Just when you thought The Shining couldn’t get anymore classically creepy, it does. Tonight at PhilaMOCA as part of the Cinedelphia Film Festival, the 1980 horror classic will be projected forwards and backwards simultaneously on one screen creating an even more chilling experience for the audience. This idea originally comes from John Fell Ryan’s work with Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater and later from a 2012 documentary Room 237. To top things off, Philly goth punks Psychic Teens will perform a live score to accompany the film. Watch their video for “LESS” below and get tickets here.
The twinkly Philly punkers have waited three years to follow up their popular album, Baseball Season, which features staples like “Arizona” and “Spirit Gum.” However, the band’s fans have been treated to small previews of the upcoming album and it sounds unexpected in the best possible way. Both “Halflife” and “Summery Dream” have a light, atmospheric sound that’s heavy on the psychedelic vibes, less so on the loud guitars and raspy vocals.
Surely, they’ll performance will be a bit different, too, but we’re looking forward to it. Celebrating alongside Kite Party at their record release show will be punkers and/or indie rockers Three Man Cannon, Gunk, Thin Lips and The spirit of the beehive. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $7.
PhilaMOCA‘s second annual Cinedelphia Film Festival begins this week, bringing a full month of “archival oddities, Philly premieres, and locally-shot rarities” to the Mausoleum. Programmed by Video Pirates, the multi-media event kicks off tomorrow, April 1st, with a free preview night hosted by the curators to give a “guided multimedia tour through the CFF program guide.” In addition to the eclectic film screening schedule, there will be several music-related events during the festival from live scores to variety shows and music documentaries.
April’s Tuesday Tune-Outs begin with electronic artist Ryan M Todd, aka Tom Guycot, performing a live score during Son of the White Mare on the 8th. The 15th showcases Baltimore comedy troupe and recent Adult Swim performers Wham City Comedy, a quartet of comedians that perform skits, monologues and stand-up. Fans of conspiracy and horror will enjoy a special screening of The Shining on the 22nd,played backwards and forwards simultaneously while Psychic Teens contribute a live score. And the festival comes to a close on the 29th with George Lucas’ feature-length debut THX 1138accompanied by an original live score by Conveyor.
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.
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.
To celebrate the release of its new album Old Evil, Broken Beak (aka Beau Brynes) heads to PhilaMOCA tonight for a hometown show. Centered around simple acoustic arrangements, Brynes’ songs are marked by a trail of quiet, unassuming beauty. Listen to “Lucy” below and get details on the show here.
Toronto-based rock four-piece July Talk makes it’s Philly debut tonight at MilkBoy. Channeling the gravel-voiced aggression of Tom Waits and the haunting tones of Denali, front-duo Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay lead a dynamic band that is equal parts raw and mystical. Watch a World Cafe performance of “Don’t Call Home” below. Get tickets and and info on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
A trio of Philly punk scene vets has joined forces in a new band called Dark Blue, blending elements of their various projects into a rumbling whole. Made up of singer-guitarist John Sharkey III (of Clockcleaner), bassist Andy Nelson (of Paint it Black and Ceremony), and drummer Mike Sneeringer (formerly of Purling Hiss and The Loved Ones), the band released it’s debut single for “Subterranean Man” today via Bandcamp, with a 7″ pressing via Katorga Works soon to follow.
As Nelson pointed out via email, the lineup is the same as Puerto Rico Flowers, Sharkey’s post-Clockcleaner recording project that was fleshed out into a live band in 2009. This group, he says, is meant to be more of a band-band.
Musically, Dark Blue dishes melodic rockers that sound a bit sinister – credit Sharkey’s pensive baritone to that – but it also hints at the nihilistic aggression and acerbic wit of Clockcleaner (consider the b-side, “Skinhead Wedding In Canberra”) as well as the nervy tension heard in Nelson’s Paint It Black. Maybe I’m stretching just a touch here, but it even seems that structural sensibilities Sneeringer honed in his past bands keeps his present bandmates reined in, making this a lively meeting ground between their oi! and proto-punk influences and timeless rock and roll. Recommended if you like The Cramps, The Buzzcocks, Flipper or The Replacements.
The band will make its Philly headlining debut on Tuesday, March 4th at PhilaMOCA; tickets to the all ages show are $5 and available here. Listen to the “Subterranean Man” 7″ below and get a name-your-own-price download at Bandcamp.
When they emerged in the late ’80s as band of teenagers from the countryside, Slint made great music that managed to stay below the radar. Their debut album Tweez arrived in 1989, but their critically acclaimed masterpiece Spiderland came in 1991. A mix of art-rock and emo, the album didn’t stir major buzz upon release and they disbanded soon after but outlets like Pitchfork, NME and Spin, retrospectively attend to its brilliance featuring it in “best-of” lists. Slint reunited to play shows in 2005, 2007, and most recently last year. But the story doesn’t end there. In fact, Bad Grandpa cinematographer/director Lance Bangs decided he’d tell the rest of it via a documentary centered on the band and its Louisville roots. PhilaMOCA will screen the Philadelphia premiere of Breadcrumb Trail followed by a feature-length presentation of other musical short-films for two consecutive nights, March 14th and 15th. Bangs and Slint guitarist David Pajo will also host a Q&A session for attendees. Get tickets here and check out the trailer below.
Started in 1996, Stones Throw Records has had a hand in releasing many critically acclaimed underground hip-hop, funk and R&B albums, including Madlib and MF DOOM’s Madvillainy collaboration, a re-issue of J Dilla’s Donuts and the commercially successful Good Things from Aloe Blacc.
Through interviews, live and archival footage and photographs, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton explores the influence and history of the Los Angeles label. Kanye West, Questlove, Snoop Dogg, Mayer Hawthorne and more discuss the role of Stones Throw in their own lives and its importance in the evolution of hip hop. Tickets and information for the screening can be found on the Facebook event page here. Check out the trailer below, followed by a track from Peanut Butter Wolf’s debut LP with Charizma.