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Bands in the Backyard is bringing together some of Philly’s best for a one-night-only concert at the Theater of the Living Arts. BITBY will host the concert Summer Sounds on August 15. It’s a killer lineup topped by Bucks County rock band Commonwealth Choir as headliner (fresh off their slot at XPoNential Music Festival this weekend). Continue reading →
Philly psych-pop band Weekender prove there ain’t no rest for the wicked. After headlining Kung Fu Necktie last night, the fuzzy dreampop outfit is playing a slew of shows in Philly this summer, including local stops at Bourbon and Branch May 31, KFN June 11, the Firefly Festival in Delaware June 22, and then closing out at The Fire June 27. With pop beats, cutting riffs and droning guitars, Weekender is an ideal summer soundtrack.The band has promised a follow-up album to 2013′s EP Spanish Peaks this summer, but no word yet on a date. In the mean time, check out their very psychedelic Off the Avenue live session in Savannah, Georgia below.
Before their limited cassette release at their show this Thursday at Ortlieb’s, Philly Tapes Philly have shared a sneak peek of their collaboration Weekender and Delco Pacers. Originally conceived by members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk, Philly Tapes Philly brings local bands together to play each others’ music, record it in the old analog format, release it on cassette tapes, and hopefully gain some new fans.
Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2: Weekend in Delco is out this Thursday, April 24th, at the release show at Ortlieb’s. But before you go grab a FREE copy of their joint tape (if you’re one of the first 50 people in the door) at the show, check out this preview of the recording process. Watch a video below via Bob Sweeney, see a gallery of photos by Wendy McCardle and get more details on the show here.
Philly Tapes Philly is back with the second installment of its new monthly tape collaboration, this time featuring Delco Pacers and Weekender. Curated by members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk, the idea developed out of a desire to work on more collaborations and get bands in the studio together, as Commonwealth Choir’s Nick Cislak explained over email.
“We were able to book a show together last month and we wanted to do something to make it unique,” says Cislak. “Our singer Davis Howley actually came up with the idea to do cassettes. It just so happened that Sam Long (Big Tusk) had a 4-track cassette recorder that he was dying to put to use for something cool.”
Recorded in Commonwealth Choir’s studio, The Gun Shop, the limited run of 50 cassettes includes one song from each participating band. The process is totally analog and one-of a kind, with members of each band contributing to the other’s contribution.
“[We] figured out a pretty cool process where each band records a live take of a song, and then we used the remaining two tracks on the cassette to overdub some fun collaborative elements (back-up vocals, shakers, tambourines, percussion, even a miniature baby grand piano that the Tusk guys had).”
To keep the results of these sessions exciting, the featured bands will remain a mystery up until the month that their tape gets released at a special joint show. But you can be sure the match-up will be interesting and maybe even unexpected, due to the unifying nature and mission of the project. Philly Tapes Philly‘s main focus is to bring bands together that may not meet or play shows together otherwise, thereby breaking down the boundaries between local music niches and expanding the creative nature of the city as a whole.
“Most bands draw inspiration from various styles anyway. The more people in the room with different backgrounds and experience, the cooler/more unique the product becomes. We are definitely looking to pair bands that can learn from each other and make really great music.”
Philly Tapes Philly: Vol. 2 with Delco Pacers and Weekender will be released at a special free show at Ortlieb’s on April 24th. The first 50 people in the door will get a free copy of the limited edition cassette to enjoy after each band performs. More information can be found here. Bands that are interested in participating can message the project on Facebook here.
Today we bring you our latest Key Studio Sessions compilation, pulling together the best of what we’ve recorded in the final four months of 2013. I’m always psyched about these comps, but The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 9 in particular presents a tremendous variety of musicians from around the Philadelphia region that I’m excited to showcase for you. Bucks County has a healthy showing, from the acoustic alt-punk swagger of Balance and Composure and the retro-grunge of Daylight to the booming Americana of Levee Drivers and the flower child folk stylings of Lily Mae. We trip away into a spacious, 12-minute jam by Chris Forsyth and his Solar Motel Band, rock out to Amanda X and get chillingly meditative with ambient musician and filmmaker Michael James Murray. A Christmas selection from Jersey’s The Classic Brown makes the cut, sultry new jammers from Delaware’s Mean Lady and Central Pa.’s Kate Faust, a fierce bass-backed rap by Curly Castro, an Afro-Cuban jazz rocker from Toy Soldiers, and more. Special thanks to guest engineers Steve Poponi and Mike Kennedy, to Tom Volpicelli at Mastering House for his post-production help, and to production assistants Dan Hutton and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo, Megan Kelly, Laura Lynn, Caitlin McCann, Ally Newbold, Kellie O’Heron, Tony Oppenheim, Matthew Shaver, Mike Trutt and Tiffany Yoon, and videographers Bands in the Backyard and Bob Sweeney for sharing their work this fall. Listen to the 17-song set and get a free download below.
Want more? Get a roundup of our previous free-downloadable Key Studio Sessions compilations after the jump. Continue reading →
Weekender brought their Spanish Peaks EP in for a Key Studio Session, recording the debut effort’s four tracks live. The fuzzy psych / pop four-piece are currently working a full-length with Kyle Johnson set for release early next year, and they’ll be playing tonight’s Making Time $2 Bill show at Voyeur Nightclub. Stream and download “Spanish Peaks” below and get more info on the show here.
This week we celebrated the release of Be Frank, Furness along with Philadelphia native Heyward Howkins. The Unlocked feature on the local singer-songwriter produced a stellar review, an enlightening interview and a free download of “Praline Country.” Stream and download the track below and check out the full profile on Howkins here.Continue reading →
It’s no surprise that Philly four-piece Weekender is appearing on this Saturday’s Making Time $2 Bill show. When you look at the roots of DJ Dave P’s long-running futuristic sounds party, you’ll find they actually lie in fuzzed-out psychedelic Britpop of a couple decades ago. During the early days of Making Time (its tenure at Transit or The Troc), it wouldn’t be uncommon to hear Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, The Stone Roses or Slowdive blaring out of the speakers in the dancefloor mix, and those are exactly some of the artists that the Sheehan brothers draw inspiration from. After making noise in The Tweeds for a number of years, singer-guitarist-older-bro Derek and drummer-younger-bro Nic recruited scene friends from Gypsy Death and You (bassist Emily Cahill) and Bleeding Fractals (Tom Anthony) to refocus with a sound rooted in new nostalgia for the tripped-out 90s. The driving single “No Help from Jesus” was in regular rotation on XPN for a while, and the band got picked up by Brooklyn label Paper Cup Music; the Spanish Peaks EP was reissued in November, and a followup is being finished with producer Kyle Johnson for an early 2014 release. On the heels of Weekender’s appearance at Tri State Indie’s Lou Reed Tribute and in advance of its Making Time set, they stopped by our studio to record a feisty live set; listen to it below, and download three songs – including one unreleased cut, “Beautiful System.” In addition, check out a stream of the band’s very pretty and drifting take on “I’ll Be Your Mirror” as a streaming-only track. Get info on Weekender’s Making Time appearance on December 14th here, and look for more from the band in 2014.
Local psych pop group Weekender have shared a video for “Spanish Peaks,” the title track off of its debut EP. The album was released just last week via PaperCup Music. The video is a collage of found footage, clips of the band members in trees and fields and some brightly colored animation. The naturalistic scenes recall the inspiration for the song, which lead singer / guitarist Derek Sheehan says was a train ride through the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range in Spain.