The 78 Project

Joe Jack Talcum at International House | Photo by John Vettese
Joe Jack Talcum at International House | Photo by John Vettese

There was an ominous silence at the International House earlier this month as Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen prepared to play “Railroad Bill.”

On Jan. 15, the International House in Philly screened the documentary The 78 Project, a film in which New York-based folk music and field recording enthusiasts Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Wright traveled the states capturing performances by various musicians in gardens, bedrooms, and other non-traditional locations.

After the screening, the 78 project team did a live recording and pressing of Philly-based Joe Jack Talcum playing the Bob Dylan cover on acoustic guitar and harmonica. Continue reading →

By

Watch Cheerleader play “Sunshine of Your Youth” for Paste, see them on tour with The Wombats

Cheerleader | via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

With opening lines like “It’s a Hallmark family photo, circa 1995 but you can’t imagine why,” it’s clear that Cheerleader‘s latest single, “Sunshine of Your Youth” is another emotionally-driven, wistfully nostalgic track jangle pop from Philly jangle-pop band. The five-piece power pop group just released this new track last week, and recently recorded a stripped-down version for Paste Magazine. Continue reading →

By

Dave Hause will guest DJ tonight’s Philly Local show on WXPN

Dave Hause on stage at The High Dive during his FEST 13 set | Photo by John Vettese
Dave Hause on stage at The High Dive during his FEST 13 set | Photo by John Vettese

This week’s WXPN Philly Local show on WXPN will feature special guest DJ Dave Hause spinning an hour-long set with a lot of variety: some singer-songwriters, some rock bands, some punk and hip-hop, all chosen from the albums the Philly native has been listening to over the past year and change on the road in support of his excellent 2013 record Devour.

“When that album came out, I toured for ten straight weeks, and any new record that came out, I tried to check it out because we had those long van rides,” Hause says. “Now I’m off for a while making a new record, but most of 2014 I spent touring. It’s become such a big part of my lifestyle in general that if I don’t tour for too long it starts to feel weird. It’s about establishing some kind of balance between playing shows, writing and being home.” Continue reading →

By

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fade Out Lines” by The Avener

The Avener | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Avener | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Avener is French electronic music producer and DJ Tristan Casara. Classically trained, he developed his skills as a DJ and producer, striking international gold with a reworking of a song by the Berlin based band, Phoebe Killdeer and The Short Straws. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
By

Jersey’s Water Polo debuts new track “NASCAR Fights” for Somewhere Sessions

Water Polo | Photo by Rachel Cooper
Water Polo | Photo by Rachel Cooper | via facebook.com/WaterPoloNJ

Jersey transplants Water Polo have played a slew of shows in the Philly area from abandoned squash courts at Haverford College to the roof of a North Philly home. With three members going to Temple and one at Drexel, the Philly scene is what they now call home, and they recently recorded a video for Somewhere Sessions, a Baltimore-based stripped down video series by Rachel Cooper, who attended Temple University this fall. Continue reading →

By

Canadian DJ Ryan Hemsworth and Alex G. get together on “Too Long Here”

Alex G | Photo by John Vettese
Alex G | Photo by John Vettese

A collaboration between lo-fi musician Alex G and Canadian electronic artist Ryan Hemsworth may be the strangest thing to hear about. But Hemsworth has a clear interest in indie artists, like New Zealand’s Lontalius. For the bedroom-recording Alex G, on the other hand, this is a step into something completely new. The collaborative album, Alone for the First Time, was released in November 2014 and featured Philly native Alex G, Lontalius, and Chicago’s Dawn Golden. Continue reading →