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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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So the most important thing to know for the next week or so is that The Deli Philly will be celebrating its 6th Anniversary/Halloween Party on Saturday, October 25 at PhilaMOCA so we'll just pin it atop this page as reminder for you because we're victims of this damn ADHD generation as well. We're excited to be returning to one of our favorite spaces in Philly with a co-headlining bill where you'll find the likes of a true rising star in the local hip-hop community and obvouisly one of our favorites, S.T.S., a.k.a. Sugar Tongue Slim, who will be joined by the nasty beats and mind-warping sounds of our old friends, Grimace Federation. It's definitely going be a rad night of music in the ole mausoleum! And don't forget your costume because it's also our Halloween bash, and we didn't forget the drinks. We'd like to thank the good folks at Sixpoint Brewery, Star Hill Brewery, Balantine IPA, Narragansett, and La Colombe (Different Drum Pennsylvania Rum & cold-brew Pure Black) for sponsoring the fun. I think that you can tell where we'll be taking things. Come join the debauchery!

October 16, 2014
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With their new album Baltimore Crush due out on October 28 via Bar None Records, DRGN King just premiered the single “Undertow” over at Pancakes and Whiskey. The steady thudding basslines and casual vocals provide a calming atmosphere before shifting into higher gear, allowing the instruments and vocals to open up. The song finishes in a decidedly different place from where it started - much like the latest incarnation of the DRGN King project.

October 23, 2014
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If the idea of heart-pounding, trance-inducing, raucous rock that temporarily encases listeners in an alternative sonic dimension is the remedy you’ve been looking for, Ecstatic Vision is serving it up at Underground Arts tonight. The band recently signed to Relapse Records, and has plans for releasing its debut early next year. With extended, heavy vibes filled with sweaty fuzzed guitars, relentless backend and scorcher-inspired vocals, be prepared to be sucked in. However, you’ll want to be at UA all night anyway with a lineup that includes the soothing cosmic navigation of neo-psych outfit Drone Ranger, whom are consistently changing speeds as they traverse farther out. Then, there’s Ruby The Hatchet, whose rough-edge 70’s hard rock sound, isn’t so much a throw back but rather a timeless tradition with its interlocked thick, rolling groove and guitar lines that take that step ahead, letting the flames emerge bigger, all while Jillian Taylor’s vocals provide a calming fervor. All this will set the stage for the earthy noise-rock of Creepoid that seeps into your pores and finds a home there. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

October 23, 2014
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We're excited to share a new track with you from Psychic Teens. It certainly has been a while since we've heard from the post-punk power trio, and "Face" doesn't disappoint with its combustible guitar licks and Larry Ragone's ominously macabre diction. The single is the A-side to the forthcoming 7" that the group will drop on November 7 via Reptilian Records. They'll also have a big release show that same evening at Boot & Saddle with legendary hardcore outfit F.O.D., a.k.a. Flag of Democracy, and Hound, who will also be celebrating their new album with SRA Records.

October 22, 2014
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Below is the latest track from Circadian Rhythms called "Easily." The breezy single is the second offering from their upcoming EP A Passsing Thought. Enjoy!

October 22, 2014
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There’s very little information to be found online about Philly garage rock outfit Shape Breaker. Instead, they let their guitar-shredding speak for itself. In 2011, they released their debut album, no fun., which featured the opening track, “Brotherly Love,” a fast-paced jam made for sweaty moshing and brotherly shoves. Shape Breaker’s latest album, Eyes Wide, was released last year and well-received by the blogosphere so it’s no surprise that they’ll opening for crude (in the best way) Austin garage-punks OBN IIIs, who are elusive about what information they give out as well. Their Facebook “About” section reads, “Our page is about fuck-all if not for the band. Come see us live. How's that for a long drescription, facebook?” Local acts Ruby Buff and The Pretty Greens will be rounding out the bill. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Emily DiCicco

October 22, 2014
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