SoundCloud Sunday might be my favorite new feature to this blog because I love searching SoundCloud for great music. Which is how I came up with this week’s #SoundCloudSunday—Our Griffins‘ “Blood On My Sleeves” from the Michael Boyd album. “Blood On My Sleeves” is a great song because after listening to it countless times I still can’t pinpoint what makes this song absolutely perfect. Our Griffins is as genuine as can be: unreal songwriting, excellent music, beautiful vocals—and yet listening to Our Griffins music makes it seem as though it was dipped in some magical musical greatness. Awesome!
We’re taking the fun of music exploration through SoundCloud Sunday and bringing it to our blog. #SoundCloudSunday is when we take time to search the vast music network of SoundCloud to find music that makes our ears smile. The music can be older material, a new demo, a cover, or whatever—we just want to feature good music by artists of the Philadelphia, PA area. We decided to use SoundCloud because of the access it gives us to so much great music and the fact that SoundCloud makes it so easy to share the music we find.
Anyway, this #SoundCloudSunday we chose a Former Belle song, “Some Kind of Machine”. There are several great songs on Former Belle’s SoundCloud page which made it hard for us to choose just one song but we finally decided on “Some Kind of Machine” because it made our ears smile the most. Although we don’t know much about Former Belle, we do know that the music we heard from Former Belle we really like. So, here’s to good music and being inspired to find out more about the amazing artists that create the music we love.
Yes, One Fan Sessions are returning and our mission is to interview all the great artists of the Philadelphia, PA area. We might even feature some artists touring the Philadelphia, PA area. Be on the lookout for our video series.
A few years ago we got the idea to start a video series—One Fan Sessions…
Inspired by the great work of websites like Take Away Shows and Black Cab Sessions we decided to create our own video series to showcase Philly area artists. We want this series to be a real, spontaneous, unedited look into an artist’s music. We are not pros nor working with professional equipment but we still hope to make this a fun and interesting video series.
Well, as much as we wanted to see the series takeoff it never really did. We recorded our one and only session with Brian Salcido in August of 2011. It’s now 2014 and we want to give One Fan Sessions another try. This time we’re changing our format a bit. One Fan Sessions are now a Q&A/interview with a live performance. We are going to try to learn more about the artists that create the music we love.
If you are an artist from the Philadelphia, PA area or a touring artist to the area please email us at onefansessions[at]gmail.com if you’re interested in being a part of a One Fan Session.
Musicians On Call (MOC) is an organization that “brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.” MOC expanded its organization outside of New York and partnered with WXPN. Since 2004, WXPN Musicians On Call has been responsible for bringing live music to the bedsides of many patients in the Delaware Valley—making a difference in the lives of patients and their families.
This past Thursday night was WXPN Musicians On Call Benefit Concert held at World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA). Matt Nathanson headlined the sold out benefit concert. Chris Kasper (vocals, guitar) opened the concert performing as a trio with Kiley Ryan (fiddle, vocals) and Phil D’Agostino (upright bass). Kasper played a sincere, whole-hearted 30 minute acoustic set of material from his latest album Bagabones. After a short intermission Matt Nathanson (vocals, guitar) took to the stage for a duo acoustic performance with Aaron Tap (guitar, vocals). Having only “Car Crash” (the only Matt Nathanson song I know, thanks to WXPN) to reference I had no clue what to expect from his performance. After seeing Nathanson’s entire set it was clear why his fans are so loyal—because Matt Nathanson isn’t afraid to entertain. He plays good music with comical backstories, interacts with the audience, and is very genuine. All in all, it was a great night of music for a great cause.
Now seems like the perfect time to catch everyone up on the story behind One Fan at a Time. One Fan at a Time has been and still is the work of one immensely passionate Philly music enthusiast who decided to use their written voice to share all the great music they found in the Philadelphia, PA area. It all began years ago when posting show reviews on Myspace was deemed unacceptable for music that deserved a global audience. So, www.onefanatatime.com was created with the intent of continuing to write about the artists from the Philly area with impressive blog-worthy music.
Unexpectedly the push for a greater audience came with a price—an inundation of artists all wanting to be featured on the blog in some way. The overwhelming influx of attention eventually lead to the decline in blog content and an overall lack of passion to write. Sadly, our favorite artists, the ones who we so desperately wanted/needed to write about where being forgotten. Plus, there were on going periods of bloggers’ block to battle with. It got harder and harder to write about an artist that we’ve seen countless times, whose music we admire, without it sounding just like every other post. We even thought about quitting blogging forever until the tweeted “noooooo!” from the best band ever really made us think twice. Then we took an indefinite hiatus with the plan to return someday better than ever.
It’s 2014 and we feel like we’ve been hibernating for long enough. We’re ready to test the waters again but having learned the hard way what really makes this blog tick. So, this time we’re going to approach this blog like we did in the beginning—writing about the great music we find in the Philly area so the music of our favorite artists never goes unheard. We’ll try to add new segments and series so long as they fit our rediscovered focus.
Thank you to those who have expressed their interest in this blog—it is greatly appreciated.
It’s 2014 and time for me to get back into the live music world. A world that I absolutely love but must take time away from every so often just to recharge. The live music world can be quite overwhelming at times. Well, like I said—it’s 2014, a new year and time for new memories.
It was a Saturday night and I wanted to hear some live music so to Milkboy Philly I went. Our Griffins was on the bill and that’s all I needed to know but of course I would check out Bad Suns and Royal Bangs too. Our Griffins had the opening set of the night and began with “Blood On My Sleeves” off their most recent release Michael Boyd. Oh my, I love that song and being present to hear that song live was a beautifully precious moment. From that moment on it was like I was under Our Griffins musical spell and everything sounded so perfect. Our Griffins is the work of singer-songwriter DJ Brown but of late he’s taken his somewhat solo project and given it a full band treatment and those guys are makin’ it work. In no way did Our Griffins sound bad before but now there is a feel of a more cohesive band unit and it’s awesome.
Saturday’s set consisted of many Michael Boyd songs and I do remember hearing “Elenore” from Our Griffins Conversations (EP). Then it came time for the last song and I could hear myself screaming “NOOOO” on the inside. Everything was going so well that I didn’t want to see Our Griffins’ set end. Our Griffins played “Not Here Entirely” for their last song. It was during that song that I witnessed some real live music memory making magic—DJ Brown in a fit of annoyance violently shook his head knocking his glasses off his face landing them somewhere on the stage (I guess—I lost sight of them) without the slightest disturbance to his intense, awe-inspiring guitar playing. And I thought to myself, “that is some real rock and roll!”
DJ Brown is an impressive singer-songwriter, the band just keeps getting tighter and tighter, and they’re honest—no gimmick artists. Needless to say, Our Griffins is destined for music greatness. It’s going to be exciting to see where Our Griffins goes from here.
Sorry, after unexpectedly being engulfed by Our Griffins greatness it was hard to concentrate on the other bands that night. Bad Suns and Royal Bangs please forgive me. I’m usually a better music enthusiast and more receptive to new artists.
It looks like Saturday night at Milkboy Philly was all about Our Griffins.
JAN 22 – Toad (Cambridge, MA)
JAN 23 – Woodbury Music Shop (Woodbury, CT)
JAN 24 – Bottleknecks (Wilkes Barre, PA)
JAN 25 – MOMS (Doylestown, PA)
JAN 26 – Glasslands (Brooklyn, NY)
Feb 18 – Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA)