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May 2015
The Weaks
"Bad Year
On the heels of last year’s, debut EP The World Is A Terrible Place & I Hate Myself And Want To Die, The Weaks, led by a pair of former Dangerous Ponies Chris Baglivo and Evan Bernard, have released their full-length debut Bad Year via Lame-O Records.
The record wastes little time jumpstarting into the aptly titled “Kick It,” with its bass-thudding lines rolling into catchy, emotive power-pop mode, cleansed with a bit of synth before unleashing one of the album’s many blasts of guitar solos. “Nevermind” (an homage to Nirvana) reflectively takes the positive spin on a failed relationship, streamlining percolating instrumentation with stable yet aching vocals. The album’s title-track cracks through melancholy with a lyrical disposition harnessing polished twin guitar licks between trudging percussion-led transitions, destined for fiery flashes of solo prowess. With an aggressive, smashing instrumental storm, “Black Box” takes the ball and runs with its relatable crushing narrative, hooking you in as a silky synth slips in amid the treacherous landscape. 
“Dysania” is the cup of coffee that pushes the covers off. With its guitar-led jog, loosening into a bass-charging surge, it quickly reaches maximum speed. Tongue-in-cheek earnest yet humorous lyrical tones – “Too much blood for just two hands/and there’s so much shit we’re gonna need two vans” – set the mood whilst sprinkling in clean flares of guitar, maintaining that downhill thrust. The song contextually blends a pent up instrumental energy and memorable vocals to create a natural anthem feel. Turning a leaf, “I Don’t Wanna Be An Anarchist (Anymore)” melds percussion and synth, delivering a sincere yearning for change with that heart-throbbing, interwoven bass-drum combo, adding a real inside-looking-out perspective. 
Strumming acoustic guitar and a spacey synth serve as foils in “Welcome To Earth,” zooming in and then peering out in a battle of loneliness and self-exploration, once again enjoying a creative out there spin on a common searching topic. The closing track is another nod & wink to Nirvana and Hop Along frontwoman, “Francis Quinlan Will Have Her Revenge On Philadelphia,” embracing a snarky attitude with matching (rough around the edges) momentum-gathering guitar meets an avalanche of backend, delivering a mixed emotion-filled message “Who’s going to pull your weight if I leave you behind... Please stay with me. 
Bad Year embraces its Weezer power-pop influences, allowing listeners to join in on the emotionally personal ups and downs, while still coming away refreshed. It’s another great find for rising Philly indie label, Lame-O Records. - Michael Colavita

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Graham Czach @ Double Door

Earlier this month we announced that Graham Czach will be releasing his new EP, Star by Star, on May 2nd. He recently released the first single from the EP, "Out of the Dark".

You can catch Graham Czach at Double Door celebrating the release on May 2nd with Todd Kessler, Cellrs, and Backyard Cohort.


Essex Chanel

Travis Lee Wiggins and Essex Chanel have released a new album, Some Strange Fantasy, their first since 2009's Love Is Proximity. The album was constructed to follow the drastically changing midwest seasons. The band recommends the listener do the following; Listen while sipping a fresh cup of medium-roast coffee. Kick back on a Saturday afternoon at home as the warm spring sun peeks in through half-drawn shades. Flavors are highlighted with a little Mary Jane. Perfect for long drives with the windows cracked. 

You can pick up a physical copy of Some Strange Fantasy here



Loppa Albon

Loppa Albon is the lo-fi dream-pop persona of Alex Lappin. He released a new cassette last week called Plumblossums via Hellhole Supermarket Records.


Rapids @ Beat Kitcken

Rapids are teaming with the local label Artistic Integrity to have their debut EP, Traction, released on vinyl on May 5th.

You can catch Rapids at Beat Kitchen on May 10th.


Split Single @ Schubas

Last month we announced the new live EP from Jason Narducy and Split Single. He recently released a video for his track "Fragmented World".

You can catch Split Single at Schubas on May 1st with Furry Things.




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