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Unlocked: Download “Oh Lonely Fortress” from Buried Beds’ In Spirit

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“Oh Lonely Fortress,” the second song off Philly rockers Buried Beds’ new record, In Spirit, teems with images of both the mystical and the real: sleeping giants, crumbling mountains, swarms of locusts, earthquakes, and trade winds. This duality is a recurring theme throughout In Spirit, which was inspired by both fairy tales and fantastical real-life events.

Yet “Oh Lonely Fortress” isn’t just lyrically visceral; it’s also one of lushest, poppiest tunes the band—who started off writing more melancholy numbers with 2005’s Empty Rooms—has ever released. The mix begins simply, with syncopated percussion and bass, over which singer/guitarist Brandon Beaver weaves his lucid imagery, before swelling into moments of grand, choral splendor. As it continues, the guitar joins in, and the song settles into an easy groove that’s as warm and enveloping as a hug.  Buried Beds’ fortress might be lonely, but listening to them sing about it, it’s impossible to feel alone.

In Spirit is this week’s pick for Unlocked—our showcase of new and significant releases from Philadelphia area artists. Tune in all week long as we explore the record, and offer downloads, videos, and more. Below, scoop up an mp3 of “Oh Lonely Fortress,” and check back for a full record review tomorrow.

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Charlie Hall and Patrick Berkery of The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society pick their favorite Fleetwood Mac songs (TLBAS playing Saturday 9/21 at Johnny Brenda’s)

tusk_photoshop This Saturday night, September 21st, The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society – crew of musicians and Fleetwood Mac’s enthusiasts from Philly and New York – will will reunite to perform the classic Tusk in its entirety at Johnny Brenda’s. They’ll also play some other Mac classics. The current TLBS lineup includes co-founders of the band Charlie Hall (vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with Jens Lekman and The War on Drugs, and leader of the Philadelphia-based male choral ensemble The Silver Ages) and Patrick Berkery (who has played drums with The War on Drugs, Pernice Brothers and more) along with Tony Goddess, Birdie Busch, Dave Hartley (The War on Drugs, Nightlands, and writer of The Key’s Top of The Key basketball column), and Eliza Hardy Jones of Buried Beds. We asked Charlie Hall (CB) and Patrick Berkery (PB) to put a handful of their favorite Fleetwood Mac songs and to reflect on their greatness. Here’s five of their favorites.

“Sentimental Lady” from Bare Trees (1972)

PB: From the Bob Welch-era. Quite possibly ground zero for “yacht rock.” (Can I just tell you how much I despise that term?) It’s surprising they didn’t have a major hit with this – such a beautiful song. Bob DID have a hit with it on his 1977 solo album “French Kiss,” an album the uninitiated are strongly urged to check out. It also has “Ebony Eyes,” an EPIC moment in soft rock history.

CH: An absolutely gorgeous lyric. I love Mick’s drumming on this one, and how the pre-chorus really starts to chug-a-lug into that exquisite chorus. I do think Bob improved upon it on the ‘French Kiss’ version five years later, featuring not only Mick and Christine again but also Lindsey helping shape it with guitars and production. There’s complete sweetness wrapped up with a tinge of sadness, which pretty much encapsulate Bob Welch. I, too, cannot stand the term “yacht rock” and I wish it would go away, along with those stupid videos.

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Watch Buried Beds perform a new song, “Stars,” for AltarTV

BuriedBeds Philly’s Buried Beds are releasing a new album, In Spirit, on September 24th. In August, the band did a session for AltarTV. They celebrate the release of their new album at a record release event at The Boot & Saddle on Thursday, October 10th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, watch a live version of “Stars” from their forthcoming album.

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Just Announced: Buried Beds celebrating In Spirit release at Boot and Saddle on 10/10

bbeds1Philadelphia chamber poppers Buried Beds will release their latest album, In Spirit, this fall, and the album release show was just announced at the new R5 Productions venue in South Philly, Boot And Saddle. Also on the bill are Teen Men, a new group featuring Nick Krill and Albert Birney of The Spinto Band, and Minneapolis story-book folk group Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps. Tickets for the 21+ show are on sale now via the venue website. Below, listen to Buried Beds’ new single “Stars.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Buried Beds at Johnny Brenda’s, Dan Kassel at World Cafe Live, Bakery Boys at The Blockley, Mac DeMarco at MilkBoy

buriedbeds_1Chamber-pop outfit Buried Beds plays at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Check out the sly orchestral group’s recently released, lightly embellished single, “Stars,” below. It comes from their latest album, In Spirit, which will be released next month. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Russian folktales, illustrations and Hans Christian Anderson inspire the new Buried Beds album In Spirit

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Buried Beds have announced the release of a new album, In Spirit on September 24th via Devinyl Records. Band members Eliza Jones, Brandon Beaver, Dave Hartley (The War On Drugs/Nightlands), Tommy Bendel and Hallie Sianni self-produced the record. Nick Krill of The Spinto Band mixed the album, which also features guest appearances from mewithoutYou’s Greg Jehanian, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, Mary Lattimore, and Daniel Hart. The Key reached out via e-mail to Jones to talk about some inspirations for the album. She says:

When we began writing for this album we wanted a unifying theme that would tie it together. We were drawn to folk tales because they arise from people trying to make sense of the world and passing that knowledge down through generations. We started writing some songs based on old French and Russian folktales in particular. Those early folk tales paint the world as a dark and magical place, and we like how that fits with our musical sensibility. Once we started the process we expanded this idea to include stories that were told to us as we were growing up, or recently, and even ideas in modern life that have an allegorical feel. Specific sources included the aforementioned folktales, the book Sum by David Eagleman, the many-worlds theory, Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes”, photographs by the artist Robert Hite, stories told by my grandmother, and even a few original tales. All of the artwork for the album is by Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin, whose illustrations we discovered in a book of Russian folktales. The inspiration for the single ‘Stars’ was the Russian version of the “Firebird” story.

The band play Johnny Brenda’s with Chris Cohen and Alec Ounsworth on Thursday, August 29th. Below, listen to the new song, “Stars.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Intersection of Music and Technology at Underground Arts, Kaki King at World Cafe Live, Buried Beds with Auctioneer and Great American Canyon Band at Kung Fu Necktie

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In conjunction with Philly Tech Week, WXPN and Little Giant Media present The Intersection of Music and Technology at Underground Arts.  The free event will feature live performances by Lushlife (pictured), Khari Mateen and POW POW (Chris Powell of Man Man), DJ sets by DJ PHSH and Making Time’s Dave Pianka and a panel discussion / Q&A with Questlove and XPN’s Bruce Warren.  More information for free 21+ event can be found here.  Below, watch Lushlife’s video for “Magnolia.”

At World Cafe Live, it’s An Evening with Kaki King.  The guitar virtuoso has embarked on a retrospective tour, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the release of her debut album Everybody Loves You.  Recently, King released Glow, an instrumental record on which she collaborated with string quartet ETHEL.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch her video for “Glow” and revisit her set at the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival via Archive.org here.

Buried Beds headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight with support from Auctioneer and Great American Canyon Band.  Bridging the gap between their most recent release Small Stories and an upcoming as-yet untitled release, local indie pop band Buried Beds have been detailing their recording experience with video clips and updates, including this one in which the members filmed a “huge drums” session.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch Auctioneer’s Shaking Through episode.

Shaking Through: Auctioneer from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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