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Lame-O Records announces second annual ‘Rock Residency’ for charity at Boot & Saddle

Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist
Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Lame-O Records has announced its second annual “Rock Residency”, a series of benefit shows taking place at Boot & Saddle this January. Every Thursday of the month, members of the Lame-O roster and more will perform for various organizations in need. Check out the flyer below.

Night one, which takes place on January 5th, will benefit Planned Parenthood and feature performances from Lame-O’s Hurry, Dominic, and new signers Cherry. Then, on January 12th, Slaughter Beach, Dog, Loose Tooth, and No Thank You will play in support of Juntos, Night three, the 19th, will feature Thin Lips, The Superweaks, and The Obsessives for The Attic Youth Center, and night four, the 26th, will feature Three Man Cannon, Katie Ellen, and The Afterglows for Philly ACLU. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Cherry steps out with Gloom EP and a hypnotic “Alligators” video

Cherry | Photo courtesy of the artist
Cherry | Photo courtesy of the artist

Russell Edling was still writing new songs as his old band wound its career down.

The former singer and guitarist of Philly-via-Scranton punk outfit Kite Party (which called it a day in 2014, following the release of Come On Wandering) knew that the music he had in mind was going to be for a different project altogether. And he knew that – with no previous solo outings behind him – he could take that music in any direction he wanted.

Over the past few months, Edling has quietly debuted his new band Cherry with a handful of gigs, including one during the Lame-O Records Rock Residency at Boot and Saddle. Today, he announced that the band’s debut EP Gloom would be released as a 7″ via Lame-O on February 19th.

In a way, the new music sounds like Edling and it doesn’t sound like Edling. It’s undeniably brighter and poppier than his old band ever was, with moments recalling Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (the askew and singalongable”Golden Luv”), Beat Happening (the quirky wind-up pop song “Special Baby”) and Teenage Fanclub (the fuzzed-out anthem “Alligators”).

But Cherry also remains rooted in Edling’s wry and observant songwriting style – which makes sense, since they started in the same fashion as his Kite Party songs: just him and a guitar. What makes Cherry different, Edling explains, is that he didn’t want the songs to be overworked.

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Modern Baseball drop surprise EP MoBo Presents: The Perfect Cast

Modern Baseball | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
Modern Baseball | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Did Modern Baseball just pull a Beyonce on us? This week, West Philadelphia’s favorite hometown heroes dropped a surprise EP via Lame-O Records. The record, entitled MoBo Presents: The Perfect Cast EP featuring Modern Baseball, features some songs that we’ve heard before. “Alpha Kappa Fall Of Troy The Movie Part Deux (2 Disc Directors Cut)” was originally released as “Alpha Kappa Fall Of Troy The Movie Part Deux” on Lame-O’s Strength in Weakness compilation back in February, and the four-piece released “The Thrash Particle” as a single earlier this month. Continue reading →

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Lame-O Records releases inaugural sampler featuring Modern Baseball, Lithuania, The Superweaks and more

 

Modern Baseball | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
Modern Baseball | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Lame-O Records is one of Philadelphia’s best up-and-coming punk rock independent record labels. The label – which put out this year’s Bad Year by The Superweaks, Hardcore Friends from Lithuania, and Tropical Depression from Steady Hands – has just put out their eleventh release of the year, a 2015 sampler. The 12-track sampler includes tracks from current roster artists such as Modern Baseball, Year of Glad, Three Man Cannon, and Lowercase Roses as well as from newer “bands you didn’t even know were Lame-O bands!” Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The basics everyone needs to know about the Philadelphia scene right now

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. – so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.

So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Weaks’ new LP Bad Year, see them at PhilaMOCA on 4/27

The Weaks | via Facebook.com/TheWeaks | Photo by Jessica Flynn |jflynnphotography.com/
The Weaks | via Facebook.com/TheWeaks | Photo by Jessica Flynn |jflynnphotography.com/

When I interviewed Eric Osman from Lame-O Records back in February about the Strength In Weakness split, he told me that The Weaks would be putting out “the greatest rock record of all time” this year. Although the album, Bad Year, comes out tomorrow officially, you can listen to it now on Lame-O Records Youtube channel – and while I won’t weigh in on the “all time” stuff, yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Continue reading →

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The Center-Stage Side Project: Eric Slick and Dom Angelella will bring a long-awaited Lithuania LP to Lame-O

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

You probably know Eric Slick and Dom Angelella from the bands they play in full-time. But there’s another act that the two Philly musicians have been associated with for way longer than the former has drummed for Dr. Dog, or the latter has performed in DRGN King.

Lithuania has been active for going on ten years, but is often spoken about as a “side project” or a “duo project.” That’s not how the guys see it, and year the band takes the spotlight to release its long-in-the-works full-length debut. Hardcore Friends comes out this summer on Lame-O Records, and it’s the culmination of a collaboration Slick and Angelella began as UArts freshmen in 2005.

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Listen to “Nevermind” from The Weaks’ upcoming LP

The Weaks | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Weaks | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

The Weaks have had an exciting 2015 so far. They were featured on a successful charity compilation and went on a two-week tour in April opening for Brand New, and now the four-piece has a new album in the works. Bad Year comes out on April 7th through local label Lame-O Records, and the first single, “Nevermind,” features a heavier, rock ‘n roll sound than we heard on their their 2014 EP, The World Is A Terrible Place & I Hate Myself And I Want To Die. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball, Spraynard, Marietta, and more rock the Church for Strength in Weakness release show

Modern Baseball | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott
Modern Baseball | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott

Eric Osman said “one second” and ran to check if a box of candy left by concertgoers had anything left inside. Unfortunately, the founder of Lame-O Records was disappointed by the lack of chocolate, but stoked by just about everything else – including a huge crowd’s response to his label’s charity split. Continue reading →

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Strength in Weakness split: The Weaks’ “Call Me Away” is released

Photo via facebook.com/TheWeaks
Photo via facebook.com/TheWeaks

Philly pop punkers The Weaks, are one of five bands involved in the charitable split EP from Lame-O Records, Strength in Weakness. The split comes out Feb. 3, and The Weaks’ track “Call Me Away” is the second to last song the label has shared (we’re still waiting on Beach Slang). All proceeds from this charity split will be going to United Cerebral Palsy fund. Continue reading →