Shea and Yoni David go way back. Yoni played one of the first shows at the new Shea with the now defunct Trails and was breifly a staff member a couple years back before going on to be one of the dudes to bring you Big Snow Buffalo Lodge. If you've ever heard us talk about "Shea Fam" you know these guys are our cousins - they even have a couple a SSG-style house bands: Baked, Lost Boy & Leapling. Big Snow is about as well known for their stellar sound as it is for being a haven for touring bands so it comes as no surprise Yoni knows more bands personally than most people can name. He'll talk your ear off (did I mention he's a Long Island native?) but when it comes down to it he's just friendly as all hell. Big Snow & Yoni are prime examples of always putting musicians first in a line of work where they can so often become an afterthought. Keep that in mind while you listen to some of Yoni's favorites from the Shea Archives - showcasing some deep cuts and major jams from the past three years. -LC
Here's a playlist that's soulful, noisy & definitely funky. It's a combination of tracks that could only have come from the vocal powerhouse behind Bad Credit No Credit & Clapperclaw and one of the top mourners of the lost art of the pop ballad: our own homegirl Carrie-Anne Murphy. If you're already familiar with CA's tunes you'll see pretty easily that this mix does a great job of boiling down all those elements that make those two projects so unique. And if not you're in for a streamlined experience since tracks from both BCNC & Clapperclaw are included here. Listen! Get educated!
Brooklyn's Big Ups make music fit for the sweatiest, most teeth kicking punk shows. Brimming with DIY enthusiasm, it's obvious that they would curate a list that is loaded with beer can-crushing bangers from notable former Shea du Jours such as Double Dagger and FIDLAR. But as this mix unfolds, prepare to be surprised as you learn about the more other-worldly tastes of these boys, as you are catapulted into the atmosphere with little warning. Deep space jams from veteran astronauts Noveller and Lichens prepare you well for the epic 30-minute closing track (a full performance by LA's Lucky Dragons) but this a raucous journey from the mosh pit to the outer limits of the galaxy with pitstops just about everywhere in between. -AR
Nowadays, we tend to take advantage of the fact that most information is so readily available. But behind all of this fancy media technology, there are actual humans slaving away making sure that nothing ever really goes "under the radar" anymore. A grass roots operation with an encyclopedic knowledge of all happenings in NYC, the people at My Social List have just about dedicated their lives to serving the musical community, making extremely educated guesses on the shows you would probably care about attending. It's no surprise that someone in charge of such a daunting task would be capable of putting together such an epic list. 35 tracks deep and clocking in well over 120 minutes, the first GUEST LIST of 2013 is now also the longest of all-time. -AR
Second to perhaps Greg Fox, no drummer has a larger presence in the Shea archives than Julian. A true veteran of the Brooklyn DIY circuit, he has sat behind the kit for Quilty, Red Dwarf, and once (many moons ago) was one half of the classic dynamic duo of drummers in Le Rug. Currently, he can be found pounding the skins (hard) in Census or laying down some serious grooves as the backbone of BK's favorite electro/funk futurists Ava Luna. When Julian isn't too busy playing shows and recording/producing music, he often spends his time at shows and getting stoked on other people's music. An avid supporter of our musical community, he handpicked these gems for your listening pleasure. -AR