Philly Tapes Philly is back with their June installment. This month the concert and split cassingle will feature experimental rock group Air is Human and singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse. This spring AiH took over Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties, while Lohse just the other week played a Double Decker Music concert (read more here). Both bands will perform at the tape release party at Ortlieb’s on June 26th. You can find full info for the event here. Check out music from both artists below.
Philly Tapes Philly‘s third release show is just around the corner, and they’ve shared some behind-the-scenes footage of last weekend’s recording session with Roof Doctor and Mo Lowda & The Humble. The local bands recorded and collaborated on two songs, a new one from Roof Doctor called “Two Brothers” and a re-worked version of “Throw Me a Bone” by The Humble. The songs will be released on limited edition cassettes, given away for free to the first 50 people through the door at next week’s show at Ortlieb’s (also free). More information can be found on the event page here. Check out the preview video below, filmed by Bob Sweeney and featuring “Two Brothers,” followed by photos of the session taken by Melissa Roderman.
The project began in March when members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk recognized an opportunity to cross local genre and scene divides by inviting bands into their home studio, The Gun Shop, for one-off recording sessions. The resulting tracks, one from each band, are recorded through an entirely analog process onto 50 limited edition cassette tapes that are given away for free at the subsequent release show at Ortlieb’s, which is also free.
This month will see the Bucks County-bred alternative rock of Mo Lowda & The Humble split with the surf / punk-leaning rock of Roof Doctor, two bands that already eschew tight genre definitions in favor of intricate arrangements and jazzy instrumentation.
Nick Cislak of PTP / Commonwealth Choir was excited to get two bands together that move in different circles but share a passion for supporting and expanding the local music community.
“I already knew Mo Lowda, but hadn’t heard Roof Doctor. When Roof Doctor reached out I checked out [their new album Mobile Freedom Home] and loved it. Getting this many great musicians who were this passionate about the project in the same room together was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”
Listen to “Where the Whitetails Go” off of Mo Lowda & The Humble’s recent debut LP Curse the Weather below, followed by “Bulldog” off of Roof Doctor’s new Mobile Freedom Homefull-length. The free release show will take place at Ortlieb’s on May 29th; more information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Check out the show flyer after the jump.
Philly singer-songwriter A.M. Mills celebrated Record Store Day at AKA Music and tonight he plays at Ortlieb’s. Last month, he released a stellar track titled “Wreckin’ My World” which has a ’70s California-rock ballad feel to it (think Tom Petty). It’s simple, melodic and feels good all around. Check it out below and get tickets here.
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.
Before their limited cassette release at their show this Thursday at Ortlieb’s, Philly Tapes Philly have shared a sneak peek of their collaboration Weekender and Delco Pacers. Originally conceived by members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk, Philly Tapes Philly brings local bands together to play each others’ music, record it in the old analog format, release it on cassette tapes, and hopefully gain some new fans.
Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2: Weekend in Delcois out this Thursday, April 24th, at the release show at Ortlieb’s. But before you go grab a FREE copy of their joint tape (if you’re one of the first 50 people in the door) at the show, check out this preview of the recording process. Watch a video below via Bob Sweeney, see a gallery of photos by Wendy McCardle and get more details on the show here.
“Pretty Polly” is the name of a rather grim and gruesome American murder ballad based on an even older British ballad called “The Gosport Tragedy.” The biggest difference between the two is a matter of narrative darkness. In both versions, a man murders his girlfriend after he learns she is pregnant, but, whereas in “Gosport,” the murderer receives his swift comeuppance while trying to escape his fate, the perpetrator in “Pretty Polly” often leaves the scene of the crime without punishment in this world, instead deferring his “debt to the devil” until the end of his own life.
Depending on the version, things can take a cringeworthy turn involving incest, insanity, premeditation, pejorative language, obsessive behavior, and, of course, the supernatural. It’s no wonder that this story continues to be one of the most popular and widely covered in the folk music world and beyond. To put it plainly, it’s a messed-up story. We’ll hear a few of the many versions available to us on the air.
Self-proclaimed “acid gospel power trio” St. James and the Apostles continue their residency (which takes place every Wednesday of this month) at Ortlieb’s tonight. The band plans to release the follow-up to 2012′s Baphomet in September. With religious undertones, the band’s garage rock sound takes the listener to church and back. Listen to “Kiss & Tell” below, hear frontman Jamie Mahon’s appearance on the Going to Hell podcast here and come out to see the band for free.
Local electro-pop duo City Rain are continuing to have a big year. The success of last year’s hit single and music video for “The Optimist” helped earn the band first place in the MTVU Freshmen contest, and a whole lot of exposure along with it. Now, the electronic duo is gearing up for the release of their new album Songs for a High School Dance, due out May 2, with an album release show at Underground Arts May 1 and two free downloadable tracks via the band’s Soundcloud page that didn’t quite make the final cut.
The instrumental first track, “One Million Shades”, combines spacey electric guitar melodies with bass heavy synths, bringing to mind a loaded up, beat infused version of Explosions in the Sky (the fact that it’s an instrumental undoubtedly contributes to this). “Nephew” features Ben Runyan’s signature hearty vocals over a faster, up-tempo beat, never without piercing guitar melodies.
Be sure to check out City Rain’s residency stint at Ortlieb’s on Wednesdays throughout May. Get tickets for the album release show at Underground Arts when they become available here, and stream the free tracks below.