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Review: King Krule at Johnny Brenda’s 12/7/13


by Kirsten Becker

I could be the biggest King Krule fan I know. Since discovering him in 2011 I have been completely obsessed with his completely unique brand of music. King Krule is largely a “love it or hate it” kind of artist, but there’s no denying his incredible talent. Archy Marshall, the 19-year old mastermind behind the project has created a sound all his own. His thick South East London accent doused in heavy reverb combined with hip hop beats and minimalist guitar riffs creates an almost dream-like kind of music. For someone so young, it’s almost astounding how intricately crafted each song on his debut LP 6 Feet Beneath the Moon really is.

Marshall’s December 7th stop in Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda’s was part of his first headlining tour in America, so it was obviously something I had been looking forward to for sometime. To add to the excitement, the show sold out months beforehand.

TOPS opened the show with their 60s-inspired indie rock sound. The Montreal band features ethereal and breathy vocals from Jane Penny over punchy pop guitars and drums. They played songs off of their first full length album, Tender Opposites, which came out last year.

Entering the stage at a little past 11 PM, King Krule took control with their moody brand of indie rock. The band played most of their songs from 6 Feet Beneath the Moon as well as some tracks from their 2011 self-titled EP, most notably the single “The Noose of Jah City.” The dim lighting added to the band’s dark aesthetic and Marshall’s frantic dance moves were a sight to see.

What really shone through was the talent of the band overall. Each member had fine tuned each riff and melody, everything just seemed to click. The show was definitely one of my favorites that I have yet to see. It is looking like things can only get better for King Krule, the wild success of his first album has catapulted him into the spotlight for sure.

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by | January 20, 2014 · 12:19 pm

Top Played Artists 1/7-1/13

1 DUCKTAILS – Wish Hotel
2 TENNIS – Small Sound
3 CULTS – Static
4 WOODEN SHJIPS – Back To Land
6 YUCK – Glow And Behold
7 GRIZZLY BEAR – Shields: Expanded
8 GRINGO STAR – Floating Out To See
9 PARQUET COURTS – Tally All The Things That You Broke
10 OF MONTREAL – Lousy With Sylvianbriar
11 DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR. – The Speed Of Things
13 WHITE FENCE – Live In San Francisco
14 BLOOD ORANGE – Cupid Deluxe
15 HEAD AND THE HEART – Let’s Be Still
16 GRISWOLDS – Heart Of A Lion
17 ANTHONY GREEN – Young Legs
18 WHITE DENIM – Corsicana Lemonade
19 CUT COPY – Free Your Mind
20 TITLE FIGHT – Spring Songs
21 DARKSIDE – Psychic
22 THEE OH SEES – Singles Collection, Volume 3
23 SHY GIRLS – Timeshare
25 GROSS GHOST – Public Housing
26 PIXIES – EP-1
28 POLICA – Shulamith
29 LA LUZ – It’s Alive
30 CHEAP TIME – Exit Smiles

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by | January 20, 2014 · 11:52 am

Resurrecting the Art of the Mixtape


Check out this article the Drexel News Blog wrote about our new live comp mixtape!

Originally posted on Drexel News Blog:

Twenty years ago, cassette tapes were being replaced by CDs, Drexel’s student-run radio station WKDU 91.7 FM released its last compilation album and some Drexel University students weren’t even born. Now, the student organization will release the newest compilation, “WKDU Live!!!!,”on cassette and digital download on Dec. 14.

WKDU members will unleash never-before-heard sessions with local and national bands by selling 100 limited edition cassette tapes at the R5 Productions Punk Rock Flea Market on Dec. 14 and 15.

As Philadelphia’s only free-format, non-commercial FM station, WKDU hosts radio shows that play all types of music from reggae and jazz to punk and indie. So of course the compilation album has a similar eclectic set of artists, including national acts Deer Tick and Bomb the Music Industry! and local groups like Spraynard and Restorations.  Some of the artists who recorded sessions with WKDU also have a history of releasing…

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by | December 15, 2013 · 10:08 am

Top Played Artists 11/4 – 11/11

1 OF MONTREAL: Lousy With Sylvianbriar
2 BELLE AND SEBASTIAN: The Third Eye Centre
3 DEER TICK: Negativity
4 DIANE COFFEE: My Friend Fish
5 DR. DOG: B-Room
6 KEVIN DEVINE: Bubblegum
7 KING KRULE: 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
8 DUCKTAILS: Wish Hotel [EP]
9 YUCK: Glow And Behold
10 POLICA: Shulamith
11 PARQUET COURTS: Tally All The Things That You Broke [EP]
12 FUZZ: Fuzz
13 SLEIGH BELLS: Bitter Rivals
14 THOSE DARLINS: Blur The Line
15 THE BLOW: The Blow
16 TENNIS: Small Sound [EP]
17 MINOR ALPS: Get There
18 JESSE WOODS: Get Your Burdens Lifted
19 HEAD AND THE HEART: Let’s Be Still
20 DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.: The Speed Of Things
21 COURTNEY BARNETT: The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas
22 BEST COAST: Fade Away
23 FRANKIE ROSE: Herein Wild
24 MAN MAN: On Oni Pond
25 PHANTOGRAM: Phantogram [EP]
26 CASS MCCOMBS: Big Wheel And Others
27 RUBBLEBUCKET: Save Charlie [EP]
28 DISMEMBERMENT PLAN: Uncanney Valley
29 MAZZY STAR: Seasons Of Your Day
30 LA LUZ: It’s Alive

