In Philly, we celebrate New Years with a culturally subversive, Saturnalia- (yay) and black face- rooted (ugh), men-in-feathers celebration called the Mummers. It involves day drinking, a parade, lots of music and noise, and looks like this:
Back when I lived right on Broad Street, I woke up
slightly under the weather horribly hungover horribly hungover and still drunk to my alarm going off at some ungodly hour (in the AM even). After five minutes of trying to figure out what was wrong with my off switch, I realized that my alarm was in fact not going off. That the noise was the Mummers strolling down Broad Street and straight into my pounding head.
So I know exactly how ex-Sleater Kinney member Carrie Brownstein feels in this new The Thermals video, “I Don’t Believe You,” from their forthcoming Personal Life, out September 7th. (Also, they play Philly’s First Uni on 10/12).
And for good measure, their classic “A Pillar of Salt” from 2006’s The Body, The Blood, The Machine: