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Listen to Gener’s Gone: The Final Demo Recordings of Gene Ween (2009-2011)

Aaron Freeman
Aaron Freeman

In early 2012, a flurry of news articles surfaced about the fate of 90s alt-rock duo Ween.  The New Hope, PA born project of childhood friends Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) and Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) was apparently calling it quits, as Freeman seemed ready to hang up the Gener moniker and move on.  A 2012 solo record from Freeman called Marvelous Clouds supported this announcement, and now a six-track requiem EP on Bandcamp solidifies the transition even more.  The note accompanying Gener’s Gone: The Final Demo Recordings of Gene Ween (2009-2011) states:

These demos represent the final writings and music of Gene Ween, before he departed and the inner FREEMAN emerged. On that note, we have received a two word personal statement from Aaron: “stay tuned.”

Listen to the EP below.  Fans of Ween might also be interested in Melchiondo’s latest project Moistboyz, coming to John & Peter’s in New Hope on December 4th and to the North Star Bar on December 6th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN Welcomes Sharon Van Etten to Union Transfer, Aaron Freeman at World Cafe Live, and the PhilaMOCA Summer Solstice

Sharon Van Etten first hit our radar as the inaugural artist in Shaking Through, the video and audio collaboration between Philly’s Weathervane Music and WXPN. In many ways, the seeds of her recent acclaim were born in that session for Shaking Through at Brian McTear’s Miner Street Studios in Fishtown in December, 2010. The song she recorded, “Love More,” was included on her gorgeous and intimate October, 2010 release Epic. Since then, Sharon’s career has grown significantly, solidified by an extensive touring schedule and her February 2012 release, Tramp on Jagjaguwar Records. Over the past couple of years Sharon has released hushed, indie folk tunes that reveal intimate truths; easily making audiences swoon. Tonight WXPN welcomes her along with Meg Baird to Union Transfer at 9 PM; purchase tickets here.

Also tonight:

PhilaMOCA Summer Solstice Ice Cream Social with performances from Arctic Splash, The Really Cooks, Attia Taylor, Shorty Boy Boy, and MC Juliet Hope Wayne. Tickets to the all ages show will be sold at the door and are $8. Doors open at 6 PM.

And over at World Cafe Live, previous singer of the late, great Ween, Aaron Freeman performs songs from his new Ben Vaughn produced album, The Marvelous Clouds. The 8 PM show tickets are $20

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Listen to a new song from Aaron Freeman (Gene of Ween), “As I Love My Own”

photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media

To many music fans, Gene Ween is known as the lead singer of Ween; since the mid ’80s, he and childhood friend Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) have been performing under that name. These days, Gene (real name Aaron Freeman) is getting ready to release his debut solo album as Aaron Freeman, called Marvelous Clouds. It is being released by Partisan Records on May 8th and was produced by Ben Vaughn—producer and host of The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn (Saturdays at 5 pm on WXPN). Vaughn last worked with Freeman when Vaughn produced Ween’s 1996 release 12 Golden Country Greats. Marvelous Clouds contains all covers of songs by the poet, musician, and author Rod McKuen. Below, listen to “As I Love My Own.”

Aaron Freeman – As I Love My Own by Shore Fire Media

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