The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. The Postal Service, Grandchildren, Joseph Arthur, Mount Moriah, and more

photos by Myriam Santos
Photo by Myriam Santos
XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week featured Joseph Arthur and his new song “Saint of Impossible Causes.” The track comes from Arthur’s upcoming album The Ballad of Boogie Christ. Stream and download the song below, and learn more about Ballad here.

Wednesday’s My Morning Download featured a quartet from Nashville called The Features and their song “The Disorder.”  The band is a musical chameleon, drawing their quirky sound from classic rock, indie rock, southern soul and more with ease.  They’ll be at MilkBoy Philly on Wednesday, May 8th; go here for info.

Mount Moriah delivered a stirring performance for this week’s Folkadelphia session.  The North Carolina band performed songs from their recent Miracle Temple LP – download the full set on Folkadelphia’s Bandcamp here, and listen to “White Sands” below.

We got a double dose of Key Studio Sessions this week.  Liz & the Lost Boys turned in a preview of their upcoming LP on Wednesday, with jazzy harp-playing and theatrical vocals.  Thursday saw the release of the Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7, featuring tracks from Waxahatchee, Pissed Jeans and more.  Download the compilation here, grab the full Liz & the Lost Boys appearance here and stream their song “I’ll Stay” below.

In advance of its release on May 7th, Grandchildren‘s Golden Age was the topic of this week’s Unlocked series.  The in-depth look at the local band’s new album kicked-off with a download of “End Times.”  Revisit the full feature here and download “End Times” here.

Finally, The Postal Service are celebrating the 10th anniversary release of its album, Give Up. From it, download one of the two new songs from re-release, “A Tattered Line Of String.”


My Morning Download: “This Disorder” by The Features (playing Milkboy Philly on May 8)

Photo courtesy of The Features
Photo courtesy of The Features
The Features are a four piece from Nashville fronted by Matthew Pelham. They release their new self-titled album on May 14. One of Nashville’s best live bands, The Features can go many musical places. They can go classic rock and they can go Krautrock. They can drop some psychedelia, then shift to southern soul. The band has created a quirky, well crafted, yet accessible collection of songs on their new record. Sometimes they sound like Spoon, or The Tragically Hip, or the Sir Douglas Quintet, but mostly they are a band with a unique musical voice worth hearing. The band starts a tour right here in Philly at Milkboy Philly on Wednesday, May 8. Below, in exhange for your e-mail address, download “This Disorder.” The song is from the band’s forthcoming album and also on an excellent sampler of music – The Muse May 2013 Sampler from American Songwriter. In addition to the song below from The Features, the collection also features songs by Phosphorescent, Son Volt, Caitlin Rose and more.