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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Honus Honus at Boot and Saddle, Sun Organ at Kung Fu Necktie

honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist
honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist

In light of his recent debut solo album release, I would say now is the perfect time to catch Honus Honus live. Use Your Delusion is the product of years and years of touring and making music with his band Man Man, which gave him a decade to cultivate his own personal persona and style. Honus Honus is playing tonight at Boot and Saddle with the Brooklyn-based garage-rock band Pink Mexico. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for more details on this 21+ show, and check out the video for “Heavy Jesus” below. Continue reading →

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Honus Honus tries to heal a broken society with “Grace In Your Heart”

honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist
honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist

To say the least, the last 24 hours have been exhausting. When choice words are slung to physically harm others of a differing opinion, it’s easy to forget what life can be about. To try to dig us out, Man Man’s Honus Honus dug up “Grace In Your Heart,” an unreleased track a couple years old initially meant for a project with Mavis Staples.

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Step into the haphazard menagerie of Honus Honus’ debut, Use Your Delusion

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Honus Honus | portrait by Mustafa Shaheen | courtesy of the artist

There’s something about the distinctly recognizable drawl of Ryan Kattner, who performs under the moniker Honus Honus: it makes me want to get up dance and write in my diary at the same time.

The newly released Use Your Delusion is the debut solo album of Man Man’s frontman. There is no way to label this album as the product of just one genre, so the umbrella label of experimental rock will have to do. Now that this highly-anticipated record is finally here, I’m not sure I can handle how great it is. In the twelve tracks that make up this album, Kattner incorporates music reminiscent of Vampire Weekend’s style of plucky indie-rock songs, Hamilton Leithauser-esque yowling and the unmistakable sardonic crooning that you would only expect from Honus Honus himself. Continue reading →

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Jump into the strange world of Honus Honus with “The Stripper Has No Navel”

honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist
honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist

The frontman of Man Man has been teasing new music from his forthcoming album Use Your Delusion for a while now, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is complaining.

Honus Honus, the moniker under which Ryan Kattner has performed for the past decade, just put out another track off of the new album that is set to be released later this month. “The Stripper Has No Navel” is exactly what you would expect from this famously experimental musician, but pretty surprising at the same time. I can guarantee that anyone who reads this has never heard a song about this particular subject matter, and this sometimes crude originality is apart of his appeal. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new song from Honus Honus called “Oh No!”

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Honus Honus | portrait by Mustafa Shaheen | courtesy of the artist

With his debut solo LP set for release next month, Honus Honus has shared a new track called “Oh No!” via Consequence of Sound. Also known as the frontman for Philly-based Man Man (and in some circles, Ryan Kattner), Honus keeps the colorfully weird musical sensibilities we love about his band alive on Use Your Delusion.

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Interview: Man Man frontman Honus Honus gives us the lowdown on his debut solo record Use Your Delusion

Photo via facebook.com/honushonusbandband
Honus Honus | photo courtesy of the artist

“It is an album about people with real and unrealized dreams. I know that sounds a little pompous but it is true.” From anyone else this may indeed sound pompous, but from Ryan Kattner – better known as Honus Honus of band Man Man – it could not be more intriguing.

Kattner never planned on making a solo record, but when Man Man took a break after their rocking 2013 outing On Oni Pond, he didn’t want to stop writing — so Use Your Delusion was born. It marks the first solo effort for Honus Honus – keeping the stage name established through Man Man – and it gives the dynamic frontman a chance to explore plenty of new opportunities and take some exciting creative chances, while still maintaining the eclectic nature that has made Man Man one of our favorites here at The Key.

While Man Man has released most of their work via indie-rock mainstay ANTI-, Honus Honus decided to take a more DIY approach to his first solo effort. I recently spoke with Kattner over the phone about, among other things, the choice to self-release, the wide variety of collaborators, the solo-record writing process and how he should have become a venture capitalist. Continue reading →

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Honus Honus takes us back to the 1930s with his recording of the classic folk tune “Down in the Willow Garden”

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Honus Honus | photo via www.facebook.com

Back in those halcyon days when vinyl was the only way to record music, the stakes were much higher. With the stylus pressing every sound into the vinyl, there was no room for error. Now when we listen to a song, it very well could have been stitched together from hundreds of distinct takes. This might allow today’s recordings to be more nuanced and complex than their older predecessors, but they lack a certain element of authenticity. Continue reading →

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Honus Honus is #deadagain in Travel With Purpose

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Honus Honus is #deadagain | photo via @HonusHonus

If you go back to a 2013 interview that Man Man‘s Ryan Kattner did with The Key, you’ll read a bit about the so-called “dead guy” pictures he posts on Instagram. Kattner (aka Honus Honus) lays down on his stomach, assumes the position (preferably with one shoe off) and posts the #deadagain photo for his followers to enjoy.The series has been such a hit that web-mag Culture Collide is featuring a handful of the pictures in their magazine Travel With Purpose.

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