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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 →

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Watch Hurry record a song for a Lame-O Records charity split

Hurry | Photo by Ally Newbold | allynewbold.com
Hurry | Photo by Ally Newbold | allynewbold.com

It’s always great when a handful of Philly bands come together to collaborate. But it’s even greater when this collaboration is fueled for a good cause.

The upcoming Strength in Weakness EP, due out on Lame-O Records, is the product of original tracks from six Philly bands: Spraynard, The Weaks, Modern Baseball, Marietta, Beach Slang and Hurry. Album proceeds will be donated to both the Philadelphia chapter of United Cerebral Palsy as well as the national branch. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Modern Baseball song featured on Lame-O Records charity split

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

In less than nine hours, the records of the Lame-O Records charity split, Strength In Weakness, completely sold out. All of the proceeds from the split benefit United Cerebral Palsy. As part of the release, Philly’s Modern Baseball released their latest tongue twister of a song, “Alpha Kappa Fall Of Troy The Movie Part Deux.” Continue reading →