Deer Tick announced a Fall tour that starts early October and goes through November 3rd right here in Philly at the First Unitarian Church. Tickets are on sale now. Here’s a song from their recent album The Black Dirt Sessions
Soft & gentle, intimate and pastoral, the indie-folk duo Arborea – Shanti and Buck Curran – dropped this beautiful song off as they are about to hit UK for a tour before returning back to their home state of Maine. The band released their debut album Wayfaring Stranger in 2006 and their third album in 2009 called House Of Sticks. Their most recent recording was a contribution to the album We Are All One In The Sun – A Tribute To Robbie Basho that also featured a song from Meg Baird. If you’re a fan of folks like Sharon Van Etten, Espers & Alela Diane my folky instincts tell me you’ll love this duo.
This new song from San Fran’s Devotionals, the new self-titled solo project from Tyson Vogel of Two Gallants works as well on a weekend morning reading the Times and drinking a cup of coffee or tea as it does on a night ride home winding through the rolling hills and streets of your town. Vogel is the drummer for the Gallants, however on this collection of guitar based songs on Alive Records he exhibits a meditative, indie-folk instrumental vibe reminiscent of John Fahey.
Download: Chest Like Expansive Wings – Devotionals
J. Tillman’s 7th(!) album is called Singing Ax and was recorded by Steve Albini in three days. It’s a sparse, slowcore affair however as with any music it ultimately comes down to the song and the voice. In Tillman’s case, both are strong and convincing and always haunting. Tillman, the drummer for the Fleet Foxes, is releasing the record on Western Vinyl on September 14th.
Download: Three Sisters – J. Tillman
If you’re a fan of the new folk sounds of the Vancouver group, then you’ll absolutely love Frazey’s debut. It’s a collection of charming, sometimes soulful songs that channels folk but also manages to conjure up musical images of Harvest-era Neil Young and even Al Green’s country soul. Here’s a song that captures the soul of the album, which also has a wonderful cover of Dylan’s “One More Cup of Coffee.”
Download: Blue Streak Mama – Frazey Ford
Weathervane Music and WXPN have released the 6th installment of Shaking Through today featuring a new song and video with Springs, the new project from Brooklyn based guitarist and vocalist Mike Visser. The song was produced by Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog.
The music to Visser’s song “Waste My Time” was written in Sacramento when he was still play with his band there. The lyrics to the song were written in New York. It’s a song about a painfull breakup that Visser had with the girl he left in Sacramento. “I had been bugging my friend Scott from Dr.Dog to record for quite some time,” so when the call came through to record a track for the “Shaking Through” series Visser was thrilled. A demo of the song was sent out to McMicken on Dictaphone and the two started working through the song from there and was recorded at Philadelphia’s Miner Street Recordings on March 4th and 5th.
Download: Waste My Time – Springs
To view the must see video head over to Shaking Through
Meet The Chapin Sisters. Yes, they come from some pretty serious musical lineage. Abigail and Lily were born in Brooklyn New York; their dad is Tom Chapin; their uncle was Harry Chapin (yeah, “Cat’s In The Cradle,” “Taxi,” “W*O*L*D” and other classics). Heavy stuff indeed.
Abigail and Lily started recording and performing together in 2004. They released their debut album in 2008 and are currently at work on their second full album. In the meantime, the ladies have a sweet new EP out called Oh, Hear The Wind Blow that you should check out if you’re in to the whole progressive/indie-folk/singer-songwriter thing then you should absolutely check out this wonderful five song collection. And these girls can sing!
Download: Digging A Hole – The Chapin Sisters