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Listen to “Wolves,” the first solo demo from East Hundred’s Beril Guceri

BerilIt’s been about a year and a half since poppy Philly alt-rock outfit East Hundred played its farewell show at Johnny Brenda’s, but its various members have kept busy with film scores (guitarist Brook Blair) or other projects (drummer Will Blair now plays in Joey Sweeney’s Long Hair Arkestra). This week, we got our first taste of the solo work from the band’s dynamic frontwoman, Beril Guceri.

“Wolves” was posted to her Soundcloud page yesterday, and Guceri stresses that its a demo, a work in progress from a planned larger project, and so forth. Thing is though, in this version, released at this time of year, it totally works. Guceri’s double-tracked voice harmonizes in whispers amid lofty hall reverb tones, while a melancholic electric guitar is strummed gently, sadly – it’s autumnal and aching, it’s got lyrics about change and solitude. It sounds like Mazzy Star in the best possible way. It’ll warm your heart to hear her voice again. Take “Wolves” for a walk below.

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Listen to The Heart, The Echo and The Loop, an instrumental album from East Hundred’s Brooke Blair

Since East Hundred‘s breakup earlier this year, the band’s founding brothers, Will and Brooke Blair, have kept busy at a steady clip. In the summer, the two signed on to score Blue Ruin, a new thriller being produced by childhood friend and frequent collaborator Jeremy Sauinier. Today, we have an offering just from Brooke – an instrumental album called The Heart, The Echo and The Loop. The record shines bright with electronic pop flourishes akin to his old band – in another world, its 80s dance tempos and guitar arpeggios might be complimented nicely by vocals from Beril Guceri – but the album also explores stirring post-rock realms akin to Caribou and current blog favorites DIIV, stuff that’s another world altogether from East Hundred. From Brooke’s Bandcamp page:

The Heart was recorded in bedrooms, basements and home studios in every corner of Philadelphia over a period of three years. Personally performing every part and playing every instrument, Blair bounces from guitar, bass and lap steel to the less traditional but familiar colors of the tongue drum, mellotron and vintage drum machines. Blairʼs process was solitary and individual and The Heart is his most personal work to date. In making this album he was inspired by his love of family, his affection for his fiance and his sense of childhood nostalgia.

Listen to The Heart, The Echo and The Loop below.

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East Hundred is calling it quits (but not before throwing a party for the band’s new documentary)

Photo by Justin Clowes

East Hundred is calling it quits. From the band’s Facebook page:

Dearest friends and fans, with heavy hearts we are announcing EAST HUNDRED’s FINAL FAREWELL SHOW at Johnny Brenda’s, Sunday May 6th at 5pm. After eight long, years we’ve all decided to move on to new adventures. We would like to extend our warmest and most sincere gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering support during this meaningful endeavor. Please join us on this special night in celebration as we are hard at work to prepare a beautiful evening starting off with the screening of Justin Clowes documentary on the band, ‘Fools, Kings, and Queens’, directly followed by an extended East Hundred set.

Below, watch the trailer from the documentary. You can purchase tickets for the screening of the film and the band’s final set at Johnny Brenda’s here.

Brooke, Dave, Will, Susan, and Beril – we will miss you. Thank you for all your great music over the years.

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see East Hundred and Jenny Owen Youngs perform at Johnny Brenda’s on Oct. 1

This week, we’ve got a pair of tickets for East Hundred and Jenny Owen Young‘s show at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, October 1st. For a chance to win the tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 29th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)

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Exclusive: Download an MP3 of a new East Hundred song, “Fools Kings And Queens”


East Hundred has been hard at work on a new EP called The Spells. The band is celebrating the release of the EP with a record-release show at Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday, June 11th, at 9 p.m. Everyone who attends the show will receive a free download card for the EP.

East Hundred performs with Turning Violet Violet and Steve Goldberg And The Arch Enemies at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Amos Lee, Girls Rock Philly, Clinic, East Hundred

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Amos Lee performs 11/5 at Patriots Theater

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Amos Lee‘s new album, Mission Bell, is set to drop on January 25, 2011. What’s the best way to describe our feelings on the upcoming release? We tremble with delight? Wait with bated breath? Quiver with anticipation? Either way, the next two and a half months promise to be long ones. Thankfully, we can pass the time by continuing to post about Amos every time he sneezes. Amos Lee performs at 8 p.m. at Patriots Theater; tickets to the show are $30.

Also playing: Arlo Guthrie at The Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., $29.50-$46.50); Land Of Talk + Suuns, Little Scream at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $12); The Summer Set + Stereo Skyline, Mod Sun, The Downtown Fiction, Austin Gibbs at First Unitarian Church (6:30 p.m., all ages, $12)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6
The local music scene of tomorrow will be on proud display tonight when a handful of young, all-girl acts from this summer’s Girls Rock Philly band camp perform at the program’s record-release show. 10 years from now, you’ll probably be watching 3-D music videos and listening to song clips (via an MP3 player embedded in your ear) by half of these bands on whatever has replaced Pitchfork. So you might as well get on board now—that way, you can up your ahead-of-the-curve cred by claiming you were a fan of these kids before they even hit their teens (much less put out their first 7-inch). The Girls Rock Philly Second Annual Record-Release Show begins at noon; tickets to the all-ages show are $5.

Also playing: Clinic + The Fresh And Onlys, Nothing at Johnny Brenda’s (9:30 p.m., 21+, $13-$14); Priestess + Na’am, Warshack at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Local pop quintet (and WXPN favorite) East Hundred—which is reportedly hard at work writing material for its upcoming fourth release—stops by Kung Fu Necktie. It’s been almost two years since the band released Passenger back in January of 2009; though we could keep listening to “Slow Burning Chimes” on a daily basis (as we have for, uh, almost two years now), we’re looking forward to hearing the new batch of songs. East Hundred performs with Break Mission, Turning Violet Violet at 8 p.m.; tickets to the 21+ show are $5.

Also playing: Caithlin De Marrais + Everyone Everywhere, Jet Set Sail, Bearings at The Trocadero (7:30 p.m., all ages, $8); Man Or Astroman? + Dexter Romweber Trio, Nightmare Waterfall at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, $15)

“Slow Burning Crimes” from East Hundred on Vimeo.

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The Great Unknown goes back to school

The Great Unknown isn’t just heading out on the road this fall; the band is also heading back to school. During the local quartet’s upcoming tour—which starts on October 22nd at the Appalachian Brewery Company, and includes stops throughout the Midwest—members of the band will participate in America SCORES, a national youth-development program that works with inner-city kids living in high-risk neighborhoods.

ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) have teamed up for a fifth year with America SCORES to bring musicians into under-funded urban schools that have little-to-no after-school programs. The band will work with third-to-fifth graders in Washington D.C., Cleveland, Milwaukee, and New York City. “I want to focus around the fact that kids can see themselves as important people, says guitarist and singer Todd Henkin. “I want to start it with each kid walking up to a video camera and saying, ‘This is my voice, and it’s important.'” The band plans to lead the students through a series of exercises—brainstorming, free-writing, guided conversations—gradually turning the ideas they suggest into songs. “We want to show them that anyone can do this. Writing a song and recording it—that’s something that everyone can do.”