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Download “Big Haiti’s Dream,” a new Blayer Pointdujour song featuring Kuf Knotz (playing MilkBoy on 3/9)

BigHaitiHe released his debut LP The Bull back in the fall, and Blayer Pointdujour is already back in the studio with his band The Rockers Galore, working on a followup. Today we have a free download of a new single he recorded with local hip-hop mainstay Kuf Knotz called “Big Haiti’s Dream.”

Pointdujour explains the song over e-mail:

I got the riff from Kenny Dorham‘s “Bansheers Dream.” The verse lyrics talk about things that I use to face – my work and as well as fears. The chorus is a prayer. I find solace in the fact that we all push ourselves to attain our goals. Were all on the same level at the end of the day.

He adds that working with Kuf Knotz was also a dream come true. “Once I finished composing the demo and positive lyrics, I was determined to get him on the track,” Pointdujour says. “He really liked the track and came to the studio with a ton of lyrics. I love every word he spit on it. We had a great vibe. Cant wait to work with him again.”

Listen and grab an mp3 below, and check out an in-studio video of the song being recorded after the jump. Blayer is heading to South By Southwest this year, and is throwing a tour kickoff show at MilkBoy on March 9th with St. James and the Apostles, The Parachuting Apostles and the Joe Jordan Experiment. Tickets and information about that show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tri State Indie Awards at World Cafe Live, Modern Baseball at The Fire, Live WXPN broadcast of Mumford & Sons show at Susquehannah Bank Center

It’s a big night for local music – Tri State Indie will hold their second annual awards show at World Cafe Live, hosted by Toy Soldiers‘ Ron Gallo.  With performances by New Sweden (last year’s Delaware Indie Band of the Year), Cold Fronts and more, the event includes a red carpet walk with professional photographers and gift bag for all attendees.  Check out a list of all the nominees here.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below,  watch Band of the Year hopefuls Toy Soldiers perform “Tell the Teller” / “Forget How it Used to Be” at World Cafe Live.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eric Slick at PhilaMOCA, Philly Plays Beck’s Song Reader at World Cafe Live, Elk Rhythms at the North Star Bar

The Key kicks off its month of curating Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA with a special solo performance by local multi-instrumentalist Eric Slick.  Best known as the drummer for Dr. Dog and Norwegian Arms, Slick will be improvising a set to his new short film Primal Essence, filmed specifically for this event.  Opening up the night will be short sets by Jonathan Pfeffer (Capillary Action) and Michael Johnson (Ape School).  Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door; more information can be found here.  Below, watch Slick show off his drumming skills in a Madoff Productions promo video.

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John Francis’ City of Love Festival to benefit local church’s hospitality effort

The Broad Street Ministry

One of the many wonderful things about the Philadelphia music community is its desire to rally around causes and make a difference in the city.  As cliched as that sounds, its true – the latest example being hometown musician John Francis‘ new City of Love Festival, benefiting Broad Street Ministry and their “Breaking Bread” hospitality initiative.  Amidst debate over whether or not outdoor meal services for the homeless should be allowed in Philadelphia, the Broad Street Ministry has created its own safe haven for the city’s homeless men and women where they can receive a hot meal and a variety of services (including medical attention, art therapy and assistance for veterans) every Thursday afternoon. Continue reading →

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Kuf Knotz, Modern Inventors, The Districts and more to perform Beck’s “Song Reader” at World Cafe Live on 01/08

We’ve all heard about it by now: Beck, the cutting-edge musician who gave us leaf blowers on stage and the 1994 hit “Loser,” set forth his latest release in an unconventional medium – a songbook.  Available this week and distributed by McSweeney’s and Faber, Song Reader: Twenty New Songs by Beck features unrecorded songs in sheet music form, up to interpretation by those adventurous enough to step into its full-color illustrations and lush binding:

“The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.”

