The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Patty Griffin, Maitland and Reef The Lost Cauze) )

MIsModern Inventors performed five mostly-unreleased songs for a Key Studio Session, filmed by Out of Town Films [link]

PhilaMOCA programmer Eric Bresler previews Cinedelphia‘s Tuesday Tune-Out series for April [link]

Meet Dante Bucci, the local musician who kicked-off WXPN’s Philly Local Busker Series at The Porch at 30th Street Station this week [link]

Watch local folk duo Maitland perform “Embers” in advance of their Friday, April 5th show at The Trocadero balcony [link]

Mayer Hawthorne‘s new song “Designer Drug” was Tuesday’s My Morning Download [link]

JUMP Magazine shared their recap and photos of Plow United‘s Saturday night show at The Barbary [link]

Stream and download Burn the Wish from local duo Great Red Spots, recorded at West Philly DIY space Sprinkle Kingdom [link]

Reed The Lost Cauze is back with a debut podcast/free download called REEF RADIO, [link]

Unlocked digs into RestorationsLP2 ahead of their record release show this Friday [link]

Take a listen to Wrong World‘s “See These Streets” and see them open for Bleeding Rainbow and The Cave Singers on Thursday [link]

Patty Griffin was spotlighted on XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Ohio,” featuring Robert Plant [link]

NPR Music’s First Listen is streaming Kurt Vile‘s Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze before the album’s official release next week [link]


Listen to Great Red Spots’ new album Burn the Wish

Great Red SpotsAt first listen Burn the Wish by local duo, Great Red Spots, can be mistaken for an album coming out of Seattle in the mid-eighties. But this one was recorded in West Philly’s DIY-spot Sprinkle Kingdom, not on the west coast.

The unabashed, grunge-inspired album is formidable in the way that few other two-piece bands can fill out each song Great Red Spots does on their first full-length. Guitarist and singer Joe Musciano and drummer Sean Sacks play self-proclaimed “fuzz worship.” And the riff on Burn the Wish’s opening, “Sirens,” is exactly that.

Following that is, “Two Other Beings,” quite possibly the album’s obvious single seems to be about putting up a front. Or so is indicated when Musciano sings, “You can lie through this life.” His simple riffs are urgent and powerful and stomp a Doc Martin in punk on tracks like “Consume.” But they gradually build into an over-driven guitar attack on the accessible closer, “Ten Oaths of Ten Colors.”

It’s hard not paralleling the overall sound of this one with grunge classics like Superfuzz Bigmuff or Seattle grunge harbingers like Skin Yard and the Melvins. Whether it’s coming from the west coast or from West Philly, Burn the Wish has enough sludge to get Great Red Spots embedded among the rest of the “fuzz worshippers.”