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Today on the Leicht Lunch: David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket goes undercover with “Beat Up Guitar”

 

In the Pocket | photo by Dallyn Pavey
In the Pocket | photo by Dallyn Pavey

Every weekday in the 11:00 a.m. hour I play an Undercover Song.  Today I will be playing “Beat Up Guitar,” another song from David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia project, this time covering The Hooters.  That’s Jim Boggia on vocals and Uosikkinen on drums, joined by an all-star Philadelphia cast of Eric Bazilian, Steve Butler, Rob Hyman, William Wittman, Matthew Cappy, Ben Arnold and Jeffrey Gaines.  Tune in at 88.5 XPN or online at xpn.org to hear the song on the air, and watch the recording session below.

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Watch Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket perform “Open My Eyes” at Philly Folk Fest

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket each performed a set at this year’s Philly Folk Festival on Saturday night, however, during the In The Pocket set, Rundgren came out to perform his classic “Open My Eyes,” which was one of the highlights of the night. Watch the video below, and check out our recap of the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Walkmen at Union Transfer, Grimace Federation at Kung Fu Necktie, The Cobbs at Johnny Brenda’s, David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket at The Colonial Theatre

Philly / New York rockers The Walkmen headline tonight at Union Transfer.  Replacing a canceled October show, the local favorites return to Philly in support of 2012’s Heaven.  In an effort to take the album in a new direction, the band brought in producer Phil Ek for a fresh sound.  The ambition paid off, with Heaven being named Magnet’s number one album of 2012 and the title track landing at spot #56 on XPN’s Top 200 Songs Countdown.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah can be found here.  Below, watch The Walkmen’s video for “Heaven.”

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Stream all of the Essential Songs of Philadelphia by David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket (playing The Colonial Theatre on 1/11)

Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen’s “Essential Songs of Philadelphia” project continues to revisit classic tracks from the city’s musical history – songs that were either written in Philadelphia, or recorded by Philadelphians – with In The Pocket, an all-star cast of Philly players. So far, the band has recorded “All My Mondays” by Youth Camp; “Open My Eyes” by Todd Rundgren and Nazz; “You Can’t Sit Down” by The Dovells; “Soon You’ll Be Gone” by The Hooters; “Change Reaction” by Robert Hazard & The Heros; “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps; and “I Ain’t Searchin” by The American Dream. With an appearance coming up at The Colonial Theatre on January 11, In the Pocket made the entire collection available as a Soundcloud set you can stream here. Download the songs at the In the Pocket website, and get more information about the show here.

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David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket announce release party for “I Ain’t Searchin” single 1/11 at The Colonial Theatre

Photo by Dallyn Pavey
Rock out with The Hooters’ David Uosikkinen’s and his project In The Pocket as they take over the Colonial Theatre January 11th in celebration of their new single “I Ain’t Searchin.” The collaboration, which is a cover of the 1970 hit by The American Dream, features fellows Hooters’ member Eric Bazilian, Ike’s Cliff Hillis on bass, David Uosikkinen, and Steve Butler from Smash Palace. Tickets for the all-ages release party are available here; the performance starts at 8. Listen to the track on SoundCloud here or watch the video for “I Ain’t Searchin” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Crystal Castles at The Electric Factory, David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket at World Cafe Live, Alejandro Escovedo at The Sellersville Theater

Experimental electronic duo Crystal Castles take over The Electric Factory tonight for a show with HEALTH.  The Canadian producers, who have an affinity for glitchy horror movie sound effects and ravey bass lines, relocated to Warsaw, Poland to record their upcoming record Crystal Castles III due out November 8th.  Tickets are $30 through Ticketmaster for the all ages show, with doors opening at 8:00 p.m. Below, listen to Crystal Castles’ track “Not in Love” featuring the vocals of Robert Smith.

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Watch the new behind-the-scenes video for “Disco Inferno” from David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket (playing World Cafe Live on Tuesday)

If you enjoyed In the Pocket’s cover of The Trammps disco hit “Disco Inferno” last month (and how couldn’t you?) then you’ll love the behind-the-scenes documentary.  Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen’s Philadelphia-centric project hit up Studio 4 in Conshohocken to record their rock ‘n’ roll take of the track with Phil Nicolo of the Butcher Bros. production team.  Also making guest appearances with the In the Pocket collective are legendary rapper Schooly D and Gamble & Huff guitarist TJ Tindall, who played on the original recording.  Download In the Pocket’s version of “Disco Inferno” (and their other tracks) here.  They’ll bring the heat to World Cafe Live this coming Tuesday, October 2nd, at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20 here, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Settlement Music School.

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Listen to “Disco Inferno” by David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket featuring Schoolly D

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.

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Tonight: XPN Welcomes David Uosikkinen’s “In The Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia” at World Cafe Live

Tonight at World Cafe Live, David Uosikkinen’s “In The Pocket: The Essential Songs Of Philadelphia” project will celebrate the release of the the fifth song in the series, a cover of the 1981 Robert Hazard And The Heroes song, “Change Reaction” (featuring Ben Arnold on lead vocals). In The Pocket features members of The Hooters including David Uosikkinen on drums along with Rob Hyman (keyboards and vocals) and John Lilley (guitar), Steve Butler from Smash Palace on guitar, bassist William Wittman and Ben Arnold on lead vocals. All five of the songs recorded by In The Pocket, including “Change Reaction” can be purchased here. Portions of the proceeds go to the Settlement Music School.

David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket performs at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $17 (a portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit Settlement Music School).

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Listen to “Change Reaction” (Robert Hazard cover) by David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket featuring Ben Arnold

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Editor’s note: The stream of “Change Reaction” was only available for 24 hours.

The newest song from David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket is a cover of the 1981 Robert Hazard And The Heroes song, “Change Reaction” featuring Ben Arnold on lead vocals. “Change Reaction” is the fifth song in the Essential Songs Of Philadelphia series. It features members of The Hooters including David Uosikkinen on drums along with Rob Hyman (keyboards and vocals) and John Lilley (guitar), Steve Butler from Smash Palace on guitar, bassist William Wittman and Ben Arnold on lead vocals. All five of the songs recorded by In The Pocket, including “Change Reaction” can be purchased here. Portions of the proceeds go to the Settlement Music School. WXPN welcomes David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia to World Cafe Live on Tuesday, March 13th. Tickets and more information here. Go here to watch a video of the making of “Change Reaction.” Below be sure you watch the video of Robert Hazard and The Heroes performing “Change Reaction” at a live show at the London Victory Club from 1981.