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Ceramic Animal’s “Hit or Miss” a rollicking attempt to repair a broken relationship

Ceramic Animal | photo via facebook.com/ceramicanimal

Philly indie band Ceramic Animal have released a new single called “Hit or Miss,” a song with a 70s psychedelic pop/rock sound reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac. It features steady acoustic guitars, hovering synths, rich vocals, subtle drums and electric guitar, which rips a notable solo midway through. The metaphoric lyrics of the song confront and then aim to repair a broken relationship with lyrics like “But once we analyze their gods and make our efforts clean / Well ready or not, you’ve been handed the cards and you can repair the dream / It’s ripping at the seams.” Continue reading →

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Ceramic Animal release sunsoaked single, “So Familiar”

Ceramic Animal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Earlier this week, Philly-via-Doylestown rockers Ceramic Animal released the long-awaited followup single to their 2016 debut LP, The Cart. Seemingly always donning suits and channeling young love through a psych-tinted filter, “So Familiar” picks up right where the band left off without a drop in quality in the slightest. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Standing Rock Benefit at HH Ranch, Frank Turner at The Fillmore, Ceramic Animal at Johnny Brenda’s

Brujo De La Mancha | still from video
Brujo De La Mancha | still from video

HH Ranch has organized a fundraiser this evening to benefit the Standing Rock Water Protectors. The night will live video projections and painting, spoken word, performances by Eight, Mitch Esparza, and Princess Rabbit, and traditional Aztec ritual and dance from Brujo De La Mancha. A suggested donation of $5-$10 will go directly to the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council. Check out a Brujo De La Mancha performing a traditional fire dance below. Then, Find more information on the event here. Continue reading →

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Ceramic Animal travel back to 1996 for DNC hijinks in new video “Daydreams via Memories”

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What a strangely simple time it was. Footage from the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago has been popping up across the internet a lot lately, because quite frankly, the clips are amazing. And so, the Bucks County four-piece Ceramic Animal, who just stopped by our station last week for a Key Studio Session, have complied the very best bits of delegates getting down and trying their hand at the Macarena in this incredible mashup video for their new song “Daydreams via Memories.” The footage of politicians and candidates having some good ol’ fashioned fun is held in stark contrast to the dumpster fire that is this election season 20 years later. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ceramic Animal

Stylish Bucks County four-piece Ceramic Animal dabbles in psychedelic rock of the classic variety. The keyboard-and-guitar interplay you’ll hear in this week’s Key Studio Session hits an undeniable Doors-esque sweet spot; the guitar solos (particularly on “Codename Righteous”) are totally Pink Floyd. However, as much as the band informs its sound by history, it works with one foot in the now, and is getting ready to release its self-titled debut album this fall. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Ceramic Animal gets whimsical along the water in the “Maybe” video

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Ceramic Animal on the set of the “Maybe” video | courtesy of the artist

“At some, point Warren said the word ‘whimsical,'” reflects Erik Regan. “And we all gravitated towards it.  That became the guiding light for the six of us on shoot day.”

The drummer of Doylestown psych-rock five-piece Ceramic Animal is talking about the band’s latest video for the song “Maybe,” which we’re happy to premiere for you this morning. It takes them out of the studio, out of the club, and sets them up in a forest in suits and turtlenecks, climbing out of a hobbit hole (actually a sewer entry, I think?) and playing their instruments alongside the Neshaminy Creek.

“This is our first live action music video, we knew we wanted something other than the ‘here is Ceramic Animal playing the song,’ type of approach,” explains Erik’s brother Warren, singer-guitarist of the band. “We wanted a storyline but nothing too serious, just something fun that left room for spontaneity the day of the shoot.” Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Ceramic Animal filters classic pop through a trippy prism on “Mad”

Ceramic Animal | Photo by Sarah McKenna-Mill | courtesy of the artist
Ceramic Animal | Photo by Sarah McKenna-Mill | courtesy of the artist

Psychedelic Philly four-piece Ceramic Animal is gearing up to release its debut record this spring. After hitting the finals of last summer’s Beta Hi Fi competition at World Cafe Live, the band dropped the new single “Against the Wall” last month, with plans to release the record in April. Today we’re psyched (har har) to bring to the premiere of the band’s latest song, “Mad.”  Continue reading →

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Ceramic Animal share a new song “Against The Wall”

Ceramic Animal | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Ceramic Animal | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly psychedelic outfit Ceramic Animal was among the impressive roundup of finalists in last year’s Beta Hi Fi battle of the bands at World Cafe Live. As I said at the time, their set reminded me of Todd Rundgren and Hall & Oates, Dr. Dog and The Doors, with some Black Keys thrown in to boot, but their recordings were kind of limited – so it was good that they won studio time as part of their prize package.

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Now Hear This: New songs by Natalia Lafourcade and Caroline Rose, Car Seat Headrest and Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Ezra Furman and Johanna Warren…and more

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Caroline Rose | photo by Matt Hogan | courtesy of the artist

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

Another month, another haphazard assemblage of sounds, culled from near and far, old and new, this and that, recent recordings and forthcoming performances (another solid line-up of the latter!) Somehow, unpredictably, through-lines tend to emerge, and I try to take them for what they’re worth without overstating the point. For whatever reason, in compiling this second monthly batch of new 2018 tunes – jazz, ambient, country, folk, pop and rock, and very little of it on quite square – I kept encountering forms and notions of duality: binaries, opposites, mirrors, twins. Below you’ll find pairings as superficial and arbitrary as similar-sounding artist names, as specific and deliberate as conceptually conjoined album projects, as intriguing if incidental as strikingly parallel career arcs. Well, we’ve gotta find something to talk about. First, though, let’s have some fun. Continue reading →