For real now, my last post: Saying Yes to Blood Feathers

Even though the blog has been still for many a month now, my love-life hasn’t. After a Russian doll-worthy series of lies, I conned my then-girlfriend into arriving at the PEP Boys parking lot at Broad and Federal in Philadelphia. That is, directly outside the stately row home we met six years ago as roommates. Where the Blood Feathers happened to be playing their beyond-lovely “You’re Welcome.” And Bands in the Backyard happened to be filming. The rest, as they say, is engagement history.

Thank ya’ll. And Kandace, this is the punishment for never posting on Noise Narcs: you become the subject of the post. And the subject of the rest of my life.

The Blood Feathers will be playing Johnny Brenda’s 5th Year Anniversary on Friday, September 30th 9:15PM, with Like A Fox and Matthew O’Neill opening. Tickets are $10, available here.

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Stream Man Man’s Life Fantastic

Do you like Philadelphian music? Do you like neo-circus (nu-circus?) music? Do you like bands with names like The The, Duran Duran, the Go-Gos, and Talk Talk? Do you have a thing for streaming an album before it’s released? Oh, or a blistering dose of delicious musical explosive weirdness?

Then you’d be wise to jump over to Stereogum to listen to Man Man’s Life Fantastic: Stream.

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Yellow Humphrey: Perfect weather music

Yellow Humphrey's Featherweights

If you’re in Philly, you’re experiencing what the Bay Area experiences 200+ days a year: absolutely perfect weather. In Philly, we get 10 of these. In a good year.

Is it any coincidence that Yellow Humphrey are having a record release show for their debut Featherweights on such a perfect day? Leadsinger Gretchen Lohse first sent me “Low Roses” on April 4th (high 79°, no humidity), and I complained bitterly about having to listen to its thrilling, vernal charms on a beautiful day… in an office. And Featherweights really is the perfect complement to a gorgeous spring day: as light as the title, a folkcountry touch, Gretchen dancing around notes like Zooey Daschenal with the fullness of Neko Case, and a fulsome ratio of the melancholy that all liminal seasons contain. One day, spring too shall pass.

So take note, Philadelphia: you only have eight days of perfect weather left. And quite a few of them should be spent with Yellow Humphrey.

Yellow Humphrey, “Low Roses” [Pay what you want at Bandcamp]

Yellow Humphrey w/ Young Nick Krill & Magic Mike and Eliza Hardy-Jones (of Buried Beds and Spinto Band)
Friday, April 29, 2011 TONIGHT
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N Frankford Ave, Philadelphia
$10 [Tickets]

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New Philly Releases: Eat Your Birthday Cake and Bridge Underwater

Do you miss Grandaddy’s quiet, winding brand of indie rock? If not, please have a technician check your Missing Awesome Things that Are No Longer Around unit: it’s clearly on standby. But if so, Philly’s Eat Your Birthday Cake ride Grandaddy’s groove so damn hard and well it’ll make your needle skip a beat. On Monday, May 2nd, Eat Your Birthday Cake will release Enemies for free download and limited edition CD-R. And it’s a doozy. To celebrate the album’s release, they’re throwing a block party in Fishtown, hosted by Cloud Entertainment, at 219 Mercer Street on Saturday, May 7th. [Facebook Event] Your grandaddy would have wanted you to be there.

Eat Your Birthday Cake, “Rock Stars” [Facebook]

In other great Philly release news, Bridge Underwater totally zagged when I thought they were gonna zig. Their latest single, “Share Time,” ditches their Beatles via Elephant Six sound to embrace… ’90s Weezer/grunge? And nails it? Who woulda thunk it?

Bridge Underwater, “Share Time” [Bandcamp]

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Ticket Giveaway: Wye Oak at Johnny Brenda’s Friday, April 15th

Jerry Seinfeld once asked, “What’s the deal with bands from Baltimore?” By all rights, bands this great (Lower Dens, Beach House, Wye Oak, etc.) should be from Philly. But, alas, they’re not. Next best thing? Getting to see Wye Oak’s darkly beautiful act live. For free. In Philadelphia.

To win two tickets to see Wye Oak at Johny Brenda’s on April 15th (with Noise Narcs’ fave and fellow Baltimorians Secret Mountains opening), like us on Facebook and then email us at noisenarcs@gmail.com with “Move the Good Parts of Baltimore to Philly” as the subject. All emails must be received by Tuesday, 4/12, and we’ll announce the winner Wednesday morning.

Wye Oak – Civilian

Wye Oak w/ Callers and Secret Mountains
Friday, April 15. 9PM. $10
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N Frankford Ave
Tickets

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Go see Ben & Drew from Blood Feathers tonight (w/ Juston Stens and Hacienda)

If you told me Blood Feathers played a bad show, I’d be glad to call you a filthy liar. Ben & Drew are opening up for Philly’s own Juston Stens (previously posted on here) and San Antonia’s Hacienda tonight at the North Star. Hacienda turn the early ’60s dial a tad up from the Black Keys’ level, mostly to great effect, as in the Beach Boys-esque, “I Keep Waiting.” And really: do we need any more reason to go to a show after the words “Blood Feathers”?

PS I’ve heard a four track demo of new Blood Feathers tracks, and boy are they scrumptious.

Hacienda, “I Keep Waiting” [Buy]

Hacienda, Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang, and Blood Feathers
Tuesday, April 7th, 9:00PM, $10
North Star, 2639 Poplar Street
Tickets

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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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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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