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Photos: Bleeding Fractals and Cool Points at PhilaMOCA

Bleeding Fractals | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com
Bleeding Fractals | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com
All photos by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com

The crew at Maggot House Records kicked off their month curating the Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA with the double-header lineup of Bleeding Fractals and Cool Points. The two Philly bands played short sets, followed by a screening of the Temple-produced documentary on the Philly DIY scene, My Basement is a Shithole. Check out photos of the show below; Maggot House’s next installment in the series happens this Tuesday, August 13th, when The Joint Chiefs of Math and Moss play a sci-fi movie night. More information can be found at the show’s Facebook event page.

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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.

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PhilaFunkLive brings basement shows above-ground in a new all-ages venue (grand opening tonight with Alex G, Bleeding Fractals and more)

Photo by Teresa Salinas
Bleeding Fractals  |  Photo by Teresa Salinas

It’s opening night at PhilaFunkLive (PFL), a new all-ages venue in West Philadelphia that will bring stability and consistency to the city’s underground / house-show scene.  As PFL’s booking manager Mark Harper knows all too well (he fronts Roof Doctor and is a former resident of North Philly show space Maggot House), it can be hard for bands to get legitimate shows in this city.

“I’d like PFL to be a mainstay for touring and basement bands in a city where DIY spaces are constantly opening and closing,” Harper says.  “I want to be able to help touring bands who need a hand as well as put on events that showcase Philly’s underground bands.”

Helping out-of-state and local bands play shows in Philadelphia is something Harper has great experience with – until recently he co-managed the events at the much-loved Maggot House and has booked both high-profile projects (Cold Fronts, Avery Rosewater) and basement favorites (Stinky Smelly, The Hundred Acre Woods).  With a mission to “be a proponent of DIY culture,” PFL is ready to take the aesthetic and camaraderie of this underground scene to a new level.

Conveniently located right off of Market St. near the 40th St. El stop, PFL is re-fitting the historic Bell Telephone Exchange Building as a multi-purpose and affordable place to host concerts.  The building also includes a recording studio, gallery room, coffee shop and office space and upholds a no-drinking policy, ensuring that fans of all ages can enjoy shows that would otherwise likely be booked at one of the cities many 21+ spots.

To kick-off the summer season, Harper has called in bands that are well-known throughout the basement scene: emo-y garage punks SMOOTHER, Alex G (prolific leader of The Skin Cells) and rowdy math-punks Bleeding Fractals will play alongside Virginia’s Trust Fall.  More information for tonight’s inaugural show can be found on the Facebook event page here.  The fun continues at 8 N. Preston St. tomorrow night with Chet Williams, Brown Rainbow and I Wish I Could Sing Beautiful Words (information here).

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Watch My Basement is a Sh*thole, a student-produced documentary on Philadelphia’s DIY scene

Photo by Teresa Salinas
Photo by Teresa Salinas
Students at Temple University produced a short documentary on Philadelphia’s basement show and DIY scene, examining the culture’s trajectory from the seventies (mentioning when WXPN had a hand in hosting punk shows) to today.  The film was created by Evan Lescallette, Luke Proctor, Ayanda Sithole, and Tina Lam for their Genres in Media Studies class and features interviews with Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadwallader / Headroom Studios), John Redden (The Barbary) and Mark Walsh (Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe / IHOP / Double Deuce) as well as live set clips of Rasputin’s Secret Police, Pill Friends, Bleeding Fractals (pictured above) and more.  Check out the documentary below and visit DIYPHL for a comprehensive list of house / DIY shows in the Philadelphia area.