The Dead Milkmen have been known to get way into the Halloween spirit, and this year will be no exception. The long-running local favorites will headline the Theatre of Living Arts on Saturday, October 27, continuing what’s become their much-anticipated tradition of Halloweekend fun. Continue reading →
As somebody who enthusiastically subscribes to the “West Philly / Best Philly” mantra, there is so much to love about this vintage video of Philadelphia icons The Dead Milkmen headlining an outdoor show in Clark Park. The verdant greenery from all angles, the audience watching from the slope of the dog bowl, the grizzly folks packing the front row with handicams and enthusiastic energy.
The video was shot on VHS way back on August 7th, 1993. The gig also featured a set from neighborhood oddballs EDO — “everybody loves EDO,” says the MC introducing the band — and features the Milkmen in classic irreverent form, punctuated by a long-haired, ponytailed, goatee’d Rodney Anonymous pacing the stage franticly, spitting into the mic, rocking a cutoff Butthole Surfers t-shirt. Continue reading →
Ardmore Music Hall has hosted so many memorable shows that it’s hard to believe the venue has only been around for five years. This fall, they’ll celebrate in true Ardmore Music Hall style — with nine birthday shows throughout the month of September featuring an eclectic sampling of artists.
The artists in the mix range from familiar Ardmore Music Hall faces to those who will be playing the venue for the first time, with genres spanning punk, jazz, folk, reggae and more. Local indie rock favoriteTed Leo will play a solo show, pianist Holly Bowling will perform classical renditions of Grateful Dead and Phish songs, New Jersey bluegrass outfit Railroad Earth will hit the stage with a banjo in tow, local jazz virtuoso Stanley Clarke will showcase his bass skills, and Philly punk rock legends The Dead Milkmen will tear things up — and those are just a few of the performers scheduled to help Ardmore celebrate. Continue reading →
If you’re in search of a show to fit the spooky mood of Halloween weekend, Underground Arts is the place to be tonight. T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb are staging their 8th annual Halloween Murdershow, and they’ll surely bring all the creep factor you’re looking for. Bonus: it’s a super-stacked lineup with Tutlie, Levee Drivers, Shy Boyz, Red 40 and the Last Groovement and OOLALA rounding out the show. The post-apocalyptic blues band released Dancing out the Door earlier this month; listen to “Black Bats” below. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar; tickets are also available as a bundle option with a copy of the new album. Continue reading →
Since the the mid 80s Philly’s Dead Milkmen have purveyors of punk rock and pop mixed with biting satire. Today, they have released a new EP called Welcome To The End of The World through the charity label The Giving Groove. The six-song EP contains a mix of styles; oddball arrangements and bass-heavy grooves, songs about Swedish ghosts and the pitfalls of falling in love too easily.
In collaboration with the Giving Groove, the Milkmen will give half of all the album proceeds from Welcome To The End of The World to Girls Rock Philly. The band also announced a remix contest where fans can go to town on the stems from “Brutalist Beat,” with the winner receiving a TASCAM Track Factory recording system, DP-006 digital recorder, TH-MX2 studio headphones, custom FM synth patches created by Rodney Anonymous, signed test pressings, t-shirts, and more. Continue reading →
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 →