This tasty new set tripped down the Daytrotter wire today; backed by a DJ and a handy cache of moody, evocative beats, up-and-coming Philly rapper Grande Marshall released a session that’s available as streaming and downloadable audio for members. He recorded five songs – “Anslinger’s Revenge,” “95′s,” “Boathouse,” “Lupin III” and “Thuggis Shidd Pt. II” – at Good Danny’s in Austin.
Daytrotter honcho Sean Moeller described Marshall as a young man who “had to adjust to an impartial real world that’s been littered with hardship and disappointment:”
When he raps, you hear this in every line. You hear that the struggle is still fresh and he’s being strong about it, but there are plenty of parts to the story that are tender and will always be tender.” Heavy stuff, but important and meaningful stuff. … Grande Marshall songs are about staying afloat when everyone’s so quick to tie blocks of cement to everyone else’s ankles, just to watch them sink. It’s the kill or be killed mentality that Grande Marshall talks about – that grand and selfish notion that it’s either me or it’s you going down – and it’s incredible how few winners there are when that game’s played. Grande Marshall will win.
Download Grande Marshall’s Daytrotter Session here. For more, check out some of Grande Marshall’s appearances in the Key archives here.
Glasgow’s CHVRCHES recorded a session for Daytrotter recently, sampling songs from the electronic pop band’s Recover EP and a few unreleased songs that might be included on an upcoming album expected late summer / early fall. Daytrotter members can stream and download the session here. CHVRCHES return to Philadelphia for a show at Union Transfer on June 23rd; tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch a live-recorded music video for “The Mother We Share.”
Bucks County native Langhorne Slim is no stranger to the Horseshack studio in Rock Island, Illinois where Daytrotter Sessions are recorded. Making his first appearance in 2006, Slim (real name Sean Scolnick) has become a frequent guest of the in-studio audio archivists and recently recorded his fourth Daytrotter session following the release of his latest The Way We Move LP. For Daytrotter members, the session is available for streaming and as a download here. During a show in Denver last week, the local musician and his band The Law were joined on stage by blues legend Otis Taylor – check out a clip of the show below.
Cheers Elephant have been some productive cats of late. The band headed out on a spring tour to SXSW, returned home to open for Darwin Deez at the Church, and somewhere in the mix, recorded sessions for HotBox Studios and Daytrotter. Both of those sessions premiered this week; stream Cheers’ Daytrotter set here (Daytrotter members can download) and watch an outstanding performance of “Leaves” for the HotBox cameras below; love that drummer Robert Kingsley gets so worked up (above and beyond his normal worked-up-edness) that he collapses on his drumkit at the end. Watch for some Cheers Elephant concert news later this spring.
Local pop/punk quintet Kite Party stopped by the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois while on tour with Glocca Morra over the summer. They recorded five tracks for the session, which Daytrotter members can download for free here. If you don’t have a Daytrotter membership, Kite Party are not leaving you empty-handed; head over to the band’s Bandcamp page and grab a free download of their first record, Hand Claps Music. Kite Party will play a show at The Fire on November 4th with Hop Along, The Sidekicks and Johnny Foreigner. Tickets are $10 for the 21+ show, and more information can be found here. Below, watch a live video of Kite Party performing “Buried in Dogs” off of their latest LP Baseball Season.
Poppy Philly indie rockers Cold Fronts just released a brand new music video for their song “Heart Attack,” which you can watch above. It’s the lead-off track on their great debut EP Pretty American, and was also performed at the band’s recent Daytrotter session – along with a cover of Maxine Nightingale’s “Get Right Back Where We Started.” You can check out that Daytrotter session here, and watch their last video (for the song “Blood”) here.
“The two new jams that they performed for this session – ‘Light of the World’ and ‘Make It Right’ – could be mantras that school children could recite to themselves each morning. They are simple lessons, or thoughts, that could make one a better person, or just glow a little bit more. Here we could be enriching ourselves and getting a little nasty at the club at the same time. All of this, in a perfect world.”
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