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New Weathervane Music Benefit Compilation Available for Streaming & Purchase

An assemblage of local artists unites on a new compilation benefitting FONE (Friends of Neighborhood Education). All the songs featured on Equal Loudness Vol​.​1 - Music to Benefit Philadelphia Public Schools were recorded at Miner Street Recordings, and released in collaboration with Weathervane Music. American Trappist, CayetanaSquare Peg Round Hole, Julia Rainer, and Bitter Bitter Weeks are among the cavalcade of contributors whom hope to raise awareness and funds for schools. This is an excellent example of musicianship paying it forward/back to the future by providing much-needed aid to education.





The Deli Philly’s November Record of the Month: Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 - American Trappist

Former River City Extension frontman Joe Michelini’s latest slew of songs is a vibrant tribute to Americana-infused indie rock, romance, and self-determination.

Opening with the effervescent sound of “Soot,” Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 seduces its listener via visceral guitar licks, yearning, melodic vocals, and straight-forward lyricism. As Michelini and Hemming’s Candice Martello croon, “Things get rough when you don’t know who you are”; American Trappist’s audience is reminded just how vital honesty is, not only with others, but with yourself as well. “Soot” is an homage to self-discovery and the trials and triumphs that go hand in hand with embracing your inner truth. Like early aughts Drug Rug meets The Babies’ Our House on the Hill, the sonic energy of it smolders, with each line reaffirming the track’s pathos with urgency.

“Fear Nothing” gradually swells to a lush and rhythmic ode to the joy that can be found in uncertainty on the brink of new beginnings. Adequately titled, the EP’s second offering is an uplifting, yet practical anthem that urges listeners to seize the day. Giving way to the bouncing keys of “Heaven,” Michelini builds the tale gradually, before it tears away at the seams with distorted riffs and reverb that eventually disintegrate into “Fireworks.” Channeling his inner Springsteen and Walt Whitman, the artist shares what feels like a love song, penned specifically for our beloved Philadelphia. Vibrant, catchy, and the perfect balance between innovation and nostalgia, “Fireworks” is a realist’s portrait of the contradictions, complexities, and brash beauty of the American Dream.

American Trappist’s songs are sincere, subtly sentimental (in a good way), and absolutely memorable. Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 will fill your heart with warmth and light as fall gives way to winter. – Dianca London 





New Track: "Fear of Nothing" - American Trappist

“Fear of Nothing” is one of the singles featured on American Trappist’s new release Amuse​-​oreille, Vol. 1. Saturated in a dreary, surf tone, the song blooms from lingering melancholy. However, despite those indecisive hesitations, an enthusiastic instrumental momentum emerges. Overcoming the anchor of insecurities, the track catches fire toward its conclusion, taking on the obstacles that lie in one’s path with a newfound resolve.





Inaugural National Park Feat. American Trappist, Madalean Gauze & More at Bourbon & Branch Oct. 22

National Park is a miniature festival curated by Painted Lady Records in which seven of Philly's own emerging musicians will play a sampling of music that just might put them on the map. This conceptualized event brings together a diverse lineup of singer-songwriters and bands, who otherwise would not likely share a stage together, providing you with a taste of their music catalogue. The inaugural event will be co-headlined by the solo effort from River City Extension's Joe Michelini, American Trappist. Also sharing top billing for this evening will be the genre-bending songwriting of Madalean Gauze, who has made a name for herself locally since releasing her debut EP American War. The showcase will also feature multi-instrumentalist Chet Williams, Modern Television, Muccino, and more. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 7pm, $10-$15, 21+ - Bill McThrill





New American Trappist LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

A compilation of three puzzle-piece-like EPs, the self-titled debut full-length album from American Trappist, a.k.a. Joe Michelini (formerly of River City Extension) is a testament to haunting exuberance. Planting oneself in the spellbinding stories seems second nature, as the internal contemplations spill outward as precise yet stream-of-consciousness manifestations, capturing personal chapters with universal themes. That folk/Americana jangles in a fresh-air sense of freedom, while reverberating in an eerie echo, stirring the surroundings into a slight crisp chill. On Saturday, October 22, you can join American Trappist at Bourbon & Branch on a billing that also includes Madalean Gauze and Chet Williams among others presented by Death Salon Records, and you can also stream his new LP HERE.

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