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Two To Tango: The Fantastic Imagination’s Josh Meakim and Prowler’s Keith Greiman

Josh Meakam of The Fantastic Imagination and Keith Greiman of Prowler | photos courtesy of the artists

When two veterans of the Philly odd-tronica scene get together for a party, there’s always the promise of menace and mayhem. For neither Prowler‘s Keith Greiman (and his brand of boogie-space-glam) nor A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Josh Meakim and his wonky electronic The Fantastic Imagination are easy listens. That’s why they’re each brilliant in their own way.

While Prowler is currently out-and-about with a new EP whose release is celebrated at Ortliebs on February 24, The Fantastic Imagination is still recovering from its cassette EP party for its Good Knight, Sweet Dreams – also at Ortliebs and also with Prowler – as well as its more recent Moonphases Vol.1. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: “Mischief Night” gets ghoulish in Haunted Homes’ spooky vintage film video

Haunted Homes | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of artist

‘Tis Mischief Night, my good fellows. You know what that means — cue lightning strike, thunder clash, echoing deep-throated cackles — time for some ghoulish shenanigans. And Philly’s resident retro spooksters, Haunted Homes, are here to get you in the wholesomely eerie mood with a new video for their aptly titled track, “Mischief Night.” Continue reading →

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Space out to The Fantastic Imagination’s Margaret is a Witch EP

The Fantastic Imagination | Photo by Ben Morgan | Courtesy of the artist
The Fantastic Imagination | Photo by Ben Morgan | Courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia indie collective The Fantastic Imagination cover some serious territory under the massive psych-rock umbrella, from moments of fuzzed-up Electrelane-ish pop to the bleak synthesizer dystopias of Kraftwerk; the warped textures of early Pink Floyd to the jangle pop of The Magnetic Fields. Continue reading →

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The Fantastic Imagination take acid, cover T. Rex’s “Born to Be My Unicorn”

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The Fantastic Imagination | photo via Facebook

Before going full-on glam rock, T. Rex were a psychedelic folk band that released a record inspired by unicorns and fairy tales called, simply, Unicorn. Now, our own local psych-rock collective The Fantastic Imagination have dusted that album off and recorded a cover of “She Was Born to Be My Unicorn.”

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The Fantastic Imagination share new single “Predict Country”

Fantastic Imagination
The Fantastic Imagination | photo via Facebook

After taking a couple off years off from releasing music, The Fantastic Imagination are back with their second single of 2015.

“Predict Country” is a sprawling, euphoric song that follows up February’s equally euphoric, though quirkier, “Slack Ghosts Get Stoned.” It certainly reflects the psych-folk, communal identities of the 60s, but also reaches into Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” bag for its atmosphere. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Curly Castro, The Head and The Heart, Josh Jones

 

Curly Castro | Photo by Laura Lynn | www.facebook.com/llwphotography
Curly Castro | Photo by Laura Lynn | www.facebook.com/llwphotography

This week’s Key Studio Session brought local MC Curly Castro into the studio.  The exceptionally expansive session of six tracks and six banter breaks bridges the duality of modern day hip hop: Castro has the rare ability to be both hype man and activist, alternating between the two.  He was joined by fellow Philly producer Zilla Rocca, who Castro worked with on last year’s Wu Tang Pulp tribute project.  Stream and download “West Indian Rum” below and check out the full session here.

Following his debut single “Away,” new Philly rapper JustXSudan has shared another new track called “A Couple Wishes.”  Where “Away” served to introduce himself to his new audience, “A Couple Wishes” takes JustXSudan’s listeners into the reality of his everyday environment.  Stream and download the song below and keep an ear out for Sudan’s debut record.

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