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by | November 12, 2013 · 2:38 pm

Top Played Artists 10/28/2013 – 11/4/2013

1 OF MONTREAL Lousy With Sylvianbriar
2 DR. DOG B-Room
3 DEER TICK Negativity
4 YUCK Glow And Behold
5 KING KRULE 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
6 PARQUET COURTS Tally All The Things That You Broke [EP]
7 KEVIN DEVINE Bubblegum
8 BELLE AND SEBASTIAN The Third Eye Centre
10 FUZZ Fuzz
11 SLEIGH BELLS Bitter Rivals
12 POLICA Shulamith
13 DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR. The Speed Of Things
14 HAIM Days Are Gone
15 MAN MAN On Oni Pond
16 FRANKIE ROSE Herein Wild
17 PHANTOGRAM Phantogram [EP]
18 THE BLOW The Blow
19 BEST COAST Fade Away
21 CHVRCHES The Bones Of What You Believe
22 HEAD AND THE HEART Let’s Be Still
23 RUBBLEBUCKET Save Charlie [EP]
24 OBITS Bed And Bugs
25 MAZZY STAR Seasons Of Your Day
26 CHELSEA WOLFE Pain Is Beauty
28 COURTNEY BARNETT The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas

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by | November 5, 2013 · 2:00 pm

Surfer Blood talk Halloween costumes, flax crackers, and haunted practice spaces.


We spoke with Surfer Blood members John Paul Pitts, Thomas Fekte, Tyler Schwarz, and Kevin Williams before their midnight show at the TLA on October 4th. Read below to find out about new obstacles they encountered moving onto a major label, their favorite horror movie, and what they’re thinking of dressing up as for Halloween.

Shannen: How did you guys all meet?

JP: Well, we’re all from the same town; we all grew up there at least. We went to high school there, and we were all playing in bands that were a little bit left of center. We all were sort of aware of each other and what we were doing, and yeah, I mean one day we started recording demos of some of the Surfer Blood songs. It wasn’t really serious and I guess Tom heard it and brought it up to me that he’d like to play guitar.

Shannen: Do you remember what some of those first songs were?

JP: A lot of the songs ended up on Astro Coast, our first record. I don’t think it was ever really supposed to be a proper record or anything, it was just something that we started and I felt really, really compelled to finish. So yeah, some of those songs ended up on the record later.

TF: I think the first song that I had heard was “Fast Jabroni”. That was a really early one that you guys had written.

TS: There are some demos that we’ve never even put out that I have on my computer. Well my laptop was stolen, so I must have lost some of them, but we had some kind of pirate-sounding songs.

Shannen: I think you guys tweeted the other day that you recorded on a Dell. Was that the laptop that got stolen?

TF: Yeah, I tweeted a really ridiculous run-on sentence that was ranting about Macintosh, even though I have nothing against Mac. I was just basically saying you don’t have to have a Mac, and we made a record on a Dell.

JP: There is so much digital noise on that record, though. If you listen closely there are so many parts where it’s just like (makes noise).

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by | October 24, 2013 · 3:00 pm

Top Played Artists 8/20/2013 – 8/27/2013

1    SUPERCHUNK    I Hate Music    (Merge)
2    NO AGE    An Object    (Sub Pop)
3    DIARRHEA PLANET    I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams    (Infinity Cat)
4    RED DONS    Notes On The Underground [7-Inch]
5    SHANNON AND THE CLAMS    Dreams In The Rat House    (Hardly Art)
6    ISLANDS    Ski Mask    (Manque)
7    COKE WEED    Back To Soft    (Self-Released)
8    HUNX AND HIS PUNX    Street Punk    (Hardly Art)
9    WEEKEND    Jinx    (Slumberland)
10    WASHED OUT    Paracosm    (Sub Pop)
11    FOOTBALL, ETC.    Audible    (Count Your Lucky Stars)
12    PSYCHIC TEENS    Come    
13    OCTOPUS PROJECT    Fever Forms    (Peek-A-Boo)
14    NIGHT BIRDS    Born To Die In Suburbia
15    FRONT BOTTOMS    Talon Of The Hawk    (Bar/None)
16    KING TUFF    Was Dead    (Burger)
17    SIGUR ROS    Kveikur    (XL)
18    KID CONGO AND THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS    Haunted Head    (In The Red)
19    CAMERA OBSCURA    Desire Lines    (4AD)
20    OWEN    L’Ami Du Peuple    (Polyvinyl)
21    PITY SEX    Feast Of Love    (Run For Cover)
22    LEMURIA    The Distance Is So Big    (Bridge Nine)
23    SERENGETI    Kenny Dennis    (Anticon)
24    GAUNTLET HAIR    Stills    (Dead Oceans)
25    POND    Hobo Rocket    (Modular)
26    GRANDCHILDREN     Golden Age    (Earnest Jenning)
27    HEBRONIX    Unreal    (ATP)
28    MINKS    Tides End    (Captured Tracks)
29    GOGOL BORDELLO    Pura Vida Conspiracy    (ATO)
30    BASS DRUM OF DEATH    Bass Drum Of Death    (Innovative Leisure)

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by | August 27, 2013 · 3:33 pm