Photos: Snowmine, Norwegian Arms and Dream Safari at Johnny Brenda’s

Snowmine | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Snowmine | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

Shaking Through alums Snowmine from Brooklyn co-headlined Johnny Brenda’s on Friday night with Philly’s Norwegian Arms in tow, making their first local appearance since they were on Pattern Is Movement’s record release show in October. Also on the lineup was local psych / electro outfit Dream Safari. Check out photos of the show in the gallery below.

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Norwegian Arms | Photo by John Vettese
Norwegian Arms | Photo by John Ve

Brooklyn indie pop quintet Snowmine and Philadelphia favorites Norwegian Arms team up for a show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The former are celebrating the release of their new record Dialects, a cinematic and textural experience that the band pulls off exquisitely in a live setting.  Bright alt-folk trio Norwegian Arms released their impressive and immersive Wolf Like a Stray Dog LP in 2012, following it up last year with a 7″ single for “Jitterbug,” which you can listen to below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Dream Safari can be found here.

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Photos: A locals-only show with Pattern Is Movement, The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms and more

Pattern is Movement | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.comAll photos by Rachel Barrish |

On Thursday night an eclectic all-local bill hit Union Transfer capped by experimental duo Pattern is Movement, celebrating the release of their new 12″ single for “Suckling” and playing a set mostly drawing from the full-length they plan to drop on Hometapes Records in early 2014. Also on the lineup was Wilmington party-poppers The Spinto Band, acoustic indie four-piece Norwegian Arms, electro-dance crew Tygerstrype, and the pizza-themed Wildstyle DJs of Pizza Brain fame. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.


Listen to Chris Ward of Pattern Is Movement and Brendan Mulvihill of Norwegian Arms guest DJ the XPN Philly Local Show (playing Union Transfer tonight)

CWBMOn Tuesday night, Chris Ward – drummer for Pattern is Movement – and Brendan Mulvihill – singer-songwriter-mandolinist for Norwegian Arms – guest DJed the XPN Philly Local show, in preparation for their bands’ appearances on an all-local lineup at Union Transfer tonight. They played a varied set that ran the gamut from krautrock-inspired underground music (Arc in Round) to mainstream hip-hop (Meek Mill), lo-fi DIY indie rock (Ghost Light) to supersonic space rock (The War on Drugs). Listen to an archive of their guest DJ set below, and get tickets and info on tonight’s show here.


Listen to Norwegian Arms’ new 7″ and Daytrotter Session (playing Union Transfer on 10/24)

Illustration by Johnnie Cluney
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney

Norwegian Arms won’t release their new 7″ until October 15th, but the three-track EP is up for streaming on the “weirdo folk” duo’s Bandcamp now.  The A-side features a new recording of “Jitterbug,” while the B-side places live recordings of “The Iceman” and “Kiva Ivka” back-to-back (the latter two tracks were recorded during Norwegian Arms’ Brighton Sound Session earlier this year).  The Jitterbug 7″ follows 2012′s debut full-length Wolf LIke a Stray Dog, recorded after frontman Brendan Mulvihill returned from a sojourn in Siberia.

On top of the new release, the Philly band just shared a Daytrotter Session that was recored during their late-summer tour earlier this month.  The session includes live takes of “Jitterbug,” Stray Dog‘s “Soviet Bicycle” and “EZ A LVR Goes West” as well as a new song called “New Sky.”  Daytrotter members can stream and download the session here.

Norwegian Arms will support Pattern is Movement at Union Transfer on October 24th; tickets and information can be found here.  Listen to the 7″ below and get your pre-order in here.


