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Big Lizard In Clark Park: Watch The Dead Milkmen play outdoors in West Philly in August of 1993

The Dead Milkmen in Clark Park | still from video

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 →

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Celebrate Ardmore Music Hall’s 5th anniversary with Ted Leo, The Dead Milkmen and more

Ted Leo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

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 favorite Ted 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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb at Underground Arts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Appel Center, The Dead Milkmen at The Trocadero

T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb | Photo by John Vettese

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 →

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Philly punk faves The Dead Milkmen have returned with an eclectic new charity record via The Giving Groove

The Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

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 →

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The Dead Milkmen will play a Halloweekend show at The Troc

The Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

It certainly is a good day for Halloween centric concert announcements from Philly punk bands. As Modern Baseball announced its three-night mid-October stand at Union Transfer with a flyer in costume, Philly icons The Dead Milkmen announced gave word that it would headline The Trocadero on Saturday, October 28th — a significant spot for the band, as it is where the band played its first farewell in 1994 and where it headlined on Halloween a couple years ago.  Tickets are on sale Friday, August 25th at noon, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Dead Milkmen will play Clark Park Festival in July

The Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

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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Listen to The Dead Milkmen’s unreleased “Song With No Name”

The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese
The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese

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 →

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Watch the new Shaking Through episode starring The Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen | via Facebook.com//pages/The-Dead-Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | via Facebook.com//pages/The-Dead-Milkmen

Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through released their first session of the season, featuring Philly punk legends The Dead Milkmen.

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 →