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After a year of touring, The Solar Motel Band returned to the studio last spring with Jeff Ziegler (War on Drugs, Kurt Vile) to put to tape the massive and immense “The Rarity of Experience”. This double album (officially The Rarity of Experience part I & II) sees Forsyth and his band stretching out their sound beyond anywhere they’ve gone before, touching on all corners of progressive, psychedelic and post-rock.

They began as more of an out-there, avant-garde experimental jam rock/jazz rock kind of guy who’s been moving towards the center. The Rarity of Experience was made about three years ago, and  I was just blown away by the record.  Forsyth has been traveling along the roads that bands like Television did.  He brings a lot of other elements, too. I hear Led Zeppelin when I hear him, I sometimes I hear jazz stuff like Coltrane, if he had played guitar. They did an impromptu freeform show where they played three songs for one hour at a club in New York City called Nublu.

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This is an absolute barnstormer!, Mighty fine…oh, yes indeed!
‘The Calvary Cross’ is incandescently stunning!!…Richard Thompson filtered through Lou Reed.

Chris Forsyth · The Solar Motel Band The Rarity of Experience ℗ 2016 No Quarter Records

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Hailing from Berks County, PA, Shannen Moser grew up steeped in folk and country music. Influenced by the historically rich area, stretching farmland, and local folkers, Shannen credits the area with giving her the tools to write the music she does today, influencing her self-taught guitar plucking style and confessional lyricism. She vividly recalls her first encounter with folk music in her dad’s old truck, playing “I’ll Be Here In The Morning” by Townes Van Zandt. Since then, her love for songwriting has continued to grow.

In 2014 Shannen moved to Philadelphia and began pursuing music more earnestly. Her debut LP “Oh, My Heart” was released in January of 2017, and reissued by Lame-O Records later that Spring. Mostly recorded in a barn in Earlville, NY, the record brought a more expansive sound to her small bedroom recordings, moving Moser forward sonically as an artist while preserving the sincerity of her earlier work and showcasing Moser’s folk and country influences.

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Shannen Moser’s intimate sophomore album “I’ll Sing” was released on September 7th on Lame-O Records. An evocative and vulnerable storyteller, Shannen Moser’s narrative style makes every song on I’ll Sing like a short story, pulling listeners into the details while tackling big topics like heartbreak, loss, and battles with mental health. Written over a tumultuous year, Moser shows a willingness throughout the album to bear her scars, utilizing vulnerability in a way that feels powerful.

I’ll Sing was produced by Eric Muth and Cameron Konner at the Grey Ferry Warehouse in Philadelphia. Muth, Konner, and cello player and longtime touring band member Julia Peters were Moser’s backing band on the record.

Philadelphia power pop trio Hurry have just announced “Frustrate You”, a new two-song single out now on Lame-O Records. The new songs “Frustrate You” and “An Element Of Surprise”. What was once a solo project for principal songwriter Matt Scottoline has evolved into Hurry, a power pop trio from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania composed of Scottoline, Rob DeCarolis (Univox), and Joe DeCarolis (Psychic Teens). The DeCarolises are cousins and they are both very talented. “As talented as Matt Scottoline?” Of course. Please don’t attempt to pry the band apart with potentially hurtful questions.

Hurry’s album Every Little Thought was released on February 23rd, 2018 on Lame-O Records. The album, written by Scottoline, is a light and dreamy plunge into life’s crushingly relentless uncertainty and doubt. The album is more pop-driven than Hurry’s previous efforts, focusing on catchy melodies, hooks, and harmonies influenced by Teenage Fan club, Robyn Hitchcock, Yo La Tengo, and Guided By Voices. Of the new album, Scottoline — a natural salesman — says, “I tried even harder this time to make it good.”

