While out on the road in support of their latest effort, Philadelphia-born G Love & Special Sauce stopped by the World Cafe studio to record a live performance and interview with David Dye. Love Saves the Day is the band’s tenth album and follows 2014’s Sugar with a collection of songs that are chock full of guest appearances and classic G Love tales.
VuHaus was on hand to film a few songs during the session, including this clip of “Back to Boston.” Check it out below and tune into G Love’s World Cafe session on Friday, January 15th on 88.5 XPN.
G Love has been a staple of the Philadelphia music scene for what seems like forever, with his first album, G. Love and Special Sauce, coming out nearly 21 years ago. But G. (born Garrett Dutton) never stopped making music and is back to the old touring grind this March with an extensive U.S. tour, which includes two stops in Philly at South Street’s Theater of the Living Arts, to promote his newest album, Sugar.
But this year’s Sugar Blues Tour is just the latest in G. Love’s storied music career; he’s basically toured nonstop over the course of the past 20 years, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. In this interview for The Key, G. talks about his band hitting the drinking age, the return of original bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and the grind that’s necessary to stay relevant in the music business. Continue reading →
Promotion continues for G Love & Special Sauce‘s new Sugar. The album, which was released last month, features the song “Too Much Month,” which has all the characteristics of a typical G Love track – sloppy, bluesy, yet splendidly cohesive. The song’s video features the band in an empty diner, with G Love decked out in his distinctive fedora, leather jacket, and harmonica (which he never even plays in the song, it just lies on his shoulders). The black and whiteness of the video gives the song a particularly nostalgic feel as band members Jimi Jazz and Jeffrey Clemens jam along with him.
The Subway Sessions music website contains exactly what its name suggests. Musicians are recorded at various platforms along the New York City subway. G Love was recently recorded performing “Milk And Honey” at the 42nd Street/Port Authority stop; you can view the video below.
One of our long-time faves G Love is releasing his new album Fixin To Die on February 22nd on Brushfire Records. The record was produced by The Avett Brothers at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. There’s a cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” and the stomping title song written by the legendary Bukka White.
“It was an emotional recording session and I was truly blown away by the level of focus, care and passion Scott & Seth brought to it. We felt connected the entire time – it was instantaneous. It always feels like crunch time in the studio but it never felt like that with these guys. It was a team thing, no drama, no agenda. It was a tremendously positive and encouraging experience. This is the most inspired I’ve ever felt making a record – let’s just put it that way. I’m still buzzing about it.”
Here’s the title song for you to download, compliments of G –
Tigers Jaw has been busy over the past year, with the release of spin last June and more recently, the 10-year anniversary tour of their self-titled album. This week, Tigers Jaw added their own mini festival to the agenda: Otherly Love comes to Philadelphia on December 27th at The Fillmore. Continue reading →
Before Mirah releases Understanding, her first album in four years, next week, she’s shared another single from the record with BrooklynVegan. “Ordinary Day” is the fourth song the Pennsylvania-rooted, New York-based songwriter has shared from the forthcoming album, which will be released September 7 on her own label, Absolute Magnitude Recordings. Continue reading →
When she’s not working on her hotly-anticipated new record, singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is making select performances around the globe, and this month she appeared in the BBC Proms concert series for a revue-style show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The theme was “New York: Sound of a City,” and featured a variety of artists from NYC — Hercules and Love Affair, serpentwithfeet, Nifty Scott — performing backed by the Heritage Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley. For Van Etten’s performance, she covered the LCD Soundsystem ballad “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” from 2006’s Sound of Silver. Watch the video below, and check out other videos from the concert here. Continue reading →
For all their joyful melodies and hummable hooks, Philly punk four-piece Thin Lips often return to lyrical themes of coping with loss.
The first single from their awesome new Chosen Family LP, “A Song For Those Who Miss You All The Time,” is about frontwoman Chrissy Tashjian’s brother Billy, who passed away at age 22 in 2014. The process of grieving isn’t something that starts when tragedy strikes and then concludes in a short period of time; it never truly ends, and the heartwrenching lyrics behind the bouncing beat talk of what it’s like for Tashjian and her brother Mikey (Thin Lips’ drummer) to continue living day to day without their brother.
Just like “A Song For Those Who Miss You All The Time” transforms their personal loss into something uplifting and joyful, its new music video for transforms a host of losses into something beautiful. Continue reading →
These are things that closed a chapter on Philadelphia’s Espers in 2010, not long after the release of its final album, III, in 2009. “It might have been 2010, maybe sooner, like toward the release of the album, I’m not certain,” said Meg Baird, the one-time singing Epser(s) of how the band dissolved.
And that is it: Espers gently faded out just as they faded in, on a billowing, beautiful, undoubtedly dark and cumulous cloud of psilocybin-laced folk touched by occasional thunderbolts of electricity. Now, with the looming possibility of reissues of its brief catalog — four woodsy, gauzy, tactile albums and EPs — co-Epsers Baird, Greg Weeks, Brooke Sietinsons, Helena Espvall and Otto Hauser return to their rural, ancient-to-the-future roots tied (and unmoored from) folk’s traditions.
Maybe it’s just for one night (August 24 at Union Transfer), but the pairing with the like-minded Andy Cabic and his band Vetiver is perfect. Cabic’s handcrafted, shapeshifting, urbane folk was introduced to the world in 2004, the same year as Espers initial album, and the two in the birth of the modern folk movement, unified by the (then) further adventures of newbies Devendra Banhart, Ólöf Arnalds, Animal Collective and Faun Fables, as well as the return of alternative folk elders such as Clive Palmer, Bert Jansch and Vashti Bunyan.
Calling from San Francisco, where she’s lived for six years, it is odd speaking with Baird about Espers presently, as we have discussed her solo work (albums such as 2011’s Seasons on Earth and 2015’s Don’t Weigh Down the Light) without ever discussing Espers’ slip into darkness.
“It’s strange talking about Espers now, but not in a negative way,” said Baird, days before leaving for Philadelphia and rehearsals with her old band. “More of it is surprising that we’re here. It has been good, nice, that we’re revisiting the old material, and I’m glad we are able to play music together again.” Continue reading →