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The Key Studio Sessions: Hello Shark

The past few years, the final Key Studio Session of December has been one for quiet contemplation — an echo of the headspace we all find ourselves in as we get ready to hang up a new calendar and promise ourselves that this will be our year. It may not always play out like we want it to. Things can change, external forces we don’t have any control over can muddle our goals up. But stepping from one year to the next with the right outlook, and attempting to maintain that outlook as the months pass, is crucial.

In the Philly scene this year, few did quiet contemplation quite like Hello Shark. Continue reading →

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Get ready for Hello Shark’s forthcoming Delicate LP with “Alligator”

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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

Lincoln Halloran, also known as Hello Shark, releases his LP Delicate this Friday, September 30. He originally hails from Vermont, but Delicate will be Hello Shark’s first full-length release as a Philadelphia resident.

Halloran recently released the single “Alligator” as another teaser of the forthcoming album. The ballad is carried by a combination of gentle guitar notes and slow-tempoed percussions which are paired with Halloran’s (fittingly) delicate vocals. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia’s Hello Shark releases the introspective new “Jackson Browne”

 

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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

Philadelphia’s Hello Shark released his single, “Jackson Browne,” a song that will be featured on his upcoming album Delicate. The song, which we got wind up from our friends at The Deli, is riddled with introspection and longing, and fittingly enough, the lyrics repeated most frequently throughout are “Baby, I’m delicate,” a nod to the forthcoming album title. The track itself is carried along by a consistently slow tempo with smatterings of acoustic guitar, piano notes, and gentle percussions. The full length album will be available on September 30, and the band performs at Clark Park on October 5th. Information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hello Shark at PhilaMOCA, The Claypool Lennon Delirium at The Fillmore

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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

DIY scene singer/songwriter Lincoln Halloran is getting ready to release his latest outing as Hello Shark. The Philly lo-fi project is releasing its LP Delicate, and it merges introverted acoustic numbers in the vein of Elliott Smith with minimalist and playful synthpop. You can hear the latter in the whimsical “Drake Night” below, and see Hello Shark at PhilaMOCA tonight. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Download a Magic Death Sounds Block Party mixtape featuring Aphra, Hello Shark, Elegant Animals and more

Aphra | Photo via facebook.com/aphraband
Aphra | Photo via facebook.com/aphraband

The third annual Magic Death Sounds Block Party takes place on August 30th at the corner of Blair and Dreer in Kensington, and it’s a solid lineup of Philadelphia psychedelic, avant-garde, experimental and otherwise left-of-center leaning pop.

To get us all psyched for the event, the folks at the Philly-based Magic Death Sounds label dropped a mixtape featuring tracks by all ten of the artists on the bill – from the dream-like electronic tapestries of Rebecca Way’s Aphra to the Joy Division-esque fuzz-rock of Whaler. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizdelise at MilkBoy and David Dondero at Bourbon and Branch

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Lizdelise | photo by Cecilia Brown | http://www.ceciliabrownphoto.com

Folk rock/pop duo Lizdelise will headline Milkboy tonight with The Living Strange and Water Temple. Their self-titled full-length dropped last September, and you check out a video for one of its singles “Baby Bird” below. Find their Key Studio Session from last year here and tickets and more information on the show here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Free Cake for Every Creature

Music writers love to romanticize DIY home studios — the hiss and static of the tape machine, the in-the-moment spirit of the performances, the images of bedroom walls lined with egg carton soundproofing and floors covered in piles of tangled cable.

The musicians themselves — they’re not always as sentimental about it. As Katie Bennett of Philadelphia’s Free Cake For Every Creature tweeted earlier this week, “[I’m] slowly realizing that, while my 100+ year-old apartment on a main street in a big city may be charming, it’s not the ideal place to record.” She continued: “listen for my neighbor’s trombone exercises and a minute-long trolly honk in every new song.”

While that definitely reads like Bennett’s West Philadelphia environs seeping into her recorded output, it also goes the other way around: the sound of Free Cake for Every Creature is the sound of Bennett and her musical collaborators reacting to their surroundings and turning their workarounds into strengths. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head