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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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New Mohican EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Below is the latest EP from instrumental rock outfit Mohican entitled The Abuse Is Character, the follow-up to the band's debut Honest Red. Captured live on a snowy winter day and during a sweltering summer heat wave in a Philly warehouse space, the album was recorded and mixed by Brad Wallace. The Abuse Is Character was released via Parts Philly/Swamp Youth Collective, and is available for purchase. Enjoy!

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Weekend Warrior, January 17 - 19

The Boot & Saddle will be going out there this Saturday night as it welcomes three unique bands, who are known for the elaborate and transcendental soundscapes that their instrumentals create. Notorious for their “metal for astronauts,” Rosetta creates a programmatic soundtrack of pulse pounding drums, thrashing yet vibrant guitar riffs, ambient electronics, and sludge vocals that transport the listener on an otherworldly flight through time and space. From their epic debut The Galilean Satellites to their first totally independent release The Anaesthete, they have delivered riveting performances all across the globe, and their first Philly show of the year should be no exception. They are no strangers to sharing the stage with electronic virtuosos Grimace Federation, and heavy, apocalyptic instrumentalists Mohican will be in their element as they play in support of their newly released EP The Abuse Is Character. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St, 9PM, $10 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
More places to be this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Haggard, SAT Geology, Oldermost
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Early) Strength For A Reason, Rock Bottom, Heathen Reign, (Late) Rockers Galore, SAT Killer Bangs, SUN The Rivals, Younger Me
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Sunburster, Serpent Throne, SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Our Waking Deception
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Tungsten Album Release Party w/Power Theory, Mistress
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vertical Current, SAT Our Griffins
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Big Plastic Finger, Curandoros, NoiseMan
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI You Do You Release Show w/Tin Horses, The Great Vibration, Song Dogs, SAT Johnny Flynn, The Melodic
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT HOSER, Snoozer, Village, APE!, the Cloth
 
JR’s (2327 S. Croskey St.) Benefit for Project MEOW FRI Nightfall, Spent Flesh, Retreevers (Tape Release), Janelle (Tape Release), SGNLS, Population Zero, SAT Plague Dogs, Casket, (Record Release), Alement, Occult 45 (Record Release)
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT True Will, Plantation, 20til8, Pravda, Starskream
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Bees In A Bottle
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Ill Doots, Ashley Leone, Supreem and The New Experience, Platinum Mustache, SAT John The Conqueror
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Lamplighters, SAT Reality Childs, SUN All Shepherds We Shall Be, Panic Sets In, Lower The Standard, Hansford, Winderemere
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sacred Cube, The Madeleine Haze, Fate 88, SAT Leo Minor, Funky T, Moonshine Heather, Hardwork Movement
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Rolling Stones Tribute Night w/The Jesse Lundy Band: Mach 4, Brown Sugar, North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Friends
 
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) SAT Jesse Spearhawk, Mitch Esparza
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Crybaby, Endless Mike and the Beagle Club, Pocket, Marge, SUN Kids, Sore Saints
 
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN The Ambulars, Heavy Bangs
 
Freedom 75 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Cut The Motor, Eyeshock Swelter
 

Mohican Taking Over at KFN Jan. 7

Instrumental rock trio Mohican is quickly becoming a favorite in Philly among its musicians and bookers/promoters. It’s quite understandable as their emotive jams wax and wane from beautiful, airy strolls to epic crescendos. The band is getting ready to release their next album The Abuse Is Character on January 16. They’ll be taking over Kung Fu Necktie tonight when the group headlines its main stage with support from D.C.’s Myrrh Myrrh, Village and Timbers. But the night won’t end when the bands unplug because Mohican will also be hosting an after-party where they’ll be spinning tunes to keep everyone warm. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.

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Free Download: "SELF-PROPELLED ORGANISM" - Mohican & Debut Release From New Local Indie Label Parts Philly

Check out and download for free the new epic jam called "SELF-PROPELLED ORGANISM" from instrumental four-piece Mohican! It's the inaugural release from Parts Philly, a new local indie label from Creepoid's Pat Troxell and Bonfire co-worker Kevin Horn, which was created to be a jump-off label for local bands to help expose the killer music coming out of Philly. Troxell and Horn became big fans of Mohican after catching them live at a house show. Be on the look out for more releases from Parts Philly coming in the near futture!

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The Deli Philly’s Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Mohican

Do not call local instrumental rock quartet Mohican a post-rock band. The Philly natives recently impressed us with their patient, stoney jams, and took top honors in our Featured Artist(s) Poll. You can learn more about the group’s dislikes and likes in our interview HERE. Also catch them live on Thursday, April 25 at the North Star Bar. 

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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Mohican

- by Alexis V. 

 

Do not call local instrumental rock quartet Mohican a post-rock band. The Philly natives recently impressed us with their patient, stoney jams, and took top honors in our Featured Artist(s) Poll. You can learn more about the group’s dislikes and likes in our interview below. Also catch them live on Thursday, April 25 at the North Star Bar.
 
The Deli: How did you start making music?
 
Mohican: Individually we have been making music since we were kids, but as a band, we came together over the course of 2012 with similar ideas and feelings in mind. It is difficult to describe how. It feels very natural.
 
TD: Where did the name Mohican come from?
 
M: It comes from The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757. It’s a classic story, and the movie adaptation was pretty cool. Honestly, we just think it’s a really cool word, so we ran with it. 
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences? 
 
M: We all have different tastes, but we shared influence with some common appreciation for bands such as Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Russian Circles. We would prefer not be catagorized as a post rock band just because we are currently instrumental. Our influences run thick and we are still searching for our sound. We don’t feel like we are a slave to any one specific genre. 
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
M: There are tons of great bands in Philly and the surrounding areas. We have been listening to Psychic Teens, Ladder Devils, Air Is Human, Abilities, Creepoid, Fight Amp, teen suicide, and Let It Out Matt, to name a few. All of these bands are close by and seriously impressive. We highly recommend lending an ear.
 
TD: What’s the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
M: This is impossible to answer as a band, but we have had our fair share of crappy records and concerts from our childhoods.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
M: It’s an eclectic place to be. There’s amazing food, culture, and there is an awesome underground scene unfolding, and we are excited to contribute to it.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
M: We try to look for the best in things, but some things you can't look past. We hate the ignorance in people. The lack of respect for the city on a daily basis. The crime and corruption. It exists everywhere, not just Philly. 
 
TD: What are your plans for 2013?
 
M: 2013 is looking good. We are planning our first tour, and we are putting out a new EP entitled, The Struggle. Shooting for a 12” vinyl release. Hopefully sometime in the summer. Lots of cool stuff in the works. We are very excited. 
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
M: Our first time playing at Kung Fu Necktie was very memorable. The energy was crazy, and we were honored to play with some awesome bands that we look up to and listen to regularly (ASIWYFA, Zechs Marquise).
 
TD: What’s your favorite thing to get at the deli? 
 
M: Once again, tough to answer as a whole, but THE deli to check out in Philly is Chickie’s on Federal St. Never been let down. Ever.
 
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Tuesday Tune-Out w/Mohican at PhilaMOCA March 5

It’s a new month so that means Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA will have a new guest curator. March will be hosted by Philly Music Showcase, and headlining this evening will be instrumental rock four-piece Mohican. The band weaves emotive, tension-and-release jams that post rock fans will surely eat up (or simply rock slowly to with rhythmic head nods). Their soundscapes conjure up a cinematic feel that should sync nicely with the group’s original footage that will be projected during their set. Mohican will also be supported by atmospheric space rockers Edison so get blazed and contemplative tonight. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $5, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

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