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Creativity captured: Watch Big Thief’s Shaking Through recording session music video

Big Thief | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Big Thief | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Last week, we had the treat of being a fly on the wall during New York indie band Big Thief and producer Luke Temple’s recording session with Weathervane Music, thanks to the music documentary series Shaking Through. The in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the song “Mother” was captivating for any music lover — watching how ideas take shape and what goes into the production of each song adds a personal touch when listening to the final product. Continue reading →

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Watch Big Thief toil though the recording process of “Mother” on Shaking Through

Big Thief in Miner Street Studio | photo via Weathervane Music

Brian McTear has overseen over 50 episodes of Shaking Through, the music production documentary series produced by his non-profit, Weathervane Music. But until the latest edition featuring New York quartet Big Thief and guest producer Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic, McTear and his crew had never been so nervous.

That’s because Temple and Big Thief decided to go into the one-day recording project, which worked on the band’s song “Mother,” with basically no preparation or premeditation. Temple returned from Europe the day before the session, and had never even heard the song until he joined Big Thief at Miner Street Recordings here in Philly. So naturally the first step was to expose Temple to the song he’d be producing that day. Continue reading →

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Tween Dream: New Wye Oak, Guided By Voices & Pill on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Wye Oak | Photo by Natasha Tylea, courtesy of the artist
Wye Oak | Photo by Natasha Tylea, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is headed your way tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Embrace it.

On tonight’s show, we’ll spotlight the newest release from Baltimore favorites Wye Oak. Tween is the duo’s latest release, and it collects tracks from, yes, between their two most recent full-lengths. We’ll hear a couple of these rarities tonight, plus new tracks from Guided By Voices, Preoccupations and Pill. To name just a few, that is. Check out some of the new tracks below:

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Masterpiece: Big Thief LIVE plus new Wye Oak, of Montreal & Todd Terje on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Big Thief | Photo by Sasha Arutyunova, courtesy of the artist
Big Thief | Photo by Sasha Arutyunova, courtesy of the artist

We’ve got a very special treat for you on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! Listen in starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll kick off with a phenomenal live performance. The New York band Big Thief recently played an opening slot for Nada Surf at World Cafe Live Philadelphia, and we were there to record it all! Hear Big Thief play songs from their newly released debut Masterpiece LIVE on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! Also in the mix are new tracks from Baltimore’s Wye Oak, Norwegian DJ Todd Terje and Nashville sludge-popsters Diarrhea Planet. Check out a few of the new things below…

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Golden Broad: Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson (and her dad Alan) guest DJ, plus new Steve Gunn & Weaves on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Abbi and Alan Jacobson | Photo by Richard Chaitt, courtesy of Golden Slipper
Abbi and Alan Jacobson | Photo by Richard Chaitt, courtesy of Golden Slipper

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is a pretty special one, so make sure you’re tuned in at 11pm ET on WXPN (not too long after Making Time RADio with Dave P, you know?). On this week’s full two-hour show, we’ll be joined by a pair of guest DJs: co-creator and star of Comedy Central’s Broad City, Abbi Jacobson, and her dad Alan! The pair chat about their connection to Philly and, in particular, to the Golden Slipper organization. They’ll also play a few of their own favorite songs from Courtney Barnett, Tom Waits and Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. Also on tonight’s show, a spotlight on the newly released album from Steve Gunn. The former Kurt Vile sideman just released Eyes On The Lines, the latest in an evolving string of solo records. And be on the lookout for new tunes from Weaves, Big Thief and Wild Beasts in the mix, too…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties at Underground Arts, Big Thief at World Cafe Live, The City and I at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties | photo by Mitch Wojcik | courtesy of the artist

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties bring their new Bittersweet EP to Underground Arts tonight. The project of former Wonder Years’ frontman Dan Campbell, the Roaring Twenties chronicle an historical character living in the South. Campbell recently shared album single “Goodbye, Carolina Blues,” which you can listen to below. Pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Working Stiffs: White Denim, Kristin Kontrol and Night Moves on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

White Denim| Photo by Drew Anthony Smith, courtesy of Downtown Records
White Denim| Photo by Drew Anthony Smith, courtesy of Downtown Records

The Indie Rock Hit Parade will be delivered directly to you tonight at 11pm ET, right after Land of the Lost on WXPN. Let it be known that on tonight’s show, we’ll have a spotlight on the ferocious new album from the Texas band White Denim. Furthermore, we will dig into new tracks from Kristin Kontrol (a.k.a. Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls), Big Thief, Night Moves and so much more. Skip the rest of the formalities and check out a few of the tracks that’ll be in the mix below:

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High Notes: Dig into new La Sera, Parquet Courts and Cullen Omori on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist
La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist

The first Indie Rock Hit Parade of March arrives at 11pm ET TONIGHT on WXPN! There are sooo many new albums that came out today, and we’ll hear bits and pieces from several of them on tonight’s two-hour show. Don’t miss tracks from Poliça‘s United Crushers, Prince Rama‘s Xtreme Now and, on our Weekly Album Spotlight, two songs from the Ryan Adams-produced Music For Listening To Music To by ex-Vivian Girl Katy Goodman a.k.a. La Sera! Check out more new tracks that’ll be in the mix below…

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Eleanor Friedberger takes charge at Milkboy on Friday

Eleanor Friedberger Show @ Milkboy, 2/19/16 | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Eleanor Friedberger Show @ Milkboy, 2/19/16 | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

MilkBoy is the kind of venue where if you’re not careful, you might accidentally knock over an opening band’s gear. It’s the kind of place that does apparently soundchecks in real time for a live studio audience.

Eleanor Friedberger’s band grappled with that soundcheck early in their set, as she complained with good reason about the levels, and the random fog machine, while at the same time apologizing for boring the crowd with the details that in the end were never fully resolved. “It should all be show business, I know,” she said, “all just happen magically.” Continue reading →