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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tin Bird Choir at Steel City Coffeehouse, Mumblr at Kung Fu Necktie, Los Lonely Boys at Keswick Theater and more

Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist
Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tin Bird Choir describes themselves as “organic, free-range, Pennsylvania barn rock.” And quite frankly, that’s pretty spot on. The folky four-piece is performing tonight at Steel City Coffeehouse, but they won’t be alone. Joining the band will be A Fistful of Sugar, Sweetbriar Rose and Kicking Down Doors who are coming together to perform a benefit show for Phoenixville Area Community Services, or PACS. Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the $14 can be purchased here.

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After reading this, you’ll find yourself humming Roof Doctor’s newest album (released today!)

Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold
Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold

Punk Philly band Roof Doctor released their newest album in a way that’s as sweet as the album itself.

This morning, a link to Mobile Freedom Home was accompanied by one line: “Hey guys, here is our album. We love you. We hope you like it. <3”

The band’s fans have been anticipating the release for quite some time. Since November of 2012, in fact, and the album’s intimate sound and intricate instrumentation reflect their hard work laboring in at Fishtown’s Headroom Studio.

Mobile Freedom Home is the kind of album that you listen to once through and can’t quite distinguish track by track (except for “Bottle It Up,” man, give that one a listen), but instead familiarize yourself with the sound, finding yourself humming the tune as you mosey through your apartment. Then, you find yourself wondering, “What the hell is that song called?” only to return back the 10-track album hunting through the tracks discovering additional treasures off of the album. That’s how Roof Doctor gets you.

But upon second and third listen, you’ll start to notice the small jangly, irresistable details that accompany each track’s unmistakable vocals.

Join the band and their fellow punk and/or experimental friends Son Step, Mumblr and Soda Bomb as they celebrate the release of Mobile Freedom Home on Saturday at 8 p.m. at PhilaMOCA. Oh, and of course, take a listen to the album itself below.

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Pi Lam announces line-up for Human BBQ XXXVI, including Slingshot Dakota, Laser Background, Alex G and more

Slingshot Dakota | photo by Ryan Russell | www.ryanrussell.net
Slingshot Dakota | photo by Ryan Russell | www.ryanrussell.net

West Philly’s punk frat house Pi Lam has announced the line-up for its 36th annual Human BBQ, taking place Saturday, April 5th.  The 18-band, day-long festival will feature performers from across the genre spectrum, including Haverford fan favorites Alex G, psych-Americana outfit Heat Thunder and “rotten fuzz punk” four-piece Mumblr.  Heading up the meat and music event are upbeat pop punkers Slingshot Dakota, post-hardcore emo outfit Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe and indie rockers Cold Fronts.  The mostly-local bill is filled out by Laser Background, Roof Doctor, ScooterJinx, Told Slant, Is and of The, No Stranger, Memorial Gore, The Interest Group, David Phosphor Walrus and Teenage Bigfoot.  More information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Check out music from some of the acts below.

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On the Road to Austin with Mumblr: A DIY photo essay about SXSW

Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

Scott Stitzer lights a cigarette behind the wheel of a big white van as he pulls away from Han Dynasty – the Old City upscale Chinese restaurant where he and his bandmate, Nick Morrison, work as waiters. “The thing that was really apparent about this whole process is that there are people that support us, as people, which is all a human being wants. It’s so gratifying.” Nick and Scott just got off their last restaurant shift for the next week. Not only did Han, the owner of the restaurant, allow them to take off time off, but he also lent them his business van to carry the band and its gear 1,700 miles to Austin, Texas for the 27th annual South by Southwest festival. The band, Mumblr, was invited by their label, Fleeting Youth Records, to play a showcase with local bands from Austin and other artists on the label. Follow along their journey in pictures. [continue]

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Roof Doctor set to release sophomore album Mobile Freedom Home at PhilaMOCA

Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold
Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold

The “emo” genre can sometimes have a skewed connotation – often dubbed whiney, or flat out depressing – but local emo/rock band Roof Doctor have managed to completely redefine the term. Roof Doctor will be celebrating the release of their sophomore album, Mobile Freedom Home, at PhilaMOCA March 29th with Son Step, Mumblr and Soda Bomb. The album was recorded at Philly’s own Headroom Studios in Fishtown with Kyle Pulley.

The heartfelt and, yes, emotional lyricism of Mark Harper manages to weave beautifully with the band’s unbelievably catchy guitar riffs and intermittent sax-stylings of multi-instrumentalist Chet Williams. Roof Doctor have been compared to other emo-oriented bands like Built to Spill, but at Harper’s vocal height he comes eerily close to Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum – and it’s awesome. The sole single released from the album, titled “Dad”, takes the emo/punk route, and we can’t wait to hear what the album has to offer as a whole.

Get more info on Roof Doctor’s PhilaMOCA (Philadelphia Museum of Contemporary Art) album release show on the Facebook event page here. Stream and download “Dad” from Mobile Freedom Home below.

