Monthly Archives: May 2013

Top Played Artists 5/21/13 – 5/28/13

1    DEERHUNTER    Monomania  (4AD)
2    RESTORATIONS    LP2  (SideOneDummy)
3    THEE OH SEES    Floating Coffin  (Castle Face)
4    LAURA STEVENSON    Wheel  (Don Giovanni)
5    TERA MELOS    X’ed Out  (Sargent House)
6    MIKAL CRONIN    MCII  (Merge)
7    TELEKINESIS     Dormarion  (Merge)
8    WILD NOTHING    Empty Estate  (Captured Tracks)
9    WAVVES    Afraid Of Heights  (Warner Brothers)
10    BORN RUFFIANS    Birthmarks  (Yep Roc)
11    SAVAGES    Silence Yourself  (Matador)
12    IRON AND WINE    Ghost On Ghost  (Nonesuch)
13    ALPINE    A Is For Alpine  (Votive)
14    KURT VILE    Wakin On A Pretty Daze  (Matador)
15    FLAMING LIPS    The Terror  (Warner Brothers)
16    SHE AND HIM    Volume 3  (Merge)
17    BLEACHED    Ride Your Heart  (Dead Oceans)
18    GRANDCHILDREN     Golden Age  (Earnest Jenning)
19    JAMES BLAKE    Overgrown  (Republic)
20    BROTHERS IN LAW    Hard Time For Dreamers  (WWNBB)
21    MAL BLUM    Tempest In A Teacup  (Betterweather)
22    GENERATIONALS    Heza  (Polyvinyl)
23    KATE NASH    Girl Talk  (Have 10p)
24    NO JOY    Wait To Pleasure  (Mexican Summer)
25    BLACK ANGELS    Indigo Meadow  (Blue Horizon)
26    PISSED JEANS    Honeys  (Sub Pop)
27    YOUTH LAGOON    Wondrous Bughouse  (Fat Possum)
28    FRONT BOTTOMS    Talon Of The Hawk  (Bar/None)
29    THE KNIFE    Shaking The Habitual  (Mute)
30    STILL CORNERS    Strange Pleasures  (Sub Pop)

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Interview with Charli XCX (May 17, 2013)

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Records

By Shannen Gaffney

Charli XCX‘s accessible British electro-pop sound is what makes her fan base so varied. Her new release True Romance is well written, has some awesome production, and is extremely addicting. I got a chance to speak with her via phone:

Shannen Gaffney: So your latest album True Romance got an 8.3 on Pitchfork and has been doing well at college radio. Though your music is definitely very pop, your style is unique and you have been successful in a bunch of different markets. How would you describe your music?

Charli XCX: I definitely describe it as pop music. I went out to make a pop record, not like a hipster record or anything like that. I really wanted to make the record sound super lush and like, very angelic in terms of the production. So I think I’d probably describe it as angel pop music or the way that I see the record – I often see my music in colors – when I think of this album I see the color purple, so I guess I’d kind of describe it as purple pop music, too.

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Concert Review: Deerhoof @ Union Transfer (April 15, 2013)

Image courtesy of Four Paws

Image courtesy of Four Paws

By Kirsten Becker

Deerhoof played the last show of their tour right here in Philadelphia at the Union Transfer. Known for their bombastic, jarring, noisy sound, Deerhoof performed a very distinct set, living up to the playful and weird image they’ve created for themselves over the course of their 19 years as a band.

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Song/Video Review: “Stare At The Sun” by Eleanor Friedberger

By Shannen Gaffney

Eleanor Friedberger is back with a new single, titled ”Stare at the Sun”! It’s an upbeat springtime track that will make you want to ditch your work and go play frisbee with someone’s dog. Friedberger’s unmistakable voice will likely be stuck in your head for awhile after listening, but you probably won’t mind. The funny video seems to be mocking typical hipstery video production of late (in a loving way, of course). As she sings, “If that was goodbye, then I must be high / You know I’ll be seeing you soon,” a cute teenage girl loosely translates in sign language, then plays air guitar in between verses. I’ll definitely be adding this song to my ‘Wake Up’ playlist!

Friedberger has a pretty extensive tour planned for the month of June (though sadly there are no dates in Philly), along with her second solo album, titled Personal Record, coming out on June 4th.

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Photos: Restorations Live @ WKDU (5/23/2013)

Before playing First Unitarian Church with The Menzingers, local punk favorites (and friends of the station) Restorations stopped in to perform an acoustic in-studio set. Here are some pictures, courtesy of Ally Newbold.

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Top Played Artists 5/14/13 – 5/21/13

1    RESTORATIONS    LP2
2    LAURA STEVENSON    Wheel
3    THEE OH SEES    Floating Coffin
4    DEERHUNTER    Monomania 
5    TERA MELOS    X’ed Out 
6    BORN RUFFIANS    Birthmarks  
7    WAVVES    Afraid Of Heights 
8    TELEKINESIS     Dormarion
9    MIKAL CRONIN    MCII
10    BLEACHED    Ride Your Heart
11    SAVAGES    Silence Yourself
12    IRON AND WINE    Ghost On Ghost 
13    ALPINE    A Is For Alpine 
14    KURT VILE    Wakin On A Pretty Daze
15    SHE AND HIM    Volume 3 
16    FLAMING LIPS    The Terror 
17    GRANDCHILDREN     Golden Age 
18    YOUTH LAGOON    Wondrous Bughouse
19    JAMES BLAKE    Overgrown
20    BROTHERS IN LAW    Hard Time For Dreamers
21    GENERATIONALS    Heza
22    ALLISON WEISS    Say What You Mean
23    KATE NASH    Girl Talk
24    NO JOY    Wait To Pleasure 
25    WAXAHATCHEE    Cerulean Salt
26    THE KNIFE    Shaking The Habitual
27    PISSED JEANS    Honeys
28    BLACK ANGELS    Indigo Meadow
29    MAL BLUM    Tempest In A Teacup   
30    WILD BELLE    Isles

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Song Review: “Golden Age” by Grandchildren

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By Shannen Gaffney

So obsessed with this song right now. Grandchildren are a Philly-born pop electro band who also incorporate acoustic elements into their music. They’re on the Brooklyn-based independent label Ernest Jenning Records and their latest album Golden Age came out just a few weeks ago. Sheer pop rock perfection. 

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