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Wander to the shore in Brendan Codey’s new music video for “Twin Chimney”

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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.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Bleeding Rainbow, Kurt Vile, Attia Taylor and Pissed Jeans)

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Helen Leicht – get free downloads of Philly Local love songs [link]

Philly punks Pissed Jeans ravage the Key Studio Sessions [link]

Indiepop five-piece Catnaps releases a prom-themed music video for “Novelty” [link]

WXPN will broadcast Sunday’s Mumford & Sons concert from the SBC in Camden [link]

Bleeding Rainbow‘s new LP Yeah Right is the subject of the Unlocked showcase [link]

Philly’s Abi Reimold is spotlighted in a Folkadelphia session [link]

See photos from Toro y Moi‘s appearance at Union Transfer [link]

Five Things That Inspired Mary Lattimore’s Debut Album, The Withdrawing Room [link]

Watch local actors, fashion designers and musicians Khari Mateen and Elegant Animals collaborate in a video called The Living [link]

Explore Philadelphia with Dave Hartley of Nightlands and BlackBook Magazine [link]

Kurt Vile announces a headlining Union Transfer show, shares a free download [link]

Philly space-rocker Brendan Codey shares a new track called “Twin Chimney” [link]

UK experimental trio Beak> plays Underground Arts on a snowy night [link]

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Listen to “Twin Chimney,” a new track from Brendan Codey

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.

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Cough Cool, Brendan Codey and more appear on experimental music holiday comp

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Vaughn Quintet at The Tin Angel, Angel Olsen at Studio 34, The Astronauts at PhilaMOCA, Mirah at Johnny Brenda’s, The Tragically Hip at The TLA

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.

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Listen to a new song from Angel Olsen (playing Studio 34 on 11/13)

Chicago singer-songwriter Angel Olsen released her captivating sophomore record Half Way Home in September via Bathletic Records, and you can stream the album’s first single “The Waiting” below.  Olsen, who recorded and toured with Bonnie “Prince” Billy in his Cairo Gang, will be making her way to Philadelphia on November 13th for a Folkadelphia Presents show at Studio 34 with Meg Baird and Brendan Codey; tickets are $8 here and more information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

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Just Announced: Folkadelphia presents Angel Olsen, Meg Baird and Brendan Codey at Studio 34 on 11/13

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.

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Tonight: Philly space-rock allstars take over Kungfu Necktie

Hippy Johnny, clockwise from upper right: Brendan Codey, Bennett Daniels, Dan Svizeny and Yohsuke Araki

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.

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Folkadelphia presents 200 Years, Jonathan Byerley, and Brendan Codey this Friday at Studio 34


Fred Knittel of XPN’s Folkadelphia presents a performance by the indie-folk duo 200 Years, along with Brooklyn’s Jonathan Byerly (from Plates of Cake) and Philly’s Brendan Codey at 8pm on Friday June 22 at Studio 34 in West Philly. You can buy tickets to the concert here. 200 Years is the project of Ben Chasny from Six Organs of Admittance and Magik Markers‘ Elisa Ambrogio; stream and download “Solar System,” a track from their self-titled EP, below.

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Philly Local Philes: Spacin’s “Sunshine, No Shoes”

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As far as band names go, Spacin’ is a perfect fit. The Philly psychedelic rock foursome features members of Birds of Maya and Acid Kicks and, like both of those bands, it bends heavy guitar riffs into expansive explorations all across its tremendous debut, Deep Thuds. The most exciting thing about the record, though, isn’t just its trippy sonic shamanism, but the breadth of stylistic territory it covers. You’re just as apt to hear a washed-out, lo-fi number as you are a straightforward Stones-y garage jam – like today’s Philly Local Phile, “Sunshine, No Shoes.” Once you download the song, and its sufficiently rocked your afternoon, make plans to catch the band live next month. It plays Kungfu Necktie on Sunday May 13; opening is Hippy Johnny, the new project of the equally spacy Brendan Codey and Dan Svizeny of Cough Cool.