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

- by Brandi Lukas 

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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)


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. 


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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