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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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New Videos: "Coast to Coast" (Live) & "Wrong Star" (Live) - Waxahatchee & White Lung's Mish Way

Check out the collaboration from Waxahatchee (a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield) and White Lung's Mish Way for Noisey Acoustics Session! The two performed each other's songs "Coast to Coast" (from Cerulean Salt) and "Wrong Star" (off Deep Fantasy) atop the roof of a building in NYC's LES. Enjoy!



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The Deli Philly’s Year End Poll - Top Performers: Waxahatchee

By now, you should all know Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield. Named after the lake on which her family owns a summer home, Waxahatchee captured the attention of critics and fans all over the world with her lyrical magnetism and honesty on 2013’s breakout hit Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni). The heartfelt sadness is palpable throughout her latest release. Her music has come to embody the bizarre mixture of calm and panic that comes from being alone, while hints of Crutchfield’s punk rock roots are able to bleed through the distortion of tracks like “Misery Over Dispute” and “Coast to Coast.” Though her time spent in West Philly was short-lived, I am sure the city and the people that she met while here will continue to influence her musical journey for many years to come. (You can view the rest of The Deli Philly's Best of 2013 Emerging Artists list HERE.) - Maggie Grabmeier

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Weekend Warrior, January 24 - 26

Self-classified riot grrls Cayetana play indie rock meant for high volumes, with punk styling that lacks the anger typical to the genre. Instead, that rage is replaced by wistfulness - but don’t think that makes their music any less impactful. Singer Augusta Koch croons over fast paced riffs, all the while sharing poignant lyrics that call for a second listen. Rollicking music coupled with rousing, and oft nostalgia-inducing, lyricism is what the band does best, and they have fun doing it. (Check out what I'm talking about in their video for "Hot Dad Calendar" HERE!) Headlining this Sunday’s bill at the First Unitarian Church is Waxahatchee, the rock moniker of indie darling Katie Crutchfield. Her project specializes in storytelling - each song a direct address to the listener, like Crutchfield’s whispering a tale for your ears only. Intense intimacy is the hallmark of Waxahatchee’s music, and last years LP, Cerulean Salt, didn’t stray from the pattern: raw honesty rasped over simple guitar lines that flow from one tale to the next. Also performing is local garage-pop outfit, Heavy Bangs, who create lo-fi songs of personal empowerment; they don’t need to shout for their message to pack a wallop. And Columbus, Ohio pop-punk group All Dogs will round out the lineup, bringing a crashing of cymbals and heavy guitar to the stage. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $10, All Ages  - Shaylin O’Connell
 
 
Other places to not freeze your ass off this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Belgrade, Darling Specter
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Banned Books, Son Step, Laser Background, Bad Braids
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Pizza Face
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Early) Esoterica, Ashencult, SUN Underwater Country Club, Pill Friends, Pine Barons
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Sean Hoots Trio, Travel Lanes, SAT VOSS
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Swift Technique, Ju-Taun, SAT Omnivox, Civil Holdup, Honor, Emma Cullen, SUN Jerry Joseph
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Pretty Greens, Outside Eyes, SAT Paige Allbritton, Emmettt Drueding, SUN Pro Post Time, Snagwing, Candice Martello
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Thee, Idea Men, The Rivals
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI (Early) Jump Winter Issue Launch Party w/Ali Wadsworth, SUN New Sound Brass
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI A Victim of Good Times, Satellite Go, Lo Power Plane
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Lo Power Plane, Beyonder
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Venice Sunlight, Curtis Jr., Brian Fitzy, Sonnder, Ego Alien, SAT Bastards of Earle, Chris Zurich, Angel Ocana
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT (Early) Kevin Killen Happy Hour, (Late) Eli August and the Abandon Buildings, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SUN Zymotic Flow
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Khalid Quesada, Fantastic Planet, Amber Ladd
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Trust The Medic (formerly Face Two Face)
 
JR’s (2327 Croskey St.) FRI The Makeshift Uprising, Alberta's Court, Bite Size Giant
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Great Endangered, Montoj, SAT Pete Grotch, Abilities, Katya Blue
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Orion Freeman
 
Flux (30 S. 33rd St.) FRI DRGN King, SHMNS
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT No Time, Low Charge, Martin
 
Mount Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe, Commonwealth
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Swarm
 
Don’t Tread On Me House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Family Vacation, Besting Tensions, The Jawn, Jantones
 
4QHQ (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Batworm, New Crime
 
The Mitten (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Benefit for Women Against Abuse w/Ex By V, Amanda X, See-Through Girls, Mermaid Parade
 
Colde Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Downtown Club
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New Video: Tiny Desk Concert (NPR) - Waxahatchee

Here's the video of a solo performance by Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. Her set consisted of the songs "I Think I Love You" and "Bathtub," from last year's American Weekend, and "Tangled Envisioning," from Crutchfield's latest critically acclaimed LP Cerulean Salt. Enjoy!

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New Videos: "I Think I Love You" (Live) & "Tangled Envisioning" (Live) - Waxahatchee

Oh boy...this is really a crystal-clear recording from Last.fm and Gibson's session with Katie Crutchfield, a.k.a. Waxahatchee. She stopped in to play acoustic versions of "I Think I Love You," off 2012's American Weekend, and Cerulean Salt's "Tangled Envisioning" while on tour in the UK. Waxahatchee just also announced some winter tour dates with Cayetana in tow and a Philly show on Sunday, January 26 at the First Unitarian Church. Props to Sunchord Media Production on some beautiful sounding footage.


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