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October 2014
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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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The Deli Philly on Y-Not Radio Tomorrow Morning & Night!

Just wanted to give a heads up that you'll be hearing my lovely, nasally voice tomorrow morning (Wednesday, February 5) at 11am on Y-Not Radio. Head honcho Josh T. Landow was nice enough to ask me to swing by and chat with him about our recent year end poll, and I've been asked to take over the station for an hour to spin tracks from a few of my favorite local emerging artists who were nominated this year. And if you're not a morning person like myself, they'll be running it again later on that evening at 10pm. Hope that I can make your day a little bit better - much love! - Q.D. Tran

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Q.D. Tran’s 50 Favorite Philly Releases of 2013

So every year I tell myself that I’m not going to do one of these, but then I see all the lists come out, and I can’t help but chime on in with my two cents. Well, this year, I embraced the challenge, and spent the last month reviewing what has been a ridiculously amazing year for Philly music. These were some of my highlights. Hopefully they’ll be some of yours too. Looking forward to seeing you on the other side. Cheers! - Q.D. Tran
 
1. Night Panther – Night Panther
 

 
2. Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel
 

 
3. GrandeMarshall – Mugga Man
 

 
4. True Gold – True Gold
 

 
5. Pissed Jeans – Honeys
 

 
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Q.D. Tran's 50 Favorite Philly Releases of 2013




So every year I tell myself that I’m not going to do one of these, but then I see all the lists come out, and I can’t help but chime on in with my two cents. Well, this year, I embraced the challenge, and spent the last month reviewing what has been a ridiculously amazing year for Philly music. These were some of my highlights. Hopefully they’ll be some of yours too. Looking forward to seeing you on the other side. Cheers! - Q.D. Tran
 
1. Night Panther – Night Panther
 
 
2. Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel
 
 
3. GrandeMarshall – Mugga Man
 
 
4. True Gold – True Gold
 
 
5. Pissed Jeans – Honeys
 
 
6. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
7. Needle Points – Bom Tugango
8. Norwegian Arms – Wolf Like a Stray Dog
9. The THANGS – Wedodo
10. Harsh Vibes – Dead Collective Soul
11. SandCastle – Kisses for Witches
12. Man Man – On Oni Pond
13. Dangerous Ponies – tenderheart
14. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
15. Radiator Hospital – Something Wild
16. Buried Beds – In Spirit
17. Bad Braids – Supreme Parallel
18. Bad Energy – 5 song demo
19. On the Water – False Starts
20. Far-Out Fangtooth – Borrowed Time
21. Cop Problem – Buried Beneath White Noise
22. Worshyper – Keeps
23. Cough Cool – 29
24. Grandchildren – End Times
25. Sherman – Ghost on Grass
26. Arrah & the Ferns – Make Your Mind
27. Pill Friends – Blessed Suffering
28. Orbit to Leslie – Preppy Spooky
29. The Lawsuits – Cool Cool Cool
30. Restorations – LP2
31. Lantern – Rock ‘n’ Roll Rorschach
32. Laser Background – Super Future Montage
33. Univox – The Altec
34. The Fantastic Imagination – Demoed to Joy
35. Satellite Hearts – Four to the Floor
36. Bardo Pond – Peace on Venus
37. Purling Hiss – Water on Mars
38. Mary Lattimore – The Withdrawal Room
39. Nightlands – Oak Island
40. Light Heat – Light Heat
41. Dr. Dog – B-Room
42. Psychic Teens – COME
43. Little Big League – These Are Good People
44. Heyward Howkins – Be Frank, Furness
45. Our Griffins – Michael Boyd
46. Levee Drivers – Speakin’ Bourbon Coated Blues
47. Honey Radar – Mary Plum Musket
48. Bleeding Rainbow – Yeah Right
49. Work Drugs – Mavericks
50. Toy Soldiers – The Maybe Boys

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

The Deli Philly on XPN Tonight!

Howdy Folks!
 
I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be a guest DJ tonight on XPN. John Vettese was nice enough to invite me in to chat about local music and The Deli Philly's upcoming 5th Anniversary Bash this Saturday, October 5 at PhilaMOCA with Night Panther, Literature and The Homophones. I’ll also be spinning tracks from some of my favorite emerging Philly artists. Tune in and check out what rad music I have in store for you and what I said in our session while under the influence (hopefully John cleaned some of it up for the FCC - I can swear like a sailor sometimes ;o). The Philly Local show will run from 9pm - 10pm, and my segment will start around 9:10pm/9:15pm. If you are not near a radio at the time or simply don’t own one, you can also stream it via XPN online.
 
Much love,
Q.D. Tran
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The Deli on XPN Tonight!

Howdy Folks!
 
I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be a guest DJ tonight on XPN. John Vettese was nice enough to invite me in to chat about local music and our upcoming 5th Anniversary Bash this Saturday, October 5 at PhilaMOCA with Night Panther, Literature and The Homophones. I’ll also be spinning tracks from some of my favorite emerging Philly artists. Tune in and check out what rad music I have in store for you and what I said in our session while under the influence (hopefully John cleaned some of it up for the FCC - I can swear like a sailor sometimes ;o). The Philly Local show will run from 9pm - 10pm, and my segment will start around 9:10pm/9:15pm. If you are not near a radio at the time or simply don’t own one, you can also stream it via XPN online.
 
Much love,
Q.D. Tran
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