Over a dozen local musicians have accepted Beck’s challenge and will perform their interpretations of the compositions at World Cafe Live on Tuesday, January 8th.  The line-up so far includes Sean Hoots, Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret, The Levee Drivers, Killer Whale, Modern Inventors, Kuf Knotz, Penrose, The Districts, Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang, Satellite Hearts, The Great Unknown, The Bailey Hounds, and Chris Kasper, with more to be announced soon.  Tickets and more information for the show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The David Wax Museum at Johnny Brenda’s, Neil Young at The Wells Fargo Center, High on Fire at Union Transfer, Passion Pit at The Electric Factory, Zilla Rocca at World Cafe Live

XPN welcomes Artist to Watch The David Wax Museum to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The Americana/Mexican roots duo of David Wax and Sue Slezak released Knock Knock Get Up in August and have since been receiving lots of love from blogs and music publications.  Tickets and more information for tonight’s show with Radio Jarocho can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Will You Be Sleeping.”

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Download Zilla Rocca’s Party With Villains EP (playing World Cafe Live on 11/29)

Wasting no time after the release of the popular Wu-Tang Pulp project, Philly noir-hop MC Zilla Rocca last week quietly released his brand new Party With Villains EP. (It technically dropped on the day the east coast was cleaning up from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, so he waited a week to announce it.) The set makes a smooth return to Zilla Rocca’s solo style – crackling vinyl and funky backing tracks, fierce rhymes and samples from crime movies. Listen to the EP below, grab a name-your-own-price download at Bandcamp and catch Zilla when he appears at Kuf Knotz’ Boombox Collective showcase at World Cafe Live on November 29.

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Tonight’s Halloween Concert Picks: The Spinto Band at Johnny Brenda’s, The Dead Milkmen at Union Transfer, A Tribute to Halloween at The Fire, Kuf Knotz’s BoomBox Collective at World Cafe Live

Indie poppers The Spinto Band are playing the spooky-scary “Dress Up and Make a Sound” event tonight at Johnny Brenda’s.  The Deleware outfit has promised to scare your face off and give you goosebumps (what else could you ask for?) with the help of Philadelphia rock ‘n’ rollers Toy Soldiers, Pittsburgh’s Delicious Pastries and DJ Langor. Tickets are $10 here; doors will open at 8:00 p.m. for the 21+ show.  Check out The Spinto Band’s video for “Muesli” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Boom Room Studio’s first anniversary party, Zammuto at Johnny Brenda’s, Cheers Elephant and more at Maysie’s Farm Fest, Gotye at The Tower Theatre, Melody Gardot at The Merriam Theatre

Photo by Theresa McCullough | tresmackproductions.tumblr.com

To celebrate its one-year anniversary, Fishtown recording studio Boom Room has booked a monster of a show.  Headlined by hip hop group Camp Lo, The W.E. featuring R&B singer Jaguar Wright, psych-jazz trio Grimace Federation and Kuf Knotz, the event will have an outdoor stage, an indoor dance party and an after party.  Complementary food and beverages will be provided by Vitamin Water, Pabst Blue Ribbon and the Local 215 food truck so really, you have no excuse to not dance your feet off.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here for the 21+ party, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m.  Below, watch a promo video for Boom Room Studios.

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The Boom Room celebrates one-year anniversary with Camp-Lo, Kuf Knotz and more on 9/29

Photo by Grace Dickinson

After one full year of throwing private events and hosting bands in its recording studio and practice space, the Philly venue Boom Room Studio will be celebrating its one-year anniversary with a blow-out party on September 29th. The event will feature food, drinks, and a slew of live performances. Confirmed artists include rap group Camp Lo, former Roots and Jay-Z backup singer Jaguar Wright‘s new band The W.E., Grimace Federation, BAM!, Kuf Knotz, Nex Millen, DJ Lina Luv, Cultureal, and the Magic Message DJs. The indoor/outdoor event starts at 3 p.m. and goes until the wee hours with a late night dance party hosted by the Magic Message DJs. For more background info on the space from owner of the Boom Room, watch this short behind-the-scenes documentary below. Continue reading →