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Watch Oldermost’s Watchtower interview, see them at The Balcony next month

Photo via facebook.com/oldermost
Photo via facebook.com/oldermost

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.

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Oldermost, Levee Drivers, Khari Mateen, Johnny Showcase and more head up the Art Star Craft Bazaar

Khari Mateen | Photo by Abi Reimold

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Weekender / Delco Pacers at Ortlieb’s , Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, Vacationer at Underground Arts and more

Philly Tapes Philly collaboration with Weekender and Delco Pacers | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com
Philly Tapes Philly collaboration with Weekender and Delco Pacers | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com

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.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 9 (feat. Amanda X, Balance and Composure, Mean Lady and more)

The Key Studio Sessions Volume 9
Album cover photo by Tiffany Yoon | tiffanyyoon.com

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.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Anthony Green, La Maison Tellier, Oldermost

 

Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

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.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Oldermost

Philly five-piece Oldermost has been bubbling under the surface for a couple years now, from their impressive debut EP to the more recent string of singles, the “Close to the Fire” digital 7″ and the stand-alone track “To Seed.” Their sound is gorgeous and expansive, blending traditional songwriting motifs and blue-eyed soul harmonies with an uplifting and emphatically modern guitar rock attack. I’ve called these guys rootsy in the past, but I admit that it short-sells what they do: Oldermost is a band with a surplus of texture and ambition, one that doesn’t recognize the self-imposed barriers you typically find in the Americana scene. A few things to take note of in their Key Studio Sessions set: Geoff Bucknum’s swirling space guitar and his brother Bradford’s howling vocals on “Close to the Fire.” The way “To Seed” starts out like a delicate showtune and ends like a snarling shredder. And even though “What if I Run” doesn’t fly as far from the rock and roll coop, its nuanced bits of instrumental drone and Stephen Robbins’ subtle thunder drums push it towards the edge. Stream and download four performances of songs from the band’s forthcoming LP I Live Here Now, due out in early 2014, including their latest single “When I Know”; the song, recorded with Jon Low at Miner Street Studios, made its formal debut on Bandcamp today, while a music video for “Once I Left” showed up on YouTube. Check that out below, and look for more from the new album with the coming of the new year.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fiona Apple and Blake Mills at Merriam Theater, Oldermost at Boot & Saddle, Lee Fields and the Expressions at Arden Gild Hall and more

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Fiona Apple and singer/songwriter Blake Mills bring their collaborative Anything We Want tour to Merriam theater tonight. Apple’s sultry vocals and damaged goods attitude should combine well with the innovative guitar stylings of Mills. The pair will unite on songs as well as perform their own individual music. Get tickets and more information on the show here.

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Listen to Oldermost’s new song “To Seed” (playing the West Kensington Ministry on Saturday)

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A few months after the first hints of a new album from Oldermost were dropped, the dreamy psych-rock band has released a second single from its upcoming I Live Here Now LP.  ”To Seed” is a melodic, swirling song that opens with fluttery piano arpeggios and swelling strings that call to mind a seedling being carried through the air by the wind.  Along with the other tracks on the album, the song was recorded at Miner Street Recording in Fishtown (home of the Shaking Through sessions).  Oldermost headlines the inaugural show at West Kensington Ministry this Saturday, August 10th with Royal Forest, The Virgins Family Band and Mock Suns.  More information for the all-ages show can be found on the Facebook event page here.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Oldermost, Ruby the Hatchet, The Lawsuits

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In advance of their upcoming debut full-length, local five-piece Oldermost dropped a download of two free tracks earlier this week. “Close to the Fire” and “Once I Left” display two distinct moods of the band, recalling dreamy Americana favorites My Morning Jacket and Lord Huron. Stream the songs below and download them on Oldermost’s Bandcamp here.

New Paradise Laboratories have announced that they will put their production of 27 back on the stage this spring.  The play takes a surreal and improvised look at music’s “27 Club” with portrayals of Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.  Narrator / musical accompanist Alec MacLaughlin stopped in the WXPN studios for an interview and improvisation session during the play’s run last fall – download his appearance below.

Tuesday’s My Morning Download featured Philly’s The Lawsuits and their new single “Onion.”  The track, and the album it will appear on, was recorded by Bill Moriarty.  With the release of Cool Cool Cool happening this summer, the band has some free time on their hands, which they will fill with a few shows next month – catch The Lawsuits at Johnny Brenda’s on May 3rd, at The Fire on May 5th and at Hard Rock Cafe on May 10th.  Tickets and information for all shows can be found here.  Download “Onion” here and check out the Key Studio Session version below.

Ruby the Hatchet stopped by to record this week’s Key Studio Session, reprising two songs from their wild Ouroboros album that was released last fall and previewing a new one, “Paralyzed,” which you can stream and download below.  The Angry Mountain was also on hand to capture the local band’s performance of “Paralyzed” on film.  Ruby the Hatchet will be at Kung Fu Necktie on April 25th – tickets and information can be found here.  Check out the full session here.

Ruby The Hatchet “Paralyzed” from The Angry Mountain on Vimeo.

Local art rock outfit The Chairman Dances shared their new two song Michael and the Prophetess EP this week.  The free download is “a song cycle steeped in biblical language and set in a fictionalized 1950s era Brooklyn” and follows the band’s longer form concept efforts A Promise and Long Lost / A History of Iniquity.  The Chairman Dances will perform at Kung Fu Necktie on June 14th; tickets and information can be found here.

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Download two new songs for earthy Philly five-piece Oldermost

oldermostThe guys of Oldermost have been a bit on the quiet side lately, but with good reason – they’ve been hard at work. The earthy Philadelphia five-piece popped on our radar a couple years back with a breathtaking EP (and its wonderful centerpiece track, “Kensington”), and today we got word that the band just wrapped up production on its full-length debut, I Live Here Now, recorded in the hallowed halls of Fishtown’s Miner Street studios with Jonathan Low on the boards (with some home recording in the mix).

The album is due out later this year, but we got a taste today with a two-track teaser digital single – “Close to the Fire” backed with “Once I Left.” The former rides an incredible swell of rootsy guitar tones, while the latter is downtempo and contemplative, both carrying notes of that dreamy, windswept Americana sound of Built to Spill, My Morning Jacket and Lord Huron. Listen to the single below, get a name-your-price download at Bandcamp.