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Shelf Life, free cake for every creature, Chef Kiss, and more on comp benefitting American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Shelf Life at Key Fest | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Shelf Life at Key Fest | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

What’s better than amazing indie artists coming together to contribute songs about self care and then donating the proceeds to charity? I’ll tell you: nothing. Nothing is better. And Sleeper Records, a new West Philly-based record label, just made that happen. The compilation is called Six Weeks of Winter and its basically a lo-fi indie lover’s dream wrapped up in one pretty package. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance, Part Two: A Saturday of indie rock dreamscaping with Kississippi, Shelf Life, Cherry and Madalean Gauze

Kississippi | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Kississippi | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

We’re still reeling from a mindblowing opening night of #KeyFest over here at XPN HQ – pictures later today! – but there’s plenty more where that came from. Tonight at MilkBoy, we celebrate the vibrant sounds that come from DIY basements and indie rock bars around the city. Read on for an overview. Continue reading →

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Sound and Place: Shelf Life

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Shelf Life | photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN

Sound and Place is a recurring series where we take Philly musicians to their favorite places in town. For this installment, we visit Scotty Leitch of Shelf Life in his apartment.

There’s always a party at Scotty Leitch’s house. At any given time, the pad’s six residents, temporary guests and affiliated friends can be seen strewn about the general living area couch, playing pool on the table in the middle of the room, sitting around the kitchen table with a bottle of wine or hosting band practice upstairs.It can feel a bit hectic with this ever-revolving door of welcome guests and visitors, but Leitch doesn’t mind it at all. He thrives off of this sort of communal living.

“It’s wonderful, it’s joyous,” Leitch says with pride. “I have worked very hard to surround myself with these people that I care for so much.”

Elements of personality are evident in all areas of the house. One of the front room’s couches is actually a row of seats from a van. There are posters and colorful illustrations hung or even drawn on the walls. In the kitchen, sunflower printed wallpaper lines the bottom portion of the wall; the upper half features hand drawn cigarettes. There’s even a jack-o-lantern stealthily tucked on top of the cabinets.

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Shelf Life’s “Everyone Make Happy” is like a maudlin friend

 

Shelf Life | Photo by Ethan Holland | courtesy of the artist
Shelf Life | Photo by Ethan Holland | courtesy of the artist

Shelf Life – the project of long-time Philly musician Scotty Leitch – is streaming his debut album Everyone Make Happy in advance of its release this Friday. This follows the single teasers of “Double Dare” and “The Curse.”

Like those songs, the record mixes low-fidelity acoustic pop with eclectic synth arrangements. Like a slow, somber friend, Everyone is dark and envelopes the listener in a comforting and familiar sadness. You know the kind. It comes creeping behind you on misty, late autumn evenings, and yet you know the season would not be complete without it lurking nearby. And the album is personal.  Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Listen to Shelf Life’s nostalgia-laden “Double Dare”

Shelf Life | Photo by Ethan Holland | courtesy of the artist
Shelf Life | Photo by Ethan Holland | courtesy of the artist

Back in the spring, Scotty Leitch rolled out the first track from his band Shelf Life, titled “The Curse.” The song (listen here) saw the longtime Philly scene dude – who most notably played in emo-punk outfit Pirouette in the late aughties – delivering an alluring blend of bristly psychedelic electronics and jangling acoustic pop, while lyrically confronting the death of a loved one.

His record as a whole comes from equally heavy places; following a car accident last year, the lower portion of Leitch’s right leg was crushed. While recuperating, he bought a computer and recording software, and began writing the songs that would become Everyone Make Happy. Continue reading →

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Shelf Life releases “The Curse,” the first single from Everyone Make Happy

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Shelf Life | photo by Mariel Celentano

Scotty Leitch has been knocking around the local music scene for the better part of a decade, first in Pirouette, then Little Pirouettes (a joint venture with members of the defunct Little Kingdoms and Smoother) and now as Shelf Life. In this latest project, Leitch climbs out of an emo / alt-punk basement and into a country-soaked barrel of self-exploration and awareness.

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