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Shaking Through Alum, Family Band has a new album coming out on July 24 and we couldn’t be happier about it. You can listen to the first single “Night Song” off of Grace & Lies on Stereogum and download it from The Fader. Give it a listen and spread the word.
Earlier this week, we discovered what’s probably the coolest example yet of Shaking Through tracks being re-purposed to create new works of art. The next big thing in West Coast rap is Kendrick Lamar, who just released his first official single featuring Dr. Dre himself. And look at that—a sample from Twin Sister’s “Meet the Frownies,” the track we produced with them for Shaking Through, runs through the entire song!
Seriously though, we’ve been listening to this track on repeat at the office. Give it a listen:
Shaking Through alums: A Classic Education, Family Band, Snowmine, Strand of Oaks, Bleeding Rainbow, and Sharon Van Etten are playing SXSW. Watch their Shaking Through episodes again before you see them live. Check below for what day/time each band is playing.
Who? When? Where?
Sharon Van Etten:
Wednesday, March 14 9:00PM-9:40PM at Stubbs
Thursday, March 15, 12:35AM-1:45AM at Mohawk Patio
Thursday, March 15, 8:00PM-8:40PM at Treasure Island
A Classic Education:
Friday, March 16, 12:00AM-12:40AM at the Studio by by HGTV
Friday, March 16, 12:05AM-12:45AM at The Iron Bear
Strand of Oaks:
Friday, March 16, 8:00PM-8:30PM at Antone’s
Saturday, March 17, 12PM at Red Eye Fly
If you are going to SXSW, check in with the bands you’ve watched from the beginning.
Eliza Hardy-Jones, the talented singer and piano player from our most recent Shaking Through episode, Strand of Oaks, will be playing with her band, Buried Beds, at Johnny Brendas on Saturday, February 25. It is their EP release of Small Stories with The Spinto Band and The Building. Doors are at 8:00 PM and tickets are only $10. Don’t miss your chance to see a very talented Philly band. For more information, check out: http://www.johnnybrendas.com/event/85575/. There are still tickets available.
Have you watched all of the Strand of Oaks videos yet? In the Recording video, you can catch Eliza playing almost all of the instruments as well as singing back-up vocals. She is, as Brian puts it, “a monster piano player”. Enjoy!
November 2011’s Shaking Through artist, Snowmine, will be headlining WXPN and Johnny Brendas Present: The Philadelphia Bandcamp Hunter Music Series tomorrow, February 3. Doors are at 8:00 PM and tickets are only $5.00. Don’t miss out on a great young band! For more information check out: http://www.johnnybrendas.com/event/87543/. There are still tickets available.
After you re-watch their Shaking Through episode, stop by Snowmine’s Bandcamp page. There you can check out their recent full-length, Laminate Pet Animal, which Bandcamp selected as their first ever Album of the Week in November 2011. We know you won’t be disappointed.
January 2010 Shaking Through artist, Sharon Van Etten recently stopped by The Jimmy Fallon Show to perform her new single, “Serpents.” The song is just a taste of her upcoming record, Tramp, which follows her acclaimed 2010 debut, Epic. We’re always entranced by Sharon over here at Weathervane Music. We encourage everyone to click on the link below!
Our friends from Reading Rainbow have made a big change. The band members, now three, have decided to transition the name of the band from Reading Rainbow to Bleeding Rainbow. Don’t stress if you can’t find them, they are still making awesome music–just under a different name. If you want to catch them live before the new year, they will be playing a Benefit show at Little Berlin Gallery in Philly on 12/10. They will be recording their new album in January.
From their blog:
REASONS WE CHANGED OUR NAME FROM READING RAINBOW TO BLEEDING RAINBOW:
– We like the name Bleeding Rainbow better.
– It is trippy as shit.
– We didn’t want to get a cease and desist letter from PBS.
– We were sick of being named after a children’s t.v. show.
– We were sick of people fixating on it and making dumb jokes/comments about it. (even though it was our own damn fault.)
– Carrie Brownstein didn’t like the name Reading Rainbow.
Reading Rainbow/Bleeding Rainbow were part of Volume 1 in October of 2010. Click here to watch their session.
Wrapping up Volume II of Shaking Through is Snowmine, an indie pop five-piece from Brooklyn, NY. Snowmine is keyboardist Grayson Sanders, guitarists Calvin Pia and Austin Mendenhall, bassist Jay Goodman, and drummer Alex Beckmann. The band’s lush indie-pop songs are mostly written by Sanders, who recently turned his attention from composing in the New York classical music scene to become the principle singer and songwriter for the group. Snowmine recorded the song “Curfews” for the session, which features a range of instruments never before seen in a Shaking Through episode (including sugar packets, dish brushes, sweeps, and film lights). Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one!
This session was curated by Mark Schoneveld of the popular indie blog, YVYNYL, and will go live on November 15th at 11:00am.
Glowing reviews followed Sharon Van Etten‘s performance at the Hollywood Bowl (the historic 18,000 seat amphitheater in California) opening for Neko Case and The National. Raymond Flotat from mxdwn.com said: “[Van Etten] opened the evening with a short, subdued and sweet set … She was just the right, charming touch to get the evening started on the right foot.” She closed her set with “Love More”, which she recorded for Shaking Through back in January 2010. Sharon will perform as part of the Weathervane Music and WXPN presented Philadelphia Film and Music Festival show this Friday, 9/23, at the World Cafe Live. She will be joined by the amazing Marissa Nadler and Philadelphia’s own Hezekiah Jones, who also recorded a Shaking Through session this year. Tickets for the show are $15, and a portion of proceeds benefit Weathervane Music. You can purchase tickets here (and don’t forget to sign up for the Weathervane Music newsletter to be entered to win backstage passes!).
The past year has been a huge for Sharon. She joined the National for a month-long European tour before returning to the U.S. for a national tour that spanned from New York to California (and included a pit-stop at SXSW in March), played the Bonnaroo Music and Arts and Sasquatch music festivals in June, and in July she signed to Jagjaguwar (Bon Iver, Dinosaur Jr.). Recently, she recorded her new full-length (mixed here in Philadelphia), produced by Aaron Dressner of The National. To say that we’re anxiously awaiting its release would be a major understatement!
Residents of the east coast take note: Reading Rainbow is heading your way! The three week tour kicked off this Wednesday in D.C. and includes performances at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, N.C. as well as the Philadelphia Film and Music festival.
For a full list of tour dates and locations, head over to the Reading Rainbow blog. While you’re there, check out their new track “Dead End”, which was created as part of a 7” split record with Super Wild Horses. Although “Dead End” isn’t yet available outside of the HoZac Records Hook-Up Klub and live shows, “Always On My Mind,” the track they recorded during their Shaking Through session, is just a free download away from being all yours (and man, it’s a killer song!). For more Reading Rainbow, check out their Shaking Through session from last October. The feature and bonus footage show that the self-described “sonic pop love” band is one of the funnest around.
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