Listening to Aaron and the Spell‘s new full-length Sing, you can tell that songwriter Aaron Brown pulls from a large pool of influences. The primary sound is soul, for sure, but there’s a lot more going on than just that. We asked Aaron put together a video playlist of artists that have shaped him as a songwriter. Here are his picks.
Wilco “Side With the Seeds”
“I am a huge fan of Wilco and was so excited to see them at the XPoNential Music Festival. They definitely seep into my music (especially this song).”
Nina Simone “I Love You Porgy”
“Maybe my favorite musician ever. This is the tune that first broke Nina to a wider audience and it happened in Philadelphia! I believe she used to live in West Philly for a time. I’m always walking Philadelphia hoping to bump into one of her relatives still living here.” Continue reading →
Thanks to Youtube user Philly Rocky for capturing Wilco’s performance of “Impossible Germany” from their appaearance at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday night as part of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. The set list from the show is below the video.
Wilco Susquehanna Bank Center setlist, Saturday, July 20th, 2012
1 – Art of Almost
2 – I Might
3 – Misunderstood
4 – Impossible Germany
5 – Born Alone
6 – Laminated Cat (aka Not For The Season)
7 – She’s a Jar
8 – Handshake Drugs
9 – Hate It Here
10 – Whole Love
11 – Box Full of Letters
12 – I’m Always In Love
13 – Heavy Metal Drummer
14 – I’m the Man Who Loves You
15 – Dawned On Me
16 – Shot in the Arm
17 – The Late Greats
Day number two of the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival wrapped up with a high-energy lineup at the Susquehanna Bank Center. On the main stage was the much-anticipated triple bill of Wilco, The Avett Brothers and Dr. Dog, and on The Key’s side stage were Dave Hause (joined on guitar by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem) and The Bailey Hounds. Check out a full photo recap of the night in the gallery above.
The partial lineup for the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival—which will take place on July 20th-July 22nd at Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden Waterfront—has just been announced. The headlining acts include Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, and Counting Crows; you can check out the rest of the lineup below. You can get full ticket info on three-day passes, early-bird tickets, and benefits for WXPN members here.
*Wilco – The Avett Brothers – Dr. Dog – 7/21 at SBC
*Counting Crows – 7/22 at SBC
The Hold Steady
War On Drugs
John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders
Lee Ranaldo Band
Good Old War
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
Matt Santry Band
170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting and ANTI- Records have teamed up to release Raise Your Voice!, a 16-track compilation featuring music from ANTI- artists. If you’re unfamiliar with 170 Million Americans, it’s an important partnership between public radio and TV stations and their audiences. The goal is to foster a stronger public media throughout the United States.
Raise Your Voice! is being offered as a free download to all advocates of public broadcasting. All you have to do is visit RYVoice.org and enter your email and zip code. You’ll then be able to download the album, and you’ll also have the option to share it with your friends and social networks. It will be available for a limited time only, so grab it while you can.
The album features a variety of artists, including local Philly acts Man Man and Dr. Dog. Also included are XPN favorites Booker T. and Neko Case. A full tracklist is below. Again, head over to RYVoice.org to support public radio and download the free compilation.
Raise Your Voice! tracklist:
1. Tom Waits – Make It Rain
2. Wilco – I Might
3. Lost In The Trees – Song For The Painter
4. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
5. Market Irglova – Go Back
6. Booker T. Jones – Progress
7. Tinariwen – Tenere Taqqim Tossam
8. Man Man – Life Fantastic
9. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
10. Jolie Holland – Gold And Yellow
11. William Elliott Whitmore – Everything Gets Gone
12. Sean Rowe – Wet
13. Dr. Dog – Mirror, Mirror
14. Joe Henry – Odetta
15. Devotchka – All The Sand In All The Sea
16. The Swell Season – Low Rising