The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Lushlife, The Chelsea Kills, Caroline Rose

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Raj Haldar tracking piano for the 4th movement of Toynbee Suite | Photo by Phil Bradshaw
Raj Haldar tracking piano for the 4th movement of Toynbee Suite | Photo by Phil Bradshaw

Shaking Through premiered their latest recording this week, a collaboration spearheaded by Lushlife‘s Raj Haldar with several other local musicians.  The end result, Toynbee Suite, is a 10+ minute hip hop symphony circling the mysterious Toynbee Tiles that are inlaid throughout hte city.  Watch the Shaking Through episode here.

Local musician Chris Kasper brought his band in for this week’s Key Studio Session.  Kasper recently released his fourth solo record Bagabones and performed tracks from that LP for this session.  Joining him for these takes are Phil D’Agostino, Kiley Ryan, Jerry Bernhardt and Daniel “Scrappy” Bower.  Check out “Don’t Want to Lose Your Way” below and get the full set here.

Phil D’Agostino celebrated the release of his own solo record last weekend, and Tuesday’s My Morning Download brought us a copy of “Have a Seat” off of Inlets.  To learn more about Phil and his new record (it was recorded in just one day at Kawari Sound) read Kate Bracaglia’s interview with the bassist here.

The Chelsea Kills, a garage rock project out of Philly, have released two new singles ahead of their tape release Pulp Culture on November 26th.  “You Said It Yourself” tackles the age-old live fast die young mantra, with lead singer Sam Mercurio rattling out “I never cared for my health / I only cared for my youth.”  They play The Dugout tonight.

This week’s Folkadelphia session celebrates the rare occurance of “serendipitous musical discovery.”  Host and curator Fred Knittel discovered Caroline Rose‘s America Religious and was instantly taken by it.  After listening to her live session, it’s easy to see why.  Stream and download the set below.

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