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How Philly’s Perry Shall went from basement show punk to in-house artist for Dan Auerbach

Perry Shall
Perry Shall | photo by Alyssa Tanchajja | courtesy of the artist

You might not know Perry Shall by name, but if you’re a music fan in Philadelphia, you’ve almost certainly heard the longhaired rocker in one of his many bands or seen his art gracing the albums and t-shirts of some of your favorite acts. You might have even heard him on WFMU’s The Best Show – he has the show’s slogan WE GET IT / THEY DON’T tattooed on his wrists – or seen the wildly popular SuperDeluxe video about his immense vintage t-shirt collection, 1400 and counting.

He is the very definition of a man about town, though these days that town isn’t just Philly: Shall has been doing much of the art and design work for Nashville-based label Easy Eye Sound, run by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Don’t worry, he’s not leaving us for the Music City. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who loves this city as much as Perry does and I suspect he’ll never live anywhere else. Continue reading →

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Crash Perry Shall’s bar mitzvah in the new music video from HOUND

HOUND
HOUND | Photo courtesy of the artist

Two things you should know about Philly’s HOUND: they’re loud, thrashy and a hell of a lot of fun…and they love making music videos that convey that.

Case in point: their latest video, “Cold Blooded,” illustrates the song from 2015’s Out Of Space with actual footage from singer-guitarist Perry Shall’s bar mitzvah in 1998. While guitars and drums rage, Shall dances and goofs in a plastic lei and a shimmering vest; suave af. The footage was originally shot by one Joe Grisafi, and was edited together more recently in the goofy supercut you can see below by Mike Simpson. Continue reading →

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Hit Frankford Ave’s First Friday art shows hosted by Bleeding Rainbow’s Sarah Everton and Hound’s Perry Shall

PerryOne night, two art opening, probably LOTS of musicians. Probably. First, we’ve got Sarah Everton, bassist for Bleeding Rainbow, hosting “The Month Punk Broke: Drawings, & Miscelleneous Shit by Sarah Everton” at Rocket Cat Cafe. Everton has done the album artwork for Bleeding Rainbow’s past releases and album artwork for fellow fuzz-rockers Eternal Summers, among a multitude of other projects. Everton’s colorful approach to a multimedia-patchwork aesthetic promises to deliver a compelling collection of work. Continue reading →

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Eddie Austin and Perry Shall made an insanely fun video for a catchy new Pujol song that you must watch

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Pujol is a Nashville based artist who recently released his new album, Kludge on Saddle Creek Records. The album features a fun and ridiculously catchy song called “Youniverse,” the video for which was filmed in various parts of the greatest city on Earth, Philadelphia. Most notably, much of the video is shot in Circle Thrift. Directed by Eddie Austin and Perry Shall, the video features cameos from Ted Leo and members of the Screaming Females.

WARNING: Upon watching this video, the song will be inescapably stuck in your head all day. But it’s totally worth it.

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Hound has a few words for he-who-shall-not-be-named in heavy-hitting track, “Aqualamb”

HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist
HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist

With the the world being the world it is right now, it’s nice and fine to take a breather for a sec. But you know what’s also nice? Raging in anger to Philly hardcore rockers, HOUND’s new track, “Aqualamb,” thats what.

The new song blazes in heavy, charged resistance as a blatant middle finger to you-know-who. Continue reading →

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Sewing, Screen Printing and Visual Style: The side hustles of Screaming Females

Screaming Females | photo by Grace Winter | courtesy of the artist
Screaming Females | photo by Grace Winter | courtesy of the artist

Local sweethearts and rockers extraordinaire Screaming Females released their seventh album All At Once on Don Giovanni Records last weekend. If you haven’t given it a spin yet, you really should. The double LP – 15 tracks on one record and demos and an AV Club session on the other – is both impressive in scope and incredibly hard hitting and catchy. So catchy. This is nothing out of the ordinary for the long-standing band, which started in New Brunswick back in 2005, but it’s still very exciting.

That’s actually a bit of a lie: this album is so good and so sonically expansive that it very much is rather extraordinary and to claim otherwise wouldn’t be fair to anyone. Just listen to that first track, “Glass House”, and revel in Marissa Paternoster’s heady guitar licks and her soaring vocals that reach out and match the music in intensity. Continue reading →

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Watch HOUND rip up “Born Under a Blacklight” in WXPN Studios

HOUND | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
HOUND | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Last November, Philly power trio HOUND brought some much needed sonic catharsis to WXPN studios for a ripper of a post-Election Day Key Studio Session. Under the leadership of singer-guitarist Perry Shall — who’s also a noted visual artist and occasional gig promoter — and powered by rhythm section Patrick Hickey of Shape Breaker on bass and Chris Wilson from Ted Leo’s Pharmacists on drums, the band raged away on two songs from its 2015 LP Out of Space and introduced a couple new selections from its album-in-the-works as well.

That record, Born Under 76, is seeing the light of day this Friday on Let’s Pretend Records — you can get an early listen if you’re so inclined — and the world it will make its way into is still very much in the need of sonic catharsis. So we dove back in and found footage of HOUND’s performance, aired on a cable access music video program and subsequently circulated among fans via bootleg VHS (or maybe that’s just videographer Jeremy Quattlebaum of The Angry Mountain working his magic). Continue reading →

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West Philly’s new Common Beat Music is ready for business

Carlo Frese and Keri Girmindl of Common Beat Music | photo by Yoni Kroll for WXPN

Last August 19th, Carlo Frese’s up-and-coming electronics and instrument repair workshop burned down in a house fire. He lost all of his guitars and amps, everything he was working on, even his tools. Nobody was hurt, but so much was destroyed. Today, almost exactly a year later, Frese and his partner Keri Girmindl are celebrating the opening of Common Beat Music, their store and repair shop at 49th and Baltimore Avenue.

Very much a catch-all music store, Common Beat will sell records, stereo equipment, instruments, and musical gear, as well as t-shirts and other related ephemera. The repair side of things will be just as wide in scope, Frese told The Key: “I’ll work on whatever. If it plugs in the wall and makes a noise, I’ve worked on it.” That assertive, no BS attitude informs a lot of the philosophy Frese and Girmindl have when it comes to running the shop, which is housed in the former location of Marvelous Music. That business closed in mid-July after 14 years first on 40th St. and then on Baltimore. Continue reading →

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Watch a VHS bootleg of HOUND performing live at Golden Tea House

HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist
HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist

If you lived it, you know it was something special. West Philadelphia’s famed Golden Tea House scene transcends rose-tinted nostalgia — or the punk rock equivalent of rose-tinted, perhaps OE800-soaked nostalgia? Dust-swept, sweat-sticky, hollering-hoarse, moldy bunny-rabbit mask and inexplicable sketch of Jet Set Sail’s Mike Larkey-cluttered, ebullient and energized nostalgia?

But it’s more than all of that. Even by DIY show standards, Golden Tea was something unique; stumbling your way through the front room and grabbing your spot along the exposed brick wall, or maybe beneath the KDU poster, or under the balcony that always seemed a bit perilous. (If you knew people, you’d grab a spot on the balcony proper. I did not know people, but that’s fine.) Early arrivers would circle the front, right in the artist’s faces; latecomers or people who stepped out back for a smoke would fill the periphery or watch through the wall cutout from the kitchen (I think it was the kitchen?) into the show space. The bands would get ready, you’d find a spot somewhere to stash your bags and jackets, and once the music started you’d find a way to make it work because no other gig was going to feel close to this real.

A recently unearthed VHS bootleg of Philly power trio HOUND performing at Golden Tea captures this experience immensely well. Continue reading →