Download a track from Creepoid / Moon Women side project Residuels (debut show tomorrow at Vox Populi)

This just in from Creepoid drummer Pat Troxell: he’s teamed up with Justin Pittney, singer-guitarist for Philly atmospheric post-punks Moon Women, to start a fuzzy rock side project called Residuels.

“Me and Justin were just talking about how there’s no legit 90s garage stuff going on in Philly,” Troxell said when we caught up with him by phone. “That’s what I played in Golden Boys, that’s what he did in Love City. It’s fun stuff to write and it’s easy for us to work together.”

Since he’s finished tracking drums for the next Creepoid record, which is due out on No Idea Records this winter, Troxell says he was looking for a low-key musical outlet for the fall – hence the collaboration. Residuels makes its live debut tomorrow night at Vox Populi, and then plays two dates at Kung Fu Necktie on September 16 and September 21, with more shows on the way later this fall. Grab a free download of their soon-to-be 7″ single “Pretty Girl” below.


Listen to a new track by Moon Women (recorded at Sigma Sound Studios)

Moon WomenThe members of Philadelphia’s Moon Women have just released the first track off their upcoming four-song EP, which was reocorded at Sigma Sound Studios. From the band:

Sometime over the course of the winter, after being reenergized with the addition of bassist Kyle Garvey, Moon Women were offered a chance to record at the not-yet reopened SIGMA SOUND: The very studio where Bowie recorded ‘Young Americans’ and countless R+B legends cut classic Philly records.

Producer / Engineer Dave Downham (of Gradwell House) had been tasked with getting the legendary studio up-and-running and brought Moon Women in as the catalyst for what turned out to be the first record finished since Sigma’s closing. Inspired by the recordings of the studio’s golden years (not the mention the short timespan they had to mess around) this 4 song, 12″ EP was recorded + mixed in a short blast and with a minimalist approach that reflects the power of the band’s live set.

You can listen to the track “We Weren’t Wrong” below. Moon Women performs with Far-Out Fangtooth and Psychic Teens at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 10th, at Station Bar And Grill; tickets to the 21+ show are $7.


Download the new Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume One for free

The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume OneThe Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume One—which you can download for free here—features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 17 local acts, including Cheers Elephant, Grimace Federation, Summer Fiction, Moon Women, Prowler, Attia Taylor, 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers, Res, Purling Hiss, The Shackeltons, Soars, Johnny Miles And The Waywards, Creepoid, By Surprise, Lady, Slutever, and American Babies.

Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 17 local acts. You can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation, Volume One in its entirety as a .zip file.


The Key Studio Sessions: Living the single life with Moon Women

Moon Women

If you’ve dug the noisy rock rattle of Philly’s Moon Women as much as we have at The Key, hopefully you’re as patient as we are, too. The band’s only commercially available output to date has been the two-song cassingle Tape, which came out in the fall on Ian Records. A 7” for “Light Moves Slowly” is in the pipeline, with another to follow by summer. (And then, after that, most likely another 7”.) Moon Women’s release plan for 2011 doesn’t involve a full-length, but rather a series of short EPs and singles, scattered across the year. The mindset is “Let’s just go in, record a 7″ in like a day or two and get it out, and then start working on the next one with new stuff,” explains singer-guitarist Justin Pittney. “That way we’re capturing the band in that moment, rather than working on an LP. ‘Cause if I’m going to do an LP, I don’t want to just spend weeks on it, I want it to be a proper LP.” To tide us over while we wait, the band treated us to five unreleased songs during their Key Studio Session last weekend. With its Mission Of Burma hooks, “Seventeen” is Moon Women at its most pointed and anthemic; I can’t wait to hear the single version of it later this year. Meantime, the power trio has some high-profile appearances on its plate, including a slot opening for Gang Of Four at the TLA on Feb. 5. We’ll talk about all this stuff and more when Moon Women’s interview and session air on Y-Rock’s Philly Local Second Shift next Thursday, Feb. 3.


