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Fools Gold: Bleached, Black Mountain & Operators on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist
Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist

Don’t be some kind of April Fool: Listen to the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! You might have noticed that something like a metric TON of new albums came out today. We’ll throw the spotlight on not one but TWO new releases: Welcome The Worms by L.A. garage-punks Bleached and IV by Vancouver’s riff-monsters Black Mountain. As if that weren’t enough for you (which it isn’t, let’s be honest), we’ll hear new tracks from Yeasayer, Operators, Car Seat Headrest and more! Check out a few of the things you’ll hear in the mix below…

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Meet Hinds & Pay tribute to David Bowie on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Hinds | Photo by Salva Lopez, courtesy of the artist
Hinds | Photo by Salva Lopez, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Make sure you’re tuned in for this one, ’cause tonight’s show is a doozy. We’ve got brand new tracks from Yeasayer and Craft Spells, plus a spotlight on the debut album from Madrid’s Hinds! In the second hour, we’ll pay tribute to David Bowie, Hit Parade-style, with covers, remixes and tributes to the late icon.

Here’s a little sniff of what’s in store tonight:

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Yeasayer’s trippy new single features vocals from Suzzy Roche of The Roches

Yeasayer | Photo courtesy of the artist
Yeasayer | Photo courtesy of the artist

XPNFest vets and Brooklyn art rockers Yeasayer today announced a new album called Amen & Goodbye, due out April 1st via Mute Records. While previous releases have dabbled in space rock and unabashed pop, the new material seems to be dabbling in both, if the song “I Am Chemistry” is any indication. The song is incredibly catchy, but very unconventionally structured and adorned in Animal Collective-ish psychedelic tones. Continue reading →

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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.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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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.”