How Laser Background’s Andy Molholt and Ava Luna’s Julian Fader rose to the summer camp songwriting challenge of Coughy

Coughy | photo by Natalie Piserchio | courtesy of the artist |

With great summer camp memories come great friendships. With highly efficient recording sessions come infectious albums. Combine the summer camp memories with the recording sessions in two vastly different settings; now pour over the friendship and you have Coughy’s debut album, Ocean Hug.

The twenty-song effort comes from Andy Molholt and Julian Fader, of Laser Background and Ava Luna fame, respectively, while spending the summer of 2016 together at Buck’s Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp in New Milford, Connecticut. While counseling and teaching classes on songwriting to kids aged anywhere from eight to eighteen, the two managed to find time for some late-night recording sessions in the studio at the camp. It wasn’t until they started playing together that they decided to make all their songs as close as possible to being only one minute long. Continue reading →


Steven A. Clark gets in the studio with members of The War on Drugs, Man Man and Ava Luna for Shaking Through

Going big for 2013’s first Shaking Through video, Weathervane Music called in Secretly Canadian / Jagjaguwar / Dead Oceans founder Chris Swanson to curate Volume 4 Episode 1.  Swanson took the opportunity in an experimental direction, bringing North Carolina hip hop artist Steven A. Clark together with local musicians to create a scenario not often encountered in the hip hop world.  Clark, who usually is a one man band, was backed by The War on Drugs‘ Dave Hartley (bass) and Robbie Bennett (keyboard) with Man Man‘s Chris Powell on drums and Ava Luna‘s Becca Kauffman and Felicia Douglass providing additional vocals.  From the Shaking Through website:

Fayetteville NC’s Steven A. Clark is something of a “bedroom R&B” artist. Until that sunny day in late September, he had barely worked with others, and he certainly had little experience fronting a group of actual musicians. He arrived at Miner Street Recordings that morning with no instrument in hand, no cases full of equipment – just his song, “Bounty” and a voice to sing it.

Watch the episode below and download “Bounty” from Shaking Through’s Bandcamp page here.

Shaking Through: Recording Steven A. Clark from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.


Weathervane Music kicks off Shaking Though Volume 4 with Ava Luna and Twin Sister (at Johnny Brenda’s on 1/12)

To celebrate the start of Shaking Through Volume 4, Weathervane Music is bringing soul / pop band Ava Luna and experimental pop group Twin Sister to Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday, January 12th.  The Shaking Through series was started by local non-profit Weathervane Music to “document the birth of a song,” giving the featured bands two days in Miner Street Recordings to create and record a new track from start to finish.  The video series was shortlisted for the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards and its catalog includes episodes with Sharon Van Etten, Strand of Oaks, Hezekiah Jones and over twenty-five other artists.

In addition to sets by Shaking Through alums Ava Luna and Twin Sister, this week’s event will feature the premiere of Volume 4 Episode 1 with R&B singer Steven A. Clark and appearances by members of Dr. Dog, The War on Drugs, Man Man and Purling Hiss.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch the Shaking Through episodes from Ava Luna and Twin Sister. Continue reading →


Photo Recap: Ava Luna at Johnny Brenda’s

Last night the Brooklyn based band Ava Luna paid a visit to Johnny Brenda’s. The six-piece group came and played one intriguing song after another, experimenting with various genres to create one extremely eclectic sound. Their music ranged from soothing, calm lullabies to energetic outbursts and pitch-perfect harmonies. Check out a photo recap of the night in the gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ava Luna/Auctioneer at Johnny Brenda’s, The Left Banke at WCL, Tommy Conwell at Haddon Lake Park, and Willie Nelson at TD Bank Center of the Arts

Soulful rock experimentalists Ava Luna are returning to Philly for a show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. They call themselves “nervous soul”; shaking feelings mixed with powerful chords and earfuls of synthesizers. The seven piece group released their debut LP, Ice Level earlier this year on Infinite Best Recordings. They were also featured in Weathervane Music‘s Shaking Through series, watch them record “Water Duct” in the episode below. Ava Luna plays tonight along with Auctioneer, this 21+ show starts at 9 PM. You can grab your tickets here.

The Left Banke has been called one of the originators of baroque pop music. They had their first major hit with “Walk Away Renee” in 1966, only a year after they had been playing together. Their vocal harmonies, classical arrangements, and use of various instruments account for their worthy performances. Check them out tonight at World Cafe Live downstairs at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 plus processing fees.

Tommy Conwell, better known for his days as the frontman of the Philadelphia band, Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers, plays tonight at Haddon Lake Park. This concert is free for all ages and starts at 7:30 p.m. Get directions and more information here.

Finally, country rock legend and singer/songwriter Willie Nelson is playing at the TD Bank Arts Center in Sewell, New Jersey. He will be joined by his son Patrick and other members of the family. They played at our annual Non-Comm earlier this May, you can listen to that performance here. (via the XPN media player). Tickets to tonight’s performance range from $29-59; the show takes off at 7:30 p.m.


Watch the new Shaking Through Episode featuring Ava Luna (playing Johnny Brenda’s in August)

Weathervane Music’s most recent Shaking Through episode features Brooklyn six-piece band, Ava Luna. The episode was curated by Bryan Ujueta and Dev Gupta from Shaking Through alumni Twin Sister. The beat stompin’ soul rockers, fronted by vocalist Carlos Hernandez, use various instruments and dynamic harmonies to create a variety of sounds. They recorded the song titled “Water Duct” for their episode, watch it below. Ava Luna also plays at Johnny Brenda’s on August 8th. You can buy tickets to the 21+ show here


Watch a preview of Shaking Through’s next session with Ava Luna (coming Monday)

Photo by Peter English | Weathervane Music
Our friends at Weathervane Music announced their latest Shaking Through session with Brooklyn art-pop group Ava Luna, curated by ST alums Twin Sister. Their recording of the new song “Water Duct” will release on Monday July 16. You can check out an enticing 42-second trailer for the session here, and if you’re feeling particularly daring, download the stem files now and get cracking on your own remix before engineer Jonathan Low’s take on the song is released on Monday.

When Ava Luna was in town back in January, opening for Twin Sister at Johnny Brenda’s, they recorded one of the very first video sessions with Out of Town Films; check out that video here.