Video: Moon Women at Cha-cha’razzi (1/14/11)

Did you miss the Tyvek, Moon Women, and Eternal Summers show last Friday night at Cha-cha’razzi? Luckily, YouTube has you covered (as far the local act goes, at least). Thanks to YouTube user “totaleffingdickhead” for posting the following videos. (You’ll always be a total effing class act to us, buddy—don’t let anyone tell you different.)


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Moon Women, Ladies Auxiliary, Power Animal, Grimace Federation, Slutever, Grandchildren

Slutever performs 1/15 at Kung Fu Necktie

If you hadn’t noticed by the header, this weekend is more than packed with good shows. And you can’t attend them all, which means you’ve got some decisions to make.

Philadelphia reverb-rock trio Moon Women opens (alongside Roanoke, VA’s Eternal Summers) for Detroit’s Tyvek in a No Wavelength show at 8 p.m. at Cha-cha’razzi. Given that the majority of tonight’s other shows feature local headliners (who’ll likely be playing again in the area much sooner than Tyvek or Eternal Summers will), it’s a good night to catch these two out-of-town acts. Also playing: Ladies Auxiliary at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $5); Power Animal + Hello Shark, Taco Kitty, Snow Caps at Danger Danger Gallery (9 p.m., all ages, $5-$10); Grimace Federation + Caveman, Somata at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $10).

Two of The Key’s favorites, Slutever (with Omar + Easter Vomit at Kung Fu Necktie; 7:30 p.m., $21, $5) and Grandchildren (with We Are Hex  + Fake Babies, TRTL at The Ox; 8 p.m., $5) perform in relatively close proximity to each other on Saturday night. Meaning, if you plan your night accordingly, you can probably catch both. (Which we’d recommend.)

Local ’60s-pop-inspired quartet The Armchairs perform with Horse’s Mouth + Virtual Virgin, Paper Masques at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $5).


Because Friday, January 14th, is only four short days away…

After a slow end to 2010 (and an even slower beginning of 2011), there are a ton of good shows coming up this weekend: Power Animal at Danger Danger (1/14; all ages, $5-$10), Grimace Federation at North Star Bar (1/14; 9 p.m., 21+, $10), Slutever at Kung Fu Necktie (1/15; 7:30 p.m., 21+, $5), Grandchildren at The Ox (1/15; 8 p.m.), and The Armchairs at Kung Fu Necktie (1/16; 8 p.m., 21+, $5). But this is the show we’re most looking forward to this weekend (and where we’ll be Friday night):

Tyvek Moon Women


Kidrockers Returns To World Cafe Live With Reading Rainbow And The Shackeltons

Kidrockers returns to World Cafe Live on January 8 with two of our favorite local bands, Reading Rainbow and The Shackeltons. Last time around, Kidrockers rocked a little dream pop with Sun Airway (pictured above). Yes, these are kids shows (they have to bring an adult!) and the show is at 11:30AM. More info and tickets here.

And speaking of our friends Rob and Sarah from Reading Rainbow, they play Thursday night at Danger Danger Gallery w/ Brooklyn’s Coasting and Philly’s Moon Women to celebrate the release of Reading Rainbow’s fine new album Prism Eyes.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Moon Women at Johnny Brenda’s

It could just be the fact that we’re suckers for any band that releases their music on cassettes in this day and age, but we can’t help but be excited for Moon Women’s cassingle-release performance tonight. The new Philly trio deals in driving, reverb-saturated rock that…wait, did we say “reverb-saturated?” We meant “absolutely drenched in turn-the-dial-up-to-eleven levels of reverb.” So, where were we? Well, now our train of thought is as scattered as a guitar riff bouncing off the walls of an echo chamber. Thankfully, John Vettese highlighted the band in his Philly Local Philes earlier this week; he also made mention of the band’s found-VHS-footage video for the single “Listen Closely,” which you can watch intently below. Moon Women opens for Film School and The Depreciation Guild at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10-$12.