Just under a month before Philly Music Fest, organizers announced a surprise national headliner in Mt. Joy, indie rockers with roots in the area. The band will play the first two nights of the six-night event across six venues at Ardmore Music Hall on October 10 and 11.
Mt. Joy was formed in 2016 in Los Angeles by guitarist/vocalist Matt Quinn and guitarist Sam Cooper, who rekindled a musical partnership that began at Conestoga High School in Chester County when they were both present.
“Philly is my home, I grew up in the area and was inspired to be a musician here,” Quinn said in a statement. “I never take the opportunity to play music here for granted. Especially for a cause that will help inspire and give kids in my hometown the tools to create their own music. It’s an honor to be part of this festival, we look forward to two great evenings! »
A nonprofit founded by local husband-and-wife team Greg and Jenn Seltzer, Philly Music Fest has donated more than $275,000 to local music education programs and artists in need — but only after having paid all venues and artists to perform at the festival. Boasting the slogan “Our Genre is Philly”, the festival offers a wide range of music from rock and jazz to hip hop, folk, punk, bluegrass and spoken word. It starts this year on October 10 and ends on October 15.
“It’s really cool to see how Philly Music Fest has grown,” Adam Weiner said in a statement. His band Low Cut Connie returns to the festival as headliners after playing a much smaller PMF in 2018. “They’re doing a great job and I hope that continues. Music education gives children a lifeline they can hold on to throughout their lives, and I’m very happy to be part of this festival and echo its mission.
Philly Music Fest has sold out for the past three years. Tickets can be purchased through the official festival website, phillymusicfest.com or through venue websites including World Café Live, Johnny Brenda’s, Ardmore Music Hall, The Dolphin Tavern, REC Philly and Underground Arts. This year’s lineup also includes Mannequin Pussy, Ron Gallo, Screaming Females, Shamir, Empath, Saleka, Electric Candlelight, Lady HD, Kayleigh Goldsworthy, Ghosh, Echo Kid, Max Swan, Stereo League, Marielle Kraft, Riverby, The Ire, Justmadnice and Perpetual Motion.
The festival has seen its impact grow considerably in recent years. In 2017, the nonprofit donated $15,000 to music education programs. The following year, the total rose to $25,000, then to $40,000 in 2019, $50,000 in 2020, and $75,000 in 2021. Programs receiving donations include Rock to the Future, Girls Rock Philly, Settlement Music School, Musicopia, Beyond the Bars, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Live Connections and play on Philly. Philly Music Fest has also rolled out more than 330 micro-grants in 2020 and 2021 for local musicians and venue staff struggling due to COVID-19.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week it’s a release from a British prog rock unit that was in the middle of a racing career.
PINK FLOYD: “ANIMALS 2018 REMIX”
Originally released in January 1977, “Animals” is Pink Floyd’s 10th studio album and was released during the hottest streak in the band’s history, following 1973’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and “Wish You Were Here” from 1975 and just before the historic rock opera “The Wall” in 1979. Although it sometimes gets lost among these milestones, “Animals” has now received a remix and is available in 5.1 surround sound for the first time. .
Recorded and produced by the band at Floyd’s Britannia Row Studios in London throughout 1976 and early 1977, “Animals” peaked at No. 2 in the UK and No. 3 in the US and is considered one of their best works by hardcore fans. It features the classic Pink Floyd lineup of David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright.
A concept album at its core, the LP focused on the socio-political conditions of mid-1970s Britain and was a departure from the style of the band’s earlier work. It was developed from a collection of unrelated songs with a concept that describes the apparent social and moral decay of society, comparing the human condition to that of animals. Drawing inspiration from George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”, the album portrays the different classes of people as animals, with pigs being at the top of the social chain, descending to sheep as a mindless herd following what ‘they are told with the dogs as the business leaders grow with the money and the power they hold over the other. It’s a story that still resonates to this day as our social and economic circumstances mirror those of the times.
“Animals 2018 Remix” will be released Friday on CD, LP with gatefold cover, Blu-ray, SACD and gatefold deluxe. The deluxe gatefold version, available October 7, includes LP, CD, Blu-ray audio, DVD audio, and a 32-page book. Blu-ray and DVD audio includes the 2018 remix in stereo, 5.1 Surround, both from producer/engineer James Guthrie, and the original 1977 stereo mix. The 32-page booklet features rare behind-the-scenes photographs from the set of the album art, plus live footage and memorabilia.
The album’s iconic cover shows an inflatable pig, known today as ‘Algie’, floating between two chimneys at Battersea Power Station. It was designed by Waters and engineered by longtime collaborator Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis Studios. The artwork was reimagined for the modern age by Thorgerson’s Hipgnosis partner, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell. Taking new photos of the building as it appeared during recent conversion works, Po experimented with new angles and produced striking new takes on the classic original.
“Animals 2018 Remix” can be found online and at all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
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