Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from WXPN and The Key! The last several weeks we celebrated the holiday season by offering a twelve original seasonal songs. WXPN’s Helen Leicht asked local bands to write and record original holiday songs for the third year in a row which the bands have offered as free downloads. Thanks to all the bands for these wonderful songs. You can download the entire sampler as a .zip file here.
The 12 Days of XPN Philly Local Christmas Sampler
Find Vienna – “Christmas Is For Our Hearts”
Gillian Grassie – “When the Night Gets Long”
Summer Fiction – “Christmas Eve for Two”
Matt Santry – “The Xmas Song”
Atomic Square – “Christmas Time is here”
Scot Sax and Suzie Brown – “Coming Your Way”
Angel Band – “I Want A Present”
JD Malone & the Experts – “Best Day Of The Year”
Kingsfoil – “The Valley, A Christmas Song”
John Flynn – “Christmas Balls”
Ben Smith – “I Got A New Tattoo For Christmas”
Ali Hoffman – “Evergreen”
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m., John Vettese scans the best new music from the Delaware Valley on the Philly Local Philes. Today we’ll check out an epic experimental rock sprawl by The Atomic Square and a straightforward garage jam by Band Name.
The Atomic Square “Rising Tides” – Based out of South Jersey, this four-piece began as an instrumental band akin to Explosions In The Sky and The Album Leaf before meeting singer-guitarist Ete Ahphing in Spring of 2009. Ete brought a Jimmy Eat World-esque pop sensibility and a killer vocal range that rivals fellow local Andrew Lipke. Check out The Atomic Square live Thursday Aug. 19 at Johnny Brenda’s.
Band Name “Excitable Boy” – Fronted by Philly garage-punker Jeremy Gecker (a.k.a. Jeremy Jams) and joined by friends Cat Park and Greg Labold, the righteously-named Band Name plays spunky, back to basics rock and roll, no frills and no posturing. Dig this tune from their UK split 7? with The G, and catch them at Kungfu Necktie tonight opening for Univox.