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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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New Track: "Guatemala" - Amanda X

Amanda X premiered a new track called "Guatemala" yesterday over at Noisey. The local all-female trio, consisting of Cat Park, Tiff Yoon and Kat Bean, also shared the good news of their debut full-length album, Amnesia, being released on July 28 via Siltbreeze. The LP was recorded by Uniform Recording's Jeff Zeigler. Congrats, ladies! (Photo by Pete Murray)

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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
"
mp3
Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

"R.I.P. Toy Soldiers (2007 - 2014)????"

Toy Soldiers just announced that their show on Friday, July 18 at Union Transfer with Cheers Elephant and Cheerleader will be "a sort of farewell, final hurrah for now, blowout bash" for the band. This really doesn't come as a big surprise to us since frontman Ron Gallo released his new solo LP Ronny last week and the group had noticeably lost momentum after its raucous eleven-piece (or so) lineup disbanded in 2011. The most recent split seems amicable with its "never say never" vibe, and you can find out what the band's latest members will be up to in the "long version" of their "R.I.P." message HERE. We'll always remember them as the headliner of one of our first Deli Philly-presented showcases at a short-lived DIY space in a plastic bag factory across from Kung Fu Necktie that none of our staff and the people, who we still keep in touch with that ran it, can recall the name of, holding over four hundred drunken Temple students and future friends that evening. Good times - cheers, fellas! (Photo by Caitlin McCann)

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Krust Toons: "Bar Shows" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "Bar Shows" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.

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New Music Video: "Let's Ride" - Ground Up

Hip-hop collective Ground Up brings a Southern bounce and West Coast vibe to the rural suburbs in their latest music video for the track "Let's Ride," which was directed by Strategem Pictures. It's the first official single from their upcoming release entitled Mega. The group also just wrapped up this weekend with a couple of shows in California, and they'll be taking over Mad River Manayunk on Thursday, July 24.

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Free Download: "Overload" - Busses

We have a new track from Busses this morning called "Overload" to help ease you into the workweek. The single was produced by the band and Dave Downham at Gradwell House Recording. Busses also recruited Josh Anderson (trumpet), Dan Melius (trumpet), Justin Moore (trombone) and Ryan Dankanich (baritone sax) to help provide a subtle intensity to the composition. You can stream and download it for free below. Busses' next show in Philly will be on Tueday, July 8 at Johnny Brenda's with Avers and Rosu Lup.

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Kurt Vile Mural by Steve Powers Vandalized

Our Twitter timeline blew up yesterday when local artist Najeeb Sheikh (Instagram user @dasheikee) came across "an ignorant piece of shit" painting over the commissioned mural for Kurt Vile's Wakin on a Pretty Daze album cover by world-renowned street artist Steve "ESPO" Powers. As reported by street art blogger Conrad Benner (who goes by the Twitter and Instagram handles @streetsdepts), "According to @dasheikee, the man said he was not connected to the city or the building's owner and that he was buffing the mural because it was attracting graffiti to the neighborhood." This is outrageous! What narrow-minded asshole has the nerve and audacity to illegally do such a thing? You can check out photos of the culprit at work above and below by Sheikh. Please help track down this jerkoff, and send plenty of bad karma his way.

Update: Philly.com's Leah Kauffman scored an interview with the culprit, DJ Lee Mayjahs, who talked about being mentally "not well" and his remorse for his actions. He has also offered to pay Powers for his time to repaint the mural. You can read the rest of what Mayjahs had to say HERE.

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New Music Video: "In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)" - A Sunny Day in Glasgow

A Sunny Day in Glasgow dropped their latest full-length album Sea When Absent, the band's first in four years, earlier this week via Lefse Record. They also just shared a playful new music video for the track "In Love with Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)," which was directed by Tanman Films' Ty Flowers. They'll be closing out their upcoming tour and back together again in Philly on Sunday, July 27 at Johnny Brenda's.

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