Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy New Year, Y’all!

Source: Fuzzy Logic

What a long, strange year it’s been. There’s been some good, and there’s certainly been some bad, but when you get right down to it, I suppose I’ll say it was a pretty ok year. And there was a whole lot of good music to soundtrack the last twelve months. 

I’d like to wish you a truly delightful Happy New Year, and I hope that the year brings you good health, good folks, good times, and of course, good music. In the spirit of the passing year, here’s a few versions of my most favorite New Year’s song, “Auld Lang ...

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Live Review: The Jesus & Mary Chain/The Black Ryder @ 9:30 Club, 9/27/15

Source: Fuzzy Logic

The world has turned 30 times around the sun since the Jesus & Mary Chain first unleashed Psychcandy on the world. Hard to fathom, but also hard to fathom what modern music might sound like without this record, and this band.

And so, in celebration of the 30th birthday of one of the finest records released in the entire 1980s, many a reveler gathered at the 9:30 for a two night stand. Support was provided by Australian imports The Black Ryder, which made me ever so happy. Their deep, lushly dark contortions provided a perfect segue into the two ...

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Singles Club: Flavor Waster

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Hometown honeys Flavor Waster made some noise this past year, y’all. This District quintet makes a pretty mess indeed, bringing together pulsating synthiness with the occasional aggressive riff and some seriously sultry lady vocals. 

“Blackest Prius” is a romp through all things catchy, revealing a definite poppy underbelly under that rather pleasing genre-busting shell. 

[posted 12.31.15]

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Good Cover Version: Natalie Prass does Simon & Garfunkel

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

The kids sure do love them some Natalie Prass, and I’m a rather new conversion. Hearing her golden vocals against a lively backdrop of sound makes her rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” sound just dandy. She’s got a voice, that one. If you haven’t heard ...

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On The Road Again: GIVERS

Source: Fuzzy Logic

If it’s a good time you’re looking for, you probably don’t need to look much further than Lafayette, Louisiana’s own GIVERS

The band will soon be peddling their quirky, super fun breed of swampy, sweaty melting pot pop on the road, and if you happen to be in one of their tour destinations I strongly suggest you get out there and see what these folks can do. 


GIVERS TOUR DATES

1/23: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn

1/25: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt

1/26: Asheville, NC @ Tiger Mountain

1/30: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

1/31: Toronto, ON @ The ...

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Video of The Day #99: Gem Club

Source: Fuzzy Logic

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

The waning hours of the last day of the year are often reflective and contemplative, so no better video to see and song to give a listen to than Gem Club‘s “Speech of Foxes.” Full of cleansing fire and the letting go of the past, this tremblingly lovely song is thoughtful and dynamic, and sounds like both the end of something and the ...

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Video of The Day #99: Gem Club

Source: Fuzzy Logic

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

The waning hours of the last day of the year are often reflective and contemplative, so no better video to see and song to give a listen to than Gem Club‘s “Speech of Foxes.” Full of cleansing fire and the letting go of the past, this tremblingly lovely song is thoughtful and dynamic, and sounds like both the end of something and the ...

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Rachel Del Sordo’s five artist to put on your musical radar in 2016

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Petal | Photo by Rachel del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, Key photographer Rachel Del Sordo travels down the electronic music rabbit hole of 2015.

Brandon Can’t Dance

The first time I saw Brandon Aryes step on stage, I had no idea what I was about to experience. With the vocal stylings of Morrissey and the synthesizers somewhere between disco and fuzz pop, Brandon Can’t Dance offers a musical experience completely different from most of the music coming out of the Philadelphia right now.

Doubles

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Alt Hip Hop for NYE at Aviv: Gloss Gang, Jaguar Pyramids and Wiki from Ratking

Source: Deli Magazine NY

Up until a few years ago, many NYC "indie" venues didn’t book hip hop acts – it still happens in many Manhattan ones. DIY Brooklyn has always being more open to the genre, so much so that this year Bushwick spot Aviv booked a bill of mostly local hip hop artists for their New Years Eve party (together with noisy avant-punk trio Show Me the Body, which isn’t completely foreign to the genre). Wiki (of Ratking) will headline the night with a solo set, which – knowing the character and his talent – is bound to be entertaining. He ...

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Ladies & Gents, here’s your Top 100 songs of the year as voted on by the WXPN listeners.

