Fair and Balanced News

I’m reserving today’s post for several bits of news that I’ve more or less been sitting on for a little while. There are also a few background rumblings here that you should know about. June’s mixtape is nearing completion and will likely be posted on Friday. The middle of next week will see BTID’s latest netlabel release from Philadelphia’s very own, Deirdre and Conor. Yes folks, we’re keeping it local this time for once.

1.) This weekend I will be attending my first show in quite some time. I know, I know – not necessarily behavior befitting an amateur music journalist. Emperor X and Tennessee’s I Need Sleep (featured previously here) will be playing for us Philly natives at Big Mama’s Warehouse this Sunday June 21st. I’ve admittedly never been to the Warehouse so I’m not sure how the venue will cater to Emperor X’s lo-fi pop or I Need Sleep’s rowdy nature. Hopefully I will have some pics to post and possibly a few audio clips.

2.) The Everybodyfields have announced their breakup via their website. To me it seemed the band still had their best work ahead of them. Each of their albums progressed drastically from the previous, ending with probably my favorite album of 2007, Nothing Is Okay. Want a bit of consolation to go with this gloom pie? Both primary members, Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews have already undertaken new projects. Follow the links below to see what they are both up to. I’ve also taken the liberty to acquaint you with some of their previous work. Very few bands could hold a torch to their gorgeous harmonies together. Good luck, friends!

Sam Quinn and Japan Ten’s Myspace page

Jill Andrews’ Myspace page

The Everybodyfields – HearYa Session

The Everybodyfields – Daytrotter Session

The Everybodyfields – aeroplane

The Everybodyfields – lonely anywhere

The Everybodyfields – out on the highway

The Everybodyfields – everything is okay

3.) The Music Alliance Pact has released the June mix for all to enjoy. I seem to be raving about this project every month so there’s really no reason for you to not download it. This month includes a few notable indie acts like Fanfarlo (UK), Dappled Cities (AUS) and the best band to ever hail from France, Phoenix. For newcomers – the project consists of 25 international blogs submitting one track each from artists within their borders.

4. Shelflife Records is inviting (nay, begging) you to download a free mixtape featuring a song from each of their current roster members. I’ve not kept up with their catalogue like I was prone to 2-3 years ago so may this serve as a re-initiation to the club.

5. Sub Pop, a label needing no introduction to music enthusiasts young or old, is playing into the mixtape hype with one of their own. They’ve compiled all the freely available downloads throughout their site into one handy zip file. Dig the Fleet Foxes, Iron and Wine and Flight Of The Conchords tracks, among others.

6. Sounds Are Active has released a somewhat comprehensive mixtape of local Denton, TX musicians. I haven’t listened to it yet and I’m honestly not familiar with a single artist on the mix but, come on, it’s Denton. It may not be Austin but talent still oozes from its every crack.

7. NYCtaper continues to post a steady stream of fresh and notable indie shows to download. My recent favorites include:

Of Montreal – April 15, 2009 Radio City Music Hall

Vivian Girls – May 11, 2009 Bowery Ballroom

The Decemberists – June 10, 2009 Radio City Music Hall

Fiery Furnaces – June 11, 2009 Le Poisson Rouge

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