L&I cracks down on DIY venue Bookspace?

Dry Feet at Bookspace

Earlier today, Philebrity broke the news that DIY venue Bookspace would be shutting down at least part of its operations, possibly due to complications with L&I:

Bookspace, the charmingly gritty DIY venue we told you about back in May, seems to have been knocked out of the events game (for the time being at least), presumably by L&I. We first started hearing this as we were closing up shop on Friday, and attendant event cancellations seem to confirm that. So was it NIMBY justice, or just good ol’ not-having-your-shit-on-the-up-and-up?” (To read the original post, go here.)

Not too long after, The A.V. Club Philly weighed in, saying that Bookspace will remain open as a bookstore but will “temporarily” stop hosting music events. The A.V. Club speculates that the shut-down was triggered by a recent complaint from a neighbor:

“We’d guess the sudden attention from the authorities has less to do with the recent Philly Weekly feature on the venue and more to do with a response to an Aug. 21 neighbor complaint about what seems like a tangentially related incident on the message board.” (You can get the rest of those details here.)

More on this situation as it develops.


Philly Local Philes: Catnaps’ “Pragmatic Is Not A Practical Word”

Kicking off the 4th of July weekend with some sunny indie-pop, Philadelphia foursome Catnaps plays its tour kickoff show tomorrow night at Bookspace. As the recently re-monickered band (they used to go by When I Was 12) revealed to us in its Key Studio Sessions interview, the show will “possibly, maybe, probably” also be the release for their latest record, Why Don’t You Whisper, provided the physical copies arrive back from the pressing plant in time. While we wait with baited breath to see if that’s the case, help yourself to today’s Philly Local Phile, “Pragmatic Is Not A Practical Word.” Catnaps plays Friday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Bookspace with Conversations With Enemies, Us & Us Only and the Front Bottoms. Tickets to the all-ages show are $7.


The Key Studio Sessions: Catnaps (the band formerly known as When I Was 12)

Generally speaking, people resist change. So when the Philly indie-pop quartet formerly known as When I Was 12 announced earlier this month that it would now go by the name Catnaps, the reaction was predictable. Fans, followers, and friends were incredulous. Some cracked jokes, some griped. But as singer/guitarist Adrianne Gold explained when Catnaps recorded its Key Session last week, exactly one person too many had confused their old name with that of a tween band (as opposed to a twee band). “What, are you going on tour with Justin Bieber?” Something had to give. Despite the new nomenclature, I’m happy to report that everything else that had the four-piece buzzing this past year—the twinkling glockenspiel and biting wit (“Vanilla Vodka”), the K Records gang vocals and breezy acoustic strumming (“Pragmatic Is Not A Practical Word”)—remains intact, bright and fun as ever. Next month Catnaps embarks on its first national tour; listen to them talk about their plans (and their name-change rationale) when their session airs tomorrow, June 23, on the XPN2 Local Show (10 p.m. to midnight). Or ask them in person, when Catnaps performs at their tour-kickoff show on July 1 at Bookspace in Fishtown.