Johnny Brenda’s hosted the glories of R. Ring on Monday night for a small, eager Philadelphia crowd. Kelley Deal of The Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Ampline rocked their way through a brisk 40-plus minute set, with the occasional drumming help of Leo DeLuca for good measure. With songs coming from various EPs, some released, some unreleased, as well as cuts by The Kelley Deal 6000 (“Trixie Delicious”) and Shellac (“Ghosts”), R. Ring engaged with tightknit arrangements. Deal had 10 pedals at her disposal and even played a few songs free of guitars. It was quick, furious and enthralling ear candy. Continue reading →
There was an ominous silence at the International House earlier this month as Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen prepared to play “Railroad Bill.”
On Jan. 15, the International House in Philly screened the documentary The 78 Project, a film in which New York-based folk music and field recording enthusiasts Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Wright traveled the states capturing performances by various musicians in gardens, bedrooms, and other non-traditional locations.
After the screening, the 78 project team did a live recording and pressing of Philly-based Joe Jack Talcum playing the Bob Dylan cover on acoustic guitar and harmonica. Continue reading →
John Lomax Sr. and his son Alan traveled throughout the 1930s recording blues and ballads on farms, in prisons, and rural communities. New Yorkers Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Wright were fascinated by the Lomax family’s work in field recording, and teamed up in 2010 to create The 78 Project, where they traveled the country field-recording and discovering America’s contemporary musicians. They used a 1930s Presto direct-to-record recorder, which is the same technology Lomax family used in their travels: one microphone, one 78 rpm disc, and one three-minute take. Continue reading →
Next Monday, Joe Jack Talcum – the guitarist and co-songwriter behind iconic Philly punk satarists The Dead Milkmen – celebrates his 50th birthday. His friends, however, are a few steps ahead of him. Yeasterday, the tribute album Now You Are 50 appeared online, gathering some 23 of Joe Jack’s songs as covered by folks from Philly indie group The Trolleyvox to Roanoke rockers The Bastards of Fate and Milkmen drummer Dean Clean. From the album’s Bandcamp page:
Throughout his career, Joe Jack Talcum has been influential both as a performer and a person, and for his 50th birthday, the folks on this album pay tribute to him by dipping into his catalog, from his solo work to the numerous bands he’s been a part of, and doing their best to reinvent a song or two. It’s our little “thank you” for having the opportunity to have him in our lives.
Philly pop-punk five-piece Vintage Kicks just released its latest digital single, “Bad News Broski” – a synth-driven rocker you first heard as a live recording in its recent Key Studio Session. The music was recorded in the band’s home studio, and as the Kicks describe it, “The song is about the band’s ideology and how artistic or intellectual pursuit can damage relationships. The lyrics sneak in references to Devo, Nirvana, and Weezer.” You can download the track below, and catch Vintage Kicks in concert this Friday July 13 at The Level Room with Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen – who recently joined MxPx onstage at the Troc for a righteous rendition of “Punk Rock Girl.” Vintage Kicks, Joe Jack Talcum, The Bastards of Fate and Ugh God play The Level Room, 2102 E. Market St., Fri. July 13. Admission to the 21+ show is $10.
Perennial pop-punk band MxPx brought its 20th anniversary tour to The Trocadero this past Saturday night, and joining them onstage was Philly’s own Joe Gennaro, aka Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen. Check out this fan video of the speechless band rocking out an enthusiastic rendition of the Milkmen classic “Punk Rock Girl” with Joe on vocals, sounding fun as ever.