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February 2016
Jo Kusy
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Jo Kusy (Far-Out Fangtooth, The Whips) cultivates an eclectic, lo-fi daydream on his new full-length album, You Break Me. The record is currently available for purchase/download, and will be found on limited cassette on February 12 via Kusy’s own imprint Kooze Kontrol.
 
The album’s opener “Long Gone Angel” establishes the LP’s loose-moving atmosphere, as guitar trickles into a percussive/bass-oriented roll. The instrumentation briefly drops out, giving way to an a cappella moment and then a sax solo, before falling back into form. The bass-forward nature of “Only a Night,” coupled with its synth, thrusts one into a danceable framework. Background vocals soften the lead. In the insta-funky “All Go To Heaven,” Kusy proclaims, “Get down, hear the sound, boogie-woogie shake your claim…”
 
“Before You Opened Your Mouth” shifts into a light youthful disposition, reflected in its humorous lyrics - “Old people acting young, it’s ok cause its only fun/young people acting old, they sound stupid…” “Ghost Funk Lesson” drops into a sly island vibration - reminiscent of The Police, while “1st Place (But They Told Me 5th) develops a eerie tone with its heavy-footed thump and the mysterious whisper of the vocals. “All the creeps come out from the woodwork, as the sun begins to rise.”
 
With its sinister stir, “New Devil Beat” perpetuates a throbbing pulse, and “Cherry Pickin’ Baby” rides a thick bass-line to accentuate its heavier playful spin on rockabilly. Shedding some weight, “Silk Paradise” gently glides, paced by the clean snap of drums and unobtrusive guitar runs. Closing with its title-track “You Break Me,” the tail end of the LP rides a steady, floating wave; a heady trip punctuated by a stealthy stretch of guitar work, throwing some fire into the meditative calm.
 
You Break Me is a fun, unpretentious album that easily gets the head bobbing and toes tapping with its minimalist approach. It’s a sleeper that you definitely shouldn’t sleep on. - Michael Colavita

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New Track: "Slippery" - Littler

Take a listen to” Slippery”, the latest offering from Littler’s forthcoming release Of Wandering, due out via Birdtapes on March 25. The song’s collage of images creates a sincere narrative thrown forward by  its’ gritty melodic tone. Catch Littler this Friday January 29 at Pi Lam with Blowdryer, Giant Peach, Outer Spaces, and Manatree. (Photo by Emily Burtner)

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New Dulls EP Available For Streaming & Purchase

Thaw out this morning with the shadowy searing shoegazing of Dulls. The quartet’s new self-titled EP scorches through the snow with a measure of controlled hostility.  Let it rip as you ease into the week.

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Weekend Warrior, January 22 - 24

Upon first listening to Philly’s self-described punk rock band Cayetana, it may be difficult to isolate a traditionally punk influence beneath the layers of pop mindfulness, stirring melodies, and undisguised, often poignant sincerity. The songs have a driving pace that is somehow unhurried and tunes that are downright whistle-able, accompanied by lead singer Augusta Koch’s Emily Haines-esque voice that never quite breaches the boundaries of “inside voice.” The minimalist guitar progressions and dynamic energy of the songs are unmistakably traceable to punk rock, but the connection becomes clearer when you examine the ethos behind the music. Lyrics from different songs seem to unite around the concept of carrying on as usual, despite knowing you’re part of an arbitrary system - sort of reminiscent of the early punks’ understandings of the sinister “institutions,” eh? After all these years, what still makes punk punk are these internalized feelings of alienation and dispossession, which, with punk bands like Cayetana, are being combated through emotional transcendence rather than generalized aggression... Which is also a movement that self-fulfillingly defines itself as punk simply by subverting its predecessor. This three-piece punk outfit will be having their Tired Eyes EP release show at PhilaMOCA this Saturday accompanied by Mannequin Pussy, a Philly essential who comes from the more aggressive, irreverent side of the punk spectrum, Katie Ellen, a.k.a. Anika Pyle of Chumped, who will bring a passionate lo-fi melancholy to the stage, and Jeff Riddle & the Bella Vista Social Club. PhilaMOCA, 531 N 12th St., 7:30, $10, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock

Update: Due to inclement weather this show has been postponed to 1/30/16.

