Matt Marchinowski of Big School Records is moving out of Philadelphia. To celebrate his time here, Marchinowski has pieced together a snapshot of the local music scene with a 27-track mixtape called Philamixington II, available as a free download via his Tumblr. The second installment in the local music mixtape series, this collection samples various genres, circles and side projects with tracks from radio favorites like Cheers Elephant (pictured), basement staples Roof Doctor and The Hundred Acre Woods and new-projects-from-old-buddies like Avery Rosewater. From Marchinowski:
Although April will see my moving out of Philadelphia for the peaceful confines of the sticks I will still consider its scene ‘home’. It wasn’t easy narrowing this collection down to 27 jawns but I can assure you it won’t be the last notch in the Philamixington series.
Download the full mixtape for free on Beat the Indie Drum here and stream a sampling of the tracks below. The first Philamixington set can be downloaded here.
Radiator Hospital does not have any dates scheduled right now as they work on the new record but you can catch PCS alum Salvatore Rex at Maggot House’s acoustic show with Brown Rainbow, Mariah Welch, The Cholly Mellons and Brittany Ann this Saturday, March 30th. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Below, watch Radiator Hospital perform “Our Song” from his Piss Couch Session.
Really, a lineup this stacked could have packed a “proper venue” – say PhilaMOCA or The Fire or even Johnny Brenda’s. So you’ve got to admire the DIY convictions of the bands on the bill; for all the blog-world love that Waxahatchee and Swearin‘ have received, especially with the recent excitement surrounding the former’s fantastic new Cerulean Salt (out today on Don GIovanni Records), they remain down-to-earth, committed to their house-show roots, and brought the rock to the kids on their turf, kicking off tour at West Philly’s Golden Tea House on Friday night.
Of course if their performances on Friday are anything to go by, shows in quarters this close might be harder and harder to pull off. Continue reading →
XPN welcomes new wave outfit The A’s to Underground Arts tonight. Led by charismatic front-man Richard Bush (currently of The Peace Creeps), the Philadelphia band became a fixture in the east coast club scene with their energetic power pop. 1981′s “A Woman’s Got the Power” gave the band its first hit outside of Philly and though the The A’s never broke through to a national audience, their dedicated hometown following remains intact three decades after they parted ways. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch a video of the band performing “A Woman’s Got the Power” live below.
Americana rock outfit Toy Soldiers have made their catalog of EPs and singles available as free downloads on their Bandcamp. The Philadelphia band puts on quite a live show, so if you take advantage of the free tunes try to make it to their gig at World Cafe Live on December 22nd. Tickets and more information are available on the new XPN Concert Calendar, powered by The Swollen Fox. Stream and download “Heart in a Mousetrap” below.
Earlier this month lo-fi / pop artist Radiator Hospital (offstage name: Sam Cook-Parrott) released his new EP, Some Distant Moon. This latest effort is his eighth release since January of 2010 and shows a newfound, straightforward pop approach. More of a exploration into the loneliness in love than his other works, Some Distant Moon tosses Cook-Parrott’s grainy and passionate voice over catchy indie riffs. The singer/songwriter, who recently took up residence in Philadelphia, played at Nacho House on Sunday, November 25th supporting Ted Leo. He also maintains a sizable collection of music videos and session footage recorded in his home. His love of The X-Files, Blade Runner and other sci-fi staples are evident in the imagery his songs evoke. His sparse screams echo through the vast reaches of space but his message never quite seems to arrive to those for whom it is intended. It is the tragic admittance of denial coupled with sweet, looming melodies which allows this EP to command the attention of anyone who has been lonely, removed and forgotten. Listen to this latest release from Radiator Hospital below, or download it at Bandcamp. The 7″ can be purchased from the Minneapolis indie label, Forward Records.