San Fermin

A pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition, San Fermin is the work of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. His self-titled debut album is strongly influenced by his unique background in classical music, which includes a job assisting composer/arranger Nico Muhly.

After finishing his musical studies at Yale, Ludwig-Leone wrote the album in six weeks while holed up in a studio on the mountainous border between Alberta and British Columbia. He focused on life?s top-shelf issues – youth, nostalgia, anxiety, unrequited love – and tied these vast themes to different characters through vocal contributions from longtime friend Allen Tate, as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius.

San Fermin is not an album of singles but rather a sweeping, full-bodied listen with multiple distinct peaks and ambitious thematic connections. Ludwig-Leone composed all of the album's arrangements and lyrics in full prior to collaborating and recording, noting that "writing for a large group of unknown musicians infused the writing process with a kind of operatic scope."

The first track released from the album, "Sonsick," tackles many of these larger themes head-on. "I was near the end of a relationship and, not coincidentally, the song contains a direct confrontation between opposing views on the subject," he says. "I realized that the most intense moments are the ones in which conflicting emotional worlds exist inside you, equally, at once."

San Fermin will be available on CD, vinyl and digital outlets via Downtown Records this fall.

Jangle pop recently relocated to Philadelphia from Austin, TX. Says Kip Berman of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, "Think Buzzcocks/Exploding Hearts punk pop goodness."

Arab Spring, the debut album from Philadelphia-transplants Literature has recently been re-released. The band's debut showcases a taut, novel sound; an assemblage of power-pop and jangling guitars that'll prompt you to dance in your garage. They've previously been featured on Matador Records co-founder Gerard Cosloy's Casual Victim Pile II Compilation, performed on Terre T's "Cherry Blossom Clinic" and recorded with Greg Ashley (of the Gris Gris). Now they're ready for their moment in the sun with this, another assemblage of paens in the key of pop. The release of Arab Spring, a joint venture by Square of Opposition and Austin Town Hall Records, is about to re-pressed and remastered as well as being released on CD in Japan on Waterslide Records. In fact, it's a "must-listen CD" at Tower Records listening stations country-wide.

In 2013 the group performed at NYC Popfest, being called one of the event's breakout acts by Soundbites/DoNYC.

Panic Years

Panic Years is an indie rock band from Philadelphia, PA. Their past two EP's (Panic Years (2009) & Finally Today Is Tomorrow (2010)) have received critical acclaim as well as radio play on over 200 stations nationwide, charting #1 in over 30 markets. 2011 saw Panic Years share the stage with acts such as Naked and Famous, Airborne Toxic Event, Mae, Terrible Things, Jenny Owen Young, and Atomic Tom among others.

The band is currently touring in support of their debut full-length album, The Month's Mind.

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