Eternal Summers playing Milkboy Philly in June with Bedroom Problems and Catnaps

The Roanoke, Virginia band Eternal Summers are releasing their new album, Correct Behavior on July 24th on Kanine Records. The band are playing at Milkboy Philly on Friday, June 15th with Bedroom Problems and Catnaps. Listen to a new Eternal Summers song, “Millions,” below. The song recently was named Best New Track by Pitchfork. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.


JUMP Philly staff guest hosts tonights Philly Local Second Shift on XPN2

This week, the latest issue of upstart local music mag JUMP Philly hits the streets, and tonight the staff takes to the XPN2 airwaves. Publisher G.W. Miller and a group of the magazine’s writers and photographers join me at 8 p.m. to guest host the second hour of the Philly Local Second shift, where they’ll play an assortment of artists featured in the latest issue (including cover star Jill Scott, indie rock mad scientist Shorty Boy-Boy and West Philly rapper Chill Moody), as well as artists artists performing at the various issue release shows they’ve got lined up (Bedroom Problems, at Temple’s Paley Library on Nov. 16; Toy Soldiers who play The Hard Rock Cafe on Nov. 17; and Nicos Gun, who are at The Blockley on Nov. 23). Tune in to their set tonight at 8 p.m. on or 88.5 HD-2.


The Worst Six Songs You’ll Hear About Being Single In Your Thirties

“The worst six songs you’ll hear about being single in your thirties.” That’s how Maria T Sciarrino describes Bedroom Problems her DIY debut that you can download for free here.

Sciarrino is a New Media/Digital media expert, teacher, entrepreneur, musician and all around music obsessive (all combinations we love) and since 2001 she’s been the host of the influential radio show Her Jazz on WPRB on Princeton. She’s written extensively about media theory, popular culture and in 2002 she started Plain Parade, a booking and concert promotion company with Sara Sherr.

So, what led to her wanting to making music again? She explains on her website:

The lyrics are purposefully stupid, the music amateurish: Bedroom Problems is a joke band that takes the process of conceptualization and production seriously. I stopped playing music altogether for a couple years because I was overly concerned about making something “good.” Taking my cues from Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” chapter in Bird by Bird, Bedroom Problems writes and performs songs in an expedient, spontaneous matter. Using Garageband, I construct entire songs over the span of a few hours. Though I may use overdubs, multitracking, and post-production methods to create the material, what you hear are primarily first takes. As I said, the point is to get ideas down and not to belabor the larger issues of “quality” or “taste.”

Bedroom Problems catches the lo-fi 60’s inspired wave that you’ll hear on records by Best Coast or Dum Dum Girls and Philly’s Reading Rainbow. Lots of reverb. Super melodies. And yes, some dumb lyrics. Here’s a couple stand out songs. You can download the rest of it here