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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Damned at The TLA, Will Sparks at District N9ne, Philly Tapes Philly at Ortlieb’s

The Damned
The Damned | photo via www.officialdamned.com/gallery

English rockers The Damned bring their Hallow-East tour to The TLA tonight.  Formed in 1976, the influential punk rock stalwarts are credited with leading the punk crusade by releasing the genre’s first single and LP.  In 2008 The Damned released their most recent effort So, Who’s Paranoid?, a record that plays more towards the band’s 1980s gothic heyday than its 70s punk roots.  Listen to The Damned’s first single, “New Rose,” below and pick up tickets here.

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Get a sneak peek of Philly Tapes Philly vol 7 with Brian Strouse and Bij Lincs

Philly Tapes Philly vol 7
Philly Tapes Philly vol 7 | photo by Wendy McCardle | www.wendymccardle.com

Philly Tapes Philly vol 7 is here with a Mischief Night edition of their monthly tape release party at Ortlieb’s.  The crew has been working with Brian Dale Allen Strouse of The Lawsuits and Bij Lincs of Ground Up for a one-on-one collaboration, a process that results in a cassette tape of two totally original songs that will be given away to the first fifty people through the door on Thursday night.

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Philly Tapes Philly takes things on the road with Lobo Marino and Langor for Volume 6

Lobo Marino | photo courtesy of the artist
Lobo Marino | photo courtesy of the artist

This months Philly Tapes Philly collaboration brings us a special edition featuring Richmond, VA’s Lobo Marino and Philly’s Langor.  In the past, the installments were recorded to tape at the Gun Shop, home to PTP founders Commonwealth Choir.  This time around the group takes things down the street and west a few blocks to Ortlieb’s, where the tape will be recorded in front of a live audience during the free release show.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verbatum Jones at The Fire, Phreak N Queer Kickoff with Vita and the Woolf and more at PhilaMOCA, Philly Tapes Philly at Ortlieb’s, and more

Verbatum Jones | photo via facebook.com/verbatum
Verbatum Jones | photo via facebook.com/verbatum

Philly rapper Verbatum Jones kicks off tonight’s concert pick selection with his show at The Fire on Girard Avenue. You may remember this article we posted back in March about the Brooklyn transplant’s latest album .winter, which goes in depth about the meaning behind his hit song “Everybody Eats.” Our writer Sameer Rao also talked with him about how his Haitian background has impacted his life and songwriting, and starting a concert series in which the the only price of admission was a food donation. If you missed it, check it out here. Speaking of food donations (in a different kind of way), make sure you get to the show early enough for free water ice. Check out the music video for “The Dawn” below. Continue reading →

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Go behind the scenes of the next Philly Tapes Philly release with Wilbur and Satellite Hearts

 

Philly Tapes Philly Volume 5 | photo by Wendy McCardle
Philly Tapes Philly Volume 5 | photo by Wendy McCardle

Philly Tapes Philly will present its fifth monthly collaboration this Thursday at Ortlieb’s, featuring local acts Wilbur and Satellite Hearts.  The two bands spent some in the PTP headquarters earlier this month to create a pair of brand new songs that will be recorded onto cassette tapes and given away for free to the first 50 people through the door at the release show.  Videographer Bob Sweeney was on hand to film the recording session, and you can see some behind the scenes footage (along with an instrumental preview of one of the tracks and photos taken by Wendy McCardle) below.  More information for the free release show can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Learn more about the Philly Tapes Philly project here.

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Watch a brand new Philly Tapes Philly preview with Air is Human and Gretchen Lohse

Philly Tapes Philly Vol. 4 with Air Is Human and Gretchen Lohse
Philly Tapes Philly Vol. 4 with Air Is Human and Gretchen Lohse | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com

Volume 4 of Philly Tapes Philly‘s local collaboration project will be released at Ortlieb’s this Thursday, June 26th featuring Gretchen Lohse and Air is Human.  The local acts spent a day recording together at The Gun Shop last week and have shared photos by Wendy McCardle and a sneak preview video by Bob Sweeney to show us what’s in store for the new tape.  The two songs will be released for free on 50 limited edition cassettes at the (also free) release show this week.  More information for the event can be found here.  Below, check out the video that includes a snippet of one of the tracks followed by a photo gallery of the entire recording process.

