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Step into the haphazard menagerie of Honus Honus’ debut, Use Your Delusion

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Honus Honus | portrait by Mustafa Shaheen | courtesy of the artist

There’s something about the distinctly recognizable drawl of Ryan Kattner, who performs under the moniker Honus Honus: it makes me want to get up dance and write in my diary at the same time.

The newly released Use Your Delusion is the debut solo album of Man Man’s frontman. There is no way to label this album as the product of just one genre, so the umbrella label of experimental rock will have to do. Now that this highly-anticipated record is finally here, I’m not sure I can handle how great it is. In the twelve tracks that make up this album, Kattner incorporates music reminiscent of Vampire Weekend’s style of plucky indie-rock songs, Hamilton Leithauser-esque yowling and the unmistakable sardonic crooning that you would only expect from Honus Honus himself. Continue reading →

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Jump into the strange world of Honus Honus with “The Stripper Has No Navel”

honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist
honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist

The frontman of Man Man has been teasing new music from his forthcoming album Use Your Delusion for a while now, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is complaining.

Honus Honus, the moniker under which Ryan Kattner has performed for the past decade, just put out another track off of the new album that is set to be released later this month. “The Stripper Has No Navel” is exactly what you would expect from this famously experimental musician, but pretty surprising at the same time. I can guarantee that anyone who reads this has never heard a song about this particular subject matter, and this sometimes crude originality is apart of his appeal. Continue reading →

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Interview: Man Man frontman Honus Honus gives us the lowdown on his debut solo record Use Your Delusion

Photo via facebook.com/honushonusbandband
Honus Honus | photo courtesy of the artist

“It is an album about people with real and unrealized dreams. I know that sounds a little pompous but it is true.” From anyone else this may indeed sound pompous, but from Ryan Kattner – better known as Honus Honus of band Man Man – it could not be more intriguing.

Kattner never planned on making a solo record, but when Man Man took a break after their rocking 2013 outing On Oni Pond, he didn’t want to stop writing — so Use Your Delusion was born. It marks the first solo effort for Honus Honus – keeping the stage name established through Man Man – and it gives the dynamic frontman a chance to explore plenty of new opportunities and take some exciting creative chances, while still maintaining the eclectic nature that has made Man Man one of our favorites here at The Key.

While Man Man has released most of their work via indie-rock mainstay ANTI-, Honus Honus decided to take a more DIY approach to his first solo effort. I recently spoke with Kattner over the phone about, among other things, the choice to self-release, the wide variety of collaborators, the solo-record writing process and how he should have become a venture capitalist. Continue reading →

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Honus Honus takes us back to the 1930s with his recording of the classic folk tune “Down in the Willow Garden”

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Honus Honus | photo via www.facebook.com

Back in those halcyon days when vinyl was the only way to record music, the stakes were much higher. With the stylus pressing every sound into the vinyl, there was no room for error. Now when we listen to a song, it very well could have been stitched together from hundreds of distinct takes. This might allow today’s recordings to be more nuanced and complex than their older predecessors, but they lack a certain element of authenticity. Continue reading →

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The Show Goes On: Escape the Pope weekend crowds with these awesome gigs just outside of Philly

Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Yesterday we gave those of you spending pope weekend in Philly some tips on what is going on and how exactly you should get there. But many are probably wary of what will be one of the most crowded weekends in the city’s history – and thankfully, there’s plenty of live music a short roadtrip away. Today, we bring you a roundup of concerts that are worth venturing outside of Popeville to catch. Continue reading →

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Man Man to play kick-off show for Brooklyn Brewery Mash, oh yeah and it’s FREE

Man Man | Photo by Matthew Davis
Man Man | Photo by Matthew Davis

If you are a fan of beer and Philly’s own Man Man — and, uh, who isn’t — than The Brooklyn Brewery Mash may be the thing for you. The event, which the brewery describes as, “America’s largest traveling food and arts festival” will hit Philly the week of October 17 and will feature food, comedy, film, music and of course beer. Continue reading →

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Honus Honus covers “Hanging On a Telephone” for vinyl compilation

Honus Honus at XPoNential Music Festival | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Man Man‘s Honus Honus teamed up with Hot Karate‘s King Cyrus on a cover of The Nerves’ “Hanging On the Telephone” for a new vinyl box set. Recording as Eel Bros, the pair are joined by No Age, Sean Bonnette (of Andrew Jackson Jihad) and Rozwell kid in the collaborative tribute to classic punk, eighties rock and nineties alt-rock.

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Groove to new Belle & Sebastian, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Pond on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Belle And Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær
Belle & Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm on XPN! What should you expect to hear? Nothing but the best in new and classic indie stuff, of course! On tonight’s show, we’ll spotlight the newly released (and downright terrific) ninth album from Belle & Sebastian, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance. We’ll also get to a these tracks, hot off the presses:

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