We were introduced to these then-Philly scene newcomers last year. Since then, five-piece outfit Queue has been making the moves. Recently, they debuted a live wire single, “Frontier.” It’s an an electric, gauzy track that doesn’t let up in energy. Listen below, and then check out the band live at Steel City Coffee tonight; info on tickets can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
When it comes to hometown gigs, The Dead Milkmen sure know how to pick ’em. Autumnal outings in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Headlining The Trocadero on Halloween. And now — or rather, once again — West Philly’s gorgeous Clark Park.
We just got word that the band will perform the Clark Mark Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, July 15th. The free outdoor gig will also feature I Think Like Midnight, an instrumental band featuring the Milkmen’s Dean Clean on drums and Joe Jack Talcum on bass, along with Andrew Chalfen of aughties faves The Trolleyvox and Josh Newman of The Heyward Howkins Band. Continue reading →
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This past Friday night, Philly punk scene icons Dead Milkmen embraced the grey skies and brisk temperatures of autumn to play a concert at a crypt. Seriously.
For the second time in recent years, the Milkmen performed a benefit gig for East Falls haunt (har har) Laurel Hill Cemetery by using the Receiving Tomb Mausoleum just off of Hunting Park Avenue as their stage. The show was sold out, the crowd turned out in force despite the misty skies, and the band rocked a set of classics, new jams and a couple well-chosen cover songs. Continue reading →
Make sure you arrive early to the sold-out Dead Milkmen show at Laurel Hill Cemetery this Friday night, because you’ll see a mixtape master at work. F. Woods is known around the Philly scene for being a founding member of Mercury Radio Theater, the zany and subversive troupe informed by eastern European folk sounds and early 20th century radio plays.
Woods also played in Farquar Muckenfuss, a comical and surf-rooted band that made the rounds in in the late 90s Philly punk scene.
As Woods said when I caught up with him by phone earlier this month, it’s pretty simple – he likes a lot of music, and he wants to play it all. His first-ever solo album, Found On Road Dead, came out via Bandcamp last November, and it’s a varied and eclectic set. There’s a bit of surf, a bit of math rock complexity, some tunes reminiscent of the airy pop production of the pre-rock-and-roll 40s and 50s.
It’s basically a collection of stuff that together feels very unified, even though the songs are individually distinct. In that sense, it reminds me a lot of a Tarantino soundtrack, or a really good compilation. Below, read my interview with Woods about his musical origins and outlook. Continue reading →
If you’re a fan of ominous gothic environs and Philly punk rock, here’s your don’t-miss concert of the autumn: Dead Milkmen will once again perform a show in Laurel Hill Cemetery on September 30th. We caught them there back in 2014, and it was pure magic – so we can only imagine this gig will be as special, if not more. Joining them will be theatrical klezmer-punk artist F. Woods of Mercury Radio Theater, performing a solo gig in support of his recent album, as well as the metal soundbenders Live Not on Evil. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Though he sang some of The Dead Milkmen‘s biggest hits – “Punk Rock Girl,” “Methodist Coloring Book” – Joe Jack Talcum was always kind of the quiet shy guitarist guy hanging in the corner, as compared to Rodney Anonymous’ dynamic and bellowing preacher at the subversive pop pulpit. It’s cool, then, to hear this Joe Jack song that the Milkmen unearthed for #ThrowbackThursday this week. Continue reading →
Some mosh pits are sloppy, some mosh pits are scary, but some mosh pits are just pure joy – and the one that broke out at the Dead Milkmen’s Halloween-eve set at the Troc was absolutely the latter.
Rodney Anonymous fitfully weaved his way around the stage with all the energy of his high school self, shouting along with the cheering painted faces below him – equal parts millennial vampires and greying punk zombies. Continue reading →
The Dead Milkmen have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. In the band’s October “Newzletter,” guitarist/vocalist Joe Jack Talcum laments giving into the trick-or-treat system; he cannot bring himself “to fill their goodie bags with corn syrup laden chemically dyed cancer inducing confections,” but he doesn’t want to “face the not-so-idle threat of property damage and bodily harm in the form of projectiles.” On the other hand, frontman Rodney Anonymous excitedly created an “Immensely Helpful List of Movies and Songs for Halloween,” consisting of ten movies and twenty songs that don’t include “Thriller” or “Monster Mash.” The Philly punk band will be celebrating Halloween tonight at the Trocadero with special guests Ego Likeness and Fuck, Fight, or Dance. Get tickets and show info here and watch their music video for “The Sun Turns Our Patio into a Lifeless Hell.” Continue reading →
The Dead Milkmen and Flag of Democracy (F.O.D.) have been staples of the Philadelphia punk-rock scene since the early ‘80s. The two bands have a combined 60 years and 18 studio albums of experience between them and now they are officially joining forces for a new split 7″. Continue reading →
According to Shaking Through, The Dead Milkmen’s track (entitled “Prisoner’s Cinema”) is:
“a celebration of the every-day people who had to clean up after rock-stars and their debaucherous episodes of the past.”
In the video for the track, below, members discuss the difference between live shows and recording, the late Dave Schulthise (Dave Blood), record label pressures, and the all-encompassing theme of the working-class in comparison to rockstars. Continue reading →