Hurry released it’s previous album, Guided Meditation, on Lame-O Records in 2016. It was recorded at Noisy Little Critter with Mike Bardzik. The album was likely critically acclaimed, however Hurry does not place much value on things like “critical acclamation,” nor do they place much value on “awards.” In fact, Hurry did not even pay attention to 2017’s Grammy winners. Ultimately, who knows if Guided Meditation won any (or all) of those awards.
Since Guided Meditation’s release, Hurry has toured and played shows with Yuck, Nada Surf, and Tommy Keene, and have had their music featured on FXX’s Man Seeking Woman. Scottoline, however, is not sure how important any of that information actually is. “I don’t really think it is [important],” he says. Hm. You can judge for yourself.
Every Little Thought focuses on the general indecision of existence and how it can affect interpersonal relationships, as well as the frame of mind with which you approach day-to-day life. It is nice to listen to and it will make you smile.

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Matt Scottoline, Rob DeCarolis, Joe DeCarolis

There’s always been a tenderness beneath the buzzing, brassy noise that has become characteristic of Radiator Hospital. For their latest project, the Philadelphia-based band have chosen to further indulge their sentimental side. True to its title, Sings “Music for Daydreaming”, is introspective and unassuming, the perfect soundtrack to drift away to.

Noticeably more acoustic than past albums, “Stories We Could Tell” opens with a bluesy guitar riff that develops into what can only be described as an upbeat polka-rock song — think the Felice Brothers, only grittier and more garage, the kind of song indie-heads could line-dance to.

On “Guitar,” however, the band strips down to bare essentials: Sam Parrot-Cook’s whiny vocals, which double and harmonize beautifully during the chorus, are accompanied only by a simple, spare piano melody. The song tells the story of how Parrot-Cook left his favourite guitar, which once belonged to his sister, backstage at a dive bar in Savannah. “Never thought I would lose something I loved so much,” goes the chorus.

Music for Daydreaming is a significant departure from the grunginess of Torch Songfor example, but no less raw. Though they rarely pass the three-minute mark, each track is dense and intricate enough to get lost in.

Recorded October 8th-10th 2018 at Uniform Recording in Philadelphia, PA. Produced, arranged, composed, and performed by Sam Cook-Parrott.
Special thanks to Marco at Salinas for putting it out, my band for not being mad that I made a record without them, my roommates for putting up with my loud ass while writing and practicing this, to all my friends and family, and most of all to anyone who considers themself a “fan.” It’s my life’s great honor to rock for you. –Sam
Releases May 10th, 2019

This shows Jake Ewald’s versitility as a songwriter. Listen to this compared to Welcome and then compare both to MoBo.. he is evolving and maturing with every new song.

Jake just keeps getting better. holy ghost was a step forward from Modern Baseball’s older stuff, as was welcome from holy ghost, and this is another big step forward from that. songwriting on 100. its amazing to see the music thats growing out of the relatively straightforward emo revival stuff that Modern Baseball started out as. really excited for the album.

I love this EP, feels a little experimental with the original Slaughter Beach mix in there. Very happily surprised to see a Superweaks cover too!

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Sparrow Steeple’s music exists in its own universe. An imagined utopia (or is it a dystopia?) of wolfmen, murderous wizards, whispering woods & leprechaun treasure. Their second album “Tin Top Sorcerer” arrives near the front end of 2019, just in time for spring to blossom.

Comprised of three members of inscrutable indie legends Strapping Fieldhands (who blazed many musical trails in the Nineties via records for Siltbreeze, Shangri-La & their own Omphalos Records), Sparrow Steeple specialize in mini-opuses that drift & careen haphazardly like Grimm’s Fairy Tales sung by Syd Barrett – psychedelic tales of rapturous joy & sinister machinations by creatures real & imagined, all wrapped around dreamlike tunes of avant folk, psychedelia, and outsider music. “Roll Baby”s drunken-tavern sing-a-long is peppered by blistering guitar leads & wobbly harmonica (courtesy of Philly-legend “Harmonica” Dan Balcer) while “Stabbing Wizards” backwards guitar lends a foggy aura of disquiet to the tale of treachery & betrayal. Despite the fantastic yarns spun (see the tragic tale of the “Wolfman of Mayberry”, or “Girl of the Whispering Woods”), “Tin Top Sorcerer” has an air of realism – or perhaps “magical realism”, that place these songs in a place simultaneously out-of-time and from a possible future, permeated by a sense that these things could actually have happened (or will happen) at some point in our shared existence.

