There’s a local hip hop extravaganza happening at The Fire on Friday, November 15th. Legendary Philadelphia hip hop artist Schoolly D will be joined by former Digable Planets member Cee Knowledge, Radio Ghost, Cookie Rabinowitz and more. Check out some of the performers below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.
With 2012 wrapping to a close, there aren’t many more questions that have to be answered this year. One that you should definitely think about, though, is which concert you will be attending on New Year’s Eve. The two-night stand at Johnny Brenda’s from Philly’s The War on Drugs is sold out as of this morning, but we’ve got a round-up of what else is going on. So now all you have to worry about is how many friends will be begging to tag along! Continue reading →
In 1988 video producers/directors Glenn Holsten and Lisa Marie Russo produced a documentary about the emerging Philadelphia rap scene for WHYY television called Rap City. The documentary featured some incredible interviews with Schoolly-D (and his mom), Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Ruffhouse Records founder Chris Schwartz, hip-hop radio pioneer Lady B and Yvette Money and excellently captured the energy of Philly’s mid to late 80′s hip-hop scene. You can watch all three parts of the documentary below.
David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket is back again with a newly recorded version of the classic “Disco Inferno,” originally recorded by The Trammps in 1976. According to Deep Soul, the song was inspired by the movie The Towering Inferno. The song’s co-writers, “Trammps keyboardist Ron Kersey and Leroy Green, penned the song after viewing a scene where a disco on top a building catches on fire.” The rest, as they say, is disco history. The new version features drummer David Uosikkinen, Graham Alexander on lead vocals, Matt Cappy on trumpet, Jay Davidson on sax, Greg Davis on guitar, Rob Hyman on keyboards, Richie & Charlie Ingui (the Soul Survivors) on background vocals and Fran Smith, Jr on bass. TJ Tindall, who played guitar on The Trammp’s 1976 version also performs on the song along with the legendary Schoolly D who adds more fuel to the fire (pun intended). Listen to the new version below, and A/B it with the original classic version. The new version of “Disco Inferno” will be available for download from Songs In The Pocket in September.
When it comes to concert fare, organ music may not be your first inclination. That’s okay, we suppose, but for Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown frontman Spencer Krug’s solo project Moonface, it’s quite necessary to make an exception. This past Tuesday, the Canadian indie rock veteran released Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped, a five track, 37-minute debut LP that is as scattered as it is beautiful. Coupled with bleeping, layered organ melodies, Krug’s always strong lyricism creates an evocative soundscape that lingers and invites repeat listens. A drummer has also reportedly been accompanying Krug on this tour. Also performing tonight will be fellow Canadian Flow Child. Moonface performs with Flow Child at Kung Fu Necktie at 8:00 p.m.; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.
And if you catch yourself in West Philly after work today, consider stopping by Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll at Elena’s Soul Lounge, 4912 Baltimore Avenue, from 6 to 8 pm. as Schoolly D will be DJ’ing. It’s free.
The Roots threw a big party this weekend, curating shows and headlining an all-star July 4th jam on the Parkway featuring Michael McDonald, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eddie Levert from The O’Jays, Boyz II Men and others. Below, check out some videos of the former Doobie Brother with The Roots, Earth, Wind & Fire and a jam from Schoolly D. Work Drugs played Sunday night at Johnny Brenda’s and you can check out John Vettese’s photo recap here.
The We Run Philly project was founded in 2009 as part of Students Run Philly Style, a Philadelphia youth mentoring program that focuses on inspiring diligence and goal-setting through exercise. The We Run Philly project is a way for local musicians to raise awareness and support for the quickly-growing program. They have just released a benefit album, with all proceeds going towards Students Run Philly Style. The album was produced by JoeLogic, a producer and engineer at MilkBoy Recording in Philadelphia. It features local hip-hop and rap artists Chill Moody, Tone Trump, J. Ivy, Schoolly D, Hezekiah, AIME, Asaad, Nico The Beast, and more.
We Run Philly is currently available for streaming on SoundCloud. Listen to a few tracks below, and check out the full album here. If you’d like to get involved with the project, visit their website or email them directly. —Claire Fishkow
You’re not going to beat tonight’s lineup of over at ICA. For starters, you’ve got a rare performance by Blues Control, a Philly-based experimental rock duo that cranks out waves of atmospheric electronics (and has released albums on Siltbreeze, Holy Mountain, and Woodsist). Prior to the band, there will be a 6:30 p.m. lecture by ICA Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner titled “The Artist As Curator”; following the performance, there will be some kind of “DIY Valentine project.” Then, there are the pierogi—mounds and mounds of pierogi, as far as the eye can see. (Well, maybe not that many, but there should be plenty.) All of which can be washed down with bottles of Yards beer. The best part? The art exhibitions, lecture, musical performance, and pierogi are all free; the beer, meanwhile, promises to be cheap. Blues Control performs at 8 p.m. at Institute Of Contemporary Art; tickets to the show are free.
Also playing: Kuf Knotz‘s BoomBox Collective featuring Lefco, Ras Arcane, Swift Technique, and LP Stiles at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., free); 2011 Northern Liberties Music Festival featuring Schoolly D, Reef The Lost Cauze, Verso, Dru Chris, and Alien Architect at The Fire (8 p.m., 21+, $10)