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Them Jones
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Philly rockers Them Jones craft far-out riffs and psych-drenched anthems, reviving and reinventing soundscapes reminiscent of the Age of Aquarius on their new LP A Mountain of Nonsense.

 

Beginning with the steady buzz of “Mended All Made Clean,” the five-piece's efforts make one take notice, as reverbed screams and gritty cymbals collide with satisfying repetition and impassioned diction. As if filling the narrative chasm between Mikal Cronin’s “Gone” and Ty Segall’s “Inside Your Heart,” Them Jones’ album opener sinks deep into the hearts of listeners without pretense or apology. “Hollow Man” captivates in a similar fashion by teaching its audience patience as atmospheric dissonance gives way to melodic guitar and harmonized vocals that paint a glaringly relatable portrait of a man with “wounds to mend.” A deliciously contemplative downer, the track is as haunting as its namesake suggests. Soon after its end, the infectious tempo and throbbing beat of “Outburst” fills the silence, switching the mood of the album from the musings of a contemplative loner to the pulsating heart of an unabashed romantic.

 

The bluesy growl of “One of These Days” casts a spell on its own terms, making the most of initially sparse but precise instrumentation, before blooming into an audible homage to the genre’s predecessors as well as its current greats. Furthered by “Acute Mountain Sickness Blues” and the addictive hook of “Honeytrap,” Them Jones prove that their metaphors are as memorable as their ability to shred. As the album progresses, the dreamy melody of “My Heroine Pretends” suitably precedes the delectable swagger of “Well Enough Alone,” which serves as the perfect prelude for the introspective depth of “Jennifer, My Plastic Girl” and “The Shrinking Violet Light,” which resurrects the candidness of Jay Reatard and the poetic genius of The White Stripes pre-De Stijil.

 

Ending with the delectably menacing “Now I Become Death” and trippy glory of “These Canyons,” A Mountain of Nonsense should be considered quintessential for any music lover. Them Jones’ official debut LP is well-deserving of heavy rotation and adoration. - Dianca London


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We are very excited to announce our return to PhilaMOCA on Saturday, October 15 for The Deli Philly’s Anniversary Bash! Joining us this year will be the glorious indie-pop sounds of LOUDS and the post-garage rock of The Retinas, both of whom have also held Record of the Month honors for their albums If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art and chaba. We’ll also have more special guests and treats for you that evening; however, we’ll be announcing them as we get a little closer to the show. Until then, you can check out more deets about our anniversary celebration HERE!
September 15, 2016
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Though it looked like Ape School had been seemingly put to rest, Michael Johnson continues to still record (and earlier this year perform) under the moniker. Below is "Haunt If You Want," the final track on his upcoming LP. Death is Messy is due out in early 2017 via Boiled Records. (Photo by Darshana Borah)

September 28, 2016
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With their latest EP Sundowner (which was engineered, mixed, and produced by Shelf Life's Scotty Leitch), the trio of Pauline stirs up a concoction of brooding, booming, harmony-laced rock. Slowly percolating under dim lights, the tight compositions still exhibit some bite. Catch them this evening at The Pharmacy with Doggo, Past Life, and Shakusky!

September 27, 2016
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A steady, guitar jangle pleasantly crisscrosses the room as the percussion aims the sound in a direction, and twang-accented vocals provide an earthy authentic texture with backing harmonies lifting the tone in a warm ascension. Entering PhilaMOCA as part of a WKDU-presented billing this evening, Point Breeze Country Club builds up steam with a loosely knit, infectious, country-barroom sway. Louie Louie dispenses memorable, quick-hitting vocals, balancing fierce yet accessible psych-garage instrumentation. After recently releasing their new album Skiptracing via Stones Throw Records, the slinky, grooving psych-pop of Mild High Club complete this Tuesday night billing. PhilaMOCA, 531 N.12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages (Photo by Grey Haas) - Michael Colavita

September 27, 2016
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Hello Shark has been methodically rolling out tracks from his forthcoming album Delicate. He spent most of last month on tour with Advance Base, a.k.a. Owen Ashworth (formerly known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), who runs Orindal Records. The Chicago label will also be releasing his LP this Friday, September 30, and Hello Shark will be celebrating its arrival that same evening in Philly at All Night Diner with Power Animal, Mega Bog, and Amanda Glasser. You can now stream the record in its entirety over at Impose Magazine. Enjoy!

September 27, 2016
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Krust Toons: "Season 3 Preview" 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 and animation shorts HERE.

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