By

Lithuania returns with pulsing new album teaser “Holy Water”

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

“Living life and living a lie / and wonder why I even bother?” Welcome to the existential dread of adulthood, Lithuania will be your guide. The Philly indie-rockers charge into oblivion on their latest effort “Holy Water,” seeking a solution to the dichotomy between an appetite for independence and a necessity to fill the voids that loneliness carves out. Continue reading →

By

A hardcore show of friends at Lithuania’s album release party

LIthuania | Photo by John Vettese
LIthuania | Photo by John Vettese

“What does everybody think,” Dominic Angellela asked Boot and Saddle last night. “Does Eric look like a member of Slipnot in that?”

“That” was a grey Dickies one-piece jumpsuit, and Eric Slick either did indeed look like a costumed nu-metaler last night at Lithuania‘s album release party – “Number 7!” says he. “Oh, you know their names?” says Dom – either that or possibly a gas station attendant.

Angellela on the other hand, was clad in a tie-died Lithuania t-shirt. Not his band’s shirt, mind you. A tie-died basketball shirt that fellow Philadelphia music dude Ron Gallo found while thrifting – he tweeted it at Angellela, who promptly asked him to purchase it. “The Grateful Dead sponsored Lithuania’s Olympic basketball team,” Angellela excitedly told me after the show. “How awesome is that?”

Sartorial choices aside, the show was really about two things – music and friendship. And maybe feeling comfortable enough in a room full of friends that you can goof on your bandmates’ outfits. Continue reading →

By

Listen to Lithuania’s new Hardcore Friends LP

LIthuania | Photo by Abi Reimold
LIthuania | Photo by Abi Reimold

After teasing us with “Pieces,” “Place of No Tomorrow” and the title track, Philly’s Lithuania is streaming its new record Hardcore Friends via Brooklyn Vegan.

A collaboration between Dom Angelella of DRGN King and Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, Hardcore Friends allows both to strip down their sound to something that’s completely different from either of their other groups – a cross between raw punk and pop melodies. Continue reading →

By

Hop Along and Field Mouse join Lithuania on “Hardcore Friends”

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Lithuania have spent a lot of time perfecting their forthcoming album Hardcore Friends, slated to be released August 14th through Lame-O Records. Ten years actually, and if the rest of the album is anything like the title track, it will surely not disappoint. The title track, “Hardcore Friends,” is about….well, friendship, and features Frances Quinlan of local favorites Hop Along and Rachel Browne of Field Mouse. The track is polished but maintains just the right amount of grit. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s (non-#KeyFest) Concert Picks: Lithuania at Bourbon and Branch, Song Dogs at Franky Bradley’s, Feelies at World Cafe Live and more

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Okay, it’s night three, and by now you know the drill: #KeyFest is happening, and we obviously want you all to come there – it’s a great cross-section of the Philly R&B and hip-hop scene. But, you know, there are other shows too. And you should know about them as well. Dom Angelella and Eric Slick’s band Lithuania hits up Bourbon and Branch tonight for the last week of Suburban Living’s April residency. Their ten-years-in-the-making debut LP Hardcore Friends is coming out this summer on Lame-O Records, and it finds the duo at its most polished and rockingist. Read my interview with Slick and Angelella here and get more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

See visions in a bowl of Fruit Loops in Eric Slick’s new instrumental guitar video “Release”

Slick1Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick has been on something of a creative streak from both behind the drum kit (the band’s great new record B-Room) and away from it. Last night, he shared a surreal music video for his new solo song “Release.” Musically, it’s is a contemplative instrumental featuring fingerpicked acoustic guitar, similar to but more refined than the “Creature Comfort” track he put on Bandcamp in June.

Visually, it’s an unsettling bud oddly comical trip into the human psyche via a bowl of Fruit Loops. Like the short film Primal Essence that Slick premiered at The Key’s Tuesday Tune-Out back in January, this video – directed by by Zia Anger and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte – begins in a slightly askew real world with Slick just awake, doing morning things like eating breakfast. As soon as he’s finished, his world becomes a dream-like state.

“Release” will be featured on Slick’s debut solo guitar LP <em>Out of Habit</em>, which will be available on limited edition vinyl and cassette via Solid Gold Record. Preorders are available at the label’s website.

By

New Video: Norwegian Arms “Wolf Like a Stray Dog”

Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 2.26.43 PMToday Philly’s Norwegian Arms premiered a new music video for “Wolf Like a Stray Dog,” the title track of the album they released in late 2012. The video stars his father and family dog alone in a large and ornate house, conveying the isolation Mulvihill sings about. He wrote it during his winter teaching in Russia, and in a roundabout way, it talks about how he felt more of a kinship with the stray dogs than he did with the humans around him – because he was still meeting people and learning the language. Here’s what Mulvihill had to say about the song in The Key’s Unlocked series last December:

The way [stray dogs] function in society was interesting – we don’t really have roaming packs of stray dogs in America, so that in itself was a new experience for me. They’re wild, for all intents and purposes they’re feral, but they’re also highly socialized. They have to socialize, they have to function within their pack, and they have to interact with humans to get food. So they’re nice, and people will be friendly to them but at the same time people kind of hate them. And myself, because I was still learning the language, I couldn’t necessarily communicate all my feelings with the people, but I still had to interact with them. And also, there was kind of a cultural thing where I felt slightly isolated. Here, I have been around long enough that I can surround myself with people of a similar mindset. There, it was harder to find people that defined a music scene, or an art scene. Even galleries, or things like that – they hadn’t really developed yet, or if they had, I wasn’t able to locate them in my time there. So I felt I had a hard time communicating with people where we no similar art or music or literary interests.

Check out the video, shot buy Out of Town Films, below.

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bleeding Fractals at PhilaMOCA, Beth Orton at World Cafe Live, Rich Mystics ft. Eric Slick at North Star Bar

Bleeding+Fractals++3For tonight’s installment of the Tuesday Tuneout series, Maggot House Records are bringing Bleeding Fractals and Cool Points to PhilaMOCA. The former is a post-punk rock band which features sharp and driving riffs and screaming vocals (the group claims to have been founded on a shared fear of city bears). The latter, Cool Points, is similarly based in punk noise and lead by talented singer Jill Mallon. This event will also include a screening of the documentary, My Basement is a Shithole, which explores the basement show culture in Philadelphia’s punk music scene. Take a listen to “Colfax Kids” by Bleeding Fractals (which are apparently an unusual sort of mathematical set) and find information on the show here.

Continue reading →