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Ben Vaughn, Bardo Pond and more will play Philadelphia Record Exchange’s 30th Anniversary Block Party

Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman
Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman

With the recent de-commissioning of Old City’s revered AKA Music, it’s more important than ever to celebrate and appreciate our bricks and mortar record retailers while they’re here. So in that spirit, mark off your calendar and make plans to head out to Frankford and Oxford on Saturday, September 19th, for the 30th anniversary of the Philadelphia Record Exchange. For one thing, it’s a legendary music institution. For another, there’s some great live music to go with it – Philly psychedelic luminaries Bardo Pond, rock and roller and XPN host Ben Vaughn, indie stalwarts Strapping Fieldhands and more TBA. More information can be found at the block party’s Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Folk Evaluation presents a Twilight Nuages listening party at the Philadelphia Record Exchange on 4/26

Folk Evaluation will celebrate the reissue of enigmatic Connecticut group Twilight Nuages’ “seldom seen but highly sought-after” one-off album with a listening party at the Philadelphia Record Exchange on Saturday, April 26th.  The release marks Folk Evaluation’s second reissue following last year’s rediscovery of a 1972 Hoi’ Polloi LP.

In 1977 High school music teacher Bill Last, who will be in attendance at the listening party, gathered together talented students and friends to record an album that explores all corners of pop in a home-recording / DIY experiment.  from Folk Evaluation:

The eight-piece-strong band recorded live in Bill’s parents’ basement straight to 1/4″ stereo tape with no overdubs whatsoever, and the end result will leave even the most jaded of listeners with their jaws hanging in disbelief. From sunshine pop to country swing to devastatingly sincere piano ballads, the amount of heart and pop ingenuity on display is simply staggering Imagine if the kids from the Langley Schools Music Project grew up to be in the Olivia Tremor Control and you’re part way there.

The reissue features a deluxe edition distributed by Light in the Attic Records and was released on Tuesday, April 22nd.  More information for the event can be found on Facebook here, and you can here a clip of the record in the trailer below.

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Bang your head to Spacin’ with Harmonica Dan in the video for “Sunshine, No Shoes”

Shouts to The Deli for alerting us to this fun new video from Spacin‘. If you’re not familiar, the fuzzy garage-rock thrashers (which include Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss) dropped an excellent LP, Deep Thuds, on Richie Records earlier this year. [correction: Mike Polizze played in an early incarnation of Spacin', but as Richie Charles of Richie Records put it, "he's got his plate full with the Hiss!"] This knockabout anthem “Sunshine, No Shoes” comes from it, and in this video, we pretty much see “Harmonica” Dan Balcer of the Philadelphia Record Exchange hanging out in his store wearing a Mountain t-shirt, sipping a lager, banging his head and playing air guitar. Check it out below, and join him if you feel so inclined.