New Video: Norwegian Arms “Wolf Like a Stray Dog”

Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 2.26.43 PMToday Philly’s Norwegian Arms premiered a new music video for “Wolf Like a Stray Dog,” the title track of the album they released in late 2012. The video stars his father and family dog alone in a large and ornate house, conveying the isolation Mulvihill sings about. He wrote it during his winter teaching in Russia, and in a roundabout way, it talks about how he felt more of a kinship with the stray dogs than he did with the humans around him – because he was still meeting people and learning the language. Here’s what Mulvihill had to say about the song in The Key’s Unlocked series last December:

The way [stray dogs] function in society was interesting – we don’t really have roaming packs of stray dogs in America, so that in itself was a new experience for me. They’re wild, for all intents and purposes they’re feral, but they’re also highly socialized. They have to socialize, they have to function within their pack, and they have to interact with humans to get food. So they’re nice, and people will be friendly to them but at the same time people kind of hate them. And myself, because I was still learning the language, I couldn’t necessarily communicate all my feelings with the people, but I still had to interact with them. And also, there was kind of a cultural thing where I felt slightly isolated. Here, I have been around long enough that I can surround myself with people of a similar mindset. There, it was harder to find people that defined a music scene, or an art scene. Even galleries, or things like that – they hadn’t really developed yet, or if they had, I wasn’t able to locate them in my time there. So I felt I had a hard time communicating with people where we no similar art or music or literary interests.

Check out the video, shot buy Out of Town Films, below.


Magic Gardens Art/Gage Festival expands for 2013 with more music, more food trucks, more installations

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Tomorrow night, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will be hosting the Art / Gage Festival, an annual arts-music-food street fair event. Now in it’s sixth year, the festival has expanded to cover eight blocks of South Street, from Front to 9th. Magic Gardens events manager Allison Boyle says the festival aims to “bring in local artists, local music, and celebrate the creativity that we have here in Philly.”

For the first time this year, Art / Gage is partnering and collaborating with Night Market Philadelphia to expand the festival, both in size and in offerings; Night Market and The Food Trust will bring over 80 food trucks and local vendors to South Street – it’s supposed to be the largest Night Market Philly has yet seen.

There will be two stages – one on 9th Street and one on Second Street, playing live music all evening. ”People love the bands – I think they’ll come out especially to see them,” Boyle says. Many awesome local musicians are set to perform, including Night Panther (who just released their debut LP), Norwegian Arms, Strand of Oaks, and The Late Ancients.

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Watch Norwegian Arms’ surreal new video for “At the Formerly British Council Supported English Centre” (playing PhilaMOCA tomorrow)

Screen shot 2013-07-18 at 4.22.18 PMPhilly weirdo folk outfit Norwegian Arms released a surreal new music video today for “At the Formerly British Council Supported English Centre,” the second track on their 2012 album Wolf Like A Stray Dog. Starting out minimal and informally with a stylish dude strutting to the track in various monochromatic shots, it becomes a swirling psychedelic kaleidoscope of shapes and colors, all led by this dancing machine, who Norwegian Arms’ Brendan Mulvihill explains was pulled from their crowd in a way. “His name is Elvis Hatcher,” Mulvihill writes. “He was dancing like that at one of our shows and so we recruited him for this!” Check it out below; tomorrow night, Norwegian Arms plays with Jamaican Queens at PhilaMOCA. Tickets and information on the show can be found here.


Guest VJ Brendan Mulvihill previews this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out (kicks off tonight at PhilaMOCA)

NArmsFor the month of July, PhilaMOCA turned over the curator’s reins for its Tuesday Tune-Out music and film series to two local musicians who also book shows too. Andy Molholt of Laser Backrgound programs music at PhilaMOCA and other DIY venues around town, while Brendan Mulvihill of Norwegian Arms also has a daytime gig at Johnny Brenda’s. I caught up with Mulvihill over email to get a vibe on what they put together for the month of July. All shows are all ages, begin at 7:30 p.m. and are $5 at the door. For this month, all films are TBA.

From Brendan:
Basically we used this month to showcase bands we thought were really special and unique. We both have a soft spot for oddball pop (if that wasn’t already apparent in our respective projects). We also book a lot of shows for out of town bands we really like. So this is a sort of marriage of those two ideals. These are local and touring bands that we think deserve a lot more attention. Continue reading →