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18 bands from Philly you need to know

6 Jan

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Each week at WXPN, a local band records a session in the World Cafe studios. The Key Studio Sessions are curated and produced mostly by John Vettese, the editor of XPN’s The Key. Each session is made available as a free download. Below, download the latest compilation of bands that did sessions between September-December 2013.

Joy Classic: A youthful buzz of delight

8 Aug

joyclassic I’m digging this new EP from Baltimore’s Joy Classic. Youth Buzz. It’s got four non-stop sugary, fuzzy, powery-popish jams on it and you can download it for free below.

Download a free collection of new singer-songwritery stuff via American Songwriter

25 Apr

From the fine folks at American Songwriter

Download a new song from Magic Man, “Texas”

23 Mar

Photo by Danny Hoshino

Photo by Danny Hoshino

The Providence, Rhode Island synth-popsters Magic Man have released a new song, “Texas,” that you can download below. It’s another great track from the band.

Mixtape of the Moment – download New Black History Month II by Saudi Money

1 Mar

asaadnewblack Philly rapper Saudi Money has released a new mixtape, New Black History Month II. Money gets some help from Wyo & GrandeMarshall, and various production credits from Sunny Norway, Nascent & QB, Ben Pramuk & SamGreenS, and Problem. The 22 year old rapper recently announced his name change from Asaad to Saudi Money and is set to release his debut album 006 in March. The mixtape holds us over until then. Stream it/download it below or download it here.

Download: World Cafe performance of “Slide Song” by Afghan Whigs

26 Feb

Afghan Whigs
Below, download a version of “Slide Song” by The Afghan Whigs recorded for a World Cafe performance and interview. This month (and this month only) World Cafe is offering free downloads of performances from bands including Calexico, Lord Huron, the Afghan Whigs, Alt-J, John Fullbright, Freelance Whales, Stars, Nick Waterhouse, Allen Stone, The Kopecky Family Band, Sea Wolf, Trey Anastasio, Father John Misty, Beach House, Guards and others. Download the entire collection, while they last, until March 1st, here.

Funky and fresh: the Afrobeat Jams of the Polyrhythmics

26 Feb

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With a tip of the blog hat to The Afrobeat Blog listen to these fantastically funky afrobeat jams from the Seattle band The Polyrhythmics. Order them from Kept Records.

Download a new song by Low, “So Blue”

26 Feb

Photo by Zoran Orlic : www.zerostudio.net

Photo by Zoran Orlic : http://www.zerostudio.net


The Minnesota trio Low releases a new record on March 19th called The Invisible Way on Sub Pop Records, produced by Jeff Tweedy.
Below, download “So Blue.”

Pissed Jeans visit WXPN (listen to their session; download “Bathroom Laughter”)

17 Feb

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo


Philly punk rockers Pissed Jeans thrashed it up in the WXPN World Cafe studio for a Key Session this past week. The band recently released their fourth LP, Honeys, on Sub Pop Records. This archive of their complete performance contains four songs from the new album, one song (“Pleasure Race”) from the band’s 2009 LP King of Jeans, a generous helping of guitar overdrive and primal screaming from vocalist Matt Korvette. Listen to the session below; download “Bathroom Laughter” from the session.

Marissa Nadler covers Radiohead, Petty and Duran Duran

16 Feb

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It’s no secret I’m a fan of singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler. While her solo work is exquisite, he choice of covers is always fantastic, showcased below by her selection of songs by Radiohead, Tom Petty and Duran Duran.

Go here to download/listen to more covers.

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