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Watch the May episode of Shaking Through featuring Purling Hiss

This month’s episode of Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN—features a song by Purling Hiss called “Lolita.” This month’s episode was recorded in early April at Miner Street Recordings, and guest curated by The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel.

From the folks at Shaking Through:

We’ve been hearing about Purling Hiss and its creator, Mike Polizze, for some time now, echoing within the inner circuit of Philadelphia’s most esteemed music elite: Kurt Vile, Richie Charles, The War on Drugs. Local promoters can’t seem to get enough of band as well — their enthusiasm fueled by The Hiss’ huge sound, out-sized energy and classic rock n’ roll vibes.

Adam Granduciel, frontman and guitarist for the Philadelphia-based band The War On Drugs, curated the episode. Of everyone he knew, Purling Hiss was the one he believed would seize the opportunity and create something remarkable, and so he and the band converged at Miner Street in Philadelphia to record “Lolita” over the course of a warm weekend in early April. The result: Polizze’s swirling guitar riffs, and the band’s rebellious rhythm (Mike Sneeringer on Drums and Kiel Everett on Bass), take the listener into a triumphant rock-n-roll landscape, one that can’t be passively pushed aside in today’s music.

You can listen to the track and watch the video below; visit Shaking Through’s website to see photos, interviews, and more from the session.

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Watch the April episode of Shaking Through, featuring Cat Martino

This month’s episode of Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN—features a song by Cat Martino called “I Promise.” Martino wrote and recorded the song with help from Sufjan Stevens and drummer Chris Powell from Man Man. This month’s episode was recorded in mid-March at Miner Street Recordings, produced by Brian McTear and Peter English, and engineered by John Low.

From the folks at Shaking Through:

Ever since meeting Cat Martino during our first Shaking Through session with Sharon Van Etten, we’ve known she’s a woman with a powerful voice. Since then, we’ve watched her collaborate with an incredible repertoire of artists (Sufjan Stevens, The Shins) as she’s developed her solo career. Now, two years later, we were thrilled to bring her back to Philadelphia for another go in the studio—this time, with her work as the focus.

While many wrapped up their SXSW trips, Martino visited us from Brooklyn for a weekend in the middle of March. Enlisting the help of frequent collaborator Sufjan Stevens and Philly drummer Chris Powell (Man Man), she set to work on “I Promise,” an electronic-influenced slow jam about letting go of past relationships.

You can listen to the track and watch the video below; visit Shaking Through’s website to see photos, interviews, and more from the session.

Shaking Through: Cat Martino from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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Watch the March episode of Shaking Through, featuring Faces On Film

This month’s episode of Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN—features a song by Faces On Film called “Waiting For GA.” The Boston-based solo project of Mike Fiore released its sophomore album Some Weather last summer. This month’s episode was recorded in late January at Miner Street Recordings, produced by Brian McTear, engineered by Joe Bisirri, and guest curated by Marissa Nadler.

From the folks at Shaking Through:

Fiore’s first foray into music was as a teenager, playing guitar on porches in his hometown of Rochester, NY with neighborhood friends and their parents. A foundation in folk and traditional American standards laid the groundwork for his evolution as a songwriter, but realizing songwriting didn’t have to be about precise storytelling freed him to develop his music’s identity. “When you relieve yourself of the burden of telling a perfect story in an arch, you get a glimpse of the words and imagery and language that come naturally,” he says. “There’s a layer of reality that is stripped away and it’s as if a mechanism is exposed, and you can see into someone’s mind.”

That approach guided Faces on Film’s first two releases, The Troubles (2008) and Some Weather (2010), which earned Best of Boston acclaim and praise from outlets like NPR and PopMatters. Perhaps not surprisingly, the latter was inspired by a series of recurring dreams; like “Waiting for GA,” Some Weather captures more of an ethereal sense of existence without unnecessarily descriptive details. His reluctance to explicitly divulge the meaning behind his songs is central to his songwriting philosophy. “I have this weird superstition,” he explains. “If you can identify the source of something and too perfectly pinpoint it, it can go away. It loses something you had before you could describe it. There’s no more possibility as soon as you attach a description to it.”

You can listen to the track and watch the video below; visit Shaking Through’s website to see photos, interviews, and more from the session.

Shaking Through: Faces on Film from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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Listen to the new Shaking Through: Selected Tracks Vol. 1 & 2 compilation

The folks over at Weathervane Music have just released an EP featuring songs by musical acts that have appeared in the first two seasons of Shaking Through. The six-song sampler kicks off with Sharon Van Etten’s “Love More”; Van Etten, who was featured in the first episode of Shaking Through, is WXPN’s Artist To Watch for February and will perform a Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live on Friday, Feb. 10th. (You can RSVP for the FAN show here.) The other Shaking Through artists on the compilation are Twin Sister, Family Band, Snowmine, Dreamers Of The Ghetto and Hezekiah Jones. You can give it a listen below.

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Sharon Van Etten to perform a Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live on Friday, February 10th

Dusdin Condren/Courtesy of the artist

Sharon Van Etten will perform a Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe on Friday, February 10th. (Van Etten will be at Johnny Brenda’s later that night for a sold-out XPN Welcomes show with Shearwater.) The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter (and WXPN favorite) will be touring in support of her upcoming album, Tramp, which will be released on February 7th on Jagjaguwar Records. You can listen to the album via streaming audio (courtesy of NPR Music) here. Some of the sessions for Tramp were mixed by Brian McTear at Miner Street, the recording studio that is home to Shaking Through, the online video and audio collaboration between WXPN and Weathervane Music. Sharon was the inaugural Shaking Through artist in January 2010; you can watch her Shaking Through video and listen to the track “Love More” below.

