Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Parsnip Revolt

The Parsnip Revolt are a very talented four piece that include Geremiah Giampa on vocals & guitar, Jake Williams on guitar & vocals, Doug Holton on drums & vocals and Brian Finucane on bass. Rooted in acoustics and rock, there's a lilting and comforting Travis meets Damien Rice vibe to the band's music.

And what's really cool is that one of the band's new songs, "Follow Me" was selected for Neil Young's "Living With War Today" song site. The song says guitarist Jake Williams "is about the war and the state of affairs here at home."

Check the song out here -

Follow Me - The Parsnip Revolt

The band has a promising EP that you can download for free here

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Cheers Elephant

They may be pretending to be the Monkees in the above picture, however Cheers Elephant are more like The Kinks meet the 13th Floor Elevators. They've got a bunch of shows coming up including a full-on residency at The Khyber in January, but closer opps to see them include a gig at the Downingtown School of Rock on November 24th. And on Thursday December 6th, the boys will be a part of WXPN's Philly Bands Together, a benefit for Musicians On Call with a great lineup including Matt Duke, The Trolleyvox, Nicole Reynolds & more TBA. More info here. In the meantime, here's a couple Cheers trax for your entertainment pleasure.

Hey Pagoda - Cheers Elephant
Tracking The Whale - Cheers Elephant

Thursday, November 15, 2007


I know it's been a while, so I figured I'd get back to local biz with some cool new stuff from Jotto, some local Philly indie-rockster fellas who probably owe as much to the Gang Of Four and The Rapture as they do to Kylie Minogue and Oingo Boingo. The band's new EP immediately grabs you on to the dance floor in an "I'm almost too indierock to dance" kind of way, and then sort of spazzing out in an interesting Strokes/indierockdance manner that's deserving of repeated listenings. But here's the thing: I can play all the spot the influences I want with this band, but so far they've managed to come up with something that's uniquely different and familiar at the same time. The guitar/keyboard interplay is dynamic and cool and lead singer Aaron has this slightly affected yet compelling charm in his vocals. Way to go Jotto.
Young In The City - Jotto

You can buy the EP here