Sharon Van Etten to perform a Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live on Friday, February 10th

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Sharon Van Etten will perform a Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe on Friday, February 10th. (Van Etten will be at Johnny Brenda’s later that night for a sold-out XPN Welcomes show with Shearwater.) The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter (and WXPN favorite) will be touring in support of her upcoming album, Tramp, which will be released on February 7th on Jagjaguwar Records. You can listen to the album via streaming audio (courtesy of NPR Music) here. Some of the sessions for Tramp were mixed by Brian McTear at Miner Street, the recording studio that is home to Shaking Through, the online video and audio collaboration between WXPN and Weathervane Music. Sharon was the inaugural Shaking Through artist in January 2010; you can watch her Shaking Through video and listen to the track “Love More” below.

Tickets become available to the general public tomorrow afternoon following the Free At Noon performance by Pete Donnelly; for earlier access to Free At Noon tickets, sign up for WXPN’s weekly email newsletter—you’ll be able to RSVP on Thursday mornings, immediately after the performing act has been announced.

As always, check back with The Key on Friday afternoon after the show for photos, a review, and a recording of the full performance.

Shaking Through: Sharon Van Etten from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.


This Month’s Shaking Through Session: Sweet Lights’ “You Let Me Down”

This month’s episode of Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between  Weathervane Music and WXPN—features a new song by Philadelphia’s own Sweet Lights, “You Let Me Down.” Sweet Lights is the moniker of Shai Halperin’s current solo project, under which he released a self-titled digital album and a series of music videos in early 2011; the session was curated by Weathervane Music co-founder Brian McTear. You can listen to the track below; visit the Shaking Through website to see photos, interviews, and more from the session.

Shaking Through Vol 2 Ep 7: Sweet Lights from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.


Download a new Twin Sister song, “Bad Street” recorded at Miner Street in Philly

The New York-based band Twin Sister did a session for Shaking Through in September, 2010. All the sessions for Shaking Through—the online video and audio collaboration between WXPN and Weathervane Music—are recorded at Miner Street Recordings, the studio owned and operated by Brian McTear. When the members of the band were in town for their Shaking Through session, they struck up a relationship with McTear that led to the band returning to the Fishtown studio to record their new album, In Heaven, (due September 27th on Domino Records). Today the band released the first new song from its album, “Bad Street” which you can download below. The song was produced by the band, and mixed, recorded and engineered by McTear and Jonathan Low. Also, in case you missed it, download “Meet The Frownies” the song they recorded for Shaking Through.

Twin Sister – Bad Street by DominoRecordCo

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Watch Marissa Nadler’s new video for “Baby I Will Leave You In The Morning” (recorded at Philly’s Miner Street)

Boston singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler is releasing her new self-titled album on June 14th on her own label, Box Of Cedar. So, what’s the local tie-in? The album was recorded in Philly with at Miner Street with Brian McTear of Weathervane Music, WXPN’s partner in Shaking Through. The album was produced by McTear and engineered and mixed by McTear with Jonathan Low; Nadler was also joined by local musicians Jim Callan and Helena Espvall (in addition to some out-of-towners) on the album. Below, check out the video for the song “Baby I Will Leave You In The Morning.”


Emily Arin records debut with Philly’s Brian McTear, Greg Weeks, and Dave Hartley

Singer-songwriter Emily Arin is from Montour Falls, New York, but she traveled to Philadelphia in order to record her debut album, Patch Of Land, with a handful of locals. The album was produced by Brian McTear (Weathervane Music/Shaking Through) and Greg Weeks (of Espers) at his Hexham Head studio, and mixed by Jonathan Low at Miner Street Studios. The album also features Dave Hartley (Nightlands, War On Drugs) on bass and drummer Thomas Bendel of Buried Beds.

Though Arin’s debut relies on traditional singer-songwriter conventions, the album is marked by the efficiency of the instrumentation. A song like “When You Knew Me When” (which you can download below) has delicate and sparse guitar playing, complemented by flourishes of mellotron and her plaintive singing.


Brian McTear’s old band Mariner Nine celebrates its 20th birthday with a free, three-song EP

Brian McTear
Brian McTear in his Hill School room (1990)

Via Weathervane Music’s Twitter: Mariner Nine—the band Weathervane Music co-founder and local producer/engineer extraordinaire Brian McTear originally formed with David Boyd, Jason Knight, and Matt Neal (as Mother’s Garden) back in 1990—would have officially turned 20 years old today. (The band’s first show was on January 12, 1991, at The Hill School in southeastern PA—which McTear, Boyd, and Knight all attended.) To celebrate the occasion, the four original members of the band (along with “manager” and honorary member Tyler Harold) returned to the studio last year to record a few new tracks. The three-song EP, appropriated titled “Twenty,” was recorded at Miner Street Recordings in September 2010 over Labor Day weekend. You can listen to the first track, “AZ-yoosa Plane” (featuring lyrics and vocals by McTear) below; all three songs are available for free download via Mariner Nine’s Bandcamp page. You can also check out a handful of older songs (and an extremely detailed bio) at the band’s MySpace page.