 
Other places to hide from the snow this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.)  FRI Honey Radar, Telepathic (Co-Record Release)
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Peace Creeps, SAT Rob Malloy
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Clamfight, Human Shield/The Skis, Sad Boys, Van Wolf/DJ Jesse Tyler, SAT Mason/Motherer, Andorra, Lost in the Woods, Julia Rainer/Fame Lust, Elijvh Vrms, SUN AdotWAKE, E. Grizzly, MC Therapist, Split Divo 
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Foxtrot & The Get Down, The Binary Sea, Modern Colour, SAT Needle Points
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Pill Friends, Cold Foamers, Shelf Life
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Phix, Cole Redding
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Celebrating Bowie: Candy Volcano
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Joanna Pascale & Curtis, SUN (Upstairs) Dan Zdilla and The Big Warm
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Driftwood Soldier, SAT Fell Into Yesterday, Last Minute Hero, Science Club, Shots Called, SUN Ignant Yuth, Miles Chancellor, Mors Kamo, Uri Divers
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Like Crazy, SAT The Band of Rivals
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Piranha, Prickly, Play It Slower, SAT Mark Lanky
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Lil Dave, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT New Pony, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St)  FRI The Wallace Brothers Band, Man About a Horse, SAT Audio Impulse (EP Release), Behind Deadlines, Dead:Stop, SUN Reef'd, Three Fourteen 
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Track Jumpas, Corey Lee, Fis Geez The Rapper
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Chalk & The Beige Americans, Sangre Luna, SAT Vital Stats, Bohemian Mule, Skip Monday
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Agent Moosehead, Ronald Reagan? The ACTOR?, Dan Malloy, SAT Spelling Reform, Conversations, Archawah (Record Release), SUNResilient, The Good Mess, Medusa's Disco
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Robert Drake, SAT Tommy Hogunz , DZA
 
The Random Tea Room (713 North 4th St.) FRI Jason Killinger
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Catullus, Wax Future, SUN David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience
 
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Fake Boyfriend, Only
 
Lacuna (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Laser Background, Hello Shark
 
The Aquarium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Line Leader, Birthday Ponies, The Cultour
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Coal Foamers, Pet
 
Hazel House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SUNCarax, Anna Ladd, Hipps
 
House Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Archer Spade: Spectrum Ensemble

Honey Radar & Telepathic Co-release Show at JB's Jan. 22

Congregate this evening at Johnny Brenda’s to commemorate not one but two new recordings - one by Honey Radar and the other from Telepathic. Led by Jason Henn, Honey Radar continues to serve up heady psych-pop on their new EP Giraffe, available via Chunklet Industries. The vocals waft, expanding around the gratifying immediacy of the granular grooves. These condensed sonic rides glimmer while retaining rougher edges. Sarah Everton & Rob Garcia (formerly of Bleeding Rainbow) slice through the cosmic sludge, sharing vocal duties. Rushing forward as the clean heat of guitar wields with fuzz, creating a gripping composed sense of urgency, their new self-released record Time Release is potently pulsing. Maryland-based rockers Repelican crack the seal on this night with a combination of stealthy smoothness and rattle. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

 
 
 
 

New Track: "High Castle Rock" - Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band have offered a glimpse into their latest sonic voyage, a double LP The Rarity of Experience which will released March 3rd via No Quarter. “High Castle Rock” is an expansive riff-steered quest that gathers intensity after rolling through in a familiar mesmerizing fashion.  The Rarity of Experience lifts off with a record release show March 26 at PhilaMOCA with 75 Dollar Bill.


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