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Hezekiah Leaves and The Spinning Joneses to perform on Friday, May 13th

Left to right: Michael Baker, Barbara Gettes and Raphael Cutrufello

Hezekiah Jones and The Spinning Leaves collaborated on an album for Drexel’s Mad Dragon Records called Hezekiah Leaves & The Spinning Joneses. It was released digitally in March; however, the bands will perform an official release party on Friday, May 13th, at Bookspace in Fishtown. Also playing on the bill are The Extraordinaires, Nic Esposito (of The Savage Detectives), and Joshua Park.

The Spinning Leaves are Barbara Gettes and Michael Baker. Hezekiah Jones, fronted by Raphael Cutrufello—recently featured on Shaking Through—mentioned the project in an interview with The Key back in December:

The Spinning Leaves had released their album Love with Ropeadope records. Andy Hurwitz is the founder of Ropeadope and ended up at Drexel working at Mad Dragon Records. So when they were looking for projects to work on for Mad Dragon they came to The Spinning Leaves, and they came up with the idea for this album. The album is kind of like a double EP. One side is Hezekiah Leaves which is more of a rocking, silly, more full band side. And The Spinning Jones is a dreamier, acoustic, softer side.

Hezekiah Leaves and The Spinning Joneses perform with The Extraordinaires, Nic Esposito, and Joshua Park at 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Bookspace (1113 Frankford Avenue).

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The Key’s 12 Days Of Christmas: Joshua Park’s “Home”

Joshua ParkJoshua Park makes one thing very clear in the song “Home”: Wherever his titular “home” is, the dude really, really wants to go back there. Why? Well, for starters, the weather’s starting to get pretty damn cold—and “home” apparently has good heating (plus a nicely made bed and lots of warm love). More importantly, home is a place where he can leave all his troubles behind; and judging by the song’s lyrics, the local singer-songwriter has a bunch of things weighing heavily on his mind. So much so that he’s “given up,” he “can’t take any more,” his “feet drag the floor,” and his “balance is unsure.” That last bit makes us wonder if he’s currently living in a freezing apartment with sinking floors somewhere in South Philly; if that’s the case, it’s no wonder he wants to return to where he grew up so badly. After all, “home” really does sound like a swell place—a magical wonderland where all of life’s difficulties simply melt away.

Maybe it’s in Gladwyne.