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Justin “Santa” Stens is coming to town

All I really want for Christmas is capoed guitar Christmas songs. What’s that, Juston Stens, previously of Dr. Dog? You and your Get Real Gang have just such a hightoned guitar freakout version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”? And a similarly weird and goofy video of it?

Now if I can only get someone to gift me two front teeth…


Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” [via Philebrity | Buy]

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Upcoming Philly shows: Dr. Dog's Phil Selway and Local Natives

Did you know that Radiohead’s drummer, Phil Selway, is coming out with a solo album? I heard one song. If you like weak Pablo Honey era B-sides (and ugh, I do), you’re in super luck. But speaking of drummers creating solo albums, ex-Dr. Dog drummer Juston Stens, with his band The Real Gang, is coming out with one. And from what I’ve heard, it’s actually pretty damn good. His Myspace mentions that he shares the same birthday as Ringo Starr. Tomorrow never knows, indeed. Definitely in the Dr. Dog universe, but with a slight Pulp base and a serious 60s rock&R&B chaser. And with a significantly less nasal bouquet.

And guess what? Stens and the Real gang are playing a free show tonight, Philebrity Rock ā€˜Nā€™ Roll BBQ, at Penn Treaty Park, 7PM-9PM. And Noise Narc crush Birdie Busch will be opening. Worried about the rain? Worry wort. The show will move indoors to The Barbary if the sky doesn’t cooperate. Still free. Still great tunes. Just a slightly less beautiful view of the Delaware and Petty Island. Sorry, Chris, no relation to Tom. But… Stens does have a sweet cover of “Don’t Come Around Here No More” on their Myspace.

Oh, and until 8/12, download their EP for free from the above psych-widget.

Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang, “Lonely Lonely Night”
Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang, “Falling”

Because I had no idea I’d be going to two other concerts (the other being Arcade Fire on Monday) this week when I bought the tickets a few months ago, I’ll also be going to see Local Natives on Friday. Back then, I really was expecting the LA natives’s debut, Gorilla Manor, to grow on me. It’s a good album, but one I find myself less and less drawn to. It’s very… pleasant. As Pope said:

Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer.

Anyway, the show is at the First Unitarian Sanctuary and has been sold out for months. If anything can improve my disposition about Local Natives, it’ll be hearing their soaring vocals bounce off the rafters of that most wonderful of indie rock venues/hippy churches. And hey, “you don’t like anything on local radio / so you fumble around ’til you land on NPR / and listen to world news.” Just like me! Before my car got stolen last week. NPR-thieving bastards.

Local Natives, “World News”

Buy Gorilla Manor on Amazon.

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More Philly love from Pitchfork? Hot Diggity Dr. Dog!

Only days after facilitating a trade of Matt Pond PA to New York, Pitchfork lowers themselves to the sixth borough’s level to give Dr. Dog a somewhat backhanded but respectable 6.7 for Shame, Shame. Take a listen on Lala and leave you own backhanded compliments in the comments.

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Philly trades Matt Pond PA for two Animal Collective cover bands

After repeatedly savaging Dr. Dog for no reason, Pitchfork finally does Philly a proper. In their blurb for the new Matt Pond PA album they identify him as “the New York-based singer/songwriter.” Hahaha. Suck it, New York: he’s yours now. Get the PA off the name, stat!

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Vile Dog: Philly Rock from East and West

A great dual headline show just popped up on the Philly radar: Kurt Vile and Dr. Dog, 3/2, Rotunda. Penn students only, but I’m hoping to duck in on the heels of the one I’m shacked up with.

Kurt Vile has been a mainstay of Philly’s freakfolk/noise scene for a Philly minute. Although I’m most in love with his work as guitarist in The War on Drugs (who, despite having one of the worst names outside of Dramatic Oil Company, had one of my favorite albums of 2008 in Wagonwheel Blues), his solo tracks are pretty fantastic. His sound is very much attached to the whole northeastern Port Fishington neighborhoods: lots of distortion and PBR, a new Philadelphia fitfully emerging from one of its historically troubled but proud spots. “Space Forklift” is from his 2008 (pre-Matador signing) Constant Hitmaker. He worked a forklift for Philly Brewing Company, so next time you’re drinking a Kenzinger, think how much better it’d be if it had been brewed in space.

Kurt Vile, “Space Forklift”

Dr. Dog are about to release their sixth album of Beatles-esque pop. And they couldn’t be more West Philly: rough city meets Penn, anarchy meets boho, and everybody hanging out on Victorian porches. “Shadow People” dropped via Stereogum last week, and even though I’m a little iffy on the track, Shame, Shame is still one of my most anticipated albums of 2010. Plus, their guitarist taught me how to open beer bottles with blunt instruments, so Matt and Cyd, we’d’ve been screwed at Miller Park without them. And to please those of you who don’t hate Australians, I’m also including their fantastic cover of Architecture in Helsinki’s “Heart It Races.”

Dr. Dog, “Shadow People”
Dr. Dog, “Heart It Races” (Architecture in Helsinki cover)

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