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From the Philadelphia band’s second album “Tin Top Sorcerer”, out April 5th, 2019 via Trouble In Mind Records

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A funny thing about punk rock: It’s always been pastiche. The Stooges ground up hammerhead Detroit hard rock with Doors-ian self-laceration and free jazz’s embrace of wild, twisty noise. The Ramones took ’60s garage-rock riffs and Beach Boys melodies and played them as fast as possible. The Sex Pistols were as much a svengali creation as the Monkees or One Direction, but they drew from all the great riffers and snarlers of the previous two decades of rock history. In a sense, punk, as much as rap, is music criticism masquerading as music. Every band picks the things its members like, and it goes running with those things. Sometimes the band changes as it keeps going. Maybe it develops its own language, or it becomes a touchpoint in itself. But it always starts with something. And the Philly trio Dark Thoughts started with the Ramones.

Dark Thoughts is a Ramones band.” That’s something that frontman Jim Shomo has said, out loud, about his own band. He didn’t need to say it. It’s all right there in the band’s sound: the turbocharged melodies, the wildly economical brevity, the absolute lack of anything remotely pretentious or show-offy. The Ramones are the basic foundational influence of pretty much all American pop-punk, but Dark Thoughts cut that right to the bone. Shomo even sings in an East Coast trash-twang, half-swallowing his words, the way Joey Ramone once did. And the 12 songs on Dark Thoughts’ 18-minute self-titled debut almost play out as one long, euphoric riff-bash, no distinctions between tracks necessary. There are other influences in there, as well. I hear a bit of the Misfits, a dash of Descendents. But even those bands were, more or less, Ramones disciples.

Of course, there have been plenty of Ramones disciples over the years. What makes Dark Thoughts special is the energy and vitality they bring to it. Dark Thoughts play Ramones-style punk rock like they just learned that such a thing exists and they can’t wait to try it out. It’s got this dizzy sugar-rush urgency that I just love. DIY punk bands don’t typically last for more than one album, especially if their sound is as rigid and focused as what Dark Thoughts bring. But At Work does all the things that a sophomore album from a band like this should do. It’s no cleaner or more professional than the band’s debut, and it doesn’t veer much from the formula. (This one is 12 songs in about 19 minutes.) There’s a guitar solo here, a processed backing vocal there, but it’s mostly done in the same all-out mid-fi rush. And yet the melodies sound just slightly more confident, the band just a little closer to what its members probably had in mind.

For me, the best moment on At Work — and the best moment that Dark Thoughts have given us thus far in their brief existence is “With You,” the softest and most sensitive song that they’ve ever made. “With You” is not a a power ballad; it’s a two-and-a-half-minute hookfest. And yet it’s slower and more uncluttered than the average Dark Thoughts track. It’s a straight-up love song: “You’re so smart / Just like S-M-A-R-T / I know one plus one is two / And that’s yoooouuuuu and me.” For the first minute or so, it’s just Shomo and his guitar, but rest of the band lurches into gear at the exact perfect instant, with the pre-hammer-drop peal of feedback even hitting just right. The song transitions straight into the faster, angrier “Watch You Walk Away” in a way that will always pair the two songs up in my head. But the moment that lingers is the one just before that feedback, when we’re listening to a rocker drop his armor for just a quick, tender moment.

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One of my favorite things ever is when a pop-punk band stops worrying about being punk, even if it’s just for a second. (Especially if it’s just for a second.) The demo version of the Mr. T Experience’s “Sackcloth And Ashes,” for example, is just Dr. Frank and his tremolo guitar rhapsodizing about a girl’s pretty party dresses and Manic Panic tresses and about the “you” who’s “never gonna stand a chance.” It’s a bitter and nasty song in a lot of ways, but the way Dr. Frank sings it is so soft and lost and hopeless that I find myself loving it anyway. “With You” hits just the same way. It’s a minor miracle, and a clear sign that Dark Thoughts are picking and choosing the absolute right shit from rock ‘n’ roll history.

