"Sunset in the midwest. Time to break out my American Football record." | Photo courtesy of Little Big League
"Kids goin' off for Ceremony." Headlining band in Land's End, Michigan | Photo courtesy of Little Big League
Not only is it exciting to hear that Strand of Oaks is headlining a show in Philadelphia for the first time – December 15 at Johnny Brenda’s – the killer lineup just cannot be denied. Opening acts include Buried Beds (whose singer, Eliza Hardy-Jones, collaborated with Strand of Oaks on the Shaking Through track “Spacestations”) and Little Big League (whose bassist, Deven Craige, is a sometimes-member of Oaks). The coolest thing of all, for us, is that all of these bands have been in our studio at one time or another; it’s a lineup of Key Studio Sessions alums! Download Strand of Oaks’ cover of “Wolves” by Phosphorescent and Little Big League’s “Saint John’s” below, and watch the Buried Beds Key Studio Session video.
Key Studio Sessions #8 – Buried Beds from WXPN FM on Vimeo.
Photo by Arrah Fisher
Special thanks to all of the bands for coming to our studio, and to John Vettese for recording them. We’d also like to thank volunteer production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Corey Cohen, Sarah Fry, Shamus McGroggan, Noah Gabriel Merenda, Sylvia Ramirez, and Heidi Schlenzig for sharing their work.
Click here to download the 18-track compilation in its entirety as a .zip file. Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 18 local acts; you can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume I, Volume 2, and Volume 3.
City Rain “Real Good”
Pink Skull “Oh, Monorail”
Mason Porter “Back To Where We Started From”
Univox “What’s More”
Arrah and the Ferns “Waterproof Gold Watch”
Acid Kicks “Take My Soul Away”
The Menzingers “Mexican Guitars”
Music For Headphones “Why”
Lushlife “Gymnopiede 1.2″
Griz “The Secret In The Garden”
New Sweden “Saint, Don’t You Lie”
Sunny Ali and the Kid “Stop the Haiti”
Chill Moody “Cotton”
Little Big League “St. John’s”
Photo by Shamus McGroggan
Photo by Shamus McGroggan
With its debut 7″ celebrating a release this weekend, and only a handful of local live shows under its belt, some might say it’s jumping to gun to get all super psyched about Philly indie foursome Little Big League. On the other hand, you can just tell sometimes when a band is going to do great things. I’m opting for the latter in this case. Sure, the group has an impressive pedigree – former members of Post Post, Golden Ages and Titus Andronicus – so it’s almost like we sort of know them already. But joined as one, they do something else entirely. It puts an east coast megalopolis spin on the slow-burn woodsy tones of Built to Spill and early Death Cab (“Holes in Shape,” and that debut single mentioned above, “Tokyo Drift”), then catapults into spunky, soaring power pop (“My Very Own You,” and the spirited “St. Johns”). Two of the four songs the band recorded for its Key Studio Session are unreleased, and I’m thrilled to be presenting them to you for the first time. But if you’ve seen them live, you’ll totally remember hearing them, since they really are that catchy. If you haven’t caught them live…well, fix that already. Little Big League plays this Sunday, April 29, at Kungfu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10), and then joins the stellar bill at The First Unitarian Church on June 1 for Hop Along’s record release show.