“I’ve been scrutinized, been sad and blithe,” sings Joey Sweeney. “And so many other often times, the only thing that made me feel civilized was records and coffee.” It’s a lyric that rings true for any of us who have spent an inordinate amount of time thumbing our way through boxes of vinyl, sitting in a corner of cafe with a dark roast and a hangover, making sense of our ever-changing world through one constant we can rely on: music. Through the ups and downs of life, it’s always there.
With Record Store Day fast approaching (check out our rundown of local events here), Sweeney and BITBY (who released the vinyl edition of his 2013 album Long Hair) debuted a new video for the toe-tapping “Records and Coffee.” It follows our narrator as he wakes up on his couch – where an excitable pup greets him as an LP spins – to the aisles of A.K.A. Music, down the nearby streets and back home where he reviews and revels in his purchases. If the music nerdery wasn’t enough of a winning point, the beautifully shot Old City streetscapes will get you.
Check it out below, celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday, April 19th, and be sure to catch Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts on May 8th. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Before taking the stage at Ortlieb’s earlier this month, City Rain stepped down to the basement with BITBY.TV to record a stripped-down version of “Mama I Want to Go Home.” The track is taken from the duo’s upcoming Songs From a High School Dance LP and shows a different side to the usually upbeat, anthemic electro-pop project. Check out the live video below and then download the studio version. City Rain will be hosting a residency at Ortlieb’s on Wednesdays in May. Tickets and information for those shows can be found here.
Last month Creepoid premiered the first single, “Sunday,” from its upcoming self-titled album on No Idea Records. Here’s the video for it, and it’s quite laid back for what we’ve seen from the band in the past.
Despite the album being their first since 2011, it’s not the first time we’re from them since then. The video for “Golden String” by BitBY was released in 2012. And remember when Shaking Through did a video featuring Creepoid in the wake of 2011’s Horse Heaven? Yeah, well, the song in that video, “Old Tree,” is on the upcoming self-titled album. The tracks have obviously been lingering a little bit.
But the video for “Sunday” doesn’t evoke that time of laziness late in a weekend. It’s simply slow-motion shots paired with a song that’s pushing deep into the couch. It’s the length of every note played in this song that makes it match this simple video. Whether it’s the long lead guitar notes, the breath-y singing or the tambourine that slaps back in the speakers, it’s not too much. Perhaps that’s what works for both the video and the song.
Creepoid is the featured album in this week’s edition of Unlocked. Download the song “Baptism” in Monday’s post, read Tuesday’s album review and check back tomorrow and Friday for an interview and more.
This month’s Bands in the Backyard episode introduces us to emerging Philly band Dreambook, which performs a brand new song called “Stay Inside.” It’s a hazy piece of shoegaze music, sometimes touching on psychedelic, with multiple guitars vamping along to a steady drum beat and heavy bass line. Check out the video below, and be sure to catch them at Johnny Brenda’s July 12th along with Creepoid and Amanda X.
Philly / Brooklyn indie outfit Northern Arms are bringing their beautifully haunting, slightly old-world sound to Ortlieb’s Lounge on June 19th. They opened for local favorites Man Man back in March, and Bands in the Backyard (BITBY) recorded their performance of “Build My Gallows.” It’s very reminiscent of a less gruff Tom Waits style – something Poe probably would’ve jammed out to today. Watch it below (you can find more of their performance on BITBY’s site), and catch them at Ortlieb’s with NYMPH and sami.the.great.
Local indie group Turning Violet Violet play Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The Key Studio Session alums carve out chamber alt-rock songs on the fringe of art-rock that seem bathed in a purple glow, though that might just be residual effects of their band name. Either way, the songs on Turning Violet Violet’s debut full-length Double Cure are swathe-y, sweeping compositions that strike all the right feelings chords. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with TeamMate and Donora can be found here. Revisit Turning Violet Violet’s Key Session here and watch their video for “Cold Bread” below.
West Philly quartet HighKick are bringing their rockabilly sound to World Cafe Live tonight in preparation for the release of their new demo. The band’s honest lyrics and steady Americana rhythms make their 2010 album, Paints a House, a must-hear for any fan of DIY roots music, and can be streamed here. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show are available on our concert calendar here; doors open at 7 p.m. Below, watch a video profile on HighKick from 6ABC.
More efforts for Hurricane Sandy relief are popping up in the tri-state region this weekend, beginning with a show headlined by none other than Shakey himself. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Trey Anastasio of Phish, and Everest have collaboratively organized a benefit show at The Borgata in Atlantic City for this evening. Proceeds from tonight’s show will be directed to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, which you can contribute to here. Anastasio, who formerly lived in Pronceton, will be performing a special acoustic set for tonight’s benefit. General admission tickets for the all-ages benefit are available at our concert calendar here; the concert starts at 8. Below, check out Anastasio’s Acoustic Barn performance of “Time Turns Elastic.”