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New track from Grubby Little Hands

Those of you at the Noise Narcs show on Saturday may have heard the live premiere of the new track from Grubby Little Hands, “Uneek.” It has the Grubbies moving towards the chillwave side of psychedelic spectrum: watery gurgles flow by a tight R&B-esque drum track and then the Hawaii-esque guitars kicks in. Brian Melton of Fishing Engine, who also did the projection for Saturday’s show, provides the triptastic video.


Grubby Little Hands, “UNEEK”

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You passed the test on Saturday / The Trademark Experience

Thanks go out to all the people who came out to the Cozy Galaxies, Grubby Little Hands, and Bridge Underwater show on Saturday night. You all passed with flying colors. More picture proof can be found at Rockaphilly.com‘s Flickr. And check out Rockaphilly’s indie show listing while you’re at it.

My friend from Wisconsin said, 'Damn. People from Philadelphia are hot.' We know.

Cozy Galaxies

Donnie from Grubby Little Hands

Pat from Bridge Underwater

Speaking of passing tests, this video from Philly’s The Trademark Experience, made to encourage Philly kids to do well on the (funding imperative) PSSA exams, touches all the right places on its way to parodying Fabulous’ “You Be Killin’ Em” [via Philebrity]. Aw.


The Trademark Exeprience, “Fill It In”

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Although Philadelphians don’t understand irony, we do understand free tickets

The Onion, who just recently launched in Philly, are doing a ticket giveaway for some show we might have talked about a little bit. Namely one sponsored by this blog and featuring the excellent Cozy Galaxies, Grubby Little Hands, and Bridge Underwater.

Enter now at The AV Club’s site.

And special thanks go to Sly Fox (and Suzanne) for their green room consideration, the wonder that is Odyssey x2 IPA, and for helping make Philly’s beer scene so kickass since 1995.

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Philly’s music scene is more than just Kurt Vile (even if he tries hard to make it seem that way)

Kurt Vile has his hands in a lot of Philadelphia pies

That Kurt Vile record? Oh my gawd. The best Philly record in roughly forever. If you’re previously familiar with Vile, you’ll recognize the same juke that Deerhunter pulled with Halcyon Digest: the sound got less aggressively “weird,” but underneath the shinier veneer is an intensified strangeness: a musical force that rips you apart while maintaining eye contact. If you’re just joining the Kurt Vile freak train (of course it’s not because of Pitchfork’s BNM. No, I know. You’re not a cog in Pitchfork’s culture machine. I believe you.): 1) yes, that’s his given name, and 2) welcome to the party.

And one hell of a big-tent party it is. Not only did Vile play in one of my other favorite Philly bands of this millennium (The War on Drugs), in the past year he also contributed to J Mascis’ excellent new album (see his work below on the amazing “Not Enough”), inspired the below homage track from Shai Halpern’s solo project Sweet Lights (also excellent), played with Thurston Mooore, opened for Pavement, signed to Matador, and to top it all off went back in time, hung out with caveman, and invented music.

Cozy Galaxies, Grubby Little Hands, and Bridge Underwater $10, 3/19 8:00 PM @ The M Room, 15 W Girard

But, despite appearances, Kurt Vile doesn’t have his hands in every awesome Philly indie rock band. Need proof? Tomorrow we’re throwing down with three of our absolute favorite Philly bands, and Kurt Vile plays in none of them (yet). Join us for our show with Cozy Galaxies, Grubby Little Hands, and Bridge Underwater at the M Room, tomorrow night (3/19) at 8 PM. The internet can’t be wrong: So far, City Paper‘s Critical Mass, The New Philadelphia, and The Swollen Fox have picked it for their featured show of the night (take that, Godspeed You! Black Emperor).

NoiseNarcs.com presents Cozy Galaxies, Grubby Little Hands, and Bridge Underwater
Sat, March 19th. 8PM. $10
The M Room, 15 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Event Page

Kurt Vile, “Baby’s Arms” [Buy]
J Mascis, “Not Enough (ft. Kurt Vile)” [Buy]
Sweet Lights, “Ballad of Kurt Vile #2” [Bandcamp]

Cozy Galaxies, “Clean Yourself Up” [Buy]

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Announcing Noise Narcs Show: March 19th with Cozy Galaxies, Grubby Little Hands, and Bridge Underwater

More on this–and the bands–later, but a month from tomorrow we’ll be throwing down with three of our favorite Philly bands. Really: we couldn’t be more thrilled to have all three bands on this lineup. Even if we weren’t involved, I’d call this show can’t miss*.

Cozy Galaxies, “Clean Yourself Up”
Cozy Galaxies, “Dreamer”

Grubby Little Hands, “Feel In My Back”
Grubby Little Hands, “The Length Of The Chains”

Bridge Underwater, “Send Me All Your Love”
Bridge Underwater, “The Whoa Song”

Cozy Galaxies, Grubby Little Hands, and Bridge Underwater
Saturday, March 19th, 8:00 PM, $10
The M Room, 15 W Girard, Philadelphia
Event Page

* It has been said by some that I also turn thirty suspiciously close to this date, to which I say: bullshit. Thirty is too old to run a music blog. Also, 15.
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TalkNarc: Grubby Little Hands

If I were forced to describe our first interview victim, Philly’s Grubby Little Hands, using only bands with five letter names, I’d say they fit somewhere between the Kinks and the Books. If I weren’t using such an arbitrary measuring stick, I’d mention the ethereal quality of A Sunny Day in Glasgow and a touch of the fragility of Elliott Smith. But then their 2009 debut, Imaginary Friends [free stream at VIRB, purchase at CDBaby], has plenty of multi-instrumentalism, several songs that march to a military beat, and a clarinet-laced Dixieland finale. So I’m pretty up the creek for parallels. Let’s just say this: it’s good.

Grubby Little Hands, “Apt 4”
Grubby Little Hands, “Shoestrings”


The only thing the internet seems to know about you guys is that you met in musical theory class. Who are you, what do you all play, and who did better on the final?

We are Donnie Felton from Winston-Salem, NC, and Brian Hall from Wyomissing, PA. We both sing, play keyboard and stringed instruments, and Donnie plays clarinet. We had help on the album from our friend Pete who recorded trumpet on “Feel In My Back” and drums on a few songs. We also recently added Joseph Primavera to the line-up. He plays drums, anything with strings, and vocals. I’m not sure who did better on the final, but late night study sessions are where our first collaborative song-writing efforts came from.

We at Noise Narcs (okay, just me) pay all too much attention to where you’re from: How long have you been in Philly? What neighborhood? Why is/isn’t it the best neighborhood in Philly? What should we eat and drink there? And while we’re at it, what’s you favorite Philly venue?

B: I grew up about an hour west of here, so I’ve always loved the city and its sports teams. I moved to Philly after college, lived in West Philly for the last few years, and just moved to Manayunk. There’s nothing exceptional about the neighborhood, but Dalessandro’s is definitely the best cheese steak joint in the city. Favorite venue would probably be Johnny Brenda’s. It’s big enough to accommodate a large crowd, but small enough to still feel intimate – and they book a lot of great bands.
D: I moved to Philly in June of 2006, so about 4 years ago. I currently reside in Fishtown. It is definitely my favorite Philly neighborhood. There are great restaurants, pubs, art galleries, etc., and it also has a certain blue collar grit that I like. As for venues, I’d also have to say Johnny B’s is my favorite. They just tend to bring in more bands that I like than any other. As for local shows though, I love a good house party or DIY show.
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