Little Berlin is a non-profit arts and community organization founded in 2007. A gallery located in the heart of Kensington, it features local artists curated monthly by a different Little Berlin member. This past year, they received a $10,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to fund the Little Berlin Fairgrounds project, transforming a vacant lot across from the gallery into an open community art space and sculpture garden. The fairgrounds will be designed around featuring live performances, film screenings, children’s workshops, musical events, and more.
To help raise the matching money they need for the Knight Foundation grant, BITBY, Bands in the Backyard, is creating a 12″ vinyl, featuring all of the artists from the bitby.tv monthly series over the past year. Some of the proceeds funded by the vinyl will go towards the fairgrounds project. The acts on the album include: Break it Up, Wigwams, Heyward Howkins, Pet Milk, Oh! Pears, Arc in Round, Faux Slang, Psychic Teens, Ports of Call, Summer Fiction, Blayer Pointdujour, and Streetwalkers.
The kickstarter will run until Monday, July 23rd to raise their goal of $5,000. Watch the video for the kickstarter here. Below, you can watch BITBY videos from: Ports of Call and Oh! Pears
Meeting at the crossroads of introspective indiepop and aggressive punk is Philadelphia’s Pet Milk. You see it in the group’s pedigree – drummer Josh Agran also plays in the mighty Paint it Black, a long standing local hardcore act, while singer-guitarist Herbie Shellenberger is an alumnus of South Philly-based Slumberland Records popsters Brown Recluse. Bassist Adam Herndon straddles both worlds, playing in dreamy local favorites A Sunny Day in Glasgow, as well as the hyper-spastic Faux Slang. Rounding out the group is singer Adriane Dalton – whose voice is warm and melodic but whose demeanor takes no guff – and guitarist Richie Roxas, who plays one six-string from two amps. Maybe one is his twee amp and one is his punk amp. I kid, but Pet Milk’s truly is a sound that doesn’t fit easily into either world – melancholic minor key musings on ex-lovers and the mid-twenties post-adulthood crash, but with a rough-hewn, gnarly edge showing that, for this crew, the fire isn’t out. Download its recent Key Studio Session below – including songs from its its 2011 EP Philadelphia Punklife, as well as a couple unreleased numbers – and catch Pet Milk in concert Saturday June 23 at Johnny Brenda’s when it plays with Arc in Round, Tadoma and Beige.
Local indie-pop quintet Pet Milk has just released a new four-song EP, Philadelphia Punklife, on Bandcamp. You can listen to the EP for free below; it is available for $3 via Bandcamp.
The band also recently announced a string of tour dates, which will kick off later this week and wrap up with a show at Little Bar with Shoppers and Creepoid on December 5th. Full dates below.
11/25: BROOKLYN @ DEATH BY AUDIO with HAND CREAM and MANNEQUIN PUSSY and GREAT VALLEY [link]
11/27: MONTREAL @ QUAI DES BRUMES with THE ETHER and REVERSING FALLS
11/28: TORONTO @ THE BOVINE
11/29: YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN @ ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS CLUB NIGHT AT WOODRUFF’S with BAD INDIANS [link]
11/30: CHICAGO @ THE JUCIER with BLIZZARD BABES and LEZURRECTION [link]
12/1: COLUMBUS @ CARABAR
12/2: BALTIMORE @ COPY CAT
12/4: WKDU PHILADELPHIA [live 8PM eastern on wkdu.org]
12/5: PHILADELPHIA @ LITTLE BAR with SHOPPERS and CREEPOID