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PREMIERE: Mumblr gets down after hours in Han Dynasty for the “Ole” video

Mumblr | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
Mumblr | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Philly basement rockers Mumblr just released their latest LP, The Never Ending Get Down, on Fleeting Youth Records – and even though they play a lot of shows in support of it, the dudes in the band still hold down day jobs, which can sometimes be kind of awesomely fun. Take the gig that singer-guitarist Nick Morrison and drummer Scott Stitzer have at popular Old City dining destination Han Dynasty. Owner Han Chiang is super supportive of Mumblr, to the point where he loaned the band a van for their first tour to SXSW, and gave the band access to the restaurant after hours to shoot a music video for “Ole” from the new album.

His only stipulation,” Morrison tells us, “was that we had to shoot a scene where the actors were dancing on the bar in a Coyote Ugly type fashion. Which we happily obliged to.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mumblr at PhilaMOCA, Childbirth at Kung Fu Necktie, Homeboy Sandman at Union Transfer and more

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Mumblr | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Local punks Mumblr are having a record release show for their sophomore album The Never Ending Get Down tonight at PhilaMOCA and it’s bound to be a load of fun. We got an inside look at what makes the band tick thanks to our friends at Swell Tone and their sweet session of the fresh album cut “Microwave.” See what other musical gems can be found on this exciting follow up to their debut LP Full of Snakes. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar and you can watch Mumblr’s Swell Tone session below. Continue reading →

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Mumblr invite us inside their world (and kitchen) on their Swell Tone session

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Mumblr | photo by Peter Murray Photography | http://petermurrayphotography.com/

A perfect snapshot of the DIY mentality that’s been pumping through the Philly music scene’s veins, our friends at Swell Tone captured local punks Mumblr in their living room-turned-practice space for a personal look at one of the cities stand-out bands. Performing their new song “Microwave” off of the anticipated sophomore release The Never Ending Get Down, out this Friday June 10th on Fleeting Youth Records, the video finds the guys of Mumblr shredding amidst the eccentric decor of their home. Continue reading →

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Catch Lithuania, Steady Hands, Mumblr and more at the 2016 Love On The Streets Festival

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The weather has finally started to come around, the trees are in full bloom, which can only mean one thing: it’s finally spring in Philadelphia. And what better way is there to celebrate than by attending an outdoor festival?

The second annual Love On The Streets Festival is set to take place on Saturday, May 14 at Paine’s Park. The festival is a celebration of Philly’s street life, and will feature a skateboarding competition, live art, a beer garden, and most importantly, a ton of live music. Continue reading →

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Mumblr revisit Super! Premium! Deluxe! EP in new video

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Mumblr | photo by Ian Amidon | courtesy of the artist

Late last month local fuzz / punk outfit Mumblr quietly released a video component to a song from their 2015 Super! Premium! Deluxe! EP. Where most of their catalog has a Modest Mouse feel to it, “Super!” echoes the darkly hushed power of Smashing Pumpkins. The video is simple enough, but you’ll want to watch through at least twice: once for the video itself (which shows a silhouette moving in front of a color-shifting box) and a second time to read through the pretty meta string of sentences that repeat along the bottom of the screen.

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Download Silver Linings Charity Compilation by Punk Talks

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Silver Linings | artwork by Leah Kroger

“You don’t have to be sad to make great music.” This is the slogan for Punk Talks, an organization whose mission is to provide free mental health services to musicians and industry workers. This week, Punk Talks released Silver Linings, a 60-track charity compilation to raise funds for its mission. The compilation features music from some of the best young punk bands today, including Philadelphia’s Steady Hands, Hurry, Mumblr, Broken Beak, (and my band, Plainview). You can purchase a custom t-shirt here to support this cause. Listen to the Silver Linings Charity Compilation below! Continue reading →

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Philly’s Mumblr gets expansive on the new Super! Premium! Deluxe! EP

Mumblr | Photo by Michelle Rose | via mumblr.bandcamp.com
Mumblr | Photo by Michelle Rose | via mumblr.bandcamp.com

Philly punk four-piece Mumblr charges ahead in a few different directions with their latest collection, the Super! Premium! Deluxe! EP, out today. While the band previously sported a raw and hooky post-emo sound, the new collection dabbles in different styles, from early 90s grunge melancholia (“Super!”) to vicious noise pop (“Deluxe!”) and a curious spoken work piece to classic emo interlocking guitar lines (“Premium!”). The EP is bursting with urgency (“We recorded this live in one day thank you thank you” sayeth the Bandcamp liner notes) and is available for a free download here. Give it a listen below, and catch Mumblr when they play Ortlieb’s on September 22nd; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Salad Days screening brings DC Punk to Philly on 5/21

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Government Issue | photo by Jim Saah | http://jimsaah.com/

We celebrate the DIY spirit of Philadelphia’s music scene a lot here at The Key, and now Drexel’s Mad Dragon Music Group has organized an opportunity to learn where that spirit was born with a screening of the new documentary Salad Days on May 21st. The event takes place at the URBN Annex Black Box Theater, followed by a Q&A session with the film’s creators and a live set by locals Mumblr.

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