I wasn’t sure I’d make it to the show on Tuesday night. My whole house was shaking from the thunder, and the lighting left little to the imagination as to the state of affairs beyond the confines of my four walls. But luckily, the violent stormfront passed quickly, and I was able to leave for the show right on time. Little did I know that Oldermost and Sam Amidon would bring their own, different kind of storm to World Cafe Live, that night. Continue reading →
Philly five-piece Oldermost are set to release their upcoming album, It’s Difficult to Know Anything At All, next week on March 24, and we just got another taste of the variety this upcoming EP seems to hold. The Americana/rock-infused group released a video for the track “A Drink (Or Two)” back in February, in which frontman Bradford Bucknum gallivants through the streets of Philly with a TV in a stroller.
Their latest release, “Electric Light Eyes,” is a laid-back track infused with inquisitive lyricism that the band promised to bring with this new EP. They admitted on their blog that this track holds one of Bucknum’s favorite lines (one they say “could serve as a subtitle to the album,”) in which Bucknum croons, ”Just to know how much there still is to know.” Continue reading →
We see Oldermost frontman Bradford Bucknum watching television with a disgruntled demeanor in the Philly band’s new video for “A Drink (Or Two).” But instead of flipping the old school set off, Bucknum takes his static TV for a walk in a stroller around his Philadelphia neighborhood only to be laughed at by his band mates. Later, he falls asleep in the woods next to his television, which is screening a fire to give him warmth. Continue reading →
Philly indie rock five-piece Oldermost is playing its final show of 2014 tonight at Johnny Brenda’s; a unique bill with fellow rockers The Rivals and two comedians, Chip Chantry and Doogie Horner. (Read more here.) The band is also introducing new material from its forthcoming EP, It’s Difficult To Know Anything At All, which frontman Bradford Bucknum says will be out in early 2015. The band took three years to record and release its debut LP, I Live Here Now, and Bucknum says with the new material they’re seeking something more immediate. Get more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Close to the Fire” from I Live Here Now below. Continue reading →
XPN was first introduced to Philly rock group Oldermost when they dropped off a copy of their first CD about 4 years ago. Since then, the band has continued making great, atmospheric rock, similar to artists like Band of Horses and Wilco. Last year, the band did a Key Studio Session with electrifying performances of some of the songs from I Live Here Now. Recently, the band did an interview with the local blog Watchtower.
In the interview, the band talked about their musical start, the reason behind the album title, and their future plans. In the words of the lead singer, Bradford Bucknum, the LP is not necessary a love letter to living in Philly, but a document of how life has changed in the past few years since the band got together in Philly. In that sense,I Live Here Now is an optimistic rumination of growing up, especially on tracks like “What If I Run.”
Oldermost is set to come out with music for their forthcoming release near the end of the summer. Catch the band playing their new music at The Balcony July 11th along with Dogs on the Main Street. Get more information on the show here. Watch the interview below.
The annual Art Star Craft Bazaar comes to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on the weekend of May 10th and May 11th, and as usual, it’s chock-full of free performances from local musicians. Our friends at Philebrity curated the lineup, which features a set from editor Joey Sweeney and his band The Long Hair Arkestra; also on tap are atmosphericana rockers Oldermost, outlaw country rabble-rousers Levee Drivers, classical / jazz inspired troupe Liz and the Lost Boys, beat-driven one-man-dance-party Khari Mateen, and more. And that’s just the first day (we’re psyched to see Johnny Showcase on Sunday). Check out the full lineup and set times here, and check out music from the artists on the show below.
Local pop bands Weekender and Delco Pacers will hit the Ortlieb’s stage tonight in celebration of their collaborative mixtape, Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2. The first 50 people to the show will receive a free copy of the limited edition cassette. More details here.
Today we bring you our latest Key Studio Sessions compilation, pulling together the best of what we’ve recorded in the final four months of 2013. I’m always psyched about these comps, but The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 9 in particular presents a tremendous variety of musicians from around the Philadelphia region that I’m excited to showcase for you. Bucks County has a healthy showing, from the acoustic alt-punk swagger of Balance and Composure and the retro-grunge of Daylight to the booming Americana of Levee Drivers and the flower child folk stylings of Lily Mae. We trip away into a spacious, 12-minute jam by Chris Forsyth and his Solar Motel Band, rock out to Amanda X and get chillingly meditative with ambient musician and filmmaker Michael James Murray. A Christmas selection from Jersey’s The Classic Brown makes the cut, sultry new jammers from Delaware’s Mean Lady and Central Pa.’s Kate Faust, a fierce bass-backed rap by Curly Castro, an Afro-Cuban jazz rocker from Toy Soldiers, and more. Special thanks to guest engineers Steve Poponi and Mike Kennedy, to Tom Volpicelli at Mastering House for his post-production help, and to production assistants Dan Hutton and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo, Megan Kelly, Laura Lynn, Caitlin McCann, Ally Newbold, Kellie O’Heron, Tony Oppenheim, Matthew Shaver, Mike Trutt and Tiffany Yoon, and videographers Bands in the Backyard and Bob Sweeney for sharing their work this fall. Listen to the 17-song set and get a free download below.
Want more? Get a roundup of our previous free-downloadable Key Studio Sessions compilations after the jump. Continue reading →
In a new edition of Unlocked, we got the inside story on Anthony Green‘s new LP Young Legs. The Circa Survive vocalist and Doylestown native shared two free downloads with The Key alongside an interview and some glimpses into the album’s recording process. Stream and download “I’ll Miss You” below and check out the full feature here.
A double dose of Folkadelphia brings us a session with Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler / Chris Forsyth, followed by a bonus solo Forsyth session. The three local musicians embarked on a deep improvisational trajectory that resulted in, as Folkadelphia noted, an “Ultimate Session.” Stream and download the two sets below.