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Quick, Furious, Enthralling; R. Ring takes on Johnny Brenda’s

R . Ring | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
R . Ring | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

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 →

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Watch Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen recorded live to vinyl for The 78 Project

Joe Jack Talcum at International House | Photo by John Vettese
Joe Jack Talcum at International House | Photo by John Vettese

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 →

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The 78 Project brings film screening, Joe Jack Talcum session to International House

Arborea records for the 78 Project Photo by Frank Reis | The 78 Project
Arborea records for the 78 Project | Photo by Frank Reis | The 78 Project

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 →

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Listen to Now You Are 50, a birthday tribute to Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen

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.

Stream the album below, grab a download from Bandcamp, and be sure to wish Joe Jack a belated happy 50th when The Milkmen play Union Transfer on Halloween.

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Vintage Kicks release new single for “Bad News Broski” (playing The Level Room on Friday)

Photo by Michael Passanante
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.