I was never a huge Of Montreal fan, I liked a couple songs here and there, but the new one, Skeletal Lamping has me hooked. It is an amazing blend of 70’s rock,soul and disco and current electronic dance sounds all melded together with an editing style that sounds like a combination of White Album era Beatles and Girl Talk. It’s obvious all those nights of hosting live karaoke shows have seeped into their musical consciousness. Chock full of NSFW lyrics that rival Prince in his lascivious prime, it’s a classic mix of sex and rock and roll which the surreal cover art depicts pretty accurately. Here’s the opening and closing tracks courtesy of Spin & Rolling Stone to give you a small taste, but the best songs lie in between, and I hate to be a tease but unfortunately I need to leave you to your own internet saavy to hear them before the October release date. Some of my favs at the moment are For Our Elegant Caste, the horn infused Eluardian Instance and the smooth soul of Plastis Wafers.
Of Montreal – Nonpareil Of Favor (via Spin)
Of Montreal – ID Engager (via Rolling Stone)
Buy Skeletal Lamping
A huge Fall tour is coming as well see the dates here
Full Track Listing
01 Nonpareil of Favor
02 Wicked Wisdom
03 For Our Elegant Caste
04 Touched Something’s Hollow
05 An Eluardian Instance
06 Gallery Piece
07 Women’s Studies Victims
08 St.Exquisite’s Confessions
09 Triphallus, to Punctuate!
10 And I’ve Seen a Bloody Shadow
11 Plastis Wafers
12 Death Is Not a Parallel Move
13 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
15 Id Engager
A few photos from this past Thursday night’s Roomtone Cd Release Party @ Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia with Jukebox The Ghost, Roomtone, and The Future Tips. Jukebox The Ghost kicked it off to an excellent running start with their Ben Folds-esque blend of piano based pop. Roomtone was up next celebrating the release of their fine new cd Hits & Mrs. Alex Yaker took the stage with what is essentially an all star six piece backup band which included Catherine Cavella on Cello, Fabrizio Siciliano on Guitar,Ben Yoblick on Drums, Joe Lekkas on Bass, Caroline McNeel on background vocals and percussion, and Dawn Webster on an assortment of horns. They played an amazing set of music comprised mainly of songs from the new CD, with a sound that falls somewhere between the chamber pop of Lloyd Cole and the Brazilian rhythms of Sergio Mendez. Future Tips closed out the night with a blistering set of guitar driven power pop think Twin Cinema ear New Pornographers crossed with The Undertones. A fantastic night of Philadelphia music all around.
1: Grizzly Bear – Colorado
Buy Yellow House
2: Grandpaboy – MPLS
Buy Dead Man Shake
3: Elmore James – Standing At The Crossroads
Buy Let’s Cut it
4: John Wesley Harding – Election Night
5: The Neville Brothers – A Change Is Gonna Come
Buy Yellow Moon
An amazing and diverse lineup coming up for you this Sunday August 31st at the M Room in Philadelphia.
First up is the musical muse of Sheboygan Wisconsin’s Erik Neave, Cedarwell, whose powerful, darkly intense acoustic based songs will have you mesmerized. If you like artists like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes or Jose Gonzales you need to hear Cedarwell.
“Loud. Quiet. Steady. Fierce.” is how a quote from JP05‘s bio about the solo effort of Brooklyn songwriter Jeff Patlingrao starts. It continues on… In comparative terms, you might think Elliott Smith meets Sonic Youth meets “Execution…” era Rilo Kiley. There have also been mentions of someone named Hendrix linked to describing JP05‘s comet-blasting live show.
I really can’t think of a better way to describe their music so I’ll leave you with that. In the JP05 live band is also BOS favorite, talented multi-instrumentalist Shawn Fogel stepping behind the drums.
Upsincefriday (Philadelphia) – http://www.myspace.com/upsincefriday
Beaten By Them (San Francisco) – http://beatenbythem.com/
JP05 (New York) – http://www.myspace.com/jp05
Cedarwell (Sheboygan. WI) – http://www.myspace.com/cedarwell
Sunday August 31st
8PM – $8
21 & up
15 W. Girard Ave
I took a lot of photos and pretty much they all tirned out like crap but here’s few anyway from last night’s joyous reunion show with Philadelphia’s The Friggs at the Tritone on South Street. Part girl group, part sixties style garage rockers, they had the packed house dancing from the word go like they’d never been gone.
To quote the inimitable Led Zeppelin, Dancing days are here again, as the summer evenings grow…
(Have you heard the rumor ? Jimmy Page will be supposedly playing at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics…Hmmm)
1: The Feelies – Dancing Barefoot (Patti Smith)
Rare Bob Magazine Flexidisc
2: T.Rex – Cosmic Dancer
Buy Electric Warrior
3: Los Campesinos! You! Me! Dancing!
Buy Hold On Now Youngster…
4: Killing Joke – Wardance
Buy Killing Joke
5: The Cave Singers – Dancing On Our Graves
Buy Invitation Songs
Some brand new music from Blitzen Trapper that picks up on the backwoods country rock vibe where Wild Mountain Nation left off. The title track from the upcoming album Furr due September 23rd on Sub Pop.
Hey Philadelphia music fans you’ll want to be sure not to miss this week’s Wednesday Night’s FREE Concert In The Park at Rittenhouse Square with Gildon Works and Capitol Years. Gildon Works just released an amazing new CD called Artful Rifle and also turned in one of the best sets at this year’s Philly Popped! Festival. Capitol Years are a long time Philly favorite and recently backed up Daniel Johnston on a number of his tour dates. Should be a fantastic night of music for a summer evening.
And be sure to come back in upcoming weeks as there are plenty more great nights lined up with Bitter Bitter Weeks, Jotto and more coming your way.
7-9PM Wednesday nights in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.
Some pictures from last Friday night’s amazing show at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. Greyhounds kicked off the night in true rock and roll style opening their set with a snippet of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge of Town which they seamlessy segued into their first song of the night. Drink Up Buttercup were up next, delivering a set of the psychedelic tinged rock circus that has been garnering them numerous accolades as of late. They ended their set by doing their last two songs in the audience with everyone clapping, stomping and singing along. Seattle’s BOAT follwed, their sound is somewhat like a power pop version of Pavement. They had a fun time bantering with the crowd and even brought one heckler/audience member down from the balcony to play tambourine on a song with them. Creeping Weeds closed the night with a stellar set of old and new songs and even worked in their cover of BOAT‘s I’m A Donkey For Your Love which BOAT did not play earlier. Do not miss the BOAT/Creeping Weeds tour if it heads your way this week.
My last post about the new DVD inspired some extended James Brown listening on my part so I thought I’d throw up a couple live tunes from the 1963 Live At The Apollo album for you all to listen to as well. Here’s Night Train and the single mix of Think which has a bit more of the horns than on the album version.