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The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth Records) is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig


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So the most important thing to know for the next week or so is that The Deli Philly will be celebrating its 6th Anniversary/Halloween Party on Saturday, October 25 at PhilaMOCA so we'll just pin it atop this page as reminder for you because we're victims of this damn ADHD generation as well. We're excited to be returning to one of our favorite spaces in Philly with a co-headlining bill where you'll find the likes of a true rising star in the local hip-hop community and obvouisly one of our favorites, S.T.S., a.k.a. Sugar Tongue Slim, who will be joined by the nasty beats and mind-warping sounds of our old friends, Grimace Federation. It's definitely going be a rad night of music in the ole mausoleum! And don't forget your costume because it's also our Halloween bash, and we didn't forget the drinks. We'd like to thank the good folks at Sixpoint Brewery, Star Hill Brewery, Balantine IPA, Narragansett, and La Colombe (Different Drum Pennsylvania Rum & cold-brew Pure Black) for sponsoring the fun. I think that you can tell where we'll be taking things. Come join the debauchery!

October 16, 2014
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We are doing a ticket giveaway for tomorrow night's show at Underground Arts with White Fence, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and Laser Background. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Who Wants to Own a White Fence?" Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck! (Photo by Zoe Zag)

October 20, 2014
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A new album to kick off the fresh week is never a bad idea, and with its release date (October 28) just over a week away, Restorations third LP, succinctly titled LP3 is streaming via NPR. The Jon Low-produced album is being released by SideOneDummy Records, and it occupies a rugged, rockin' accessibility. Make sure to mark your calendars for Restorations' record release show on November 15 at the First Unitarian Church, which also features Cayetana, Three Man Cannon, and Hurry.

October 20, 2014
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Krust Toons: "Breaking Straight" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.

October 20, 2014
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Besides having the ability to write and record beautifully haunting ballads, Billy Polard, a.k.a. The Ghost In You, has the knack for tugging at our heartstrings with his self-directed music videos. His latest for "TEN THIRTY ONE" perfectly captures the weighted mood of the fall season and the glimpses of youthful joy that we once could attain simply by donning a Halloween costume. "Inspired by my memories of growing up in my old neighborhood, the leaves changing, carving jack o lanterns, my mom dressing up like a witch, the homemade costumes she made for me and my brothers, watching scary movies, and everything else that comes with the Halloween season... I hope hearing it triggers the same nostalgia and emotions that I felt writing it." The track will appear on his upcoming album as well as the soundtrack to the horror flick Honeyspider.

October 20, 2014
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Alex Karaba’s guitar tears like a buzzsaw through buttery vibrant pop hooks, while Dan Colanduno pummels the skins with determined ferocity. That’s what you’ll find on Slow Animal's latest EP The Other Side, an album definitely worth revisiting. The bonus is that they’re even better live. If you missed the duo’s performance last night at Golden Tea House or just simply can't get enough of them, then you'll have your chance this evening when they open on another solid all-ages bill at The Barbary with Twin Peaks, Tweens, and Public Access TV, which is presented by WKDU. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 6:45pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.

October 19, 2014
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