You’ve missed it and it’s missed you. The Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK tonight at 11pm on XPN! Tune in for a grand two-hour show, featuring some really special stuff you won’t want to miss. First and foremost, we’ve got a killer new IRHP LIVE Studio Session with Speedy Ortiz! The Massachusetts band recently dropped by our studio to play songs from their new album, Foil Deer. The performances are raw, honest and not to be missed. We’ll also spotlight the new album from California guitarist Mikal Cronin, MCIII! All that, plus a few of these new tracks that have been itching to infiltrate your ears:
It’s all about feeling the heat on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. We’re back tonight at 11pm on WXPN, and tonight’s two-hour show is loaded with new tracks that are sure to get you worked up. We’ll be spotlighting Born Under Saturn, the newly released album from Django Django, and premiering a few choice tunes that are dripping off the presses. These are but a few of those:
The Indie Rock Hit Parade offers up a non-stop cavalcade of new music tonight on XPN! Tune in at 11pm for, among other things, a spotlight on the new album from Australian synth-rockers Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders (highly recommended if you dig Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, btw). We’ll also premier several new tracks, including these:
The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your personal space tonight at 11pm on XPN! It’s technically the first “regular show” of the new year, but it’s far from just a “regular show.” Tune in for a spotlight on the new solo album from Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, and hear a few of these fresh new tracks:
Today is the 7th annual Record Store Day. It’s a day to celebrate music, specifically the independent record stores that sell it and the exclusive vinyl selections by hundreds of bands being released as an incentive to get music fans into the stores.
Before you head out, check out our guide to what’s happening locally at various record stores around the Philadelphia area.
Below, listen to some of the offerings for the day including Bleeding Rainbow’s cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Glynis,” Bardo Pond’s cover of Brian Eno’s “Here Comes The Warm Jets,” Django Django’s cover of The Monkees’ “Porpoise Song,” and a demo of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden.
For concertgoers and music fans the world around, backstage has a total allure. Whether you’re giddily imagining hedonistic David Lee Roth style parties in the green room, or just an audio nerdio who relishes the tech perspective of live productions, there’s a sense of innate curiosity associated with just about everything that happens in the wings and beyond them.
For Philly’s Emily Simpson, backstage is her job; she’s a stage manager and patch tech at Union Transfer. This means she leads the bands on and offstage, works with artists and front-of-house engineers to set up their gear in the most efficient way, makes sure microphones and cables are plugged in properly and don’t clutter the performance area, cleans up spilled beer during the show, et cetera. “I’m kind of a jack of all trades,” she laughs. And her phone is always at her side, meaning she gets to shoot pictures from an angle that the general public doesn’t usually get to see.
Simpson recently collected these photos into a new Tumblr called #worklife – named for the hashtag she uses to organize the photos on her Instagram account – and it’s a lively behind-the-scenes view of one of the busiest mid-size venues in the region. She writes that the site “is designed as a way for me to curate those pictures as well as the memories attached to them.” For each photo she posts, she shares thoughts on what it depicts – whether its a short and general memory of the concert or a indepth and specific description of what we’re seeing. “I never really realized just how many stories I had associated with each show until I did this,” Simpson tells us.
As she writes on its about page, the blog is essentially “part self-serving reflection, part archiving exercise, all a little bit ridiculous.” Take a look at some of Simpson’s photos below, and follow the entire collection at stagepatchlady.tumblr.com. Continue reading →
Recent Free at Noon guests Django Django popped into Amoeba Records in Los Angeles recently to film a segment of the store’s “What’s in My Bag?” series. The London-based psych / pop band picked up an eclectic mix of recordings including The Monkees’ Head, The Feelies’ Crazy Rhythms, John Fahey’s Blind Joe Death, Simple Minds’ Reel to Real Cacophony and about twenty other genre crossing releases. Check out their episode below and listen back to Django Django’s World Cafe appearance here. Tickets and information for June’s Firefly Festival in Dover, DE can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.
Scotland’s Django Django are quite possibly one of the most creative bands making music right now. On their debut, self-titled record (which was nominated for a Mercury Prize), they combine classic desert rock and campfire songs with bloopy, electronic accents and lush vocal harmonies—for a result that sounds a little like it was composed by a futuristic robot cowboy. Friday night, the foursome brought their unique art rock to life at Union Transfer, wowing the crowd with their musicality and stage show.
Clad in matching shirts with mysterious symbols, and playing in front of a large projection screen bathed in imagery, Django Django appeared—to the unknowing observer at least—as ambassadors from a faraway planet, here to share their discoveries with Earth. Opener “Hail Bop” then could be an homage to their god—with its choral harmonies, and refrain of “Hail to the Bop”—while follower “Storm,” which followed a trajectory similar to that of atmospheric pressure before it rains—could be that same God becoming angered.
Other songs seemed more like celebrations than incantations: bouncy single “Default” inspired some serious moves from front man Vincent Neff, who proved excellent at riling the crowd AND beating his “egg box” (his words!)—while “Love’s Dart” inspired dance floor gold. Continue reading →
UK-based psychedelic electropop band Django Django blew the roof off this afternoon’s Free at Noon Concert. Check out a gallery of photos from their set above, and don’t forget – tickets are still available for tonight’s show at Union Transfer. If they have one tenth of the energy tonight that they had today, it’ll be massive (though we kind of imagine they’ll actually have more).