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Listen to a Daytrotter Session with The Districts

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While on tour this spring, XPN favorites The Districts recorded a session at the Daytrotter studio which you can now stream on their website.  They recorded four tracks of which from their EP The Districts, released this winter on Fat Possum Records, and Daytrotter editor Sean Moeller wrote “The way that this band of teenagers from Lititz, Pennsylvania, makes music should never be messed with.” The guys from Lititz, PA will play #XPNFest on July 27th; tickets and information can be found here. Listen to The Districts’ Daytrotter session here.

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Listen to Chris Kasper’s Daytrotter session

Singer-songwriter Chris Kasper recently stopped by the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois, to record a four song studio session. Listen to the session here. Kasper performed four songs from his recent album, Bagabones. The studio album recordings captured a more soulful side to the singer-songwriter’s folk stylings. The Daytrotter session recordings regain some of the intimacy of the his voice and musical accompaniment, yet still showcase Kasper’s attention to story telling detail.

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TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb debut new songs for Daytrotter (playing MilkBoy on 12/31)

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb

During a stop in Rock Island, IL, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb spent some time at the Daytrotter studio to record a live session.  The local folk rockers set down some new songs alongside a few tracks from their 2012 full-length Manufacturing Joy, previewing some new material that will be performed live at the band’s NYE show.  Daytrotter members can stream and download the session here.  Tickets and information for the Atomic Bomb’s New Years Eve party at MilkBoy can be found here.

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Listen to Kwesi K’s Daytrotter session (playing Melodies Cafe, Ardmore on 12/20)

Illustration by Johnnie Cluney via Daytrotter.com
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney via Daytrotter.com

Singer-songwriter Kwesi K recently did a Daytrotter session that you can listen to here. He performs four songs, including a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” as well as “Fold,” a song that’s been getting a lot of airplay on XPN. Kwesi plays Melodies Cafe in Ardmore on Friday, December 20th. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, download “Fold” for free.

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Listen to Night Panther’s Daytrotter session

nightpantherdaytrotter Philly’s Night Panther made stop at the Daytrotter studios and recorded a session which is now live on Daytrotter. You can listen to the session here. The band performed four songs and true to their musical vibe, they sound blissful and dreamy. Night Panther are opening for Holy Ghost! at the TLA on Saturday, November 2nd. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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Listen to Pine Barons’ Daytrotter Session

We first got wind of South Jersey psychedelic popsters Pine Barons when they landed on the lineup of the Caravan Music Festival this summer. Their clever, playful name got our attention, and their snappy music held it.

The band went on to have a pretty good several months, hitting the road with Central Pa. noisemakers The Districts for a month, tearing up songs from their debut self-titled EP (released back in March) and stopping by the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois, to record a session for the indie rock audio archivists.

The set is tight – it’s got an undeniable jam-bandy looseness and levity to it, but there’s also a sleek shimmer, a touch of other-worldly synthesizers and some shoutalong indie rock refrains. Says the ‘Trotter’s Sean Moeller:

The glum tapering of the [summer] season in songs that feel more alive than you’re probably thinking right now. Listen and you’ll hear the triumphant graveyard shifting of Creeper Lagoon or some mutant, less mahogany-covered version of the Beachwood Sparks. You’ll hear in them musky warmth, the smell of a toasty, wood-smoked flannel, rainbowed autumn trees and a night cut wide open by a spitting orange bonfire.

Stream Pine Barons’ Daytrotter session in its entirety here; if you’re a member, you can download it.

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Download The Lawsuits Daytrotter session (playing at Johnny Brenda’s October 18th)

Lawsuits Just before the October release of their album Cool Cool Cool, Philadelphia’s Lawsuits stopped by the Daytrotter’s Horseshack to record a live-studio session previewing some of their new tracks including guitar-pick heavy, mellow-beat “Dreaming” and hollow-voiced ballad “You Won’t Love Me If You Don’t.” Listen and download the five track Daytrotter session here.

The band is playing at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, October 18th. Find more information and tickets for the show here. Watch Lawsuits perform “Long Drive Home” from their WXPN Key Studio Session below.

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Listen to Grande Marshall’s Daytrotter session

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.

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Check out CHVRCHES Daytrotter Session, watch them perform “The Mother We Share” (playing Union Transfer on 6/23)

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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.”

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Langhorne Slim gets the Daytrotter treatment in Illinois, performs with Otis Taylor in Colorado

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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.

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