Tickets become available to the general public tomorrow afternoon following the Free At Noon performance by Pete Donnelly; for earlier access to Free At Noon tickets, sign up for WXPN’s weekly email newsletter—you’ll be able to RSVP on Thursday mornings, immediately after the performing act has been announced.

As always, check back with The Key on Friday afternoon after the show for photos, a review, and a recording of the full performance.

Shaking Through: Sharon Van Etten from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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This Month’s Shaking Through Episode: Filthybird’s “I’d Like To Know”

This month’s episode of Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN—features a song by Filthybird called “I’d Like To Know.” The Hillsborough, NC-based indie-folk quartet released its debut LP, Songs For Other People, in October 2010, and, most recently, a split single with Small Ponds in November 2011 (both of which you can listen to and download via Bandcamp). This month’s episode was recorded at Miner Street Recordings in November 2011, produced by Brian McTear, engineered and mixed by Jonathan Low, and guest curated by Grayson Currin of Independent Weekly.

From the folks at Shaking Through:

There is a charming set of influences at Filthybird’s core. The magic of these North Carolina natives starts with Renee Mendoza’s voice, at once scratchy and heartfelt, it swoops and swerves through her graceful songs. Next, add Husband and Luthier Brian Haran, who’s thoughtful, textured guitars and arrangements are played through guitars and amps he’s built himself. Fill it out with engaging rhythm players and you’ll find a band that knows how to play to its strengths in engaging and unexpected ways.

You can listen to the track and watch the video below; visit Shaking Through’s newly redesigned website to see photos, interviews, and more from the session.

Shaking Through: Filthybird from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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This Month’s Shaking Through Episode: Snowmine’s “Curfews”

This month’s episode of Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN—features a song by Snowmine titled “Curfews.” The Brooklyn-based indie-pop quintet released its debut LP Laminate Pet Animal (which you can listen to and download via Bandcamp) earlier this year; the episode was curated by Mark Schoneveld of YVYNYL.

More from the folks at Shaking Through:

A highlight of the Snowmine session was watching them incorporate found-sounds into their song, “Curfews.” After alluding to “immersive” artists that the band admires, Grayson Sanders spoke about finding the balance between produced and found-sounds. “When you can marry the two, it’s great. But it’s even better when you can take two, three, or four found-sounds from the world and stack them with a note,” Sanders remarked. True to this sentiment, “Curfews” utilizes dish brushes, Chinese lanterns, and brooms, all of which play a part in building the song’s atmosphere.

You can watch the finished video and listen to the track below; visit the Shaking Through website to see photos, interviews, and more from the session. Individual raw tracks are available for independent mixing/remixing here.

Shaking Through: SNOWMINE from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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Shaking Through: Recording Creepoid with producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson and engineer Jon Low


In case you missed it, the current Shaking Through episode is with Philly’s Creepoid who recorded a new song called “Old Tree” for the series. The session was curated by Sean Agnew of R5 Productions and was produced Kyle “Slick” Johnson and engineered by Jon Low at Miner Street Recording. You can watch the video of the session here. Below, download Creepoid’s “Old Tree” and watch a new video with Johnson and Low talking about the technical aspects of recording the session.

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Shaking Through: Creepoid’s “Old Tree” (curated by Sean Agnew of R5 Productions)

September’s episode of Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN—features a song by Philadelphia’s own Creepoid, “Old Tree.” Earlier this year, the rock quartet released its debut LP, Horse Heaven; around the same time we interviewed drummer Pat Troxell and recorded the band for a Key Studio Session. This month’s session was Curated by Sean Agnew of R5 Productions and featured guest producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson.

More from the folks at Shaking Through:

Creepoid combines an eclectic set of influences including folk, hardcore, and psychedelia to create a unique and meaningful sound that is all their own. The band consists of longtime friends Sean Miller on guitar and vocals, guitarist Pete Joe Urban, and husband-and-wife Pat and Anna Troxell on drums and bass respectively.

“I chose Creepoid because I’m a big fan of their music,” states Sean Agnew, guest curator. “They are also one of the harder working local bands. As someone who sets up shows and concerts, I appreciate the effort that’s put into it. They email record labels, get their own shows and don’t just sit down and complain about how no one’s doing anything for them.”

You can watch the finished video and listen to the track below; visit the Shaking Through website to see photos, interviews, and more (including individual raw tracks for independent mixing/remixing) from the session.

Shaking Through: Creepoid from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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This Month’s Shaking Through Artist: Philadelphia’s Creepoid

Photo by Michael James Murray

The folks over at Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN—have announced that this month’s artist will be Philadelphia’s own Creepoid. Earlier this year, the rock quartet released its debut LP, Horse Heaven; around the same time we interviewed drummer Pat Troxell and recorded the band for a Key Studio Session. From the Weathervane Music blog:

It’s a new month, and it’s time to introduce a new Shaking Through artist! For October, we’re psyched to present a session with Creepoid, a band that finds the unlikely nexus of folk, hardcore and grunge music. Creepoid is singer and guitarist Sean Miller, guitarist Pete Joe Urban, and a husband-and-wife rhythm section made up of bassist Anna and drummer Pat Troxell. Together, the four-piece band creates psych-pop music with occasional recollections of the horror film genre (check out the video below). This session is curated by Sean Agnew, whose who D.I.Y. promotional business R5 Productions has brought thousands of bands to multiple venues in Philadelphia since 1996.

The Shaking Through episode with Creepoid will be posted on Tuesday, October 18th.