The Dead Milkmen
Indie poppers The Spinto Band are playing the spooky-scary “Dress Up and Make a Sound” event tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The Deleware outfit has promised to scare your face off and give you goosebumps (what else could you ask for?) with the help of Philadelphia rock ‘n’ rollers Toy Soldiers, Pittsburgh’s Delicious Pastries and DJ Langor. Tickets are $10 here; doors will open at 8:00 p.m. for the 21+ show. Check out The Spinto Band’s video for “Muesli” below.
Along with The Dead Milkmen‘s Halloween show at Union Transfer comes a brand new 7″ single – three songs, nine minutes and 21 seconds, literary references and political grumblings alike. Listen to Dark Clouds Gather Over Middlemarch here, for the next 24 hours only, and get tickets and information on the band’s show tonight here. Below, listen to the Milkmen nugget “The Woman Who Is Also A Mongoose,” recorded live in our studio.
R5 Productions have called in local artists to contribute to a new poster series for their events. The Philadelphia Posters Guild will feature at least one new poster each month created by an artist for selected concerts.
The list of currently confirmed artist/concert match-ups includes Thom Lessner for The Dead Milkmen show on Halloween at Union Transfer; Ralph Stollenwerk for Sword’s show at Union Transfer on November 13th; Bonnie Brenda Scott for Dan Deacon’s show at Union Transfer on November 15th; Neil Burke for Om/Dan Higgs at Johnny Brenda’s on November 23rd; and JP Flexner for The Hold Steady’s show at Union Transfer on December 29th, with more to be announced.
From the Guild’s website:
Philadelphia Poster Guild project is an effort to merge local artists, musicians, & venues to create quality, affordable art for the masses. With a little luck, one or more posters will be released each month. These posters will be available at selected R5 shows for a fair price. They will also be available online for a reasonable price as well, shipped in a sturdy tube. Proceeds from this project will benefit local artists, musicians, and a few select non-profits. Support your local artists…they will reciprocate. More details to follow.
Images of the posters will posted on the Guild’s website, and you check out a full list of involved artists here.
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Here’s a blast from Philadelphia radio past: in February of 1987, not long before the release of its third album Bucky Fellini, The Dead Milkmen appeared live on WXPN to promote an upcoming show at the Trocadero. They played for almost 40 minutes, drawing on the new material but also showcasing songs from 1986′s Eat Your Paisley and 1985′s Big Lizard in My Backyard. A couple covers make the cut as well, including Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and Daniel Johnston’s “Rocketship.” Somebody taped it from the radio, and you can hear it below in all its warbley, tape-hissy goodness (the first song is partly cut off, and it takes about 30 seconds to fade up), thanks to the collection of semi-official bootlegs on singer-guitarist Joe Jack Talcum‘s website. Of this performance, he wrote:
We were a bit looser for this performance than we were for the first [appearance on WXPN]. Also, the punk radio show had been moved from its late Sunday night slot to Friday afternoons, so this was an unusually early show for us to play.
I am embarrassed by the fact that, near the end of the set, I stopped a song twice after screwing it up. How unprofessional! I also broke a string. Back then I had only one guitar, so breaking a string meant ad lib time. Soon after this show, and before embarking on our next major tour, I would purchase a second Gibson S-G to use as a back-up.
You can download the mp3 below, and dig into the treasure trove of archival Dead Milkmen audio here. The Dead Milkmen have a Halloween show at Union Transfer with MC Lars and Psychic Teens; tickets and information for the all-ages show are can be found here.