Ghosts of Marathons Past
WPRBXmas Songs 2015
A lot of wonderful (and wonderfully creative) people have submitted original songs & stories to WPRBXmas over the years. Scroll down to learn more about these folks, listen to their contributions, and connect with them on social media & around the web.
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There's a lot of cool stuff here and we encourage you to explore it all!
Try as we might, we're not always able to track down info about past contributors. That means some entries are stumps . If you have any information about these "stumps" we'd love to hear from you. Contact us at elves @ marathon dot christmas.
Hailing from the Kensington area of Philadelphia (home to infamous gangs such as the Yos, Twerks and Fuzzies), Amanda X imperviously sallys forth, creating an oasis of bedroom pop and post-punk among a landscape of toxic speed, eroded enamel and chattering human skin suits. Their debut album was released by Siltbreeze in 2014 and a follow-up is tentatively slated for 2017.
Cinchel is a Chicago-based musician working with guitar, effects and laptop to create abstract ambient music that is both minimal and dense.
Beatrice, Toby and Blaise, with a grand piano and sundry virtual instruments, including a mellotron, give a holiday favorite a somewhat psych deconstruction.
From the non-existent album Winter Fuel, just over 90 seconds at 110 bpm in the key of A major.
- Recorded and mix on a phone.
Lary Hoffman began making music as Aerialist in 1997. Over the years the project morphed from bedroom electronic pop to synth-rock collaborations with drummers Stevie Treichel & Nikhil Ranade, to both analog and computer-based solo instrumental productions.
After a long hiatus, Lary has been steadily digitally self-releasing new Aerialist music since the fall of 2015.
Mr. Bret Saunders is from Denver, Colorado where he hosts the KBCO Morning Show. He recorded this short version of a holiday classic using a Microbrute synth and a couple of electronic noise gadgets. The melody hangs in there pretty much to the end.
- Bret Saunders: guitars, vocals.
Live. One take. No overdubs or anything else – just composer/musician/noise maker Neal Markowski in a room with the instruments. The ending is actually shorter than it should be, but as Markowski recorded this on his cassette 4-track, the tape kept bunching up for some reason towards the end, hence the “jarring” cuts in the solo drums.
Philadelphia’s Prowler are no strangers to the WPRB studios, having visited the station thrice to play live on Jon Solomon’s weekly show. There are many different strains of their infectious, head-bobbin’ tunes for free download on their Bandcamp page. “Buyers Beware” is also found on their record Trash Bag.
Vancouver’s Joel Phelps is a member of The Downer Trio and has also recently played with the group Dama/Libra. Joel is the only artist to record a “Christmas Story” for the show each of the last five years. Many demos and new recordings of his have been posted on Soundcloud, with the lion’s share of his studio output now available through Bandcamp.