Work Drugs shared a free download last week of their latest single "West Coast Slide" from the band's upcoming album, which now has a title, Maverick. (Is this a nod to 80's classic Top Gun?) Well, they also just posted a new music video for the track this morning that makes us wanna leave our lives in Philly behind for the endless summer. Spring Break foreva, y'all!
Check out the new EP below from Great Thunder entitled Strange Kicks! The lo-fi, psych-rock project is brought to us by Waxahatchee's Kate Crutchfield and Swearin's Keith Spencer. It also includes a rather upbeat cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You." You can "name your price" to download the album. Enjoy!
Tonight, the Cinedelphia Film Festival and Tuesday Tune-Out celebrate Philly’s punk scene with the screening of LOUD! FAST! PHILLY!, a video history of Philly hardcore punk that was put together by Joseph A. Gervasi and Eric Bresler. Below is a description of what you can expect to see this evening at PhilaMOCA.
Loud! Fast! Philly! explores Philadelphia’s hardcore punk underground with a clear-eyed view that eschews golden-hued nostalgia and instead brings into sharp focus (and blurry VHS) the true ugly beauty of the scene. Featuring rare footage of local bands playing basements, churches, bars, crappy clubs, and warehouses throughout the city, the program captures what it was like living in a moment but without the pervasive reek of b.o. Loud! Fast! Philly! has selected footage dating from the early 1980s to the now, much of which has never been seen and has been assembled, digitized, and edited for this program. Special guests will be in attendance to introduce clips and talk about Philly's vibrant underground, back then and today.
There will also be footage of local acts like McRad, Ruin, Sickoids, F.O.D., The Dead Milkmen, The Ghouls, 2.5 Children, and many others. Unfortunately, the 8pm screening is sold out, but there has been a 10:30pm showing (doors at 10pm) added this evening. Hopefully you will get a chance to view what will surely be rare moments in Philly’s music history. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm (Sold Out)/10:30pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.
It was just announced yesterday that the Mad Decent Block Party is officially coming to Philly on July 27. The summer rager has expanded to 13 cities this year. You can check the rest of the dates in the flier above as well as its promo video below.
Local drummer Ryan Crump started Philly Drum Project after breaking a wing nut for his Ludwig drum set and discovering on eBay how expensive it would be to purchase a replacement that is probably laying around someone’s garage not being used. This inspired him to organize a way to pool together the resources of local area drummers. Tonight, the percussive collective will be celebrating its one-year anniversary at World Café Live with performances by Philly native Ari Hoenig heading his jazz trio and Brooklyn percussion duo Loop 2.4.3. Philly Drum Project has gone on to become more than just a place to get some free gear. It is helping to bring the local music community together by hosting monthly workshops at Roosevelt Pub with talented artists like Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick and Pattern Is Movement’s Chris Ward, creating a space for musicians and fans to discuss and learn more about music, art and instruments, especially drums. Crump is also organizing DrumPhil, a single-day percussion workshop available to high school students. If you are interested in helping out a good cause, please donate what you can HERE, and swing by Philly Drum Project’s one-year anniversary celebration this evening to show some support. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30pm, $10 - $15 (+processing fee), All Ages (Photo by Dan Brightcliffe) - H.M. Kauffman
Check out The Deli and SonicScoop’s latest Pro Audio Giveaway! The Orion 32 by Antelope Audio (MSRP: $2,995) is a breakthrough 32-channel A/D & D/A converter and master clock taking up just 1U of rack space. This device supports both MADI and USB connectivity (Mac, PC, Linux), clocked by Antelope’s mastering quality 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology and kept ultra-stable by an oven-controlled crystal oscillator. And now…it could be yours! To find our more about the prize and how to enter to win, just go HERE. Good Luck!
APE! are unwilling participants of a NASA experimental dimensional travel program, after being captured escaping from a detention center in 1991. “Stripped of their clothes and morals, armed only with a Stooges record of questionable quality,” the stoner metal trio was “sent from the past to save the future.” Well, at least, that’s how they tell the story of the band’s origins. You can find out more about their mythological tale tonight at Pageant Soloveev when they share a bill with grindcore thrashers +HIRS+, dual-drums-and-bass, noise rockers Heavy Medical, and San Francisco’s Prizehog (Gravity Records). Just beware: “If you aren’t with them, you’re against them.” Pageant Soloveev, 607 Bainbridge St., 8:30pm, $6, All Ages - Alexis V.
Renaissance man Eric Howl recently shared a new music video for the bhangra-inspired single "You Already Know The Way To The Brahma's House," which is off his upcoming debut album I'm Goin' Down. He also directed, edited and starred in the strange video that includes Howl sporting wolf fangs, emerging out of a caterpillar, rapping while a group of ladies do a choreographed dance Bollywood styley, and a body-snatching pile of leaves. Welcome to his weird, wonderful mind!
Ruby the Hatchet released a heavy psych-rock track over the weekend to celebrate 4/20 called "Paralyzed." You can catch them live this Thursday on a killer bill at Kung Fu Necktie that includes Far-Out Fangtooth, The Vandelles and The Warlocks.