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Our friends at Okayplayer just tipped us to a new song, “Word Is Bond,” by Joey Bada$$ produced by Statik Slektah. It’s the first taste of a new release, Summer Knights. In case you missed JB’s 1999 mixtape, (highly recommended by the way), you can download it for free here. Bada$$ is in town this Saturday, June 1, for the Roots Picnic. Don’t miss it. Download “Word Is Bond,” below, with some serious beats by Selectah, and some fantastic flow by Bada$$.
The Bailey Hounds are releasing a new six song album, All The Blood In The World, on May 28th. Their record release party is Saturday, July 13th at Johnny Brenda’s. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Before their record release party, the band has several dates in May including: May 11th at the Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing and Magic Gardens on South Street on May 24th. Below, download “Hell Ain’t Forever” for a “name your price.”
April is Public Radio Music Month. To celebrate, Alligator Records is offering a free 17 song download of a Blues and Roots music sampler with some great artists that you hear on XPN including, The Holmes Brothers, Jesse Dee, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball, James Cotton and many others. Every Saturday night, WXPN broadcasts The Blues Show with Jonny Meister at 7PM, and be sure to check out our Mississippi Blues Project web site with concerts, videos and essays here.
Download the sampler from the Alligator Records Facebook page here.
Bad Braids’ front woman Megan Biscieglia has a voice that would make a Siren jealous. It’s hauntingly powerful and perfectly positioned in “Pennies,” a brief and unassuming track off of the psych-folk outfit’s sophomore release, Supreme Parallel (available in full May 1). We previewed a few tracks from the album last October during Bad Braids’ Key Studio Session, but this week we’re devoting daily posts to the new material for our Unlocked series, where we feature in-depth coverage of new releases from notable Philadelphia-based artists.
“Pennies” starts off as a delicate trickle, utilizing Biscieglia’s multi-instrumental expertise through plucky guitar and haunting harp harmonies. Her vocals start out carefully spaced-out and cavernous, but grow brighter and more structured as the song carries on. At less than three minutes, it’s the perfect introduction to the Braids’ sound: experimental, evocative and tragically beautiful, a sound so mesmerizing it could sink mythical ships.
Shawnee, Oklahoma singer-songwriter Samantha Crain recently released her third album, Kid Face on Ramseur Records. Of Choctaw Indian descent, Crain is an excellent story teller and contextualizes themes of loss, escape and love in her intimate and beautiful folk songs.
Reef The Lost Cauze debuted his REEF RADIO podcast that you can listen to/download below. Featuring Reef & Caliph, along with special guest David Blakk they serve up an audio variety show about music, politics, Pop Culture, sports and movies.
The new self-titled album from Junip will be released on April 23rd on Mute Records. Junip is fronted by singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez and includes Elias Araya on drums and Tobias Winterkorn on keyboards. The band plays Union Transfer on Sunday, June 16th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, download a new song, “Your Life, Your Call.”
Giving a nod to one of their collective influences, Philly goth-punk trio and recent Key Studio Sessions featured band Psychic Teens just released a cover in honor of the 30th anniversary of New Order’s debut Movement; they took an admirable stab at the album’s opening track, “Dreams Never End.” Grab their version below – the cover is avaiable as a free download through Dec. 3.