As far as the local music scene goes, we thought 2012 was an excellent year. Our hats go off to the dozens of bands across an impressive, diverse range of genres for notching things up last year. Roll call: Dr. Dog. War On Drugs. Meek Mill. Hop Along. Cheers Elephant. Arc In Round. Toy Soldiers. Hezekiah Jones. Lushlife. Work Drugs. Chill Moody. Sun Airway. The Stray Birds. Purling Hiss. Free Energy. The Fleeting Ends. Aaron Brown. Res. Low Cut Connie. Spacin’. Swearin’ (there’s a double bill we want to see). Shark Tape. In The Pocket. DRGN KNG. Cold Fronts. Moosh & Twist. Nothing. RJD2. Night Panther. Reef The Lost Cauze. Buried Beds. Vacationer. Ape School. Adrien Reju. The Spinto Band. Ground Up. Vintage Kicks. Pissed Jeans. The legendary Roots crew. Santigold. Birdie Busch. Zilla Rocca. Scot Sax. Man Man. Schoolly (don’t need the “D” anymore, he’s just “Schoolly”). Freeway. Strand of Oaks. Good Old War. King Britt. Heyward Howkins. Arctic Splash. White Birds Chiddy Bang. GrandeMarshall. Meg Baird. City Rain. Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang. The Money Making Jam Boys. Nicos Gun.
Who’d we forget? Probably dozens more. Our apologies if we left you out. We hope you get the point though; these days, Philly is miles deep and miles wide with talent and creativity. If 2012 was a “ten,” here’s 15 reasons why Philly’s music scene is about to go to 11 in 2013. Continue reading →
Roots collaborator Truck North has released his new EP, Our America Cousin, that you can download for free here. Our American Cousin features various production support from The Wurx, Rashad, Dame the Great and Schooley V and appearances by Black Thought & Asher Roth. Below, you can get a taste of two songs from the EP.
Below, listen to a new song, “Capital Crime” from the forthcoming EP by Truck North, American Cousin. Produced by The Wurx, the song features Black Thought of the legendary Roots crew (of which North is a collaborator with) and Asher Roth and was produced by The Wurxs.
Okayplayer tipped us to this new Truck North song, “The Rain Maker.” Produced by The Wurx, it’s from his forthcoming EP, Our American Cousin. North, a legendary Roots Crew Affiliate and member of the Money Making Jam Boys. “The Rain Maker” is built on a a simple yet deceptive and haunting piano chord progression, looped over a tight nicely syncopated beat, snippets of Malcolm X quotes, and North’s always on time rhymes.
Truck North has a new song called “A Song About Girls” that you can download and listen to at okayplayer here. The frequent Roots collaborator and Money Making Jam Boy raps over a Jake One instrumental with some raps about girls that highlights Truck’s clever writing skills. Check it out here.
Check out (below) this new song called “Deep Shadows” written by Chill Moody, Charlie K from WrittenHouse., and Truck North. It was produced by Joe Logic and recorded at Milkboy Studio and Paintbooth Studio. It’s due out on the Sunshine Philadelphia Volume 3 album The Features.