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New podcast fills a void, showing off Philly creatives

Courtesy of talktalktalk.org
Courtesy of talktalktalk.org

It’s no surprise that two Philly creatives are doing something that’s, well, creative.

Long time friends Zack Stock, who doubles as a folk musician, and Levi Landis, executive director for the Philadelphia Folksong Society, have partnered together to start “We Need to Talk,” a new podcast that features interviews with local creatives as well as musings between the two.

Landis, an avid podcast listener, had to initially convince Stock to join in. But anyone tuning in would hardly get that impression. With only two released podcasts under their belts so far, it seems like the two have been doing this for years. Their dynamic is genius – the fact the two are so close allow for comical back-and-forths. It’s like overhearing a hilarious conversation in a coffee shop that you so desperately want to be a part of.

“We started about a year ago to keep around this idea that reflected our relationship together,” Landis said. “That vulnerable and comedic relation you have with a friend and bringing community in whether it be music and art.”

It extends beyond music and art, too. Landis and Stock are looking to talk to anyone who’s an inspiration in the Philly community showcased by their first guest – Brian Dwyer, founder and superstar behind pizza shop/museum Pizza Brain. (He’s also a longtime Philly drummer.)

Their second podcast, a shorter feature, has the two discussing small talk and elevator music. (This episode features the band Outside Eyes for a short cameo appearance where the hosts and artist literally play music in an elevator.)

Landis and Stock said they decided to hone in geographically on Philly creatives not because it was convenient with their connections to the music scene, but because there was a “void” in the scene. With so many podcasts focusing on national acts, Landis said there was an absence of storytelling as far as the Philly creatives go. Landis and Stock believe their stories and jokes need to be told, too. They’re informative. They’re entertaining.

“I think [finding guests] is something we’re still exploring, but something we go in with some trepidation. We follow our own curiosity about people and people we think are doing interesting things and form,” Stock said. “In my mind, some of it is the selfish act of following our own curiosity.”

But whatever they’re doing, it seems to be working. Though there aren’t any solidified release dates, expect to see guests like musicians Birdie Busch, John Francis and Todd Henkin from The Great Unknown in the near future.

“That’s my goal,” Stock said, “to get creative people really excited about this – we want to make the best possible interviews for creative people in Philly.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at First Unitarian Church, Swans at Union Transfer, Hoodie Allen at Underground Arts and more

The Districts | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Districts | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

After a full year of festival performances and a nationwide tour with White Denim, there’s still no stopping The Districts. Yesterday, they performed at WXPN’s NonCOMM, and tonight, they’ll headline an all ages show in the First Unitarian Church basement along with Clear Plastic Masks, Pine Barons and Fly Golden Eagle. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $12 tickets can be purchased here or at the door.

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Joyce Manor’s newest album cover is the sweetest thing you’ll see all day

Courtesy of Noisey

This summer’s gonna be a good one for punk. So many great new albums are coming out (ie. Kite Party, Tigers Jaw, etc.), and you can add Joyce Manor‘s newest, Never Hungover Again, to that list. However, I have to stress that this album – out July 22 – isn’t likely to be buried. (None of them will be, quite frankly.) The California band recently released the first single from the LP, “Catalina Fight Song,” and it’s hard not to press repeat at least three times. It has a fun video, too, showing the four-piece band trying their hands at jiu jitsu while thrashy guitars chime in the background and heavy drums add to the welcomed chaos.

Is it likely that any local martial arts studio will be using the new album as a warm up? Probably not, but that’s besides the point. The small little preview into the album shows the true character of the band – the fun, and friendship. Speaking on which, that whole friendship aspect can be seen in its cover as well, which will make any Philly punker / house show die-hard / Bandcamp fiend’s heart swoon. Pictured on the front is bassist and vocalist Matt Ebert arm-in-arm with Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan.

Talk about DIY community. It’s hard not to gush.

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Tonight’s concert picks: HAIM at Tower Theater, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot & Saddle, The Interest Group at Underground Arts and more

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Sister rock trio HAIM (a former XPN artist to watch) are putting a big year behind them. After their debut album, Days Are Gone, was released this past September, they’ve gotten a deal with Target to have their song “Forever” appear in the store’s commercials, and have planned out their first nationwide and European tour. Tonight, they’ll stop by Tower Theater. The show will start at 8 p.m. and the $32 tickets can be purchased here.

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Pop-punkers Only On Weekends are releasing a new EP and celebrating with some Philly shows

Only on Weekends | photo by Meg Hawkey

They’re the epitome of pop-punk. If you combined Saves the Day and The Wonder Years toned down a few notches, you’d get Only On Weekends. And with one album and an EP under their belt, the band is prepared to unleash its newest endeavor.