Released June 15th, 2018

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Philadelphia indie rock quintet Hop Along’s latest LP Bark Your Head Off, Dog found its way onto our albums of the year 2018 list and one of its singles “How Simple” has a stellar video. “How Simple” offers both a whimsical edge, with its keyboards and guitars, and a familiar sound, with its introspective theme and Frances Quinlan’s rich lead vocals. Its video marks the first time the band has starred in one of their videos. Starring Quinlan and directed by Derrick Belcham, the video features a spotlight that follows the singer as she spontaneously dances, wanders around and eventually eats some cereal as the band performs in the dimly-lit room. Quinlan joyfully dances like no one’s watching amid a flurry of flashing lights and it’s this juxtaposition of a euphoric emotional display and a backdrop of solitude that’s inspiring and immensely gratifying.

Hop Along – How Simple From the album Bark Your Head Off, Dog – Out Now!

Swearin' to Release New Album This Year, Share North American Tour Dates

Philadelphia-based indie-rock band Swearin’, featuring Allison Crutchfield, Kyle Gilbride, Jeff Bolt and Amanda Bartley, will release their first new music since 2013’s Surfing Strange this year.

The band recently played their first live shows in three years, opening for Superchunk on tour in the northeast U.S. Swearin’ have now signed a record deal with Merge Records and are set to release a new album later this year.

Gilbride said of the band’s reunion, forthcoming album and recent record deal:

If time were real, it would have healed our wounds, but it’s not, so we decided to make a rock record. And to make one the way we always have! Quickly, at home, and for no one in particular. Fortunately for us, Merge hadn’t dismissed us as an oddity from earlier in the decade and said, “sup with that record?”And with their help, we’ve been reintroduced to polite society. Sometimes a band takes on a life of its own, and it seems this one came back to us when it was ready, and in its new form, to stay for the foreseeable future.

The band also announced a new joint tour with Mike Krol in August on the West Coast, Swearin’ will play a pair of U.S. shows with Ought in as well.

Their record label, Merge, hinted that fans should stay tuned for upcoming Swearin’ news by following the band on Facebook and by following Allison Crutchfield on Instagram, too. after releasing two beloved full-lengths, 2012’s Swearin’ and 2013’s Surfing Strange, the Philadelphian band quietly put things on hold.

It was due, at least in part, to the band’s main songwriters, Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride, ending their romantic relationship. but when the band found themselves in a room again years later, the conversation turned back to Swearin’. “without any hesitation or inhibitions,” said Crutchfield, “we asked, ‘what would it take from each of us? what would we want to accomplish if we decided to be a band again?’” they realized that what they all wanted was to not just play shows, but to make a new record. they wanted to do something that reflected the people they’d become during those intervening years. before long, Crutchfield and Gilbride had a new batch of Swearin’ songs, ones that meshed with the sound they’d originally developed together but boldly pushed things forward. Fall Into the Sun is a Swearin’ record that doesn’t try to obscure the passage of time but instead embraces it. “getting older, your tastes change, and what you want to do changes,” said Bolt. that can be seen in songs like “big change,” where Crutchfield says goodbye to Philly and the scene that she came up in, or in “dogpile,” where Gilbride offers the line any aging punk can relate to: “by pure dumb luck i’ve gotten where i’m going.” “there was a lot on our minds, and it was a super fertile time to put a bunch of songs together,” said Gilbride. it’s true of the material found on Fall Into the Sun, but it’s noticeable in the album’s production, too. much like the band’s previous albums, Gilbride anchored the recording and producing of the record, but this time around, the band worked to make the process feel more collaborative than ever before. “i feel like this was the first time i could look at a Swearin’ record and say that i co-produced it, and that felt really good,” said Crutchfield. Listening to Fall Into the Sun, Swearin’ is a more confident, collaborative version than the one people first came to know.

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Released October 5th, 2018
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Jeff Bolt 
Kyle Gilbride 
Allison Crutchfield 

All songs written by Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride

This is the second compilation in the Don’t Stop Now series. It is still an expression of love, anger, hope and protest. Let it serve as a reminder that the fight for justice is not over, that the celebration of diversity is essential to progress, that we must work together for what is fair and good. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Don’t stop now.

This time around all of the proceeds from this compilation benefit
RAICES (Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services)
They promote justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to under served immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.

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Read more about the work Raices does here.www.raicestexas.org/about/

Released November 5, 2018