Singer-songwriter Joey Sweeney has been a familiar presence in the Philly music scene since the 80’s, and from solo efforts to his earlier projects such as The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney to publishing cityblog Philebrity.com the Philly native has worn many different hats over the years.
Sweeney is now ready to introduce his latest project Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease, releasing the alt-rock group’s easy-listening debut single today. “Baptized In Vibe” tells the story of Sweeney’s upbringing in Fishtown and overcoming struggles. Sweeney tells Impose Mag (which premiered the single) Continue reading →
Heading up to an appearance at this weekend’s Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, Philly singer-songwriter Joey Sweeney (of Philebrity fame) recently dropped a new acoustic demo on his Soundcloud. The song, “It Ain’t Important Now,” is a mix of hearty strumming and rootsy leads, with Sweeney’s vivid lyrics – “Nobody talks about addiction when everybody’s addicted to just getting by” – in the forefront. Continue reading →
With voting for the XPN’s 885 countdown ending tomorrow, we’re bringing you some local celebrity lists to help inspire your own picks for the 885 All Time Greatest (and Worst) Songs. Philebrity editor (and local musician) Joey Sweeney zealously submitted, in all caps, his five choices for All Time Worst Songs, which you can check out below. Contribute your own All Time Best and Worst songs list here before voting ends tomorrow.
At the Communion Showcase on May 8th, Joey Sweeney performed a cover of “Bring It On Home to Me” by Sam Cooke. Sweeney wandered around the crowd as he crooned while his band The Long Hair Arkestra held things down on the stage. The clip was filmed by Bob Sweeney at Underground Arts, and you can check it out below. Next month’s Communion Showcase will feature the UK’s Catfish and the Bottlemen, Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Tutlie and more. Tickets and information can be found here.
“I’ve been scrutinized, been sad and blithe,” sings Joey Sweeney. “And so many other often times, the only thing that made me feel civilized was records and coffee.” It’s a lyric that rings true for any of us who have spent an inordinate amount of time thumbing our way through boxes of vinyl, sitting in a corner of cafe with a dark roast and a hangover, making sense of our ever-changing world through one constant we can rely on: music. Through the ups and downs of life, it’s always there.
With Record Store Day fast approaching (check out our rundown of local events here), Sweeney and BITBY (who released the vinyl edition of his 2013 album Long Hair) debuted a new video for the toe-tapping “Records and Coffee.” It follows our narrator as he wakes up on his couch – where an excitable pup greets him as an LP spins – to the aisles of A.K.A. Music, down the nearby streets and back home where he reviews and revels in his purchases. If the music nerdery wasn’t enough of a winning point, the beautifully shot Old City streetscapes will get you.
Check it out below, celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday, April 19th, and be sure to catch Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts on May 8th. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
The lineup for May’s Communion Club Night show at Underground Arts was just announced, and it’s a sweet one. Making the trek from Australia for their Philadelphia debut (unless you count the sorta-debut when they played on the Indie Rock Hit Parade during CMJ last October) is Brisbane indie pop five-piece Cub Sport. They released a delightful EP called Paradise back in the fall that, like Vampire Weekend, blends electropop beats with world music arrangements and infectious hooks.
Also on the lineup is this month’s XPN-curated Communion artist Heyward Howkins. His second LP, Be Frank Furness, was released in December via BITBY Records, and it saw his lyrical wit and knack for melody in top form. We featured it in an Unlocked spotlight at the time – read the interview here.
The show also features a set of lush arrangements from Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra, alt-rock drama from LA rockers Bootstraps and much more. Get more information on the show at its Facebook event page, and check out music from some of the artists below.
Taking a short break from recording his own material, local musician Joey Sweeney has covered the #5 top song of 2013 (as voted by XPN listeners). His take of Man Man’s “Head On (Hold On to Your Heart),” which originally appeared on last year’s On Oni Pond, takes the song back to how it might have sounded while Honus Honus was writing it. Sweeney sings “Head On” earnestly and introspectively against the backdrop of just an acoustic guitar, transforming the track from cinematic and quirky to intimate and perceptive. Download the cover and listen to the original below. Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra play the Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday with Heyward Howkins and Slo-Mo & Hoagy. Tickets and information can be found here.
North Dakota-born singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau hasn’t released a proper record since 2009, but for a songwriter this captivating, that’s not necessarily a drawback. Now based in L.A., Brosseau’s new Grass Punks is sensitive and forlorn, a romantic sould upset at being dismissed, yearning for attention, complicated and absolutely compelling. The album is streaming this week on the NPR Music First Listen series, and as NPR’s Tom Moon writes, the album incorporates images of modern life (smartphones, etc.) as symbols of timeless romantic detachment:
Many of these new songs have trapdoors and switchbacks and meta moments, but they’re never there for show: It’s in the shadows where the sly Brosseau does his best work, transforming earthbound images into intimations of wonder, giving unremarkable everyday memories a mysterious, almost haunting poignancy.
Listen to Grass Punks in its entirety via NPR Music here. Tom Brosseau headlines a Folkadelpha-presents concert at Ortlieb’s on February 7 with Joey Sweeney; tickets and information on the show can be found here.