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I didn’t know a lot about Heavy Blonde, this week’s Folkadelphia Session band when I invited them to the studio. I still don’t know much. What I do know is that the band is probably from Scranton, PA. Mike Williams, the Heaviest Blonde of the bunch (hierachically, I think, not in weight), used to front the local-ish group And The Moneynotes. From the demise of that band came this new project and a fresh-as-heck EP, recorded and produced by Nick Krill (of the Spinto Band). Williams sold me on the project as soon as he shared the EP. It’s a fun, hook-laden, harmony-heavy affair, but real breezy and and repeatable. Williams and his crew show off some majorly adept songwriting – a thing we can all appreciate.
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You’re going to start to hear their name a lot all around, so I’ll say it right now – The Ballroom Thieves. Just this week, they released A Wolf in the Doorway, a big leap forward after two EPs of engaging music, but songs that left the impression of a band figuring it out, finding out who they are. A Wolf in the Doorway presents a band that knows who they are. The Ballroom Thieves have arrived and their bringing one heck of a sound in tow. Continue reading →
One of my absolute favorite aspects of the live in-studio format (and if we’re being biased, our own Folkadelphia Sessions) is their ability to contrast a performance from the album version of a song. You get something raw and spontaneous, unique to this one space and time. It allows listeners to hear an artist in a different light, adding complexity and layers to the total package they bring to their songwriting or playing. These in-studio sessions also give the artist a chance to mess with the formula – to flesh out arrangements, to strip songs down to bare essentials, or to manipulate any aspect of their performance in a safe environment. What we commit to tape is often unbelievable. Continue reading →
This week’s Key Studio Session features LA born, Philly based duo Girlpool. The drum-less, guitar / bass two-piece settled in Philadelphia last fall and immediately struck a chord with the house-show scene. For this session they performed tracks taken from the forthcoming Before the World Was Big LP, set for release this June. Check out “Ideal World” below and get the full set here.
Even after falling for her records, especially last year’s Pink City, and recording an in-studio session, Jennifer Castle remains just as mysterious to me. Suddenly you’re swept up by Castle’s songs, each full of magic, rich in color, timbre, and imagination. Then when it’s all over, you’re left, buzzing and tingling, remnants of songwriting stardust around, looking to start the journey anew. Continue reading →
We’ve seen and heard about many “beyond music” projects, but we’ve yet to hear from the musical theater and acting realms. That changed this March when we invited the cast of Lonesome Traveler to travel from New York City to Philly to record songs that are featured in the production.
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Today we bring you another cover song by a Philly Local artist that was part of a compilation of musicians who covered songs by Jason Molina, as part of Folkadelphia’s tribute to the songwriter, Unsung: Songs: Ohia. Continue reading →
Emily Cross is Cross Record. The only way to experience Cross Record is to listen. It’s hard to describe the sounds you’ll hear. The sonic landscape shifts and morphs from piece-to-piece, from second-to-second. The listener, at first will be lost in this wilderness of acoustics and electronics, sudden sound giving way to sudden silence, but the constant changing becomes comforting. Cross is a truly adept songwriter, but it might not be the type of songs you expect. Let’s call them sound collages. There are bright flashes of percussion, colorful static, and Cross’s effect-laden voice beckoning you forward, now to the left, right into a barrage of distorted electric guitars, but beyond there, a swell of droney acoustic instruments. Her album Be Good is an adventure record – just click play and see where it takes you.
Here Cross Record’s Folkadelphia Session below: