Friday, 18 April 2014 | Bad Sister Heidi
In anticipation of this Saturday’s Record Store Day festivities coast to coast, here’s the new clip for “Records & Coffee,” one of the signature tunes off of Joey Sweeney‘s Long Hair, a co-release between BITBY (Heyward Howkins, Oh! Pears) and La Société Expéditionnaire (Lewis & Clarke, Strand of Oaks). And much like the song, it’s an homage to endless Saturdays spent in the company of nothing but, well, records and coffee. (Sweeney’s beagle, Nigel, also makes a cameo, as does trumpet player John Pettit.)
Directed by BITBY’s David Kain and Sweeney, the video is a veritable walking tour of Sweeney’s home neighborhood in Philadelphia, from the longstanding Old City Coffee to AKA Music, Philly’s largest indie record store. All along, our narrator details any number of life mistakes, concluding that the only thing that made any of them bearable was, of course, records and coffee.
The album “Records & Coffee” sits on is Long Hair, a Laurel Canyon-inflected singer/songwriter record that’s also a party of unlikely collaborators: Grammy award-winning salsa/tropical producer Aaron ‘Luis’ Levinson mans the controls, and mindbending rapper/producer Lushlife (aka Raj Haldar) penned string arrangements for the string trio that appears on the record. Charlie Hall of The War On Drugs also contributes drums on two tracks, “Kate Moss Hologram” and “Records & Coffee.”
Joey Sweeney has been writing songs and prose since he was a teenager in the 1980s. Over the years, he has fronted the groups The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney, as well as recording and performing as a solo artist. Meanwhile, he’s also written for a wide array of publications, including Salon.com, Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer and his daily perch, Philebrity.com, the cityblog he established in 2004 after a decade-long run as a rock critic.
Check out this video and prepare to celebrate Record Store Day!