The Deli’s Choice/Cuts series is back and the current episode features Philly psychedelic/folk outfit Bad Braids performing at Hotbox Studios. Bad Braids, which is really comprised of just singer/songwriter/guitarist Megan Biscieglia and a rotating cast of collaborators, premieres a new track called “Jackal” for the series. Biscieglia’s music has also been described as “haunting,” but “Jackal” is especially crooning, with eerily distorted and reverberating vocals mixing with poignant electric guitar riffs. The song moves pensively, beginning slow building into an emotional crescendo. In short, it’s agonizing and biting and totally amazing. Watch the video The Deli recorded of Bad Braids’ performaning “Jackal” at Hotbox below.
Philly art-pop seven-piece Grandchildren is taking it easy a for a bit – their sophomore album Golden Age doesn’t come out until May, and the only shows on their agenda between now and then are two gallery appearances in Brooklyn – but that doesn’t mean there’s not more new music to be heard. Last week we got another taste of the album in this performance of “End Times” from The Deli Magazine and HotBox Studios‘ resurrected Choice/Cuts session series. Check it out below, and watch their performance of “Sunrise” (part one of the Grandchildren feature) here.
Kudos to The Deli for spotting this yesterday: Gabrielle Smith and Benjamin Schurr, formerly of Philadelphia’s Br’er, just released a single under their new experimental pop project, Eskimeaux. The haunting track, “Trinkets,” can be heard on the Prefix Magazine website here. “Trinkets” will be part of the duo’s forthcoming self-titled album, scheduled for release November 8th. The album is being released through the label Human Kindness Overflowing and will only cost $5.00, with $2.50 going towards meals for Philabundance while the remaining $2.50 is split between the artist and the label’s future contributions to charities. Eskimeaux will be playing at Moviate in Harrisburg November 13th; ticket and show information can be found here.
Local psych rockers Purling Hiss will be releasing a distortion-heavy WFMU in-studio performance on cassette through Fan Death Records on October 30th. The tape, called A Little Off Center, will include five discography-spanning tracks recorded at WFMU’s Jersey City, NJ studios on December 21st, 2010 at the tail-end of a tour with Kurt Vile. (Thanks to The Deli for spotting this news over the weekend.) You can listen to the lo-fi garage-rock band’s interview with WFMU’s Brian Turner here and stream “Run from the City (Live at WFMU)” below, and download the band’s Key Studio Session here. Purling Hiss return to Philadelphia on November 15th for a show at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets and more information can be found here.
Last December, Roof Doctor lead guitarist/vocalist Mark Harper looked to his friends’ bands for “the best musicians he knew,” and borrowed them record his own material. It was evident after only two practices with Alex Stackhouse (guitar), Chet Williams (bass), Sean Reilly (bass), and Kevin Paschall (drums) that the group possessed enough chemistry to identify as a band in its own right. Last week I sat down with Harper to discuss Roof Doctor’s path – from starting out at the notorious North Philadelphia Maggot House where Harper and guitarist Alex Stackhouse live, to the band’s current plans, and their recently crushed dreams of beefing with Conor Oberst.
TK: Have you been working on anything new since the release of your EP I Am Going To Die back in July?
MH: Yeah, yeah. I Am Going To Die was recorded from February to May in the basement of Maggot House, but we’ve been pretty busy playing and writing new stuff.
TK: Did starting the band inside Maggot House influence your style?
MH: Absolutely. I never listened to punk at all, I was totally new to the whole DIY thing. The people there had a big effect on me. I want to keep playing house shows—I’m not really big on playing a lot of bar gigs. When you play at house shows and colleges people are more enthusiastic.
TK: What’s your favorite show you’ve played?
MH: Oh, just last weekend we played a show at Rowan University. It was really crowded and super energetic. It was just cool because you could see all these kids from the suburbs who had never experienced shows like this, whereas in Philly kids are used to these kinds of shows and places.
TK: What do you love about smaller performances like that?
Philadelphia DJ King Britt just released a new track, “Copper Speaks to Flesh,” as a free download on Soundcloud. The track, which is part of a “Sound Sculptures” exhibition going on throughout Philadelphia, was created to accompany Jim Sanborn’s Ars Mendedi sculpture in the Sidney and Ethal Lubert Plaza off Walnut Street. “Sound Sculptures” is an interactive art project sponsored by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s Percent for Art program that allows observers to listen to different accompanying sound pieces at physical locations of art throughout the city using mp3 players, cell phones and smartphones. King Britt, whose next album The Bee and the Stamen is scheduled for release October 16th, will be performing this Sunday at the Data Garden Switched-On Garden Show 002 at Bartram’s Garden in West Philly. Download “Copper Speaks to Flesh” below.
XPN2’s Folkadelphia just announced its latest showcase on November 13th featuring Chicago’s Angel Olsen; Philly artists Meg Baird and Brendan Codey to be held at Studio 34. Olsen, formerly of Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s Cairo Gang band, just released her first full-length LP, Half Way Home in September to critical acclaim. Baird also collaborated with Billy’s Cairo Gang, and her 2011 record Seasons on Earth, was well received by critics, with NPR putting her in a league among Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Codey, whose EPs and singles are available digitally and as limited-edition cassettes, has had his music described as “a meditative hailstorm, placing the listener right in the eye of the storm looking out” by the Deli Magazine-Philly. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $8.00 in advance; more information can be found here. Watch Olsen’s new video for “Acrobat” below.