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May 2015
Pop and Obachan
"Dream Soup

Dreaming has always been a prerogative of the young. But seeing the raising wave of dreamy NYC based bands, we start to wonder if dreaming becomes a necessity for those who choose to settle in that post-industrial wasteland that is "non affluent Brooklyn." Or maybe it's the other way around: would anobody who doesn't have a dream to nurture settle in a place like Bushwick? Whichever the answer, that gray urban ugliness is producing many colorful psychedelic flowers. One of them is Pop and Obachan, a duo that, in just over a year of existence, released two EPs that show a radical metamorphoses - one that veers towards dreaminess. Their debut EP 'Unfurl' was a modest, sparse and sleepy alt folk record featuring just voice, ukelele and acoustic guitar. Its melodies and chord progressions owe a lot to the roots of American music. But this year's 'Dream Soup' sees the band entirely transformed - and for the better. An enriched instrumentation - now featuring also drum machine, keyboards and electric guitar - supports, through inventive arrangements, some truly imaginative and personal dream-pop songwriting. The highlights are opener 'Holly' and 'Dry Land,' with their impressionistic sound, beautifully whimsical melodies, and perfectly balanced production. If this is what "non affluent Brooklyn" can do to a band in one year, there's definitely nothing wrong with it, no matter how expensive the rent is.

The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
The 00's
The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

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Mary Lattimore Opening for Meg Baird at JB’s Aug. 27

Former Philly native now San Francisco resident Meg Baird will be returning home this evening at Johnny Brenda’s with her new album, Don’t Weigh Down The Light (Drag City/Wichita), in tow. She has tapped the experimental, contemplative sounds of local harpist and Pew fellow Mary Lattimore to lay down the groundwork of what should be an attentive mood for the night. Multi-instrumentalist Samara Lubelski will also be providing abstract drones to fill your headspace. Come out and take in an enchanting evening with a group of talented ladies who have definitely taken the road less traveled in music. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, All Ages - H. M. Kauffman


Indie quartet Life in Film rocked the Rock & Roll Hotel, 8/25, and continues headlining US tour

From across the pond comes one of the hardest working indie bands today. Founded in 2012, Life in Film is at the halfway point of their first headlining tour of the US. They just finished opening on the Wombats tour a couple months ago, but they’re back at it again, reaching out to new audiences and sharing their artistry with us Yanks. They also put out their debut album Get Closer in April and have more stuff in the works for a sophomore release.

I watched their performance Tuesday, 8/25, at the Rock & Roll Hotel, their first-ever show in DC and I was wowed from start to finish. I spoke briefly with frontman Samuel Fry before the show, who revealed the band all works together to produce their music and that his favorite part of playing live is the unpredictability, giving new life to songs that had only been written and recorded. While at the show, I certainly found new life in songs I had only heard on Spotify. Literally everyone in the crowded space was jamming to the music, dancing and bopping heads to the rich beats. The thick bass shook my beer bottle and the lefty lead guitarist rocked his glasses right off his face. Life in Film has a sound all its own, not derivative in the slightest. Their stage presence was simple and engaging in its appeal, avoiding unnecessary flash and hitting the essentials for a good time. Catch them at their remaining US shows or miss out on a fantastic experience. -Jonathan Goodwin


Marrow "The Gold Standard"

Marrow is preparing to release their latest album, The Gold Standard, on September 4th via FoxHall Records. The four piece band has spent a lot of time and poured a lot of varied influences into this album, but have also been interacting with the Chicago music scene in other way over the last year. Liam Kazar (singer/songwriter/guitarist) spent much of the last year on the road with Tweedy; Macie Stewart toured with Chance the Rapper; and the band as a whole was featured on Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s album, Surf. The result of these varied ties to the scene that have created a beautiful and complex album. Below is the video for the album's lead single "Paulson".

You can catch Marrow at Lincoln Hall on November 27th in support of their new album.


Surf Rock is Dead

Brooklyn-based, but originally hailing from Chicago and Melbourne, Surf Rock is Dead recently released their newest single "Anymore" and announced their debut EP, out Sept. 18. The duo of Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg, despite the name of their band, embrace the tone and mood of surf rock while applying a new wave and dream-pop lens.


New Ghost Light EP Available for Streaming & Download

We became big fans of the earnest storytelling of Barrett Lindgren's project Ghost Light. So much so that we invited them to perform at The Deli Philly's Anniversary Bash a few years back. And when we had heard that they had an album in the works but the group had already disbanded, we were promised that the record would still see the light of day in one form or another. Well, it's been years now since we first heard of its existence, but Lindgren has finally kept his word, and you can now listen to the three-song EP ("from a record that never got finished") humorously titled ¯​\​_​(​ツ​)​_​/​¯, which you can stream in its entirety below. It's bittersweet like many of Ghost Light's songs. Enjoy!



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