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Air is Human, Grethen Lohse will collaborate on the June Philly Tapes Philly release

Photo by Scott Troyan | via instagram.com/gretchenlohse
Photo by Scott Troyan | via instagram.com/gretchenlohse

Philly Tapes Philly is back with their June installment.  This month the concert and split cassingle will feature experimental rock group Air is Human and singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse. This spring AiH took over Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties, while Lohse just the other week played a Double Decker Music concert (read more here). Both bands will perform at the tape release party at Ortlieb’s on June 26th.  You can find full info for the event here. Check out music from both artists below.

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Get a sneak preview of this month’s Philly Tapes Philly mash-up with Roof Doctor and Mo Lowda & The Humble

Philly Tapes Philly vol. 3 | photo by Melissa Roderman
Philly Tapes Philly vol. 3 | photo by Melissa Roderman

Philly Tapes Philly‘s third release show is just around the corner, and they’ve shared some behind-the-scenes footage of last weekend’s recording session with Roof Doctor and Mo Lowda & The Humble.  The local bands recorded and collaborated on two songs, a new one from Roof Doctor called “Two Brothers” and a re-worked version of “Throw Me a Bone” by The Humble.  The songs will be released on limited edition cassettes, given away for free to the first 50 people through the door at next week’s show at Ortlieb’s (also free).  More information can be found on the event page here.  Check out the preview video below, filmed by Bob Sweeney and featuring “Two Brothers,” followed by photos of the session taken by Melissa Roderman.

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Mo Lowda & The Humble, Roof Doctor tapped for this month’s Philly Tapes Philly collaboration

 

Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com
Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com

Local collaboration-curators Philly Tapes Philly have announced the next pairing for their experiment in straight-to-tape recording, this month featuring Mo Lowda & The Humble and Roof Doctor.

The project began in March when members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk recognized an opportunity to cross local genre and scene divides by inviting bands into their home studio, The Gun Shop, for one-off recording sessions.  The resulting tracks, one from each band, are recorded through an entirely analog process onto 50 limited edition cassette tapes that are given away for free at the subsequent release show at Ortlieb’s, which is also free.

This month will see the Bucks County-bred alternative rock of Mo Lowda & The Humble split with the surf / punk-leaning rock of Roof Doctor, two bands that already eschew tight genre definitions in favor of intricate arrangements and jazzy instrumentation.

Nick Cislak of PTP / Commonwealth Choir was excited to get two bands together that move in different circles but share a passion for supporting and expanding the local music community.

“I already knew Mo Lowda, but hadn’t heard Roof Doctor. When Roof Doctor reached out I checked out [their new album Mobile Freedom Home] and loved it. Getting this many great musicians who were this passionate about the project in the same room together was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

Listen to “Where the Whitetails Go” off of Mo Lowda & The Humble’s recent debut LP Curse the Weather below, followed by “Bulldog” off of Roof Doctor’s new Mobile Freedom Home full-length.  The free release show will take place at Ortlieb’s on May 29th; more information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Check out the show flyer after the jump.

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Go behind the scenes of the new Philly Tapes Philly release with Weekender and Delco Pacers

Photo by Wendy McCardle
Photo by Wendy McCardle

Before their limited cassette release at their show this Thursday at Ortlieb’s, Philly Tapes Philly have shared a sneak peek of their collaboration Weekender and Delco Pacers. Originally conceived by members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk, Philly Tapes Philly brings local bands together to play each others’ music, record it in the old analog format, release it on cassette tapes, and hopefully gain some new fans.

Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2: Weekend in Delco is out this Thursday, April 24th, at the release show at Ortlieb’s. But before you go grab a FREE copy of their joint tape (if you’re one of the first 50 people in the door) at the show, check out this preview of the recording process. Watch a video below via Bob Sweeney, see a gallery of photos by Wendy McCardle and get more details on the show here.