The new Light Years and Heavy Lifting EP is set to be released on May 30 and is produced by Fred Mascherino, who’s played in Taking Back Sunday and Terrible Things. Until, Only On Weekends has given the  of new tracks off the EP, including the thrashy, punky and shouty song, “The Prince of East 187th Street,” which showed up on AbsolutePunk last week.

Check out the track below and catch them as they play two upcoming shows. The first is on 5/18 at Connie’s Ric Rac, and the second marks their album release show at the Barbary.

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The Snails’ missing van returns

Courtesy of Tim Hildebrand
Courtesy of Tim Hildebrand

This past Monday, reggae/rock band The Snails passed their usually parking spot to find their van completely missing.

After an outpouring of support and attention from the media, fans and community, the band and the van are now reunited. Guitarist Tim Hildebrand said that two women recognized the van in their neighborhood from local reports and checked with surrounding neighbors to see if it had belonged to anyone around the block. Connecting the dots, the two called the police.

However, it wasn’t returned without damage. All the equipment is gone and a window has to be replaced before the band embarks on their East Coast tour on May 19.

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The Snails got their van stolen; help them find their equipment

The Snails (and friends) pictured with their van | Courtesy of facebook.com/thesnailspa2

 

With 10 days left until an East Coast tour, local reggae/rock band The Snails are without a van or equipment.

Around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, guitarist Tim Hildebrand was biking home on his way home from work when he noticed the 2003 white Ford E350 that was parked at 31st and West Girard streets was now a vacant spot surrounded by shattered glass.

Hildebrand said he thought nothing of it initially until he went home and walked around he block searching for the van with no luck. He then called the police and filed a report but has not yet received any leads.

The van has two large dents in the back near the right tire and “The Snails,” “Aggrolites,” and “WMNF” stickers plastered on its bumper. The license plate number is JBF0450 and carried the following items:

-Fender twin reverb 65 reissue with a broken handle in a road case
-Fender Blues Jr. III with a broken handle in a road case
-Gold Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 in a hardshell case with “Snails” on it
-CB three-piece Drum kit that was custom stripped down to a deep red sanded down finish with Snails logo on the kick drum in soft shell cases
-Ludwig Epic Series snare
-Set of cymbals (Meinl M Series 22″ ride, Meinl M Series 18″ crash, Paiste Giant Beat 15″ hi-hats) all in cases hardware bag (two cymbal stands, hi-hat stand, snare stand, drum throne, kick pedal) and a Meinl drum rug
-Hartke XL series 4×10 bass cab
-Ampeg b5r bass head

Hildebrand said so much work has gone into planning the tour said there’s no chance the band will cancel due to the incident.

“If we have to take two little sedans [to tour] and borrow [equipment], then that’s what we’re going to do,” Hildebrand said.

Any one with leads are asked to call the Philadelphia Police’s 22nd District at 215-686-3220.

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Upperfields debut dreamy Random Tea Session

Upperfields | via facebook.com/Upperfields3
Upperfields | via facebook.com/Upperfields3

It’s romantic and it’s dreamy. Psych folk band Upperfields recently played a Random Tea Room Session, and the final product couldn’t have come out any better. Videographer Koofreh Umoren plays with subtle zooms, jump cuts and transitional focuses that colorfully play with the lyrics of the soft, supple song “Find My Way Home”. Check it out below. On May 28, the band returns to the Random Tea Room with Doylestown folk / psych outfit Heat Thunder. The show starts at 8 p.m. and ticket prices are TBA. Check out the session below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Foreign Exchange at World Cafe Live, Priscilla Ahn at Tin Angel

Photo by Chris Charles via facebook.com/theforeignexchange

The Foreign Exchange‘s sound is a perfect mix of classic R&B and modern electro-pop. The band’s gained some major popularity over the past several years for their creative ability and mix of genres. In 2013, the duo released their fourth studio album, Love in Flying Colors. Catch them play tonight here at World Cafe Live. The show is set to start at 8 p.m. and the $20 tickets can be purchased here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Both at Union Transfer, Ataloft at the Ardmore Music Hall, Jessy Lanza at North Star Bar and more

The Both | via facebook.com/theboth
Tonight, audiences will get the best of both worlds. After touring together in 2012, singer / songwriter Aimee Mann and punk / indie guitarist Ted Leo have teamed together for a new project, The Both. On April 15, the two released their first and self-titled album via Mann’s Super Ego Records. (Fun Fact: The Both was the first band to play at the newly opened Boot & Saddle.) Check them out tonight at Union Transfer. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $24.

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