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It seems like just yesterday that Philly power trio Purling Hiss released its rager of an full-length, Water on Mars, via Drag City Records. After a couple years of limited-run and lo-fi releases on various indie labels, it was the band’s big and booming introduction to a higher-profile audience. Now we’re getting a teaser, via Richie Records / TestosterTunes’ Twitter, that the Hiss will release its second LP of the year, Paisley Montage, on October 29th via the Philly scuzz-rock boutique label.
First, you’ve got to admire the productivity. (UPDATE: as our buddy Elliott Sharp points out, this is possibly / more likely a reissue of a long out-of-print cassette. Still pretty awesome though.) Second, you’ve got to watch the minute-and-change teaser video that the band posted below and melt your mind with various kaleidoscopic images and bright color-trails. (UPDATE: the video still rules.) The hard-touring band returns home to Philly on October 22nd to open for The Men at Johnny Brenda’s.
Shouts to The Deli for alerting us to this fun new video from Spacin‘. If you’re not familiar, the fuzzy garage-rock thrashers
(which include Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss) dropped an excellent LP, Deep Thuds, on Richie Records earlier this year. [correction: Mike Polizze played in an early incarnation of Spacin', but as Richie Charles of Richie Records put it, "he's got his plate full with the Hiss!"] This knockabout anthem “Sunshine, No Shoes” comes from it, and in this video, we pretty much see “Harmonica” Dan Balcer of the Philadelphia Record Exchange hanging out in his store wearing a Mountain t-shirt, sipping a lager, banging his head and playing air guitar. Check it out below, and join him if you feel so inclined.
The new Kensington Picnic block party announced its lineup yesterday, and for fans of the city’s burgeoning art-folk / proto-blues scene, it’s a doozy. On Saturday, Aug. 11 on Frankford Ave. between Susquehanna and Dauphin, folk luminary Meg Baird (who recently played a breathtaking set opening for Sharon Van Etten at Union Transfer) will perform solo, as well with Watery Love, the garage punk band she drums in alongside TestosterTunes Records founder Richie Charles and members of New Jersey’s Home Blitz. Also on the bill are Blues Control and Birds of Maya, who reportedly ruled at PhilaMOCA this past Friday, guitar experimentalists Chris Forsyth and Steve Gunn, and the Virginia transplant Dan Bachman, whose nimble acoustic playing recalls Jack Rose and John Fahey. Watch video of the artists below, and follow the festival’s Tumblr page for more details.