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Ross Bellenoit covers Radiohead’s “Lucky” for Future Corpses project

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Ross Bellenoit | photo by Brett Wilshe

Ross Bellenoit continues to kick out the jams with his Future Corpses project, a year-long experiment in releasing monthly covers. We heard some unusual takes on Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally,” Iron & Wine’s “Innocent Bones,” and Genesis’ “It’s Gonna Get Better,” and now the local musician gives us an atmospheric take on “Lucky” by Radiohead.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joe Jack Talcum at Boot and Saddle, Ross Bellenoit at Ortlieb’s

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The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

Philly rock scene vet Joe Jack Talcum – guitarist and singer for The Dead Milkmen – wraps up a short spring tour with F. Woods tonight at Boot & Saddle. From acoustic solo cassettes in the 80s and 90s to side projects like Butterfly Fairweather and The Cheesies, and splits with Mischief Brew and Ratboy, Joe is a busy songwriter. Philly’s F. Woods, formerly of Mercury Radio Theater, is working on a followup to his 2015 solo debut Found On Road Dead — read an interview with him about his wildly eclectic project here. Opening the show is a solo set from T.J. Kong, aka grizzleld storytelling songwriter Dan Bruscewicz, who is due for a new release of his own. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Ross Bellenoit puts his spin on “Innocent Bones” by Iron & Wine for Future Corpses

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Ross Bellenoit | photo by Brett Wilshe

We’re just three months into 2017 and already Ross Bellenoit has reimagined classic songs by Eric Clapton, Genesis, and now Iron & Wine. The recordings are part of a year-long project he’s calling Future Corpses, releasing a series of genre-melding covers month by month on his Bandcamp. This time around the local singer/songwriter takes the hushed, organic original cut of “Innocent Bones” that appeared on Sam Beam’s 2007 The Shepherd’s Dog LP and spins it into electrified euphoria.

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Ross Bellenoit reimagines Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally” for his Future Corpses project

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Ross Bellenoit | photo by Lisa Schaefer | courtesy of the artist

Track number two is in from Ross Bellenoit‘s year-long covers project that he’s calling Future Corpses. Following on the heels of a “joyful” version of “It’s Gonna Get Better” by Genesis, this spin on Eric Clapton’s 1977 track “Lay Down Sally” turns the bouncing country blues tune on its head. Mellowed out and rearranged, the song is suddenly a sunlight-dappled piece of funky psych transported from a dusty road to a grassy field.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Photon Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Dan Bern at Tin Angel, Ross Bellenoit at Bourbon & Branch and more…

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Photon Band | photo by Mary Garito

Local indie rockers Photon Band have come out of hibernation for a rare live appearance at Johnny Brenda’s. Art DiFuria started the band after attending Temple in the 80s, releasing cult favorite All Young In the Soul in 1998. This year’s Songs of Rapture and Hatred marked DiFuria’s return to the project, and he’ll be joined by bassist Jeff Tanner and drummer Patrick Berkery for this special show. Tickets and information can be found here; check out “Solitaire (Win or Lose)” below.

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The prolific Ross Bellenoit is at it again with preview for Invisible Voice

Ross Bellenoit | Photo by Brett Wilshe
Ross Bellenoit | Photo by Brett Wilshe

Ross Bellenoit has been kicking around the Philly scene for a few years now and is beginning to truly establish himself as a musician whose musical output is as varied as it is prolific. Just last week, Bellenoit released a three-song preview of his newest album, Invisible Voice, which will be his third album since the year began. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Last Emperor at The Fire, Ross Bellenoit at Johnny Brenda’s, Wayne Music Fest ft. PhillyBloco and more…

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The Last Emperor | photo via Facebook

Philadelphia-born rapper The Last Emperor performs at The Fire tonight. Now based in New York, Jamal Gray released his debut LP Music, Magic, Myth in 2003 on his own label. Since then he’s appeared at festivals in Denmark, London and Norway. Details for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Folkadelphia Session: Denison Witmer (with Ross Bellenoit)

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005, probably around 8 PM – it’s a time dogeared in my memory. I cannot believe that it has been nearly a decade since I heard Denison Witmer for the first time. When I lived in New Jersey, I spent a lot of time at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, mostly seeing really bad mall punk-rock bands and inhaling too much second-hand cigarette smoke. I had a few very impressionable music discovery years there. That early summer evening in 2005, on the shore just off the boardwalk, remains one of the most formative experiences of that time period. Denison Witmer, from the Philadelphia area, opened the night. He was pre-selling copies of his forthcoming album Are You A Dreamer? which I promptly purchased (and listened to over and over in my dinged-up black Chevy Cavalier). Leaning against the on-stage monitor, I was amazed at how mesmerizing the simplicity of Witmer’s playing and singing could be. Lightly touched with reverb, the gentle songs kept flowing and drawing me in. I remember actually going slack-jawed when he hit certain chords – these angelic, dreamy, lighter than air bundle of notes. I left the concert changed (after staying for Rainer Maria).

Since that concert, Denison Witmer has continued to release engaging and wonderfully intricate albums – 2008’s Carry The Weight, 2012’s The Ones Who Wait, and his most recent, last year’s eponymous release. Each album is intimate, as Witmer invites you into a sacred and safe space. They radiate with a certain afterglow, vibrantly colored light that hits the evening sky as the sun sets. That’s what the albums sound like. You can’t just listen to one song, you are compelled to sit back, take a load off, and slide straight through these albums – the mark of a true professional, a most gifted songwriter.

Denison Witmer, joined by Ross Bellenoit, one of our favorite local guitarists, visited us in the studio late on evening in October of last year. We kept tracking songs, putting past woes and present worries to the side for the moment, and enjoying each other’s company, as the duo played the night out.