Philadelphia-local, Skeleton Lipstick, fell into my inbox seemingly out of nowhere the other day. I just can’t keep up with this city.
Gritty 80′s-styled synths glaze over your eardrums smoothed out by glo-fi beats – and trust me, it completely comes together. There’s a lot of things I want to ask the man behind this synthwave project. More specifically, how are you producing this wonderful music and performing Maxillofacial surgery at the same time? Well, perhaps not at the same time. But still.
This is what I love, when artists give me a little context to work with. Not everything is a mysterious secret. Skeleton Lipstick is a working professional who manages to make some impressive electronic music that takes our ears decades back in time. His apparent skill for life balance allows him to creatively stretch his mind when he’s not performing his grueling 9-5. How cool, right?
The song above is a teaser for the new album. It does not appear on the album. I took the 10 tracks from “glows then melts” then cut them up, and organized the chaos into a NEW promo track! Every sound in the song (except the vocals) is a loop from one of the ten tracks on “Glows then Melts.” Nothing too special, just a little bonus song I worked up in an hour so. Head over to AIRLINES TAPES bandcamp for the real songs!
A side project of an ultra talented yet broken up too soon group, White Birds, has now emerged with a sound slightly different from their original.
With just a little bit effects and more on the pop side of the spectrum, Forever Evers, have just premiered their first single, “I Could Stay,” through notable music blog, yvynyl. It’s got a clean sense of flow, nice hazy vocals with nice amounts of reverb - I’m really excited to see how this project plays out.
Ah, yes. It only makes sense that being based out of Philadelphia, this blog would ultimately have to display some sort of Springsteen content. And fortunately for us, our own Bruce expert seems to find the right songs to give us all “a reason to believe.”
(See what I did there?)
Anyways, Corey, take it away:
I am a big fan of cover songs. Not in the “cover band at a bar on a Saturday night playing Journey” kind of way. It’s just that I enjoy artists taking a song that they love and putting a piece of themselves into it. Listen to these Springsteen revisits and see how the artists mold the track into something that reflects their style.
This fella from Texas has The Boss down on this track. Love the low monotone vocals. Awesome bass guitar and rhythms throughout.
This is just bluegrass wonderfulness. I love the banjo and speedy vocals. My pops would love this track.
Great for dreary-day listening. I’m absolutely hypnotized listening to it. Very methodic and eerie.
This grew on me. Raspy vocals at the start, but I liked the harmonica over all of those strings. Nothing says Bruce quite like the harmonica. I also like that he sings the “hoo hoo hoo’s” at the end.
I once had a good friend try to talk with me about recent movies. When they soon discovered I had little to no knowledge of what was out at the moment, who was who, etc. they were surprised. They asked me how important music was in my life vs. something visual like film.
I never quite thought about it until then, but I answered; “It’s one of the most important things to me.” Whether I’m consciously aware of it or not, music is typically playing throughout any various pair of speakers, carrying its sound down through the hallways of my Philadelphia row home. It’s the soundtrack to my every movement, every moment of being. It’s the reason for this blog.
There’s just something so strikingly sincere about the sound of lead singer, Bruno Catrambone’s voice. Maybe it’s the slight quiver you hear that gives complete life to his words or perhaps it’s that underlying melancholic tone that’s present in each track. Whatever it is, behind the tight instrumentation of his fellow bandmates, Former Belle have shown an immense amount of growth in their newly released single, “Shouldn’t Love.”
It’s a heartbreaking yet completely relatable track that clocks in just under 4 minutes long. I especially love the light and building intro that gives way to many controlled highs and lows all throughout the song. If this is any indication of what their upcoming full length debut, Cathedral, will sound like come February than I’m beyond excited.
I love the loud-to-soft beginning of Everyone Everywhere’s self-titled 2012 release in the opening track, “I Feel Exhausted.” There’s something so familiar to their almost emo-rock sound. For someone who grew up during the pop-punk late 90′s, Everyone Everywhere’s style completely grabbed my attention.
Local Philadelphia-readers, did you guys check out The Switched-On Garden that was held at the historical Bartram Gardens this past fall? You didn’t?
Well, now’s your chance to experience the fusion of the biological and digital worlds all over again in Data Gardens’ short documentary series exploring the various stations and events that happened back in October.
The fine folks of Massachusetts’ Darlingside are back in Philadelphia-town again. Oh come on, you remember when they shot Episode Two of our In The Neighborhood series don’t you?
Well if you haven’t already fallen in love with their summer release, Pilot Machines (“Still” will always make me swoon.), then do yourself a favor and head down to the Tin Angel in Old City where you can catch them tonight. Quite the finely tuned five-piece, don’t miss out on this intimate show upstairs in Philadelphia’s most historic district.
The latest in our series showcases some fine, local talent at one of my most favorite spots in the city with an incredible skyline view. West of the Schuylkill river lies a small green square only a couple blocks off of Drexel U.’s campus, which hosts a fabulous view of Philadelphia. RGB Video Productionsand What’s Protocol? were lucky enough to catch A Cool Stick live and in action.
Watch the gentleman play their single, “Home Girl,” with an unbeatable view of the city behind them. Also be sure to check out frontman Luke O’Brien’s mixtape, The Doperness, up for free below. Enjoy.