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Kishi Bashi brings intricate soundscapes and positive energy to Union Transfer

Kishi Bashi | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href=http://michellemontgomeryphotography.com target="_blank">michellemontgomeryphotography.com</a>
Kishi Bashi | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Kaoru Ishibashi, better known by his stage name Kishi Bashi, performed a fantastic set Tuesday night at Union Transfer. Currently touring in support of his recent full-length Sonderlust, Kishi Bashi explained to the crowd that the title means “the awareness that everyone around you has a complex life of his or her own.”

The complexities present within his newest music make Sonderlust a brilliant title for this album. Kishi Bashi performed an all-encompassing set playing much of the record, along with a selection of songs from 2014’s Lighght and 2012’s 151a. Kishi Bashi was backed by a 4 piece touring band, allowing him to produce a fuller, more intricate sound. By incorporating his signature sound looping, he created an interesting textural soundscape of violin and beatbox loops underneath the band’s overall sound. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tin Bird Choir at Burlap and Bean, Planes Mistaken for Stars at Boot & Saddle, Kishi Bashi at Musikfest Cafe

Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of artist's Facebook
Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of artist’s Facebook

Barn rock band Tin Bird Choir headline Burlap and Bean Coffee this evening. Though their latest album was released in the summer of 2013, they recently covered the Rolling Stone’s “Sway” and have promised an enticing setlist. Tin Bird Choir will be joined by Elspeth Tremblay & the Satellites and Ginger Coyle for a night of Philly area folk. For tickets to the Philadelphia Folk Society and Dull Dime-presented show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar, and be sure to listen to their cover of “Sway” below. Continue reading →

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In Synesthesia: Kishi Bashi amazes at Union Transfer

Kishi Bashi | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Kishi Bashi | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

“It’s funny, you know?” said K Ishibashi on Wednesday night, “I used to be the best violinist in the Kishi Bashi Band.” The sold-out audience laughed uproariously, which caused K to chuckle a bit and look down abashedly. Now that he’s on tour with a string quartet—which features a professor of music—the former Of Montreal collaborator turned violin/beatbox/looping maestro is learning to share the limelight of his celebrated live shows. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fresh Cut Orchestra at World Cafe Live, Kishi Bashi at Union Transfer, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Fresh Cut Orchestra
Fresh Cut Orchestra | photo via Facebook

Local jazz ensemble Fresh Cut Orchestra perform at World Cafe Live tonight. The ten-piece band is celebrating the release of their debut record From the Vine, out on Ropeadope Records yesterday. LP features nine original songs that show just how tightly these musicians vibe together. They move from contemporary jazz to Latin-influenced arrangemetns and abstract hip hop beats. Listen to “Sanguine” from the record below and pick up tickets for tonight’s all-ages show here.

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Ten summery songs to kick the winter blues

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Cayetana | photo via Facebook

There’s nothing worse than the discerning sense that winter is a timeless black hole and that you will never feel the sun’s warmth again in your life. The best way to pretend that the winter isn’t sucking the life out of you is to channel any summer vibes that you can get your hands on. One way to do that is to listen to some songs that remind you of sunny days and overall happiness. These ten songs are here to remind you that some day (not soon enough) it will be summer again.

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Guster’s Evermotion tour will bring it to The TLA with Kishi Bashi in April

Photo by Joe English | via facebook.com/Gustermusic
Photo by Joe English | via facebook.com/Gustermusic

Alt rock faves Guster recently announced a spring 2015 tour with soundscaper Kishi Bashi opening on several dates, including their Philadelphia stop at the TLA in April. The tour comes after the release of their seventh studio album, Evermotion, due out January 13. The Boston four-piece took a break from their acoustic tendencies for some experimental noise rock on this album with the help of the Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist, Richard Swift. Evermotion was recorded at Swift’s Cottage Grove studio in January 2014, and will be released via Guster’s own label, Ocho Mule Records. In addition to the new album, the band is  celebrating 20 years together, and performs at the Theater of Living Arts on April 24 with Kishi Bashi. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN concert calendar. You can listen to a teaser of the new album below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kishi Bashi at TLA, Divers at Boot and Saddle, Jack Johnson and Amos Lee at The Mann and more

via facebook.com/mrkishibashi
via facebook.com/mrkishibashi

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Kishi Bashi just released his latest album Lightght (pronounced “Light”) this month. The latest album, named after a controversial one word poem by Aram Saroyan, features uplifting indie pop with chaotic yet beautiful mix of violin and technology. K. Ishibashi also is an utility player in of Montreal as well as a founding member of Jupiter One. Watch him perform live at the TLA; get more information at the XPN Concert Calender.

Kishi Bashi – Philosophize in It! Chemicalize with It! from Geoff Hoskinson on Vimeo.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Laura Jane Brubaker’s Top 5 Essential Mixtape Songs

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Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, contributor Laura Jane Brubaker shares some essential mixtape tracks.

2k13 has come and [almost] gone, and if there’s one thing I can say I really nailed this year it would be the art of the mixtape. “But LJ,” you may say, “your 2k13 proved overwhelmingly to be a laundry list of failed romantic endeavors.” And right you may be, but rest assured that not a smidge of that was the fault of my meticulously crafted, amatoriously motivated mixtapes – of which there were two For Tom’s (different Toms), one for a crush who promptly came out as gay, and a Mixtape for Horoscope Fulfillment which, needless to say, didn’t fulfill squat. But there were also plenty of platonically-minded mixes and I still have friends, so ha.

Through all this I came up with a few good rules for crafting an excellent mixtape. First: don’t awkward yourself out of a good song. 89% of music alludes to love in some way so if you’re trying to avoid anything that mentions feelings because you’re wicked anxious about creeping someone out, you’re gonna have a crap mixtape. Second: be original, but don’t be afraid to recycle yourself. I got really good at trolling through my expansive Google Play library, which has served as theft/water-proof repository for all my musical holdings since 2010 and is a treasure trove of songs I don’t remember downloading or even hearing ever. New songs make for more interesting listening, I think, and some of my favorite musical discoveries have come while digging for mix material. Keep in mind, it’s also cool to use the same song a bunch if you think it works and you’re making lots of mixtapes anyway for some reason. Heck, that’s how I came up with this list. Finally: if you can pull it off, use a cassette. It’s old school, it’s unique, and while it may prove to be tricky for the recipient to play, the effort that goes in to a legitimate mixtape (versus a CD) makes the whole thing a lot more meaningful for everybody.

Here are the tunes I hold in the highest esteem for mix-craft. You can thank me when you’re married.

1) “One True Love” by Ben Seretan

This one comes out of the box first because, despite what I already said, using a song with the words “true love” in the title may be TOO bold a move depending on your situation. Nevertheless, Ben’s song is a lush and spacious landscape of a track, perhaps abstract enough in its construction to help you get away with the directness of the title. But if that’s what you’re going for then hey, don’t let me stop you. Continue reading →