The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out highlights from fall of 2012 with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, including some hard-hitting hip-hop from Ethel Cee and Reef the Lost Cauze, expressive Americana from The Districts, bright pop-rock from Kingsfoil, dense shoegaze from Nothing and more. Special thanks to guest engineer Chris Williams and production assistants Beth Ann Downey, Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Laura Jane Brubaker, Kyle Costill, Shamus McGroggan, Marley McNamara, and Julie Miller for sharing their work.
Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 5.
South Jersey punk band Aspiga will be rocking out with Ex-Friends at the North Star Bar tonight. Aspiga released their second full-length Every Last Piece a couple of months ago via Paper + Plastick Records and found some time between East Coast tour dates to record a crushing Key Studio Session (listen back here). Aspiga will be joined by Ex-Friends (bassist Joel Tannenbaum of the recently re-banded Plow United), Relatives and Goddamnit. Tickets and information can be found here; below, stream and download “On The Defensive” from Aspiga’s Key Studio Session.
Bing & Ruth’s David Moore on the ambient performance he brings to The Barnes Friday [link]
The new LP from The Fleeting Ends, Our Eyes are Peeled, gets the Unlocked treatment [link]
Dave Hartley, bassist for The War on Drugs, launches his sports column From The Key [link]
South Jersey pop-punks Aspiga treat us to a song from each release in their Key session [link]
Roots collaborator Truck North releases Our American Cousin free EP [link]
Does cover art make the album? We ponder this and look at some great local album covers [link]
Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and drummer John Maloney tonight at Space 1026 [link]
Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees is features on this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]
If you didn’t already know, South Jersey is a hotbed of pop-punk talent. Today’s Key Studio Session guests, Aspiga, just released their second full-length, Every Last Piece, via Florida label Paper and Plastick Records, and spent the last month on tour, playing DIY shows in basements along the east coast (as well as proper shows at more formalized venues) in support of it. The band has a sound that’s at once melodic and accessible like 90s favorites NoFX, but also jagged and aggressive, a la Hot Water Music. In other words, if you spent any amount of time going to see suburban VFW hall shows with lineups of a half-dozen bands selling pins and 7″s, Aspiga is right up your alley. The band is playing its belated album release show for Every Last Piece at Studio Luloo in Oaklyn, NJ on December 22; more information on the show can be found here. Below, dig into the five live recordings Aspiga made in our studio – one song from each of their releases.