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The Week So Far: 10 must-read stories on The Key

Left to right: Helen Leicht, John Belushi and Ed Sciaky

Holiday Radio Past: Ed Sciaky sends holiday on WIOQ cheer circa 1984 [link]

Philly rocker Tommy Conwell performs acoustic for The Key Studio Sessions [link]

Digging the deep roots of St. James and the Apostles, who play The Fire tonight [link]

Need a soundtrack to your Thanksgiving dinner table? Try our Spotify playlist [link]

Central Pennsylvania’s music scene mourns the loss of its biggest advocate, Jersey Mike [link]

Watch rare video of Patti Smith on the Mike Douglas Show when it was based in Philly [link]

Is that Denison Witmer playing a spandex-clad workout instructor? [link]

Pissed Jeans rage on with a new track, “Bathroom Laughter” [link]

Ring in the holidays with XPN2‘s Jingle Jams, now through New Year’s! [link]

Yeasayer discovered light, and color. And took it on tour. [link]

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Yeasayer embraces color, rediscovers its sound at Union Transfer (review, photos, setlist)

“I miss the Spaghetti Warehouse. Why aren’t we playing in the Spaghetti Warehouse?” – Chris Keating’s Friday introduction to a sold out crowd at a Yeasayer homecoming (1/3 accurate).

The longevity of a band can sometimes be revealed with the release of its third album.

When Yeasayer‘s All Hour Symbols came out in 2007, it was a breakthrough in a newly founded genre of Indie-Psych-Pop. It was a rhythm-based and melodically thoughtful album, and it felt somewhat animalistic to be drawn to the pounding percussions produced by such a young act. Reminiscent of the sounds one might have expected in background of the Last of the Mohicans, the band progressively morphed it into the realms and textures that would’ve been found in the 10010011101’s of the Matrix trilogy. As music and the times change, a band will adapt with the times and the audience. They consider their audience, before recognizing that they had one waiting. The music-maker factory, that is – the musically-enchanted, band-breeding Brooklyn was just getting started, then.

While All Hour Symbols brought us out of a daze of the similar-sounding, 2010’s Odd Blood served more as a back-peddle and a catch-up. An album trying too hard to compete out of their bracket with the likes of the Rhianna’s and the bass driven club hits of the world, and neglecting the fact that they had milled a sound of their own, it felt instead as though each member took a stab at the writing without doing a lot of listening.

There was nothing left to the imagination here, and the heat was then on to not join MGMT at the back of the line that they helped form.

We waited, instead, for the charm of a third. Time would tell. With its hopeful return to the tribe where they grew up, a Fragrant World was this.

And on the Fifth day, The Sayers of Yea created color. And brought it on tour. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Yeasayer at Union Transfer, Permanent Wave Benefit at Cha-cha’razzi, The Miners at Milkboy Philly, John Prine at Merriam Theater, METZ at Kung Fu Necktie


XPN Welcomes electro-pop/rock band Yeasayer to Union Transfer tonight. The group is currently touring in support of their third album, Fragrant World, which was released in August. The band’s psychedelic sound draws a mix of influences from electronic music, folk, and world rhythms, heard best on the 2010 release of Odd Blood, which skyrocketed their reputation, even earning the title of 2010′s most-blogged artist on The Hype Machine. Go here for more information about tonight’s all-ages performance; doors open at 8. Below, watch Yeasayer’s new video for “Longevity” from Fragrant World.

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My Morning Download: “Reagan’s Skeleton” by Yeasayer (XPN Welcomes to Union Transfer, November 16th)


NPR Music has a new installment of Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing that includes some terrific new songs from indie-folkstes The Stray Birds and Shovels & Rope, singer-songwriter Robert Francis and R&B singer Avant. Also featured is one of our favorite bands, Yeasayer whose new album, Fragrant World is out now. Download “Reagan’s Skeleton” by Yeasayer here (right click and “save link as”).
WXPN welcomes Yeasayer to Union Transfer on Friday, November 16th with opener Sinkane (who you don’t want to miss if you are going to the show). Get tickets to the show here.

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Watch Sinkane’s protest-themed debut video (opening for Yeasayer on 11/16)

Sinkane, the solo project of Yeasayer drummer Ahmed Gallab, has released a chaotic new video for “Runnin,’” from his debut album Mars. The experimental world and indie beats from Yeasayer’s past records can be heard throughout Mars, which was released earlier this month and can be streamed in its entirety here. Continue reading →

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Watch: New video for Yeasayer’s “Reagan’s World” (WXPN Welcomes them to Union Transfer on November 16th)

Photo by Anna Palma

Yeasayer recently released a new album, Frangrant World, that’s filled with some jamtastic indie dance-pop gems. The band just released a video for one of our favorite songs on the record, “Reagan’s World,” that you can watch below. XPN Welcomes Yeasayer to Union Transfer on Friday, November 16th. Go here to buy tickets and for more information about the show. Below, watch “Reagan’s World.”

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Listen to Yeasayer remix Gotye’s “Eyes Wide Open” (XPN Welcomes Yeasayer to Union Transfer in November)


Gotye releases its “Eyes Wide Open” remix EP on Tuesday, August 21st. Yeasayer contribute to the album that you can listen to below. Yeasayer just released its new album, Fragrant World. WXPN Welcomes Yeasayer to Union Transfer on Friday, November 18th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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Stream the entire new Yeasayer album via NPR Music (playing Union Transfer in November)


Yeasayer release a new album, Fragrant World, on Tuesday, August 21st. You can listen to the album in its entirety here via NPR Music. NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson writes this about the album:

Fragrant World functions on many levels: It’s bound to inspire some bang-up dance remixes, in spite of (and, let’s face it, because of) the swirling, searching layers of gloom sewn into its margins. Inspired equally by R&B records and Blade Runner, it’s the sort of record that rewards a bit of exploration, but it never forgets to dole out fun, easy payoffs along the way.

WXPN Welcomes Yeasayer to Union Transfer on Friday, November 16th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, download “Henrietta” from the new album.

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Stream Yeasayer’s new album “Fragrant World” (playing Union Transfer Nov. 16)

The Brooklyn group Yeasayer are currently streaming their new album Fragrant World, an eleven song collection of frisky, psychedelic rock tunes perfect for dancing in the spotlight. This is the third full-length for the experimental band, having released their last album Odd Blood back in January 2010. Yeasayer scoured the interwebs to find each song from the album that had leaked over the past couple of months and grouped them into one collection; you can find links for each song below. Continue reading →

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Download a new Yeasayer song, “Longevity” (WXPN Welcomes them to Union Transfer in November)


Yeasayer release their new album, Fragrant World, on August 21st on Secretly Canadian. They are going out on tour and WXPN Welcomes them to Union Transfer on Friday, November 16th. They recently released a new song called “Henrietta,” (download it below) and today released a second song from the album, “Longevity,” that you can download below in exchange for your e-mail address.

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