Volume 4 of Philly Tapes Philly‘s local collaboration project will be released at Ortlieb’s this Thursday, June 26th featuring Gretchen Lohse and Air is Human. The local acts spent a day recording together at The Gun Shop last week and have shared photos by Wendy McCardle and a sneak preview video by Bob Sweeney to show us what’s in store for the new tape. The two songs will be released for free on 50 limited edition cassettes at the (also free) release show this week. More information for the event can be found here. Below, check out the video that includes a snippet of one of the tracks followed by a photo gallery of the entire recording process.
Philly Tapes Philly is back with their June installment. This month the concert and split cassingle will feature experimental rock group Air is Human and singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse. This spring AiH took over Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties, while Lohse just the other week played a Double Decker Music concert (read more here). Both bands will perform at the tape release party at Ortlieb’s on June 26th. You can find full info for the event here. Check out music from both artists below.
A couple weeks back, we posted about this the latest installment of the Double Decker Music Series, a new mobile concert event created by local tour guide Sebastian Petsu. In it, local artists perform their music on top of an open-top double decker bus as it drives through the streets of Philadelphia. The latest installment took place on June 1st and featured folk singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse and experimental guitarist Chris Forsyth, and if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets (or if you did attend and want to relive the experience), you can watch a few clips of the performance care of local filmmaker Bob Sweeney’s Tumblr. Take a peek below.
One of the more unique live music happenings of the autumn returns next month as Gretchen Lohse and Chris Forsyth perform on top of an open-top double-decker tour bus as it drives around Philadelphia. The Double Decker Music Series was launched last fall by local tour guide and music scene regular Sebastian Petsu; the inaugural show / ride took place in October and featured singer-songwriter Birdie Busch and local experimental / jazz player Charles Cohen. Staging a show in this setting combines the freewheeling nature of an outdoor performance with ever-changing scenery of a drive around town; the music combines with the shifting skyline of center city, almost like a drive with the radio on (except the people making the music are actually driving with you).
In between Lohse’s set of haunting folk songs and Forsyth’s set of cerebral guitar rock, Petsu “will share dry wit and music history about the City of Brotherly Love.” The show is limited to 40 tickets, and are only available in advance; boarding begins at 7:45 on June 1st at 5th and Market Streets, and prompt arrival is encourages (“you can’t show up late, or the venue will be gone”); and in the case of rain, the performance will take place on Monday, June 2nd. You can check out video from that performance here, and get tickets and information on the show here.
Earlier this month at the Communion Showcase, local videographer Bob Sweeney captured footage of The Lawsuits performing “Anybody’s Girl / 25w A19 120v Blues” and Gretchen Lohse singing “Spider at the Gate.” Using both HD digital and Super 8 cameras (with the extra camera assistance of Mike Southerton), Sweeney translated the classic / modern crossover of both acts’ sounds into black and white clips that are alluring and subtly mind-bending. The Lawsuits, who released their debut LP Cool Cool Cool last year, will make an appearance at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival alongside Our Griffins, Diego Garcia, Beck and more. Tickets and three-day passes are now available here. Check out Sweeney’s videos below and get information about May’s showcase here.
This month’s edition of Communion Club night at Underground Arts gets a seductive R&B makeover tonight with a set from newcomer Johnny Stimson. Flaunting an effortless falsetto range, Stimson’s voice is soulful even as it accompanies more upbeat, dance tracks. Also on tonight’s lineup is folksy singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse who recently released a dreamy video for “Spider At the Gate”. Dig into tracks from both artists below and get tickets here.
Following this month’s strong showing at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts, the monthly event has announced the bill for the next installment, taking place on April 3rd. NYC pop artist Johnny Stimson headlines, with support from local indie rockers The Lawsuits, Kentucky country bard Sturgill Simpson, and Philly experimental rock duo Banned Books. XPN and The Key are pleased to welcome local folk musician Gretchen Lohse as April’s featured artist as well. Check out songs from each musician below, and get more information on the show here.
Fans of Philly singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse woke up to a present that’s sweeter than chocolate this Valentine’s Day. Lohse released her latest music video for her single “Spider at the Gate,” a slower-paced track with jazzy leanings: violins, upright bass, and piano lines similar to those heard in Elliott Smith’s “Bye.”
The video itself is as whimsical as today’s holiday and as simple as the track itself. Made by Mike Spano, it splits Lohse’s face to appear three different times on the screen while an aurora-like filter flows across the video matching the same pace of the song with as “many colors as possible to break up the monotony of all these snowstorms,” as Lohse put it on her Facebook page. The singer/songwriter promises an upload for her next video “All Around the River,” which will hopefully be released before the next holiday. Check out the video for “Spider at the Gate” below:
This week’s best free mp3 downloads include a variety of different sounds. From birds to bears, there was something for everyone. Philly blues band John the Conqueror released its newest single through Rolling Stone this week. Before the band heads out on its European tour, download “Waking Up To You” off of The Good Life below.
Just before Christmas, Philadelphia singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse performed her own rendition of “Walking in the Air” from the 1982 film, “The Snowman” at Johnny Brenda’s. For those who weren’t there to see the performance themselves, Lohse has released it for download on her Bandcamp.
One of the highlights of last month’s Philebrity Awards ceremony was seeing Gretchen Lohse and her band cover “Walking in the Air,” a song from Raymond Briggs’ 1982 animated short The Snowman. Backed by players including Thomas Hughes from The Spinto Band and Brian Langan of Langor, Lohse performed the song synced to footage from the film, and its dream-like visuals combined the band’s sweeping, ethereal tones created some serious magic on the Johnny Brenda’s stage. Now, for today’s snow day, Lohse has made the song available as a free download from her Bandcamp page. Listen below, and check out the original while you’re at it.