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"Full Of Snakes

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

Besides having the ability to write and record beautifully haunting ballads, Billy Polard, a.k.a. The Ghost In You, has the knack for tugging at our heartstrings with his self-directed music videos. His latest for "TEN THIRTY ONE" perfectly captures the weighted mood of the fall season and the glimpses of youthful joy that we once could attain simply by donning a Halloween costume. "Inspired by my memories of growing up in my old neighborhood, the leaves changing, carving jack o lanterns, my mom dressing up like a witch, the homemade costumes she made for me and my brothers, watching scary movies, and everything else that comes with the Halloween season... I hope hearing it triggers the same nostalgia and emotions that I felt writing it." The track will appear on his upcoming album as well as the soundtrack to the horror flick Honeyspider.

October 20, 2014

Alex Karaba’s guitar tears like a buzzsaw through buttery vibrant pop hooks, while Dan Colanduno pummels the skins with determined ferocity. That’s what you’ll find on Slow Animal's latest EP The Other Side, an album definitely worth revisiting. The bonus is that they’re even better live. If you missed the duo’s performance last night at Golden Tea House or just simply can't get enough of them, then you'll have your chance this evening when they open on another solid all-ages bill at The Barbary with Twin Peaks, Tweens, and Public Access TV, which is presented by WKDU. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 6:45pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.

October 19, 2014

Post-hardcore/experimental rock band mewithoutYou is coming back home for the final night of its 10th anniversary tour of Catch For Us The Foxes. The record was released almost exactly 10 years ago to this date by Tooth & Nail Records. The fan-favorite album features the kind of harsh schizophrenic pontifications from lead singer Adam Weiss, inspired largely by religious works as well as his own dark encounters that the band returned to on their latest album, Ten Stories, released in 2012. mewithoutYou suggests getting to The Troc early so you don’t miss out on their “best line-up of openers in ages”: The Appleseed Cast and Hop Along, local pop-punk-ish outfit, who recently opened for Philly favorites Dr. Dog at the Mann Center back in September. The group is led by Frances Quinlans often raspy, breathy vocals that are always both bewitching and alluring. Be there to support mewithoutYou’s homecoming! The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., 7 pm, $18, All Ages - Emily DiCicco
October 18, 2014

Rosetta has already had a triumphant 2014 that has featured them releasing The Anaesthete, going on a big tour of China, and crowd sourcing a full-length documentary on Indiegogo. However, the band still has more in store for its fans this evening, celebrating the release of its latest EP, Flies to Flame (Translation Loss Records) at Boot & Saddle. Since the album is a release of experimental studio pieces, it will be a very rare occasion when they'll be playing them on stage, and it won't be happening tonight. But they'll be doing something even bigger as it will be one of the first two shows that sees them unveiling all new material as a five-piece that features Eric Jernigan of City of Ships on second guitar. The performance, which is also the bands last of 2014, will also feature NYC's Tiger Flowers, and it will be a good opportunity to catch Ladder Devils before they release their latest album Clean Hands on November 4. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
October 18, 2014

Brooklyn guitar virtuoso and Landowne-born Steve Gunn still maintains deep roots here in Philly. So much so, he’ll be celebrating the release of his latest record, Way Out Weather, tonight at PhilaMOCA. Joining him on the bill is a couple of the finest acts in the City of Brotherly Love’s underground music community. The evening will have raucous start with rad garage-psych outfit Spacin’. The group is easily one of my favorite bands in town, and I can’t wait for their new album, which will be available via Richie Records, to come out. And things will a bit quieter but in the best way possible when talented combination of Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler take the stage to mesmerize the audience with interstellar soundscapes. It’s going to be an eclectic evening of music, but one worth catching from start to finish. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Reef The Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Coral Teeth, SAT Rosetta (Record Release Show), Ladder Devils
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Die Choking, Fantasy Panther/Chimpgrinder, Swarms/Needle Points, The Orange Drop, SAT Antisuburbians, Glory Dole, Tight Fits, Boilermakers, The Heels/Dead Violet Sun John Canady, Pissgrave
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT mewithoutYou, Hop Along
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Boy Wonder, Black Rue, Virginia Hicks
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Grayscale, SUN Slow Animal
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Beach Slang, SAT An Honest Year, No Outlet/Everyone Except Me, SUN Robins, Corporate Hearts
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Commonwealth Choir, SAT Satellite Hearts
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SUN Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.)  FRI Tweed SAT Alright Junior, The Loud Company, Awaking Mercury
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget SAT DJ Deejay
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Cliff Hillis, SAT Laura Shay/Jason O, Vulcans
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Hambone Relay
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.)  FRI Flux Capacitor, BlendMode/Cyanide Saints, Fastride, Steve Haley, SAT Power Theory, We Our…War, Mike Liberatore, SUN Slyphr, Crown of Earth
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Tappas, Jeff Alexander Trio, Andrew Napoli, SAT Destroying Angel, SUN Joie Kathos, Milton McCauley
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Biz Mighty
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Jawn of The Dead: The Jawn, Lost in Company, Thee Idea Men, STOP, SAT Conversations, Roof Doctor, AM Rodeo, Port Arthur
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT The Red Masque, Niki Avataria, Dental Dames, I am a Tree
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT The Band of Rivals SUN The Bird Choir
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dylan McGuire, SAT Control For Smilers, Chen City /(2nd Floor) Andrew Jude
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Drugstore, Combine, What Nerve
Hazzard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Amanda X
The Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Snoozer, Forever Lesbians, Krispy Kareem, Tribute
The Nut House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Dark Thoughts, Teenage Chainsaw
Lava Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) SAT Books Through Bars Fundraiser: Rosemary Fiki, Brielle Leilani, Jaleel Khalil Jordan, King Azaz, Paulette Branson
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Slow Animal, Loose Tooth, Quit
October 17, 2014

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