Arise and Walk: Tame Impala, Protomartyr & Jamie xx on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Tame Impala | Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Tame Impala | Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade brings you (among other things) a spotlight on an album that’s been at the top of our list of ‘Most Anticipated Releases’ for months. Tune in starting at 11pm to hear a full two-hour show includes several tracks from Tame Impala‘s newly released Currents. We’ll also check out a few of these tracks, freshly picked for your discerning ears:

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Indie rockers to pay tribute to The Byrds’ Gene Clark at Union Transfer on January 22nd

a_no-otherFront On Wednesday, January 22nd the lead singers of three established indie-rock bands and one indie-rock band on almost hiatus are coming together at Union Transfer to pay tribute to one of the founding members of The Byrds, Gene Clark.

Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles), Victoria Legrand (Beach House) and Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) will be performing Clark’s classic album, No Other, originally released in 1974. Clark wrote or co-wrote many of The Byrds’ best songs including “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” “Here Without You,” “The World Turns All Around Her,” “She Don’t Care About Time” and “Eight Miles High.”

Clark started The Byrds in 1964 after he met Roger McGuinn and along with David Crosby, Michael Clark and Chris Hillman, set off on a path to change rock influenced folk music in the Sixties. Clark released his first solo album in 1967, while he was still in The Byrds. When he released No Other, it was considered to be a commercial and critical failure. Musicians however, have clung to it’s folk-rock songwriting and arrangements for years. Songs like “Silver Raven,” the eight minute epic “Some Misunderstanding,” and the soulful “Lady of The North,” give the album its lasting resonance. “What it adds up to,” writes Thom Jurek in AllMusic “is a sprawling, ambitious work that brought elements of country, folk, jazzed-out gospel, blues, and trippy rock to bear on a song cycle that reflects the mid-’70s better than anything from that time, yet sounds hauntingly timely even now.

Joining the band in the tribute will be Iain Matthews of Fairport Convention, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, with members of Lower Dens, Celebration, Cass McCombs’ band and Mt. Royal rounding the lineup out. Beach House had this to say about the album on Pitchfork:

Though we generally love all of his music, we are most infatuated with his 1974 record, No Other. It feels like a special moment in Gene Clark’s songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels overbearing: the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark’s very unique lyrics, voice and spirit become the central focus. It’s one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Every song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.

Go here for more information and tickets to the show. Below, listen to several songs from the album.


My Morning Download: “Real Love” by Beach House (from a limited time only collection of World Cafe downloads)

Photo by Liz Flyntz
Photo by Liz Flyntz
The final free World Cafe downlpad that is being offered this month (until Midnight tonight) is a Cafe performance of “Real Love” by Beach House.” You can listen to the Baltimore duo’s appearance on the show with David Dye here.

This month World Cafe is offering free downloads of performances from bands including Calexico, Lord Huron, the Afghan Whigs, Alt-J, John Fullbright, Freelance Whales, Stars, Nick Waterhouse, Allen Stone, The Kopecky Family Band, Sea Wolf, Trey Anastasio, Minus The Bear, Father John Misty, and others. Download the entire collection, while they last until Midnight tonight, here.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company

The Week So Far: 14 must-read stories on The Key

Photo by Eric Ashleigh |

Interview: Talking wood nymphs and a show at Ortlieb’s with Brooklyn’s Savoir Adore. [link]

Hear a new song from Nothing, sign up to be in their Key Studio Sessions audience. [link]

Interview: Craig Hendrix of Philly’s Auctioneer on songwriting and Shaking Through. [link]

Lehigh Valley jazz-psych duo XVSK stop by to record a Key Studio Session. [link]

Photos of a spellbinding night at Union Transfer with Beach House. [link]

Breaking down the numbers of WXPN’s 885 Songs that Rock countdown. [link]

Watch a jangling new music video from Low Cut Connie, filmed at the North Star Bar. [link]

Get a taste of the new record from Freeway with his Freedom of Speech mixtape. [link]

Listen to The Dead Milkmen recorded live on WXPN…25 years ago. [link]

Download a free mixtape from Black Dub’s Trixie Whitley. [link]

Watch Rap City, the WHYY documentary on Philly’s hip-hop scene circa 1988. [link]

Couldn’t make it to Austin City Limits? Neil Young and Crazy Horse‘s entire set is streaming. [link]

Also in Austin, Philly sons The War on Drugs played a killer “Arms Like Boulders.” [link]

Jack White dances and beatboxes in his music video for “I’m Shakin’.” [link]


Photo Recap: Beach House at Union Transfer

Baltimore dream-pop three piece Beach House brought the tour in support of its latest album – the elegant Bloom, released earlier this year – to Union Transfer last night. Check out a photo recap of the show in the gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beach House at The Trocadero, Gregory Alan Isakov at Johnny Brenda’s

Beach House

Sure, Beach House‘s Teen Dream is—like the band’s previous efforts—an excellent atmospheric album to play in the background while sitting around your living room and having a discussion about how, like, you’re totally over bands that make atmospheric background music. But how does it hold up in a live setting, where—instead of lounging around on your comfy couch and only kind-of listening to the band’s lo-fi dream-pop—you’re expected to stand on your own two feet and pay close attention for the full duration of the performance? The jury is still out. By many accounts, Teen Dream is the Baltimore duo’s most dynamic and engaging album to date, a critical success that has earned the band not only a larger fan base, but the predictable backlash. Of course, “dynamic” and “engaging” are pretty subjective terms, especially when applied to a band like Beach House. If you haven’t already purchased a ticket to tonight’s show at The Trocadero, however, you won’t have to bother deciding whether or not to see the live show for yourself—it’s sold out. Beach House performs with Papercuts at 8:30 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT.

Also playing: Gregory Alan Isakov performs with Emily Arin at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.