The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key

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Explore the roots of The Roots with a 1996 audio documentary and vintage photos [link]

Philadelphia art-pop act Auctioneer premiered a new song called “Swim” [link]

We review the major label debut from Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, Dreams and Nightmares [link]

Philly thrashers Ruby the Hatchet is streaming its entire new album from Bandcamp [link]

Twang out with indie-country guy Daniel Romano and his song “Middle Child” [link]

Remembering the late Terry Callier with performances from World Cafe [link]

Get details on The Lumineers return to Philadelphia in February [link]

Download Memory Tapes‘ second Halloween minimix, Walk Me Home 2 [link]

Philly Americana rockers The Bailey Hounds put a piano-ballad spin on Danzig’s “Mother” [link]

Dan Matz of Windsor for the Derby mixed classic rock and drone rock in an eclectic playlist [link]


Listen to an eclectic mixtape curated by Philadelphia musician Dan Matz (Windsor for the Derby, The Silver Ages)

While you’re huddling in your closet to avoid the wrath of Hurricane Sandy (a.k.a. The Frankenstorm), take a listen to this “surrealistic mix of esoteric folk, psychedelic C86 covers, and desolate love songs” compiled by Philadelphia musician Dan Matz.  You may know Matz better as a founder of the Philadelphia-by-way-of-Austin post-rock band Windsor for the Derby; he has also performed with local close-harmony holiday collective The Silver Ages alongside a cavalcade of Philly favorites.

Matz’s mixtape comes in support of Windsor for the Derby’s new “Speaker Special”/”Heard Worse” 7″ on Geographic North and culls tracks from a far-reaching spectrum of genres including the classic rattlings of The Rolling Stones, a post-punk spin on “All You Need is Love” by Echo & the Bunnymen and the distorted hypnotism of Philadelphia’s Delewhale.   The record is the eighth in Geographic North’s You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever series and is pressed on autumnal transparent pumpkin-orange vinyl.  Stream the mix below, and grab a copy of the limited edition 7″ here.