Since we first heard him many moons ago, singer-songwriter Brendan Codey has made the move from Philadelphia to Berlin to New York City, but it hasn’t stopped him from making more music. After releasing several EPs the past couple of years, he is readying his next release (which is tentatively titled My Kingdom For A Jake Leg) and he teased it with the title track this week. Continue reading →
Here’s a cool, stylized and mysterious music video for Brendan Codey‘s “Twin Chimney,” the title track from his newly released EP on Marmara Records. Done up to look like it was shot on 8 mm film (unless director Zach Mami found somewhere that still sells and develops Kodachrome), it follows a mysterious character lugging a trash bag through a sun-stained beach town. He makes his way to the shore to discard it, carrying an evident tonnage of backstory / frontstory that we’re not privy to. What’s he carrying? Why is he so relieved to let it go? These questions are not immediately answered, and that’s why I like this video so much. Check it out below.
This was a nice treat in our headphones today – Philly space rock guy Brendan Codey shared “Twin Chimney,” the title track from the new release he’s putting out next month on the Texas-based cassette label Marmara Records. With its thick blend of vigorous acoustic guitar and wildly staggered guitar solos, it lands somewhere between Codey’s electric work and his acoustic folk side. So basically, it’s what Crazy Horse might have sounded like with Mark Kozelek at the microphone. Sick, right? Codey tells us that side A of the cassette (the white side) is rockers like this one, while side B (the black side) is slow-builders. Or more accurately, slow-builder, singular. He says the eight-minute number on that side, “A Well-Made Box Parts 1 and 2,” is a song that’s “for turning the lights off and lying on your back staring at the ceiling.” We can’t wait. Pre-order Twin Chimney from Marmara here, listen to the title track below.
If you like Christmas but don’t necessarily get into the more cheesy / campy / sentimental elements of Christmas music, this might just be the compilation for you. Put together by Vancouver musician Crystal Dorval, who performs as White Poppy, Whiteout is a chilling, windswept set of lo-fi experimental rock – including two of Philadelphia’s own tape-hiss heads. Listen to Cough Cool‘s “Joy to the World” and Brendan Codey‘s “I’ll be Home for Christmas” below, and stream / download the entire set here.
South Jersey-bred rocker, producer and XPN host Ben Vaughn takes to the stage of The Tin Angel tonight. The venue is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, and XPN Welcomes Ben and his quintet to rattle the walls a bit with some timeless garage rock tunes. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and more information can be found here. Below, watch a video of the Ben Vaughn Quintet playing “My First Band” at Maxwell’s in Hoboken last year.
XPN2’s Folkadelphia just announced its latest showcase on November 13th featuring Chicago’s Angel Olsen; Philly artists Meg Baird and Brendan Codey to be held at Studio 34. Olsen, formerly of Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s Cairo Gang band, just released her first full-length LP, Half Way Home in September to critical acclaim. Baird also collaborated with Billy’s Cairo Gang, and her 2011 record Seasons on Earth, was well received by critics, with NPR putting her in a league among Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Codey, whose EPs and singles are available digitally and as limited-edition cassettes, has had his music described as “a meditative hailstorm, placing the listener right in the eye of the storm looking out” by the Deli Magazine-Philly. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $8.00 in advance; more information can be found here. Watch Olsen’s new video for “Acrobat” below.
If you’re a fan of jangley guitars, 60s psych-pop songwriting, and generous helpings of reverb, Kungfu Necktie is the place to be tonight. The Fishtown venue is hosting a solid lineup of local space-rock, beginning with the live debut of The Interest Group, the latest project from Philly’s Yohsuke Araki; the band received a spot of Pitchfork love this spring for its recent single “The Boys and The Girls.” Also on the bill is JRG, the acronymonious stage name of Julien Rossow-Greenberg, formerly of the band Arches; his label Treetop Sorbet has been a big proponent of breezy, cloudy pop tones. Rounding out the bill is Hippy Johnny, an allstar roster featuring Araki on guitar, Dan Svizeny of Cough Cool on drums, Brendan Codey on guitar and vocals and Bennett Daniels from Codey’s band on bass. Stream some music from each act below – a song from The Interest group, an EP from JRG and some teasers from Hippy Johnny – and as KFN’s calendar advises, “remember to scrape your melted face up off the floor at the end of the show.” Hippy Johnny, JRG and The Interest Group play Kungfu Necktie, 1250 North Front St., tonight at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $5.