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It’s true! The Walrus has a new logo and site design to coincide with the re-launch of its long-standing parent company Quaker City Mercantile (Formerly Gyro Worldwide).
The Walrus is now powered by the open-source blog format WordPress, which has allowed us to roll out some great new features such as commenting (yea, it’s about time!), “like” or “dislike”, and multiple viewing–expanded view for the full experience and list view for the “at-a-glance” experience. There will be more additions to come, so please stay tuned. Also, please excuse any sloppiness as we are still tinkering with the design and content transfer.
Philly’s Sun Airway is the new project from Patrick Marsceill and Jon Barthmus (formerly of the A-sides). Their new EP, Oh, Naoko, is a smart mix of breezy electronics and lush vocals. It’s easily one of the best records of the year thus far. Listen to the title track below (my personal favorite from the EP), and if you like it, which I’m sure you will, grab the free EP.
I can’t say I like the name, but Horen’s new project Let’s Agree to Differ has a great Joy Division-esque new song with a video that cops footage from some technicolor movie and most likely infringes on several copyright laws. Exciting!
There is no question that the Tonight Show is actually worth watching now that Conan has taken over, but now that Triumph has made his official TS premiere, it has gotten even better. Check out Robert Smigel and his hilarious alter ego as they rip on everyone and everything at this year’s Bonnaroo, including TV on the Radio and the Beastie Boys. And yes, the Decemeberists do suck.
Check out this video from an episode of Detroit’s The Scene, a black culture dance show that ran locally from 1975-1987. It features the amazing electro track “Sharevari” by A Number of Names. Yes kids, this was the birth of Detroit Techno. Get loose:
The New Time is a Philly band who loves Neutral Milk Hotel so much that they decided to name their first official single, an instantly catchy, highly charged hand-clapping rock tune, after the band (They also have a song called “Fiery Furnace” but I haven’t heard it.) Regardless, this one has just found a spot in my newest playlist, and hopefully in yours.
Philly’s Drink Up Buttercup, who happen to be getting a lot of attention on indie blogs lately (and for good reason) performed an awesome session at The Art in the Age store recently, where they were surrounded by the brand’s crafty and intellectual goods and debuted this new song. Harmonies, hand-claps and hand-soaps!
This new one from Circulatory System (fmr. Olivia Tremor Controller William Cullen Hart and friends) is nothing short of stellar. It’s CS’s first new music since 2001 and it reminds us of Hart’s awesome ability to mix layered, catchy psych-pop with damaged art-pop.
Some months ago, Eric, of Tim and Eric, made an awesome video for this song. Now, the hitmakers have concocted the official version. It’s pretty cool, up until around the 3 minute mark. Honestly, I don’t know which is scarier, the monsters or MGMT…