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats | Photo by John Vettese

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats | Photo by John Vettese

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats | Photo by John Vettese

WXPN wrapped up its Best of 2015 programming with it annual best songs countdown. The XPN listeners were asked to vote for the best songs of the year, and they crowned “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Ratefliff & The Night Sweats as the number one song of the year.

Following it was “Ship To Wreck” by Florence & The Machine at number two, “Pedestrian At Best” by Courtney Barnett at number three, Josh Ritter’s spunky “Getting Ready To Get Down” at number four, and “Pretty Pimpin’” by Philly’s Kurt Vile at ...

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In Memoriam – Lemmy

Source: New York Music Daily

Lemmy turned 70 on December 15, and the crowd at Duff’s Bar in South Williamsburg – not to mention the rest of the world – was in shock. That someone who’d consumed so much amphetamine had managed to make it that far gives us all hope, right? Less than two weeks later, he was gone. Karla Rose & the Thorns, a somewhat quieter yet more menacing band than Motorhead, played that night at Grand Victory, a few blocks north, at around midnight. Their frontwoman related how the last time she spent a New Year’s Eve doing anything other than ...

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In Memoriam – Lemmy

Source: New York Music Daily

Lemmy turned 70 on December 15, and the crowd at Duff’s Bar in South Williamsburg – not to mention the rest of the world – was in shock. That someone who’d consumed so much amphetamine had managed to make it that far gives us all hope, right? Less than two weeks later, he was gone. Karla Rose & the Thorns, a somewhat quieter yet more menacing band than Motorhead, played that night at Grand Victory, a few blocks north, at around midnight. Their frontwoman related how the last time she spent a New Year’s Eve doing anything other than ...

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ALBUM REVIEWS – DECEMBER 2015

Source: DC Rock Live

JOEL ANSETT “THE NATURE OF US”

There was truth in advertising when I read that Joel Ansett’s sound was folk-pop-rhythm&blues. There are clearly equal parts of these styles at work. It is an interesting collection of songs, as some songs lean heavily to each style, while others combine the styles in various percentages. At times, it engages the mathematical side of my brain more than I would like. Fortunately, Ansett’s warmth in his vocals keeps reminding you of the song and what he is musically saying. He has that seemingly easy going vibe that the more pop side of folk ...

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Download the ten most-popular Key Studio Sessions of 2015

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman

Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, Key editor John Vettese shares the top Key Studio Sessions of the year.

It was a banner year of Key Studio Sessions in 2015. Not only did my production team and I (shoutouts Dan Malloy, Drea Rose and Rachel Del Sordo) record 54 Philadelphia-region bands over the past 52 weeks, totally housing our standard band-a-week benchmark, we captured in my estimation some of the best performances in our short history. We also documented a range ...

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Listen to a playlist of WXPN’s 2015 Gotta Hear Songs of the Week

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Leon Bridges | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Leon Bridges | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

2015 was a year filled with lots of great new musical discoveries, and WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of The Week introduced us to musicians like Leon Bridges, Natalie Prass, Brazilian psychedelic rockers Boogarins, Britney Howard of the Alabama Shakes’ side project, Thunderbitch, blues rockers Songhoy Blues from Mali, a hot reggae jam from The Frighnrs, and new songs by Adele, El Vy, and others.

Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of WXPN’s Gotta Hear Songs of the Week.

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Duane Eubanks bringing great family jazz tradition to Chris’ Jazz Café

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

At 46, Duane Eubanks isn’t getting any younger. That’s a good thing, according to the Philadelphia-born trumpeter and composer.
Duane is the youngest of the jazz men in the Eubanks family (guitarist Kevin, trombonist Robin), but he no longer feels like the baby of the bunch. "I must admit that the birthdays feel like they’re coming faster and faster, but I’m OK with that," says Eubanks. "From what I know, it beats the alternative."

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Coming pop shows: Jackson Browne, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Frog Holler

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne is a true folk-rock road warrior. He spent much of 2015 crisscrossing the country with his six-member backing band, recently plowing through 55 U.S. tour dates in less than four months. After a month off, Browne hits the road again this week. But this time out, he’s taking things down a few notches, accompanied only by his guitar and piano for a monthlong solo acoustic tour that kicks off Saturday in Atlantic City.

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Your Weekend Love & the Stars

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

ARIES (March 21-April 19)
(sssss) You begin 2016 in grand style. Your circle of friends surround you and goodwill follows you. Stop and check out the possibilities around you. Did you miss out on someone who could be considered very interesting and was available in 2015? Jump on the situation, and do not let 2016 start without checking out this possibility now.

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