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Mental Jewelry

New smth savant Compilation Available for Streaming & Purchase

Music collective smth savant was formed last year by Philly producers Kilamanzego and Madam Data. Their monthly performance series Backyard Bxss has offered a common space for local beatmakers, showcasing experimental electronic producers and singers. The events are often live streamed on their Facebook page. As smth savant approach their first anniversary, they’ve released a compilation, featuring associated artists like Orion Sun and Mental Jewelry (both Mental Jewelry and Madam Data have collaborated with acclaimed Philly sound sculptor/emcee Moor Mother). The collective have facilitated some really exciting music in their first year, and this compilation is a solid retrospective on what they’ve already achieved. - Josh Kelly

New Music Video: "Streets Dept" - Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry

An ominous bass rumble bubbles to the surface in Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry's "Street Dept," before angular guitar runs slice through the atmospherics. Found on the duo's joint venture, Crime Waves (Don Giovanni), last year, the distorted footage of the artists is viewed through a crimson-filtered lens, contributing to the sinister presence maintained throughout the project's latest offering. Step into what might just be the unlikeliest of street anthems.

Weekend Warrior, June 16 - 18

Corresponding with today’s release of their new EP Crime Waves (Don Giovanni), creative collaborators Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry are tabbed to perform at their release show this evening at Trash House. Slowed-down, trance-inducing, grim and grimy beats cultivate a sonic canvas on which Camae Ayewa lyrically paints. An unwavering, impassioned perseverance permeates as the music continues a timeline of commentary, extending in both directions. Smacking with sincerity, this collection of songs retains a raw refinement that’s penetratingly powerful. Tonight’s show, presented by All Mutable, also features the minimalist noise/hip hop of Manikineter, a.k.a. Carl Kavorkian, the discovery-oriented, space-age, electro beats of Madam Data and the continuously-morphing, bass-forward beats of Kilamanzego. - Michael Colavita

Other places to be this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Joy Riding (Album Release), Sad Actor, SAT Juzz Uno, The Bul Bey

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Mutlu, John Beacher, SUN Shy Boyz

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Sarah M., Lulu Wish, Maxray Savage/Shawn Ryan, DecoSoul, Dr. Plotkin/Bosom Band, SAT Percussor/DJ PHSH, SUN JJL

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Infinien, Gnarbot, SUN Memorial Concert & Benefit for Richie Ingui of The Soul Survivors: Charlie Ingui & The Soul Survivors Band, David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket, Rob Hyman, Don Van Winkle

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Cookie Rabinowitz, Little Stranger, SAT Soraia

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Interminable

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Louis Futon, Armani White

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Eric Bazilian, SUN (Upstairs) The Dull Blue Lights 

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Bison's Big Bang, SAT RFA

Milkboy South (401 South St.) FRI Fitonia

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Grey Palmer/Kinyon Lanier and My Funky Brethren, SAT Edgewise (EP Release Show), Eaten Alive, Disappearances/DJ Baby Berlin, DJ Littlespaceyy, Blood Sound, SUN Acolytes, getXwell, Los Vigilantes Oscuros

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Remote Control, Sad Heaven, SAT Creem Circus, Cowbell Superstar, Lonesome Crow, SUN Poor Devils, Lightninging

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Kid Roc

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Posers, The Droogettes, SUN Old Scratch, Devon Czekaj, Emily Neblock.

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Kaonashi

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT I’m Not Okay: A Live Music and Burlesque Tribute to Emo

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Naps Past Noon, Andrew Jude, SAT J.W.Farrell, Emmett Drueding, Justin Kerecz

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  SAT Ardmore Pop (50th Anniversary Celebration of Monterey Pop Festival): Johnny Showcase (Otis Redding), Dean & Company (Grateful Dead), Ali Wadsworth (Janis Joplin), The End Of America (The Byrds)

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beat Street, SATDJ Lean Wit It, SUN Sunset Live: Piano Fight Club: Burnt Sienna

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Pansy, Steve Layman, Coats/Thought Patterns, Yeenar, SAT False Tracks, SubLaymen, Telepathic, SUN Yeenar,Sleepy Limbs, Heavenward

LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) SAT Pinkwash

Safety Meeting (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI NYXY NYX, YCIB


New Track: "Hardware" - Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry

In collaboration alongside local producer Mental Jewelry, Moor Mother will release a new EP Crime Waves via Don Giovanni Records on June 16. Utilizing an entrenching, bass-blasting beat, “Hardware” is a grimy tale of perseverance in spite of saddening violence. It’s a heavy sobering commentary. Moor Mother will also be appearing this evening at The Rotunda. 


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