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Download Gracie’s latest summertime jam “Hood Rich”

Gracie | photo by Brian Vu
Gracie | photo by Brian Vu

 

In the midst of XPoNential Music Festival excitement a couple of weeks ago, Brooklyn-via-Philadelphia musician Gracie released his latest track “Hood Rich.”  Continuing to carry his electronic roots in a more organic direction, frontman Andrew Balasia and his new trio set-up created what the Soundcloud hashtags call “wavy” and “pop,” a song layered with eclectic synth tones and the classic, sweeping Gracie summer vibes.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five, Gracie, David Poe and more

Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack

It’s a retro Key Studio Session this week courtesy of Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five.  The local group performs jazz and blues standards with nostalgic authenticity, passing off instrumental solos between the brass and string players with Reed’s gently confident voice gliding through.  Take a listen to “Basin Street Blues” below and get the full set here.

Philly born, Brooklyn based project Gracie released a new single called “Spilt Milk.”  It’s the first recording with a new live band for frontman Andrew Balasia, who blended his signature pop synths with the depth of live instrumentation on this eighties-influenced track.  Stream and download it below.

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Stream and download Gracie’s new single “Spilt Milk”

Gracie | photo by Roman Koval
Gracie | photo by Roman Koval

Though he’s been based in Brooklyn for the better part of a year, Andrew Balasia and his electronic pop project Gracie started out in Philadelphia so we still like to keep an ear out for new material from him, like this week’s new single and probable summer jam “Spilt Milk.”  Coming several months after the group’s last Work it Out EP, the track features a new live band and Balasia’s signature bubbly synth production.  It’s one of his catchiest songs yet, with playful vocal pacing layered over some classic eighties synth sounds and a richness provided by live drums, bass and guitar.  Stream and download the track below and revisit Gracie’s 2012 Key Studio Session here.

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Happy Halloween from Gracie: Download his new Work It Out EP

Gracie | photo by Roman Koval
Gracie | photo by Roman Koval

 

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard something new from Philly-born electro pop project Gracie, but it’s no surprise the group chose Halloween to premiere their new EP.  Titled Work It Out, the three-track record follows up Andrew Balasia’s long-awaited Bleeder EP that dropped last April.  Work It Out, with it’s textures and up-front vocals (and refreshing moments of brass), sounds like analog electronic music – the synths and drum machines are there, but it’s produced in a very open and uncompressed style that feels raw and vulnerable.  Stream and download the EP below.

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Download Philamixington II, featuring Norwegian Arms, Radiator Hospital, Catnaps and more

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Matt Marchinowski of Big School Records is moving out of Philadelphia.  To celebrate his time here, Marchinowski has pieced together a snapshot of the local music scene with a 27-track mixtape called Philamixington II, available as a free download via his Tumblr.  The second installment in the local music mixtape series, this collection samples various genres, circles and side projects with tracks from radio favorites like Cheers Elephant (pictured), basement staples Roof Doctor and The Hundred Acre Woods and new-projects-from-old-buddies like Avery Rosewater.  From Marchinowski:

Although April will see my moving out of Philadelphia for the peaceful confines of the sticks I will still consider its scene ‘home’. It wasn’t easy narrowing this collection down to 27 jawns but I can assure you it won’t be the last notch in the Philamixington series.

Download the full mixtape for free on Beat the Indie Drum here and stream a sampling of the tracks below.  The first Philamixington set can be downloaded here.

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Free Download: “My Pet” from Gracie, plus stream new Bleeder EP

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Philly-bred multi-instrumentalist / producer Andrew Balasia released his latest EP as Gracie yesterday through Small Plates Records.  Now based in Brooklyn, the experimental pop musician teased the release several months ago with a mid-fall Key Studio Session appearance, performing the EP’s lead track and first two singles.  Bleeder comes a little over a year after Gracie’s last Treehouse EP and expands Balasia’s signature chillwave style to anthemic proportions, especially on album single “Creature Pleaser” with its subtle nod to Rod Stewart’s “Young Turks.”  Stream the full Bleeder EP on Small Plates Records’ Soundcloud here and download “My Pet” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eternal Summers at Kung Fu Necktie, Saint at PhilaMOCA, Memory Tapes at Johnny Brenda’s, XPN Welcomes Free Energy & Cold Fronts to The Depot

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Virginia’s Eternal Summers play Kung Fu Necktie tonight with Carousel and Wrong World.  The dream / power pop trio are touring behind their 2012 sophomore album Correct Behavior.  With frontwoman Nicole Yun’s sweetly confident vocals spurred on by the aggressive guitar riffs and rhythms of drummer Daniel Cundiff and bassist Jonathan Woods, Eternal Summers blend twee and punk in an infectious and often surprising way.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch their video for “Millions” from Correct Behavior.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key

Birdie Busch‘s latest LP, Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night, gets profiled in Unlocked [link]

World Cafe‘s Sense of Place series explores the musical heritage of Memphis [link]

Philly synth-poppers Vacationer announce a monthly music showcase at Underground Arts [link]

Gracie releases a free download and EP details [link]

Emo four-piece Everyone Everywhere records a Key Studio Session [link]

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James announces a solo appearance at Johnny Brenda’s [link]

Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic gives Bleeding Rainbow a shoutout via Twitter [link]

Catnaps premier a playful new music video for “Cherry Lips” [link]

Shorty Boy-Boy also premiers a video for the ultra-catchy “Closer” [link]

Download a song from Kurt Vile‘s reissued Hunchback EP [link]

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds release a lyric video for “Jubilee Street” [link]

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jason Myles Gross appears in a Folkadelphia session [link]

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Gracie announces upcoming EP details, shares free download “Habits” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 2/5)

Local electronic-pop band Gracie have announced more details for their Bleeder EP this week, and lead-single “Habits” is now available as a free download.  Originally the solo project of producer / musician Andrew Balasia, Gracie wowed the internet with his 2011 For Summer EP (Absent Fever) and follow-up Treehouse EP (Small Plates).  Balasia and his now-full band teamed up with Small Plates once again for the release of Bleeder, to be digitally distributed on March 12th.  The EP will also be accompanied by a free 7″, pairing “Habits” with Summer 2012 anthem “Creature Pleaser.”  Tickets and information for Gracie’s show at Johnny Brenda’s with Memory Tapes and TEEN can be found here.  Below, check out the track-listing for Bleeder and stream / download “Habits” via Small Plates Records’ Soundcloud.  You can also listen back to Gracie’s Key Studio Session and download a live take of “Habits” here.

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