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Listen to Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian of Geology live and acoustic on WXPN Local

Eliza Hary Jones and Greg Jehanian
Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly’s Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian have been tight for years, going back to their time sharing the stage in West Philly art-pop outfit Buried Beds.

Jones has also performed with hard touring outfits Strand of Oaks and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, whole Jehanian was the longtime bassist for post-hardcore faves mewithoutYou until about a year ago. This Saturday, the two old friends will team up once again for a co-headlining show at Boot And Saddle — Jones performs material from her 2016 solo debut Because Become, while Jehanian’s band Geology digs into this spring’s Healers. Continue reading →

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Take yourself on a dreamy ride with Geology’s record Healers

Geology | photo via facebook

Philadelphia lo-fi folk outfit Geology quietly released their album Healers this past spring. Fronted by the former bassist of Philly art-punk group mewithoutYou, Greg Jehanian called Healers a work in progress upon its initial release, and promised that more music would soon be added to the LP. On October 18th that promise was fulfilled: three new songs were added to the album — “[Refracted Light],” “The Smallest Fire” and “Who Among You?” — and that this final product is available for free download via Bandcamp. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Reuben and the Dark at World Cafe Live, Drive-By Truckers at Chameleon Club, Geology at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo by Lucia Graca
Photo by Lucia Graca

Reuben and the Dark return to play at World Cafe Live tonight. The Calgary band consists of Reuben Bullock, Shea Alain, Dillon Whitfield and Kaelen Ohm. Their debut album, Funeral Sky came out last month. The music is slow, with spiritual undertones, and follows the likes of Mumford and Sons. Watch the video for “Black Water” below. Get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calender.   

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Listen to “The Neighboring Sea,” the latest single from Geology

You might recognize the above Star Wars-reading fellow as Greg Jehenian, the convivial bassist we met in two of our Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: mewithoutYou‘s and Buried Beds‘. When he’s not busy with either of those acts, Jehenian also makes thoughtful, home-spun indie rock under the name Geology, and just last week released his latest EP, The Neighboring Sea. You can stream the percussive title track below, download the entire thing at Bandcamp, and keep tabs on Geology’s Facebook page for news of one of Jehenian’s irregularly scheduled live appearances.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Geology at Kung Fu Necktie

Geology is the side project of Greg Jehanian, bassist for Philly group mewithoutYou. This indie-folk venture finds him exploring softer (yet not simpler territory). He layers slightly twangy guitar, banjo, and gentle lyrics to create a sound that comforts. It’s reminiscent of Wilco, whom he incidentally graciously covered on his July 2010 EP, Three Birds. Also appearing at tonight’s bill will be Utah indie-folk band Desert Noises and Philly-based brother/sister electro-synth-pop duo She Came Crashing. Geology performs with Desert Noises and She Came Crashing at Kung Fu Necktie at 8 p.m.; tickets to the 21+ show are $5.

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Philly Local Philes: Geology’s “Living Things”

GeologyWhen he’s not playing bass with hard-touring philosopunks mewithoutYou, Greg Jehanian indulges his dust-bowl rock leanings in Geology. The project’s recent EP, Three Birds, leads listeners on a tour of rustic American sounds with a fervent modern pulse; banjos and beats, textures reminiscent of early Sufjan Stevens, and a solid cover of Wilco’s “One By One.” Check out “Living Things” below, and catch one of Geology’s irregular appearances at Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, October 13th, with Ducarriganigan and Mitch Fiction.

Every Monday and Thursday at 2 p.m., Y-Rock On XPN’s John Vettese spotlights the best musicians from the Delaware Valley in the Philly Local Philes. You can listen to Y-Rock On XPN’s live online stream here.

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Load-In to Load-Out With Eliza Hardy Jones: A photo essay by Jeremy Zimmerman | 1

As the sun sets and the wind whips up, the band is at the Boot bright and early — 5:00 pm — gathering in all the gear from their different cars. Drummer Pat Berkery (of The War On Drugs, CYHSY) is parked out front and the band members assist him with his massive drum boxes.

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Teen Men’s Nick Krill is also setting up his guitar rig:

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Nick Krill | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Boot & Saddle house sound engineer Steve Poponi arrives, and greets Eliza and company with a special gift — the “Frances Quinlan Special,” a vocal effects pedal that he created for Hop Along, whom he also tour manages. Poponi and Jones spend quite some time setting up the pedal and dialing it in on Jones’ already impressive array of modifiers.

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Opening act Geology arrives!

 

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

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Load-In to Load-Out With Eliza Hardy Jones: A photo essay by Jeremy Zimmerman | 3

Geology gets the cold crowd warmed with the organic space-rock sounds from the mind of Greg Jehanian:

Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

And finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for — Eliza and her band take to the stage.

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

After the heart-melting rendition of “We Belong” that had the whole crowd chiming in, Jones invites her Father on stage in a tender, impromptu singalong of a folk spiritual:

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

After a round of hugs, the crowd dissipates into the bar and off into the night, the bands pack up their gear without much ado and then do the same. The smile on Jones face is evidence enough that the night was good. More than good. Meaningful. The common thread of music that’s wound its way through so many different times and places and projects is finally making its way home.

Below, check out a full gallery from Eliza Hardy Jones’ show at the Boot and Saddle. Click here to go back to the start.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thievery Corporation at The Fillmore, The Bouncing Souls at Union Transfer, Eilza Hardy Jones at Boot and Saddle and more…

Thievery Corporation | courtesy of the artist
Thievery Corporation | courtesy of the artist

D.C. based electronic duo Thievery Corporation is bringing their relentlessly eclectic sound to The Fillmore tonight with support from The Reminders. The group’s latest, Saudade, was released back in 2014. Check out the video for one of its tracks, “Depth of My Soul” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →