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.
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 TreehouseEP 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.
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.
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 SummerEP (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 EPwill 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.
Philly pop-rock foursome Cold Fronts – who play West Philly DIY space Sprinkle Kingdom next week – released a new single called “Ear Candy,” from their latest recordings with local producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson. With a speedy beat and an infectious guitar lead, it’s total ear candy – download it for free below.
The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out highlights from fall of 2012 with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, including some hard-hitting hip-hop from Ethel Cee and Reef the Lost Cauze, expressive Americana from The Districts, bright pop-rock from Kingsfoil, dense shoegaze from Nothing and more. Special thanks to guest engineer Chris Williams and production assistants Beth Ann Downey, Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Laura Jane Brubaker, Kyle Costill, Shamus McGroggan, Marley McNamara, and Julie Miller for sharing their work.