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April 2014
Creepoid
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The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 


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Dream Safari Opening for Norwegian Arms & Snowmine at JB’s Feb. 7

Philly’s own Dream Safari plays an expansive sound that seems to reach to the corners of the earth. The stage name of Chris Coulton, the project specializes in a danceable electro world beat that pulls inspiration from multiple genres. In the past few months, Coulton has called upon various deejays in the area to release a remixed version of his EP, Night Howl, helping to demonstrate the flexibility in his sound. It doesn’t feel calculated, but rather the various disco, jungle-pop layers flow easily into one another, making for a versatility that allowed the “remixes” album to hold up against the original. They’ll be opening for Philly/Brooklyn trio Norwegian Arms, who will be headlining this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. The weirdo-folk outfit allows its surroundings to seep into the music, taking their listeners on a journey with them, from the woods of Siberia to the streets of New York City. Also performing on the bill is Brooklyn-based Snowmine. The group toes the line between dance-worthy and extremely chill ambiance, depending on the listener’s mood. The night promises to be full of spacious and layered sounds, ones that invoke music from various world corners, and will be sure to expand to every corner of the venue. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Shaylin O’Connell

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Photo Recap: Pattern is Movement 12" Release Show w/The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms, Worshyper & WYLDSTYLE DJs at Union Transfer

This past Thursday, Pattern is Movement celebrated the release of their 12" "Suckling" b/w "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" at Union Transfer, while continuing to pique our interest in regards to their long-awaited LP that is scheduled to drop in January 2014 via Hometapes. Stacking the bill with talented pals The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms, Worshyper and the WYLDSTYLE DJs (who brought the 90's dance-pop jams), all were encouraged to shake what their mamas gave them. (BTW: Keep your eyes and ears on Worshyper - sexy, cerebral R&B grooves from the Great Northeast. We sure will.) Check out our photos from the evening HERE! (Photo by Brandi Lukas)


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Photo Recap: Pattern is Movement 12" Release Show w/The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms, Worshyper & WYLDSTYLE DJs at Union Transfer

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Pattern is Movement & Friends at Union Transfer Oct. 24

The truly dynamic duo of Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward, a.k.a. Pattern is Movement, headline an exceptional evening of Philly-centric musicians tonight at Union Transfer. The 12’’physical release of their new single “Suckling” b/w “Untitled (How Does It Feel) will also be on-hand at UT. With the release of PiM’s yet-to-be-titled new LP scheduled for January 2014, via Hometapes, the group is all but assured to unleash some new material that they’ve been practicing for a live setting. The pair produces multilayered songs that harness the textured interplay of an array of instruments, primarily keys/synth/percussion and vocals, creating an elaborate way to get into the mood for some lovin’. Delaware natives, The Spinto Band, will help to warm things up, bringing their sleek combination of crisp vocal harmonies and airy arrangements, while another intriguing outfit Norwegian Arms cooks up their custom recipe of high-energy weirdo folk. The stacked-vocal, experimental R&B trio of Worshyper round outs this diversely cutting-edge bill. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $13, All Ages - Michael Colavita


Free Download: Daytrotter Session - Norwegian Arms

Daytrotter released their session with Norwegian Arms yesterday. You may notice that it contains a new song from the now Brooklyn/Philly trio called "New Sky." You can download a recording of the performance for free HERE (w/membership). (Illustration by Johnnie Cluney)

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New Norwegian Arms 7" Available for Streaming

Philly/Brooklyn weirdo folk act Norwegian Arms has a new 7" available via Big School Records, which is pressed on coke bottle vinyl (200 copies) for all you collectors out there. The record will be hand-numbered in a screen-printed jacket with 3 different art variations - gold, white and black. The release features a re-worked/re-recorded version of "Jitterbug" and a Brighton Sound Session medley containing live versions of a new song "The Iceman" and "Kiva Ikva" (originally appearing on Wolf Like a Stray Dog). You take a listen to the 7" below. They'll be performing next in Philly on Thursday, October 24 at Union Transfer and in Brooklyn on Thursday, October 17 at Pete's Candy Store for the Riot Act CMJ Showcase. 

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New Music Video: "Wolf Like A Stray Dog" - Norwegian Arms

Here’s new music video from Norwegian Arms for the title track to his LP Wolf Like A Stray Dog. It features frontman Brendan Mulvihill’s father and family, and was filmed at historic Rigby Manor by Out Of Town Films. Also below are a few words that Mulvihill (a.k.a. Keith Birthday) had to say about the song and its origin.

Inspired by the stray dogs who would mill about the main square of Tomsk, Russia, Wolf Like a Stray Dog is about feeling an outcast in a society, where one is viewed differently based on origin. In Siberia, songwriter Keith Birthday often felt like an oustider; misunderstood and falsely represented. He instead found himself identifying with the dogs that roamed the streets, who were acknowledged by passersby, but often shunned, looked down upon, or even beaten.

To his surprise, the dogs were often friendly, socialized, and accepting, and on some of his darker days, he would feel more kinship with the dogs than with his fellow humans. As a result, this song formed, a meditation, where he seeks to understand the dogs' society from their perspective; which he believed to be feral bliss, constant discovery, and a non-stop hunt for food. 

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Photo Recap: Night Market & ART/GAGE w/Strand of Oaks, Norwegian Arms, Night Panther & Circadian Rhythms

Last Thursday, Night Market and ART/GAGE joined forces to create one massive party on South Street. Though the food event had its usual really long lines for the more buzzed-about food trucks, there were still plenty of fine local acts (Strand of Oaks, Norwegian Arms, Night Panther & Circadian Rhythms), people watching and Sixpoint beers to keep us all entertained. You can check out a bunch of our sweet photos from the evening HERE.


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