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The Spirit Of The Beehive sign to Tiny Engines, prep release of sophomore LP

Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist
The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

Philly noise rockers The Spirit Of The Beehive have just signed to North Carolina’s Tiny Engines, joining fellow Philly acts like Mannequin Pussy and Cayetana. Just last week, the indie label announced that, for a limited time, they would be donating  all digital proceeds to Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center, and now, they’re gearing up for the release of TSOTB’s sophomore LP. Continue reading →

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Tiny Engines bring the good will with “Pay-What-You-Will” catalog for charity

In light of Tuesday’s election results, North Carolina-based indie label Tiny Engines has become the latest in a line of musical entities to put their wares up for charity. Starting this week, their entire catalog, which includes standout Philly acts like Mannequin Pussy, Cayetana, and Little Big League, will be available under the “Pay-What-You-Will” format with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center. Continue reading →

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Little Big League joins Tiny Engines Records roster, preps album for summer release

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Just in from AbsolutePunk.net: Philly indie rock four-piece Little Big League has signed a deal with the Carolina-based Tiny Engines Records, who also recently picked up local trio Cayetana. The band recently wrapped up recording its debut full-lengths These Are Good People, and will release it through Tiny Engines this summer. From Absolute Punk:

The band’s debt to 90s indie guitar rock is respectfully paid while Zauner’s gorgeously unique vocal stylings and striking lyrical imagery add to the album’s dark atmosphere. There is a level of tension and impending danger built, both lyrically and musically, that revels in the vulnerability of us all. These Are Good People is an album about coming of age, loss, and the overwhelming acceptance of reality over a failed romanticism. Due out this Summer on Tiny Engines, the album is a stunning indie rock debut from the Philadelphia quartet.

Congrats to Michelle, Kevin, Ian and Deven. Download their Key Studio Session performance of “St. John’s” below.

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Philly’s Cayetana signs to Tiny Engines records

CayetanaCongrats to Philly indie-punk three-piece Cayetana on signing with Tiny Engines Records. Formed last year by longtime punk scene sisters Kelly Olsen, Allegra Anka and Augusta Koch, the band kicks out minimal and poppy fuzz-rocker tunes, kind of in the vein of Helium, Velocity Girl or – for more recent parallels – Dum Dum Girls and Grass Widow. The label announced the new deal today, with some emphatic gushing care of The Menzingers’ Tom May:

These three ladies came together about a year ago, which also happens to be when they started playing their instruments. This has let them develop a chemistry that takes other bands years to achieve, if at all. They’ve jumped head first with their clothes on into the pool at the raging party that is the Philadelphia punk scene. Their self-released demo/e.p. is quite the piece of ear candy. The contemplative and sometimes poignant lyrics delivered in a sincere and oft-urgent croon are perfectly complimented with a locked-in rhythm section comprising of melodious bass lines and driven, hoppy work on the skins. You can expect to hear a lot more from Cayetana in the coming months.

The band is currently recording new material for an LP release on Tiny Engines this summer. In the meantime, you can listen to its 2012 demo below, grab a pay-what-you-wish download here and see them Friday night at Waxahatchee’s album release show at Golden Tea House with Swearin’ and Radiator Hospital, capping off an already insanely stacked lineup.

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Just Announced: The Spirit of the Beehive and Abi Reimold will open for The Districts at Union Transfer

The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist
The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

We’re very excited for The Districts‘ forthcoming third LP Popular Manipulations around here at Key HQ, especially after watching them slay five new songs from the record at NonCOMM last week. To make their August 11th album release party at Union Transfer even more of an event, the band just announced the openers for the show, and it’s turned into a tremendous all-Philly bill. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Emperor X

Emperor X is Chad Metheny and he’s been releasing music out under that moniker since 1998. I’ve been listening to Emperor X for far less time than that, but in a short while, his songs, especially from his latest album Oversleepers International have made a tremendous impact on me and everyone I know that has heard a song, bought a record, or seen him play a show. Whether the music tends towards straight-up folk-punk acoustic strumming, skittering electronics, or even ambient minimalism, there is an inherent passion, energy, and DIY-ness to what Emperor X is bringing to the table.
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The Spirit of the Beehive continue to please with pleasure suck’s surreal “Cops Come Looking” vid

The Spirit of the Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist
The Spirit of the Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

As we draw ever closer to the release of The Spirit of the Beehive’s new album, pleasure suck, there’s plenty to be excited about. Late last year, they signed to Tiny Engines, and just last month, they shared the video for the album’s queasy first single, “Ricky (Caught Me Tryin’)”. Now we’re getting another music video for “Cops Come Looking”, and like its predecessor, it does not disappoint. Continue reading →

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Watch The Spirit Of The Beehive’s queasy new video for “Ricky (Caught Me Tryin’)”

The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist
The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

Last November, The Spirit Of The Beehive signed to Tiny Engines with promise of a their sophomore LP on the way. That promise is finally coming to fruition, as Pleasure Suck, their first for the new label, is out this March 24th. In anticipation of its release, they’ve shared its first single, “Ricky (Caught Me Tryin’)”. It comes paired with a colorful, psychedelic visual, and you can stream it below. Continue reading →