 

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Stream Mumblr’s new Bang Bang EP (playing Phest Two on 12/29)

 

Mumblr | photo via www.facebook.com/mumblr
Mumblr | photo via www.facebook.com/mumblr

Philly punk band Mumblr have posted their new Bang Bang EP online for streaming as a teaser to their upcoming LP Full of Snakes (set for release in 2014 via Fleeting Youth Records).  The new signees follow up November’s combo EP White Jesus Black God with six new tracks that showcase their sonic spectrum, barreling forward from chaotic, distorted punk jams like the title track to the somewhat more contained and poppier songs (“Party At Your House,” “All Your Fault”) that show off Nick Morrison’s super smooth vocals.  Mumblr will play a set during Kat Kat Records‘ Phest Two on December 29th; tickets and information can be found here.  Stream Bang Bang below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Deer Tick at Union Transfer, Mumblr at The Fire, MECA Music Heals Benefit concert at World Cafe Live and more

Photo by Anna Webber
Photo by Anna Webber

Rootsy indie-rock band Deer Tick headline Union Transfer tonight. Their recently released album Negativity features solemn, bleeding-heart songs that are, as one could imagine, somewhat anguished, so the show promises to be moving with plenty of angst. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Weird Hot, Mumblr, Radio Raheem

Weird Hot | Photo by Mike Trutt
Weird Hot | Photo by Mike Trutt

Shawn Kilroy brought in his Weird Hot troupe for a Key Studio Session.  Eclectic in every way, the tracks that the local band recorded range from adreneline-rushed twang, pop-tinted funk and a cover of Paul McCartney’s “Band on the Run.”  Stream and download “Ghosts” below and get the full set here.

Radio Raheem have put up “Calling the World” from their recent Raheem Rising record for free.  The Seattle R&B / soul / hip hop project channel the sound of early soul singers, similar to the style of Mayer Hawthorne or Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.  Stream and download the track below.

Mumblr is set to release their new tape White Jesus Black God on November 12th via Fleeting Youth Records.  The basement punk outfit, led by former Stinky Smelly vocalist / guitarist Nick Morrison, have shared “Puke” as a free download – stream and download it below.  Mumblr plays The Fire on November 6th.

San Francisco psych rock band Wooden Shjips will be in town on November 15th to open for Bardo Pond.  With their new LP Back to Land set for release a few days earlier, Wooden Shjips have made the title track available as a free download.  Take a listen below and go to Thrill Jockey Records’ Soundcloud for the download.

Folkadelphia brought Yellow Red Sparks in for a session this week.  As host Fred Knittel points out, the California trio could easily be labeled folk-pop, but that tag doesn’t reach the full depths of frontman Joshua Hanson’s songwriting (he won the International Songwriting Competition grand prize last year.  Stream and download the session below.

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Download a new track from Mumblr’s forthcoming release White Jesus Black God

Mumblr is a fuzz punk band from Philadelphia that just released a track off their upcoming release White Jesus Black God. Once ”Puke” kicks in, it is an angry and jerky ride that builds and builds with the repeated line “I don’t know anything, why do you lie to me?,” as well as distorted guitars and spastic drums. Vocalist Nick Morrison delivers his lines in a way that is angry, candid, and instantly appealing. With a talented vocalist and fuzz drenched music, Mumblr should be making waves in the Philly punk scene with this upcoming release.

White Jesus Black God is the combination of two Mumblr EP’s and is due out November 12th via Fleeting Youth Records. You can preorder it and download the single here. Check out Mumblr’s other releases on their bandcamp, and catch them live at The Fire on November 6th.

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Embrace the fuzz-punk with Philadelphia’s Mumblr and their new Nutter EP

MumblrA week or so ago, Mumblr dropped their new four song EP Nutter. For those who love fuzzed out guitar riffs sprinkled with nasty bass tones, thriving drums, and a Weezer-esque vibe will enjoy this release. (DISCLOSURE: The Key’s intern Kyle Rossi plays in Mumblr, but we’d like them regardless. -ed.) With four songs, and the longest song being roughly two minutes and thirty seconds, they pack a significant amount of depth into this EP. Not to mention the rock. Oh, boy, the rock.

Mumblr started out as a cooler, punkier version of Modest Mouse when they released their first EPs Rectangle and Rectangle Pt. 2, which were re-recorded and condensed into their White Jesus EP. Then they took a small turn toward the more emotional side when they released their split with Dark Orange Oriole Carving. Now, with Nutter, Mumblr fully embraced the fuzz punk. Each song is visceral, driving, and plain fun. They still bring the jams with this release, and embody the high energy, as well as musicianship, they have had on each release. But Nutter is faster and more raw than any of their previous releases. And it fits them completely. The four songs on this EP fully captures the energy they bring to their live set. From the first song to the last song, Nutter wraps ears inside several layers of heavy sounds and a static, but full atmosphere of sound.

Give Mumblr’s new EP Nutter a listen. Then give the rest of their material a listen. Then learn the words. Then go see them play. They are a great time. Below, check out their song “Space God” off of Nutter.

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